06 Sep, 2017

The Ultimate Dota 2 Guide: How To Be A Better Player

Have you ever wondered what makes you different from the professional Dota 2 players? Have you ever thought what makes the best Dota 2 players the best? Well, if you have, then look no further as we bring you one of the most comprehensive Dota 2 guides out there.

Whether it is the micro skills you want to work on or your gaming sense, we have got you covered. Check out the guide below and become a better overall Dota 2 player.

A game like Dota 2 takes into account both the physical and mental skill of a player. In order to become a better Dota 2 player in general, one needs to first master a mental skill before moving onto improving his/her physical skill. So, the first section of this guide focuses on just that.

Being a better Dota 2 player means becoming a prime example of the perfect player, one who communicates, is aware of what’s happening and most importantly, one who does not ruin the Dota 2 experience for others.

We all know that there are times when a Dota 2 match can get on your nerves. At times when you get matched up with players who are considered toxic. But, what we have learned from our countless hours playing Dota 2, the best way to get away from such instances is to maintain a positive attitude towards the game. We’ll touch on this topic in the detail, a bit later.

We believe, to become a better overall player, one must work on himself first before doing anything else. Being patient and friendly are two of the most important aspects that require an individual player to appreciate other players while abstaining oneself from using foul language

Not many Dota 2 players know, but Valve does in fact award players for keeping their cool. According to Valve, there is a system in play which is called Player Behavior that like the MMR system, matches players accordingly.

If a player has a high Player Behavior score, he will be matched with players of equal or higher scores. And conversely, players with a low score will be matched with players of equal or lower Player Behavior scores. As a result, for one to get better at Dota 2, it is necessary to maintain his/her Player Behavior score. Only then will you find matches with players that play as a team.

However, since this is somewhat of a secret system, getting to know your Player Behavior is a little complicated. But worry not as we have you covered. To check your Player Behavior score, you must first head over to the game’s options and turn the console on.

Now open up the console by pressing the “\” key and type in developer 1. After that type in “dota_game_account_debug” and press Enter. As soon so you initiate the command, a list of different account details will pop up. In these details, look out for “playerbehavior_score_last_report” which will be followed by a number. That number is your Player Behavior score.

What does this number mean? Well, this score relates to how Dota 2 players rate you in terms of your behavior. Remember, the higher the score, the better Dota 2 player you are. The score ranges from 1 to 10,000. For a more detailed analysis, check out the behavior score ranking below:

Player Score Player Category
1 – 4999 Toxic
5000 – 5999 Bad
6000 – 6999 Average
7000 – 7900 Okay
8000 – 8999 Good
9000 – 9999 Amazing

Now that you know what this score means, you might be wondering how you can improve it. Well, this is where things get a little tricky. Unlike the MMR system where the adjustments are the same for both, a win or a loss; the player behavior score is quite ruthless as the negative changes are far greater than the positive ones. However, since the details regarding this system have not been officially announced, these are just speculations.

According to a few sources that have mentioned about the Player Behavior Score, the score gets affected by three features: Abandonment, Commends, and Reports. For details on how these three features affect your score, check out the list below:

Feature Change
Commend +100 Points
Report -500 Points
Abandon -1000 Points

As a result, gaining your Player Behavior Score is far more difficult than increasing your MMR. Hence, you should be careful while playing, try to not tilt or abuse anyone as getting reported from all of your teammates can negatively affect your score by 2000 points – and that too from just one bad game. This, in turn, will end you up in the toxic players’ bracket, from where coming back can be quite a challenge.

Dota 2 is an online game with millions of players scattered all around the world. As a result, there are bound to be differences in races, cultures, languages etc. That being said, Valve has a few features in play that can help you better communicate with other players, like the Chat Wheel.

The Chat Wheel is an in-game feature which allows players to communicate without having to type or speak. The wheel features pre-made commands that are used by players from all over the world. This includes commands like Get Back, Careful, Missing and a lot more. Therefore, if one ends in a game where it is difficult to understand what is being said, the Chat Wheel is the best tool for it.

Furthermore, there are games where even the Chat Wheel is of no use. In games where you get matched with players who are just so toxic that communicating with them, can only ruin your game further. This is where Valve’s Mute feature comes in handy.

As a result, anytime you think that your teammates or the players you are playing against are becoming toxic or abusive, simply mute them. After which you can concentrate on playing your own game. Though winning at that point is quite impossible but at least you won’t end up in a bad mood at the end of it all.

This is something the majority of the players don’t understand. Dota 2 is a team-based game where winning is only possible when you play as a team. Though solo play can get you a few wins here and there, playing as a team is effective most of the time.

To become a better Dota 2 player, we would advise you to either play with friends or communicate with your teammates regarding what to pick and do. Do keep in mind though, in the later stages, you might have to sacrifice your preferred play style as your pick depends on the team.

This may sound like a cliché but for a game like Dota 2, practice does make you better. However, practicing in Dota 2 is a little different. In Dota 2, if you wish to get better, you have to practice but with the role in mind. Practicing at random is usually pointless.

Just look at the pros. Every professional Dota 2 player has a designated role and that’s what they practice in. A support player only works on his supporting characters with which he is most comfortable with. Just like them, if you wish to get better at Dota 2, we would advise you to first see what role you are best at.

Once you are done with that, choose a few heroes do you best play that specific role with and then practice only with those heroes. For instance, if you love to be a roaming support and are good with heroes like Mirana, Bounty Hunter and let’s say Rubick, then stick to only those heroes and practice with them only.


We all know how addictive Dota 2 is. No matter if you are winning or losing, one doesn’t stop playing. If someone is on a winning streak, he/she continues playing since they are winning. On the other hand, if one is on a losing streak, he/she still continues to play on in hopes of getting out of that streak. It’s quite weird but this is how much draining Dota 2 is.

What players don’t understand is that with every continuous game, your concentration declines due to fatigue. As a result, if one is on a winning streak, it would last if they play more and more as with every game they will feel more tired which will affect their game greatly.

Furthermore, the same holds true for players on a losing streak. If someone is losing continuously, they will continue to do so as with every game and they’ll get more and more frustrated. As a result, we believe the best thing to do to get out of the losing streak cycle is to go and rest up. However, there are times when one does feel sleepy at all. So, for those specific times, you know who to call.

Taking breaks between games can greatly affect how a game goes on. So, after every game, we would recommend you go have something to eat, get refreshed and then continue on with annihilating your enemies.

At the end of the day, keep in mind that Dota 2 is just a game. So, play it like one. We know there are times when Dota 2 feels like it’s everything (Ranked Matches) but it’s still a game. And we guarantee that if you play it as one, you’ll have more fun and as a result, you’ll win more. Having fun doesn’t mean you start trolling your teammates and turn towards the dark side. By having fun, we mean play like it’s a game and not a matter of life or death.

Stay tuned for more Dota 2 guides are on your way. Till then, comment below and let us know what you think of this part of our guide. What do you want to see in the future? What’s missing? Let us know and hopefully, in the guides to come, we’ll cover everything you need.


The Ultimate Dota 2 Guide: How To Be A Better Player

Unlike Professional Dota 2 players, Dani is toxic, aggressive and has zero gaming sense. But, his timely puns make up for everything. He has been playing Dota 2 since it was in its early access stage. And when he’s not, he spends his time writing about it. Follow me on Twitter @DaniAlamKhan

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