Dota 2 is arguably the most difficult esport to learn as a casual player. The complexity of the game is very high, and new players are expected to power through dozens of chaotic games before they get a grasp on things. The community tutorial is intended to smooth out the learning experience. The experience ends with a clever party of advanced resources the player can access.
A chaotic teamfight ends the Roshan segment of the tutorial.
The custom mode features lots of Dota 2 commentators and creators including William "Blitz" Lee, Kevin "Purge" Godec, Ted "PyrionFlax" Forsyth, Gabriel "Lyrical" Cruz, Andrew "Jenkins" Jenkins, and more. It’s also filled with plenty of humour, including a sequence where the player must open voice chat and promise to keep a Town Portal Scroll on them at all times.
The tutorial took just over a month of planning, crowdfunding, and development. Shannon "SUNSfan" Scotten of MoonDuck Studios served as the project lead. Frequent Valve partner Jake "SirActionSlacks" Kanner handled publicity and community engagement. The announcement of DOTA: Dragon’s Blood on Netflix spurred the team into action. Dota 2 fans on YouTube and Reddit collectively financed the project.
An Indiegogo campaign raised almost $30,000 for the tutorial’s development.
The tutorial is available for download on the Steam Workshop or directly from the Dota 2 client.
With an expected influx of new players after Dragon’s Blood’s release and the upcoming $500,000 Singapore Major, now is a great time to start playing Dota 2.