Last night, boyf decided play a game of Dota 2 so I could watch him play (and learn).
After a long wait, the game put him into team with four guys who spoke Spanish. Oh dear lord…I’m told that Dota 2 is a team game, how your team plays determine whether you get win or lose and communication is IMPORTANT. Since boyf doesn’t speak Spanish, he had no clue what his team were saying and doing when the match started.
Everything was going a bit wrong due to this language barrier (Drow was going to the bottom lane instead of mid (apparently she’s a good hero for mid), nobody bought or upgraded the courier, nobody put wards up, stuff like that).
That was up until one of the guys blasted out an English command- “Poosh mid”. Boyf did this and things started taking a turn for the better. Boyf immediately asked me to Google Translate “Thanks for trying to speak English” and replied with a “gracias por intentar hablar Inglés” (I don’t even know if this is correct!) and those little gestures were powerful enough to open up communications that boyf could understand and change the game. They lost in the end but it was a good game.
I thought to myself, if only we could command enough Spanish to communicate and direct the team and was surprised that nobody had translated some basic but useful Dota 2 phrases. So I asked my boss (Spanish) to help the Dota 2 players out there who are looking to knock down the language barrier when playing Dota 2:
Pushing middle - Atacar por el medio / Pushea mid.*
Pushing top - Atacar por arriba / Pushea por arriba
Pushing bottom - Atacar por abajo / Pushea por abajo
When …….. comes, kill them first - Cuando ………. venga, matadlo el primero
Pull back - atras or para atras.
Stop - Para (singular) / Paraos (plural)
Wait for everyone before pushing - Esperad a que estemos todos antes de atacar/empujar
Recuperate and then push - Recuperate y luego ataca
Your mom - Tu madre
I’m still pretty new to Dota 2 so if I’ve missed any phrases, let me know and I will consult the manager!