Defenders 021: Puck
December 5, 2011
Wow. That was a seriously well fought battle. It’s a tough call, but I’m going to award the win to Nick for this Epic X-Mas Tree Hat. Seriously. Check that thing out. Special mention to Ahhhple for this amazing hair/hat hybrid, and Brendan with the working beard cage (epic, but I had seen it already). Nick, if you’re reading this, I’ll be reaching out by email to get your shipping info for the Morph poster. To everyone else, thanks for playing. Expect more giveaways in the future.
And while we’re on the subject of winning, here is Exack’s nomination: Puck.
One last bit of housekeeping: the first run of Defenders prints sold out in less than 24 hours, which was awesome. Thanks to everyone who bought a print. I’m going to try and get them in the mail tomorrow. I’ve also already started talking with my printer about doing another round. In the interest of keeping everyone in the loop, I’ve created a mailing list so that I can notify you what heroes I’m printing and when before they go up on the store/blog. You should be able to sign up with the widget in the sidebar.
Enough. On to some real Dota talk.
I actually played some Dota 2 today, which is a rare thing for me. I’ve been in the beta for a while, but between BF3 and work and these drawings, I’m having a hard time fitting it in. Talk about first world problems. Another reason I haven’t been to keen on the beta yet is that most of my friends still haven’t made it in, somehow, and that’s a problem for me. I am a very social gamer; I almost exclusively play when one or more of my friends are online. That’s true of any game, not just Dota.
But in Dota, more than a game like Battlefield, team play is not just an asset; it’s damn near mandatory. One weak team member can really ruin a game and suck up 30-50 minutes of your life. And so, I am even more hesitant to hop into a game by myself. Yeah, sure, there’s matchmaking, but at this stage in the beta, and with so few games under my belt, I feel that it doesn’t really do a whole lot to keep the ubernoobs out. Or maybe the problem is that it is I who is the noob…
But I digress. When you’re playing with friends, anything can happen. There was a mode in HoN that lets you pick duplicate heroes. Whenever my friends and I needed to blow off steam after a loss, we’d create one of these for some lulz. Our go to team comp was 5x Armadon (Rigwarl/Bristleback), with 3 of us grabbing lvl 1 quills, and 2 grabbing lvl 1 snot. The results, as you can imagine, were hilarious. The quills would stack up so fast… whatever poor soul we were chasing didn’t have a chance.
At any rate, with all this talk of teamwork, I want to hear your best/jankiest/trolliest team compositions. No theorycrafting, either. I want real examples and stories from the trenches. Go nuts.