So i went ahead and Created a steam group for Dota 2 so we can start gathering players.
Join us in the Giant Bomb chat channel ingame: GiantBomb
This is a great way to get in touch with people of the community, find some people to play with, ask for advice or set up some games between community members. It might not always get as much response but normally there should be some friendly and helpfull people on there.
Giant Bomb Inhouse games
Before i tried to set these up like once a week, but with the influx of new players it seems better to just let that go and let people just naturally meet up in the Giant Bomb chat in the in-game client.
The limit of 10 people also limits this vs something like Arma where you can set up an event and let 30+ join.
Occasionally something will be scheduled, but i think it is in the best interest of the community that some planned stuff revolves around helping new people, seeing the big influx of new people after the Tnt.
People can still always harass me to maybe make a steam pop up if they like to get something going. Like doing an inhouse, doing ssmething fun, needing a few extra people to fill out an inhouse.
The Giant bomb community teaches the community
To finally get us started with helping out the new people in the community we will stop focussing on inhouses which don't really work anyways onto hopefully setting up events and times where more experienced members of the community can help the newer ones get into the game and improve.
We will try to have 1 or 2 events per week and from there we will see if we need more or less, depending on how successful it is.
There are a lot of ways we could potentially do this, from bot matches with spectators to 5v5 of new players with coaches watching or matchmaking with coaches watching op playing along.
We will most likely decide opun this with the people who show up at the moment and it wil ofcourse depend on how many people show up.
For the weekly/Bi-weekly inhouse games there is the option to use the ingame voice or the mumble set up for the Giant Bomb Pc Gaming hub.
Getting started and potential coaching
It might be a good idea to read up on a basic guide. http://www.purgegamers.com/welcome-to-dota-you-suck
It covers a bit of everything. Or feel free to hit up some people on the steam group/ingame giant bomb channel.
It might be that some people are interested in help from the community. So the Giant bomb community might be able to get some session going.
There is nothing set up yet but we have been toying with the idea. So to not clutter to this thread here is a separate thread.