The Intermediate Player's Guide to Competitive Dota 2 - Part 4

19th Jul, 2013


Part 4 - Team Fights and Roshan


Team Fights

There is a time and place for everything. There is a time and place for all teamfights, the important thing is to know when and why you should take them. The first thing to consider is overall team fight power of your team versus the enemy team; if they enjoy an overwhelming team fight advantage over you it is generally wise to avoid a straight-up team fight, making split pushing and slow sieges the safer options. If you have greater team fight power it is generally good to force them into fighting you on even ground, conversely slow sieges and quick initiations are a great way to force team fights.

Team fights will always happen regardless of team lineups and having a strategy and a backup strategy in mind is key to taking/avoiding crucial fights. Drafts really shine in team fights, since all heroes get to bring their A game to the table, allowing players to make full use of initiation, counter-initiation and counter-pushing. In cases of faulty team fights, or instances where enemies force themselves upon you it is key to attempt to get a trade. The best way to get a trade is to quickly push other lanes, in order to force them to back off after winning the fight or to try your best to leverage kills. Trading carry for carry and so on is generally a good way to even things out.

Positioning and coordination shines most in team fights, and honing these basic skills will go a long way in helping your team win fights. Being adequately split up when an enemy Magnus blinks in, having the coordination to chain disable the enemy Warlock before he can use his ultimate can lead to many easy victories. 



Killing Roshan has the potential to net you a game winning advantage, but there is more to Roshan than just the aegis.

He gives your entire team gold that is roughly equal to that of a tower kill, a bunch of experience, the Aegis of Immortality and (3rd spawn onwards) Cheese.

On the right hero at the right time Aegis has the potential to be a game turner, and can allow you to easily push several towers if used well. Cheese is also a powerful tool and is generally kept for role 2 or 3 heroes (or carries in the case of heroes such as Alchemist). Under idyllic circumstances you generally want to push the enemy's Tier 2 towers, follow it up with Roshan and then pressure their Tier 3 towers. Roshan can be used to further your advantage or to come back into the game.

Optionally it's perfectly fine to kill Roshan to simply deny the enemy from getting the aegis. Losing Roshan is especially crippling for teams running only one core carry. Another sneaky tactic is to use Roshan as bait, as you can do silly things such as waltz into the Roshan pit, use a smoke of deceit and then camp nearby.

Going for a very early Roshan (especially level 1 Roshan) is a high risk-reward manoeuvre but can net you a huge early game advantage if pulled off without a hitch. Unfortunately, most early Roshan strategies are given away by the picks. 

Editor's Note - Click here to read more about dealing with Roshan


Prev : Part 3 - Ganking and Pushing



Author - VolatileSeraph, member of Team FoE

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