Dota 2 Positions: What are the 5 positions you can play in Dota 2? There are 5 heroes in every game of Dota 2, and all of them have their own unique roles. This article is a beginner’s guide to Dota 2 explaining all the 5 positions. Learn more about each role and which position they occupy.
Dota 2 is an infinitely complex game, and add a very massive hero pool to that, it will get confusing for new players. However, each game of Dota 2 is a 5v5, and each of the 5 heroes have their own roles. There are 5 positions, namely, mid-lane, carry, off-lane, roaming support and hard support. In this article, you can understand which role is for which position and what are the responsibilities of each position in the game.
There are some exceptions to these position in certain specific circumstances, for example when tri-laning (playing 3 in one lane). However, in most of the games, these roles and positions are constants and the most basic things you should know as a Dota 2 player. Having said that, this article will give Dota 2 beginners a good idea about each position and the responsibilities.
What are the 5 positions in Dota 2?
Position 1: Carry/Safelane (Medusa, Anti-mage, Juggernaut, etc)
Position 1 is the carry-player or safe-laner. This is the hero/role who will ultimately win you the game. The responsibility of the Position 1 carry player is to get a lot of gold and experience. This will result in the player getting items faster than the opponent, thereby out scaling them.
Position 2: Mid-laner (Invoker, Templar Assassin, Shadow Fiend, etc)
Mid-laner is the one who solo lanes, and will hit their level 6 the fastest. The mid-lane player should help whichever of the other 2 lanes seems to be going dangerously bad. Apart from that, mid-laners usually are able to amplify their farms and get early kills on the side lanes.
Position 3: Off-lane (Axe, Tidehunter, Underlord, etc)
The off-lane has one of the most important roles in the game. The objective is to harass the enemy carry player and deny him as much farm as possible. Another important part of the off-lane role is to take towers early and expand the map for your team.
Position 4: Roaming Support ( Spirit Breaker, Earth Spirit, Mirana etc)
The job of the roaming support is the provide vision on the map, make rotations to other lanes and attempt kills. The roaming support is the one who usually turns up to contest the 4-minute or 6-minute power rune against the mid-laner.
Position 5: Hard Support (Crystal Maiden, Lion, Witch Doctor, etc)
The job of the Hard Support is to secure the carry heroes game against the off-laner and roaming support. If the opposing team is overextending, the hard support must quickly initiate on them and repel them fast, or your safe lane hero’s life might be in peril.