Don’t sleep on these support heroes that are doing really well at DreamLeague and the DPC! Abuse them before the 7.32 patch runs out.
We are now halfway through part two of DreamLeague Season 19's second group stage, and it's the perfect time to check back in with yet another set of hero highlights. This time we will be looking into the best support heroes of DreamLeague.
Rubick may be the first hero that comes to mind. Make no mistake, he is still one of the most common staple supports. However, he currently sits on an unimpressive 46 percent win rate in DreamLeague and 47 percent in the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC). Despite being the most picked support hero, Rubick is clearly not the most reliable choice. So what is?
Fret no more. We have listed three support heroes that have had stellar performances at DreamLeague thus far. And with the help of Lea "Leamare" Silakov, Dota 2 analyst and creator of Spectral.gg, we have prepared a mini guide on how to utilize these support heroes in your game to win MMR. Note that all data shown in this article is based on picks up to April 16.
The obnoxious rodent that terrorizes DreamLeague
Hoodwink is our choice of best position four hero based on her performance at DreamLeague. Even though she has only been picked 13 times, she has a 69 percent win rate. Utility is an extremely important factor for a position four hero to succeed, and Hoodwink is a prime example of high utility. The combination of her Bushwhack and Scurry makes her incredibly annoying to lane against.
Leamare stated that Ethereal Blade and Shard are popular item choices for Hoodwink. The slows and magic amplifications coming out of the Ethereal blade and Hunter's Boomerang can instantly kill anyone almost 100 percent of the time. He added that there are different build variations that can be applied to Hoodwink. For example, many players at DreamLeague have opted for Greaves and Force Staff. TSM's Matthew "Ari" Walker is the tournament's Hoodwink specialist having played the hero the most with a 75 percent win rate.
Jakiro: A pos 5 with both offense and defense
This slow-moving two-headed dragon may not be the most favorite support pick, but Jakiro is in fact one of the common household names for a position five support hero. Like Hoodwink, Jakiro has plenty of slows and damage output coming out of all his skills. On top of that, he has stats that are comparable to Ogre Magi. Having 25 strength and 3.5 armor, Jakiro is able to sustain himself in lane and put out as much pressure as possible to enemies in his lane. Leamare recommends maxing out Ice Path for Jakiro, who he believes is one of the best position five heroes right now.
At DreamLeague, Jakiro has a 60 percent win rate over 15 games. Out of the 15 games, Yu "Pi Qiu" Yajun from Team Aster and Jose "Panda" Hernandez from Evil Geniuses have played Jakiro eight times as a safelane support (five on Pi Qiu and three on Panda). Force Staff is once again a vital item as with most supports. Mana Boots is also essential with the option to turn it into Aether Lens and Tranquil Boots, where the boots can later be upgraded to Boots of Bearing.
The most popular support hero in the current meta and DreamLeague
Without a doubt, the title of the most popular support hero (not called Rubick) of DreamLeague goes to Disruptor. He sits at the top five most popular hero at DreamLeague with a total of 50 picks. Unfortunately, he only has 46 percent win rate, split into a 52 percent win rate over 31 games as a position five and 39 percent win rate over 18 games as a position four. Even so, throughout DPC Tour 2, Disruptor is the second most-picked hero just below Rubick. He also had 57 percent win rate over 283 games. This was a huge leap in number of games and one of the reasons for that is due to the Glimpse update on Disruptor — its cooldown was reduced from 60 to 24 seconds at level one and that it now deals damage.
Furthermore, Disruptor has great late game potential with his Aghanim's Scepter on his ultimate. For our Disruptor MVP, we have selected OG's Evgenii "Chu" Makarov who has played the hero six times with an 83 percent win rate.
There is still a bit of time left before we bid farewell to the 7.32 patch. So chip in as much MMR as possible with some of the support heroes mentioned above before the great dynamic shift.