The following guides will explore Match Making Rating (MMR), the metric players use to measure their Dota 2 skill. Embark on a journey to answer the most common question in Dota 2: “How do I raise my MMR?”

Glory awaits just down the road.
Master the basics and mechanics that are second nature to every good Dota player.
Learn to think, draft and read the map from high level players.
Create consistency in your play that will bring a consistent win rate and allow you to climb.
Path Duration: 79.7 hours · 240 videos
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Welcome to Dota 2 - Introduction
Welcome to Dota 2

The ultimate beginner's guide on how to play Dota 2. You will learn all of Dota's basic mechanics, objectives and rules to start winning games. Welcome to Dota 2!

17 videos     5:40:26     TEL9021
The MMR Mentality: A Guide on How to Gain MMR - Introduction
The MMR Mentality: A Guide on How to Gain MMR

These guides will teach you the basic rules on how to gain MMR in Dota 2. This video is an introduction to the MMR system and how to go about increasing yours.

6 videos     1:38:26     Jenkins
Drafting for your MMR - Carries at 3K & Below
Drafting for your MMR

Restocker introduces five carries that will get you winning games quickly in the 3K bracket and below. This guide highlights how to pick straight forward heroes that newer players can pick up with good results.

16 videos     9:51:53     Restocker
Drafting in Dota 2 - All Pick vs. Captains Mode
Drafting in Dota 2

Learning how to draft in Dota 2 can give you a big advantage before the game even starts. In this video Jenkins will cover the basics of drafting and how to think about heroes when going into a draft.

11 videos     2:55:00     Jenkins
The Fundamental Concepts of Laning - Mid Lane
The Fundamental Concepts of Laning

Learning how to win your lane is the beginning of improving as a Dota player. This guide will teach you how to out lane your opponents consistently in the mid lane, Dota's most mechanically demanding role.

5 videos     2:26:27     Restocker
MMR Crash Courses - Last Hits at 10 Minutes
MMR Crash Courses

The laning stage of the game generally lasts for the first 10 or so minutes. This is when players who last hit well can begin building an advantage through their mechanics. This guide focuses on consistently collecting high last hit numbers in the laning stage.

6 videos     40:26     TEL9021
Practice Makes Perfect - Introduction to Doing Drills in Dota 2
Practice Makes Perfect

In this video series we will be learning a progression of drills and practice methods to help you improve at various skill based Dota 2 mechanics. Jenkins teaches us how to practice to perfect our play.

3 videos     47:52     Jenkins
Objective Based Gaming - Smoke of Deceit
Objective Based Gaming

In this guide to taking objectives in Dota Jenkins explains one of the most powerful items in the game. Smoke of Deceit is an extremely useful tool when ahead or behind to change the course of the game.

9 videos     5:50:50     Jenkins
How to Raise MMR - Introduction
How to Raise MMR

In the following guide, you will learn how you can boost your MMR. You will also understand which heroes are better suited to raise your MMR.

14 videos     4:30:11     HuntaeLa
How Pros Fight - Miracle Shadow Fiend
How Pros Fight

In the following gameplay analysis guide, we will look at how Miracle fights as Shadow Fiend. You will learn how to properly use your abilities to your advantage.

21 videos     7:15:45     D2Bowie
Team Fighting Tips & Tricks - How to Win Team Fights like OG.Ana
Team Fighting Tips & Tricks

Learning how to team fight properly takes a lot of knowledge about the game, heroes and items in Dota 2. In this guide HuntaeLa looks at how ana (formerly of OG) handles team fights to win them.

5 videos     1:10:56     HuntaeLa
How Pros Outplay You - GH-GOD, Zai, JerAx and SoNNeikO
How Pros Outplay You

This video guide focuses on the support role with both positions 4 and 5 being shown. The support role takes a special kind of low farm, high-impact skill which can result in some really amazing plays.

5 videos     1:15:47     D2Bowie
Things I Learned From Pros - EG.Arteezy & Liquid.Miracle Naga Siren
Things I Learned From Pros

D2Bowie brings us some things he has learned from watching Arteezy and Miracle play Naga Siren. These two 9k wizards seem to thrive on the more complex heroes which you will see in this guide.

21 videos     5:51:45     D2Bowie
Studying Your Replays - How to Watch a Replay to Improve
Studying Your Replays

We are happy to present a full series on how to watch your own replays to improve at Dota 2. These guides will explain what to look for and how to use the replay viewing tool.

7 videos     4:25:39     Restocker
Terrorblade Guide - Gameplay Analysis
Terrorblade Guide - Gameplay Analysis

Kyubashi goes over a recent replay of his that will teach us how to deal with a bad laning stage as Terrorblade. This gameplay analysis will showcase how Terrorblade can turn a losing game with a single won fight in the later stages of the game.

1 video     22:44     Kyubashi
Shadow Fiend Guide - Introduction & Basic Mechanics
Shadow Fiend Guide

Souls await! In this guide, you will learn how to play Shadow Fiend. iAnnihilate covers the abilities and basic hero mechanics you need to know to flash farm and dominate.

11 videos     2:57:21     iAnnihilate
Luna Guide - Introduction & Basics
Luna Guide

This is HuntaeLa's guide to carry Luna where he will teach us how to play the hero. We will go over everything you need to know to get started on Luna. Learn her strengths and weaknesses to climb MMR.

8 videos     2:04:15     HuntaeLa
Pangolier Guide - Introduction & Basics
Pangolier Guide

In this video guide HuntaeLa introduces us to one of Dota 2's newest heroes. This video will explain how to use Pangolier's skills and how to play the hero for maximum impact in your games.

8 videos     1:35:17     HuntaeLa
Tinker Guide - Introduction & Basic Mechanics
Tinker Guide

HuntaeLa brings us a guide on how to play Tinker. Tinker is a complex hero with a high mechanical skill cap and in this series you will learn all of his important mechanics.

7 videos     2:07:23     HuntaeLa
Offlane Zeus - Introduction & Basics
Offlane Zeus

In this guide Jenkins will introduce us to his method for playing the hero in the offlane. These videos will teach us the basics of the hero and how to bring the thunder in your games.

13 videos     3:51:02     Jenkins
Doom Guide - Introduction & Basic Mechanics
Doom Guide

Learn the basics of how to play Doom in this guide by LizZard. Doom can be a very powerful offlaner or roamer depending on the game.

8 videos     2:47:30     lizZard
Offlane Omniknight - Introduction & Basics
Offlane Omniknight

Jenkins explains how to play Omniknight in the offlane in this video series. This guide will help you learn the basics of one of the top win rate heroes in ranked matchmaking.

10 videos     2:32:41     Jenkins
Dark Willow Guide - Introduction & Basics
Dark Willow Guide

In this video series we will be learning how to play Dark Willow, one of Dota 2's most recently added heroes. This guide will explain the basics of the hero and why you should learn to play her.

9 videos     3:03:13     TDRussian
Shadow Shaman Guide - Introduction & Basics
Shadow Shaman Guide

Shadow Shaman is an extremely reliable support hero and in this video series ButcherTV will teach us how to play Rhasta. This guide will focus on the basics.

10 videos     1:51:23     ButcherTV
Spirit Breaker Guide - Introduction & Basics
Spirit Breaker Guide

In this video guide we will be learning about the basics and mechanics of playing Spirit Breaker. Barathrum is a highly aggressive and fun hero to play and Hachi brings us an in-depth video series on the hero.

9 videos     2:04:40     Hachi