Invoker - A Thorough Guide
While this guide is in draft mode, it largely represents an attempt for me to make some brainstorming more concrete.
Apologies for the many, many spoiler tags - Invoker has so much to discuss that avoiding walls of text is very hard indeed.
New to Invoker?
I suggest first gaining a basic understanding of Kael. My suggestion would be to use the Mobility/Disable build to learn some basics.
After a few times, you should know how to work with Tornado and Deafening Blast. Learn how to effectively add EMP and you'll understand the basics of Kael.
Now that you're familiar with your attack animation, setting reagents, invoking new spells and chaining your two invoked spells with a third that you invoke in the fight, you can go ahead and learn more.
The Purpose of this Guide
This guide is an attempt to explore Invoker, gain insight and then apply this freshly generated knowledge to make the most of this character in-game.
Kael is an extemely complex and versatile hero. As a result, my first step is to set some boundaries with extreme builds; it is my belief that playing the extreme builds will help players gain an understanding of the character. Once you've gained an understanding of what this hero can do and what weaknesses arise in each of these situations, it's time to leverage his biggest asset - flexibility.
The last large section of my guide is about how to build Invoker for a serious game. Since Invoker is such a reactive hero, I won't suggest hard and fast builds. Instead I'll discuss different items and skillbuilds in depth. Finally, I'll do my best to describe how you can make choices about which skillbuilds and itembuilds you should plan to use in a specific game and how to adapt them as the game goes on.
- Basic Invoker Stuff
- Extreme Builds
- Building Invoker Seriously
For a full description of the hero's skills and statistics, check out the hero page. Below, I'll comment on some portions.
Mobility/Disable Extreme Build
The build focuses on movespeed by abusing Wex and getting Boots of Travel and Eul's Scepter of Divinity (to reach 484ms). Afterwards, it uses Yasha to maintain max ms permanently. Spellwise, it uses spells like Tornado and Deafening Blast to control the flow of the game.
Roamer/Slow Extreme Build
The build focuses on slowing the enemies down to minimum ms. Early on, it showcases Invoker's abilities as a ganker. Later it has many different ways to slow an enemy team. It's worth noting that ms can't be slowed below 100, so Shiva's shouldn't be used until the enemy moves beyond ice wall.
Summoner Extreme Build
This build focuses on pushing with your spirits. Necrobook is gotten for stats and their auras, which will help your spirits quite a lot.
DPSer Extreme Build
The idea here is to build yourself as if you were meant to be a dpser. Deso will provide the raw damage you need and you'll give it a huge boost with Alacrity.
Nuker Extreme Build
This build gives you as much burst damage as possible. It cranks Exort, gives you the ability to nuke powerfully with Sun Strike and the Meteor + Blast combo and gets items to increase your burst damage.
Mobility/Disable Extreme Build:
Roamer/Slow Extreme Build:
Summoner Extreme Build:
DPSer Extreme Build:
Nuker Extreme Build:
Choosing a Path