How to get into Dota 2
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Start Tutorial

If Dota 2 is your first MOBA type game you are playing, then it’s a really good idea to start with the tutorial. This will allow you to understand the basics of moving your hero, figuring out all the tools the game offers you & how to get resources to achieve the final objective: Destroying the enemy’s throne.

Dota 2 requires knowing a lot of information so you’ll need to learn to navigate the shop, secure last hits, and understand how to build items before you can jump into a game.


Play against bots

Your first Dota 2 match is going to be incredibly overwhelming. Coming out of the tutorial you will not only have to worry about your hero but you also want to pay attention to the other running around.

Our recommendation is to start playing against bots so you don’t feel pressured and influenced by other players. There are multiple difficulties, and you can always increase the challenge if you feel like it.

Use the in game item guides

When you are playing the game for the first times there’s going to be a lot of things that will require your attention. The key to learning the basics of the game is to simplify everything as much as possible and only think about one thing at a time.

One way to do that is by using the already predefined item guides that will tell you exactly what items to buy and in what order. Our recommendation is to use the guides created by ImmortalFaith or TorteDeLini. 


Start with a few heroes you really like

Now that we took items out of the way and you don’t have to think about them anymore it’s time to look at your hero. At the moment there are more than 120 different heroes. That’s a lot. Following the simplification principle from the previous paragraph, we suggest you stick to only a few heroes.

Choosing the right hero, in the beginning, might be a daunting task as there are so many to choose from, however, we recommend you start with a few that look attractive to you and move on from there. Once you have a handful that you enjoy and feel comfortable on, play those for a while so you can dedicate your efforts to learning other aspects of the game.

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Focus on Objectives 

Once you have a basic grasp of the fundamentals you should start looking at the game objectives. Dota 2 is a game of resources and objectives. 

When you are a beginner you might think that killing the enemy heroes is the way to go but in reality, you can have more kills than the opposing team and still lose.  

Dota 2 is similar to the game of chess because it has an early, middle & late game phase. The end goal is to destroy the enemy throne but before you can do that you have to go through other steps (e.g. towers & barracks). 

Every time you take down an enemy building it unlocks new parts of the game. Think of killing enemy heroes as means to an end whether it is to take objectives or get more resources.


Play for Fun

After you get the hang of the game for a little bit you’ll start being able to make some flashy plays and outplay your opponents. Often times this is what makes the game truly fun. It’s important to always play for fun.

If the game seems to be dragging on and is not enjoyable make sure to take a break. Playing with friends also helps a lot and makes the game more enjoyable. It’s easy to get lost in the duality of the outcome of the game but if you want to enjoy Dota 2 and get the most out of the game then you have to learn to have fun and have a good time if the game is looking terrible.

Avoid playing ranked games if you’re in a bad mood or tired.


Ask Others for Advice

Contrary to popular belief, becoming a good Dota 2 player is more about making the right in-game choices rather than outplaying the enemies through flashy moves and crazy combos.

Oftentimes, the person with more information will have a significant advantage. If you are always looking to learn more about the game you will eventually start making the right choices more often and see some serious results in your gameplay.

There are a lot of resources available for more information and we’ll go into those in the next bullets but the main thing you can do is to crawl through YouTube, Twitch or simply just ask some of your friends and other higher-ranked players.


Use Dota Plus

Dota Plus is Dota’s monthly subscription that gives you access to additional in-game features that makes it easier for you to play the game. For only $3.99/month you can get more stats before, during and after your games to help you understand hero match-ups, win rates, average performances and more.

When you are a beginner, the stats you can use the most is the in game performance tracker that tells you how well you’re doing compared to the average of others in your bracket. This will let you know in real-time if you’re having a good time or not and how far away from the center you strayed.

Lastly, Dota Plus also gives you quite a significant amount of cosmetic rewards that can add flavor to your game & make it more enjoyable.


Get a coach

Just like any other sport or skill in the world, there are many people out there who teach Dota 2. Getting a coach after you have a grasp of the basics is one of the fastest ways to improve your game and take it to the next level.

For some reason, there’s a stigma around getting a tutor for video games but in truth, it’s the best practice to save a lot of time and improve at a fast pace. If you were to pick up a music instrument, you would never just start playing because you would have no idea what you’re even supposed to do.

The same concept applies to games and Dota 2. If you want to know what you should be focusing on and how to improve, then listening to somebody who has dedicated more than 10,000 hours and has managed to play at a high level is the best way to go.

You can get effective coaching for as cheap as $9.99/month.


Watch a Dota 2 MasterClass

If you ask most people how to get better at Dota 2, they will tell you to watch how pros play and learn from them. It’s one of the best ways to improve and figure out what to do in your own games.

If you didn’t know GamerzClass works with top-tier pros to create educational masterclasses and share the knowledge, strategies and tips used by some of the best players in the world.

Topson Teaching Dota 2 Mid Lane is a 3-hour masterclass with Topias “Topson” Taavitsainen the back-to-back world champion who has cemented himself as one of the greatest players of all time for being the first to ever win The International twice alongside his teammates.

His teammate Johan “N0tail” Sundstein also has a class on the platform aimed at beginners and is perfect for you if you are a new player.

You can watch both of these courses and 5 more for $9.99/month. What makes these Dota 2 courses stand out is that they are created specifically for learning and providing a complete overview of the game. They’re easy to follow and gamerzclass.com is very easy to navigate from a consumption point of view.


8 tips for beginners

Gold, HP, MANA & Experience are Resources

Objectives are more important than Kills

Good Drafts are well rounded

Make the Map and Timer your best friends

Information is Power

Good Habits are the Secret to Good Dota

Don’t try to explain yourself

There’s always a solution  

Play for Fun & Improvement

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Topson teaches midlane in his gamerzclass