Our think tank at DireDota HQ has come up with a list of 10 position 2 (semi-carry) heroes to help you master this vital role.
Position 2, sometimes called the solo or ganker role, is expected to adjust to circumstances during a game to shore up team weak points while maintaining as much carry potential as possible. This is why it is also referred to as the semi-carry. Position 2 is supposed to work together with hard carries to push your team to victory. You’ll notice that these heroes tend to be highly mobile and are typically deadly in one-on-one battles.
Your major goal as a position 2 player, should you choose to accept it, is to outlane your opponents mid to give your team a positional advantage. The more control you have over mid, the more your team can move freely up and down river to reinforce and ambush. And this includes being on top of runes. No one cares if you manage to take their mid tier one tower only to allow one of your sidelanes get wiped with a double damage rune.
You’ll be expected to engage in aggressive ganking maneuvers in this position. Think of this role as you would a knight in chess. It may not be the most powerful piece on the board, but it’s able to jump over pieces that would otherwise have blocked an attack. You’re the cavalry, and you need to be aware of when you’re being called. Because people are going to call on the cavalry.
We’ve scoured the stats going back a full year to make a list of our favorite position 2 heroes and the items that make their job easier. Item builds will depend on the hero you’re playing, but to equip you with some general options, Blink Dagger, Bottle, Black King Bar, Aghanim’s Scepter, Sange and Yasha, Stygian Desolator, Drums of Endurance, Eul’s, and Power Treads are usually solid choices for semi-carries.
Now let’s get our list started with…
Next: 10. Puck