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Newbie Corner: Last Hitting & Denying

This week I’d like to explain the importance of “last hitting” and “denying” creeps, which is a core skill in being a successful at DotA. Newer players tend to simply auto attack the creeps, causing you to push the lane too early and put yourself and lane mate at risk by being close to the opposing tower too often.

How to last hit

Last hitting and denying refers to timing your attack to hit a creep that has a red life bar and laying the killing blow to gain gold(if you last hit an opposing creep) or deny experience and gold(if you deny an allied creep). By default, life bars aren’t displayed, but you can change it in game by changing it in the game play options.

How to deny

Rant: Battle.net’s shortcomings

With DotA, Battle.net(bnet) is an excellent place for casual players or the novice, but by no means is it grounds for ranked or ladder games. Sadly, Battle.net’s support for a player matching system in custom games is non existent, even with the mass appeal of DotA. Every time you play on bnet, odds are  that you’ll be playing with someone that is inexperienced, cocky, rude, ignorant or all of the above; thus, foiling any chance for a full, worthwhile game…but it is only that way on the surface thanks to services like ThroneIt[THR], which offers an external ranking system that couples with the player’s skill level, and the ability to ban players for leaving or game ruining. On ThroneIt’s website, players can make or join teams and clans, to raise their skill level and ensure no one leaves.

Another issue with bnet is with “leavers”, or people that disconnect from a game for whatever reason and end up throwing off the balance of the match. If you’ve played a game on bnet, than you have most likely had the misfortune of encountering one of these people. They usually talk enough trash to bury the world with their shit, then leaves the game in an uncontrollable nerd-rage after getting first blooded.  This hilarious video illustrates what goes through the mind of someone that is at their wit’s end from leavers:

Even though Battle.net isn’t perfect, with the right direction, you can still have an enjoyable time if you play with the right people.

Accelerate your game: Strategy Guides

Burst HP With Armlet

For those of you who are just getting started into  DotA, or are having a hard time with good strategies or item builds should check some popular dota communities for strategy guides. The pictures you see here are referenced from DotaStrategy’s guide section*. They release a new strategy guide around once a month, and they have a database of many strategy guides on all the different heroes. While some of these guides are very good, others are outdated and do not reflect the latest version of the game.

The basic idea behind a strategy guide is to tell you what are the tried and tested methods for effectively using any given hero. It usually follows the following format:

  1. Introduction
  2. Stats
  3. Skills
  4. Item Build
  5. Skill Build
  6. Early Game
  7. Middle Game
  8. Late Game
  9. Conclusion
  10. Comments

What worked best for me when I was first starting out was trying a new strategy on the AI maps(you’ll have to make a free account there). After I was able to execute the strategy well enough against the AI, I tried it on bnet. Join “noobs only” or “newb friendly games” at first, and then try it with more advanced level matches, sometimes labeled as “Pros only” “[THR]“. Most of all, have fun, find a hero that you like and feel comfortable with.

*Special thanks to android_245 for letting me use images from his strategy guide: “By Ebb and Flow, A Slardar Guide” on DotaStrategy.com.

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