Note: iOS 9 + Facebook users w/ trouble scrolling: #super sorry# we hope to fix it asap. In the meantime Chrome Mobile is a reach around
hot  /  reviews  /  videos  /  cblogs  /  qposts

Screw fashion! How to really spend $20 in Dota 2

4:00 PM on 05.14.2013 // Patrick Hancock
  @therealhancock

Don't let appearances get in your way of PROFIT!

When I first saw Cara Ellison's post on Rock, Paper, Shotgun on how to spend $20 in Dota 2 while simultaneously making your characters look stunning, I thought it was a nice way to completely waste $20. Sure, there are some nice items on that list, but even Ms. Ellison herself recognizes that there's a decent chance that you will find these items either via the drop system after a match, or when opening crates.

I'm here to give you a way better approach to spending your hard-earned $20 on virtual goods. In fact, by this time next year you will probably have more money than you started with! Now, I understand that no one other than yourself can tell you how you should spend your money, but here's how you should spend your money.

First purchase: Dota 2
Price: $0.00
 
Cash remaining: $20.00

So, yeah. You'll kinda sorta need Dota 2 before spending money in Dota 2. But good news, this game is free! Now, unfortunately you can't just simply download Dota 2 from Steam yet, so you'll need an invite. A good place to go to is literally anyone on your Steam friends list, because they all probably have about 200 invites. If not, you can head over to the subreddit /r/sharedota2.

You know that game "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon?" Well, this is basically "One Degree of Dota 2." You're never further than one person away from playing Dota 2.

Second purchase: The International 2013 Interactive Compendium
Price: $9.99
Cash remaining: $10.01

Buying this Compendium will accomplish many things. First off, it might make you interested in The International, which is the best tournament this side of the Internet. This Compendium allows you to make predictions about the tournament, March Madness style.

But the real reason you're buying the Compendium is for this little guy:

This is the courier you get after buying the Compendium, a Smeevil. He might not look like much, but during The 2013 International, he will evolve and probably become super badass. Regardless, this little bugger will most likely be worth a veritable butt-ton by this time next year. It's no secret that limited-edition items garner huge prices over time, with last year's Smeevils going for over 200 keys in price (that's a lot). 

Now, it's a bit of a risk to assume that this Smeevil will be worth a whole lot next year, but that's how investing works! Risk vs. Reward. Since these Smeevils will "evolve" in some way over the course of time while watching The International, chances are each evolution will be rarer and worth more. Only time will tell, but chances are that if you have an evolved Smeevil next year, you'll make your money back on this Compendium, if you so choose to. 

In addition to the courier, if enough people buy Compendiums, each Compendium owner will receive a "newly created Immortal item," which will almost certainly be worth a lot in the future. So really, it would be stupid NOT to buy the Interactive Compendium.

BONUS: HERE'S YOUR FASHION DAMMIT

If you've never bought anything from the Dota 2 store before, you'll get a set of items for Witch Doctor. FABULOUS!

Okay, I've got a Compendium, what else do I buy?

Keep it! You are now $10 richer than you thought you'd be. You're welcome.

And that's how you correctly spend $20 in Dota 2.



Patrick Hancock, Contributor
 Follow Blog + disclosure therealhancock Tips
Watching and playing competitive games like Dota 2, Counter-Strike, and Rocket League take up most of his time. His three favorite non-video game things in the world are space, dinosaurs, and ... more   |   staff directory





 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our community fisters, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding *.disqus.com to your whitelists.

destructoid's previous coverage:
Dota 2


  Jul 18

Dota 2 launches The International 5 website

Largest prize pool ever for first place


View all:powered by:  MM.Elephant

Ads on destructoid may be purchased from:



Please contact Crave Online, thanks!


Shouldn't gaming be more than a digital tableau?

Avengers Academy is a diseased freemium abscess on the taint of mobile gaming

Persona 4 Golden and Positivity

Cblogs of 02/06/16 and 02/07/16 + Lane to Lane Combat within the Storm

What is Metroidvania?

Wanna Bet? Fall 2015 Finale

Conquest of Elysium 4 - Review

The PlayStation Vita: Twice as Bright

Video Gaming Bits -- Magical Date: Doki Doki Kokuhaku Daisakusen

Cheat Codes Ep. 83: Shut Up

 Add your impressions

 Quickposts
Status updates from C-bloggers

Parismio avatarParismio
Well, I did it. I pre-ordered Fire Emblem Fates. Guess who I'm siding with?:
LynxAmali avatarLynxAmali
First Electric Playground and Reviews on the Run, now GameTrailers. Some people just want to watch the world burn. If you excuse me, I'm going to go cry and weep in a corner.
GoofierBrute avatarGoofierBrute
GameTrailers just announced on Facebook they're shutting down. It's a damn shame, since I rather liked them, despite not agreeing with a lot of what they've said. Best of luck to everyone who worked there.
JohnSmith123 avatarJohnSmith123
That's a really short campaign Destiny has isn't it? Wow lol
Niwannabe avatarNiwannabe
Goddamn I'm excited for Street Fighter V. This is gonna be my first Street Fighter ever, and Ryu being in Smash is definitely helping me transition to more traditional fighting games. I'll probably end up playing Chun-Li anyway, though.
CoilWhine avatarCoilWhine
I'm just now 2/3 of the way done with Tearaway Unfolded's campaign, 45% to 100%. This game is really long!
Amna Umen avatarAmna Umen
You people love your Persona, having never played any of them would I appreciate 4? It should be known I found Valkyria Chronicles too anime-y to enjoy though.
OrochiLeona avatarOrochiLeona
One week to go. Oh ho ho ho.
RadicalYoseph avatarRadicalYoseph
What I've gathered from the quick posts the last two days is that demons from SMT look like genitals.
SayWord avatarSayWord
Took awhile but it is finally here, oh how I missed playing with you Nep Nep. Though I still cannot decide if I should put that PS4 skin on...
Nathan D avatarNathan D
Rei is humbled by the fairly high number of faps you have given her Waifu Wars piece.
Parismio avatarParismio
The actual best SMT girl is here:
JohnSmith123 avatarJohnSmith123
So 1-10 of Destiny isn't so bad. Been having a bit of fun with it, though people don't talk much on PSN. Good? Bad? I will never talk smack about Destiny only because it has this dance in it.
Barry Kelly avatarBarry Kelly
If you agree to let Harley Quinn tattoo you with her brand new tattoo gun, you deserve to live with the consequences of that incredibly poor life choice.
TheKodu avatarTheKodu
Not being from the US I have no horse in the US election race. But still I do like video games
WryGuy avatarWryGuy
OP and a playable character in Devil Survivor.
Pixie The Fairy avatarPixie The Fairy
Nemissa is best SMT demon girl.
Scrustle avatarScrustle
Made to mid-A rank! Pretty hyped about it. Got knocked out of A- twice without winning a single match, but tonight I climbed al the way through with no trouble! The N-Zap is so good for Splat Zones.
James Internet Ego avatarJames Internet Ego
I want one.
Tom avatarTom
more quickposts


Contest!


Seriously

Invert site colors

  Dark Theme
  Light Theme


Destructoid means family.
Living the dream, since 2006

Pssst. konami code + enter

modernmethod logo



Back to Top


We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter!
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -