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Effects of Playing Computer Games for Long Hours to Human Health

In a fast-changing world where technology has advanced drastically than it has ever been, social media, online games, and e-games have been widespread.

We live in today’s world wherein most individuals seem to be more present in the virtual world than they are on the real world, wherein social media shapes the reality of most individuals, and wherein online gaming or e-gaming have been given adamant focus, priority, and time.

Electronic games or e-games is a generic term for any amusement or recreation using a stand-alone video game, desktop computer or the Internet with one or more players.

In the age where people get attached with their devices or so they liked to be called as “millennials”, (a generation which is a group of people who were born approximately in 1984), more and more people are becoming either slaves of the technology or devotees of the current online or e-gaming trends.

Rise of esports

Online games have become a trend, and a worldwide phenomenon that it hits like a domino. Mobile Legends, PUBG (PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds), Counter Strike, DOTA, and DOTA 2, are just some of the few games that are so famous they became household names to the gamers.

As a matter of fact, The Filipino Gamer claimed that in 2017, there would be 29.9 million gamers in the Philippines, spending a total of $354 million. This makes the Philippines number 29 worldwide in terms of game revenues.

Survey also shows that 48% of the gamers’ populace were females. Hence, a large slice of the Philippine population are gamers and to keep in mind, these statistical numbers were only true way back in 2017.

As more and more online or e-games are given birth to each year, chances are, more and more people, avid fans or novices to computer games, are going to be drawn to it.

As aforementioned, online games have become so phenomenal that the Department of Education even asked to consider e-games specifically Mobile Legends and DOTA as one of the games in Palarong Pambansa.

Considering that DOTA hosts a world championship game with a prize of more than $8.5 million, online gamers are not only dedicating their time in playing these games for recreational purposes but also spending a huge amount of time to not just maintain a status but become experts so that they may be able to join local DOTA championship games and eventually the world championship games.

Accordingly, these games are very time-consuming and addicting as they are designed that way.

Cons of Gaming

Addiction is defined as a disease in which a person finds themselves unable to stop using a substance or engaging in a behavior.

In fact, survey shows that video gamers spend an average of 5.96 hours each week playing games. 20.1 percent play for an hour or less each week. 36.2 percent play between one and four hours each week.

26.8 percent play seven or more hours. However, the most alarming video game addiction statistics shows that the average length of time spent playing video games was 20 hours per week. An estimated nine percent of the 3,034 participants in the study showed signs of video game addiction.

As computer games are designed to be addictive, there are games on the other hand, that encourage development and improvement on cognitive operations. By playing it, gamers get a number of benefits even not realizing actually that it happens.

The boons are namely the motivation or it being used as a leverage, enables activity of the brain, hand and eye coordination, improved motor skills, improved memory, math and reading skills, quick thinking and decision making, improved concentration, improving problem-solving skills, experimenting with aspects of individual identity, bringing up perseverance, accuracy, and logic, and development of teamwork and cooperation skills.

Although the positive aspects of playing computer games mentioned above are quite convincing, still, behind the pleasure and favors that these highly addictive games give to each gamer is the issue of human health.

As everything in this world yields a pro and a con, the worst con there could ever possibly be is health. As health is wealth and as supported by the popular adage “Too much of everything is not good”, having spent too much time, attention, priority, and focus on computer games, these are just some of the negative consequences of it:

  • Lack of time for more important activities like studying or outdoor games. When gamers dedicate much time to games, they do not have time for other activities. Even college assignments lose priority if an important battle is planned in the evening. That results in poor grades and academic problems. Moreover, such gamers do not go for a walk and exhaust their organisms sitting in front of the screen.
  • Addiction. One of the most serious problems connected with online games is an addiction. People become obsessed with the virtual world, lose a sense of reality and spend all their time on playing. Most often it concerns gambling, online casinos but simulations and other games may be dangerous too. If a person can be easily influenced, the probability of him/her to get addicted is much higher. Addiction is a serious psychological problem that requires treatment so it must be timely detected.
  • Aggressive behavior. Many gamers are so influenced by games they play online that they transfer their virtual characters into reality. They get used to solving problems as their nasty heroes and this aggressive behavior becomes a customary thing for them. Such bursts of aggressiveness should be eliminated immediately or they might grow into a habit.
  • Isolation from society. The online world is an opportunity to get away from real problems and gamers facing many troubles in studying find this sense of freedom in games. They become so involved in playing that lose a sense of reality and become isolated from society. That results in the absence of friends, inability to solve real problems, communicate and be a member of the society.
  • Detrimental influence on health. Sitting in front of the computer, tablet or mobile screen is incredibly detrimental to gamers’ health. First of all, there is a negative influence on eye-sight that is in a constant tension. Sometimes, it is necessary to wear headphones all the time, so ears are under pressure as well. Secondly, it is the body position. A sitting or lying position influences negatively on one’s back and neck and if one does not change it regularly, it may result in health troubles.

Additionally, some of the effects of playing computer games to human health include:

Emotional Health

  • Feelings of restlessness and/or irritability when unable to play
  • Preoccupation with thoughts of previous online activity or anticipation of the next online session
  • Lying to friends or family members regarding the amount of time spent playing
  • Auditory hallucinations – a form of hallucination that involves perceiving sounds without auditory stimulus

Physical Health

  • Fatigue
  • Migraines due to intense concentration or eye strain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome caused by the overuse of a controller or computer mouse
  • Poor personal hygiene
  • Wrist Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Elbow Pain

Aside from these health issues, computer game addiction can also relay short-term and long-term effects to a gamer’s well-being. Comparable to any other compulsive disorder, computer game addiction can have severe negative consequences.

Though most of the symptoms listed above have short-term effects, they can lead to more severe long-term repercussions if not addressed properly. For example, someone addicted to video games will often avoid sleeping or eating proper meals in order to continue gaming.

While the short-term effects of this may include hunger and fatigue, it could eventually lead to a sleep disorder or diet-related health issues. Similarly, those who isolate themselves from others in order to play video games may miss out on family events, outings with friends, or other events in the short-term. If this continues to be a pattern for a long period of time, however, addicts might find themselves without any friends at all.

Other long-term effects of video game addiction to consider are the financial, academic and occupational consequences involved. Video games and video game equipment can be very expensive, especially when factoring in recurring costs such as the high-speed Internet connection required for online multiplayer games. These games can also be very time-consuming, leaving addicted gamers with less time to focus on their education or career.

As a conclusion, online games are incredibly popular among the different countries of the world especially teens who seek new emotions in the virtual reality. They take a big amount of their time as it is a perfect way to get rid of stresses, exhausting assignments, and annoying roommates. With this, there is nothing wrong with treating one’s self with something s/he can be happy with may it come to be a form of a person, a food, gadgets, social media, or even computer games.

Recreation, being an activity done for enjoyment when one is not working, is one of the few things an individual can do to break free every once in a while. However, there is a fine line between enjoyment and abuse and a fine line between recreational activities and addiction.

As the famous maxim says “Too much of everything is not good”, with that being said, one owes it to one’s self to be disciplined most especially if one’s well-being is already affected. Pleasure is not pleasure anymore when what lies in exchange for having fun is a risk of one’s own health.

All of these thoughts can simply be put in one question: “Is it still having fun when your health is on the line?” Well, as what Ms. Universe 2018 Catriona Gray would answer it “[Everything] is okay as long as in moderation”. Therefore, it is important to schedule one’s time of playing computer games or negative consequences will outweigh all the benefits greatly.

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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.

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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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One Simple Strategy to Dominate the Game with Sven’s God Strength

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Initiator, Nuker, Durable, Carry, Disabler,- Sven is probably one of Dota 2’s most powerful heroes, considering his ability to wipe out 5 heroes in just 2 or 3 attacks.

Sven is relatively easy to use & one of the best type of heroes for newbies. However, there are still many players, especially on the lower ranks who does not know how to maximize Sven’s firepower.

In this short tutorial, I will teach you how to effectively send Sven’s monstrous damage to the enemies. If you will apply this tip, you will be able to increase your average kills with Sven by 5 to 7. Here’s how to do it.


1. Identify the Blind Spots

Blind spots are the areas in the map where your enemies do not have vision. See the image below,

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Before activating Sven’s god strength, be sure that your location should be somewhere around these areas to make sure that your target will not be able to see you activating the god strength and preparing for an attack.

All Dota 2 players know that if Sven activates the god’s strength if you don’t have any escape mechanism, it’s either a run or a hide, no one wants to stand head to head with an angry Sven.

2. Reassess your effective Range

The next step to ensure an effective attack is by assessing your effective range. The effective range is the distance which you can effectively deliver an attack. If you’re using a dagger with Sven, be sure that the dagger’s range will reach your target if you decide to jump in and attack.

Remember however that you can’t see the observer wards, identifying the enemy’s blind spots requires practice & experience. It is here where most high ranking players have the advantage over newbies.

3. Release the Fire Power

After identifying the enemy’s blind spots & activating all the necessary spells (god’s strength, Black King Bar, warcry & madness), the next step is to deliver the blow. Always keep in mind the target’s escape mechanism and armor. To effective kill an enemy, be sure to target those with low hp and with no escape mechanism.

4. Chase down!

Sometimes, a target will survive Sven’s attack after the stun is gone, in the event like this, always try to chase down the escaping target. You will have a good chance of killing the target since Sven’s stun will finish its cool-down along with the dagger. However, be sure that you have enough time for the pursuit to be successful until the reinforcement arrives.


Sven can release a very powerful attack that can literally wipe out an entire team for just 2 or 3 attacks. Using this hero effectively can significantly increase the chances of winning the game. However, skills like blind spot identification & range awareness are vital to effectively deliver Sven’s powerful attacks.

Another important factor to remember when using this hero is the target’s defense capabilities.

  • Does your target have escape mechanisms?
  • Does your target have the ability to go invisible?
  • Does your target have enough HP & armor to withstand a full blast attack?

All of these things should be consider before attacking an enemy, and in the real game, you will have to answer all of these questions in a fraction of a second. Speed is vital to any battle. Without speed, you can’t deliver an effective blow, you can’t dodge or prevent an attack. Speed, however, can be improved by practice.

So the next time your use Sven, remember to

  1. Activate god’s strength, black king bar, madness & warcry on a blind spot
  2. Assess your effective range (the range in which you can deliver the attack)
  3. If the target survives, remember that you still have dagger & storm hammer on a cool-down.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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