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Phantom Lancer 101: The Naruto Fisherman

January 13, 2013 by mincartoon
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Quantum Lancer

DotA2 Hero: Phantom Lancer

Purchase Order

starting item

Stout Shield
Healing Salve
Quelling Blade

get this ASAP

Soul Ring
Tranquil Boots


Diffusal Blade
Town Portal Scroll

go after diffusal... CORE 2

Manta Style

if you want tankyness

Heart of Tarrasque

if you want damage


things to consider

Gem of True Sight
Drum of Endurance
Force Staff
Shiva's Guard
Aegis of the Immortal
Assault Cuirass
Black King Bar

if you are a very fast farmer, why not?

Hand of Midas
Boots of Travel

silly items

Vladmir's Offering

very silly items

Battle Fury
Shadow Blade
Morbid Mask
Skull Basher
Monkey King Bar

fuck your guide mate, im gonna RAMBO (Illisions are decorations, I will kill them myself)

Power Treads
Black King Bar
Manta Style

Hero Skills

Spirit Lance

1 3 5 7


2 4 6 8

Phantom Rush

10 12 14 16




11 13 15 17 18

Phantom Lancer 101: The Naruto Fisherman

January 13, 2013

The legendary fisherman begins...

The remote village of Pole had no knowledge of the wars raging in the heart of the kingdom. For them, the quiet of spear fishing, and a family meal were all that a full life required. Yet war came for them nonetheless. Joining the able-bodied conscripts as they filed past their homes, the humble lancer Azwraith vowed to bring peace to his kingdom, and in so doing, his people. Placed with his kin in the vanguard of the final assault against the Dread Magus Vorn, the cost to his fellows was absolute. As the charging force battled toward the fortress, Azwraith alone among his kind remained standing, and he alone was able to infiltrate the keep. Focused and infuriated by the slaughter of his brothers, Azwraith bested each of the wizard's deadly traps and conjured guardians. Soon the simple fisherman arrived at Vorn's tower sanctum. The pair dueled through the night, pike to staff, as chaos raged below, and with a deafening cry Azwraith pierced his enemy. But the wizard did not simply expire; he exploded into uncountable shards of light, penetrating his killer with power. As the dust settled and the smoke of combat began to clear, Azwraith found himself standing among a throng of his kin. Each seemed to be dressed as he was, each seemed armed as he was, and he could sense that each thought as he did. Aware that his allies were approaching, he willed these phantoms to hide themselves, and one by one they began to vanish into nothingness. As the soldiers came upon the sanctum, they found the warrior that had bested the wizard. When they approached their champion, the lancer vanished. The pikeman who had stood before them was no more than another phantom.

Babble Babble Bitch Bitch

This was origianlly a dedicated (?) reply to a thread on ( It's not exactly written very politely, so get over it. The show starts now!

Hi noob ^^ welcome to DotA. Lancer is one of my main hero and gonna prove how your logic is ********.

-Too squishy against nukes. His illusions are worse. With only 2-3 aoe spell his illusions always disappear without hitting anyone

Lancer's defensive stats aren't that great, but where's Phantom Edge's bonus magic resistance??? Plus, as agi champion how can you not fear nukes??? Illusions will disappear like your phantom *** because you aren't using them right -> spirit lance to sand king or leshlac and "nuuuuuuu my clones all gone T_T", that's your face.


-Laning. What lane should I put PL at? Can't solo. His only nuke is too bad for a tri lane. His base armor and HP is terrible. The best thing a team can do for him is make him together with lich/rylai... face against a solo hero at lane.

He's hard. Yeah, the only thing at least understandable in your **** logic. Just go long lane with omniknight or CM


- When should he come online? It's hard to answer. Unless he finishes tread and 2 luxury items (vanguard/radiance/ or something like that), his present in team fight is not worthy. That's 9000 gold on him and the only thing he can do is throw spirit lance into combat to see the radiance burning enemies. The meta game nowadays need heroes that come online faster, need less gold to join team fights and has a breaking ultimate. So PL doesn't fit

Tread on Lancer... I think I farted at this part. Where're you from? DotA allstarts 5.xx b or something?? all he needs is Tranquil boots + soul ring for constant Q poking and after that you go diffusal blade. Vanguard or Radiance... lol only ****faces like you would go such **** items... Vanguard is a total waste item for most carry champion (since you're a very newbie player to DotA I'll mention it sucks late game). Radiance is an overrated item for PL (bonus damage doesnt do **** to clones; only usage is burn damage which doesnt stack) and people like you who rush Radiance complain PL's ridiculous farm dependence.
about your competitive scene strats and metagames... another proof of your ignorance... you may watch a few streams and think so called "pro players"
do things always right... they are just some nerd gamers who could be your next door.. they ain't some gaming god... and often they are wrong. Nonetheless, I woudn't expect something luxury as creativity from old **** like you. You wouldn't have your own team to test new strats anyway.

- Escape? That's not a great escape ability. It sucks. Protecting him is another problem.

It's just like shadow blade... can't protect your hide 24/7... if you can't position your *** properly just go Force staff after diffusal or diffusal + manta... force staff is an unorthodox build for PL according to your "metagame" ****... but it definetly pays off its price.

- Of course he has very good carry potential, but when it's very hard for a team to make use of that potential. See medusa has even better carry potential and much better laning skill than PL, still left unused.
-Finally, force staff ****ed up almost melee heroes, PL belongs to them.

He IS one of the best heroes in the game. -give a gemstone to PL- maphack mode ON gg. You might need multitasking skills as good as meepo though... Playing with illusion heroes is like playing Starcraft in MobA and **** game like LoL can't afford to have this since it is a noob-****ing cheap copy for spoon feeding casual gamers...


Phantom Lancer:

1. Hard Pusher
2. Spam W for decoy every cd (get mana item for it) play starcraft.. you're controlling zerglings...
3. Poke Q... poke Q... don't even try get in team fight using ur trufe form if it's more than 2vs2
4. Offensive stats first since that's what you need for your illusions to push hard and kill heroes more quickly... getting heart doesn't mean you can rambo into 3 heroes or more...

5.Maybe you can rambo into 5 heroes and live to see another day (maybe get a RAMPAGE????) if it's pub game... but in pubs non of those orthodox theories are applicable anyway. But how you play PL is careful Q poker... maybe you can handle 1v2 or 2v2 but against 3 you will die easily

Skill order - Max dopplewalk or Max Spirit lance first... don't get juxtapose or phantom's edge before you get 4/4 for your two skills. after that focus more on juxtapose. you can go stats if you want after getting one level of ultimate. but come on, be a better player and find which skill works better for yourself... you can get juxtapose or ultimate pre level 7 it wont hurt you... just your mana cost and damage output will be less satisfying

Items - only stats... no bonus damage.. no orb effect... (should I really write except feedback.. sigh spoon feeding noob readers D: ) ... no bonus attack speed... go google how illusions work on DotA...

quelling blad/stout shield -> mana combo Happy Meal (Tranq + soulring) -> diffusal -> manta/Heart/butterfly...

Buriza for ******** since only crit works on clones which makes little difference...

Forcestaff - and then dopplewalk if you feel ur life is threatened...

Shiva guard - if you have 9000 gold and can't buyback...
Jango - aura is great and something to think about, but will be a waste of money just as vangaurd.

You see, GOD (icy froggy... ****, have to mention every fact.. yeah he's not the original god or designer of lancer) didnt make Lancer to play as a normal AD melee type hero... (play ursa if you wanted it) he gave blessed illusions to him for a purpose... use illusions well and exploit the best of him... you are not supposed to die as phantom lancer... take all the advantages like carrying gem and spreading your clones etc...

wannamarryavril, I've enjoyed wasting time replying your another-****-dump on the internet. wish you a good luck in your noob-DotA endeavors and maybe try playing heroes in depth before commenting on them next time.

PS. just saying, i saw lancer in few scrim matches and he pwns like you get ur *** spanked by your dad

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