After months of taking part in some dreadful games of Paragon, PC Invasion has compiled this list of pointers which should help cut down on losses. These points highlight the main issues we see when teams lose matches.
With the influx of new players joining Paragon for the Open beta, these are common mistakes that are sure-fire ways to lose a match. Get these basics right and matches should be a lot more enjoyable.
Wards are your eyes in the Jungle and will help save you and your team in and outside of the jungle. Play a match completely blind and have no idea when an enemy is going to leap out the jungle and gank you or a team-mate.
So many games are lost because the team is not using wards. Why play blind when you don’t have to?
If you ignore what’s going on on the mini map opportunities will pass you by and dangers will turn into disasters. You should be peeking at that mini map at least every 10 seconds to see where your team mates and the enemy team are. This goes back to wards, the more wards you have the more useful the mini map is.
If you really want to scupper your team’s chances of winning then completely ignore cries for assistance or ignore messages announcing which lanes they are moving to. You should always be helping the team and responding if needed. However, don’t jump into a situation where you have no zero of survival. One death is better than two.
Staying in the jungle all the time adds extra pressure on your team. Players often stay in the jungle attacking camps while your towers tumble around them. When the tower has been destroyed, it’s a done deal. The opposing team now has the advantage and the extra CXP gained from staying in the jungle and attacking camps doesn’t make up for the fact your team is now on the back foot. If you are attacking a camp and a tower or team mate nearby is under attack leave the camp, assist and then return to finish off the camp.
Not activating harvesters cripples the whole team. Your team is not special and your team’s cards cannot be slotted in without card points. The more harvesters you have, the faster your team can get CXP. The more CXP your teams gains the more powerful the team becomes against the opposition.
Returning to base at the same time and leaving lanes undefended give the opposing team the opportunity to push hard against towers. Be aware at all times where your team mates are.
If you’re both low on mana coordinate your return to base, even if you have to remain under the tower in a defensive mode simply looking menacing, it could be enough to give the advancing attackers pause, as you can still attack minions with your auto attack (LMB). It could buy you enough time until your refreshed team mate returns and you can go back to base to replenish.
The Orb Prime can turn a game around. Bringing back inhibitors can bring your team back into the game. If you have the upper hand then finish the opposition off by capturing the orb and attacking the opposition towers. The Orb Prime is VERY powerful and should never be ignored. If there is an opportunity to take it with your team then do it.
Believe it or not, some players still don’t add cards to their deck slots. make sure you are continually adding cards throughout the match. Don’t stock up on 10 points before returning, you’re wasting your potential power and effectiveness. You can’t win a game without some real power from the cards.
If playing a melee character, retreating from a tower when on the offensive
As a melee character you have the hitting power on towers so do not stand back and watch a caster struggle to take them down. Some players do the minimum, clear a few minions and then dash back into the jungle. Help the team get that tower down.
Piling into one lane with the rest of your team to just duke it out with the opposition is a terrible idea. Spread out, make the opposition defend all the lanes. Keep them on their toes.
Paragon is not a deathmatch game, play it like that and you will likely lose. If you want to play Call of Duty then go play it. Don’t make the rest of your team suffer. You can only win by taking down the towers, kill count means nothing when you’ve lost your towers and the opposition still has all theirs.
Do not play as a hero like the caster Gadget and continually jungle, you will be jumped on by a real jungler and die horribly. Don’t play a support character such as Muriel and keep attacking the minions and then ignore your team-mates health. Support them. Study the roles of each hero carefully and for the sanity of other players, practice with bots first.
If you let the enemy come to you for the duration of the match you will lose. Always push the towers because if you do you might actually win. Always push beyond the half way point on the map and keep the minions pushed up the lane. Sitting back at tier one towers defending is not going to win the match. You can not win until you reach their core.
If you fail to communicate then you have a greater chance of losing. The rest of your team are not psychic. They need to know what you are going which helps formulate a strategy. They will thank you for being in constant communication. Just don’t spam the commands or chat.
Battling with team-mates can be exciting but sometimes you have to retreat. Make sure you tell them they do not have your support any moire. Leaving them stranded could mean death for them. There is a ‘Retreat’ and ‘Be Right Back’ command – use it.
Some players actually sabotage games by not playing properly. Sometimes they jump around in front of you so you can’t target minions or the enemy, sometimes they sit back and watch you attack waves of minions on your own. Yes, these players exist and they will lose your team the game. There is not a great deal you can do about this. I have won games when we’ve only had 4 players but they are so much more difficult and frustrating. All players should report Saboteur.
Hopefully. these Paragon tips will help you win. If you have any more you want to share then please add them in the comments. Paragon is extremely fun if your team does everything right. Do it wrong and there will be RAAAAAGE.