How to Get Better at DOTA 2
SKOAR!|March 2017

An infinite number of situations to encounter with so many new skills one can learn/develop, the best part about Dota 2 is the fact that no matter how good you are, there is always room to get even better.

Yangerlong “ZUU_ResurrectX” Jamir

Dota 2 clearly needs no introduction among gamers. With over a million unique players every day, this massively popular MOBA is not only the most played game on Steam but also has the highest prize pool record in the eSports market, with cash prizes stacking up to $20 million. Even if you don’t play Dota 2, just going through your friend’s list on Steam will give you a general view of how popular this free-to-play game really is.

GETTING STARTED

The Dota 2 community is filled with abusive language, noob-shaming and brutally racist people that will tear you apart for even the slightest mistakes you make. So before going any further, and for our own safety, we would like you to note that we are not professional Dota 2 players ourselves and this guide will not be suitable for players at higher MMRs.

This werkshawp is targeted towards those players that are just getting started with Dota 2 or those that are stuck at a particularly low MMR and are unable to climb any higher. Also for those of you that are wanting to try out this game for the first time cause all your gamer friends keep talking about it and you are tired of being left out.

ONE AT A TIME, BOY

The secret to getting better at any game (or even life) is by learning each step and mastering them one at a time. If you are someone just getting started at Dota 2, take the tutorials first. This will give you a brief idea of what the game’s concepts are and some basic tips about the heroes and purchasing items. Only after that will you be able to properly follow this guide.

Now that you’ve completed the tutorials; feeling good about yourself? Thinking that was way too easy? You want to face off against real players now? Well, slow down buddy. See, we’re not here to discourage you, but in order to save you poor soul from all the verbal terror of the cruel community, it is highly recommended that you try a few (or 50, scratch that, 100) games against bots first.

NOTE: NEVER play against the ‘Easy’ bots in Dota 2. Even if you are just starting and it’s your first ever proper game, go against ‘Hard’ or at best, ‘Insane’ bots. This will give you a small window of experience showing what it’s really like to play against real players. The easier bots are so stupid they will simply give you free kills and make you abnormally strong early game. Bottom line, you’re not learning anything that way.

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