Improving your Dota 2 game takes lots of practice and successful execution of skills. However with little knowledge and lots of practice you can also play like a Dota 2 pro. In article below you are going to find 25 Dota 2 pro tips and tricks that once executed skillfully, can remarkably improve your game. Difficulty level of these tips and tricks ranges from beginner to advanced level.
Healing Salve, bottle and mana bottles does not dispel on magical damage less than 20. So, it means if you are Pudge and using rot till level 3, you can always use bottle or healing salve. Or if you are chased by a Pudge with rot on in early game, you can use bottle, healing salve etc. Remember for Pudge, it works till level 3 rot only. Same can be done for level early levels of Maledict, Poison Gale, Poison Dagger etc… You can also find other spells with little experience.
The Bonus Regen:
Once you TP somewhere form your fountain, you have 3 sec fountain regeneration buff. If you have bottle and use its charges in under 3 sec, it will refill automatically. You can use these charges on any nearby allies. Also, if you see some ally TPing near you, put your empty bottle in his inventory and it will be filled immediately. You can also pass the rune , by allowing ally to collect the rune and use it, and give your bottle back.
Up and above:
Never take an uphill fight unless its crucial or you are securing a kill. You miss 25% of your attacks and your opponent can also play mind games with you with the help of fog of war. This is not just important for the mid-solo but more for the Tier-3 tower take down. Of course effective warding can solve this problem issue, but still you are going to miss 25% of attacks. Similarly, if you can going to take a fight with enemy position yourself in such a manner that your enemy is forced to stay at a low round.
Luring out the neutral creeps from their camps instead of killing them and waiting for them to re-spawn is called Camp stacking. For this trick, timing is the most important for the camp stacking. Also check out another trick for camp stacking. Using this trick you can get a real gold burst. If effectively done for 1st 5 minutes, it can easily grant you almost 1000 gold in just 10 sec.
The Moving Man:
Always keep a Town Portal Scrolls (TP) after the laning phase. Because it is when the game shifts into tower take downs, ganks and mass rotations. TPs are a game changing item. They help you get out of sticky situations, help you get into ganks to surprise other team and it also help you get to a tower in order to save it.
Rune control is a very sensitive aspect in the game. It is overlooked most of the times but you exercise rune control effectively you can really dominate game starting from 0 minute mark. In laning phase getting a double damage rune means that you can easily take 2 waves of creeps, or can get a kill if ganking in any other lane. No need to tell you the happiness of finding a regeneration rune after a battle.
Demand and Supply:
Quick buy. Quick sell. Dota 2 provides full refund if item purchased is sold withing 10 seconds. So why not to abuse this ? If you buy a ring of regen (Cost 325 gold) from a side shop, sell it after keeping it for 9 sec, you’ll heal your self without spending even single dime. You can also consider ring of health, Sage’s Mask, void stone etc. Timing should be managed efficiently and your laning phase will be smoother. Certainly better than asking for tangos/going back to base/courier usage for heals.
Sway the Attack :
This trick is also pretty well-known. Change the tower’s attack target by right clicking your creeps or your allies or your illusions. The tower will redirect its attack towards the unit. It allows you to tower dive and kill. It also allows you to get a break in climax moments and health critical moments.
Toggle and piss:
The Basilius / Aquila micro management can be very helpful to mid heroes in the initial farming phase. Toggle the ring of basilius on/off during normal/last hits of the enemy. It will throw him off his game and make him miss most of his attempts to last hit while pissing him off. Once you switch on Basilius or Aquila ring, it gives 2 armor, which means +10.7 % physical damage reduction for a ranged creep. So it means if that creep has 60 HP, it will take 67 damage to die. In initial phase when damage is low, this can really make difference for last hits.
Switching the Treads:
Switching your power treads to manage mana, attack damage, attack speed , health can be very helpful in your overall laning and ganking phase. If you make this a second nature, you’ll have better survival chances in lane.
- STR — When being attacked / harrased
- INT — When casting a spell
- AGI — When regenerating health or mana
- Primary attribute — Offensive mode/Attacking/Pushing.
My Last Words:
Use quick buy function, select your next item and place it in your quick buy area. If you are about to die, immediately press quick buy your item. However, if you do not have sufficient items, consider buying couple of TPs to save your gold before you die. However, if you are saving gold for buy back, then DO NOT do this.
Keep Your Ears Open:
Invisible hero detection can be a real pain in the ass. You need to spend lots of gold on sentries, dust and gem etc. However, if you focus and practice, some heroes say some specific lines when any invisible heroes are nearby. For example, ursa says “Enemy is here” when there is some invisible hero nearby. You need to focus on different lines uttered by different heroes.
The Creep Agro Trick:
If your opponent is harassing you a lot, you can farm or at least get experience by bringing creeps near your tower. You can do this by clicking on hero and then immediately moving back. Creeps will follow you for 2.5 sec and then will attack nearby unit. It is called creep agro. You can repeat this process to bring creeps near your tower. This is useful when you are melee hero and laning against a range hero.
What if you cant see your opponent in in night time when vision is restricted ? Well, in that case you can click on any visible hero on Map, to get creep agro. Your vision is limited but if you want to pull creeps towards your tower, you can always click on enemy in other lanes.
Tier 1 tower does not regenerate if you backdoor, so take a smoke, backdoor tier 1 when you get a chance and do not forget to keep TP if things get ugly.
Suicide for Greater Cause:
Deny yourself with controlled units. For example if you are affected by Doom and there are no chances of survival, you can den your self with your minions. This can be done with several heroes, like Nature prophet, Lycan, Enigma, Lone Durid, Meepo and Invoker etc. Even if you have some active illusions, you can use illusions to deny your self but this will be tricky as illusions have very less damage, but it is worth a try. Or you can always buy Necronomicons always have your own minion for every hero, hypothetically speaking.
Watch W33 denying himself in this video, a classic gameplay by a Dota 2 pro.
Magic of Diffusal Blade:
Diffusal blade is mostly used to burn enemy’s mana and sometimes for slow purposes. But did you know you can use Diffusal blade on your own hero or ally to purge many debuff like Silences, dust and hex etc. You can use Diffusal blade to remove enemy’s buffs like Omni’s repel shield, Omni’s guardian angel etc…
Keep track of time of important happenings by Alt clicking on clock in top bar. For example, you killed Roshan at 10.21 minute mark. Immediately click on clock to note time of Roshan kill. Later on, you can check your chat to check if 8 minutes have passed or not. This way you’ll have a fair idea of Roshan’s next re-spawn time. You can also use this trick to keep track of cool downs of some deadly spells, like Global Silence, Blackhole etc.
9 Slotted Hero:
In ultra late game consider keeping items like refresher orb, Necronomicon, Manta Style etc in courier and keep 1 courier near you. Do not keep it attached to your hero, rather hide it near vicinity and use it once required. Same way, you can keep gem in courier and attach it with your hero to get vision of invisible heroes.
You are a Dota 2 Pro:
Practice last hitting, it is the only thing in game which will mater later on. For carries you need to practice killing creeps, and for support you need to practice denying. This is why you’ll see that Dota 2 pro are master of last hits. If you have successfully denied 10-15 creeps in first 5-6 minutes, be rest assure that your opponent almost 1 level. That means you can now try for a kill.
Make Your Spells Your Eyes:
Some spell also provide vision of the enemy heroes or some specific area. Consider using a spell for scouting vision, instead of going there physically to check. For example, Mirana’s Arrow, Ancient Appiration’s ultimate, Invoker’s sun strike, Windranger’s arrow etc can provide you vision of area. Zeus’s ulti can always pin point the location of enemy.
The Shift Queue Trick:
One of the basic technique Dota 2 pros use to execute skills rapidly — the SHIFT-QUEUE. With the help of shift-queue you can stack skills to execute them without added delay of clicking-aiming and executing. Trick to do this is that you hold shift button while executing all commands in advance. This way all the skills will be queued and will automatically execute one after another. You may be Shift-Queuing Sand King’s Ulti with Dagger but with practice you can take it to next level. Think on different lines. For example, some of the great shift-queue executions are;
- Tinker — (Hero Kill) — Teleport->Laser->Rocket->Dagon->Shiva Guard->Hex->March of Machines->Rearm->Hex->Laser->Rocket.
- Tinker — (Farming/Pushing Lanes) — Teleport->Blink->March of Machines->Shiva Guard->Rearm->March of Machines->Shiva Guard->Blink (Ahead in lane , Edge of the map)->Rearm->Blink ahead->March of Machines->Shivas Guard(Next oncoming wave) ->Teleport.
- Invoker — No explanation needed here I guess.
- Sand King — Veil of Discord->Epicentre->Blink->Burrow Strike(Calculated guess to hit maximum)->Shiva Guard->Sand Storm.
Shift-Queuing skills makes sure that all your commands are executed in an orderly manner and does not give any breathing space to your opponent.
Watch my Back:
When playing Support, remember your main contribution is your spell, so as soon as your spells and items are on cool down, try to hide somewhere as you will not be able to withstand the fight. As soon as your spells are off the cool down, you can again join the fight if still in progress. Exceptions are always there. There might be some occasion where you need to remain in fight. use your own judgement.
Remember Na’Vi VS iG Match in TI 1 ? In which Dendi’s Rubik turned the game ? Watch it your self how he did it.
Do not care for Bullies:
Don’t waste your time flaming, abusing and arguing. If you are being flamed and abused, simply mute that player and do not forget to make steam community better by reporting that player. :cheesy:
Tell us in comments below what are the tips and tricks which are you are already using ? Have another worth adding tip or trick ? Let us know in comments below.