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Vision is your strongest ally in 90% of the games, by having sight you can predict your enemies movements and sometimes even manipulate them to take certain routes. Having vision of key-points will grant your team a very big advantage warding on it's own isn't hard it basically consists of walking and putting a ward somewhere. Which only cost 100 gold pieces each. But what does make warding something considered an above average skill is timing and having an underlying strategy behind your wards. When to ward certain places is something very important, for two reasons one being the reason why waste gold on something that doesn't grant a benefit. And the other being variation. It may look obvious but not everyone realizes that it's rather easy to counter-ward someone that sticks to the same warding spots all the time. For most key-points there are several places to place your wards. Adapt your wards to the game don't stick to the same places, since when the game continues key-points change.

The Map:

*Wards with rune-sight

*Wards to block creep-camps

*Wards to grant sight of key-points

*Wards with base-sight



Ward-spots:
So let's continue with a closer look on how much vision each ward actually grants. Every ward tells a Tale and each Tale is part of a strategy.

Rune wards a-m

Bottom Rune

a. Scourge Roshan Bottom Rune-ward

When to place:
- key-points: "Roshan", Lower Rune, Bottom Sight For Mid lane
Having opponents who might opt for an early Roshan, or if you fear that one of the more closer the rune wards are Counter-warded this place becomes extremely useful. Not willing to spend the time to walk to a better ward-place since time is money. Ward this during early game or during the time that killing Roshan becomes viable for either Faction.

The tale of this ward:
Your teams expects a Early Roshan, has bottom rune sight, and your mid lane is hard to Gank from bottom lane. You also plan to rune-whore of course. Defensive Scourge ward, near useless for Sentinel



b. Scourge High Hill Rune-Ward

When to place:
-key-points: “Roshan", Lower Rune spawn, Bottom River
This one is inferior to the one at the Sentinel side, so you place this ward when you'll really need this ward. This ward can be set from a save distance if the enemy team is planning to team up for Roshan when playing on the Scourge. You also plan to rune-whore of course.

The tale of this ward:
You take a lot of interest in this small area. Since this ward is considered a last resort ward.



c. Sentinel High Hill Rune Ward

When to place:
-key-points: "Roshan", Lower Rune spawn, A large part of Sentinel Jungle, two crossroads, a large piece of the river. This ward is the most common used ward for a reason, it grants vision on a lot of key-points.

The tale of this ward:
You do not want to be ganked, and of course plan to rune-whore. On top of this it gives some safety on a possible Jungler, and it grants sight of the area where teams gather to take out Roshan.



d. Sentinel Jungle Rune Ward

When to place:
-key-points: "Roshan", Lower Rune Spawn, A small but vital Part of the Sentinel Jungle, 3 Crossroads.
When you plan To jungle in the Sentinel Jungle this ward gives a lot of safety since this single ward grants sight on half of the entrances to your jungle.

The tale of this ward:
You plan to Jungle in this jungle, Even though it's a rather small amount of vision it gives it can be considered one of the best ward available. It's Defensive ward.



e. Sentinel Sidestep Rune-ward

When to place:
-key-points: Bottom Rune, Entire Wood next to bottom Lane. When your bottom lane might be ganged or your enemy is in the Sentinel woods. If you destroy that tree, it grants even more sight. But it might spoil the location of your ward. When either Faction might plan to push Bot this ward grants alerts of incoming Enemies

The tale of this ward:
You do not want bottom lane to be ganked, Your fear their Jungler. And you plan to rune-whore yet again. It's a Defensive Ward. Either Faction might plan to push Bot 1st tower.



f. Sentinel Creep-camp Rune-ward

When to place:
-key-points: "Roshan", Bottom Rune Spawn, The River"
When you want rune-sight, the sight is okay it can be used occasionally, it's a better hidden ward in general
The tale of this ward:
You want to rune-whore, you don't want this ward to be found easily alias you know your enemies will counter-ward the more obvious spots. Type: Defensive



g. Sentinel High Hill Creep Ward

When to place:
-key-points: "Roshan", Bottom Rune Spawn, Mediocre Creep Camp.
When your opponent is planning to jungle in the Sentinel Forest, you can block that mediocre creep camp with this ward

The tale of this ward:
You might try to hunt your opponent whom is jungling. And you plan to rune-whore of-course. Ward-type: Aggressive



h. Sentinel Strong Camp Ward

When to place:
-key-points: "Roshan", Bottom Rune Spawn, Mediocre Creep Camp.
When your opponent is planning to jungle in the Sentinel Forest, you can block that strong creep camp with this ward

The tale of this ward:
You want to rune-whore, and expect to delay your opponents' Jungler. Type: Very Aggressive


Top Rune

i. Scourge River Ward

When to place:
-key-points: Top Rune Spawn, Sentinel River, Uphill Scourge Lane. During early game this is a great ward when the Sentinel is playing Shadow Fiend and alike, since it grants sight uphill the enemies territory. Near Useless for the Scourge
The tale of this ward:
You want a rune ward, and need sight on the Scourge's half on middle lane, Type: Defensive Sentinel



j. Scourge Top-rune Hill ward

When to place:
-key-points: Top Rune Spawn, 2 Scourge Jungle Entrances, the river. This ward remains a good ward-spot from early to mid game, after both the first tower on Top and mid Lane have been pushed it's only good for rune-sight. And perhaps some occasional Jungler.
The tale of this ward:
Sentinel Wants to hunt in the jungle of the Scourge, Scourge wants to jungle. Neither Faction wants to be ganked on Top, though both Factions plan to rune-whore.



k. Sentinel Toprune Hill

When to place:
-key-points: Top Rune Spawn, a lot of river.
Use this when your opponent is counter-warding, and when you need to swap around for a rune-spot, it shows a lot of meaningless river that's why it shouldn't be a priority ward.

The tale of this ward:
You have high interests in the rune, and know that your enemy is counter-warding.



l. Sentinel Ancient Camp Ward

When to place:
-key-points: Ancient Camp, Top Rune Spawn, A lot of river, and Sentinel Jungle roads.
This is a great ward, it's good from early game until the first and maybe even after the 2nd tower from the Sentinel has been lost. A lot of flee routes after team-fights on Mid have been covered by this ward as well. When you Plan To push mid as Scourge this Ward is optional but there are better spots available. When the Sentinel needs a Rune-ward but does not want to leave mid lane this is a good ward.

The tale of this ward:
You plan to rune-whore, Sentinel Might be planning to Stack Ancients, Scourge might want to interrupt with the Ancient-stacking. Scourge might Plan to push Mid. Sentinel Does not want to leave mid lane, but needs a Rune ward



m. Sentinel River Ward

When to place:

-key-points: Top Rune Spawn, Sentinel uphill sight, Scourge river.
Best used during early game, for either Faction, when Scourge wants to push mid this one is optional but there are better alternatives for that matter.

The tale of this ward:
Scourge needs a uphill ward on Mid lane for laning, Sentinel needs a rune-ward but does not want to leave mid lane.


Forest wards 01-19:

Sentinel Forest: 01-04
01. Sentinel Uberward

When to place:
-key-points: a large portion of the Sentinel Jungle, a strong creep camp.
When the Scourge is planning to push Sentinel 2nd tower on either mid or bottom lane. Or when either Faction just wants a lot of sight on the Sentinel Jungle. Though there are better options for this.

The tale of this ward:
Sent is expecting Scourge to Push the 2nd tower on mid or bot, Scourge is planning to do so. Type: Sent(Defensive), Scourge(Aggressive)



02. Sentinel Jungle Ramp

When to place:
When you want to have sight on the crossing point from mid to bottom lane at the Sentinel and suspect your enemies of scouting Roshan. Most of the time the first tower on bottom lane will be lost by the Sentinel by the time this ward is placed.
The tale of this ward:
Being the Sentinel you're expecting the Scourge to push from either bot to mid lane or the other way around. Being the Scourge you want to secure your pushes and want to obtain vision of some crucial area's of the Sentinel Jungle.


03. Sentinel Central Jungle

When to place:
When the Scourge plans to push the second tower on the bottom lane, when either Faction requires vision of the Sentinel jungle.
The tale of this ward:
Scourge is planning to push the second tower on the bottom lane, also both Factions are taking interest in vision of the jungle but not in obstructing usage of it.


04. Sentinel Mid Lane Jungle

When to place:
When the Scourge is planning to push the mid first tower, or when Scourge is permaganking the mid lane from the Sentinel woods
The tale of this ward:
Scourge is planning to push the 1st tower on the middle lane, or Sentinel mid lane is getting permaganked from the forest.


Scourge Forest: 05-10


05. Scourge Central Jungle Ward

When to place:
When either Faction wants vision of the Scourge jungle it shows a lot of key points in the Scourge jungle. As well as this grants some safety at the mid Scourge laners and top Scourge laners but don't place it being the Scourge until your first top tower has been lost though.
The tale of this ward:
Sentinel want vision of a some key-points in the Scourge jungle, Scourge either wants to defend its Jungler or expects the Sentinel to push the second tower



06. Scourge Uberward

When to place:
When being pressured as the Scourge and want to defend your Jungler/2nd top tower. It's an awesome ward for the Sentinel to hunt down their Jungler and to show many key-points on the map. Enemy Scourge heroes pass this area a lot. It's the best ward available in my honest opinion.
The tale of this ward:
Well it's the Uber-ward for a Reason it's shows the Scourge Forest, it's a great ward from the 2 minute mark. It's shows weakling-creeppulls, 2 creep camps and the Scourge second tower.



07. Scourge Hill ward

When to place:
When Sentinel is planning to push mid first and second tower this actually applies for both Factions, or when Scourge mid laners keep getting butt-fucked from the Scourge forest.
The tale of this ward:
Scourge is receiving a lot of butt-fucks in mid lane from the Scourge woods, Sentinel is (expected to) push mid first and second towers.



08. Scourge Hill ward Entrance

When to place:
When Sentinel is planning to push mid first and it's important to see who's coming from the river over who's inside the jungle. This actually applies for both Factions, or when Scourge mid laners keep getting butt-fucked from the Scourge forest.
The tale of this ward:
Scourge is receiving a lot of butt-fucks in mid lane from the Scourge woods, Sentinel is (expected to) push mid first tower and is butt-fucking mid from top rune river and Scourge’s jungle



09. Scourge Hill ward Exit

When to place:
Being Sentinel when you're planning to push the second mid tower, or when pushing the first tower you want to know what the Scourge is doing behind their towers. Also when Sentinel is pressuring the 2nd mid tower and Scourge is forced behind it's tower Sentinel gathers up this hill or leaves through it.
The tale of this ward:
Sentinel is planning/expected to push mid



10. Scourge Secret Rosh Entrance

When to place:
When you require sight of the secret shop both Factions, When Sentinel is planning to push second bot tower, When Sentinel is perma-backstabbing Sentinel mid lane from the secret shop(first tower has to be down), when Scourge is stacking ancients, when Sentinel is perma-backstabbing bottom-lane
The tale of this ward:
Scourge is stacking ancients or takes interest in the secret shop, and expect activity at the bottom 1/2 towers, or ganks/team fights at the second tower on the middle


Creep-spawn Blocking wards: 12-19

Sentinel Jungle: 11-14
11. Sentinel Uber-Block Ward

When to place:
Sentinel: When the Scourge is jungling in your jungle, and when being forced to stay defensive. At the lower and mid lane but in general sent never uses the creep-block-ward. Scourge: when sent is jungling, this ward fucks up 1 pulling option, as well. Note: This ward can be placed from 3 places, 2 where the Furions stand and one where the map is located.
The tale of this ward:
Scourge is not allowing sent to pull the strong creep camp or stack it, Sent is being defensive at the lower and bottom lane. Scourge is expected to push bot 2nd tower or 2nd tower on mid. Neither Faction wants to see the camps stacked.



12. Sentinel Creep pull Block Ward

When to place:
Scourge places this ward when the Sentinel are pulling this camp to their lane. Mark the x:15 and x:45 moments for hunting them.
The tale of this ward:
Sentinel is pulling this lane.



13. Sentinel Central Block Ward

When to place:
When you know the opposing team is farming Sentinel's jungle.
The tale of this ward:
You are aware of your opponent jungling the Sentinel jungle and seriously plan to make it your bitch every couple of minutes



14. Sentinel Hidden Block Ward

When to place:
When your ward blocking the creep pull camp has been found and you take very high interest in blocking this area, it's not the best ward for vision and it's mainly and basicly only purpose is to block that creep camp from spawning
The tale of this ward:
Sent creep-pull-camp is not going to be pulled and it's a high priority



Scourge Jungle: 15-18

15. Scourge Creep-pull Ward

When to place:
Sentinel places this ward when the Scourge is pulling these creeps to their lane. Mark the x:15 and x:45 moments for hunting them.
The tale of this ward:
Scourge is pulling creeps and the Sentinel does not want them to do so.


16. Scourge Strong Camp Ward

When to place:
Scourge places this ward when the Sentinel is pulling these creeps into their lanes, also the Sentinel can place it when the Scourge pulls them but that won't happen to often though. Either Faction could and sometimes should ward this place if both Top lane has opposing Junglers and a lot of Gankers are nearby.
The tale of this ward:
The other Faction is ganking here or pulling those creeps all the time



17. Scourge Creep-pull Block Ward

When to place:
Sentinel places this ward when the Scourge is pulling these creeps to their lane. Mark the x:15 and x:45 moments for hunting them. But both Factions can also use this ward to check incoming heroes from the river.
The tale of this ward:
No Creeppulls by the Scourge and vision on the river is required to maintain lanecontrol.



18. Scourge Hidden Block Ward

When to place:
When Sentinel has no more options to secure this spot from being pulled.
The tale of this ward:
Sentinel does not want Scourge to pull this creep-camp they take high value in making sure it won't happen




Lane Wards: A-R

Top Lane: A-E
A. Sentinel Top Second Tower Ward

When to place:
Sent places this ward when they are afraid of the Scourge backstabbing them at their 2nd tower, as well as maintaining sight on this area due to heavy pressure on the middle lane near their base.
The tale of this ward:
It doesn't really tell much it's an occasional ward there might be activity expected in this area though.



B. Sentinel Top First Tower Ward

When to place:
Sentinel places this ward when the Scourge keeps backstabbing the 1st tower, Scourge places this ward when planning to push the 2nd tower in this lane
The tale of this ward:
Scourge plans to push the second tower in this lane, Sent is fed of with being butt-fucked at Top-lane




C. Sentinel Top Lane Ward

When to place:
When the Scourge plans on farming this lane.
The tale of this ward:
Scourge wants to be alerted of incoming Sentinel heroes while farming this lane.



D. Scourge Top Lane Ward

When to place:
Sentinel places this ward when laning, since the fog can be abused by the Scourge in either lasthitting moments and stuff this ward can also be used to spot how far they are behind the trees. It also alerts on Scourge Heroes teleporting in when the wave-clashing is a little more towards the Sentinel towers.
The tale of this ward:
Sentinel Plans on Farming and perhaps pushing the first tower on Top Lane



E. Scourge Top Creep-pull Ward

When to place:
When the Scourge keeps getting aid on the top lane, as well as they are pulling creeps but sent isn't sure whether they plan to pull Scourge creeps to push the tower or wait a little longer.
The tale of this ward:
Scourge is tower-hugging all the time and turning 2 v 2 into 2 v 3 options every now and then, as well as they might pull creeps and the Sentinel is aware of that. Sent hasn't decided whether they push the tower or not.



Mid Lane: F- M
F. Sentinel Base Mid Entrance Ward

When to place:
Scourge Places this ward when they plan on pushing into the Sentinel base, and want to lure the sent out of their base before. It's a ward to set up a team-fight.
The tale of this ward:
Scourges tries to lure the sent out of their cave. And after winning that team-fight they plan on raxing Mid



G. Sentinel Mid Hill Ward

When to place:
Either Faction can place this ward when the Scourge is planning to push the 2nd tower on the middle lane.
The tale of this ward:
The chances are that Sentinel defenses have to come in from top lane or Scourge jungle as well as that both Faction have heroes like Pudge on this hill to take out one enemy. Either way activity is expected around the 2nd tower from the Sentinel at the middle lane. But it's also shows vision on activity of the ancient creep-stack as well as incoming ganks from mid to top lane by the Scourge, as well as well as this path leads to the secret shop.



H. Sentinel Mid Laning Ward

When to place:
Scourge places this ward during the early stages of the game to maintain vision on the middle lane as well as uphill sight during the last hitting/denying fight.
The tale of this ward:
Scourge is planning to farm on mid




I. Sentinel Mid River Ward

When to place:
When either Faction is planning to farm mid, and the opposing team is getting aid from the Sentinel jungle for ganks and stuff.
The tale of this ward:
Plans are to farm mid and trying to avoid being ganked from the Sentinel woods, this ward ensures uphill sight on both lanes.


J. Scourge Mid Laning-Ward

When to place:
When Sentinel is planning to farm mid, and requires sight uphill on the Scourge mid lane creeps as well. Most likely used during the early moments of the game when the last hitting and denying moments matter a lot.
The tale of this ward:
Sentinel is planning to farm on mid, Scourge might plan to push it. Scourge is ganking mid.


K. Scourge Mid Riverward

When to place:
It's never a ward to be placed with high priority, but if you need to swap around a lot due to some excessive counter warding. Scourge should place this ward to be able to see up the river ramp and incoming allies from the Sentinel woods. Sentinel could use the ward to be alerted of backstabbing Gankers on the mid lane it also grants a small amount of vision up the Scourge ramp though it's highly questionable. When Scourge plans to push mid this ward can be useful and an okay ward but there are other and most of the time better alternatives.
The tale of this ward:
It's important that wards are swapped around a lot, Scourge is ganking mid from the Sentinel woods. Scourge plans to push mid, or just farming a bit on mid.



L. Scourge Mid Entrance Ward West

When to place:
Sentinel Places this ward when they are planning to push the mid second tower, or when that tower had been pushed it's a good ward to keep track of Scourge activities around their base
The tale of this ward:
Sentinel is planning to push mid, and wants to be sure that they are aware of incoming Scourge heroes. As well as where they run of to after a possible team fight in mid. This ward also keeps vision on the exit and surroundings of the Scourge base which can prove to be extremely useful.



M. Scourge Secret Shop Ward

When to place:
When you know your enemy has been farming for a long time for an expensive item, and you just love to Gank people on their way buying their items. As well as after all 1st towers have been pushed on the Scourge territory this ward is good for aggresive Sentinel or Defensive Scourge.
The tale of this ward:
Someone is going to get face-fucked when he's going to get his Expensive items, Both Factions try to keep track of their enemies on the Scourge southern Terretory.



N. Scourge Base Mid-Entrance East

When to place:
Sentinel Places this ward when they are planning to push the mid second tower, or when that tower had been pushed it's a good ward to keep track of Scourge activities around their base
The tale of this ward:
Sentinel is planning to push mid, and wants to be sure that they are aware of incoming Scourge heroes. As well as where they run of to after a possible team-fight in mid. This ward also keeps vision on the exit and surroundings of the Scourge base which can be extremely useful.


Bottom Lane: O-S
O. Sentinel Bot Second Tower Ward

When to place:
Scourge can place this ward when they plan to push the bottom lane 2nd tower.
The tale of this ward:
It is one of the more and so called Horrible wards, but heck sometimes it's useful if your only focus is this area place it, vision remains an ally worthy enough to eat the last cookie. Anyway Scourge is defiantly going to push the 2nd tower on bot lane.


P. Sentinel Bot First Tower Tail-ward

When to place:
Scourge places it when they want to know what's happening behind the 1st bottom tower and they most likely want to push it as well.
The tale of this ward:
Scourge needs sight on the backside of the 1st bottom tower and will most likely try to push it.


Q. Sentinel Bot First Tower Belly-ward

When to place:
Scourge places this ward when they are constantly last hitting/denying close to the first tower this ward grant sight on the creeps and cancels fog-runners for stuns, as well as they might plan to push this tower.
The tale of this ward:
Scourge plans to farm this lane or push the bottom first tower.


R. Sentinel Bot Laning Ward

When to place:
Sentinel wants to be alerted of incoming Scourges, as well as when they might plan to push this lane though there are better alternatives.
The tale of this ward:
Sentinel fears incoming ganks by Scourge-members and needs to be alerted of them. Sentinel might plan to push this tower. but it's better to place a ward in the river/forest area to be alerted of backstabbing Scourge-members.


S. Scourge Bot First Tower Tail-ward

When to place:
Sentinel places this ward when they plan to push the Scourge 1st and optional 2nd tower and want to be aware of what is behind the Scourge towers
The tale of this ward:
Sentinel plans to push Bottom 1st and perhaps second tower.



T. Scourge Bot Second Tower Belly-ward

When to place:
Sentinel places this ward when they plan to push Scourge 1st and optional 2nd tower and also want to be aware of Scourge-members behind their towers they might as well plan a occasional Gank on this lane from behind the tower. Scourge might place this ward when they are keep getting skull-fucked from behind at their first tower.
The tale of this ward:
Scourge fears to be skull-fucked from behind the 1st tower, and Sentinel plans to push the first and perhaps even the second tower.



Base Wards: I-VIII

Sentinel Base: I-V
I. Sentinel Top Base Entrance Ward

When to place:
Even though all base wards aren't really a must. Scourge can place this ward when they plan to base push top lane, to set up this war you might need to walk inside the Sentinel base for a short moment, but uphill-vision is quite important if you can't lure them out.
The tale of this ward:
Scourge is going to base push Top.



II. Sentinel North Base Ward

When to place:
Even though all base wards aren't really a must. Scourge places this ward when they plan to push mid or bot lane. Or just need to know where the Sentinel are hiding in their base.
The tale of this ward:
Scourge is going to base push sent bot or mid



III. Sentinel North-East Base Ward

When to place:
Even though all base wards aren't really a must. Scourge places this ward when they plan to push mid or top and want sight on the Sentinel base during this process.
The tale of this ward:
Scourge is going to base push mid or top



IV. Sentinel East-North Base Ward

When to place:
Even though all base wards aren't really a must. Scourge places this ward when they want sight on the base of the Sentinel when they plan to push Bot or Mid
The tale of this ward:
Scourge is going to base push Mid or Bot



V. Sentinel East Base Ward

When to place:
Even though all base wards aren't really a must.
The tale of this ward:
Scourge places this ward when they plan to push Bot


Scourge Base: VI-VIII

VI. Scourge North Base Entrance Ward

When to place:
Even though all base wards aren't really a must. Sentinel can place this ward to have sight when they plan to base push Top.
The tale of this ward:
Sentinel is going to base push Top



VII. Scourge West Base Entrance Ward

When to place:
Even though all base wards aren't really a must. Sentinel can place this ward when they plan to base push Mid
The tale of this ward:
Sentinel is going to base push Mid



VIII. Scourge East Base Entrance Ward

When to place:
Even though all base wards aren't really a must. Sentinel can place this ward when they plan to base push mid
The tale of this ward:
Sentinel is going to base push Mid



VIII. Scourge South Base Entrance Ward

When to place:
Even though all base wards aren't really a must. Sentinel can place this ward when they are planning to base push Bot
The tale of this ward:
Sentinel is going to base push Bot


IIX. Scourge North-West Base Entrance Ward

When to place:
Even though all base wards aren't really a must. This one also grants vision from where sent will be pushing inside the base, the trick is the ward is on the same height and can be placed when Sentinel is assembling to push Scourge without needing to take any risks
The tale of this ward:
Sentinel is going to base push Bot, though they do not feel like taking extra risk than needed



Last words:
The trick in good warding is that you can make sure your enemies are unable to Gank you, with the minimum amount of gold wasted on wards. It doesn't matter if it's aggressive or defensive usage of wards it all comes down to seeing your enemies. Try not to stick with the same ward spots all your games but swap around that makes it a lot harder to find and spot your wards by counter warders. Special thanks to Eumellein, Heldarion, SNOW37 and Phthalocyanine for this section


The Secret art of Counter Warding
Vision is your strongest ally but also your biggest enemy in 50% of the games, so how do you fix this problem? Indeed getting rid of your opponents vision to remain unseen on their radar this helps a lot for your Gankers since they can more easily surprise-buttsex enemies. It also forces your opponents to play more defensive since they will be forced to either take big risks or suffer the results. To be a great counter warder you ought to have supreme map awareness. But some awesome luck is never wrong either.

Things that ease the job of counter warding.
- Seeing your enemy putting up their wards by your own wards or invisible/scouting (allies), keep in mind that the casting range of wards is smaller than 800 AoE. So basically if you place your sentry ward exactly where the enemy stood when he placed the ward, you should be able to see where their ward was placed so keep track of your enemies, in order to get of their radar.

- Using a Gem of True sight, keep in mind a gem costs 700 gold so if you're able to destroy 7 wards it has served it's cost. You can keep it in base after your counter ward a few wards. It has been done in the past but must of the time the benefits aren't worth the risks. Since if you lose it your enemy can use it against your own wards.

- Using a Necrobook 3, these little fuckers are just plain imbalanced when it comes down to a ward wars, it's like comparing fighting daggers with laser-cannons.

- Being Ranged/Blinker Mobility and the ability to attack the wards that are "hidden" out of melee range is a must to do some decent counter warding. Also keep this in mind when your enemy has nearly only active melee ward placers some wards can be excluded from the list already.

- Being able to use the Hot Map

- Knowledge about your enemy's support their favourite ward spots

- Being aware of the strategy planned and played by both Faction so you can more easily predict where their wards are placed.

- Try to place your sentries in such a way that they cover more than 1 warding spot.

- Don't just destroy your enemies observers, also get rid of the sentries that they used to (try) get rid of yours, else they'll easily destroy your sentries as well and they can replace the same ward if they wished.

- Keep track if some creep-camps aren’t spawning.

- When placing sentries, and facing invisibility users, try to place your sentries in such a way that they counter possible observer wards but also key-point where invisible heroes sneak by often, the runes for instance.

Additional Tricks:
- Zeus' Bolt grants a small moment of True sight, it's useful but you’ll need an enemy in order to cast it so it's rather unreliable.

- Hunting your enemies Crow to steal your enemies wards, it's mean but everything is allowed in love and DotA.

Note: Dust of Appearance does NOT reveal wards.


The Hot Map:

Whoa wtf is this you might think on the first look. And well I can't blame you. So let me explain This map shows the sight given by all common and less common used wards. The more red a place on the map is the more wards that cover that area. The trick in finding your enemies ward is by looking for the edges where you realize that they see you. What would you do if you saw an 3-man Gank coming in? What would you do if you knew there spawned a Rune on the lower rune spawn. Etc. all these factors think of your opponent brighter as yourself and watch how they move at certain moments. This is still rather hard and even PusherStreet or Axypa don't have a 90% rating of finding the wards from their enemies.

How to use this map:
Try to lure out "un-normal" Behavior from your enemies in the slim-red areas to find out which ward they've put up exactly. You're estimations she be not more than 800 AoE off since you can still counter ward this ward if you're off that far.

Great Counter Wards Placements:
The pictures below show where to place your sentry and the range of true sight they grant. I haven't shown to counter ward all wards. But only the counter wards which are capable of destroying 2 or more ward spots. For the others, just place them next to the ones shown in the warding section. For all the others try to keep your sentries hidden inside the trees to make it harder for your enemies to spot them.

1. Bot Rune/Sentinel Forest Anti-Ward

Place to counter:
c.
d.
g.



2. Bot Rune Anti-Ward

Place to counter:
a.
b.
c.


3. Sentinel West Forest Anti-Ward

Place to counter:
g.
e.
12.


4. Sentinel Central Forest Anti-Ward

Place to counter:
c.
g.
13.


5. Sentinel Hill Anti-Ward

Place to counter:
g.
02.


6. Top Rune Mid Anti-Ward

Place to counter:
i.
l.
m.


7. Top Rune Anti-Ward

Place to counter:
j.
k.


8. Scourge Double-Camp Anti-Ward

Place to counter:
15.
16.
17.


10. Scourge Hill Anti-Ward

Place to counter:
07.
08.
09.



11. Scourge Jungle Uber Anti-Ward

Place to counter:
05.
06.


12. Scourge West Forest Anti-Ward

Place to counter:
10.
T.


13. Scourge Secret Shop Anti-Ward

Place to counter:

M.
N.


14. Scourge Base Entrance Anti-Ward

Place to counter:

L.
N.


Last words:
The trick in good counter warding is that you're aware of the enemies strategy and aware of where their wards are placed. After knowing that start hunting. Hunting with sentries without having a single clue will not add much to your team, it's better to resort to a gem if that's the case. Special thanks to Eumellein, Heldarion, SNOW37 and Phthalocyanine for this section.

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Misc guide
Author: Lycan
Map Vers.: 6.72f

[Warding]The Eye of The Wolf

Seeing is Beliving, or Rape

Date Posted: 04/25/10
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