We also had an enemy Clockwerk that was merely okay at the game - not good, not bad, just okay - that talked shit the entire game, calling people "kid" and "shitbox" and other trendy insults, like he'd just come from a rousing game of WoW arena or Halo or something.
I'll probably get one of those "thanks for improving the community" notices when I log in today
I cliff jungle when I need to eat and play doto at the same time, guilty.
Don't know if it's just me but people don't really talk much in my game at all let alone trashtalk. It's just a lot of pinging, misses, back, push, roshans... Sometimes I miss hearing people get angry
Shitbags like that Clockwerk are rare. I hope he gets help; his real life must be pretty pitiful if his only outlet is going on the internet and acting like a douchebag.
For PL in particular, I don't bind illusions because they expire anyway and sometimes you want to spread them out in jungle farming etc. Much faster just boxing them and moving them where you want with A-move. But Dota 2 boxing is so weird compared to DotA and StarCraft 2. Just feels like you miss units sometimes and sometimes you get too many.
As for PL illusions, it doesn't become a problem once you reach the point where your illusions can easily sustain themselves, you just kind of fling small packs of illusions at each jungle camp while doing whatever with the real PL.
Could I get some gentle advice on a game I just played?
I say gentle because tbh it was one of my worst games. I'm pretty embarrassed to even put my name on it. I also wound up with some bloke raging at me the whole time which really didn't help.
Now I'm not gonna lie, I'm mediocre average at dota and I know a lot of people here are probably far better than me so I'd really appreciate some honest feedback.
The match id is - 164949032 and I was playing Void. I would like some advice on what I could've ultimately done better. I really didn't like that game and tbh feel like it's been my low point with DOTA so I really want to know how I can learn from it.
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Early game you had a very shitty 1v2 lane to be playing as a melee hero. Don't block the creep wave in safe lane or what happened there might happen, moving the lane out of the vicinity of your tower might be lethal to you. Clockwerk did you some favors by spamming rockets to keep the lane at your tower. Your last hitting wasn't bad, but it could have been a bit better, and you could have prevented the tower from hogging many of your last hits, and you could have at some points gotten free denies which you ignored. As a melee carry against ranged heroes, especially Veno, you need to be scared of taking too much damage when last hitting, but because you have an escape as long as you're near tower you don't need to be afraid of getting killed from 80% hp. Your enemies weren't too aggressive and occasionally backed from the lane but you were still reluctant to go and take lasthits even you were close enough to your tower to Time Walk to safety and live even if they blew all their spells on you.
On your early item choices, Poor Man's was a very good idea, but upgrading to Wand wasn't. You can just leave your Branches wherever, but on a lane like that you need to be rushing to either get sources of regen (Ring, Tranquils, lifesteal) or Treads and some consumables as soon as you can. You also didn't necessarily need to max out Time Walk.
Mid game is where your team went wrong. Enemy team was stronger in team fights and your teammates did a lot of pointless dying. You could have told people to relax a bit and farm/split push when enemy were coming in your mid lane, but instead you all went and died. Or even if your teammates insisted on defending, since you had some decent teamfight synergy with UD/Void/BM, you could have preemptively told them to stay at the tower and not dive into the river like everyone did. Your team made a lot of bad decisions which probably is the biggest reason you lost, and if it was for lack of coordination you could have perhaps taken the role of a captain and told them to just slow down enemy pushes while you and Sylla went to other lanes.
My biggest criticism toward you in this game would be your later item choices after you managed to grab some kills in mid. Your enemies had no carries and they were clearly big in the pushing/5-manning thing, so going for farming items like BF can lose you a game if you aren't certain that you can hold onto your base for another 15 minutes. MoM was also not a good choice, you had low HP and the enemy had major nukers in Visage and Puck. What you could have done in this game is get Tranquil Boots and PMS early on, make up for bad early farm with maybe a Wraith Band (or Bracer or Drums or Aquila), then farmed up enough money to get Treads and Morbid Mask for farming and then looked at the game to make a decision between BKB or Desolator or Vlads or Maelstrom with maybe a casual Yasha thrown in.
Not saying there wasn't room for improvement, but like I said you shouldn't feel overly bad about losing that game. You were a hard carry and the game barely lasted over 20 minutes. Just account for what your enemies' game plan seems to be when doing your shopping.
Didn't go Shadow Blade* on Void?
*not necessarily serious advice
It worked well with Essence Flux as it allowed him to hit and run, constantly poking and stealing their stats leading upto a team fight and made landing pounce alot easier.
This might sound too obvious a question, but you say just dump the branches? I take you mean just sell them? I only really built a wand because of the clockwerk, but I suppose it was a bit much for something like that.
I'm currently really trying to find a intermediate guide or something or when to pick items on who and when for characters, it does seem to be my most common problem in games.
When you play carry going for farming items (BF and Midas) can be tempting, but you have to consider if you can actually get away with it. If your enemy can push all your towers (and maybe rax) before you get the item that comes AFTER battlefury you probably didn't get away with it. If Nightstalker ganks you 4 times during the first night because you went Midas on Sniper you're doing the opposite of getting away. It's like going for fast expansions in Starcraft.