As I’ve gotten more serious with the game, I’ve discovered I’m having trouble building mechanical skill rather than just memory when it comes to builds. I’m not sure in what order to buy things, or why buy those things over others. A lot of this comes with experience, and knowing which items do what, but I’m already pretty familiar with this, and I’m still having trouble. I’ve found that this translates to similar games like LoL as well.
For a while I was coasting on the recommended builds, but the more the heroes shift since they updated the builds, the more I realize that I’m missing possibly the most crucial skill of MOBAs. I have no clue how to build for different heroes or roles. I’m very familiar with situational things (Ex. In this situation, you need this and that T3 item to succeed) but I’ve no idea how to get there from level 1 on my own.
If I know I need AC, should I start by buying Crystal Bit or Swift Shooter first? Which will be more important to have early? Should I skip those now and buy boots or some defense first? How about when I get more gold, what’s the most important thing to upgrade? What about other damage items, when do those come into play? Should I buy one T2 item or two T1 items?
These questions seems simple, but I don’t know how to begin answering them. Studying pros, reading guides, watching the order in which the auto builds work; they all don’t give any reasoning behind their choices. It’s an unspoken common sense in MOBAs, but for someone who doesn’t know, it’s very hard to learn. I’m not a fan of trial and error, and neither are my teammates frustrated by the one person who is level 6 and has hardly bought anything useful.
Anything helps, thank you if you’ve read this far.