Beginner’s Guide to MOBAs: 3 Important Things You Should Know


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Gaming has long been a hobby that the world has adored, and today, there are well over 2 billion people who play video games. While there are several genres to check out and try, among the most popular are MOBAs. MOBA (which stands for ‘multiplayer online battle arena’) is a genre of games where two teams go head to head to win.

While eliminating enemy opponents is possible in these games, MOBAs are all about farming minions for experience and gold, upgrading your characters, and attacking the other team’s bases to score points and ultimately win.

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Some of the most popular MOBA games out there are League of Legends, Dota 2, Arena of Valor, and Pokemon Unite. But simply knowing what a MOBA is might not be enough to find success in the arena. In an effort to help you out, this article is going to serve as a beginner’s guide to get you started with MOBAs.

1. Learn the LoL Tier List and About Characters in General

One of the most important parts of any MOBA is learning about character options. Each character will have their own strengths and weaknesses, abilities and are best played a certain way. The more you know about these characters and how they work, the better.

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However, not all characters are created equally. You need to know which characters are good and which you will struggle to find success with. It is a good idea to check out tier lists for that reason.

For example, this LoL tier list by MOBA Champion can give you an inside look at which champion is the best and can also break it down by character type if you have a specific playstyle. While tier lists exist for LoL, there are also others for the various other MOBA games out there.

2. Familiarize Yourself With Terms

Next, you need to familiarize yourself with the common terms used in MOBA games. There are several important terms to know, and if you don’t, trying to communicate with your team can be a challenge. These terms are often used to describe different situations, different characters, different areas of the map, and even potential strategies, so they are important to know.

While you aren’t expected to know what everything means immediately, you eventually want to get to a place where you can. Communication is a crucial part of finding success in MOBAs, as you need the entire team on the same page to win in most cases.

3. Know the Map

In MOBAs, the map is predetermined and won’t change from game to game. Before you can become skilled at the game, you need to learn the map and how it works. You need to know the different lanes, where things spawn, what time they spawn and where the objectives are.

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It would help if you also had an idea of the right path for your character to take for the best results. You need to be aware of where most team fights take place, where your type of character should spend most of their time, and several other things.

Overall, having map awareness can help you stay alive and ensure you are never confused about what is going on or what you are responsible for doing. After enough time, you will know the map like the back of your hand, but you have to put in the reps to get there, and it cannot be rushed.

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, we hope that this article has been able to help you learn a little more about MOBAs and get you started with this wonderful genre. If you know the characters, the basic rules, the terms, and the map, you should be well on your way to success.

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Photo credit: The feature image has been done by Drobot Dean. The pictures in the body of the article (1, 2) have been done by Twinster Photo and Friends Stock.

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Miley Dowing
Miley Dowing
Miley is the IT consultant with Daily Cup of Tech who helps digital businesses reach their full online potential. Miley is passionate about programming, IT consulting, and gaming. She frequently writes about the latest advancements in the digital and tech industry.
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