Let me clarify - im talking about heroes you never played with, and heroes which DO NOT fit into the mid lane and therefore cannot stomp games by themsevles.
How does a pro player practice a hero like nymph or armadon - considering AP mode is trash? Does he solo q BPs?
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Now that there is Lock Pick, I basically never see any competitive streamer play Banning Pick anymore LOL. As far as smurfing goes, most of them do play AP, and AP is not trash by any means.
how is your ability with the hero and your practice on it depend on whether or not AP is trash? I can't see the logic there.
What does it have to do with doing a mid stomp? do you improve by stomping games or by looking at your losses and spotting your own mistakes? Again, makes no sense to me
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you are 1500 and u want to "practice", you will create public game for noobs and kick everyone with 1500+, therefore you're playing game with 9 noobs with rating ~1400 and kd 0.5, since they are pretty bad you will practice with noobs that can hardly lasthit any creep and have no idea what jukes are, so you will sit and play those games for 2 weeks and it will totally decrease your skill since it will require 0 effort to win, instead, if you will join/create game where will be 1600+, you can always pick support, roam, ward, help your team and simply watch what they are doing, how they are juking, how they are ganking etc, simply, playing with better players > smurfing, btw, the best thing is when they are totally raping your team (your team has to be good too, so it won't be like 5x 1700 vs 5x 1500, but balanced), so you can watch replay and learn from your team mistakes and enemy's tricks
also pros don't practice heroes, since they know them already, best way to practice hero is;
1. watch some replay where some PRO is playing him, learn from that
2. try him in public no stat game, but with noleavers option and 1550+ players, so they won't left after BL on mid
3. go to practice mode, try his spells, try to build different items to see what's the best for him and how you like to play him, so you won't waste your money in real match
some in tmms with friends etc, but mostly in scrims
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I imagine most pros can simply read the ability tooltips and immediately theorize what would work and what wouldn't work. After that it only takes a few TMM matches to flesh out the bugs.
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^best way to go about things for sure, usually you also get an entertainment bonus in the form of raging teamm8s. Also, what macro said, there aren't really any hero that you can't grasp the basics necessary to play at a tmm with by just reading through the skills (and every single hero should be ran mid in tmm!).
Pros do most often try new thing out in scrims, since it's only prac, if you see streamers stream scrim you will from time to time see heroes there is not picked up in tournaments
A scrim is team Vs team unless you are playing a mix scrim, you see that sometimes. but we are finding scrims in the channel: clan scrim, you could try to ask players there is LF scrim if you may spec there matches
Pro's and Pro teams as a whole scrim a lot. That is where they get most of their strats and ideas from. They try some pretty crazy stuff! But you also see a lot of pro players just smurf on their sub accounts with friends. They usually just go AP from what I have seen (but they have all the other options ticked, but AP is the most popular).