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DotA2 Skill: Assassinate


Casting Method:Active
Targetting Method:Unit
Allowed Targets:Enemy Units
Sniper locks onto a target enemy unit, and after 1.7 seconds, fires a devastating shot that deals damage at long range.

Range: 3000
Damage: 320 / 485 / 650

Assassinate becomes a ground targeted spell with 400 AoE. Upon cast, it locks onto the targets in the area, and after the channel period launches a 2.8x critical strike and procs headshot on the player-controlled units in the AoE. (only affects visible heroes/illusions)
Mana Cost: 175 / 225 / 275 Cooldown Time: 20 / 15 / 10
Additional Information
The damage is blocked.

Partially blocked by Linken's Sphere. Blocked on impact. True Sight, however, is still granted.

In order to fulfill the prophecy and return to his home town, Kardel must make another shot as perfect as the one on the day of his ancient test.

  • Crosshair on target is visible to allies only; however, Assassinate does display a debuff on its target, but the duration is longer than the delay before the shot is fired.
  • Will mini-stun the target.
  • Grants True Sight of the invisible target while Sniper is aiming. It cannot be disjointed by invisibility. (except Shadow Dance, Smoke of Deceit)
  • The projectile after being fired can also be disjointed by Blinking, but only after the projectile has been fired.
  • Can be cancelled with the Stop or Hold commands, but not by moving. Cooldown and mana are unaffected if stopped.
  • Aiming is canceled, if the target moves out of the spell's casting range.
  • Against heroes with base magic resistance, Assassinate will deal 266/379/491 damage.

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Peppo_oPaccio (70) | December 8, 2014 5:43am
Assassinate isn't op at all: in the early game Sniper doesn't have enough mana to spam it, in the late game it's outclassed by basic attacks. It's only good for snowballing, as most of the (early) gold a Sniper gets comes from killsteals with his ultimate.
MrLocket (16) | December 8, 2014 5:26am
I don't think this skill needs a nerf but it needs a rework instead. You see, the 1.7 casting time actually backfired him, because you could have spend the 1.7 seconds to attack and cripple an enemy hero with Headshot and abuse the advantage of his Take Aim. Assassinate is only useful when your target is far away from you and you can land a killing blow with it, or harass before team-clash (one nuke at beginning of teamfight, lock on the hero who relies on channelling big skill like Enigma, another nuke on someone who is running away when the clash is ended.).

Most of the time we can't just look on 1 single skill, for example : Shadow Fiend's Shadowraze deals total damage of 900 magical damage with just merely 225 mana cost and 10 seconds of cooldown, and it's very spammable due to the low mana cost, low cooldown and big mana pool sf naturally has. We have to take a look on the hero and his limitation.

One factor affecting another, there is some reasons why a 9-seconds godlike mode has only 20 seconds of cooldown and 200 mana cost.
Unscathed (47) | December 8, 2014 4:38am
Sniper has unnaturally high INT gain for a hero like him.

He can roam and gank a lot mid game, especially with a bottle. Just wait 30 seconda and mana is back.
MrLocket (16) | December 8, 2014 4:35am
Low cooldown is only useful when someone can spam it.
Hamstertamer (89) | December 8, 2014 2:22am
Unscathed wrote:

Are you to not take account the cooldown?

10 seconds on a 655 nuke is ridiculous.

Unless you play Bloodstone Sniper, that cooldown is irrelevant, he's completely limited by the mana cost anyways not by the cooldown. His max mana is around 900-1000 at most in the late game, so he can use it twice that's it.

On the other hand Sniper players *should* build mana-boosting items like drum, forcestaff, skadi or even orchid to use this skill more often instead of nooby shadowblade. Or even soul ring for more spammyness.
Unscathed (47) | December 8, 2014 2:11am
Are you to not take account the cooldown?

10 seconds on a 655 nuke is ridiculous.
MrLocket (16) | December 8, 2014 1:50am
The only factor which makes this skill seem to be OP is its huge range (3000 range!). Best way to avoid being assassinated is to own him before he own you, under-farmed sniper is just a walking 655 nuke.
Hamstertamer (89) | December 7, 2014 11:35pm
Meh? What's OP about this skill?

There are just so many ways to dodge it. Smoke of Deceit, Eul's Scepter of Divinity, Manta Style, Blink Dagger, Blink, True Form etc. More than half the heroes in the game have a reliable way of evading it with either their skills or their core items.

Seriously, Blink Dagger dodges it. And since you're playing against Sniper you need blink on every hero anyways.

And the ultimate counter :

Focusing Sniper first at the beginning of every fight.

The very existence of Blink Dagger is the reason why Sniper is such a horrible hero.
Unscathed (47) | December 7, 2014 11:22pm
Wow am I seriously the only one who screams OP at this?

Also the guy abive two years ago.
SuperNova (16) | December 14, 2012 10:11am
needs a nerf.
Donk_illMe (6) | October 31, 2011 8:22am
Take time to draw a bead, and then deal a large amount of damage to the target at a huge range.
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