Starting Items: Tango (90)
Animal Courier (170)*
Gold needed: 600
IF YOU RANDOMED. Or if you just want to get it early.
There are many possibilities to start out. For instance, one might go Tango
x2, Healing Salve
, Gauntlets of Strength
, and Gauntlets of Strength
. Or 6 Iron Branch
. And add a Animal Courier
if you randomed. Personally, I like getting Circlet
because it increases all my stats for less health if I had gone 2 Gauntlets, a slightly faster attack speed, more damage, and more mana.
Early Game: Bracer (525)
Boots of Speed (500)
Void Stone (875)
Magic Stick (200)
Animal Courier (170)
Flying Courier (370)*
Gold needed: 2425
IF YOU GOT FIRST BLOOD AND IF YOU ALREADY HAVE COURIER. Or if you just want to get it early again and have a recipe lying around.
This seems quite expensive, but considering on how well you last hit, it should be no problem to get a Void Stone
with Boots of Speed
before Level 7. You do not necessarily need to get bracers first. You can buy Boots of Speed
from side shop and Void Stone
is bought from Secret Shop. If you can stay in the lane for a long time then bracers shouldn't be your first choice. Farm and gank well and Lina should have no problem rising to the top. The Magic Stick
is useful for farming because it will help heal you and reduces visits back to the fountain. This build is flexible enough so if you don't get enough money in time, you can always go as a regular Lina. But who wants that?
Stygian Desolator (4100)
Flying Courier (370)
Gold needed: 4300
This is where it gets fun. +60 damage with -6 armor. Lina will hit hard with her attacks and with Fiery Soul
and her disables and nukes, ganking should be quite easy. When waiting for opportunities to gank, Lina can farm easily with Light Strike Array
to stun and using Fiery Soul
to DPS. Be sure not to use all of your mana because Laguna Blade
still takes up quite a lot at level 1.
Guinsoo's Scythe of Vyse (5675)
Boots of Travel (2500)
Gold needed: 6800
Finish your Guinsoo's Scythe of Vyse
as fast as possible because this is when carry heroes and fat tanks will start to catch up to you. If you do not gank enough, they will close the gap on which you worked so hard to create. Do not get overconfident. Overconfidence will get you killed. Be sure to stay close to allies late game since nukes will have less effect on higher level heroes. Lina is still fragile even though she can hit pretty hard. I chose Boots of Travel
over Power Treads
because it adds a nice 95 movement speed which allows you to catch up to most heroes who simply have Power Treads
. It also helps with mobility across the map. After these items are complete, you have many free slots to fill up with items. Below are some extra items that you may want to fill up the extra slots that you have.
Total Cost: Tango (90)
Magic Stick (200)
Boots of Travel (2500)
Scythe of Vyse (5675)
Flying Courier (370)
Buriza-Do Kyanon ( Daedalus) (5750)
Critical Strike and a massive increase in damage. Also I love Diablo 2.
Create images to trick opponents. Use good micro to not die. Good increase in stats as well as more attack speed and movement speed.
Cranium Basher ( Skull Basher) (2950)
Only a 10% chance to bash. But better than nothing. Increases damage by a little and adds a thin layer of extra skin from the +6 strength. This can be upgraded to Abyssal Blade
when combined with Sacred Relic
Opponents stacking magic resistance? Get this to maximize magical damage on enemies as well as an increase in armor and a little boost in physical damage. The active ability has a radius of 500 and a casting range of 875. So if you are able to use any of your spells, you should be able to use this item first. Laguna Blade
has a range of 900 after Aghanim's Scepter
50% movement speed cripple and a nice boost in intelligence and health.
If there's too much physical attack going around and you don't like being the first to die in a team battle, use this item. It might help you live a full 10 seconds longer. Also, its Arctic Blast is useful for catching up or running away from opponents.
I don't like being focused or targeted. Every 20 seconds, it will save your life. Also adds a bit of heft to Lina with the +15 to stats.
One of my favorite items for casters and support and I guess it can work here as well. Bloodstone gives a huge increase in health and mana as well as health mana regeneration. Each charge on the Bloodstone will help mana regeneration and your allies if you ever die. It also reduces the impact from death by reducing gold lost and respawn time per charge. This is an excellent item to go for endgame and will make Lina a bit harder to kill. Added after a suggestion from Atlas.
Gives a cold orb effect. This is usually an endgame item but can replace Stygian Desolator, assuming you are doing very well in the game. Its stat boost is very helpful to fragile Lina. Eye of Skadi does stack with Life Steal though. Oh well. I don't get this item because it adds more money to the already expensive build making it less possible for it to work.
When Eye of Skadi is used, the extra movement speed on Boots of Travel is meaningless since the cold effect slows opponents. Gives attack speed increase with a little bonus damage.
If Guinsoo is too much for endgame, this is a great alternative. It still helps with reducing the impact of Laguna Blade's immense mana cost. Also serves as a nice disable to help with team fights.
A possible Life Steal item. Since orb effects do not stack, I do not use this with Stygian Desolator. However, it does work with Eye of Skadi. BUT LOOK AT THAT PRICE. Satanic helps makes Lina more durable in addition to raising the price of this build. Its activated ability increases lifesteal temporarily. More lifesteal is always good.
I really like the +60 damage on Stygian Desolator. So why not Zoidberg? I mean, a 650 radius Immolation that costs no mana?
I was wondering for the longest time where Arcane Ring was. Turns out this is the replacement item for it. This is only temporary if you need a boost in speed and some extra mana. Once you get items that help with your mana, these should be turned into Boots of Travel