These support heroes are a notch above their counterparts in the current meta.
The winningest support heroes
The Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) 2021 has come to an end, and now it’s just the last chance qualifiers to participate in and watch before the start of The International (TI) 10, meaning players can now take their time playing the new event game called The Nemestice or leveling up their 2021 Battle Passes.
While some players love these new additions to the game, some are much happier to focus on pub matches, may it be competitive or just casual. Dota 2’s patch 7.29d is already up for an update, just in time for the start of TI10. While we wait for this upcoming patch, let’s take a look at 7.29d’s best-winning support heroes.
A viral hero amongst every support player out there, Winter Wyvern does a great job providing exceptional support to her team. Her abilities enable her to harass and secure kills, therefore providing much-needed space and experience to any carry hero she comes along with.
In 7.29d, Winter Wyvern’s Arctic Burn skill has improved cooldown alongside a somewhat higher mana cost. This change did not stop her from being effective in the lane. Her ultimate, Winter’s Curse, is still helpful during mid-game rotations and late-game team fights.
Her win rate only skyrocketed for the past 30 days as pro players utilized her with such finesse and ease. When it comes to itemization, supports suffer from having less gold distribution in the team. Therefore, the cheaper Aether Lens and Force Staff are easily the best items for Winter Wyvern. With her colossal teamfight potential, having her in the team often equates to victory.
Like most support heroes out there, Ancient Apparition is squishy and frail in 1v1s and incoming damage. However, his almost-spammable skillset and global ultimate makes him an exceptional support to have in teamfights. Cold Feet is suitable for managing the early laning phase, as it allows Ancient Apparition to damage enemies while zoning them out of the lane. This leads to an experience advantage for the carry that he is supporting.
His ultimate, Ice Blast, is deadly when it comes to teamfights. Aside from preventing any form of healing to the affected opponents, it also deals substantial damage-per-second (DPS). Enemy heroes anywhere on the map should be wary of Ice Blast, as they can be affected due to its global range. Ancient Apparition can use Ice Blast for vision as it comes with a very low cooldown duration, enabling clutch kills from enemies farming the jungle.
Like any other support in Dota 2, Bane is considered “squishy” and should not be in the front lines. However, this makes him much more formidable as good positioning is vital in playing him as a support hero. While his ultimate, Fiend’s Grip, deals massive damage once fully channeled, it is his Enfeeble skill that makes him shine in teamfights.
Allowing Bane to reduce 60% of the enemy’s attack damage, Enfeeble also has a very low cooldown on higher skill levels. Bane can cast Enfeeble to each enemy hero in a perfect situation, enabling him to reduce the enemy team’s actual damage to 40%.
Itemization for a support Bane is pretty standard; equipping a Eul’s Scepter and Aether Lens makes him deadly enough. Add a Force Staff and a Glimmer Cape, and Bane can quickly initiate team fights without fear of dying. His Nightmare skill can also be used for initiation, ensuring that stun skills land onto the target enemy.
Considered one of the best melee supports in Dota 2, Treant Protector is unlike its counterparts on this list. Having a massive amount of Strength as a primary stat in the early game means that he has a much higher health pool than most supports. In addition, his skill, Nature’s Guise, allows him to hit the opponents while hiding between the trees. Treant can further improve this by consuming Aghanim’s Shard, an upgrade that will enable him to become invisible in the trees. This also roots Treant’s opponents whenever he attacks while Nature’s Guise is off cooldown.
His Living Armor ability ensures that his carry can stay in the lane much longer due to the increased armor and health regeneration. Additionally, a Blink Dagger can help Treant initiate and use his ultimate, Overgrowth. Finally, due to his innate ability to hide among the trees, a Meteor Hammer is a good choice for stunning enemies while hidden.
Mirana is a ranged agility hero, which is quite a rare sight for supports. Depending on the game’s flow, Mirana can slowly transition into a core given the right circumstances. However, she’s just as effective in a support role as long as she executes her skills properly. Her ultimate, Moonlight Shadow, can be used for initiating teamfights while securing the safety of her teammates.
Mirana can use her ultimate for escaping clutch situations as it affects all allied heroes on the map. Her skill Sacred Arrow is not a targeted skill and requires mastery of the hero, but is considered one of the game’s longest stun skills. Mirana can deal a maximum stun duration of five seconds with only a single skill if timed perfectly.
Using Mirana as support requires a little bit of itemization, but the standard builds usually have a Eul’s Scepter for securing stuns and a Force Staff for extended mobility. Aghanim’s Scepter is also a good choice for Mirana as it increases her damage in teamfights through the added Starstorm. Most support players do not usually go straight for Aghanim’s Scepter on a support Mirana; this upgrade depends on how far ahead or behind Mirana’s team is.
As we get closer to TI10, a new patch will most definitely appear sometime before the grand tournament begins. If you are looking to hone your support skills in-game, these heroes will bring in some wins in your pub games. It’s time to get ranked up with these 7.29d winning heroes while the patch still lasts!