The Guide for Morphology
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1 ---------------- Introduction
2 ---------------- Foreword
3 ---------------- Mini Guide
4 ---------------- Hero Details
5 ---------------- Hero Abilities
6 ---------------- Advanced Usage of Skills
7 ---------------- Skill Builds
8 ---------------- Item Builds
9 ---------------- Strategy
10 ---------------- Replays
Welcome to my Morphling guide! I wrote this guide because I feel that I should contribute to the Dota community with my knowledge. In this guide, I will try to cover everything about Morphling and therefore this guide would be comprehensive. This is my first time writing a guide, so please help me to perfection
Pros and Cons
|+| Extreme carrying potential
|+| Strong in both physical and magical attack
|+| Great survivability; good escape mechanisms
|+| Very flexible; adapts to roles easily
|+| Very good agility gain, good strength gain
|-| Slow base movement speed
|-| Hard to last hit and deny early game
|-| Very mana dependent
|-| Huge learning curve; difficult to play well
|-| Very reliant on items; item dependent
|-| Poor base stats (all 3)
|-| Terrible base intelligence and gain, yet dependent on it
Morphling have suffered greatly due to the recent nerfs ( I wonder what happened to Icefrog and Morphling) but he is still enjoyable to play. He is very versatile, being able to morph from one role to another. However, he is hard to play because of his versatility - many people build him wrongly and screwed him up. Anyway, hopefully this guide is able guide you to master Morphling fully.
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Disclaimer : This guide is NOT by a competitive player and is therefore NOT for competitive uses. Do not expect the material here to be effective in competitive plays. I will still stress on teamwork as DotA is a team game. Also, this guide, just like any guide, is a page of suggested ideas/way of playing. Therefore, you as the reader, do not need to follow this guide to the letter as if it is the book of law. Lastly, this guide is for DotA 1, not DotA 2, so do not expect some materials here to work in DotA 2, though the gameplay may be applicable. Anyway, good luck in mastering Morphling!
Advanced Usage of Skills
If you picked Morphling
Rush this ASAP, as you need the extra movement speed desperately
Don't forget this for added survivability
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Get Sobi to complete RoB, for now it’s time for some mana regeneration
After that, it’s time for stats items, so get your Wraith and Bracer. (note that wraith automatically becomes Ring of Aquila )
Now for some extra dps and stats.
Okay, now that you’ve gotten your basic items, it’s time to consider buying the ‘big items.’ Do take note that you’re going to rush the following item(s).
---------------( If you’re a newb (you just started in DotA) OR you prefer passve items OR you prefer regeneration items OR you like Spell Block = LINKEN’S SPHERE
* If you get Linken’s Sphere, don’t get BKB
---------------( If you are confident in your reflexes AND know how to use the active spells of items OR you prefer the magic immunity from BKB = BLACK KING BAR
* If you get BKB, don’t get Linken’s Sphere
---------------( If you couldn’t farm well and your team’s losing = SANGE & YASHA
* After your farm became better, disassemble Sange & Yasha for Manta Style. Sell Sange.
---------------( If your team adopted a pushing strategy OR you want to push lanes = MANTA STYLE
---------------( If you want to gank OR there is an Anti-Mage on the opposing team OR you need the Purge to deal with buffs/summons = DIFFUSAL BLADE
* You can upgrade Diffusal Blade for more charges, but I suggest you don’t upgrade Diffusal as you would be getting another better orb for Morphling. If you want to upgrade and keep Diffusal, it’s up to you to decide.
** Mix and match the items as you like to suit a game. There is no universal build that will work for all situations. Though I said, “Don’t get BKB if you have gotten Linken,” that is only because you only need one defence against spells. However, you can get both Linken and BKB if you feel you need both of them to survive in a team fight. The same goes for Buriza and MKB. You only need one attack modifier, but if you found that you need the crits but can’t afford to miss, getting both MKB and Buriza may be the solution to your problem.
For example, I can get Diffusal Blade to counter Anti-Mage then get Manta Style for the ms bonus so I can chase up with him. Besides, AM lacks AoE damage so he might find it difficult to destroy my illusions.
Bottomline : Be creative. Buy the necessary items to solve the problems you face in the game. Always improvise and improve.
+ Whichever item you chose
[tab]The Shotgun Build|The Before EB came build
Due to Adaptive Strike becoming magical damage in one of the patch, the EB + AS combo became viable and fierce some. In fact, it was so powerful IceFrog had to nerf Adaptive Strike. Even so, it is still very popular and many Morphling players in international competitions had been seen rushing a Ethereal Blade to start racking up kills.
It is obvious that this build revolves around Ethereal Blade and Adaptive Strike. You might want to consider rushing Ethereal Blade, though you might find it better to get mana regeneration items (Bottle/Linken’s Sphere/Perseverance) first as Morphling will become very mana starved.
As the shotgun combo easily kills enemies, getting Ethereal Blade can drastically increase Morphling’s income, thus allowing him to turn the game into his favour. Also, getting kills easily allows Morphling to quickly buy those tier 3 items to end the game. Effective, efficient and swift. For a fast paced game demanding carries to get farmed up ASAP, the Shotgun Build is what you need.
Pros and Cons :
|+|Can One-Hit-KO opponents
|+|Very fun (who doesn’t like instagibb-ing enemies?)
|+|Ghost Form + BKB’s magic immunity grants near invunerability
|+|Damage increases as game goes on
|+|Evenly distributed damage output; harder to counter Morphling’s damage output
|-|Reliant on BKB to nullify Ghost Form; without BKB it’s easy to burst down Morphling
|-Magic resistance can counter Morphling’s magic damage output
The ‘Before EB came’ build is the build that players used before EB came and Replicate and Manta Style was nerfed. Is it still viable? You may ask. Well, though you can’t expect to get the same amount of DPS since you can no longer use the Manta + Replicate Manta illusions combo anymore. However, this build is reliable and focuses more on DPS than nuking powers.
Obviously use the ‘Before EB came’ skill build to match this item build.
Get an items to counter a particular problem (like BKB against disablers) then complete the rest.
Complete Core + Post-Core