In the complex world of Dota 2, every role plays a crucial part in achieving victory on the battlefield. Among them, support players hold a special responsibility: to create space and enable their cores to farm efficiently.
But what happens when your core heroes are still focused on gathering resources, leaving you unsure of how to best utilize your time?
Fear not, as Team Liquid hard support Aydin “iNSaNiA” Sarkohi gave out a few tips and advice that will equip you with invaluable strategies and insights on what Dota 2 support players should do when their core heroes are engrossed in farming.
Focus on the mini map
iNSaNiA emphasized the importance of maintaining vigilance and keeping track of enemy heroes during the farming phase.
According to the 28-year-old position five, support players should make it their priority to study the movement patterns of opposing heroes, seizing the opportunity to deward areas whenever they leave.
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“You just have to try and focus on keeping track of enemy heroes, how they move so you can deward the areas when they leave,” said iNSaNiA.
Insania’s insight highlights the significance of information gathering and smart decision-making, enabling supports to provide their team with valuable intel while their cores continue to focus on farming.
See the bigger picture
The Swedish Dota 2 pro stressed the importance of thinking beyond the immediate moment and considering the bigger picture as a support player.
“Try to think about more bigger pictures stuff like where are we gonna end up taking fights. Stuff like those is what you usually try to focus on,” he said.
According to him, support players should dedicate their attention to strategic aspects such as identifying optimal locations for team fights.
By analyzing the game state, understanding power spikes, and assessing team compositions, supports can anticipate where crucial engagements will unfold.
Sure, it gets boring at times
“This is the most honest that I’m ever gonna be. But I was legitimately thinking if it’s allowed to open the stream in my second monitor while I like wait for Nisha and wait for stuff to happen.”
This is what iNSaNiA said when asked about what was going through his mind during Team Liquid’s Game 2 win against Team Secret in the DPC Western Europe Tour 3: Division I where they played from behind to get the win.
Insania’s candid reflection offers an intriguing perspective on the role of support players in Dota 2.
While supports are known for their selfless dedication to creating opportunities for their team, Insania’s honest admission sheds light on the occasional lulls they experience during certain phases of the game.
Still, playing support in Dota brings immense satisfaction as you embrace the role of a game-changing facilitator, making crucial plays and enabling your team’s triumph, even amidst the occasional lull.