@christopherson329: I've dealt with depression and social anxiety for as long as I can remember, certainly into my mid-teens, if not farther back. I even had some OCD issues as a very young kid. That I've got pretty much under control. This is true of social anxiety, too, when it comes to meeting people professionally and networking and stuff. In private, personal stuff it's still pretty bad. If it wasn't for mutual friends and online dating, I'd be pretty screwed in terms of my love life --- I'll say that much. I'm hyper sensitive to people's opinions of me, and rejection of any kind just sort of ruins me for a while.
The depression has gotten much, much worse as I've gotten older, however. It's ruined relationships and affected my health because of the way it affects my eating, sleeping, and drinking habits. It's become a constant struggle just get about and do normal things, let alone keep up with my workload as I transition into professional life. People who've never dealt with it just don't understand how rough it can be to go about your day, or even live with yourself. Everyone I've gotten really close to over the last decade has been struck by it: I'm sweet, gentle, and thoughtful one minute --- something few people get to see anyway--- and then I'm a thoughtless brute the next. What can I say to the people who I care about who I snap at or ignore if I'm feeling shitty? "I'm sorry. Life is awful and frustrating. I feel worthless and angry for no good reason, and I'm taking it out on you when all you want to do is love and care for me." It really doesn't cut it, but that's sort of the way the illness works.
I've started seeking help recently. I haven't started the meds, but everyone keeps saying they are thing. I dunno. It's hard, dudes. It gets harder all the time, or at least it has for me. Crippling sorrow: your milage may vary.
Then again, you're not alone. That's the one thing I've learned over the last few months, actually talking to people about this shit. That's kept me going through everything. The people who do suffer like you, when they do find out, they tell you and they are there for you. Your friends, your real friends, will try their fucking hardest to help you any way they can, even when they have no idea what it's like. If nothing else, there are thousands of medical professionals who will always, always be there for you. Look for help and comfort; it's there and it's not far.
I actually think this is a better list than the one they published. I'm much more satisfied with these rankings, but that's my personal opinion. It's always difficult to try and quantify what is inherently a qualitative things. It's interesting how close it actually is to the real top ten, minus Jeff's crazy push for CoD to be number four this year.
@triumvir: Omni always gets great sets. Too bad he's still trench tier and niche as fuck and gets like no playtime.
My crew of dota buds and I sit around 2500-3500 mmr. I've found Omni fairly effective, at that level. More importantly, I just think he's super fun to play, as I love playing support. (Barring obvious team comp faux pas) if I like a character, I'll play them. I still play Windrunner all the time, for example, despite the fact she's underpowered right now. I enjoy her playstyle.
EDIT: RE Carry-Omni: if he get's fed and ignores what the normal core items are in favour of stuff like Basher, Mjolnir, Helm of Dominator or Armlet, he can do an okay semi-carry. He's already tanky and durable, with a built-in BKB. It's sort of a joke build, but I bet someone could make it work.
Aw yeah. Let's talk about sick doto pocket strats in these GB comments. Everyone will know what we are talking about.
The changes to the map, the way runes work, and the way damage works are probably the most significant updates.
No doubt those are big changes, but I've heard some speculating that the changes to hero bounties will be the most profound. Basically, with the new patch, if a hero on a streak is killed, the killer receives the usual bounty gold (decreased from what it used to be) PLUS an amount of gold that is derived from the entire combined net worth of the enemy team. Nahaz did some theory crafting and found that this can result in huge bounties that create much easier comebacks (Previous max bounty was 1425g on a level 25 hero. Now, it seems you can go far beyond that on a much lower leveled hero).
Broken down here. They acknowledge that it remains to be seen how this will play out and if their math is correct: