MOBAs are something that I have stayed away from for a long time now. I dabbled in Awesomenauts for a small period, and had a lot of fun to boot, but having mainly been a console gamer and not had any mates who frequented Steam, Dota and I had never crossed paths, until now. What changed? Well my new roommate moved in and challenged me to a game and as I’m one to not say no, I am now hooked on the sweet smell of lanes and I have the uncontrollable urge to type, ‘push bot’ all the time!
So for those who may be in the same boat as me and just joined the Dota community, or for those scared to give it a go, here are some simple tips that may help you on your way. This isn’t intended to be a getting started guide, but more a bit of common sense.
- Pick a character you get – It’s tempting, I know, to pick some cool looking character that has wings and horns and shoots fire out of his eyes but that may be the biggest mistake you make. Dota players have no time for those who don’t know how to play characters, so make it easy on yourself and find one that is not to hard to play, at least until you get the basics right.
- Do your research – This applies to the first tip as well, but I am mainly talking about items. Buying the right items is key to not dropping like a sack of poop and it’s important to know the basic ones you need. Stick to the suggested builds and check a few websites before spending that cash.
- Don’t die – Dying in Dota is apparently punishable by real life death if some comments are to be believed, but the truth is that it will happen to you, it’s inevitable. BUT make sure to stay out of trouble and don’t move forward on your own. Stick with your teammates, as being repeatedly killed early on will only make the opponents a lot more powerful and make winning so much harder.
- Play with mates – Try to find a couple of guys or girls that know how to play the game and don’t be afraid to ask for some advice. Every new Dota player can do with some support to help them out and you will be a lot more useful if you are getting some coaching. If you have no existing mates who play, try to get a few on board with you, at least you can learn together.
- Listen to the team but don’t be disheartened – Not a lot of randoms talk but some will, they will also hint on the map where they need help or where they want people to go. Make sure to follow some more experienced players and don’t be afraid to ask if you feel you should do something. Dicks may slag you off and be general pains about something, but remember that they were new once too, plus there is no better way of getting better than to take risks and try new things; eventually you will find your flow.
On top of all that you have to want to have fun with the game, look on the web for the best builds and more tips and tricks to kick some butt. Make sure to try some more game modes to help find the right character for you and hopefully you will be playing like a pro in no time.
See you in the lanes!