Valve has overhauled the new player experience in Dota 2. A suite of tools, revamped visuals, and other assists have been introduced with the intention of helping new players learn Dota 2's complexities and intricacies.
What's changed in this Dota 2 overhaul?
In a blog post on the official Dota 2 website, the devs refer to this update as "a new approach" to helping new players pick up Dota 2. You'll find all kinds of new stuff intended to help you pick up Dota 2 when you fire up the game as a new player. This includes a streamlined shop, a glossary of terms, and a set of new player objectives walking you through aspects of Dota 2 like crowd control or farming minions. Intriguingly, the Dota 2 devs say they're also including objectives from the recently-created fan tutorial made by player SirActionSlacks.
As well as these new additions, you'll also find new in-game tips given by a helpful little floating orange wizard. He'll give you advice if you do something that may not be a good idea, like staying around at low health without returning to base or trying to fight a powerful jungle monster at an early stage. There's also a new chat channel specifically devoted to beginners, with admins chosen from "trusted community leaders" in the Dota 2 world. You'll now find hero briefs telling you what each hero does in a nutshell, as well as a dedicated system for requesting coaching from experienced players. There's lots, lots more on offer in this Dota 2 update, so be sure to check out the full breakdown to see what's been added.
What else is happening in the world of Dota 2?
It's an eventful time for Valve's MOBA. In addition to the above-outlined new player overhaul, the first season of Netflix animated show Dota: Dragon's Blood premieres on Netflix tomorrow. It's a show revolving around Dragon Knight and Mirana, and you'll get to see plenty of fan favorite content from the Dota universe reimagined for an animated series. If you're a Dota 2 fan, be sure to check that out.
Valve also says that the next major Dota 2 update - after this new player overhaul-focused one - is expected to hit on the Friday following the Singapore Major, which means it'll land around April 9th. That update will contain the next hero in Dota 2, who hasn't been named yet, as well as a "balance-focused gameplay update". Something to look forward to if you're a Dota 2 fanatic. We'll bring you more on this as we get it.
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