[Top 10] Dota 2 Most Cancer Heroes That Are Annoyingly Powerful

Cancer heroes are simply the heroes who are very annoying but at the same time, they’re extremely powerful and devastating to play against. One wrong move and boom you could be dead. These heroes are just the pesky and annoying bunch that everyone despises, they’re the face of hatred in Dota!

To help you pick (why would you!) or ban these heroes in your pub games, we have decided to compile a list of the best 10 Cancer Heroe, these heroes will always be like this regardless of the nerfs they get!

10. Tinker

The mechanical maniac is also a genius, known to tinker around with gadgets and fry his enemies with lasers. Weak laners stand no chance in the laning phases against a Tinker as he will always be targeted with constant harassment in the form of rockets and lasers. With the addition of the Shield, Tinker can easily escape or otherwise initiate and lock his foes down with his annoying Scythe and Rearm combo!

Why is Tinker known as a cancer hero? 

  • Great at disabling heroes with Scythe and Rearm combo
  • Immense nuke magical damage with all of his spells
  • Reduced damage with the shield.

Items to buy on Tinker 

  • Scythe of Vyse
  • Aether Lens
  • Aghanim’s Scepter
  • Shiva’s Guard
  • Bloodstone


9. 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 with his Nether Ward. 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 known as a cancer hero? 

  • All of Pugna's Spells are magical, hence the damage can be devastating to most heroes, especially when combined with Decrepify
  • Immense damage and mana drain dished out from Nether Ward
  • 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


8. Undying

The night of the living dead is worsened by the presence of Undying. Picking him first ensures you threaten your enemy with strength steal and harass potential. Having high HP as support will guarantee your carry a free rein as you will be busy shoving your foes away from the XP range. Undying maintains the tempo in the mid-game as his Tombstone has proven to be immensely helpful to disrupt enemies and slow their movements. His enemies stand no chance once he transforms into the Flesh Golem.

Why is Undying known as a cancer hero? 

  • Great at shoving away enemies from the lane due to his tank potential
  • High HP potential with strength steal
  • Low CD on spells

Items to buy as Undying

  • Mekansm
  • Solar Crest
  • Guardian Greaves
  • Glimmer Cape
  • Aeon Disk



7. Necrophos

Necrophos has plagued his enemies, corrupting their immunity with his rancid spells. He is one of the most hated heroes in the current patch. Necrophos is a very annoying laner, thanks to his passive. His abilities provide him with immense healing while dealing damage to his foes. He can ensure they aren’t seen on the battlefield for a long time with his ultimate, which drives lots of players to rage quit!

Why is Necrophos known as a cancer hero? 

  • Constant DPS with Degen passive
  • Sustain with Death Pulse heal
  • Insane damage and death timer with Reaper’s Scythe

Items to buy on Necrophos

  • Radiance
  • Guardian Greaves
  • Eternal Shroud
  • Lotus Orb
  • Aghanim’s Scepter



6. Venomancer

The most toxic hero in Dota! Venomancer is quite hated because of how well his abilities can synergize with literally any other hero. He is known for dealing immense magical damage and DPS to his foes. Venomancer can counter most strength heroes due to the damage output which is further amplified by items. Having AoE damage spells, Venomancer can farm quickly and efficiently.

Why is Venomancer known as a cancer hero? 

  • High DPS and magic damage that can further be amplified with items.
  • Can lower the movement speed of enemies
  • Low CD on spells, allowing more damage dealt. 

Items to Buy on Venomancer

  • Spirit Vessel
  • Heaven’s Halberd
  • Force Staff
  • Eul’s Scepter
  • Veil of Discord
  • Scythe of Vyse


5. Viper

The venomous Viper knows no bounds and is on the same list when it comes to the most hated heroes in the game. League players can benefit from playing this hero as they get to know about the basic DPS mechanics along with the advantage of having multiple different item builds according to the game. Melee heroes despise him as he makes your presence and impact disappear from the game! The break applied from Nethertoxin quite literally ruins the game for most heroes with strong passives.

Why is Viper known as a cancer hero? 

  • Nethertoxin disables most heroes passive.
  • Viper Strike and Poison Attack slow down the enemy’s movement speed so he's unable to get out from Nethertoxin.

Items to Buy on Viper

  • Kaya and Sange
  • Aghanim’s Scepter
  • Dragon Lance
  • Blade Mail


4. Phantom Assassin

All support heroes despise 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 known as a cancer hero? 

  • Deals over 2k in crit damage
  • 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
  • Monkey King Bar



3. Bristleback 

Bristleback has been a thorn in the side for every other hero in the game in the recent meta. He takes no damage while dealing quite a ton of damage and neutralizing his foes! Often considered to be an obnoxious laner, he is hated with passion by millions of dota players all over the world! He is quite the fun hero to play since all he does is spam his spells, which he can do effortlessly as his insanely high armor backs him! 

Why is Bristleback known as a cancer hero?

  • Low CD on spells
  • He only has two active abilities, which deal insane damage.
  • High kill potential and sustainability

Items to buy on Bristleback

  • Ethereal Shroud
  • Kaya and Sange
  • Octraine Core
  • Blademail


2. Sniper

Sniper has made millions of players rage quit all around the world! His voice and gameplay induce fear and disgust even amongst the most experienced players. Sniper is suitable both as a mid and a carry hero due to his space-making and farming abilities. He may be a squishy hero but his incredible physical damage output and range make it impossible for enemies to come close to him. He is often considered to be the counter for squishy heroes or primarily for melee heroes.

What makes Sniper known as a cancer hero? 

  • High base attack range and movement speed
  • AoE spell that accelerates his farm
  • Flexible build potential
  • Great talents that scale well with items

Items to buy on Sniper

  • Maelstorm
  • Dragon Lance
  • Mask of Madness
  • Silver Edge
  • Daedalus


1. Techies

The sheer smugness on the Techies’ faces indicates that you won’t be having a good game. The worst part of having Techies in the game is that you may never know how long it may last. You may have a quick 20 stomp or the game could go on for 2 hours! Techies are pretty one of the easiest heroes to play, but are a nightmare to play against! The master players know the best spots for mining, and you may surely know what happens if you walk over them.

Why are Techies known as cancer heroes?

  • You get to trigger your enemies free of cost!
  • Great AoE Magical damage
  • The low cooldown on spells

Items to buy on Techies

  • Kaya
  • Bloodstone
  • Force Staff
  • Eul’s Scepter
  • Octraine Core
  • Aghanim’s Scepter


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