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F.D.P - Random abbreviation!

Posted 04-27-2012 at 06:15 AM by CynthiaCrescent
Updated 06-17-2012 at 12:22 AM by CynthiaCrescent

Erm, seeing how my last blog post has reached 1000 views, I decide to write another one. I know it holds little relevance, but it is a good deal of motivation.

Yes, F.D.P, a random abbreviation extremely made up by me some 2 minutes ago now stands for Farm Distribution Priority. Now this might sound like a big word, but it's not. Actually it kind of is, still, that is not my point. I'm posting this to explain to the people who are not familiar with the term. Actually I don't think anybody's familiar with the term since I just made it up.

1. So WTF is F.D.P already!

Anyway, F.D.P is what I already told you. Now, sometimes on the forums you see me, or some random posters, refer to a hero's position in their team with "#" + number from 1 to 5. Now what might this be? Well that is the signs of F.D.P my friend. The number stands for the priority slot of farming in a team. When you're playing as #1, you are allowed the most access to creeps and the likes. Conversely, #5 means you shouldn't take creeps at all and should try to get by with minimal farm. This usually doesn't apply to towers and roshan last hit though, but it does apply to Aegis and Cheese priority.

So, this usually only applies to competitive gaming and/or clan wars, because usually you wouldn't get to distribute those kind of farm without trust, team work and good communication, which is all but possible in a pub game.

2. What is the importance of F.D.P and how do I use it?

Well, it is but a number. LOL no jk, it is much more than that. By distributing farm properly, your items would get to their designated target soon and efficiently. It is highly recommended because you would not have farm wars between heroes during the games if such a priority has been determined from the start. It is essential to a team's success if you're not just aiming to push the shit out of everything. The great about this method is, that it allows you to be independent of specific heroes but rather the position in the team of which you are most comfortable with, especially considering how hero roles are all just blurs tbh

Applying the F.D.P method is easy, and many teams have done so already (they don't call it F.D.P though). You need to distribute your role on the team beforehand and stick to the plan for it to work properly. There has been several times when a team simply cannot fit into the #1-2-3-4-5 model and fail miserably. A good example would be the old star-studded DK. They have too many #1s and #2s, can't even get their teams together and stumbled on their own feet even before most games started. We all know the end of that.

Now, I would take an example team that currently has the F.D.P method applied to teambuilding and role distribution. That team is, you guessed it, the new DK, one of the most successful DotA teams in all of China right now. Here is their roster

#1 DK.Burning (Hard Carry)
#2 DK.Super (Solo - Semi Carry)
#3 DK.RotK (Solo - Pivot)
#4 DK.Zippo (Soft Support)
#5 DK.LongDD (Hard Support)

Now, that is a winning formula, they fit almost perfectly into the F.D.P model, while every single one of their players stays competent and well aware of their roles. I usually use their model when commenting using #1(2,3,4,5).

Simple, no? Most of the time, it is usually recommended that you have a specific player for each # so that you wouldn't have to worry about changing it prior to every match, unless you're planning some kind of twisted catch-all strategy that I obviously wouldn't be able to cover in this piece. The thing to notice though, that the 2 consecutives # players in a team can swap if needs be (meaning a #4 can swap with a #5). In fact #4 and #5 are frequently swapped because they hold little difference. The times when those two are not interchangeable is when #4 needs a Blink Dagger, otherwise it's pretty flexible.

To make an example, let's say you have a team consists of these heroes

A good distribution would be this


As you can see, both the #4 and #5 aren't aiming for any particularly important items at the early stages, rather leaving those to WR most likely. Thus those two are interchangeable. #1 is obviously DK, and WR would be going for things at #2. Out of the 3 left it is obvious that Clock would do best with the excess gold, so he is at #3. Now we have a solid team and good distribution in priorities of farm (1 to 5) and expendables (5 to 1). This is a matter of team organization, and should be dealt as such. Since many heroes can fit many priority slots, yet a single can go for a lot of priority slots as well, that's why it is always better to distribute # to the player themselves rather their hero pool.

I hope you understand the F.D.P method now (spread the abbreviation!) and hopefully be able to apply in effectively to your newly built teams and ready yourselves for competitive DotA. If you have any comments and/or suggestions please feel free to put so below. I am LightRedemption, and this has been another good day blogging.
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  1. Old Comment
    This is an interesting way to put priority's, nice reading overall.
    and fdp, stands for son of a bitch in portuguese wich made me laugh a ton when reading this)) but good job!
    Posted 04-27-2012 at 01:20 PM by Dwarrior92 Dwarrior92 is offline
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    CynthiaCrescent's Avatar
    Originally Posted by Dwarrior92 View Comment
    and fdp, stands for son of a bitch in portuguese wich made me laugh a ton when reading this)) but good job
    Posted 04-27-2012 at 02:14 PM by CynthiaCrescent CynthiaCrescent is offline
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    This makes much more sense than using hero roles, since most of them are arbitrary and narrow (especially those in Dota 2).
    Posted 04-27-2012 at 03:36 PM by RaidenStorms RaidenStorms is offline
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    Good read. Keep it up!
    Posted 04-30-2012 at 01:47 AM by Ari~ Ari~ is offline
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    ChibiNya's Avatar
    Mew wish it could be applied to pubs T.T Played Alchemist today and couldn't claim a single lasthit in the lane from mew partners..

    So where'd chuu find DK games? Mew has been looking for them to no success, everyone only cares about Euro-Scene.
    Posted 04-30-2012 at 06:18 AM by ChibiNya ChibiNya is offline
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    CynthiaCrescent's Avatar
    Erm, it's best to search for it on, or Two of those are cnese so pm me if you have problems.
    Posted 04-30-2012 at 11:00 AM by CynthiaCrescent CynthiaCrescent is offline
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    CrocsBlancs's Avatar
    nice article, very interesting to make a team more "flexible" in a game, and LOL for the abbreviation (FPD means Son of aBitch in French xD)
    Posted 05-09-2012 at 06:57 PM by CrocsBlancs CrocsBlancs is offline
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    innocenz.ii's Avatar
    Thank ou for your work and dedication you put into this. 'twas a good read.
    Posted 05-11-2012 at 01:04 PM by innocenz.ii innocenz.ii is offline
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    JJE92's Avatar
    Nebu1a and Luminous on use them a lot as well.
    I find them useful, especially in conjunction with a pretty simple role distribution:

    The number 1 is the only place a real carry can be put at, because this role needs an excessive amount of farm and levels. With this farm, he can basically fulfil any role in the late-game to some extent. However, a semi-carry can also be put at number 1 if there is no carry in the team.

    Semi-carries can fulfil any role from number 1 to 3, although they usually tend to fill number 2 and 3. Which one of these numbers they play depends on whether they can be put in a hard lane or rather the more safe solo mid position. These semi-carries need primarily levels and mostly also a decent amount of farm to be effective in the mid-game. They can fulfil multiple sub-roles, such as assassins (Tiny), tank (Doom), glass cannon (Shadow Fiend), pusher (Shadow Shaman) or just overall utility (Windrunner)

    Number 4 and 5 are the two supports. They require the least farm and exp and prove to be powerful heroes at the earliest levels. The soft support is often a teamfight initiator who makes use Blink Dagger (Tidehunter), or a jungler (Chen). The hard support (CM) does completely fine without this farm.
    Posted 05-14-2012 at 10:47 AM by JJE92 JJE92 is offline
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    xy4kuz4x's Avatar
    Can you tell me what is #3 role? How much is it different than #2?
    Posted 10-20-2012 at 06:40 PM by xy4kuz4x xy4kuz4x is offline
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    CynthiaCrescent's Avatar
    Originally Posted by xy4kuz4x View Comment
    Can you tell me what is #3 role? How much is it different than #2?
    The two are mostly interchangeable.
    Posted 11-19-2012 at 05:37 AM by CynthiaCrescent CynthiaCrescent is offline