Originally Posted by MX2000
I personally think Medusa is a very hard hero to play effectively. You need to be very good at last hitting to utilize her potential. Linken's is obviously great for survival, but doesn't add much damage. Snake is an excellent in lane harassing/farming tool.
To be honest, most hero's need excellent last hitting to be utilized properly, her animation is not extremely terrible so is not that hard.
Linken's is an effective item, but I don't particularly enjoy the low damage.
I find a bfury to work wonders, but for 675 more I could have an early Orchid.
Orchid you say?
- +20 Int, Medusa is helped immensely by a large mana pool for tanking
- +225% mana regen, this is 75% more than linkens/bfury, more snake, more tank
- +30 attack speed, allows you to get your damage out faster
- +45 damage, this is 20 less than bfury, but with the 30% attack speed..
- Soul Burn, a 5 second pseudo-disable and damage amp, yes please.
The only thing missing is the 6 hp/s regen of bfury/linkens, Linkens comes with "more" tankage by coming with 15 Strength AND Int and the spell block.
The thing with Orchid though, along with Power Treads, it can be built completely at your side-lane, allowing you to imba rice farm effectively, while also getting items to farm more.
I have found that an Orchid Rush followed by a fast Skadi works wonders.
With just a Linkens your farming capabilities are gimped compared to Bfury and Orchid, while with a Bfury your tanking capabilities are gimped compared to Orchid and Linkens.
I find that Orchid is the perfect balance when paired with Strength Treads.
If you think you are going to have a bad lane, you can stick with pretty much all regen from fountain.
Otherwise GG sticks, regen, clarity, circlet+wraith recipe etc. whatever you want can work.