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How to start playing Dota 2?

25 Sep 2019
Dota 2 is a very complex game, but everyone start at the beginning. Here's a guide on how to start you Dota 2 journey.

How to start playing Dota 2?

Well to start, you need to get the Steam app, register a Steam account and download the game via the Steam app. You should start with the tutorial, as the game is quite hard and if you play against players with experience, you won’t have a good time.

The tutorial is a great way to start, you’ll get the feel of the game, learn a few heroes and abilities, and how they work. Dota 2 currently features 117 heroes, so it takes a long time to know every hero and their abilities, not to mention all the synergies and items.

The tutorial won’t reach you the game entirely, but it does teach you all the intro-level stuff, which is very important, especially if you don’t have any experience at all. This includes a basic introduction to items.

Play with bots

Playing with bots is very effective, you can learn new heroes, try different item builds and learn the game's mechanics. Even the very best sometimes go play with bots to try some things out. Bots are great for players of all levels. Play at least 10 games with bots before trying out a real match.

While playing against bots learn how to farm. You must last hit the creep to gain gold and gold is important for buying items, which makes your character stronger. Denying creeps is also possible and it gives you an advantage against the opponent, but farming and denying at the same for a beginner player might be too complex. So focus on one thing at a time and later try to connect everything.

Use player written guides

You'll see a Learn button, then go to Hero Guides of Dota 2's in-game UI. This is the guide menu, which contains player-written guides for every hero in Dota 2. Explore the META, what’s popular right now and what works for other players, maybe you will discover something and you’ll make a guide of your own.

As you advance in Dota 2 you’ll start to understand how to play and what to build, but these guides are a helping hand for a new or even an advanced player. I don’t think even the pros don’t know how to play every hero to perfection.

In the end, a guide is a guide, you can’t use the same tactic on all of your games. Sometimes you must do what the team needs you to do.

Watch the Professionals

There’s a lot of streams with high MMR players, watch them and learn, they use advanced tactics and they know a lot more about the game than you or me. So learning from them is a great way to grab a few skills.

Tournament watching is also a great way to learn Dota 2, there's so much information that can be absorbed just from one match. It’s a place where the best pro Dota 2 gamers gather to show off their skills. The practice is important, but seeing another perspective of the game is just as important.

Follow the community

The Dota 2 community is very large, there’s a lot of websites with statistics, forums, and even more guides. And the great thing is, that the guides on most website have detailed descriptions on how to play the hero. So you can read it and learn it with bots, then transition your knowledge to the game. There’s so much content that can be seen outside of the client. You don’t have to engage, just read and learn new things. there are infinite ways to approach Dota 2, finding the best one for you takes time and effort, but it’s worth it because the game is hyper-competitive and fun.

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