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Dota 2 Heroes – An Introduction to Lesale Deathbringer the Venomancer

By: Jason McCarthy

  |   December 16th, 2012   |  
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Lesale Deathbringer the Venomancer is a hero that is normally played in a support or pushing role, but can also become a semi-carry with enough farm.

His first ability Venomous Gale is a ball of mucous that requires a little bit of aim. It is an active point ability that will launch a venomous ball at the enemy unit in a somewhat small 125 Area of Effect (AoE) with the range being 800. Targets will initially take a 100 damage as well as an additional 50 damage every 3 seconds for which the spell lasts, which is 15 seconds. On top of all this, units will be slowed down by 50%, with that number decreasing over the course of the time for which the spell effect lasts.

Poison Sting is a very powerful passive ability that will give Venomancer’s attack on any unit a 20-damage negative buff that will last for 7 seconds. If that was not enough, this poison attack will also slow down target by 14% during this duration.

Plague Ward is usually the first thing that you max out as Venomancer as it helps tremendously with both pushing and counter-pushing. With a mere 20 mana cost and 5-second cool-down, Venomancer is able to place a ward on any terrain he chooses. These wards have a ridiculous 450 hit-points (hp) as well as deal 42 damage with an attack range of 850. These wards also give vision and last for 40 seconds. The one thing to note about this spell is that the damage type is piercing damage. What this means is that they deal 50% damage to heroes, but in turn will do a 150% damage to lane creeps, which is an obvious benefit to pushing.

Poison Nova is Venomancer’s ultimate and it is notorious for being the most damaging spell that does not kill anyone. When activated, Venomancer will unleash a ring of poison in an 830 radius around himself. Any unit hit will take 81 damage per second over a 15-second period. This comes out to a total of 1215 damage, which can potentially be dealt to five enemy heroes. Going back to my original statement though, this spell alone is not able to kill anyone. As it is not considered lethal, it will literally leave enemies as 1 hp, which is why your passive is so helpful. Aghanim’s Scepter can be purchased by Venomancer and will increase the duration of Poison Nova from 15 to 16 seconds, as well as increase the damage per second from 81 to 108. This means that the damage output will go from 1215 to 1728. No, it is still not lethal.

Venomancer has the potential to start making an impact in the game from the very first minute, with his skills being perfect for harassing enemy heroes and getting easy kills off them.

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