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Ain't Nothin Gonna Stop Me Now : Your Manual to Meepwning

November 14, 2013 by Terminex
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Hero Build

DotA2 Hero: Meepo


Purchase Order

Starting Items

In Order

Choose One

Situational Items



Hero Skills

Earthbind

1 12 13 14

Poof

2 3 5 7

Ransack

6 8 9 10

Divided We Stand

4 11 18

Talents

15 16 17


Ain't Nothin Gonna Stop Me Now : Your Manual to Meepwning

Terminex
November 14, 2013


Introduction

The Steam version of this guide is available here.
Roles:
Carry, Disabler, Ganker, Nuker, and Initiator

Lore: Meepo, the Geomancer
"Originally worshipped by the pagan tribes of Germania and the black forests that encompassed it, Meepo is a mischievous spirit of the earth who enjoys burying his enemies alive in mountains of rock spikes, pinning them down into helplessness as he pummels them into submission with his mighty shovel. The most disturbing of the Geomancer's powers, however, is his ability to separate his being into multiple selves, each as powerful as the original and making him potentially four times the trouble for the unlucky who encounter him."

"If you ask me, life is all about who you know and what you can find. When you live up in the Riftshadow Ruins, just finding food can be tough. So you need to cut corners, you need to scrounge, you need to know your strengths. Some of the beasts there can kill you, so you need a way to trap the weak and duck the strong. On the upside, the ruins have history, and history is worth a lot to some people. There used to be a palace there, where they had all these dark rituals. Bad stuff. If you survived the ceremony, they would shatter a crystal and split your soul into pieces. They made great art though! Sculptures and such. Let me tell you: sometimes you stumble onto some of those old carvings. Take a pack full of those to town and sell them, then get yourself food for a few weeks. If luck is really on your side, you might find a Riftshadow crystal. Get it appraised and start asking around. Someone always knows some crazy fool looking for this kind of thing. If all else fails, sell it to a Magus the next time one's in town. They love that stuff. Still, whatever you do, be careful handling those crystals. You do not want one to go off on you. It really hurts."

Pros / Cons

Pros
Very fun to play
Strong pusher
Good disabler
Very fast farmer after level 4
Poof deals insane damage
Can farm multiple lanes/jungles at the same time
Can stack camps without leaving the lane

Cons
Difficult to master, requires lots of microing
Earthbind can be difficult to land
Very weak before level 4
Squishy
Killed very easily - if one Meepo dies, all of them do
Requires lots of farming to be helpful

Skill Build

There are many different skill builds for Meepo, but I find that this build is the most effective for me. At level 1, put a point into Earthbind. After that, you try to max Poof as fast as possible, and put a point into your ultimate whenever you can. After Poof, max out Geostrike, then Earthbind. Earthbind is a great skill to have, but is not necessary to max out.

Note that your Poof will deal the most damage if they Poof to the same spot they were, as it deals damage on both departure and arrival locations.

Item Build

Item builds are mostly a matter of preference, so buy your items however you see fit. This guide is just a suggestion based on my preferences.
In Order
The first item I buy is Tranquil Boots. They provide a heal for all your Meepos that allows you to stay in the jungle or in lane for a much longer time.
Aghanim's Scepter is core on Meepo, for it changes the 30% stat share too 100% and adds another clone. This item is an absolute must have.
Choose between Blink Dagger, Force Staff, and Shadow Blade. Blink Dagger and Force Staff allow you to set off a deadly combo: Blink, Earthbind, and Poof. Shadow Blade works on Meepo because you are not revealed during the cast time of Poof, only after it casts. Therefore, you can suddenly Poof all your Meepos for a gank and net them. Note that your Poof will deal the most damage if they Poof to the same spot they were, as it deals damage on both departure and arrival locations.
Mekanism provides an instant 250 health heal to all your Meepos, often saving you from death.
Ethreal Blade is a great item on Meepo. It slows an enemy unit for 80%, amplifies the magical damage it takes by 40%. That means Poof will deal even more damage. It also converts you and your target into Ethereal Form, and they take 2x of your primary attribute(Agility) as damage.
By this point, Tranquil Boots aren't a necessity, so I usually disassemble them, sell the Ring of Regen and Protection, and craft the Boots of Speed into Boots of Travel.

Situational Items
These items are just bonuses that will make life easier for you.
Soul Ring is a useful early game item for Meepo. The 150 mana it provides is life-saving if you're out of mana and you need a Poof to escape a battle, or you need to throw in another Earthbind to ensure a kill. Your Tranquil Boots/Mekanism will heal you after, so don't be hesitant to activate it.
Manta Style is a nice item to have on Meepo. In addition to your 5 Meepos, it adds another 2 illusions, giving you 7 Meepos in total. Wherever you go, enemies will flee before you.
Veil of Discord is for those that seek to increase their Poof damage even more. If there's a Hero with massive amounts of health on the enemy team, and Poof combined with Ethereal Blade just isn't enough, just pick this up.
Eye of Skadi is a nice item to have on Meepo, mostly for the stats. However, the Attack Modifier combined with 5 Geostrikes will slow your enemies even more that before.
Eul's Scepter of Divinity makes it easier to chase down heroes and net them, allowing you to kill enemies that would otherwise be too far away.
Vladmir's Offering is not a bad item on Meepo, as the 16% damage can be helpful.
Orchid Malevolence is a great item on Meepo, allowing you to render enemies helpless as you pound and poof away at their health. It also makes it safe to attack heroes like Lina, Lion, and other nukers without fear of being killed.
Hood of Defiance protects you from heavy nukers. The health regen is also great.
Pipe of Insight is a great updrade on Meepo, as it will help you survive against deadly nukes.
Gem of True Sight helps you take down invisible enemies and know when one is coming.
Bloodstone works on Meepo because of a bug. You only lose charges when the main Meepo is killed, not the clones. If you buy a Bloodstone, try to get 24 charges for an instant respawn and then sent your main Meepo to sit at spawn so you don't lose charges.

Farming

You will want to go for the safe lane so you can jungle and help your lane partner when they need it. Levels 1-3 are the hardest part of the game. You can't do much so you're forced to stand by and try to safely get some last hits as you soak up the exp. You will want to lane with a decent pusher so you can buy your Tranquil Boots at the side shop. Try to buy your Tranquil Boots as fast as you can, as they will greatly help in-lane and in the jungle. Once you hit level 4, bring both your Meepos to your team's jungle and start Poofing some neutral camps. You can also stay in lane and send your clone to stack some camps. Once you have 3 or more Meepos, you can just send one Meepo back to spawn when you run out of mana and take turns Poofing them back to spawn to heal.

A well-farmed Meepo means GG.

Conclusion

Meepo is hero with the potential of easily winning a game if well-farmed. He is extremely fragile early game, and is difficult to master. He requires lots of microing, and can be extremely frustrating to play at times. He requires extreme amounts of cash and experience to be played effectively, and his Earthbind is a difficult skill to land. However, he is very addicting to play. Overall, Meepo is a fun hero that requires lots of experience to be successful.

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