Tactics to win teamfights around the Roshan pit
Any Dota 2 player worth their salt knows that killing Roshan is one of the fundamental objectives in the game. It gives you a massive advantage in the form of the Aegis of the Immortal (and many more bonuses with subsequent kills) which allows you to siege high-ground. And even from a relatively low skill bracket, you start to notice players trying to prevent the other team from getting Rosh, because they know how much its worth.
There are several tactics that high-rank and professional players implement in order to win teamfights in or around the Rosh pit that you can learn from. Here are some of them.
Vision, vision, vision!
This is an absolutely basic necessity for teamfights in general. There are many spots around the Rosh pit that give vision over its entrance and will dictate the course of events that take place. Whether you want to watch out for enemies potentially trying to get this objective, or you want to get it yourself, you need to set up vision first. It’s not just about having vision of your own, but eliminating any vision the enemy might have.
If you’re a support player, you need to preemptively save and carry several observer and sentry wards specifically for this purpose. If you’re a core player, communicate with your support and tell them to do this. But if, for whatever reason, they cannot do so, you should buy the wards yourself. Don’t hesitate from doing this, as the rewards will be far greater than the cost of a few sentries.
There are three ward hills near the Roshan pit that give a lot of vision. They need to be sentried first. Next, you also need a sentry right outside the pit’s entrance, in case there is an invisible hero on the enemy team and also because that is a common ward spot. Finally, its a good idea to place observer wards outside sentry range of the aforementioned ward hills. These are hard to deward, and therefore, can stay up for the entire duration.
Smoke of Deceit is everything
One thing that is quite common among low rank carries is that they’ll use Smoke of Deceit on their own and try to solo Roshan outside the purview of the enemy team. It is especially the case on heroes like Troll Warlord, Ursa, Phantom Assassin or Huskar who can solo Rosh with just one or two items. However, this tends to be quite foolhardy, because all an enemy hero has to do is step inside the Rosh pit for a second, and its all over.
A better way to use smoke is together as a team, or at least 4 heroes and gank the enemy players in their jungle. This is so that you have a clear hero advantage from a successful teamfight and can take Roshan easily. Alternatively, you can try to sneak Rosh, as described above, but instead you do it as a team. Keep in mind, that you need to employ the other tactics pointed out even while doing this method. You still need vision in case a fight breaks out.
Supports and their positioning
This is something support players definitely need to learn. When looking to take Roshan, the last place you need to be is inside the pit. Your job is to buff your allies, debuff Roshan with items like Solar Crest and be at the ready for a potential enemy initiation.
It’s even better if you stand in a position where you have vision but are still hidden in the fog of war. This allows you to break the smoke of the enemy team, so that you get vision of them before they get vision of you. It foils their plans to gank you, and can potentially also win you the Roshan teamfight.
Don’t be hasty
There is a stark difference between how low-rank and high-rank teams participate in teamfights. You may have noticed this yourself at some point. Low-rank teams will often either fully commit to a teamfight or not fight at all. They will also frequently fall victim to the ‘save your friend’ syndrome, where they’ll try to save an ally who was caught out of position, but instead end up giving more kills to the enemy team than was necessary.
But high-rank players, and especially professional players, excel at knowing and being able to engage and disengage from fights as and when necessary. This applies to Rosh fights as well. Teams that can communicate whether they want to start a teamfight or hold back, smoke together or wait for the enemy team to smoke first, will be the most successful at winning this objective. It’s also good to know that, just because you started Roshing, doesn’t mean you hard-commit to death if the enemy team contests you. Sometimes, its good to just back off and assess the situation before finding the opportunity to reengage.
That brings us to the end of our list of tactics that you should employ when trying to kill Roshan and teamfight around the Rosh pit. We hope you’ve learned something new in this article and will use it in your pubs to climb up the ranks! Good luck!