Pro Players Do Not Panic (Often):
Once you think that the game is going like hell, and everyone including you is feeding and the enemy team is fat as hell, you will start panicking. But if you are a pro Dota 2 gamer, you will change your strategy and try other stuff.
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Don’t Lose Hope Till Your Ancient is Destroyed Because Come Back is Real:You have a tinker or nature Prophet in your team, you can start rating, although it feels and looks so stupid, but hey, Admiral BullDog is the best rat Dota 2 Player and he is a Pro So no one stops you from doing it. This will give space to your team and your carries and specially your rat will start farming good in Dota 2 MMR Boosting. If you got a lucky chance, you can take barracks or even enemy ancient.
Pretty self-explanatory I think. I myself have seen players calling GG WP, Finish Fast etc at 10-12 mins of the game.
Remember longest game of Dota 2 between Cloud9 and SFZ ? This game lasted 3 hours and 33 mins. Ultimately SFZ won the game despite mega creeps. They could have also called GG WP when it was mega creeps, but they did not give up and ultimately won the game.
If you have not watched that game, here is a link of highlights of this game.
If Your Team Sucks, it Means You Suck Too Because You are Part of Team:
“Most of the time” you are matched with players having same skills and stats as you. Your Teammates and your opponents have almost same skill level, almost same hours played, almost same number of games won and almost same KDA ratio. This is how Valve’s matchmaking system works. It’s very rare that you are matched with any players with a lot of skill difference. However if you still see some of the player playing stupidly, that means he is new to that hero, or he is completing some of his fucking challenge (Thanks to compendium).
So do not start saying noob Slardar, GG Stun, delete Dota 2, you are stupid etc… It will only get you more enemies and believe me it won’t get situation any better.
Define What Role You are Good at, Then Play According to That:
Everyone can not carry and everyone can not play support because it’s against their play style. If there is anyone who claims he can play carry and support equally good, then that means he not good at either of that role, rather he may be a ganker.
If you like to play very aggressive, try playing tanks or Nukers to take a solo kill. If you like to farm till the end of time, better pick a hard carry. If you do not like farming and just want to chill around the map and only want to participate in team fights, go play support, if you cant do anything, then delete Dota 2 and start watching “Pogo” because its not your game to play then.<<<< This is what he actually said
Remember You Can Not Master ALL Heroes:
He said and I quote “I can play almost 20-25 heroes perfectly, 20-25 heroes normally and on rest 50 heroes I am actually total noob. Perfectly means I almost own game with that heroes until whole enemy team is my counter”
Read Tips and Tricks Online, Those Actually Work
He said and I quote “I did not know that Omni Knight’s Repel Shield can be purged using Diffusal Blade and purge spells, before knowing this, Omni knight was really annoying for me, but now when I see we have an Omni Knight in enemy team and he is good, I directly rush Diffusal blade”. So I suggest that read and implement tips and tricks available on the internet.
This does not mean you should start fountain hooking using Pudge knowing very well that you could not play pudge properly.
Good Dota 2 Knowledge Means Good Game
Dota 2 is like a 10th Grade class, and Dota 2 Game is your test. So if you got good knowledge about heroes, items, spells and Dota 2 mechanics, you are going to do better than others.
If you know that Axe’s Ultimate “Culling Blade” can instantly kill any enemy with Dazzle’s “shallow grave” where as Necrophos’s Reaper Scyth can not kill enemy in Shallow Grave. Same above example of Diffusal Blade for Omni’s Repel also applied to items knowledge. So once you are in game and free and doing nothing, read the description of spells. Also one great place for more Dota 2 knowledge is dota2.gamepedia.com
If you have good knowledge then you can make different combos of heroes like DK has good armor, so he is good against physical damage heroes and make a combo with those heroes who give him more armor so to make him more useful in game.
Dota 2 is a Team Game, not a Solo First Person Shooter Game
Dota 2 is a Team Game, so play like a team. Remember, if teammates start fighting each others, then that means you are giving benefit to the enemy team. So What should you do when your ally player is trying to fight or is a flamer? Simply mute him and concentrate on your game. If you have enough report options, report him and he will get his due share.
In addition to above points, make combos in your team no matter how small it is. Even if you can make a combo of 2 heroes, that will be better than having no combo at all. Sometimes, you can strengthen your combo using items too. More Strong combo, including more heroes, mean more chances of winning. So do not forget point # 7 that good Dota Knowledge will always pay you well. If you have good knowledge about Dota 2 you can make better combos.
You can never win a game alone, you can carry a game very well may be that too alone, but even then you will need help / support of your teammates at all stages of the game. Some team mate to tank so you can deal damage, some teammate to heal you once you fight or just some random spells by teammates to reduce HP of your enemies.
Spend Small, Save Big
This is a funny, small but very important point. Spend small amounts of gold on necessary items like wards and TP and sometimes literally you can turn the tables on the enemy. These 3 items which are very important and I will tell about all separately.
- Wards: Wards save life spend 75 gold on Observer ward and save 275 gold from death from an unexpected gank. In case you have enemies with invisibility or Shadow Blade, no need to tell you that 200 gold spent on Sentry wards will get you an easy kill on scouting invisible hero.
- Teleportation Scroll (TP): Many a times you will be in a situation where you have successfully escaped / juked enemy or you see some gank coming to you, if you have TP, you can easily get out of trouble, but if you are carrying no TP that means almost confirm death. There are many professional games where teams lost because of not carrying TPs. So from 5 minutes of the game onward permanently reserve a slot for TP until you get your Boots of Travel.
- Magic Wand: I can’t tell you how many times it has saved me, this is my personal advice to go for a Magic wand as soon as possible. It gives you enough space to stand against enemy spammers and also gives you initial HP, Mana and Armor boost. you can use its charges to go for a kill when you are on low health / mana and you can also use it to save your life after a gank.
Items in Dota 2 are never core, they are always situational
Some of you may disagree with me here, but this is what reality is. There might be some items that you can consider core for some heroes but in some game you may totally disregard that item because of enemy hero line up. So I will suggest that always build your items keeping your enemy team hero line-up and then your team in mind (Same combo stuff as in above point).
Lets suppose you are playing Magnus. If you make Arcane Boot, Dagger, Force Staff, Refresher Orb, Assault Cuirass and Vladimir Offering, that means you are going and playing like a support. On the other hand if you make Power Treads, Battlefury, Deadlus, Assault Cuirass, Monkey King Bar and Mask of Madness, then you are going as carry build. So you need to see enemy team and then your team to see if you guys need a carry or a hardcore support to decide what items you should make on your hero.
Never go 1 by 1 in Team Fights no Matter How Much You Have Famed (Been Fed)
Going 1 by 1 in team fights will always result in a lost team battle and even game sometimes. If one of your ally is struck hard by a gank, judge first that if he is the only carry or is a support ? Can you can save him without getting killed or not. If answer to both questions is NO, then let him die and save your towers and base instead.
When you go 1 by 1 in team fights, most of enemy heroes spells might have refreshed again by the time 3rd or 4th of your team mates go to fight. Its better to stay at a place of advantage and then start fight as planned according to your heroes roles.
Dota 2 is a Game But Never Take it Lightly When Playing
If you want to enter pro scene of Dota 2, then you should never take things lightly the in game. Almost everyone must have played a game where you are winning a game for sure and then because of 1 stupid mistake you lose the game. Most of the time that stupid mistake is taking a wrong team fight or going in team fights as 1 by 1. Believe me, although Dota 2 is a game and we play for fun, but there is no fun when you lose a game.
Later on regretting will not get you a win, but it must show you your mistake which you did, so next time MUST avoid it.
Watch Dota 2 Pro Games and Replays
Believe me watching your own replays really help, it shows you your mistakes you did that could have avoided and also shows you ways to improve. But, when you watch your replays, concentrate on your own heroes, leave what others have been doing in that game, because you can not do anything about others, all you can do is, improve your gameplay. I suggest you especially watch those replays in which you think you did not do good, to see what all mistakes you did which if avoided would have got you a win.
Watching Dota 2 Pro games either live, on streams or recorded videos on YouTube, will surely help you learn new heroes. You can watch on our site as well. In top menu, find and watch whatever you like.
Frankly speaking I learned Storm spirit by watching games and replays of Suma1L form EG. When I read on Facebook and other places that he wrecked with Storm Spirit, then I also got curious and watched his gameplay, seriously that was awesome. So I played some bot games to learn basics of that hero and now I can say Storm Spirit is one of my favorite heroes.
There is no Kill Steal in Dota 2
Most of the time you find people who keep weeping about kill stealing, but this happens mostly in low-skilled games. When you go to high or very high skill games, there is no Kill Steal. Only killing enemy heroes matter at that level. So if you are one of those who cry about someone stealing your kills, then please stop doing that immediately.
I don’t say that carries should not take last hit for kills, they should, but I am also saying that don’t let enemy hero escape once he has entered in your trap, no matter who takes kill, just kill enemy hero.
However there are situations where you can easily avoid last hitting dying enemy hero when you are 100% sure that your carry can easily get that kill. So in that case leave last hit for carry. In case you are playing carry, no matter what your team mates say about KS, just take last hits. Because it will be you who has to carry the game later on.
Even if you are playing Lion and got 30 kills, I think that might now get your team a win, but if same kills has been done by a hard carry, for example Medusa, then you surely are going to win the game.
Don’t Delay the Game Un-necessarily
If you watch pro games you will see, the moment they get chance, they finish the game by taking enemy ancient. It’s very stupid to go for enemy’s top and bottom towers and barracks when you can easily finish from mid. See, the time you are going to take to break 2 towers and 4 barracks, can easily be used to break Ancient towers and Ancient, so I strongly suggest, once you got a chance to finish the game, do it, you may not get another chance.
Remember same 200 minutes long game between Cloud9 and SFZ? Cloud9 did not take Ancient when they had the chance, so ultimately we all saw that they did not get even 1 chance again despite applying all possible strategies for rest of the game to break the ancient. At last SFZ won.
Some Useful Tips
- Use Quick Cast: Although it will take some time for you to master it, but almost all the pro players use quick cast instead of normal ability cast. Because that is the faster way and after practice more easy and useful.
- If enemy team has got more / better carries try to end game as fast as possible, because if you delay, game will start going in your enemy’s favor because their carries will start getting fat which will not be good for you.
- Keeping carry alive is more important than supports, if you are playing carry and your support is about to die, don’t rush and get yourself killed, see the enemy, estimate their cool downs and then decide whether to fight or just save your self for another time.
- Farm, even if you are not carry but not at the cost of missing team fights and losing barracks. Whenever you find a spare time, space, try to get as much gold as possible. because it will not Lion to get a scepter and give ultimate after each 20 sec.
- Keep your team’s morale up and hope alive because enemy can also make mistake and you may also win because of enemy’s 1 costly mistake.
- If you lost few games in a row, don’t play next games in a rage to win, take some time out, relax and then play again after some refreshment time, you will surely see some improvement.