A mixed bag of stuff tonight.
I’ve been having some great games today in DOTA 2. I played a couple solo, some with Graev, and some with 3 other guys from the community. I’m getting better — I can actually tell that my skill is increasing for the first time in a while. I remember being terrible with certain heroes from the Warcraft 3 days of DOTA… and some things never change. Valve added Naix (Lifestealer) to the game yesterday, and no matter how hard I try it feels like I’m never as good with him as others are when I face Naix.
A few lessons for anyone thinking about getting into DOTA 2.
- Have confidence because you never know what your team can accomplish if you work together without fear. Slink back or not move as one, and your opponents will surround you like sharks.
- Keep the offensive momentum.
- Don’t give up -too- early. Don’t get me wrong, there are times when it’s over, but tonight reminded me why it’s important to keep trying. I was playing Earthshaker and couldn’t get any gold early on — I thought we should give up. We were facing two pairs of Chinese friends and couldn’t get early momentum. We persevered, despite my despair, and a couple of us got blink daggers + our ults, roam ganked together, and it was a solid victory.
I made a new Imperial Agent last night and he’s now approximately level 8. I have a few videos you can watch. The newest patch (or two, now) definitely increased my performance. I was getting some sluggish play a few weeks ago but each patch has made it much more tolerable. In fact, today I had zero complaints. An interesting point I want to get across is SWTOR’s replayability. I’ve played Hutta a few times now and each time I try to go about it differently. I still enjoyed the story and the quests, despite having played them several times already. I still recommend people give SWTOR a chance if they’re on the fence.