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First, let’s discuss the early game.
Three Lanes and a Jungle
In a five-on-five match, the players split between three lanes (top, mid, and bottom lanes) and a jungle to fight their opponents. Among the lanes, the central lane is shortest. The top and bottom lanes, however, are mirror images of one another and equal in length. The jungle is on either side of the mid lane, taking up the spaces between the three lanes. While the jungle’s layout is the same on both sides of the field, the monsters found on each side differ slightly. Anyone who learns the jungle’s camps and what monsters they hold will have a useful tool when leveling.
Which Lane Should I Use?
Heroes generally have a preferred lane based on their class, though it can be rather flexible. The different classes and their preferred lanes are as follows:
|Warrior||Melee fighter with a good balance of attack and defense||Top/Bot|
|Tank||A low damage fighter with lots of health and defense.||Top/Bot|
|Assassin||Mobile with high damage, Assassins can quickly kill foes, but can easily be killed themselves due to low defenses.||Jungle/Mid|
|Marksman||Fights at a range with auto attacks. Has very high offense, but low defense.||Mid/Jungle|
|Mage||Attacks using strong abilities and able to assist allies. Very fragile.||Top/Bot|
|Support||Able to assist and heal allies. Relies on abilities like mages, so attack and defense are both quite low.||Top/Bot|
At this stage in the game, your main goal should be to stay alive. As long as you are alive and near minions as they die, you’ll be gaining experience and gold. However, dying to an opponent will reward them with a boost and temporarily cut off your own gains. This can cause your enemies to quickly get much stronger than you and force you into a purely defensive position. Only consider going for a kill if an enemy carelessly wanders too far into your own territory, but don’t chase them into their own.
Upon reaching level 4, a hero can learn their ultimate ability. Using this, heroes will be much easier to kill and fights will quickly turn based on how well they are used.
Next, let’s look at how to play during the mid-game.
The Middle Game
Defeat the Enemy Heroes!
After you have your ultimate ability and a few items, the focus will shift from careful leveling to team fighting and be trying to take out the enemy’s inner towers. It can be difficult to kill an enemy one on one, and you never know when another opponent will walk into the lane, so it is better to attack with some teammates for a numbers advantage.
Destroy the Towers!
After a successful attack clears your lane of enemy heroes, you can move your focus onto the tower. The tower’s attacks have a very high damage, so don’t forget to let your minions walk into its range before entering yourself.
Should you successfully destroy your lane’s tower, it can be a bigger benefit to your team to help kill heroes in other lanes rather than spend too long farming in your starting lane. Pushing the lane too far into the enemy’s side of the map makes it easier and easier for them to safely attack you.
Defeat the Dragon!
Among the neutral monsters in the jungle is the Abyssal Dragon. The dragon is strong, but it is a special monster that will reward everyone on your team with gold and experience upon its defeat. This will make all of your allies stronger, so if you have the chance be sure to try and kill it. In addition, allowing the Abyssal Dragon to evolve into the Enraged Abyssal Dragon and slaying it will give the slaying team class-specific buffs that will be clear advantages during team fights.
Finally, let’s look at the late game.
The Late Game
Defeat All Enemies in a Team Fight!
Once you reach the late game, team fights will grow larger and more common. Not having everyone in the fight at this time can be the difference between winning and losing, so be sure the team sticks together. When the announcer declares “Aced!” you can be sure that the entire team has been slain.
|Warrior||Front Lines||Assault and lower the opponents’ HP. Aim for killing the enemy assault classes (mages and marksmen)|
|Tank||Front Lines||Attack the very front of the lines, taking shots and absorbing skills and keeping enemies from fleeing.|
|Assassin||Front Lines / Ganking||Quickly defeat opposing heroes in the middle of the fight. Assassins have low HP, so provide assist burst damage on your warriors and tanks.|
|Mage||Back Lines||Use your skills to greatly damage the enemies. Your skills have a wide area of effect, so you can hit many enemies. Stay in the back for safety.|
|Marksman||Back Lines||Damage enemies with your long-range attacks. Your damage is the highest of any class, so dying will be a huge hit in the team fight.|
|Support||Back Lines||Assist your allies and restore their health. You can help prevent damage from your enemies and assist in driving them away. You don’t have much firepower, so staying out of enemy range is important.|
Defeat the Dark Slayer!
On the opposite side of the map of the dragon, there is a similar special monster that should be left until the late game to try and defeat. This monster is exceptionally strong, usually requiring the entire team before it can be defeated. Dying to the Dark Slayer is announced across the map similar to dying to an enemy hero, so a failed attack can lead to the enemy sweeping in to steal it. The benefits it gives are great, though. Upon defeat, the Dark Slayer grants mana and HP regeneration, along with increased mobility.
Destroy the Enemy Core!
After defeating all of the enemies in a team fight, you can finally go attack their core. You will first need to destroy the base’s towers, so you’ll need to attack alongside some minions. Destroying the core is the same as destroying a tower. First, wait for minions to enter the area, then attack alongside the minions as they are being attacked by the core. The core will slowly regain health over time, so you will have to take it out quickly.
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