Which DotA 2 heroes are the best for beginners? The choice of a right hero or their combination can be the matter of win and loss for your team.

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Characters can have very specific roles. Some of them can be played in several roles (sometimes they can fulfill two roles in a single game even) and it is important for every newbie to understand what roles are and how they correlate with each other. In addition, it is important to know that the role of your hero dictates the way you play and items you buy.

DotA 2 Roles

Carry

Carry is the core of a team, the hero which deals damage. This role is often perceived as the most important and difficult one to play, because carry heroes are usually easy to be killed if enemies control them.

Support

Support characters are often said to be the simplest ones, but in fact they are not. The role of supporting heroes is about the assistance and protection of lategame carry teammates during the early game stage. Supports also provide their team with map vision to get safe movement without worrying about the possibility to get trapped by enemies.

Jungler

This is the hero busy with farming gold in “jungle” by killing neutral creeps. Junglers usually come out to lanes when the situation requires them or when they have powerful items to secure enemy kills.

Solo

Each team needs at least one lane kept by a single hero. If the team has the jungle character, then they are going to have two solo-laners. That is why it is difficult to describe this role as a single one. Characters of this role are divided into two separate subgroups.

Solo Mid heroes take the middle lane. These heroes don’t have to worry about avoiding any gangs because of quite a short distance between two rival towers. Midlane players often decide to concentrate on farming through killing enemy creeps and on preventing enemy characters from doing the same.

Solo Hard characters are usually considered as the most difficult and disappointing ones. Heroes of this lane usually have a lot of movement speed. Their early game abilities usually include escape skills: acceleration, temporary invulnerability or short-distance teleports.

DotA 2 Character Development

Every time your hero gains enough experience to get a new level, you are allowed to choose the ability or “hero talent” to improve as a reward. Your knowledge of what these abilities do and which are the most useful is the key to your good early game.

In DotA 2, there are three hero attributes: strength, agility and intelligence. Each attribute influences certain parameters of your character, such as health points (strength), mana (intelligence), or attack speed (agility).

The damage of the hero is determined with their “main attribute”, which is different from one character to another. This is the attribute you need to concentrate on when developing your hero throughout the match. Improvement is usually connected to items you buy.

Which items should you buy? Which abilities should you choose?

It is often easy to start playing as a support hero. Actually, if the upcoming DotA 2 match is your first one, we recommend you trying a support character first. The reason is simple: it can be difficult to get enough gold in DotA2, and supports do not need much gold to be useful. In addition, you can feel the game betted while helping more experienced players.

It is impossible to try faming the jungle until you get some experience. Jungle characters can be very difficult: they don’t have allied creeps or towers to protect them, and they often risk getting chased and killed by invisible enemy heroes.

DotA 2 Solo/Carry Heroes

Dwarven Sniper

Sniper DotA 2
Sniper DotA 2

Role: Solo / Carry (Ranged)
Primary attribute: Agility

Shrapnel

Shrapnel

Sniper launches shrapnel hitting the target zone. Enemy heroes get damage and reduced movement speed.

Use Shrapnel to farm or to zone enemies from entering the certain map area. This ability is often chosen first because it is useful when you can’t get closer to use your auto-attack.

Headshot

Headshot

Sniper improves his accuracy to deal additional damage and stop enemies from moving for short. This is a passive ability giving you a 40% chance to instantly stun an enemy with your auto-attack. Obviously, the higher your attack speed is, the more useful this ability can be.

Take Aim

Take Aim

This ability increases the attack range of Sniper’s rifle.

The more points you put into this passive ability, the longer the range of Sniper’s attacks becomes. The level 2 of this skill allows attacking enemies from beyond their towers’ attack range.

Assassinate

Assassinate

Sniper takes the enemy unit in sight and shots them with the damaging shot in 2 seconds.

This ability has a quick cooldown and a huge range. Use it to assassinate enemies running away or to help your teammates while being too far to use your auto-attack.

Recommended Items:

Power Treads

Power Treads

Switch your boots to the green mode to increase your speed and agility.

Shadow Blade

Shadow Blade

This item allows you turning invisible. You can avoid the fight or approach an enemy while remaining unnoted like that. It also increases your attack damage and attack speed.

Dragon Lance

Dragon Lance

The item increases the range of your attacks and allows standing far away from danger zones while damaging your opponents.

Maelstrom

Maelstrom

This item is perfect to push lanes forward: it gives your auto-attacks a chance to create the lightning chain hitting closest enemies. Your attack damage and attack speed also get improved with Maelstrom.

Sven

Sven
DotA 2 Sven

Role: Carry (Melee)
Primary attribute: Strength

Storm Hammer

Storm Hammer

Sven throws a magic hammer dealing damage and stunning enemy units.

Use this ability to initiate a teamfight by stunning the most dangerous enemy. You can use Storm Hammer to escape if you begin losing the battle.

Great Cleave

Great Cleave

Sven hits multiple enemies at a time with his auto-attacks.

Cleave makes your attacks hit multiple enemies nearby. It is great to push lanes forward or farming neutral creeps in jungle, and to deal damage to the whole enemy team during full-scale teamfights.

Warcry

Warcry

Sven’s Warcry blesses allied heroes and empowers them by increasing their armor and movement speed.

By activating this ability before every fight, you guarantee your team to have a huge defense advantage during first eight seconds of the battle.

God’s Strength

God’s Strength

Sven directs all his strength into attacks gaining additional attack damage during 25 seconds.

When being totally empowered by level points, this ability adds temporary 200% of damage to Sven’s attacks. This means you can easily kill an enemy by just two-three hits.

Concentrate on improving your Storm Hammer and Warcry during the early game. This is how you can easily counter enemies trying to prevent you from farming. After you get some items, it is time to dominate some weak opponents. Throw your Storm Hammer to their face and then activate God’s Strength to cut them into pieces.

Recommended Items for Sven:

Power Treads

Power Treads

Switch boots to red in order to increase your strength.

Black King Bar

Black King Bar

BKB increases your strength and damage, and its activation will make you temporarily invulnerable to many magic attacks. They usually buy this item first.

Mask of Madness

Mask of Madness

This item gives you 15% of lifesteal that allows filling your HP bar every time you hit units. You can activate it to gain additional attack speed, too.

Blink Dagger

Blink Dagger

The activation of Blink Dagger lets you teleport to a short distance. This allows wondering your enemies by approaching them instantly after throwing a Storm Hammer.

Heart of Tarrasque

Heart of Tarrasque

This item means a massive HP boost and a massive damage increase.

Support Heroes in Dota 2

Ogre Magi

Ogre Magi
DotA 2 Ogre Magi

Role: Support (Melee)
Primary attribute: Intelligence

Fireblast

Fire damage and stun coming from this ability are excellent to initiate a fight or to disengage your enemies. Use it to help yourself win battles.

Ignite

Ignite

This ability really slows the enemy down. Use it to stop their escape or chase them during the early game stage.

Bloodlust

Bloodlust

If you have enough mana, use this ability whenever it is possible. By increasing the attack speed and movement speed of your allies with it, you help your teammates very much.

Multicast

Multicast

When totally charged with level points, it lets you the chance to use every your ability up to 4 times at once. This means that if you are lucky enough, there exists the possibility for you to kill an opponent with just one Fireblast.

Unrefined Fireblast

Unrefined Fireblast

This ability can be gained only after purchasing the Aghanim’s Scepter. It works as a standard Fireblast, but costs 60% of remaining mana. Use it as your last turn.

Recommended Items for Ogre Magi:

Arcane Boots

Arcane Boots

Arcane Boots activation brings additional mana to you and your allies. You’ll need this item because your spells cost a lot of mana.

Mekansm

Mekansm

This item will regenerate HP level of allies in radius after the activation.

Aghanim’s Scepter

Aghanim’s Scepter

It brings you huge attribute boost. In addition, this item gives you the new ability: Unrefined Fireblast. This item is the key one for Ogre Magi because you now have two stun spells dealing huge damage.

Force Staff

Force Staff

Force Staff increases your intelligence and health regeneration. In addition, its activation lets you push yourself, an ally or an opponent in the direction they are moving towards. Use it to catch the enemy trying to escape or to help running ally.

Scythe of Vyse

Scythe of Vyse

This item allows disabling your enemy for 3,5 seconds by turning them into a harmless sheep or pig. It also brings you serious attribute boost and increases mana regeneration.

Crystal Maiden

Crystal Maiden
DotA 2 Crystal Maiden

Role: Support (Ranged)
Primary attribute: Intelligence

Crystal Nova

Crystal Nova

Despite looking quite weak, this ability is very useful to slow down your enemies and to zone them. Try hitting as many opponents as you can to use Crystal Nova in the most effective way.

Frostbite

Frostbite

Comparing it to Crystal Nova, this spell has more damage and keeps an enemy unit rooted to the certain point. You can use it to farm jungle creeps as well.

Arcane Aura

Arcane Aura

It allows your allies to gain increased mana regeneration. This ability is so useful! It is especially effective during the early game when most heroes try to save their mana. Setting your teammates free from the need to but mana regen items is really cool!

Freezing Field

Freezing Field

A huge range and radius of this ability can be enough to kill the entire enemy team. You can’t move or do anything while channeling this spell’s cast. So, position yourself well to prevent enemies from stunning or killing you.

Recommended Items for Crystal Maiden:

Tranquil Boots

Tranquil Boots

You’ve got mana regeneration covered by your Arcane Aura. Tranquil Boots will deal with health regen.

Eul’s Scepter of Divinity

Eul’s Scepter of Divinity

Intelligence boost provided by this Scepter will increase your mana pool and give you some additional movement speed as well.

Glimmer Cape

Glimmer Cape

This item turns you invisible and can be used while channeling your Freezing Field. It is a cheap solution in case you continue killing the enemy team with your ultimate ability.

Black King Bar

Black King Bar

Just like Glimmer Cape, BKB will prevent enemies from stunning or controlling you while you cast your ultimate spell.

Your Pick of a Beginner Hero

It’s your call.

If you really are a newbie in DotA 2, you probably understand which hero you want to try better and then to play some games against bots. When you feel confident enough to play with other human gamers, don’t forget that your pick has to combine with your team’s choices. For instance, if there are four carry heroes already, then choose a support character. And vice versa: if there are enough weak support characters, don’t fill your team with another one.

But the point is you need to get satisfaction and fun, to be friendly and to cooperate with your teammates. Concentrate on expanding your hero pool and you’ll notice that DotA 2 becomes very attractive when you know how to play as more than a hundred different heroes well.

Prepare for battle, and have a good luck!

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