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>/vg/'s Dota 2 Readme (will update SOON™)

If you have any questions such as "What hero I should play if I'm new?" or "How do I start playing?" - the answers are in here, just read and watch, don't go asking them in generals. Even if you ask, the answers you'll get will either be vague or outright trolling, they might also completely ignore you. So, do yourself a favor and just look it up in here.


Official

http://blog.dota2.com - Blog
http://dev.dota2.com - Dev forums
http://store.steampowered.com/news/?feed=steam_updates&appids=570 - Patch notes
http://dota2.com/heroes - Heroes
http://dota2.com/items - Items
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/browse/?appid=570 - Worksop
http://dota2.com/store/?appid=570 - Shop


How to get in

http://dota2.com/survey/experience/ - Invitation signup
http://playdota.com/forums/showthread.php?t=549077 - Playdota.com giveaway


News and tournaments

http://joindota.com - Your daily dose of beard calming and passion
http://gosugamers.net/dota2 - Competitive scene news
http://esfiworld.com/dota2 - More news
http://teamliquid.net/dota2 - TL Dota 2


Useful resources

http://playdota.com - Official DotA website, all of the information still applies to Dota 2
http://dota2wiki.com/wiki/Dota_2_Wiki - Dota 2 Wiki
http://wiki.teamliquid.net/dota2/Main_Page - Liquipedia
http://dotacinema.com - Dota Cinema videos
http://cyborgmatt.com - Content analysis for the most recent updates
http://dotabuff.com - Dota 2 stats
http://dotaholic.com - Player profiles and database
http://dota-academy.com - Stats of pro games
http://planetdota.com/new.html - Online hero viewer
http://unc.edu/~thikket - Dota math
http://streamdota2.com - A list of all popular streams


Learning

- Basics
http://youtube.com/watch?v=akUNmFAzS98 - How to play Dota 2 in 4 min
http://purgegamers.com/welcome-to-dota-you-suck - General overview of the game, a must read if you're new
http://youtube.com/watch?v=CkYqUK_LpxA - Where should I start?
http://youtube.com/watch?v=b8N9HdYjcqA - What hero to play as a newbie
http://youtube.com/watch?v=1m3z93XvSJ0 - Your first bot game
http://playdota.com/learn - Another overview of DotA
http://playdota.com/mechanics - Mechanics
http://dota2wiki.com/wiki/Glossary - Glossary of terms
http://team-dignitas.net/articles/blogs/DotA/1239/Dota-2-Setting-up-your-hotkeys-and-macros - Setting up your hotkeys and macros
http://youtube.com/watch?v=9VjBPwcb778 - Use of shift
http://youtube.com/watch?v=todkiYMiC58 - Control groups
http://youtube.com/watch?v=Glc8-ubW1D4 - Tower aggro
http://youtube.com/watch?v=lOXljong68E - Creep aggro
http://youtube.com/watch?v=g_0NP4U8aUk - Last hitting
http://youtube.com/watch?v=SVw-D3-C9bc - Animation cancelling
http://youtube.com/watch?v=Y_4sh8IzIZI - Starting items
http://youtube.com/watch?v=OFi7xbIY6dk - Tread switching
http://youtube.com/watch?v=BVM2Lj9_es4 - Gold
http://youtube.com/watch?v=GxHp4uJjZlM - Armor
http://youtube.com/watch?v=4aDpA_feSHQ - Evasion and block
http://youtube.com/watch?v=zQUmVctbSUQ - Choke point jungling
http://youtube.com/watch?v=gUV4GCrnixI - Illusions
http://youtube.com/watch?v=r-lCx5YISEM - Damage types
http://youtube.com/watch?v=_hUA2RW_y0E - Map awareness
http://youtube.com/watch?v=dsn0o-8jgII - Creep blocking
http://youtube.com/watch?v=a9ANfWUMZFw - More on creep blocking
http://youtube.com/watch?v=xwAw6NgU9CA - True sight range of towers
http://team-dignitas.org/articles/blogs/DotA/2092/Getting-Caught-Out-A-Guide-to-Positioning-Part-1 - Positioning guide
http://team-dignitas.org/articles/blogs/DotA/2101/Gaining-the-Upper-Hand-An-Analysis-of-Map-Control-via-Towers - Map control via towers

- Roles
http://youtube.com/watch?v=tpxzEfX1FeM - Hero roles in 5 min
http://youtube.com/watch?v=2i0439JaMYA - Roles
http://youtube.com/watch?v=ALVsb6AbcxA - Understanding your role - Support
http://youtube.com/watch?v=8Q8FBPLjCJU - Understanding your role - Ganker
http://youtube.com/watch?v=e-K_fI-IDE8 - Understanding your role - Carry
http://team-dignitas.net/articles/blogs/DotA/795/Dota-2-Hard-Carry-for-newer-players - Hard carry for newer players

- Hero overview
http://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL86E04995E07F6BA8 - Short video introductions to all heroes, watch the remastered versions if available

- Lanes and laning
http://youtube.com/watch?v=54g5ej4NAek - Lanes
http://youtube.com/watch?v=N-WTvUuvm00 - Trilanes
http://youtube.com/watch?v=mHH1ee5z4zA - How to outlane noobs
http://team-dignitas.net/articles/blogs/DotA/1064/Dota-2-A-quick-look-at-the-laning-phase - A quick look at the laning phase
http://team-dignitas.net/articles/blogs/DotA/1183/Dota-2-Surviving-the-Suicide-Lane - Surviving the suicide lane
http://youtube.com/watch?v=QXne3KrQ1Ng - Dendi talks solo mid
http://youtube.com/watch?v=jRaQQTs1epk - How to solo the hard lane
http://youtube.com/watch?v=NYfjyvsMSQE - Lane configuration
http://team-dignitas.org/articles/blogs/DotA/1951/Creep-Momentum - Creep momentum
http://youtube.com/watch?v=PyxT5dytfaw - Guide to suicide laning

- Picking
http://team-dignitas.net/articles/blogs/DotA/756/Dota-2-A-Beginners-Guide-to-Drafting - A beginners guide to drafting
http://youtube.com/watch?v=bUwSj4S4poE - Purge talks about hero counters
http://youtube.com/watch?v=4XUivONKHgU - How to draft in RD mode
http://playdota.com/guides/drafting-in-cm-for-intermediate - Drafting in cm for intermediate

- Jungling and creep pulling/stacking
http://youtube.com/watch?v=_LL7jIfEylA - Jungling
http://youtube.com/watch?v=NNBHzBxPsAs - Choke point jungling
http://youtube.com/watch?v=RUvwdEFPsGo - More on choke point jungling
http://youtube.com/watch?v=KFFu-Q4X9mM - Creep pulling and stacking
http://youtube.com/user/locKifiedDotA - Jungling tutorials

- Ganking and roaming
http://youtube.com/watch?v=5l5bF4R3r0E - Ganking and roaming by DotaCinema
http://youtube.com/watch?v=F3hPXsqkcgE - Ganking and roaming by Purge

- Items
http://youtube.com/watch?v=R9-qHJGIUvU - Item summary
http://team-dignitas.org/articles/blogs/DotA/1230/Tookeys-DotA-2-Item-Roundup-Support-Items-and-you - Support items and you
http://youtube.com/watch?v=hMcXatZ51FI - Black King Bar
http://youtube.com/watch?v=lF_9UH9R2ZE - Blink Dagger
http://youtube.com/watch?v=8k6XM4MlYts - How to spend your starting gold
http://team-dignitas.net/articles/blogs/DotA/1069/Dota-2-Guide-to-Spending-Your-Gold - Another guide on how to spend your gold
http://team-dignitas.org/articles/blogs/DotA/2086/Building-to-Power-Treads - Building to Power Treads

- Warding
http://youtube.com/watch?v=sgNHEEUmQYI - Basic Warding by Dota Cinema
http://youtube.com/watch?v=siNh3PI4p3A - Basic vision and warding guide
http://youtube.com/watch?v=NVzx2nwGvRo - Continuation of warding guide
http://team-dignitas.net/articles/news/DotA/885/Dota-2-Guide-to-Warding-The-Basics - Another basic guide about wards
http://team-dignitas.net/articles/blogs/DotA/1092/Dota-2-Ultimate-Guide-to-Warding - Ultimate guide to warding
http://youtube.com/watch?v=VQn8UCNRc_U - Advanced warding part 1
http://youtube.com/watch?v=shUh1ZS7G_Y - Advanced warding part 2
http://youtube.com/watch?v=hx1IkBaFP5Q - Advanced warding part 3

- For LoL players
http://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL549AD7FBEC34FB90 - From LoL to Dota 2

- Learning process
http://youtube.com/watch?v=PE-UnkR5qQQ - How to learn
http://playdota.com/guides/simple-ways-to-improve-your-game - Simple ways to improve your game
http://team-dignitas.net/articles/blogs/DotA/1421/Dota-2-Seven-helpful-tips-on-how-to-become-a-better-player - Seven helpful tips on how to become a better player
http://team-dignitas.net/articles/blogs/Blog/638/Learning-to-Learn-from-Streams - Learning from streams - Part 1
http://team-dignitas.net/articles/blogs/Blog/779/Learning-to-Learn-from-Streams-Part-2 - Learning from streams - Part 2

- Tips
http://youtube.com/watch?v=93ijlzunzmA - Tips and tricks
http://youtube.com/show/dota2didyouknow? - Did you know? Series
http://youtube.com/user/LINKDotA/videos - Quantic|Link daily tips and tricks
http://youtube.com/user/Dota2facts/videos - Dota 2 "Mythbusters"
http://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE0B41FFCF002F6AE - Two minutes or less series
http://invokergame.com - Invoker trainer
http://youtube.com/watch?v=sI6wUE6vk9s Countering Zeus ult

- Guides
http://playdota.com/guides - DotA guides
http://dota2alttab.com - Alt-tab guides
http://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL24EB71B773DFB306 - Video guides by DotaCinema
http://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL21F7E607CFC5CA82 - More video guides


Learning series

- Lumi
http://youtube.com/watch?v=-w2Rxy9F7Hc - Lich
http://youtube.com/watch?v=Pp4lv45N3Bg - Enigma
http://youtube.com/watch?v=4PD5XNpJU4E - Identifying Item Choices
http://youtube.com/watch?v=v2Wr0eMilYI - Invoker FPVOD
http://youtube.com/watch?v=LZm03eJf4SM - 5 Ways to Improve at Dota
http://youtube.com/watch?v=-9J6LVki5nU - Dendi's Mid Solo
http://youtube.com/watch?v=AVarYe2ihcA - Akke and Awoke's Enchantress
http://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL862405AD2E30E8E4 - The Dota Show
http://youtube.com/playlist?list=ELqHtrGc6RbjY - Dota top 5

- Purge
http://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL934090DC8D556FB4 - Coaching sessions
http://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5A258C5A549BABD3 - Purge casts a pub
http://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL793ED6B6CB7F26A4 - Gameplay commentaries

- Mylmyzz
http://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEA436D414FC45ADC - Watch the draft
http://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL586C8FDE94A4C14E - Learn from your mistakes

- XVRogueGaming
http://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL85CC526FD7BDD525 - Name, Shame, Fame and Flame series
http://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLs9G-WY18wyVo2rfNJrKs9GSxdnDo45pS - Advanced guides

- Dota2PortalTV
http://youtube.com/playlist?list=ELTaHYzqjdhkg - Dota 2 - Learn to play

- Professor FiercE
http://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL12B32C064F5C5B5F - How to get better at Dota 2

- 2009
http://youtube.com/watch?v=SgMJSWKPYko - Sand King
http://youtube.com/watch?v=FCgL0lBSD-k - Shadow Fiend
http://youtube.com/watch?v=p0J5GKCRAI4 - Death Prophet
http://youtube.com/watch?v=PFCfMdEx-pE - Visage

- Learn to Play Series
http://twitch.tv/thegdstudio/b/314764917 - Episode 1
http://twitch.tv/thegdstudio/b/319230244 - Episode 2
http://twitch.tv/thegdstudio/b/320572174 - Episode 3
http://twitch.tv/thegdstudio/b/323786147 - Episode 4
http://twitch.tv/thegdstudio/b/325363400 - Episode 5


Tweaks and config

http://freetexthost.com/evoibrfm1m - How to create autoexec.cfg
http://dev.dota2.com/showthread.php?t=10751 - Offline recommended items editor
http://dota-picker.dontclickthis.de - Hero picker generator
http://dota2layout.com - Another hero picker layout editor
http://reddit.com/r/DotA2/comments/nsey8/playdota_to_playdota2_conversion_script - A script that replaces DotA icons with their Dota 2 counterparts on playdota.com, requires greasemonkey and works with Firefox and Chrome
http://youtube.com/watch?v=294_VafYEQQ - How to change in-game cursor
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