Originally Posted by ^Eternity^
Okay definitely do not listen to Milk.Nessaj's core skill unlike most people think is not his crit with a pathetic agi gain,attack animation and chance or his illusions which come every 2 mins unless the game goes pretty late but is his short cooldown 2-4 second ranged stun!!Maximize it by ganking.Items like armlet,HoT,SnY,Manta are all good on him.But if you rice for those items you are going to be really subpar as his farming speed is pretty much pathetic.Most of your gold should come via chasing down stragglers,ganking assists and kills.
2nd point,Nessaj always contributes to team fights.Mostly due to his 4 second stuns which are a pain to deal with.
Late game his illusions help him compare to other decent carries.Still ricing on Nessaj is kind of one of the worst things to do.
Item build should be 2-3 Bracers,Threads,Bottle,Armlet,Diffusal,Manta,HoT
Also Diffusal is plain annoying on him.Purge hit hit hit stun hit hit hit hurts and you cannot escape even.
How is ricing bad on Nessaj? Let's put two games side-by-side:
1) Riced Nessaj, 40 mins, contributes a LOT to his team because he has strong items.
2) Non-riced Nessaj, 40 mins, teams are in equal position, stun helps in teamfights but he doesn't pose a threat to other farmed-up heroes because he spent the whole game roaming.
Assuming equal position, which would you prefer? Is a little farming necessarily bad for Nessaj? Are you advising against your own item build for nessaj?
You list a bunch of 3/4-tier items as the item build and say that they are all great on him, but then advise against farming them. What's the point in mentioning them then? If he shouldn't be getting them, then obviously they are not great for him. But if he farms, as he is supposed to, then they would be great for him.
Also, his illusions last for 20 seconds and cd is 140 seconds. It's for burst dps against disabled targets, not exactly the same role or power as other late-game illu heroes which can spam them more easily.
Lastly, you drink milk. Why would you take dota advice from milk?