On 13th April, I met my best friend (and my master in gaming) who don’t want to be named, so let’s just name him Z. He have a decent skill in gaming and I’ve learned a lot from him. A couple of weeks ago I was given a task to interview someone and I decide to go for him. I asked a few question about gaming, and I told him that I’m going to post it here. He agreed, but with the condition that his identity isn’t publicated (he thinks sharing a tips about game on the internet without an alias has a huge risk about being humiliated when they meet you in real life, I don’t know is that true).
Cough... I asked about a game on smartphone named Vainglory, it’s a great MOBA game. I’m still new on thins game, but thanks to him now I’m pretty good at it. In the game there are three roles to play, a carry which is the main damage dealing role, the jungler, the one who lurk the jungle to level up their hero and serve as the anti-carry, and a captain, the one who protect the carry from the jungler.
I’m pretty good at jungler and captain role but not so good at the carry role. So I decided to ask him how to be a good carry.
A (me) : Z, You’re a pretty good gamer and certinly you can play vainglory, right?
Z : Of course, but I don’t think I’m really that good.
A : In the game, there are three roles to play correct? A carry, jungler and a Captain.
Z : Yes. And each hero have their own roles.
A : Which roles you play the most? I mean your favorite role.
Z : The jungler is my favorite
A : Okay, Can I ask you about tips on the game... but it’s not about jungler tips because I’m pretty good at it, it’s about how to be a good carry.
Z : Carry is not my best role, but I think I can give some tips.
A : Okay, so... what do you think we should do in early game as a carry?
Z : A carry in vainglory usually have a strong attack with devastating abilities, but they are really vulnerable. So in early game you should focus on farming gold in the lane by last-hitting the opposite team’s minions.
A : Last-hitting is a technique where you only hit a target when they are about to die, right?
Z : Yes, and it’s and important skill to master for a carry. One hero even take an extra advantage on it, such as Ringo.
A : How about in the mid-game?
Z : When the game reach 10 minutes, it’s more likely the enemy jungler are ready to kill you. You will have to pay attention on the lane, especially on the bush where the jungler might lurk and wait to give you an unpleasant surprise. You might want to stay with your captain or stay away from a bush.
A : What if there are no captain? I mean a team can consist of two carries and a jungler, or two junglers and a carry, right?
Z : In that case, stay on the back-line... let the one with the highest survivability on the front-line such as Grumpjaw, Glaive, Krul, Reim and support them from behind. It’s also important that you’re free from anything to deal damage to enemy heroes, so pick a place where there are no enemies and you will be fine.
A : How about the late game?
Z : When the game reach 15 minutes, a kraken will awake. And most of the time, a team will only try to unleash that tower-eating-beast when they clearly have the upper-hand such as an Ace or when their enemy team’s jungler and carry has been killed. If the entire team is still alive they probably just hide in the bush and wait for their enemy to strike first. Just follow your captain, or the jungler with the highest survivability and you will be fine.
A : How about the items?
Z : A carry should focus on damage-dealing items on all of their slots, leaving two slots with a boots and a defensive items.
A : Are there any other tips?
Z : The point of being a carry is to serve as the primary damage dealers, which means you are build to kill. Even so, you can’t just rush on your enemy without second thought, you’ll end up getting killed and your team going to have a hard time to deal with your enemies. Patient and focus is the key of being a good carry, and your team captain also affect how well you play as carry role. If the captain can protect you well, you will be a devastating carry.
A : Among the carriers, which hero do you like the most?
Z : I like Kestrel the best, she is a flexible carry.. you can play her with crystal and weapon build. Although some other carries such as Ringo, Blackfeather, Idris, and Vox can also be both crystal and weapon carry, Kestrel suits me the best. Lyra which is a captain hero can also play as carry, but she’s extremely weak so you might need an extra defensive items, but in her case, instead of buying armor and shields, just focus on hitpoints item to improve her Imperial Sigil skills.
A : Okay thankyou, I’ll try it
And that’s that... he also said something in the end, that his tips and ways to play carry in the game might be different from how other carry do. And that’s why he said that I have to find my own style of playing. And he also said that don’t take game too seriously, games are designed for fun. Just like one of our friend Iroha said “having fun with your friends, is the key to be a better player”.