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Dota 2 Update: A Buff to Newbies

A Novice-Friendlier Dota 2

Maouie Reyes

Dota 2 just got a whole lot friendlier.

In an elaborate announcement, Valve discussed how the complex game of Dota 2 made two adjustments to newcomers.

Dota 2, prior to the update, has not been the most newbie-friendly game. Minus the discretionary tutorial before the actual matchmaking queue, the game offers no more for its new players. Valve, recognizing how the discovery of Dota 2's wonders are coming from the early stages of playing it, released the buffs for newbies.

The first update tweaked the newcomers' hero selection system. Out of the total 113 hero pool, Valve narrowed down the vast choices to 20 of the easiest heroes to use. Newcomers will be limited to these heroes for their first 25 games.

"This introductory group consists of heroes that we’ve learned are very successful in helping new players learn and enjoy the game," Valve said.

The second update, meanwhile, focuses more on their in-game experience. In pursuit to give new players a 'good social experience', the matchmaking system has been updated for new players to match against well-behaved ones. This will significantly tone down the unnecessary trash talks, giving new players a friendly Dota 2 game.

The forthcoming grand Dota 2 tournament has also brought back the Newcomer Stream. With an expectation to host the best Dota 2 games of the year, The International 2017 will have a special broadcast equipped with contextual overlays aimed to help people understand what's happening around the game.

The International 2017 will be held in Seattle, USA with its group stages starting on August 2, 2017.