[Top 15] Dota 2 Best Heroes To Gain MMR

MMR is just a number!

Do you ever feel stuck in your MMR bracket? As if you’ve plateaued and there is no way around it? Worry not, a lot of players feel this way as they’re in their MMR journey. You may be ganking, and using the right builds yet something may not be right. It all boils down to the hero preference, as the meta heroes are guaranteed to boost your MMR if you master them.

We bring you the best 15 Heroes to Gain MMR in the current patch. This list contains only the most relevant heroes which are capable of dealing immense damage and assisting you in climbing up your rigorous MMR bracket. 

15. Undying

The night of the living dead is worsened by the presence of Undying. Picking him first ensures you threaten your enemy with strength steal and harass potential. Having high HP as support will guarantee your carry free rein as you will be busy shoving your foes away from the XP range. Undying maintains the tempo in the mid-game as his Tombstone has proven to be immensely helpful to disrupt enemies and slow their movements. His enemies stand no chance once he transforms into the Flesh Golem.

Why is Undying a great hero? 

  • Great at shoving away enemies from the lane
  • High HP potential with strength steal
  • Low CD on spells

Items to buy as Undying

  • Mekansm
  • Solar Crest
  • Guardian Greaves
  • Glimmer Cape
  • Aeon Disk


14. Io

Io is an immensely popular dude to the heals and sustain her provides, proving to be the ideal first pick. He also takes the cake for being the most mysterious. Is it a bulb, or is it a disco ball? We shall never know! All we know is that this ball of energy is powerful enough to turn the game around if he helps his allies on time! A perfect relocation can quickly turn the game around by saving your teammates or even by ratting! Io provides decent sustain right off the laning phase! 

Why is Io a great hero? 

  • Can sustain allies with tether and heal
  • Can also save allies in the heat of the moment with Relocate
  • Immense heal and low CD on abilities

Items to buy on Io

  • Guardian Greaves
  • Glimmer Cape
  • Ghost Scepter
  • Holy Locket


13. Huskar

This ferocious hunter leaves no stone unturned. His crazy damage potential is unmatched by his foes. He makes them weaker with his fire. Huskar is a very aggressive hero, which fares well against melee heroes. His annoying nature makes people rage quit! Though a slow farmer, he relies more on kills to acquire gold, hence ganking other lanes as soon as possible. Huskar is known to initiate, hence he builds items that allow him to start and sustain team fights.

What makes Huskar a great hero? 

  • Lethal DoT (Damage over time)
  • High base attack speed which is amplified his passive
  • Threat to squishy heroes
  • Can gank as early as level 6!

Items to buy on Huskar

  • Armlet of Mordiggian
  • Aghanim’s Scepter
  • Overwhelming Blink
  • Black King Bar
  • Heaven’s Halberd


12. Enchantress 

This bubbly and friendly creature is a devastating force if troubled! She has the mystical force of nature besides her, guarding and coaching her through the deep forests. Enchantress is often overlooked due to her low base attack damage but that should not make you ignore her mid and late-game potential. She can work smoothly as a roaming and laning support, even played in the offlane at times! Her abilities allow her to gank and deal some serious damage to her foes.

What makes Enchantress a great hero? 

  • Enchant dominates a neutral/enemy creeps for up to 120 seconds, making it easy for her to farm jungle from level 1. 
  • Has a decent heal which makes her sustain while jungling.
  • Impetus makes it easy for her to farm faster.
  • High attack and movement speed.

Items to buy on Enchantress

  • Holy Locket
  • Aghanim’s Scepter
  • Dragon Lance
  • Witch Blade
  • Solar Crest


11. Keeper of the Light

You shall not pass, says the illuminating Keeper as he holds his ground against his ghastly foes. KOTL is back in the meta due to the recent buffs to his abilities, allowing him to deal more damage and sustain in the lane. His spells allow him to be played both as a core and as a support, allowing flexibility in his item as well as skill builds. If you manage to master this wise Keeper, you shall be allowed to pass into higher MMR ladders! 

Why is Keeper of the Light a great hero?

  • Constant Mana supply
  • Can split push lanes effortlessly
  • Immense magical burst damage potential
  • Low CD on spells

Items to buy on KOTL

  • Force Staff
  • Aghanim’s Scepter
  • Dagon
  • Ethereal Blade
  • Glimmer Cape


10. Bane 

Bane is the perfect first pick material. He remains a solid counter to escape heroes and especially tanky ones. He can quickly disable them by applying debuffs, and locking them down for a good duration! This means that his foes can’t escape Bane’s wrath if locked down with Nightmare or Fiend’s Grip! The upside of having so many single targetted spells is that you can break the Linken’s as well.

Why is Bane a great hero? 

  • Nightmare prevents enemy heroes from escaping and locks them down while Bane can attack them
  • Fiend’s Grip also locks fleeting enemies down, which can result in their deaths with some follow-up
  • Brain Sap's pure damage ignores armor

Items to Buy on Bane

  • Glimmer Cape
  • Ghost Scepter
  • Force Staff
  • Aether Lens


9. Enigma

The mystery of this being lies within the abyss, often known to bend and manipulate time. Enigma is a deadly force that is feared by every other dota player! Enigma has various tools which help him farm faster and efficiently. He is known for split-pushing and his almighty ultimate, the Black Hole. It is regarded as one of the best ultimates in the game! It can change the trajectory of the game, turn around team fights and make enemies rage quit! 

What makes Enigma a great jungler? 

  • Can deny ranged creeps to create Eidolons which can further be used to jungle or harass enemies right from level 1.
  • High base movement speed and intelligence. 
  • The farm can be accelerated with high levels in Demonic Conversion, leading to stronger Eidolons!

Items to buy on Enigma

  • Blink Dagger
  • Black King Bar
  • Aghanim’s Scepter
  • Refresher’s Orb


8. Tidehunter

Tidehunter does exceptionally well against melee heroes, especially against the squishy ones with low armor. With little to no damage being dealt by his laning carry due to Anchor Smash and high base armor, they have no choice but to ignore this melon man during teamfights! But this does not mean that Tide ignores them, he ferociously pounces on him to ravage and decimate his carriers and eventually wipe off the entire team. 

Why is Tidehunter a great hero? 

  • Kraken Shell and Anchor Smash make it very difficult for enemies to damage Tidehunter.
  • Ravage will lock the whole enemy team down. 
  • Anchor Smash reduces base damage, which is the majority of a carry hero’s auto-attack damage.
  • An Aghanim's Scepter upgraded Gush slows down and reduces the armor of all heroes.

Items to Buy on Tidehunter

  • Blink Dagger
  • Shiva’s Guard
  • Lotus Orb
  • Aghanim’s Scepter and Shard
  • Force Staff


7. Lifestealer

The threatening Lifestealer is a deadly force to be reckoned with. His strength ruptures even the strongest of foes and leaves them crippled. Lifestealer is a carry hero, and he is quite good at carrying the team on his back! Due to the lifesteal, he can fare well in the laning phase and deal decent damage to his foes due to high armor. Lifestealer mainly relies on kills to get gold, making him a fight oriented hero, as with the right items he can obliterate the enemy team and turn their ashes into dust.

Why is Lifestealer a great hero? 

  • Built-in magic immunity spell
  • Immense lifesteal
  • Can sustain in the laning phase

Items to Buy on Lifestealer

  • Armlet of Mordiggian
  • Desolator
  • Skull Basher
  • Sange and Yasha
  • Assault Cuirass


6. Templar Assassin

This mysterious and bold assassin has proven to be lethal for anyone who mistakes her for an easy target. Templar Assassin is nothing but a killing machine, she ruthlessly shreds enemy heroes apart while making it look easy! The temple has rewarded her abilities that make her a silent but deadly cold-blooded assassin. She has immense physical damage potential which is supplemented by her quick base attack speed. She can ward off the enemy hero after putting a few levels in Psi Blade which deals insane damage, allowing her to farm quickly at the same time.

What makes Templar Assassin a fearsome Mid hero?

  • Global presence with Aghanim’s Scepter upgrade of Psionic Traps.
  • Can push waves remotely with max duration Psionic Traps.
  • She can farm faster and shove lanes with Psi Blades.
  • Meld’s ability turns her invisible, allowing her to hide or camp in the enemy jungle.

Items to buy on Templar Assassin

  • Desolator
  • Blink Dagger
  • Daedalus
  • Monkey King Bar
  • Hurricane Pike


5. Pangolier

The flamboyant swashbuckling Pangolier is a relatively new hero to the game but players quickly recognized it as one of the vital counters to most illusion heroes. There are a lot of factors for this, one of them includes the Disarm mechanic and the extremely high physical AoE damage dealt by him in team fights. Illusions will disintegrate and be reduced to rubbles quite quickly! It is a given that Pangolier farms way better and more efficiently compared to most of his enemy laners and carries.

Why is Pangoler a great offlaner? 

  • High AoE physical damage and disarm
  • Immense control with Rolling Thunder
  • High wave clear potential
  • Quite a slippery fish!

Items to Buy on Pangolier

  • Maelstorm
  • Abyssal Blade
  • Shiva's Guard
  • Aghanm’s Scepter and Shard


4. Lion

Lion is considered to be one of the best first pick heroes in the game. He is also a beginner’s favorite, primarily due to his ease of spells and high burst damage potential. He can often rotate and gank other lanes at early levels. He is known for his chain-disable, which makes him a threat even in the late game. His Hex into Earth Spike is quite the deadly combo that can cause lethal damage with follow-up from his allies.

What makes Lion a great hero? 

  • Multiple stuns and disables
  • Low CD on spells
  • Massive burst damage

Items to buy on Lion

  • Blink Dagger
  • Force Staff
  • Ghost Scepter
  • Aether Lens
  • Aghanim’s Scepter


3. Ember Spirit

The fiery spirit of this warrior is unparalleled, his immense knowledge and capabilities are surely a sight worth witnessing. Being a melee hero vs. ranged heroes can be a hard task, especially in the late stages of the game, but ES defies all odds and is considered to be a great counter simply due to his AoE damage output along with the ability to soak up some serious damage. His flexibility allows him to obliterate enemies of all different kinds. 

Why is Ember Spirit Great a great hero? 

  • High AoE damage which is hybrid (physical and magical)
  • Can destroy illusions and clear waves effortlessly. 
  • Farms faster compared to most foes. 
  • Great talent tree that scales well with items and spells 

Items to Buy on Ember Spirit

  • Mjolnir
  • Radiance
  • Shiva’s Guard
  • Blademail
  • Aghanim’s Scepter and Shard


2. Sniper

Sniper has made millions of players rage quit all around the world! His voice and gameplay induce fear and disgust even amongst the most experienced players. Sniper is suitable both as a mid and a carry hero due to his space-making and farming abilities. He may be a squishy hero but his incredible physical damage output and range make it impossible for enemies to come close to him. He is often considered to be the counter for squishy heroes or primarily for melee heroes.

What makes Sniper a great hero? 

  • High base attack range and movement speed
  • AoE spell that accelerates his farm
  • Flexible build potential
  • Great talents that scale well with items

Items to buy on Sniper

  • Maelstorm
  • Dragon Lance
  • Mask of Madness
  • Silver Edge
  • Daedalus

1. Ursa 

This ferocious and breathtaking bear is a force to be reckoned with. Ursa is one of the most played carry heroes in the game, known for his ability to jungle smoothly and slay Roshan alone. His third ability, Fury Swipes, combined with his second, Overpower, can obliterate squishy enemy support heroes in the early game. Buying a Morbid mask allows him to sustain in lane and turn around a fight swiftly coupled with his ultimate, Enrage. 

Why is Ursa a great hero?

  • Menace against squishy heroes.
  • Less reliable on items, more reliable on abilities.
  • Can easily secure Roshan alone, gaining the Aegis of Immortality.

Items to buy on Ursa

  • Blink Dagger
  • Diffusal Blade
  • Satanic
  • Abyssal Blade
  • Black King Bar

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