[Top 15] Dota 2 Most Played Heroes That Are OP in Ranked


Having over 120 heroes in the game is quite overwhelming as there are so many options to choose from! At the same time, not all heroes are great in the current meta, some heroes are quite frankly better than the others by a mile! You must be tired of seeing some of them in your pub games but they get the job done!

To help you on your MMR climbing journey, we have compiled a list of the best 15 Most Played heroes that are OP in Ranked. We suggest you master these heroes in the unranked mode and finally dominate the ranked mode when you feel confident enough! 


15. Phantom Assassin

All support heroes fear the presence of Phantom Assassin as she is known to obliterate them with only a few hits! She is agile and silent in her moves, as an assassin should be! Phantom Assassin is one of the most played heroes in the game. She has great base movement and attack speed, which is rarely found in a carry hero. Her spells may seem underwhelming in the early game but as she reaches the late game mark, she can do a lot with just one Stifling Dagger.

Why is Phantom Assassin picked frequently? 

  • Has great mobility with the Phantom Strike spell, can be used both defensively and offensively.
  • The damage is supplemented with allies that provide armor reduction spells or abilities.
  • The Blur spell provides up to 50% evasion, which is a great spell in the early game.
  • Is capable of dealing over 2k critical damage!

Items to buy on Phantom Assassin

  • Desolator
  • Skull Basher
  • Satanic
  • Butterfly
  • Monkey King Bar

Phantom Assassin Highlights


14. Outworld Devourer 

Being a ranged hero does wonders especially if you’re against melee heroes in the mid-lane. His foes do not fare well if they are facing OD. The INT disparity damage is simply too much to handle for them, combined with the magical damage output, and Astral save can turn around team fights. OD is essentially a beast against most mid-laners in the late game!

Why is Outworld Devourer picked frequently? 

  • You can Astral yourself or your allies to save them from potential stuns and combos
  • Menace in the laning stage 1v1
  • Relies more on kills to get farm, meaning more rotations and faster item timings compared to most opponents

Items to Buy on Outworld Devourer 

  • Black King Bar
  • Force Staff/Hurricane Pike
  • Scythe of Vyse
  • Aghanim’s Shard
  • Eul’s Scepter

Outworld Devourer Highlights


13. Spirit Breaker

You will never know what hit you if you have a farmed Spirit Breaker in the enemy team! Not only do you have the chance to get ganked, but you also are exposed to the enemy team! This space cow hits like a truck! And let’s not get started on the bashes! The 17% chance feels like 71 if SB is on the enemy team! The hero is low complexity so all you have to do is charge your foes and grab some popcorn while you hit them!

Why is Spirit Breaker picked frequently? 

  • Global ability to gank enemy/escape from them
  • High mobility and stun potential
  • Menace to invis and nimble heroes! 

Items to buy on Spirit Breaker

  • Shadow Blade
  • Drums of Endurance 
  • Black King Bar
  • Aghanim’s Shard
  • Spirit Vessel
  • Heaven’s Halberd

Spirit Breaker Highlights


12. Pangolier

The charming swashbuckling Pangolier is a relatively new hero to the game but players quickly recognized it as one of the most fun heroes in recent times. There are a lot of factors for this, one of them includes the Rolling Thunder ultimate and the extremely high physical AoE damage dealt by him in team fights. Pangolier is definitely a great hero to play if you want to have a fun time!

Why is Pangolier picked frequently? 

  • Stun-lock with Rolling Thunder which is further amplified by Aghanim’s Shard
  • Can sustain himself in the laning phase
  • High physical damage

Items to buy on Pangolier

  • Eul’s Scepter
  • Skull Basher
  • Glepnir
  • Aghanim’s Shard
  • Monkey King Bar
  • Diffusal Blade

Pangolier Highlights


11. Rubick

Rubick is an evergreen pick as he never seems to go out of fashion! His excellent spells and spellcasting have kept him relevant all these years. Rubick does insane damage not only in the literal sense but if he gets hold of spells like Glimpse or even Fissure, then he can truly turn the tides around. The prominent reason why Rubick is frequently picked is because of the flexibility he provides, along with the impact he has in the game!

Why is Rubick picked frequently? 

  • Prominent against other relevant heroes in the meta that have immense crowd control/damage spells. Ex. Enigma, Tidehunter, Magnus
  • Great laner, can shove out enemies out of the lane
  • Can be a flexible pick (can be played in the middle lane or both support positions) 

Items to buy on Rubick

  • Aghanim’s Scepter and Shard
  • Aether Lens
  • Blink Dagger
  • Aeon Disk
  • Force Staff
  • Glimmer Cape

Rubick Highlights


10. Silencer 

Silence is one aspect that counters most spell-casting heroes in the game! And well, Silencer… you know it’s kind of self-explanatory. Having spells that silence or prevent from using any items makes him very powerful against his enemies. The best part is that laning is not fun for opponents against a Silencer, frequent right-click damage, low CD spells shove them out of the lane! Global Silence disables all the power they have and renders them useless.

Why is Silencer picked frequently? 

  • Most heroes rely heavily on their spells to be effective, Last Word and Global Silence will render them largely useless.
  • Arcane Curse effectively prevents opponents from casting spells during its duration, as they will otherwise suffer heavy damage.
  • Glaives of Wisdom deal pure damage, which makes quick work of fragile and low HP heroes.

Items to Buy as Silencer

  • Scythe of Vyse
  • Hurricane Pike
  • Silver Edge
  • Black King Bar
  • Aghanim’s Scepter

Silencer Highlights


9. Troll Warlord

Jah’rakal the Troll Warlord has seen his fair share of battles, he has drawn so much blood that it puts Bloodseeker to shame! From being able to survive 1v5, Troll is also capable of farming quickly and turning his foes into dust! He is nimble and agile enough to rip his enemies apart in the nick of time! He is also one of the few heroes who are able to solo kill Roshan! His fearless spirit and vigor is unparalleled. 

Why is Troll Warlord picked frequently? 

  • Troll is more reliant on levels as opposed to farm
  • That being said, he farms relatively well compared to his foes due to his AoE abilities
  • He can stand his ground with Battle Trance. 

Items to buy on Troll Warlord

  • Skull Basher
  • Satanic
  • Battle fury 
  • Diffusal Blade
  • Monkey King Bar

Troll Warlord Highlights


8. Queen of Pain

Behold the Queen of dominance! Queen of Pain is a very annoying hero for the enemy mid laner. It is irritating to lane against constant spam and harassment, if overlooked then it can result in your death! She has the perfect skillset to both harass and kills the enemy hero, her mobility makes her even harder to catch. QoP is active as soon as she gets her level 6, allowing her to gank other lanes. You’re at the wrong end of the leash if you face off against her!

Why is QoP picked frequently?

  • Good at wave clear and farming.
  • Active hero and a decent early game ganker.
  • Items supplement her ability to kill.

Items to buy on QoP

  • Aghanim’s Scepter and Shard
  • Scythe of Vyse
  • Refresher’s Orb
  • Bloodthorn
  • Black King Bar
  • Eul’s Scepter

QoP Highlights


7. Batrider

Batrider is quite the favorite of most mid-players in the current meta, as he is picked to provide great early game domination and control potential. His laning phase is quite impeccable due to the sheer amount of magical damage output that he provides. If you aren’t careful enough, then you may be susceptible to heavy damage courtesy of the napalm stacks! Along with dominating the laning phase, Batrider is successful in dominating the late game if not contained! 

Why is Batrider picked frequently?

  • Low CD on spells, effectively spamming and slowing his foes.
  • High AoE magical damage that can further be amplified.
  • Great flex pick, can initiate well regardless of the role

Items to buy on Batrider

  • Blink Dagger
  • Black King Bar
  • Boots of Travel
  • Force Staff
  • Aghanim’s Scepter
  • Refresher’s Orb

Batrider Highlights


6. Drow Ranger

This skilled markswoman is very precise and deadly. Her cool and calm demeanor is deceiving due to her lethal force on the battlefield. Drow might be a slow laner but her late-game potential is unmatched. She can deal heavy damage with just a few items in her inventory! She can destroy enemies effortlessly as she acquires items and gains levels. Having a high attack range provides her with an edge over her foes!

What makes Drow Ranger picked frequently? 

  • Can mow down towers and squishy heroes easily 
  • Aghanim’s Scepter works wonders on her
  • High physical damage output and movement speed

Items to buy on Drow Ranger

  • Hurricane Pike
  • Silver Edge
  • Satanic
  • Butterfly
  • Manta Style

Drow Ranger Highlights


5. Ogre Magi

Looks are surely deceiving! You may be puzzled by these rather dimwit ogres being so high up on our 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!

Why is Ogre Magi picked frequently?

  • Very annoying with his abilities right off the bat
  • High magical damage output is further amplified by items
  • Tanky, can shove enemies off the lane.

Items to buy on Ogre Magi

  • Aghanim’s Scepter and Shard
  • Sange and Kaya
  • Scythe of Vyse
  • Dagon
  • Ethereal Blade
  • Octraine Core

Ogre Magi Highlights


4. Monkey King

The fierce King sets his eyes on his enemies and does not stop without obliterating them from the battlefield! Monkey King is relatively one of the newest additions to the carry pool yet he manages to put up a show with his deadly and mischievous abilities. Not all know the true potential of this beast! You can effortlessly dodge spells with Mischief, escape with tree dance, and literally obliterate your foes with MK!

Why is Monkey King picked frequently? 

  • Can be a flexible pick (i.e. he can be played in 2 or more roles!)
  • Insane physical damage right from the laning phase
  • Can quickly flash farm and escape using Tree Dance.

Items to buy on Monkey King

  • Eye of Skadi
  • Diffusal Blade
  • Satanic
  • Echo Sabre
  • Black King Bar
  • Butterfly

Monkey King Highlights


3. Broodmother

I’m sure you’re afraid of the almighty Broodmother whether you have Arachnophobia or not! Unless you’re an AoE damage dealing core, you should be afraid of this 8 legged menace. If you don’t have enough AoE damage then you’re a goner since the mother and her spiderlings will infect you and mow you down in no time! You can also farm quickly and efficiently if you can micro your spiderlings to the jungle while you push lanes or vice versa! This guarantees more gold and eventually an edge above your enemies. 

Why is Broodmother picked frequently?

  • Insane wave pushing and tower hitting potential with spiderlings
  • Farms fast with efficient micromanagement.
  • Can be flexibly picked in all 3 core roles. 

Items to buy as Broodmother

  • Aghanim’s Scepter
  • Black King Bar
  • Diffusal Blade
  • Bloodthorn
  • Assault Cuirass

Broodmother Highlights


2. Puck

Puck is a mixture of flamboyance and skill. Although, relatively a weak laner and squishy, Puck can turn the tides around if he manages to secure his early game by farming sufficiently and ganking other lanes. Anti-Mage fares well versus Puck unless the latter has the upper hand! The right items at the right time allow him to sustain himself and deal lethal magical damage without worrying about the mage slayer!

Why is Puck Great picked frequently? 

  • Waning Rift silences Anti-Mage, preventing him from blinking away.
  • Dream Coil stops Anti-Mage from blinking, with Aghanim's Scepter also locks down Anti-Mage for a long duration.

Items to Buy as Puck

  • Blink Dagger
  • Aghanim’s Shard and Scepter
  • Linken’s Sphere
  • Aeon Disk
  • Witch Blade
  • Eul’s Scepter

Puck Highlights


1. Tinker 

This mechanical genius requires quick reflexes and strong muscle memory! Tinker is often ranked one of the most complex Mid heroes, guaranteed to make your hands ache after one long and intense game! Tinker is a very annoying hero from the enemy mid laner’s perspective. He won’t let you do physical damage, nor will he let you farm thanks to his Heat-Seeking Missiles! Due to his mobile nature, you never know where he will be on the map! 

Why is Tinker frequently picked?

  • Defense Matrix blocks a significant amount of damage and provides status resistance.
  • Immense magic damage output.
  • Can defend high-ground effortlessly.
  • Can chain disable enemies with items thanks to the Rearm ultimate

Items to buy on Tinker 

  • Aether Lens
  • Blink Dagger
  • Aghanim’s Scepter
  • Scythe of Vyse
  • Bloodstone

Tinker Highlights

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