Dota Auto Chess: hero units Pick and Win rates

Dota Auto Chess: hero units Pick and Win rates

The pick and win rates of all Dota Auto Chess heroes. The data is gathered via an official API, considers all regions and servers, and is updated periodically.

The Heybox app from xiaoheihe.cn is a Chinese app officially authorized by the game developers.

It gathers data from all the regions and servers, but it is based on the final boards, so it doesn’t take into consideration all the chess pieces bought and sold during the match. Even if the statistics are slightly biased, they are the only reliable and official ones at our disposal, and I believe they are useful to study the meta.

I will try my best to update this article over time, but be aware that the data might become inaccessible in the future.

The tables below show the match count and the win rate of all the heroes at all ranks and at Rook and above. The units are sorted based on the win rate at Rook.

February 22nd - March 4th

All the tables are responsive and sortable. If you are using a phone, turn it sideways for a full view. Otherwise, zoom in or click the grey area of each table to swipe and sort them. They are quite long, but there is no other option to display all the heroes.

Hero Matches (All) Win% (All) Matches (Rook) Win% (Rook)
Tidehunter 5905904 31.0 24003 32
Enigma 3601181 31.4 16092 31.2
Death Prophet 2220335 28.5 7431 29.5
Techies 3168490 28.8 12411 28.5
Lich 2686680 30.0 12978 28.1
Gyro 3052311 27.9 11464 28
Medusa 6185213 20.7 29713 27.7
Tinker 5152737 10.9 5960 25
Doom 4414275 18.8 15711 23.2
Slardar 2958952 14.2 6989 22.6
Nercophos 6468373 20.2 29905 22
Clockwork 5804022 11.2 7807 21.8
Slark 1838871 5.0 1582 21.8
Alchemist 4901391 15.1 8888 21.1
Dragon Knight 8370934 16.1 31154 21.1
Bounty Hunter 6064768 10.4 7726 20.8
Tusk 5673508 11.7 8217 20.8
Viper 8099817 14.4 31266 20.7
Enchantress 4775902 9.8 6070 20.7
Disruptor 7926752 19.8 29519 20.3
Kunkka 9427525 18.6 34381 20.3
Batrider 7995861 13.1 18352 20.2
Omniknight 6121102 12.2 16185 19.9
Lone Druid 7604328 17.5 33408 19.8
Puck 8748448 14.5 34994 19.8
Anti-Mage 5965634 13.8 24113 19.5
Terroblade 2180786 7.6 1524 19.5
Chaos Knight 8864072 11.9 20961 19.3
Troll Warlord 6695168 16.4 13223 19.2
Timbersaw 6298077 11.2 9111 19
Luna 9970450 13.3 29258 18.8
Shadow Shaman 5395661 13.2 8667 18.7
Lycan 6491325 13.4 13095 18.7
Drow Ranger 4978849 11.8 11933 18.6
Templar Assassin 7173559 14.1 27681 18.5
Treant Protector 8080694 13.3 30377 18.2
Beastmaster 8480852 15.2 22861 18.1
Abaddon 9656777 13.1 26512 18.1
Crystal Maiden 5745704 17.4 23830 17.9
Keeper of the Light 5411752 17.5 21924 17.6
Sniper 3214863 11.7 6471 17.6
Witch Doctor 5218932 13.7 8528 17.4
Phantom Assassin 5842623 12.2 23458 17.3
Nature's Prophet 5928553 12.7 22477 17.1
Axe 8955524 12.9 18844 16.8
Tiny 2735468 10.2 3919 16.8
Juggernaut 8813998 14.7 23945 16.6
Windranger 5720766 13.9 26164 16.6
Sand King 2460703 8.7 4303 16.5
Razor 8378770 14.5 29006 16.4
Ogre Magi 2518822 6.3 3634 16.2
Venomancer 1980854 10.2 3090 16.2
Riki 1015955 3.7 661 16.2
Mirana 2704576 10.0 5415 15.3
Shadow Fiend 9629004 12.5 26811 15
Morphling 1922397 5.6 2604 14.6
Lina 1891080 8.7 3862 14.1
Queen of Pain 3781148 7.6 9470 13.5

A summary of the data

  • Tidehunter is the best hero in Auto Chess because he can change the fate of any team fight in the late game thanks to his AoE stun.

  • The elf composition is extremely popular at the moment as this species synergy provides a huge amount of evasion.

  • Magic damage is necessary to deal against elves, and this factor increases the pick and win rate of mages such as Crystal Maiden and Keeper of the Light. Note that three mages are better than six in most teams.

  • Crystal Maiden is a very underrated hero. Her mana regeneration isn’t helpful only in mage lineups, but it is also great in combination with crowd control and AoE abilities as they will trigger earlier, and occasionally twice in the same round.

  • Naga is the only species that counters magic damage directly as the synergy increases the magic resistance of the whole team. This explains the win rate of naga heroes in this meta, raises the versatility of units such as Tidehunter and Medusa, and the pick rate of other nagas, like Slardar and Slark. In particular, the latter is quite underwhelming on his own.

  • Anti-Mage is a solid hero in the early game, and he is a member of the infamous elf lineup. In the late game, his passive ability Mana Burn counters heroes with powerful abilities like Enigma, Disruptor, and Lone Druid, as they won’t be able to generate enough mana to activate them.

Swine Sappers loading screen for Techies - Valve

Swine Sappers loading screen for Techies - Valve

Looking at the data, you might notice also some odd placements, here are a few examples:

  • Tinker is in the top 5. He is not considered a powerful chess piece, but having Tinker on your final board means that you used a composition based on mech and/or goblin, which are effective and rather easy to build.

  • Techies isn’t a popular hero just for the goblin synergy, but mainly because he possesses an AoE ability which inflicts heavy physical damage. It can’t be countered by nagas, neither evaded by elves as their passive works only against auto-attacks. A two-star Techies is a game-winning chess piece because Explosive Bomb deals 1,100  AoE damage.

  • Techies is also powerful in combination with undead as their synergy decreases the armor of the opponents, and thus the damage inflicted by physical attacks and spells. It partly explains the win rate of undead units, but be aware that while some aren’t very popular (Drow), others are great picks in the current meta (Necrophos).

  • Shadow Fiend has an abysmal win rate. He is an amazing hero in Auto Chess, particularly in the early and mid game, so the players tend to overuse him. SF is picked even when there are no synergies with other chess pieces on the board, so overall his win rate is low only because he is a highly-contested unit.

More Auto Chess Articles:

Mid-February

Hero Matches (All) Win% (All) Matches (Rook) Win% (Rook)
Tidehunter 5905904 31.0 24003 32
Enigma 3601181 31.4 16092 31.2
Death Prophet 2220335 28.5 7431 29.5
Techies 3168490 28.8 12411 28.5
Lich 2686680 30.0 12978 28.1
Gyro 3052311 27.9 11464 28
Medusa 6185213 20.7 29713 27.7
Tinker 5152737 10.9 5960 25
Doom 4414275 18.8 15711 23.2
Slardar 2958952 14.2 6989 22.6
Nercophos 6468373 20.2 29905 22
Clockwork 5804022 11.2 7807 21.8
Slark 1838871 5.0 1582 21.8
Alchemist 4901391 15.1 8888 21.1
Dragon Knight 8370934 16.1 31154 21.1
Bounty Hunter 6064768 10.4 7726 20.8
Tusk 5673508 11.7 8217 20.8
Viper 8099817 14.4 31266 20.7
Enchantress 4775902 9.8 6070 20.7
Disruptor 7926752 19.8 29519 20.3
Kunkka 9427525 18.6 34381 20.3
Batrider 7995861 13.1 18352 20.2
Omniknight 6121102 12.2 16185 19.9
Lone Druid 7604328 17.5 33408 19.8
Puck 8748448 14.5 34994 19.8
Anti-Mage 5965634 13.8 24113 19.5
Terroblade 2180786 7.6 1524 19.5
Chaos Knight 8864072 11.9 20961 19.3
Troll Warlord 6695168 16.4 13223 19.2
Timbersaw 6298077 11.2 9111 19
Luna 9970450 13.3 29258 18.8
Shadow Shaman 5395661 13.2 8667 18.7
Lycan 6491325 13.4 13095 18.7
Drow Ranger 4978849 11.8 11933 18.6
Templar Assassin 7173559 14.1 27681 18.5
Treant Protector 8080694 13.3 30377 18.2
Beastmaster 8480852 15.2 22861 18.1
Abaddon 9656777 13.1 26512 18.1
Crystal Maiden 5745704 17.4 23830 17.9
Keeper of the Light 5411752 17.5 21924 17.6
Sniper 3214863 11.7 6471 17.6
Witch Doctor 5218932 13.7 8528 17.4
Phantom Assassin 5842623 12.2 23458 17.3
Nature's Prophet 5928553 12.7 22477 17.1
Axe 8955524 12.9 18844 16.8
Tiny 2735468 10.2 3919 16.8
Juggernaut 8813998 14.7 23945 16.6
Windranger 5720766 13.9 26164 16.6
Sand King 2460703 8.7 4303 16.5
Razor 8378770 14.5 29006 16.4
Ogre Magi 2518822 6.3 3634 16.2
Venomancer 1980854 10.2 3090 16.2
Riki 1015955 3.7 661 16.2
Mirana 2704576 10.0 5415 15.3
Shadow Fiend 9629004 12.5 26811 15
Morphling 1922397 5.6 2604 14.6
Lina 1891080 8.7 3862 14.1
Queen of Pain 3781148 7.6 9470 13.5

Header image: Ghastly Matriarch loading screen for Death Prophet - Valve

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