1. USE GOLD, HP, MANA & XP AS RESOURCESIn the early stages of the game, almost every hero on the map is going to be very weak and will not be able to do much. You will receive a beating even from the lane creeps & standing your ground against enemy towers is definitely a bad idea.
Therefore, your main objective will be to get as many resources as possible so you can become strong and then outpower the enemy. Dota 2 is a game of resources. It is easy for new players to understand the game becomes easier to play when you have more gold and levels than the enemy.
However, veterans players will often use everything in the game as a resource even their own health points. By constantly looking at the enemy inventory you can always decide if you want to go for trades especially in the laning phase.
If the enemy is out of regeneration, then going for investing 110 gold into a salve and going for a trade can put the enemy in a position where they are no longer able to stand near you without the threat of dying. At lower ranks, this can lead to a significant advantage.
2. OBJECTIVES ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN KILLSThe player versus player aspect is perhaps one of the most important things that make Dota 2 such a fun game, but it can also be one of the most frustrating aspects at the same time.
It feels great when you are fighting the enemy heroes and get a lot of kills and feel like you are outplaying them. Sadly a Dota 2 match ends when the enemy ancient is destroyed and not when you hit a certain kill score. Between you and the ancient stands a lot of towers that need to be taken down first. Think of kills as opportunities to deal structural damage to the enemy buildings rather than get more gold.
According to veteran & pro players, focusing on objectives is one of the most important things in the game. Every time a tower goes down the enemys’ map control gets smaller and smaller, therefore limiting the number of resources they are able to acquire. Like we’ve established earlier, Dota is a game of resources.
3. GOOD DRAFTS ARE WELL ROUNDED.Every hero in the game has a certain number of characteristics. Some heroes are great at dealing damage to enemy heroes while others are great at destroying buildings and some can barely provide any damage but offer a high amount of disable.
Similarly, all heroes have different timings. A timing is when a hero becomes significantly more powerful once he reaches a certain stage of the game. This can be represented by either an item (Earthshaker + Dagger), level (Lion + level 6) or talent (Shadow Shaman + 100 cast range at 15).
Good drafts are often a combination of heroes that excel at all moments of the game and can deal with all the strengths of the opponent while exploiting their weaknesses. Therefore make sure when you are picking your hero that it doesn’t tilt the balance in one direction.
Having too many greedy late-game heroes can definitely lead to a fast loss while a draft with no tower-hitting heroes might become very hard the moment you want to go high ground.
4. THE MAP & TIMER ARE YOUR BEST FRIENDSIf you have new to MOBA games, then you might be having a difficult time paying attention to the minimap and the timer at the same time. In the beginning, you want to be focusing mostly on controlling your hero & making sure that you have a good understanding of how to play it.
As time goes by, great players have become accustomed to glance at the minimap at all times to check what is happening on the other sides of the map. On the other hand, there’s always something happening in Dota 2 even when the game seems to be calm.
You can stack camps every minute, power runes spawn every 2 minutes, bounties & catapults every 5 minutes, day & night cycles, wards expire, rosh timer and so much more information that can be gathered by just watching at the clock.
If you feel lost in the game and are not sure what you are supposed to be doing at that exact moment, just take a look at the timer & maybe you’ll get an idea. There’s always something to do.
5. INFORMATION IS POWER“Dota 2 is infinitely more complex” and having developers like IceFrog overhauling the game every year with small updates once a month is definitely not helping newbies. This is why you always need to be as informed as possible and keep up to speed with the most recent patch notes.
The more you know about the hero you are playing with and against the more you will know how to adjust your in-game strategies. The worst thing that can happen is to queue up for a game and face a hero that you have no idea what is doing and having to spend precious time on reading spells or items.
Aside from reading patch notes, you can also practice heroes & combos in the demo tool. However, for item builds I recommend playing a few turbo games. They are generally shorter in length and allow you to reach higher levels & net worths very fast with no consequences on your actual rank.
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