After reading the past few guides in the series and practicing by yourself for 3 to 6 months tops, you should be able to grasp the fundamentals of DOTA 2 relatively well. With a strong foundation of the fundamentals in DOTA 2, it is time to start thinking about bringing your skills to the next level.
The big question that we have to ask is: how do professional DOTA 2 gamers play differently from us? Let’s take a look at some of the learning points that we can take away from professional DOTA 2 gamers in Southeast Asia.
Chai “Mushi” Yee Fung
Who Is He? Mushi is a Malaysian solo mid or carry player who has been in the professional DOTA 2 scene since 2011. Playing for prestigious teams such as Orange and Team DK, Mushi now plays for Mineski.
What We Can Learn From Mushi: Be flexible in the way that you play. As DOTA 2 continued to change through the patches, Mushi modified the heroes that he chose and the way that he played those heroes. Even though he usually played carry heroes professionally, Mushi actually played support a couple of times because of the needs of his team.
At The International tournament (the very first one in 2011), Mushi played a total of 18 different heroes throughout the competition. If we are able to be flexible with the heroes that we can play and the specific roles that we take up, we will be better places that can adapt to multiple types of teams.
Daryl “iceiceice” Koh
Who Is He? Iceiceice is the captain of Singapore’s Team Faceless. His debut in professional gaming started from competitive Starcraft II, which allowed him to play certain heroes in DOTA 2 that require him to control multiple units at once.
What We Can Learn from iceiceice: Practice makes perfect! Iceiceice once had a casual Q&A session, where he uploaded a video answering questions that fans submitted. In one portion of the video, he shows his fans how he practices Invoker, a hero that has multiple spells and requires players to have quick reflexes to cast those spells.
Through a lot of repetitive practice of the combinations repeatedly, we can also practice new heroes before attempting to try them out in matches.
Galvin “Meracle” Kang Jian Wen
Who Is He? Meracle is one of the youngest professional DOTA 2 players from Singapore. He had started playing DOTA 2 when he was just twelve years old. Currently, Meracle plays for Team Mineski, one of the leading teams in Southeast Asia.
What We Can Learn From Meracle: There is always a way to make time. Although Meracle started playing DOTA 2 while he was still schooling, he made time to train while he was studying. He had to manage his studies while going to school in the daytime and practicing at night. Meracle also had to go through mandatory National Service, which takes up precious training time as well. However, he was able to continue maintaining his standards of gameplay and now plays full time as he has completed National Service.
In order to improve our skill levels, we must invest time into playing and practicing our heroes in DOTA 2 despite our busy lives.
We’ve introduced three individual players from the Southeast Asian region that we can learn some useful lessons from in order to improve ourselves while playing DOTA 2. For the final guide, we’ll need you to gather four other friends for some DOTA 2. You’ll find out why next week.
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