Dota 2 Tips
Tips and tricks for Valve’s video game sequel to Defense of the Ancients, Dota 2.
1. Arcane Boots disassemble
On many mana dependant heroes you can buy arcane boots early in the game to get a good mana-boost. Later when you want to build into a Bloodstone or Soul booster you can disassemble the item, get the Bloodstone/Soul booster and get some other type of boots (such as boots of travel). This can be a very powerful strategy on heroes giving them a good start with powerful mana boosts and not restricting their later builds.
If you bring around a ring of protection and ring of Regen you can switch from Arcane boots to Tranquil boots if you need a healing or mana boost.
2. Storm Spirit Trap
This trick can be hard to execute but can have a large payoff. As Storm Spirit use ball lightning to travel up to the normally unreachable ledge on the dire side of the river. When an enemy walks near use the electric vortex on the enemy bringing them up on the ledge. Use ball lightning you get off the edge leaving your enemy trapped there! This can be hard to execute but if you know your enemy will try to look for the runes soon you can use it to effectively removing them from the game. Using a ward can allow you to know when an enemy is near making the attack easier
3. Escape Nature’s Prophets Sprout Ability
Nature’s Prophet has a powerful immobiliser called Sprout which creates a ring of trees around a unit. Many heroes will die to his ganks because they cant run away. One thing many people do not know is that the trees made by sprout can be destroyed. If tangoes or Quelling Blade are used on the trees they will be destroyed as if they are any other trees! If you find yourself laning against Nature’s Prophet or dying to his ganks you can buy some tangoes and not only escape his ring of trees but also get health regeneration from them. In addition other abilities that will normally destroy trees will be able to destroy them. If you are playing Storm Spirit you can Ball Lightning to blast through the trees or if you are playing Batrider you simply fly over them. With this knowledge it becomes easy to escape from Nature’s Profit and his powerful abilities.
4. Defend Against Mele Heroes with Sprout
The Sprout ability is normally used offensively by blocking the movement of enemy units in ganks. It it also sometimes used defensively by stopping units that are chasing you. One way that sprout is not often used is on ones self. The sprout ability can be very effective in this way. If you are facing multiple enemies in a team fight or while laning you can easily prevent them from hitting you at all by forming a protective barrier of trees. This is especially effective because Nature’s Profit is a ranged hero allowing him to still attack the enemies who can’t attack him
If you need to leave the ring of trees to run away or chase an enemy you can use the Natures Call ability to destroy the trees and escape. Be warned while using this trick that enemies can break the barrier of trees using the methods in tip #3
5. Storm-N’aix Bomb
This is a neat trick that can be very powerful in initiating team fights. If you have Storm Spirit and Lifestealer (N’aix) on your team. First use Lifestealer’s Ultimate ability consume to jump into Storm Spirit. To initiate the team fight Use Storm Spirit’s Ball Lightning to fly into the fight. At that point the Lifestealer can burst out dealing AOE damage to nearby opponents. This is a very powerful way to start a fight with AOE damage that will surprise your opponents
These tips, although situational can really give you an edge in a Dota 2 match when used properly.