So this year was the first that I watched a good chunk of The International (basically the Dota 2 Super Bowl) and afterwards I had a very bad and impure thought run through my brain: What if I learned Dota? It was something I had been toying with every now and again as I like a lot of the hero designs, and the intricacies and complexities of the game fascinate me. However, this game has a notoriously high skill ceiling; you can play for a year and still come nowhere close to knowing all of it.
Another thing that I have working against me is that I deal with a fair bit of social anxiety and it kinda bleeds over into the few multiplayer games I play. It’s largely the reason I don’t play nearly as much Overwatch as I used to despite loving that game. In fact it was after some particularly toxic chat when I was trying to squeeze some blood out of the Summer Games lootbox RNG stone (I still don’t have a single one of those beautiful new skins) I had to just immediately quit to desktop and just kinda stared at my screen while composing myself. It then occurred to me that I might not be able to handle Dota because the other thing that game is notorious for is its toxicity.
I’m trying not to let this all defeat me before I even start and have been learning as much about the game as I can before I jump into playing with actual people, even just against the computer. And I do realize I can mute/block/report in the majority of these games and while I have done so it never takes the sting away. Plus it’s more about the pit I get in my stomach when I start any matchmaking attempt at all.
SO I ask you, beautiful people of the Waypoint community, do you have any tips for getting over that initial plunge? Do you deal with the same/similar issues? I realize at some point I’m just going to have to jump in but I’m the kind of person that likes to wade in from the shallow end rather than take the diving board.
TL; DR: How do I get over gut wrenching anxiety in team based games?