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Elemental Fury – A guide to playing The Invoker by Amplirage

Written by admin on September 28th, 2008

This guide was created by Amplirage, really good job!

  1. Introduction
  2. Stats
  3. Skills
  4. Item Build
  5. Skill Build
  6. Early Game
  7. Middle Game
  8. Late Game
  9. Conclusion
  10. Comments
The Invoker, his name portrays the raw elemental firepower that this mage can harness. Be it casting devastating spells that turn tables of battles or empowering himself with the fury of the elements, the Invoker is not one to by trifled with. Foes who stand up against him are brought down by his sheer power and combinations of devastating spells capable of destroying even the strongest and toughest warriors. Cowards who run are sent to their makers with a sudden gust of fearsome wind or an explosion of solar radiation. Commanding the power of the elements, Fire, Ice and Lightning, the Invoker brings opponents to their knees in seconds. This hero made his first appearance in DotA some time ago as a very Imbalanced hero. He had a HUGE arsenal of spells at his fingertips. This was good and bad at the same time. Icefrog removed him and promised to remake him. Now, he is back, more balanced but still very powerful. The Invoker is by far one of the most versatile heroes in the game. He can be the team’s DPSer, Caster, Ganker, Pusher, heck, he can tank quite a lot of damage too with his insane hp regeneration. His movement and attack speed can also bee boosted to suit your every need. Last and most important, he has a damage booster that can really turn him into a fearsome DPS caster that can out-match even some of the heroes that were made for DPS themselves. This is all good but there is a catch. Mastering the Invoker takes time, patience and micro skill. Do not get frustrated if you do not get the hang of him at the first few tries. This is what my guide is here for. My aim this time is to unveil the secrets of the Invoker to all players, pro and new players alike. Now, without further ado, I present my guide.

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Kael

Kael – The Invoker

Range: 600 | Move Speed: 280
Primary: INT
Str: 19 + 1.4 | Agi: 20 + 1.9 | Int: 22 + 2.5
Damage: 44 – 50 | HP: 511 | Mana: 286
HP Regen: 0.82 | Mana Regen: 0.89
Attack Speed: 1.42 | Armor: 2

Quas Quas (Q)

Level 1 – 0.75 HP regen per level per instance.
Level 2 – 0.75 HP regen per level per instance
Level 3 – 0.75 HP regen per level per instance
Level 4 – 0.75 HP regen per level per instance
Mana Cost:
Cooldown:

Wex Wex (W)

Level 1 – Gives 2% AS and 1% MS per level per instance.
Level 2 – Gives 2% AS and 1% MS per level per instance.
Level 3 – Gives 2% AS and 1% MS per level per instance.
Level 4 – Gives 2% AS and 1% MS per level per instance.
Mana Cost:
Cooldown:

Exort Exort (E)

Level 1 – 3 damage per level per instance.
Level 2 – 3 damage per level per instance.
Level 3 – 3 damage per level per instance.
Level 4 – 3 damage per level per instance.
Mana Cost:
Cooldown:

Invoke Invoke (R)
Combines the properties of the elements currently being manipulated, creating a new spell at Invokers disposal. The invoked spell is determined by the combination of Quas, Wex and Exort.
Level 1 – 1 Invoke, 30 cd.
Level 2 – 2 Invokes, 25 cd.
Level 3 – 2 Invokes, 12 cd.
Level 4 – 2 Invokes, 5 cd.


Spell Combinations:

Cold Snap (Y)

Key Combo: QQQ + R
Description: Invoker draws the heat from an enemy, chilling them to their very core for up to 6 seconds based on Quas. Any damage taken in this state will briefly stun them for 0.4 seconds and deal 30 damage. Triggers cooldown goes from 0.8 to 0.6 seconds based on Quas.
Cooldown: 20 sec.
Mana Cost: 100


EMP (C)

Key Combo: WWW + R
Description: Invoker builds up a charge of electromagnetic energy at a targeted location which automatically detonates after 2-4 seconds based on Wex. The detonation covers a 700 area, draining up to 400 mana based on Wex. Deals 0.5 damage for each point of mana drained.
Cooldown: 25 sec.
Mana Cost: 125


Sun Strike (T)

Key Combo: EEE + R
Description: Sends a catastrophic ray of fiery energy from the sun at any targeted location after a 1.7 second delay, incinerating all enemies standing beneath it. Deals 75-450 damage based on Exort which is spread over all enemy units within its 200 AoE.
Cooldown: 30 sec.
Mana Cost: 175



Ghost Walk (V)

Key Combo: QQW + R
Description: Invoker manipulates the ice and electrical energies around him, rendering his body invisible. The elemental imbalance created as a consequence slows nearby enemies by up to 40% based on Quas, and Invoker from 30 to 0% based on Wex.
Cooldown: 60 sec.
Mana Cost: 300


Ice Wall (G)

Key Combo: QQE + R
Description: Generates a wall of solid ice directly in front of Invoker for up to 12 seconds. The bitter cold emanating from it greatly slows nearby enemies based on Quas and deals up to 42 damage each second based on Exort.
Cooldown: 20 sec.
Mana Cost: 125


Tornado (X)

Key Combo: WWQ + R
Description: Unleashes a fast moving tornado that picks up enemy units in its path, suspending them helplessly in the air shortly before allowing them to plummet to their doom. Deals 375 damage based on Wex and Quas, with distance up to 3100 based on Wex. Holds enemies in the air for up to 2.2 seconds based on Quas.
Cooldown: 25 sec.
Mana Cost: 150



Alacrity (Z)

Key Combo: WWE + R
Description: Invoker infuses an ally with an immense surge of energy, increasing their attack speed to a maximum of 90% based on Wex and damage up to 80 based on Exort for 6 seconds. Cooldown: 15 sec.
Mana Cost: 50


Forge Spirit (F)

Key Combo: EEQ + R
Description: Invoker forges a spirit embodying the strength of fire and fortitude of ice. Attack range, damage, and life is based on Exort while mana, duration, and armor is based on Quas. The elementals scorching attack is capable of melting the armor on enemy heroes by 1 each hit to a maximum of 10 for 5 seconds. By maxing Quas and Exort, Invoker is capable of creating 2 spirits instead of one.
Cooldown: 30 sec.
Mana Cost: 75


Chaos Meteor (D)

Key Combo: EEW + R
Description: Invoker pulls a flaming meteor from space onto the targeted location. Upon landing, the meteor rolls forward dealing up to 260 damage per sec based on Exort for up to 1550 range based on Wex. Deals minor residual damage to units that get hit.
Cooldown: 70 sec.
Mana Cost: 200


Deafening Blast (B)

Key Combo: QWE + R
Description: Invoker unleashes a mighty sonic wave in front of him, dealing up to 280 damage to any enemy unit it collides with based on Exrot. The sheer impact from the blast is enough to knock those enemy units back for a maximum of 1.75 seconds based on Quas, in addition to preventing their attacks for a further 1-4 seconds based on Wex.
Cooldown: 40 sec.
Mana Cost: 200


Mana Cost: 20/50/80/110
Cooldown: 30/25/12/5
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Skill Build
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Item Build

Item Build:

1.View Details for Power Treads
Power Treads
(1850)
+65 Run Speed
+35% Attack Speed
+10 Selected Attribute
Boots of Speed + Gloves of Haste + Boots of Elvenskin or Robe of the Magi or Belt of Giant Strength + Power Treads Recipe Scroll
2.View Details for Orchid Malevolence
Orchid Malevolence
(5700)
+20 Intelligence
30% increased aspd
+40 damage
+225% mana regen
Soul Burn (active)
3x Oblivion Staff + Orchid Malevolence
3.View Details for Stygian Desolator
Stygian Desolator
(4420)
+60 Damage
Passive: Corruption
-6 Armor to Enemy Target
5 Second Duration
Orb effects do not stack
Mithril Hammer + Mithril Hammer + Stygian Desolator Recipe Scroll
4.View Details for Heart of Tarrasque
Heart of Tarrasque
(5500)
+300 Hit Points
+11 HP/Sec Regeneration
35 Strength
Messerschmidts Reaver + Vitality Booster + Heart of Tarrasque Recipe Scroll
5.View Details for Guinsoo`s Scythe of Vyse
Guinsoo`s Scythe of Vyse
(5900)
+35 Intelligence
+10 Stength
+10 Agility
+200% mana regen
Hex (active)
Mystic Staff + Ultimate Orb + Void Stone + Guinsoo`s Scythe of Vyse Recipe Scroll
6.View Details for Shiva`s Guard
Shiva`s Guard
(4900)
+30 Intelligence
+15 Armor
Freezing Aura
Arctic Blast (active)
Plate Mail + Mystic Staff + Shiva`s Guard

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Early Game

Early Game:

Amp’s Guide To the Invoker

Welcome to my second strategy in this site. If you liked my other guide, Yurnero – King of Blades, then I am sure you will enjoy reading this. WAIT!!. Before you begin reading, read this first, this are merely SOME of the ways to play the Invoker that are appropriate. The item build posted on top is NOT the only item build and make sure you READ THE GUIDE PROPERLY before you make any comments.

Before we start, I would like to introduce you to the Invoker.

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Hero Location

The Invoker is located in the Scourge’s Dusk Tavern as shown in this picture. Pick him by clicking on his icon.

Tavern

Hero Pros and Cons

Every hero has his advantages and disadvantages in the game. Invoker happens to have so many styles of play that he has many many advantages and quite a few disadvantages too.

This is a concise list of the general Pros and Cons of the Invoker

PROS/ADVANTAGES

  • Extremely versatile and can fit in almost any game.
  • Good early, mid, and late game.
  • Rather balanced and all- around.
  • Has the potential to become a very powerful DPSer.
  • Has the potential to become a very powerful Caster.
  • Can push very well with certain combos.
  • Very fun and rewarding to play.
  • Has multiple spells that can be chained into a destructive combo.
  • A great asset in team battles.

CONS/DISADVANTAGES

  • Low hp makes him an easy target.
  • Hard to master, takes time.
  • Requires really really fast fingers.
  • Hard to aim spells to maximum effect.
  • Mostly AOE spells that are easy to dodge.


THE MAIN BUILDS

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By far one of the most used and one of the best builds for him. Combines his abilities that DAMAGE and make him fast. The battle mage is the way to go if you are good at last hitting, farming and avoiding ganks without the use of skills.

Skill Build for BattleMage

  1. Exort
  2. Wex
  3. Exort
  4. Wex
  5. Exort
  6. Invoke
  7. Wex
  8. Exort
  9. Quas
  10. Quas
  11. Invoke
  12. Exort
  13. Wex
  14. Exort
  15. Wex
  16. Invoke
  17. Wex
  18. Exort
  19. Wex
  20. Invoke
  21. Quas
  22. Quas
  23. Quas
  24. Quas
  25. Quas

Notice the weird thing about the Invoker? He has no stats at all, just skills that resemble stats but stack up. That is what is unique about him. What a normal hero would call ’spells’ would be in Invoker’s ultimate skill which is – Invoke.

All that is done and good, but Why? Why did I choose this build? Okay, a few main reasons. Exort is useful throughout the game. Exort early gives you the damage boost you need to last hit, deny AND harrass other heroes with a few well placed hits. View the spell description again for clarification and see that it gives 3 damage per level, per instance. So, what does that mean?

The mechanics of invoker’s spells work like this. He has 3 empty slots for the ‘energy balls’ to go. You can choose from either of the three of his spells to fill up the three empty energy slots. Or you can use the same skill like ‘Exort x 3′ to fill it up. So at level 1 that is 9 free additional damage.

Wex is there for both attack speed and movespeed. Although exort is better for last hitting, when fighting an opponent, wex sometimes comes in handy to land a few extra blows on the opponent. Also, Exort and Wex allows him to tap in to his skills that are his most fearsome branches of his ultimate such as

  • Chaos Meteor
  • EMP
  • Sun Strike

The two levels of Quas early are there for the regeneration for higher lane control and lane staying capabilities. To cut it short, it makes you heal faster. Also, it gives you Deafening Blast which is one of his top disables not only does it deal damage but it can completely disable heroes from attacking.

The Spells that Are Used Mainly in This Build

Chaos

Chaos Meteor

  • Used for farming and stopping massive creep pushes.
  • Meteor now has a longer cooldown and should be used sparingly. This is a recent update by icefrog to lessen the ‘very-frequently-used’ Deafening Blast+meteor combo.
  • Also can be used together with Deafening blast and EMP.
  • Also pushes very well.
  • This skill is one of his main damaging skills as it has a huge aoe.
  • The crater area is where the real damage is. Do not be fooled by the animation.
  • Timing and correct aiming is VERY important as this skill moves extremely slow.
  • Though, the huge aoe(Area of Effect) helps.

Range of Chaos Meteor

Chaos meteor

  • The meteor is used best when other heroes are stuck in between you and and the creeps. Shown in the screenshot below:

Creep usage

  • How else to keep him still besides creeps? To keep him from avoiding it?
  • The answer, my friends, is Guinsoo’s scythe of vyse.
  • Simply hex him and cast the spell.
  • Extremely painful when used right before meteor.
  • How bout without Guinsoo? How can we stop him from running?
  • Fear not, the Invoker comes in built with many disables.
  • Some disables that can be used are: Deafening Blast(most common), Ice wall and Cold Snap.
  • Deafening blast is the easiest to use as you just need to knock them back against a tree line or creeps. Then use Chaos meteor.
  • Ice wall requires proper positioning. Casting it along the path of the fleeing hero is your best bet for success.
  • Cold snap on the other hand, requires you to Hit them. Only by hitting can you disable them multiple times, short periods but they add up.
  • The meteor can also go up and through uneven terrain so you can sneak a cheap shot at the opponents when they are pushing.

Abuse meteor

Application
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Blast

Deafening Blast

  • Deafening blast works as a disable and quite a powerful and reliable nuke.
  • Not only that, it is also an aoe spell and can hit a few heroes if executed properly.
  • That 4 seconds of disable and the slight pushback period can turn the tables in team battles.
  • On top of that, the cooldown is really reasonable.
  • Deafening blast does not need a lot of skill to aim.
  • Just make sure you try your best to disable as many as possible.
  • It is also good to push them back against other units or trees so it works like a stun.
  • It synergises well with your chaos meteor.
  • Simply cast your meteor and then cast Deafening blast.
  • If you are really good at doing it, you should be able to make the deafening blast pushback go WITH the meteor and deal a ton of damage.

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Ice Wall

  • It lasts a whopping 10 seconds.
  • The slow is instantaneus the moment the hero steps into the ice wall.
  • The Ice wall has many uses that are offensive AND defensive.
  • Offensive uses are to block the escape route of opponents. Shown here:

icewall

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  • Ice wall can also save towers:

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EMP

  • EMP is a spell that can break hp and mana.
  • Casted in a team battle, it can deprive your opponents of the mana they need.
  • There are certain techniques of casting it.
  • Casting it into the fog nearby the opponents is a good option.
  • The spell is NOT A CHANNELING SPELL contrary to popular belief.
  • This means that immediately after casting you may attack while waiting for the EMP to charge.
  • While waiting for the EMP to charge, you and your team should try to keep the opponents still and dish out damage to them.
  • EMP can in fact get you a doublekill if you manage to damage two heroes enough before EMP explodes.
  • EMP deals Magical damage which is reduced by the target’s Spell Resistance.
  • The damage, but not the mana drain, is blocked by Spell Immunity
  • The damage is dealt before the mana is lost, so a Skeleton King killed this way can still revive.
  • It now deals half of the mana burned(max200 dmg) and is now used more as a disable than a damager.
  • A triple Wex skill.

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Sun Strike

  • Makes you something like zeus. You can finish off low hp heroes without even being anywhere near.
  • It can be shot ANYWHERE on the map. Explored and unexplored terrain.
  • Estimating the enemy’s movement or next actions is crucial.
  • You only get one shot at it.
  • Sun strike has a duration but IS NOT a spell with a casting duration.
  • You are free to cast it and continue with whatever you are doing.
  • This way, you can participate in team battles without even being in the same lane.
  • Remember, it has a 200 aoe which is reasonable.
  • Watch the MS of the hero first. then estimate. It takes practice and skill.
    • Damage taken by unit in aoe = Damage of Sun Strike/Number of units in 200 aoe
    • Also, you may use the opponent’s creeps against themselves. Cast it in front of them when they are fumbling around their own creeps.
    • If timed correctly after the hero manages to get past his creeps and continue on to base it will hit him full on, alone.

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Early game Items

Here are the starting items for this particular hero build.

Ring of Regeneration Ancient Tango of Essifation
Gauntlets of Ogre Strength Gauntlets of Ogre Strength

Ring of regen and tangoes are the most important as you need to survive in your lane.

Since there have been many concurring item builds for the different heroes, I decided to make a game.

Yes, a game, to satisfy everybody, PICK either 1 of each item. For the Bracer and Null talisman, you may take 2.

Game

  • I take no credit for this ingeneous idea of creating something like this. Though I made this myself.
  • It is an idea from another guide and is particularly useful for heroes who never have the same skill build. For example: Invoker.

The recommended builds from the above game

Recommended. Completed. Dream builds.

Power Treads Stygian Desolator
Guinsoo`s Scythe of Vyse Bloodstone
Radiance The Butterfly
Monkey King Bar Boots of Travel
Eye of Skadi Orchid Malevolence
Linken`s Sphere The Butterfly
Buriza-do Kyanon Heart of Tarrasque
Stygian Desolator Assault Cuirass
Guinsoo`s Scythe of Vyse Power Treads
  • All these builds depend on the games and the situation.
  • Anybody posting their own item builds there that are already here WILL get shot down.
  • Why most of the builds have deso instead of MKB? Read on:

Quote CF[X]:

I will not take into account the ministun on MKB, or the fact that reduced armor also
benefits your creeps. I think of those two, the armor reduction for
allies is the better bonus. An advantage to Desolator.

Now, the calculations. Kael has 2 Bracers and Treads(Str) and is level 16.
The target has 15 armor(Slardar’s reduction rate), so I will multiply by 52.63. For Desolator,
the target will
have 9 armor, so I will multiply by 64.94.

The attack/s done by Kael is:

Deso – (1+.82IAS)/1.42(BAT) = 1.282
MKB – (1+.97)/1.42 = 1.39

General DPS of Kael would be

with Deso – (216)(1.282) = 269 DPS
factoring resistance – 269(64.94)/100 = 175 DPS
factoring price : 175/4420 = 0.04 DPS/Gold

with MKB – (231+30%(100))(1.39) = 361
factoring resistance – 361(52.63) = 190 DPS
factoring price : 190/6400 = 0.03 DPS/Gold

Desolator wins with a 25% benefit
Strategy for Battlemage

  • Ah, so you randomed him eh. Or you picked him..
  • Good choice.
  • If you randomed him, grab a ring and then add tangoes and finally with the spare, get gaunlets.
  • If you picked him, grab a ring of regen and as many tangoes that you can get your hands on.
  • Click here for an amazing creep blocking guide by Caspian.
  • Creep block a lane. Invoker doesn’t have any preferrences in lane.
  • If you have a melee hero who needs to farm give him the sentinel bottom or top lane.
  • Activate Exort three times that would give you +9 damage.
  • Exort is particularly useful early game as you need to last hit effectively to get your disable and ms items asap.
  • Try to get a lane with a disabler.

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Lane scenarios

  1. One melee hero: Easy pickings for a ranged hero like you. Harrass him everytime he ventures a little too far to last hit/deny. Though, be EXTREMELY cautios as most likely after getting harrased a lot he will either call for a lane swap or a gank.
  2. Two melee heroes: Still rather easy if you handle yourself with care and if you are wary of your surroundings. Beware of melee heroes with ranged nukes or stuns such as Leoric or Sven.
  3. One Ranged hero: Both of you will be last hitting and denying as much as possible. Don’t venture forth to harrass him. Just concentrate on last hitting.
  4. Two ranged heroes: Rather dangerous but still playable. Last hit and deny like a pro while staying out of the range of their spells or weapons.

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  • The trick is to play cautiosly, deny and last hit properly.
  • Train on AI or with yourself if you are unsure or unfamiliar with Invoker’s attack animation or damage.
  • Eat trees or stay back a little while staying in range of the creeps if you are damaged.

First Blood

  • Quite possible with invoker especially if you are teamed in the same lane with a disabler or somebody who can summon many units. Try it at level 6 at least.
  • Type “E,W,E” on your keyboard to activate two exorts and one wex. Then press Invoke. Chaos meteor will appear. Memorise the hotkey for Chaos meteor. Then press “EEE” again to maximise damage by summoning exort orbs again.
  • Harrass the opponent as much as you can without forcing him to return.
  • Get your lane partner to stun or disable him.
  • Summon your chaos meteor and hit.
  • This combo will deal a ton of damage to heroes with low hp and will kill them rather easy.
  • The trick is to make the meteor hit just in front of him. NOT ON THE OPPONENT.
  • This will make it roll on him for longer while still letting him eat the damage from the impact.

Balanced build

Also a very useful build that aims to use all his spells to his advantage. This build works toward a better balanced game. The gameplay will be very similar early, mid and late game and the roles of the Balanced build Kael is to push, stop pushes and to gank. He works better in a team rather than going solo.

Skill Build for Balanced

  1. Exort
  2. Quas
  3. Exort
  4. Quas
  5. Exort
  6. Invoke
  7. Wex
  8. Wex
  9. Exort
  10. Wex
  11. Invoke
  12. Quas
  13. Exort
  14. Wex
  15. Quas
  16. Invoke
  17. Exort
  18. Quas
  19. Exort
  20. Wex
  21. Quas
  22. Invoke
  23. Wex
  24. Quas
  25. Wex

Quas earlier on is because it is needed for the regeneration. It is safer than getting Wex early. The one point of wex right after level 6 is so you can use your Chaos meteor.

Exort is taken early because it is needed for last hitting. The excess levels of exort early may not be needed as Kael will mostly be casting while he mantains a reasonable damage.

Spells used mostly in this build

All the spells will be used. Or at least the ones that help push very well. I will list down the spells that are available to Invoker and YOU pick which ones you are inclined to use.

  1. Chaos Meteor(view the Battlemage section for more information on Chaos Meteor)
  2. EMP(view the Battlemage section for more information on EMP)
  3. Ice Wall(view the Battlemage section for more information on Ice Wall)
  4. Deafening Blast(view the Battlemage section for more information on Deafening Blast)
  5. Sun Strike(view the Battlemage section for more information on Sun Strike)

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Freez

Cold Snap

  • Cold snap stuns the enemy multiple times that sort of acts like a slow.
  • It can be used to stop channeling spells(duh).
  • Works well in ganks as many units are hitting the same target.
  • Works well with Radiance as the immolation also can effect it.
  • When to cast Cold snap?
  • Cast it when your lane opponent tries to get a shot at you. This will make your creeps attack him.
  • When they start attacking, cast Cold Snap.
  • Multiple stuns will give you enough time to execute and position a combo or a chaos meteor strike.
  • Not good to be taken early because you don’t have sufficient DPS to activate the stun often.

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Ghost Walk

  • Makes your hero invisible .
  • Slows opponents and Invoker himself
  • The slow on himself can be reduced to nil by increasing Wex
  • Used best in ganks and for escaping ganks.
  • Offensive usage would be to use ghost walk to walk beside the hero and slow him while your team pummels him.
  • Defensive would be to escape by using the invisibility.
  • The only downside is that the slow and the debuff can be clearly seen, making this skill almost worthless as a sneak attack.
  • The ammount of slow is rather irrelevant. But remember it always adds up to 40%, your slow+the opponent’s slow.

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Tornado

Tornado

  • Sweeps up opponents for a certain period, then drops them and deals damage.
  • Tornado is a mass team disable and can help your team position themselves properly such as activate their images or buff themselves.
  • Moves extremely fast and is almost unavoidable in the hands of a pro.
  • Makes sure NOBODY escapes from you.
  • Not much aiming is required as it has an aoe.
  • Used to catch up and damage fleeing enemy heroes. No escape.
  • Has a very high range and can be used on unpathable terrain.

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Forge SPirit

Forge Spirit

  • Forges a spirit to help you battle.
  • The spirits are rather insignificant early game but late…they are MONSTERS.
  • Let me clue you in.
  • With your Quas and exort maxed, Kael can summon 2 spirits.
  • The spirits have 900 range, 900 hp and have a constant 83 damage.
  • Whats more, they stay longer in the battlefield. A whopping 80 seconds!
  • They can also burn armor and that makes these spirits one of the best summons in game.
  • Each hit burns 1 armor from the target, for a maximum of -10 armor.
  • These make him a great asset in team battles.
  • The -armor can really hurt and they can also help kill towers from afar without getting hurt.

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Alacrity

Alacrity

  • Something like Clinkz’s Strafe.
  • It increases a lot of attack speed for no penalty whatsoever.
  • Also increases damage by a lot.
  • Is now a skill that is made from Two Wex and 1 Exort.
  • Activate it during the first clash of team battles to dish out the damage before they start to run or before your team starts getting battered.
  • Alacrity’s recent buff has just improved Invoker’s abilities as a heavy DPS caster and is best used with three exorts as it already gives a additional 90% attack speed bonus.
  • More like Troll Warlord than before, invoker only needs to unleash a disable spell then activate alacrity and hit to his heart’s content.
  • Can also be used to backdoor(not recommended) and to destroy towers extra fast and get the gold.
  • Here are the IAS bonuses:
  • Level of Wex IAS bonus
    1 30%
    2 40%
    3 50%
    4 60%
    5 70%
    6 80%
    7 90%

    Damage bonus(based on exort)

  • Alacrity Damage Bonus Exort Level
    20 1
    30 2
    40 3
    50 4
    60 5
    70 6
    80 7

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Item Builds For Balanced Kael

For clarification regarding Item Game please view the other Item Game in the Battle Mage section.

The item game2

Logical items derived from Game(dream builds)

Boots of Travel Radiance
Bloodstone Mjollnir
Dagon Shiva`s Guard
Boots of Travel Radiance
Eye of Skadi Linken`s Sphere
Guinsoo`s Scythe of Vyse Shiva`s Guard
Power Treads Radiance
Eye of Skadi Satanic
Linken`s Sphere Assault Cuirass
Power Treads Radiance
Orchid Malevolence Shiva`s Guard
Satanic Bloodstone

These are only some of the item builds that can be made. Mix and match and experiement yourself. Remember, for Kael, there is no definite way to play him. Be creative.

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Strategy for a Balanced Kael

  • A balanced Invoker should have a balance between his spells and his DPS.
  • Both are the main factors that make this Invoker strong.
  • This Invoker is great at pushing and very good at ganking.
  • But early game, you may help with ganks but don’t stray too far as you are rather fragile without your powerful disables.
  • Leave the early ganking to people like Nerubian Assasin.
  • Stay in your lane and last hit + deny.
  • Only difference this part from Battlemage is you harrass less.
  • If you do harrass, harrass using spells or a quick shot every now and then.
  • Be extra careful when you do it as you can’t orb walk and this will result in his creeps attacking you when you get in range.
  • Eat trees when low on hp and don’t push yet.
  • Stick to your tower and if you have overpushed past the river, hang back a bit and be wary.
  • NEVER start pushing yet. Defend and only hit to last hit or deny.
  • NEVER auto attack. It is the worst thing you can do.
  • Use your hp replenishing items sparingly as you may let your hp regenerate with the help of the ring.

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Lane scenarios

  1. One melee hero: Easy pickings for a ranged hero like you. Harrass him everytime he ventures a little too far to last hit/deny. Though, be EXTREMELY cautios as most likely after getting harrased a lot he will either call for a lane swap or a gank.
  2. Two melee heroes: Still rather easy if you handle yourself with care and if you are wary of your surroundings. Beware of melee heroes with ranged nukes or stuns such as Leoric or Sven.
  3. One Ranged hero: Both of you will be last hitting and denying as much as possible. Don’t venture forth to harrass him. Just concentrate on last hitting.
  4. Two ranged heroes: Rather dangerous but still playable. Last hit and deny like a pro while staying out of the range of their spells or weapons.

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Goals for Early Game

  • Early game, the goals for BOTH of the build are the same.
  • The goals are to avoid getting killed and giving the other team a first blood.
  • Get the first blood kill for yourself or your teammate.
  • Don’t let them push your first tower.
  • Get your items.
  • Level properly.

Item Goals

Battle Mage

Since the item builds are not SET, you should at least have:

  • Some starting items
  • Ms item of choice(completed or if Travel was chosen, Boots of Speed are acceptable)
  • Halfway or done with Disable items.
  • You may skip the survival items to DPS items if you’re opponents are not immediate threats.

Example:

Power Treads Guinsoo`s Scythe of Vyse
Bracer Ring of Regeneration
Mithril Hammer

Something like this would be a VERY good achievement and you should not be dissapointed if you have anything different.Balanced Invoker

Since the item builds are not SET, you should at least have:

  • Starting items
  • Additional starting items
  • MS items of choice(if Travels was chosen, Boots of Speed are acceptable)
  • Radiance or halfway through.
  • If you are not owning badly, you may lay off Radiance until later and begin with caster items of buff placer items.

Example:

Boots of Speed Ring of Regeneration
Null Talisman Sacred Relic

END OF EARLY GAME. GOOD JOB.

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Middle Game

Mid Game:

Mid Game Transition

  • Okay, so, when are we going to set ‘mid game’ at? What level? When?
  • Usually, it is when the hero gets his second level of ultimate.
  • For Invoker, it is when you begin to get your worth in the team.
  • And when is that? When you get double Invokes.
  • Two invokes means that you can summon two spells without needing to reinvoke them.
  • The transition from Early-mid game will be smooth if you played early game well.
  • Well doesn’t mean that you have to totally OWN and dominate the lane, although it helps. ‘Well’ means that you didn’t feed and managed to assist a kill or two or perhaps score it yourself.
  • These double invokes open up new possibilities. Namely, COMBOS.
  • Combos are combinations of spells used together to devastating effect.
  • They will be discussed later.

Battlemage

Battlemage Strategy

  • So, you chose the battlemage build, now what do we do?
  • The roles of the battlemage is to pay attention to his DPS and some of his caster abilities, yes?
  • So that means he must continue to farm and harrass a little more and this makes his mid game a little delayed.
  • This is the time when you will be needing to be very map aware while you farm. Farm smart, not hard.
  • As this is the regular ganking period for many heroes, don’t push or stray too far from the safety of your tower.
  • Be on your guard at all times and alert your team mates.
  • Even so, there are still many skills and things that can be done during this period, unlike some other late gamer heroes where their mid game is practically the same as their early game.
  • There are a few main combinations that can and are good to be used at this stage.
  • Their main purposes are to earn an entire creep wave or make an enemy hero retreat.
  • Or both at the same time.
  • Quick finger reaction is crucial for Kael.
  • Techniques like luring and baiting will be used against you, be extra cautios against these.
  • These techniques often work on greed so always be wary and don’t stray too far without backup.

Ganking

  • Even though I said as a battlemage we must continue farming for a little longer before going out to gank, it is still possible to do, as long as you have double invokes.
  • Setting up or gearing up for a gank is easy:

Invoke your Chaos Meteor:

Keys: E W E + R(Invoke)

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Invoke Deafening Blast:

Keys: Q W E + R(Invoke)

  • The two icons should appear. Place your fingers on the hotkeys for the icons, not forgetting to press the ALT key.
  • Be careful, when casting a spell, release the ALT key when you press the hotkeys for the spell or the game might issue another command instead.
  • So, lets get down to the ganking…have a partner or two single out a hero who is farming alone and has strayed a little too far for comfort from his tower.
  • Approach him from the trees while your friends follow you or come from the lane.
  • Estimate the creep wave, we do not want to bump into a wave of creeps while ganking, it would alert the victim of your presence and you might be the one getting killed.
  • Approach slowly from the back.
  • Cast Chaos meteor behind him from where you are standing.
  • The moment you see the meteor fly down from the sky, cast Deafening Blast.
  • If timed correctly, the meteor and the pushback from deafening blast will go along with each other.
  • This will result in maximum damage as the meteor’s damage is based on how many seconds the target stays BELOW the meteor.
  • Let us estimate the damage taken by the victim, without factoring in magical resistance:

Let us say we went ganking at level 11:

So we have: 4 levels of Exort

3 levels of Wex

2 levels of Quas

2 levels of Invoke

So now we calculate the damage:
Meteor = 170 D/s, 930 range
Deafening Blast = 160 Damage, 0.5s knockback duration, 2s attack silence
So, factoring in some probable extra stops including player reaction time, creep block:
2.5(170) + 160 + 2s silence = 585 damage with 2s Silence
  • So that ~585 damage with a 2s silence and a 0.5 second knockback duration is extremely devastating to lower hp heroes.
  • That damage has not even been added to your normal attacks that have been buffed with Exort. Remember, you can attack while your spells are rolling over the target.
  • That damage, added with your friend’s spells or attacks will surely be enough to kill most agi or intel heroes.
Combos
  • And Here comes the part which is the most important for the Invoker.
  • Lets discuss the combinations which can be used in this build:
The Meteor Mover
meteorDB
This combination has a devastating AOE effect and can be used against an entire team. It is also one of the most popular combos for Kael. Cast the meteor first. Then before the meteor touches the ground, use deafening blast. As the animation for deafening blast is fast, it will push back the targets at the same rate(or almost) as the rolling of the meteor. Not only does this combo heavily damage the entire opponent team(or most of them), it also can silence their attacks for a maximum of 4 seconds! This combination is often used from behind the opponents as the pushback will also help send them into the waiting arms(or spells) of your allies. The disable time is not only the 4 seconds silence, but is also inclusive of the pushback time where heroes and creeps alike will be pushed back and incapable of doing anything.The damage from thie combo is situational but for maximum effect, it is best done when there are no obstacles BEHIND the target. This allows for maximum pushback and meteor rolling time.
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The Icey Imma-put-you-into-a-refridgerator-and-let-you-die
ChaosIce wall
This combo is not so used but if casted properly, can trap a large number of targets together for them to taste the fiery wrath of the meteor. Although not so effective, it often helps finish off a few fleeing heroes. Cast Ice wall first in the path of the fleeing heroes and then when they are trapped in it, use chaos meteor at such an angle that they get a full roll of the meteor. This is preferrably done from a side angle. I find that this combo can also help my team catch up and corner the enemies.
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The Frostbite
SnapAlacrity
Cast Cold Snap first and then activate alacrity on yourself or your ally. The effect will be almost like perma-bash and there will be almost no escape. For maximum effectiveness, get your exort maxed and activate it three times. Used best with uber damage items and when ganking in a team. Radiance’s sparkles also hurt and help stun the target. Increased AS and increased damage make this combo very spammable.
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The Pulse Stopper
EMPTornado
Widely used to land a successful EMP strike. Since EMP has a charge duration, tornado helps disable the opponents for long enough before EMP explodes. Best used later when skills are maxed to make the space of time for them to escape too small. When wex and quas levels are still rather low, use EMP first and then Tornado. But once you level higher, use Tornado then EMP as EMP charge time gets shorter. The tornado and EMP can be used to disable a team, especially those who have lower mana capacity but rely on some of their spells. Also, helps to stop people from getting away, simply plant the EMP nearby and cast tornado, causing him to take the damage from falling off the tornado as well as the damage from the EMP, also disables many escape spells if they are low on mana. The damage at maximum level is:
375 + 200= 575 spell damage+400 mana burn and 2.2 stun duration
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The ‘I’m Flying!!!’ Combo
TornadoSun Strike
Serioiusly, the ultimate finisher combination if you come to ganks late. Used later once all skills are maxed. Gives the OMG effect. This combo helps people who are not so good at aiming their Sun Strikes a GOOOOOD long time to aim it properly. Since Tornado’s range is a whopping 3100 at max, you can even let your opponents run away and feel safe before unleashing this at them. The execution is simple, cast tornado at the target(target the ground, not the hero) and then cast sun strike at the base of the mini tornado that is suspending the target in the air. Upon landing, they will be in for a nasty shock. Both the damage from the fall and from Sun Strike on them. This will certainly take out heroes who have already been battered in the team battle.
The damage from this combo is as follows(maximum level):
450(sun strike) + 375 (tornado) = 825 DAMAGE!!!!
Now, tell me that won’t kill a fleeing hero on low hp.
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Items Discussion
Okay so we already had a flexible item build, now what items should we be expecting for this stage and what items are more probably to be chosen. Discussions here are not DEFINITE and you may try out the other items if you wish. This section is merely to Help you make a decision on what item to take, You may choose to follow it, or not, it doesn’t matter.
Ok, so probably we’ll discuss the disable items as they are probably the items you will be chosing first:

Guinsoo`s Scythe of Vyse VS Orchid Malevolence

Ah, the Sheepstick vs the Orchid, lets take a look at them:

Price: 5650 VS 5700 Winner = Guinsoo

STATS:

Guinsoo

Gives:
+35 Intelligence
+10 Stength
+10 Agility
+200% mana regen
Hex (active)

Orchid

+20 Intelligence
30% increased aspd
+40 damage
+225% mana regen
Soul Burn (active)

Though I really like guinsoo, the new stats it gives are very little compared to orchid. Since Kael is an intel hero, Guinsoo gives +35 damage while Orchid gives +60 damage. Guinsoo gives 10% IAS whereas Orchid gives 30% IAS. Guinsoo has 10 strength which is rather irrelevant for him but CAN be a bonus since Kael has low hp. Guinsoo also gives a +200% mana regeneration boost whereas Orchid gives a +225% mana regeneration. So in terms of stats,

WINNER = Orchid

ACTIVE SPELL EFFECTIVENESS:

Hex: Turns people into sheep with 100ms , inability to attack and also inability to use spells.

VS

Soul Burn: Silences a unit and makes it take 20% extra damage, lasts 5 seconds.

In terms of disabling quality, guinsoo is better BUT Kael already has enough disable spells..Orchid on the other hand gives only 20% extra damage but the silence is useful especially since it lasts so long.

WINNER: Orchid

PARTS EFFECTIVENESS:

Guinsoo-

Requires:
Mystic Staff
Ultimate Orb
Void Stone
Guinsoo`s Scythe of Vyse Recipe Scroll

Orchid-

Requires:
3x Oblivion Staff
Orchid Malevolence

Orchid does look simpler but the thing is building up the 3 oblivion staffs really take time and space. Guinsoo on the other hand uses parts that are of immediate good use.

WINNER = Guinsoo

DRAW BY RATIO OF 2:2

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Okay, now, next items in line for discussion, survivability items..i’ll pick two and we’ll discuss

Bloodstone VS Linken`s Sphere

Bloodstone vs linkens sphere, the regen+mana item against the spell blocker:

Price: Bloodstone = 5050

Linkens Sphere = 5175

Winner = Bloodstone

STATS

Bloodstone

Gives:
+450 HP
+400 mana
+110% mana regen
+5 HP regen/second
Redemption (passive)

Linkens Sphere

Blocks most targeted spells once every 20 seconds
+6 HP regen/second
+150% mana regen
+15 Agility
+15 Intelligence
+15 Strength

So, Invoker is an intel caster-DPSer in this build. Bloodstone gives +450 hp, something that he really really needs, he has a low str gain. It also gives 400 mana. Linkens on the other hand gives roughly 200 mana. Bloodstone has less mana regeneration than Linkens sphere BUT it can be increased by getting more kills. 5 hp regeneration that can be increased against 6 hp regeneration which is static. I think we know which is better.

Winner = Bloodstone

PASSIVE SPELL

Bloodstone = 2hp/mp regen ps +If the bearer dies, he restores 450 HP/400 Mana to nearby allies. (stack = 40 max)
-The hero gains EXP and vision of the area where he died until he revives.
-Hero will respawn 20% faster and lose 40% less gold.
-If the item has no charges, the on-death bonus will be cut in half.
-Charges are gained/lost by killing heroes/dying.

Linkens Sphere = Blocks most targeted spells once every 20 seconds

Simple as it may sound, Linkens Sphere’s effect which is to block spells every 20 seconds is unimaginably good. Especially VS a team of nukers. It is also good for 1v1 battles. But, unfortunately, Kael is an AOE team hero which will serve better with Bloodstone. If he dies, his team can continue to own or will get a boost and just enough hp/mp to flee.

Winner = Bloodstone

PARTS EFFECTIVENESS

Bloodstone -

Requires:
Soulbooster
Perseverance

Linkens Sphere -

Requires:
Perseverance
Ultimate Orb
Linken`s Sphere Recipe Scroll

I would say Bloodstone’s items are more effective and useful as it has soulbooster. Soulbooster increases what Kael needs, his hp and mana to use his combos effectively. Also, Bloodstone does not require any recipe scroll and ALL the ingredients can be taken without ever needing to return to base. Isn’t that great?

Winner = Bloodstone

OVERALL WINNER BY RATIO OF 4:0 – BLOODSTONE

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Now lets take a look at the buff placer of choice:

Stygian Desolator VS Eye of Skadi

The classic battle between desolator and Skadi. Lets take a look at their differences and their advantages on the Battle Mage Kael.

Price: desolator – 4420

eye of skadi – 6650
Winner = desolator

STATS

desolator

+60 Damage
Passive: Corruption
-6 Armor to Enemy Target
5 Second Duration

eye of skadi

+200 Hit Points, +150 Mana
+25 to All Attributes
Passive: Frost Attack
-20% Attack Speed
-30% Run Speed
2 Second Duration for ranged heroes, 3 seconds for melee heroes

Stats wise, eye of skadi is MUCH better than desolator. Look, desolator gives raw damage and negative armor while skadi gives 200hp, 150 mana, 25 to all attributes! And a frost attack. But…remember, this is the BattleMage build. What is the main focus of the BattleMage build may I ask? To be a caster+DPSer.. and what better DPS than 60 damage and armor reduction that makes your other DPS items’ damage more painful? There you have it, desolator is better for this build while EoS is better for a balanced Kael..

Winner = desolator

BUFF

desolator

Passive: Corruption
-6 Armor to Enemy Target
5 Second Duration

eye of skadi

Passive: Frost Attack
-20% Attack Speed
-30% Run Speed
2 Second Duration for ranged heroes, 3 seconds for melee heroes

Aha so its negative armor vs the frost attack. Negative armor looks simple, but simplicity is often the best weapon. View Caspian’s awesome walkthrough on armor reduction here:

http://www.dotastrategy.com/forum/ftopic12672.html

So if we use his formula it adds ~31% extra damage which is a helluva pain in the ass. Eye of Skadi on the other hand slows the opponent. Useful for chases but thats about it. The negative attack speed is usually too small to notice. Good to keep heroes in place while using your meteor and other spells.

Winner = desolator

PARTS EFFECTIVENESS

desolator

Mithril Hammers x2

Desolator Recipe Scroll

eye of skadi

Ultimate Orb
Ultimate Orb
Point Booster
Eye of Skadi Recipe Scroll

Ultimate orbs and the point booster are really a big help in terms of survivability and ability to cast spells but still, desolator’s ingredients which are mithril hammers provide great damage-per-gold benifits(meaning its really cheap for the amount of damage it gives) and certainly is the item for a DPS build.

Winner = desolator

OVERALL WINNER BY A RATIO OF 4:0 = DESOLATOR

More item discussions may be added if requested by a certain ammount of people, for now, this will do.

Combo Usage:

Okay so you know the Theoratical application of the combos, but now here is where it is truly explained. Here are only SOME of the situations that they can be applied on. It’s flexible and can be applied to similar situations. Be creative, it is rewarding.

The Meteor Mover
meteorDB
And so here are real life situation that this move is applied:
  • Your team isn’t pushing well, you’re desperately defending your middle lane while your allies fight to keep the huge buffed creeps from destroying your last towers in top and bottom lane. The middle lane’s defences are also dropping as a few heroes from the opposing team are pushing hard, hoping to end the game soon. They finally break one tower and you’re on your own, they are coming to your final tower. Merely 200 range away from your tower. What to do? Cast the Meteor Mover combo. DB + Meteor will be able to disable and damage the push force of the opponents for enough to buy your tower some time. At this time your team mates will probably be able to come to the scene and finish off the rest.
  • Your team is pushing hard and are about to break in and destroy the base, suddenly, a force of Heroes and Creeps appear out from nowhere(thanks to the massive teleport of Pit Lord and Broodmother’s underlings). They are all around the same level as your team and you know their heroes have very powerful combos. What to do? Cast Meteor Mover. Not only will the spells damage them, it will also disable their team for long enough for your team to make a decision, to attack or to flee.
Meteor
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The Icey Imma-put-you-into-a-refridgerator-and-let-you-die
ChaosIce wall
  • Your team has managed to kill off most of the opponent team, leaving perhaps 2 heroes, they are fleeing back and your team can’t possibly catch up to them. You came late and manage to get in the path of the fleeing heroes. Cast the combo and you can be sure, if they are on low hp, they will die to your meteor or to your team who are hot on their heels.
  • Your team is running away, retreating after being ambushed and now only two of you are left, running back to sent base in the middle lane. There are a few heroes chasing the both of you and your ally is on red hp. There is a huskar and naix both on low hp chasing you too. What to do? Cast the combo. Not only will you hinder their progress, you also might score a kill..or two..doublekill!
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The Frostbite
SnapAlacrity
  • You and your allies decide to gank an opponent. You can see that the hero already knows that you are planning a gank. You are already there in the bushes but your allies haven’t reached yet. You see him running back to base. Run out from the bushes and cast Cold Snap on him while casting Alacrity on yourself. If all goes well and he doesn’t use any disables on you, you will be able to perma-bash(almost) him. Giving a space of 6 seconds for you to kill him yourself or await your allies.
  • You and your allies gank someone. You have Troll Warlord on your team. He has already activated his ulti. What to do? Cast Frostbite on the opponent and alacrity on him, Giving him optimum IAS to bash and quickly kill the victim.

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The Pulse Stopper
EMPTornado
  • Your entire team is dead, they enemies are closing in on you, fast, cast the Pulse Stopper combo to damage them and drain their mana enough for them to turn back. If they continue chasing, activate deafening blast and unleash it on them.


  • The entire enemy team is running away on similar low hp. Your team is chasing but can’t catch up, what to do? Cast the combo. Cast the EMP in front of them, preferrably.

EMPnado

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The ‘I’m Flying!!!’ Combo
TornadoSun Strike
  • You’re being chased by a low hp intel hero. He obviously thinks you will not be able to dish out a huge ammount of damage as he is on half hp chasing you. Use the combo. Insta Kill.

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Roles to be Played

  • Okay so you’re now all set and ready for action, you have to have an inventory that looks vaguely, most likely less, like this or with similar items(refer to item game):

Example:

Boots of Speed Orchid Malevolence
Stygian Desolator Point Booster
Vitality Booster
  • And so..now we can get kicking.
  • What should we do first? Combo or hit?
  • Of course, since you ARE a Battlemage, you only use your combos to initiate, or to end your assault on the victim.
  • Who to choose? What hero is the right size for us?
  • Usually, people would ask you to go for the low hp agi heroes right?
  • They are merely snacks compared to the damage Kael can lay.
  • He can easily lay waste to other stronger heroes like tanks and such.
  • If everybody goes for those low hp agi/intel chars, who is gonna do the biggies like leviathan?
  • The answer is – YOU.
  • Why? Why you, you ask?
  • Well, the answer is simple, you pack massive firepower as well as massive attack power.
  • If things go wrong, you can always switch to using your spells.

Skill Build Clarification

Levels 11-20

Invoke

Exort

Wex

Exort

Wex

Invoke

Wex

Exort

Wex

Invoke

As you can see we are still maxing out wex and Exort ASAP to increase your potential late game. The Invokes are there to provide a backup source of damage.
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Balanced

Here, combos are more crucial for you and I will Impart some of my knowledge of the combos combined with items.

Balanced Build Strategy

  • After early game, the Balanced Kael is ready to rip.
  • These items(or other items similar to this, view the item game) should be useful:
Radiance Boots of Travel
Dagon Energy Booster
  • The difference in this build compared to the BattleMage is that you continually harrass the living daylights out of your lane opponent using spells.
  • Keep them at bay with chain casting.
  • The item requirements for him to own are not much.

Ganking

  • Ganking, its very easy especially with good team mates with disables.
  • Be prepared to chain your disables, requires fast fingers.
  • Setting Up:

CHOOSE COMBO

Look at Battlemage Section for more information on combos to choose.

For the Invoker, hotkeys are the key to executing good combos.

Here are some that I thought would help:

qwe

NewEmp Setup

DB

nado setup

sun strikestup

meteor setup

icewallsetup

ghostwalksetup

forgespiritsetup

coldnsapsetup

Alacrity

Item + Skill Combos

  • And so after covering some of the finer points of combos, we move on, to the next level!
  • Item + Skill combos.
  • Now it gets fun, interesting but tricky.
  • Depending on the items chosen, here are a few combos that are more suited for this stage of the game:
meteorDBGuinsoo`s Scythe of Vyse
  • This Combo hurts like a bitch.
  • Really fast fingerwork is needed. And I mean REALLY FAST.
  • I find that if you know the hotkeys for the two skills, it is acceptable if you click on the guinsoo icon to cast.
  • Or you could use the hotkey, depending on the item slots.
  • Cast Guinsoo after using the Deafening blast and Meteor combo to further disable him.
  • This allows you to prepare another combo or just activate Alacrity and crush him.
  • Also in hex form(sheep), the target moves slower, making it easier to cast the combo, without missing.
  • Hexed target cannot cast spells or activate most abilities. Also are unable to attack
meteorDBOrchid Malevolence
  • Also hurts to no end. Though not as painful, it silences for a long period.
  • Cast the Soul Burn on him first before executing the ordinary Meteor + DB combo.
  • Also, we might be able to skip the DB.
  • Some newer players would freak out when they see Soul Burn casted on them.
  • The meteor usually finishes off opponents who flee as when they flee, they are fleeing directly with the damage path.

Dagon

  • This can be used as a finisher for any combo.
  • Although i’m not a fan of this item, I have seen it work quite well.
  • DO NOT UPGRADE
  • For an extra 400 damage you will be paying more than a Divine Rapier!
Farming with skills:
  • Risky as if noticed, the opponents may gank you, knowing you no longer have any skills to use on them.
  • BUT..the rewards are tremendous, even more than killing a hero or two.
  • One Chaos Meteor has enough damage to kill an entire creep wave with full hp.
  • Use it sparingly and you may alternate between using the meteor and using the Deafening Blast.
  • Meteor is best used when a few creep waves have converged to form a huge wave.
  • A single meteor destroys all, raking in ALL the gold for yourself.
Item Expectations(both builds):
Battlemage:
  • Complete MS items.
  • Complete DPS items.
  • Complete Disable items
  • Complete(or almost complete) survivability items.
Example:
Boots of Travel Stygian Desolator
Orchid Malevolence Bloodstone
Balanced Kael:
  • Complete pusher item(radiance)
  • Complete Caster item
  • Complete MS items
  • Complete survivability items.
Example:
Boots of Travel Radiance
Bloodstone Guinsoo`s Scythe of Vyse
END OF MID GAME. GOOD JOB.
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Late Game

Late Game:

Late Game Transition

And so we enter late game. Invoker’s playstyle changes here.

  • From ganking and supporting pushes in mid game,
  • To Killing and hardcore pushing in late.
  • Now the difference between the two Invoker builds really shows.
  • Battlemage kills off the opponent team with the other DPSers while other team mates like pushers, push to win the game.
  • Balanced who is more of a caster on the other hand, pushes hard and fast to finish the game, spamming spells every few creep waves and amassing his own creeps.
  • Combos of combos or ‘Chain combos’ are used here by both builds as this is the speciality of invoker.
  • The caster uses it most of the time.
  • The Battlemage uses it occasionally when the rest of the team are already pummeling the opponents.
  • Other skills that weren’t as useful early-mid gleam towards late game as levels increase.
  • Opponents get harder to take down with simple combos.

battlemage

  • Your hard work early on starts to pay off as you approach the late game.
  • Your superior DPS starts to work its wonders and you can start to stop farming and concentrate on opponents.
  • Map awareness is still crucial at this stage as the DPSers will be out Hunting.
  • Although rather capable of handling them in 1 to 1 situations, you wouldn’t want to be caught by a huge fat Ursa warrior with 3 hearts and a Bone with a Divine Rapier would you?
  • We start to delve further into the mysteries and the benifits of using combinations when we learn the art of chaining combos and start using the spells that were less effective in the early – mid game when damage was low.

Mini Sun Strike guide

  • Sun strike, is just like Zeus’ ultimate.
  • Only difference is it deals the damage in a certain AOE chosen by the Invoker.
  • This makes it tricky to cast and hit the opponent.
  • Though this is the case, Icefrog was kind enough to allow it to be an AOE spell with a reasonable AOE which gives us a margin for error.
  • Sun strike has a 200 AOE and takes a lot of practice to master.
  • The main tip and point you must ALWAYS remember when using sun strike is:
  • PREDICT THE NEXT MOVE OR PATH OF YOUR TARGET.
  • It is as easy as that.
  • Or is it? here is a screenshot I managed to get and edit:

sun strike

Please do take note that there is a 2 second charge time before sun strike blasts the area.

  • During this period YOU ARE NOT CHANNELING IT.
  • Feel free to move around and attack or cast other spells.
  • Another way to do this estimation if your instincts aren’t yielding good results is to use mathematics.

This method is used more for logical thinkers and is usually more accurate but slower.

1ms = 1 pixel moved per second.

So we can conclude from this that a 300ms hero moves 300ms per second.

So how do we estimate how many pixels?

This is 100 pixels:

pixels

and notice that 100 pixels is about 2cm in length.

Situation:

We have a 360ms hero running away in a straight line to his base, calculate how many cm in front of him do we need to plant sun strike assuming that the charge time is 2 seconds.

360ms x 2seconds = 720 pixels

Since the hero will be about 720 pixels ahead, how many cm approximately do we

plant our Sun Strike?

720/100 = 7.2

7.2 x 2cm as each 100 pixels is approximately 2cm.

~ 14.4cm in front of fleeing hero.

Personally, I still prefer to use instincts but if you continuously miss and you are planning to use Sun Strike repeatedly on a certain hero, you can calculate.

Wex or Exort?

  • There is a slight debate on whether to get Wex or Exort later game.
  • Although exort is very lethal early on, towards late there are possibilities that it loses its power.
  • Let us make a mock up hero to test this fact.
Hero has:
200% attack speed
100 attack damage
1.7 base attack speed per second
A period of 1 second is allocated to check how much damage exort and wex deals.
Exort Maxed:
163 damage
3.4 attacks per second
DAMAGE = 554.2
Wex Maxed:
100 damage
4.114 attacks per second
DAMAGE = 411.4
  • Do we prove that exort is better than wex in this test? YES.
  • BUT that is not the case.
  • WEX AND EXORT ARE EQUAL AND DEPENDS ON THE ITEMS THAT ARE TAKEN
  • Say you take higher damage items, wex would be the best choice to use.
  • If you take attackspeed items, Exort is the way to go.
Strategy
  • During this stage of the game your task is to destroy the enemy heroes while your team pushes.
  • Beware that your hp is still very low compared to others.
  • After finishing off your opponents you can proceed to killing towers and the enemy barracks and unit producing buildings.
  • Remember to push evenly from all sides to make your team less predictable.
  • End the game ASAP.
A thing or two on combos
  • Chaining combos together now is easier to do as you have the mana pool to support it.
  • These are called chain combos.
  • Although it is generally not for the BattleMage to use, here is one that can be used.
Meteor Mover + ‘I’m flying’ combo
View the mid game section for more information on these combos.
  • This Chain Combo is really something that not everybody can do.
  • Requires extremely fast fingers.
  • Cast Meteor Mover first to damage or make them flee
  • Finish off with the I’m flying combo to get a doublekill or triplekill.
  • Best used in team battles as all the spells used are AOE
  • Nothing much left to say here, follow the basic guides for the combos on their own and you should be fine.
  • Remember that the range of the tornado is very huge and that sun strike can hit even in teh fog.
forgespirit
Forge Spirits
  • By forging spirits you can take down towers and heroes much easier.
  • I mention them now as they get strong, really strong at this stage.
  • They have a whopping 900 range and this makes them capable of staying out of sight in the battlefield and yet lend a helping hand.
  • By max level they have the damage of an ordinary hero, which makes them a great asset to the team.
  • Remember at later levels you will summon two of them instead of the regular one.
Frostbite

alacrity+cold snap

  • Freeze + alacrity gives you almost a sure kill on an opponent if you have your DPS items.
  • Cast alacrity on self first before Cold Snap to maximise cold snap time.
  • Simple enough, all extra info is in mid or early game.
  • Best used on a single hero when ganking or solo.
  • Spammable for harrasing and hero killing. Good to be used everytime.
Roshan
  • Best done as a team because even now you are weaker than most heroes in terms of strength.
  • Take the Aegis for yourself as you are more fragile than other team mates.
  • Don’t use any spells on him, use your attackspeed and damage.
  • Alacrity can be casted on self.
ITEMS EXPECTED
  • MS item of choice
  • Disable item of choice
  • Survivability item of choice
  • Buff placer item of choice
  • DPS item of choice
  • building IAS item of choice.
Example:
Boots of Travel Orchid Malevolence
Stygian Desolator Radiance
Quarterstaff Bloodstone

Example of dream build:

Boots of Travel Guinsoo`s Scythe of Vyse
Eye of Skadi Linken`s Sphere
Buriza-do Kyanon The Butterfly

Balanced

  • Your role turns from being a ruthless caster attacker into a ruthless pushercaster.
  • So the only difference is that we push like mad now and end the game here or before we even reach late game.

EMP

  • Here are some suggestions of where to put EMP.
  • Why put this here?

EMP gets more powerful and capable of disabling during this stage, making it a formidable weapon in team battles.

EMP placing:

EMP up slope

In trees or fog for opponents

Emp trees

Chain Combos

The Meteor Mover
meteorDB
The Pulse Stopper
EMPTornado
  • First cast the regular Meteor Mover combo and move forward, closing in on the opponent.
  • Before the opponent stops moving completely,  cast EMP.
  • Immediately cast tornado.
  • As the EMP’s charge time gets less than tornado’s air time, cast tornado first and then EMP.
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The Icey Imma-put-you-into-a-refridgerator-and-let-you-die
ChaosIce wall
The Frostbite
SnapAlacrity
Cast Cold Snap first and then activate alacrity on yourself or your ally. The effect will be almost like perma-bash and there will be almost no escape. For maximum effectiveness, get your exort maxed and activate it three times. Used best with uber damage items and when ganking in a team. Radiance’s sparkles also hurt and help stun the target.
  • After the meteor and the icy effect are over, cast ‘The Frostbite’
  • Always remember, Alacrity yourself and then use Cold Snap.
  • Other info is available in early-mid game.
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Meteor Mover + Orchid
meteorDBOrchid Malevolence
The ‘I’m Flying!!!’ Combo
TornadoSun Strike
  • By far one of the highest damage combos.
  • If the Meteor Mover Combo+ Orchid doesn’t work.
  • Finish off with the I’m Flying.
  • Very mana costly.
Retreating
  • By now, your wex will have a significant enough effect on your MS.
  • Activate it three times and run straight for base.
  • Take note that when activating wex or any other skill you will stop and you will have to click again to continue.
Strategy
  • Finish off the game as soon as possible, if even possible it should not even have reached late game.
  • Watch out for ganks and push with team mates, not solo unless the creeps are near your tower.
  • Take down towers together and push hard from all angles.
  • Try to be unpredictable in your pushes.
  • Not much strategy here, just stick together and push. Remember that.
  • Don’t forget to apply what you have learnt in the early and mid game section.
Items Expected
  • Ms item of choice
  • Push item of choice
  • Survivability item of choice
  • Buff placer of choice
  • Caster item of choice
Example:
Orchid Malevolence Eye of Skadi
Radiance Boots of Travel
Bloodstone
Example of a dream build:
Eye of Skadi Dagon
Boots of Travel Heart of Tarrasque
Radiance Shiva`s Guard
FINISHING OFF
  • With a final mighty push, you do not need to get mega creeps.
  • Get all your team mates to push(usually mid)
  • Push though the entire base and win the game.
  • It is not wise to drag any games.
END OF LATE GAME.
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Other stuff

Conclusion:

To conclude this strategy, here are some of the weaknesses and good allies of both types of the Invoker

battlemage

These heroes aren’t really weaknesses but they are heroes to watch out more of.

Combo heroes that deal very high damage in a short span of time:

  • Nukers

Lina Inverse - The SlayerBoush - The TinkerZeus - Lord of OlympiaRylai Crestfall - The Crystal MaidenPuck - Faerie DragonRhasta - The Shadow ShamanKrobelus - The Death ProphetAnub`arak - The Nerubian AssassinVol`Jin - The Witch DoctorRotund`jere - The NecrolyteAtropos - The Bane Elemental

  • DPS Harrasers

Viper - The NetherdrakeBone Clinkz - The Bone FletcherLesale Deathbringer - The VenomancerGondar - The Bounty Hunter

  • Killing Combos

Pudge - The ButcherLucifer - The Doom Bringer

ALLIES

Generally, good aoe heroes and disablers.

Darchrow - The EnigmaRaigor Stonehoof - The EarthshakerAzgalor - Pit LordCrixalis - The Sand KingJakiro - The Twin Head DragonRooftrellen - The Treant ProtectorLeviathan - The TidehunterMagnus - The Magnataur

Balanced

Be wary of:

  • Spell blockers/silencers

N`aix - The LifestealerBalanar - The Night StalkerLucifer - The Doom BringerNortrom - The SilencerRikimaru - The Stealth Assassin

  • 1 vs 1 heroes

Yurnero - The JuggernautUlfsaar - The Ursa Warrior

  • Most of the heroes stated for battlemage.

Solution:

There is a simple solution to these problems regarding high damage dps hereos or comboers.

Don’t let them farm AND harrass them with spells. Also, get your survivability items without delay.

Author’s Comments

I would like to say this has been a great learning experience for me. I hope I have helped dotastrategy and its residents in this guide to learn how to master Kael. Spent more than 10 hours on this guide and got feedback from many sources. Good Luck and don’t hesitate to PM me any questions regarding Invoker or any donations.

FAQ section will be added when I pick a few good questions.

CREDITS

  • WWW.Dotastrategy.com for all the facilities.
  • Drew, the mods for sieving through the strategies.
  • Orochi for his idea of a warning message and keeping my from dying of boredom when doing the strat.
  • Caspian for his armor-reduction walkthrough and creep blocking guide.
  • Ghost for helping me with the strat and his amazing misc guides.
  • CounterForce[X] who is currently away until December for helping with calculations.
  • Shimrra_3 for helping out by giving a link to some feedback.
  • Dohyun for giving me a good amount of feedback.
  • DrifterZ for helping me realise a mistake I had made.
  • WWW.Dotaportal.com for amazing guides there and some tips used.
  • All the others that might have slipped my mind, THANK YOU(PM me if i forgot to put your name)
  • Folechno, who gave me the longest Comments and Suggestions I know of, helped me realise mistakes and revise my guide. Some of the changes suggested will be implemented when I have time.
  • Greater bash for viewing and giving feedback.

PROGRAMS USED

  • Adobe Photoshop CS2
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Internet Explorer
  • My trusty computer.

WITH THIS, I END MY GUIDE. GOOD LUCK DOTA-ing ~~~~ Amplirage

5 Comments so far ↓

  1. May
    9
    2:54
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    frostman

    well.. great.
    i’ve always being GODLIKE with these stuffs..
    BoT
    Vanguard
    Dagon Lv 4
    Guinsoo
    Shiva’s guard
    With my Skills:
    Chaos Meteor
    Ice Wall
    Give me an e-mail at darkice_dark@yahoo.com
    thanks.

  2. Jun
    16
    10:50
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    Arthur Mc Kuntucky

    Very good post really helped me..

  3. Jun
    23
    10:29
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    frank

    looks like you made a masterpiece guide to invoker

  4. Nov
    25
    8:00
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    Mickey

    I think it is very nice guide.
    But i don’t like invoker(Kael).

  5. Mar
    25
    3:14
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    asshole

    nc guide but 4 me balanced build is the best!!!

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