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July 10, 2013 by TheBenGerman
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Build 1

Build : The one and only

DotA2 Hero: Riki

Offense

Damage 48-52

Defense

Armor 5.76

Other

Movement Speed 300

Attributes

Strength 67
Agility 106.5
Intelligence 46.5

Basic Stats

Health 1765
Mana 845

Purchase Order

Start

Mid game 5-15 Min

GG 15+ min



Hero Skills

Smoke Screen

3 5 8 10

Permanent Invisibility

2 12 13 14

Backstab

1 4 7 9

Blink Strike

6 11 16

Stats

15 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25

Introduction

Welcome all Riki players. This is my first guide so please be patient. I am sure I will be editing it along the way with your helpful criticism. I may not know how to make a guide but I can sure play a hell of a Riki game. Also can someone please comment or send a message on how to link items or skills and have the bio pop up.

My guide differs from most Riki guides in one significant way. I DO NOT build a diffusal blade. When people see me playing Riki and not building a diffusal, I get bombarded with harassing comments. This is very controversial. By the end of this guide your Riki will be 2 hitting supports and 3-4 hitting carries.

Welcome and thank you in advance for reading this. Have fun with your Riki pub stomps :)

Items

Welcome to the items section.

Starting: 6 tango's total, Slippers of Agility, and 2 iron branch's. Your goal in the early game is survival. Your levels and farm are what matters most, therefore we buy items that will keep you in the lane the longest.

From your starting items you will transition into your mid game. This happens at 5 min. You should have anywhere from 20-30 creep kills. At 5 minutes I start to get my magic wand and poor man's shield. Once again, survival is key and these items help tremendously.

From your survival items we move on to some key items for Riki. Power treads give agility bonus, attack speed, and movement speed bonus. You will keep these the entire game. Also by 15 minutes you should have your Yasha as well. Yasha gives agility, attack speed, and movement speed. You will complete the Sange and Yasha later in the game.


Mid-Late game is where Riki has all the fun. From here you will want to get Vlad's. This is for survival, jungling when lanes are dangerous, and team fights. Not to mention the aura bonus for teammates! Riki's most powerful attribute is his backstab skill. You will want to build items that feed off that. Therefor the Butterfly and Ethereal blade are key. Huge agility bonus. At this point I always finish up the Sange portion of Sange and Yasha. You already have the Yasha taking up an item spot so you might as well get the Strength, Damage, and slow bonus Sange offers.

As for your last item I usually go Monkey King Bar. This is just pure damage and attackspeed. But as all good Dota players do, we mold our items to who we play. For example if you are playing a team with high magic damage. Lets say Ogre Magi,Zeus, and Queen of Pain. I will build a BKB.

Skills

My skill choice on Riki may vary from the usual guides. Most people will go for Backstab as fast as possible. Even though it is Riki's most important skill, it is not his best for early game. Early game is about survival and this is where a skill point in Blink and Smoke will do you good. Either blinking to a friendly or smoke screening yourself out of a gank. You will not be getting a lot of kills in the first 10 minutes(unless you play absolute nubs or have a perfect laning partner)

You may also be wondering why I only put 1 in blink strike until level 12. My reasoning behind this is that it is only 1 attack. For each level you only get 30 bonus damage. You will be doing much more damage by simply right clicking. By increasing the Smoke Screen levels you increase the radius. With the increase in radius I can get 1-2 more attacks in while they run. This far better than a 1 time extra blink strike damage. So whether your opponent is fighting you in your smoke cloud or taking backstab damage by running, you will only be Blinking 1 time to finish a kill or escape.

Late game is all put into Agility Skill.

Creeping / Jungling

Creeping is simple. With riki you are going to be focused. So you simply want to time your walk behind a creep for a backstab to insure a creep kill. Then back off to evade attacks. If you are full in mana I would also recommend blinking on a creep. Remember that items and levels are key to riki so you must stay in lane at all times.

Jungling is perfect for riki once you get Vlads. By this time the enemy will be buying sentry wards or a gem. This way if a lane is pushed too far to safely farm, you can free farm in the jungle without losing health.

When you hit 6 I know it is tempting to start ganking. Try not to unless you are close to the action. Farming is MANDATORY. Sometimes I find myself walking around for a couple minutes trying to force a fight. Try not to do this. Keep farming and wait for a fight to surface. The later the game goes the better Riki gets.

Team Work

As Riki you have a huge advantage. You get to pick who you want to engage! Always always always go for supports/squishy/spell casters heroes first. My strategy is to position yourself behind the target hero. You are going to attack once maybe twice before you throw down your smoke. At this point the will realize you are behind them. They will not be able to disable or cast on you since they are silenced in the smoke. You are hoping they start running so you can backstab. If not they have a 70% miss rate and you will get the kill. If they somehow make it out of the smoke you can blink to insure the kill.

While this is happening your team should be engaging from the front. With you taking care of the supports, their carries or tanks will be left for dead. After your first kill move on to the next support or the next most dangerous spell caster. Attack and smoke as usual.

Guide Discussion
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Quote | PM | +Rep by wallensteiN » July 10, 2013 12:12pm | Report
why ethereal blade? and valdimir wasn't supposed to be an early game item? where's difussal blade?

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Quote | PM | +Rep by Wisdomseyes1 » July 10, 2013 12:43pm | Report
wallensteiN wrote:

why ethereal blade? and valdimir wasn't supposed to be an early game item? where's difussal blade?


Ethereal Blade, to augment that magical damage he does. Duh. Also combos with Dagon, which is like core on Riki.

Also, only noobs get Diffusal Blade. The extra damage from mana burn does nothing to anyone, and you are maxing smoke screen on higher priority than blink strike (because it scales so well), the slow and silence from Smoke Screen is much more important than the purge and agi from Diffusal Blade

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Quote | PM | +Rep by TheBenGerman » July 10, 2013 1:14pm | Report
Wisdomseyes1 wrote:



Ethereal Blade, to augment that magical damage he does. Duh. Also combos with Dagon, which is like core on Riki.

Also, only noobs get Diffusal Blade. The extra damage from mana burn does nothing to anyone, and you are maxing smoke screen on higher priority than blink strike (because it scales so well), the slow and silence from Smoke Screen is much more important than the purge and agi from Diffusal Blade


exactly. When you are killing players as fast as Riki does 30 minutes into the game, it doesnt matter if you have leaked their mana. they are dead

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Quote | PM | +Rep by San Jacobo » July 10, 2013 1:29pm | Report
Wisdomseyes1 wrote:

Also, only noobs get Diffusal Blade. The extra damage from mana burn does nothing to anyone, and you are maxing smoke screen on higher priority than blink strike (because it scales so well), the slow and silence from Smoke Screen is much more important than the purge and agi from Diffusal Blade


Let's look at a level 1 diffusal blade.
22 agility,
6 intel,
20 mana burn.

Level 4 backstab means 1.25 * the 22, so 27.5 dammage. +22 damage from the agility itself, = 49.5 dammage.
adding on the mana burn, 69.5 dammage.
Practically 70 dammage from it, before factoring in resistance.

And level 2 diffusal:
(26*1.25)+26+36= 94.5 dammage.
How the hell is that no dammage.

Additionally, if you say "only noobs get diffusal", then I'm assuming you're playing with competent players. Who buy dust. And know how to just wait out smoke screen instead of turning their back.

Then smoke screen ends, you're visible, and you're dead.

Unless of course, you can purge off the dust.

I'm sorry, but diffusal makes complete sense on riki.

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Quote | PM | +Rep by Wisdomseyes1 » July 10, 2013 2:22pm | Report
San Jacobo wrote:



Let's look at a level 1 diffusal blade.
22 agility,
6 intel,
20 mana burn.

Level 4 backstab means 1.25 * the 22, so 27.5 dammage. +22 damage from the agility itself, = 49.5 dammage.
adding on the mana burn, 69.5 dammage.
Practically 70 dammage from it, before factoring in resistance.

And level 2 diffusal:
(26*1.25)+26+36= 94.5 dammage.
How the hell is that no dammage.

Additionally, if you say "only noobs get diffusal", then I'm assuming you're playing with competent players. Who buy dust. And know how to just wait out smoke screen instead of turning their back.

Then smoke screen ends, you're visible, and you're dead.

Unless of course, you can purge off the dust.

I'm sorry, but diffusal makes complete sense on riki.


Maybe the joke didn't get more clearly portrayed with the first half, when I called Dagon core on riki and that E-blade was augmenting riki's magical damage.

So for those who maybe missed it... my post was heavily saturated in sarcasm.

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Quote | PM | +Rep by San Jacobo » July 10, 2013 4:04pm | Report
Sorry, I'm used to a lot of dull people surronding the DotA scene. Still, my comment is true in regard to the original post.

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Quote | PM | +Rep by Yasutsuna » July 10, 2013 11:03pm | Report
Diffusal is a situational item and not only used by noobs.

That aside, maxing blink strike after smoke screen is bad. Really bad. If you want to have two levels of smoke, can't say anything. But, you seem to miss out the fact that blink strike cooldown is reduced per level, which allows easier chasing.

Normally people pick up basher and hyperstone to make up for his ****ty attack speed. Its quite vial to know that too

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Quote | PM | +Rep by Nubtrain » July 10, 2013 11:34pm | Report
I was wondering, how is getting a Diffusal Blade a noob thing?

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Quote | PM | +Rep by Sando » July 11, 2013 1:05am | Report
<Sense of Humour Bypass> Cmon Guys!

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Quote | PM | +Rep by pantera1000 » July 11, 2013 10:45am | Report
i feel like diffusal is absolute core on riki. gives a **** ton of damage and the slow keeps them in your smoke cloud longer

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