This article is part of “Professional Help” an ongoing series of tips and tricks from pro players on their favorite heroes.
Tri “Jhocam” Kuncoro is an Indonesian support player for T1 who joined the team early this year. Jhocam started his pro Dota 2 career in 2017 and now has the opportunity to develop T1 into being one of the best teams in Southeast Asia.
Here are five tips from Jhocam himself to help you make game saving plays with Tusk.
1. Know your matchup
You should draft a Tusk when a saving hero is needed. He is a great choice because he can use Snowball and save others, and that is why I like to play Tusk.
Tusk is also good against Nature’s Prophet, Windranger, and Vengeful Spirit. Meanwhile, the hero struggles against Phoenix.
2. Choosing between Tag Team and Snowball depends on the situation
I usually maximize Tag Team if the enemy team isn’t playing aggressively. But, if the enemy team is looking to go for early kills, I will take Snowball to avoid incoming spells.
3. Make the most of what you have as a support player
My net worth is not affecting how the game is run. I think support should pay attention to teamfight items such as Mekansm, Glimmer Cape, Pipe of Insight, Crimson Guard, Medallion of Courage, Spirit Vessel, or Blink Dagger.
Also, don’t try to rush on getting your Blink Dagger. The other support items are much more useful in team fight situations.
4. Be active around the map
I usually start roaming into the other lanes early so I can give space to our hard carry who needs to gain farm and levels fast.
5. Know your surroundings
While roaming, you should also look to place wards to help your team get information and survive. I usually ward when I leave my core to farm or when they push out the lane.
Also, when your core heroes get zoned out in their lane, you can take that opportunity to get your levels in those dangerous areas your teammates can’t play in.