Insania’s 7 Tips to improve at Dota 2
Team Liquid’s Captain and pos 5 player Aydin “Insania” Sarkohi has partnered with GamerzClass to create a state of the art support masterclass.
Insania is one of the most mechanically gifted Dota 2 support players from Europe. In this 18 episode course, he will teach you how to be a successful support player in Dota 2. Here are 7 of the most important things you need in order to win more games from the position 5 role.
1 – Select the right support hero
A lot of support players think the support meta doesn’t change and always pick the same heroes without understanding what makes them strong.
Insania talks about how it’s important to pick a hero that coordinates well with your lane partner especially in this patch when the laning is so important.
Always pick a hero and play according to its strengths. Perhaps look at shadow picks and try to coordinate something well or get a good understanding of the meta to figure out what heroes do well no matter what because you will end up picking first most of the time.
2 – Learn to adapt to bad teammates
Because you have the least amount of gold and resources as a position 5 player, it’s necessary that you learn how to adapt to bad teammates.
If you can’t form any sort of synergy with your teammates, you can try to always look for the next most impactful move you can make. Sometimes this will be a rotation from your lane, sometimes it will be split pushing (yes even as support) and sometimes it can be as simple as stacking as many camps as possible.
3 – Abuse Pulls to Win Lanes
In the current meta, pulls are one of the best ways to make sure you come out of your lane ahead.
As a support player, it is your duty to make sure you can pull and the enemy can’t. Sometimes based on the hero match-ups in the lane, this is the only way you can have an impact so it’s super important that you learn when to pull and make sure you don’t miss your window.
A perfectly timed pull can single handedly win you lanes you perhaps shouldn’t.
4 – Play Around the Right Cores
Moving into the mid game you need to start thinking about which heroes you want to play with. A lot of bad support players will be walking around the map aimlessly and it shouldn’t come as a surprise that this is bad.
Instead, look for which heroes are strong at this moment of the game and play around them so you can keep having a maximum impact and perhaps even catch up on levels & experience.
Trying to push a tower with your off laner or mid laner at the 10 minute mark when the catapults spawn is often a good play that will force the laning phase to end.
5 – Figure out the win condition
Similar to the previous tip, figuring out the win condition forces you to think about your draft & the enemy draft. Look at all 10 heroes and ask yourself questions such as:
- Which hero will carry the game?
- Is our draft stronger now or later?
- What items do we need to win fights?
Once you have the answers to these questions you should start playing accordingly and if that means doing stacks for your carry or playing aggressively in the enemy jungle is up to you to decide.
6 – Value Yourself in Teamfights
I’ve lost track of the number of support players who say that they can’t contribute in fights because they don’t have any gold or levels. However, that’s the wrong mentality to have especially if you want to improve and climb.
Insania believes that surviving in team fights is your reward for playing so sacrificial throughout the rest of the game. This is the moment for you to shine and outplay enemies.
With the current state of the game, if you manage to get a few kills or survive in a teamfight then you can all of the sudden gain 3 levels and finish those luxury items you’ve been waiting for all game.
7 – Master Warding & Counter Warding
Lastly, while wards are free and sentries are quite cheap, it’s still mostly your duty to run around the map and fight for the vision.
Aydin suggests you stop thinking about wards as an area that you can see but instead think about wards as giving vision of pathways and entries to areas that you can and want to play in.
Similarly, sentries are used to creating pathways for you to go into an area undetected.
These are just a few simplified & short abbreviations of the many things that you will learn in Insania’s Dota 2 masterclass about team fighting and positioning. For more details, we highly recommend you check out the entire class here.
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