Defense of the Ancients 2, commonly known as DOTA 2.
Walk into any cyber cafe and you’ll see more than half the customers present clicking away, controlling their heroes and swearing at their teammates.
Tell non-gamers that you’re an avid DOTA fan though, and they may think you enjoy wasting your life away in a fantasy realm. We absolutely disagree.
We’d like to commend all those who have spent hours developing their heroes and destroying enemy ancients. We think it’s a productive use of our…I mean…your time.
The next time someone tries to make you feel bad about playing DOTA, just show them our list of The Perks of Being a DOTA 2 Player. That should shut them up.
It Teaches You Teamwork and Strategy
The most obvious one. DOTA is a 5 on 5 game. No single player is good enough to win the game individually. Teamwork makes a big difference in turning the balance of the game on its head. If your support heroes refuse to play their role and instead wander around on their own, your team is likely to lose a whole lot of ground and get dominated.
At the same time, coordinating your team to attack at the opportune moment, or pushing for that last-minute victory in a close game can make all the difference. Knowing the strategy of when to farm and when to attack is key.
It Teaches You Patience
Yes, we all know that farming in DOTA can be tedious and require you to grit your teeth and get it done. But that’s not the only way DOTA teaches you patience.
Imagine being an extremely accomplished DOTA player. Now imagine everyone in your team is a noob who has just started playing.
Now, not only do you have to try to win the game, but you have to do it while teaching those on your side what to do and when to do it!
If you’re able to do that and still win, I tip my hat to you!
So, take a deep breath, slow down your heart rate and remember that playing with noobs builds character!
You Make Friends from All Over the World
DOTA 2 is an online game. That means there’s no physical boundaries to whom you can game with. You can quite easily pick the servers you want to game on. If you’re hankering to play with your local buddies, that’s fine. However, if you feel like expanding your boundaries, you can just as easily decide to play on games populated with Russian, Chinese or Filipino players.
And what could be better than bonding with strangers over your favourite game? Not all of us can afford to travel so perhaps this could be the next best way?
Interestingly, there have been cases of gamers meeting the person they end up marrying while playing DOTA. So, if you’re single and very available, DOTA may be a great way to find yourself a partner.
Who said gaming makes you less likely to get laid?
This one is backed up by actual research.
A study by the University of Toronto found that those who play video games develop better hand eye coordination and are better able to learn sensorimotor skills.
Scientists actually recommend that professionals who tend to work with their hands (surgeons, carpenters etc.) play games on a regular basis to keep their motor skills top notch.
These are actual genius scientists telling you to get your game on! What are you waiting for?
Perhaps DOTA could even be your pathway to becoming a skilled surgeon à la Dr Strange?
Fun! Fun! Fun!
I mean come on, it’s great to talk about the benefits of what DOTA brings to its players, but the main reason most of us spend our time gaming is because it’s simply ridiculously fun. Nothing is more satisfying than leading your team to a hard-fought victory!
Everyone needs to cut loose and relax once in a while and DOTA is something that can help you destress.
Plus, if you prefer staying home and playing DOTA over going out and partying, you’ll be having a lot of fun while saving a ton of money!