If you’re trying to figure out which Dota 2 heroes you should be playing right now in the current meta, we’ve got you covered with some great recommendations for every position in this tier list.
Dota 2 is a complex game with many heroes — 123 to be exact. Not only do they have different skills from each other, but they can also be itemized in different ways, making them suitable for multiple roles in different scenarios.
What’s more, the meta is always changing. For those unfamiliar with the term, it refers to trends shaped by patches and professional players that ultimately become the optimal way to play the game. This includes what heroes to pick and how to itemize them.
Naturally, that means it’s important for Dota 2 players to know what heroes are currently strong in the meta, and why. To make that process easier for you, we’ve come up with a tier list of the best Dota 2 heroes in the current meta.
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- Dota 2 hero tier list: Best characters in each role
- Best Dota 2 heroes to use in every position
- Carry (Position 1)
- Mid-Lane (Position 2)
- Off-Lane (Position 3)
- Soft Support (Position 4)
- Hard Support (Position 5)
|Carry||Mid-Lane||Off-Lane||Soft Support||Hard Support|
|Wraith King||Huskar||Axe||Skywrath Mage||Ogre Magi|
With over 123 heroes to choose from in an ever-changing meta, drafting the best possible hero for your team can be a little confusing. However, the list of heroes given above will definitely help you in making smart choices during the drafting stage.
Having said that, let’s dive in and check out what makes these heroes stand out from the rest of the pool.
One of the best carry heroes in the current meta, Wraith King is a fearsome strength hero in DOTA 2. On top of featuring an enormous health pool, the hero can also dish out heavy amounts of physical damage with his Critical Strike ability. Additionally, the hero is also equipped with a point-target stun, Wraithfire Blast, allowing him to hunt down unsuspecting enemy heroes.
Apart from all this, Wraith King’s ultimate ability, Reincarnation allows the hero to respawn after a short delay, wherever he dies on the map. With bonus lifesteal and farming speed being supplied by his Vampiric Aura ability, Wraith King is one of the most difficult heroes to kill in the late game.
A powerful carry hero regardless of the meta, Ursa is one of the most intimidating heroes in the game. Thanks to Overpower and Fury Swipes, which work together to provide stronger and faster attacks with each successive strike, he can mow down foes in no time.
That’s not all, though. Ursa is also mobile thanks to Earthshock, which includes a leap in addition to the damage and slow. If you add a Blink Dagger in the mix, his mobility is off the charts. Plus, the damage reduction from Enrage is your saving grace when in doubt.
One of the trademark carry heroes in Dota 2, Juggernaut is capable of snowballing games in your team’s favor from various unfavorable situations. Apart from dealing massive physical damage with his Blade Dance passive ability, Juggernaut’s Healing Ward can be an absolute game-changer in team fights.
However, what makes Juggernaut so strong in the current meta is his Blade Fury and Omnislash. While Blade Fury grants magic immunity to the hero, Omnislash makes him disappear from the field of battle altogether. Nevertheless, both of these abilities deal a huge chunk of damage to enemies caught under its effect while ensuring protection for Juggernaut.
Definitely one of the strongest mid-lane heroes in the current meta, Huskar can be extremely scary when he begins to snowball a game. Equipped with highly aggressive abilities like Burning Spear and Life Break, he can deplete entire health pools of enemy heroes within a moment’s notice.
Apart from his aggressive tools, Huskar is also an extremely sustainable hero who can be quite difficult to kill for the enemy team. On top of receiving bonus health regen, magic resistance, and attack speed from Berserker’s Blood, the hero can also push back enemy heroes while disarming them with his Inner Fire ability.
Templar Assassin has always been a solid choice as a mid hero thanks to how easy bullying enemies can be with Refraction, how well she can farm with Psi Blades, and how easy rune control is with some well-placed Psionic Traps. On top of all that, the hero can also burst down enemy heroes with the armor reduction and massive physical damage dealt by Meld.
She’s not all about farming, though. When equipped with a Dragon Lance, Blink Dagger, Desolator, Black King Bar, and more, players can jump into the backlines, pop Meld, and mow down enemies with ease.
Invoker is one of the most challenging but rewarding heroes to master in Dota 2 because unlike other heroes, he isn’t limited to four abilities. Instead, he wields ten — all of which can be activated by meshing various spell components together.
Not only can he turn the tide of a team fight single-handedly by using Tornado, E.M.P, Chaos Meteor, and Defeaning Blast, but he can also solo kill enemies Cold Snap and Sun Strike while escaping with Ghost Walk. The options are endless.
Despite having lost his position as a notable off-laner except the iconic “CEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEB” moment, the recent changes to his ultimate ability have brought Axe back to the limelight in the Dota 2 tier list. After the changes, Culling Blade now grants permanent bonus armor to the off-laner for each successful execution.
Additionally, his Battle Hunger ability was also reworked to allow Axe to be played in a more aggressive manner. However, both Counter Helix and Berserker’s Call remain unchanged and can be used to set up plays and ganks on unsuspecting enemy heroes.
Enigma is a hero who can win team fights solely from a well-timed ultimate, making it the perfect fit for an offlaner. Black Hole traps and damages enemies in a vortex, dealing damage for four seconds, which can be amplified with Midnight Pulse.
What’s more, he can also transform creeps into fragments of himself using Demonic Conversion, which can be used to farm, harass, and push with ease. All the while, he has a reliable stun in Malefice that procs three times.
Necrophos is yet another hero who managed to burst into this tier list following a rework to their ultimate ability. Instead of altering the affected hero’s death timer, Reaper’s Scythe now grants permanent health and mana regen to Necrophos every time an enemy dies to his ultimate.
Apart from that, the hero is a high-sustain hero, capable of healing his allies with Death Pulse. On top of these, Heartstopper Aura and Ghost Shroud are extremely effective team fight abilities that can swing the entire course of a match in your team’s favor.
Skywrath Mage is a menace. He has a long-range nuke, Arcane Bolt, that pairs with a slow, Concussive Shot. He also has a silence that increases magic damage, Ancient Seal, which makes his ultimate, Mystic Flare, insanely strong.
The constant spam of all of these abilities makes him a powerful asset in the lane, and a hero that is capable of exploding even the hardiest carries — as long as they’re rooted or stunned, which can be done with a Rod of Atos.
Mirana has always been one of the most popular heroes in Dota 2. She’s a solid choice in the soft support role right now due to how well she can roam around the map and snipe enemies with Sacred Arrow. You can also use Starstorm on stunned enemies to deal massive bursts of magic damage.
Ideally, you want to coordinate with teammates and use the arrow to follow up with another stun. That way, you can reliably hit it at maximum distance, making it more effective. Feel free to Leap in and out of battle too when harassing enemies, and use her ultimate, Moonlight Shadow, to initiate ganks and help allies escape from messy situations.
Weaver has wound up being an extremely potent soft support hero in the current meta. It’s all thanks to the level of utility offered by Shukuchi and the armor reduction along with the harassment potential of The Swarm and Geminate Attack.
The Swarm can also reveal invisible units after purchasing the Aghanim’s Shard. This can save you the trouble of buying sentry wards and dust in various instances. Also, when in doubt, don’t hesitate to use his ultimate, Time Lapse, to rewind time and escape from the enemy’s traps.
Ogre Magi is the hottest hard support hero in the current meta right now. In addition to having a damage-over-time spell in the form of Ignite, a single-targeted stun with Fireblast, and an attack-speed buff for his cores with Bloodlust, he also has high base-regen, making him a solid harasser in the lane.
His best asset though is his ultimate, Multicast, which allows him to proc any one of those spells multiple times depending on how lucky the player gets. Hand of Midas, Scythe of Vyse, Dagon, Rod of Atos and other point-target equipment are good combinations with the hero’s ultimate.
The two-headed Dragon, Jakiro is a fairly versatile hard support, capable of ensuring a strong lane for their carry. The hero is equipped with various over-time nukes as well as slowing abilities that are extremely useful for setting up ganks.
Apart from stunning enemies with Ice Path, Jakiro can also slow enemy heroes with the help of Dual Breath. Additionally, while Liquid Fire makes for a great tool that reduces the enemy’s attack speed, Macropyre is one of the strongest team fight abilities in the game.
Treant Protector is a strong pick as a hard support right now due to the sheer brutality he offers in the laning phase. Leech Seed and Nature’s Grasp combined with his high right-click damage are the perfect harassing tools in the lane.
What’s more, Living Armor provides a heal and armor to any targeted ally on the map, regardless of their position. It can also heal towers. Last but not least, his ultimate, Overgrowth, is a wonderful asset in team fights that pierces through spell immunity.
That just about sums up our tier list of the best Dota 2 heroes in the current meta. There are many other candidates too. However, you can’t go wrong with the ones we’ve mentioned on this list — at least in most games.
Nevertheless, it’s also important to remember that you’ll need to itemize these heroes on a case-by-case basis, too. Subsequently, you can access the best community item guides in-game by clicking on the shop and picking one on the drop-down list.