Originally Posted by TheMSPainRageThread
by BtrflyKssBlade and LightRedemption
Dear honorable guide readers
I felt like writing a fancy and quite fitting note for our guy Leshrac. However, considering how humble he really is, I decided not to.
So trololol my good men/women
A magnificent poem of our gentleman when he was alive
Torment around me.
Torment in me.
Torment be with me.
And let us conquer our foes.
They do not understand our pain.
Not a soul can.
And for that, we shall make them feel the torment...
The torment that inhabits my soul.
Now Leshrac, above all else, is known for a lot of things
-Being a ghost
-Being a ghost after being an hero
-Becomes a gentleman after becoming an hero
-Has a poem written about him
-Doesn't actually comes with Queen of Pain
But those trivial facts are mere words of mouth. Though they are widely accepted, the most important thing that makes Leshrac what he is, an hero, is a long story that need to be told...
TL;DR: Leshrac was once a wild man, however, being a masochist is too much for females of any species to handle, he decided to become an hero, turning into the humble ghost gentleman that we know today.
What is an hero?
One thing holds true for all skill build: Get Pulse Nova whenever you feel like you need it.
Now this is actually quite simple what you should get for Lesharc, as also all other heroes: Nullify the cons and exploits the pros, but obviously it's not that easy. Thus, I'll take you a bit more indept
Holds true for absolutely every single hero out there in DotA at the moment. At the start, it is optimum of you to get stat boosting items as well as regeneration. Since Leshrac has great lane control as well as being ranged, he can farm her early game items quite easily with proper spamming of his nukes, or maybe even a tower down or too. Ring of Protection is only if you're going sidelane and planning to get a soon. It also helps in speed pushing sometimes
Choice of Boots
The thing is, Leshrac can get any kind of boots and still be effective. Get whatever you need depending on the situation
I don't think I need to explain why you should get this first of all. But when is actually a interesting take. It is optimum to get Boots when you need that extra ms, for instance if you might wanna switch lanes soon, or will be staying in lane, have a good chunk of cash that doesn't need to be turned into regen.
Allows you to spam your skills even more. Even though I personally don't recommend this since it adds no survivability, it works in numerous occasions, so need it when your team needs one
Speed, stats and some extra IAS rolled into this. Mostly recommended and thus being standard
Get this if you feel like Edict just a little more often. Generally it gives good chasing potential
Get this before 15 mins mark and push the hell out of your opponents, or delay after you absolutely need that teleport to decide the game.
A glorified poor man's upgrade of boots. If you find yourself in no actual need of another boots upgrade, get this instead. However, I assure you such situations seldomly appear in real games.
Early game items
Nice item. Provides some stats, handy regen and Soul Release, which is great for a nuker like Leshrac
Extra chasing potential. Also gives your team a good boost and decent stats for yourself
Early game survivability items. Puts loads of shits off your back and should be gotten depending on the game progress. Most of the time you'd need 1 of these before going off to bigger items
Nice cheap and effective, get when you're solo mid or seem to be ganking a lot.
A working regen item, used in the main extension later. Should be gotten early enough unless you're rushing a BKB
This item, or at least part of it, can be bought by disassembling the Arcane Boots and upgrade it to a late Boots Of Travel. This is extremely viable if you are going for Bloodstone as a first big item whilst
That's right, what you just saw is the core items for Leshrac. What they are you ask? A big pile of nothing. Why? Well, Leshrac needs no core. He is essentially too humble and put that he can be so adaptive that to works with every situation, makes a different item a core
The main of all the main. This item is great on Leshrac. It's boosting his HP and MP, as well as giving decent regen and comes in small prices. Wait, there's even more. It gets better as you
Alternative to the above, this one offers more survivability but less mana regen, cost a bit more and harder to buld up.
Provide a decent semi-disable, and Leshrac can use the bonuses provided very well.
Cheap easy to build stats-boosting item. Help you become a better spell caster, but is a bit risky since sometimes it just doesn't pay off
Aplify your spell damage by a shitton, however offer no stats
Mobility, needed if you're the main iniator/follow ups
A little less mobility, but some stats and easier to build
Only if you desperately needs mana before being able to get other items
Against heavy spell casting - disabling team
Core to the team, get it if it's needed (most of the time) and there are no other heroes on your team getting it
Helpful little summons allowing you to dish out additional DPS. Not recommended though
Staple 6th slot item. Works wonders on Leshrac as it gives him everything he wants
Provids excellent physical reduction, works mostly late game
Could work, would be highly situational
Gives shitton of HP which everyone needs
A great example of "LULZ I don't know wtf I'm buying"
Fail DPS item in general. Leshrac skills are powerful even late game, so he needs not to scale into DPS semi-carry like some casters such as QoP and Puck
Let someone else get it
Despised item in general
The mind set of a Leshrac player is quite straight forward. However, notes must be given as this hero tends to fail ridiculously in the hands of inexperienced player, solely due to the fact that they cannot handle a semi carry spell caster well enough
- A Ganker
- A Nuker
- A Pusher
- A Disabler
- An Initiator
#1 Choosing a lane
Any combination of lanes work for Leshrac, from solo to 5 man mid lane push, just because he is that humble.
+Solo: If you are up against a solo, be smart. Nuke the opposition relatively frequent, just enough so that you always have spare mana for a Stun + Nuke of your choice. If you find the opportunity, kill (or at least scare away) and get back to farming. If you are outnumbered, careful positionings of Lightning could get you just enough farm while you play conservtively. You can grab a kill even in this situation, however your life comes before that
+Dual Lane: Works great if you have an instant stun str disabler with you (Eg. Sven, SK). If outnumbering the opponent, the sheer force and range of dual nukes should take care of him easily. If facing another dual lane. It can be tricky, so be sure to harass first before attempting a kill. If against a tri-lane or more, it should gets complicated. However, always keep your head cool, remember that Lightning has a decent AoE and can spread to last hit and harass
+Tri-lane: You should be the tri-lane carry, or at least priority ganker. Thus, you are always allowed to get the kill, and free farm if the opportunity arises. If outnumbering the lane, you should always try to grab a fast tower, easily done with Edict. If not, you can always be aggressive, since as long as you have someone else tanking damage for you, it would pay off quickly
+Quad lane, 5 man lane: Not much to say here, since you're obviously going for a fast push strategy.
Now if you're going ganking, it's obvious you should choose more gank oriented items such as Urn of Shadows, Magical Bottles and such. Slap in a small survivability item and you're good to go. Remember, never overextend yourself. Your skill kills, but your opponent's skills can kill you faster.
If you're aiming for an initiator, grab a fast Blink Dagger and Black King Bar, a Aghnim Scepter should also be in there somewhere
If you're going semi carrier nuker, then it'd be best to gank only when it's needed, participate in important pushes and clashes, while spending your time farming bigger items such as Hex and Shivas
#2 How to Teamfight
Being probably the most powerful nuker in the team, you should make sure 2things:
+Don't die to fast. If you are, get more survivability items
+Nuke. Unleashes everything. Your skills have low enough cd so it should not be problem. Also you should be going into a clash full mp anyways
Usually you'd like to stun first, since it allows you to quickly pump up Edict and ulti. Lightning intelligently so that it doesn't keep you out of position, or else you'll just die
#1 Smoke Ganking
The above can be done earlier in the game, but it is not until the later game that it becomes crucial. Going head-on in a teamfight isn't always the best idea, especially since your nukes are getting severely weakened through time. If you find an opponent hero out of position (alone away from their base), there are 2 circumstances
+ They're baiting you
+ They're off somewhere else
If you find at least 2 heroes elsewhere, grab your team and smoke gank. Chances are you'll kill the lone hero, have a great numerical advantage going for a big push or Roshan
Now due to its special positioning and sight distribution, the Roshan area is where fights become messy. However, due to the clumping of spaces, it is also where your skills are most deadly. Use the terrain to your advantage is one of the basic things you should master while playing Leshrac
#3 Big Pushes
Late game these are frequent, if you outnumber your opponent, rush in after the enemy creeps are dead and Edict. If not, depending on whether you are an initiator or not, play accordingly, but try not to die, because you are a powerful asset to the team regardless of role
Usually the presence of Leshrac within a game makes all other heroes pale in comparison, due to his epic humbleness
Quoted for sheer epicness
+ Instant AoE Stun Str heroes Why you ask? It sets off Split Earth perfectly, and they can semi-tank while Leshrac does his nuke. Great to have in lane and in the team
+ Magical Damage Aplification If this isn't obvious to you then...
+ Protection Provider Gives you much needed protection (lol) that your piss poor HP desperately craves for
- Silencers Obviously not all, but it should give you the general idea of how fucked up these heroes are against Leshrac
- Pugna Spoilers for more info
- Burst Nuker Disabler They keep you out of position, exploit your paper hp and literally means you can't really do shit without BKB
- Doom Appears in all of my guides as the ultimate counter to everything I ever write about
Also known as the replay section. I've attached 3 to the end of the Forum Guide Version
Originally the end credits, but it was too mainstream
-Shatterman for reminding me that I forgot to post the link to the origins of the Humble Leshrac comics, peace man
-IceFrog for the development of DotA
-The ][nquisitor for various improvements (visuals)
-You, for reading