Wednesday, 7 August marks the beginning of The International 3 (TI3) in Seattle, Washington, USA. They are already well into the prelims, and some of you have been watching closely – especially if you already have a fantasy team picked out. For those who don’t have the first clue about Dota 2, here’s a crash course so that you can follow along.
- MOBA: Multiplayer Online Battle Arena
- Lanes: The paths that run along the bottom, top and middle of the map
- Creep: AI monsters or minions that spawn regularly and move down the three lanes
- Farming: Killing creeps to gain gold or EXP
- Carry: A type of hero that can overpower the enemy in the late game, yet require large amounts of gold and EXP to reach that point
- Support: A type of hero whose primary function is to help their team with heals, buffs, and debuffing of the enemy heroes
- Laning: Heroes stay in their lanes, killing creeps and occasionally other heroes while pushing towards the towers – sometimes equated with farming
- Jungling: Killing of creeps in-between lanes. Can also refer to when heroes move between lanes to help with a gank
- Gank: Shortened from Gang Kill, ganking is a strategy where a group of heroes kill one player by surprise
- Feeder: A player who “feeds” the enemy gold and EXP by frequently getting killed
The International 3
Now go watch!
Last Updated: August 5, 2013