It’s a reality universally acknowledged that Dota 2’s tutorial sucks, to such an extent that the group has pooled funds to create its personal. However Valve has simply introduced its personal large replace, which is aimed toward making the notoriously advanced recreation extra palatable to newcomers. It’s timed to coincide with tomorrow’s premiere of the Dragon’s Blood anime adaptation, which is able to little doubt entice hordes of latest gamers to the sport.
In a prolonged and detailed announcement explaining the replace, Valve confirms that the replace, which it rightly describes as “complete”, will roll out tomorrow. Acknowledging that standard tutorials aren’t actually suited to a recreation like Dota, the replace introduces a bunch of main and minor modifications to a brand new participant’s expertise. Loads of these strip layers of complexity off the sport, or else supply on-the-fly recommendation.
Probably the most vital of those is the New Participant Mode, which has a static pool of heroes. It’s designed to assist gamers perceive the sport with out having to fret about encountering too many heroes and skills directly, which may be intimidating. “To maintain an excellent subject, solo-queue new gamers will at all times play with and in opposition to different solo new gamers when queuing on this mode,” Valve writes. “They will not meet any events or Dota veterans.”
That wizard within the picture above additionally options closely within the replace, taking over a Clippy-like position for brand new gamers. Principally, for those who’re about to do one thing blatantly reckless, that wizard will discover and a pop-up will seem. In a single instance supplied by Valve, the wizard will pop up for those who attempt to 1v1 an particularly tough enemy, or rock across the map too lengthy with low well being.
Elsewhere, new gamers will see a dramatically streamlined model of the store, rolling out new craftable objects based mostly on what the participant has crafted prior to now. This course of may be opted out of at any time when, but it surely’ll positive assist new gamers overcome the stifling quantity of selection on supply. A brand new sequence of participant targets can even encourage new gamers to sort out and be taught completely different components of the sport “in a managed, scripted setting”.
There’s different stuff too: a devoted chat channel for brand new gamers, up to date and improved bots, an up to date and “extra versatile” teaching system, a free three-month trial for Dota Plus and extra. Considerably, Valve can be taking a zero tolerance method to smurfing ranging from right now: now it’s a bannable offense. Oh, and that community-led tutorial created by SirActionSlacks might be included into the brand new participant targets characteristic.
To peruse the very prolonged replace publish for your self, right here it’s.