When playing position 4 it is crucial to have a great understanding of what your hero is the best at and what you are supposed to do in the game. Top-level players like Cr1t- understand that even though you have an initial idea of how you want to play the game, it might change depending on how the game goes and what your team needs you to do. There are a lot of different roles you can have in the game. The most common ones are initiators, front liners, and team fighters, but all of them require space and timing. In this episode, Andreas explains how to get your resources to hit your power spikes. In general, you will either need gold or experience. To get it, you will most probably have to take over a lane at some point. If your mid laner naturally goes into the jungle, you should pay attention to that and make sure you cover his lane while he isn’t there without giving kills to the opposing mid laner. If you have a very active mid lane hero, then what you can do is play around them and make sure you enable them to get kills. This is another excellent way to secure resources for yourself. In general, you want to avoid having to farm neutral creeps unless it’s necessary. Take a look at your team and what your heroes can do collectively. If you are the only initiator in your team, then you need to prioritize your farm more than usual and make sure to let your team know you will be farming, so they let you have it.
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1. Introduction To Andreas
Andreas “Cr1t-” Nielsen is one of the best support players in the world. Since the start of his career, he's won two majors while playing for OG back in 2015 and 2016 and has had a top-three finish at TI8 playing for Evil Geniuses. Welcome to Cr1t-’s GamerzClass!
4. Laning Phase Theory
The laning phase is a crucial aspect of the game, and it is essential to understand as position 4 where you want to be situated on the map. The main objective of your role is to ensure that at least one side-lane is winning. It doesn’t matter if it’s the safelane or the offlane, as long as one of your cores is getting farm.
6. Playing Ranged Support
In this episode, Cr1t- explains how to play position 4 as a ranged support effectively. Ranged heroes are, in general, slower than melee ones, and they don't have powerful initiation tools or any good ways of getting on top of heroes. For this reason, when playing ranged heroes in position 4, your role is mostly to apply pressure in lane and ensure that your position 3 is having a good time.
7. How To Play Melee Support
A crucial aspect of playing melee position 4 is saving your TP and not using it carelessly because when you teleport, you are giving away information. In this episode, Cr1t- dives into how to play melee support when you have to stick to one lane, and you can't roam around as much.
When playing position 4, it is vital to pay close attention to where the enemy is warding, especially in the first ten minutes of the game. Most of the time, it is your responsibility to get wards out before the game starts if your hero has very high mobility. (e.g., Earth Spirit with Rolling Boulder). Warding in Dota 2 is one of the most significant aspects of the game, and supports are mostly the ones in charge of it.
10. Transitioning Out Of Lane
Transitioning out of lane can be very different depending on how well it went for you. The main idea is to make sure that you have as little downtime as possible between the moment you finish laning and the moment you’re hero becomes active. In this episode, Cr1t- gives a quick overview of what is to come in the upcoming episodes and how you want to think about the mid-game.
11. Understanding Your Hero
When playing position 4 it is crucial to have a great understanding of what your hero is the best at and what you are supposed to do in the game. In this episode, Andreas explains how to get your resources to hit your power spikes. In general, you will either need gold or experience. To get it, you will most probably have to take over a lane at some point.
12. Team Fighting
Teamfighting as a position 4 player comes in many different forms. There are a lot of different things you need to be aware of when doing so. Depending on your hero, team composition, and role, you will have to either initiate, counter initiate, or provide value in team fights. In this episode, Cr1t- breaks down the team fighting aspect of position 4.
Although the word timing might sound like it’s related to the actual in-game time, it’s more about the items and experience you receive. Whenever you finish an item, you get stronger, and certain items significantly increase the power of your hero. In this episode, Cr1t- shows the two types of timings position 4 heroes can have.
17. Late Game Position 4
Most position 4 heroes are not great against heroes with BKB's, so if you are an initiator, you will still want to be the one jumping first. But, BKB's are something you have to adjust to. Similarly, in the late game, you have to pay attention to buybacks and keep track of their timings. In the late game, your role won't change much, but the way you play to have the most impact might change.