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Dota2 Public Matchmaking
What's the Problem?
While Dota2 is a great game, public matchmaking can be stressful. You don't really have any control over the demographics of the players you'll be matched with or against - from the cantankerous 40-something to the 12-year-old uBer l33t gAmR (uber [e]lite gamer). In general, Dota 2 players care a lot about winning, and it makes them... well, irritable - if you screw up. Most players will look to someone other than themselves to blame for losses or mistakes, and you're going to make mistakes.
Here are some tips to help you enjoy this great game despite frustrated allies or rude enemies.
Queue with a Friend
You can guarantee at least one understanding teammate if you queue with a friend. Announce at the start of the game that you will lane with this friend, and choose appropriate heroes, for example, a carry and a support (see Dota2 roles).
I suggest using an alternate chat server, such as Mumble, Ventrilo, or Teamspeak, to talk to your friend, and use a push-to-talk key to activate (tilde "~" works well), so your friend doesn't have to listen to your dog/wife/sister/child or other ill-timed background sounds.
Top Left Menu
The Mute Function
Don't laugh - sometimes it's just better to mute a player and play in silent bliss rather than endure yet another jibe, "suggestion", or insult. Don't quit the game - quit the player. It doesn't matter if it's an ally or enemy, just do it. Do it earlier rather than let the frustration build up - you're not going to "one-up" another player's jibes, you're not going to reform or change their attitude, and it's just a waste of time to try.
To mute someone, look at the top left of the screen. There resides an icon that resembles a human face-portrait. If you click this, you'll see a list of players organized by teams. Next to each player's name is a sound icon. If you click this icon (on/off), the player's in-game voice chat AND text chat will be muted for you.
In-Game Player List & Mute Button
Don't Blame Others, and Admit Your Mistakes
As mentioned even on one Dota2 loading screen tip, "Everyone has to start somewhere". Blaming destroys teams, loses matches, and creates a lot of angst. You're not perfect, and the matchmaking system is designed such that you should lose half your games. Why? Simply put, you're being matched against equally-skilled players, and unless you're improving at the game at an extremely rapid pace, you'll still lose a fair bit.
Everyone makes mistakes - the old cliché. You will too, even if you only realize later that it was an avoidable tactical error, often it will be too late. When other players see you making obvious mistakes, they will often try to be "helpful" and point them out to you. This type of help will start to annoy you. Instead, preempt this kind of "help" by admitting the mistake as soon as you realize it. As long as players know that you know better, and that you just failed to execute in the moment, they are more likely to forgive you. And if not, you can always use the mute function...
How often have you quit a game in anger or frustration?
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