[Top 10] Dota 2 Best Support Heroes Ranked (Current Meta)

Supports are undoubtedly the vital reason behind the success or failure of a team. That’s right, these seemingly squishy and frail heroes can essentially make or break the game. From warding to pulling and even sacrificing their valuable life for cores, the support heroes do it all without complaining. These heroes aid their core heroes in farming, heal them and make sure they are well-fed throughout the game. This incredible parental role is often underestimated, and these unsung heroes do not get their due. Support heroes are highly necessary and it is only right if we acknowledge their impact!

With so many support heroes in the game, it can get rather hard to pick the right one to win your ranked games. Worry not, we bring you a ranked list of the Best 10 Support Heroes in the current meta. These relevant heroes are extremely good in all aspects of the game, and are also fight-ready from the early game!

10. Lion

Lion is one of those support heroes who fit any matchup, his versatility is highly unparalleled in the current meta. Lion is played by both beginners and professionals, as he works in every single skill bracket. He has multiple spells which can be used to disable his enemies while allowing him to deal damage to them at the same time. He is strong right from the early game as his lockdown followed by some damage from his team can neutralize enemies

Lion cripples enemies right from the laning phase. He can also drain their mana, turn them into powerless frogs and all in all make them highly useless. Lion also has very lethal nuke damage with his Finger of Death ultimate, which can further be amplified with the number of kills he gets with it, allowing a possibility of one-shotting his foes in the later stages of the game. Most heroes are essentially melee or ranged creep against Lion if they do not have a good start in the game.

What makes Lion a great support hero? 

  • Lion is known to have a decent cast range for spells, which is further amplified with the items he gets.
  • Multiple disables, can be used to chain stun and cripple his enemies right from the early game.
  • High burst damage and magical output that scales well in the later stages of the game.
  • Highly relevant in any matchup due to his spell combinations.

Top 5 Best Endgame items for Lion

  • Aether Lens - Provides Lion with increased cast range along with providing decent stats and mana. It can further be upgraded into Octraine Core which reduces spell and item cooldowns by 25%.
  • Blink Dagger - On cast, Blink transports you 1200 units in the distance you are facing, can’t be used for 3 seconds if you take any form of damage. Blink is used by Lion to close the gap and to get on top of enemy heroes to chain disable them.
  • Force Staff - Allows Lion to force himself or the targeted unit 600 units ahead in the direction they are facing, it can be useful to escape from enemies or initiate on them.
  • Aghanim’s Scepter - AoE damage from Finger of Death ultimate, also reduces its cooldown. It prevents enemy heroes from grouping up together, as multiple kills can provide increased charges to Finger, making it deal more damage!
  • Aeon Disk - Saves Lion from getting burst quickly in teamfights, and also applies a basic dispel, although it has a high cooldown of 180 seconds.

Lion is strong against

  • Phantom Assassin - Agreed, Phantom Assassin has immense damage but she can get locked down quickly with all of Lion’s spells. She also has low magic resistance.
  • Void Spirit - Considered to be a slippery hero, Lion’s instant cast point can ruin Void’s momentum by locking him down.
  • Medusa - Medusa severely lacks mobility, Lion takes advantage of this and cripples her further, allowing his teammates to beat the serpentine warrior down in no time. Lion also steals all of Medusa’s mana which she so desperately requires to stand her ground in teamfights. 

Lion is weak against

  • Rubick - The arcane magician can steal Lion’s spells and give him the taste of his own medicine, but with increased status duration and magic damage!
  • Tidehunter - Tidehunter has immense HP as well as high armor, allowing him to withstand Lion’s harassment in the early game. Kraken also dispels all of Lion’s spells inflicted on him.
  • Nyx Assassin - Nyx can deal immense damage to Lion with the combination of all of his spells, while also nullifying the Finger of Death damage dealt to him with the help of his Spiked Carapace.



9. Rubick

Rubick is known to be an evergreen pick as he never seems to go out of fashion, he can essentially be picked against any hero with crowd control abilities or high damage abilities. It does not take a master-tier Rubick to be excellent at stealing the right spells or spellcasting, all you need is a little practice to shine bright on this arcane thief. Rubick can disable his foes with the help of Telekinesis, allowing him to disable his foes. Rubick loves enemies a taste of their own medicine if he successfully uses their spells on them!

Rubick is frequently picked because of the flexibility he provides, along with the impact he has in the game. You can also ideally outfarm and kill certain heroes if you play a slightly greedy Rubick. He can also dominate effortlessly in the late game if he acquires his items, especially his Aghanim’s which allows him to steal an extra spell, which could lead to mind-boggling combos! Rubick is an essential hero if your team lacks a team-fighting support hero.

What makes Rubick a great support?

  • Deals immense magic damage right from the early game with the help of Arcane Supremacy.
  • Has increased status duration on the spells he steals, allowing him to stun-lock his enemies while his allies beat them down.
  • Makes enemies use their spells wisely as the arcane thief can be quick to steal them.
  • He can also farm rather quickly, allowing him to translate into a more aggressive core-like playstyle if he acquires his items.

Top 5 Best Endgame items for Rubick

  • Aghanim’s Scepter and Shard - Decreased cooldown on Spell Steal and allows him to use Aghs upgraded version of stolen spells, exceptional if he can steal big ticket spells, which is the core reason for picking this hero.
  • Aether Lens - Increased cast range, can catch enemies off-guard with the increased range by using Telekinesis from a significant distance or even from the fog.
  • Aeon Disk - Saves him from getting burst quickly from enemy spells and also applies a basic dispel, although it has an extremely high cooldown of 180 seconds.
  • Force Staff - Allows you to force yourself or the targeted unit 600 units ahead in the direction they are facing, it can be useful to escape or initiate on the enemies.
  • Glimmer Cape - Provides invisibility, and can also be used on allies to escape or to initiate on the enemies.

Rubick is strong against

  • Enigma - Enigma's ultimate Black Hole can be devastating if being stolen and dropped on multiple heroes.
  • Phoenix - Phoenix's signature Supernova, if cast successfully, can turn a team fight around if being stolen.
  • Shadow Fiend - Shadow Fiend's Requiem of Souls allows Rubick to output enormous crowd damage and control the enemy team.

Rubick is weak against

  • Anti-Mage - All of Rubick's spells are single targets and can be reflected by Anti-Mage’s Counterspell.
  • Bristleback - Rubick deals little damage on his own, and Bristleback can simply shrug off all his spells and chase Rubick down with his Quill Spray and the damage bonus from Warpath.
  • Nightstalker - Crippling Fear silences nearby heroes and cannot be dispelled, which hinders Rubick's way to retaliate when being jumped on.


8. Ogre Magi

You may be puzzled by the rather dimwit Ogres being on the list, there is a reason for it. They’re just so good in this current patch. They’re all you need in a support hero, they have high hp and armor, they deal immense damage from the early game, and most importantly they have a stun! When Ogre reaches level 6, his ultimate enhances his ability to fight by providing him a chance to multiply the effect of his spells. Most support heroes can’t tank through the damage as they’re naturally not resilient to damage, but Ogre is undoubtedly an exception. His high armor allows him to chase enemies out of the lane while his carry player farms away without any disturbance.

Apart from being excellent in the early game, Ogre also has various effective abilities which make him highly sought after. His Bloodlust buff is highly beneficial to his cores, providing them with increased movement and attack speed. He also can disable people quite easily with his stun and annoy them with his high magical damage which spreads over time. If you’re looking for an easy yet impactful support hero, then Ogre is the right choice for you!

What makes Ogre Magi a great support?

  • Ogre Magi annoying with his abilities right off the bat, as he deals immense magical damage over time from the laning phase.
  • His ungodly magical damage output is further amplified by items that can help him in the middle game.
  • High base HP and armor, allowing him to frontline in the early game and shield his carry from physical damage.
  • Provides Bloodlust buff to his allies, increasing their movement and attack speeds which is essential during a teamfight.
  • Ogre is also extremely tanky and can shove enemies off the lane or be the frontliner in the teamfights, which not all supports are capable of doing due to their squishy nature.

Top 5 Best Endgame items for Ogre Magi

  • Aghanim’s Scepter and Shard - Immense increased magic damage and reduced Cooldown on ultimate.
  • Scythe of Vyse - It can be used to hex enemies, essentially making them unable to use spells or items, along with reducing their movement speed for 3.5 seconds. Highly useful to shut enemies down, making them useless in teamfights.
  • Glimmer Cape - Provides invisibility upon cast, and can be used to escape or set up to gank enemies.
  • Kaya and Sange - Increases stats along with increasing mana gain and reducing mana cost, allowing Ogre Magi to cast his spells freely against his foes.
  • Octraine Core - Provides spell lifesteal and stats, along with decreased cast range and low cooldown on spells.

Ogre Magi is strong against

  • Earthshaker - Ignite can prevent Earthshaker from escaping and/or initiating with Blink Dagger, preventing him from using Echo Slam.
  • Templar Assassin - The damage block instances of Refraction can be burned down with Ignite.
  • Nature’s Prophet - Nature's Prophet treants can be cleared by Ignite or Multicast Hand of Midas.

Ogre Magi is weak against

  • Lifestealer - Ogre Magi has nothing against Rage and his high health pool amplifies Feast.
  • Phantom Lancer - Doppelganger disjoints and dispels Ignite.
  • Oracle - Fate's Edict gives full immunity from Ogre Magi's mostly magical damage.



7. Disruptor

The devastating and electric force of Disruptor is too heavy for his puny foes to handle. Disruptor is by far the most obvious support counter to spell-casting heroes regardless of the meta. This electrifying hero has all the right abilities in his toolkit. Disruptor’s low cooldown spells and surprisingly high damage make him a perfect fit in most matchups. He is an exceptional hero to lane with, as he can ensure his enemies get interrupted and annoyed. As most heroes are highly privy to magic damage in the laning stage, they are the number one target of Disruptor before they can even get their Black King Bar. 

Disruptor is a level-reliant hero, making him prone to a team fighting more, as he does not rely too much on items. Disruptor can change the direction of the game if he manages to separate enemies from the team fight by Glimpsing them back or silencing them, rendering them highly useless. The Static Storm ultimate is further amplified by Aghanim’s Scepter that not only silences them but mutes his items as well. Disruptor should be your go-to hero if your enemies have agile and slippery heroes.

What makes Disruptor a great support?

  • Disruptor has immense crowd control spells, allowing him to separate people in fights.
  • He is a deadly nuker as his spells also deal an immense amount of magical damage right from the get-go.
  • Highly effective hero right from the laning phase with his annoying spells.
  • Disruptor is easy to play, making him a perfect fit regardless of the MMR pool.
  • Does not fall off in the late game, unlike certain other support heroes.

Top 5 Best Endgame items for Disruptor

  • Aghanim’s Scepter - Causes ultimate to mute enemy items.
  • Aeon Disk - Saves him from getting burst quickly from enemy damage and also applies a basic dispel, has a hefty cooldown of 180 seconds.
  • Glimmer Cape - Provides invisibility upon cast, and can be used to escape or set up to gank enemies.
  • Eul’s Scepter - It can be used to sweep the Disruptor or the targeted enemy into the air for 2.5 seconds, making them unable to use spells or move. This can be used to lock them down or set up for teamfights.
  • Force Staff - Allows the Disruptor to force himself or the targeted unit 600 units ahead in the direction they are facing, it can be useful to catch or initiate on enemies.

Disruptor is strong against

  • Primal Beast - Disruptor forces Primal Beast to buy a Black King Bar much earlier than he might like but becomes a major threat to Disruptor once he does.
  • Io - Disruptor can always Glimpse the Io back or his target after he Relocated nearby.
  • Slark - AoE silence and the ability to mute Black King Bar is deadly to Slark at all stages of the game.

Disruptor is weak against:

  • Viper - Corrosive Skin minimizes the damage Viper takes from all of Disruptor's skills.
  • Kunkka - X Marks the Spot allows Kunkka or his teammates to fight back under the effect of Glimpse.
  • Juggernaut - Blade Fury allows Juggernaut to simply move out of Kinetic Field and dodge Glimpse.


6. Silencer

The mechanic of Silence is one lethal mechanic that counters all spell-casting heroes in the game! And well, Silencer… you know it’s self-explanatory. Silencer is an exceptional pick if the enemy team has spell casters with big ticket crowd control spells (think of Black Hole, Echo Slam, Reverse Polarity) These spells can decimate your team if you do not have the right hero against it. Silencer decimates heroes right from the laning stage with his annoying damage over time with Arcane Curse which ensures they do not use their spells. He also steals their intelligence with his glaives, further crippling their mana pool. His ultimate, Global Silence disables all the power his foes have, rendering them useless in teamfights.

Heroes with low intelligence do not enjoy laning against Silencer as his spells will pretty much ruin their early game with the DPS if he keeps on spamming his spells. Silencer not only does that, but he also deals high physical damage, giving him the potential to translate into the core role in the late game. Silencer is overall a solid counter to spellcasting heroes as he does not let them do the one thing they’re designed to do!

What makes Silencer a great support?

  • Silencer deals immense AoE damage over time right from the early game.
  • Global Silence is a highly valuable spell, as it can silence heroes regardless of their position on the map, it is the core reason behind picking Silencer.
  • Silencer does not fall off in the late game, even if he does not have sufficient items, he can rely on his spells to the damage.
  • He is an effective counter to intelligence heroes as he does not allow them to cast spells while also stealing their intelligence.

Top 5 Best Endgame items for Silencer

  • Glimmer Cape - Provides invisibility, and can also be used on allies to escape or to initiate on enemies. It prevents the rather squishy Silencer to escape from the enemy heroes trying to eliminate him first from the teamfight.
  • Scythe of Vyse - Disables the targeted hero and removes him from the fight, as they can’t use their spells or items, making them useless in teamfights. Scythe also slows their movement speed.
  • Aeon Disk - Saves him from getting burst quickly from magic or physical burst damage and also applies a basic dispel, although it has an extremely high cooldown of 180 seconds.
  • Force Staff - Allows you to force yourself or the targeted unit 600 units ahead in the direction they are facing, it can be useful to escape or initiate on enemies.
  • Aghanim’s Scepter and Shard - Global Silence pierces spell immunity, making it impossible for spell-reliant enemies to escape alive from teamfights, making it impossible for them to get rid of Global Silence with the Black King Bar on.

Silencer is strong against:

  • Enigma - Silencer can easily ruin Enigma's initiation, as Global Silence cancels Black Hole, even through Black King Bar and Linken's Sphere.
  • Bristleback - Arcane Curse slows Bristleback down and lasts longer the more abilities he uses. On the other hand, if he doesn't use any abilities, he will begin to lose Warpath charges.
  • Timbersaw- Timbersaw is heavily reliant on his abilities for damage and escape, allowing Silencer to effectively disable him and make him useless in both team fights and 1v1 scenarios.

Silencer is weak against:

  • Broodmother - Broodmother relies less on abilities and more on right clicks, allowing her to deal immense damage back to Silencer without worrying about her skill usage.
  • Dragon Knight - Dragon Blood's armor bonus and health regeneration allow Dragon Knight to stay in the lane against Glaives of Wisdom. He also has immense magic resistance which is essential against Silencer.
  • Nyx Assassin - Silencer is generally squishy and has poor mobility without items, making him an easy target for Nyx.


5. Nyx Assassin

The nefarious Nyx Assassin is an extremely annoying hero to play against heroes who have no way of escaping his clutches. Nyx has various ways of disabling his foes with his extensive toolkit. Nyx can stun them, mana burns them, stun them again, and finally hit them down with the impressive damage from his ultimate, Vendetta. He is active right from the laning phase, as he can acquire a few levels and wander off into other lanes to catch unsuspecting enemies. If he gets a follow-up from his team, there is no way his enemies escape alive!

Nyx is often picked instantly against squishy spell-casting heroes. His abilities are just too good to be ignored if you’re looking to expand your hero pool as a position 4 support player. A well-timed use of spells can catch enemies off guard and turn the trajectory of the game in Nyx’s favor. He is highly useful right from the get-go, hence he is ranked so high up on our list. He can be the enemy carry’s worst nightmare if you let him have the chance!

What makes Nyx Assassin a great support?

  • Mana Burn generally deals more damage to intelligence-based heroes.
  • High movement speed and armor right off the bat.
  • Spiked Carapace can stun enemies without breaking invisibility from his ultimate, Vendetta.
  • His stun lock potential can allow his allies to follow up with immense damage to beat down his foes.
  • He can freely scout around the map with Vendetta which renders him invisible for a decent duration.

Top 5 Best Endgame items for Nyx Assassin

  • Blink Dagger - Blink transports Nyx 1200 units in the distance he is facing, it can’t be used for 3 seconds if he takes any form of damage. Blink is used to closing the gap and getting on top of his enemies and following it up with Impale.
  • Force Staff - Allows Nyx to force himself or the targeted unit 600 units ahead in the direction they are facing, it can be useful to catch or escape from the foes.
  • Aghanim’s Scepter - Allows Nyx to burrow beneath the ground, increasing his cast range and making him invulnerable to any damage.
  • Aether Lens - Increased cast range along with providing decent stats and mana.
  • Lotus Orb - Upon usage, it reflects targeted spells to the caster. Along with that, it can be used to dispel any enemy debuffs. It can be used to dispel the effects of certain spells inflicted by enemies.
  • Spirit Vessel - Immense DPS and heal reduction to the foes when used. This item can be used to reduce enemy lifesteal. It can render heals and Satanic useless.

Nyx Assassin is strong against:

  • Crystal Maiden - Spike Carapace easily interrupts Freezing Field ultimate. 
  • Enigma - Black Hole can be easily interrupted by Impale or Spiked Carapace.
  • Sniper - Assassinate is easy to reflect with Spiked Carapace for massive damage.

Nyx Assassin is weak against:

  • Bounty Hunter - Track hinders Nyx Assassin's ganking attempts with Vendetta, making him an easy kill for gold as well.
  • Bloodseeker - Thirst is always a threat to Nyx Assassin, hindering his attempt to escape using Vendetta on low HP.
  • Slardar - Corrosive Haze hinders Nyx Assassin's ganking attempts with Vendetta, as well as reducing his armor and making him very vulnerable due to his low health pool.


4. Crystal Maiden

Crystal Maiden is the perfect support hero regardless of the meta. She can be picked in tandem with any carry hero and nine out of the ten times their lane combo will be victorious. She has all the spells that her enemies hate! Everything from decent AoE damage to lockdown, there are ways to dominate the low magic-resistant heroes. Often, laning is a nightmare for her opponents as they are subjected to constant harassment, shoving them out of the lane. Crystal Maiden does her best when she has levels, making her more relevant as she can participate in teamfights.

Crystal Maiden is by far, one of the least complex support heroes in the game, which explains her high pick rate, she can easily catch her enemies off-guard with her Frost Bite and unleash her Frost Nova on them. She is an exceptional laner, a dominant fighter, and all in all a great way to counter multiple heroes at once with her intense AoE damage. Her toolkit is highly lethal, it does not fall off no matter how late you are in the game. All it takes is one spell to catch unsuspecting enemies off-guard.

What makes Crystal Maiden a great support?

  • Impressive spells can be used to lock enemies down and deal damage right from the laning phase.
  • Her passive provides global mana regeneration, helping all her allied heroes with their mana regardless of their position on the map.
  • She can farm quickly to acquire items, making her active support
  • Highly relevant in the late game as her spells do not fall off, they’re only amplified due to her talent tree and items.
  • Ultimate can be used in tandem with any ally who has crowd control abilities, allowing her to neutralize multiple enemies at once.

Top 5 Best Endgame items for Crystal Maiden

  • Force Staff - Allows Crystal Maiden to force herself or the targeted unit 600 units ahead in the direction she is facing. This allows her to either escape from her foes or initiate on them, depending upon the scenario.
  • Glimmer Cape - Upon cast, it provides invisibility, and can also be used on allies to escape or to initiate on her enemies.
  • Ghost Scepter - Upon usage, it makes Crystal Maiden immune to physical attacks while making her unable to attack at the same time. She also takes increased magical damage under its duration. This is an exceptional item to save yourself from the onslaught of foes.
  • Black King Bar - Provides spell immunity, making her invulnerable in the fight, immune to any spells that silence her. It can be used in tandem with her ultimate, Freezing Field.
  • Aeon Disk - The disk saves Crystal Maiden from getting burst quickly by her enemy's physical or magical damage, blocking her from taking or doing any damage if her health falls under a certain threshold. It also applies a basic dispel upon reaching the said threshold.

Crystal Maiden is strong against:

  • Terrorblade - While Terrorblade can kill Crystal Maiden due to her low durability with Reflection and Metamorphosis, Crystal Maiden can do the same to him if he is not careful.
  • Phantom Assassin - Though certainly not a "hard counter", Crystal Maiden's skillset (magical damage nukes) does pose a substantial threat to Phantom Assassin through the mid-game, especially if followed up with engagement by her team.

Crystal Maiden is weak against:

  • Doom - Doom alone can easily pick off Crystal Maiden since she is fairly fragile, even with using only basic attacks, Infernal Blade, and Scorched Earth.
  • Earthshaker - All of Earth Spirit's spells allow him to easily close in on Crystal Maiden and kill her. Since she is low health support, she generally stays behind in teamfights, but Earth Spirit can easily close the distance.
  • Jakiro - Ice Path allows Jakiro to easily cancel Freezing Field.



3. Earthshaker

The sheer magnitude of Earthshaker causes his enemies to shiver, his spells cause even the mightiest of his foes to eviscerate. Earthshaker makes the life of his enemies a living hell with his devastating damage. He is highly effective in the early game as he can rotate lanes and catch multiple enemies off-guard with his spells. You should surely consider playing Earthshaker if you are a position 4 player, you will not regret seeing him do copious amounts of damage and have a lasting impact on the game right from the early stages.

The terrifying Earthshaker is the nightmare of all illusion-based heroes. He does not let multiple heroes group around either, his stuns and damage are too lethal for his enemies to take him lightly. And above all, he does not require multiple items to have an impact on the game! All it requires is a Blink Dagger to decimate the entire opponent team within a matter of seconds. Mastering Earthshaker surely requires time, but it is quite worth it as he is highly relevant in the current meta and will help you climb the MMR ladder effortlessly.

What makes Earthshaker a great support?

  • Earthshaker's strong AoE abilities can clear multiple heroes and illusions, or at least make it easier to distinguish the real one by the damage they take.
  • Echo Slam deals more damage against more enemies, which can be devastating against heroes grouping up together.
  • His stun-lock potential allows him to lock multiple enemies down at once and make it hard for them to escape alive if his team follows up with more damage.
  • Earthshaker is a highly tanky laner, making it hard for his foes to neutralize him in the early game.
  • His immense magical damage isn’t negated at all in the early stages of the game.

Top 5 Best Endgame items for Earthshaker

  • Blink Dagger - Blink transports Earthshaker 1200 units in the distance he is facing, it can’t be used for 3 seconds if he takes any damage. Blink is used to closing the gap and getting on top of his enemies and following it up with Echo Slam.
  • Aghanim’s Scepter - Causes Enchant Totem to turn into a ground target ability, causing Earthshaker to jump in the air and land at the target spot, casting Enchant Totem there
  • Glimmer Cape - Provides invisibility, and can also be used on allies to escape or to initiate on his foes.
  • Force Staff - Allows Earthshaker to force himself or the targeted unit 600 units ahead in the direction they are facing, it can be useful to escape from enemies or initiate on them.
  • Eul’s Scepter - It can be used to sweep the Earthshaker or the targeted enemy into the air for 2.5 seconds, making them unable to use spells or move. This can be used to lock them down or set up for teamfights.

Earthshaker is strong against:

  • Broodmother - Echo Slam's damage potential increases phenomenally due to Broodmother's hordes of spiderlings and spiderites.
  • Meepo - Meepo's clones count as real heroes, meaning that an Echo Slam hitting them will deal catastrophic damage to Meepo and his team.
  • Phantom Lancer - Phantom Lancer's many illusions increase Echo Slam's damage.

Earthshaker is weak against:

  • Disruptor - Static Storm if used in a fight can prevent Earthshaker from executing his combo after blinking in. Glimpse can also be used before he gets his spells off to send him back.
  • Lifestealer - Rage prevents Earthshaker from damaging and stunning Lifestealer.
  • Skywrath Mage - Ancient Seal is an instant silence that can be pre-cast onto Earthshaker to disrupt his combo before he uses Blink Dagger to initiate.



2. Winter Wyvern

Winter Wyvern is a cold and dreadful dragon, often ruthless in her ways to devastate the entire enemy team. Her icy abilities send a chill down the spines of her enemies. Right from the laning phase, she annoys her foes with her spells, shoving them out of the lane or even killing them if they overstay their welcome. She also offers heals to her allies, sustaining them through the laning phase. Her ultimate, Winter’s Curse is a threatening spell that stops enemies from grouping together, proving to be an effective way to control the crowd.

A great Wyvern player knows how to position properly, ensuring she isn’t caught by the enemies before she makes full use of her toolkit. Winter also has various skill builds, making her an effective hero even in the late game. Her spells also stand the test of time, as they’re relevant through the late game. Wyvern is a great fit, regardless of the heroes she is picked against, but she can be used to her optimum when she is facing illusion-based heroes.

What makes Winter Wyvern a great support?

  • Provides decent healing right from the early game, sustaining her allies through the early game.
  • Immense crowd control ability with her ultimate, it can essentially turn the game around if used on the right target.
  • She is an effective laner as she can harass and shove enemies out of the lane with her magic damage spells.
  • Illusion heroes are highly ineffective against her as all her spells are AoE.

Top 5 Best Endgame items for Winter Wyvern

  • Aether Lens - Provides increased cast range on both spells and items, and can be used to catch Enigma off-guard with your ultimate from outside his Black Hole.
  • Glimmer Cape- Upon cast, it turns Winter Wyvern or the targeted ally invisible, allowing him to escape or help her allies escape.
  • Holy Locket - It can be used to heal allies upon usage, based on the charges which are granted based on enemy hero casting spells, basically a glorified Magic Stick. This provides WW a tiny bit of sustain and healing required to withstand damage, it can also be used on allies.
  • Ghost Scepter - Upon usage, it makes Winter Wyvern immune to physical attacks while making her unable to attack at the same time. She also takes increased magical damage under its duration. 
  • Aeon Disk - Saves Winter Wyvern from getting burst quickly in teamfights, and also applies a basic dispel, although it has an extremely high cooldown of 180 seconds.
  • Blink Dagger - Blink transports Winter Wyvern 1200 units in the distance she is facing, it can’t be used for 3 seconds if she takes any damage. Blink is used to closing the gap and initiate on enemies.

Winter Wyvern is strong against:

  • Enigma - Cold Embrace can be used to save any ally Enigma initiates with his Black Hole, while she can also cancel Black Hole with Winter’s Curse, it even pierces Black King Bar!
  • Meepo - All of Winter Wyvern’s spells ensure Meepo can’t escape alive due to her immense AoE damage.
  • Legion Commander - Cold Embrace is highly effective against Duel.

Winter Wyvern is weak against:

  • Ancient Apparition - His Ice Blast disables the healing component of Cold Embrace, making it essentially a 4-second stun on an ally and a perfect setup for Ice Blast
  • Omniknight - Guardian Angel completely counters Winter's Curse, allowing his team to survive Winter Wyvern's initiation.
  • Pugna - Winter Wyvern finds it hard to use Cold Embrace as it is a death sentence against Pugna since it's the perfect setup for all his abilities, especially Life Drain.



1. Hoodwink

Hoodwink shook the player base with her exceptional toolkit. Being one of the latest additions to the game, Hoodwink’s potential to decimate the enemy team with her spells is highly lauded. The elusive squirrel is an effective support hero as her spells can lock enemies down and deal immense damage with the help of her ultimate. She is also highly flexible as she can be played both roaming support or lane support depending upon the matchup. Hoodwink also is very mobile, making it difficult for her foes to catch her easily.

Hoodwink is also known to effortlessly enemies out of the lane with her annoying damage. She can also translate well into the late game if she has a decent farm. She is one of the few support heroes who can stand her ground in the late game. Her ultimate, Sharpshooter, is highly lethal as it causes her enemies to decimate within no time. If you’re new to the game and want to play support, Hoodwink is, without a doubt, the best option you have! This hero is highly fun to play and is an exceptional support hero right from level 1.

What makes Hoodwink a great support?

  • Sharpshooter ability deals massive damage to heroes, and if combined with Ethereal Blade, it can instantly neutralize a hero with low magic resistance.
  • Bushwhack and Scurry can be used to easily kite enemy heroes.
  • High movement speed right from the early game.
  • Hoodwink has decent damage from the early game, allowing her to poke and shove enemies out of the lane.

Top 5 Best Endgame items for Hoodwink

  • Glepnir - Upon cast, Glepnir roots enemies in an AoE and deals damage to them over time. It is an exceptional item on Hoodwink as it can be used in tandem with her spells, allowing her to catch multiple enemies off-guard.
  • Aether Lens - Provides Hoodwink with increased cast range on both spells and items along with providing decent stats and mana. It can further be upgraded into Octraine Core which reduces spell and item cooldowns by 25%.
  • Aghanim’s Scepter - Turns Hoodwink invisible, increasing her movement speed, and creates a decoy illusion that starts aiming a decreased damage Sharpshooter at the nearest enemy hero.
  • Spirit Vessel - Deals decent damage per second and reduces heals and lifesteal when used on enemies. Works exceptionally well with Hoodwink’s spells.
  • Ethereal Blade - Upon cast, it releases a projectile that disarms the targeted unit, making them take extra magical damage. It can instantly kill a hero if combined with Hoodwink’s Sharpshooter.

Hoodwink is strong against:

  • Monkey King - Hoodwink can easily catch Monkey King with Bushwack while he is hiding in the trees while providing flying vision with her ultimate, Sharpshooter.
  • Phantom Lancer - Bushwack and AoE damage from all of Hoodwink’s spells and items ensure Phantom Lancer’s illusions get decimated quickly.
  • Morphling - It is quite easy for the Hoodwink to burst down Morhpling with her spell combination if she catches the latter using Agi Shift.

Hoodwink is weak against:

  • Storm Spirit - He can catch the pesky squirrel down with his ultimate, Ball Lighting.
  • Zeus- He can burst down Hoodwink with his high magical damage, while also revealing her whereabouts with his ultimate and Aghanim’s Upgrade, Nimbus.
  • Nyx Assassin - His stuns disable Hoodwink while also disturbing her with his Manaburn. Spiked Carapace ensures Nyx doesn’t burst down by Hoodwink’s lethal combination of spells.


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