Sniper Dota 2: How to play Sniper & Counter Sniper in Dota 2 All-pick or ranked games? Sniper is one of the most devastating heroes in Dota 2 if played correctly. This is a guide on how to play Sniper & how to Counter Sniper in Dota 2.
Sniper is one of the most popular picks for new players in Dota 2. However, it can be terrifying to play against in the hands of a seasoned Dota 2 player. Sniper is a ranged agility hero who packs a punch after farming the most basic items.
Sniper isn’t a popular choice in pro-games because his liabilities are many. Although he can hit like a truck, he is pretty easy to gank. Sniper doesn’t have an inbuilt escape mechanism, which is his only weakness. In this article, you will find out how to play the best way as Sniper in Dota 2 and also how you can counter Sniper in your opposite team.
Sniper Dota 2: How to play & Counter Sniper?
Sniper is mostly played in the mid-lane. This gives him complete control over the lane and solo experience and gold, enabling him to scale faster. Also, the proximity of the jungle-camps, and his 1st ability Shrapnel allows him to maximize his early-game items and levels.
How to play Sniper:
Role & When to pick: You can pick sniper when your team has a strength hero or two that can tank up and initiate fights. Your job is to just sit in the backlines and shoot continuously at enemies. Always buy a defensive item after your first item. This will help you escape from ganks, or if the enemy collapses on you.
Items: In the early to mid-game, you can purchase a Dragon Lance to extend your range. This can also be built into a Hurricane Pike later, which will be a good escape item as well.
After Dragon Lance, depending on how the game goes, you can choose to build a Monkey King Bar to maximize damage. The other option is a Black King Bar, which will help you survive team fights, ensuring you can stay on top of enemies and continue to rain fire on them.
How to Counter Sniper:
The best way to counter Sniper in Dota 2 is in the draft itself. Your team needs a hero who can close the gap on Sniper as he has an annoying long range of fire. The other best way to counter Sniper is to be burst him by stunning and disabling him.
Heroes which counter Sniper:
- Axe: If you can rush a Blink Dagger and a Blademail on Axe, Sniper’s game is over. He will lose most of his HP to your Berserker’s Call, Counter-Helix, and Blademail combo. You can finish him off by dunking him with your R (Culling Blade)
- Bounty Hunter: The best part of Bounty Hunter to counter Sniper is that he will not when you’re going to jump on him unless there is a sentry Ward. Bounty has immense right-click damage and an inbuilt stun, which should be more than enough to chase Sniper down.
- Clockwork: Clockwork has a long-range setup on Sniper thanks to Hookshot. A precise combo of Hook Shot and Battery Assault and Power Cogs is doom for any Sniper player until they have a Hurricane Pike.