Dota 2 is a highly competitive online game, with players facing off in two teams of five, with each team trying to take down the enemy ancient and destroy their base. Each team composition features a number of different heroes that fulfill different roles in the match, however, the star player of every team in every match is almost always the carry. This didn’t change with the introduction of universal heroes to the game, carries still remain the core of any team.
Carry heroes, while weak early on, shine later in the game, and with farmed items can easily deal an insane amount of damage and even one-shot other heroes. Because of this, a strong carry hero is the most important part of any team late-game.
With so many different carries to choose from, it can be difficult to pick one to learn and master. That’s why here at OPmarket we have prepared the best carry tier list for 2023 so far!
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Best Carry Heroes Dota 2
There are many different carry heroes to choose from in the game, with many different playstyles. Our tier list is based on overall win ratio, popularity an raw power, however, any carry hero can be powerful late-game in the hands of a skilled player. With that in mind, here’s our carry tier list:
- Phantom Lancer
- Faceless Void
The highest spot on this list goes to the same usual crowd which has dominated competitive play as well as casual pub games, the four carry heroes remain the best hard carry choice for any team composition. Anti-mage remains one of the most popular heroes for the carry role, capable of farming at insane speed all across the map, as well as decimating the entire enemy team with illusions late game. The same could be said for Phantom Lancer, who becomes almost invincible late-game with the Heart of Tarrasque and other tank items.
Medusa received a significant buff in patch 7.33b, giving her more intellect and improving her overall tankiness. She’s currently one of the first-pick heroes, capable of dealing damage while remaining super tanky. Her ultimate gives her improved teamfight capability as well, making her a great addition to any team composition.
Finally, Faceless Void remains one of the most popular heroes in current meta as well. Powerful at almost all phases of the game, Faceless Void can farm at great speeds, while having access to one of the most powerful teamfight ultimates in the game. We will most likely see this hero featured at the top of carry tier lists for some time to come.
- Naga Siren
A-tier heroes, although still powerful and often picked by professional teams, don’t quite have the insane power of S-tier heroes. And while you might not have such an easy time with enemy heroes as you would with the S-tier, A-tier heroes can still shine and even sometimes outmatch the higher-tier heroes in the game. While they require more practice to be effective, the A-tier still features some of the strongest heroes currently in the game, and many of these best characters regularly make an appearance in pub games.
Heroes such as Naga Siren are regularly picked by professional players in competitive matches, however, their set-up is less universal and generally only useful occasionally. In most situations S-tier heroes easily outmatch those mentioned in this paragraph, however Morphling or Juggernaut can still shake up the match in higher ranks, and a skilled Bloodseeker can easily dominate all other players in casual pubs.
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- Phantom Assassin
- Chaos Knight
- Drow Ranger
- Lone Druid
B-tier heroes rarely make an appearance in the pro scene and are picked generally only to counter a certain enemy team composition. Otherwise, these heroes are strictly worse than other choices, and their position can generally be filled by other heroes, with more useful abilities. They can be useful in some team compositions, but most of the time trying to outplay your enemies while playing and of these heroes isn’t simply worth the effort, even more so for the pro players.
- Monkey King
- Nature Prophet
- Troll Chieftain
- Shadow Fiend
- Templar Assassin
C-tier heroes, while they can be useful in skilled hands, are generally much weaker than carries in other tier lists, and sometimes picking these heroes in the carry slot can actually gimp your team. The reason behind this is that not only do these heroes require much more skill to be even barely effective (e.g. Shadow Fiend), but even when fully farmed heroes such as Sniper or Ursa will not be as powerful as a farmed Anti-mage or Medus.
Even worse, most of these heroes aren’t very useful early game either, and combined with the fact that they generally get outshined by any other hero on this list, they don’t make a good pick in ranked games. While they are alright to try out in casual matches, if you’re trying to go up a rank, avoid these heroes.
To Sum Up
Here’s a quick tier list for all the carry heroes currently available in Dota 2. Check out the rest of our blog for more tips, tricks and Dota 2 articles! And if you plan to sell Dota 2 iems, be sure to check out OP market!