Dota 2 is regarded as one of the world’s most competitive games and it’s still going on strong since it was first released back in 2013. Sure, games are meant to be a fun experience but if you are looking for ways to improve yourself in becoming a better player, we’ve got some tips for you. Let’s not waste any time and get started.


So you’ve queued for a game and you found a match. Soon you find yourself in the picking phase, where each player picks a hero to play. If you have a certain hero or role that you have in mind to choose as, it’s better to let your team know what exactly it is that you’re picking early hand. Some of you may be worried that the enemy will counter your pick should you do so. If that is the case, simply pick the hero of your choosing but don’t lock it in yet.

Why exactly would you do that? It will not only let your team mates know what they have to work with but it will also make it an easier decision for your team to choose what roles they have to play as well (carry, tank, support).

At the end of the day, you need balance in your team. While it is not surprising to see a full team of carry heroes, it is a rather difficult condition to be in. Should you happen to be picking later than your team mates, don’t also to forget to check out the enemy team’s picks.

In general, if you’re playing a match with a full party of friends, I would suggest that the people who are not flexible in many heroes or roles to pick first. This will allow the more experienced player to make observation and choose wisely, at least in theory.

Communicate Please

So one of the most important part of the game is communication, apart from skills of playing of course. Dota 2 is infamous for having a toxic community (hint hint South East Asia servers) but don’t let that stop you from talking/chatting with your team mates, especially with random players.

The reason behind this is that while you may think that the actions that you’re doing is acceptable or even common sense, you definitely to be in a situation where you’re trying to gank the enemy team but find yourself to be the only one at the battle scene.

You can enable voice chat, type it out on chat or even ping on the map to alert your team. That being said, some might not have the attention span for the latter, so find one way to get your team’s attention. Just don’t abuse them too much because that will end up annoying your allies.

Practice Makes Perfect

We’ve all heard the saying before of practice makes perfect, which is absolutely legit. The more you practice on something, the better that you get in it and that also applies to Dota 2. You definitely need some practice with skill-based heroes such as Invoker, Pudge, and Mirana to name a few.

It’s helpful that you take some time to practice combos, timing, targeting on the hero of your choice. I would say however that you do it in a match against AI/bots. Some of your team mates might not appreciate it that you take a public match to train, especially if you’re absolutely new to that hero and know nothing about how to play the character.

Once you’ve got a hang of the hero that you’re practicing, take it to public games and don’t forget to try and improve on areas that you think is lacking. Maybe it’s item builds or maybe it’s something more simple such as positioning and decision making. There is always something that you can improve on.

Don’t Limit Yourself

This actually correlates with the previous point. Once you’ve had your practice and start getting better, don’t stop just there. Ever since the game was released, I have observed down the years of players playing the same way, building the same items over and over again, well you get my point.

When it comes to item building, don’t simply think of things that will only improve your character’s stand alone in a match. You should also take into consideration on items that will help your team such as buffs, support items and disables.

Of course, this totally depends on what role you’re playing but simply put, think about how you can benefit the team as well. Not to forget, don’t forget to take note of the enemy team, what heroes they consists of and their item builds as well.

If you find yourself fighting against a really tanky hero, you as a carry would be wise to pick up something to break that hero with an item such as Silver Edge. Fighting an invisible hero? Grab some detection or dust to counter. Your team lacks damage? Get damage items to burst down the enemy. I think you get the idea.

Most Importantly..

Don’t forget to have fun! At the end of the day, Dota 2 is just another game and games are meant to offer you just that, fun and enjoyment. While it’s subjective on how exactly you have ‘fun’, just try and have a good time with your team mates.

Just keep in mind that if throwing games and making ridiculous builds is your method of having fun, well that’s just spoiling other people’s don’t.

If you’re reading this article, well that simply means that you want to be a better player in the game and that’s something that we should definitely strive for. These tips are meant for the general player so that everyone can learn something from it.

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