I play a hero but always suck, but I see other people play them really well. How do I get better?
I want you to recall those times you had to study literature. Remember questions asking why certain colors were important, why location played a pivotal role, or why a bird with a broken wing ending the novel was the most important thing since the printing press? I know those questions seem/seemed stupid, but they are asked for a reason. Learning to analyze damn near everything is an important skill to have. It allows you to look at something and draw conclusions based on reasoning - empowering you with the ability to express yourself better when prompted to speak on a subject matter. Being able to answer “Why didn’t you like this book?” requires the same skill set to answer “Why do I suck with this hero?”
After adapting to this ground breaking mental expansion, look at your character. Assuming humans created Heroes, it’s safe to say that each character was gifted abilities with reasoning behind it. Most heroes have three attacks. Why these three? How do these attacks work together to create a formidable hero? It is a puzzle you must decode. Once you’ve discovered the synergistic link between the attacks, add the traits into the mix. These, after all, cannot fully be integrated until you have a firm grasp of the abilities. From there, it’s all about imagination and not being too chicken to try out different builds.
How am I supposed to get good at a hero if the free-to-play keeps changing?
Why are you taking hero rotation to be a bad thing?
Your negativity is holding you back. Turn it in to a positive by using it to your advantage. The more heroes you know how to play (well or poorly), the better you are at the game. If you push yourself to try every hero – no matter how badly you mess up – you’ll have a far broader knowledge of the game than those that stick with one hero. When you check the opposing team build before the match, you’ll be able to note what to look out for (Are there cloaked characters? Who should be the first to target in a team fight? How many stuns do the opponents have?). Plus, you’ll know the strengths and weaknesses of your own team. Certainly settle on a hero and practice them until nigh but five opponents can bring you down, but do not shirk your responsibility as a player to know all of the heroes.
Don’t be the nub yelling at Abathur for being out of mana (ProTip: Abathur doesn’t use mana).
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