What is DotA 2?
According to Wikipedia,
Dota 2 is an upcoming action fantasy strategy video game being developed by Valve Corporation. It is the stand-alone sequel to the popular Warcraft III custom map Defense of the Ancients[/I]." Wikipedia goes on to mention that "The game is comprised exclusively of session-based online multiplayer activity, with the primary objective of each match being for the teams to destroy their opposing team's fortified stronghold called an Ancient Fortress. Each player assumes the role of a "hero", who is given the responsibility of participating in team combat, which generally takes place along a series of lanes that connect their opposing bases, lined with defensive towers. The gameplay elements are largely incorporated from Defense of the Ancients, with the game's lead designer (known only as "IceFrog") being the longest-serving and current developer of the Warcraft III mod. Dota 2 marks Valve's first fantasy, as well as Action RTS game.
Steam OCN Dota 2 group and OCN channel
There is a Steam OCN Dota 2 group that you can join, please post in this thread or PM me for an invite. There is also an OCN chat channel in Dota 2 that you can visit. Once you join it the first time, you will automatically join it every time you launch the game. http://steamcommunity.com/groups/ocndota2
If you are looking for people to play with we have an OCN guild. Either PM your steam name so I can add you to my friends list and send you a guild invite or just leave a post in the thread
Useful Dota Links
Dota 2 Stats
http://www.datdota.com/ This site keeps track of the Pro Dota 2 games
Trading and Betting
http://dota2lounge.com/ If you are into trading your items or betting this is the most popular site around.
http://steamcommunity.com/market/ If you want to buy or sell items
Dota 2 Pro
If you are interested in Professional Dota these sites are worth checking out
http://www.trackdota.com/matches Keeps track of Live pro games without video. Pretty useful if your on a mobile device. It updates stats about every 20 seconds
http://dailydota2.com/ Keeps track of live pro games with or without video with access to stats K/D/A, gold, items, networth etc..
https://purgegamers.true.io/g/dota-2-guide/ If you are new to Dota and want to learn the basics check this guide out.
http://dev.dota2.com/forum.php This is the dev forum for Dota 2
http://dota2.gamepedia.com/Dota_2_Wiki This site has info for just about everything for Dota 2, Heroes, items cosmetics etc..
https://twitter.com/Cyborgmatt If you have a question about Dota and cant find the answer try asking CyborgMatt .
http://dotaflame.com/ This is a Dota VOD site. Most of the VODS are from pub games of pro players from twitch streams
http://dotahot.com/ Hot key trainer
https://www.reddit.com/r/Dota2CustomGames/ This for the new Dota 2 Reborn Beta Client
A couple videos about DotA and Dota 2
This is probably the most well know talked about pro game of Dota 2. Grand Finals BO5 Game 5 between Navi vs Alliance @ TI3
Edited by redalert - 7/4/15 at 12:36pm