Dota 2: The Best Offlane Heroes In 2020

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Dota 2: The Best Offlane Heroes In 2020

Let’s take a look at some of the best offlane heroes in Dota 2.

Offlane is one of the best positions in Dota 2 when it comes down to getting MMR. Even though some people might not like it because you can die a lot, once you learn how to play properly, you will find out that this is the best position ever.

Most players believe that the only way in which you can gain MMR is if you’re a carry or mid. Although this can be true up to a point, being a good offlaner is always a recipe for success. There is nothing more exciting than absolutely demolishing the enemy safe lane and tilting everyone there.

Having said that, this is one of the positions in the game where you can always find different heroes, depending on the patch. Today, we will cover some of the most successful offlane heroes that you can get in 2020. The vast majority of them are good in almost every patch, so even if you’re reading things later on, it will still be relevant.

Night Stalker

Ever since Balanar was introduced back in DotA, this hero has been one of the most picked offlaners in the game. Even though there are players who like to play with him as position four, the hero definitely shines more whenever he is in the offlane, paired up with support there.

Apart from the obvious gank potential, this hero is good for many other reasons. In fact, the main advantage that many people seem to take for granted is the fact that he gives incredible vision. That’s one of the main reasons why so many pro teams have been picking him over the last couple of years.

In addition to that, Night Stalker has always been an excellent laner. He has loads of damage and a lof of starting HP, which makes him capable of tanking a lot of damage. Needless to say, this is one of the most important things during the laning stage.

Lastly, let’s also not forget that Night Stalker can scale pretty well. If you decide to buy damage items, the hero is actually capable of doing a lot of damage, thanks to his incredible passive skill. Nevertheless, most players decide to pick team-fight items, such as a Pipe of Insight, and more.


Beastmaster is a hero that’s known for his really strong game presence. Even though he is not among the most popular picks in pub games, the hero regularly appears in the pro scene, and this is for a reason.

One of the worst things that you can lane against as a melee hero is Beastmaster. Thanks to his companions, this hero can easily bully you out of the lane, which means that he will win the laning stage. What’s more, even if things don’t go well for him, he can always transition into the jungle and farm there.

Once the laning stage is over, Beastmaster becomes an integral part of his team. Thanks to his Aura and the items that he usually goes for, this hero is one of the best pushers in Dota 2. That’s why you can often see him alongside the so-called “Drow Strats” that are mostly focused on pushing.

Apart from pushing, this hero is also really strong against some of the most elusive Dota 2 heroes, thanks to his ultimate. When used, Beastmaster can stun an enemy long enough for his team to bring him down. As a result, the here works wonders against something like an Ember Spirit, Storm Spirit, and so on.


It’s safe to say that this is one of the best all-round offlaners in Dota 2. Everything about this hero is focused on his team, which is why so many people love playing with him.

Underlord is a strength hero that’s famous for providing loads of team auras. Usually, every item that you get for this hero is will provide something to the team. However, there are also players who prefer to pick all sorts of carry items.

During the laning stage, Underlord is usually the hero that dictates the tempo in his lane. Thanks to his skill that has a low cooldown and deals loads of damage, he is capable of farming pretty easily. On top of that, his passive skill makes the enemy miss at least some of his last hits, which is really annoying.

Once he gets at least a couple of items, this hero is ready to start pushing. Don’t forget that his strength is his ability to help his team. If something goes wrong, he can always use his ultimate and send everyone home. However, using this spell is easier said than done, so keep that in mind.

Dark Seer

Dark Seer probably has to be the most picked offlane hero in the pro Dota 2 scene. Even though playing with him in the laning stage might not be the best thing in the world, this hero can make a real difference during the later stages of any game. Thanks to his vacuum + Wall combo, he is always a threat that enemies have to respect.

However, before he gets the needed items to be so effective, Dark Seer is basically an  Ion Shell spamming bot. Even though this is boring, the hero farms really with this spell. So, even if he has to play against a really difficult lane, he can always put those shells on a creep and just wait for the last hits. The damage is pretty high, which is why in most cases, the enemy heroes won’t attempt to stay in the range of this spell.

After the laning stage comes to an end, Dark Seer has to try and help his team as much as possible. Usually, this happens via Ion Shells and Surge. However, once he gets a Blink Dagger, he can start doing his infamous combo. When you combine it with other spells and abilities, the Vacuum + Wall combination can be enough to wipe out the entire team. Nonetheless, pulling it off is not easy, especially if the enemy team knows what it’s doing.

Sand King

This is one of those heroes in Dota 2 that can lane pretty much anywhere. Despite that, the vast majority of Dota 2 players tend to go with him in the offlane because this is where he shines the most.

Apart from the fact that he deals an insane amount of damage in the laning stage, he is also capable of ripping through the enemy team later on. Due to his incredible skill set, the hero can always stun, slow, or nuke down an enemy hero.

In the laning stage, Sand King is really strong against other melee heroes. However, when he has to go toe to toe with ranged heroes or casters, he is not that strong. As a result, you can often find him in the jungle if things are not going well for him.

After the laning stage, he has one job – to get his Blink Dagger as soon as possible. This is the item that completely changes the way in which the hero works. Not only does he get way more kill potential, but he also becomes a lot harder to kill. After all, he can always use Sand Storm and blink away from it.


The last hero that we’ve decided to put on this list is Bristleback. Needless to say, this is one of the most popular heroes when it comes down to the offlane. Usually, pro players tend to pick him as a carry, alongside IO. Nonetheless, the vast majority of pub players prefer to utilize this hero in the offlane.

Bristleback’s strongest aspect is his durability. Unless there are heroes that can counter him, BB is capable of diving into the enemy team and escaping with little to no effort. Even though he doesn’t have any sort of lockdown, once he gets enough stacks on his ultimate, he can actually punch pretty hard.

During the laning state, Bristleback has only one goal – to farm as much as possible. In most cases, winning his lane is hard, but so is losing it. Once he gets at least his Vanguard, he can begin to fight properly with his team.

As you can imagine, he is one of the strongest frontliners that you can find in Dota 2. So, whenever you pick him, try to tank the incoming damage so that your team can kill the enemies.

Dota 2: The Best Offlane Heroes In 2020
Zlosterr has been a fan of esports for many years and mainly focuses on Dota 2. He has more than five years of experience writing Dota 2 content for numerous platforms. Besides being a passionate fan of the game, he's also played for various amateur teams.