5 Mistakes That Can Cost DOTA Players Wins
Dota 2 is an incredibly tactical game – and as with anything of a tactical nature – it’s pretty easy to make mistakes.
Here’s a comprehensive look at 5 mistakes DOTA players make, and some tips on how to avoid them;
Fighting Your Way Out of a Gank
Newer players have a tendency to take a gung-ho approach towards escaping ganks.
When they sense a gank, instead of utilizing a town portal scroll to execute an escape, they attempt to flat out fight their way out of the gank, which is incredibly risky because of all the variables involved – such as how prepared your opponent is, and how willing your teammates are to come to your rescue.
In order to eliminate all the risk, when you sense the enemy about to launch a gank, you’re better off escaping so you can regroup with your teammates and live to fight another day.
Wasting An Advantage
Far too many DOTA players sit back and play passively after successfully executing a huge play.
This gives the enemy lots of time to farm and launch a comeback when one should not have been possible in the first place.
Never rest on your laurels after pulling off a big play – always press your advantages in order to close games off quickly.
Lots of DOTA players spend a ton of time looking for fights, and not enough time farming.
Fights can be exciting, but remember, DOTA is a tactical affair – if you’re solely focused on fighting and not farming, or communicating with your teammates, chances are, you will lead your team to a loss.
Only fight when absolutely necessary, that way, your team will stand a much better chance of winning a match.
Not Taking Advantage Of Powerspikes
A power spike is a point in a match, when a hero experiences a sudden increase in power – this can be due to reaching a particular level, or obtaining a particular item.
As you should know, power levels are relative in DOTA.
Every hero on the map is constantly leveling up, so that means, your hero is only powerful relative to your enemy’s power level – one that note, timing is key for taking advantage of a power spike.
When your hero experiences a sudden increase in power, you need to utilize the advantage it offers you as quickly as possible, because when your opponents level up, your power spike will have become balanced relative to their power level, thus stripping you of your advantage.
Far too many DOTA players don’t take the concept of power relativity seriously, hence they end up wasting their power strike windows.
Trying to Copy A Pro Player’s Advanced Plays
There’s nothing wrong with learning from a pro player – after all they can offer you insights that other players can’t.
That being said, if you’re a newer player, it’s a bad idea to copy a pro player’s advanced plays because of the massive difference in their skill level and yours/ your team’s.
An insane piece of play that worked incredibly well for a pro player could cost you and your teammates a game – so tread carefully.
You’re better off adopting their simpler techniques until you reach a skill level high enough to grant you the ability to successfully execute more advanced plays.