completely agree - everyone should sign up for the beta for dota2. I'm not sure if I'll like it, but companies are throwing big money at lol and dota2. Worth giving it a go.
I played quite a few fun games tonight with old folks from dg. Played a bit with rawr, pete, mac, cow, futileemotion, etc. We had 1 game last like an hour and 10 min... got 300+ ip for it. Very nice. I always enjoy when I'm pretty close to unlocking another player after a few hours of play.
Anyway, I'll add some more comments if I think of it tomorrow. I think I enjoy best the games where we have 5 of the folks I know playing against whoever. Pugs are ok, but honestly, I don't know anyone that is so great that they could carry anyone... and I sure as shite can't carry any but myself if I'm having a gg. Most often the pug's I play are just one siding nonsense. We get someone that sucks and dies over and over or the other team does. I think I'll be enjoying ranked pugs once I level (but zen seemed to indicate they are crap with griefers, etc). Anyway, I have played like 50+ games and encountered exactly 1 griefer now... hopefully that ratio is maintained.
Oh - and my latest char is fiddlesticks. I find that if I have been fing up, I just go with sil. I play reasonably cautiously and at a distance with her.