In this Dota 2 Guide for 2023, we'll prepare you for the new year of Dota 2 with a host of tips and tricks to help you improve your rank.
People who are interested in this game will always try to get as much MMR as possible. Unsurprisingly, this is not as easy as it seems, so you need to know what you're doing to be successful.
Since it is time for most people to make their New Year's resolutions, we have provided you with some of the most important things you need to know before you start playing Dota 2 in 2023. Some of the things you are about to see may sound familiar, but you may learn a thing or two that will help you reach your desired MMR. Sadly, climbing the bracket is becoming harder every year because people are getting better. That said, those who know what to do will eventually get there.
Analyze the top PUB heroes and how they work
Regardless of the MMR bracket that you are in, one of the first things you have to do before you start playing is to check which are the hottest heroes in the game. After you go through the win rating, it is essential to make sure that you're familiar with the correct item build. As you know, Dota 2 is a game where everything is possible, so we need to know what you do in order to be successful in the given meta.
For example, Razor with Bloodstone is one of the hottest options in patch 7.32d, but this might not be the case in the future. That's why it's really important to keep an eye on everything and make sure you adapt to the situation and the patch.
One of the essential things to know is that some heroes are better in certain brackets than others. For example, playing Pudge in the lower MMR brackets will give you a better value than doing the same thing in the Immortal MMR group. Of course, there are exceptions because some of the best heroes in the given meta will work really well in every bracket.
Try tilting your opponents
Everyone who's been playing Dota 2 for a while knows that this game has tons of ragers. Needless to say, you have to do everything in your power not to become one of them. That said, you can use this to your advantage and try to tilt your opponents when playing against them.
There are all kinds of things you can do to upset your opponents. For example, many people pick really annoying heroes that are hard to deal with. You can also spam the chat wheel, and emotes, tip them, and do all kinds of other things.
Even though being annoying is not something that everyone is good at, this may have a positive effect on your overall win rate. Once your enemies are upset, it will be really easy for you to take advantage of them and win the game.
Pick heroes that can work together without the need to communicate
Everyone knows that Dota 2 offers players tons of different combos to choose from. Some of them are awesome and easy to use, whereas others are much more complex and require good synergy. Needless to say, you should focus on the combos that are easy to pull off. Doing this will allow you to be way more efficient and win more games than usual.
There are all sorts of combos that you can try out. For example, some people use Magnus and any melee carry. Of course, you can also bet on the popular big ultimate combos, such as the ones between Enigma and Tidehunter, Shadow Fiend and Magnus, and so on.
Dota 2 will allow you to try out loads of other combos, but not all of them are that good when you come down to PUB games. After all, you will need to rely on your teammates to execute them, which is not always a good idea.
Get items that will win you the game
One of the most important things when it comes down to playing Dota 2, is related to the items you get. Some items are just better than others, no matter the current meta. There are all sorts of examples that you can choose from, so you have to be careful and decide what to pick based on the heroes you have to play against.
For example, you can always get a Scythe of Vyse because this is an item that can work against pretty much any hero in the game. The same applies to Abyssal Blade, an item that carries usually gets in order to counter a specific hero from the enemy’s team.
Of course, you have to be careful because some items are not as good as others. It all depends on the heroes you face, but you can always try to be innovative.
Check the best players in the world and copy them
The last important thing related to playing Dota 2 is watching the best place in action. Thanks to live streaming platforms, it has never been easier to watch the player you like. In fact, even the Dota 2 client itself will allow you to watch some of the highest MMR games.
You may not learn something new, but you can improve while watching the best players in action. Needless to say, most of them will be a higher MMR than you, which means that they probably know a thing or two about the game.
Of course, you have to be careful when copying a given player because the fact that he does something doesn't mean that it will work for you. Be careful and decide whether the given heroes you play and the enemies you have to go up against will allow you to do the same thing.
Lastly, we’d like to remind you that Dota 2 is incredibly fun to play. Whether you win or lose, this is just a game, so be sure to give your best, and you will eventually reach your desired MMR.