Dota 2 Mind Games Guide:
How to Trick your Enemies
If you start making successfull mind games inside ranked matches, then you reach the ultimate Dota 2 heaven! 😀 In this guide you can identify your personal playstyle and choose the mind game methods that fit for you to trick enemies.
Introduction: What are
Dota 2 Mind Games?
Hi and welcome to this Dota 2 mind games guide! 🙂 Winning a match involves a lot more than just having great individual skills like perfect last hitting, map awareness, good positioning and so forth.
Once you are capable of all these, you can tryout to use more challenging methods: Controlling your emotions or playing with your enemies’ emotions and frustration are weapons you can use to win games.
If you start frustrating yourself within a match, then you have to realize you can also upset your team. And This can lead you to defeat. Having a good mentality in hard times might even lead to a crazy comeback! Winning fights little by little against the enemy team can demoralize them.
Perfect individual skills are great, but combining them with some soft skills is a plus…
Mental Mind Game Example: You can even make the enemy believe you’re totally tilted and you hate your team, but in fact, it’s all a lie and part of your plan. Your opponents will feel too confident and lower their guard. Here’s where you surprisingly gank a lane and make a huge team wipe. Now you know, your mind games worked perfectly.
Physical Mind Game Example: On the other hand, single skilled moves can also be mind games: Using the fog of war, attack animation canceling as well as spell animation canceling or using any other active move to trick the enemy are challenging techniques you can learn in this guide.
Dota 2 is 50% skill and 50% mentality and attitude. We’re all humans and we have feelings, which affect our way of playing. We have good and bad days.
That’s why it is so important to understand this factor: The secret is to keep a good mentality and be really creative when it comes to the psychological part of Dota 2!
Choose Your Playstyle: What Kind of Dota 2 Player are You?
We are all different and have our own personality and playstyle when it comes to playing Dota 2.
You will find some of these typical player types in the most of your matches, this can help you to evaluate the behavior and mental strength of a player.
Can you identify which type you are? 😉
1. The Agressive Dota 2 Player (Taking High Risks):
PROS: This player usually picks a hero that deals a lot of damage in the early game and loves harassing and getting kills. He doesn’t care if he’s countered because he will take high-risks no matter what. People of this profile tend to play Pos 4 and cores. He prefers fighting over farming.
CONS: He will probably get frustrated quite fast if he sees his team is playing passively and not taking their opportunities. His aggressiveness might lead him to lose the lane in some cases. And they will struggle a bit to recover later.
2. The Analytical Dota 2 Player (Think before You Act):
PROS: This type of player is totally aware of his spells and cooldowns. He will maximize his use of mana and ways of farming, in order to master efficiency.
He will be really communicative and collaborative with his team. He trusts his team a lot. This player usually chooses core roles.
In Dota 2 the most scenarios can be calculated before they happen: This player is not relying on reactions but on his calculations. 😉
CONS: Trying to save some spells for efficiency because these are not “necessary” in the team fight or securing an objective might end up really bad sometimes.
He also is not the fastest decision-maker, he needs time to rethink his actions.
3. Mocking Players (The Creative Innovators):
PROS: This player type is not a troll, he is keeping the skill up, while trying to be creative. He is always having a lot of fun while playing Dota 2. They’re great teammates and innovators. They usually do really weird stuff that works pretty well most of the time (This actually makes the enemy super mad). They try out new item and spell combos with weird builds like Orb of Venom + Brown Boots on every hero just like SingSing used to do in the old times. 😀
CONS: Some of their games will just fail hard, innovation always has a price. They can think they have a kill secured, but actually, the enemy survives. For example, OD astrals just when the enemy has low HP and OD walks away like if he’s mocking, but suddenly the enemy survives!
4. Hesitant Players (The Tactical Guy):
PROS: He wants to play very tactical and win trough strong synergies and combos.
These players make a deeper analysis of the game and is always double-checking the enemies’ items. He’s always thinking a step forward and can predict some movements. He can predict fights and game phases and wants to inform this team.
CONS: This player doesn’t have the fastest reflexes to escape or win fights. If his plans are not working out, he has not many other options to rely on.
5. The All-Chat Clown (Bullying and Fingerpointing):
PROS: This player tends to use the all-chat in his favor. He usually makes fun of somebody and starts being really annoying, which may lead to tilting an enemy. He pays special attention to his enemy’s mistakes and uses the all-chat to make everybody notice them.
CONS: The enemy team can focus this guy, so he can stop spamming in all-chat. Also, the enemy team could be too relaxed to listen or react to him. He can be a bit annoying even to his teammates. His team might mute him.
6. Chilled Players (Confident but Silent Guys):
PROS: It’s a pleasure to play with him. He always has a positive mind and tries his best. He prefers silence over argumenting with his teammates. Even if this player had a really bad and stressful game, he’s gonna be fine and not affected by it. He can play many different roles and is very flexible. He plays his hero confident, but is not giving advice or feedback to others.
CONS: It might be hard for him to criticize his team and he may prefer to say nothing. He holds his own real feelings to avoid trouble inside the game, which can make him feel more stressed.
1. Abusing the Fog of War:
First of all let’s start with methods you might be already using: Using the fog of war for your advantage is feasible in every single match. But go one step further: How can you even troll an enemy through the fog? Train your fog step skills and get the master of escapes, sudden teleports, and baits.
Dota 2 is all about vision, but certain objects can block it, making us totally blind in some cases. When people lose sight of something because of the Fog of War, they start getting really frustrated. If you use this lack of vision on your favor and survive, this is what we called “Jukes”.
Juking your enemies once, twice or… three times is gonna make them so mad! Especially when you’re a vulnerable Support 5. This frustrates cores a lot. 😉
Pro tip: Create a custom lobby with a friend in the enemy team. Inside the game, start wandering around the map with your friend, so you can both see where you have vision of each other during daylight and night. Also, don’t forget to cut trees and see how much vision you can gain! Also test around with the vision of wards.
2. Attack Animation Canceling & using the Hold Key:
Doing this in the laning phase is great to get more accurate last hits and denies.
You can use this to bait a right click and get an easy deny.
In the case of spells, for example, canceling the animation of the Magnus Ultimate might trick the enemy’s mind.
Example:If you’re playing Slardar versus a Juggernaut, you can bait the Spin by trying to stun and canceling the animation. This is a really good way of trying to waste his mana.
3. Provoking and Baiting the Enemy into Traps:
Picture it: You’re the midlaner and your entire team is smoked behind you. You show yourself alone in a lane to farm creeps and move a bit too far. The enemy is gonna think that you’re completely helpless and they will try to kill you. When this happens, your entire team is gonna be there to help you and counter initiate!
You can also use your supports like baits or even wards! If you start protecting your own wards, the enemy is not gonna expect you to be around and you can easily kill the entire team.
4. Using Good Behavior as a Method of Manipulation:
If you show yourself like a good guy, who’s always willing to help and ask their teammates what they need, then your team is gonna trust you. Flaming and criticizing don’t lead to anything good. What your teammates need is understanding!
Also, if you identify a noob or just somebody that is practicing a role, don’t be mad! Just try to guide him, suggest him items and where to farm in case he’s playing a core. The worst you can do is blaming him and flaming because this can lead to frustration and even rage quit. Always have the win in mind. 😉
5. Win an Oscar as the Best Actor with Illusions
You can make an enemy believe your illusion is the real one and easily scape from really bad situations. For example, if you’re playing Phantom Lancer, you can start practicing controlling each of the illusions to confuse the enemy.
Illusion Runes are really underrated, but they can make a huge impact on the psychological factor of players. You can send them to “gank” and the enemy might throw all the ultimates to this copy. When they realize it’s an illusion, they’re gonna feel really pathetic and down. For more info about Runes check out this guide.
6. Transfer the Mind Game Aspect onto Your Personal Growth:
Make rules for your self. This is a gamechanger.
Rule 1: Always give 100% or don’t play.
If you know your team is fighting all the time, flaming and blaming each other, it doesn’t matter to you. You have to develop the ability to play at you 100% despite this awful situation. If you play nice only when you have a great team, you’re never gonna learn and grow.
You have to play out of your comfort zone and push yourself beyond the limit. Dealing with your emotions is the hardest part of Dota 2. Emotional intelligence is a skill you also have to develop. Don’t let negative thoughts blind your mind and focus on your objectives.
Rule 2: Break your tilt and make a pause.
We all have been in a situation where we keep playing until we get a victory. You go to bed after losing 10 games and finally winning one, right? If you had a horribly stressful game and you lost, then I recommend taking a little break and being honest with yourself.
Ask yourself these questions:
- Am I tilted?
- Should I play another game knowing I’m still really mad?
- Am I gonna play angry next game?
- Should I just play tomorrow when I feel more relaxed?
I strongly recommend playing the next day after having a stressful game. If you keep playing, you’re probably gonna do it really mad and ruin everybody’s game. Know your emotions and dominate them! 😉
Predicting in Dota 2: Nostradamus Reloaded
Dota 2 is all about making really good predictions.
Example for Quick Predictions: If you have some vision around an area and see the enemy Hard Carry passing by, then you can predict he’s gonna farm in the nearest neutral camp and keep farming around his jungle, so you can gank really fast with your team.
You can predict this Hard Carry is gonna go jungle again to farm because he just got killed and he’s trying to get an item. So, you tell your support to ward around and smoke gank to kill him again before he can farm. You did all this by predicting the enemy mentality and behavior.
Example for Delayed Predictions: And you can even predict whole scenarios and game phases minutes before they happen: Through specific items, movements and behavior you can see a plan behind everything: Will they push in 5 minutes? Let’s prepare for that, what is the plan we can counter? Think about it actively not passively! 😉
How to Trap Enemies on Cliffs in Dota 2:
If you’re playing Rubick, Magnus or DarkSeer, you have to mandatory get an enemy on a cliff! You’re not only gonna have a lot of fun, but you’re gonna frustrate the enemy a lot.
Extra Tip: The most of the enemies on a cliff will instantly tp out. If you can cancel their teleport somehow, please do it! It’s even funnier and you waste the enemies’ time! 😀 Also, check if they have no tp, they might send a courier, so get that courier! This is usually done in the first seconds of the game, but you can still do it throughout the whole game. You can even cliff somebody important before a big team fight starts. For example, you can cliff an enigma and prevent the black hole from happening!
Make Your Enemy Believe that you are AFK or Disconnected:
This is a troll strategy, but it works sometimes! 😀
Imagine you are on the midlane and moving and acting like an APM-monster. You have perfect positioning and dominate your enemy and the creeps. Now you plan a bait: You move into a half-exposed area and just auto-attack. You just do nothing. You pretend to be disconnected or afk! 😉 The enemy gonna think that you’re an easy kill and will go all-in for you. Now just wait for the perfect moment and strike back to kill him!
Another situation: You start writing in all-chat that you hate your team, they’re the worst and even one of them is a total noob. Every time one of your mates die, you make fun of them, but it’s all part of your strategy, right? You’re making them believe your entire team is tilted and you’re all gonna feed, so the enemy is gonna lower the guard and here’s where you attack.
Dota 2 Guide How to Kill
a lot of Couriers:
Killing couriers now is really annoying because there are 10 of them flying around the map and they’re really slow as well in the early game. You can kill a lot of couriers in this phase of the game with the help of a really good ward. If you keep killing the same courier, you’re gonna generate a lot of stress!
Tip: If you want to take killing couriers to the next level, you can pick Natures Prophet and commit your life to teleport into the enemy base, put a ward and kill all couriers all the time! This will not only frustrate the enemies, but you will also force a lot of tps back!
Trick Your Enemies through Hardcarry Support Hero Picks
Just because you see Void Spirit in the midlane, it doesn’t mean he’s not a really good Support 4. Some cores can also work in the support position. Monkey King might also be a really good Pos 4! Don’t categorize heroes like everybody else and keep an open mind. Be willing to try any possibility and build to confuse the enemy! 😉
You could even pick a Morphling, Naga Siren or Lancer first and play a support role – just make sure everyone in your team knows about it and that you are not missing core functions!
Conclusion: Increase your Dota 2 Rank through Mind Game Techniques:
What if you would master these techniques as a Divine player on the Dota 2 rank table? It would even boost your MMR higher and higher…
Try to master the techniques and to troll your opponents you will earn fame and a lot of feedback! 😀
To get more information about how to rank up checkout this guide:
Uprank Guide for Dota 2