DOTA 2 is the latest of the MOBA (massive online battle arena) genre, where players control individual heroes of their choosing that is suited to their specific play styles. The MOBA genre branches off of the RTS genre, whose origins date back to a custom map made on WarCraft III called “Defense of the Ancients”. The map was so good that it spawned games that revolved around the single hero unit mechanic and resulted in games where this mechanic serves as their core identity.
DOTA 2 remains one of the most popular eSports games along the likes of StarCraft II and CS:GO where pro players compete for large cash prizes. By training hard and refining your strategy and tactics, there is always a possibility you can be as good as the pros themselves.
Fighting in the Early Game
DOTA 2 has an early, mid and late game stage similar to StarCraft II and WarCraft III, where fights gradually progress until an end state is reached where the team that has progressed the farthest to the opposing side’s camp will most likely win the game. Correct decision making and choosing the right hero is crucial to your survivability prior to winning the game. The fights tend to be fairly frantic, especially where there is a large group of players battling for control of a lane or another spot on the map.
You will need to play your heroes to their strengths and be aware of their weaknesses. Choose a character that is easy to play with so that you can optimize your play.
Also, abuse the fog of war every chance you get. The fog of war covers the entirety of the map, making your presence blind to the enemy team until you come within range of their vision.
XP and Gold
Take down enemies at every opportunity. You will be collecting gold and XP for every kill that you get. Don’t make a habit of retreating to your home base every time you take damage. You can purchase tangos once you spawn and set them loose so that you can remain in the lane.
Communicate and Listen
DOTA 2 places an emphasis on teamwork. Talk with your team often and listen to whatever directions that they give you. It will be difficult at first but you will learn to be in tune with your group as you gain more experience. Ask your teammates for advice and take everything in stride as you learn about the finer nuances of the game.
Some Extra Things to Think About
In addition to what’s already been mentioned above, you will need to keep tabs on some other things to stay on top of your A-game:
1. Learn good sportsmanship. Other players will often say nasty things online, which is pretty much the nature of any online game. You can always mute the offender’s audio or just block the offending player while you’re playing in-game.
2. Defend your base when it is at its most vulnerable. If the enemy manages to make it past your base’s defenses it means that you could potentially lose.
3. Be prepared to lose. Players who play online often usually get a win rate of 48-52% which is average when you account for the online population of DOTA 2.
4. Support heroes are not always the best heroes to use unless you are intimately familiar with them. They tend to require fewer amounts of gold in comparison to other heroes within the roster, which helps power them up faster. That being said, they are not necessarily the best characters for players that are new to the game.
5. Buy Dota 2 boost as well as wards as early as possible and deploy them at locations that provide you a vision of the map. They help to keep track of enemy movements and will aid your team in being able to respond to threats quickly.