The mid-lane is one of the most thrilling roles on DOTA, but it is also one of the most complex. There are so many mechanics to learn and so many nuances involved in the role.
These factors make it difficult to consistently improve your skill level and become a high-level midlaner which is why we’ve partnered up with two-time T1 Champion,Topias Miikka “Topson” Taavitsainen to teach you how to play the mid-lane at your full potential.
We spoke with Topson about his journey to the top of the DOTA echelon as well as his thoughts on the mid-lane role in general, and he had some pretty interesting insight to share.
Here’s a look at some of them;
Know Your Matchups
The mid-lane revolves heavily around one-on-one play as you’re put up against one enemy team member while your teammates occupy the side lanes.
Due to the mid-lane’s one-on-one nature, you need to have a solid idea of how each hero squares up against one another in a bid to give yourself the best chance of creating an approach that will help you succeed in your mid-lane encounters.
For instance, if you’re laning with Silencer and you face Ember Spirit, you can create an approach centred on Silencer’s ability to stop Ember Spirit from casting Fire Remnant to escape.
You need to develop an in-depth knowledge of different match-ups in the game, to give yourself a solid chance of countering the heroes you come up against in the mid-lane.
Know When To Roam And Gank
Roaming and Ganking are two crucial aspects of playing the mid-lane. There are times when you might not need to roam or gank because of the hero you’re playing or the match-up you’re facing, but for some games, roaming and ganking can be a real difference-maker for you and your teammates.
For instance, if you’re playing a hero like Tiny who’s not particularly good at laning, the best way to give your team an advantage would be to gank enemy heroes instead of struggling to lane.
However, if you’re playing a hero who has a favorable match-up and has no problem dominating the lane, then you might want to reconsider leaving the lane to help your teammates unless you run into problems in the mid-lane.
It’s important to note that there’s a huge downside to leaving the mid-lane to gank can backfire if your ganks aren’t successful, because of the number of resources you’d be missing out on by not staying in the mid-lane.
Farming effectively is not just about getting a lot of resources for yourself but also about preventing your enemy from getting good resources.
One of the most effective ways to farm in the mid-lane is to farm aggressively as it allows you to apply pressure on your enemies, which in turn gives them less time to react, less time to get their items and more opportunities to make mistakes that you can capitalize on.
If you want to improve your mid-lane gameplay, we suggest you start watching our masterclass with the two-time TI-winner himself.