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Dota 2 Lane Combo Ideas for an Awesome game

Dota 2 Lane Combo Ideas for an Awesome Game

Updated on 8 Dec 2018

Earlier I posted an article about Dota 2 Team combos. Here in this article we are going to tell you about some cool lane combo ideas. So you can have some fun with your friends. Remember, these combos are MOSTLY for fun and work like a charm in under 3k MMR games. But you can also execute these combos in higher MMR games if you have perfection with your heroes.

1. The Invisible Rot Combo

Pick LifeStealer and Pudge. Build an Aghanim’s Scepter (or get one from Alchemist) for Lifestealer. Pudge will activate rot and have Lifestealer Devour Pudge. Then Lifestealer will get inside the Rock Golem (Ancient neutral creep). So, what will happen now ? Rock Golems have magic resistance, but Pudge’s Rot effect is supposed to persist. So take that golem to team fight and deal as much invisible magical damage as you can and then get out of golem and start participating in team fight.

2. It was not Luck but Skill Combo Ideas

Play Mirana and get Bane in team. Bane will use Nightmare (3rd spell) on a hero and Mirana will hit an arrow from max distance. This will get you max time for stun and max damage too. You’ll always hit that static target precisely. Same can be done with Kunka. Use Kunka’s 3rd spell (X Mark the Spot) on an enemy and Mirana will shoot arrow on that x mark. As soon as arrow gets near to the X mark, use recall function of Kunka’s spell. This needs a bit practice but works like a charm.

3. Surprise Chain Frost

Select Lich and get an Aghanim’s Scepter. Go to enemy’s ancient creeps and use your ultimate(Must make sure it has at least 2 rock golems because they are immune to magic). It will keep bouncing between them forever without damaging them. Once an enemy comes to that camp to farm, they will almost instantly die. To make this effect more freaky, use your ultimate on same golems more than 1 time.

4. Charge Charge Everywhere

This combo comprises of Riki and Spirit Breaker. Because of Permanent invisibility, Riki is one of the best scout of Dota 2. Use him to scout in enemy jungle and search for any solo enemy farming. As soon as an enemy is located Spirit Breaker will charge. Once Spirit Breaker is about to hit the enemy, Riki will use smoke screen and kill him under your smoke, if you feel that enemy is going out of smoke and may escape using any spell, then bara can use Nether Strike (his ultimate) to bring him back in smoke. This combo is really anoying in early and mid game till the time enemy does not ward area properly.

5. Surprise Mothafucka

Which is the poor bastard who is famous for taking lifts ? Yea, thats right Lifestealer. Pick Lifestealer and Spirit Breaker. Ask Spirit Breaker to give you lift and charge solo enemies. Once Spirit Breaker hits the enemy, Lifestealer will come out and use “Feast” to slow the enemy and within 3-5 secs your enemy will be dead. Use Spirit Breaker’s Nether Strike (Ultimate) if required.

6. The Invisible Ion Shell

This is a very annoying combo in lane. It can be accomplished with Dark seer and any invi hero. However bounty hunter is best suited for this combo for 2 reasons.

  1. Extra track gold for whole team from his tracks.
  2. Jinada slows the enemy for further 3 sec. This means more damage from Ion Shell.

So, as soon as you go in lane, use Ion Shell on your invi hero and that invi hero will stay with weakest enemy. Try your best that invi should not break in front of your enemy. Have them believe for first few minutes that its a solo lane. Then they will get wards to get rid of you, so do not forget to get wards before hand.

7. The Love Story Combo

Juggernaut and Crystal Maiden are in love even before beginning of time of Dota 2.  Crystal Maiden will frostbite enemy and juggernaut will spin your enemy to death. Try this combo from level 3 onward. In case Frostbite is not enough, then Crystal Maiden has another slow for 3 seconds. When Crystal Maiden is in your team you wont have any mana problems as well, so you can spam this combo to max. In case you both are low HP, let Juggernaut heal you in lane and you wont even have to go to Base in your laning phase.

This combo can work with any hero whose slow works for more than 3 seconds. This way Juggernaut can deal maximum damage from Bladefury.

8. You can’t Kill me Combo

I am sure that you guys must have tried Huskar and Dazzle combo at least once. However now we have a batter version of it thanks to Oracle. Oracle’s Purifying Flames reduce Huskar’s HP, thus giving him bonus attack speed and further magic resistance. But after damaging, it applies a regeneration buff to Huskar, further preparing him for the fight.

Oracle’s False Promise removed all types of Buff upon cast and also does not let him die for 9 sec and this the buff which can not be countered by any mean (Like Axe can easily kill someone with Dazzle’s Shallow Grave if they have HP less than a specific point). False promise also reduces all type of damage to 50% and also doubles any healing taken for the duration of False Promise thus making him like an unbeatable Tank.

9. Someone Called a Doctor ?

Axe is one of the best Early game hero who can deal lots of damage in small amount of time. In latest update his counter helix Damage has been shifted from physical damage to Pure damage. If Axe keeps on getting healing, then he can stay in lane and push very fast. There are very few heroes who can counter Axe’s early game push. If your enemy team consists of Melee heroes mostly, then selecting Axe is great choice. To provide him healing, there are many options. But 4th position Necrophos is a great option because of his Heartstopper Aura and annoying ultimate. Which doctor and Dazzle are also good choice.

If there are more melee heroes in enemy team, go behind enemy 1st tower in hard lane and stop their creeps. This way you can take tower easily in like 5 minutes. However, this combo won’t work if there are more ranged heroes. Because they will keep away from you and will keep inflicting lots of damage to you.

10. Ursa and Shadow Shamen Combo

One of the oldest combo in Dota scene. When I started playing Dota almost 8 years ago, this was the first ever combo I was introduced to. Its simple. Shadow Shamen will get hold of the enemy with his 3rd spell and in meanwhile Ursa will finish him off. If still some life is left in your enemy, here comes hex from Shadow Shamen.

11. The Little Ball of Death Combo

This one is again one of the oldest combos. However it can only be started after IO is level 6. So, IO and Ursa will tether and TP behind any solo enemy and kill him instantly and then come back after 10 secs. This combo has lots of potential but can also backfire some time. May be you think enemy is alone and you TP behind him and there you land in an enemy trap. So, watch out for traps.

IO can also take other insta kill heroes with it and get a kill. Best suited in order of priority are; Ursa, Tiny, Pudge and Tuskar. Although you can take any carry hero with you, that can work. But it is best suited with above mentioned heroes.

12. Tiny and Tuskar Combo

Why Tiny should spend extra 2250 gold for a stupid dagger when same job can be accomplished by Tuskar. He can provide you a lift. As soon as you reach near enemy, Tuskar will Walrus Punch the enemy and in meanwhile Tiny will use Stun Toss combo to finish off enemy.

Tuskar can also be combined with other melee insta kill heroes who have problems getting near enemy.

13. I’ll Nuke you to Death

Skywrath mage is one of the highest magic damage dealing heroes in whole Dota 2. It can his ultimate can deal almost 850 damage in 2 sec. But only problem is small radius of its ultimate and enemy escaping its area of effect. That problem can be solved by keeping enemy at a static location. This can easily be done with the help of Clockwork. His cogs will keep the enemy trapped in Skywrath Mage can use his ultimate and kill the enemy.

Skywrath mage can be combined with other long disables like Nature Prophet’s Sprout, Bane’s ultimate (Fiend’s Grip) or may be a long stun from Mirana’s arrow.

14. Fresh and Bleeding Meat

This is one the combos which is a comparatively difficult to execute because of Pudge’s hook accuracy. However, here Blood Seeker will make his job very easy. Blood Seeker will use Rupture on an enemy, enemy will stop or will try to TP out (The Best solution to Blood Seeker’s Rupture). This will give enough time to Pudge to hook that enemy. Now Pudge’s Hook will deal pure damage and once it drags the enemy for almost 1000 units, that enemy will take additional pure damage from Rupture. There are 90% chances that enemy will be dead by the time it reaches Pudge. Since the latest update 7.20c, rupture is no longer lethal. It means no matter how much you run, it can not kill you. Your HP will remain at 1 but you wont die of rupture. So, as a last killing blow, Pudge’s rot will be enough. If not then Pudge’s Dismember will finish him off.

If you have some other cool lane combo ideas, please let us know in comments below. We’ll add those in main article.

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Dota 2 Combo Ideas for Fun and Cool Pub Game

Dota 2 Combo Ideas for Fun and Cool Pub Game

Dota 2 Combo Ideas for Cool Pub Game

Dota 2 is always fun when you play with your friends or gaming partners. You can multiply this fun by playing a Dota 2 combo in your match. These combos are fun in pub game as well as in pro matches too. Because some times your lineup totally beats your opponent’s strategy. To help you out with some combo ideas, we have listed some really amazing and cool combos with Pros and Cons of every combo.

 1. The Global Dota 2 Combo

Suggested Lineup

  • Mid – Zeus
  • Carry – Spectre
  • Offlaner – Clockwork
  • Semi Support – Silencer
  • Hard Support – Ancient Apparition / Nature Prophet

Play Style 

This one of the most common Dota 2 combo ever. I can safely say that everyone who has played more than 1000 Dota 2 games must have played this combo at least once. You can kill almost whole enemy team with this combo without even getting close. Zeus is going to use Thundergod’s Wrath first. As soon as you got vision of the enemy heroes, Nature prophet will use its ultimate. Then comes Spectre’s ultimate. If Spectre has farmed Radiance and Diffusal Blade, her illusion will easily finish off enemy support and squishy heroes. For rest of the kills she can use haunt to reach those heroes and meanwhile silencer can use his ultimate so that enemy cant use any spell to run. Still if some hero is left, Ancient’s ultimate can take care of it. Aghanim Scepter and Refresher orb on Zeus, Nature Prophet will make things more interesting.

Pros
  • This lineup includes one of the hardest carries of Dota 2, Spectre.
  • Effective disable with Silencer’s ultimate.
  • Effective lane control with Zeus and Silencer
  • Sufficient lane / tower push control

Cons
  • Once you pick 2 heroes, your opponent team may understand that you are going for Global Combo, therefore picking heroes to counter you hard.
  • Spectre needs lots of farm in order to survive late game.
  • This lineup does not have stunner or reliable disabler.
  • Can be counter hard with insta kill heroes like Pudge, Tuskar and Tiny etc.

 2. You Can’t Move Combo

Suggested Lineup

  • Mid – Viper / Huskar / Pudge
  • Carry – Drow Ranger
  • Offlaner – Bristleback /Beast Master
  • Semi Support – Venomancer / Dazzle
  • Hard Support – Jakiro / Crystal Maiden / Lich

Game Play

Although you can not slow anyone’s movement speed below 100 but main theme of this combo is to slow enemy as much as possible.  This combo mainly focuses on 1 or 2 isolated heroes pickup. However, team fighting capability of this combo is also not bad.

Pros
  • Huge amount of attack and magic damage.
  • Effective AOE spell with Venomancer / Jakiro in lineup.
  • Extreme lane control in almost all lanes.

Cons
  • Mostly paper heroes which can be killed very easily if any AOE combo is used properly.
  • No hard disable except Pudge / Beast Master.
  • Blink heroes can counter this combo easily.
  • Can be counter hard with insta kill heroes like Pudge, Tuskar and Tiny etc

 3. The Perma-Stun Combo

Suggested Lineup

  • Mid – Magnus / Centaur / Lina
  • Carry – Sven
  • Offlaner – Tide Hunter / Nyx Assassin
  • Semi Support – Sand King / Earth Shaker
  • Hard Support – Lion

Game Play

In this team combo we are going to try to keep enemy stunned almost forever. You can do it by picking AOE or even solo stunners. With careful timing of your stun and chain stun them to max. Believe me this combo frustrates your enemy like hell . Sven needs to use his stun first, so that later on he can deal physical damage after using his ultimate while other allies keep enemy stunned for rest of the time.

Pros
  • If carefully coordinated and executed, you can keep whole enemy team stunned for almost 9.5 sec with this combo.
  • Tanky lineup, harder to kill.
  • Lots of AOE damage.
  • All roles perfectly fit in this lineup.
  • You can also pick off single targets easily with this combo.

Cons
  • Complete team needs blink or scepter to reach their max potential.
  • One BKB and there goes your combo flying into the wind.
  • This lineup mostly comprises of melee heroes. So you’ll have to get close in fights in order to execute this Dota 2 combo, thus making ideal situation for wombo combo execution by your enemies. For example, Enigma’s blackhole, Outworld Devourer’s ultimate and other AOE spells can really ruin your charm. Rubik can also enjoy playing in your enemy team because he will steal all your stuns and use it back on you.

 4. The Doctor’s Lineup

Suggested Lineup

  • Mid – Huskar / Omni
  • Carry – Juggernaut
  • Offlaner – Necrophos / Treant Protector
  • Semi Support – Warlock / Witch Doctor
  • Hard Support – Dazzle / Oracle

Gameplay

The main idea of this combo is to select heroes which have any healing spell. During game play your aim will be to keep everyone alive with your massive healing spells. Ancient Appiration can stop your healing for like forever. So do not forget to ban him for this lineup.

Pros
  • Because of massive healing spells, it is a very durable lineup and very difficult to kill.
  • Nice AOE spells to counter ganks
  • You won’t die unless you want to.

Cons
  • Ancient Appiration can shut down this combo alone and so can Silencer.
  • Game will be totally dependent on Juggernaut, if enemy get hold of him somehow in early game, you’ll get very hard time in late game.

 5. The Wombo Combo

Suggested Lineup

Basically you can pick any hero with AOE spell for this combo to work, possibilities are endless. However suggested lineup is;

  • Mid – Invoker / Shadow fiend / Puck / Queen of Pain / Storm Spirit with Aghanim Scepter
  • Carry – Faceless Void / Outworld Devourer / Anti Mage
  • Offlaner – Tidehunter / Dark Seer / Magnus / Kunka
  • Semi Support – Sand King / Earth Shaker / Enigma / Witch Doctor
  • Hard Support – Crystal Maiden / Veno Mancer / Warlock

Game Play

If you watch Dota 2 pro plays every now and then, then you must be knowing that this most common Dota 2 combo in pro plays, but on the same hand very difficult to execute perfectly. Main theme of this lineup is AOE spells and their successive execution. Force your enemy for a team fight. You can do this by using some weak hero as bait or getting hold of any solo enemy and deliberately allowing him to escape deliberately so he call for backup and join his team mates. Once complete (or most of the) enemy team is nearby, initiate the combo. Enigma, Magnus and Dark seer are perfect initiators for this. Once combo is initiated, use all your AOE spells on your enemy.

It must be kept in mind for successful execution that DO NOT engage enemy’s bait. They may send a weak hero as bait to bring you to a place of their advantage. Still, your combo may work, but there are more chances of failure. This lineup is best suited for team fights. So, concentrate on team fights. Positioning of your initiator will matter a lot. You can force team fights while defending your towers or while lying a siege on their towers. Either they will take a team fight or will lose a tower, in both the cases you’ll be at an advantage.

Pros
  • Invoker alone is enough to extinguish enemy team if the player knows how to unleash full potential of Invoker.
  • This lineup has some very decent and hard disables which can not be evaded even with BKB.
  • Insane amount of Magical, physical and Pure damage.

Cons
  • Initiator needs to have good game experience so he knows when to start. Wrong initiation will not only get you killed, your major spells will also be on cool down for a long duration.
  • This type of combo require deliberation before gank or even before picking heroes. You can almost never try this combo while playing solo in Dota 2 because all the players do not understand each other’s play style. However if you are playing with your team, then there are more chances of success.
  • Almost all major spells have long cool downs. Once you use all your spells and enemy buys back and starts to push / force another team fight, there is almost nothing which you can do.

 6. The Damage Aura Combo

Suggested Lineup

  • Mid – Drow Ranger
  • Carry – Luna
  • Offlaner – Lycan
  • Semi Support – Visage / Axe / Dazzle / Bristleback
  • Hard Support – Vengeful Spirit

Game Play

This is another most commonly played / used Dota 2 combo. Your gameplay for this lineup will be simple. Farm as fast as possible and once done with your basic items, start pushing. Once you stay together, all the damage auras will join and give huge physical damage boost. You are taking towers or fighting in ganks, you can really deal massive amount of damage. Go for Roshan as soon as it is alive and remember, keep pushing till you get enemy’s ancient.

Dazzle in your line up will be a real pain in the ass for your enemies. He will reduce their armor so much that you can take out their supports literally in 3 hits and a shallow graved Bristle back himself is a killing machine with constant quill spray. Visage is viable in this line up because of massive attack speed of his Familiries.

Pros
  • Strong mid game and very strong late game. If you are successful with this combo, I doubt that game will last more than 30 mins. I’ve seen this combo live 3 times in our tournament (Dota International Clan Wars) and they always won.
  • Massive physical damage with sufficient disables for a good team fight.

Cons
  • Venge is the only hero who can survive without farm, rest almost all heroes need lots of farm in order to be useful.
  • To execute this combo, you need to stay together, but that also causes problem. Because any Wombo Combo line up will not have any problem with execution as you are already stacked up.
  • A good Pudge can really turn the tables and this Dota 2 combo will fail miserably. In fact all insta kill heroes (Pudge, Tiny, Tuskar, Lina and Skywrath Mage etc) will prove to be a pain in the ass case for you. Because all your heroes are very squishy with not a good escape mechanism (except Lycan).
  • All the team fights will rely on successful initiation. Tanks have to be real tanks so the hitters can deal real damage.

 7. The Destroyers

Suggested Lineup

  • Mid – Tinker / Shadow Fiend / Death Prophet
  • Carry – Drow / Troll Warlord
  • Offlaner – Enigma / Nature Prophet
  • Semi Support – Lesharc / Wind Ranger
  • Hard Support – Lich / Sven

Game Play

Gameplay is simple, you are The Destroyers. You need to destroy any and everything as quick as possible. After your initial farm / laning phase, quickly start taking towers. Lich and Sven can provide massive armor to your team when you are taking towers. Clear creep waves with your massive magical damage. If you have troll warlord in your team, you’ll get a massive speed boost and quickly take down towers. Just use any of your hero’s creep to tank and take down their towers 1 by 1. With this line up, you can easily take down a tower in under 10 sec (even giving the leverage of 5 sec glyph).

Pros
  • You can end game in like under 30 minutes if your enemy was not careful enough to pick your counters.
  • Massive physical damage combined with massive magical damage can easily wreck your enemy even in ganks.
  • This lineup is best suited for Wombo Combo with a very strong potential for solo take outs.
  • Strong early game, mid game and even more devastating late game.

Cons
  • Most of the heroes are squishy with no escape mechanism. A solo killer like Pudge, Tiny, Tuskar etc can be very lethal to your team. Even a good team with counter wombo combo can kill your whole team under 5 sec.
  • This lineup and strategy focuses on team fights and always staying together. Thus leaving other lanes prone to enemy ratting. (If you do not have Nature Prophet or Tinker in team)
  • Almost all the heroes in this lineup need good farm to be more useful in late game which is not possible for all 5 team members.
  • No strong disable in whole lineup whereas for team fights you’ll need effective disables. So, must have Enigma or Sven in team.

 8. I fight with my Minions

Suggested Lineup

  • Mid – Invoker / Lone Durid
  • Carry – Lycan
  • Offlaner – Brood Mother
  • Semi Support – Enigma / Nature Prophet / Chen
  • Hard Support – Warlock / Enchantress

Game Play

All these heroes have spells to spawn their integral creeps / minions (Forge Spirits, Wolves, Treants etc…). Use these minions to rush towers. Take Roshan as soon as possible and then get their throne before someone thinks of Battlefury. With this you can easily spawn almost 30 minions. That is like 6 waves of creeps combined together. With Lycan’s Howl each and every minion will get +50 damage. With Necronomicons and Helm of the Dominator, you will get some more creeps with move and attack speed bonus too.

Do not forget to ban Earth Shaker, Ember Spirit, Axe and Legion Commander otherwise executing this Dota 2 combo will be a nightmare for you.

Pros
  • Massive tower taking force at your disposal.
  • This lineup is also suitable for 1 lane or all lane push if you are countered hard.
  • In case things go out of hands, you can stop spawning your minions and play game normally with a little twist of Ratting.

Cons
  • This combo can be very hard to execute as there are literally a dozen counters for this combo. It is almost impossible that enemy will not have one of them.
  • Even if enemy team does not have any of your counter, still they can go for Battlefury. A single battlefury on a melee core can ruin your dream of executing this combo. So during the pick phase, pick wisely.

 9. The Illusionists

Suggested Lineup

  • Mid – Morphling / Chaos Knight
  • Carry – Spectre / Phantom Lancer
  • Offlaner – Dark Seer / Terror Blade
  • Semi Support – Naga Siren
  • Hard Support – Shadow Demon

Game Play

All of the heroes in this line up have the capability to spawn illusions and that too lots of it. With these illusions you should rush enemy towers as fast as possible. Also do not forget to ban Earth Shaker, Ember Spirit and Legion Commander. Or they will make your life miserable.

Pros
  • Extremely strong ultra late game, if at all game reaches that point.
  • This line up can deal great amount of physical damage.
  • Illusions can easily be used to confuse enemy thus providing every hero with great escape mechanism.

Cons
  • Most of the heroes in this line up are those which are rated 3 star carries (hardest carries of Dota 2). Shifting them to support or other role will be very difficult and otherwise it is not wise to pick many hard carries as the farm will be split between them therefore creating troubles for main hard carry.
  • You may have to modify the meta to make it work that means making unconventional items for few heroes to suit their roles, therefore more chances of fail.

 10. The Rats

Suggested Lineup

  • Mid – Leshrac / Tinker
  • Carry – Anti mage / Lone Durid / Troll Warlord
  • Offlaner – Brood Mother / Clinks / Tiny
  • Semi Support – Nature Prophet
  • Hard Support – IO

Game Play

You must try to beat Admiral Bulldog, the Rat King. You should always be looking for the lane which does not have any defense. Go there and push. Then once your enemy comes to defend that lane, go to any other lane and carry on. You must be pushing all the times. With IO as support, you can teleport to any tower any time and immediately take tower and then fall back. All the heroes in this line up have great potential of taking towers, so do not waste that and try to finish game as soon as possible by snow balling.

Pros
  • You’ll have perfect lineup with perfect heroes for every role.
  • If game somehow reaches ultra late game, your 4 heroes can convert to carry role. In ultra late game, you just need to win 1 team fight, thats it. Afterwards, just TP to enemy base and take out their ancient.
  • Great escape mechanism for almost all the heroes.

Cons
  • Early game is not that much strong you need farm and you can be wrecked easily in start and then enemy can snow ball
  • If enemy picks heroes with strong defensive abilities (Techies, Ember Spirit etc), you will have very hard time finishing the game.

 11. Jhon Cena’s Team

Suggested Lineup

  • Mid – Clinks / Invoker
  • Carry – Slardar
  • Offlaner – Nyx Assassin
  • Semi Support – Riki / Bounty Hunter
  • Hard Support – Mirana

Game Play

You can’t see them, therefore you can’t gank them. At least without gem, sentry wards or dust. As all of your heroes have spells to be invisible, therefore it will be comparatively easy for you to gank. You can always try for 5v2 ganks and I can assure you, there are many chances that you’ll succeed. Why pick Slardar as carry ? Because you do not want your enemies to pick Slardar and also that Slardar has all the capabilities which are needed to be a really good carry.

Pros
  • Whole team is have spells which can make them invisible, therefore it will it will be difficult for enemies to gank you.
  • Very Strong ultra late game.
  • Huge amount of Physical and Magical damage can be dealt by this lineup.
  • If your ganking strategy fails, you can always go for ratting strategy.

Cons
  • Just 1 gem can ruin your game like hell. However, you can always kill the gem carrier and get rid of gem for next 7 minutes or so.
  • You may have spend lots of gold for sentries to counter ward.
  • If enemy got level 3 Necronomicons, then there is literally nothing which you can do. Because this is THE PERMANENT solution for all the invisible heroes.

In next article, I’ll write about mini Dota 2 combo which you can try in any pub or ranked game. Stay tuned and do not forget to tell us about any other 5 man team combo ideas in comments below and did you like this article ?

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Dota 2 Pro

15 Things That Dota 2 Pro Do But You Don’t

I have had a long chat/interview with a Dota 2 pro player about different aspects of Dota 2 gameplay. He being a pro and I being the noob, replied to my inquisitive questions. He has played more than 6000 Dota 2 games and his Solo MMR is 6823 and Party MMR is 6253 at the time of writing. He had been in Leaderboard in SEA for quite some time. (This article was written back in August 2015, it was deleted accidentally but I managed to recover it after a long time)

I have converted our chat in the form of an article in easy English for understanding of all those who sincerely want to improve their Dota 2 Gaming Skills.

I will write it down in point form so that it is easy to grasp and understand. Those points are in no sequence, just random, anything came to my mind, I asked and discussed with him including some secret tips which will not be secret after reading this guide.

[wpsm_numhead num=”1″ style=”4″ heading=”2″]Pro Players Do Not Panic (Often)[/wpsm_numhead]

Once you think that the game is going like hell, everyone including you is feeding and the enemy team is fat as hell, you will start panicking. But its very seldom that you’ll see a Dota 2 Pro panicking. Once they know one odf their strategy has failed, they move to next next strategy and try other options.

Example :

You have a tinker or Nature Prophet in your team, you can start rating. Although it feels and looks bad, but hey, you ever heard Admiral BullDog ? The best Dota 2 rat player and his his team has won many matches because of him ratting. No one stops you from doing it. This will give space and time to your team and your carries and specially your rat will start farming good. If you got a lucky chance, you can take barracks or even enemy ancient through ratting. Therefore, think and plan for new strategies once your main strategy has failed and do not panic.

[wpsm_numhead num=”2″ style=”4″ heading=”2″]Don’t Lose Hope Till Your Ancient is Destroyed Because Come Back is Real[/wpsm_numhead]

Pretty self-explanatory I think. I myself have seen players calling GG WP, Finish Fast etc at 10-12 mins of the game.

Example:

Remember longest game of Dota 2 between Cloud9 and SFZ ? This game lasted 3 hours and 33 mins. Ultimately SFZ won the game despite mega creeps. They could have also called GG WP when it was mega creeps, but they did not give up and ultimately won the game.

If you have not watched that game, you can watch highlights of this game below.

[wpsm_numhead num=”3″ style=”4″ heading=”2″]If Your Team Sucks, it Means You Suck Too Because You are Part of Team[/wpsm_numhead]

Most of the time” you are matched with players whose skills and stats matches with your. Your Teammates and your opponents have almost same skill level, almost same hours played, almost same number of games won and almost same KDA ratio. This is how Valve’s matchmaking system works. Take a look here for more details about how Dota 2 match making works. It’s very rare that you are matched with any players with a lot of skill difference. However if you still see some of the player playing stupidly, that means either he is new to that hero, or he is completing some of his fuc**ng challenge (Thanks to compendium).

So do not start saying noob Slardar, GG Stun, delete Dota 2, you are stupid etc… It will only get you more enemies and believe me it won’t make situation any better.

[wpsm_numhead num=”4″ style=”4″ heading=”2″]Define What Role You are Good at, Then Play According to That[/wpsm_numhead]

Everyone can not carry and everyone can not play support because it’s against their natural play style. If there is anyone who claims he can play carry and support equally good, then that means he not good at either of that role.

If you like to play very aggressive, try playing tanks or nukers to take a solo kill. If you like to farm till the end of time, better pick a hard carry. If you do not like farming and just want to chill around the map and only want to participate in team fights, why not to go for support, if you cant do anything, then delete Dota 2 and start playing “LoL” because its not your game to play.<<<< This is what he actually said

[wpsm_numhead num=”5″ style=”4″ heading=”2″]Remember You Can Not Master ALL Heroes[/wpsm_numhead]

He said and I quote “I can play almost 25-30 heroes perfectly, 20-25 heroes normally and on rest 50 heroes I am actually quite noob. By perfectly means I almost own the game with those heroes unless whole enemy team is my counter and they have focused me hard”

[wpsm_numhead num=”6″ style=”4″ heading=”2″]Read Tips and Tricks Online, Those Actually Work[/wpsm_numhead]

He said and I quote “I did not know that Omni Knight’s Repel Shield can be removed using Diffusal Blade and purge spells, before knowing this, Omni knight was really annoying for me, but now when I see we have an Omni Knight in enemy team and he is good, I directly rush Diffusal blade”. So I suggest that read and implement tips and tricks available on the internet. We also have compiled few great Dota 2 pro tips which you can check here.

This does not mean you should start fountain hooking using Pudge, knowing very well that you cant even hook straight with Pudge.

[wpsm_ads2 float=”none”] [wpsm_numhead num=”7″ style=”4″ heading=”2″]Good Dota 2 Knowledge Means Good Game[/wpsm_numhead]

Dota 2 is like a 10th Grade class, and Dota 2 Game is your test. So if you got good knowledge about heroes, items, spells and Dota 2 mechanics, you are definitely going to do better than others.

Example:
If you know that Axe’s Ultimate “Culling Blade” can instantly kill any enemy with Dazzle’s “shallow grave” where as Necrophos’s Reaper Scyth can not kill enemy in Shallow Grave, you’ll not waste your ultimate. So once you are in game and free and doing nothing, read the description of spells. Also one great place for more Dota 2 knowledge is the gamepedia site.

If you have good knowledge then you can make different combos of heroes like  DK has good armor, so he is good against physical damage heroes and make a combo with those heroes who give him more armor / healing / damage to make him more useful in game.

[wpsm_numhead num=”8″ style=”4″ heading=”2″]Dota 2 is a Team Game, not a Solo First Person Shooter Game[/wpsm_numhead]

Dota 2 is a Team Game, so play like a team. Remember, if teammates start fighting each others, then that means you are giving benefit to the enemy team. But question arises that what you should do when your ally is abusive or is a flamer? Simply mute him and concentrate on your game. If you have enough report options available, simply report him and he will get his due share.

You can never win a game alone, you may carry a game very well, but still you will need help / support of your teammates at all stages of the game. Some teammate to tank so you can deal damage, some teammate to heal you once you start your fight or just some random spells by teammates to reduce HP of your enemies.

[wpsm_numhead num=”9″ style=”4″ heading=”2″]Make a Combo, No Matter How Small[/wpsm_numhead]

Make combos in your team no matter how small it is. Even if you can make a combo of 2 heroes, that will be better than having no combo at all. Sometimes, you can increase the effectiveness your combo using items too. More Strong combo with more heroes with synergizing spells means more chances of winning. So, do not forget point # 7 that good Dota 2 knowledge will always pay you well. If you have good knowledge about Dota 2 heroes, spells and items you can make better combos.

[wpsm_numhead num=”10″ style=”4″ heading=”2″]Spend Small, Save Big[/wpsm_numhead]

This is a funny, small but very important point. Spend small amounts of gold on necessary items like wards and TP and sometimes literally you can turn the tables on the enemy. These 3 items which are very important and I will tell about all separately.

  • Wards: Wards save life spend 75 gold on Observer ward and save 275 gold from death from an unexpected gank. In case you have enemies with invisibility or Shadow Blade, no need to tell you that 200 gold spent on Sentries can get you an easy kill on scouting invisible hero.
  • Teleportation Scroll (TP): Many a times you will be in a situation where you have successfully escaped / juked enemy or you see some gank coming to you, if you have TP, you can easily get out of trouble, but if you are carrying no TP that means almost confirm death. There are many professional games where teams lost because of not carrying TPs. So from 5 minutes of the game onward permanently reserve a slot for TP until you get your Boots of Travel.
  • Magic Wand: I can’t tell you how many times this item has saved me. This is my personal advice to you to go for a Magic wand as soon as possible no matter what her or role you are playing. It gives you enough space to stand against enemy spammers and also gives you initial HP, Mana and Armor boost. You can use its charges to go for a kill when you are on low health / mana or you can also use it to save your life while escaping.
[wpsm_numhead num=”11″ style=”4″ heading=”2″]Items in Dota 2 are Never Core, These are Always Situational[/wpsm_numhead]

Some of you may disagree with me here, but this is what reality is. There might be some items that you can consider core for some heroes but in some game you may totally disregard that item because of enemy hero line up. So I will suggest that always build your items keeping your enemy team hero line-up and then your team in mind (Same combo stuff as in above point).

Example:

Lets suppose you are playing Magnus. If you make Arcane Boot, Dagger, Force Staff, Refresher Orb, Assault Cuirass and Vladimir Offering, that means you are going and playing like a support. On the other hand if you make Power Treads, Battlefury, Deadlus, Assault Cuirass, Monkey King Bar and Mask of Madness, then you are going as carry build. So you need to see enemy team and then your team to see if you guys need a carry or a hardcore support to decide what items you should make on your hero.

[wpsm_numhead num=”12″ style=”4″ heading=”2″]Never go 1 by 1 in Team Fights no Matter How Much You Have Famed (Been Fed)[/wpsm_numhead]

Going 1 by 1 in team fights will always result in a lost team battle and even game sometimes. If one of your ally is struck hard by a gank, judge first that if he is the only carry or is a support ? Can you can save him without getting killed or not. If answer to both questions is NO, then let him die and save your towers and base instead.

When you go 1 by 1 in team fights, most of enemy heroes spells might have refreshed again by the time 3rd or 4th of your team mates go to fight. It is always better to secure a high ground first and then start fight as planned according to your heroes roles.

[wpsm_numhead num=”13″ style=”4″ heading=”2″]Dota 2 is a Game But Never Take it Lightly When Playing[/wpsm_numhead]

If you want to enter Dota 2 pro scene, then you should never take things lightly in the game. Almost everyone must have played a game where you are winning a game for sure and then because of 1 stupid mistake you lose the game. Most of the time that stupid mistake is taking a wrong team fight or going in team fights as 1 by 1. Believe me, although Dota 2 is a game and we play for fun, but is there any fun in loosing a game ? No I don’t think so.

Later on regretting will not get you a win, but it must show you your mistake which you did, so next time MUST avoid it.

[wpsm_numhead num=”14″ style=”4″ heading=”2″]Watch Dota 2 Pro Games and Replays[/wpsm_numhead]

Watching Dota 2 Pro games either live, on streams or recorded videos on YouTube, will surely help you learn new heroes. You can watch Dota 2 Videos and Dota 2 Live Streams on our site as well.

Frankly speaking I learned Storm spirit by watching games and replays of Suma1L form EG. When I read on Facebook and other places that he wrecked enemy teams with Storm Spirit, I got curious and started watching his gameplay, seriously that was awesome. So I played some bot games to learn basics of that hero and now I can say Storm Spirit is one of my favorite heroes.

Believe me watching your own replays really help, it shows you your mistakes you did that could have avoided and also shows you the ways to improve. But, when you watch your replays, concentrate on your own heroes, leave what others have been doing in that game, because you can not do anything about others, all you can do is, improve your own gameplay. I suggest you especially watch those replays in which you think you could not do good, to see what all mistakes you made which if avoided would have got you a win.

 

[wpsm_numhead num=”15″ style=”4″ heading=”2″]Don’t Delay the Game Un-necessarily[/wpsm_numhead]

If you watch pro games you will see, the moment they get chance, they finish the game by taking enemy ancient. It’s very stupid to go for enemy’s top and bottom towers and barracks when you can easily finish from mid in same amount of time. So, I strongly suggest, as soon as you get a chance to finish the game, do it, you may not get another chance.

Remember same 200 minutes long game between Cloud9 and SFZ? Cloud9 did not take Ancient when they had the chance, so ultimately we all saw that they did not get even 1 chance later on despite applying all possible strategies for rest of the game to destroy the ancient. At last SFZ won.

Bonus Point : There is no Kill Steal in Dota 2

Most of the time you find people who keep whining about kill stealing. This happens mostly in low-skilled games. When you go to high or very high skill games, everyone understands that there is no Kill Steal. Only killing enemy heroes matters. So if you are one of those who cry about someone stealing your kills, then please stop doing that immediately.

I don’t say that carries should not take last hit for kills, they should. I just want to say that don’t let enemy hero escape once he has entered in your trap, no matter who takes kill, just secure it.

However, there may be situations where supports can easily avoid kill stealing thus allowing carry to take the kill. So in that case leave last hit for your carries. In case you are playing carry, no matter what your team mates say about KS, just take last hits. Because it will be you who has to carry the game later on.

Example:

Even if you are playing Lion and got 30 kills, I think that may not get your team a win, but if same kills has been done by a hard carry, for example Medusa or Spectre, then you surely are going to win the game.

Some Useful Tips

  1. Use Quick Cast: Although it will take some time for you to master it, but most of Dota 2 pro players use quick cast instead of normal ability cast. Because that is the faster way and after practice it becomes very handy and useful.
  1. If enemy team has got more / better carries try to end game as fast as possible. Because if you delay, game will start going in your enemy’s favor because their carries will start getting fat.
  1. Keeping carry alive is more important than supports. If you are playing carry and your support is about to die, don’t rush to save him and get yourself killed. See the enemy, estimate their cool downs and then decide whether to fight or just save your self for another gank.
  1. Farm, even if you are not carry but not at the cost of missing team fights and losing barracks. Whenever you find a spare time, space, try to get as much gold as possible. Because it won’t hurt if Lion gets a scepter and deals a massive AOE damage after every 20 sec.
  1. Keep your team’s morale up and hope alive because enemy can also make mistake and you may also win because of enemy’s 1 costly mistake.
  1. If you lost few games in a row, don’t play next games in a rage to win. Take some time out, relax and then play again after some refreshment time. You will definitely see some improvement.
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Dota 2 Pro Tips and Tricks for Better Game

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.

1. Bottle While Rot On

[wpsm_numhead num=”1″ style=”4″ heading=”3″] Surprise Heal:  [/wpsm_numhead]

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.

2. Bottle Sip

[wpsm_numhead num=”2″ style=”4″ heading=”3″] The Bonus Regen:  [/wpsm_numhead]

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.

3. Uphill Fight

[wpsm_numhead num=”3″ style=”4″ heading=”3″] Up and above:  [/wpsm_numhead]

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.

Dota 2 Neutral Stacking - Dota 2 Pro Tips and Tricks

[wpsm_numhead num=”4″ style=”4″ heading=”3″] Stack Away:  [/wpsm_numhead]

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.

TP - Dota 2 Pro Tips and Tricks

[wpsm_numhead num=”5″ style=”4″ heading=”3″] The Moving Man:  [/wpsm_numhead]

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 - Dota 2 Pro Tips and Tricks

[wpsm_numhead num=”6″ style=”4″ heading=”3″] Something Extra:  [/wpsm_numhead]

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.

Quick Buy Quick Sell - Dota 2 Pro Tips and Tricks

[wpsm_numhead num=”7″ style=”4″ heading=”3″] Demand and Supply:  [/wpsm_numhead]

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.

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Sway the Attack - Dota 2 Pro Tips and Tricks

[wpsm_numhead num=”8″ style=”4″ heading=”3″] Sway the Attack :  [/wpsm_numhead]

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.

9. Basilius Micro Management

[wpsm_numhead num=”9″ style=”4″ heading=”3″] Toggle and piss:  [/wpsm_numhead]

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.

switch-power-treads

[wpsm_numhead num=”10″ style=”4″ heading=”3″] Switching the Treads:  [/wpsm_numhead]

 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.

11. Quickbuy Area

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[wpsm_numhead num=”11″ style=”4″ heading=”3″] My Last Words:  [/wpsm_numhead]

 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.

12. Counter Dota 2 Invisible Heroes

[wpsm_numhead num=”12″ style=”4″ heading=”3″] Keep Your Ears Open:  [/wpsm_numhead]

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.

[wpsm_numhead num=”13″ style=”4″ heading=”3″] The Creep Agro Trick:  [/wpsm_numhead]

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.

14. Dota 2 Tower Regeneration

[wpsm_numhead num=”14″ style=”4″ heading=”3″] Think Dirty:  [/wpsm_numhead]

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.

[wpsm_numhead num=”15″ style=”4″ heading=”3″] Suicide for Greater Cause:  [/wpsm_numhead]

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.

[wpsm_numhead num=”16″ style=”4″ heading=”3″] Magic of Diffusal Blade:  [/wpsm_numhead]

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…

17. Dota 2 Time Keeping

[wpsm_numhead num=”17″ style=”4″ heading=”3″] The Timekeeper:  [/wpsm_numhead]

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.

18. Items on Courier

[wpsm_numhead num=”18″ style=”4″ heading=”3″] 9 Slotted Hero:  [/wpsm_numhead]

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.

19. Dota 2 Last Hit Practice

[wpsm_numhead num=”19″ style=”4″ heading=”3″] You are a Dota 2 Pro:  [/wpsm_numhead]

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.

Dota 2 Spell Vision

[wpsm_numhead num=”20″ style=”4″ heading=”3″] Make Your Spells Your Eyes:  [/wpsm_numhead]

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.

Dota 2 Shift Queue Trick

[wpsm_numhead num=”21″ style=”4″ heading=”3″] The Shift Queue Trick:  [/wpsm_numhead]

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.

Dota 2 Support Role

[wpsm_numhead num=”22″ style=”4″ heading=”3″] Watch my Back: [/wpsm_numhead]

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.

23. Dota 2 flaming and abusing

[wpsm_numhead num=”23″ style=”4″ heading=”3″] Do not care for Bullies: [/wpsm_numhead]

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.

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ultimate trolling guide for Dota 2 pub games

Ultimate Trolling Guide for Dota 2 Pub Games

I came up with a Dota 2 video in which the video maker compiled his trolling gameplay. So I thought to write this guide for those who want to try something new – Trolling in Dota 2 Pub games. Remember its just a troll post to have fun and piss some Dota 2 gamers off. If you are offended by this idea, then do not read it any further and close it.

Sincere Suggestions /Advices

  1. If you are trolling in same way time and again, it wont be fun. Remember, the best trolls are the genius ones and the ones that you made yourself. Possibilities are endless.
  2. Why to tease / troll someone when you can’t hear him rage afterwards? Make use of voice chat and normal chat as much as you can.
  3. Trolling in every game will not be fun. Play serious most of the time and troll only once in a while. That will be a lot more fun. If you act too obvious while trolling, people will instantly use one of a troll’s worst enemies: “-disable help” command
  4. The best trolls are team trolls! Think about things which you can do only with teammates. You will have twice the fun.
  5. Use a Smurf account: You are most likely to get LP after some time because of excessive reports. But, funny thing is that Trolling is more fun in low priority as stakes are high. So, once you want to play serious game, use your main account again.
  6. Don’t try this in Ranked games. Why spoil your MMR ?
  7. Try it at your own risk.

Hero Specific Trolling

  • Axe: On each successful dunk, pause and type in all chat, “Feel the Axe of Axe“. When u win, type” You get nothing, good day sir
  • Bane:  Use Nightmare on your teammates to cancel their TPs or channeling spells. Or just keep using this spell on your allies for continuous annoyance.  Once you see your ally fleeing on really low HP, Use nightmare him, it will deny him for sure. You can also use Shadow Demon / Outworld Devourer / Kunkka for this type of troll.
  • Bounty Hunter: Get boots and go behind enemy’s 1st tower, kill their courier. Do it again as soon as their courier spawns. See them raging at you and say, “You cant protect your courier, how are you going to protect your ancient“.
  • Brew Master: Once you kill an enemy, type in all chat “Drinks are on the House
  • Chen: Announce Mid or Feed, if someone tries for duel mid, send them to base. You can do same in other lanes. Your farm and levels are also important .
  • Dazzle: go with some carry in a gank, when he is about to die, use shallow grave on your self. This can be done with all healing heroes.
  • Disruptor: Max your 2nd spell, Glimpse. Once you see enemy TPing in your 2nd spell’s range, send them back to base. Same can be done with Kunka, if you see any enemy or even ally TPing away, use X-mark the spot.
  • Earth Shaker: Do not forget to block your team mate’s path who is trying to flee. Tuskar can also be used for this.
  • Faceless Void: Take void and trap your max team mates in your ultimate. It will be better if enemy has a Witch Doctor or Sand King.
  • Io/Wisp: Tether link with your teammate and teleport to the enemies fountain or un-passable terrain. Do not forget to keep ghost scepter to save your ass. (Remember if someone tries this with your, in your status, where all auras show, you can click on tether icon and it will disable/remove tether).
  • Keeper of the Light: If any of your ally is doing Roshan, / farming alone somewhere, call him to you. Or if you are in trouble, call your teammate and use him as a bait to escape. Do not give mana for free, ask them to buy you a TP, Mana bottle or healing salve and drop on base then you give them mana, or even then Don’t.
  • Lion: Once you are sure that you can secure a kill with your ultimate, pause game, type “Let me Finger you to death” and then take the kill.
  • Magnus: Save your enemies with Skewer by pulling / pushing them out of trouble.
  • Naga Siren: Use Naga Siren’s ultimate Song of the Siren to sleep your enemies while your teammates are in middle of  dropping a sick Wombo Combo.
  • Nature Prophet: Entrap your allies in “Sprout”, you can also block their way when they are trying to escape.
  • Omni Knight: Make sure to to “accidentally” Repel the enemies carry multiple times. It is also very useful to know that you can Repel off your mid laner’s runes. Remember your healing spell if only for you.
  • Pudge : Get a blink and hook your allies onto the cliff. Do not forget to hook your allies who are securing a kill. While lining up for a gank, hook enemy’s initiators like Magnus, Sandking, Earth Shaker and Axe etc to ensure that enemy can slam your whole team.
  • Razor : When in a gank, steal damage from your enemy and roam around him before taking the last hit. Same can be done with Night stalker, troll the poor guy by roaming around him in night before the final attack blow or void.
  • Techies: Make Penis with your mines. Once an enemy steps on it, blow the mines and then pause the game and say “You have just blown my penis off“.
  • Tiny : Toss your weakest ally onto enemies. Same can be done with Earth Spirit as well. See them burn in rage.
  • Vengeful : Swap your carry between 5 people at a critical point. You can also save your own ass by presenting your ally to your enemies by swapping him.
  • Visage: If someone picks Visage, claim that you are the only rightful Visage player. Buy two flying couriers, which you will use as Familiars throughout the game.
  • Zeus: Every time you get a kill with your ultimate, pause the game and type “You can’t run from Heavens

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You may like to check out this guide about Dota 2 Pro Tips and Tricks for Better Gaming

Miscellaneous

  • Block Neutrals : Block as many of your own jungle camps as possible, don’t hesitate if you use ward. Once someone asks, tell them you are new to Dota 2 and you are just trying to be a good support.
  • Buy Gem: When there is no invisible hero in the enemy team, but in your team. Will even work if enemy has 1 odd invisible hero but you have more in your own team. Do not forget to die for nothing so your could drop gem.
  • Buy 2 Couriers: Buy one in start, it will give them an impression that you are a great support. When they ask you to upgrade, buy another courier.
  • Farm with your Skills:  Do not hesitate to farm with your high cool down skills. Like if you hit a ranged creep with Laguna Blade surely you’ll get the last hit.
  • Go Mid Lane: Fight for mid, even if you don’t want mid. Go for duel lane mid for like 3-4 minutes. Then you can start off with other trolling stuff.
  • Smoke Gank: Use smoke when your teammate is about to attack a creep and is not expecting smoke, then flame him for messing up your smoke gank attempts.
  • AFK: Whenever team fights are about to start quickly write: “AFK, phone/cat/smoking etc” and don’t do anything. Do this at least twice for the maximum effect.
  • Body Block: Professional Dota 2 players do it to save their teammates, but you can also use it to screw your ally, when they are running from the enemy. If you do not die, that will be the icing on the cake and will surely result in excessive all chat flaming.
  • Denying: Whenever your allies are under effect of a damage over time spell like Doom or Poison Nova etc… Hit them. Especially if they could have survived without you hitting. It doesn’t matter if you or the enemy get the kill.
  • Be a Good Support: If u pick support, don’t buy wards and courier, ask them to buy wards/courier for themself.
  • Prediction Feeding : If u see your teammates has predicted the game, go feed.
  • Rune Scam: Ping your mid hero to get Rune and when he comes close, pick it or destroy it.
  • Play a Mini Game in Game: Buy lots of couriers, position them around your Ancient and play ringa- rings roses by shift queuing their moves (or use patrol command).
  • Buy Shoes according to your Hero: Buy 2 boots on any 2 legged hero, and more for more legged heroes. Once someone asks, tell him that you have 2 legs you need 2 boots.
  • Be a Vendor: Open your fruit shop and announce it in all chat. Best location is Roshan pit. Sell mangoes for TPs, Iron branches etc.
  • Nature’s Protector: Buy lots of iron wood branches and place them on ground, become a woodcutter.
  • The Deaf and Dumb: Mute all players and type in all chat, guys I am deaf and blind. I cant listen to you and I also cant read any comment. I play Dota 2 with my 6th sense.
  • Aegis: Always deny aegis and cheese. If you can’t, try to take it yourself as fast as possible.
  • Courier: From time to time abort the courier and drop the items randomly on the map. Your teammates will be very grateful.
  • Play as a team, take all 5  pushers like Death Prophet / Nature Prophet / Tinker / Broodmother / Lycan / Lone Durid / Leshrec etc, end game in like 15 mins and taunt the shit out of your opponents. Say some thing like ” Even Bots are better than you“.
  • Steal kill as a support and say “Killing is sin, I just saved you from a sin

Mother of All Trolls: After an insanely difficult game, at the end say something like “GG Ez” or ” Didn’t even use the mouse”

Timing is everything. Some trolls are funny whereas some are literally savage, so try it at your own risk.

If you know some more trolling methods, do let me know in comments below, I’ll add that in this post. Do not worry, I’ll give proper credit to you. Also, do not forget to tell me which one you liked most ? Have fun trolling.

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How to Create and Restore Dota 2 Backup

Why you need to create Dota 2 backup ? In case you are planning to cleanup your PC or your game is creating troubles for you, then there might be a need to reinstall Dota 2. As it is an online game and takes up huge place in your hard drive, so its not suggested that you uninstall it and download a new copy unless you have a very good internet connection.

Here I am going to explain you how you can create Dota 2 backup in few simple steps.

How to Create Dota 2 Backup

Step 1 :

Open steam, right click on Dota 2 and then select “Backup Game Files

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Step 2 :

A new window will open. Now again select “Backup Game Files” option.

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Step 3 :

In next window select whatever game’s backup you want to make. In case you are planning to remove steam including all its games from your PC to make some space in your compute, then you should select all games. But here we are only talking about Dota 2, so select Dota 2 from options.

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Step 4 :

It is always suggested that you save Dota 2 backup in any drive other than C drive. In case you are installing a new windows or you are creating some space, the backup will not be deleted. However if you are just cleaning up PC or rectifying any issue, then you can even save it in default Dota 2 backup folder too. Default Dota 2 backup folder is C:\Program Files(x86)\Steam\Backups\

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Step 5 :

Once you have selected the drive where you’ll be saving your Dota 2 backup, next you name this back up and also select how many chunks of this backup you want to make. Click on Highlighted area below and there are few option to select. Choose that option which is best suited for you.

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Step 6 :

Once all the above mentioned steps are complete, your backup process will start. Wait patiently because this is going to take almost 1 hour and 30 mins easily.

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Step 7 :

You can read instructions on final screen. If you do not remember where you stored your backup, you can click on “Open Backup folder”

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How to Install Steam

Step 1 :

Visit official steam community site. Remember, DO NOT download steam from any un-trusted software, because it may be a phishing software, designed to steal your credentials.

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Step 2 :

Once downloading steam, make sure you are at right steam site. Not any phishing site. Click on Install steam. Total steam software is 1.5 MBs. So its just going to take few seconds to download.

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Step 3 :

Double click the steam setup wherever you have downloaded it and this welcome window will show up.

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Step 4 :

Install steam in whatever directory you want and then follow the process till you successfully install it.

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Step 5 :

Did I mention earlier that the steam setup that you just downloaded was 1.5 MBs ? But steam is not such a small program. So once you run steam for the first time after re-installing, its going to download all required data from steam server. Update will be roughly around 130 MBs

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Step 6 :

Once your steam updates successfully, you will see this window for the first time. Login to your existing account.

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Step 7 :

Once you will add your credentials for the first time, its going to ask for steam guard code. If you have enabled steam guard via email or via mobile app, you’ll need to provide the steam guard code from Mobile authenticator.

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Step 8 :

You have successfully installed steam now. If you notice, all your games are shown in your games library. But all are grayed out. It means that you have licence for these games, but you need to download / install it yet. So, if you have got a good internet, go ahead and download a new copy, or just install the Dota 2 backup which you just made. 😀

Procedure for restoring Dota 2 backup explained in next step.

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How to Restore Dota 2 Backup

Remember, with this procedure you are going to install the already made backup of Dota 2. You will loose your Dota 2 settings and hotkeys etc, but still most of the Dota 2 will work as normally as it should.

Step 1 :

Top bar, click on “Steam” and select “Backup and Restore Games” from drop down menu.

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Step 2 :

As we are restoring Dota 2 backup, so check that option.

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Step 3 :

Select the location where you saved the backup. Remember if you are setting wrong destination, then it will not detect any game or back up.

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Step 4 :

So once you selected the right backup folder, it will show game’s name whose backup has been detected. So in our case it is Dota 2.

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Step 5 :

In next window select where you want to install your game. Remember, you can always install steam in 1 drive and Dota 2 in other. But it is recommended that you keep all the data (Steam and Dota 2) in 1 drive so that if you encounter any problem later on, you can easily track which file is where.

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Step 6 :

Once you click next, it will start restoring the back up. Be patient, because it is going to take almost 15 minutes to completely restore Dota 2 backup.

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Step 7 :

Once the backup is restored successfully, start Dota 2 as you normally you would. It is then going to update if its missing any latest update or file.

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So, this is how you create and restore Dota 2 backup. In case you encounter any issue, please comment below, so we can help you out. Must check the trouble shooting section to solve your issues.

Trouble Shooting

1. Move Dota 2 from 1 PC to other :

Method 1

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  1. Make a backup of Dota 2 from PC 1 (method explained above). When I made backup, its size was 9.23 GB.
  2. Copy this back up in any USB / external hard disk.
  3. Copy “appmanifest_570.acf” file from the PC 1. Most of the time, you can locate this file in C:\Program Files(x86)\Steam\steamapps\appmanifest_570.acf  << [sc_highlight background=”#ff1213″]Important[/sc_highlight]
  4. Go to PC 2 and install Steam (method explained above) and then close STEAM. Make sure no steam processes are running in background as well. You can check this from your task manager. If any steam process is running, kill it.
  5. Now navigate to “steamapps” folder in PC 2 and paste the “appmanifest_570.acf” there.
  6. Once you open Steam, it will show that Dota 2 is ready to play (although its not installed) and you’ll see Play button, instead of Install button if you did everything right till now (If you try to launch Dota 2, you will get an error though)
  7. Right click on Dota 2 in your steam library and click on Dota 2 properties and Validate the game.
  8. Wait for a few minutes and you’ll see that Steam started downloading Dota 2. Let this download run for few minutes, so that steam can create / download basic structure to install Dota 2.
  9. Now, PAUSE the download and start restoring Dota 2 backup (Procedure explained above). You should see “Unpacking Files” under Steam downloading tab.
  10. Once this restoration process is complete, you’ll be able to play Dota 2.

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  1. Copy “common” folder and “appmanifest_570.acf” from PC 1 to a hard disk or USB. This stuff is located in  steamapp folder. Most commonly the address will be C:\Program Files(x86)\Steam\steamapps\
  2. Now go to PC 2 and install steam (Procedure explained above).
  3. Once steam is installed in PC 2, close it completely and then paste these copied “common” folder and “appmanifest_570.acf” in steamapp folder in PC 2.
  4. Now start Steam and you’ll see Play option for Dota 2. Instead of running it first, validate game’s cache by going in Dota 2 properties >> Local Files tab >> Verify Integrity of Game Cache.
  5. Once this procedure is complete, you’ll be able to play Dota 2 on PC 2 as well.
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2. My Dota 2 backup is not detected while restoring

It means you have selected the wrong backup directory. Try selecting the right directory, it will automatically detect the desired back up.

3. My backup is stuck at 99% while restoring

Well, there are 2 options to solve this issue.

  1. Wait. Wait till this process is completed.
  2. If it is 99% done, and its stuck since long, then you may finish the restoring procedure early and then start the game. It will automatically start downloading missing files or directories. As backup already installed 99%, so you may have to download 10-300 MBs.

4. While making backup, my backup is stuck at 99%

You must wait till it is automatically completed. However, if it is stuck since long and not making any progress, then you may abort / cancel the process, delete the back up directory and then start this procedure from beginning.

If you have got any issue related to creating or restoring Dota 2 backup, please let us know in comments below.

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Best Dota 2 Betting Sites – A Detailed Review

I have written an article explaining methods of earning money from Dota 2 earlier. Now I have carried out a review of the most popular Dota 2 betting sites so that you don’t waste your time / money / items on stupid sites. Sites listed below are in order of recommendation.

Review Criteria for Dota 2 Betting Sites

I’ve carried out review of Dota 2 betting site while keeping following points in mind.

  1. Site Speed
  2. User Interface
  3. Reward for bets
  4. Other features on site
  5. Site Support
  6. Miscellaneous

1. Rivalry.gg

This is a comparatively new site with amazing potential. Major factor because of which this site is the best is that it deals with real money. You can place your bet with real money and earn real money as reward. If you are a good gamer which good understanding of your respective game, then this site has the potential to earn you some good bucks.

Pros
  • Your first bet is free – no deposit required
  • Live bet while the matches are being played
  • Licensed, legal, trusted, and completely safe
  • Deposit bonuses available. No catches. No BS.
  • Bet on Dota, CS:GO, League of Legends, Overwatch, CoD, and more.

Cons
  • No minors. Must be 18+
  • Must be in region where betting is legal and allowed
  • No support for skins. Real money only

2. Dota 2 Lounge

Pioneer of Dota 2 betting sites, Dota 2 Lounge was created in 2013 by Borewik. This site provides Dota 2 items trade along with Dota 2 betting. Along with betting you can also watch live streams of ongoing / upcoming matches.

Pros
  • One of the oldest Dota 2 betting sites, therefore almost no glitches / bugs.
  • Lots of gamers are using this site for betting, therefore reward ratio is great.
  • Site is extremely simple and no advanced shit is added in it, user interface is extremely simple to use and it just takes 5 minutes for first timer to use this site to its full potential.
  • It is optimized for mobile as well, therefore easy to use while on go.
  • Site’s support is provided via steam group and is quite better.
  • Provides multi-lingual user experience.

Cons
  • Dota 2 Lounge is purely betting and trading site. It does not provide other useful stuff for Dota 2 gamers like blog, news and such other stuff.
  • Because of extremely high numbers of users, site gets bogs down. This is significant once there are some high stake tournaments are live.
  • You can only bet Dota 2 items on matches as Dota2Lounge is only about Dota 2, no option for CS:GO items betting or CS:GO matches. (That may be because they have a totally different site for CS:GO stuff)

3. VPGame

VP Game is a Chinese site however, translated versions in English is also available. You encounter a very clean and sleek design once you open the site. Along with Dota 2, this site also provides betting and market options for CS:GO.

Pros
  • It is a very comprehensive site which fulfills needs of almost all Dota 2 player by providing items trading, betting, bidding, giveaway and tournaments platform all in one place.
  • VP Game has its own dedicated app for android and iPhone providing a unique experience while using VPGame on the go.
  • You can also buy and sell items for real money which you can later withdraw to online payment accounts.
  • China has a very big Dota 2 fan base and VPGame is very popular among Chinese gamers. So bet reward is also very good.
  • Despite so feature rich, its site speed is remarkable.
  • You can also place CS GO Items on Dota 2 matches and Dota 2 items on CS:GO matches.
  • They provide you a detailed report about your betting history.

Cons
  • VPGame supports only Chinese and English languages, thus making it difficult for those gamers who don’t understand both languages.
  • Site support is average and you get reply to your support ticket in almost 3-4 days average time.
  • Being feature rich site, its user interface is little bit complex, it may take some time for a new user to understand its features.

4. NXTGame

NXTGame is comparatively new site and other than eSports betting options, it also provides options for betting on sports events. How ever only issue is that you can only bet Dota 2 items.

Pros
  • Provides options for betting on Online games like Dota 2, CS:GO and LoL along with sports activities like basketball, soccer, mixed martial arts etc.
  • Features an online gambling option with Dota 2. You submit Dota 2 items for credits, then you use these credits to spin a wheel to win prizes. Obviously its not that you win anything every time.
  • Site’s speed is also great and interface is really simple. You don’t have to dig deep to find anything you are looking for.
  • Provides linguistic support for 3 major languages; English, Chinese and Russian.
  • Site’s Support is above average

Cons
  • You can bet only Dota 2 items on any type of sports / online games.
  • This site does not have traffic as compared to D2L or VPGame, therefore rewards for bets are small.
  • NXTGame often faces problems with their bot’s availability.

5. Dota 2 Top

Another Chinese site, not popular like VPGame, but still lots of users use this site to bet lots of Dota 2 items. Dota2Top’s items trading system is very unique. Instead of asking for specific items, you list your item and then provide an estimate value of items that you want in return. Now those items can be anything. That is your luck then.

Pros
  • Once you see its name it feels that this site is only about Dota 2, but it also provides options for betting on CS:GO along with sports activities like soccer and basketball etc.
  • Regardless of its small user base, rewards for bets are great.
  • User interface is really simple and easy to grasp.
  • Provides linguistic support for 3 major languages; English, Chinese and Russian.
  • Site’s Support only provided via support ticket after you are logged in.

Cons
  • Site is not fast enough once you load it for the first time. After that, because of cookies, it becomes better.
  • You can only use Dota 2 items to bet.
  • This is a Chinese site and lots of text is hard coded in Chinese and simply selecting different language does not help a lot.
  • Dota2Top does not have worthwhile feature except trading (difficult mechanism) and betting.

6. Dota2BestYolo

Dota2BestYolo is quite a new site and I think it was created this year or may be in last months of 2015. Being relatively new site, it has to take care lots of bugs specifically those issues which are related to bots. I see lots of potential in this site but developer has to work hard to fix it that is why its last in my recommendation for Dota 2 betting sites.

Pros
  • Dota2BestYolo provides option for Dota 2 and CS:GO items betting on any of the match.
  • It supports multilingual access to their site and all major languages can be set as main language.
  • User interface is minimal and very simple. You do not get distracted by lots of stupid and useless junk..
  • Sent them email and now waiting for the response.

Cons
  • A total rip off of Dota2Lounge with some modifications and new features.
  • Site’s speed is terrible and sometime it takes ages to load properly.
  • Dota2BestYolo does not provide items trading, market or news stuff. Its purely betting site with no other feature.
  • Site’s support is terrible. Rather I think that they don’t even provides any support to its users because when I sent a test email to check response, this is what I got. “Your message to <email address> was automatically rejected: Quota exceeded (mailbox for user is full)“. So that means there are many unread support emails still lying around in their inbox and no one is taking any look at that.

So what is your personal experience about Dota 2 betting sites ? Must tell us about it in comments below.

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How to Reset Dota 2 MMR – At Last

People have been searching for a way to reset Dota 2 MMR. However there was no way to reset it up-till now. With the release of TI6 battle pass, Dota 2 has introduced a new type of MMR. International Ranked match. So in my personal opinion Valve is now trying to make money from MMR as well. So what is the procedure ?

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You need to buy a TI6 Battle Pass for 10 bucks from Dota 2 / steam store. After that a new ranked match system will unlock for you. In that you will be able to play ranked matches starting from zero. To get calibration International MMR, you need to play 40 matches. So, when your 40 matches are complete, you will get a new MMR both for solo and party. Once TI6 finals are over, you will be given an option to replace your ranked MMR with your International Ranked MMR. Whatever is more you can keep that as your actual ranked MMR. So this is how you can reset your MMR.

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This is what Valve said on their site about this.

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However, if you still get your MMR below your normal MMR, that means you have wasted your 10$. Valve said that you can reset your MMR every year, so, you will have to hand over 10$ every time you want to attempt to reset your MMR and you also have to wait for next year if you miss or waste 1 chance.

As far as I can guess, Dota 2 community may protest against this pay to reset Dota 2 MMR thing and may be, just may be, till next TI, this resetting option will be free.

But then comes other thing, valve is trying hard to squeeze money from every possible way. Earlier, once you get any drop, you could sell it in market or trade it with someone else. But now that is changed to non trade-able and non marketable stuff. So, they want us to buy new items from market, instead of trading it with someone. This is just one issue and many such issues persist in valve’s dealing with Dota 2 community.

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You may like to read How Dota 2 MMR Works – A Detailed Guide

But I have seen one thing, it does not matter, how much accounts you make, your MMR range will remain almost same, until you have remarkably improved your game and controlled your temper and know how to deal with shit teammates.

Still if you are going to play International ranked matches and want to reset Dota 2 MMR, you must read this guide which explains calibration MMR in detail so you can make some real improvement. Good Luck.

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High Ping & Packet Loss – Easy fix for Dota 2

Lately packet loss and high ping issues are one of the major discussion subject around the world because e-Sports is now taken seriously and everyone wants to step in to a more serious gaming platform or perhaps develop a professional attitude.

For last couple of months internet in SE Asian region has been very unstable. This has especially effected players from Malaysia, Philippines, India, Pakistan and Singapore. There is an outrage of Dota 2 players on twitter for filing complains to their ISP’s for unstable ping and packet loss. One good example to relate is the latest Malaysian ISP dilemma that is still unsolved even after months:

Tweet about High Pings

Blogging giants of the industry such as VentureBeat have lately discussed How latency is killing online gaming for online gamers. It is pacing up as the e-Sports industry continues to grow every year.  In the same way TechInAsia, another tech leading media property, had it explained in “This Is how lag is affecting South East Asian gaming in Dota 2” and detailed out exactly what players are experiencing in regards to lag.

Solution for Packet Loss and High Ping

We have found a legitimate solution to the problem and which is completely worth spending your money on. Here is our recommendation: KillPing. With the help of this application you can prioritize your game data packets and streamline its routing in order to give you optimum internet speed to solve your latency and high ping issues for online gaming.

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Best thing is that if their product is not working as promised they offer a 7 days money back guaranty as well. So I strongly suggest that you get yourself a Kill Ping subscription and then see its magic.

Once you have got its subscription, simply follow the instructions below:

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After you have selected a subscription plan, downloading will automatically start. Install Kill Ping and then after installation type in your credentials to login.

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After that just select the game of your choice (For example Dota 2) and then click next

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Select the game region where you intend to play. If you are looking forward to playing in Europe West server then select that as the game region.

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After pressing next it will bring you to the list of servers you can select to play from Kill Ping. Rule of thumb is to select the server with lowest ping and then proceed to click on next.

This will give you a relatively good boost to ping than any other tweak or software. A lot of professional players are using it because it helps them have a stable ping during their competitive matches so why not you ? In case you have any query, please comment below so our expert from Kill Ping can help you to solve High Ping and packet loss problem for you once and for all.

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Calibration MMR in Dota 2 - Detailed Guide

Calibration MMR in Dota 2 – A Detailed Guide

Updated on 8 Dec 2018

Before we start this detailed and long article, let me tell you that it took me almost 15 days to conduct research, analyze data available over the internet, carry out some tests and then write this article in most easy language. So even if there are some mistakes, I’ll request you to ignore it. However, if you find any factual mistake, please tell me in the comments below, so I can fix it.

There has been a lot of discussion on the internet about Dota 2 MMR and how to get high calibrating MMR. Valve has never revealed anything about how Dota 2 MMR actually works. However, they just gave some hints and cleared few doubts in their official post. But there are 2 problems with this official post.

  1. That article is more than 3 years old and is never updated.
  2. It does not have complete information about the mechanics of MMR.

I have searched the internet quite some time ago and wrote this guide “How Dota 2 MMR Works“. It can answer lots of questions but still, I feel that it is not complete. Before we proceed any further, please read it once so you have a fair idea what is Dota 2 MMR and how it actually works and all other important details which you need to know about it.

Important
If you have a new account or are calibrating for the first time, read the section below. If you are looking for recalibration, skip this section and go to next section for recalibration.

 

Calibration for New Accounts / Uncalibrated Players

Following terms will be used frequently in the article below, so its better if you familiarize yourself with them.

What is Calibration MMR

After playing 10 calibrating Dota 2 games, you can see your MMR for the first time on your profile. That MMR is known as Dota 2 Calibration MMR.

What is KDA and How to Calculate it?

Kill-Death-Assists ratio. Here is the formula to calculate your KDA. (Kills + Assists) / Deaths. So that means if your score is 20 kills, 2 deaths, and 10 assists, your KDA will be 15 which is pretty impressive.

Important
KDA (Kill-Death-Assists ratio) only comes into play when we are talking about calibrating MMR or starting MMR, either solo or party. But if your MMR is already calibrated, then KDA does not play any role towards your MMR. It is just your win or loss then which decides whether you will earn Dota 2 MMR points or you will lose it.

Factors Which are Considered for Calibration MMR

There is no official statement form Dota 2 / valve’s side how they calculate Dota 2 MMR. However, over the time people carried our lots of experiments and finally, it was deduced that the following points are considered for sure when calculating MMR. You must also know that all points do not carry the same weight. Some points contribute more (KDA, Damage etc) and some points contribute less (Last hits, wards placed etc).

  • KDA
  • Last hits / denies
  • Match length
  • Damage to tower
  • Damage to enemy heroes
  • Healing
  • Buff / De-buffs placed on enemy/ally heroes
  • Clicks do you do per minute (by clicking on the ground)
  • Courier purchase / upgrade
  • Wards placed
  • Neutral staking

The major factor is KDA and all other factors are minor, but they still affect your Calibration MMR.

 

Factors Which are NOT Considered for Calibration MMR

Factors mentioned below are NEVER considered while calculating your MMR. Don’t believe even if someone says it does. The reason is that these factors don’t have any impact on your game/gameplay.

  • Steam Level
  • Dota 2 Level
  • Compendium Level
  • Total Hours spent playing Dota 2
  • In-game Items
  • Cosmetic Items

Dota 2 Calibration MMR as Carry

So, what are Carries? let’s see what Dota 2 wiki says.

Carries are the heroes that can obtain the greatest offensive power as the game progresses to eventually bear the responsibility for ultimate victory. Once carries get substantial levels and items, they tend to become extremely powerful later in the game as compared to other heroes. They are expected to have the highest number of hero kills on the team.

So what is their use in the late game? They can kill enemies and destroy enemy buildings to ultimately you win the game or at least TRY to win the game. So how Dota 2 system can judge whether you played your carry good or bad? There are some factors which are:-

  • KDA
  • Last Hits / Denies
  • Damage to tower
  • Damage to enemy heroes

Once you have got good KDA, its obvious that you have taken care of the rest of the 3 factors, i.e., Hero Damage Done, Tower Damage Done and Gold Earned/spent.

Now the question comes, what is a good KDA for a carry? High number of kills, Low number of deaths. Assists do not matter a lot for carries.

Important
So if you want your calibration MMR to be good, go for those heroes which can have high KDA like Spectre, Medusa, Ember Spirit, Ursa, Huskar etc…

But don’t keep farming for the whole game, the game may not last that much longer for you to show your potential. Participate in max team fights and inflict as much damage to the enemy as possible. Even if you are loosing, still don’t lose hope and keep trying. Once the game ends, you may have dealt max damage in your team and in your next game you may rise a step in your calibration MMR ladder. Because damage dealt to heroes and towers matters a lot.

You may like to read How to Reset Dota 2 MMR

 

Dota 2 Calibration MMR as Support

Let’s refer to Dota 2 gamepedia about Support role. It says…

Supports can focus less on amassing gold and items, and more on using their abilities to gain an advantage for the team. These are the heroes whose purpose is to keep their allies alive and give them opportunities to earn more gold and experience. They are not very dependent on items, and generally only purchase one or two items for their personal usage – the rest of their gold is to be spent on items for the benefit of the team such as Animal Courier, Observer Ward, Sentry Ward, and Smoke of Deceit. They should always try to forfeit kills to any teammate who is more reliant on items than they are, only performing a kill if none of their allies is able to do it

Clear now? So we can simply say, supports created are FOR carries. They don’t have any purpose in the game other than helping their carries to reach their max potential as fast as possible. For that matter you keep them alive with your abilities and items, you ward / de-ward map to save them from likely ambushes, you stack neutrals for them to farm fast and get them as much kills as possible.

It should be obvious how Valve can judge how good you were as support. Still, for your information, following points are considered while calculating calibration MMR for supports.

  • KDA
  • Last hits / denies
  • Match length
  • Healing
  • Buff / De-buffs placed on enemy/ally heroes
  • Courier purchase / upgrade
  • Wards placed
  • Neutral staking

You may say, WTF dude, support is also dependent on KDA? Yes, they are. But support’s good KDA will be a bit different from carries. More assists they’ll have, more KDA they will get.

Remember
One major point to note, whether you are plying carry or support, always try to have minimum possible deaths. This will automatically increase your KDA. Check out this experiment.

MMR ReCalibration for Old Accounts / Those Who Already Calibrated Earlier

What are Dota 2 Medals?

Since 22 November 2017, Valve has changed the MMR system. Now other than MMR, you get a medal depending upon your recent solo and party MMRs. Each medal has 5 different ladder steps called stars. Progress in your medal and star is represented by a % below that medal. If it is not showing the % that means you have reached so low that you need to regain the MMR you lost to that %. Once you gain more MMR, you gain more stars and next medal.

So now your 1 medal and the different number of stars on it that show your highest attained MMR in that badge. Also, once attained, your medal and star cannot drop from that level. Now interesting thing is that now both your MMRs (Party and Solo) make the medal. So you might have less solo MMR but might have better Medal just because of your party rank. So, now, no match is insignificant.

Here are some interesting facts about different Dota 2 medals.

This image below shows different MMRs and their respective medals. Credits Reddit user TheHornBlower

Dota 2 Medal MMR

How MMR Recalibration work?

People kept thinking that recalibration still works the old way like you need to have a good KDA and stats and winning and losing does not matter. But this was changed since the inception of the medal system. Now if you have calibrated your MMR once, next whenever you re-calibrate, it will only depend on winning or losing. If you win, your MMR goes up, if you lose, your MMR goes down. There have been examples of people dropping to Guardian rank from Ancient. Because they lost all the matches.

How Teams are Made When Finding a Match?

After the system calculates and knows your MMR, it attempts to balance the game while looking for players with the same MMR as of you or something close to it. The more people on your level are looking for matches that time, more likely to find a balanced match, the fewer people on your MMR level are looking for a match, you will have more chances to play with people above or below your level.

Let me Explain. Imagine a player who has calibrated MMR of 3500.

Option 1 ( Which the system will first look )

– The system will search for the players who are very close to 3500 such as 3550, 3450. If there are 9 players in the queue with that score bracket, the match will be created immediately. That would be the ideal match. But in case the system can not find players with desired MMR, it will increase the MMR search radius to avoid taking too much time to find a match.

Option 2 ( Who the system will seek second )

– Players with different scores, but close. In the case of 3500, a player of 3725 or 3250. Note that this MMR  varies more than option 1, but still is close to 3500. If, nevertheless, the system does not find other 9 players in this MMR bracket too, it will further increase the MMR search radius.

Option 3 ( Last Option )

– Players with a lot of difference in their MMR. In the case of 3500, any player of 4550 or a player in 2500. And this procedure goes on. The system keeps giving “infinite” options to find other 9 players.

How Can I Keep Track of All my Stats?

You can keep track of your own stats and MMR by going to Profile > Stats. However, in my opinion, the best way is to make an account on DotaBuff. It provides detailed stats about your account, unlike the normal in-game stats which in my opinion are just simple crap. DotaBuff is a dedicated site that records your stats and details. You can find almost all types of stats related to your account there.

What Are the Skill Brackets?

Once you visit DotaBuff or DotaMax, you can see your skill brackets under your match detail. They are like categories which these sites show to rate the skill level of matches. In order to know in which category we play we need to enable the option to expose data to outside matches in the DOTA 2 options, and then open any of these sites, make an account and then give it some time to gather your data.

Currently, there are 3 levels. The exact distribution of each bracket is still unknown, but based on data available on DotaBuff and Dota Max, here is how skill brackets are defined.

Normal Skill Bracket – Once MMR (Visible or Hidden) of players is around 3200 or less, they will be playing in Normal Skill Brackets.

High Skill Bracket – If the MMR (Visible or Hidden) of the players reach a score between 3201 and 4000, they will be playing in High Skill Brackets.

Very High Skill Bracket – If the average score of the players exceeds 4000 the match will be counted as Very High Skill Bracket.

How Can I Check My MMR if I am not Yet Calibrated?

So if your MMR is not yet calibrated, you can get a fair idea of your MMR when you play solo in pub games. If all of your solo games are in normal skill bracket, then you are below 3000 MMR. And if mostly your games are in normal skill and some are in high skill bracket, then it means your MMR is around 3300.

If games are consistently in high skill bracket, then it means that your MMR is above 3300 but less than 4000. But If your solo games are constantly in very high Skill bracket then your MMR is above 4000. People have been conducting experiments and they concluded that with best KDA and best stats, they managed to get calibrated MMR around 4600. But till now I have not seen any post on the internet where someone has calibrated more than 4600 in new MMR system.

How to Increase MMR After You’ve Calibrated?

In the case of MMR, you can only increase your score with wins that can give you 5-50 points of MMR in one match depending upon the difference in team’s MMRs.

Random Facts About Dota 2 MMR

Here I would like to refer to you a Reddit post where the writer compiled a list of random facts about Dota 2 MMR. If you don’t want to leave this page, you can read those here as well.

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