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Lion Build Guide DOTA 2: Hell To Pay


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Introduction

Hello welcome to Masked_man’s guide to Lion. Lion is a hard support and lane partner hero who can provide tons of opportunities for his carry or save him with two strong disables and leaving the enemies with no mana. He is an easy to play hero but he is very hard to master and currently the 3rd popular hero (Cause it feels verrrry good to nuke people with 2500 damage Finger of Death). He is infamous for two strong disables, Mana drain harassment and a strong Magical damage nuke.
This guide is not just for people who want to master Lion, It’s for every one who wants to be a better support.
I hope you enjoy playing him as much as I do.
You can also check out my other guides Here


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Lore

Once a Grandmaster of the Demon Witch tradition of sorcery, Lion earned fame among his brethren for fighting on the side of light and righteousness. But adulation corrupts. With powers surpassed only by his ambition, the mage was seduced by a demon and turned to evil, trading his soul for prestige. After committing horrible crimes that marred his soul, he was abandoned. The demon betrayed him, striking better deals with his enemies. Such was Lion’s rage that he followed the demon back to hell and slew it, ripping it limb from limb, taking its demonic hand for his own. However, such demonoplasty comes at a cost. Lion was transfigured by the process, his body transformed into something unrecognizable. He rose from hell, rage incarnate, slaying even those who had once called him master, and laying waste to the lands where he had once been so adored. He survives now as the sole practitioner of the Demon Witch tradition, and those who present themselves as acolytes or students are soon relieved of their mana and carried off by the faintest gust of wind.


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Update Log

2/3/2018
Patch 7.08 update

11/28/2018
Patch 7.20c update



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Talents

+75 Cast Range

OR

+90 Damage

Although Lion Aether Lens Mana Drain Earth Spike

+120 Gold/Min

OR

+200 Finger of Death Damage

See it your self. In the current meta where kills matter the most, Extra damage now, is better than agh’s extra damage later. BUT if your enemies are too tanky, get the gold talent for buying luxury items or to ward and deward better.

+500 Health

OR

+2 Mana Drain Multi Target

Lion Lion Mana Drain Force Staff Aghanim’s Scepter Mana Drain

+1000 Earth Spike Range

OR

+325 AoE Hex

Both talents are good but AoE Hex Earth Spike Blink Dagger Hex

Althoughis a LOT more right click than other supports, His skills mostly have short cast range. Since you are a hard support, You are not able to buildmost of the times. Better cast range makes you a better laner and roaming partner. Also the break distance ofand travel distance ofis increased.See it your self. In the current meta where kills matter the most, Extra damage now, is better than agh’s extra damage later. BUT if your enemies are too tanky, get the gold talent for buying luxury items or to ward and deward better.is a very squishy hero and +500 health makes his late game easier but remember supports likeare not built to tank damage. +2Multi Target provides extra utility and refills you mana poll in a blink. See how your item build is. If you managed to build goodies likeand, then go for +2Multi Target. If not, then tank up a little to survive.Both talents are good but AoEis just too good to be untouched. +1000range can be useless when you haveand initiation skills but in some cases can be used to secure a kill from a LONG distance or to farm two jungle camps at once. AoEis simply game breaking and it can change the team fights in late game.



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Pros / Cons

Pros

  • Can output incredible amounts of damage.
  • His nuking potential can scale and not fall off during the game.
  • Strong laning presence.
  • Able to harass the enemies with his long attack range, Earth Spike Mana Drain
  • Strong ganker.
  • He is known as city of disable because of two strong disable.
  • One of the best (If not the best) anti illusion hero supports.

Cons

  • Very squishy.
  • Low mana pool.
  • Level dependent.
  • Low movement speed.
  • Very Low Starting armor.
  • Short cast range for disables.
  • Easily countered with magic immunity and magic block.
  • Mana Drain
  • Dies fast if fails to stun +2-3 heroes with Earth Spike


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Early Game

Deny Harass (No Last Hit!)
The game begins! You have bought the courier and two wards which you have to give one of it to the off-laner. The mid laner may ask for two shards of tango so give them to him. Then head to the bounty rune spot near the safe lane with your precious carry and plant a ward and to have more vision on power up rune spot and prevent pregame’s start ganks.
If your team wants to taste blood before the game starts, follow them the the target spot and kill the poor souls. Warding provides ton of advantage in these scenarios. Lion can’t deal much damage in level 1 but he can stun his targets for a good amount of time that makes him suitable for pergame’s start ganks.

Lion has a very strong presence in lane. 600 attack range, Earth Spike and Mana Drain gives him lot of options for harassing his enemies specially melee heroes.
Harassing your opponents with Earth Spike has its own pros and cons.
Pros: Earth Spike damages lots of creaps in its way and those damaged creaps are easy farm for your carry and keeps the enemy melee hero away from the creap wave.
You can also cast Mana Drain on the stunned target or auto attack him.
Cons: It pushes the lane and makes farming for your carry harder when creap wave reaches tower. So it’s better to be used once every 3 creap wave to prevent push.
Lion is most vulnerable when Earth Spike is on cooldown and smart enemies abuse this fast and try to kill you or worse kill your carry. That one point on Hex is there to prevent such things.
Zoning enemy off laner is incredibly important and has huge impact on mid game. Lion can zone easily, yet efficiently with Mana Drain.

Deny!

Denying creaps is one of the most important tasks of a support in lane. It makes farming for enemy off-laner harder and delays his item build process and Since you are not allowed to last hit, your secondary source of XP and gold in laning phase will be denying, (Main one is Kills.)
Having goals always help to keep going, When you have no goal, You’ll become lazy after some minutes.

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For beginners, 1 deny per minute is good.

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for experienced players +3 (Be aware babysitting, harassing and denying is not all of your job, there are wards to be placed and camps to be stacked too.)

Pick runes of bounty!

Bounty runes are supports best friend! While carries are farming in lane and your reliable gold is being spent on wards and consumables, Bounty rune are the best source of gold and XP available for supports who already spend notable amount of time in jungle, stacking and pulling camps and warding.

Lion
Sometimes all a Juggernaut Ursa Sven Monkey KingALMOST killed with Finger of Death

Summery Of Early game:

Deny

,

Harass

and

Last hit

ONLY the dying creaps that are out of your carry’s reach (If melee),
Set up kills with your disables, Never kill steal, pick bounty runes and Plant wards and stack and pull camps

(In depth explanations in “How To Be A Good Support 102”).

Denying creaps is one of the most important tasks of a support in lane. It makes farming for enemy off-laner harder and delays his item build process and Since you are not allowed to last hit, your secondary source of XP and gold in laning phase will be denying, (Main one is Kills.)Having goals always help to keep going, When you have no goal, You’ll become lazy after some minutes.For beginners, 1 deny per minute is good.for experienced players +3 (Be aware babysitting, harassing and denying is not all of your job, there are wards to be placed and camps to be stacked too.)Bounty runes are supports best friend! While carries are farming in lane and your reliable gold is being spent on wards and consumables, Bounty rune are the best source of gold and XP available for supports who already spend notable amount of time in jungle, stacking and pulling camps and warding.is a good lane partner because of the opportunities he can create for his carry with his disables and nuke based on his skill build and early game strength.Sometimes all aorneeds to kill a hero is a simple stun or hex. Sometimes all aorneeds to kill a hero is casting their nukes on the hero youkilled with. Be smart.andthe dying creaps that are out of your carry’s reach (If melee),Set up kills with your disables, Never kill steal, pick bounty runes and Plant wards and stack and pull camps


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Dual Roaming

Lion is not a roaming support because he is a babysitter and he can’t deal much damage without his ultimate but he has two strong disables that makes him suitable for being a roamer’s partner who can deal lots of damage and almost all roamers sync with Lion‘s skill build and play style.

When pick Lion as roaming partner?

It’s not wise to be roaming partner when there is a very hard carry in your team that need a lot of care.
Lion

Benefits of Dual Roaming

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Killing faster and safer.
Solo Roaming always had its own risks. Death chance is high

1-

If roamer fails to kill his target fast enough before the enemy team reacts.

2-

When one on one manfight suddenly turns into a handicap or a trap (enemies have good warding).
Unlike solo roaming, Dual roaming had much less death chance specially if done with a support like Lion

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Much easier warding specially for deep wards.
A babysitter support’s legs are always chained by his carry (hard carry). He can’t go far for better warding or stacking and he can barely plant a deep ward. This was one of the reasons Lion Lion


Item Build

Staring Items





















Good movement speed is crucial. You need to stay near your partner while warding, dewarding and stacking camps and you will not able to do that with your low base movement speed unless you want to join the party when it has ended. Wind Lace Boots of Speed Wind Lace Boots of Speed Animal Courier Boots of Speed
Clarity Lion Clarity Clarity
The next thing is a lovely Observer Ward

Core Items













Yes, Core item build is same as other item builds but Magic Wand
cause you don’t get as much charges as you get in lane when you’re roaming and its gold can be used to purchase extensions faster.
Tranquil Boots Tranquil Boots
Blink Dagger

Notes:

Medallion of Courage Lion

GamePlay

Your job as a roaming partner is to roam between the lanes and jungle, gank their laners and greedy junglers. Simple right? No, Not really. During roaming or ganking you can be ganked or ambushed or walk in traps. The risk of failure can be high if against smart players and good support; And all of this can be avoided with

Warding

.
River wards and vision on high traffic areas can prevent ganks (For all your allies not just you) and provides useful information that can be used to set up ambushes or ganks.
Warding enemy jungle is crucial for ganking junglers.
Ganking junglers has strong impact on mid game and late game. Ganking early game junglers and delaying their core items cripples enemy in mid game. Heroes like Enigma Legion Commander Blink Dagger
Ganking hard carries who really need their jungle farm is the ultimate goal for the roamers. Ganking Hard carries like Anti-Mage Medusa

Ganking Techniques

Direct Approach:

Requirements:

Nothing!
Direct approach is the the easiest and the most reckless Type of ganking with your partner. It is super simple. You and your partner ping a hero in lane and tell your ally in the lane that you want to gank then you’ll approach them from jungle and kill them. Same thing goes for jungle ganks.

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Scissor Gank:

Requirements:

Allied hero in the target lane and a partner with good damage out put.
This technique is a little more difficult (Cause this one actually has a plan dawg!)
and it is used to gank dual lanes and it is much safer and has more rate of success.
In this method you must hunt like wolves and it has three steps:

1-

Your partner shows up in lane and damages the targets. Making one target retreat is enough to make the other on do the same.

2-

While your partner and that allied hero are damaging and then chasing the targets, You must be 1500 units away, Watching for any enemy hero who comes to aid them and waiting for the retreating target to come towards you. If no one is going to help them, blink in, cast Earth Spike
If one or two enemies are coming to help, Wait for the right moment until all of them come closer to each other then blink in, cast Earth Spike Hex

Warning:

This scenario can be ruined if all of their team comes to help. Even two good roamers and one ordinary carry can’t handle a 3 vs 5. So don’t be greedy, Blink in, Stun them and kill them if they are close and your partners cant kill them in less than 2 seconds, Then run away.)

There are tons of other ganking techniques but their roots end up to these two techniques. Mastering them is the gate for more advanced techniques.

It’s not wise to be roaming partner when there is a very hard carry in your team that need a lot of care.must be picked as a roaming support in teams which are mid game oriented and have carries who can take care of them selves and do not need lots of attention and have one roamer. (Very situational, Yet very strong)Killing faster and safer.Solo Roaming always had its own risks. Death chance is highIf roamer fails to kill his target fast enough before the enemy team reacts.When one on one manfight suddenly turns into a handicap or a trap (enemies have good warding).Unlike solo roaming, Dual roaming had much less death chance specially if done with a support likewho can provide vision with warding and blind enemies with dewarding. All roamers have abilities they can rely on when things just go bad. Two roamers together can survive most of handicap situations or buy enough time till their teammates come and aid them.Much easier warding specially for deep wards.A babysitter support’s legs are always chained by his carry (hard carry). He can’t go far for better warding or stacking and he can barely plant a deep ward. This was one of the reasonswas not picked in TI17 cause he is THE babysitter. But roaming partneris a lot more free. He is able to ward the whole crucial spots while roaming with his partner and plant some deep wards once in a while.Your job as a roaming partner is to roam between the lanes and jungle, gank their laners and greedy junglers. Simple right? No, Not really. During roaming or ganking you can be ganked or ambushed or walk in traps. The risk of failure can be high if against smart players and good support; And all of this can be avoided withRiver wards and vision on high traffic areas can prevent ganks (For all your allies not just you) and provides useful information that can be used to set up ambushes or ganks.Warding enemy jungle is crucial for ganking junglers.Ganking junglers has strong impact on mid game and late game. Ganking early game junglers and delaying their core items cripples enemy in mid game. Heroes likeandreally need to have theirto be fully effective. What if you can delay it for 5 to 10 minutes?Ganking hard carries who really need their jungle farm is the ultimate goal for the roamers. Ganking Hard carries likeandnonstop and delaying their key items or better yet forcing them to leave jungle decrease their efficiency and stronger late game for your team.Nothing!Direct approach is the the easiest and the most reckless Type of ganking with your partner. It is super simple. You and your partner ping a hero in lane and tell your ally in the lane that you want to gank then you’ll approach them from jungle and kill them. Same thing goes for jungle ganks.Allied hero in the target lane and a partner with good damage out put.This technique is a little more difficult (Cause this one actually has a plan dawg!)and it is used to gank dual lanes and it is much safer and has more rate of success.In this method you must hunt like wolves and it has three steps:Your partner shows up in lane and damages the targets. Making one target retreat is enough to make the other on do the same.While your partner and that allied hero are damaging and then chasing the targets, You must be 1500 units away, Watching for any enemy hero who comes to aid them and waiting for the retreating target to come towards you. If no one is going to help them, blink in, caston both of them and let your allies have the kill.If one or two enemies are coming to help, Wait for the right moment until all of them come closer to each other then blink in, castand try to stun all of them, Nuke the more squishy helper andthe other one (if there is any). BAM! Three or four heroes to kill for your allies.This scenario can be ruined if all of their team comes to help. Even two good roamers and one ordinary carry can’t handle a 3 vs 5. So don’t be greedy, Blink in, Stun them and kill them if they are close and your partners cant kill them in less than 2 seconds, Then run away.)There are tons of other ganking techniques but their roots end up to these two techniques. Mastering them is the gate for more advanced techniques.


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Mid Game

Mid game is Lion‘s time to shine. By this time, your carry must be capable of taking care of him self so Leave Him! Yes you must leave him alone in lane. When you are no longer in lane, You won’t soak XP that results a stronger mid and late game for your carry by giving him level advantage over his opponents.
Leaving the lane and your carry liberates you and allows you to be able to manage your own XP and gold. Keep staking camps and pull them for more gold and XP, Pick up bounty runes and gank every time the opportunity shows up.
One of the things you’ll notice about Lion is his remarkable ganking potential in mid game.
Gank enemy jungles and force their junglers out of them. Keep their jungle unsafe. While doing that pick up their bounty runes if possible and plant some deep wards for further ganks. Ganking enemy lanes is your most important task in mid game. The goal is to out perform your enemies and more importantly, To keep your teams level and farm above theirs.
When both jungles and lanes are unsafe and their solo farmers don’t dare to farm alone, They start to regroup which results in lower farm and lower XP for all of them and this makes their late game much harder because of the farm and level advantage your team.


Teamfight

Now we’ve got business. In teamfights your role is initiation. Initiating as a support is a lot more different than initiating like Tidehunter Sand King Centaur Warrunner Blink Dagger Force Staff
Here is your spells priority in teamfights:



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The key for success is being quick, Not only in blinking on the best position but also in casting the spells on the right targets. If you blink in and don’t be able to cast them fast, you’ll die fast and sometime you won’t be able to nuke somebody. That why you must cast Earth Spike
Casting Earth Spike Ravage

Who should I hex?

The best answer is the target that was not stunned and is able to kill you fast. If you managed to land a perfect Earth Spike Finger of Death Hex Mana Drain
If you are losing teamfight and allied heroes are retreating, Join them but stay close to them and stun and Hex
If You are winning teamfight and enemies are retreating, Don’t hesitate to blink close to them and stun them. Save kills but don’t kill steal.

I Need Some Space Dammit!

At the end of laning phase, you need to farm in lane alone. But where should the carry go? Remember those camps you stacked? well while you are getting the needed gold and XP in lane, Carry must be farming the stacked camps. This provides a lot of gold and XP for both of you.
This method can be used in late game as well but mid game is the best time for it.

Now we’ve got business. In teamfights your role is initiation. Initiating as a support is a lot more different than initiating likeandthey are tanky and their job is to initiate, cast their spells and soak damage. Supports are not made for soaking damage in teamfights (No matter what some people say. Supports are no longer punching bags, Not after the patch 7.00) So your job is to initiate, cast your spells and get out. Combination ofandis incredibly useful.Here is your spells priority in teamfights:The key for success is being quick, Not only in blinking on the best position but also in casting the spells on the right targets. If you blink in and don’t be able to cast them fast, you’ll die fast and sometime you won’t be able to nuke somebody. That why you must castfirst.Castingas the first spell is crucial. You must stun at least 2-3 targets and if lucky, 4-5 targets for 2.6 seconds which is like aThe best answer is the target that was not stunned and is able to kill you fast. If you managed to land a perfectthat hit all your enemies, Forget about standing till 2 seconds of stun pass then hexing their most dangerous hero, Nuke him withinstead and fall back then use yourandon the closest hero and try to not get your self killed.If you are losing teamfight and allied heroes are retreating, Join them but stay close to them and stun andenemy heroes who come close, Buy more time for your allies to TP away then blink on a safe place and run or TP.If You are winning teamfight and enemies are retreating, Don’t hesitate to blink close to them and stun them. Save kills but don’t kill steal.At the end of laning phase, you need to farm in lane alone. But where should the carry go? Remember those camps you stacked? well while you are getting the needed gold and XP in lane, Carry must be farming the stacked camps. This provides a lot of gold and XP for both of you.This method can be used in late game as well but mid game is the best time for it.



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How To Be A Good Support 101

Support role is one of the hardest roles in the whole game. Huge amount of pressure is on you from both your enemies and your allies. Your job is not just to help your core allies kill the enemies, You must plant wards, Buy support items like Smoke of Deceit and Dust of Appearance, stack and pull camps, sacrificing your self for your carry and many other tasks.
Supports are like the back stage staff who do their best to keep the show perfect while all glory goes to the guy on TV. Support are those invisible people who do a lot of things to push their team to victory but they are never seen. If your team wins, Your core heroes are praised the most but if your team loses, Everyone start to blame you (Even the feeders). But you do not pick a support hero for any of that, You pick it up cause The Team Needs You.

Don’t even think about those stupid 5 carry teams which are very popular in pubs, A team needs at least one support. The reason heroes like Bloodseeker and Pudge are very successful in pubs and low MMR pubs is all because of lack of supports in their teams. The easiest and simplest counter against 99% of pub stompers is Warding and I have never seen a carry spend his gold for wards just because a Pudge is killing everyone and already has 20 kills.
Yes supports impact in late game is not comparable to core heroes but they provide a strong late game for they by providing countless opportunities for them in early and mid game and warding. A team with no supports and no warding is always vulnerable to ganks and when there are 5 carries in a team, In dual laning, both carries try to get the last hits for them selves and this has no result but slow farming process for both of them.

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Before being a good support, You must be a good person or at least a responsible one. You must be willing to prioritize your carry’s need to yours. Offer the last hits on a silver plate and harass anyone who comes to deny it from your precious carry. Take care of your carry and keep him fed and safe even if he’s dumb as dog’d foot, Babysit him until he grows stronger and “Carry” you to victory.
Should I sacrifice my self to keep my carry alive? Yes if necessary but you’re better try to keep both of you alive, Most of your gold is being spent on support items and wards and death can delay your item a lot. Try to keep a disable off cooldown in order to save your carry (And your self).

Communication Is Ammunition

Trying to chat and create a bond between you and your teammates is always beneficial. But it is hard sometimes. All of use are used to play the game while keeping our heads down and remain silent so nothing bad can happen. All of us have been crushed and burnt in chats because of super toxic players who may even be capable of poisoning Venomancer
Try to act like a human being. Say hi in order to break the ice and detect the toxic players. If someone said some thing like “STFU NOOB” or something like that, Mute or ignore him (He is beyond saving) and try to make conversation with none toxic players. Be friendly but also serious ask about the game and your position in it, Ask things like: “Which lane should I go?” Or “Who is going to be in my lane?” This way you show them you are a normal human being (And not a snake) and you care about the game and team.
Creating a bond will leads to better cooperation and if lucky, Friendship. Your team mates fine it much easier to rely on a good player who is willing to cooperate and actually talks than a stranger who says nothing and just plays the game.

Sometimes two idiots in your team start to argue and sweat to each other. It may sound like a healthy conversation among teenagers (Don’t say it) but it has horrible results for your team. It tears the team apart and risks the victory.
Try your best to calm everyone down and for sake of god don’t try to do it by swearing at them it like

Trying to put out fire with Gasoline

.
If your desperate attempts lead you no where tell other players who are not arguing to mute them and continue to play.
That

Report

bottom is there for a reason, It keeps scums away from normal player and makes the community a little bit cleaner.

Report

toxic player and people who feed on purpose But

Don’t Get Carried Away!


Compliment and Motivate (It won’t kill you) :

One of the easiest ways to create bond with your teammates is complimenting them. Saying “well played” or calling specifically-“wp huskar” won’t take too much energy and time (It’s even in the chat wheel) It makes them feel respected and special and it has a huge effect on your partnership with that hero.
Motivating is a very useful way for boosting a teammate’s performance. If a teammate has poor performance,

Never

rub it on his face, He already knows he’s bad, Saying thing like “U suck” Or “Uninstall dota and never come back” just disappoints the poor guy even more and destroys his performance. Instead try to be nicer.

Give him suggestions.

Explain his major mistake politely and wish he learns his lessons.


Keep your team informed:

Keeping your teammates informed of the events in the match using Scan, Ping and chat wheel properly is the key for fast reactions and counter attacks.
You just saw the enemy Weaver
Keeping your teammates informed about remaining cooldown of your spells specially ultimates will let them know when it is the right time for a gank or teamfight and will prevent disasters like “Oops Shallow Grave
Letting your teammates know about enemies remaining health and mana or key item allows your teammate to take proper actions against them It helps an Anti-Mage Mana Void Sniper Linken’s Sphere Blade Mail
Being more specific is always better than simple pings. Pinging the enemy’s Blade Mail

Trying to chat and create a bond between you and your teammates is always beneficial. But it is hard sometimes. All of use are used to play the game while keeping our heads down and remain silent so nothing bad can happen. All of us have been crushed and burnt in chats because of super toxic players who may even be capable of poisoning. This is a normal and understandable approach but not the best one.Try to act like a human being. Say hi in order to break the ice and detect the toxic players. If someone said some thing like “STFU NOOB” or something like that, Mute or ignore him (He is beyond saving) and try to make conversation with none toxic players. Be friendly but also serious ask about the game and your position in it, Ask things like: “Which lane should I go?” Or “Who is going to be in my lane?” This way you show them you are a normal human being (And not a snake) and you care about the game and team.Creating a bond will leads to better cooperation and if lucky, Friendship. Your team mates fine it much easier to rely on a good player who is willing to cooperate and actually talks than a stranger who says nothing and just plays the game.Sometimes two idiots in your team start to argue and sweat to each other. It may sound like a healthy conversation among teenagers (Don’t say it) but it has horrible results for your team. It tears the team apart and risks the victory.Try your best to calm everyone down and for sake of god don’t try to do it by swearing at them it likeIf your desperate attempts lead you no where tell other players who are not arguing to mute them and continue to play.Thatbottom is there for a reason, It keeps scums away from normal player and makes the community a little bit cleaner.toxic player and people who feed on purpose ButOne of the easiest ways to create bond with your teammates is complimenting them. Saying “well played” or calling specifically-“wp huskar” won’t take too much energy and time (It’s even in the chat wheel) It makes them feel respected and special and it has a huge effect on your partnership with that hero.Motivating is a very useful way for boosting a teammate’s performance. If a teammate has poor performance,rub it on his face, He already knows he’s bad, Saying thing like “U suck” Or “Uninstall dota and never come back” just disappoints the poor guy even more and destroys his performance. Instead try to be nicer.Explain his major mistake politely and wish he learns his lessons.Keeping your teammates informed of the events in the match using Scan, Ping and chat wheel properly is the key for fast reactions and counter attacks.You just saw the enemywent out of the lane and there is more than a minute left till next bounty rune respawn, Cheesy huh? Hold Alt and click on weaver’s icon on the top of screen and immediately a “Weaver is missing” pops in the chats then select “Careful” from chat wheel. This way your teammates notice it and they can take proper action against it.Keeping your teammates informed about remaining cooldown of your spells specially ultimates will let them know when it is the right time for a gank or teamfight and will prevent disasters like “Oopswas on cooldown sorry you’re dead”.Letting your teammates know about enemies remaining health and mana or key item allows your teammate to take proper actions against them It helps anknow when to useand assuress about lethality of their assassination (Expand these examples and thing bigger. Consider your teammates skills and play style). It prevents waist of ultimates onor painful encounters withcarriers.Being more specific is always better than simple pings. Pinging the enemy’sis good but pinging it, selecting “careful” and typing “Huskar” is better (Having general knowledge about counters of all heroes is a great help here.)


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How To Be A Good Support 102

Well now that you know the basics, Let’s go for three of the most important tasks of a support shall we?

Map Awareness

One of the most important tasks of a support is planting wards aka

Warding

. Warding provides vision and true sight across the map and avoids ganks or it can be used to plan one, It provides useful information about the enemies actions and allows your team to be one step ahead of them. During

warding

, You must consider your team’s and your enemy’s team potentials in early, mid and late game ganking, pushing, Roshing, etc.

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How many enemy heroes are capable of ganking? How many of yours?

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Is the enemy team capable of split pushing? How about your team?

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How many of your enemies can solo Roshan? How many of your allies?

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Is the game going to become more defensive or aggressive in the next 10 minutes?

These are the basic questions you must ask your self when you want to plant wards if you want them to be more effective. There are three main types of warding in the game:

Rune Wards

,

Deep Wards

and

Defensive

and

Aggressive

Wards.

Rune Wards:

Rune wards

provide vision on power up runes and bounty runes. Vision on power up runes boosts the mid laner’s performance greatly and allows him to have much better rune control. Having vision on bounty runes in your own jungle doesn’t provide much but planting a

Deep ward

close to the enemies bounty runes creates ton of opportunities for ganking the heroes who come to pick them, It also provides good amount of information about your enemies actions cause they are placed in high traffic areas.

Deep Wards:

The most risky wards to plant yet the most rewarding. Deep wards provide tons of information about the actions of your enemies. You can see if their support is stacking camps, See if they are preparing them selves for a gank or smoke gank or if they want to go for Roshan or push the lane. But in order to place that valuable wards, You must enter your enemy’s territory and this is very dangerous so it is better to be done with a partner or with Smoke of Deceit

Defensive

And

Aggressive

Wards:

These wards are usually planted when your team wants to push a certain lane or when enemy want to do the same. Some provide vision around the target tower and some provide vision in deep parts of jungle (It can be yours or theirs.) These wards destroy the element of surprise for your enemies and put it in your teams favor.

Dewarding

Dewarding

is as crucial as warding for a support, Making the enemies blind and preventing them to be able to plan ganks and counter attacks. The first thing you must do it to guess the location of the ward. The easiest spots are power up rune wards, They are very important wards specially during early to mid game and most supports plant on or two wards to have vision on the power up rune spots. So plant a Sentry Ward
Those were the easy ones but the tricky ones are enemy deep wards and their locations can be guess according to the enemies Reactions to your teams actions. If your team is up to something and your enemies keep having the upper hand, Then you must look for their deep wards. The major warding spots should be checked first then the best spots around them that can provide quite the same vision. Think Like Your Enemies. Ask the same questions you asked your self in the begining of the game before you start warding and try to have the enemy support’s point of view.
Your teams is planning to regroup somewhere, use smoke and go Roshan then a minute later all enemy team gank and crush you? Well unfortunately I have to say there is a deep ward close to the location your team regrouped.

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Stacking And Pulling

Stacking is the act of pulling a natural creap out of their camp (Spawn box) by drawing aggression of the natural creaps around XX:53 to XX:55 and let them follow you in the right direction that put you and the creeps out of the spawn box. When clock hits XX:00, One additional creap will spawn. BAM! The camp is stacked.

Pulling the creap wave is the act of luring the neutral creeps into your lane creep wave. When encountered, your creaps will follow the natural creaps back to their camp and fight them. Pulling has many benefits:

1-

You creaps will tank the damage and makes it easier to kill the natural creaps easier and this means easy XP and gold for you.

2-

Your creaps tank huge damage and even die and encounter enemy creap wave with notable delay this pulls the creap wave towards your tower and makes the farming for your enemies harder and riskier.

Note:

There are slight differences between camp stacking time, The picture below lets you know about the exact time and direction of pulling and stacking camps.

Spawn Blocking:

By placing a ward inside the spawn zone of creaps, You prevent creap spawning in that camp. It is crucial for preventing your enemies to pull the creap waves.

What are the benefits of stacking?

The most important reason for stacking camps is Securing Farm. When the laning phase is about to end,When your carries start to head to the jungle and farm ancient camps and you farm the lane by your self (Cause it gives you the XP and gold you need to be effective in further stages.) Stacked camps give carry very good amount of gold and XP and boosts their item build progresses greatly.

Very Important Tip:

Always plant a ward that provides vision on the camps you stacked. This prevents camp blocking or worse feeding enemy carries with your hard stacked camps.

THE Wet Job

One of the hardest support task to get used to is to “volunteer” for being the living bait. The whole thing looks super simple on the paper: You act like a lonely delicious support but in fact, your buddies are hiding in the fog of war and waiting for a fool to show up, A fool shows up and tries to kill you then your teammates jump on the poor guy and kill him. Sounds easy huh? Nope The whole plan collapses if enemy supports have warded the area you want to be a bait. Technically they will out smart you and them kill you by ganking you from unexpected side or trap you inside your own trap by bringing some more muscle. So always have two Sentry WardLook like a bait, Just standing somewhere is not enough (Unless you act like you are waiting for power up rune to spawn (Every four minutes remember!)). Many times being mobile is a better option, You are a support and they will think you want to plant a ward or do something else and they attack you and many times, It will be their last mistake.

Warding

is the key element for successful baiting, Just walking around with 1 or 2 teammates close to you and hope to see someone is not working (Well it works in pubs, Like “Hey I know nothing about DotA 2” Kind of pubs). Good warding and one or two deep wards allow you to drag the poor guy into the trap. It lets you have a Plan.
Baiting is mastered only with practice, failing and learning from those failures. Good Luck.

Last Words: Congratulations now you are a better support (I hope). The lessons I taught you are just the push, “YOU” are the one who has a whole journey ahead of him or herself. Practice, Practice and Practice even more cause supporting is not just knowledge about where to ward and when to stack, It’s a skill that can be mastered over time.
Good luck and Have fun.

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Now that you know how to support properly, It’s time to see who we can help and who we can kill as Lion

One of the most important tasks of a support is planting wards aka. Warding provides vision and true sight across the map and avoids ganks or it can be used to plan one, It provides useful information about the enemies actions and allows your team to be one step ahead of them. During, You must consider your team’s and your enemy’s team potentials in early, mid and late game ganking, pushing, Roshing, etc.How many enemy heroes are capable of ganking? How many of yours?Is the enemy team capable of split pushing? How about your team?How many of your enemies can solo Roshan? How many of your allies?Is the game going to become more defensive or aggressive in the next 10 minutes?These are the basic questions you must ask your self when you want to plant wards if you want them to be more effective. There are three main types of warding in the game:andandWards.provide vision on power up runes and bounty runes. Vision on power up runes boosts the mid laner’s performance greatly and allows him to have much better rune control. Having vision on bounty runes in your own jungle doesn’t provide much but planting aclose to the enemies bounty runes creates ton of opportunities for ganking the heroes who come to pick them, It also provides good amount of information about your enemies actions cause they are placed in high traffic areas.The most risky wards to plant yet the most rewarding. Deep wards provide tons of information about the actions of your enemies. You can see if their support is stacking camps, See if they are preparing them selves for a gank or smoke gank or if they want to go for Roshan or push the lane. But in order to place that valuable wards, You must enter your enemy’s territory and this is very dangerous so it is better to be done with a partner or withThese wards are usually planted when your team wants to push a certain lane or when enemy want to do the same. Some provide vision around the target tower and some provide vision in deep parts of jungle (It can be yours or theirs.) These wards destroy the element of surprise for your enemies and put it in your teams favor.is as crucial as warding for a support, Making the enemies blind and preventing them to be able to plan ganks and counter attacks. The first thing you must do it to guess the location of the ward. The easiest spots are power up rune wards, They are very important wards specially during early to mid game and most supports plant on or two wards to have vision on the power up rune spots. So plant awhere it covers the area you believe there is a wards and deward it.Those were the easy ones but the tricky ones are enemy deep wards and their locations can be guess according to the enemiesto your teams actions. If your team is up to something andyour enemies keep having the upper hand, Then you must look for their deep wards. The major warding spots should be checked first then the best spots around them that can provide quite the same vision.Ask the same questions you asked your self in the begining of the game before you start warding and try to have the enemy support’s point of view.Your teams is planning to regroup somewhere, use smoke and go Roshan then a minute later all enemy team gank and crush you? Well unfortunately I have to say there is a deep ward close to the location your team regrouped.Stacking is the act of pulling a natural creap out of their camp (Spawn box) by drawing aggression of the natural creaps aroundtoand let them follow you in the right direction that put you and the creeps out of the spawn box. When clock hits, One additional creap will spawn. BAM! The camp is stacked.Pulling the creap wave is the act of luring the neutral creeps into your lane creep wave. When encountered, your creaps will follow the natural creaps back to their camp and fight them. Pulling has many benefits:You creaps will tank the damage and makes it easier to kill the natural creaps easier and this means easy XP and gold for you.Your creaps tank huge damage and even die and encounter enemy creap wave with notable delay this pulls the creap wave towards your tower and makes the farming for your enemies harder and riskier.There are slight differences between camp stacking time, The picture below lets you know about the exact time and direction of pulling and stacking camps.By placing a ward inside the spawn zone of creaps, You prevent creap spawning in that camp. It is crucial for preventing your enemies to pull the creap waves.The most important reason for stacking camps is. When the laning phase is about to end,When your carries start to head to the jungle and farm ancient camps and you farm the lane by your self (Cause it gives you the XP and gold you need to be effective in further stages.) Stacked camps give carry very good amount of gold and XP and boosts their item build progresses greatly.Always plant a ward that provides vision on the camps you stacked. This prevents camp blocking or worse feeding enemy carries with your hard stacked camps.One of the hardest support task to get used to is to “volunteer” for being the living bait. The whole thing looks super simple on the paper: You act like a lonely delicious support but in fact, your buddies are hiding in the fog of war and waiting for a fool to show up, A fool shows up and tries to kill you then your teammates jump on the poor guy and kill him. Sounds easy huh? Nope The whole plan collapses if enemy supports have warded the area you want to be a bait. Technically they will out smart you and them kill you by ganking you from unexpected side or trap you inside your own trap by bringing some more muscle. So always have twos around to detect the wards and locate invisible enemies. Another thing is you must actuallylike a bait, Just standing somewhere is not enough (Unless you act like you are waiting for power up rune to spawn (Every four minutes remember!)). Many times being mobile is a better option, You are a support and they will think you want to plant a ward or do something else and they attack you and many times, It will be their last mistake.is the key element for successful baiting, Just walking around with 1 or 2 teammates close to you and hope to see someone is not working (Well it works in pubs, Like “Hey I know nothing about DotA 2” Kind of pubs). Good warding and one or two deep wards allow you to drag the poor guy into the trap. It lets you have aBaiting is mastered only with practice, failing and learning from those failures. Good Luck.Congratulations now you are a better support (I hope). The lessons I taught you are just the push, “YOU” are the one who has a whole journey ahead of him or herself. Practice, Practice and Practice even more cause supporting is not just knowledge about where to ward and when to stack, It’s a skill that can be mastered over time.Good luck and Have fun.Here is also a link that might be useful for you since the map has changed after patch 7.20 Now that you know how to support properly, It’s time to see who we can help and who we can kill as



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Conclusions

Lion is a good hero and can be played properly when you have good knowledge of his strength. Underestimating and overestimating his power has no result but failure and this is why Lion is hard to master but he can be mastered in time.
Enjoy playing him, Keep your KDA sky high, Kill steal if you have to and have fun.
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