Are you an aspiring pro player? Aspire no more because we provide you the core list of the must haves of being a professional gamer. Let’s turn that aspiration into your reality.
Do you spend thousands of hours playing Dota 2? Do you enjoy playing to improve your skills? Do you wish to be famous for it? Do you want to participate in local tournaments but not confident enough? Do you look for a team that has the same passion as yours? Do you light this burning passion that haunts you in your dreams? If your answer is yes, you are reading the right article.
What you don’t know is you might be a step away to reaching every gamer’s dream —– to play and get paid for it. Here are the essentials on your journey to the professional scene:
Do you love gaming so much you wish you can marry it? That’s passion. It is the burning fire inside your chest. It is the skipping beat whenever you pop the BKB and decide to fight. It is the grinning face when your banner says ‘RAMPAGE!’. It is the clicking hand that finds a match no matter if the last game is a +25 or a -25. It is the planning mind that keeps on saying that tomorrow is another day to play.
There are doubting eyes that you’ll get anywhere. There are criticizing people who keep on telling you to get a real job. There are times when they will put you down. You have to pick yourself up on these countless times, sit down and keep on playing. Right there on your screen is a battleground tougher than these people.
And like Zeus, tell them that this battle is worthy of your name.
You don’t have to be rich to get the right resources. You just have to be resourceful enough to make the most out of what you have right now. Remember the documentary about Fear training on his aged PC for the international tournaments? That’s being resourceful.
A personal computer or laptop where you can train is enough. A high-end gaming laptop or PC is a big plus. A branded gaming gear is not a necessity. All you need is the one that will enable you to quickly combo a hero to death. And that can be possible with a simple mouse.
Time is also a significant resource. Dota 2 will devour your time. You have to be ready for it.
Tired of studying and memorizing? To tell you what, Dota 2 will require a lot of that. You may not feel it but you exert a lot more effort in learning Dota 2 than getting an F on your exams. You have to explore and master a lot of things. No worries for there are also learning curves that will help you on your way to being a pro player.
First, you have to master the items and their capabilities. Be instinctive. Know when to predict the use of these items in specific situations. Second, you have to know the heroes and their skills. Also, know your friends and foes. Roles may vary since players keep on experimenting these heroes. You’ll know it based on the efficiency of their items and gameplay.
Third, you have to identify the type of damage and the damage dealt of specific skills and items. Items and levels are determinants to such factors. Excellence in Math is a plus. Lastly, you have to familiarize yourself on how these items, heroes, and skills correlate and dissociate with each other.
Dota 2 is a changing battleground. Cope with these changes. There will always be room for improvement and you always have to keep on filling that in.
Don’t be afraid to expose yourself. The Internet is your best friend. There are a lot of streaming websites where you can start featuring your gameplay. You probably won’t have viewers at first but don’t let it stop you. Keep on streaming.
Also, start inviting friends and gamers to watch your stream. You may have lapses on your gameplays and they will surely criticize you. Take those criticisms positively. It will help you improve your gaming style. Sooner or later, you’ll find out what style suits you best.
Participate on tournaments. You don’t have to eye for the price but charge it to experience. These kinds of exposure will lead you to our last essential.
They may have connections that you don’t have. But you also have connections that they don’t have. Start socializing with gamers with the same passion as yours. Join groups where you share the same interests. You’ll learn that these groups have their own events that will cultivate what you have in hand.
Don’t be afraid to socialize. Not all people in the gaming community are toxic. You’ll be surprised to find out that they were actually outnumbered by good gamers. You just have to find that part of the community yourself. You’ll surely bump into skilled players willing to share tips and expertise.
So, let’s have a wrap-up.
Passion? Check. Resources? Check. Skills? Check. Exposure? Check. Connections? Check. If that’s the case, you are good to go. Step out in the limelight buddy. And we’ll be waiting for your gameplay in ‘The International 2017′. Cheers!
Now, do you have what it takes to be a Dota 2 pro player?