Saturday, November 23, 2013

Dota 2 Beginner Heroes: What should newbies try first as starting heroes?

Every starts out as a noob in Dota 2, and that’s nothing to be ashamed about. You can’t forever stay as a beginner, though, or you will be under a constant barrage of trashtalk and hate from those who think they’ve matured enough and “leveled up” into pro Dota 2 gamers. So, what’s the fastest way to familiarize yourself with the game? It’s simple: learning to play using Dota 2 beginner heroes. Of course, there’s also the in-game tutorial for basic mechanics such as denying, last hitting, and item building. But if you want to directly dive into the multiplayer action, you can do so too. I wouldn’t recommend it, though.

Dota 2 Beginner Heroes

Dota 2 Beginner Heroes

Even though some heroes back from the original Warcraft III mod are missing, the hero selection in Dota 2 is still vast. Unfortunately, not every hero available are equal in terms of playing difficulty. For this guide, I considered a number of factors to find the best Dota 2 beginner heroes: the chemistry of skills per hero, map awareness or vigilance, positioning and coordination, dependency on farming and last-hitting, unit management, and overall importance in team play.

Dota 2 Beginner Heroes for Carry Players

  • Doom
  • Sven
  • Spirit Breaker
  • Skeleton King
  • Slardar
  • Huskar
  • Dragon Knight
  • Queen of Pain
  • Riki
  • Clinkz
  • Bounty Hunter
  • Sniper
  • Juggernaut

Besides the factors I’ve listed above, many of these carry heroes come with useful skills for a beginning player. For instance, Riki has his passive and permanent Invisibility ultimate, one of the best escape skill available. Sniper, on the other hand, is a hero with the longest range for normal attacks, allowing him to deal damage from a distance.

Dota 2 Beginner Heroes for Support Players

  • Omniknight
  • Dark Seer
  • Jakiro
  • Dazzle
  • Witch Doctor
  • Warlock
  • Shadow Shaman
  • Crystal Maiden
  • Lich
  • Vengeful Spirit
  • Bane
  • Ogre Magi

Many of these support heroes have been selected for their simplicity, meaning they only come with one or two active skills to use. Warlock is a great hero for noobs, given that his skills are helpful for other players. Though not recommended, it’s okay for the hero to die as long as he has unleashed his ultimate golem for pushing towers.

Other Dota 2 Beginner Heroes

  • Night Stalker
  • Lina
  • Lion
  • Zeus
  • Centaur Warrunner
  • Bristleback
  • Abaddon

These heroes have been chosen for a number of reasons: high durability, ability to deal a lot of damage with a simple click of a button, and others.

Other Heroes

So why are some heroes not included in the lists above? Simply because they’re too complex to use, especially when considering the factors I mentioned above. Take Invoker as a fine example: his three orbs (Quas, Wex, and Exort) form a total of ten combinations, each of which can be invoked to form a unique skill. That’s ten combinations and ten skills to memorize. Invoker is arguably the most sophisticated hero when it comes to skill chemistry.

The most difficult heroes in terms of map awareness are those who have abilities with a global range. Map awareness involves having a constant lookout on the minimap and be well aware of impending team clashes, calls for help from teammates, and dealing away with escaping enemies who are low on health. Clockwerk, for instance, has Rocket Flare that must be targeted at a location where an enemy is anticipated to come around. Timing, therefore, is very important. Another example is Ancient Apparition, since his ultimate skill (Ice Blast) requires perfect execution.

Position and coordination means knowing where the player must move his hero into so that it's advantageous for his team. Heroes with area-of-effect ultimate skills (Tidehunter, Earthshaker, Sand King) are usually the ones who initiate teamfights, and must therefore be at perfect locations where they can prepare and enact the perfect ambush/clash.

Farming and last-hitting usually involve carry heroes. While some can be already strong enough with just little gold collected from last hits and kills, some requires a lot of gold in order to buy powerful items and help turn the tide of battle.

If you think the likes of Enchantress and Chen are easy to play, think again. Only when you have perfect control of their minions are you considered a master of micro-management. Micro-management also covers better judgment in using many active items too.

Finally, there are heroes who are so important to the teamfight, that their constant deaths in the game means eventually losing the match. If you’re going to pick Spectre, Morphling, and Drow Ranger, make sure you don’t die. That, and you also need to farm a lot.

Other Tips

Even though some of them can be considered as Dota 2 beginner heroes, they are not necessarily useless, boring, or inferior to other heroes. They just have a short learning curve, allowing you to master their capabilities.

As a noob, make sure that you also learn the different kinds of player/hero roles, such as carry, support, initiator, and others.

If multiplayer matches are too overwhelming for your taste, maybe play with bots first.


Do you agree with my list? Or do you think there are other Dota 2 beginner heroes that new players should start first?

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