Top 5 Easiest & Hardest Heroes to Play in Dota 2 – Dota 2 Wiki Guide
Last Edited: 3 Jan 2017 6:30 pm
Below are the top 5 easiest heroes to pick up and play in Dota 2. These picks have simple skills and require little special knowledge of character interactions to be played well.
5 – Sven
Sven is a strength hero who can fill many different roles. No matter what though, he is a great character to start learning with. His abilities are simple, and his attacks are strong, making for an easy to play hero that can dish out tons of damage.
This outcast has a stun, that does a great deal of damage as well. This will offer newer players a way to escape danger, or initiate a fight. His cleave allows him to hit several targets standing before him and he can buff his nearby allies with armor and speed. Finally his ultimate gives him a massive damage increase, making him a terrifying hero to go up against.
Along with powerful and easy skills, he is very durable. Being a strength hero means that you will focus on items that add to your health and strength. This will make him very hard to kill as he will end up having several thousand health. His tank like nature makes him great for people who are new, and tend to get caught out a bit to often.
4 – Lich
This icy skeleton has long been considered to be a great starting hero for new players. He is an intelligence support character, with an ultimate ability that can be devastating to the enemy and great fun to watch.
Being a support means you do not have to worry as much about making money and being the best player on your team. You just have to be there to help hurt your enemies, give health to your allies, and otherwise be around to contribute to your team. His abilities help him do this, with strong magical attacks, a ice shield that provides allies with greater defense, and an ultimate ability that launches a huge ball of ice that bounces between enemies, hurting them each time it connects.
Lich isn’t a very mobile hero, but he offers simple skills and a role that can be quickly learned. Picking up items like a Mekansm and Arcane Boots allows him to contribute during team fights. Warding is also part of your duty in this role, and you should always make sure to do so. If you are new, ask for advice on where to place them, but make sure you do, as even the worst game can suddenly turn around with well placed wards!
3 – Sniper
With one of the longest ranged attacks in the game, Sniper offers new players a lot of safety. Although his health is low and his movement is slow, he can stay well out of any fight as his attack range is nearly double that of other ranged characters, and melee characters simply don’t stand much of a chance.
With only two skills that can be used, Sniper is a very easy character to pick up and play. He does a lot of attack damage, can slow and harass enemies with Shrapnel and his ultimate is a single fire attack that has massive range and does tons of damage.
His weakness is his slow speed, however a Shadow Blade can make up for that, and offer you a lot of extra mobility and escapes. Other than that one weakness, he is a very simple character to learn and fun to play. He offers a lot of damage to a team and is a good starting point for people looking to play ranged characters in Dota 2.
2 – Vengeful Spirit
Coming in at number 2 is Vengeful Spirit. She is another support character, who can also dish out some decent amounts of damage in the right situation.
She is a great option for new players, for multiple reasons. Firstly, her skills are simple to understand and easy to execute. She has a ranged stun, a ranged attack that lowers armor and an ultimate that simply swaps one character’s position for another. Along with those, she has a passive skill that makes everyone hit harder for just being around her.
Not only are her skills simple, but she also has a fair bit of power. This allows you to feel like you can help in a fight, while also supporting your team. She also has a very robust item list, which will allow you to try out many different types of items, where as other supports are locked into more specific item paths.
1 – Bristleback
A few characters could be at the #1 slot, but we chose Bristleback because he is one of the hardest heroes in the game to kill, making him great for new players.
His entire gimmick is that he takes considerably less damage from attacks that hit his side or back. He also will automatically unleash quills that damage those hitting him. Also adding to his ease of use is the fact he only has 2 active abilities, while the other 2 are passive.
Not only is he extremely hard to kill, but he can dish out a lot of damage. The more quills he shoots, the stronger he gets, making it a simple process to rack up some serious killing power. If that wasn’t enough, he also moves faster as well! He truly is a great character to start with, because he’s just so hard to kill even a novice will find it hard to get into a situation they can’t get out of.
Top 5 Hardest Heroes
Below are the absolute hardest heroes in Dota 2. We chose them because they have complex skills, unique playstyles or are very high risk to play.
5 – Io
Io, commonly referred to as Wisp, is a strange character and this puts the celestial being in slot number five. Io is a strength hero, but also a support who must remained linked to allies to apply bonuses to them, as well as teleport them around the map.
Even during character selection Io can be a pain as their skills don’t mesh well with all characters, making character selection important if you wish to utilize Io. During the game you will also encounter many hurdles that prevent this character from being easy to grasp. Knowing when to Relocate or Tether can be tough, and without proper team communication, your effect in battle will be heavily mitigated. Io is the most hardcore of supports, but should be left for a time when you have mastered all the others.
4 – Earth Spirit
One of the newer additions to the roster is also one of the hardest. He is a strength carry, but everything relies on positioning. Certainly you can say this about many characters, but Earth Spirit takes it to another level.
Utilizing large Stone Remnants, all of his abilities use these to stun, slow or otherwise annoy the enemy. Misplace your Remnant and you will severely hamper your potential damage. This is what causes him to have such a high learning curve, as you must learn when and where to use the Remnants or else you are stuck, walking around right clicking everything, which is not Earth Spirits specialty.
Along with complicated skills that require high levels of percision, he also is a hero that needs to be highly active in a match. This means you constantly need to be roaming around getting kills. Simply sitting back to farm on an Earth Spirit won’t result in a win. Roaming for kills can be tough, and requires a good game sense that can take time to build up, something newer players are often still working on.
3 – Chen
Any character that has more than one unit to control can be an issue to play for new players. Chen is all about having creatures with him, making him complicated to learn and play. Chen is an intelligence support who spends most of their time in the jungle. His ability to control the creatures you find there can make him quite powerful, if you know who to control. This is one of the many hurdles you must overcome as you learn Chen. Each creature he can control has a use, but for different things and times in the game. While jungling you may use a wolf for his damage, but you need a centaur for team fights or a bird to kill stacked creep camps.
Tack all that on to the fact Chen can die very quickly due to his low health pool and you have a very tough character to use. As we mentioned, he is also a jungler, a role that can be more difficult to learn as you have to know which creep camps to attack at what time, how to stack and clear out large groups, all while not getting jumped by the enemy. If micromanaging several units isn’t your thing, give Chen a wide berth and pick another support to learn!
2 – Invoker
A lot of players know Invoker. He is a popular character, whether for new players or professionals, and for this reason he has a lot of exposure, which might entice brand new players. However, new players should stay very far away from Invoker. The reason? He has a particular set of skills, that when utilized, allows him to conjure up a huge number of spells.
His primary skills Quas, Wex and Exort are used to Invoke new skills for him. With all these skills combined, Invoker has a total of 14 skills. A character with 4-5 skills is daunting for a new player, 14 is just mind boggling. On top of that, you have to remember what combination of Quas, Wex and Exort equal another skill, and then you must pull off these quick transitions on the fly so that you can switch Invoked skills during battle. Invoker is a great fighter, amazing at initiating fights and can harass your enemy until they simply want to give up, but when learning characters, leave him until the end as his power is extremely hard to control.
1 – Meepo
Poof! In comes the hardest character in Dota 2. Although a strong argument could be made for other heroes to be in the number one slot, Meepo just seems perfect in this slot. When you first begin playing Dota 2, controlling just one character can be tough. Maybe though, you’ve played Chaos Knight or Phantom Lancer, and don’t have an issue working with a few clones. Well Meepo takes it all a steep further, by forcing you to deal with four, or even five Meepos, who aren’t clones that disappear after a few seconds.
Meepo is one of the most interesting and well known characters in Dota 2 due to his unique skills. He is an agility carry, who , upon reaching certain levels, replicates himself. This is not a temporary effect like Chaos Knight or other heroes. No, this is permanent. Each time you level up your ultimate ability, a new Meepo appears. He functions the exact same way as the primary Meepo, although the clones can’t carry items.
This is where the chaos begins. Controlling four, or even five Meepos can be a real struggle. The worst part? If one Meepo dies, they all die making him a huge risk / reward character to play. In the right hands, he can win games all on his own. In the wrong hands, he is a constant source of kills for your enemy. Top this all off with a slow firing net ability that can be hard to land, and a Poof skill that takes time to charge up and you have the hardest character to play in Dota 2.