Introduction to 2 Minute Dota Guides

I know a lot of the time when I played DOTA and didn't know how every hero worked, I would play an -arem, -ar, -sd, -sdem, or any style really and get a hero who had an item build/skill build/play style I was unfamiliar with using. In the 2 minutes I had before the game started I would alt tab out, scramble around google, and try to find a guide for me hero. They were generally 30 minute reads and by the time I found starting items and skill builds, the game would have already started. Plus there isn't any guaruntee you will find a good guide!

Note: Everybody plays every hero to their own liking. I'm going to just give my own personal opinion and try to focus on the main points of the hero in a short 2 minute guide. Feel free to leave constructive comments under each post and if I try out and like your comment, I will edit my post and give you credit.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

The Juggernaut - Yurnero

Lane Starting Items  

Core Items

Luxury Items

Lane Skill Build
Level 1 Blade Fury
Level 2 Stats
Level 3 Blade Fury
Level 4 Stats
Level 5 Blade Fury
Level 6 Omnislash
Level 7 Blade Fury
Level 8 Blade Dance
Level 9 Blade Dance
Level 10 Blade Dance
Level 11 Omnislash
Level 12 Blade Dance
Level 13 Healing Ward
Level 14 Healing Ward
Level 15 Healing Ward
Level 16 Omnislash
Level 17 Healing Ward
Level 18-25 Stats

Role in early game: (Farmer)(Harasser)
Role in mid game: (Farmer)(Ganker)
Role in late game:(Carry)

Blade Fury: (Magic Immune)(AOE)(Damage)
Healing Ward: (Heal)(Ward)
Blade Dance: (Crit)
Omnislash: (Multiple Blink Attacks)

Quick Things To Note About The Hero: When in Blade Fury, you can activate Phase Boots to receive the movespeed bonus while spinning! Use this to chase your opponent through creeps for a kill or an Omnislash.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Medusa - The Gorgon

Lane Starting Items

Core Items 

Lane Skill Build
Level 1 Mana Shield
Level 2 Mystic Snake
Level 3 Mana Shield
Level 4 Mystic Snake
Level 5 Mystic Snake
Level 6 Stone Gaze
Level 7 Mystic Snake
Level 8 Mana Shield
Level 9 Mana Shield
Level 10 Split Shot
Level 11 Stone Gaze
Level 12 Split Shot
Level 13 Split Shot
Level 14 Split Shot
Level 15 Stats
Level 16 Stone Gaze
Level 17-25 Stats

Role in early game: (Farmer)
Role in mid game: (Farmer)
Role in late game:(Carry)


Split Shot: (Shoots multiple targets)  (Damage reduce)
Mystic Snake: (Mana Steal)  (Damage)
Mana Shield: (Shield)
Stone Gaze: (Escape)  (Slow)

Quick Things To Note About The Hero: Toggling split shot can give you a pseudo spell block like potm's leap and manta!

Ursa Warrior - Ulfsaar

Jungle Starting Items:  
Lane Starting Items:

Core Items

Skill Build
Level 1 Fury Swipes
Level 2 Earthshock (Overpower if Jungling)
Level 3 Fury Swipes
Level 4 Overpower
Level 5 Fury Swipes
Level 6 Enrage
Level 7 Fury Swipes
Level 8 Overpower
Level 9 Overpower
Level 10 Overpower(Earthshock if you jungled)
Level 11 Enrage
Level 12 Earthshock
Level 13 Earthshock
Level 14 Earthshock
Level 15 Stats
Level 16 Enrage
Level 17-25 Stats

Role in early game: (Farmer)(Roshan)
Role in mid game: (Jungler)(Ganker)
Role in late game:(Tank)(Carry)

Earthshock: (Slow)  (Damage)
Overpower: (IAS)
Fury Swipes: (Orb Effect)  (Bonus Dmg)
Enrage: (Increased Damage)

Quick Things To Note About The Hero: Lothar's is an alternative to Dagger. It can still can the job done but subpar considering the price cost and counterable by gem/wards/dust. Also, in clashes, you don't have the luxury of time to windwalk and run into the heat of battle. It'll take some 3-4 secs to cover a 1000 distance. Dagger on the other hand, is instantaneous.

Rush Vlads so you can solo Rosh at Level 6

Enigma - Darchrow

Jungle Starting Items
Core Items
Luxury Items

Jungle Skill Build
Level 1 Demonic Conversion
Level 2 Malefice
Level 3 Demonic Conversion
Level 4 Malefice
Level 5 Demonic Conversion
Level 6 Black Hole
Level 7 Demonic Conversion
Level 8 Malefice
Level 9 Malefice
Level 10 Midnight Pulse
Level 11 Black Hole
Level 12 Midnight Pulse
Level 13 Midnight Pulse
Level 14 Midnight Pulse
Level 15 Stats
Level 16 Black Hole
Level 17-25 Stats

Role in early game: (Jungle)  (Farmer)
Role in mid game: (Ganker)  (Pusher)
Role in late game:(Support)  (Pusher)

Malefice: (Repeat Stuns)  (Damage Over Time)
Demonic Conversion: (Creates 3 units for you)
Midnight Pulse: (AOE)  (Damage Over Time)
Black Hole: (AOE)  (Disable)  (Damage Over Time)

Quick Things To Note About The Hero: Enigma in the late game is a complete game changer with his ult + malefice. Make sure you use that blackhole to get as much of their team as you can.

Setup of the Guides!

Over time as I feel confident with a hero, I will post a 2 minute guide for that hero and eventually work my way up to a guide for every hero.

The way the guides will be setup is as follows:

Lane Starting Items:
Jungle Starting Items (if applicable):
Core Items:
Lane Skill Build:    
Jungle Skill Build (if applicable):

Role in early game: (Jungle)(Ganker)(Farmer)(Pusher)
Role in mid game: (Farmer)(Jungler)(Ganker)(Support)(Pusher)(Semi-carry)
Role in late game:(Carry)(Support)(Pusher)(Semi-carry)

Skills: (Aura)(Nuke)(Stun)(Escape)(AOE)(Net)(Ward)(Passive)(ETC)
Skill 1:
Skill 2: Every skill will some of the words in () to describe it
Skill 3:
Skill 4:

Quick Things To Note About The Hero: Here I will make a couple of notes unique to the hero I feel are important

And that's it! The guide should be small enough to fit in one page so you can simply come to my blog when the game starts, CTRL+F, type your hero name in, and you'll have everything you need to know before the game starts!