Dota 2 Tier List May 2012
China is coming. But they're not quite here yet. Two upcoming tournaments will showcase Asian Dota 2 talent to us in the next month which will no doubt radically change what heroes will see playtime in Dota 2. While we're waiting for that however, we've got one of the largest sets of games played yet with the StarLadder + assorted other tournaments to properly assess the setting of the European/NA scenes.
The competitive scene has had its opportunity to simmer since the last major patch, which produces a much more consistent set of top picks. This is not to say we are without innovation though. The current metagame allows teams huge room for playing tons of interesting or previously unseen heroes. The addition of heroes one by one in the beta has allowed teams to evaluate every hero again, and every single hero has seen at least some play in Dota 2. With that, the fourth tier of picks swell, as tons of heroes see a small bit of play each over the course of a month.
The ESFI Dota 2 Hero Tier List is a current representation of the picks and drafting patterns of high-tier competitive and recent Dota 2 matches. Classic DotA matches do not affect the rankings, and as such, the list is largely based on European/North American Dota 2 play - for now. The list itself is divided into a 5 Tier system, ranking heroes based on their usage and effectiveness alone not potential usage or strength of the heroes. Following each tier is not a complete differential report, but some substantial or interesting changes since previous months.
Tier 1: Picked or banned almost every game
Leshrac has gone from simply a popular hero, to one of the defining elements of this version of Dota. Top players have perfected a style of Leshrac play that has made this once overlooked hero into one of the most played heroes in Dota 2 (not typically banned, but always picked). Such increase in play could probably be credited to both improvements in his animations in Dota 2 as well as the increased power of Bloodstone. His pushing power is one that fits perfectly in the current metagame as he provides amazing teamfight potential in addition to his ganking and laning abilities.
Tier 2: Sometimes banned, often picked
Queen of Pain
Could it be? Is magic once again allowed to freely rein in the lands of Dota 2, saved from the tyranny that is Magina? Not quite. Anti-Mage is still a very capable carry with one of the greatest capabilities for snowballing and one of the greatest escape abilities possible, but as with all amazing heroes, players develop counters. Now when you pick an Anti-Mage, there is a real liability it causes your team: you are essentially locked out of a 5th member in a five man teamfight for the early to mid game. As a result, most Anti-Mage plays we see now forgo going farm style, like grabbing fast battlefury or just afk farming, in favor for a more mid-game oriented fighter; we see vlads being picked up more as well as maxing mana burn and blink before spell shield.
Lone Druid occupies the unique position in the tier list of being the hero many teams fear most to play against and play with at the same time. Many teams dont know how to effectively play with him or play against him. Syllabear’s potential is salivating, but tapping into it within the current metagame is something only a handful of teams can do. Perhaps as time goes on more teams will master his awesome power, causing his stock to rise further. For now though, he remains at his current level as recent games have shown his power in pushing and his weaknesses in regards to timing.
Tier 3: Situational ban, sometimes picked
Between the usual occasional Tinker play seen in the European scene, and the large addition of March of the Machines Tinker farm trend pioneered by DeMoN and BuLba (shoutout to ixmike88), Tinker has seen a great deal of play this month. This scientist is one of the best heroes for experimenting with and often leads to interesting and dynamic games.
Why is this happening? That’s what I keep asking myself in the wake of this Spectre resurgence. We had rid ourselves of this haunting carry shortly after The International, but it appears that for every push (in this case, the literal push meta) there is a pull. So Spectre returns to punish any inefficient tower taking. Let us hope she is simply the flavor of the month, not a harbinger of a [slower] meta to come.
Tier 4: Rarely banned or picked
In a meta that has grown to become constant pressure and pushing everywhere, our ganking machine that is Tiny can’t be everywhere at once. As well, some of the surprise that a giant rock wielding a stick brought to secret-agent pushes has been lost; people know how to deal with Aghs Tiny.
For whatever reason, Captain Coco has re-entered the radar of drafters for the first time in... a year and a half? Perhaps it's the new pairing with Shadow Demon that has brought him out of the depths of the pick phase, or maybe the numerous buffs he has received in the past few patches, but whatever the reason, it's nice he's getting some playtime - but it's unlikely he's here to stay.
Tier 5: Almost never picked
Warlock was a hero people were thinking about for a while, but then stopped thinking about, and for good reason. He still has quite strong teamfight abilities, but in teamfights that quickly devolve into chasing and picking off enemies, his abilities are not the best ones to bring to the table.
FROM:http://esfiworld.com By William Burden