3 Of The Most Noob Friendly Dota 2 Heroes, And Some To Avoid

Dave LeClair 28-05-2014

Dota 2 is an absolutely terrifying game for a newcomer What Is Dota 2 & Why Should You Care? In the world of games, Valve Corporation has recently grown into one of the largest and most consistent game publishers (with the skyrocketing success of their Steam distribution network) and game developers (with the international... Read More . You have over 100 heroes to choose from, and you have a community of players who will chew you out for making the smallest mistakes. We’ve already covered some basic tips that can help you improve at the game 5 Tips For Dota 2 Noobs That Will Make You A Better Player Dota 2 is a hard game. When you launch it and start playing, it's easy to become overwhelmed. These five tips we are going to cover will make you a better Dota 2 player. Read More , but taking it back to an even more basic level, how do you even know which heroes to play when you get started? Which heroes are good for beginners? That’s exactly what we are going to cover today.



What Does He Do: All of his spells only target a single person, so there are no skillshots that require precision aiming. Instead, you simply press the key for the ability, and click on the target. He has two built-in disables, so he is able to survive many gank attempts, and he even has a skill that allows him to weaken enemy right click damage deals, which can not only save your life, but it can also turn the tide of a teamfight in the late game.

Does He Need Farm: Bane needs almost no farm, and his abilities are powerful enough that he can still be a factor in the game without spending gold on anything but wards, a courier, and some boots.

Things To Keep In Mind: There is one special note about Bane that you need to keep in mind. His “E,” called Nightmare, requires some planning. If anyone attacks the person you’ve disabled, they will then become disabled themselves. This means you need to be careful who you target. If your teammate is attacking someone, you don’t want to Nightmare them. If someone is dropping a high damage area of effect ability, you don’t want to Nightmare them. Instead, you want to focus on spellcasters who are on the edge of a fight who can deal massive damage, but aren’t the priority targets being attacked by your carries.

Wraith King

What Does He Do: Wraith King (or Skeleton King as he used to be called) is a very versatile hero. He only has one activated ability, which is his “Q” called Wraithfire Blast. It’s a useful single target stun that hits over a decent range. So even though the hero is melee, he can still be useful from the fringe of a fight. He has a passive critical attack and lifesteal that he shares with the entire team, which is very useful for everyone on the time. The real thing that makes him so good for new players is his ultimate, which gives him a second life, and slows all enemy heroes in the area where he is killed. This gives new players a lot of leeway, because even if a mistake is made, you get a second life.

Does He Need Farm: Wraith King is incredibly versatile. He’s technically a carry, but if he falls behind he can be played as a support, which is great for new players who are having an issue farming. However, if he does get farm, he can be a force to be reckoned with, and he can chop down the other team in seconds. For players looking to try out their first carry, Wraith King is a great place to start.


Things To Keep In Mind: Just because you have a second life, doesn’t mean you can go crazy running into the enemy by yourself. You need teammates to follow up, because there is nothing stopping the enemy from killing you a second time. Just because you have two lives doesn’t mean you can throw them away.


What Does He Do: Lich is an awesome support that is extremely powerful against newer players because of his ultimate. All of his abilities are activated, so you will have a lot to do, but none are particularly hard to use. His “Q,” called Frost Blast is an ability that damages and slows a primary target and does less to anyone else in the area. His “W” is called Ice Armor, and it gives a teammate or tower extra armor and slows anyone who attacks it. His “E” is what really makes Lich so great for noobs. The spell, called Sacrifice, eats a friendly creep and gives Lich mana based on its health. This means he almost never runs out of mana, which is great for new players. His ultimate, called Chain Frost, bounces a ball of energy around the enemy, dealing massive damage. It can wipe out an entire team if they are bunched up, and can change the tide of a game.

Does He Need Farm: Lich can be useful with nothing but boots. His “Q” and “R” do massive damage, and he doesn’t need any items to keep himself in mana, as his “E” takes care of that for him. New players don’t need to worry about where to find that precious gold, because they can still have huge contributions to the game with no money at all.

Things To Keep In Mind: Lich’s ultimate will target both creeps and enemy heroes, so ideally, you’d like to find a place to cast it where there are minimal creeps and lots of enemy heroes. That’s not to say you shouldn’t cast it when the situation is not ideal. Too many players try to hold onto their ultimate looking for the perfect time to use it, and instead end up missing out on some valuable damage. Just don’t use it when there is only one hero, unless it is to secure a kill with a single hit. Also, the value of consuming an enemy creep extends beyond giving mana. In the early game, it takes away gold and XP from the other team, so use it every time it’s off cooldown, even if you don’t need the mana.


Heroes Commonly Called Noob Heroes That Aren’t

There are a few heroes that, when picked, will immediately make your opponents call you a noob for playing them, and as such, you might think these are the ones you need to play when you are just starting out. However, you’d be wrong.

  • Sniper: He is a hero who stands far back, right clicks to attack enemy heroes, and drops an ultimate that kills anyone at low health. It all sounds so easy, but it isn’t. Positioning is so important for Sniper, and if you are new, it’s hard to know where to be. He has such a low HP pool that even a support can blow him up with ease. When you are just getting a feel for the game, Sniper is actually a hero you should avoid. Additionally, he needs to farm up a lot of items to be successful, and if he doesn’t he is just free kills for the other team.
  • Riki: He’s invisible, how hard can it be? The fact is, Riki can be countered by any kind of invisibility detection, all of which is very cheap. You need experienced teammates to remove the enemy wards, and when you are just starting out, this isn’t going to happen often. Like Sniper he needs to snowball with farm and kills to be of any use, otherwise, he’s just an invisible guy who dies the moment he shows himself to the other team to attack.
  • Drow Ranger: Drow suffers from many of the same misconceptions as Sniper. She stands far away and right click attacks, so therefore she’s easy to play. However, she needs a tremendous amount of farm, and like Sniper, she’s very easy to kill. In spite of being easy to kill, she really cannot afford to die, as any time she isn’t farming or getting kills, she is falling behind.

Once you get all of this down, make sure you actually keep track of your Dota 2 stats 4 Methods For Dota 2 Players To Keep Track Of Stats In the world of Dota 2, stats are incredibly important. Read More , so you know that you are actually making improvements.

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  1. Anonymous
    October 19, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    techies, you need to know where people go first and with the new update how to use mines as wards, the thing about the bots though, I totally agree unless you have played games of a similar type

    plus you forgot to mention the verbal abuse on chat if you are bad, ans if the person is extreamly mean he will post stuff on your profile. I learn't how to play at school on .A (Dota 1) with one of my friends, but when I moved to dota 2 I was confused by some iteams and didn't like the way it recommended stuff for you so I almost failed my first match, but I played 2-4 bot matches and then played well, advice to noobs look for heroes which are noob heroes and say that you are a noob on chat or the abuse will be terrible

    • Anonymous
      October 19, 2015 at 10:02 pm

      my reply thing isn't working soz but that was to the guy who posted the thing about techies

  2. Anonymous
    October 19, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    Yeah exactly, in theory riki is bad but perminant invis Is op and if you play riki in a match people willcomplain that like huskar he is a noob hero, he is not bad, one of my friends who is admitadly bettrr than I am if he plays riki, everyone dies...... if a noob plays riki even extreamly badly (I have seen some playing which gives a bad name to noobs) and hr still got more kills than deaths

    there are a few mistakes in this as some heroes you have directly called noobs are op

    and bane... when people play they don't understand what spell to use, they don't understand that e is not a stun and you can turn it off, I have seen PRO's in matches with 1000 of viewers who when they play bane suck d

    this is a good list to a point but if I went through what is wrong and other noob heroes my fingers would fall off.

    • Anonymous
      October 19, 2015 at 9:53 pm

      I thought I put this as a reply, srry for bad grammer and spelling mistakes for all those people who pick up on that, but I rushed it as I am about to go to sleep.

  3. nisha john
    January 27, 2015 at 10:34 am

    u can take up the training tutorial provided in dota 2 and ofcourse there are youtube videos as tutorials

  4. Sashi
    June 2, 2014 at 3:56 am

    I remember when I first played Dota 2, and how I never played it again. When I last tried it, I was only interested because I was able to get my hands on it for free and I heard a lot about it being a fun game. Then I found there was no tutorial, no explanations on what to do, and no way to play offline. I had no choice but to go online and embarrass myself. Then I played a match where some angry neckbearded guy kept screaming at me until our team lost.

    I only later found out that a good way to learn how the game works (at least at this time a few years ago) was to play League of Legends. After I did, I realized the whole genre wasn't really my thing and never bothered again.

    • nisha john
      January 27, 2015 at 10:25 am

      im sorry u didnt get to like the game or experience the fun part.. i think dota 2 has training tutorial for starters which is really good in introducing d game.. after the tutorial is complete , u will get some idea about the essence of game.. then ofcourse there is youtube hosting videos of many dota fun games and tutorials.. its all about team spirit and presence of mind ..hope u will get urself a chance to enjoy the game

    • nisha john
      January 27, 2015 at 10:25 am

      im sorry u didnt get to like the game or experience the fun part.. i think dota 2 has training tutorial for starters which is really good in introducing d game.. after the tutorial is complete , u will get some idea about the essence of game.. then ofcourse there is youtube hosting videos of many dota fun games and tutorials.. its all about team spirit and presence of mind ..hope u will get urself a chance to enjoy the game

  5. Jacen
    May 29, 2014 at 2:14 am

    If you want to learn how to play dota, go hang around on

  6. Othniel
    May 29, 2014 at 2:01 am

    if they were techies, it'd be a number 1 heroes which is noob friendly. keeper of light can also be easy to use, axe can also be easy on newbies since people will stay away from him. I think newbies should practice with bots and not start out right away in real matches, imagine all the pain and suffering it brings to your team mate

  7. epiquestions
    May 29, 2014 at 12:55 am

    For sniper: He is a noob hero because he is a carry that doesn't need to manage many active skills and it is easy for him to get last hits because of ministun and range (means easy to farm up items). As for positioning, he has long range. Everybody knows he just needs to hide or tower hug or stay behind friendly creeps. He only needs lifesteal and lothars and he is set to hunt or jungle which gives him a safer way to earn money by killing neutrals. His ulti can be used to target an enemy even on the other lane and sniper would just walk there until enemy is in range which is from a very safe distance.

    Bane: is not a noob hero because he has 4 active skills. It can be confusing for noobs which key to press (and using mouse to manually click the skills is not advisable). He has short range also. And he is usually support so noobs don't know where to place wards, to buy wards and other support items for teammates. If you're noob you usually learn to last hit and deny first. With his short range it is not so easy as he can be harassed to death by a noob hero like sniper. Less money, less experience.

    Riki: is noob hero because of perma invisibility. Yes it is cheap to buy wards and dust but riki can escape quickly with blink if a ward is present (enemy creeps attack him). He is also a carry it means someone has to start a gank and then he will blink in cast dust and silence and make every enemy in it miss. If a team clash starts riki is usually the hardest to spot because of all the action. It is very hard to gank him. He can hunt, and safely farm.

    Drow: is noob hero because he is a dps hero that have 2 skills that increase damage which is very helpful in getting last hits (more money to easily get items). His frost arrows can be autocast and nobody can escape that and partner it with the improved "silence" gust which knocks back enemies and now an AOE silence drow is a very strong carry hero for noobs

    It just takes game sense to not get killed alot. So it applies to all heroes. But if you can manage that using these heroes you can easily own the enemy team in team clashes or even by yourself.

    You might want to add huskar and barathrum as noob heroes. Huskar with fire arrows his heal and ulti makes him a hunter which means more kills more money. Same goes for Barathrum, with his charge and ulti and passive bash. Supports and carries laning alone can easily be killed