Dota 2 Beginner Heroes - Choose strongest champions!
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Welcome to MMOAuctions beginner's guide to Dota 2. In this one we will be taking a quick look at the most suitable hero picks for the newbies and for those who participate in tournaments to achieve a higher rank. If you are just about to start your battle with this Product of Valve, direct competition of League of Legends, then this article will help you to find the pick that will not only be easy to play but also efficient in your gaming, so that you stand out in all events. If you want to learn more about the game, know the latest changes on Dota and how to play better with your teammates and have fun, we also have guides and tips from other fields. Just click the blog button on top of the page to jump into our articles section. But for now let's talk about Dota 2 Beginner Heroes. You are going to discover very interesting things! Feel comfortable. Next, an in-detail rundown, analytics and our opinion.
Best picks for newcomers
Even though picks that we have selected base their gameplay on the simplicity of their skills and mechanics they are still very viable even in pro games. You don't have to choose very complicated heroes to understand the tempo of the game or become a master of this, instead, just focus on playing one hero and follow his path. Learn about his weaknesses and advantages and use them to win your lane, experience and pursue victory. Next, the best dota 2 heroes for beginners.
Not without a reason Dragon Knight has been put into the tutorial; times to times to do this is very recommendable. This is a great choice from the beginning; its learning curve is so short. Dragon Knight is a solid pick that has all the characteristics that new players might need to get easy kills and to survive in most of the battles, in addition to the equipment, that is to say, fancy sword and thick armor. On top of that, DK performs well on all types of roles available in the game, in any part of the field. He can be played as a carry, roamer, tank and even a support. He has all the conditions to fulfill any kind of rol. In consequence, DK is a great hero for any location on the territory.
The most important factor that makes this hero easy to play is his arsenal, the skill set (this thing is not something to be overlooked) and playstyle. Dragon Knight has three active skills and one passive. Its nature is to serve all allies and protecte the cores. Below you can read about his abilities kit:
Q: Breathe Fire- A burst damage to a bunch of enemies in a cone that stand in front of the Davion (Dragon Knight). Each affected opponent also receives a debuff that lowers his damage for 11 seconds. Very easy to use nuke that comes with a great debuff that helps the team sustain through enemy attacks.
W: Dragon Tail- A quick single victim stun that deals small amount of damage. Another skill that might help with team survival but also works great for catching opponents off-guard. If you are in human form, this ability is cast from a melee range. However, in dragon form you can shoot it from the range.
E: Dragon Blood- Your first and only passive in the skill set with great chances to work. This ability gives Davion both armor and life regeneration. It is one of the best lane sustain skills in the game. With this one you won't have to lose your money on healing items and when damaged you will be able to recover in a short amount of time. This is what makes Dragon Knight an amazing pick for the new players. Even if you make mistakes and receive a lot of damage you will still be able to get back on your feet with Dragon Blood. Nothing or no one can stop you!
R: Elder Dragon Form- Your ultimate ability is one of the most iconic ones in Dota two. Dragon Knight transforms into an Elder Dragon that gains multiple bonuses in form of improved movement speed, splash damage, increased range of attacks, bonus magic resistance, slows from attacks, flying over obstacles and more. It has no weakness! This effect lasts one minute but if upgraded with Aghanim Scepter purchase its duration is increased to 90 seconds. In this form, DK is one of the most durable heroes in the game. If used at the right time this ability will let you sustain through any teamfight allowing to strike, gain strength and get alive from the danger. It is a great ability to avoid any risk. Elder Dragon Form will be the terror of your foe.
On Level 25: +2s Dragon Tail or 2x Bonuses From Dragon Blood
On Level 20: +25 Strength or +20% Cooldown Reduction
On Level 15: +400 Health or +30 Damage
On Level 10: -30% Breathe Fire Damage Reduction or +3 Mana Regen
When it comes to the strategies as a beginner, you want to choose those that will help you survive. You will help your team the best by not dying to the enemy on the lane and during teamfights. In general, you want to become a tank with this hero. On the other hand, you can harm your enemies and become a great killer, both sides work. But it will not be your priority. Davion works perfectly anywhere, no matter where you are. Davion is perfect in any scene. Also, DK is perfect for you if you are a newbie. DK will surprise you with his killing power.
What's even more safe than becoming the toughest tank/strength hero in the game? In these terms, shooting enemies and creatures from far away and making a chunk of damage. Sniper, a great melee hero, just as his name states, loves the idea to hunt his prey from a long range, not like the others who hunt melee; Sniper goes in this direction. Sniper's enemies don't have escapes. Even though he uses some active skills Sniper relies mostly on damage from basic attacks. This makes him easy to play and efficient in his role. On top of that, he has the longest auto attack range in the game, so if you will be careful during your gameplay you should be able to attack enemies without receiving the damage in any event. Don't forget to mark your enemies.
Q: Shrapnel- Sniper has three charges of deadly ball of Shrapnel that he can use to bring rain of chippings on the area close to him. Enemies who stand in this zone will not only receive the damage over time but will also be slowed down considerably. Great skill to last hit minions that you cannot hit, slow down your opponents and zone out those who try to reach for you. Often used for harassing during the laning phase.
W: Headshot- Passive ability that increases sniper's damage and gives him a chance to knock back enemies in all directions for a very short duration. Headshot briefly stuns which means that with some of the auto attacks you will be able to stop channeling abilities. For example, ultimates of heroes like Enigma.
E: Take Aim- Passive ability that improves range and detection of Sniper attacks. However, it can be activated to double it for a single shoot. This is the bread and butter of every sniper. By outranging your enemies you will be able to deal damage without receiving it.
R: Assassinate- A very long range shoot that deals a few hundreds of damage. On top of that it does mini stun so it also can interrupt channeling abilities from a huge distance. This is a very helpful ability that lets a sniper finish off wounded opponents and get free frags for kills that would otherwise get away from your team.
On Level 25: +6 Charges to Shrapnel or +125 to Attack Range
On Level 20: +30 Shrapnel DPS or +35 Knockback Distance to Headshot
On Level 15: +20% Shrapnel Slow or +40 Attack Speed
On Level 10: +20 Attack Damage or +25% Cooldown Reduction
Choices here depend on the play style. If you have gone with the Shrapnel build in this stage, then upgrade it through your talents and if you have mastered headshot then focus on auto attack improvements. Both paths work great, however, Shrapnel build is much more safe and should be taken to provide more safety to the Sniper's gameplay. Your enemies will feel the fear of not knowing that happened to them, and your friends will feel very secure. Easily you will kite all the enemy heroes, even in the rear areas.
There are a lot of reasons to use Omniknight. First of all, OmniKnight is a great initiator. Second, he has a wonderful mind and intelligence. If you are not into damage dealing and fighting in general and you just want to help your team, then the support role is perfect for you. You won't have to focus on last hitting creeps anymore. Instead, you will be providing insight by placing wards and helping your team by giving them courier and using your spells to their advantage. In this sense, the support role is much easier however not less important. Omniknight has not only easy to use abilities but also amazing ultimate that can change the course of the teamfights with one click. With healing that comes from his Q and great defensive stats he's practically unkillable in the right hands. For the new guys or girls, he provides great easy gameplay and for the team great utility.
Q: Purification- Targeted skill that deals damage to enemies and recovers the HP of allies in a small area around the selected target. Very easy to use ability that can save a life of both you and your lane partner with his incredible health pool. It might also finish off opponents but in general should be used only for its regenerative purposes.
W: Heavenly Grace- A strong dispel and a buff that increases Strength, Healing Regeneration and Status Resistances. Yet another skill on Omniknight's kit which was made purely to avoid the death of allies. Since this skill can remove most of the debuffs available in the game its usage is unparalleled.
E: Degen Aura- Passive aura that slows down and decreases attack speed of nearby enemies. This is a great protection skill. This is what let's Omniknight enter the fight and position himself in the perfect spot for ultimate cast and remover passives. It is also useful for running away. This ability helps you to get out of danger situations in a pinch. Both results work.
R: Guardian Angel- One of the best ultimate abilities in the game. Omniknight sends guardian angels over all nearby allies granting them physical and spell immunity to physical damage for the next couple of seconds. This is the game changer that can win you entire teamfight when used in the right moment. Nobody can escape this! This is also the reason why Omniknight is so good and why it's always been. During fights try to stay in close proximity to most of your team members and especially to your core carries. Use this button when they need more survivability and win the game.
On Level 25: -8s of Cooldown on Heavenly Grace or +200 Heal and Damage to Purification
On Level 20: +4 Mana Regen or -12% on Degen Aura
On Level 15: +90 Damage or +30 Movement Speed
On Level 10: +100 range of Purification or +10 Health Regen from Heavenly Grace
In general, as Omniknight, choose talents that will benefit your team more than you. Go for a sacrifice if needed, shield your allies, heal them, buy any item that the team needs (smoke, courier, tango etc.), place wards to provide vision and be as useful as possible. All its effects will be beneficial for your teammate. Since this is one of the most tanky supports in the game, you will be able to sustain through a lot so teamfights shouldn't be too hard for you. Always focus your healing abilities on the most important team member because by supporting him you will be improving your chance of victory. Your timing must be perfect. This is something very special and an important task. Just care about it. And remember - vision is the key. This feature will not only save you from the ganks but will also give a chance to catch opponents when they don't expect it. Omniknight should be of interest to all newbies in many ways.
Next on the list is the nuker that also is the heart of the team and plays the support role in most of the games. Crystal Maiden, with the appearance and touch of an ice queen, is easy to play and always beneficial for the team. However, her ultimate has to be positioned well. The main reason why she is considered one of the easiest heroes in the game is because of her slows, cooldowns and mobility. She is able to keep enemies at distance with slows and roots with a long reach radius, which means that for the most of the time she will be able to be safe. On top of that crystal maiden skills (besides ultimate) are very simple and easy to use.
Q: Crystal Nova- This spell is a huge area of effect nuke that channel and damages and slows down enemies in several levels in the AOE. Very useful during teamfights to quickly reach for better position or to catch running opponents in a single combo.
W: Frostbite- Covers enemy in frost rooting and disables the target. Frostbite is great to lock down targets and let your team catch those who will try to run away. It also saves from auto attacking heroes and cancels charge mechanics.
E: Arcane Aura- Huge mana regeneration boost for you and your allies. Thanks to this mechanic you will not be a dead hero or you won't need to go back to the fountain. This is another helpful ability that makes Crystal Maiden easy to use. With Arcane Aura you will be able to spam your skills and regenerate lost resources on the lane without returning to base, both buffs.
R: Freezing Field- Crystal Maiden begins channeling and creates a freezing rain around herself. Every enemy in the area receives damage, reduced attack speed and slowed movements. During the cast Crystal Maiden receives a small amount of armor bonus. For this ability to be effective Crystal Maiden has to position herself well beforehand.
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On Level 25: +300 Crystal Nova Damage or +1.5s Frostbite Duration
On Level 20: +60 Freezing Field Damage or +250 Attack Speed
On Level 15: -2s Crystal Nova Cooldown or +10% Magic Resistance to your aura
On Level 10: +100 Cast Range or +250 Health
Both choices at level 10 are viable. If you are opting into dealing magic damage increase with ultimate during teamfight, then go for the health and if not the cast range will be the better option, a passive skill. Any combination is good. On level 15 Magic Resistance is unparalleled. At 20 first choice will be your go to and at 25 choose between more damage or harder crowd control. Any decision is good to face enemy heroes.
If you are bored with supporting and staying away from danger and you want a real head to head combat, be on guard and attract battle attention, then your best option will be to go with the hardest tank, Tidehunter. This champ has a great impact on the battlefield and extraordinary agility and defense. Also, it is an incredible fighter. Thanks to its statistics, you will be durable enough to sustain through a lot and you won't have to deal too much damage to become useful.
Q: Gush- Quick ranged nuke that deals moderate damage, slows down movement speed and reduces target armor. With the Aghanim Scepter upgrade it targets areas beneath enemies instead of single targets. Good ability to harass and slow down running opponents. Incredible rate.
W: Kraken Shell- Blocks incoming damage up to a certain threshold. This is what makes Tidehunter hard to kill. With Kraken Shell he is more tough than most of the heroes and he can sustain through a lot.
E: Anchor Smash- Performs an instant autoattack on every enemy within the range that reduces attack damage of affected enemies. Yet another way in Tidehunter's toolkit that lowers down damaging capabilities of his enemies and helps him survive.
R: Ravage- Another iconic Dota 2 ultimate that not only deals massive damage on the area around the hero but also stuns everyone in its range and stops enemies' actions. This skill is literally the most important job of Tidehunter. For most of the game you will be trying to blink in the centre of the teamfight and Ravage everyone in the range. If you can manage to hit everyone in the enemy team it will be very likely that the teamfight is yours.
On Level 25: +250 Damage or +25% Cooldown Reduction
On Level 20: -5 Gush Armor or +30 Kraken Shell Damage Block
On Level 15: +25% Anchor Smash Damage Reduction or +4 Mana Regen
On Level 10: +100 Gush Damage or +20 Movement Speed
On talent choices go with anything that might help your survivability in the game. You will most likely play the role of the main tank and you have to be tough as nails to succeed. It is a really hard practice. Blinking in the middle of the teamfight means that most of the spells used by the enemy units will hit you. In this situation, every little bit of defence that you might get from talents will help. The tankiness of Tidehunter is the best. No one can destroy you!
As you can see, the roster of heroes is diverse, as well as his talent tree. If you still haven't found your second half, then check this list.
- Ogre Magi. Support. Attack: Multicast, Bloodlust.
- Atropos, the Bane Elemental.
- Viper, the NetherDrake, as support and as ganker. Attack: Nethertoxin,
- Rigwarl, the Bristleback. Attack: Quill Spray
- Boush, the Tinker
- Clinkz, the Bone Fletcher
- Strygwyr, the Bloodseeker
- Slark, the Nightcrawler
- Dazzle, the Shadow Priest
- Ostarion, the Wraith King. Attack: Reincarnation, Wraithfire Blast, Mortal Strike and Vampiric Aura
- Vrogros, the Underlord
- Kunkka, the Admiral
- Zeus, the Lord of Heaven
- Nyx Assassin
- Chen, the Holy Knight
- N'aix, the Lifestealer
- Nerif, the Oracle
- Zharvakko, the Witch Doctor
- Leviatan, the Tide Hunter
- Meepo, the Geomancer
- Chaos Knight
- Antimage or Anti Mage
- Abbadon, the Lord of Avernus
- Lion, the Demon Witch. Attack: Finger of Death
- Gondar, the Bounty Hunter
- Krobelus, the Death Prophet
- Demnok Lannik, the Warlock
- Ethreain, The Lich - Attack: Frost Blast
- Luna, the Moon Rider
- Mercurial, the Spectre
- Yurnero, the Juggernaut
- Disruptor, the Stormcrafter
- Carl, the Invoker
- Barathrum, the Spirit Breaker
- Mogul Khan, the Axe
- Sven, the Rogue Knight. Attack: Great Cleave and Storm Hammer
- Shendelzare, the Vengeful Spirit
- Traxex, the Drow Ranger
- Aiushtha, the Enchantress
- Azwraith, the Phantom Lancer
- Rhasta, the Shadow Shaman
- Rizzrack, the Timbersaw
- Mortred, the Phantom Assassin
These characters require a careful management of the sources and game mechanics. It is not a rule, just an advice. Any of these Dota 2 heroes is perfect to your matches. But remember, the choices depend on the tiers of heroes. Any of these heroes can decide the outcome of the battle. And remember, summons such as Treant or Boar are really important as any Ward you can invoke.
If you are a novice who wants to find Dota 2 characters that deal a ton of damage to the enemy hero during early game, so you might want to see Ursa, Lina and Queen of Pain in action. Do not forget that making a correct pick is not even a half of the success.
Some special items
Purchase a plenty of items, position yourself well during teamfights. In addition, buying items, equipment, tools or terrain items. Some of them are:
- Refresher Orb
- Blink Dagger
- Guardian Greaves - Support
- Shadow Blade
- Tranquil Boots
- Lotus Orb
- Power Treads
- Soul Ring
- Magic Wand
- Quelling Blade
- Observer Ward -Consumable
- Boots of Speed
- Scythe of Vyse
- Pressure Regulator
- Phase boots
- MKB (Monkey KIng Bar)
- True Sight
- Sentry Wards
- Gem of True Sight
- Hurricane Pike - Armor
- Blade Mail - Armor
- Assault Cuirass - Armor
- Quills of the Ravager
- Sage's Mask
- Wrath of God
- Pipe of Insight
- Hand of Midas
- Healing Salve
- Eye of Skadi
- Glimmer Cape
- Abyssal Blade
- Spirit Vessel
- Crimson Guard
- Rod of Atos
- Heart of Tarrasque
- Invisibility Rune
- Urn of Shadows
- Force Staff
- Arcane Boots
- Thundergod's Bare Arms
- Black King Bar
- Aether Lens
- Silver Edge
Having a great inventory, or creating illusions or clones, is a great way to improve the characters. Also, the Dota 2 heroes we mentioned above are the basics. From here, it all depends on the strategy you use. Pick one of these units and see for yourself. Dota 2 has a great variety of heroes! Now, enter the realm of core heroes and go for team fights.
Roles and lanes
Hard Support (Off-lane)
Hard Support usually lanes with game carry to give him necessary help. As a Hard Support character, your role will be to deny a lot of enemies and zone out opponents away from your lane partener. If you have chosen to play this role, you will be the most poor in your team. Your job is to give some possibility to each ally, which means that you also want to leave last hits on creeps to them. This is the structure of battle in this game.
Even though you will not have gold to buy the most expensive items in the game you should receive some in the form of the neutral items found in the jungle. If you decide not to use one of them they will most likely share them with you. Since wards in Dota 2 are free you won't have to worry about buying them - just make sure to provide vision, value and deny as much as you can from the line of the enemies. A hard support has to be on all teams.
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This role might not be too exciting. However, it is a great start for the beginners. Just remember, if you are a novice, don't cross the river too many opportunities, just move on side lanes. It teaches you basic mechanics of the game and the importance of support characters in a team. Some people think that only carrying roles can win games, however, it is a team sport and every single member of your group can be considered useful. Support heroes are really good in any jungle camp too and have the feet firmly in the ground.
Soft Support (Safe-lane)
This might come as a surprise to players who didn't have contact with Dota before. There is an additional support role that helps carries, switch places, pays attention to warding, attacks from the bottom and other roles to win the game. In any case, the support role is a bit different than in the safelane. In general, you will be trying here to ruin your opponents game by dealing damage to him and trying to be a nuisance.
As a soft support hero you will most likely lane with much togher partner than safe lane carry and that means that you will be able to leave him alone for a moment and roam around the map. In fact, soft supports tend to walk in enemy jungle and gank other lanes taking many steps. You will be trying to help your team by making enemy life miserable so deny jungle stacks, find a way to gank other lanes and win the game by making the enemy team lose. In addition, protecting buildings and farm jungle camps, such as tower, are other Soft Support's goals. And remember, develop your role playing in consonance with neutral creeps, such a ghost, Roshan, the Immortal, or ancient creeps.
Positioning in the middle of the laning stage is probably the most stressful lane to play. It will take a lot of effort to be victorious with this role. The difficulty rating of this lane is over the average. You will have a lot of problems being in the midlane, in all positions. You will have to deal with structures. On this side of the map, players are exposed to ganks from every possible angle. You, as a laner, will be exposed to various waves of enemies that will attack you incessantly. As this is the central point on the map - you will be looked at by each of the players in the game. You will have to occupy any space available in the field. There are main objectives nearby so it is also likely that you will be ganked along the way. As a midlaner you will be left alone on 1v1 so it is probably the most tough position that you can choose.
Everything will matter - kills, deaths, last hits, denisies, towers so if you aren't winning the lane - make sure to not lose it too harshly. You might get overwhelmed by enemy power but don't let him get free kills on your. Losing one lane is not the end of the world and since you are alone - there are four other players that might save you the game. As an old saying states “Keep calm, push mid, don't feed, feel the game sense". Midlaner is a great source in Dota 2.
Offlane is all about last hitting. Here you can find various heroes from tanks, through ranged damage dealers to specialists that offer great late game benefits. It is a great role to withstand a wave of enemies. On the offlane game revolves around creep game - you want to deny creeps and last hit as many as you can, as well as entering the camps. Your job will be to team up with soft support and find a way to dominate the lane. In this role you will become a great threat. You will be also given a greater number of possibilities when it comes to picks than with the carry role as offlaners can take various forms. Choose a hero that will win the lane, make enemy life complicated and that can change the course of the teamfights with his abilities. Roaming is also an option if your support can provide you with smoke of deceit. In addition, Offlaner should have a farm priority.
Last but not least, we have the most important role in the team, other than the core. During your gameplay, your eights minutes of day and night, in many cases, you will revolve around protecting your Carry and making sure that enemy Carry will die first. Since you are the most important in the team fight, it will be up to you to farm creeps, be the jungler and get as much gold as possible. If you don't to this, your team will get a great punishment. During early stages of the game most of the carries are very weak and they can be beaten even by the supports. You will be shaped into a killing and evasion machine by farming and your team's help so be patient and don't overcommit. This role might seem very exciting and it indeed is in the late game but at the start increasing your gold by creep kills will be your only job. If that doesn't push you away and you want to take responsibility for your team, then choose this role. Anyone can do it.
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How many heroes did Dota 2 start with?
There were 24 heroes during Alpha release, each of them with different features, behavior and attack animation. Actually, there are a huge quantity of heroes, a pool of 123 characters.
What are the best Dota 2 heroes?
There are no best heroes - every hero can be good in the hands of a skilled player. Someone, even a new player, can choose who he wants. Any hero is perfect for the match and has a substantial difference, his own role and talent trees.
Is Dota 2 noob friendly?
Much less than other moba games. Just stay in the comfort of your home and enjoy the process of choosing your character. The rest is up to you.
Are all Dota 2 heroes free?
All the heroes in Dota 2 have no cost.