I recruited a DOTA 2 coach to get ready for The International
I've always been interested in the world of video games.
Climbing the ranks, mastering all the move sets, and strategies.
You know, being a true gaming bad ****.
[NOISE] But my actual experience level well, [NOISE]
Not so great.
And played games like Grand Theft Auto, Super Smash Bros and Lord of the Rings, but I was never really good at them.
So naturally I thought I'd dive head first into the professional world of e sports, but as insurance I recruited E sports coach Donnie Chow from [INAUDIBLE] [INAUDIBLE] To teach me how to play Dota 2. I've watched others play Dota 2 before.
I thought the game was so simple.
You don't have to manage your kingdom, just guns blazing, kill your enemies, then you win, but apparently I had no idea what I was getting myself into.
Donnie and I didn't have an exact strategy
Our plan was really simple.
Donnie was very helpful in getting me started.
He talked me through general navigation, getting acquainted with controls, and tuning my timing.
As a person below level zero on video games, I felt much more confident playing it with Pete's instructions.
And I was learning more quickly.
I make content for YouTube and I have a website DotaAlchemy.com.
It's like online courses basically, right?
So you have series of different concepts in the game.
So one thing that maybe we struggled with was buying items.
In the game and there's a 130 140 different items so we might have a series on what items to buy on what hero at what time in the game.
Because there's so many different complexities about when something is good and when it's not good.
Besides, the video lessons that people can just watch like we play together Now do you like one on one coaching sessions.
Or we can even review previous games, kind of look at film, look at the tape.
There was a lot going on in the game.
At least a lot more than I was used.
Dota definately tests your skilss.
The game is georgeous, but at the same time, very [UNKNOWN] There's a lot to be constantly aware of.
I had to click fast, my left hand [UNKNOWN] to keep up with [UNKNOWN] my ears need to pay attention to what Donnie is telling me.
My eyes have to keep with where my hero is.
And my [UNKNOWN] was just in a shock [UNKNOWN] what the [BLEEP] did you just do?
And I will even admit, I was follow the creep instead of Donny for several minutes because they were both green.
Hold on, come back here.
Again, I lost track of the map I almost step into enemy territory before Donny stopped me.
Come towards the bottom.
Good idea Games like DOTA 2, Diablo, Command & Conquer, any MMORPG or strategy game really makes you appreciate a big, high-res monitor.
I found myself getting most frustrated when the enemy heroes gang up on me.
It was tough to try and think for myself, but also follow Donny's lead.
He's trying to heal me but I'm also trying to put some distance between us and the creeps.
But then, I got stunned and it was all too late.
Needless to say, I die.
And I even took Donny down with With me.
And he was just one other person I cannot imagine what will happen with an entire team.
This experience taught me just how important communication is when it comes to team competition.
From my own personal perspective, it kind of reminded me of playing an instrument in a band.
We have to watch the conductor's every movement, tons of notes on the music sheets, listen to each other's sounds and tones, manage our all fingers on the keys, and breathe in and out according to the music in our own capability.
I can only imagine the intensity when it comes to competing in the international Which is the extravagant Dota II world competition where teams compete with five players each.
Pro players from all over the world that have years, even decades of gaming experience gather at the international.
Scouted, recruited and trained by [UNKNOWN] company All eyes on the million dollar prize money.
The players have to manage their own heroes, watch their teammates, pay attention to the map, analyze the situation, coordinate attacks with others and even plan out advanced strategies to trick the enemies.
Players need to inform each other and keep the communications clear at all times.
It's like playing a physical sport but with more intense actions.
Donnie himself said he compares it to his background playing baseball and snowboarding.
So I've just had a lot of athletic experience.
I taught snowboarding fo three years and that really kinda cemented the fact that I really enjoyed.
Teaching people activities that I like.
And, specifically, physical or complicated ones.
Snowboarding, for example, is really scary to a lot of people.
And seeing people overcome that fear and get it and start turning is really, really exciting for me.
Same thing with baseball.
When you teach a kid how to throw a curveball or how to Field a ground ball, for example, and they get it and they do it.
It's really, really rewarding to see that growth.
I mean I've been gaming my whole life.
My grandparents had a regular Nintendo back at their house.
And every time that we'd go to Colorado, I'd get to play Dr. Mario and Tetris and we And it would be competitive.
Why Dota 2?
It's just a game that I've been playing for like off and on, probably 13 or 14 years.
I really like how competitive it is, how much growth there is to have in the game depending on how much effort you put in at getting better, That's a big part of Dota is that it's really teamwork-based.
These pro players are actually.
They do what's called boot-camping.
They all go to a location or they have team houses.
Some of them even have training facilities now.
So they're all there.
Playing 15 games a day looking at their replays of their previous games watching flip film basically how basketball and baseball players watch film of their games to break down their mistakes.
They're building up their communication and comradery and teamwork, it's like any other sport.
As you start to learn something it's slow But then as you get better at it you speed up and more things become possible and so these guys are thinking and moving, and reacting at like mock speed compared to what we were doing.
The International 2018 is coming up on August 20th Beside the pro players another exciting team to watch will be Open AI spots team.
They have already beaten top players in single player match last year.
Now, they have 5 bots working a team to challenge pro team.
I had so much fun trying something a little different here and learning the basic ins and outs of Dota 2 from Donnie.
The experience really has taught me a lot about multitasking, coordination and concentration, and really showed me just how demanding these sports can really get.
There is certainly a lot more for me to master.
But maybe that's a video for another day.
Special thanks to DotaAlchemy and 1UP.
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Let us know in the comments, what is your game of choices, and who you're rooting for of international How did you get into gaming?
And now that I am a donor beginner, what should I try next?
Until next time, this is Marion Joe, from c|net.
Thanks for watching.
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