Dota 2 Tips: Improve Your Tiny Gameplay (Offlane)

Tiny is a great hero for various positions and lanes in Dota 2. You can play Tiny as Core as well as Support. Here are some tips that might be useful for you if you’re playing Tiny in the Offlane.

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Tiny Gameplay


I’ve played a lot of Tiny games and have achieved Gold Tier for him with 60%+ win rate. Here’s how I play Tiny.

Let’s get started item selection


I’ll divide this section into several different stages of the game: Early game, Mid game and Late game.

Core Items

Starting/Early Game

Starting Items Offlane Tiny
Starting Items for Offlane Tiny

You should use your starting money to get a Stout Shield, 6 Tango, 2 Mango and a Branch.

Tiny starts with 0 armor in the early game without his Passive ability, Grow which makes him really bad at taking physical damage early game. On top of that, if you are playing as an offlane Tiny, you are most probably going to get harassed heavily by your enemies.

2 sets of tango and 2 mango as well as a Stout Shield can help him survive longer in the early game and take more damage. Mango helps since Tiny has a low mana pool and you don’t want to be unable to cast your skills in the early game since he has great killing potential.

Early game items Offlane Tiny
Early game Items for Offlane Tiny

Once you have some gold, you should get items in the following sequence:

  1. Bottle
  2. Magic Stick
  3. Phase Boots
  4. Magic Wand
  5. Wind Lace

Getting an early Bottle helps sustaining yourself in the lane because you might be running out on Tango and Mango. Also, at 5 minutes mark, there will be a Bounty rune spawn nearby where you can refill your Bottle.

Magic Stick/Magic Wand helps by collecting charges since your opponent will most probably use spells to harass you. The accumulated charges will help you sustain in your lane as well as give you a chance to get some HP and Mana to get kills.

I’d recommend Phase Boots because Tiny relies a lot on positioning yourself to get kills. Phase Boots gives you extra movement speed and phase ability when activated allowing you to get closer to your enemy or escape from ganks. This item also gives you extra armor which is great since Tiny has literally 0 armor without Growth.

Lastly, Wind Lace. This item is a great bang for the buck. It is cheap and it provides extra move speed. You should get this item in the early game, it helps a lot.

Mid Game

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Mid Game Items for Offlane Tiny

Upon entering the Mid Game stages, there are 2 items that you should get to maximize Tiny’s impact. Blink Dagger and Echo Sabre

Blink Dagger allows Tiny to execute his Avalanche + Toss combo by repositioning himself right beside an enemy. A deadly combo that usually kills the targeted enemy hero instantly.

Echo Sabre enables Tiny to do a 3-hit combo by using 2 hits from Echo Sabre and throwing a tree using his Tree Grab.

Using a Blink Dagger to combine his Avalanche + Toss and 3-hit Echo Sabre combo would most likely kill your enemy hero or leave them at low health, giving your team an advantage in a team fight.

Late Game

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Late Game Items for Offlane Tiny

In the Late Game, Tiny’s items become situational. The suggested items above are usually what I’d get. The only items I usually keep from Mid Game is Blink Dagger and Echo Sabre.

Black King Bar: Get this item if there are heroes with disables or silences in the enemy team. Otherwise, swap it with another defensive or offensive items such as

  • Assault Cuirass
  • Heart Of Tarrasque
  • Daedalus
  • Situational Items: Bloodthorn/Orchid , Scythe of Vyse, Nullifier

Aghanim’s Scepter: This item gives Tiny an extra ability, Tree Volley. It is a very powerful ability that lets Tiny throw multiple trees in an area. The trees deal physical damage based on Tiny’s right click damage. Note: Tree Volley makes enemy super slow if you have Echo Sabre.

Daedalus: This item amplifies Tiny’s output damage especially when paired with Aghanim’s Scepter. Tree Volley is capable of dealing critical damage provided by Daedalus.

Gameplay Tips

I’m writing this section in a list form so it’ll be easier for you.

  • Always Avalanche before Tossing.
  • If you don’t have a Blink Dagger, Avalanche and quickly move as close as possible to your enemy before Tossing them. The previous patch where Tiny’s Avalanche got reworked gives him extra time to move in closer to his enemy.Refer to this.
  • Keep your distance and harass with Tree Grab.
  • Right click with Tree Grab until you have only 1 charge left. Use the last charge by throwing the tree to your enemy. Refer to this.
  • If you’re trying to pull the nearby neutral creep camp and can’t make it, Toss the neutral creep to your creep.
  • When your creep gets close to your tower, you can Toss your enemy and stun them to get a kill. Refer to this
  • You can use Toss to save your team by tossing them away from the enemy.
  • Change your camera and mouse speed settings to as high as you are comfortable with. This will be useful to find targets to Toss to.

Last but not least, you should study your enemy by using This App before picking Tiny. Or else, you might bump into someone who’s good at dealing with Tiny.

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