6. The Damage Aura Combo

Suggested Lineup

  • Mid – Drow Ranger
  • Carry – Luna
  • Offlaner – Lycan
  • Semi Support – Visage / Axe / Dazzle / Bristleback
  • Hard Support – Vengeful Spirit

Game Play

This is another most commonly played / used Dota 2 combo. Your gameplay for this lineup will be simple. Farm as fast as possible and once done with your basic items, start pushing. Once you stay together, all the damage auras will join and give huge physical damage boost. You are taking towers or fighting in ganks, you can really deal massive amount of damage. Go for Roshan as soon as it is alive and remember, keep pushing till you get enemy’s ancient.

Dazzle in your line up will be a real pain in the ass for your enemies. He will reduce their armor so much that you can take out their supports literally in 3 hits and a shallow graved Bristle back himself is a killing machine with constant quill spray. Visage is viable in this line up because of massive attack speed of his Familiries.

PROS:
  • Strong mid game and very strong late game. If you are successful with this combo, I doubt that game will last more than 30 mins. I’ve seen this combo live 3 times in our tournament (Dota International Clan Wars) and they always won.
  • Massive physical damage with sufficient disables for a good team fight.
CONS:
  • Venge is the only hero who can survive without farm, rest almost all heroes need lots of farm in order to be useful.
  • To execute this combo, you need to stay together, but that also causes problem. Because any Wombo Combo line up will not have any problem with execution as you are already stacked up.
  • A good Pudge can really turn the tables and this Dota 2 combo will fail miserably. In fact all insta kill heroes (Pudge, Tiny, Tuskar, Lina and Skywrath Mage etc) will prove to be a pain in the ass case for you. Because all your heroes are very squishy with not a good escape mechanism (except Lycan).
  • All the team fights will rely on successful initiation. Tanks have to be real tanks so the hitters can deal real damage.

 

7. The Destroyers

Suggested Lineup

  • Mid – Tinker / Shadow Fiend / Death Prophet
  • Carry – Drow / Troll Warlord
  • Offlaner – Enigma / Nature Prophet
  • Semi Support – Lesharc / Wind Ranger
  • Hard Support – Lich / Sven

Game Play

Gameplay is simple, you are The Destroyers. You need to destroy any and everything as quick as possible. After your initial farm / laning phase, quickly start taking towers. Lich and Sven can provide massive armor to your team when you are taking towers. Clear creep waves with your massive magical damage. If you have troll warlord in your team, you’ll get a massive speed boost and quickly take down towers. Just use any of your hero’s creep to tank and take down their towers 1 by 1. With this line up, you can easily take down a tower in under 10 sec (even giving the leverage of 5 sec glyph).

PROS:
  • You can end game in like under 30 minutes if your enemy was not careful enough to pick your counters.
  • Massive physical damage combined with massive magical damage can easily wreck your enemy even in ganks.
  • This lineup is best suited for Wombo Combo with a very strong potential for solo take outs.
  • Strong early game, mid game and even more devastating late game.
CONS:
  • Most of the heroes are squishy with no escape mechanism. A solo killer like Pudge, Tiny, Tuskar etc can be very lethal to your team. Even a good team with counter wombo combo can kill your whole team under 5 sec.
  • This lineup and strategy focuses on team fights and always staying together. Thus leaving other lanes prone to enemy ratting. (If you do not have Nature Prophet or Tinker in team)
  • Almost all the heroes in this lineup need good farm to be more useful in late game which is not possible for all 5 team members.
  • No strong disable in whole lineup whereas for team fights you’ll need effective disables. So, must have Enigma or Sven in team.

8. I fight with my Minions

Suggested Lineup

  • Mid – Invoker / Lone Durid
  • Carry – Lycan
  • Offlaner – Brood Mother
  • Semi Support – Enigma / Nature Prophet / Chen
  • Hard Support – Warlock / Enchantress

Game Play

All these heroes have spells to spawn their integral creeps / minions (Forge Spirits, Wolves, Treants etc…). Use these minions to rush towers. Take Roshan as soon as possible and then get their throne before someone thinks of Battlefury. With this you can easily spawn almost 30 minions. That is like 6 waves of creeps combined together. With Lycan’s Howl each and every minion will get +50 damage. With Necronomicons and Helm of the Dominator, you will get some more creeps with move and attack speed bonus too.

Do not forget to ban Earth Shaker, Ember Spirit, Axe and Legion Commander otherwise executing this Dota 2 combo will be a nightmare for you.

PROS:
  • Massive tower taking force at your disposal.
  • This lineup is also suitable for 1 lane or all lane push if you are countered hard.
  • In case things go out of hands, you can stop spawning your minions and play game normally with a little twist of Ratting.
CONS:
  • This combo can be very hard to execute as there are literally a dozen counters for this combo. It is almost impossible that enemy will not have one of them.
  • Even if enemy team does not have any of your counter, still they can go for Battlefury. A single battlefury on a melee core can ruin your dream of executing this combo. So during the pick phase, pick wisely.

9. The Illusionists

Suggested Lineup

  • Mid – Morphling / Chaos Knight
  • Carry – Spectre / Phantom Lancer
  • Offlaner – Dark Seer / Terror Blade
  • Semi Support – Naga Siren
  • Hard Support – Shadow Demon

Game Play

All of the heroes in this line up have the capability to spawn illusions and that too lots of it. With these illusions you should rush enemy towers as fast as possible. Also do not forget to ban Earth Shaker, Ember Spirit and Legion Commander. Or they will make your life miserable.

PROS:
  • Extremely strong ultra late game, if at all game reaches that point.
  • This line up can deal great amount of physical damage.
  • Illusions can easily be used to confuse enemy thus providing every hero with great escape mechanism.
CONS:
  • Most of the heroes in this line up are those which are rated 3 star carries (hardest carries of Dota 2). Shifting them to support or other role will be very difficult and otherwise it is not wise to pick many hard carries as the farm will be split between them therefore creating troubles for main hard carry.
  • You may have to modify the meta to make it work that means making unconventional items for few heroes to suit their roles, therefore more chances of fail.

10. The Rats

Suggested Lineup

  • Mid – Leshrac / Tinker
  • Carry – Anti mage / Lone Durid / Troll Warlord
  • Offlaner – Brood Mother / Clinks / Tiny
  • Semi Support – Nature Prophet
  • Hard Support – IO

Game Play

You must try to beat Admiral Bulldog, the Rat King. You should always be looking for the lane which does not have any defense. Go there and push. Then once your enemy comes to defend that lane, go to any other lane and carry on. You must be pushing all the times. With IO as support, you can teleport to any tower any time and immediately take tower and then fall back. All the heroes in this line up have great potential of taking towers, so do not waste that and try to finish game as soon as possible by snow balling.

PROS:
  • You’ll have perfect lineup with perfect heroes for every role.
  • If game somehow reaches ultra late game, your 4 heroes can convert to carry role. In ultra late game, you just need to win 1 team fight, thats it. Afterwards, just TP to enemy base and take out their ancient.
  • Great escape mechanism for almost all the heroes.
CONS:
  • Early game is not that much strong you need farm and you can be wrecked easily in start and then enemy can snow ball
  • If enemy picks heroes with strong defensive abilities (Techies, Ember Spirit etc), you will have very hard time finishing the game.

11. Jhon Cena’s Team

Suggested Lineup

  • Mid – Clinks / Invoker
  • Carry – Slardar
  • Offlaner – Nyx Assassin
  • Semi Support – Riki / Bounty Hunter
  • Hard Support – Mirana

Game Play

You can’t see them, therefore you can’t gank them. At least without gem, sentry wards or dust. As all of your heroes have spells to be invisible, therefore it will be comparatively easy for you to gank. You can always try for 5v2 ganks and I can assure you, there are many chances that you’ll succeed. Why pick Slardar as carry ? Because you do not want your enemies to pick Slardar and also that Slardar has all the capabilities which are needed to be a really good carry.

PROS:
  • Whole team is have spells which can make them invisible, therefore it will it will be difficult for enemies to gank you.
  • Very Strong ultra late game.
  • Huge amount of Physical and Magical damage can be dealt by this lineup.
  • If your ganking strategy fails, you can always go for ratting strategy.
CONS:
  • Just 1 gem can ruin your game like hell. However, you can always kill the gem carrier and get rid of gem for next 7 minutes or so.
  • You may have spend lots of gold for sentries to counter ward.
  • If enemy got level 3 Necronomicons, then there is literally nothing which you can do. Because this is THE PERMANENT solution for all the invisible heroes.

 

Source: Dotainternational