Rule #5 – Play Your Role Well

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In order to win Heroes of the Storm ARAM brawls, you have to obey Rule #5 – Play Your Role Well.

Sadly, most people don’t know the most fundamental ways to do this.

No Time for Rehashing

Now, I’ve already gone over HOTS heroes roles and how to play your role well. In there I link to three crucial posts for playing well in your role covering not only tanking, healing, and damage, but also how to support each of those roles.

The elite players will read those posts and nod in agreement, while lesser players will be surprised to find there was more to those roles than just taking damage, undoing damage, and causing damage.

I’m not going to spend my time rehashing what I’ve already said, because, well, I’ve said it. It’s right there. Click a link and learn more (and if you can’t click to better your game, what hope do you have to improve?)

Instead, I want to talk to you about something else for Rule #5 – Play Your Role Well. I want to talk to you about what to do when your team comp is out of whack.

Here’s how to play your role well, when you don’t have the right roles.

Playing the Wrong Roles Well

Sometimes you have to wonder if there is someone at Blizzard chuckling behind the scenes at all the misery they put us through. A game with no healers. One team with two Zul’jin’s and the other team only given melee DPS options. A bruiser having to tank. Seriously, Blizz: are you observing these games on a big screen in the break room just for fun?

Regardless of the torment they put us through, and the anguish the AFK monsters add to the pain when they don’t follow Rule #4 – Choose Your Role Well, we have to find a way to deal with the bad hand we were dealt.

Here are a few simple things you can do to compensate for a team with poor comp and still excel at Rule #5 – Play Your Role Well:

  • Strategic CC: If you’re lacking in CC, save what you have for crucial moments to either keep an opponent stuck or undo what would be a devastating ability.
  • Smart Heroic Stacking: Plan your heroics well and stack them to maximize their effectiveness.
  • Strong Harassing: Sometimes the best thing you can do is just annoy the frost out of the other team to get them off their game and pick off stragglers.
  • Heavy Team Play: The worse your comp is, the more important team play is. Work together to compensate for what you lack.
  • Focus Fire: Focusing on the same target is crucial to a win, but even more so when your comp is out of whack. Use focus fire to change the game in your favor.

Of course there are numerous other ways to compensate for a team with bad comp. The key is to be clever, work together, and use your abilities wisely.

Follow Rule #1 – Stay Alive, Rule #2 – Keep Your Teammates Alive, Rule #3 – Play as a Team, and stay positive; when you do, you can find your way to victory even in a tough situation.