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Old 06-22-2012, 07:14 PM   #1
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So I finally get an invite to DotA2. The "Learn how to play" buttons are disabled. I've figured out that hitting the "A" key and clicking on the map with my mouse will move my character there and will attack an enemy when I click on it, but camera movement uses the arrow keys and will not move with either the character or the mouse.

I don't know how to heal or do anything else.
http://dev.dota2.com/showthread.php?t=21361 is the best result a Google search dota 2 controls can get and it's vague. I don't see any sticky threads for DotA 2 controls.

What's going on?
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:18 PM   #2
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plz tell me you're kidding
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:19 PM   #3
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Why?
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:20 PM   #4
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because why do you need an invite if you don't even know what Dota is about?
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:21 PM   #5
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You can move the camera by using the cursor to 'push' the edge of the screen.

Heal would be used the heal spell, either by pressing the hotkey or left clicking the image of the spell on the UI and then you left click an ally unit.
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:21 PM   #6
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because why do you need an invite if you don't even know what Dota is about?
It's a video game. I like to play video games generally. Especially when they're free.
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:23 PM   #7
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try to create a solo game and try stuff
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:24 PM   #8
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It's a video game. I like to play video games generally. Especially when they're free.
when you should know the basics of RTS (not even Dota!). why are you asking such simple things.
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:28 PM   #9
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What's going on?
A weak troll thread.
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:30 PM   #10
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Because apparently, I'm used to some sort of tutorial mode that teaches the basics on how to play a game. Barring that, I'm used to more info on websites about a given game.
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:30 PM   #11
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just be nice to a troll, lol
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:32 PM   #12
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either a really bad troll or a lost soul

both I kill, rape, tear apart and consume just to increase my damage by 2
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:36 PM   #13
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when you should know the basics of RTS (not even Dota!). why are you asking such simple things.
Why should I know the basics of RTS? There's nothing about DotA 2 that said anything about needing prerequisite knowledge.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/570/ is the first thing most people know about DotA 2, other than people keep offering it in Steam trading.
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:37 PM   #14
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Why should I know the basics of RTS? There's nothing about DotA 2 that said anything about needing prerequisite knowledge.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/570/ is the first thing most people know about DotA 2, other than people keep offering it in Steam trading.
that is not true

most people come from DotA > LoL > HoN

and have a basic understanding of RTS

even if your from SCII you should know how this all works.

there is nothing here to discuss and thus I demand this thread is closed.
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:38 PM   #15
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A weak troll thread.
instead of trolling here you can join lod, dog.
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:39 PM   #16
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instead of trolling here you can join lod, dog.
may I remind you of the fact that the second tab in your signature had me going after 3 seconds.

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Old 06-22-2012, 07:40 PM   #17
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There is a difference between most people and people lucky enough to get to play. I see that most (if not all) replies to my post are outside the US.
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:41 PM   #18
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If you like to play free games I suggest Harry Potter Online and Hello Kitty
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:42 PM   #19
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Go play league of legends if you`re from the us and too dumb to use google.
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:43 PM   #20
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:43 PM   #21
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If you like to play free games I suggest Harry Potter Online and Hello Kitty
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There is a difference between most people and people lucky enough to get to play. I see that most (if not all) replies to my post are outside the US.
so what?
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:52 PM   #22
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LoL
so what?
I'm wondering what the significanse of that is. I'd hardly think that US players are avoiding DotA 2.... but it's still in beta, and all betas can use people that aren't familiar with the area, or you're really going to have problems once it goes out of beta.
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I'm wondering what the significanse of that is. I'd hardly think that US players are avoiding DotA 2.... but it's still in beta, and all betas can use people that aren't familiar with the area, or you're really going to have problems once it goes out of beta.
no its just that in the USA most people prefer LoL

but just compare LoL in closed beta to DotA2 in closed beta

to be honest you should really just keep looking around for basic guids and PLAY AGAINST PASSIVE BOTS

just play against bots till you beat them in medium with most heroes.

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Old 06-22-2012, 07:58 PM   #24
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If you are serious about being very new and learning the game, feel free to PM me your contact info and I can walk you through the basics.
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please do not answer to this obvious troll
nobody who has over -2 braincells would try to play dota like an MMO
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Old 06-22-2012, 08:14 PM   #26
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I'm not trying to play DotA 2 "like" anything, though I've ben playing mostly Spiral Knights before this.
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Old 06-22-2012, 08:18 PM   #27
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Old 06-22-2012, 08:23 PM   #28
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So I finally get an invite to DotA2. The "Learn how to play" buttons are disabled. I've figured out that hitting the "A" key and clicking on the map with my mouse will move my character there and will attack an enemy when I click on it, but camera movement uses the arrow keys and will not move with either the character or the mouse.

I don't know how to heal or do anything else.
http://dev.dota2.com/showthread.php?t=21361 is the best result a Google search dota 2 controls can get and it's vague. I don't see any sticky threads for DotA 2 controls.

What's going on?
You're going to have to read some guides (some on this site) to familiarize yourself with the concepts and mechanics of the game. The best thing you can do is play against bots and find someone who can guide you through the game step-by-step.

Asking questions on these boards and expecting a respectful answer is a terrible idea, as you can see. But don't let these idiots get you down. Practice and have fun and bask in the warmth of this knowledge: You're probably smarter than the majority of people who have posted in this thread. Seriously, the average DotA player is dumber than shit. For a game that requires strategy and tactics, it's surprising to see such a large quantity of mouth breathers.
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Old 06-22-2012, 08:27 PM   #29
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Well I've figured out that you can move just by hitting right -click, no thanks to anybody here, and that if you aren't being attacked you gradually heal yourself, which is like Luvinia, and unlike Spiral Knights. Tehre dosn't seem to be any way to equip an Alchemist wiht healing potions yet...
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Old 06-22-2012, 08:30 PM   #30
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http://www.dota2wiki.com/wiki/Mechanics specifically says that the information on the page "These are elements that are not required to play or even play well," which I kind of interpreted to mean "not really helpful for beginners" but I suppose it wouldn't hurt to read it, and maybe the opening of that page is wrong.
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Old 06-22-2012, 08:33 PM   #31
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There is one major problem with DotA: Being dependent on other people.
There is a huge difference between a match of people with low skill, and high skill. There are many things in DotA which you can take advantage of, some of which you never knew until you saw it the first time. Like for example pulling.

Anyway I won't tire you with that, since your problem already starts with controls.
Just keep trying and eventually you'll figure it out.

For camera movement you just move to a side of the screen, like with any RTS game.
You can also click on the minimap to see a place of the map.

There are many guides on this website and on other websites, you'll easily get drowned by them.
Here is a guide about basics:
http://www.playdota.com/guides/simpl...rove-your-game

And well, controls... Really just getting used to, try stuff against bots. Play at least 10 games against bots with one hero. If you want to try a different hero, again play several games against bots.
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Old 06-22-2012, 08:34 PM   #32
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http://steamcommunity.com/profiles/7...041026337/home
Was meant for a private message, got my windows mixed up, but oh well.

It's important to emphasize that it is the screen and not the field display that you have to bump up against to get the display of the field to move, though.
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You play this in windowed mode?
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http://steamcommunity.com/profiles/7...041026337/home
Was meant for a private message, got my windows mixed up, but oh well.

It's important to emphasize that it is the screen and not the field display that you have to bump up against to get the display of the field to move, though.
In most RTS games you would use the keyboard to move the camera; however, in DotA the keyboard is best utilized through hotkey use. You'll want to keep your fingers poised on qwer and 1234 (that's my set-up). The mouse is how you'll want to move the screen around. Don't try and keep your hero in the center of the screen. You're not going to be ganked in places people can't get to, so don't waste a lot of screen position on those types of areas.
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There are so many idiots on this forum... (not talking about the OP btw)
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Old 06-22-2012, 10:24 PM   #37
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Try to find someone to guide you through the basics, it's no. An rpg And the game is still in beta so there isn't really a tutorial yet
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In most RTS games you would use the keyboard to move the camera; however, in DotA the keyboard is best utilized through hotkey use. You'll want to keep your fingers poised on qwer and 1234 (that's my set-up). The mouse is how you'll want to move the screen around. Don't try and keep your hero in the center of the screen. You're not going to be ganked in places people can't get to, so don't waste a lot of screen position on those types of areas.
What RTS' have you played where you use the keyboard to move the camera?!?

OP I suggest trying to read guides about the basics until you understand what you're meant to do, then play against bots like people said then move onto pubs.
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Play it like an RTS game, but you control one unit only.
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What RTS' have you played where you use the keyboard to move the camera?!?

OP I suggest trying to read guides about the basics until you understand what you're meant to do, then play against bots like people said then move onto pubs.
Total War and Supreme Commander come to mind; however, most RTS games benefit from keyboard controls for camera, since it leaves the mouse free to click click click.

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Play it like an RTS game, but you control one unit only.
No play it like a first person strategic shooter puzzle action adventure game!
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