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Dota Auto Chess: Tier List (March 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 March 2019 lists all the races, classes and combinations from strongest to weakest based on community feedback.

Dota 2 Auto Chess is a remarkable thing. First off, it's not even an official Valve mode but a fan mod. Secondly, it's absolutely taken off, drawing in tonnes of strategy-minded players who've either lapsed from CCGs like Hearthstone or want a break from the traditional MOBA experience provided by, well, DOTA 2 itself.

It's taken Dota 2's heroes and placed them in an entirely new environment which involves multiple chess boards, many players, creep waves and upgrades. It's also home to a plethora of races and classes, each with their own traits, bonuses and combinations.

For the uninitiated, it represents a steep learning curve as there aren't any tool-tips which flag up the importance of building a roster themed around certain race buffs, for example, making it very difficult to know what's worth buying or combining, or stockpiling. Basically, it's a bit of a nightmare to get your head around if you're coming in fresh.

One of the keys to success in Dota Auto Chess is knowing what units are stronger than others - just like any other hero based game. There's also the fact that you can pop multiple pieces on the board and gain 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.

Dota 2 Auto Chess Tier List

As the meta's constantly evolving in Dota Auto Chess, expect this tier list to change drastically over the coming weeks.

Our main resource for March's tier list comes courtesy of mattjestic gaming over on YouTube. He's an extremely strong player who's carving out a name for himself in the world of Auto Chess and also produces some very insightful content too. It's definitely worth giving them a follow if you're interested in learning more about the game and growing as a player.

Here's mattjestic gaming's video which offers a tier list based on unit cost. He provides reasoning and analysis behind each of his decisions and we'd highly recommend giving it a watch!

Latest Tier List

Below we've separated all the chess pieces into categories based on the meta right now. As more pieces are introduced, and as the meta evolves, we'll do our best to keep this up to date.

What’s considered strong right now?

We’ve listed units which seem to be top choices right now.

  • Anti Mage (Elf/DemonHunter
  • Beastmaster (Orc/Hunter)
  • Bounty Hunter (Goblin/Assassin)
  • Disruptor (Orc/Shaman)
  • Dragon Knight (Human/Dragon/Knight)
  • Kunkka (Human/Warrior)
  • Lone Druid (Beast/Druid)
  • Lycan (Human/Beast/Warrior)
  • Medusa (Naga/Hunter)
  • Necrophos (Undead/Warlock)
  • Omni Knight (Human/Knight)
  • Razor (Element/Mage)
  • Shadow Fiend (Demon/Warlock)
  • Templar Assassin (Elf/Assassin)
  • Terrorblade (Demon/Hunter)
  • Tidehunter (Naga/Hunter)
  • Timbersaw (Goblin/Mech)
  • Treant Protector (Elf/Druid)
  • Troll (Troll/Warrior)

Strong, but not top tier

Worth picking up if you've got the right composition and the gold.

  • Alchemist (Goblin/Warlock)
  • Axe (Orc/Warrior)
  • Clockwerk (Goblin/Mech)
  • Death Prophet (Undead/Warlock)
  • Doom (Demon/Warrior)
  • Drow Ranger (Undead/Hunter)
  • Enchantress (Beast/Druid)
  • Enigma (Element/Warlock)
  • Gyrocopter (Dwarf/Mech)
  • Juggernaut (Orc/Warrior)
  • Lich (Undead/Mage)
  • Luna (Elf/Knight)
  • Mirana (Elf/Hunter)
  • Ogre Magi (Ogre/Mage)
  • Queen of Pain (Demon/Assassin)
  • Sand King (Beast/Assassin)
  • Shadow Shaman (Troll/Shaman)
  • Slark (Naga/Assassin)
  • SlarDar (Naga/Warrior)
  • Sniper (Dwarf/Hunter)
  • Techies (Goblin/Mech)
  • Tinker (Goblin/Mech)
  • Tusk (Beast/Warrior)

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.

Essential Auto Chess Coverage

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.

  • Abaddon (Undead/Knight)
  • Alchemist (Goblin/Warlock)
  • Bat Rider (Troll/Knight)
  • Chaos Knight (Demon/Knight)
  • Crystal Maiden (Human/Mage)
  • Furion (Elf/Druid)
  • Light Keeper (Human/Mage)
  • Lina (Human/Mage)
  • Morphling (Elemental/Assassin)
  • Phantom Assassin (Elf/Assassin)
  • Puck (Elf/Dragon/Mage)
  • Riki (Satyr/Assassin)
  • Tiny (Elemental/Warrior)
  • Venomancer (Beast/Warlock)
  • Viper (Dragon/Assassin)
  • Wind Ranger (Elf/Hunter)
  • Witch Doctor (Troll/Warlock)

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