Multiplayer online battle arena games are as popular as ever, and there are few as successful as Dota 2.
For those not familiar with the details, Dota 2 pits two teams five players against each other. Each player takes on a particular hero, and the teams need to develop and defend their own territory while collecting items and experience points in order to attack and defeat the heroes in the other team. When one team destroys a big structure on the other team’s area, they win.
The game has remained popular worldwide since its launch in 2013, with millions of players. There are many tournaments and leagues which attract amateur and professional players. Prize money can often be substantial, with some pools going higher than $1 million.
Dota 2 has been criticised for being too difficult or too complex – but that is part of what makes it attractive and addictive. We all need a good challenge, and Dota 2 provides that – and then some.
If you want to play casually with your friends, you might be disappointed. Dota 2 something you can just dabble with. You need to get invested to get the most out of the game. Spend some time, effort and energy to learn the intricacies of the game. If you are having difficulties mastering the game, know you are not alone. It is not easy. If you want to become a master, read on.
Here are 10 top tips that will help you achieve and make progress with the game.
1. Start slow
No one likes others that rush into situations like they own the place. Do not start out ganking, killing and causing mayhem. It will not make you any friends and will do more harm than good. This is true of all MOBA games, but especially true with Dota 2. Take it easy at first. Get to know your hero (more on that later!), and understand the environment and the playing field. No one likes a hotshot unless they are super experienced and know their stuff. Even then, it is risky. Always remember: Dota 2 is about teamwork. That means coming up with a strategy to work together – don’t try to be a reckless daredevil.
2. Invest a bit at the start
It’s worth investing a little bit when you first start Dota 2 to get you on your feet. Get the basics right. Buy your essential items such as boots and potions. A dagger is always good. Develop your farm and build up gold and XP.
3. Embrace and master your Hero
While it is fair to experiment a bit at first, it is important to identify with your main or “hero”. It might take some time to establish but seek your hero out and then commit. Learn about the charterer, become the hero. Understand the character.
While you might need to try a few different characters before you settle on your favourite, it’s important to decide on one hero and embrace it. To be the best that you can be, you need to fully understand the hero you choose. All heroes have different strengths and abilities so find the one that works for you and then harness the power of that being. You need to master your hero.
Some will suit your play style better than others. That is the very reason for multiple options and part of what makes the game so appealing to a wide range of people. Heroes will tank, gank, rush and perform a wide range of other tasks. Be who you want to be.
This will take time, so do not switch your hero too quickly. Give each one a fair chance before deciding it isn’t for you. Constantly changing will set you back. Have patience.
4. Observe the experts
There are many Dota 2 experts. Watch, observe and learn from them. Be humble and appreciate their skills and you will pick up valuable intel. Often, if you want, they will even give you feedback and advice on their strategy and provide you with useful tips.
There’s a free service called Gosu.ai, which exists solely to improve your skills in Dota 2 alongside a few other competitive games. It’s worth checking out some of their articles, including this awesome Positions Guide, which has some very helpful pointers about the different positions you can take in Dota 2.
5. Use the Mini-Map
This is your friend and will help you. Use it.
6. Practice, practice and practice some more
Simple advice but valuable. The more you play, the better you will get. It will give you a greater understanding of the playing field, the obstacle, and opportunities.
7. Watch, look and listen
In order to master Dota 2, you need to be super observant. Be aware of everything that happens in your domain as well as the activity in your opponent’s territory. Observation is a key strategy. You cannot focus on only one or two aspects alone. You need to take a holistic view of the entire scenario.
Check out your own domain, the opponents, what your teammates are doing and beware of traps at all times.
Also, don’t be afraid to ask others. Most enthusiasts will be happy to help and guide you.
8. Remember that it is a team game
The beauty of the game is that it is teamwork. Do not forsake your fellow team members. You cannot be a hero alone!
Given that Dota 2 requires you to work as a team, good communication is critical to success. This can take many forms, but the more you play and the better you can understand and communicate with your team members, the better you will become.
10 Hang in there!
A very important thing to understand is mastery takes time. It will not happen overnight. Dedication and perseverance are critical to your success. You need to win and your team needs to succeed. Follow the correct path, play it cool and you will get there.
Dota 2 is not the easiest of games to master, but with a bit of effort, it will be extremely rewarding. Learn and grow as you go. Use these tips to take you from casual player to a potential star. Take your time, get to understand your hero and embrace it. Practice, work it. The rewards are worth it. Play on!