I'm at the point where I can't seem to improve anymore than what I am now.
(Check stats on MrKen, if you want to check stats on me)
I generally play mostly support and sometimes initiators. Thing is, I'm absolutely terrible at playing carries (or semi-carries) in higher tier games. I can stomp newb games as easily as the next, meaning it's not a lack of not knowing "how" to play carries.
Is being able to play a carry effectively a pseudo-requirement to being a good player?
(if you guys can spot other areas of contention based off of my stats, I'd appreciate feedback. One thing to note, while I don't play in a clan I do play with several other friends quite often (some better than me and others worse).)
No, I wouldn't consider the ability to play carries a requirement. While being able to play carries does increase your flexibility, I do perfectly fine playing exclusively babysitter/support heroes.
Practice more with carries in Pubs, and try to play your best heroes in games with friends. I'd recommend making enough friends that you can consistently play with 1-4 other people if you really want to move up. It's a lot harder to move up alone than with 1-4 people, and you learn habits that you wouldn't normally learn in PuB games.
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Just remember that playing a carry doesn't just require you to know how to right click a target and destroy it.
You have to use all of your skills, and item abilities.
You have to know what items are good for that specific carry, and use it to your advantage.
Again, don't forget about those items during battles, since it's easy to forget them sometimes.
Protip: Slow items are infinitely better than speed items.
hi ken, want me to teach you? (:< hahahah jp jp ken we need to find some peepz to pub with ):
If I were you, I'd make a new account and play carries/semi-carries/initiators in lower-level pubs. Get used to the dynamics of each one and get to the point where you can consistently hit a positive KDR (ideally 2+ KD as a carry player)
Currently your creep score is pretty weak (82) and whats more you are dying too much (I consider 5+ deaths a lot). As a supporter try to at least double your deaths in assists while maintaining a 1:1 KD.
The reason I think you should learn carries is this: Knowing when and how to be aggressive as well as knowing when and how to be defensive are key parts of this game.
Even support players will benefit from building some killer instinct via playing carries/initiators, it will allow you to flow better with your team in stress situations. Sometimes it is beneficial to dive the tower with your carry instead of staring with your jaw on the floor while he dies. (try to ensure that both of you live though )
don't get it... you even mentioned your deficiency...but playing all the time alone quickly fells dull... that's how it is with every game!
Just would recommend a team.. will open you a new realm for creativity
The problem with a lot of players like you is they say: I play support best. Now this is all well and good but I really blame the west for their glamorisation of support heroes. To be perfectly frank with you if you wanted to play more competitively then you will need to be able to play what the captain tells you to play - no questions. Sure some people are naturally better carries but they must have a knowledge of all heroes. (RANDOM EVERY GAME (all pick for more gold ))
Try watching some replays to see what good players do, the shout casts that are posted in clan and competitive section of the forum are really quite good though a lot of the time the shout-casters are quite poor and I would really try to pay attention to what the players are doing rather than what the commentators are saying. Lots of them openly admit that they do not have much experience in the game (all except hunter, he is usually quite knowledgeable).
With regards to replays, and if you want to play carries: Clan TeL captain (I forget his name) is a very good hon carry player, I have seen some very well played magebane replays by him and he is certainly worth a look if you wanted to play carries better.
Wretched Hag, Corrupted Disciple, Valkyrie, Demented Shaman (well if you wanted to play him as 1; he's more on the support side of semi-carries), etc
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