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How to Reduce Lag in Dota 2
Any avid PC gamer, especially one who enjoys MOBA games will be familiar with the term “Dota”.
In 2003, a modder named Eul created a custom Warcraft III map called Defense of the Ancients, commonly referred to as “Dota”. The map was roughly inspired by another map for StarCraft called “Aeon of Strife” — yet arguably, Dota is considered to be the first MOBA.
Years later in July 2013, Valve released their re-imagined version of Dota, simply calling it “Dota 2”. Today, Dota 2 is one of the most popular games in the MOBA genre.
Whether you are brand new to Dota 2, or have 10,000 hours of playtime, novice and experts alike all agree on one thing: when you lag, you lose.
What is lag?
Lag is the term used to describe impaired computer functionality often associated with network performance. There are three important factors to your connection: ping (latency), jitter and packet loss
Ping (latency) is a measurement of the time it takes a packet (piece of data) to get from one device to another, such as from your PC to a game server, or vice-versa.
Jitter is the fluctuation of latency over time (standard deviation). High jitter gives you unpredictable performance and can really mess with your skill-shots registering.
Packet Loss is the percentage of packets that don’t arrive at their destination within a certain amount of time. Some “lost” packets are really just slow, but so slow they are ignored by the game server. When packets are lost, your commands may be ignored. When packet loss is especially high, you risk rubber-banding or the possibly of being disconnected mid-game.
For the most responsive and accurate gameplay, you want the lowest ping, jitter and packet loss possible, ensuring you have a fair chance of succeeding in Dota 2.
Tip: You can see your Ping, Jitter and Packet-loss for Dota 2 by using Haste Check and/or Post Game Recap in the Haste Client!
Switch to Ethernet
It’s really quite simple, and a number of game companies have been preaching this for some time now: Get off of WiFi while gaming!
WiFi was never intended for gaming, as there are many variables that can cause disruption, leading to packet loss and higher ping. You can read more about why WiFi is killing your gaming success here.
If hard-wiring an Ethernet cable isn’t possible (or practical), then your next best solution is a powerline ethernet kit.
Tune your rig
A healthy running computer is essential to gaming performance.
If your FPS (frames per second) is below 30 fps, you will struggle keeping up with other players running at 60 fps or higher. Do what you can to increase your FPS!
Here’s a checklist to achieve the best framerate possible:
- Make sure your computer meets Dota 2’s suggested system requirements
- Keep Windows updated
- Update your drivers
- Fine-tune your in-game settings to find the “sweet spot” for performance vs visuals
Haste is new network technology that can reduce lag, jitter and packet loss in Dota 2.
Haste relies on cutting-edge network software to give your game the best possible connection. Using multipathing to connect your PC to the game servers, Haste reduces packet loss, jitter, and ping. Our custom network infrastructure is monitored in real-time, meaning the more you use Haste, the more Haste will learn about your connection to ensure you have the best available routes. You can read more about Haste’s technology here.
There’s no better time to try Haste to see how it stabilizes your connection to the game servers, lowers your ping and might even help you rank up faster!