DC/abandon and get hours played/games played debuff rather than just time elapsed. A real penalty you can't just wait off and have no way of getting around. They only risk people afking through the debuff games, but they can just flat out ban people who try to get around punishments like that.
I used to play Doomy as nuker support, and now I realize that its not as good of a build as Devour/Scorched Earth. With Phase boots and scorched earth, people can't really outrun you, and devour+easy farming hero = quick radiance, especially if you get in some good ganks on Doom's lane. Radiance and Scorched earth give a TON of early dps and he can pick up crit from eating a creep. I almost don't even level LVL death anymore. It's too unreliable. Yeah, there are sometimes where its like a 500 damage nuke, but a lot of the time it is a mediocre one, and its a lot of wasted carry potential. Though, because of his lack of armor I usually pick up a medallion or an early chainmail to make into a blademail, because he is squishy as all hell. (like 0 base armor...)
Yeah I've actually been randomed Alchemist twice in the past 2 days (I've started randoming every game). One of my friends is convinced he is the worst hero in the game because of the way his stun can backfire, and I'm sure I've already talked about it in this thread. I was actually thinking that armlet is probably ridiculous on him, considering his ult gives a shit ton of health and health regen. I'm thinking from now on I'll probably go Armlet - Vlads - Halberd/Basher on him. I really like how good of a farming hero he is, and how good Acid Spray is. It does suck that his stun can backfire so easily (any long duration silence kinda shits on you) but eh, his other skills are really strong in my opinion.
Get blink or lothar's as with any other positional hero. Both give you the ability to guarantee your stun hits something.
Alch also meshes really with with attack speed and bash, you can get his level 3 ultimate down to .3 attack speed which will pretty much stunlock anything. Alchemist can take on carries easily, people who think he's bad are bad. He can pull two or thee jungle camps at once and clear them all instantly and farm lanes from extreme range and safety...really can't stop a good Alch player from getting items and he is scary once he has them. Alch mid > radiance > tank used to be quite common.
q is acid
w is stun
e is greed
r is Chem Rage.
1-6 - q/w/e/qq (or q/w)/r
7-11 - w(q)/q(w)/ww/e/r
The last game I played as him I got Mjollnir, Abyssal Blade, Phase boots, and was working towards a Halberd. (They had a drow and jugg carrying. Was trying to stunlock Jugg and disarm her.) His stun is amazign for chasing, but it seems like if you start casting, and Tidehunter blinks in and ults, you kinda just get screwed and nuke yourself if you can't get it off in time. I did lane with a buddy who was Tide though, and let me tell you, one of the funniest lanes ever.
It was me and him top against Brood solo lane, who rushed a soul ring to spam spiders. This brood must not have realized every spider gives a tick of goblins greed, and that even invisible they take damage from acid. I had like 4 minute phase boots because Tide used his first 200g on sentries, and we gush/acid combo'd brood to death and I killed every single one of her like 10 spiders, plus 2.5 creepwaves, and got the kill on her. Stopping an early game push gives him so much money. Acid makes farming SO easy, especially with a quelling blade, and he is so good against any hard pusher hero like Prophet or Brood. I love how much gold he gets and how well he scales, because of his ult's attack speed increase. A very fun hero, but is Lothar's really worth it just to try and get stuns off? I figured the problem was team comps. For instance, if we had a great initiator, I coulda thrown the stun during the initial chaos of them all running from SK/being stunned by Tide/etc.
Last edited by Valedus; 2012-08-23 at 11:33 PM.
Edit: http://dotaholic.com has pretty nice coverage of your stats too.
Last edited by eemuman; 2012-08-24 at 02:57 AM.
Some guy on Reddit was basically doing the Dota equivalent of armory trolling me because I told him Eul's is a core item on AA. It's reasonably priced at 2800 gold and provides everything AA needs besides health; mana, mana regen, a way to guarantee Cold Feet procs, and movement speed for positioning.
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More hilarity from Reddit that a buddy linked to me:
The main link is to https://dotabuff.com/matches/35184660
Basically, the guy playing Anti-Mage queued with two of his clanmates - said it's a "very high" skill game - and they lost the game. Despite making some pretty horrible mistakes (30 CS at 17 mins, damage items instead of Perseverance first for bfury, getting bfury instead of vanguard in a difficult game), he pretty much tries to make everything out to be the fault of the two pubs, ES and AA.
People on Reddit call him out on his behavior and he runs from the thread he made like his feet are on fire and he's afraid his ass is catching.
Before he left he did make a response saying that the lanes were ES+AA top versus PA+Rhasta, SD+AM mid versus Invoker+KOTL, and PL solo bot versus solo bot Axe.
Soloing any melee hero versus Axe is probably a bad idea, so that obviously means PL is going to lose his lane. But why would you run ES and AA together in a lane? Though, really, if it was an AP game (assuming it was), why would you pick AM and PL in the first place? If they'd have picked Lycan or Enigma (or maybe even Profit), it'd basically be a guaranteed win against the enemy team's lineup.
I agree that Eul's is situational on most heroes, but it feels like it should be core on AA in every situation unless you absolutely must have the Force Staff first. Ideally you get both, but I'm guessing that might not be possible in games that end in 35 mins or don't have a lot of assists for you to milk money out of.
Also, in dota assist gold is based on proximity with a few exceptions. If an enemy dies near you, you will always get assist gold regardless of whether or not you contributed in any way. The assist stat tracker people sometimes blame for inaccuracy is there just for the purpose of tracking assists, it has no effect on your gold income and whether or not you're getting assist rewards.
stats: 10int same as force staff, mana regen is nice but force staff + sobi mask should should be sufficient, bonus MS is meh
I like to stay behind my team to make it easier to land ult as "point blank" is hard to aim properly (also im always getting stuned after casting 1st projectile or im dead before i can even do it) and AA is soo squishy so going 1st to land cyclone cold feet combo is not a good idea
its a decent item but as i said force staff is always good choice while i consider buying euls only when im getting good gpm to counter sand king ult (and similar aoe spells)
or my team already bought more than 2 force staffs
On the other hand, I like that having Eul's basically guarantees about 6 full seconds of disables on a single target from a single person on the team. You do lose some damage, but Cold Feet's damage is piss-poor anyway (75 damage per sec for 4 sec, before MR) and I don't think I've ever used it for the damage portion rather than the potential stun. Depending on timing, they've got about 0.5-1.0 sec to move 740 units away from the initial CF point, which doesn't seem likely if you stacked your W in there for the slow and they don't have something like a blink or force staff to bail out.
Makes sense. I know I've received gold for just being nearby when someone died; I guess that's because the assists tracker doesn't seem to count it as an assist unless you actually caused damage to them, so you'd have supports running around trying to get autohits in to ensure they get assist gold otherwise. Does causing damage to the target increase the amount of assist gold earned?Also, in dota assist gold is based on proximity with a few exceptions. If an enemy dies near you, you will always get assist gold regardless of whether or not you contributed in any way. The assist stat tracker people sometimes blame for inaccuracy is there just for the purpose of tracking assists, it has no effect on your gold income and whether or not you're getting assist rewards.
I don't really consider the 30 ms to be negligible, though, and it's one of the reasons I'd actually call Eul's better than FS on AA unless your team really needs that FS. Combined with Tranquil Boots (my boots of choice for almost every ranged support except Windrunner and Shadow Demon), AA will float around at 405 ms, which is quite a bit more than most carries (who usually have Treads) and it's not often the boots break since AA has excellent range on all of his spells and thus can safely stay in the back.
Obviously that extra ms won't do anything if you get jumped on, while FS might get you out, but at the same time, you can CF an enemy and then Eul's yourself, which gives your team 2.5 sec to at least get into position if they can't save you, and forces the enemy to either run quite a distance away to break the CF or eat a 3.5 sec stun.
I can see where you're coming from, though.
Last edited by PizzaSHARK; 2012-08-24 at 11:57 AM.
As for AA, atos > euls
Cyclone and your cold feet does zero damage. Atos accomplishes the same thing but they still lose 400 health in the process and are attackable the entire time. Atos also gives you health.