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Keeper Of The Light- Not to be confused with Gandalf

August 29, 2012 by SnakeBitez
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Build 1

Semi-Support KotL

DotA2 Hero: Keeper of the Light

Purchase Order

Starting Items

Alternative start(Courier already bought)


Luxury (Mekansm First)

Situational Items

Hero Skills


2 8 9 10

Mana Leak

4 12 13 14

Chakra Magic

1 3 5 7

Spirit Form

6 11 16


15 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25

Keeper Of The Light- Not to be confused with Gandalf

August 29, 2012

Introduction to the Author/The Character

Hey, I'm iPopCherry(laugh all you want, it's a name I've been stuck with due to friends) and I've played many MOBAS including HoN, LoL, SMITE, and obviously the original DOTA. Fortunately I was lucky enough to stumble across some very nice friends who also share the same interests as me, and therefore I managed to snag a Dota 2 key (inb4 desperate)
I'm not the most experienced player, but I have 900 wins on LoL, 400 hours on HoN, and a fair few hundred hours on the original Dota to boot, so I would think that I have a wide set of basic knowledge on my belt that I wish to share with you all with this guide ;)

This is my first guide, so feel free to point out any criticism(But don't just say I have a bad guide, say WHAT I did wrong and I will improve it)

Anyway, KotL was introduced to Dota 2 in the newest patch, and due to me having to either play support or semi support, he seemed like a good pick. And oh he was. With an incredible versatility and a wide set of skills, this Gandalf lookalike is not to be messed with.

*Video will be uploaded shortly once I can find a decent recorder*

As many can see, I haven't been on Dota 2 in a good few weeks. This is because I have been focusing on preparation for my second year at college, and have been busy with several jobs I need to do. I will try and keep this guide as fresh as I can, but I cannot make any promises. Thanks for the great rating you guys have given me on my first guide, I appreciate all the support and the feedback :)

Edit: Will be adding synergies and hard lanes when I play a varied amount of games with Keeper.

Edit 2: Added Justification for Clarity Potion in Other/FAQ

Edit 3: Added more to the introduction. Added Pros/Cons
Gotten used to coding and format of this site, so expect a prettier layout!



+ Item Independent

+ Fairly high movement base speed

+ His attack animation is just plain awesome, who doesn't want to fire magic out of his staff while on a horse?

+ Escape Mechanism if needs be with ult

+ Great at mana heals late game, can replenish both mana and health to high amounts with Mekansm

+ Fantastic at pushing out waves, or counterpushing enemy heroes.

+ His ult contains 2 new spells, which are very very useful

+ He looks like Gandalf. (Which is why I want to do a 1 v 1 with Doom Bringer and re-enact the Balrog battle) - I'm that sad

Unfortunately, every hero must have his cons, and this badass is no exception


- Incredibly squishy, favourite target for enemy carries/nukes due to low health pool

- Only form of disable is Mana Leak, which is a 1 target stun (and it's fairly unreliable at best)

- Not the highest source of damage, even Gandalf died once.

- Requires fantastic communication within the team, Recalls can wreck an entire team composition.

As you can see, there are plenty of cons as well, but these are mainly due to the fact that KotL has a fairly high skill arc. BUT CMON, HE LOOKS LIKE GANDALF. HE CANT BE EASY TO PLAY.
Also, the pros outweigh the cons, and even the cons that are there can be dealt with, good communication can win matches with a KotL, bad communication can lose them (as with any game)
He's highly versatile, and can fit around a wide array of team compositions, due to the high spell dependant metagame of Dota 2.

Skill Build

Q- Illuminate

"Channels a ball of light energy, building power the longer it's channeled. Once released, the ball deals damage and gives vision in a line. The longer it is channeled, the more damage dealt."

The low cooldown at ALL levels on this skill makes KotL so good. This spell allows you to push,defend,harass at a relative distance. The cooldown is 10 seconds and the range on this is 1600 on Dota 2, which is double the original Ezalor had. Although it is channelled and therefore can easily be broken or leave KOTL vulnerable, the damage it does the longer it is channelled is far more than worth that. Early game you want to use this as often as you can on the opposing team to stop them harassing your carry and to make farming easier.
It is also great for scouting out areas of the enemy jungle camps, and for scouting Roshan without getting too close, as it grants vision in a straight line.

W- Mana Leak

"Weakens an enemy's magical essence, causing them to lose mana as they move. If the enemy loses all of its mana, it will be stunned."

Similar to Bloodseeker's ultimate, but instead of draining health, drains mana, and is on the maximum mana pool the enemy has.

When cast, the target will have 3.5/4/4.5/5% of their mana pool drained, for a period of 4/5/6/7 seconds.

This is a great spell for mana hungry enemies, as it gives KOTL the extra early harass (which is why I pick it up at 4 instead of maxing Illuminate/Chakra) and provides a stun if they run out of 1.3/1.6/1.9/2.2 seconds.

You can use this spell in a wide array of situations. Chasing the enemy seems obvious, as if they run out of mana they get a stun plus have no chance of getting away. However, it can be used to prevent some forms of initiation (does not work with Blink) as if they chase you they may run out of mana before they are able to pull off a skill.

It can also be used as a lifesaver, enemies who chase your carry will be weaker with no mana, and the stun will prove invaluable in many situations.

E- Chakra Magic

"Restores mana to the target unit."

Simple, yet again, very invaluable. This is the main reason KotL is picked in games, as the mana restore is phenomenal and heals 75/150/225/300 mana instantly, with a fairly low cooldown of 19/18/17/16 seconds.

It can also be self cast, but be aware of the fact that because the base mana cost is 75, you only heal 35/95/155/215 mana.

You want to use this spell as soon as it is on cooldown, as letting it sit would be pointless when you can cast it on a nearby Nature's Prophet for a push and/or cast on an ally to provide the ult that they need.

Note that this spell does not work on magic immunity, so make sure you cast before any BKBs go off on your team to provide maximum efficiency.

R- Spirit Form

"Ezalor turns his body luminescent temporarily, gaining various abilities. Illuminate is now channeled by a separate spirit, and gains the Blinding Light and Recall abilities."

KotL's ult, this grants 2 new spells plus an alternative Illuminate.

Spirit Form has a duration of 40 seconds, a cooldown of 80/70/60 seconds, and a mana cost of 100 at all levels.

I will go into further detail about the Blinding Light and Recall abilities as they are what makes KotL's ult even more powerful.

R Recall

"After a short delay, teleports the targeted friendly hero to your location. If the targeted friendly hero takes player based damage during this time, the ability is interrupted."

This spell can be used in many situations, and acts as a free Town Scroll for any allied heroes or can allow junglers to get back into their jungle quicker.

The best thing about this spell is that the hero that Recall has been cast on can use abilities or walk as they would normally, which you cannot do with a TP scroll. (Note: This blocks channelling spells)

The only unfortunate thing is that this spell does not work for any heroes that run away, as damage they take will cancel the recall.

Recall has a mana cost of 100 and a short duration of 15 seconds, so can be cast up to 4 times while the ult is activated.

Blinding Light

"A blinding light flashes over the targeted area, knocking back and blinding the units in the area, causing them to miss attacks."

This can be cast as a semi-escape as the knockback plus the 80% miss chance will make KotL get away in a lot of situations.

This is also fantastic for initiating team fights. As the knockback has a radius of 675, in an ideal point, this will hit all 5 of their team in mid game. Although this can knock them back into your team, the 80% miss chance is a massive advantage for your team, and allows you to dish out more in the teamfight.


Although KotL already has an illuminate, the boosted one after the ult has been cast allows a ghost to cast it instead of you channelling yourself. This allows you to perform hit and run situations ( cast Illuminate, run back and let it cast) or can be cast as bait, as the enemy team will go towards the damage and find out it's a ghost.

All these spells can be invaluable to any team composition, so make sure they are used wisely!

Item Build and Justification

Starting Items:

The items provide a ton of heal, minute stat boosts, and the vision/courier for the rest of the team. This allows you to harass efficiently and stay in lane with your partner for a fairly long duration of time without being in too much trouble.

Core Items: Mercury Treads are for the extra HP and MS as KotL is squishy and therefore should focus on survivability instead of damage. Obviously BoT are more efficient for pushing and defending creep lanes, but the extra cost of this should only be considered if you have a fantastic early game.
Urn of Shadows is a widely used support item, and provides heals that everybody needs and that KotL lacks as a support. (Under edit as Tranquils seem a better option

Magic Wand is used like it is used on a lot of heroes, the mana and health bonuses it gives are great if the enemy lane has to cast a lot.

Town Portal Scroll is fairly self explanatory, used to push back lanes/push lanes that the BoT would normally give.


Normally Mekansm is all I reach as I am constantly warding and helping my team, but if the situation arises, and you have the gold to spend, consider getting any of the luxury items I have listed.

Other/ FAQ

I know KotL can be played as a different role, especially a mid. However, even though this is viable, it tends not to be the role I PERSONALLY pick, so this is why I posted a support KotL down.

Any questions I see will be posted here, as well as my responses, so make sure to check on them often if you have sent me an inbox

Clarity Potion justification

I've seen a lot of posts resolving around the issue that clarity pots on a KotL early are a BAD idea. Although in certain cases, getting a clarity can be switched around for different items, in most cases they are needed.

This is because at level 1 in Chakra you only heal 35 mana on yourself. This can wear down, and if you have a very mana hungry carry, you're going to want to use Chakra on them instead of yourself to guarantee the full potential.
By the time you reach max level in Chakra, the clarity pots should be used (in my case anyway) and you and your carry can control the mana from there a lot easier.





Guide Discussion
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Quote | PM | +Rep by SnakeBitez » July 27, 2012 11:50am | Report
Any questions or comments on this guide will be greatly appreciated, I try my best to make my guides be the best that I can make them be, and I've spent 2 hours on working around Keeper of the Light so far.

Also,when the new image icons are released onto this site for KotL, I will make the guide a lot prettier to look at, as I know it's a bit cramped at the moment.

Anyway, I'll try to respond as often as I can!



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Quote | PM | +Rep by CGrant » July 27, 2012 1:50pm | Report
Hi, I'm a new DotA player, so I'm not one to make critiques, but why do you buy clarities with this hero?


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Quote | PM | +Rep by SnakeBitez » July 27, 2012 1:58pm | Report
Clarities are because early game you want to be feeding mana to your carry as often as possible, and with the 18 second cooldown, you can still run out of mana fairly quickly. Clarities just provide a bit of extra laning potential just in case you have a very mana dependant laner where he has to take your Chakra, or in case you're against someone that can drain your mana just as well.

It basically replenishes your own mana without using Chakra, as at level 1 you only replenish 35, which can be used on your carry to replenish the full amount.

Hope that helped :)


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Quote | PM | +Rep by daPhongster » July 27, 2012 8:26pm | Report
Illuminate and Mana Drain are far more useful than any carries' spells, so you probably will be casting Chakra on yourself, at least 50% of the time.

Why would you get a mana recovery spell at level one? You have no spells if you do so, I doubt your carry will be casting his spell right away, or need any mp recovery even if he does so.

Basically, I don't like so much emphasis on Chakra early.


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Quote | PM | +Rep by SnakeBitez » July 27, 2012 11:08pm | Report
I agree with the point that Mana drain might be more useful than any carries spells, but in cases like with Bounty Hunters Shruiken, Lunas Beam, and Phantom Lancers Lance, the extra harass they can do early game due to the fact they don't have to worry with mana problems as much is great. Although I do agree with you in certain cases, if you had say a Magina carry who doesn't need to worry with mana as much as anybody else, and instead needs to work on early farm, go ahead and get an early Mana Drain/Illuminate. It all depends on the situation, but 9 times out of 10, I'm with a carry who prefers to play aggressive than passive, and likes to use his abilities to free harass as well as farm.

You basically want to get at least level 3 in Chakra as early as possible, as this is what KotL does best, which is letting his laner spam his abilities without having to go back and restore his mana.


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Quote | PM | +Rep by knightsljx » July 28, 2012 4:22am | Report
Clarities are a waste on Keeper. You should be alternating Chakra Magic between you and your lane partner. That money can buy you a gauntlet or extra branches that help you survive.

For those who don't get the idea of maxing Chakra magic early, you don't get the idea of support. There's no point in getting Illuminate early, it pushes out the lane.

Mana Leak should be taken at level 1/2, not later. You want to harass down the mana of your enemy early, not late. In fact, Mana Leak scales SO BADLY that you should take one early and forget about it entirely until lvl 23/24/25


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Quote | PM | +Rep by SnakeBitez » July 28, 2012 4:55am | Report
Mana leak at level 1/2 is useless as you don't need to focus on harassment as much as you need to focus on pumping up your carry. The 2 clarities are not a waste, which is why I stated that you only heal THIRTY FIVE mana on yourself at level 1, and when you need to pump mana into your laner, your own supply goes down quickly. I appreciate your feedback, but I completely disagree with what you have said apart from the Chakra max and the Mana leak scale.

However, if you feel that you're going to be in a hard lane, and you need the extra stats, then go ahead and take the gauntlets or the extra branch. It would be better to leave the clarities altogether however and just skip to the core if needs be.

Plus, a smart keeper survives by going outside the lane, Illuminating for harass, coming back for mana restores, and repeating. When you're using your level 1 illuminate to get some harassment done, your mana supply goes down even more. That's why I feel clarities are needed.

Edit: On top of that there's an 18 second cooldown, which can be a long period of time for somebody who is in dire need of mana. Clarities give the early boost of filling in the cooldowns without having to spend too much gold


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Quote | PM | +Rep by Wulfstan » July 28, 2012 11:23am | Report
One question is all I have:When Eza kills Doom does he say:You shall not pass?Or its when it kills Visage?I know I saw it on one of them.


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Quote | PM | +Rep by Turbovaari » July 29, 2012 1:48am | Report
i think this is good guide.Does core mean the items in mid stages of the game??


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Quote | PM | +Rep by SnakeBitez » July 29, 2012 6:03am | Report
Wulfstan wrote:

One question is all I have:When Eza kills Doom does he say:You shall not pass?Or its when it kills Visage?I know I saw it on one of them.

I think it's when he kills Doom, I checked this and that's why I really want to do a custom fight with Ezalor vs Doom :D

Turbovaari wrote:

i think this is good guide.Does core mean the items in mid stages of the game??

Core tends to be in mid game, but its basically the essential items that every character needs in order to reach full potential. Different people reach cores in different stages dependant on their farm/kills or how they're doing in general, but basic core tends to be reached by professional players within 20-25 minutes



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