Comprehensive Invoker Guide
By CaptainPlatypus and Val
This is a resurrection of the abandoned beginnings of Val's invoker guide, made with his permission and blessing.
It's currently very much a work in progress.
Apologies for the many, many tabs - Invoker has so much to discuss that avoiding walls of text is very hard indeed. And since I've been working on it, well, that's not going to shorten the length of anything
. Except the reader's patience, I suppose.
The first two thirds or so of this guide is written entirely for players who are coming to invoker for the first time - maybe you want something challenging to learn, maybe you just want to play the hero that laid waste to competitive DotA for a bit before everyone started permabanning him. Either way, this guide will help you out. However, the section on seriously playing invoker should at least be a useful point of reference, even for experienced invoker players. If that's you, you should probably skip down to there right now
If you are
a new player, I'm going to ease you into invoker a bit to make everything a little less complicated and frustrating. We'll start off by taking a look at the big picture by explaining the basic functionality of the hero and each spell, but then we'll dive back into the small scale with Val's learning builds. These are invoker builds that, while far from optimal for a serious game, explore the limits of what invoker can do in various directions - mobility, slowing, summoning, DPSing, nuking, and spell spamming. Once you've played each of those once or twice and seen how they work, you'll have an idea of your strengths and weaknesses with the hero, as well as what you enjoy - that'll help you going forward into the last section, on playing invoker to win.
- Basic Invoker Stuff
- Learning Invoker
- Playing Invoker Seriously
- Universal Truths
- Invoker Build Concepts
- Tips and Tricks
- What Invoker Should I Play?
- Invoker in DotA
For a full description of the hero's skills and statistics, check out the hero page
. There's a lot of information to process there, so once you've familiarized yourself with the basics, read on for analysis and explanation!
Okay, you've read the basics of invoker. You know the basics of how the hero works, how to invoker spells, and what each spell does. Now it's time to put that into practice - but you're probably not ready for a serious game as invoker yet. There's simply too much to learn all at once. Instead, try these practice builds - I recommend starting with the first and working your way through. They're designed to explore the limits of what invoker is capable of in various areas and give you hands-on experience with how his various reagents and spells work. If you have a terrible early game and the game ends in twenty minutes or something like that, play it again until you feel like you've actually seen good results out of what you're doing. None of these builds are ideal for actual play - they're far too balls-to-the-wall extreme - but in disorganized pubs, you should be able to at least get the idea of invoker's potential from them. While playing these builds, keep in mind that invoker is one of the most level-dependent heroes around - don't die if if at all possible, get a solo lane, and if you can't solo, get as many kills as you can and encourage your lane partner to pull often.
Playing Invoker Seriously
Playing invoker to win a game is, unlike with most heroes, pretty dissimilar from the best way to learn the basics. Once you know the basics, though, it becomes a bit more familiar - it's all about optimization (the most efficient/effective possible course of action) and execution (taking that course of action perfectly). We'll start off by exploring the former by looking at various ways to build up your invoker, and then move on to the latter. Once we're done with that, I'll move on to explaining when you should go for what type of invoker.