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DOTA 2 – Beginner Choices for Heroes: Starter Selections That Are Easy To Understand

DOTA 2 can be extremely difficult to get into. Here is a list of what heroes you should try out when first starting the game. These heroes are all selected because they are fairly straightforward and do not require a lot of experience with the game or the specific hero in order to contribute well to your team. Other heroes may require difficult aiming, timing, or control in order to play but you should be able to hop right in.

Don’t take this list to mean these are somehow only “noob” characters. With experience, these champions will be as powerful and helpful as any of the others — you will just have a better chance of starting out well with these.

For your first time, its not a bad idea to try out some of the items on the recommended item list. This will at least help you to avoid purchasing items that will be next to useless for your chosen hero.

Recommended Starter Heroes for DOTA 2 Beginners:

  • Support Role: Lich, Tidehunter, Crystal Maiden, Venomancer, Ogre Magi
  • Semi-Carry Role: Sven, Chaos Knight, or Spirit Breaker
  • Carries: Skeleton King, Viper, or Drow

Intermediate / Middle of the Road Difficulty Heroes:

For more alternatives, try some of these heroes. They aren’t quite as easy to pick up, but are also not the best choice for beginners for various reasons:

  • Faceless Void (bad chronos kill teammates)
  • Lone Druid
  • Clinkz
  • Luna
  • Tinker
  • Bane
  • Wisp
  • Outworld Destroyer
  • Lycanthrope
  • Weaver
  • Kunkka
  • Shadow Demon

Hardest Heroes to Learn or Control:

  • Meepo
  • Chen
  • Enchantress
  • Invoker
  • Rubick
  • Broodmother
  • Visage
  • Storm Spirit
  • Puck
  • Brewmaster

Disagree with this list or have other heroes to suggest for either the difficult or easy list? Give your reasoning in a comment below!

 

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7 Comments

  1. I’d say Sand King and Lifestealer are beginner heroes too because of their uncomplicated mechanics. For instance, Lifestealer pretty much uses a standard combo and has a reliable escape/heal/ambush ability. The only slightly tricky thing about Sand King is landing a Blink + Epicentre combo effectively.

  2. Should I Epicenter first and blink second … or……..?

  3. What about night stalker? Is it hard or intermadiate?

  4. I don’t know with you guys but Invoker isn’t that hard to play. Well yes he is difficult at start but if you’ve got determination to play him, it’s just easy or intermediate actually. He’s just confusing at start just because he has got a lot of abilities but you just need to memorize them.

    I can’t believe Invoker is not hard to play.

  5. Its great to hear different opinions, but as you mentioned he is difficult at the start and that’s what this article was trying to share.

    Normal heroes have only 3-4 abilities to learn (in terms of timing, range, aiming, etc) but Invoker has several times that many abilities. Based on that alone I don’t see how anybody could make the argument that he is one of the easier heroes. You’ve also got to try to remember the key combinations to even activate the abilities.

    I don’t think anybody would recommend Invoker as a “starter selection that is easy to understand”

  6. you should epicenter then queue up the blink (shift + blink)

  7. I… do not see Jug. I mean he is one of the easiest heroes to play as. 1 Main Basic skill (Blade Fury), and Omni Slash. Seriously, with Omni Slash you can easily go for the kill on any straggler, and easily do a huge impact in a team fights. Just remember to have your core items and you’re good.

    To be honest, I found CK harder to play when I started. Trying to control the Phantasms required me to pause whatever I was doing, select them, THEN gank. But the good thing about CK for a beginner is his stun and movement speed which is good for saving their asses.

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