Our Dota 2 squad has hit the ground running since their initial debut under the Immortals banner. While the former roster of MVP Phoenix are familiar faces to Dota fans, it’s still a whole new ball game for the rest of the #IMTeam. If you’re an Immortals fan who’s intrigued about following the new team, but you’re a little lost about the nitty gritty of Roshan and secret shops, you’re not alone. We’ve prepared this guide for you to get all caught up on both the game and the competitive circuit. Get ready, because by the time you’re done reading this guide, you’ll be ready to settle down and cheer for the #IMTDOTA squad as they race for The International.
Know the battlefield
If you’re familiar with League, you already get the basics of Dota. They’re both games where two teams of five players face off to destroy the enemy’s base, specifically their Ancient. Everyone picks a hero which has a unique kit. Most heroes rock three basic spells and an ultimate, just like League, but there are some tricky heroes that break the mold. There are three lanes with minions, which grant gold and experience, and a jungle with neutral mobs. The numbers are a little different from League, but the general basics are the same.
Instead of inhibitors, there are barracks inside the base. When the barracks go down (one for melee, one for ranged), enemy minions get buff… and the barracks don’t respawn, unlike League’s inhibitors. In addition, there are shrines. There are two shrines outside each team’s base that unlock inside the base, and three inside the base are ready to use immediately. Shrines are a useful tool that allow you to restore mana and health after a battle. If you’ve played Heroes of the Storm, they’re a lot like healing fountains. In Dota 2, where you can’t back to base to heal up on a whim, a shrine can be a major lifesaver.
Our roster has the following roles:
Forev: Off Laner
The plan is to get the carry and mid lots of gold so they can do work, while the off laner and supports back them up. Add in a captain to lead the team, and you’ve got a team going. After the laning phase, Dota 2 is a game of patience and tactics. Teams skirmish in the jungle and around objectives, and losing a member of your team means you cede pressure. Picking off another player can be a big win, so teams who control the map and can find and eliminate solo enemy heroes quickly take over a game. Not only does a kill score you gold, but it causes the enemy to lose gold as well. Of course, there’s always the late game, and in a close game of Dota 2, anything can happen.
The road ahead
Dota 2 is more than just one individual game; it’s a full professional circuit. The 2017-2018 competitive circuit brought in a new structure: teams compete in the Dota Pro Circuit, which includes 11 Majors and 16 Minors. Each victory Immortals earns in a tournament brings us a little closer to The International, arguably the biggest tournament in all of esports.
If a team earns enough points, they score a direct invite to the Invitational. A Minor has a purse of 300 qualifying points, and a Major boasts a pool of 1500 points. There’s a lot on the line, and the International waits at the end of the season.
You can watch games by either following our Twitter to get the latest updates, or download the Dota 2 client via Steam and check out games through the Watch tab.