First off, I'm probably the biggest noob you've ever seen. Don't believe me? On Dota 2 I'm level 12 (Really close to 13) at the time of writing this guide, and do not even have an MMR. Really bad. If that interferes with how you receive this guide, however, please leave now. I am, obviously, trying to change this fact and am getting better every day.
Q: Are you like all those other scrubs who only play carries and call support heroes "Bad Heroes?"
A: Um, no. I play all positions, from Antimage to Crystal Maiden. I am simply making this guide because it seems too many people in my trench MMR keep messing Nature's Prophet up. I'm sure it's the same in all MMRs, though.
Q: Being a noob, what makes you think that you can teach us how to play ANY hero whatsoever, even one as simple as Nature's Prophet?
A: I feel that, unlike other people in my MMR (Which is to say 0), I have an understanding of item choices, game mechanics and general know-how, far above the average person in said trench MMR. In other words, I've researched the **** out of it.
Nature's Prophet loves money, and he gets what he wants. Here's a video detailing what I mean. It's a better intro than I could ever do to him, but unfortunately the in-guide video feature isn't working, so here's the link.
PFlax's Guide for Nature's Prophet
See? his real name should be Nature's Profit
He's a very controversial hero, and a b#$@& to play against, but whenever they're on your team, it always seems like they suck.
Let's crunch some numbers.
If you look on dotabuff, Nature's Prophet has the 4th best economy, behind Shadow Fiend, Medusa, and Anti-Mage, with an average of 460 GPM, not far at all behind Shadow Fiend's 475.
Many associate GPM with winning, but Nature's Prophet's Winrate is 8th lowest of all heroes. That is because Nature's Prophet has a very high skill cap. Time and map awareness are key to playing a successful NP. This does, however, mean that even when you're losing, you're going to have more money than you know what to do with. Because of the map/time awareness thing, probably don't learn NP as your first hero. Maybe play Dragon Knight, buy a Helm of the Dominator and practice stacking with it. It'll sort of teach you how to stack the ancients as NP. It's the same idea, just with Treants.
Nature's Prophet can be played in the jungle and offlane. If you don't know exactly how WEIRD offlane Prophet is, don't. Play jungle. Unfortunately, he tends to suck in all other lanes. Sorry.
This is probably the best for new players. Why? I'll show you.
Analysis of Admiral Bulldog Offlane Prophet
That's why it's hard.
The idea is that you can manipulate the creep equilibrium with your Treants to get you reliable XP and gold, so that you can get a midas at around the same time you would if you jungled.
The thing is, if you don't know how to do it, don't. It's like playing Meepo, Tinker, Earth Spirit, Visage, or Invoker.
So, jungle him. Let's get onto that part of the guide.
In the fountain, spawn Treants to save a little mana. You can then use them to scout both runes for your teammates. Stay in the fountain though. When your Treants come off cooldown again, spawn them, regain your mana, and head out with them. Go to the hard camp closest to the midlane, making sure not to block the creeps when they spawn. No matter what camp you get, exept one exeption, always kill the big creep first.
There is a 2/5 chance that you can take the hard camp at LV 1 with your basilius. Let me explain.
The 5 Hard camps are:
Nature's Prophet is sort of unique as far as items go. Your first 5 items are, and will always be:
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