Can DOTA 2 be played casually?

#1 Posted by Aegon (5588 posts) -

I would at least give it a try if it didn't seem like such a time sink. After the learning hump, can it be played casually? By which I mean a few games a week?

#2 Posted by TullyAckland (237 posts) -

Yes, easily.

#3 Edited by Joeyoe31 (820 posts) -

A few games a week? Of course.

#4 Posted by Slag (4346 posts) -

of course you can, you just probably won't get very good at it. But they do a fairly good job of matching you with other players of your approximate skill.

#5 Posted by CornBREDX (5255 posts) -

I play it casually. Why not?

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#6 Edited by Demoskinos (14823 posts) -

You could always dabble with offline bot matches.

#7 Posted by SirPsychoSexy (1329 posts) -

After the learning hump absolutely. But if you expect to play casually while learning, you will be bad for quite a while. We are talking at least 100-200 games before you really know most of the ins and outs.

#8 Posted by sirdesmond (1240 posts) -

Yes, it takes a while to learn but you can learn at a casual pace and then play casually thereafter. That's what I do.

#9 Posted by afabs515 (1060 posts) -

I've been playing nothing but one or two bot matches/day to learn the game. I can't imagine why it wouldn't be possible to play like a game/day and enjoy it. Now, if you want to get good at the game (from my limited understanding), that takes a more significant time investment.

#10 Posted by DoctorWelch (2774 posts) -

After you get to the point where you have about 200-300 games (maybe less or more depending on the person) you will get to the point where you understand the mechanics and the only real way you will get much better at the game is by playing a shit ton and having a consistent group.

That's where I've been for a while and I can pretty much go into any public match and dominate. It's not that I'm good at the game, but when you only play with a bunch of random people it's hard to advance beyond a certain skill level. So, I could pretty much play a game every other day and still have fun and be good, but for me it's not fun unless I'm improving so I pretty much stopped playing it because I didn't have a group.

So the answer is Yes, if you like not getting better and playing hour long games a lot.

#11 Posted by davidwitten22 (1708 posts) -

Yeah you can easily play this game casually and have fun. It'll be even better if you can find a group of buddies who are also noobs and are willing to group up and play casually for fun. You guys aren't going to be semi-pro level or anything, but there are people I get matched with who have 1000 games and still have no idea what they're doing, you'll be completely fine.

#12 Posted by supamon (1333 posts) -

Yes, of course. It's not like Valve points a gun at your head and forces you to keep playing...

#13 Posted by avn111 (14 posts) -

Yeah, try to group up with some buddies or go in the Giantbomb chat in the client and ask if anyone wants to play casual. There are tons of people in there willing to join up.

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