Ready to set the world on fire? Guide to Lina
September 21, 2016
Introduction: This Girl is on Fire!
A bit of background (a.k.a lore):
The sibling rivalries between Lina
the Slayer, and her younger sister Rylai, the Crystal Maiden
, were the stuff of legend in the temperate region where they spent their quarrelsome childhoods together. Lina
always had the advantage, however, for while Crystal Maiden
was guileless and naive, Lina
's fiery ardor was tempered by cleverness and conniving. The exasperated parents of these incompatible offspring went through half a dozen homesteads, losing one to fire, the next to ice, before they realized life would be simpler if the children were separated. As the oldest, Lina
was sent far south to live with a patient aunt in the blazing Desert of Misrule, a climate that proved more than comfortable for the fiery Slayer. Her arrival made quite an impression on the somnolent locals, and more than one would-be suitor scorched his fingers or went away with singed eyebrows, his advances spurned. Lina
is proud and confident, and nothing can dampen her flame.
Welcome! This is LinaOnFire
and today I'm going to publish my first guide, after a bit of delay. So, I decided, why not do this on my core hero? And guess what, it's Lina. Let's get started.
is an intelligence hero, known for ferocious early to mid game ganking. Lina
is normally played in two styles, semi-carry or support hero. In this guide, I would be covering the semi-carry Lina
, as so you can have some fun with your kills. Lina
has great abilities, especially her q, which would cause massive damage to multiple enemies. Finally, Lina
covers up with a great ult that allows great ganking potential, and with the 7th highest intelligence growth and a stunning 5th highest base intelligence, Lina
is a force to behold.
Some interesting Stats:
Base strength: 18
Strength growth: 1.5
Base agility: 16
Agility growth: 1.5
Base intelligence: 27
Intelligence growth: 3.2
Health growth 28.5
Mana growth 41.6
Damage 37 - 55
Attack Range 670
Movement speed 295
Skills: Fire in the hole!
"Fire makes a fine servant, but a harsh mistress."
Dragon Slave (Q)
's first ability, Dragon Slave
, is an amazing ganking ability with amazing potential in early and mid game.
Lore of the skill:
Lina channels the breath of a dragon, sending out a wave of fire that scorches every enemy in its path.
Cast Animation: 0.45+0.53
Cast Range: 800
Starting Radius: 275
Travel Distance: 1075
End Radius: 200
This ability is amazing when combined with Lina
's Eul's Scepter of Divinity
and Light Strike Array
combo. Also deadly aginst any low health pool target, as it could easily tear through them. Any hero with low health, such as Enigma
and Crystal Maiden
. The disadvantage of this attack is that magic damage does not scale into midgame, and this does not pierce spell immunity. This would have trouble taking down high health pool carries and buyers of the Black King Bar
, such as Troll Warlord
. More about the Light Strike Array
combo, go to Light Strike Array
- Travel speed of Dragon Slave is 1200.
- Actual range is 1275 (1075 + 200)
- Attack is cone shaped
Light Strike Array (W)
's second ability, Light Strike Array
, is a massive AOE damage that causes a long distance stung. When coupled with eul's scepter of divinaty, it is a force to behold.
Lore of the skill:
Summons a column of flames that damages and stuns enemies.
Cast Animation: 0.45+0.67/0.43
Cast Range: 625
Effect Radius: 225
Effect Delay: 0.5
Stun Duration: 1.6/1.9/2.2/2.5
We use this ability to annoy enemies while farming in the mid lane at the early game stages. This AOE allows stunning, which can really annoy level ones, while still keeping relatively low mana cost. This attack can be used to steal bounty runes at the beginning of the game. The combo with this attack is that you first cyclone someone with Eul's Scepter of Divinity
, and when they fall follow with Light Strike Array
, then continue with Laguna Blade
and Dragon Slave
. This would take out many heroes mid-stage, such as Leshrac
, Ancient Apparition
. It can also be used to stop cast animations that are long like Freezing Field
- Destroys trees
- Only allies could see effects
- 2 different cast animations
Fiery Soul (E)
's third ability, Fiery Soul
, is an interesting one. This ability is not an active ability, but rather a passive one. This ability could fish off enemies or escape in a stick situation.
Lore of the skill:
Grants bonus attack and movement speed each time Lina casts a spell. Stacks with itself. Lasts 10 seconds.
Max stacks: 3
Move Speed Bonus: 5%/6%/7%/8%
Attack Speed Bonus: 40/55/70/85
Stack Duration: 10
This ability is again used to gank opponents efficiently. After you hit them with the Light Strike Array
combo, they would be weak and you would have 3 stacks of Fiery Soul
. This grants massive movement speed for chasing enemies down, and also grants attack speed for killing large health pool enemies, such as Wraith King
. This ability stack well with the job Lina
is up to, so it is very important. It is also a great counter for Enchantress
- Using items that have abilities does not activate Fiery Soul
- Each new spell refreshes the duration
- 2 stacks: 10%/12%/14%/16% movement speed 80/110/140/170 attack speed
- 3 stacks: 15%/18%/21%/24% movement speed 120/165/210/255 attack speed
Laguna Blade (R)
's ult, Laguna Blade
, is a devastating single target attack that is great is used for ganking.
Lore of the skill:
Fires off a bolt of lightning at a single enemy unit, dealing massive damage.
Cast Animation: 0.45+0.7
Cast Range: 600
Effect Delay: 0.25
This ability scales well into late game, as when aghanim scepter is purchased, the damage type changes to pure. This can help you take down frequent Black King Bar
buyers, such as Sven
. This attack also has an low cooldown for a ult, and is just as good as Lion
's Finger of Death
, because of lower cooldown and mana usage. This ability is used in 1 on 1 situations, and can help stack Fiery Soul
. Extremely powerful, it is recommended to use it on a carry like Enigma
rather than a support like Lich
- Laguna Blade damage is delayed by 0.25 seconds, therefore can be avoided.
- Cannot be stopped.
Pros / Cons: Fire insurance!
The pros of Lina
is a strong midgame ganker with powerful solo abilities. Her power lies in the long stung of Light Strike Array
and the powerful burst of damage done with Dragon Slave
combined with Laguna Blade
. Her powerful ganking ability is in that she can also follow up with her Fiery Soul
, even after the ganking fails to increase mobility, and if necessary, attack speed.
Heros Lina are good aginst
is a low health hero, perfect for the Light Strike Array
combo that Lina
could pull off. The massive range of Dragon Slave
could easily ruin Enchantress
's back line position. Finally, her Untouchable
is countered by Lina
's Fiery Soul
, makeing her completely useless.
is a low health hero, making her great for the Light Strike Array
combo. Her powerful ult, Freezing Field
, can be directly cancelled by Light Strike Array
. She can also not move during her ult, granting larger chance to land Light Strike Array
skywarth mage can easily be locked down with a light trike array combo, and would have trouble getting close to Lina
in order to trade because of the long range of Dragon Slave
The cons of Lina
has low health, and that could cause trouble late game. When people like Sven
buy Black King Bar
s and Heart of Tarrasque
, then Dragon Slave
and Light Strike Array
would do next to 0 damage. If she gets ganked, she has a small chance of escaping because she doesn't have great escape tactics, unlike Queen of Pain
. She also lacks in late-game.
Heros Lina are bad aginst
. What can I say about him? It was like he was created just to counter Lina
. With his burst damage with Storm Hammer
and god's cry, he can quickly burst down with long stungs and high damage. He always buys Black King Bar
, making Dragon Slave
and Light Strike Array
completely useless. Lina
must get the aghamim's scepter in order to counter Black King Bar
. But, by that time, sven would have gotten a [[heart of tarrasque, therefore making the aghamim's scepter a waste of money.
is made to counter any spell dependent hero. With a perfectly landed Mana Void
, he can quickly wipe Lina
out if she uses her Light Strike Array
can quickly get him out of Dragon Slave
's range, and spell sheild makes him extremely tolerant of magic damage. If the Light Strike Array
doesn't exactly make the target, Lina
is at mercy of Mana Break
and his high mobility with Blink
Items: Throw another hero on the fire!
Boots of Travel
(Notice I did not bring healing slave because 1. It costs alot (110) and 2. It more single use, and Tango would outlast it.)
Tango: Increases lanning time and help you stay on lane for a longer time, thus letting you farm more.
Boots of Speed: Increases mobility, and allows for an early Arcane Boots, which gives essential mana.
Clarity: Is good for sticky low mana situation that could happen because of high mana dependence early game.
Town Portal Scroll: You never know... escape or helping someone else's lane?
Early game items:
Magic Stick: Helps you in low mana and low health situations, and can gain charges easily if an opponent is an ability dependent hero, like Invoker.
Arcane Boots: Cheap and gives great mana, and as a bonus also gives movement speed.
Wind Lace: Offers movement speed, as well as it builds into a Eul's Scepter of Divinity.
Staff of Wizardry:Offers hard to miss intelligence, granting more spell damage and mana regen. As a bonus, it also builds into a Eul's Scepter of Divinity
Void Stone: Grant bonus mana regen, as well as builds into a Eul's Scepter of Divinity.
Bracer: Helps damage and keeping you alive, as well as builds into an Drum of Endurance.
Magic Wand: is a natural and cheap upgrade from Magic Stick.
Blink Dagger: Allows quick blick in gank then blink out combo. Quite expensive, though.
Eul's Scepter of Divinity: Addition movement speed, more intelligence, more mana regen, and allows to land Light Strike Array combo. Life doesn't get much better that this.
Bottle: This is essential to keep runes for later, more importently double damage runes. It can also be used to carry fountain water by couriors, and is relitivly cheep.
I am rich!
Aghanim's Scepter: Gives bonus intelligence and changes Laguna Blade's damage to pure. Great for cutting through Black King Bar.
Drum of Endurance: Gives attack speed bonus, cheap, and builds up from Bracer.
Scythe of Vyse: Allow for ganking potential and support later on.
Shiva's Guard: Extra defence. why not?
ton of stuff you could also bring
Octarine Core, Refresher Orb, Bloodstone,or Guardian Greaves: During late game, arcana boots are kind of useless. you have a couple of chosies.
and Upgraded Boots of Travel
: It allows you to be at every fight, as well as saving inventory space from Town Portal Scroll
: A sudden burst of damage would always help.
: This helps you escape if opponent has Faceless Void
or attacks like that.
: This helps escaping from heavy auto attackers like Sniper
: This allows you to push more magic damage on a single enemy.
: Allows for additional health regen for teammates, and builds into Guardian Greaves
Pipe of Insight
: Helps your team from other strong magic damagers like Crystal Maiden
Black King Bar
: Gives magic immunity. Great for escaping from Zeus
Aegis of the Immortal
: Works with every hero.
: More damage to the target. Why not?
: +330 damage. This is the stuff of legends!
: This help with early game mana regen and can get you out of tough situations.
: Free attack and doesn't take up inventory space. Used for ultra-late game.
: Good for early game ganking and late game surprise teamfights.
Urn of Shadows
: Normally for support [[lina], but good for keeping you alive.
: Always good to keep around for some extra right-click damage.
and Sentry Ward
: Doesn't hurt to know where enemies are. Great for when the enemies have people that could go invisible (such as Riki
's Cloak and Dagger
or Bounty Hunter
's Shadow Walk
) or people that could put invisible things (such as Techies
's land mines or Pugna
's Nether Ward
). Also good at avoiding ganks. A good guide for Lina's warding is here
Smoke of Deceit
: Great for ganking others early game before Blink Dagger
or Force Staff
could be afforded. Also good at escaping.
Dust of Appearance
: Some enemy used a Smoke of Deceit
to run away. Use this to track them down.
Gem of True Sight
: Great at avoiding invisible ganks and seeing invisible enemies.
Runes: always good to have.
and Flying Courier
: Help you get items in the middle of a fight.
: Helps with mana lackage early game.
: Helps with health lackage early game.
Last words: The young Fire-blender returns!
Lina is an extremely easy to use, spell dependent support of semi-carry that is highly dependent on eul's scepter or divinaty and Light Strike Array. With the right combinations, she is a force to behold. Thx for viewing this guide on Lina, and this is my first guide, so any thumbs up or +1 would be very well appreciated.
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Also thx to Jaden and Antony for their support.
Sep 21. Added support Lina section build + Desolator to items section. Also added Last words and "Throw another hero on the fire" after the items section. Also added link to warding guide.