Gamescom 2011: Dota 2 Pro Gamer Video Interview

August 19, 2011

By Jimmy Thang's own Andy Burnes had the opportunity to interview professional Dota 2 player Jacob "Maelk" Toft-Andersen at the Gamescom show floor. The pair discuss the pressures of what it's like to have ONE MILLION DOLLARS (*Dr. Evil face*) riding on the table at Valve's unprecedented gaming tournament.

According to Maelk, he and his team acquired alpha builds of the game roughly two weeks before the live-streaming tournament began. In regards to the pressures of winning, Maelk revealed that he and his compatriots had been playing an astonishing 16 hours per day leading up to the competition. The prestigious gaming event, currently being held in Cologne, Germany, has attracted teams from all over the world, including players from China, Malaysia, Philippines, and Maelk's own Denmark crew. With the different world players comes different play styles, asserted Maelk. For instance, he thinks the Chinese team plays very slowly and methodically.

In regards to how different the game compares to the original Warcraft 3 mod it was based on, Maelk stated, "Aside from the graphics [which now use Valve's Source engine (Portal 2, Left 4 Dead 2)], it's pretty much the same game. It has the same feeling to it. All the spells are the same." He added, "It just has new animations and new looks for the heroes. So it's keeping the original intention of Dota but has a makeover." While some may cry out that more of the same isn't always a good thing, Maelk exclaimed, "I'm absolutely 100% sure that Valve is going to release the best game ever."

According to Maelk, Dota 2 will have added tutorials. This will help ease newcomers into the community as the original Dota is known for being beginner-unfriendly. Another way Valve will be strengthening the game's community is through the developer's Steam service, which will provide players with easy matchmaking options and the like.

While Dota 2 is currently only playable for the community's top players, fans can learn more about signing up to the game's beta here.