There are now 19 Dota 2 Arcanas, so there’s always going to be some favorites and some to forget. We asked Shannon “SUNSfan” Scotten and Troels Lyngholt “syndereN” Nielsen to rate every Arcana, and put together a comprehensive tier list.

With the Nemistice Battle Pass still making its presence known in Dota 2, it’s only natural your mind wanders towards Arcanas. The ultimate cosmetic in Dota 2, Arcanas are the crown on your favorite heroes’ deserving head. But which Arcanas are worth grinding for? And which should you ignore completely?

Last month we partnered with Shannon “SUNSfan” Scotten and Troels Lyngholt “syndereN” Nielsen as they put together a tier list of the best Supporters Club voicelines. Now, the SUNsfan and syndereN duo are back to give us their (controversial) ranking of the best Dota 2 Arcanas.

How many Dota 2 Arcanas are there?

If you need a reminder of all the Arcanas, we recently broke down every single one ourselves. Check out that article for the details of how each of the 19 Arcanas could be obtained and how to get the unlockable styles. It’s the perfect reminder of what each one offered.

The 19th Dota 2 Arcana arrived last month, Spectre’s Phantom Advent Arcana. The newest Arcana was the result of the public vote through the TI9 BattlePass, and has had mixed reviews from fans. Fortunately the We Say Things podcast duo have decided once and for all where the Spectre Arcana stands.

SUNSfan’s and syndereN’s opinions on what makes a good Arcana are pretty solid… Although if you’re a Juggernaut fan, you might want to plug your ears: SUNSFan may play a lot of that hero, but he has strong words about the Arcana.

Io’s Arcana, on the other hand, gets a remarkably high rating. Especially considering how old and simplistic the Arcana is by today’s standards. But sometimes, keeping it simple is best. And while Arcana’s SHOULD get better year after year, as you’ll see in the video, there’s some exceptions.

There’s a few other spicy takes throughout, but it’s hard to disagree with overall. Except the unjust treatment of Techies. That’s just saltiness.

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Michael is a UK-based content creator who caught the esports bug in 2010, but took eight years to figure out he should write about it. Throwing away a promising career in marketing and PR, he now specialises in MOBAs, covering League of Legends, Dota 2, and esports in general since 2019. When not glued to tournaments taking place on the other side of the globe, he spends time nurturing an unhealthy addiction to MMOs and gacha games.