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Best DotA 2 Hero For Beginners

Updated on July 1, 2014

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DotA 2 or the Defense Of The Ancients 2 is a multiplayer online strategy game developed by Valve and designed by IceFrog which is a sequel of DotA (Defense of the Ancients), a mod of the Warcraft 3: Frozen Throne by Blizzard entertainment. Dota 2 can be played in Windows, Mac OS, and Linux through Steam.

Dota 2 is a team-play match of 5 vs 5 which goal is to defend your stronghold and destroy your enemy's ancient. The learning curve of DotA 2 is easier to learn than DotA although it has the same gameplay and goals.

There are a lot of roles to fit in DotA 2 but In this guide, you will learn the basic concepts of hero selection and their role in-game like:

  • Initiator
  • Support
  • Carry

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Initiator Heroes

Initiator heroes are those who make the team fights. Here are the famous initiators in DotA 2 world:

  • Tidehunter
  • Earthshaker
  • Axe
  • Brewmaster
  • Elder Titan
  • Enigma
  • Magnus
  • Sand King
  • Sven

Initiator Table

Hero
1st Skill
2nd Skill
3rd Skill
Ultimate
Tidehunter
Gush
Kraken Shell
Anchor Smash
Ravage
Earthshaker
Fissure
Enchant Totem
Aftershock
Echoslam
Elder Titan
Echo Stomp
Astral Spirit
Natural Order
Earth Splitter
Axe
Berserker's Call
Battle Hunger
Counter Helix
Culling Blade
Brewmaster
Thunder Clap
Drunken Haze
Drunken Brawler
Primal Split
Enigma
Malefice
Demonic Conversion
Midnight Pulse
Black Hole
Magnus
Wave
Empower
Skewer
Reverse Polarity
Sand King
Impale
Sandstorm
Coustic Finale
Epicenter
Sven
Storm Bolt
Great Cleave
Warcry
God's Strength

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Support Heroes

Fact: Support makes 70% of the game and 30% for carry heroes. Technically, support is the most important role in DotA 2 although they are less essential on mid-late game. So don't be shy if you're playing as a support in your first DotA 2 game.

Some of the support heroes are:

  • Ancient Apparition
  • Crystal Maiden
  • Io
  • Jakiro
  • Omniknight
  • Rubick
  • Witch Doctor

Support Table

Hero
1st Skill
2nd Skill
3rd Skill
Ultimate
Ancient Apparition
Cold Feet
Ice Vortex
Chilling Touch
Ice Blast
Crystal Maiden
Crystal Nova
Frostbite
Arcane Aura
Freezing Field
Io
Tether
Spirits
Overcharge
Relocate
Jakiro
Dual mBreath
Ice Path
Liquid Fire
Macropyre
Omniknight
Purification
Repel
Degen Aura
Guardian Angel
Rubick
Telekinesis
Fade Bolt
Null Field
Spell Steal
Witch Doctor
Paralyzing Cask
Voodoo Restoration
Maledict
Death Ward

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Carry Heroes

This group of heroes are most effective on late-game matches. They are usually agi hero that needs to gain more gold to be more effective.

A good example of carry heroes are:

  • Anti-mage
  • Drow Ranger
  • Faceless Void
  • Spectre
  • Morphling
  • Medusa

Carry Table

Hero
1st Skill
2nd Skill
3rd Skill
Ultimate
Anti-mage
Mana Break
Blink
Spell Shield
Mana Void
Drow Ranger
Frost Arrow
Silence
Precision Aura
Marksmanship
Faceless Void
Time Walk
Backtrack
Time Lock
Chronophere
Spectre
Spectral Dagger
Desolate
Dispersion
Haunt
Morphling
Waveform
Adaptive Strike
Agi gain morph / Str gain morph
Replicate
Medusa
Split Shot
Mystic Snak
Mana Shield
Stone Gaze

Final Thoughts

Playing DotA 2 is more exciting when playing with friends. Invite them to a party of 5 and destroy your enemies!

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