The online strategy game “Dota 2″ is not easy to master for beginners, as it has a very steep learning curve. We have therefore collected the best tips for newbies.

Tip 1: Play DotA 2 Tutorial

First, play the tutorial missions. There you will get to know the basic game mechanics, rules, and the interface. The introduction is especially for complete newcomers of the genre. But even if you previously played, for example, League of Legends, the tutorial is recommended because Dota 2 has many peculiarities. The tutorial consists of two parts:
First, learn the controls and basics of the game.

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Afterwards you play several rounds against bots with other beginners, then against other beginners. You choose from the “Limited Heroes”. This is a selection of 20 entry-friendly heroes.

Tip 2: Do not rush

Continue to play after the tutorial only with the “Limited Heroes”. Only if you feel reasonably safe, you should switch to “All Pick”, i.e. to the complete hero selection. Because there are some heroes who can cause you many problems at the beginning in Dota 2, for example Invoker with his multiple spells.

Tip 3: Play your hero according to his role

Basically, the heroes can be divided into two categories:

The “carry” gets stronger the longer the game lasts and the more gold and levels he/she gets. With your carry, you can deals tons of damage. Example of a typical (and easy to play beginner) carry is the Drow Ranger.

The “supporter” supports in the team have special abilities, such as life regeneration or stunning an opponent. Unlike the carry, they do not do much damage, and also need less gold to become effective in the game. A simple beginner supporter, for example, is the Witch Doctor.

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There are also the roles of jungler and the initiator. These are not relevant for beginners, as they require certain experience to play. So play with the hero that you are most comfortable with.

Tip 4: Use hero builds in DotA

Many players, including professional gamers, provide their builds. A build consists of two parts: the distribution of the level points and the in-game items. Follow the builds at the beginning, as this will surely teach you how to play the hero effectively at the beginning.

Last minute Tips for the Successful DotA Start

These tips might also help you:

  • If you want to try a new hero, do it in a game against bots. So you do not annoy other players, if you can not handle the hero.
  • Think before you act. Does it really make sense to defend the first tower alone against four opposing players?
  • In the “Library” you will find information about all the heroes that exist in Dota 2. There, among other things, all the skills of a hero including demo video are listed. Keep browsing and learn while waiting for the next game.