Dota 2 have made some changes to the game ahead of The International 2017, which is occurring this week, making the game more welcoming to new players ahead of the influx of rookies that try the game for the first time during Valve’s mega-tournament.
The update, which launched last Thursday, restricts new players to a group of 20 heroes for their first 25 games. The group of 20 heroes is curated, with data showing they are the most newbie friendly of the game’s pool of characters. This is useful, because I can only imagine that a player loading into their first competitive game and getting landed with Earth Spirit is unlikely to have a good time.
Talking of good times, the update is also looking to pair new players with people who have “consistently high behaviour scores”, so that new players will avoid some of the most toxic in the community. The adjustments mean that new players will be matched not just with those in their skill bracket but also with people who are unlikely to start dropping F bombs at the slightest misplay.
You can’t blame viewers for wanting to give the game a go. The International 2017 has a prize pool of $23m with $20m going to the winning team alone. The International is running all this week, but the main event runs from August 7 to August 12 at the KeyArena in Seattle.