A year and a half and 4.5k hours later

Still a work in progress…

I have been playing Dota for about a year and a half year now and during that time I have amassed nearly 4.5k hours of it. It has been a journey and it has changed my life- for better or worse. I have always been fascinated by RTS games like Age of Empires and Rise of Nations since my childhood. I’d spent many hours playing all the campaigns over and over again. But, for all the time spent on the single player aspect of the games I never got to experience the multiplayer side of these games till I was in college(11th-12th standard). And once it pulled me in there was nothing quite like it. I played the Warcraft 3 mod- DotA: All Stars for the first time at the cafes I used to frequent. At the time, it did not appeal to me because of the toxicity and time it took to find game on Garena Biblethump.

Fast forward 5 years, I’m done with my engineering degree and in the few days before I started on my job I am re-introduced to this mod in the form of Dota 2. It just felt like something had connected and I had found my long lost game. Even though I enjoyed the LAN parties of AoE2, RON, CS, FIFA etc. in my hostel during my college years- there was always something missing. And in Dota 2 I found the perfect blend of all the elements I enjoyed from these very different games. The strategy and planning from AoE, the action of CS, the plays from FIFA and it added its own unique rewarding elements as well. It has a whopping 113 heroes- each having their own gimmicks and specialties. These take many arduous hours of practice to learn- some more than the others. This learning curve is brutal and many don’t find the reward worth it. That- In my opinion- is only true till you play the game. And once you do, it is unreal how many possibilities are there in this game.

During my early days in the game, I strictly stayed away from the ranked queuing as I was not too eager to experience the toxicity and rage of my Dota 1 days again. So I played quite a lot of unranked games at first- close to 1.5k hours I think. Now, it was time to test myself for the MMR(Match Making Rank) I dreaded so much to find out. And as it turns out I was right in fearing it as I calibrated at 1.6K for my solo MMR(6 wins – 4 losses). In case you are not aware, that is REALLY bad. So, the verdict was out- after playing close to 1500 hours the matchmaking rank had told me that I was really shitty at the game I was playing. Still, I kept on playing, queuing ranked games exclusively till i got frustrated at how my MMR would swing around the same mark. At one point I dropped all the way to 1K- that was a NotLikeThis moment. I started to turn things around- I started watching some pro plays on YouTube, started following pro teams and valve events. I learned quite a lot and I still am learning a lot about the game. I managed to peak at about 2.8K MMR about 8-9 months after calibrating at 1.6K MMR. That was 2 weeks ago and now i’m at 2.4K- another NotLikeThis moment. So now, I have started to analyze more aspects of myself in the game. I found a couple of interesting things in the analysis. For more on this keep tuned in…

 

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