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Best Gaming Mouse Ranking Update | June 2019

Finding the best gaming mouse is not a 1-question 1-answer task. The reality is, the best gaming mouse will depend on multiple factors including, price/budget, game type or game requirements, customization requirements, weight, and even aesthetic preferences.

For a consumer’s point of view, finding the best gaming mouse is like finding the best smartphone, it has to have the features, functionalities, and technical capabilities that will give them the best experience for a given budget.

However, in a gamer’s point of view, finding the best gaming mouse only requires answering these questions.

  • Does the gaming mouse help you perform at your best?
  • How does the gaming mouse perform if used on other game types and game scenarios?
  • How fast can the hardware adapt?

That’s it.

So why do you need a gaming mouse that adapts?

Because a true gamer not only plays 1 game but 2 or more games in his/her life time.

However, the problem with today’s market is that companies are marketing gaming mouse using the same features and specification that are supposed to be a standard on any gaming mouse.

This makes gamers who want to buy the best possible hardware have a hard time choosing what is the best available gaming mouse for them based on their requirements.

This article will be a summary of the best gaming mouse available on the market today.

Also, we notice that from time-to-time, more and more gaming mouse is being introduced, so we will be regularly updating this content based on the market’s response.

Let’s start the ranking.

Best Gaming Mouse (General Ranking)

1. PICTEK Gaming Mouse Wired [7200 DPI]

From PICTEK, the PICTEK Gaming Mouse Wired [7200 DPI] comes first on our list as the number 1 gaming mouse in the general ranking category.

Although this gaming mouse is well below the $50 mark, the PICTEK Gaming Mouse has multiple reasons to be on top on the ranking.

One of the reasons why this gaming mouse has become one of the best sellers on the market today is its direct approach to every gamer’s need.

Let us examine some areas by which this device has provided thousands of gamers the solution to their everyday gaming needs.

DPI range and adjustment

The Pictek Gaming Mouse Wired comes in 5 models, these are,

  • Pictek 7200 DPI RGB Programmable Gaming Mouse
  • Pictek 3200 DPI 6 Buttons Optical Wired Gaming Mouse
  • Pictek 2400 DPI 6 Buttons Optical Wired Gaming Mouse
  • Pictek 3200 DPI 6 Buttons Anti-Slip Structure Optical Wired Gaming Mouse
  • Pictek 2400 DPI Silent Click 2.4G Wireless Gaming & Office Mouse

The 7200 DPI model is the best seller among the five models. The Pictek 7200 DPI Gaming Mouse can be adjusted into 5 DPI levels. 1200/2400/3500/5500/7200.

The image below shows how the DPI adjustment varies from level to level on the Pictek 7200 DPI RGB Programmable Gaming Mouse.

Pictek 7200 DPI RGB PGM – DPI Level Adjustment

Using the above image, you should have an idea of how will the adjustment of DPI level affect the sensitivity of the mouse. Example, Switching from 1200 to 2400 will have lesser effect compare to switching from 3500 to 5000 DPI.

The image above aims to guide you on how changing the DPI level would affect the mouse’s sensitivity.

Another important factor to consider in the performance of a gaming mouse is the polling rate.

Polling rate determines how fast the mouse communicates with the computer. The Pictek 7200 DPI RGB Gaming mouse has 4 polling rate adjustment level – 125Hz/250Hz/500Hz/1000Hz.

Polling rate should be adjusted based on your CPU’s speed as a higher polling rate requires more CPU resources.

Programmability

These are the buttons that made up the Pictek 7200 DPI RGB gaming mouse.

  • Left button
  • Middle button
  • Right button
  • Forward
  • Back
  • DPI+
  • DPI-

You can create up to 5 profiles and 3 modes in which each can have different macro settings for your choice. The software for this mouse can be downloaded here.

Here’s a screenshot of the software.

Special buttons is not available for other customization. This mouse is basically designed to be simple and direct. If you’re looking for a mouse for special applications and tasks that require more buttons other than the standard buttons, consider looking for mouse like the Razer Naga Trinity and Logitech G600 MMO gaming mouse.

Drawbacks

  • Programming is not available for Mac system.
  • Special buttons are absent.

Overall

A gaming mouse for all genres and all budget is the best description for the Pictek 7200 DPI RGB Gaming mouse. Does not belong to any of the top brands of gaming, but getting the job done is what makes this gaming mouse on the top of our list.

2. Razer DeathAdder Elite Gaming Mouse

From one of the largest brand on e-sports and gaming, the Razer DeathAdder Elite gaming mouse is on the top two on our list due to multiple reasons.

With over 1600 reviews on Amazon and is on the best selling gaming mouse of 2019, Let us examine the technical specifications and usability of this product from Razer.

DPI range and adjustment

The Razer DeathAdder Elite has an on-the-fly sensitivity adjustment and a high-precision 16000 DPI optical sensor. This makes this mouse an ideal one not just for gaming but for graphic design and other creative works.

Probably one of the fastest sensors in the world, this gaming mouse has a 450 IPS and an e-sports grade optical sensor. With a resolution accuracy of 99.4% and a 1000 Herz Ultrapolling, the Razer DeathAdder Elite maybe one of the best gaming mouse in terms of technical specification and engineering capability.

Programmability

The Razer DeathAdder has 7 programmable buttons, the engineers chooses a minimalistic approach on its design. To use the software, you need to create an account on Razer.

Here’s a quick view of the software.

Drawbacks

  • Just like other software, Razer requires you to create an account and ask to access some information from your device. If you’re extra careful with your privacy online, this will be a pain for you.
  • Some user reports experiencing a double-click malfunction when left-clicking the mouse once.
  • The minimalist design also breeds problem like unexpectedly shifting the DPI adjustment button.

Overall

The Razer DeathAdder, however, is one of the best gaming mouse in terms of technical specification, usability and performance. The price range by which this mouse belongs is also not a surprise since the brand has already positioned itself as one of the biggest players in e-sports and gaming.

3. Logitech G203 Prodigy RGB Wired Gaming Mouse

The Logitech G203 Prodigy comes 3rd on our list for various reason.

DPI range and adjustment

The Logitech G203 has a cutting-edge sensor technology through the advance 200-8000 DPI sensor that provides a top-notch gaming experience.

Programmability

There are 6 customizable buttons for the Logitech G203 Prodigy. Using the software, a one-button can be set-up to enable a multi-action maneuver.

The DPI can be adjusted from 200 to 8000 on-the-fly. You can customize up to 16.8 million colors and brightness level.

Also, the mouse comes with an onboard memory that will enable you to use the mouse on any PC without the need to reconfigure the settings and install custom software.

Drawbacks

  • Cables are relatively short.
  • Wheel hardware issues reported by some users.

Overall

Overall, the Logitech G203 Prodigy RGB Wired Gaming Mouse is one mouse that will provide a maximum gaming experience thanks to its quality engineering structure. From one of the best brands on gaming, there is no surprise that this gaming mouse is one of the best selling units on the market today.

In the next few months, we will update the ranking according to the market’s response. The e-sport and gaming industry is one industry that keeps on innovating and changing due to its technological nature.

In the next update of this article, we will add a new category for the ranking, it will include,

  • Best Gaming Mouse (per Game Type)
    • First Person Shooting (FPS)
    • Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA)
    • Real-time Strategy Game (RTS)
  • Best Gaming Mouse based in Price Range
    • Below $50
    • $50 to $100
    • Above $100

The next ranking update will be on December. For more details, like our Facebook page here.

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Step-by-step Guide to Becoming a Professional Gamer

For the last 5 years, esport has become one of the world’s most watched shows on the television and on the internet.

With multi-million companies around the world pouring out cash on professional tournaments, the gaming industry has transformed from a past time hobby into a multi-million dollar industry.

According to newzoo.com, (a leading global provider of games and esports analytics), the esport industry will continue to grow to $905.6 million in the next years to come.

This growth has made it possible for people who want to take their gaming skills to a whole new level, transform gaming a viable career.

As the gaming industry continues to grow, a professional gamer’s salary is hard to estimate.

Considering the total prize pool of one Dota 2‘s tournament has reached up to $25 million, esport has shown its capability to be a leading business industry.

However, due to the competitive nature of esport, just like other sports – becoming a professional gamer is not an easy task.

To become a professional esport athlete, you must belong to the top 10% players of your game.

Becoming a professional gamer not just require skills and talent but also, the passion and dedication needed to survive the long hours of practice and countless defeats that you will encounter during the journey.

However, if you think you have what it takes to be on the top 10% players of your game, giving yourself a chance to be a professional gamer might be one your life’s best decision.

Given today’s system, anyone has the chance to be a professional athlete. If you have the skills, the passion, and the dedication to make in on top, here’s a guide that will help you become a professional gamer.

Professional Gamers

Identify your eSport game

  • What game are you good at?
  • What game do you enjoy the most?

If you have one answer to both of these questions, then it’s probably the game you would want to play as a professional gamer.

Why is it important to identify the right esport game for you?

Because it is on this game that you will dedicate a huge part of your time and energy for the next years to come.

It’s like choosing a career out of your passion.

When you play the game you love, you will more likely to survive the tough times because all you care about is that you enjoy the game, even if it’s causing you a lot of pain and disappointment sometimes.

So before you start your journey towards becoming a professional gamer, be sure to choose the game you love playing with.

Assess your Current Skill Level

The next step after choosing the right esport game is to assess your current skill level.

This step is important in order

  • to identify how realistic your dream will be
  • estimate how long will it take you to be among the top 10% players of your game
  • and to formulate a training plan that will give you the skill level to compete on a professional gaming tournament.

You have to identify your position on the ranking of your game. This can be done by just examining the leaderboard.

Example, in Dota 2, player’s skills are generally identified by its ranking medal. The best Dota 2 players can be seen here on Dota 2’s leaderboard.

The number 1 ranking player has a Devine 5 medal. If you want to play on a professional Dota 2 tournament, you have to have a ranking medal somewhere near Devine 5.

If your current ranking is on the bottom 10%, then you have to probably re-evaluate your plans of becoming a professional gamer.

If you’re really determined to make in on top while your current ranking is on the bottom 10%, then you have to acknowledge the fact that you will have a long way to go in becoming a professional gamer.

Dota 2 Ranking Medal (image from: Esports Tales)

If you found yourself somewhere in the middle of the ranking, this means that you will still have to improve your skill level to at least reach the top 20 to 10% of the leaderboard.

Now if you found yourself somewhere on the top 15% of the players of your game’s leaderboard, then you will surely have a good chance of playing on the professional stage.

All you have to do is to come up with a training plan that is identical to the one used by the top players or team of your game.

Training

After you identify your current skill level and compare it to the top players of your game, you should have a realistic picture on where to start your training and how long would it take you to reach the pro-level of your game.

The next step is to formulate a detailed and systematic training plan.

To be the best in the game, the intensity of your training should be the same as that of the champions.

Training Plan

Here are some suggestions on how to come up with a professional training plan.

1. Do the research, watch videos read blog posts about tips on how to level up your gaming skills.

2. Reach out to the top players of your game. Where do you find them? Look at the leaderboards. Find their names and search for their online profiles – Facebook, Twitch, and YouTube.

3. Find mentors. Ask someone who is really good at playing your game to guide and teach you strategies and ways to win more games and level up your skill.

After formulating a training plan, the next step is to define your goal.

Define Specific Goals

Carefully defined goals are very important in order to have a clear vision of what and where you want to be in the future. To be a professional gamer, here’s what you need to consider in setting up your goal.

Reach to a certain rank.

Every esport game has its own ranking system. Identify the rank of the top 10% players of your game and aim to reach those rank. Here are the ranking systems of some of the most popular esports games.

Set a time frame.

How many months or years would it take you to reach the top ranks of your game? You need to evaluate how long would it takes to reach your goal.

Depending on your current skill level, it may take months or even years.

The important thing is to set a time frame in order to see if your training is effective in terms of improving your skills and rank.

Example, after 3 months, you should reach rank 4, and after another 3 months, you should reach rank 2.

The idea is, to have a specific goal on a time frame to numerically measure your progress.

Join a Tournament

After you see a significant improvement in your skills and rank, the next logical thing to do is to join tournaments, local or online.

Joining small tournaments helps you improve your confidence because it simulates the atmosphere of the actual professional tournament of your game.

Tournaments are also the best place to find teams and people who are serious about gaming. This is where you can grow your network and join a community of gamers.

Sponsors also look for talents during tournaments, if someone sees your potential, you might be recruited for a larger and more organized team.

Implement the Training Plan

Now that you have a training plan with specific targets on a time frame, the next step is to implement and execute.

To be on the top of your game requires unwavering discipline to follow and implement a training plan.

One technique to stay motivated is to have a physical manifestation of your goal.

Print out a picture that will represent your goal. It can be a picture of the trophy of your game’s professional tournament championship.

Print out and paste this picture wherever visible on your room so that you will be reminded of your goal of becoming a professional gamer every time you see it.

Dota 2 TI4 Champions

Another powerful way of staying motivated and discipline to follow a training plan is by creating an alter ego.

An alter ego is a mental persona of a person you want to become. It’s like a version of you but more skilled and powerful.

Example, if you want to be a professional gamer like Dendi or kennyS, you can create a version of you with the same skills and talent as these two players.

Give your alter ego a name and specifically defined the skills and talent.

When you’re playing, activating your alter ego will significantly increase your confidence and performance.

Here’s an article explaining the powerful effect of alter ego and why do professionals use it to achieve maximum performance and achieve great success.

Track Progress

In order to evaluate if you’re making any improvements in your game, you have to track your progress.

Tracking your progress will help you stay in the direction that you want to go.

In gaming, the most direct way to track your progress is by looking at your current ranking versus your ranking before you’ve started your training.

Answering the questions like

  • How long does it take to level up my rank?
  • Am I playing with the top players in my game?
  • How many tournaments have I already attended?

Be sure that as you track your progress, you’re also considering the time frame of your goal.

Example, if you’re planning to be a professional gamer after a year, then how many ranks you have to achieve per month in order to reach the top?

Tracking your progress per month and assessing if your training really does help you improve your game is important in order to level up your game.

Understand How your Game’s Professional Tournament Works

Another very important task to do if you want to be a professional gamer is to understand how your game’s professional tournament works.

Answering the following questions will help you navigate the road that will direct you to the professional stage of your game.

  • What is the professional tournament of your game?
  • How to register for that tournament?
  • Are you qualified to join?
  • Does the tournament support your current level/ranking?
  • Do you need sponsors?
  • Do you need a team and a team manager?

Understanding the dynamics and the framework by which your game’s professional tournament is built will guide you to your journey towards becoming a professional gamer.

Dota 2 Evil Geniuses

Play and Focused on your Goal

Now that you know your current standing in the ranking of your game and have already formulated a training plan to improve your skills.

You also already know how your game’s pro-circuit works, it’s time to execute the training plan and play.

Be sure however that you have strong convection to be on top because playing on the level of champions requires hundreds or even thousands of hours playing.

Staying motivated is very important in order to reach your goal. One way to stay motivated is to do the things that you love.

If you don’t love the game, you will most likely fail.

Always keep in mind that champions are not created by just playing the game in one month or one year.

True champions and professional gamers have been playing the game for many years already, some even from childhood.

Esports is no different from sports like basketball, softball, and soccer.

All sports require great dedication, talent, and skills.

Dedication is a choice, however, not everyone has the talent and skills.

But if you have dedication, commitment and motivation to play the game and practice to improve your skill, you will certainly level up your skills and talent and ultimately play as a professional gamer.

Start now by answering the question,

  • What game are you good at?
  • What game do you enjoy the most?
  • Do you want to be a professional gamer?

Start playing now!

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Dota 2’s new Hero Grimstroke: The Ultimate Guide

Introduction


Icefrog once again added a new hero to the game. Based on its abilities, this one could be one of the most effective support and will definitely be a pro game pick for tournaments to come. As the new champions of TI8 OG are celebrating, the entire Dota 2 community will be busy discovering what Grimstroke could bring to the game.

This interesting new hero is one you can’t miss and in this article, we will discover every available data and facts about Grimstroke and use it as a guide to increase your win rate and ultimately, your MMR.

In this article, we will discuss

  • Grimstroke’s background and lore
  • Skills & Abilities
  • Strategic combos
  • Counter Picks

Background & Lore


Before experiencing Grimstroke’s gameplay, let us first (at least) know the story behind the emergence of this hero into the world of Dota. Knowing Grimstroke’s story will enable us to easily understand the hero’s role and its potential impact on the game.

According to Dota 2’s official website, Grimstroke was an arcane guardian to his people. For some UNKNOWN REASON, Grimstroke gained his power by sacrificing his own people. After reading this excerpt,

Chosen to serve as an arcane guardian of his people, Grimstroke was instead responsible for their eternal corruption.

I can’t help but think of one interesting character in Naruto – Uchiha Itachi. Yes, the legendary Uchiha who massacred his own tribe to gain something very important.

The similarity is not surprising but interesting enough to consider this well-known character’s possible contribution to the development of Grimstroke’s storyline. Dota 2 and Naruto, or more specifically, Grimstroke & Itachi are both telling an important lesson that if something is of great value, it should come with great sacrifice.

The similarity between the story of Itachi & Grimstroke is not the only thing that you will notice if you read the new hero’s lore. Another interesting similarity is that of Sai, another well-known Naruto character.

Grimstroke’s inky attack will always lead you to remember Sai’s techniques. Does Sai and Grimstroke belong to a single tribe? It’s a stupid and wild question – but the similarity is so fascinating that it leads me to conclude that the creator of Grimstroke is an avid Naruto fan.

Now, let’s go back to Dota 2’s introduction to this new hero. According to Dota 2’s website,

Groomed from a young age to become a guardian of his people, Grimstroke’s path to power was instead built upon a sacrifice he was all too willing to make: the lives of his entire race. Consumed by the very magic that was meant to protect them, Grimstroke’s kindred now exist only as inky revenants, bound forever to his brush—their anguished screams and viscous forms apparent in the strokes of each dark mural he creates.

From this excerpt, one could conclude how Grimstroke was able to gain his power. The storyline, however, did not mention anything about Grimstroke’s tribe. Did Grimstroke able to gain his power all by himself? Or did someone or something more sinister influenced Grimstroke’s mind to perform such actions?

No one exactly knows for sure, but what is clear is that there was a massacre whose purpose is to give power to someone important enough to be part of Dota 2’s story.

Skills & Abilities


Now, before we proceed in formulating techniques and combos for Grimstroke, let us examine the hero’s skills & ability and understand how it works.

 

First Skill – Stroke of Fate

  • Damage Type: Magical
  • Cast Range: 1400
  • Cooldown: 11/9/7/5
  • Manacost: 100/110/120/130
  • Base Damage (w/out talent): 120/180/240/300
  • Base Damage (w/ talent): 180/270/360/450
  • Bonus Damage per Target (w/out talent): 16/24/32/40
  • Bonus Damage per Target (w/ talent):  24/36/54/60
  • Normal Move Speed Slow: 50%/60%/70%/80%
  • Description: Grimstroke winds up and paints a path of ink with his brush, damaging and slowing enemies in its wake. The damage increases with each enemy the ink strikes.

Second Skill – Phantom’s Embrace

  • Damage Type: Magical
  • Cast Range: 900
  • Cooldown: 32/28/24/20
  • Manacost: 110/120/130/140
  • Latch Duration: 4/4.5/5/5.5
  • Phantom Damage: 12/18/24/30
  • Attacks to Destroy (w/ out talent): 2/2/3/3
  • Attacks to Destroy (w/ talent): 4/4/5/5
  • Rend Damage: 120/200/280/360
  • Description: Grimstroke commands a phantom to latch onto his enemy, damaging and silencing it. If the phantom survives the latch duration, it rends the victim for heavy damage and refreshes Phantom Embrace’s cooldown.

Third Skill – Inks Swell

Grimstroke's third skill
  • Damage Type: Magical
  • Cast Range: 400/500/600/700
  • Cooldown: 30/25/20/15
  • Manacost: 90/100/110/120
  • Radius: 400 (AOE)
  • Buff Duration: 3
  • Movement Speed Bonus: 28%/32%/36%/40%
  • Damage: 55/70/85/100
  • Max Damage: 220/280/340/400
  • Debuff Duration: 0.55/0.7/0.85/1
  • Tick Rate: 0.2
  • Tick DPS (Damage per Second): 25/35/45/55
  • Max Bonus Multiplier: 3
  • Description: Grimstroke covers himself or an ally in ink, silencing the target while granting bonus speed and immunity to attacks. The ink damages nearby enemies over time before bursting, damaging and stunning in the area based on how much harm it caused along the way.

Fourth Skill – Soulblind

  • Damage Type: Magical
  • Cast Range: 700/800/900
  • Cooldown: 80/65/50
  • Manacost: 150/200/250
  • Chain Latch Radius: 550
  • Chain Break Distance: 700
  • Chain Duration: 4/6/8
  • Leash Limit Multiplier: 1.3
  • Leash Radius Buffer: 50
  • Movement Speed Slow: 15%/30%/45%
  • Creep Duration: 50%
  • Description: Grimstroke binds an enemy hero to its nearest allied hero in range, preventing each from moving away from the other. Unit-targeted spells that hit either hero affect both. If the bind is broken before it expires, the initial target will again be bound to its nearest allied hero in range

Strategic Combos


First Skill – Stroke of Fate

  • Magnus’s Fourth Skill (Reverse Polarity) *
  • Jakiro’s Second Skill (Ice Path) *
  • Elder Titan’s Fourth Skill (Earth Splitter) *
  • Sand King’s First Skill (Burrowstrike)
  • Enigma’s Fourth Skill (Black Hole) *
  • Dark Seer’s First Skill (Vacuum)

Second Skill – Phantom’s Embrace

  • Weaver’s First Skill (The Swarm)
  • Use Phantom’s embrace to silence supports

Third Skill – Inks Swell

  • Use inks swell to buff up carries
  • Use dagger successfully hit multiple targets
  • Tiny’s Second Skill (Toss)
  • Sven’s First Skill (Storm Hammer)

Fourth Skill – Soulbind

  • Lina’s Fourth Skill (Laguna blade)
  • Lion’s Fourth Skill (Finger of Death)
  • Bane’s Fourth Skill (Nightmare)
  • Dragon Knight’s Second Skills (Dragon Tail)
  • Tinker’s First Skill (Laser Beam)
  • Dagon
  • Any Targeted Spells

Counter Picks


Weak Points

  • Heroes with quick mobility skills like Anti-magi, Morphling, Queen of Pain & Storm Spirit will unable Grimstroke to effectively use Soulbind.
  • Naix will prove problematic to Grimstroke due to its spell immunity skill Rage.
  • Grimstroke’s Soulbind can be easily counter using force staff.

Strong Points

  • Stroke of fate can instantly wipe-out Broodmother’s spiders.
  • Ink Swell will be an effective escape mechanism to Broomother’s incapacitating bite.
  • Phantom’s embrace can be a very effective way to disrupt Crystal Maiden’s Freezing field.
  • Ink Swell is an effective counterspell to Legion Commander’s duel as this will prevent any damages caused by the attack.

Important Take Away

  • Most of Grimstroke’s spells are dodgeable.
  • Grimstroke’s Phantom’s embrace can be a very effective counterspell to powerful spells like Fiend’s Grip, Dismember & Freezing field due to its relatively long cast range.
  • Ink Swell can be a very effective escape mechanism, especially against melee heroes.
  • Use Stroke of Fate to farm.

Note: This guide will be updated based on Grimstroke’s actual performance. A study will be conducted to better understand the hero’s role in the game and discover new combos & techniques. You can also post suggestions on the comment sections of this article.

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5 Golden Rules for a Dota 2 Support to Maintain an above 60% Win Rate (Dota 2 Support Guide 2018)

On the early part of the game, carries can’t usually project the force needed to dominate the game. During this stage, the support has the most opportunity to control the game depending on its techniques & strategies.

However, on public games, supports are the most underrated role as most players can’t see the importance of controlling the early part of the game. Here are 5 very important rules for a support to remember in order to maximize its impact on the game.


A support needs to Farm

An observer ward, a blink dagger & a spirit vessel will cost a support 5300 of golds. And where does a support gets this amount of gold in a short period of time? – by farming. Yes, a support needs to farm.

Without these important items, sometimes a support is virtually useless. Every support needs a blink dagger to be able to move with speed in the map. Wards, especially sentry wards are very important in order to get the upper hand in the aspect of intelligence warfare.

In order to influence the game and provide sufficient pressure on the map, a support needs to have the right items – and they need it ASAP.


Supports Protect five lives, including his own

Supports don’t have the luxury to buy expensive defensive items. This makes supports an easy target due to its relatively low armor. Sometimes, a support needs to make clutch plays in order to save lives.

However, sacrificing too much will make the opposing team grow in net-worth as every death of a support means additional gold for them. That is why protecting the support’s life is also important to avoid feeding up the enemies.

Another reason why a support needs to take care of himself is to provide protection to the farming carries. During the early part of the game, carries need to be protected at all times to make sure that they’ll get the resources they needed to dominate the game.


Supports Can take over a Game

Yes, a support needs to be aggressive and decisive. If an opportunity to kill is on-sight, a support needs to grab it. Even if it needs to do it on a consecutive basis.

Supports have the most opportunity to inflict huge damage and achieve a high volume of kills during the early part of the game. There will times in the game that the carry will be unable to fight, it is during these moments that a support needs to make the right decision & it had to do it fast.

dota 2 importance of wards

A play from a support during a tight game is very important to increase the chances of winning. Sometimes, a clutch play from a support is all that is needed to bring home a championship.


The support should be the most decisive member of the Team

There are times when the game is on the line, and a support will have to face the choice of whether to defend the base or to help the pushing units. It is during this time where the support’s decision-making skill is put to the test.

Without experience and the right skills, a support will have a hard time making decisions during a high-stress situation. That is why supports are sometimes the most experienced member of the team.

Having the right experience helps a support become an effective decision maker.


Supports needs to be a Leader

Of all the roles in Dota 2, it is the support that is the most qualified to be the leader. A support not only provides the technical resources needed to win the game (wards, heals, buffs), but also, a support needs to provide the emotional boost needed by the entire team.

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Support also has an overall view of the situation, which makes them the best source of intelligence during the battle. That is why carries have to listen and trust their supports in order to make the best move.

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5 Dota 2 Play Adjustments to Increase your MMR by 1000 in One Month

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Playing 2 – 3 games on a day?

Do you belong to these ranks?

Dota 2 Ranks 1st 3

This post is for you, (and your friend with the same rank as you.)

The play tips are from my Years & Years & Years of experience playing the game. However, even if you apply all of these tips, I can’t guarantee you that you’ll become an Archon in a month. However, applying these tips (with discipline) should increase your winning rate by of 30 to 40%, assuming you’re playing 2-3 games a day.

Let’s start.


Want to lose a Game? Don’t bring TP Scrolls

TP or TPS (Tower Portal Scrolls) – You can tell, 100% of the time if a player is a cancer or a pro by just looking at their inventory items. A support, or an off-laner should always have at-least one TP in order to influence the battle especially on the early part of the game.

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TP enables timing rotations & force movement. Without this item, it is impossible to counter-balance the movement of the enemies. With TP, you will be able to react faster and provide support to your allies by teleporting immediately during an attack on the other lanes.

TP also gives you extra escape capabilities. A very good example is when Viper is attacking you and you have no way to go, you can just easily TP out. Teleport is one of the best ways to escape from an enemy hero who does not have any channel canceling spells like stuns and hex.


Wards Really do Save Lives

Yup, wards is what keeps a team from completely falling apart. It prevents ambush and lets your carry farm faster and with confidence in the jungles. With wards, you will know the movement of the enemy and pre-planned a defensive move.

dota 2 importance of wards

However, don’t be fooled to the idea that if you’re consistently warding, you will completely protect your team. Even if wards exist in multiple locations, an ally who DOES NOT LOOK the map will still be vulnerable to attacks. That is why wards are useless if you’re playing with a bunch of newbies.


Use High Ground to your Advantage

In every battle, whether it’s on a real battlefield or a video game, high grounds will always give an advantage. High grounds enables you to see the enemy before the enemy sees you. Here’s a good example of an enemy trying to go high ground.

dota 2 high ground attack

High grounds are especially dangerous for supports trying to place wards on enemy territories, that is why using a smoke of deceit can help you detect if there are enemies watching from above.


Watch out for the Choke Areas

Choke areas are areas on the map where the passage is too narrow for multiple units to pass. Here are examples of choke areas.

dota 2 map choke areas

It is here in these areas that the enemies will have a chance of hitting multiple heroes with one spell as this will force the pursuing or attacking enemies to stick closely. This is what exactly King Leonidas did when he tried to stop the marching army of the Persian Empire.

narrow passag dota 2

If you’re not a Tanky, DON’T TANK

Yup, this is one of the most common newbie mistakes. The lack of patience to wait for the right timing to enter and attack put your hero to a position where you will be forced to absorb a huge volume of attacks from the enemies.

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This is especially important for heroes with relatively low HP & armor. The habit of waiting when to attack forward is not easy to master. It will require discipline in observing the map, and discipline to perfectly timed an attack.


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