Shoemaker's Army Steam Group

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#1 Edited by Lord_Xp (648 posts) -

What is Shoemaker's Army

Shoemaker's Army is a Steam Group that is for new Dota 2 players looking to play with others from the Giant Bomb Community that are also new. This takes away the stress of playing Public Matches with others and being bashed for being new. Along with new players in this group, there will be experienced players willing to play and teach the newer ones the basics and anything Dota related.

What do you have to do to join

Simple, just visit this link. It's a public group so if you have new friends to the game, have them join as well.


You can be as new as possible to join this Group. You can even be the most experienced player there is. If you are an experienced player however, it would be appreciated by other members to play with them and teach them the ropes. Any skill level is welcome here!

For new people looking at this thread: The original thread was just talking about creating the group. I did not want to create an all new thread so I did a full edit of the original.

This group needs more Teachers for the game. We also need an Avatar for the group as well. I am not good at photoshop or being creative, so if someone would volunteer to make one for us, that would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you everyone for the support of this group! Without you guys, I probably wouldn't have done it in the first place. GLHF!

#2 Edited by Irvandus (3115 posts) -

I would definitely join that as a new player.

#3 Posted by gogosox82 (441 posts) -

I'd be down to join. I haven't played it much recently but would like to get back into it and this might help.

#4 Posted by Slag (5782 posts) -

Sounds like a great idea!

I don't think I play often enough to join though.

#5 Edited by YoThatLimp (2081 posts) -

I'd be down with that

#6 Posted by Bedouin (68 posts) -

Just let me know where to sign. I've been wanting to try this game out but want someone to show me the ropes so I know what the hell is going on.

#7 Posted by Dourin (245 posts) -

I'm in the same boat as Bedouin. Played a couple games some time ago with a friend, but he didn't do a very good job of explaining what I needed to do or, more importantly, why I was doing it. Count me in.

#8 Edited by PrimalHorse (87 posts) -

I'll join, I play a fair bit of dota so I'd be happy to help people get into it. Once you get pass the stress and rage of randoms the beauty can really come out of that game. When you start knowing all the meta concepts it gets so weird, watching Dota internationals at the moment and understanding why these crazy pro's are doing something feels like I've learnt another language. A completely useless one admittedly but it feels kind of cool to be able to understand something that has a community. (I've never been on a sports team it shows)

Do it. Make it!

#9 Edited by Lord_Xp (648 posts) -

Alright Guys. I'll create this Guild tomorrow night. If you guys would like to send me your steam I.D's, I'll invite you guys to the guild. But before the tomorrow night comes, what shall the Guild be called?

#10 Edited by Wattsiey (29 posts) -


Also i really wanna join

#11 Edited by YoThatLimp (2081 posts) -

YoThatLimp is my steam name, I have a mic for skype/mumble.

#12 Posted by UselessLuke (17 posts) -

I've played about 100 hours now but I'm still definitely a noob. I'd be interested in joining this

UselessLuke on Steam

#13 Posted by NightOnyx (29 posts) -

I'll happily join too. Just started playing a few days ago and I'm loving it. I'm still very much a noob though, but I'm learning. Playing with some fellow noobs from giantbomb sounds great. My steam id is Pgray1410.

#14 Posted by Banggoo (129 posts) -

I've played one match like a year ago then proceeded to be called a nigger, bitch, whore in chat. Looking forward to playing with more friendly people :D

Steam ID: Banggoo (Abstract green avatar)

#15 Posted by Grimmie92 (157 posts) -

Call it Shoemaker's army and ill gladly join as a tutor.. id probably join as a tutor anyway, id just love that name

we need to make sure not to populate this guild full of people who just watch TI3 though, even though im one of those people for sure

#16 Posted by UselessLuke (17 posts) -

Having a tutor sounds great to me. Trying to watch loads of videos, watch TI3, read up etc but can't beat playing in game with someone who can help you out

#17 Edited by Grimmie92 (157 posts) -

im not some kind of pro, as i was just reminded in a match with some GB fellas as we got stomped.. but i know the basics. and perhaps thats the best person to teach new guys so that theyre not being overloaded with crazy shit like day night cycles

#18 Edited by ToyDoll (45 posts) -

I would love having a group of people to play with who are on my level of " got to the final training section but too scared to play an online match by myself" :D

Edit: Steam I.D - Alasandair

#19 Edited by golguin (4630 posts) -

@toydoll said:

I would love having a group of people to play with who are on my level of " got to the final training section but too scared to play an online match by myself" :D

Edit: Steam I.D - Alasandair

You should check out the thread made by @mariachimacabre if you want to play with people that wont rage at you. It was made around the time that Brad got hooked on his Dota 2 thing. We (the people who put their names in the thread) played plenty of games together and everyone was always very helpful since we were all starting up. You can just friend the names there. I never ran into anyone that was critical about anyone else during the games games we played. It was all very lax.

#20 Posted by GunslingerPanda (5030 posts) -

I've been dabbling with some DotA 2 lately after getting sick of the LoL community so sign me up.

Steam name is BM Panda

#21 Posted by DiabolicSabin (15 posts) -

I'm very new to DotA 2 and moba's in general. Played maybe 10 bot matches, none against other people. I'm definitely in.

Steam name is DiabolicSabin

#22 Posted by bemusedchunk (845 posts) -

I'm very very VERY down with this.

I also have a mumble server thats available for voice chat.

#23 Posted by Lord_Xp (648 posts) -

I'm very excited to see that there is a lot of support for this.

I think to keep confusion down, I'll have all teaching players promoted to officers to distinguish between newby and teacher.

#24 Posted by Wattsiey (29 posts) -

Steam ID- Wattsiey34

#25 Posted by chiablo (1033 posts) -

I'd join for sure... Steam ID: Chiablo

I'm intimidated in joining a game from the GB Chat because I don't want my abysmal performance to impact someone's fun. If there was a guild where everyone sucks, but that's ok... I'm all in!

#26 Posted by Bedouin (68 posts) -

Steam ID: Bedouin7

#27 Posted by Grimmie92 (157 posts) -

@chiablo: the GB chat usually states what kind of matchmaking theyre doing, if its low or low-mid, you can usually jump in without anyone growling.. ive done several matches in the last few days where everyone was lvl 5 or below, the main issue is the level of people actively looking for games has been lacking because of TI3

#28 Posted by JDUB_XL (530 posts) -

As someone who just started playing casually with my friends, this sounds absoluteley perfect. I'm pretty new but am eager to learn as much as I can and do my best. Steam ID: JDUB XL

#29 Posted by Junkion (15 posts) -

Sounds perfect for noobs like me, steep learning curve ^o^ My steam ID is PapaSmurf, please add me.

#30 Edited by noizy (848 posts) -

Steam ID: noizy__

#31 Edited by chiablo (1033 posts) -

Sign me up: Chiablo

#32 Posted by Lord_Xp (648 posts) -

@chiablo said:

Sign me up: Chiablo

I'm pretty sure i sent you the invite already

#33 Posted by Alphawolfy (331 posts) -

I'll join! Steam ID is Alphawolfy

#34 Posted by chiablo (1033 posts) -
#35 Edited by oblique_ (53 posts) -
#36 Posted by Lumley (1002 posts) -
#37 Edited by GunslingerPanda (5030 posts) -

Hey, I got your message saying you'd sent me the invite but I don't seem to have an invite? Maybe I'm doing it wrong.

#38 Posted by Lord_Xp (648 posts) -

@gunslingerpanda: I'll double check the invites and re-issue them to everyone again

#39 Edited by bibamatt (1123 posts) -
#40 Posted by prettyunsmart (27 posts) -
#41 Posted by GunslingerPanda (5030 posts) -

@lord_xp: Guilds aren't region based are they? I assumed not because you can choose what server you connect to per-game, but I don't know.

#42 Posted by Mister_V (1714 posts) -

Sign me up for this

steam ID: Mister_V

#43 Edited by Sackmanjones (5222 posts) -

How experienced are tutors supposed to be? I enjoy helping new people but I still feel new myself sometimes. I have 200 games under my belt and could definitely teach basics and explain most heores to people but I've yet to play every single hero myself.

#44 Posted by Grillbar (1989 posts) -

i think thats a really good idea, i mean i have played for about 80 hours and although im decent im still not that great, so its a good way to learn and teach at the same time, and its also a good way to try new chars, other then ai bashing

#45 Posted by Razorlution (203 posts) -

Please add me as a new player, my steam ID is Razorlution

#46 Posted by Ibaq (14 posts) -

I'm a very new player and would also like to join

Steam ID: ibaq

#47 Posted by chiablo (1033 posts) -

@lord_xp said:

@gunslingerpanda: I'll double check the invites and re-issue them to everyone again

Another option is to provide a link to the group page and make it a public group. Risky, but if invites are broken for whatever reason, this might help.

#48 Posted by Lord_Xp (648 posts) -

@chiablo said:

@lord_xp said:

@gunslingerpanda: I'll double check the invites and re-issue them to everyone again

Another option is to provide a link to the group page and make it a public group. Risky, but if invites are broken for whatever reason, this might help.

I think i know why people don't think they got invites.

I created the Guild in the game and not on Steam.

#49 Posted by Irvandus (3115 posts) -

I'd like to join. Steam ID is Irvandus.

#50 Posted by Lord_Xp (648 posts) -

Alright Fella's Instead of being an in Game Guild. Should I disband that guild and just create a Steam Guild?

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