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League of Legends / Re: LoL Sells Out
« on: September 01, 2012, 10:55:25 AM »
Is LoL really more popular then dota?
I would say yes. The same as Justin Bieber is more popular than Queen or Pink Floyd.

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General / Re: Heroes for noobs
« on: July 21, 2012, 11:44:14 PM »
Just to bump the thread and get things going

Death Prophet
Noob Role: Nuker

I just played a few games as Death Prophet and she is really strait forward. your Q is your bread and butter your third skill is a passive making everything better and your ultimate hurts, is easy to use , heals you at the end, and can help take down towers.

Useful guide: http://www.dotafire.com/dota-2/guide/new-ish-players-guide-to-death-prophet-1254#chapter1

A lot from the secret shop and a bit pricey but you are unfair after getting all of this


Try tank + pusher. GG.

Vanguard + Bloodstone + Assault Curiass.

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News / Dota 2 Confirmed Free to Play
« on: June 02, 2012, 10:02:02 AM »


Valve has confirmed Dota 2 to be free-to-play, along with a a few additional changes and an early access package for $39.99.
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Today we’re announcing that Dota 2 will be free to play, and contain an in-game store where you’ll be able to buy fancy gear to customize your heroes. From the forum threads we’ve read over the months since The International, it’s pretty clear that this won’t come as much of a surprise to anyone out there. There are a variety of smaller details that we’ve decided to put together a FAQ to help with, but we wanted to address the two most common concerns right away:
 
  • Dota 2 will not be a pay-to-win game. All the items in the store are cosmetic, and don’t affect gameplay.
  • All of the heroes will be available free of charge. We believe restricting player access to heroes could be destructive to game design, so it’s something we plan to avoid.


Source: http://blog.dota2.com/
FAQ: http://www.dota2.com/spoilsofwar/faq




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General / Re: Good solo lane heroes (not mid)
« on: May 14, 2012, 09:58:39 AM »
A ranged hero with a AoE harass plus a regen / escape mech usually does well.

A few who come to mind are Lich, Mirana, Necrolyte and Dazzle.

I'm definitely no pro, so I'd wait for a few more suggestions.

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Nice. We don't need two good PC devs hacking at each other.

Also, Blizzard All Stars = BALLS :P

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Blizzard has dropped a short-and-sweet press release (reprinted below) informing us that it has landed on a "mutual agreement" with Valve regarding the contested "DOTA" trademark. DOTA, of course, stands for "Defense of the Ancients," which is a fanmade map and mode for Blizzard's Warcraft 3, originally based on a Starcraft map. Developer "IceFrog," who's overseen the DOTA map since 2005, has gone to work for Valve on DOTA 2, while Blizzard has been working on its official variation of the game, previously called Blizzard DOTA.

The mutual agreement means that Valve will get the rights to use the "DOTA" trademark commercially, so DOTA 2's name won't change. Blizzard reserves the right for fans to use the trademark noncommercially, but will give up the DOTA name for its official variant. That game will instead be called Blizzard All-Stars, "which ultimately better reflects the design of our game," said Blizzard executive VP Rob Pardo. "We look forward to going into more detail on that at a later date."

Valve's Gabe Newell also gave comment, saying that Valve is "pleased that we could come to an agreement with Blizzard without drawing things out in a way that would benefit no one." Blizzard All-Stars doesn't have a release date yet, and DOTA 2 is due out next year.

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Blizzard Entertainment and Valve Announce DOTA Trademark Agreement
 
 May 11, 2012 –Blizzard Entertainment and Valve today announced a mutual agreement regarding concerns over the names of upcoming products. In accordance with the agreement, Valve will continue to use DOTA commercially, including DOTA 2, while Blizzard will preserve noncommercial use of DOTA for its community with regard to player-created maps for Warcraft III and StarCraft II.
 
  "Both Blizzard and Valve recognize that, at the end of the day, players just want to be able to play the games they're looking forward to, so we're happy to come to an agreement that helps both of us stay focused on that," said Rob Pardo, executive vice president of game design at Blizzard Entertainment. "As part of this agreement, we're going to be changing the name of Blizzard DOTA to Blizzard All-Stars, which ultimately better reflects the design of our game. We look forward to going into more detail on that at a later date."
 
  "We're pleased that we could come to an agreement with Blizzard without drawing things out in a way that would benefit no one," said Gabe Newell, president and co-founder of Valve. "We both want to focus on the things our fans care about, creating and shipping great games for our communities."
 
  The companies do not plan to discuss the terms of the agreement beyond today's announcement.


Source: Joystiq

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To be able to download a F2P game on steam, you have to have bought or own a game on steam, menaing you have to have spent money that benefits valve to be able to download a f2p title.
False. I'm sure I had at least 3 f2p games on steam before I bought anything (TMNF, Spiral Knightst and RoI).

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General / Re: UI / Item Overhaul Incoming!
« on: April 26, 2012, 07:17:46 PM »
UI looks less blocky and much more streamlined. Items, meh.

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Before getting a beta key I had never used steam; in fact i'd never realyl heard of it.  Now I have steam and have purchased around $80 worth of games including on Other valve titles (Portal1/2).  Thats the real business beauty of the steam/F2P model that people forget about.  Valve basically made money directly because of Dota 2 even though I didnt pay for Dota 2 itself. 
You know what, I agree 100%. I had a steam account for a while, but only started using it regularly after Dota 2. And so far, I myself have spent quite a bit of money picking up cheap games I normally wouldnt have done.

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General / Re: The abandoned penalty is not 1 day...
« on: April 24, 2012, 12:50:37 PM »
No. Don't leave games. They should remove the reconnect timer and make the penalty one week.

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Agreed on all counts, except #2. People click on the shop? Hotkeys FTW!

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Introductions / Re: Hi Im Kalamity
« on: April 22, 2012, 02:05:43 PM »
Hello there. Welcome. Stick around and stay active.

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General / Re: Win a DotA 2 Beta Key from Vitriolic Gamig
« on: April 22, 2012, 06:55:26 AM »
Link doesn't work.

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What i feel is,

The basic AP game with all (or a limited number) of heroes will be free to play. So you can download the game and play it with your buddies fro free.

However, for other features, you have to pay. Such as matchmaking, game modes, heroes, hats, skins, alt avatars, taunt etc. This is very similar to HoN/LoL.

The 'twist' will be a rating system (commendations anyone?) which allows users to unlock those for free or a lower price by providing some criteria to be achieved (eg: +20 leadership will give you 20% discount on a certain feature).

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News / 'DOTA 2' will be free-to-play 'with a twist,' says Gabe Newell
« on: April 21, 2012, 10:29:56 AM »
The sequel to Defense of the Ancients (DOTA) will be free-to-play "with a twist", according to the co-founder of Valve, Gabe Newell.




Speaking on a yet to be released podcast shared by the producers early with Polygon, Newell told Seven Day Cooldown that the PC and Mac-compatible real-time strategy game will use a free-to-play funding model, but one that hasn't been used in any other game before.
"It's going to be free-to-play -- it'll have some twists, but that's the easiest way for people to think about it," Newell said.

The full podcast from Seven Day Cooldown will be released later today.

Source: The Verge

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