So I’ve been getting more and more interested in Dota 2 recently (a bit late to the party, but oh well). Part of this comes from the fact that I’m looking into eSports more, now that I’m covering the sport. But on top of that, Dota 2 is just an enjoyable game to watch. I’ve yet to truly play it myself, but I’ve been watching it more and more, slowly getting my head around some of the aspects of the gameplay.

Therefore, I thought I would share some of the things that I’ve noticed from watching various Dota 2 matches.

Play The Tutorial

One thing I’ve come to realise is how much the game relies on you knowing just what you’re supposed to be doing. If you go into a match without really knowing what your specific role in the match is, the whole thing could potentially fall apart! So, learning how to play the game is really important.

That’s why this is one of the few games that I would highly recommend you play through the tutorial on. This tutorial will help you get to grips with the basics of Dota 2, meaning that you’ll (at the very least) get to hit the ground running. That would be better than going in completely blind, wouldn’t it? The tutorial won’t turn you into a Dota 2 God, but it will put you on the right track to grow into one!

Know Your Role

As mentioned already, roles are massively important to the way in which matches play out in Dota 2. Whether you want to tank or play as Rubik, one of the best Dota 2 supports, you need to make sure that you’ve got the role down. This means a lot of research and practice with your chosen character or role. Put the hours in and you’ll be able to improve, getting better in each match that you take part in.

Here’s a list of the roles, although I haven’t quite picked up what each one is yet;

  • Carry
  • Roamer
  • Mid
  • Support
  • Offlane

So, as you can see, there’s a handful of roles. Therefore, you’ll want to research which one is best for you and your own, personal playstyle.

Play Against Bots

Let’s say you’ve read up on your role and think you’ve got the understanding now. What’s the best way to find out? Well, it’s probably not to go and jump into a match against other players. At least, you shouldn’t do that straight away. Instead, you need to get some practice in to begin with. How do you do that?

To put it simply, play some matches against bots. Sure, they won’t be the same as playing against humans, but it will get you some initial practice. This can then get you ready for matches against other people by giving you the change to actually try out the various skills and playstyles needed for that role.

And That’s All Folks

Those are the few things that I’ve picked up from watching a variety of Dota 2 matches on Twitch. I know they are pretty basic, but hopefully, it will at least be useful to some of you!

Have you played Dota 2 yet? Have any other tips for a newbie? Let me know in the comments below!

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