Every Dota 2 player has been through this before: no matter how hard you try, your MMR just seems to never budge. Even worse, you’re dropping ever so slightly as the games come and go. Unfortunately, many players out there in the Dota scene are experiencing the same thing as you, and for most of them, they need something, anything, to get them out and up the ranks.
Interested in how you can finally break that invisible wall keeping you from reaching your dream rank? Pay attention, fellow gamer. Here are four tips to help you start breaking the stalemate and win more games:
1. Learn the Meta
As you very well know, the drafting phase is critical (sometimes even more vital) than actually playing the match. In other words, if you win the draft, you win the game. Of course, that doesn’t always hold true, as the draft winners will still have to play hard to fight for victory. But of course, their ordeal isn’t as painful as the enemy team who has to deal with bad picks.
What does this mean for you? Do your research and find out what heroes are in the meta, especially in your MMR. That way, you give yourself (and your team) the most significant advantage of knowing what works well and how you can counter certain heroes.
2. Master Fighting
In lower ranks, Dota team fights are a simple manner of throwing in skill and attacks until someone dies. Of course, that doesn’t mean that they can’t use special tips when it comes to fighting. In fact, whether you’re among the top players in the Dota community or just a newbie trying to win games, there are certain things you can do to significantly improve your chances of winning team fights.
The most important tip when it comes to team fights is to know your role. For example, if you’re a support player, you shouldn’t barrel head-first into the enemy lines expecting to come out alive with a Rampage. If you get caught and die, you’ve just rendered yourself useless. If you play it right, however, you’ll find yourself hanging around the fights watching as your tanks and carries battle it out while you wait for cooldowns to reset and using them at the optimal time.
3. Play the Heroes You Know
What’s worse than finding out that one of your players has never played a hero and is trying it out for the first time? Well, that is if you meet that kind of person in a ranked match. Don’t be that guy. With that said, the more you play a single hero, or a set of them, the better you’re going to get. In other words, it is better to become a master of one than to be a jack of all trades. Play the heroes you’re comfortable playing, and you’re sure to do your best.
4. Watch the Pros Play
One of the best ways to educate yourself about how to play Dota is to watch the professionals at work. More often than not, you’re going to learn tips and tricks from them that you can apply to your games. For example, you may have the habit of roaming around like a carrier rather than farming in the jungle. By watching professional carries at work, you realize that you are better of farming in jungles than walking half the map up for a fight that favors the enemy. During team fights, you might be tempted just to jump right in and fire away. Of course, you could do this, but patience is the key here. You’re looking for an opening that favors you, which will give you the highest chance of success.
Do your research and study your rank. Learn how the pros play and apply it to your games. Only that way, can you ever have the hope of reaching new heights, achieving MMRs you’ve never before reached, and bringing your A-game to the next level. Good luck and game on!
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