Are you tired or afraid of being called a noob immediately after entering a game like DOTA 2 or League of Legends? Well, you should, because it will happen. It is one of the unwritten facts of life. Although the game has a fair tutorial regarding how to control your character, there are some “untold concepts” that might be challenging.
In this post we will try to make your first experience with MOBA games less terrible, by telling you what you should pay attention to. Our advices are based mostly on LOL experience, but some concepts apply perfectly to DOTA 2. Let’s get started!
As you may have noticed, the map is composed of three main walkways: one in the top part, the second in the middle, and the last one in the bottom part. They are commonly known as “top, mid and bot”. Nothing too complicated so far, right?
Each one of these “roads” leads to the opposite side of the map, where the opponent’s nexus is located. Your objective is to destroy it, while not letting the other team to destroy yours.
In order to win, your team should guard each road. The common-sense strategy, based on in-game statistics and used by most professional teams, is:
- Top: guarded by one strong character, a tank for example;
- Mid: also a single character, preferably a mage, a slayer or a fighter;
- Bot: covered by two characters, one being a marksman (AD Carry a.k.a. adc), and another the controller (support – or supp).
And the space between the roads? That is the jungle (jg), and it is where our 5th player goes:
- JG: an agile fighter.
To choose your position when you are not already in a party with your friends, write “top”, “mid”, “bot” or “jg” on the chat as soon as you enter the match.
Caution: If you want to play as a jungler, it is absolutely necessary that you place “Smite” between your abilities, so you will be able to easily kill the forest monsters and have access to the jungler-recommended items.
While at your base, you can buy items for your character by pressing “P” on your keyboard or clicking at the store itself. For now, use the recommended items. You can explore other possibilities further in the game.
Notice that if you click an expensive item, you will be able to see what will be necessary to build it. Start by buying cheaper items that can be turned into better ones. Later you will be able to develop them for less money and your progress won’t be held back along the match.
Go to your position and, for now, focus on not getting hit and killing minions to level up. Be aware that you get more experience and money if you land the final hit, and pay attention to where you aim your attacks. If you are playing as support, do not touch the minions. Let your partner deal with them. Just stay close and enchant the AD Carry to improve his actions.
The role of the jungler is to level up by killing the monsters in the forest and, when there is an opportunity, to move to one of the roads, trapping the enemy. This kind of trap is called “gank”. Pay attention when your jungler is close and, if you are playing as one, be aware of the opportunities that might appear.
This game is a lot about knowing what your adversary is doing, so make sure to place wards in strategic bushes where your opponents could hide, because it can prevent you from getting ganked.
Close to your items display you will find the ward. Click it and place it, and your whole team will have a view of that part of the map for a limited amount of time.
MOBAs are team-based games! Although some rockstars can basically carry a match alone, when it happens it is mostly caused by the mistakes of the other team. Your chances to win are considerably higher if you rely on the teamwork: fight together, move together, help your partners with ganks, do not isolate yourself on the map and work for the same objectives.
Also, make sure to not fall for the MOBA’s capital sin: greed. There is no need to rush under towers or to risky positions just to get one more kill. It might be a trap or simply not worth it, and the long-term price of a wrong choice can be very high. Later, with more experience, you can experiment with new moves, but for now just play it safe!
General points to consider
- Neither you, nor your allies, nor your adversaries can see what is inside or behind the bushes, unless a ward is there;
- If there are ally minions around, the enemy tower will not aim at you, unless you attack an enemy Champion (a character controlled by a real player);
- If you leave matches without finishing them, you will get punished. It doesn’t matter if it is your Internet connection’s fault;
- Set an easy key to toggle on/off the camera lock on your Champion. My recommendation is the space bar, as it is standard in DOTA 2;
- Killing dragons grants buffs for the whole team.
Now you are ready to start your own MOBA adventure! Try different positions and use different Champions until you find the combination that fits you best. There is a lot of competition within the community, but focus on having fun and do not get too frustrated when something goes wrong. Soon you will be demolishing towers, invading the enemy base and throwing spells everywhere! Sounds great, doesn’t it?
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