Hi guys my name is Felix. I have been playing Dota2 for 2.7 years (If I'm not wrong) and you can find me on Instagram or Twitter (@felix_denz).
This is my sixth guide here, so i expect my elders to give me comments and help me fix my mistakes. If there is a sameness with other's guide, it is a pure coincidental and don't sue me for it.
It is said that Shadow Fiend has the soul of a poet, and in fact he has thousands of them. Over the ages he has claimed the souls of poets, priests, emperors, beggars, slaves, philosophers, criminals and (naturally) heroes; no sort of soul escapes him. What he does with them is unknown. No one has ever peered into the Abysm whence Shadow Fiend reaches out like an eel from among astral rocks. Does he devour them one after another? Does he mount them along the halls of an eldritch temple, or pickle the souls in necromantic brine? Is he merely a puppet, pushed through the dimensional rift by a demonic puppeteer? Such is his evil, so intense his aura of darkness, that no rational mind may penetrate it. Of course, if you really want to know where the stolen souls go, there's one sure way to find out: Add your soul to his collection. Or just wait for Nevermore.
Nevermore, the Shadow Fiend is a ghost who haunts others, clinging onto them, and finally, steal their soul. What a sneaky bastard. He excels in mid to late game, and he is very depending on his souls. Mostly the target in a teamfight, since he's very squishy, and got the title as a Glass Cannon.
Although it looks easy to use him, it's actually not that simple. Shadowraze-ing needs practice, and he's not your simple right-clicking hero. If he's placed in the wrong place, or where he is easily targeted, he will most likely die. Real focus, placement, and patient is needed.
In this guide I will explain about:
(*)Pros and Cons
(*)When and When Not To
(*)Friends and Foes
- High AGI gain
- Strong right-click potential
- Synergize well with minus armor items Presence of the Dark Lord
- Never falls in every time (early, mid, late game)
- Very squishy without some items
- Need souls to maximize potential from Requiem of Souls
- Shadowraze requires extreme focus
- Presence of the Dark Lord is the longest skill name in the game
- Only fit in mid lane, sometimes side lane depending on the supports
- Pudge collects meats, and he collects souls, and they are not human, which is annoying me
Pick Shadow Fiend when:
- You need a mid hero
- Your team has a initiator hero [A.K.A Earthshaker, Tidehunter, Magnus, Enigma, you name it]
- Your team lacks right clickers
- Your enemy mid lane is most likely will not threatens you
- You have enough supports
- You need a position #1 or #2 hero
Don't pick Shadow Fiend when:
- Your focus is **** ( Shadowraze)
- You can't use both Shadow Blade and Blink Dagger
- Your team need supports
- Your team has enough right clickers
- You suck at starting a teamfight ( Requiem of Souls)
Your main survivability item. Buy this, or try to ask your supports for some Tango (Shared).
The most popular build (according to dotabuff.com) is 2-1-1-2-1-2-1-2, where you max your Shadowraze and Necromastery first for the nuking potential. This is good, but you have to be good at landing Shadowraze, otherwise you will be wasting mana. My build is practically for newbies who can't land Shadowraze (like me huhuhu T.T)
First off take that Necromastery for souls. Always max that skill first. At level 2 you will take Presence of the Dark Lord, so you can easily deal high amount of damage to your opponent, as well as easy last hitting. At level 6 you will have 0-3-2-1 build. This build is focused for hard last hitting, feel free to change it into 1-3-1-1, as sometimes you need that Shadowraze to harrass long range heroes like Viper or Sniper.
You can start your roam when you hit level 7 or 8, where you will have a 0-4-3-1 or 1-4-2-1 build. Roam after you have max level on Necromastery and have max souls, to ensure you will deal the most damage to your enemy heroes. After that, it's your choice to either max Shadowraze first or Presence of the Dark Lord. It's entirely up to you. I go for the Presence of the Dark Lord for the hard hitting. You will be shocked yourself when you have that Desolator with your passives maxed.
Always take that ultimate, and don't waste it. Save it until you have either Blink Dagger or Shadow Blade, to ensure that you can initiate well. Some pub players just walk into the mess and pops the ult. There's no way your enemy will let you do that. They will either lock you up or scatter to lower your Requiem of Souls' potential. Use it only when you are sure it will deal the most damage, like when Ravage or Black Hole hits everyone.
Don't be afraid to use it even on 1 hero, if it's worth it. For example, when you want to gank a super tanky hero, even you 5 can't finish him of without ults, or to direct-kill invis hero.
HE HAS NO FRIENDS! HE IS THE ULTIMATE DEMON AND HE COLLECTS SOULS! WHO WANNA BE HIS FRIEND HUH? YOU? YOU?? YOUUU???!!!!
Naw just kidding. He's not that scary.
Most of Shadow Fiend's friends are the one who can set a good place for him to use his ult. Here are the list:
So, this is the end of my guide, hope it helps, and thanks for reading!
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