Dota Auto Chess: most popular Synergy combos - October 2019

Dota Auto Chess: most popular Synergy combos - October 2019

The top 20 most popular class and species synergy combos in Dota Auto Chess. The data is gathered via an official API and considers all regions and servers.

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 update this article over time, but be aware that the data might become inaccessible in the future.

The table below shows the most used synergy combos at Rook and above.

October 4h - October 11th

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Synergies Times used Win%
6 Elf - 3 Assassin 7986 3.3%
4 God - 3 Mage - 1 Wizard 7750 18.7%
4 Troll - 2 Undead - 4 Knight - 2 Warlock 7507 8.4%
2 Human - 2 Aqir - 3 Mage 7500 8.6%
2 Undead - 2 Human - 2 Warrior - 3 Hunter - 2 Warlock 4370 23.3%
2 Undad - 2 Human - 3 Warrior - 3 Hunter 3100 4.8%
4 Troll - 4 Orc - 3 Warrior - 2 Warlock - 2 Shaman 2997 24.9%
2 Aqir - 6 Assassin 2848 15.1%
4 Troll - 2 Undead - 4 Knight - 2 Warlock - 2 Shaman 2729 34.0%
2 Aqir - 2 Warlock 2617 14.4%
6 Elf - 4 Druid - 3 Assassin 2416 20.5%
6 Goblin - 4 Mech - 1 Wizard - 2 Warlock 2321 2.8%
4 Troll - 2 Warlock - 2 Shaman - 2 DH 2196 21.0%
6 Elf - 2 Naga - 3 Assasin 2054 18.8%
2 Human - 2 Element - 2 Aqir - 3 Mage -2 Warlock 1991 26.7%
6 Goblin - 4 Warlock - 4 Mech - 1 Wizard 1967 17.2%
4 Troll - 4 Orc - 3 Warrior - 2 Shaman 1696 3.1%
2 Undead - 2 Naga - 2 Human - 3 Warrior - 3 Hunter - 2 Warlock 1671 50.0%
3 Dragon - 2 Undead - 2 Human - 6 Knight 1642 18.6%
4 God - 1 Wizard 1413 9.1%

September 1st - September 7th

Synergies Times used Win%
6 Elf - 3 Assassin 1331 9.3%
4 Troll - 2 Warlock - 2 Shaman - 2 DH 1282 32.0%
2 Aqir - 2 Warlock 1107 22.5%
3 Dragon - 2 Undead - 2 Human - 6 Knight 942 25.4%
5 Dragon - 2 Element - 3 Mage 682 36.8%
6 Elf - 4 Druid - 3 Assassin 541 25.1%
4 Human - 3 Dragon - 2 Element - 6 Mage 504 8.7%
3 Dragon - 2 Human - 6 Knight 452 7.7%
3 Elf - 6 Assassin 443 20.3%
4 Undead - 2 Naga - 6 Hunter - 2 Warlock 440 52.3%
4 Troll - 4 Orc - 3 Warrior - 2 Warlock - 2 Shaman 392 28.8%
3 Mage - 3 Wizard 366 23.2%
3 Elf - 3 Assassin 352 16.2%
6 Goblin - 4 Warlock - 4 Mech - 1 Wizard 334 28.1%
4 Troll - 2 Warlock - 2 DH 310 19.0%
2 Undead - 2 Human - 3 Warrior - 3 Hunter - 2 Warlock 303 36.0%
6 Elf - 2 Naga - 3 Assassin 274 33.6%
3 Dragon - 2 Human - 2 Element - 6 Mage 256 12.1%
6 Goblin - 6 Mech - 4 Warlock - 1 Wizard 241 69.3%
6 Goblin - 4 Mech - 1 Wizard - 2 Warlock 204 9.8%

August 1st - August 7th

Synergies Times used Win%
3 Dragon - 2 Undead - 2 Human - 6 Knight 8299 16.7%
5 Dragon - 2 Elemental - 3 Mage 4816 22.9%
5 Dragon - 2 Human - 3 Mage 3038 13.3%
4 Undead - 2 Naga - 6 Hunter - 2 Warlorck 2999 33.2%
5 Dragon - 3 Mage 2416 17.8%
4 Undead - 2 Naga - 6 Hunter 2379 10.5%
4 Beast - 2 Naga - 2 Human - 6 Warrior 2292 13.7%
5 Dragon - 2 Human - 2 Elemental - 3 Mage 1832 13.5%
6 Elf - 3 Assassin 1670 3.1%
3 Elf - 2 Naga - 6 Assassin 1213 13.7%
4 Undead - 6 Hunter 1172 3.5%
3 Elf - 6 Assassin 1154 5.1%
4 Human - 3 Dragon - 2 Elemental - 6 Mage 1019 3.7%
6 Goblin - 4 Mech - Wizard - 2 Warlock 967 5.0%
4 Undead - 6 Hunter - 2 Warlock 962 12.5%
2 Naga - 2 Human - 6 Warrior 942 5.9%
6 Elf - 2 Naga - 3 Assassin 900 11.4%
3 Dragon - 2 Human - 2 Elemental - 6 Mage 894 4.3%
5 Dragon - 4 Human - 6 Mage 841 11.8%
4 Beast - 2 Naga - 2 Human - 6 Warrior - 2 Warlock 817 57.5%

The developers are mostly focusing their attention on the mobile and the future standalone PC version. I am still gathering data for this article because there is a sizeable amount of players who enjoy the Dota Auto Chess mod, but I don’t know for how long more it will be supported.

July 1st - July 7th

Synergies Times used Win%
4 Human - 3 Dragon - 2 Elemental - 6 Mage 2832 22.4%
4 Troll - 2 Warlock - 2 Shaman - 2DH 2797 35.0%
6 Elf - 3 Assassin 2377 14.6%
6 Elf - 4 Druid - 3 Assassin 1359 31.0%
3 Dragon - 2 Undead - 2 Human - 6 Knight 1275 25.9%
3 Elf - 6 Assassin 1256 22.6%
3 Dragon - 2 Human - 6 Knight 1166 13.4%
3 Dragon - 2 Human - 2 Elemental - 6 Mage 1128 22.6%
3 God - 3 Mage 1034 45.1%
2 God 3 Mage 967 4.0%
4 Human - 3 Dragon - 6 Mage 899 17.8%
2 Undead - 2 Human - 3 Warrior - 3 Hunter - 2 Warlock 675 32.6%
4 Beast - 2 Naga - 2 Human - 6 Warrior 626 40.7%
2 Undead - 2 Naga - 2 Human - 3 Warrior - 3 Hunter 587 34.2%
3 Dragon - 2 Undead - 2 Human - 6 Knight - 2 Warlock 563 51.2%
6 Goblin - 4 Mech - 1 Wizard - 2 Warlock 452 15.1%
2 Undead - 2 Naga - 2 Human - 3 Hunter - 2 Warlock - 3 Warrior 527 49.9%
2 Undead - 2 Human - 3 Warrior - 3 Hunter 505 18.8%
2 Naga - 2 Human - 6 Warrior 484 22.3%
6 Goblin - 4 Warlock - 4 Mech - 1 Wizard 468 29.3%

Note: It looks like the number of games played drastically decreased. Most probably, a portion of the player base moved to Dota Underlords and Teamfight Tactics.

May 27th - June 3rd

Synergies Times used Win%
6 Elf - 3 Assassin 17K 7.3%
3 Dragon - 2 Human - 6 Knight 13K 9.4%
4 Troll - 2 Undead - 3 Warlock - 3 Knight 12K 12.2%
3 Dragon - 2 Undead - 2 Human - 6 Knight 11K 30.9%
3 Elf - 6 Assassin 9647 12.9%
6 Elf - 3 Hunter 9631 4.7%
2 Undead - 2 Human - 3 Warrior - 3 Hunter 9371 13.5%
2 Naga - 2 Human - 6 Warrior 8157 15.4%
2 Undead - 2 Naga - 2 Human - 3 Warrior - 3 Hunter 7472 25.4%
6 Elf - 4 Druid - 3 Assassin 7079 22.0%
6 Elf - 4 Druid - 3 Hunter 5307 18.6%
2 God - 3 Mage 5145 42.5%
1 God - 3 Mage 4764 3.8%
4 Beast - 2 Human - 6 Warrior 4359 13.8%
4 Orc - 2 Human - 3 Warrior - 3 Mage 4167 14.6%
4 Orc - 2 Human - 3 Mage 3976 3.5%
2 Human - 2 Elemental - 3 Mage 3930 11.8%
4 Beast - 2 Naga - 2 Human - 6 Warrior 3486 33.0%
2 Human - 3 Mage 2983 4.8%
4 Troll - 2 Human - 6 Knight 2627 13.6%

Related: Hero units pick and win rates

A summary of the data

Mage and God

All the team compositions with mages unlocked only the first synergy tier which requires three mage chess pieces.

There are several hero units that inflict magic damage and are great picks for this lineup, but they are not actual mages; such as Shadow Fiend, Kunkka, Disruptor, Wind Ranger, Necrophos, Witch Doctor, etc.

Using six mages brings huge frontline problems because they lack tank pieces. Instead, you need tough heroes with crowd control skills (Kunkka), healers who provide sustain to the lineup (Necrophos), or abilities to increase the survivability of your frontline heroes (Dazzle’s Shallow Grave).

If you are able to reach the late game with the proper team composition, the cooldown reduction bonus provided by two god pieces is ridiculously overpowered, so it pretty much guarantees a win due to the massive burst damage in a short time.

Orc and Naga

Orcs work well in the early/mid game thanks to their toughness, and they are also an optimal choice versus mages because raw health makes them survive for a longer time, while the armor of the warriors has no use against magic damage.

Still, orcs are not very successful in the late game, and two naga are the best choice versus casters because of the extra magic resistance they give to the whole team.

Undead

You can’t make a composition based on undead (similarly to humans and naga), but they are pretty much an add-on which is used to increase the overall damage of physical attackers.

Undead are respectable picks with trolls or hunters as they both have auto-attack oriented abilities.

Pact of the Wurmblood loading screen for Dragon Knight - Valve

Pact of the Wurmblood loading screen for Dragon Knight - Valve

Dragon

Dragon lineups are among the most popular ones mostly due to the strength of Dragon Knight’s Dragon Form. Six-knight is the most used synergy with them as after the rework knights give the damage-reducing shield to the whole team.

Elf

Six elves are insane - if you are not facing mages or Techies - as they can dodge most attacks versus physical damage dealers.

Elves are usually paired with assassins or hunters for heavy DPS builds, and with druids for a tankier variant. As you can see from the data, six elves achieved the highest win rate with the four-druid synergy plus three assassins or three hunters for damage.

Warrior

We don’t find nine warriors among the most popular compositions, but it looks like they mostly act as front liners for hunter or beast lineups.

The four-beast plus six-warrior split is quite successful, but you require also two naga to be safe against god-mage teams in the late game. The core warriors of this formation are Kunnka, Doom, Lycan, and Troll Warlord.

Warriors are very flexible, but this can lead to problems because you can’t just use the same lineup in every game, so it is necessary to pick your warriors and the best race/class split based on the drops and the opponents’ team.

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