WHAT MAKES A GOOD MID LANER IN DOTA 2?
Dominating the Mid lane, demolishing your opponents in the Mid lane and having the most farm in the game does not necessarily mean that you’re a good Mid laner. A good mid laner knows how to adjust in the game even if they lost their lane terribly. They always know how to bounce back and make their mark into the game. They will also sacrifice their own game in order to give their Position 1 Hard Carry, a better game. If there are two cores in the same game that are simultaneously contesting farm with each other despite being in the same team, it will be an unpleasant experience for the whole team and it will ruin the intensity and fun of the game. Losing a lane does not mean you are a bad mid laner, but what makes you a good Mid laner is being able to come back into the game even after losing the lane by being helpful to the team and finding a way to create an impact in the game. Playing the Mid lane can be rather tilting. A Lot of players tend to give up whenever they lose their lane or if their laning phase did not go according to what they had planned it to be. It is important for you to know that things will not always go as planned in the game of Dota 2. It is even more important for you to know that there is Always a Way to Win the game if you are willing to do so. ‘If there is a will, there is a way’ So never give up and always think of ways where you can be important and useful to your team rather than weeping over the fact that you lost the lane.
WHAT HEROES TO PLAY AT MID LANE IN DOTA 2?
Some of the classic Mid lane heroes consist of Queen Of Pain, Storm Spirit, Void Spirit, Puck, Zeus, Invoker, Shadow Fiend, Tinker, Lina, Wind Ranger, Outworld Destroyer and many more.
The best heroes to play the Mid lane with is any hero that you feel comfortable and confident with. If you are playing a hero just because it is known as a good Mid lane hero, you may not be able to perform well with it since it may not suit your play style and you might not be comfortable with using the hero. Everyone has their own heroes that they would like to main. Maybe you like to play the Ranged heroes and prefer playing the lane from high ground or maybe you’re a fan of hard hitting Melee heroes. Maybe you like intelligence based Nukers with high spell damage or maybe you like tanky heroes that are tough to take down in the lane - Who knows? It is also preferred to keep your hero pool short, since it is easier to master a smaller set of heroes as well as the fact that you will not need to master all the heroes in order to get better at the game. You need at least a minimum of 3 heroes to do so.
TYPES OF MID LANE HEROES
There are two types of Mid lane heroes - The ones who create space for their carries and plays sacrificial for the greater good and the ones who farm and dominate the late game.(Basically doing the job of a carry)
However, the preferred role of a Mid lane player in the modern dota 2 world is to create space for their carries and set the pace of the game. Mid lane players are not meant to stay afk and farm the entirety of the game to later carry their team in the later stages of the game as that is the job of their Position 1 carry player. There is a common phrase - Mid lane controls the game. The whole Mid game depends on the playstyle of a Mid laner as they set the pace/tempo of a game. Their actions define the state of a game and that often means that they have a huge responsibility on their shoulders. Winning a lane and getting ahead will enable you to be more dominant as you get to take over the enemy’s part of the map.While losing a lane can cost you your Mid tier 1 tower, which almost always enables the enemy to access your team’s side of the map and threaten you in your own jungle.
Although it isn’t a good idea to play the Mid lane with the intention of doing the carry player’s job, it is advised for you to do so when your carry player is not reliable. There might be players who show signs of weaknesses by playing poorly and carelessly, and whenever you know that your carry will not be able to carry you and your team, you can almost always take over their place and carry your team. But that is only suggested for when you are sure that your Position 1 is not upto the mark and will fail to do their job even though you are helping him by creating space in the map and giving him the safe farm while sacrificing your own game. But it is still very important for you to enter each and every game with the mindset of doing what your role is desired to do.
Do not get into games with the assumption that your teammates are inadequate and will not be able to do their job properly. Give them a chance to perform and motivate your team if they screw up here and there instead of demoralising them and being a bad teammate. After all, Dota 2 is a team coordinated game and even though you are a solo Mid player, you cannot win all the games alone by yourself. In other words, win the game ‘solo’. With that being said, we hope that this guide helps you all to become a much better Mid lane player and enables you to understand the sheer complexity of the Dota 2 game even better. Cheers!