Leshrac is definitely probably the most highly effective heroes within the present meta. He isn’t as irritating to play in opposition to as Arc Warden, Tinker and Broodmother, however he additionally doesn’t want an entire lot of ability to make the most of successfully, so at the moment we wish to speak about the right way to take care of the very balanced Disco pony.
In lots of regards, this TI was very paying homage to TI4. A single-region, underwhelming grand finals, with the lead up being dominated by Leshrac. Just for the latter to be countered within the last Bo5.
This time round, coping with Leshrac is significantly extra simple, courtesy of latest instruments supplied by Valve. There’s an ever-present Wraith Pact. It’s nonetheless probably the most highly effective objects within the recreation and also you want one in your workforce in just about each recreation. It doesn’t matter who builds it, often, however in opposition to Leshrac getting it as early as potential is preferable.
There’s additionally an usually underrated Mage Slayer. It’s an merchandise usually forgotten by gamers, however an early buy can change how a carry will get to strategy the sport. It’s fairly much like how Hood of Defiance was a potential first merchandise on some carries again within the day, although Hood has the additional benefit of offering nice well being maintain.
Mana regen from Mage Slayer is neat, however maximizing its effectiveness on a farming carry may be problematic, given the worth. In spite of everything, Falcon Blade for lower than half the worth offers the same stage of farm and mana regen acceleration. However in a recreation in opposition to Leshrac, having a little bit of an additional security may come in useful, particularly if nobody in your workforce can realistically get Mage Slayer.
Lastly, we would like to focus on Spirit Vessel as one of many obligatory Leshrac-dealing instruments. It is without doubt one of the earliest heal and regeneration lowering choices and may be rushed on many alternative cores, relying on the state of affairs. The way in which Leshrac is being performed proper now includes him getting deep into the enemy territory and sustaining himself by way of spell lifesteal.
Take away the latter and all of a sudden he can’t come to fights pre-BKB, extending the sport and ensuring that your carry has sufficient time to get their very own. Leshrac is generally scary due to his midgame timings, somewhat than his ultra-late recreation. He is usually a respectable carry, however it can require significantly extra effort, in comparison with most standard right-clicking carries.
There are a number of nice picks in opposition to Leshrac that ought to be stored in thoughts and thought of. A few of them are apparent. Heroes like Historic Apparition would sometimes pressure Lesh right into a help position in a Captain’s Mode foyer, however in a daily AP it’s often not an choice. Sadly, selecting AA as a gap help shouldn’t be all the time the most effective of concepts.
A hero like Silencer, however, is a really highly effective opening decide and an awesome Lesh counter. Pre-BKB he doesn’t permit Leshrac to spam his skills and slows him down fairly significantly. After BKB, he can nonetheless disrupt his plans with a well timed International Silence utilization. Extra importantly, a superb International will depart Leshrac with out the assistance of helps and whereas he’s a really highly effective midgame character, he nonetheless can’t play 1v5.
Core-wise, there are two fairly apparent choices. There’s Sniper, who merely outranges Leshrac and doesn’t permit him to shut the gap. Pre-Blink Leshrac theoretically does nothing to a well-positioned Sniper. Publish-Blink, Sniper nonetheless has defensive instruments like his Shard to remain alive and away from hurt.
Drow Ranger is one other apparent choice. Her Shard is essentially the most price environment friendly heal discount within the recreation, whereas her naturally excessive vary and a built-in Silence ought to permit her to maintain the gap. Afterward, Pike and BKB are clearly a should.
There are additionally some much less apparent choices like most burst-type heroes or burst enablers. Heroes like Slardar might help tremendously when coping with Leshrac.
There are additionally some makes an attempt to make Huskar work, however to date they’re inconclusive. The thought is easy: spell lifesteal, identical to common lifesteal, restores HP primarily based on the harm dealt after reductions. Therefore Huskar can actually mitigate Lehsrac’s therapeutic issue along with his built-in large Magic resistance. The issue is, Diabolic Edict is pure harm and that’s the largest limiting issue for Huskar, who would in any other case don’t have any drawback taking part in in Leshrac’s face.
Lastly, there may be Anti-Mage, although at present the hero doesn’t really feel good to play normally. He’s technically a Leshrac counter, however he can battle in opposition to all the things else within the recreation, as Dota shouldn’t be a 1v1 recreation.
Patch is taking some time to return out and that’s positively regarding. We are able to’t say that the meta is in a very dangerous spot proper now, however having one thing new to play with would positively be welcome.
What are your ideas on the meta and the way do you take care of essentially the most annoying heroes within the present patch?