I’d like to share this to everyone because maybe some people may also learn from my lessons. After 5 years of playing this game, I knew the game well enough to determine the winning formulas for most DotA games. This was the product of both my passion for the game and hardwork to build a good DotA team.

Here are the best lessons I learned to improve my Dota game:

Never rush things

    This is the most important thing I’ve learned that made me have a better DotA game. I was used into rushing. Rushing to push, rushing to gank, rushing to kill, resulting to rushing to the tavern and wait for my respawn. I was so impatient before that I even get pissed if my team mates are still farming. I want action and I want to dominate the game as early as 10 minutes. My impatience caused a lot of defeats. I always end up under leveled and I never had the chance to farm luxury items.

Never skip basic items

    I was used into playing lina in pub games where I always dominate by buying dagger before boots or other basic items. I would gank alone with my combo and go back to the fountain. Then gank again. It was pub game where my opponents would be troll mortred etc. When it comes to facing opponents with perfect team play, while Lina would be farming her dagger, the team may already be dominating and you are already feeding because of skipping the basics. Always remember to win at your lane.

Keeping my eyes on the mini-map

    Looking at the mini map often made me quicker to respond. Once I see a red dot charging towards my team mates, I’ll sure be there to back them up and turn the gank into our advantage. Thus when, opponents are not seen on the mini map, I can decide to either search for them or to play safe because a gank may be coming. My reactions become quicker because of having the habit of keeping my eyes on the mini map.

Don’t hesitate to buy wards

    Observer wards became my favorite item in this game because of its ability to give me a lot of ‘W’. Observer wards are saviors of my hero’s life. They also serves as an offensive tool for searching and trapping opponents. Before, I didn’t want to buy wards because I feel like I’ll be delayed in my items. I realized that my death costs more money than wards. If I bought wards, I’ll be safe and I wont lose farming time.

Early Sentry/Dust/Gem

    Don’t wait for anybody to buy this for you. Most invisible heroes have low hp and it is a waste if you don’t abuse their big disadvantage. Buy sentry/dust and kill them. Buy gem if you are confident enough that you wont die. Not killing invisible heroes early game will make them farm deadly items to finish you off on the latter part of the game. You’ll lose and all your efforts will all be wasted if you don’t take the initiative to buy these items.

Trash Talk

    It’s not the trash talking that you make to quarrel your opponents. This trash talk is useful if you are playing on lan. Trash talk serves two things. First, it gives confidence to your team mates. I tested this a lot of times. My team mates played better when I trash talk. They become more calm and they can think better. 2nd thing, you can psych out your opponents when you trash talk. This will test their mental toughness. If they are affected by your trash talks, their game will greatly be affected.

Read Hero Guides

    • I don’t have hero guides here yet. I recommend

dotafire.com

    •  or

playdota.com

     for this. They have good authors that give hero guides on their favorite heroes. They give detailed information on the do’s and don’ts, item and skill build, strategy early to late game etc. After reading, apply them in your game and apply your original creativity. It will make you play the hero better.

Have enough time to play desired hero to be mastered

    • Have you ever wondered why your game is not as good as your other games playing different hero? Improving your game also comes from improving on how to use a hero. That’s the reason why there are DotA-hero-guides spreading in the internet.

 

    • Playing a hero for 2 to 3 days will make you comfortable with the hero you want to master, you’ll experience different things that may happen in real games making you prepared for them, and you’ll know different strategies that will assure success in using that hero.

 

    • I played chen not only for 3 days but for 3 months. It’s because I was still a newbie that time (my 1st year of playing DotA) who was used to playing carry. I discovered that Chen is the most used hero by professional teams that time. I don’t want to demand this boring practice to any of my team mate so I switched my role to support and practiced Chen for months. Whenever they see Chen, he is like my twin already for I’m the first person to be in their minds. Good Chen players were always behind me laughing at how I micro my creeps. After 3 months of practice our team evolves from a noob team to a feared team in tournaments. Chen gave me a lot of Championship awards. You don’t need 3 months because I assume you already have more experience in competitive games than I had before.

 

    • Always play against better players

 

    • You’ll lose. So, what? If you’re not too big to handle criticisms, you’re to small to be praised. Playing against better players will make you realize your flaws and the things needed to be adjusted on your game. You’ll also be inspired to surpass his skills, if you are optimistic enough (which you need to be).

 

    We always lost before. I even offer free games for good teams to play with us. I lost my money and I still lost the game but I’d still invite them to play with us again. The feeling is not so good when losing but what happened was we leveled up. We watched our replay against them. We discovered their strategies and we formulated our own better than them. The time came when nobody can beat us anymore here in our place even the team we paying for. It’s like a business. Investment and hard work first, then success will follow.

Watch Professional Replays

    To improve more in playing certain heroes watch professional players play it. Use them as inspirations to your game in playing the certain hero.

Watch professional replays and imagine that you are one of the players

    • This is a trick that will also make you improve quickly. Rather than having a “Wow, he’s so good!” mindset, think of it this way “I am this Shadow Fiend I am watching. This is my replay. I am currently farming and harassing at the same time. There might be gankers nearby, I should hide first.” etc.

 

    • The point is you have to feel that you are the one who played that hero you’re watching because this is the quickest way you could be playing like the real player. He may be Yaphets, Yamateh, 2009, or other great Shadow Fiend players but you should be the player in your imagination while watching the replay.

 

    I’ve done this so many times and from my experience, after watching replays of good supports or gankers like 820, NS, and my favorite Vigoss, my decision making in that aspect of game (supporting) improved a lot. What happens is their experiences became my own experience. When they fail, I also failed so I know what to do next time. When they succeed, I also succeed so I knew what works. I don’t have to play against popular teams to experience playing against them because I already did with this technique.

Make it a hobby to watch your own replays

    • Don’t just say “Yeah! I won time to go!” or “Damn it! I lost”. Youre won or lost games should all be watched. If you’re aiming for perfection in your game you shouldn’t be lazy to check out what are the errors you’ve done that needs to be corrected. May it be a simple last hitting problem or a huge turning point problem that caused your whole team to lose, you should be aware of the things you’re not doing right for you to be able to correct them.

 

    • In team games, is very critical it is very critical to watch your replays. Almost every game there are failed executed combo. Sometimes you just won because the opposing team isn’t that experienced yet but you still have someone dying. Yes it’s not that easy to have a complete 5-0 sweep clash if you’re facing good teams but there might be ways to make it happen. There might be a need to tweak your strategy or lineup.

 

    I was lazy to watch my replays before but when I did, I discovered 1000 gallons of mistakes I was making. It was only then I changed it. After having a hobby of watching most of my replays after playing, I was amazed with my own improvement. If I only opened my mind earlier and have already done own replay watching session, I could have improved 2 years earlier but I’m not regretting any of my experiences. I learned from all of them.

Always Play Against Better Players

    • You’ll lose. So, what? If you’re not too big to handle criticisms, you’re to small to be praised. Playing against better players will make you realize your flaws and the things needed to be adjusted on your game. You’ll also be inspired to surpass his skills, if you are optimistic enough (which you need to be).

 

    • We always lost before. I even offer free games for good teams to play with us. I lost my money and I still lost the game but I’d still invite them to play with us again. The feeling is not so good when losing but what happened was we leveled up. We watched our replay against them. We discovered their strategies and we formulated our own better than them. The time came when nobody can beat us anymore here in our place even the team we paying for. It’s like a business. Investment and hard work first, then success will follow.

 

    Fight against players who inspire you. Never have the quest “search for the noob”. Don’t play against weaker players just to make you feel good. If you really want to improve, beat players who are on top of you.

Close your eyes and do this

    • Close your eyes. Think of what you want to achieve (may it be DotA or not *this is effective*)… Then if you have already thought of what you want to be, imagine that you are that person right now. Make your imagination realistic with all the specific elements included in your background. Relax and imagine you are that successful person you want to be. Believe it’s happening now. After imagining your goals, open your eyes and believe that it really happened. It’s a part of your experiences because you are already that successful person you want to be right now.

 

    This exercise I made you to do is important because I want you to develop your confidence and optimism. You’ll have more success if you’re going to believe in it because your mind will develop a positive aura that makes you do everything to achieve your goal.

 

Source: Dotafire.com