Qojqva's Mid Hero Guides

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In this bundle, you will find all the guides we made together with Qojqva – guides specially created because of his expertise and success with these heroes in the highest level of competition.

  • 14 super in-depth hero guides
  • 123k words of written content in total  - the equivalent length of a long novel!
  • 25+ example videos
  • Example replays of competitive and pub games

Queen of pain
Shadow Fiend Portrait
Storm spirit
Lone Druid
Lina
Naga siren
Leshrac
Gyro
Sniper
Death prophet
Drow Ranger
Dragon knight
Zeus Portrait
Broodmother Portrait

The Book of Dota guides are created with the goal to give you an in-depth understanding of all aspects of playing your chosen heroes. Even though they are long, they are meticulously structured so that you can quickly and easily find the needed knowledge. Each hero guide will give you all the necessary information to pick up a new hero or even to improve with a hero you already play well.

Learn from the best

Max "qojqva" Bröcker is a true veteran on the competitive scene. His career started in 2012 and over the years he has been part of stacks like We haz Asian, Team Tinker & No Diggity, whose surprise success never failed to get them picked up by major esports organizations. Over his career, Max has played under prominent esports brands like mousesports, Team Liquid, NiP and most recently - none other than Alliance and Liquid - arguably two of the biggest brands in Dota.

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Qojqva is one of the few old-school core players who can not only hang with but also beat the best in modern competitive Dota. Thanks to his high mechanical skill, amazing farming ability, and understanding of the game, he was able to earn over 9k MMR before the reset and to reach Top 4 on the EU Leaderboards in the current seasons. He is without a doubt one of the best people in the world to teach you how to play cores and carry your team to victory!

Qojqva's Book of Dota:
Queen Of Pain Guide by Qojqva
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Queen Of Pain
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Qojqva's extensive guide to Queen of Pain. Inside you can find everything you need to dominate the game with QoP (updated for 7.20):

  • skills, builds, strengths & weaknesses
  • drafting, playstyles, tactics, and priorities in the different stages of the game

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Queen of Pain

QoP is another classic mid lane hero who has always had a presence on the pro scene and even more often - in pubs. She is an active hero and she loves to dominate her lane and to start to rotate around the map to apply pressure, find kills and help her team gain map control.

QoP is a very strong nuker and ganker, which allows her to snowball in the mid game. If you learn to play her on a  high level you will be able to stomp games with her on your own. Despite this, she is relatively versatile and has decent late game potential, which means you can switch up your playstyle if the game requires it.

Shadow Fiend Guide by Qojqva
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Qojqva's extensive guide to SF. Inside you can find everything you need to collect the souls of your enemies. (updated for 7.20)

  • skills, builds, strengths & weaknesses
  • drafting, playstyles, tactics, and priorities in the different stages of the game
  • 10k words, 2 example videos

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Shadow Fiend

Thanks to Yaphets, Yamateh, and Chuan (a.k.a. some of the "first-generation gods"), SF is THE mid lane hero in Dota. It's not a surprise that he is the hero used for most 1v1 tournaments - he is a fun to play, versatile, snowballing carry with a very high skill ceiling. Any player aspiring to become a good mid laner needs to have SF in his hero pool.

Qojqva is one of the perfect players in the world to learn SF from. He has more than 390 pub and 56 pro games with the hero and boasts the very impressive WR of 64.3%, KDA of 4.33 & GPM of 664 in his competitive career.

Storm Spirit Guide by Qojqva
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Storm Spirit
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Qojqva's extensive guide to Storm Spirit. Inside you can find everything you need to zip-zap your way to victory:

  • skills, builds, strengths & weaknesses
  • drafting, playstyles, tactics and priorities in the different stages of the game

Storm Spirit is Qojqva's most played hero in pubs by a large margin. Despite having more than 400 games with Storm, he boasts the extremely impressive 65% WR. (Updated for 7.20)

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Storm Spirit

Storm is a very fun hero to play, but he is also hard to master and has a very high skill ceiling. His amazing mobility and solo kill potential make him one of the best heroes in the game to learn and spam if you want to solo-carry pub games and increase your rank as a core player.

Storm Spirit is Qojqva's most played hero in pubs by a large margin. Despite having more than 400 games with him, he boasts the extremely impressive 65% WR. Without a doubt this makes Qojqva one of the best people in the world to learn Storm from.

Lone Druid Guide by Qojqva
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Lone Druid
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Qojqva's extensive guide to Lone Druid - one of his signature heroes. Inside you can find everything you need to carry your team to victory with Syllabear (updated for 7.20)

  • skills, builds, strengths & weaknesses
  • drafting, playstyles, tactics and priorities in the different stages of the game
  • 7k words, 2 example videos

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Lone Druid

Syllabear is a carry with a very high skill ceiling because of the micro that his Bear requires. He is a strong and versatile laner and one of the best split-pushers in the game. This makes him an ideal hero to master if you want to solo-carry pubs and occasionally come out victorious even from unwinnable scenarios.

Qojqva has over a hundred pro games on  Lone with a win rate close to 70% (!) - Alliance wouldn't be the same without a great Lone Druid player.

Lina Guide by Qojqva
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Lina
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Qojqva's extensive guide to Lina. Inside you can find everything you need to carry your team to victory (updated for 7.20):

  • skills, builds, strengths & weaknesses
  • drafting, play styles, tactics and priorities
  • 8k words, 2 example videos
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Lina

A very strong laner, a notoriously powerful magic damage nuker and a very good ranged physical damage dealer in the mid and late game with some items. Lina is a great mid hero to learn because you can reliably do well in the mid lane with her in most matchups. After the laning stage, you can easily start ganking and snowballing from kills. If this game plan doesn't work out, Lina is flexible enough to be played in different ways - e.g. you can flash farm, out-push the waves and wait for team fights. 

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Naga Siren
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Qojqva's extensive guide to Naga Siren. Inside you can find everything you need to play the hero on a high level (updated for 7.20):

  • skills, builds, strengths & weaknesses
  • drafting, playstyles, tactics and priorities
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Naga Siren

Naga is one of the few heroes in the game who fit perfectly both in the role of a support or a carry. The playstyle of Naga in the two roles, however, is extremely different. This is an interesting trait that can easily be abused in the draft, but in order to do this, you need to be a very flexible player.

As a carry, Naga is a powerful split-pusher who can take over the map, out-farm and out-smart her opponents and make ending the game extremely difficult for them.

As a support, Naga is a lane bully. Later on, she becomes one of the most powerful defensives supports thanks to her ultimate. Song of the Siren also gives great team fight initiation opportunities, especially when combined with other powerful AoE team fight abilities.

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Leshrac
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Qojqva's extensive guide to Lesh. Inside you can find everything you will ever need to be the best disco pony you can be (update 7.20):

  • skills, builds, strengths & weaknesses
  • drafting, playstyles, tactics, and priorities in the different stages of the game
  • 10k words, 2 example videos
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Leshrac

Lesh is one of the most versatile heroes in the game - he can be played as a core or a support in any lane. He is a strong laner, fast farmer, fast pusher, and he deals incredibly high AoE magic damage in team fights. This versatility makes him a great hero to learn and even spam in your pubs. With a bit of creativity and with a good dose of game-sense you will be able to adapt to different situations and secure the victory for your team.

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Gyrocopter
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Qojqva's extensive guide to Gyro. Inside you can find everything you need to learn to carry your team to victory (update 7.20):

  • skills, builds, strengths & weaknesses
  • drafting, playstyles, tactics, and priorities in the different stages of the game
  • 9k words, 2 example videos

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Gyrocopter

Gyro is one of the most picked carry heroes in pro Dota for a reason - he is a very strong laner, an amazing mid game hero in team fights and thanks to Flak Cannon - a very scary late game carry. He can easily snowball after a good laning stage and take over team fights, but he has a chance to win even very desperate games - Gyro is one of the best Rapier carries in Dota.

Very few heroes can boast with so many strong timings, which makes Gyro one of the most reliable core in the game and an almost mandatory hero for a core player to have in his hero pool.

Sniper Guide by Qojqva
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Sniper
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Qojqva's extensive guide to Sniper. Inside you can find everything you will ever need to start owning (updated for 7.20):

  • skills, builds, strengths & weaknesses
  • drafting, playstyles, tactics, and priorities in the different stages of the game

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Sniper

Sniper is one of the heroes with the highest carry potential you can play out of the mid lane. Thanks to his amazing range, he is practically almost impossible to kite and avoid in fights, which means that once he gets items he can become impossible to deal with. Sniper is one of the most difficult heroes to push against and he is one of the best cores for securing comeback victories.

Sniper seems like a simple hero at first glance - he has multiple passives and most of his playstyle revolves around right-clicking your enemies. Nonetheless, he is actually a hard hero to master. Sniper requires absolutely perfect positioning on the map and most importantly - in fights. To get good with him you need to develop great game-sense and map-awareness - skills which you can use on any other hero you are playing, especially on other ranged damage dealers.

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Death Prophet
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Qojqva's extensive guide to DP. Inside you will find everything you need to carry your team to victory (updated for 7.20):

  • skills, builds, strengths & weaknesses
  • drafting, playstyles, tactics, and priorities in the different stages of the game
  • 7k words, 2 example videos
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Death Prophet

DP is one of the most reliable mid laners in Dota. Even though she is not very versatile, she is one of the best heroes at what she does - 5-man pushing. Despite being one of the least played heroes in pubs, her strengths have earned her a constant presence in the pro scene.

Being rarely picked in pubs means that people have very little experience playing against her. If you master her, this will provide you with a great opportunity to surprise and out-play your opponents, securing victories for your team consistently.

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Drow Ranger
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Qojqva's extensive guide to Drow Ranger. Inside you can find everything you need to learn to carry your team to victory:

  • skills, builds, strengths & weaknesses
  • drafting, playstyles, tactics and priorities in the different stages of the game

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Drow Ranger

Drow is one of the few heroes in Dota who are the backbone of strategies considered by some as "cheese". The reason is her unique ability to empower other ranged allies globally. This is very impactful during the laning stage and is often used for early-mid game 5-man push strats that could be a bit all-in-ish (yet really strong).

That being said, Drow is not really a one-dimensional hero. Different item builds in combination with different allies make her viable in different strategies.

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Dragon Knight
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Qojqva's extensive guide to DK. Inside you can find everything you need to play the hero on a high level (updated for 7.20):

  • skills, builds, strengths & weaknesses
  • drafting, playstyles, tactics, and priorities in the different stages of the game
  • 9k words, 2 example videos

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Dragon Knight

DK is an insanely tough hero to kill or zone-out, which makes him one of the most reliable laners in the game. Moreover, he scales very well with farm and has versatile item builds, which enable you to adopt a different playstyle (usually ganking or 5-man pushing) situationally and carry your team to victory.

Learning to play him on a high level is very valuable for a mid player - you can go to DK every time you need a frontline tank and pusher for your team.

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Zeus
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Qojqva's extensive guide to Zeus. Inside you can find everything you need to learn to play the hero on a high level (updated for 7.20):

  • skills, builds, strengths & weaknesses
  • drafting, playstyles, tactics, and priorities in the different stages of the game

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Zeus

Zeus has always been one of the heroes with the highest win rate in pubs for a reason:

  • he consistently deals extremely high hero damage all-game long (the highest out of all heroes on average)
  • he is a very reliable laner because he can simply spam Arc Lightning from a safe distance to secure last hits for himself
  • he provides amazing vision on the enemy team with his ult and he can use Bolt to give true sight (commonly used to deward), which gives his team a big vision advantage
Zeus is not a hard hero to master compared to some other more mechanically intensive mid heroes and learning to play him well almost guarantees you a high win rate in pubs.

Broodmother Guide by Qojqva
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Broodmother
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Alliance.Qojqva's extensive guide to Broodmother. Inside you can find everything you need to play Brood on a high level (updated for 7.20):

  • skills, builds, strengths & weaknesses
  • drafting, play styles, tactics, and priorities in the different stages of the game
  • 6k words, 2 example videos

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Broodmother

Brood is one of the most dominant laners in the game if your opponents don’t have direct counters. Even if they do, a late Brood pick could force them to make awkward lane swaps just to survive the laning stage. This makes Brood (if you have no shame) one of the best heroes to spam in order to gain MMR. Her snowballing nature makes 25 minute wins common even in pro games.

Qojqva is Alliance's Brood player and he has the impressive 76% win rate with her in pro games!

About the guides:

As is the case with the whole Book of Dota series, all guides are in-depth and have a very wide variety of components. They have a useful navigation and intuitive structure, which helps you find exactly the information you are searching for.

The guides are designed in a way that makes them easy to update when new patches come out or when the meta changes. We will add new replay examples, new gameplay video examples and we will update the builds so that you will always be up to date with the newest and most efficient ways to play the heroes.

The goal of the guides, however, is not to spoon-feed you. We will help you develop a deep understanding of the heroes and their capabilities and role in the game. Once you master this knowledge, you will be able to use your own creativity and unique playstyle in order to find success and achieve victory!

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Qojqva with Alliance.