Defense of the Ancients, or DotA, is a map in the game Warcraft 3. It was created by players and is arguably the most popular custom map ever made. It combines strategy, skill, teamwork, and a little luck. DotA is relatively fast-paced for a role playing game; as a result, it can be a little difficult for beginners to get the hang of it. With a little practice and some helpful tips, however, even a noob can start succeeding in DotA in no time.
Install Blizzard Entertainment's Warcraft 3: The Frozen Throne on your computer.
Connect to Battle.net and create an account. Try to make your account name distinctive and memorable. Or use Garena and create an account.
Download the DotA map. The original DotA map has spawned a number of other custom maps, but the most popular (most widely-used) of these is DotA Allstars. You can download map archive at CEScafe.com. Let download the ?latest map,? and put it in your maps folder located in your game's directory.
Boot up Warcraft III and log in to Battle.net. The latest patch will automatically be downloaded when you log in. Or use Garena to login with your garena account and start the game. Use can use the Warcraft Version Switcher to change your Warcraft version.
Join a game. Choose a game from the ?Custom Game? list. It should say DotA, then the version, and the various game modes. Or use Garena, choose Local Network game. * The most common game modes include -ap, which lets you choose any hero, -em, which makes the game easier, and -ar, which gives each player a random hero. If you?re just beginning, you may want to try the random hero choice for a few games so you can familiarize yourself with several of the characters. If you already have a good knowledge of one hero, you?re probably better off choosing that hero. HOWEVER, if it is your first game, choose an easy hero to play, such as Skeleton King, who has the "Reincarnation" ability which will bring him back to life when killed. * To choose a hero, click on one of the buildings you see, or one of the ones in the opposite corner of the map, and you will see a list of all the heroes you can choose from. Select one of these or type ?random to get a random hero.
Buy a few basic items for your hero. Start by finding what type of hero you have: Strength, Intelligence, or Agility. Generally, you can tell by which stat is the highest. You can view the stats by clicking your hero and looking to the right of the unit portrait. Based on this, look through the shops, and buy items that will boost these skills. In the beginning, you should stick to the Female Human's shop or the shop nearest to the fountain, which contains the "Boots of Speed" item. The Boots item is absolutely essential to success, as it allows your character to move around more quickly, and when in trouble this is exactly what you need. If you?re not very good, you may especially want to stock up on defensive items like Bracers. * Some items combined together make more powerful items. These combinations are called recipes. Later in the game you will start buying recipes, which are found at the other shops. To get these items, you must buy all the items listed in the description. If the recipe does not cost gold, it means that you just need to accumulate the items in the description, and you don't need to buy the recipe itself. A recipe's power is dictated by the shop it is found in. Going from weakest to strongest, these shops are: the Human Peasant shop, Orc Peon shop, Night Elf Wisp shop, and Undead Acolyte shop. * As you progress you will also need to buy items that are more designed for your hero. The best way to find what these items are is to ask other players in the game. However, most players may prove to be of very little help, and harass you until you get fed up and leave the game. The best idea is to simply ignore such people and persevere until you do not require the help of other players.
Upgrade your primary skill. Click the symbol of the Red Cross in your character's menu, look at your skills, and choose the one you think is most useful.
Choose your lane. A lane is the path where the computer controlled monsters, or creeps, will run down and attack all enemies in their path. Try to get into a lane with an ally and follow their example. You will get gold for each creep you kill, and you will automatically get gold over time (You will get a lot more gold over time in Easy Mode than non-easy mode). To maximize your gold, don't attack creeps constantly, watch their health gauges carefully and time the last hit to get gold. * When fighting in a lane, the goal is to stay and get experience as much as possible without having to go back to your base and heal. You gain experience points by being in the vicinity of a kill, so you can stand back behind your friendly creeps and then attack the enemy creeps, while yours are taking all of the damage. * If you end up alone in a lane, don't be afraid to ask for help. If you are inexperienced and the opponents in your lane are just too good for you, explain to your teammates that you are new, and they will probably help you. You may be able to get somebody to switch lanes with you if your lane is being pushed, or somebody may team up with you in your lane.
Avoid wasting your abilities on creeps. Use your skills on heroes to weaken them, and then call for a gank, or gang kill, where your teammate(s) will come from behind them and you will both attack, and hopefully kill the enemy. When an enemy is killed, they lose gold, and you can gain it.
Use the towers to your advantage. The towers in the lanes are super powerful, don't mess with your opponent?s towers. Instead, let your creeps damage them little by little. On the other hand, if your hero is weakened, you may be able to stay alive by staying very close to your tower. Move around a little bit so that you can always stay behind the tower. As enemies approach, they?ll have to deal with the tower instead of you. If, however, 3 or more heros or creeps are ganging your tower, move away. You may just need to go back to home base.
Get advice on what to buy. Once you have a good amount of money from killing creeps/heroes, ask your teammates what they recommend you buy. Then go back to your base and buy that item/recipe. The right choice of items for your hero can make the difference between life and death, so don?t just buy things randomly.
Focus on killing opposing heroes as the end of the game nears. Toward the end of the game, you?ll want to earn as much experience (from kills) as possible, so you should try to kill heroes. Of course, you should still kill creeps if you are behind everyone in levels, and if you need money. Remember, DotA is a team game?help your team in any way you can.
Remember the object of the game. The ultimate goal of the game is to destroy the enemy?s base and their main building (The Frozen Throne or the Tree of Life). As you destroy the enemy?s barracks, your creeps get stronger, so this should also be a priority.
If your hero is still weak or does not have any strong items do not focus on killing opposing heros, thus focus on destroying towers and killing creeps. Ads by Google Asteroid warning system Learn how to build an early impact warning system on the cheap. www.SmartPlanet.com
Always bring a Town Portal Scroll, at the beginning of the game this is really helpful because you can go in another lanes that have many enemy creeps on it, so you will earn gold faster.
Avoid 1-to-1 confrontations early on and try to prevent unecessary damage by staying back and close to your creeps.
If you think that you cannot defeat an enemy hero in battle, start running back to your base. Dying really hurts your income and experience gain, not to mention that you make your opponents richer.
Despite popular belief, pushers win games; not killers. "Pushing" is the act of killing enemy creeps and destroying enemy towers in your way to the enemy base. The enemy will do the same, so keep an eye on your towers at all times.
Later versions have a "-tips" command implemented. The "-tips" command shows gameplay tips for your hero at regular intervals.
Because you are a newer player, many people will be hostile towards you for not being 'good'. Don't let this discourage you, they were beginners once, too. Just ask for help nicely, and cooperate to be a team player.
Do not leave a game once it has started. This will certainly anger your teammates.
Look out at the mini map. It shows whether an enemy is in sight. Once you don't see an enemy that means probably backstabbing you or some other people. In that case, tell your teammates that the hero is "mia", otherwise known as missing in action. You should do that too when a opposing hero from your lane left the lane for no specific reasons which = back stab most likely. If you don't and your team members get killed like that, then you will be considered a noob and your members will say that you suck.
If the game says banlist in the title, or you see an apple join and leave alot when you are waiting for the game to start, do not quit, or feed the enemy, you will be banned, and you will be unable to join a host's game if he has banned you. However, this will not be a problem unless you are banned from a large number of players or by an Approved Host. In public games getting banned is usually not a big worry, as Approved Hosts rarely host public games. TDA and other league or high-level games are almost always hosted by an Approved Host, and it isn't a good idea to leave those games.
Things You'll Need
A Copy of Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne (Expansion)