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

Dota 2's Auto Chess custom mode is a remarkable success story. First off, it's not even an official Valve mode, but a community mod. Secondly, it's absolutely taken off without any backing, whether that be marketing, promotion or otherwise. It's drawn in tonnes of strategy-minded players who've either lapsed from CCGs like Hearthstone or those seeking a break from the traditional MOBA experience found in, well, Dota 2 itself.

Valve obviously doesn't mind, though. As long as players are enjoying Dota in any capacity, it's fine with Auto Chess' scucess. It also helps that Auto Chess is a fantastic remix of Dota's universe, borrowing its heroes and abilities, and adapting them into a game defined by strategic micro-battles against both players and AI alike.

Not to mention there's incredible depth to the game too. There are many races to choose from, multiple players per match, creep waves to take on, item upgrades to find, an economy to manage and much more. It's home to a plethora of chess pieces (based on Dota's heroes) and classes, each with their own traits, stat bonuses and potential combinations.

For many, the prospect of playing Dota Auto Chess can be a daunting experience. It's a steep learning curve as there's nothing really like it out there, and tool-tips aren't exactly in abundance, meaning that you've largely got to figure things out for yourself. Basically, it's a bit of a nightmare to get your head around what you're doing right or wrong 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 Dota 2 or any other hero based game for that matter. To give you a better idea of what's considered hot or not right now, we've put together a tier list which ranks all of the units in the game.

Just a quick note before we dive in...

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

UPDATE: Rubick, Grimstroke and Wizards synergy added.

June 26th was a big day for Dota Auto Chess. A huge update added new game modes, maps, units and synergies, but what we're going to focus on here are the most important additions: Rubick, Grimstroke and the all-new Wizard synergy.

Rubick is a two-cost God/Wizard armed with an ability which randomly steals the ability and attack range of an enemy piece at the start of combat. Once the preparation round begins, his ability resets.

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Grimstroke is four-cost Demon/Wizard who damages enemies in front of him with a ranged attack that applies "Soulbind", a debuff which amplifies damage from other sources.

Wizards are easily one of the strongest synergies at the moment. If you place both Rubick and Grimstroke on the board, you'll reduce the number of chess pieces required by (1) for any synergies requiring (4) pieces or more to be active.

Rubick's the better of the two units, purely because he's got an exceptionally powerful ability for such a low cost. While it's random, it can be game-changing if he steals a Tidehunter's knock-up for instance.

The Wizard synergy is also fantastic, as it allows you to earn other top tier synergies for a lower cost - quality stuff.

Latest Tier List

As the meta's constantly evolving in Dota Auto Chess, expect this tier list to change drastically over the coming weeks but we'll do our utmost to keep on top of things. If you notice any meta shifts, don't hesistate to let us know in the comments section below and we may just feature it in the article itself.

Our main resource for July's tier list comes courtesy of Amaz Hearthstone over on YouTube. He's achieved Queen rank and plays the game religiously at a high level, so he definitely knows what he's on about. Previously known for top notch Hearthstone content, he's now carving out quite a name for himself in the world of Auto Chess, both regularly streaming and producing helpful guides content. It's definitely worth subscribing to his channel if you're interested in learning more about the game and growing as a player.

Here's Amaz Hearthstone'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!

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 all of the units which are top choices at the moment, thanks to their versatility and overall strength. You'll definitely want these pieces in your roster.

  • Bounty Hunter (Goblin/Assassin)
  • Chaos Knight (Demon/Knight)
  • Clockwerk (Goblin/Mech)
  • Death Prophet (Undead/Warlock)
  • Doom (Demon/Warrior)
  • Disruptor (Orc/Shaman)
  • Dragon Knight (Human/Dragon/Knight)
  • Enigma (Element/Warlock)
  • Gyrocopter (Dwarf/Mech)
  • Io (Elf/WildCard)
  • Kunkka (Human/Warrior)
  • Lone Druid (Beast/Druid)
  • Lycan (Human/Beast/Warrior)
  • Medusa (Naga/Hunter)
  • Necrophos (Undead/Warlock)
  • Phantom Assassin (Elf/Assassin)
  • Razor (Element/Mage)
  • Rubick (God/Wizard)
  • Shadow Fiend (Demon/Warlock)
  • Sven (Demon/Warrior)
  • Techies (Goblin/Mech)
  • Templar Assassin (Elf/Assassin)
  • Tidehunter (Naga/Hunter)
  • Timbersaw (Goblin/Mech)
  • Tiny (Elemental/Warrior)
  • Treant Protector (Elf/Druid)
  • Troll Warlord (Troll/Warrior)
  • Wind Ranger (Elf/Hunter)
  • Zeus (God/Mage)

Strong, but not top tier

These units are all worth picking up if you're working towards a specific composition or if you've got some gold to burn in the late game.

  • Alchemist (Goblin/Warlock)
  • Beastmaster (Orc/Hunter)
  • Drow Ranger (Undead/Hunter)
  • Grimstroke (Demon/Wizard)
  • Juggernaut (Orc/Warrior)
  • Keeper of the Light (Human/Mage)
  • Mars (God/Warrior)
  • Omni Knight (Human/Knight)
  • Queen of Pain (Demon/Assassin)
  • Sand King (Beast/Assassin)
  • Slark (Naga/Assassin)
  • Sniper (Dwarf/Hunter)
  • Terrorblade (Demon/Hunter)
  • Venomancer (Beast/Warlock)

We'd recommend watching this video by Kripparian if you're new to Dota 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)
  • Axe (Orc/Warrior)
  • Anti Mage (Elf/DemonHunter
  • Bat Rider (Troll/Knight)
  • Crystal Maiden (Human/Mage)
  • Dazzle (Troll/Priest)
  • Enchantress (Beast/Druid)
  • Furion (Elf/Druid)
  • Lich (Undead/Mage)
  • Lina (Human/Mage)
  • Luna (Elf/Knight)
  • Mirana (Elf/Hunter)
  • Morphling (Elemental/Assassin)
  • Puck (Elf/Dragon/Mage)
  • Riki (Satyr/Assassin)
  • Shadow Shaman (Troll/Shaman)
  • SlarDar (Naga/Warrior)
  • Tinker (Goblin/Mech)
  • Tusk (Beast/Warrior)
  • Viper (Dragon/Assassin)
  • Winter Wyvern (Dragon/Mage)
  • Witch Doctor (Troll/Warlock)

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  • debzxrico-gmail-com #1 5 months ago
    how to get key on dota chess
  • MetaEd #2 8 months ago
    @Phy Thanks for the spot! We've cleared that up now.
  • Phy #3 8 months ago
    You got Alchemist listed 2 times... Once in "average to weak" and the other in "whats considered strong right now".
  • Cascassus #4 9 months ago
    Small mistake: Razor is listed as Knight in this list, but he's a Mage.
  • MetaEd #5 10 months ago
    @jd4k Thanks for your comment! We've added both of them into our tier list, as well as all the new additions.