Before the E3 2017 onslaught arrives, let’s continue on with our DOTA 2 beginner’s guides. Check out the rest of the parts below:
Are you up to speed, beginner? Then let’s start off with part 4 where I dish out my personal top tips to help you on your journey. For context, I’ve been playing and covering the game for 4 years. These general tips will help beginners like myself back then to improve in the long run.
Tip 1: Pick Good Heroes
The first thing that beginners should do in their first few games of DOTA 2 is to choose heroes that are easy to play and will help out other team mates immensely in the game. This increases the chances of winning against the enemies. Once players are more familiar with a few basic heroes in the game (like Sniper for example) they should start picking heroes that are not only easy to play, but have advantages over enemy heroes as well.
Tip 2: Buy Good Items
After choosing an amazing hero to play, the next important piece of advice is to purchase items that will help your hero to perform his/her/its role. For carry heroes, it’s important to focus on items that boost damage output, increase attack speed, and boost up health regeneration. These items will enable them to destroy their enemies in teamfights extremely quickly without taking too much damage to win the game. Common item choices include Desolator, Battle Fury, and Aghanim’s Scepter.
For support heroes, items that help to benefit the team as a whole should be purchased. Since support heroes are not the main damage dealers of the team, they do not need to buy as many items that increase the amount of attack damage that they have.
On top of that, the amount of health that support heroes have are much lower than other heroes so they often get sacrificed first in team fights. Because of this, there is no need for support heroes to focus on getting items that increase health regeneration for themselves. All in all, support heroes should buy items such as Guardian Greaves and Pipe of Insight to increase the sustainability of the whole team during team fights.
Tip 3: Play According To Your Team’s Strengths
After picking a great hero line up and purchasing items that are suitable for the role of your hero in the game, it is important to take advantage of the strengths of your teammates to win the games easily. Players should evaluate the strengths of the heroes that are chosen by your teammates to form a strategy that the team should take.
For example, if most of the heroes chosen by your teammates are able to dish out high amounts of damage in the early stages of the game, take advantage of their high damage outputs to destroy enemy towers as fast as possible. If there are carry heroes on the team that require more time to get stronger for team fights, do allow them to continue farming. How? by avoiding direct confrontations with the enemy team until they are fully equipped.
Tip 4: Make Sure Your Team Has Vision On The Map
A fatal mistake that many beginners make is that they save up gold for their own items instead of buying Observer Wards and Sentry Wards for the team. Without any sort of visibility on the map, the whole team is unable to figure out where the enemy heroes are. This will cause them to die easily during ganks.
If the rest of team is unable to stay alive long enough during the game to get gold for their items, then the chances of winning become extremely slim. So do buy Observer and Sentry Wards to help you out in the long run.
Tip 5: Communicate With Your Team Members
Throughout the game, it is extremely important to communicate with your teammates with some of the basic in-game terms used in the previous part of the series. By communicating with your teammates, the whole team will understand the objectives that they are aiming for at each point in the game.
All of the heroes will also be able to give directions to achieve these objectives during the game. Communication is also extremely useful in team fights to coordinate Ultimates from the heroes in order to win. In DOTA 2, teammates can communicate with each other through text or through audio. If you have to, get a good headset with a mic.
We hope that these five tips will be extremely beneficial for all beginners who are looking to improve in the game. Stay tuned for the next part in our series where we will introduce you to some top DOTA 2 teams and players to follow.