7/1/2013: Sadly, this event isn't looking like it'll be happening. It's going to be canceled.
I think it can be a fun way to introduce LoL players and new MOBA players on Southperry to the game, and just have some wacky fun. New to the game? No problem!
I'm hoping I can get @Dusk, @Raul, @Malthe, @Words to be my co-captains on this. Additionally, @Salguod and @Even can hop in as well. If any of you guys want to host the event instead, be my guest. I'm more of an idea man rather than a host, but I'll still be willing to host this as long as I'm not the only DoTA player present that day.
Date: To be announced. If there's enough people interested, I'll set up a date most likely in July - August. Current planned date: July 6th Saturday (2 days after Independence Day)
Planned starting time would be ~9:30-10 PM CST (~7:30-8 PM Pacific Time). If it's possible for me, I'd try to start us off at ~7-8 PM CST (~5-6 PM Pacific Time). We'll probably go until ~1-2 AM CST (10-12 AM Pacific time).
Requirements: Just the game and Steam! Ask us fellow DoTA 2 players for a DoTA 2 key so you can play. We got more keys than a janitor.
Themes: None in particular, but I can make some themed hero line ups if you want, and one or both teams can pick . Or you can just pick whatever hero you want.
Communicating: Voice chat is enabled in-game, so there's no need to enter a Mumble server or what-not. To speak in all-chat, you press Shift+Enter. All people in the Southperry chatroom that are in a game, can chat to the people in the chatroom (hope that makes sense).
Game modes: All-Pick / Single Draft / Random Draft / Captain's Mode / All Random
Private Lobby game modes: Reverse Draft, Mid Only
All-Pick: Everyone can pick from the entire pool of heroes. No hero can be picked more than once, meaning no mirror matches.
Single Draft: Each player is given a random STR/AGI/INT hero, and you pick your hero from the three.
Random Draft: A random pool of heroes will be picked, and each team takes turn picking a hero to play.
Captain's Mode: About the closest to "Draft Pick" in LoL. Entire hero pool is available. Up to 5 bans are made on each side in total, and 5 heroes get picked to be allocated among the group.
All Random: Exactly what it sounds like. Everyone gets a random hero and will have to play them.
Reverse Draft: It's like Draft Pick, but the opposing team picks for you.
Mid Only: Mostly for messing around, everyone can choose the same hero more than once, and only mid lane spawns creep.
Helpful information: I'll help create links to help new DoTA players, and give suggestions for beginner friendly heroes. I'll also find a link that gives some differences between LoL and DoTA.
General outline of meetup:
-We'll be creating private lobbies so everyone can play without facing pub people. Bots will fill up any missing slots, and a chat room will be available for people to chat even while the game is still going. People who aren't in a game can still spectate the match.
-Start off by having each team have at least 1-2 regular Southperry DoTA players on each team to help be a coach. I recommended regular DoTA players pick supports so everyone else can play a more active role so to keep things more fun for them. We'll do our best to explain what the selected hero does, as well as answer questions about items and/or builds.
-We can create a lobby game where cheats are enabled, and go nuts.
-Whenever enough people disperse, we'll just call it a day.
110% optional: If people really want, we can have one match or two where we pit DoTA players against LoL players; we'll handicap ourselves in some way.