Dota 2 is filled to the brim with hard to learn and complicated characters, so heroes like Luna are hard to come by. She is relatively simple to learn, which makes her perfect for beginner players, especially those who aspire to become one of the best at the game. It’s no wonder the tutorial makes people play with her for their first time.
If you’re a beginner though, getting into Dota 2 can be pretty hard – even with a novice-friendly hero like her. Let me walk you through how you can succeed with Luna.
Who should play Luna?
We are talking about a low risk and medium reward hero, so it’s absolutely perfect if you’re just getting started. Games are fairly easy to win with her, so the motivation you get from that will carry you through all the negativity you may face. It doesn’t matter if you just want a character to practice with, or if you want to jump into ranked games immediately, it works either way. Because of this, you will learn the ropes really quickly.
But once you are a little more experienced and confident, she stops being a top tier hero and you will need to move on. Pick characters that are a little more difficult and more rewarding. Huskar might be a good choice after Luna, although if you still aren’t entirely sure, Ogre Magi could work too.
What items does Luna need?
- Boots of Travel 2
- Manta Style
- Eye of Skadi
- Black King Bar
- Monkey King Bar
Thankfully for all of you that are just getting started in Dota, Luna is a pretty straightforward character, and so is her build. If you buy these items, you should be ready for anything, so you can just follow this guide blindly without falling off the edge.
Although, I know that some beginners like to experiment and explore what their hero can do, which is great. That way you can learn way faster, and you will have a better sense of what you need to do in which situation. So let me give you a couple of ideas for alternative items.
Aegis of the Immortal is great if you die during team fights easily – which is likely, since survival isn’t one of Luna’s strengths. It will revive you with full health after 5 seconds, and after that you can continue on as normal. Alternatively, if you find that you are getting our close calls consistently, you can also build Heart of Terrasque, which will heal you up in a shorter amount of time.
Finally, if you are far ahead and want to keep the snowball rolling, get a Daedalus. It gives you damage and critical strike, all of which make you even more valuable when pushing and fighting enemies.
When to switch it up
You should avoid Luna’s counters in Dota 2 at all costs. They make the game a living hell for such a fragile champion, and the last thing you want when you are just getting started learning a champion is to be tilted. I know the feeling all too well, so please, do your best to not get countered in draft, or in your lane.
Besides your known counters, you should be wary of all champions with hard crowd control, as Luna doesn’t have any way to escape such opponents. If you get into a game with champions like that, you should should simply try to avoid their lane if that’s an option. If it isn’t, start building defensively: go for Heart of Terrasque and Aegis of the Immortal, as mentioned before. Or, if your entire team is doing badly, you can build Assault Cuirass which will help everyone who is in a certain range of you by giving them attack speed and armor.
How to play as Luna
In the early game you have insanely high damage, so make it count while you are above average. Get as many last hits as you can, then start roaming in the jungle and farming up. Your goal is to push lanes in and stay away from as many unfavorable fights as possible. The kind of snowball you are trying to roll depends on creeps and not enemy heroes, so if Dota wasn’t such a teamwork-heavy game, you would have a better chance going solo as Luna.
Since you can’t just farm all game, you will need to stay with the team. Don’t roam once the mid game starts, and don’t try to take towers by yourself, because you will be hunted down. Let the initiators start the fight, stay in the backline and try not to get caught. You need to get that last part through your head, as it will be the hardest thing to learn about Luna in Dota 2. You can’t really take risks and you need to depend on your team. Communication and trust is the key to winning the game with her.