[Top 15] Dota 2 Best Heroes For Solo MMR (That Wreck Hard)

People often have problems grinding solo MMR, which is often due to their poor hero choices. The same hero can’t be suitable in every matchup, against a plethora of heroes. With so many heroes present in the game, one may get confused as to which hero to pick.

To assist you pick the right heroes for grinding solo MMR, we have compiled this list of the 15 Best Heroes which help you dominate your game. These heroes are very relevant in the current meta, which doubles your chances of winning. 

15. Vengeful Spirit

You may think you have closed the chapter by killing her, only to see she has come back stronger to strike you down! Vengeful Spirit is notorious for being a great gap closer, and the best part is that she is level reliant as opposed to the farm! Tinker is often scouted out by Wave of Terror and if he is in range, he may be swapped out into his death! Not all heroes, especially in the support roles are seen to have such great initiating powers!

Why is Vengeful Spirit great for Solo MMR? 

  • A wave of Terror can give vision and reveal enemies hiding in the trees
  • Nether Swap and Magic Missile will both serve to interrupt/lock enemies down, which is an integral spell set in the late stage of the game. 

Items to buy on Vengeful Spirit 

  • Aghanim’s Scepter and Shard
  • Force Staff
  • Glimmer Cape
  • Aeon Disk
  • Ghost Scepter


14. 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 as he is a great disabler. 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 great for Solo MMR? 

  • His Telekenisis proves to be a great disable spell in both the early and late game.
  • Fade Bolt ensures your enemies deal minimum physical damage
  • Prominent against other relevant heroes in the meta that have immense crowd control/damage spells. Ex. Enigma, Tidehunter, Magnus

Items to buy on Rubick

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



13. Phantom Assassin

All 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 a great Solo MMR hero? 

  • Has great mobility with the Phantom Strike spell, and 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.

Items to buy on Phantom Assassin

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



12. Doom

Feared by both angels and devils, Doom is known to dominate the battlefield with his terrifying spells and animosity. Though the laning phase may be rough on Doom against most heroes, he hits his item timings quickly, thanks to Devour and Scorched Earth. Being more level reliant over the farm, Doom must constantly gank other lanes to secure farm and space for his team! He shreds through his enemies due to his high magic damage and disables, rendering them useless. 

Why is Doom great for Solo MMR? 

  • Doom can shut down enemy heroes easily with his ultimate, muting their items and silencing them while they take insane damage over time.
  • Along with the ultimate, Doom also can devour creeps to get their abilities, allowing him to stun or deal damage during team fights.

Items to Buy on Doom

  • Silver Edge
  • Black King Bar
  • Shiva’s Guard
  • Pipe of Insight



11. Nightstalker

This silent stalker hunts for his enemies throughout the night, as dawn approaches his powers get weaker but he still holds the power to rip his enemies apart! Most heroes can’t contest Nightstalker because they are frankly powerless against him, courtesy of the Silence and crippling slow. Nightstalker may be a slow farmer but as soon as he hits level 6, he can rotate towards other lanes to secure kills and gold. Blink Dagger remains an exceptional item that can be used to initiate along with the silence, and further hunt down his foes!

Why is Nightstalker great for Solo MMR? 

  • Crippling Fear makes Night Stalker great against heroes with escape potential.
  • High HP, movement speed, and armor
  • Less reliant on items, more on levels

Items to Buy on Nightstalker

  • Blink Dagger
  • Aghanim’s Scepter
  • Black King Bar
  • Echo Sabre
  • Armlet of Mordiggian
  • Skull Basher



10. Crystal Maiden

This frost queen has captured lots of hearts in the game, she is known to be ruthless towards her enemies. Crystal Maiden is one of the least complex support heroes in the game, which explains her high pick rate. She can ward off enemies from the lane with her high DPS skills or farm the jungle if needed with her Frostbite. She is known to lockdown and deals heavy magical damage with her spells, making her brilliant right from the early game.

Why is Crystal Maiden a great Solo MMR hero? 

  • High magical output 
  • Global mana supply
  • High AoE spells that help her deal damage 

Items to buy on Crystal Maiden 

  • Force Staff
  • Glimmer Cape
  • Ghost Scepter
  • Black King Bar
  • Aghanim’s Scepter
  • Aeon Disk



9. Mars

The first son of heaven, Mars, is somewhat of a new addition to the game. His impressive and damage-dealing spells rank him very high on this list. Mars is exceptional if you want a great wave clear and someone to tank out all the damage and lead the charge for your team. He synergizes well with most heroes, making him a flexible pick in every game, and can withstand hordes with his flexible and reliable item build.

Why is Mars great for Solo MMR? 

  • High physical damage with God’s Rebuke
  • Can withstand and tank opponents with Bulwark and Arena.
  • Low CD on spells
  • Great at wave clear

Items to buy as Mars

  • Blink Dagger
  • Lotus Orb
  • Crimson Guard
  • Blademail
  • Shiva’s Guard



8. Dragon Knight

Davion, the Dragon Knight is a classic tank hero, his high strength and high HP nature fits the glove. He does not fall despite enemies trying to gank him, his armor shall never betray him. Dragon Knight is a tough nut to crack, he has natural high armor which is amplified by his Dragon’s Blood passive, which makes him unkillable unless all 5 enemy heroes rotate and hunt him down, which is of course impractical in most games.

Why is Dragon Knight great for Solo MMR? 

  • High armor makes him hard to gank
  • Can push lanes and farmly fast
  • Does not require much farm to gank

Items to buy on Dragon Knight

  • Blink Dagger
  • Shadow Blade
  • Assault Cuirass
  • Heaven’s Halberd
  • Black King Bar


7. 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 Solo MMR 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



6. Mirana

Behold the Princess of the Moon! Mirana is a ranged agility hero who is considered to be a flexible pick, meaning it can be played in pretty much all roles. She proves to be a great pick against heroes with low armor and magic resistance. Picking Mirana with other heroes that can stun can lead to an immense lockdown potential. Along with this, she can also use her ultimate offensively or defensively, which provides a great layer of protection to her allies as well. 

Why is Mirana a great hero for Solo MMR?

  • Leap can be used to escape enemies.
  • Can use ultimate to initiate or help allies escape
  • Can be played flexibly in different roles
  • You can poke and shove enemies off the lane effortlessly

Items to Buy on Mirana 

  • Spirit Vessel
  • Lotus Orb
  • Force Staff
  • Eul’s Scepter
  • Mekansm



5. Pugna

The skeletal figure comes alive after he drains their life and turns them into bones and dust. Pugna is infamous for sucking the soul out of you. A pure lane matchup can favor Pugna as he has more INT and mana pool compared to most heroes along with that you face constant harassment and get shoved out of the lane due to the bonkers damage he deals even as a support hero. He is known to farm effortlessly due to his AoE spell and hit his item timings relatively early. You can also save your low HP allies with Life Drain. 

Why is Pugna a great Solo MMR Hero? 

  • All of Pugna's Spells are magical, hence the damage can be devastating to most heroes, especially when combined with Decrepify
  • Life Drain essentially swaps HP and mana, useful for healing low HP allies in team fights 

Items to Buy as Pugna

  • Aether Lens
  • Aeon Disk
  • Scythe of Vyse
  • Dagon
  • Blink Dagger


4. Magnus

The strength of the hoof and horns has bestowed Magnus with a great ton of power. Magnus can be picked first as he can be mended and put into any lane. He works best in the offlane where he can compete and quite effortlessly out farm his enemy carry with empower. In the later stages of the game, Magnus is more spell and level reliant as opposed to farm, as all it takes is one Blink Dagger to ruin the enemy’s tempo. A successful blink into RP followed up by his team can guarantee the game victory.

Why is Magnus a great hero for Solo MMR? 

  • Requires minimal farm to get online
  • Immense crowd control
  • Great laner

Items to buy as Magnus

  • Blink Dagger
  • Aghanim’s Shard
  • Black King Bar
  • Force Staff
  • Eul’s Scepter



3. Io

There are various mysterious entities in Dota but Io 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 rating! Io provides decent sustain right from the laning phase! 

Why is Io great for Solo MMR?

  • Can tether allies and offer them great heals! 

Items to buy on Io

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



2. 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 more efficiently and rat. 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 great for Solo MMR? 

  • Can deny ranged creeps to create Eidolons which can further be used to jungle or harass enemies right from level 1.
  • Great crowd control ultimate
  • 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



1. Storm Spirit

This charming and electrifying hero is a top pick in this meta. This is due to his highly active play style and fast farming speed. He is widely regarded as one of the best mid laners in the game. Storm is mostly played as a fast tempo mid hero, meaning he usually rotates to gank other lanes and quickly goes back to farming or taking towers. His high mana pool enables him to jump into enemy heroes and catch them off-guard. Late game Storm is a disaster for the enemy team!

What makes Storm Spirit great for Solo MMR?

  • More dependant on levels as opposed to items.
  • Insane magic damage output with long-range ultimate.
  • Immense mobility with the Lighting Ball ultimate.

Items to buy on Storm Spirit

  • Bloodstone
  • Orchid of Maleovalence
  • Aghanim’s Scepter
  • Scythe of Vyse
  • Sange and Kaya
  • Black King Bar


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