Active: Place Ward
Places an Observer Ward to give sight of the surrounding area. Lasts 6 minutes.
Hold Control to give one Observer Ward to an allied hero.
Cast Range: 500
Vision Radius: 1600
Gold Bounty: 100 + 2/min Gold
Experience Bounty: 50 + 4/min XP
Observer Wards provide a large sight range of 1600 AoE around them and last for 6 minutes after being placed. However, they do not provide True Sight in this area. They are invisible to the other team. They are considered essential to map control, providing vision for Runes, watching out for Ganks, and blocking neutral creeps from spawning in the Jungle. Wards are one of the few items in the shop that have a limited stock to discourage overly defensive play.
Because of their usefulness, Observer Wards have an initial stock of 1 set in the store and a maximum stock of 2 sets, with each set containing 2 wards. The stock takes 150 seconds to replenish. Although it is common for the support to purchase wards, mid and off-laners can purchase them to set up ganks or block the enemy team's safe lane jungle camp respectively. A common tactic used is to destroy the enemy team's wards using the True Sight provided by Sentry Wards or Gem of True Sight. The wards can also be targeted by Quelling Blade's active to be dealt 100 damage.
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