Well, I first played N'aix when I randomed him in 1 game. After that game, I got astounded by his awesomeness. From his OP lifesteal, to his OP ultimate. Literally no one can kill me. I wanted to learn more but couldn't find a good guide for N'aix. That's when i decided to write this guide. I am confident that everything I have written in this guide will work, BUT results MAY vary...
Table of Contents:
- Hero Information
- Skill Build
- Item Build
- Allies and Enemies
Strength - 25 + 2.4
Agility - 18 + 1.9
Intelligence - 15 + 1.75
Damage: 52 - 62
Attack Speed: 1.7
Range: 100 ( Melee )
Attack Animation: 0.39 / 0.44
Casting Animation: 0.01 / 0.01
There once was a man in Lordaeron so consumed by greed that he was beyond remorse. Eventually caught trying to steal Prince Arthas' sacred ring, he was tried and hanged. Yet his body, so corrupted by his desire to steal, rose by itself in the form of a monstrous ghoul. So came into being N'aix, his old name long forgotten: the embodiment of lust and greed, bent on stealing the life of every living creature he encounters.
As you can see, N'aix has pretty good starting stats to replace his somewhat average attack speed. Good damage, movement speed and Strength gain. His Agility gain is average compared to other Strength heroes but Intelligence gain is very low. But N'aix doesn't need that much mana because his skills cost so little. Also, you can see that he has a very good attack animation, which makes last-hitting easier, and an almost instant casting time.
+ Has decent farming abilities
+ Has decent tanking abilities
+ Has the best lifestealing ability
+ One of the best 1v1 heroes
+ Has a 15 second cooldown BKB
+ Very hard to kill late game
+ Doesn't need that much damage items because of Feast
+ Noob friendly and easy to master
- Low chasing abilities
- Easy to kill early game
- Very item-dependent
- Dependent on disabling allies
First of all, I don't want to go through all the skills here. So here's a link to a detailed description of N'aix' skills.
Now for the build:
Mini-guide to Infest
WARNING: Wall of Text
There are many useful builds for N'aix. I will not list all of them here. Instead, I will tell you the items to buy in order to play N'aix to your liking. But first...
A Quelling Blade is always useful for carries to farm early game. It helps you to last hit better with creeps. And with your insane early game damage, a 32% bonus damage is worth 225 gold. 3 GG-branches ( Ironwood Branches ) gives you 3 bonus to Strength, Agility and Intelligence. This GG-branches will eventually become a Magic Stick, which is surprisingly useful, even in late game.
Again, a Quelling Blade will help you jungle better because of the bonus damage. Now, the Stout Shield will somehow help you survive in the Jungling Areas. 60% chance to block 20 damage goes a long way, not only for the creeps, but for the enemy heroes as well. But remember, it will only block physical damage and NOT magical damage.
Now for customizing N'aix to your liking...
Now that we've covered the item builds, let's go for the strategies.
Allies and Enemies:
N'aix is a noob-friendly hero that is easy to master, with the proper techniques. As a N'aix player, you should be careful to your surroundings. Map Awareness is key to survival. In early game phase, your only goal is to farm and survive. Look for anyone missing from a lane. Don't wait for your ally to say that their enemy lane hero is missing. Always be ready for ganks, although you can easily evade them with Infest.
Final advice would be: Be careful, don't forget to Farm, and you are a carry, your team WILL be counting on you...
Currently I only have 1 replay for N'aix and it's a pub. Yeah I know. It may be a pub but in the replay, I have demonstrated some of the ways to use Infest efficiently. But if anyone is willing to add some then that would be appreciated.
A small pub game, demonstrating some efficient ways of using Infest in different ways. We also see here a somewhat, different but effective item build, and the use of Satanic in tight situations.
7/18/10 - Guide completed. Adding table of contents tomorrow...
7/19/10 - Guide officially finished...
7/25/10 - Reposted this guide due to a bug deleting it from this section...
8/11/10 - Guide polished with the use of "Tabs"...
8/12/10 - Guide updated for 6.68...
Any feedback would be appreciated... Also, please no flaming...
Good luck! Have Fun!