A photo of Team Secret's Yeik ‘MidOne’ Nai Zheng

Dota pros tell us who’d they play if they could only play one hero

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There’s over a hundred different heroes in Dota 2, giving a huge amount of variety for players new and old. We asked an array of pros which hero they’d play if they were stuck with just the one.

With 115 heroes in Dota 2, we’re truly spoilt for choice. Each and every hero brings something beautifully unique to the game, and each when picked in the professional game provides an integral piece of an immensely complicated puzzle. Throughout the years of Dota 2, we’ve associated certain players with certain heroes.

Take Henrik ‘AdmiralBulldog’ Ahnberg and we instantly think Nature’s Prophet or Lone Druid. When we think of Jesse ‘JerAx’ Vainikka, Earth Spirit immediately springs to mind. Any Dota 2 fan will have a professional player to hand when asked who they think plays each hero the best.

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Whereas every player has a series of heroes they often pick, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they enjoy it. There’s probably very few top tier players who love to play lane dominators such as Razor and Viper. Heroes with the scope for flashy plays and the potential to style on opponents are likely preferred amongst the upper echelons of Dota talent. Have you ever wondered what an array of the best Dota players would play if they only had to play one hero for the rest of their career? We asked them to find out.

It won’t surprise anyone to know that no one answered Viper. Marcus ‘Ace’ Hoelgaard of Team Secret opted for a hero he became famous on, Meepo. “Definitely Meepo. Meepo is very deep, and he has a lot of potential. He will never get boring. You can always improve a lot on him,” he tells us. Yeik ‘MidOne’ Nai Zheng was torn between two heavily featured midlaners. “My heart tells me Shadow Fiend, but my brain tells me Invoker. Invoker is very fun. There’s many spells there so you would never get bored of it, at least,” he said.

The Grand Magus Rubick is, as expected a popular choice. Jesse ‘JerAx’ Vainikka opted away from his Earth Spirit, telling us, “I think Rubick. Just versatility. Every game is so, so different. Pretty simple for me”. Zakari ‘Zfreek’ Freedman is on the same page, commenting, “I would probably play Rubick every game because then you’re technically playing every hero”.

OG’s effervescent Johan ‘n0tail’ Sundstein opted for Invoker too, claiming that, “he’s a very deep hero. There’s a lot of spells and a lot of things to do. The hero doesn’t become bad the later the game goes. That’s the one hero I could play for the rest of the time”. His captain and partner in crime Tal ‘Fly’ Aizik was the only player to opt for Phoenix, one of his iconic heroes going back as far as the Frankfurt Major, simply exclaiming, “because it’s glorious”. Clement ‘Puppey’ Ivanov has an interesting take, opting for Doom. “He can always scale to the late game, so you never feel worthless,” he says. “And Doom is kinda fun.”