Dota 2 Meepo playing on the PC with his clones

Dota 2 is one of the most complex games out there, so much so that it takes new players months, if not years to finally get a grasp on everything. It is because of this that Valve has repeatedly tinkered with the matchmaking system for new players, all in an effort to make those first few games less of a daunting task.

The latest of these new player focused updates has arrived today, bringing with it two major improvements. The first and perhaps the most obvious one is that new players will now only have access to a curated group of twenty heroes for their first twenty five games. Since all of the chosen heroes are relatively simple and straightforward it should provide an easy way for new players to get accustom to Dota 2 without having to learn any of the advanced mechanics just yet.

On the other side of the coin, today's update has also introduced a feature that only matches beginners with and against players with consistently high behavior scores. The goal behind this change is to ensure that new players not only avoid the most problematic members of the community, but also that they are surrounded with players that can and will help them along on their journey. Naturally, the matchmaker will still take player rating into consideration, but all of this is just an additional layer on top of that.

That's pretty much it as far as details are concerned, because this is Valve we're talking about after all. The final thing worth mentioning is that Dota 2's massive The International 2017 tournament will begin shortly, and that it will have a beginner friendly stream! So if you don't know much about Dota 2, but you're willing to give it a try, make sure to tune in as its bound to be a lot of fun.