Are you a Dota 2 beginner, and are you confused about what heroes to pick when you are just starting out? Are you overwhelmed by the amount of choices when you jump right into your first games? Are your friends trolling you by telling you to pick Arc Warden in your first games? Here is our guide for Dota 2 noobs, who are looking for suggestions on what to pick.
- Centaur Warrunner
Centaur Warrunner is great if you are new: he’s very tanky, he doesn’t need many items to function properly, he has very high base damage, making getting last hits on creeps easy, and his spells are all very simple to use.
Alternative choices are Slardar, who is more focused on physical damage and reducing his enemies’ armor, Axe, who can taunt his enemies and force them to attack him, or Bristleback, who reduces damage taken from the back.
- Dragon Knight
- Queen of Pain
If you find yourself having to go mid in your first games, Dragon Knight is the perfect hero for the job. He is tanky, he can survive tough lanes thanks to his passive, and his spells are all simple to use.
If you are looking for a more magic damage focused mid laner, consider picking Queen of Pain, who deals massive AoE damage, and can Blink to move around the map quickly, or Zeus, if you want to burst down single targets quickly.
- Wraith King
Juggernaut is by far one of the easiest carries to play at any level, and he stays effective even in the highest skill brackets. Juggernaut can survive tough lanes, and is great at all stages of the game, plus his spells are very simple to use.
Wraith King is another great carry hero for beginners, his main spell is a targeted stun, and his other active spell speeds up his farm by a lot.
Lifestealer is perfect for beginners too, he is the best carry of 2019. Similarly to Juggernaut, he has access to magic immunity and sustain, making him tough to take down.
Sniper is another good pick, his long range helps you stay out of danger, but be careful, you are very prone to get jumped by mobile targets.
- Spirit Breaker
- Crystal Maiden
Warlock is a great support hero for beginners. He is great in lane with his powerful Shadow Word, he has an incredible team fight presence with his ultimate and Fatal Bonds, his last spell is the only one that needs some time getting used to, but it is insanely good after all the buffs as well.
If you are looking for a more active support, you should pick Spirit Breaker or Crystal Maiden. You can use a smoke of deceit and gank the other lanes with their disables, something that Warlock can’t do.
Spirit Breaker can also charge from the fog of war and stun unsuspecting targets. Crystal Maiden is helpful to her entire team thanks to her aura, so even if you aren’t really able to directly impact lanes with your spells, you are still helping everyone with the mana regeneration you provide.
Our tip for beginners is to try one of the heroes in this list, and see if there is anyone you like. Item guides for beginners are available in-game, they will also tell you what spells to level up first, and they will have useful tips on how to use your spells.
Just because these heroes are simple to use, it doesn’t mean they are bad, expect to see them picked at the The International 2019, Dota 2’s biggest tournament that happens in August every year.