[Top 15] Dota 2 Best Heroes For Solo Queue (Ranked)

With so many changes in the 7.33 meta, it is normal to have trouble adapting smoothly to it. There are over 120 heroes in the game, it is often confusing to pick the right hero in the right circumstances. Picking an irrelevant hero can often prove to be fatal for your team. The same hero can’t be suitable for every matchup. Yet, certain heroes are considered to be the cream of the crop of the current patch, these heroes can do well regardless of the enemies they are facing due to the recent buffs to their spells or items they usually purchase. With these heroes, you can effortlessly climb up the ranks within no time.

To assist you to pick the right and relevant heroes for your MMR journey, we bring you a list of the Best 15 Solo Queue Heroes in the current patch. These heroes have extremely high win rates in the new meta, they farm fast, gank faster, and destroy their foes within no time.

15. Death Prophet

The chilling Death Prophet looms over her prey, foreshadowing their existence and planning her every move toward chaos! Seeing Death Prophet in pub games is quite a common sight in the recent meta, as she is a textbook counterpick to massive spell-casting heroes or heroes with ways of slipping out of a teamfight. The latter is obliterated in the laning phase as is subjected to constant harassment and also has the attack range disadvantage. In 7.33, Death Prophet has proved to have a massive impact with her Exorcism, which explains her high pick rate.

DP can ward enemies off the lane with her Spirit Siphon, further solidifying her lead in the early game. Late-game Death Prophet is a whole different beast as her ultimate, Exorcism allows her to fight well and take down towers. It also heals her at the end of the duration. The game can essentially be over for the enemy laner if Death Prophet manages to silence them and have all her Exorcism spirits target them.

Why is Death Prophet great for solo queue?

  • Death Prophet can return the harassment to the enemy laner with her spamable spells.
  • She has a long-duration silence, which can help remove enemies from teamfights
  • She is relevant even in the late game due to Exorcism and the damage it can do to both buildings and heroes, which is exceptional.
  • Death Prophet stays durable through the teamfight due to Spirit Siphon which heals her quickly 

14. Doom

The harbinger of bad news, Doom is a devastating enemy to phase if you are playing a squishy hero. This demon has sent countless of his enemies to the realm of hell, and the thundergod is no exception! His abilities are highly lethal, as they deal high damage right off the bat. He is considered to be a great counterpick regardless of the lane, due to the high flexibility. The Infernal Blade damage and disable coming from his eponymous ultimate is the stuff nightmares are made of! Doom is widely regarded as one of the most effective counters to spell-casting heroes, oh- even the hero is nice!

Doom’s high base armor provides him sustain while fighting or jungling in the current meta. Doom is known to farm effortlessly right from level one, courtesy of Devour. He is regarded as one of the most deadly disablers in the current meta. Spell-casting heroes hate disabling as it makes them unable to cast any spells, rendering them useless in fights. All it takes is one Blink and Doom to get enemies out of the fight, as most of them virtually have no way to counter Doom.

What Makes Doom Great for solo queue?

  • Devour kills creeps instantly, granting gold and him the abilities of the creep.
  • High strength gain and base armor, making it easy for him to jungle without taking much damage.
  • Scorched Earth deals massive AoE damage which accelerates his farming speed.
  • The ultimate Doom is great against mobile/slippery heroes as it silences and mutes them while making them take damage over time.


13. Earth Spirit

Kaolin, the Earth Spirit is undoubtedly one of the best solo queue heroes in the game. Enemies can fare well in the laning stage against Earth Spirit due to their damage-dealing potential and low armor of Earth Spirit, but it is the mid-game where the latter shines bright. ES is an exceptional hero for catching slippery heroes, he can also disable them with his Geomagnetic Grip which silences them. This combined with Magnetize, his ultimate, can quickly turn Void into rubble with all the magical damage over time. Squishy enemies can’t do much if they are silenced and controlled by this earthly beast.

Just like most heroes on this list, Earth Spirit can be played in multiple roles, his flexibility ensures he fits in every other matchup and contributes to teamfights by disabling Void and his allies while dealing some insane damage that can’t be negated easily. Most heroes have ways to negate the silence and damage in the late game, but they can still fall prey to Earth Spirit if they are not cautious enough to use spells preemptively before the start of a team fight.

Why is Earth Spirit great for solo queue?  

  • Earth Spirit’s Rolling Boulder and Geomagnetic Grip can be used to disable enemies so they cannot escape with their spells.
  • Earth Spirit possesses exceptional mobility with his abilities, allowing him to quickly move around the map and initiate ganks from unexpected angles.
  • Earth Spirit's combination of mobility, crowd control, and damage output makes him a highly disruptive and impactful hero.
  • Rolling Boulder will allow Earth Spirit to get on top of the enemy at all stages of the game.


12. Pudge

Pudge, the menacing butcher is undoubtedly one of the most picked heroes in the game. His popularity is credited primarily due to his Hook spell, which drags enemies from a significant distance back to the Pudge, for him to mow them down within no time. Most heroes can fare well against Pudge in the laning phase as they can deal immense damage to him or brush off his spells as he does not have any follow-up in the early game. But as we know, most heroes require their ultimate to be strong, and if Pudge is quick enough to acquire his level 6 before his foes, he can go around the map ruining their gameplay and decimating them in no time. 

You don’t have to be the greatest hooker in the game but it does not take a Dendi to hook stationary targets. Pudge can easily save his allies or eat them if they are caught in an unfair teamfight, healing them while they’re inside him. He is also extremely tanky and can be ignored by enemies if he has his Rot spell on. Overall, a good Pudge can do enough damage to make most players abandon the game entirely! Pudge shines bright in the current meta due to his epic tank potential which separates him from other tanks and explains his high pick rate in the meta.

Why is Pudge great for solo queue?

  • Immensely tanky hero right from the laning stage due to his high armor and acquired Flesh Heap charges.
  • Deals immense AoE damage with Rot, which can also be used for farming and chasing enemies down while slowing them.
  • Pudge can be played as a support or as a core, depending upon the heroes he is facing.
  • Pudge is also highly picked as an initiator, making him a perfect fit in multiple roles regardless of the meta.


11. Invoker

Unlike most mid-laners, Invoker can gank and push lanes fairly early on in the game. This gives him that edge in both experience and farm. Invoker is seen as a squishy mid-hero against the physical damage-dealing lot of heroes, but his abilities allow him to defend himself from the terrorizing lethal enemy heroes. He provides decent crowd control with his spell combos, which can help him turn the tides in teamfights if he has enough backup from his allies. Invoker stays relevant in the current meta due to his high-paced playstyle, meaning he can deal high damage and gank lanes as early as possible.

The master of the arcane arts is a quintessential mid-counter to squishy and low magic resistance heroes, and there are various reasons for it. Low magic resistance is a weakness that Voker takes great advantage of. Invoker often breaks even in the laning phase but is known to dominate the late game. Invoker fares well in the laning phase, sometimes even breaking against some annoying and aggressive heroes like Zeus and Viper. An experienced Invoker player will always try to harass the enemy midlaner out of the lane and demote him to the jungle.

Why is Invoker great for solo queue? 

  • Invoker is one of those rare heroes who can use their spells offensively or defensively, depending upon the scenario they are in
  • He also has various crowd-control spells which help him dictate the pace of the game
  • Decent sustain with the Quas Wex build, allowing him to play defensively.
  • Decent aggression with the Quas Exort build, allowing him to play offensively.
  • Snowballs quickly if not contained in the early game due to his ungodly magical damage.


10. Legion Commander

Tresdin, the war commander has slain more foes on the battlefield than anyone else on this list. Her grit and vigor have resulted in abilities that make her invincible. She is one of the few offlaners who can truly wreak havoc on the battlefield. LC’s high pick rate in the current meta is due to the buffs to her Moment of Courage. She is a nuisance right from the first initial levels, AoE damage and lifesteal allow her to sustain and deal damage in the lane as well as in the jungle. If you get enough Dual damage, you just might one-shot the enemy support! 

Legion Commander is one of those rare heroes who can jungle right from the early game. Primarily played in the offlane, Legion can always retire to the jungle if she faces a tough laning phase. Her Movement of Courage and Press The Attack offers her enough sustain to stand her ground in both the jungle and in teamfights. She is highly picked in pubs when a team is lacking a damage dealer and crowd control component. Legion Commander only gets stronger as the game progresses, there is no way you can stop her wrath if she accumulates enough damage!

What Makes Legion Commander Great for solo queue?

  • Becomes an active hero with the purchase of Blink Dagger or Shadow Blade.
  • Moment of Courage passive provides up to 85% lifesteal with a 25% chance.
  • Overwhelming Odds is a great AoE ability that provides movement speed while dealing damage to enemies.
  • Press the Attack provides a dispel along with 60 HP/s regen which is enough to turn a fight around! 


9. Phantom Lancer

Phantom Lancer is simply a menace to squish heroes if not contained in the early game. He is ever ready to fight in the late game with his numerous illusion army, whilst also being capable of farming and pushing lanes effortlessly. The countless army overwhelms towers and heroes alike, crippling them and striking them down in no time. The impact of most enemies is reduced to rubbles if the Phantom Lancer acquires all his essential items quickly. This can prove to be fatal for spell-casting heroes as well as Phantom Lancer can just mow them down due to their lack of mana availability.

On paper, it may sound like Phantom Lancer is a poor pushing hero, but in reality, the countless army of the unforgiving lancer is too powerful to be stopped. Phantom Lancer has various ways of stopping squishy heroes right in their tracks, surely most heroes can get rid of the former’s illusions but they can’t get rid of the ungodly damage he deals to them. Squishy heroes with low base armor are the most vulnerable to the devastating army of the Phantom Lancer.

Why is Phantom Lancer great for solo queue?

  • Doppelganger can be used to easily dodge spells if timed correctly, it also dispels certain debuffs while creating multiple illusions which allow Phantom Lancer to push the lanes and farm.
  • Phantom Lancer can quickly deplete the enemy mana pool with his illusions and deal massive damage from it simultaneously since Phantom Lancer is a natural Diffusal Blade carrier.
  • Phantom Lancer is also a hot pick in the current patch due to the buff to his Doppelganger ultimate.
  • Phantom Lancer also commonly builds Diffusal Blade, which poses a large problem to heroes with a low mana pool.

8. Ursa

Ursa is one of the most played carry heroes in the current meta, the ferocious bear is known for his ability to jungle smoothly and slays Roshan alone. He can also rip through squishy heroes and supports within no time! His Fury Swipes stack up quickly, combined with his second spell, Overpower, make him deal high amounts of physical damage right from the early game. Ursa’s ultimate, Enrage, makes him take less damage from magic spells, making him slightly invulnerable in teamfights along with granting him immense status reduction.

Ursa does not rely much on items, as his spells deal enough damage to rip his foes apart. But buying an early Morbid mask allows him to sustain in lane and turn around a fight swiftly coupled with his ultimate. Ursa almost always purchases a Black King Bar due to his poor natural magic resistance, and doing so against spell-casting heroes is a no-brainer. Most carry heroes stand no chance if Ursa has a smooth early game

What makes Ursa great for solo queue? 

  • Ursa is known to be a menace against squishy heroes.
  • He is also less reliable on items, and more reliable on abilities.
  • Can easily secure Roshan alone, gaining the Aegis of Immortality quite early on in the game.
  • His ultimate makes him take 80% less damage and provides 50% status resistance.
  • Aghanim Scepter allows him to use his ultimate even when stunned or silenced, dispelling the enemy spells.

7. Techies

Truth be told, Techies isn’t a big hero in the current meta but his exceptional AoE damage and silence are just too hard to ignore if you want to play against illusion-based heroes or spell-reliant heroes. Techies have various ways of ensuring that his laning counterpart has an awful start, his high magic damage is just impossible to negate as most heroes have extremely poor magic resistance in the early game. The silence from the shard upgrade, Blast Off, is significantly longer, making his foes succumb without even being able to use any spells, reducing their teamfight potential!

The master Techies players know the best spots for mining, and you may know what happens if you walk over them as a squishy low magic resistance hero. It is a nightmare playing the late game against Techies, due to both his Sticky Bomb and Reactive Taser, making him highly susceptible to the magical damage burst. All the illusion heroes also seem to melt whenever Techies uses his spells on them. If you are playing a squishy carry hero against Techies, you better try your best to end the game as early as you can, or just abandon when it is too late!

Why is Techies great for solo queue?

  • Techies deal lots of magical damage with Sticky Bomb, Blast Off!, and Proximity Mines that bypass high armor heroes.
  • Sticky Bomb is easy to land on a large clump of enemy illusions and will damage and slow them and all of their illusion, making him excellent against illusion-based heroes.
  • Reactive Tazer upgraded with Aghanim's Scepter can be used to protect an ally from getting attacked by enemies.
  • Blast Off! silences enemies in an AoE, preventing them from casting spells.

6. Queen of Pain

The seductive Queen of Pain knows how to hunt and haunt her prey. It is obvious that she is quite well-versed when it comes to handling damage, and for sure knows how to deal twice back to the caster. Queen of Pain is quite dominant against most mid-heroes, putting them at the bottom of the barrel when it comes to net worth. Her naturally high magic damage is quite hard for low magic-resistant heroes to tolerate. It also takes them ages to farm magic resistance to negate any sort of damage dished out by the mighty Queen. 

You’re at the wrong end of the leash if you face off against the Queen of Pain. There is constant spam and harassment, which is irritating to lane against as if it is overlooked then it can result in your death. She has the perfect skill set to both harass and kill the enemies, her mobility makes her even harder to catch as she can just Blink away if enemies try to initiate on her. Unlike most mid-lane heroes, the Queen of Pain is active as soon as she gets her level 6, allowing her to gank other lanes. 

Why is QoP great for solo queue?

  • All of QoP’s spells deal massive magical burst damage, which makes it easy for her to farm fast and mow down enemy heroes within no time.
  • Immensely high magical damage on spells that supplement her ability to kill.
  • Active hero and a decent early-game ganker.
  • Mobile due to her Blink, which helps her initiate or escape from a teamfight.


5. Skywrath Mage

Skywrath Mage, the magnificent, has various ways of countering squishy spell-casting heroes. Right from the laning phase, the enemies are subjected to ungodly magic damage which they find hard to negate for a very long time, plus all of his spells have low cooldowns, making them spammable right from the get-go. Sky’s silence is also a key factor in making sure that enemies do not get their spells off in teamfights. They hence get crippled in teamfights, as they can’t make a dent in Sky’s game if they get stopped right in their tracks by him. You can even burst down and solo-kill certain squishy heroes with the right items!

The best part about Skywrath is that he is a highly flexible hero, and can be played in multiple lanes, making it easy for beginners to get a gist of his gameplay. Heroes averse to magic damage due to their poor magic resistance are affected more by Skywrath’s spells. He takes advantage of this weakness to ensure the enemy does not have any impact on the game. A wise Skywrath player will often try to lane against the squishy heroes, to shove them off the lane or make them waste gold by calling for regen or making them take the walk of shame back to base. If you’re new and lacking a support hero in your arsenal, then Skywrath is a great way to fill that void.

 Why is Skywrath Mage great for solo queue?

  • His spells deal immense magical burst damage right from the laning phase
  • He can farm quickly with the help of his spells
  • His spells also have a low cooldown, and with the help of his quick mana regen, he can spam all his spells on the enemies
  • He can also disable heroes with his silence which also amplifies the magical damage taken, hence it can further be used with his ultimate.


4. Medusa

The stone-cold, serpentine warrior is quite a hard nut to crack, her identity and prowess cement her as one of the most lethal and tanky carry heroes in the game. Medusa is an ultra late-game hero, even if her early game is disastrous, she can bounce back and turn the game around just with one fight. Her tankiness allows her to be the center of the fight without worrying much about her enemies, which she can still crack down on thanks to her immense attack damage. If not ganked, she can perpetually farm and destroy all enemies and win the game even in a 1v5 situation. 

Medusa is known to farm faster than most carry heroes. Agreed, some heroes have higher mobility than her, but Medusa has sustainability and effective damage, making her an ideal hero in the later stages of the game due to how well she fares against multiple heroes. This is something that squishy carry heroes can’t excel at. All the attack modifiers and damage are too hot for the enemy team to handle even in the late game, making most players eventually tap out against this serpentine warrior.

Why is Medusa great for solo queue? 

  • Thanks to Splitshot, Medusa farms quickly compared to her counterparts who need way more time to fight and come online.
  • Medusa also builds tanky items, increasing her HP and her armor.
  • With the new update, Medusa barely takes any damage thanks to her reworked mana shield, making her a tanky carry hero.
  • Medusa’s ultimate, Stone Gaze, is highly useful right from the early levels as it makes her a reliable fighter who can fight or escape with no difficulty.


3. Void Spirit

His actions have transcended dimensions, Void Spirit has cemented his name as one of the most spammed new mid-heroes in the game. His swift and lethal moves have made him a threat. Void Spirit is known to be a complex hero as his skill set may be confusing but once mastered, he can turn the tide to his advantage! Void can block most damage coming his way. His incredible AoE spells make it easy for him to farm and clear creep waves. His highly elusive spells make him harder to catch and kill.

Void Spirit is extremely hard to catch as all of his spells help him escape within no time. As long as Void Spirit isn’t silenced, he can devastate the entire enemy team with the same set of spells. He may have a tough laning phase, but he quickly recovers from it if he participates in teamfights. Most heroes find it hard to catch him down in the later stages of the game where he is highly dominant. He is the right pick in the current meta if you’re looking to climb up the MMR ladder and have some fun while doing it!

Why is Void Spirit great for solo queue? 

  • Void Spirit has excellent mobility with his abilities that allow him to quickly escape from danger or catch enemies off guard.
  • Void is an exceptionally versatile hero, as he can be played both as a carry and as a dominant mid, depending upon the heroes that he is facing
  • He is highly powerful in the early stages of the game as with the help of his ultimate he can rotate lanes and deal high damage to his foes.
  • Void also has multiple versatile builds which he can choose, again depending upon the matchup he is up against.


2. Morphling

In the recent meta, Morphling has proved to be quite a lethal hero, which most people find hard to counter. As boring or complex as Morph may appear, he is quite impressive right from the laning phase and stays relevant throughout the late game. Most people shy away from Morphling due to the complex nature of his abilities, but if you can master him, there is no way your enemies can have an upper hand! Morphling is a nuisance to enemy supports due to the infamous “shotgun” combo. Mastering Morphling requires quick decision-making skills, which only come with time and experience. 

Morphling can be an excellent addition to the team if you want a carry that can fight from the get-go and is tanky. His physical damage ensures he can mow down enemies while also staying tanky enough with Attribute Shift. Everyone knows about the infamous Shotgun combo, which takes just two clicks to bring down the venomous beast. In the late game, enemies struggle hard to match Morphling’s pace as their damage simply isn’t enough to cause a dent in Morphling’s health pool (courtesy of Attribute Shift) Morph (the ultimate) can be used to give enemies a taste of their own medicine and have them taken out from teamfights.

What makes Morphling great for solo queue? 

  • Can “Shotgun” enemy heroes with the Adaptive Strike ability and Ethereal Blade.
  • Morph allows him to turn into enemy heroes (or allies if you purchase the Aghanim Scepter), which can often lead to deadly combos or allow him to escape team fights.
  • Attribute Shift ability makes him either gain strength or agility, both can be useful depending on the situation.

1. Ember Spirit

The humble Ember Spirit is widely regarded as one of the best mid-heroes in the game. He is known to build into many different routes, making him a flexible pick against pretty much all the heroes. He is also known to farm comparatively faster due to his wide range of AoE abilities, which combined with his ultimate ensures his menacing global presence, scaring his allies off and making them vulnerable. The wise Xin has various tools in his toolkit that allow him to deal immense damage, soak up damage, and lock enemies down, making him an essential hero in the teamfight. He is an exceptional solo queue hero due to the recent buffs to his spells and armor.

Ember’s flexibility allows him to obliterate even the creme de la creme of mid-heroes quite effortlessly. Ember is an obvious counter to most enemies, not only due to his immense physical damage but also because of his mobility which allows him to chase and further lock the enemy down. Being in a pure 1v1 matchup, especially against ranged heroes can be a hard task for Ember, especially in the late stages of the game, but he defies all odds and is considered to be a great counter to enemies simply due to his AoE damage output along with the ability to soak up some serious damage.

Why is Ember Spirit a great solo queue hero? 

  • Multiple builds can be utilized as per the game i.e. Physical, Magical, or Hybrid.
  • Ember Spirit can close the distance between his foes easily with his Activate Fire Remnant and further keep them in place with Searing Chains.
  • Highly mobile and fast-paced hero with the help of his ultimate, which makes him immensely dominant right from the early game.
  • With the help of Aghanim's Scepter, his enemies cannot outrun Ember Spirit or chase him.

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