[Top 10] Dota 2 Best Tank Heroes (2020 Edition)

Dota 2 Best Tank Hero
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Which Are The Best Tank Heroes in Dota 2? 

If you are that player who likes going in head first into every battle, it may be wise of you to pick a tanky hero.  As with tanky heroes, you will be able to survive more and setup great plays for your team!

If you try to do the same thing with squishy heroes, you may end up dying in seconds and may get reported as a feeder. 

When it comes to being a tank, it's not about how hard you hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. 

A tank should be able to endure huge amounts of damage, they are also essential in every team formation since 5 fragile heroes would not be able to live long enough to get off their spells.

And today we will take a look at those heroes who can take a good beating and still keep standing. Some of them may even be able to deal decent  damage! 

10. Viper

Viper, the Netherdrake stings from above!

This flying snake thingy is also known to be a great hero for beginners.

Even though he has an ability that increases his survivability, the main reason behind his tankiness is the utility items he builds. 

Why Viper is a good tank

  • "Corrosive Skin" makes Viper even tankier by providing extra magic resistance. 
  • This ability also damages anyone who damages Viper which gives him a psychological advantage. 

Items that make Viper a crazy tank

  • Pipe of Insight 
  • Assault Cuirass 
  • Shiva's Guard 
  • Aghanim's Scepter

9. Brewmaster

Mangix the Brewmaster in all forms.

He is literally a drunken bear or a panda. And like all drunken brawlers, he is hard to put down. 

He can be deep into a drinking night but he may still evade your attacks without a sweat. Apart from being quite evasive, he also has the stats of a true tank! 

Why Brewmaster is a good tank

  • "Drunken Brawler" allows him to evade attacks and also deal critical damage. 
  • He can also split into 3 units, thanks to his ultimate "Primal Split". 
  • "Primal Split" lets him divide the enemy's attention and can also be used as an escape tool. 

Items that make Brewmaster a crazy tank

  • Vladmir's Offering
  • Assault Cuirass 
  • Black King Bar

8. Timbersaw

Rizzrack, the Timbersaw, DO NOT TOUCH HIM.

Apart from hating trees, this fellow can tank up to 2 supports during the laning stage. In some cases he may be impossible to zone out and can even start feeding on the supports.

He has an interesting persona and a skill set that enables shiny plays alongside decent stats. 

Why Timbersaw is a good tank

  • Timbersaw gains a "Reactive Armor" charge every time he is attacked. 
  • Each "Reactive Armor" charge gives him an armor and a health regen bonus. 

Items that make Timbersaw a crazy tank

  • Pipe of Insight
  • Bloodstone
  • Lotus Orb
  • Blade Mail

7. Tidehunter

Leviathan, the Tidehunter possibly turning around a teamfight.

He looks like a watermelon and he is also durable like a watermelon. I mean, you cannot really open him up with your bare hands. You are going to need some tools. 

He is tough, hard to lockdown and if you are playing Kunnka, he may be extra harsh on you.

Why Tidehunter is a good tank

  • His "Kraken Shell" allows him to take lower damage and when he takes a certain amount of damage "Kraken Shell" removes all negative status effects on Tidehunter. 
  • When he uses "Anchor Smash" on enemy heroes, he lowers their attack damage by a decent amount. 

Items that make Tidehunter a crazy tank 

  • Pipe of Insight 
  • Vladmir's Offering 
  • Guardian Greaves
  • Shiva's Guard

6. Centaur Warrunner

Bradwarden, the Centaur Warrunner defending his honor.

This half man, half horse dude is just naturally tanky. He has the stats, the armor and the scary looks needed to be a good tank. 

His spells do not actually give him extra tankiness but they give him a psychological advantage against his enemies. 

Why Centaur Warrunner is a good tank 

  • Beefy stats. 
  • "Hoof Stomp" allows him to keep his enemies at a distance. 
  • "Retaliate" also makes his enemies think twice before attacking him as it returns some of their damage right back at them. 

Items that make Centaur Warrunner a crazy tank

  • Pipe of Insight 
  • Crimson Guard
  • Blade Mail
  • Heart of Tarrasque

5. Spirit Breaker

Barathrum, the Spirit Breaker charging into battle!

Just like the guy above, Spirit Breaker owes much of his tankiness to his beefy stats. 

On top of that, he is known to be quite hard to contain. Once this space cow starts getting lucky, it may be almost impossible to stop him! 

Why Spirit Breaker a good tank

  • Natural born tank with decent stats. 
  • "Bulldoze" allows him to gain extra movement speed and status resistance. 

Items that make Spirit Breaker a good tank 

  • Blade Mail
  • Black King Bar
  • Assault Cuirass 
  • Heaven's Halberd

4. Dragon Knight

Davion, the Dragon Knight onto battle!

Who calls the Dragon Knight? The guy holds a shield and also walks in a full body armor. 

He was born to be tanky with abilities to support him! He is also a quite good mid laner and can win the most unexpected matchups!

Why Dragon Knight is a good tank 

  • "Dragon Blood" provides him extra armor and health regen. 
  • If he farms Aghanim's Scepter "Elder Dragon Form" gives him a magic damage resistance. 

Items that make Dragon Knight a crazy tank

  • Black King Bar
  • Assault Cuirass 
  • Aghanim's Scepter 
  • Blade Mail

3. Bristleback

Rigwarl the Bristleback showing of his quils..

Whatever you do, do not hit this guy from the back. You may expect him to turn around and look at you but he may never do that. 

He is a natural tank with good stats and may give you a side look just so you hit him from an angle he wants you to hit! 

Why Bristleback is a good tank

  • His ability "Bristleback" allows him to less take damage from behind and from the sides. 
  • When he takes a certain amount of damage he releases his quills. This makes him quite dangerous engage on. 

Items that make Bristleback a crazy tank

  • Blade Mail
  • Crimson Guard 
  • Pipe of Insight 
  • Vanguard

2. Pudge

Opps, was that me?

Probably the most popular hero in DotA's history. He has a hook, a farting spell and is extremely tanky, thanks to his stats and builds. 

His tankiness increases over time and he may become impossible to kill in some circumstances. 

Why Pudge is a good tank 

  • "Flesh Heap" provides Pudge extra health regen and gives him bonus strength for each kill. 
  • His ultimate "Dismember" also heals him based on the strength he has when casted. 

Items that make Pudge a crazy tank 

  • Blade Mail
  • Pipe of Insight 
  • Heart of Tarrasque 
  • Shiva's Guard

1. Underlord

Lord of the Under World

Vrogros, the Underlord staring into your soul.

This 4 legged demon owes most of his tankiness to his base stats and the item builds he prefers.

In a strange fashion, he gets even tankier by weakening his nearby enemies. Weakening your enemies if you cannot get any more tanky sounds super legit. 

Why Underlord is a good tank 

  • Tanky base stats. 
  • "Atrophy Aura" reduces the attack damage of his nearby enemies by a decent amount. 
  • "Dark Rift" also allows him to get out od sticky situations and makes him hard to kill. 

Items that make Underlord a crazy tank 

  • Pipe of Insight 
  • Guardian Greaves
  • Crimson Guard 
  • Blade Mail 
  • Vladmir's Offering 

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