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Dota 2: How to spectate The International 3

Wednesday, 7 August marks the beginning of The International 3 (TI3) in Seattle, Washington, USA. They are already well into the prelims, and some of you have been watching closely – especially if you already have a fantasy team picked out. For those who don’t have the first clue about Dota 2, Lazygamer has written a crash course so that you can follow along.

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moonstormer1567d ago

People need to learn about Dota 2 - worth watching if you know what's going on.

GavinMannion1567d ago

I dunno I still don't see what's so exciting about it

10V3N0M011567d ago (Edited 1567d ago )

Agreed so thanks for this. I've been playing Dota 2 for quite a while now and I really enjoy watching tournament games. The casters really add to the experience of watching the great teams as well as learning at the same time. Watched the games last night until 1:30 this morning :\, have to hide from the boss for today now.(probably this whole week after all these good games) For my brother that's new though, got him to watch some games over the weekend and the blank look on his face...haha this would help new players get know the basics at least.

Jdoki1567d ago

For the uninitiated, spectating DOTA2 games can be very confusing. It took me a few matches, and lots of Googling to get to grips with what's happening.

I think the article could have gone in to more detail about some of the common tactics, acronyms and how to spot when certain things are happening. Such as...

Stuff like why BKB is so important; what CS stands for, and what various stats like Last Hit and Denies mean etc.

Also how to most effectively use the camera, and audio streams in the DOTA client, as at first glance it is not obvious what stuff does (for example, when using Directed or 'caster camera, you cannot change the Stats lists - but in Free camera you can - from what I can work out!).