Despite missing ones that are so popular in the original Warcraft III mod—Techies, Phoenix, Soul Keeper, etc.—Dota 2 already has several heroes to choose from. Naturally, some of them are bound to hog the spotlight and be chosen a lot by players, while the other Dota 2 heroes are shunned for a reason or two.
Most Popular Dota 2 Heroes of All Time
Without further ado, here are the most popular Dota 2 heroes who have managed to make it to the top 10:
- Drow Ranger
- Bounty Hunter
- Spirit Breaker
- Nature’s Prophet
It’s easy to tell why many players choose the likes of Pudge and Bounty Hunter in their usual selection of Dota 2 heroes. Players like being the hunter, not the hunted. Pudge’s Meat Hook allows them to be such, while his Flesh Heap gives him adequate protection from would-be predators. Bounty Hunter is also chosen for similar reasons. His invisibility skill, Shadow Walk, allows him to catch other heroes off-guard and also lets him escape.
Based on personal experience while playing so many Dota 2 games, Drow Ranger and Sniper are popular Dota 2 heroes for newbies or beginning players. They have very simple skills that do not take much time to learn. Newbies also tend to choose a carry role, believing they’re going to be the stars in-game even though oblivious to the things needed to become an exceptional carry. To them, using a support hero is boring.
Notably important, though, is the fact that even if they are the most popular Dota 2 heroes, the ones in the list above don’t actually have a winning advantage over other heroes. Six of them even have a win rate that’s less than 50%, meaning teams in matches that have them lose more often than win.
Least Popular Dota 2 Heroes of All Time
Who, then, are the least picked of the bunch? If you’ve been a regular player, then you know it’s rarer to encounter these Dota 2 heroes. In fact, when randomly chosen, they most likely get repicked:
- Skywrath Mage
- Elder Titan
Common reasons why these heroes are the least favorite among players are skill difficulty, their supporting roles, high map awareness requirement, to name a few. Especially for newbies, Chen, Meepo, and Visage are hard to use because they and their minions/summons/conversions require great micro-management to be able to help win the game. Elder Titan, Pugna, and Skywrath Mage are capable of dealing devastating damage and killing other heroes without much help from others. Unfortunately and especially in public games, these three are expected to play supporting roles (which, once again, is a role type that newbies don’t really like to play). Io, on the other hand, requires that the player use his ultimate skill at the right moment and at the right location, or he and his tethered companion gets killed instead. Some others are least popular because they’re new additions to Dota.
Note that the ones listed above are the most/least popular Dota 2 heroes of all time. The findings came from the DotaBuff.com website, which gathered data from all public matches played all over the globe. If you filter the list with just games played on patch 6.79, Bloodseeker makes it to the number 2 spot (most likely because of its recently buffed skill that can now detect low-health heroes all over the map, not just within a certain radius).
As new patches roll out, the rankings of popular Dota 2 heroes will most assuredly change. Nerfs, stat changes, skill modifications, new upcoming heroes, or complete reimagining of the existing ones will surely have a drastic effect on what heroes will players pick for their next matches.