Our Dota 2 Auto Chess tier list for January 2019 lists all the races, classes and combinations from strongest to weakest based on community feedback.
Dota 2’s Auto Chess mode is home to a plethora of races and classes, each with their own traits, bonuses and combinations. For the uninitiated, it represents an incredibly steep learning curve. There aren’t any tool-tips which flag up the importance of building a roster themed around certain classes or races, for example, making it very difficult to know what’s worth buying or combining or stockpiling.
Pop a number of the same race on the board though and you’ll get certain bonuses. This works the same for members of the same class, but that’s not all - you can also combine pieces to create an even more powerful unit. Again, there’s a lot to take in and understand.
To give you a better idea of what’s considered strong or a little lacklustre right now, we’ve put together a tier list which ranks all the races and classes.
This tier list isn’t definitive by any means and is only meant to give new players a better idea of what races or classes may be considered better than others.
When it comes down to it, the RNG nature of Auto Chess means it’s important to be flexible and switch strategies on the fly. This means some races or class combinations which aren’t considered top tier can still be extremely strong in the right situation.
For a complete overview of Auto Chess, make sure you check out our Auto Chess guide.
Essential Auto Chess Coverage
- Auto Chess Guide - How to get started with the game mode
- Auto Chess Tier List - A work in progress evaluation of the strongest units
- Auto Chess Starting Strategies - Tried and tested opening gambits
- Auto Chess Upgrades - Upgrading and combining chess pieces over time
- Auto Chess Levelling - How levelling and XP works in Dota Auto Chess
- Auto Chess Free Candy - How to earn Candy and what you can spend it on
- Auto Chess Gold - How to make more gold and spend it efficiently
- Auto Chess Item List - All the in-game items, with stats and combinations
- Auto Chess Ranks - How the ranking system works in Dota Auto Chess
- Auto Chess Download / Install - Setting up for Auto Chess
Dota 2 Auto Chess Tier List
As it’s early days in for Auto Chess in Dota 2, expect this tier list to change drastically over the next few weeks as the meta develops.
Our main resource for this tier list comes courtesy of Questica over on Reddit. It's definitely worth giving them a follow, as they post tier lists based on community votes from high ranked players.
Latest Tier List
This table ranks each piece according to cost and the numbers next to each piece indicate their overall ranking.
|11 Bounty Hunter||3 Timbersaw||7 Shadowfiend||1 Kunkka||2 Tidehunter|
|24 Clockwerk||9 Beastmaster||12 Lycan||4 Lone Druid||13 Lich|
|30 Tusk||15 Treant Protector||19 Razor||5 Doom||14 Enigma|
|31 Enchantress||17 Slardar||20 Terrorblade||6 Troll||18 Gyrocopter|
|33 Antimage||23 Queen of Pain||27 Viper||8 Templar Assassin||22 Techies|
|44 Tinker||25 Juggernaut||34 Omniknight||10 Dragon Knight||-|
|46 Batrider||28 Luna||37 Venomancer||16 Medusa||-|
|49 Ogre Magi||32 Chaos Knight||40 Abaddon||21 Disruptor||-|
|50 Shadow Shaman||35 Puck||41 Windranger||26 Alchemist||-|
|51 Drow Ranger||36 Witchdoctor||42 Phantom Assassin||29 Necrophos||-|
|52 Axe||38 Furion||43 Slark||39 Lightkeeper||-|
|55 Tiny||45 Morphling||47 Sniper||-||-|
|-||53 Crystal Maiden||48 Sandking||-||-|
What’s considered strong right now?
We’ve listed units which seem to be top choices right now.
- Abaddon (Undead/Knight)
- Beastmaster (Orc/Hunter)
- Clockwerk (Goblin/Mech)
- Dragon Knight (Human/Dragon/Knight)
- Enchantress (Beast/Druid)
- Enigma (Element/Warlock)
- Gyrocopter (Dwarf/Mech)
- Kunkka (Human/Warrior)
- Lich (Undead/Mage)
- Lone Druid (Beast/Druid)
- Lycan (Human/Beast/Warrior)
- Omni Knight (Human/Knight)
- Razor (Element/Knight)
- Shadow Fiend (Demon/Warlock)
- Slark (Naga/Assassin)
- Terrorblade (Demon/Hunter)
- Tidehunter (Naga/Hunter)
- Timbersaw (Goblin/Mech)
- Treant Protector (Elf/Druid)
- Troll (Troll/Warrior)
Still strong, but not top tier
Worth picking up if you've got the right composition and the gold.
- Alchemist (Goblin/Warlock)
- Anti Mage (Elf/DemonHunter
- Bat Rider (Troll/Knight)
- Doom (Demon/Warrior)
- Juggernaut (Orc/Warrior)
- Lina (Human/Mage)
- Luna (Elf/Knight)
- Queen of Pain (Demon/Assassin)
- TarDar (Naga/Warrior)
- Techies (Goblin/Mech)
- Templar Assassin (Elf/Assassin)
- Tinker (Goblin/Mech)
- Tusk (Beast/Warrior)
- Viper (Dragon/Assassin)
We'd recommend watching this video by Kripparian if you're new to Auto Chess as it provides a great explanation of how it all works.
Average to weak
By no means are these categories terrible, but if you've got alternative options then you might want to think about looking to those instead. As always though, they can be great in very specific situations.
- Alchemist (Goblin/Warlock)
- Axe (Orc/Warrior)
- Bounty Hunter (Goblin/Assassin)
- Chaos Knight (Demon/Knight)
- Crystal Maiden (Human/Mage)
- Disruptor (Orc/Shaman)
- Drow Ranger (Undead/Hunter)
- Furion (Elf/Druid)
- Light Keeper (Human/Mage)
- Medusa (Naga/Hunter)
- Morphling (Elemental/Assassin)
- Necrophos (Undead/Warlock)
- Ogre Magi (Ogre/Mage)
- Phantom Assassin (Elf/Assassin)
- Puck (Elf/Dragon/Mage)
- Sandking (Beast/Assassin)
- Shadow Shaman (Troll/Shaman)
- Tiny (Elemental/Warrior)
- Venomancer (Beast/Warlock)
- Wind Ranger (Elf/Hunter)
- Witch Doctor (Troll/Warlock)