How To Win Games With A Toxic Player On Your Team
Whether it’s Dota 2 or any other online multiplayer game, we’ve all encountered toxic players who ruin the game for everyone involved. There are a bunch of reasons why someone does this, but that is a discussion for another day.
What we’re concerned about right now is how you can squeeze out a win even with such a player on your team.
So here’s a look at steps you can take to turn even the most unwinnable game into a victory;
There are 3 As that contribute to the toxic nature of players in online games. Adversity, Anonymity and an Audience.
Dota 2 has an abundance of adversity. It requires 5 players who’ve never met before and probably don’t even speak the same language to come together and coordinate in an incredibly complicated and difficult game to achieve the same goal.
There are few games out there that match the level of adversity Dota 2 players endure. And a large part of it is the requirement of teamwork.
The other two concepts are present not just in Dota 2 or other multiplayer games, but the internet in general.
In order for a person to express their rage and frustration in the most toxic way, they need the anonymity of the internet. This means there is little to no accountability for their actions. And finally, there is the audience.
Though there isn’t much you can do about the other two aspects, this is where you have all the control. Toxic people need someone to listen to their whining and moaning. Remove the option and they lose that power.
So, while it might seem obvious to mute them, it needs to be said. People often try to reason and bargain with a toxic player/griefer in an attempt to change their mind. We’re not arguing that this never works, surely it does in rare instances. But it isn’t the most efficient way of maximizing your chances to win. It also takes up far more of your time, attention and energy than is needed.
Disable ally help
Next up, you most certainly want to disable ally help for that particular player. You can do this by opening the scoreboard by either clicking on the icon on the top-left of the screen or using the hotkey. Then, click on the corresponding icon on the bottom of the scoreboard.
A menu will pop up that shows shared help options with allies. Untick the box for the toxic player.
The reason you want to do this is because, often times, toxic players won’t always ruin your game by just abusing over chat or running it down mid. They may use their spells or items in a detrimental way to your or your allies, which makes it that much more difficult to win.
Items like Force Staff or Hurricane Pike can be used to put you in a tough spot. Furthermore, Kunkka’s X Marks The Spot, IO’s Relocate or Tusk’s Snowball can also be used to put you in an undesirable position.
Keep in mind though, that not all spells and items can be disabled in such a way. Ethereal Blade, which can make you more vulnerable than you are or prevent you from getting a kill, cannot be disabled by turning off ally help.
The same goes with Windwaker, which can interrupt your channeling spell, that could be a high-impact ultimate like Enigma’s Black Hole or Witch Doctor’s Death Ward. Unfortunately, it even pierces Black King Bar.
The same goes with Earth Spirit’s Enchant Remnant or Phoenix’s Supernova. But, the overall chances that a particular toxic member of your team is playing one of these heroes or buys one of these items is relatively low. In other cases, disabling ally help is a must.
Continue playing like nothing’s changed
This follows up to the first point, and that is to ignore the griefer and pretend they don’t exist. Even in such dire circumstances, you need to see the light at the end of the tunnel and realize the potential for victory. If one player is being toxic, coordinate with the other three and play like a team. There’s a chance this might change that player’s behaviour and motivate them to play normally. But even if it doesn’t, you have to stay your course and try to win.
You will need to keep your emotions in check. And we’ll admit, it is easier said than done. This is a challenge players will face in general, not just in a game where there’s a toxic player.
Like we mentioned previously, Dota 2 has an abundance of adversity. It can be difficult to win games even when all 5 players on a team are coordinating well. Because there are some things that are unexpected, some things that may fail in execution and some things that are just out of your control.
The added pressure of having a teammate who is tilted and/or griefing can be especially taxing. But you need to understand that you tilting on top of all that doesn’t help, it only makes matters worse. Use every tool you have at your disposal to win. Sometimes, you can even use a toxic player as bait if they are intentionally feeding by running into enemies. The rubber-band effect of ending kill streaks can swing the net-worth advantage in your favour.
So, stay focused and keep the goal in mind. The goal is to win. Every game is winnable and anything can happen in a game of Dota 2. Being able to eke out a victory in tough situations is what differentiates hard-stuck players from those who consistently improve and rise in rank.