18 Oct, 2017

The Dota 2 Guide – How To Effectively Increase MMR (Part 2)

Before we get on with the guide, we would highly recommend you to read the first part of our Dota 2 Guide, if you haven’t already done so. We say this because the points we are about to talk about below, are somewhat connected with the ones mentioned in the previous part of the guide.

For those of you, who have already read part one and are in search for more ways to improve upon their Dota 2 game, we bring you some additional tips and tricks for you to help you in your route to raising you MMR.

However, if you want to become a better player in general and are not interested in Ranked Matchmaking, then check out our “How to Become a Better Player” Guide. With that being said, let’s continue on with the second part of our Dota 2 guide.

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Do keep in mind that the points mentioned below are just some ways you can improve on your game. It is not guaranteed that you’ll come out with a sure shot win in the end. But if you make these points into a habit, your chances of winning will improve greatly.

Watch Professional Matches

With the world of Dota 2 expanding every day, more and more tournaments are being held across the world. These tournaments, no matter how big they are, feature some of the best Dota 2 players, competing for not only the prize but also for the Championship titles. As a result, these players come out with some pretty bizarre and unique strategies to get the upper hand over the other team.

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These new builds then later work to make a revamped version of the Meta which allows players like you and I to take advantage of. Thus, watching professional matches is a must if you ever wish to go beyond the 4k MMR mark.

Moreover, by watching these professional Dota 2 players play, one can easily learn how to tame and exploit the game’s most recent Meta. So, if you wish to get better at Dota 2 and see what works and what doesn’t, we advise you to regularly follow a few Dota 2 players who best match your style of play.

Party Up

In Dota 2, matchmaking is divided into two separate groups, one for Solo queuing and the other one for Party queuing with their own dedicated ratings. However, if you are having trouble playing on your own, we would advise you to start playing with people you know.

Party Up

As in a party, you can easily make combos, implement strategies and assign dedicated roles which are very difficult to do when you are playing on your own. Especially if you rank below the 3k MMR mark as most players in this bracket, rarely supports. So, party up, get the hang of things and then later on, when you think you can handle your own, get solo queuing.

Be Versatile

At a glance, Dota 2 might look like your average MOBA with a few complex characters spread out here and there. However, when it comes to Ranked Matchmaking, Dota 2 is like none other. It’s a completely different ball game. It’s the Big League where mistakes can be quite costly.

Be Versatile

You might think that something that works in normal matchmaking, would work in ranked as well. But this is the biggest mistake players tend to make, which results in them losing rating by the bucket load. It’s the complete opposite in ranked as here’s there is no sure shot strategy. You must adapt to the game.

If you have a character or a build in mind whom you wish to play in ranked, then you are lining up for another loss. Keep an eye on heroes that your opponents have picked up, and then make your pick. Once you have made your pick, see which build or item will work best. Countering the enemy team is how you win ranked games.

Be versatile but DO NOT EXPERIMENT. If you don’t know how to play to counter or have no idea which moves to make, ask your teammates to help you out.

Roaming Support is a must

With the ever-changing Meta, newer mechanics have come in to play which previously weren’t that important in the game. In the current Meta, we believe, having one roaming support is a must. Lane supports are a thing of the past.

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For those of you who are unaware of what a roaming support is, let us help you out. A roamer is a support that focuses on gaining map control rather than supporting a single lane. He is the one which stresses on ganking all lanes, trying to pick off enemies where needed. The most common roaming support heroes are Bounty Hunter, Rubick, Crystal Maiden and Mirana.

warding is essential

Keeping the previous point in mind, one of the core mechanics of a support is warding/counter-warding. Apart from being a core mechanics, it is one of the few things in Dota 2 that can change the outcome of the game in a matter of minutes. However, this is what majority of the Dota 2 players don’t understand.

There are games where the enemy team wins the hero draft which ends up with your team to give away kills early on. Therefore, the only way to counter these early kills is by warding off entry points. This allows your carries – the time they need – to escape incoming ganks. Below is a detailed map of where you should plant wards:

warding is essential

If you are supporting, keep in mind, to ward whenever you can. This is because gaining vision is more important than building items on a support. Plus, if you are caught up in a game where there is no clear-cut support. Then we would advise you to take one for the team and sacrifice your items for the wards. In the end, it will work out in your favor.

Objectives

One of the biggest mistakes players make in ranked matchmaking is delaying the game until they are fully farmed. However, what players don’t release is that by doing so, they are giving the enemy team enough time to make their comeback.  And most of the times, the other team does, in fact, bounce back.

Hence, if you wish to win game after game, take objectives as quickly as you can. It is understandable that there are times when taking those final tier 3 towers is a risky business due to the enemy team’s draft.

Objectives

However, for those specific times, switch your focus on the other objectives available, for instance, Roshan and Shrines. This will give you the slight advantage you need to get rid of those annoying defensive heroes. After which you can easily wipe out those pesky little towers and win the game.

Do What Works

The Dota 2 community is infamously cutthroat. As a result, players who do not live up to the expectations, are forced down into what’s called the 2k MMR hell. This is because coming back from there is near impossible. However, no one is perfect, everyone makes mistakes. If you are ever caught up in that 2k hellhole, the only thing you can do to get out is to do whatever you think works. Even if that means spamming your best hero.

Do What Works

We realize that this goes against some of the points mentioned previously, but when it comes to below 3k MMR, the rules change. You must make the best of it. Play your best and try to get out of that bracket as soon as you can.

always room for improvement

With all of these points now clear to you, it’s time for you head back into the game. If everything goes to plan, you reach the MMR you want to, in no time. Before you leave us, we would like to leave you with one last bit of advice. Always remember, “there is always a room for improvement”. Dota 2 is sort of a game that no one ever masters, not even the professionals. It’s better to keep on practicing and hopefully, you’ll be playing against professionals in no time.

That’s it for now. It’s your turn to give us your opinion on what you think of our Dota 2 guide. If there is any other video game, you would like us to do a guide on, do let us know. We will try our best to get back to you as soon as possible, till then, ciao.

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The Dota 2 Guide – How To Effectively Increase MMR (Part 2)
Dani

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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