Dota 2 is a video game played five-versus-five, five-versus-four, or one-versus-nine, depending on the game mode. The objective of Dota 2 is to gain “MMR” points in order to climb the global scoreboard as high as possible. As your MMR score rises, it will increase your power level and improve the quality of your play.
Your MMR is increased by carrying your team to victory over the enemy team. The player with the most money at the end of the match is considered the winner, so although it’s important to contest the enemy team’s farm, remember to challenge your own teammates for last hits as well, in order to promote a spirit of healthy competition that will push all of you to a higher level of performance.
Team cohesion is a critical factor in Dota 2, which is why it is so important to open the lines of communication as early as possible. At the start of the match, feel free to introduce yourself to your fellow players by saying “hello”, “how’s it going” or “mid”.
Since each player can only ever control one character, it is important for everyone to know exactly what they should be doing at any given time. It is your responsibility as a Dota 2 player to communicate that information to your teammates in a clear and direct fashion over the course of the match, and to correct their mistakes as necessary. Feel free to repeat yourself as often as you like – repetition is a great way to drill the memory of failure into people’s brains.
Finally, bear in mind that Dota 2 is a very difficult game. No matter how hard you try, you will often die dozens of times in a single match. When other players do this, it is called “feeding”. To avoid falling into this trap, simply remind the rest of your team to buy wards every time you die. And if your teammates feed, feel free to report them to the developers in order to discourage bad play.
Thanks for reading, and remember – at the end of the day, Dota 2 is all about having fun, so make sure you win as often as possible.