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Hell To Pay - A Guide To Lion (7.06f)

November 1, 2017 by Masked_Man98
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Build 1
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Lane Support

DotA2 Hero: Lion


Purchase Order

Starting items

core

extensions

Situational

Always

When needed

Rejected



Hero Skills

Earth Spike

1 3 5 7

Hex

2 13 14 16

Mana Drain

4 8 9 11

Finger of Death

6 12 18

Talents

10 15

Hero Talents

+1000 Earth Spike Range
25
+325 AoE Hex
+500 Health
20
+2 Mana Drain Multi Target
+200 Finger of Death Damage
15
+90 Gold/Min
+75 Cast Range
10
+75 Damage

Introduction

Hello welcome to Masked_man's guide to Lion. Lion is a hard support and lane partner hero who can provide tons of opportunities for his carry or save him with two strong disables and leaving the enemies with no mana. He is an easy to play hero but he is very hard to master. He is infamous for two strong disables, Mana drain harassment and a strong Magical damage nuke.
This guide is not just for people who want to master Lion, It's for every one who wants to be a better support.
I hope you enjoy playing him as much as I do.
You can also check out my other guides Here

Lore

Once a Grandmaster of the Demon Witch tradition of sorcery, Lion earned fame among his brethren for fighting on the side of light and righteousness. But adulation corrupts. With powers surpassed only by his ambition, the mage was seduced by a demon and turned to evil, trading his soul for prestige. After committing horrible crimes that marred his soul, he was abandoned. The demon betrayed him, striking better deals with his enemies. Such was Lion’s rage that he followed the demon back to hell and slew it, ripping it limb from limb, taking its demonic hand for his own. However, such demonoplasty comes at a cost. Lion was transfigured by the process, his body transformed into something unrecognizable. He rose from hell, rage incarnate, slaying even those who had once called him master, and laying waste to the lands where he had once been so adored. He survives now as the sole practitioner of the Demon Witch tradition, and those who present themselves as acolytes or students are soon relieved of their mana and carried off by the faintest gust of wind.

Skills Overview

Earth Spike


Type:
Targets:


Active
ENEMY UNITS
Rock spikes burst from the earth along a straight path. Enemy units are hurled into the air, then are stunned and will take damage when they fall.

Level

1


2


3


4

Mana

100


120


140


160

Duration

1.4


1.8


2.2


2.6

Cast Range

500


500


500


500

Damage

80


140


200


260

Length

825


825


825


825

CoolDown

12


12


12


12

  • Hit units will fly for 0.52 seconds before the real stun is applied (included in the duration on the infobox to the left).
  • The ability can only be targeted at a range of 500 units on enemies or the ground, but hits units up to 950 units away.
  • The rock spikes travel for a length of 825 units, and hit units in a 125 radius around this line, therefore enemies at a distance of 950 units are hit.
  • The wave of tendrils moves at 1600 units per second.

Earth Spike is Lion's signature skill. It has countless functions, from harassing heroes and clearing creap waves, To stunning enemy heroes after initiation.
This spell is maxed first because of Its damage and stun and lower mana cost than Hex.
In laning phase, If you want to harass your enemies, try to use the best of this skill, Hit both of your enemies and at least three creaps to provide easy last hits for your carry.
When Earth Spike is on cool down, Lion is a less dangerous target so be cautious and stay away from jungle.


hex



Type:
Targets:


Active
ENEMY UNITS
Transforms an enemy unit into a harmless beast, with all special abilities disabled.

Level

1


2


3


4

Mana

125


150


175


200

Duration

2.5


3


3.5


4

Cast Range

500


500


500


500

AoE

N/A


N/A


N/A


N/A

CoolDown

30


24


18


12

  • Instantly destroys illusions.
  • The target will have a base movement speed of 140.
  • Hex disables experience gain.
  • Has an instant cast time.
  • Lion's hex transforms the target into a frog (It's good to know.)

Hex is Lion's single target disable and temporarily turns a dangerous enemy into a harmless little animal.
In team fights, Hex should be cast after Earth Spike on the most dangerous enemy hero (That most dangerous enemy can be a nuker in mid game or a hard carry in late game.)
In manfights and roaming, hex should be cast first. This has three benefits: 1-It is impossible to not to stun a hexed target. 2- Hex affects the target instantly (Unlike Earth Spike) and leaves no time for your enemy to react. 3-If another enemy shows up, you can still manage to stun both of them with earth spike and escape but you can't do the same if you cast Earth Spike first.
In laning phase, Hex is your plan B when Earth Spike is on cooldown and trouble comes at your door step.
Hex mana cost is quite high and deals no damage so we put one point in level 2 and max it after Earth Spike and Mana Drain.
Hex Disables XP gain. Cast it on the more level dependent enemy hero when a siege creap is being destroyed.

Mana Drain


Type:
Targets:


Active
ENEMY UNITS
CHANNELED - Absorbs the magical energies of a target enemy unit by taking mana from it every second.

Level

1


2


3


4

Mana

10


10


10


10

Channel Time

5


5


5


5

Cast Range

850


850


850


850

AoE*

400


400


400


400

Mana Per Second

20


40


60


120

CoolDown

16


12


8


4

  • Destroys Illusions after 0.1 seconds.
  • Can continue to drain as long as the target is within 1200 range from Lion and they remain visible.
  • Total mana drained (100 / 200 / 300 / 600).
  • Will stop draining if the target runs out of mana.
  • Cannot be dispelled by anything.
  • +3 Mana Drain​ Multi Target causes Mana Drain to automatically target 3 additional units within 400 radius around the primary target.
  • Only targets units which have a mana pool. The targets are chosen randomly, there are no priorities.
  • The secondary links do not break if the unit turns spell immune, invulnerable, hidden or runs out of mana. It does break when exceeding the link break distance.
  • All links break as soon as the primary target cannot be affected anymore.

Mana Drain is your bread and butter skill. It allows you to have no mana problem in laning phase and slurp your target's mana. It is a very reliable harass tool cause it costs no mana (Really it doesn't) and lowers your opponents efficiency specially strength heroes who always have mana issues in early game.
The link breaks once your target gets 1200 units away or enters the fog of war so plant a ward on the high ground if you are mid lane position 2 ganker.
You can harass you targets with both Earth Spike and Mana Drain you can drain more mana and refill your mana pool after casting Earth Spike but keep Earth Spike cooldown and Lion's vulnerability without it.
It is an exelent zoning tool in team fights. After initiating and casting your disables and nuke, you can get back and cast Mana Drain on an enemy melee hero, he has two choice, stand and fight while running out of mana or get away and be useless in teamfight for some valueble seconds. This very risky usage of Mana Drain can give you enough mana for the rest of teamfight.
Casting Mana Drain is risky, standing in one place turn you into a very easy target for skills like Sacred Arrow, Meat Hook and Sun Strike and auto attacks so stay away from the jungle when there are these heroes in enemy team and position near your lane's creaps to avoid such skills.

Finger Of Death


Type:
Targets:


Active
ENEMY UNITS
Rips at an enemy unit, trying to turn it inside-out. Deals massive damage.

Level

1


2


3

Mana

200 (200*)


420 (420*)


650 (625*)

Damage

600 (725*)


725 (875*)


850 (1025*)

CastRange

900


900


900

AoE*

325


325


325

Cooldown

160 (100*)


100 (60*)


40 (20*)

  • Finger of Death is blocked if holder has Linken's Sphere but it is not blocked if holder is secondary target in the 325 AoE.
  • Finger of Death's damage is delayed by 0.25 seconds, so it can be avoided by turning spell immune, invulnerable or hidden after cast.
  • Cannot be disjointed.
  • Aghanim's Scepter causes Finger of Death to be cast on all enemy units within 325 radius of the target.
  • This includes invisible enemies and enemies in the Fog of War.
  • An area indicator is added to the mouse pointer, to make easier to tell whether or not enemies are within range.

Finger of Death is Lion's Magical damage nuke. It gives lion huge killing potential and has a very good cast range that makes it great for killing fleeing heroes who are out of your allies reach. Although it is very tempting to kill steal with Finger of Death, You shouldn't do it cause kill's gold has much more use for your allies (You are a hard support anyway.) In teamfights it should be cast on the most important hero not the most squishy one (Resist The temptation!!)

Talents

+75 Cast Range OR +60 Damage

Although Lion is a LOT more right click than other supports, His skills mostly have short cast range. Since you are a hard support, You are not able to build Aether Lens most of the times. Better cast range makes you a better laner and roaming partner. Damage doesn't.

+90 Gold/Min OR +80 Earth Spike Damage

Saving gold for luxury late game items is always hard for squishy supports like lion, All you must do in lane is denying creeps and harass the enemies and only in rare occasions, Last hit a creep which is out of your carry's reach. Bounty runes are better to taken by the carries but you can also take them while warding, but it isn't enough. +90 gold per minute is a great help. That extra gold can turn into a lovely Force Staff that allows you to get out of your enemies reach after you blinked in and stunned, hexed and nuked them. Or it can turn into a mind blowing Aghanim's Scepter that hurts your enemies really bad and kills their illusions instantly.
+80 Earth Spike damage is good just for a short time, then it falls off.

+300 Finger of Death Damage OR +20% Magic Resistance

Lion is very squishy and building armor and magic resistance on him is meaningless. You should not tank damage, You must avoid it.
+300 Finger of Death damage increases your magic damage output but if you consider the items that your enemies build, only the enemy supports will feel a little more pain. This is where Aghanim's Scepter shows its value. 1150 Magical damage in late game is nothing to fear BUT 1325 AoE Magical damage nuke can turn the tables.

+3 Mana Drain Multi Target OR +20 All Stats

Both talents are good. +20 all stats provided more HP, MP and armor that allows you to survive hard situations and use your spells freely.
+3 Mana Drain can be very effective if your team has another AoE disable like berserk's call, Black Hole, Reverse Polarity or mana burn.
If you manage to target 4 heroes and channel Mana Drain for 3 seconds, you will drain 1440 mana which refills your mana pool and make the team fight for their strength and agility heroes harder.

Item Analysis

Tango & Healing Salve


Lion has poor starting armor and he is very squishy so in order to stay in lane, Sustain your health and babysit your precious carry, You need health and both Tango and Healing Salve help you to do so in laning stage.

Bracer
Bracer means cheap stats, more health and stronger laning. Don't hesitate to build this item if you're having a hard time in laning phase cause Lion is very squishy and more health helps a lot.

Tranquil Boots
Your only boot choice until the ultra late game Boots of Travel. Tranquil Boots provide +90 movement speed and +14 HP regen which is lost whenever you attack or are attacked. Tranquil Boots help you sustain your health in lane and masks your bad base movement speed. The more movement speed you have, The better you perform as a support. (Faster warding, Pulling and stalking.)

Magic Wand
Cheap stats and charges that instantly restore health and mana which saves your life and helps you keep casting spells, Make this item a solid build for Lion. And since your item build as a support is slow, Magic Wand will stick in your inventory for quite long time.

Blink Dagger
A Lion with no Blink Dagger is a useless Lion and in one word he would be "Food".
Blink Dagger gives Lion the element of surprise, mobility and escape mechanism. Quick blink initiations are very crucial as Lion and Without it, you will not be able to use the best of your skills.
Note: In some games saving up 2k gold is not an easy task and you are not able to afford Blink Dagger on time. So the next option for initiation is Force Staff.

Force Staff
I highly recommend building this item right after Blink Dagger. It allows you to get in and out of fights without a scratch. Force Staff provides ton of mobility for you and slow allies who lack mobility and a great escape mechanism for YOUR allies (You already have Blink Dagger, manage to use it even if you're hurt.)

Observer and Sentry Wards
A support who doesn't ward is better to uninstall DotA. Warding is one of the most important tasks of a hard support.
Observer Ward last 6 minutes and provides vision and restocks in shop every one minute So always keep it on cooldown.
Sentry Ward provides true sight in a shorter area than Observer Ward and has no limited cooldown and last 4 minutes and they are necessary for dewarding cause wards are invisible.
More Warding Explanation in "How To Be A Good Support 102"

Smoke of Deceit
Smoke of Deceit provides invisibility and bonus movement speed for you and your nearby allied player controlled (like enchanted units). It contains 1 charge and invisible heroes can not be detected with true sight. The invisibility is lost if you attack or get too close to an enemy hero or tower (1025 radius).
Smoke of Deceit has countless uses, From roaming and planting wards to roshing or counter roshing and gank.

Dust of Appearance
Dust of Appearance is a direct counter against invisible heroes (Buying dust is not an excuse for not planting Sentry Wards.) It contains two charges and covers 1050 radius around the caster with revealing dust that blows invisible heroes cover and slows their movement speed (Slow doesn't work on Shukuchi), The effect will also prevent them from turning invisible.

Glimmer Cape
A real support item. Glimmer Cape provides +20 attack speed and +15 magic resistance that helps a lot against Magical damage harass but we build it for its great active, Glimmer. Glimmer grants 45% magic resistance and invisibility for 5 seconds after 0.6 seconds delay. Very useful to set up ganks or escape using both Glimmer Cape and TP or Glimmer Cape and Force Staff. Also, Glimmer's extra magic resistance is a great counter against Magical damage DoT (Damage over time) and Reaper's Scythe.

Aghanim's Scepter
Lion's butter and bread item. Aghanim's Scepter provides +10 all attributes, +175 health and mana and upgrades Finger of Death by adding 325 AoE and decreasing mana cost and cooldown. AoE high Magical damage nuke is serious business even in late game. It takes away at least 20% of the target's health and destroys illusions instantly. A strong late game counter against cancer heroes and Manta Style builders like Broodmother, Phantom Lancer, Chaos Knight, Terrorblade, Naga Siren, etc.

Aether Lens
Aether Lens provides two things that you need the most, +220 cast range for your short range skills and +250 mana. It also has +100% mana regen which is useless for lion and +6% damage amp.
Although the thing Aether Lens offers are tempting, other items like Glimmer Cape, force staff], [aghanim's scepter, Eul's Scepter of Divinity and Ghost Scepter have higher priority than Aether Lens. Aether Lens is more of a cherry on the top kind of item for Lion.

Eul's Scepter of Divinity
A strong counter for skills like Sacred Arrow, Meat Hook, Ravage, Skewer, Storm Hammer, Avalanche, Blood Rite and any other skill that takes time to have effect by making your self invulnerable for 2.5 seconds. Some buffs and debuffs are also purged when using the active.
In teamfights, you can cast cyclone on the most dangerous enemy hero (Or the one that is not hexed).

Ghost Scepter
This item is a great help when you are dealing with heroes who can deal ALOT OF Physical damage but little or no magical damage like Ursa, Faceless Void, Drow Ranger etc. It can be used as an escape mechanism by casting it and using TP But be cautious around casters cause when Ghost Scepter is active your magic resistance will be -4% (with out any items).

Pros / Cons

Pros
  • Can output incredible amounts of damage.
  • Strong laning presence.
  • Able to harass the enemies with his long attack range, Earth Spike and Mana Drain.
  • Strong ganker.
  • He is known as city of disable because of two strong disable.
  • One of the best (If not the best) anti illusion hero supports.
Cons
  • Very squishy.
  • Low mana pool.
  • Level dependent.
  • Low movement speed.
  • Very Low Starting armor.
  • Short cast range for disables.
  • Easily countered with magic immunity and magic block.
  • Mana Drain cannot be used in teafights properly.
  • Dies fast if fails to stun +2-3 heroes with Earth Spike after initiation.

Early Game

Deny Harass (No Last Hit!)
The game begins! You have bought the courier and two wards which you have to give one of it to the off-laner. The mid laner may ask for two shards of tango so give them to him. Then head to the bounty rune spot near the safe lane with your precious carry and plant a ward and to have more vision on power up rune spot and prevent pregame's start ganks.
If your team wants to taste blood before the game starts, follow them the the target spot and kill the poor souls. Warding provides ton of advantage in these scenarios. Lion can't deal much damage in level 1 but he can stun his targets for a good amount of time that makes him suitable for pergame's start ganks.

Lion has a very strong presence in lane. 600 attack range, Earth Spike and Mana Drain gives him lot of options for harassing his enemies specially melee heroes.
Harassing your opponents with Earth Spike has its own pros and cons.
Pros: Earth Spike damages lots of creaps in its way and those damaged creaps are easy farm for your carry and keeps the enemy melee hero away from the creap wave.
You can also cast Mana Drain on the stunned target or auto attack him.
Cons: It pushes the lane and makes farming for your carry harder when creap wave reaches tower. So it's better to be used once every 3 creap wave to prevent push.
Lion is most vulnerable when Earth Spike is on cooldown and smart enemies abuse this fast and try to kill you or worse kill your carry. That one point on Hex is there to prevent such things.
Zoning enemy off laner is incredibly important and has huge impact on mid game. Lion can zone easily, yet efficiently with Mana Drain.

Deny!


Denying creaps is one of the most important tasks of a support in lane. It makes farming for enemy off-laner harder and delays his item build process and Since you are not allowed to last hit, your main source of XP will be denying.
Having goals always help to keep going, When you have no goal, You'll become lazy after some minutes. +For beginners, 1 deny per minute is good. + for experienced players +3 (Be aware babysitting, harassing and denying is not all of your job, there are wards to be placed and camps to be stacked too.)

Pick runes of bounty!
Bounty runes are supports best friend! While carries are farming in lane and your reliable gold is being spent on wards and consumables, Bounty rune are the best source of gold and XP available for supports who already spend notable amount of time in jungle, stacking and pulling camps and warding.

Lion is a good lane partner because of the opportunities he can create for his carry with his disables and nuke based on his skill build and early game strength.
Sometimes all a Juggernaut or Ursa needs to kill a hero is a simple stun or hex. Sometimes all a Sven or Monkey King needs to kill a hero is casting their nukes on the hero you ALMOST killed with Finger of Death. Be smart.

Summery Of Early game:


Deny, Harass and Last hit ONLY the dying creaps that are out of your carry's reach (If melee),
Set up kills with your disables, Never kill steal, pick bounty runes and Plant wards and stack and pull camps (In depth explanations in "How To Be A Good Support 102").

Dual Roaming

Lion is not a roaming support because he is a babysitter and he can't deal much damage without his ultimate but he has two strong disables that makes him suitable for being a roamer's partner who can deal lots of damage and almost all roamers sync with Lion's skill build and play style.

When pick Lion as roaming partner?



It's not wise to be roaming partner when there is a very hard carry in your team that need a lot of care.
Lion must be picked as a roaming support in teams which are mid game oriented and have carries who can take care of them selves and do not need lots of attention and have one roamer. (Very situational, Yet very strong)

Benefits of Dual Roaming


+ Killing faster and safer.
Solo Roaming always had its own risks. Death chance is high 1-If roamer fails to kill his target fast enough before the enemy team reacts.
2-When one on one manfight suddenly turns into a handicap or a trap (enemies have good warding).
Unlike solo roaming, Dual roaming had much less death chance specially if done with a support like Lion who can provide vision with warding and blind enemies with dewarding. All roamers have abilities they can rely on when things just go bad. Two roamers together can survive most of handicap situations or buy enough time till their teammates come and aid them.
+ Much easier warding specially for deep wards.
A babysitter support's legs are always chained by his carry (hard carry). He can't go far for better warding or stacking and he can barely plant a deep ward. This was one of the reasons Lion was not picked in TI17 cause he is THE babysitter. But roaming partner Lion is a lot more free. He is able to ward the whole crucial spots while roaming with his partner and plant some deep wards once in a while.

Item Build




Staring Items







Good movement speed is crucial. You need to stay near your partner while warding, dewarding and stacking camps and you will not able to do that with 290 movement speed unless you want to join the party when it has ended. Wind Lace and Boots of Speed provide that. Wind Lace starting item build has vision advantage over Boots of Speed starting item build and it is the recommended starting item build cause vision edged your team in pregame's start ganks. But if there is another support who will buy the Animal Courier or wards, go for Boots of Speed.
Clarity on Lion? Really? Yes while roaming, there is no range creap to get mana from and draining mana from jungle camps is too risky and not enough. Clarity helps a lot and one Clarity can be all used while roaming to the next target.
The next thing is a lovely Observer Ward. In roaming, vision is very useful, It keeps you one step ahead of your enemies and allows you to approach them with a proper plan.


Core Items




Yes, Core item build is same as other item builds but Magic Wand can be skipped
cause you don't get as much charges as you get in lane when you're roaming and its gold can be used to purchase extensions faster.
Tranquil Boots should be built ASAP, Take one rune of bounty or two in order to get it. They are crucial for you as a roaming partner. Aside from very good movement speed it provides, Boosted health regen is the reason of its importance. Roaming hurts and between targets, Tranquil Boots heal you fast and prepare you for the next target.
Blink Dagger is both an initiation and chasing tool. It provides additional mobility and escape mechanism and can be used to set up ambushes.

Notes: Medallion of Courage is mostly should be used for extra protection for your partner or to focus the target. More armor on Lion is useless.

GamePlay


Your job as a roaming partner is to roam between the lanes and jungle, gank their laners and greedy junglers. Simple right? No, Not really. During roaming or ganking you can be ganked or ambushed or walk in traps. The risk of failure can be high if against smart players and good support; And all of this can be avoided with Warding.
River wards and vision on high traffic areas can prevent ganks (For all your allies not just you) and provides useful information that can be used to set up ambushes or ganks.
Warding enemy jungle is crucial for ganking junglers.
Ganking junglers has strong impact on mid game and late game. Ganking early game junglers and delaying their core items cripples enemy in mid game. Heroes like Enigma and Legion Commander really need to have their Blink Dagger to be fully effective. What if you can delay it for 5 to 10 minutes?
Ganking hard carries who really need their jungle farm is the ultimate goal for the roamers. Ganking Hard carries like Anti-Mage and Medusa nonstop and delaying their key items or better yet forcing them to leave jungle decrease their efficiency and stronger late game for your team.

Ganking Techniques


Direct Approach:
Requirements: Nothing!
Direct approach is the the easiest and the most reckless Type of ganking with your partner. It is super simple. You and your partner ping a hero in lane and tell your ally in the lane that you want to gank then you'll approach them from jungle and kill them. Same thing goes for jungle ganks.

Scissor Gank:
Requirements: Allied hero in the target lane and a partner with good damage out put.
This technique is a little more difficult (Cause this one actually has a plan dawg!)
and it is used to gank dual lanes and it is much safer and has more rate of success.
In this method you must hunt like wolves and it has three steps:
1- Your partner shows up in lane and damages the targets. Making one target retreat is enough to make the other on do the same.
2- While your partner and that allied hero are damaging and then chasing the targets, You must be 1500 units away, Watching for any enemy hero who comes to aid them and waiting for the retreating target to come towards you. If no one is going to help them, blink in, cast Earth Spike on both of them and let your allies have the kill.
If one or two enemies are coming to help, Wait for the right moment until all of them come closer to each other then blink in, cast Earth Spike and try to stun all of them, Nuke the more squishy helper and Hex the other one (if there is any). BAM! Three or four heroes to kill for your allies.
Warning: This scenario can be ruined if all of their team comes to help. Even two good roamers and one ordinary carry can't handle a 3 vs 5. So don't be greedy, Blink in, Stun them and kill them if they are close and your partners cant kill them in less than 2 seconds, Then run away.)

There are tons of other ganking techniques but their roots end up to these two techniques. Mastering them is the gate for more advanced techniques.

Mid Game

Mid game is Lion's time to shine. By this time, your carry must be capable of taking care of him self so Leave Him! Yes you must leave him alone in lane. When you are no longer in lane, You won't soak XP that results a stronger mid and late game for your carry by giving him level advantage over his opponents.
Leaving the lane and your carry liberates you and allows you to be able to manage your own XP and gold. Keep staking camps and pull them for more gold and XP, Pick up bounty runes and gank every time the opportunity shows up.
One of the things you'll notice about Lion is his remarkable ganking potential in mid game.
Gank enemy jungles and force their junglers out of them. Keep their jungle unsafe. While doing that pick up their bounty runes if possible and plant some deep wards for further ganks. Ganking enemy lanes is your most important task in mid game. The goal is to out perform your enemies and more importantly, To keep your teams level and farm above theirs.
When both jungles and lanes are unsafe and their solo farmers don't dare to farm alone, They start to regroup which results in lower farm and lower XP for all of them and this makes their late game much harder because of the farm and level advantage your team.

Teamfight


Now we've got business. In teamfights your role is initiation. Initiating as a support is a lot more different than initiating like Tidehunter, Sand King and Centaur Warrunner they are tanky and their job is to initiate, cast their spells and soak damage. Supports are not made for soaking damage in teamfights (No matter what some people say. Supports are no longer punching bags, Not after the patch 7.00) So your job is to initiate, cast your spells and get out. Combination of Blink Dagger and Force Staff is incredibly useful.
Here is your spells priority in teamfights:
> > >


The key for success is being quick, Not only in blinking on the best position but also in casting the spells on the right targets. If you blink in and don't be able to cast them fast, you'll die fast and sometime you won't be able to nuke somebody. That why you must cast Earth Spike first.
Casting Earth Spike as the first spell is crucial. You must stun at least 2-3 targets and if lucky, 4-5 targets for 2.6 seconds which is like a Ravage.
Who should I hex? The best answer is the target that was not stunned and is able to kill you fast. If you managed to land a perfect Earth Spike that hit all your enemies, Forget about standing till 2 seconds of stun pass then hexing their most dangerous hero, Nuke him with Finger of Death instead and fall back then use your Hex and Mana Drain on the closest hero and try to not get your self killed.
If you are losing teamfight and allied heroes are retreating, Join them but stay close to them and stun and Hex enemy heroes who come close, Buy more time for your allies to TP away then blink on a safe place and run or TP.
If You are winning teamfight and enemies are retreating, Don't hesitate to blink close to them and stun them. Save kills but don't kill steal.

I Need Some Space Dammit!
At the end of laning phase, you need to farm in lane alone. But where should the carry go? Remember those camps you stacked? well while you are getting the needed gold and XP in lane, Carry must be farming the stacked camps. This provides a lot of gold and XP for both of you.
This method can be used in late game as well but mid game is the best time for it.

Late Game

The hardest part of the game for Lion.
Earth Spike deals no notable damage to heroes but its damage can be used to clear creap waves. Hex is the same old Hex. Mana Drain is still a big problem for strength heroes and heroes with low Int gain and mana pool. Finger of Death is steal a hugh pain for most of ranged agility and intelligent heroes not as much as he used to be in mid game. +300 Finger of Death damage and Aghanim's Scepter keep your nuke effective and let your team fight against heavily damaged enemies (The Bloodseeker in your team will be happy about that :).
In late game your job is to keep doing what you were doing during mid game with much more care. Dying can be super fast and common for a support in late game and longer respawn time is another thing to be kept in mind.
Aggressive and defensive wards and push wards are crucial to avoid death while pushing or defending towers, They ruin quick initiations and ganks. The point is to avoid allies death, Kill enemies and misuse the long respawn time for pushing.
Until now some of the enemies have built Black King Bar or Linken's Sphere. You can pop Linken's Sphere with Mana Drain then Hex or nuke the target. Black King Bar can only be countered with lightning fast initiation and the element of surprise so to do that use Glimmer Cape or Smoke of Deceit.

How To Be A Good Support 101

Support role is one of the hardest roles in the whole game. Huge amount of pressure is on you from both your enemies and your allies. Your job is not just to help your core allies kill the enemies, You must plant wards, Buy support items like Smoke of Deceit and Dust of Appearance, stack and pull camps, sacrificing your self for your carry and many other tasks.
Supports are like the back stage staff who do their best to keep the show perfect while all glory goes to the guy on TV. Support are those invisible people who do a lot of things to push their team to victory but they are never seen. If your team wins, Your core heroes are praised the most but if your team loses, Everyone start to blame you (Even the feeders). But you do not pick a support hero for any of that, You pick it up cause The Team Needs You.

Don't even think about those stupid 5 carry teams which are very popular in pubs, A team needs at least one support. The reason heroes like Bloodseeker and Pudge are very successful in pubs and low MMR pubs is all because of lack of supports in their teams. The easiest and simplest counter against 99% of pub stompers is Warding and I have never seen a carry spend his gold for wards just because a Pudge is killing everyone and already has 20 kills.
Yes supports impact in late game is not comparable to core heroes but they provide a strong late game for they by providing countless opportunities for them in early and mid game and warding. A team with no supports and no warding is always vulnerable to ganks and when there are 5 carries in a team, In dual laning, both carries try to get the last hits for them selves and this has no result but slow farming process for both of them.

Before being a good support, You must be a good person or at least a responsible one. You must be willing to prioritize your carry's need to yours. Offer the last hits on a silver plate and harass anyone who comes to deny it from your precious carry. Take care of your carry and keep him fed and safe even if he's dumb as dog'd foot, Babysit him until he grows stronger and "Carry" you to victory.
Should I sacrifice my self to keep my carry alive? Yes if necessary but you're better try to keep both of you alive, Most of your gold is being spent on support items and wards and death can delay your item a lot. Try to keep a disable off cooldown in order to save your carry (And your self).

Communication Is Ammunition


Trying to chat and create a bond between you and your teammates is always beneficial. But it is hard sometimes. All of use are used to play the game while keeping our heads down and remain silent so nothing bad can happen. All of us have been crushed and burnt in chats because of super toxic players who may even be capable of poisoning Venomancer. This is a normal and understandable approach but not the best one.
Try to act like a human being. Say hi in order to break the ice and detect the toxic players. If someone said some thing like "STFU NOOB" or something like that, Mute or ignore him (He is beyond saving) and try to make conversation with none toxic players. Be friendly but also serious ask about the game and your position in it, Ask things like: "Which lane should I go?" Or "Who is going to be in my lane?" This way you show them you are a normal human being (And not a snake) and you care about the game and team.
Creating a bond will leads to better cooperation and if lucky, Friendship. Your team mates fine it much easier to rely on a good player who is willing to cooperate and actually talks than a stranger who says nothing and just plays the game.

Sometimes two idiots in your team start to argue and sweat to each other. It may sound like a healthy conversation among teenagers (Don't say it) but it has horrible results for your team. It tears the team apart and risks the victory.
Try your best to calm everyone down and for sake of god don't try to do it by swearing at them it like Trying to put out fire with Gasoline.
If your desperate attempts lead you no where tell other players who are not arguing to mute them and continue to play.
That Report bottom is there for a reason, It keeps scums away from normal player and makes the community a little bit cleaner. Report toxic player and people who feed on purpose But Don't Get Carried Away!

Compliment and Motivate (It won't kill you) :

One of the easiest ways to create bond with your teammates is complimenting them. Saying "well played" or calling specifically-"wp huskar" won't take too much energy and time (It's even in the chat wheel) It makes them feel respected and special and it has a huge effect on your partnership with that hero.
Motivating is a very useful way for boosting a teammate's performance. If a teammate has poor performance, Never rub it on his face, He already knows he's bad, Saying thing like "U suck" Or "Uninstall dota and never come back" just disappoints the poor guy even more and destroys his performance. Instead try to be nicer. Give him suggestions. Explain his major mistake politely and wish he learns his lessons.

Keep your team informed:


Keeping your teammates informed of the events in the match using Scan, Ping and chat wheel properly is the key for fast reactions and counter attacks.
You just saw the enemy Weaver went out of the lane and there is more than a minute left till next bounty rune respawn, Cheesy huh? Hold Alt and click on weaver's icon on the top of screen and immediately a "Weaver is missing" pops in the chats then select "Careful" from chat wheel. This way your teammates notice it and they can take proper action against it.
Keeping your teammates informed about remaining cooldown of your spells specially ultimates will let them know when it is the right time for a gank or teamfight and will prevent disasters like "Oops Shallow Grave was on cooldown sorry you're dead".
Letting your teammates know about enemies remaining health and mana or key item allows your teammate to take proper actions against them It helps an Anti-Mage know when to use Mana Void and assures Snipers about lethality of their assassination (Expand these examples and thing bigger. Consider your teammates skills and play style). It prevents waist of ultimates on Linken's Sphere or painful encounters with Blade Mail carriers.
Being more specific is always better than simple pings. Pinging the enemy's Blade Mail is good but pinging it, selecting "careful" and typing "Huskar" is better (Having general knowledge about counters of all heroes is a great help here.)

How To Be A Good Support 102

Well now that you know the basics, Let's go for three of the most important tasks of a support shall we?

Map Awareness


One of the most important tasks of a support is planting wards aka Warding. Warding provides vision and true sight across the map and avoids ganks or it can be used to plan one, It provides useful information about the enemies actions and allows your team to be one step ahead of them. During warding, You must consider your team's and your enemy's team potentials in early, mid and late game ganking, pushing, Roshing, etc.
+How many enemy heroes are capable of ganking? How many of yours?
+Is the enemy team capable of split pushing? How about your team?
+How many of your enemies can solo Roshan? How many of your allies?
+Is the game going to become more defensive or aggressive in the next 10 minutes?

These are the basic questions you must ask your self when you want to plant wards if you want them to be more effective. There are three main types of warding in the game: Rune Wards, Deep Wards and Defensive and Aggressive Wards.

Rune Wards:
Rune wards provide vision on power up runes and bounty runes. Vision on power up runes boosts the mid laner's performance greatly and allows him to have much better rune control. Having vision on bounty runes in your own jungle doesn't provide much but planting a Deep ward close to the enemies bounty runes creates ton of opportunities for ganking the heroes who come to pick them, It also provides good amount of information about your enemies actions cause they are placed in high traffic areas.

Deep Wards:
The most risky wards to plant yet the most rewarding. Deep wards provide tons of information about the actions of your enemies. You can see if their support is stacking camps, See if they are preparing them selves for a gank or smoke gank or if they want to go for Roshan or push the lane. But in order to place that valuable wards, You must enter your enemy's territory and this is very dangerous so it is better to be done with a partner or with Smoke of Deceit.

Defensive And Aggressive Wards:
These wards are usually planted when your team wants to push a certain lane or when enemy want to do the same. Some provide vision around the target tower and some provide vision in deep parts of jungle (It can be yours or theirs.) These wards destroy the element of surprise for your enemies and put it in your teams favor.

Dewarding
Dewarding is as crucial as warding for a support, Making the enemies blind and preventing them to be able to plan ganks and counter attacks. The first thing you must do it to guess the location of the ward. The easiest spots are power up rune wards, They are very important wards specially during early to mid game and most supports plant on or two wards to have vision on the power up rune spots. So plant a Sentry Ward where it covers the area you believe there is a wards and deward it.
Those were the easy ones but the tricky ones are enemy deep wards and their locations can be guess according to the enemies Reactions to your teams actions. If your team is up to something and somehow your enemies keep having the upper hand, Then you must look for their deep wards. The major warding spots should be checked first then the best spots around them that can provide quite the same vision. Think Like Your Enemies. Ask the same questions you asked your self in the begining of the game before you start warding and try to have the enemy support's point of view.
Your teams is planning to regroup somewhere, use smoke and go Roshan then a minute later all enemy team gank and crush you? Well unfortunately I have to say there is a deep ward close to the location your team regrouped.

Warding Spots:



This ward has many uses, It provides vision on Radiant bounty rune spot and medium camp, Top Power up rune spot and Roshan entrance. It is a very crucial ward for avoiding ganks on mid laner. The risk of detection is high for this ward cause it is one of the most common places for planting wards specially during early game and any support can deward it easily. So if enemy support keeps dewarding it, Plant the ward 900 units away next to the second torch on the stairs way in front of the ancient camp, It is far enough from the Sentry Ward's range on the cliff and provide vision on ancient camp, power up rune and Roshan entrance.

Two trees behind Dire's ancient camp were cut for planting this ward (One is enough though). This ward acts like a Rune ward and a Deep ward. It provides vision on top power up rune, Roshan entrance and Dire's top shrine and ancient camp. It has same anti-gank potential as the previous warding spot but it also shows what is happening in Dire jungle.

Same as previous spots, This one provides vision on Power up rune and Radiant bot shrine. But it also covers a high traffic area that makes this ward suitable for ganking radiant safe lane or avoid them.
Note: The tree that blocks vision on Radiant bounty rune can be cut to have vision on it.

This one provides huge amount of information on Dire's bot shrine and area around it and it also provides vision on bot power up rune. A great ward for pushing T1 Dire bot tower.

This one provides lot of vision on Radiant jungle and compared to the last discussed nearby warding spot, this one avoids safe lane ganks much better. One tree in front of the ward was cut to have better vision.
Note: That cut tree can raise suspicions and increases the risk of deward but it's worth the risk.

Providing vision on Dire top bounty rune and a very high traffic area specially during early game turns this spot into one of the best warding spot in the game.
Note: Tree that blocks the vision on the hard camp can be cut.

Planting this one is risky so it should be done while being under Smoke of Deceit effect. Cut a tree next to hard camp and plant the ward there. It will provide vision on Dire top bounty rune, hard and ancient camp and good traffic area.

Warding this spot is very important for Radiant. Vision on ancient camp, Dire top shrine and a very high traffic area throw out the whole game and ability to keep track of roamers makes this spot very crucial.

This one provides a lot more things than other deep aggressive or defensive wards and it's because of its perfect location near both mid and top T2 towers and huge vision on the very high traffic jungle (Specially in late game.)

Providing full vision on a large area around Dire bot T2 tower and high traffic area makes this warding spot the ultimate push ward for Radiant.

A really handy wards for pushing Radiant top T1 tower. It makes it almost imposible for your enemies to gank properly. It also provides vision on Radiant top bounty rune, Secret shop and jungle.

This one is just like the previous one. It provides huge vision on Radiant top T2 tower and jungle a Defensive ward for Radiant and Aggressive ward for Dire. Suitable for pushing the tower or protecting it.

This spot is the most valuable when Radiant junglers are active, It provides enough vision on their actions and allows your teammates to plan a proper gank. While pushing Radiant bot T2 tower or defending it, This ward reveals gankers who approach from jungle (Very Useful).


Stacking And Pulling



Stacking is the act of pulling a natural creap out of their camp (Spawn box) by drawing aggression of the natural creaps around XX:53 to XX:55 and let them follow you in the right direction that put you and the creeps out of the spawn box. When clock hits XX:00, One additional creap will spawn. BAM! The camp is stacked.

Pulling the creap wave is the act of luring the neutral creeps into your lane creep wave. When encountered, your creaps will follow the natural creaps back to their camp and fight them. Pulling has many benefits: 1-You creaps will tank the damage and makes it easier to kill the natural creaps easier and this means easy XP and gold for you. 2-Your creaps tank huge damage and even die and encounter enemy creap wave with notable delay this pulls the creap wave towards your tower and makes the farming for your enemies harder and riskier.
Note: There are slight differences between camp stacking time, The picture below lets you know about the exact time and direction of pulling and stacking camps.

Spawn Blocking: By placing a ward inside the spawn zone of creaps, You prevent creap spawning in that camp. It is crucial for preventing your enemies to pull the creap waves.

What are the benefits of stacking?
The most important reason for stacking camps is Securing Farm. When the laning phase is about to end,When your carries start to head to the jungle and farm ancient camps and you farm the lane by your self (Cause it gives you the XP and gold you need to be effective in further stages.) Stacked camps give carry very good amount of gold and XP and boosts their item build progresses greatly.
Very Important Tip: Always plant a ward that provides vision on the camps you stacked. This prevents camp blocking or worse feeding enemy carries with your hard stacked camps.

THE Wet Job


One of the hardest support task to get used to is to "volunteer" for being the living bait. The whole thing looks super simple on the paper: You act like a lonely delicious support but in fact, your buddies are hiding in the fog of war and waiting for a fool to show up, A fool shows up and tries to kill you then your teammates jump on the poor guy and kill him. Sounds easy huh? Nope The whole plan collapses if enemy supports have warded the area you want to be a bait. Technically they will out smart you and them kill you by ganking you from unexpected side or trap you inside your own trap by bringing some more muscle. So always have two Sentry Wards around to detect the wards and locate invisible enemies. Another thing is you must actually Look like a bait, Just standing somewhere is not enough (Unless you act like you are waiting for power up rune to spawn (Every four minutes remember!)). Many times being mobile is a better option, You are a support and they will think you want to plant a ward or do something else and they attack you and many times, It will be their last mistake.
Warding is the key element for successful baiting, Just walking around with 1 or 2 teammates close to you and hope to see someone is not working (Well it works in pubs, Like "Hey I know nothing about DotA 2" Kind of pubs). Good warding and one or two deep wards allow you to drag the poor guy into the trap. It lets you have a Plan.
Baiting is mastered only with practice, failing and learning from those failures. Good Luck.

Last Words: Congratulations now you are a better support (I hope). The lessons I taught you are just the push, "YOU" are the one who has a whole journey ahead of him or herself. Practice, Practice and Practice even more cause supporting is not just knowledge about where to ward and when to stack, It's a skill that can be mastered over time.
Good luck and Have fun.

Now that you know how to support properly, It's time to see who we can help and who we can kill as Lion.

Friends And Foes

Friends:

Every hero in the game can benefit from two strong disables and can kill highly damaged heroes with no mana. but there are some highlighted heroes.


Lion is every right click melee hero who can't stick to his target like Phantom Assassin and Slark best friend. Both Earth Spike and Hex let these heroes stick to their poor target and kill it with ease.

Any hero who has spells with annoying delay or spells that need time to deal full damage benefit from multiple target stunned with Earth Spike.

Building Aghanim's Scepter and picking +3 Mana Drain targets talent is necessary when these heroes are in your team. They pull enemies into a certain location and turn them into great targets for your AoE nuke and Mana Drain

Lion excels with any other hero who can deal burst damage and dominate the early and mid game with them.
Lion basically turn Legion Commander' Duels into animal abuse. Free and easy Duels and if you feel like she is not able to kill her target, Nuke it and let LC have her victory.

Foes:


Lion only relies on his spells and with out them, He is useless. Building Eul's Scepter of Divinity is recommended since it purges the silence.

Medusa and Visage and Bristleback don't care how much damage Finger of Death deals, Their built in damage reduction absorbs a lot of damage and makes Finger of Death like a joke for them. Ignores these targets and nuke others.

What makes Spectre very dangerous to your team is Dispersion damage return. 22% level 4 Dispersion damage return really hurts your team if you were stupid enough to cast Finger of Death on her. Never Nuke her with Finger of Death.

Conclusions

Lion is a good hero and can be played properly when you have good knowledge of his strength. Underestimating and overestimating his power has no result but failure and this is why Lion is hard to master but he can be mastered in time.
Enjoy playing him, Keep your KDA sky high, Never kill steal and have fun.
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If you have ANY questions, or you want to discuss something you've read in here, feel free to ask me in the comments here or via my Instagram: @soroush_s77

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