Dota 2 adds 'Least Played' mode

Now that Dota 2 is up to a whopping 96 characters, it's a fair bet that a good proportion of them are something of a mystery to most of its 3 million players. To help introduce you to a few more, without the fear of being stomped by people playing their best heroes, Valve added a new mode in yesterday's weekly patch that forces everyone to choose one of their least-played Doters.

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Now that Dota 2 is up to a whopping 96 characters, it's a fair bet that a good proportion of them are something of a mystery to most of its 3 million players. To help introduce you to a few more, without the fear of being stomped by people playing their best heroes, Valve added a new mode in yesterday's weekly patch that forces everyone to choose one of their least-played Doters.

'Least Played Mode' disables each player's top 20 heroes with the most wins so they have to pick a character they don't play very often, or at least are not very good at. "Having an even playing field for everyone in the match will hopefully encourage players to break out of their comfort zone and try new heroes," Valve said in a blog post.

The patch also brought goodies including bug fixes and bots for Warlock and Drow Ranger. It adds a lot to the Dota 2 Steam Workshop tools too. Industrious community creators can now make couriers and wards, and items for Centaur Warrunner, Batrider, Mirana, Keeper of the Light, Shadow Demon, and Slark, with a shot at getting them into the game.

Dota 2 is still technically in closed beta, though it's a pretty large-scale one as Valve also revealed yesterday that it sees "over 3 million unique players every month." If you know someone in the beta, they probably have a spare invite or two, or you can buy an early access package which includes loads of cosmetic items for the free-to-play game.

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    January 18, 2013 6:00 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Dota 2 adds 'Least Played' mode.

    Now that Dota 2 is up to a whopping 96 characters, it's a fair bet that a good proportion of them are something of a mystery to most of its 3 million players. To help introduce you to a few more, without the fear of being stomped by people playing their best heroes, Valve added a new mode in yesterday's weekly patch that forces everyone to choose one of their least-played Doters.

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      January 18, 2013 6:09 AM

      Tried it last night... It's not very restrictive! It disables the 20 most used hero, so most of the pool is still available to use.

      I say they should only enable the 20 least used heroes, and that would be more significant.

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        January 18, 2013 6:14 AM

        agreed.

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        January 18, 2013 6:21 AM

        I also agree with this. Only being able to choose from 20 would make this mode much better.

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        January 18, 2013 6:24 AM

        I have like 10 heroes played tops :(

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          January 18, 2013 6:33 AM

          Always doing all pick?

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            January 18, 2013 6:46 AM

            he has the ability to random Chen more often than you'd expect.

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              January 18, 2013 7:27 AM

              chen is really nice. even for noobs. pick tanky creeps and even just attack-move the towers at the right moment, early enough, and you're pushing like mad. he's like a super-support guy. buy wards, mek, vlads, you're there!

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        January 18, 2013 9:47 AM

        I think that would be needlessly cruel, the main purpose is just to prevent people from playing anything that could be considered one of their mains.

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          January 18, 2013 10:05 AM

          it's not cruel if you're not forced to play the "LEAST PLAYED" mode. :D

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        January 18, 2013 10:12 AM

        You still need to have a good pool of heroes with varying roles to choose from.

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      January 18, 2013 6:46 AM

      Single draft mode seems to be a better solution since it forces you to choose between 3 characters. Since I'm an early player I haven't played most of the characters so it forced me to get out of my comfort zone.

      I ended up playing Luna and Broodmother for the first time and really liked both of them compared to me playing Jakiro and Venomancer for so long as support.

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        January 18, 2013 7:30 AM

        I've mostly played Single Draft this past week, but it seems even fewer people play support in SD than in AP. Which is problematic. Players also seem far less concerned with issues like having four melee heroes. They tend to go straight for a role they recognise and know and feel comfortable with (hitting things until they fall over) rather than trying unconventional heroes. Or playing support, you total arses.

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          January 18, 2013 10:18 AM

          I've been going straight for characters I am afraid of or haven't played before, to the determent of my team. You get shitty team makeups in SD because a) limited pool of characters to choose from but b) it's tough to communicate what is available to everyone at the picking stage. I wish they'd add something to the interface that shows you the options everyone else on your team has and lets you hover over their choices to get details (like HoN).

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            January 18, 2013 10:51 AM

            There is actually a suggest hero function.

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        January 18, 2013 7:43 AM

        Single draft has another problem: It's really hard to get the communication going in any team to see what is the 15 heroes available, and who should pick what to have the best team.

        Theoretically, it could work.
        Everyone should say what their 3 heroes are, then should decide what to pick based on everyone else's selection, but it's a nightmare, even when you have 3-4 friends in the game.

        The outcome is almost always an awful team.

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          January 18, 2013 9:44 AM

          or on the hero pick you see all the heros your team mates have to pick from with there name beside them

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        January 18, 2013 10:33 AM

        Single Draft is definitely the way for me because I can never decide. It might have something to do with me sucking equally with all characters.

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        January 18, 2013 10:36 AM

        I would recommend trying random draft instead of single draft to try out new characters. The staged drafting can often result in better team compositions, And often it is harder for a team to counter pick you since certain heroes are not in the pool

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      January 18, 2013 11:17 AM

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      January 18, 2013 11:59 AM

      Are they gonna stop at 140 chars? LOL

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      January 18, 2013 12:00 PM

      I just hit random

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