Recently, I took it upon myself to get an invite to the DOTA 2 beta. Upon successfully receiving an invite, I have been playing the figurative shit out of the game. Well, not actually. But I have played a number of matches, to some success! Aha! The best thing I thought about DOTA 2 was that I didn’t have to learn anything new. As it turns out, having not played in 3 years left me not knowing a lot about core changes to DOTA, let alone remastered versions of heroes and items tweaks in DOTA 2. For example, they gave big hulking Sven an ability that gives every local friendly a mad speed bonus for a short time. It totally took me off guard when him and his whole team bum rushed me. It took me 3 deaths before I figured out why he was so damn fast. There are so many little things one has to keep track of that one might think the game sounds unplayable for new players, but the hurdles for new players are being addressed in some serious ways by Valve and let me tell you, I’m really impressed.