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Dota Auto Chess: Tier List (February 2019)

A continually updated list of what's hot and what's not in Auto Chess.

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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

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.

Both tundranocaps and rwwrou have formatted Questica's tier list into a useful table which ranks each chess piece according to their cost.

Latest Tier List

This table ranks each piece according to cost and the numbers next to each piece indicate their overall ranking.

$12$$3$4$5
11 Bounty Hunter3 Timbersaw7 Shadowfiend1 Kunkka2 Tidehunter
24 Clockwerk9 Beastmaster12 Lycan4 Lone Druid13 Lich
30 Tusk15 Treant Protector19 Razor5 Doom14 Enigma
31 Enchantress17 Slardar20 Terrorblade6 Troll18 Gyrocopter
33 Antimage23 Queen of Pain27 Viper8 Templar Assassin22 Techies
44 Tinker25 Juggernaut34 Omniknight10 Dragon Knight-
46 Batrider28 Luna37 Venomancer16 Medusa-
49 Ogre Magi32 Chaos Knight40 Abaddon21 Disruptor-
50 Shadow Shaman35 Puck41 Windranger26 Alchemist-
51 Drow Ranger36 Witchdoctor42 Phantom Assassin29 Necrophos-
52 Axe38 Furion43 Slark39 Lightkeeper-
55 Tiny45 Morphling47 Sniper--
-53 Crystal Maiden48 Sandking--
---54 Lina-

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)

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