How to jungle in Dota 2
Jungling is to take monsters in the jungle, so you do not have to share the
gold and XP with someone on a lane, making an extra source of both. This then
leads to that there is a lane in which there is a 1vs2 situation; the solo laner
should pick a hero that is suitable for a solo lane.
The jungle contains camps of different difficulty. On the picture to the
right you can see where the different camps are, the tough ones are red, blue
are medium, and green are easy camps.
A jungler is a hero that is capable of farming the jungle with his abilities
from the start of the game. This is something that should be done in the early
phase of a game, up unto about 15-20 minutes, after that point most heroes will
be strong enough to run in and take a camp on their own. As illustrated, there
are 1 easy, 2 medium and 2 hard camps. There are also some ancient camps, but
since these creeps are relatively strong, I wonít cover that here. Creeps spawn
in all the camps at 0:30, and then every minute thereafter. There times are
important, and should be watched carefully to farm effectively. You should try
to kill a camp before :55 of every minute, this will make sure the new camp
spawns right after. If you canít kill them within this time, you can choose to
stack the creep camp.
One thing I have to mention is that if you have the opportunity to help the
team on the way, or get a kill, do it. Just because one jungles, there is no
excuse to totally ignore lanes. Stay tuned, watch the minimap, and if you see
the opportunity to get a quick kill, get it, this is easy with some heroes like
Natures Prophet that can just teleport anywhere and trap heroes, or Lifestealer
with one of the most powerful slows.
Now that I have explained how the mechanics behind jungling works, I will
explain the 3 different subtypes.
These heroes have the ability to get monsters to help them, either by taking
over the monsters from the jungle, or call their own. A few examples include
Chen, Lone Druid and Enigma. These heroes usually have the ability to start with
the harder camps, as they let their monsters take damage, while taking care of
the enemies. These heroes have one thing in common, and that is that they need
mana. So before you start off, make sure you acquire some Clarity potions or a
Ring of Basilus.
These heroes can hit multiple creeps at once, which give them an advantage in
the jungle. Examples include Axe, with Counter Helix, and the Alchemist Acid
Spray. At the beginning you should start killing the easy camps while stacking
the bigger, once your level is high enough you should start killing the stacked
camps. This is usually around level 4-6. Some AOE (area of effect) ability costs
mana, you should obtain something Clarity potions and healing items that are
needed, since you do not have anyone else who can take the damage. To improve
survival, Stout Shield is good to acquire at the start.
Heroes with life steal
These are heroes that refill health as they attack. They should be jungled
almost the same way as the previous group. Start killing the easy camps, and
then work your way through the harder camps. Examples of such heroes are
Skeleton King and Lifestealer. The most important items to start with are items
that increase the survivability, making sure the life steal sustains you while
you farm. This can be done by obtaining Stout Shield and / or quelling blade and
healing items, as backup.
The last 2 things I want to mention are the ancient camps and Roshan. Ancient
camps are tough creeps; they are magic immune and have more hp and damage than
regular creeps. Normally the teams carry will kill these camps, and it is
helpful to stack them when you can. Roshan is a neutral monster that is much
tougher. He is almost impossible to kill alone (but some heroes can), when he
dies he gives 200 gold to the entire team, and a token that will resurrect the
player when he dies. After Roshan has been killed a few times he will drop a
Cheese additionally to the token, this will restore the playerís heros mana and
hp. Roshan respawns every 10 minutes, and this is how long the token lasts on
the player if he does not die in the time period.
To sum it all up; the junglers mission is to open up another way to get gold and
XP. In order to farm efficiently it is important to deal with the time mechanics
and stack camps when you can. When you can you should try to get kills, and when
you have enough farm you should start ganking and focusing on disrupting the
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