Here we are again, hello and welcome to NOOBCAKE's guide to the Grand Magus, Rubick!
In my third guide, I shall attempt to delve into the mind of amazing Rubick players such as Dendi as s4 and translate that into lingo normal folk like us can understand. This journey shall be perilous; there will be many obstacles in the way - but that's why we build Force Staff!
I have loved Rubick since I first saw him played in The International 2. Who can forget that play? You know the one I'm talking about:
Anywho, let's get started.
Any mage can cast a spell or two, and a few may even study long enough to become a wizard, but only the most talented are allowed to be recognized as a Magus. Yet as with any sorcerer’s circle, a sense of community has never guaranteed competitive courtesy.
Already a renowned duelist and scholar of the grander world of sorcery, it had never occurred to Rubick that he might perhaps be Magus material until he was in the midst of his seventh assassination attempt. As he casually tossed the twelfth of a string of would-be killers from a high balcony, it dawned on him how utterly unimaginative the attempts on his life had become. Where once the interruption of a fingersnap or firehand might have put a cheerful spring in his step, it had all become so very predictable. He craved greater competition. Therefore, donning his combat mask, he did what any wizard seeking to ascend the ranks would do: he announced his intention to kill a Magus.
Rubick quickly discovered that to threaten one Magus is to threaten them all, and they fell upon him in force. Each antagonist's spell was an unstoppable torrent of energy, and every attack a calculated killing blow. But very soon something occurred that Rubick's foes found unexpected: their arts appeared to turn against them. Inside the magic maelstrom, Rubick chuckled, subtly reading and replicating the powers of one in order to cast it against another, sowing chaos among those who had allied against him. Accusations of betrayal began to fly, and soon the sorcerers turned one upon another without suspecting who was behind their undoing.
When the battle finally drew to a close, all were singed and frozen, soaked and cut and pierced. More than one lay dead by an ally’s craft. Rubick stood apart, sore but delighted in the week’s festivities. None had the strength to argue when he presented his petition of assumption to the Hidden Council, and the Insubstantial Eleven agreed as one to grant him the title of Grand Magus.
One of the best mids in game
Good attack animation
Unique ability Spell Steal
Below average stat gain
Move speed of 290
Difficult to master
Will be focused
When to pick
Telekinesis is an interesting stun. When used, it lifts the target enemy (hero or creep) into the air, and stuns the area of where they land for a short duration. Typically, you want to cast it on the hero you want to stun, and drop him out of position - though I have seen some people lift creeps and stun heroes with that. Keep in mind that you have to press the hotkey for Telekinesis again to determine where to drop.
Fade Bolt is one of the best laning spells. Not only does it nuke indefinitely, but it also places a Damage Reducing Debuff on all units affected. It goes through Linken's Sphere (the damage doesn't) which is handy. The debuff reduces damage by 14-32
But that's hardly anything!
The time when you'll be most spamming it is early game and mid game - when heroes' damage ranges from 40-100. By reducing one third to a half of that, you are putting a massive dent in their last hitting capabilities. Also, it affects creeps, which means your wave will push, giving you excellent lane control.
Lane control, Harass, and reduces enemy last hits. Max this first!
Fade Bolt or Telekinesis at level 1? Well it is always better to have the stun, but sometimes you may be in wanting of a nuke. Solution: Don't skill it until you need it! If you should spy an enemy standing at the rune spot, skill Tele for a bit of a laugh; if the enemy ganks you early, then you may need the damage reducing buff from Bolt.
Null Field, I skill last - but it's situational. If the enemy has a lot of magic damage (e.g. Death Prophet, Zeus, even Pudge) skilling this early can be life saving. 20% magic resistance, which also STACKS with other magic resistance abilities and items - Anti-Mage? yes. Cloak? yes. Can effectively reduce casters to naught - then you-
Spell Steal. In my view what makes Rubick one of the strongest casters in the game - his versatility as well as mobility once you get items makes him hard to shut down and predict. This skill also REMOVES long cast animations that their owners have - Fissure from Earthshaker, Blink from Queen of Pain - changed to 0.1s cast animation for the Grand Magus.
Keep in mind AoE is 825->1025, where as your spell steal range is 1000. Blink Dagger is really good to have against a tide - Force to safety, Blink in and Ravage.
It's a channeling spell, so very easy to steal and use right back. Bonus points if you cast another ability on Enigma interrupting through BKB, then cast Black Hole rescuing your team and initiating at the same time.
Must have quick fingers. Magnus will almost always cast Shockwave or Skewer after this. Amazing to steal though, as the enemy team will pile in - perfect for you. Force in, and use.
both long range stuns, and once stolen cast animation time is removed giving you instant initiation.
Mid buys Tango and three Iron Branches to save gold for a fast Bottle
Support buys Observer Wards or a Courier, along with a salve and clarity added to the mid-build.
Offlane Rubick? Get boots. This would be one of the only situations where I would agree with boots first item, and that's because of Rubick's move speed nerf a while back.
Arcane and Force on all Rubick builds. Add a Blink Dagger too, for more mobility - however, I have seen the Magus get by with Phase Boots and Drums of Endurance, so that's a possible build to keep in mind. The popular highly mobile Rubick calls for at least the Force Staff, which is what I prefer.
Ring of Basilius if you would like more armor and mana regen, and even a bit more pushing power.
If you want more HP, candidates here would be Bracer, Ogre Club, Vitality Booster or Point Booster.
Really, at this stage, it all depends on how the game is going. If you haven't bought Blink Dagger yet, it should be top of the list, followed by Bloodstone.
Are you being focused with autoattacks too much? Consider getting Blade Mail or Ghost Scepter to survive a bit longer; even a Eul's Scepter of Divinity will help.
If you're swimming in cash, though, then easy - Scythe of Vyse. Always Scythe of Vyse. Or, for a bit of troll, turn that green blob red with Desolator.
Hard Support Rubick should be buying wards, Mekansm and Pipe of Insight.
What are you doing, getting Agha on Rubick? It is useless!
You would think so, but it is FAR FROM IT.
First, let's see how many heroes have an Aghanim's Scepter upgrade:
|Calls an eclipse that follows Luna, striking units with her current level of Lucent Beam. A single target can only be hit a maximum times. Unlike individual Lucent Beams, Eclipse does not stun. Eclipse turns day into night for 10 seconds.|
Lucent Beams summoned: 4/7/10 (4/8/12*)
Duration: 1.8/3.6/5.4 (1.8/4.2/6.6*)
Strike interval: 0.6
Maximum hits per target: 4 (6*)
Thanks to IceFrog and Valve, along with the good half of the Dota Community.
This is probably the longest guide I've written so far, but I feel that Rubick really needs it. There is so much you need to know, about items and heroes and their abilities - cooldowns, range, all of it. You also need to know mana control, and damage you can deal, how much damage you might take... the list goes on.
Thanks for reading, hope this helps.
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