Developer Valve announced some new features for Dota 2, aimed at welcoming new players to their hit MOBA.
“Some of the most satisfying moments in Dota are found in the first stages of learning the game, as you begin to see intricate strategies take shape in the battles around you,” the developer wrote on their blog. “However, there have also been some issues that caused unnecessary challenges for new players in the past.”
MOBA’s are traditionally known for their high skill ceiling, often with confusing mechanics underpinning them. To that end, newer players will be restricted to a “curated group” of 20 heroes, for their first 25 games. Currently, there are over 100 heroes in Dota 2.
Further, new players will be matched alongside more seasoned players with “consistently high behaviour scores.”
“It is especially important for a new player to have a good social experience while they are first trying to learn the game,” the developer continued. “The matchmaking system will now ensure that new players will play with and against appropriately-skilled players that also have a track record of good behaviour.”
The International 2017 is set to begin this week with the group stage. The prize pool is currently sitting at over $23 million USD – the largest figure in esports history.