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The Best Six Dota 2 Heroes for Beginners

Dota 2 isn’t an easy game to learn, and an excruciatingly difficult game to master, if that is at all possible. After all, it takes hundreds of hours to learn the basics of the game alone, and thousands more if you actually want to “git gud”.

With 112 heroes playable as of the moment, one of the hardest things beginners have to go through in their first dozen or so games is choosing a hero. Although the game is fairly balanced, not every hero is challenging to play. Meaning, while some heroes are relatively easy to learn, there are others that require much more skill and commitment to play well.

To help ease the pain of your first few dozen games of Dota 2, below are our recommendations for the six best Dota 2 heroes for beginners.

Wraith King

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Wraith King is another very good pick for beginners. He’s only got one activated ability and he’s got a passive critical strike that helps new players who’re still struggling to last-hit creeps. On top of that, he’s got a lifesteal that adds to his durability, as well as is also shared with other melee allied heroes. Plus, his ultimate gives him a second life, literally, so there’s that too.

If you’re looking to try out your first carry hero, Wraith King is a great hero to start with.

Sniper and Drow Ranger

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This was the best picture of Drow and Sniper I could find. Forgive me. Hehe. – Editor

While many will probably not agree with this, both Sniper and Drow Ranger are extremely beginner friendly. Although both heroes do technically need a lot of farm to be strong and to contribute to the team, it’s not exactly that hard to learn how to farm with a ranged hero. Plus, with both heroes being ranged and all, players can take their time feeling the game out without putting themselves right in the middle of a team fight

With two (Drow Ranger) and three (Sniper) passive skills, both heroes make for excellent picks as you try to feel the game out and learn how to farm, harass enemy heroes, push lanes, and so on.


ursa dota 2

With three of his skills based on doing damage simply just by right-clicking, Ursa is, without a doubt, one of the easiest heroes to learn and play in Dota 2. In fact, even a beginner, with a bit of coaching, can use Ursa to solo Roshan at level 1.

If you want to learn how to farm neutrals, move around the map for ganks, and properly position yourself in team fights, all without having to worry much about using skills, Ursa is definitely a good hero to start with.


dota 2 lina

If you want to learn more about combos, Lina is a good hero to start with. Her “nukes”, starting with the Light Strike Array AoE stun and going to the Dragon Slave, can teach you a lot about combos and knowing how to hit your target with spells.

Light Strike Array, for one, has a delay period, and to use it properly requires you to properly predict the movement of your enemy. Plus, her ultimate, Laguna Blade ties in quite nicely to the first combo, and almost always assures a sure skill early game should you be able to hit one hero with all three skills. Also, unlike other intelligent heroes, Lina scales well late-game, thanks to her passive skill, Fiery Soul.

Considered as the penultimate Nuker, Lina is a common staple in both pub games and competitive matches.

Even though she’s easy to learn and play, in the hands of a capable player, Lina can be quite the devastating force.


lion dota 2

Think Lina, but more on supporting than actually trying to scale as a “pseudo-carry” late game, and you get Lion.

With four skills at his disposal, two of which are very useful disables, using Lion will teach you plenty about the life of roaming support heroes, who’re always ganking and helping out the team whenever possible.


Heroes That You Shouldn’t Really Be Playing


  • Invoker, Tinker, Chen and Meepo. All four are some of the most mechanically challenging heroes to play in Dota 2. Don’t even think about playing them, lest you want to give yourself a hard time (and be flamed, or worse, reported).
  • Riki. Sure, the hero’s invisible, but that’s pretty much it. In the hands of a beginner, and playing with similarly skilled people, Riki is pretty much rendered ineffective once the opposing team uses any kind of invisibility detection. If not farmed enough, Riki is an invisible hero that simply dies the very moment he’s seen by the other team.
  • Techies. Much like Riki, Techies’ strength is rendered ineffective once the other team uses some kind of invisibility detection. Of course, if used by a professional player, or someone who’s extremely skilled, Techies can be a pain to deal with. Otherwise, though, picking him all but means that your team will be playing one hero short.

Because it’s a rather competitive game, Dota 2 can make for quite the toxic environment. You’ll get flamed, ridiculed, mocked and bullied often. As a beginner, you can do yourself a favor and choose heroes that are more in line with your skill level.

Don’t worry, a few dozen games or so and you’ll find yourself having played nearly half of Dota 2’s roster pool.

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Written by Ray Ian Ampoloquio

A gamer since he could hold a controller with his hands, he swears to have beaten Contra as a kid without using the Konami Code. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.