Wolf’s Wicked Words: The Dota 2 Handbook To Hype
If someone told me a year ago that I will soon be into Dota 2 like a fetishistic laundromat in a rural suburban area I would’ve laughed them out of the room. If they told me that I will even go as far as to buy a digital compendium in Dota 2 without a scrap of sweet smelling paper regarding The International 2014, the laughter would’ve drastically progressed to the level of my jaw becoming unhinged. However, all of the above has happened and I’m sitting with a continuous urge to play just one more match. Luckily life gets in the way, otherwise I would’ve been a drooling mess by now; mumbling something about certain character’s build or perhaps having engraved the letters “gg” onto my forearm. (You never know.)
All exaggeration aside – I did buy a Compendium and find the whole concept of it rather fascinating and tremendously clever. When I bought it I had an undeniable “Is this it?” feeling, but as I started to examine it and think about the actual purpose behind this digital booklet contrivance, the more apparent and genius the idea became.
I’ve never been one to follow the digital sports as many of you no doubt do, but after having watched Valve’s Free To Play documentary as well as having started to play Dota 2 regularly I have become much more appreciative towards the whole notion of it. The International is a pretty big deal to professional Dota players and that’s stating it very subtly.
What do I think is clever about the Compendium? Well, you have this digital object on your profile and you gain rewards by earning or buying additional Compendium points merely for the sake of these rewards. This in itself may seem like a mere money farming scheme, but you’re actually contributing to the prize pool of The International 2014.
The majority of you may already know this, but the question I’m getting to and indeed asking myself is simple: “Why did this bloke who had very little interest in competitive multiplayer games before suddenly decide to spend actual cash in a free to play competitive online multiplayer game and the reason was not to unlock extra items?” (Well, I was kind of aiming towards the Lt. Squawkins courier, but forget I ever said that.)
The answer is simple: respect.
As I started playing this game out of sheer curiosity I realised how skilled one may become and how tremendously skilled the guys are who’s partaking soon or have partook in The International tournaments. All of these professional players have my sincerest respect.
I see this entire Compendium idea as a symbiotic relationship between a very eager community and the aforementioned professional players. The community gets rewarded for buying a Compendium and leveling it up while the prize pool for The International 2014 continues to grow at a jaw-dropping speed. I shall not be surprised if the prize pool hits $10 million soon.
Who of you lovely folks have bought a Compendium and what are your thoughts on it?
Please excuse me, Dota 2 is calling my name and I have to go fail miserably yet again.