Now, there are some people who balk at the idea of getting involved in multiple online battle arena games, believing that they’re too strategic to be that much fun. But if you’re used to playing other games, then it’s worth giving it a shot: once you get the hang of it, you’ll relish the chance to test your talents against other players across the globe. And there are real benefits, too; being immersed in an online game boosts cognitive performances, teaches players about deferred gratification, and is also an excellent way to make friends. If you’re interested in joining the great game, take a look at our tips below to make sure you get the most out of the experience.
Have the Right Equipment
If your computer is old and slow, you might need to upgrade it before you can play an MOBA game, as they often require a fair amount of power. Make sure your computer has enough ram and CPU to play the game well. You’ll also need a headset so you can hear your teammates commands and issue a few yourself.
“You’re Gonna Suck”
You should hype yourself up with all the enthusiasm and optimism in the world as you prepare for your first taste of the battle arena, be it playing League of Legends or DotA. Unfortunately, there’s some bad news: you’re gonna suck, at first at least. But don’t take it to heart: everyone sucks when they first start playing! Once you know what it is you’re supposed to be doing, you’ll be on your way to having fun.
Learn the Ropes
These types of games take patience and time before a player can get any good, so give yourself plenty of time to learn the basics of the game. If you want an overview of objectives and how to play before you start, take a look at a few YouTube channels, which will give you a good idea of what playing the game entails. Gaming is much more fun when you know what you’re doing, and even you would eventually figure it out on your own, blogs, videos, and introductory guides will all make it more fun to play from the second you load up the game. Mimic what the best players are doing, and you’ll be on your way to being one of the best on your team.
Play With a Friend
When you’re ready to start playing with your own character, don’t just trek off into the wilderness all on your own: find someone to play with. If you’ve been playing other games in the past, then you’ll likely know someone who already plays the game. There’s something pretty special about finding yourself trapped by a Viking, only for your buddy to spring out at the last moment to save you. They’ll also be able to tell you all the important hints and tricks you need to know to thrive in the arena. If you have space, set up both computers in your home and play sitting next to each other. Just make sure you have a fast enough internet connection to support the game!
Hints and Tricks
And talking of hints and tricks, we can provide a few ourselves. Some tips are game-specific, but a few can be applied to all MOBA games. For one: know thy map. It’s much easier to talk with your colleagues and understand objectives when you have a sense of where you and where you’re trying to go. Also, take the time to master the hotkeys: games are much easier to play when you can perform an action without even having to think about it. Finally, you’ll be well served if learn the lingo of the game you’re playing. People aren’t saying ‘drag’ and ‘gank’ for no reason….