Dota 2 - Lion Build Guide

Once a Grandmaster of the Demon Witch tradition of sorcery, Lion earned fame among his brethren for fighting on the side of light and righteousness. But adulation corrupts. With powers surpassed only by his ambition, the mage was seduced by a demon and turned to evil, trading his soul for prestige. After committing horrible crimes that marred his soul, he was abandoned. The demon betrayed him, striking better deals with his enemies. Such was Lion's rage that he followed the demon back to hell and slew it, ripping it limb from limb, taking its demonic hand for his own. However, such demonoplasty comes at a cost. Lion was transfigured by the process, his body transformed into something unrecognizable. He rose from hell, rage incarnate, slaying even those who had once called him master, and laying waste to the lands where he had once been so adored. He survives now as the sole practitioner of the Demon Witch tradition, and those who present themselves as acolytes or students are soon relieved of their mana and carried off by the faintest gust of wind.

Lion is one of the best ganker in DotA. He have 2 kind of disables, a stun and a hex. He also have a deadly ultimate that can one-shot a low HP enemy hero until death.
You are considered a squishy hero, so don't trade blows with enemy' carries. Cause you will be death soon.
Lion is also considered an initiator for teamfights and ganks.
Blink Dagger will help you to initiate a teamfight or gank. You must Blink into near the opponent and then stun / hex him. And after he is being disabled, and you + friends must  use all of your skills to kill him. that's it for the introduction of Lion.
Have 2 strong disablesSquishy
Have a deadly single target ultimateUgly face
Doesn't need a much farm to be goodLow movement speed
Can drain enemy's manaLow attck damage
Dota 2 - Lion Build Guide
Ranged - Disabler - Nuker - Lane Support - Support

HIT POINTS4549061,609SIGHT RANGE1800 / 800
MANA2868321,482ATTACK RANGE600
DAMAGE42-4884-90134-140MISSILE SPEED900

1. Earth Spike
Earth Spike, Dota 2 - Lion Build Guide
Rock spikes burst from the earth along a straight path. Enemy units are hurled into the air, then are stunned and take damage when they fall.
MANA COST: 100/120/145/170COOLDOWN: 12
DAMAGE: MAGICALDAMAGE: 60 / 130 / 200 / 260
URATION: 1.02 / 1.52 / 2.02 / 2.52LENGTH: 825 / 825 / 825 / 825
The Demon Witch exercises his demonic covenant, opening a fissure from hell.
This is your skill to stuns the enemy in a straight line in front of you.  Careful! Because of the nature of the skill, it can miss sometimes. You must place this skill carefully. You must only cast this if your you are already beside your target. That's because if you already clicked this skill from far away, the miss rate will be high.  A Blink dagger may helps you into a better initiation.

You need this skill for ganking. This is must skill to chase enemies and stun them. And a stunned enemy is your friends breakfast.

2. Hex
Hex, Dota 2 - Lion Build Guide
Transforms an enemy unit into a harmless beast, with all special abilities disabled.
MANA COST: 125/150/175/200COOLDOWN: 15
DURATION: 1.75 / 2.5 / 3.25 / 4CONTOH: DIHAPUS6
Lion is compelled to share his transfiguration, twisting the essence of those who oppose him.
Makes your opponent becomes Frog and can't do anything. This skill is very powerful in an initiation. You come and make enemy becomes Frog, and that's your team's chance to kill him quickly. The accuracy of this skill is better than the Earth Spike because it is a targeted spell and cannot miss. So if you only facing a single opponent, it is recommended for you to use Hex first before the Earth Spike to make sure your enemy is being disabled.

3. Mana Drain
Mana Drain, Dota 2 - Lion Build Guide
CHANNELED - Absorbs the magical energies of a target enemy unit by taking mana from it every second.
MANA COST: 10/10/10/10COOLDOWN: 20/15/10/5
CHANNEL TIME: 4 / 4 / 4 / 4MANA PER SECOND: 20 / 40 / 60 / 120
Lesser magi are nothing more than a source of magical restoration for the Demon Witch.
This ability will drains mana of one enemy. Can be casted on ranged lane creep or some neutrals. This skill is an almost "bad" skill to take. Without this and with just +stats you still be able to cast your other skills. And with +stats is more powerful because also adds +damage and +mana & mana regen from +int, and +HP from +str.

4. Finger of Death
Finger of Death, Dota 2 - Lion Build Guide
Rips at an enemy unit, trying to turn it inside-out. Deals massive damage. Upgradable with Aghanim's Scepter.
MANA COST: 200/420/650COOLDOWN: 160/100/40
DAMAGE: MAGICALDAMAGE: 600 / 725 / 850
SCEPTER DAMAGE: 725 / 875 / 1025SCEPTER MANA COST: 200 / 420 / 625
Lion's disfigured hand is also the source of his greatest power, capable of flooding victims with malefic force
This is your ultimate, you can one-hit kill enemy with this skill. This skill has a decent single targeted damage that can lasthit enemy hero in one shot. If your carry cannot kill the target, that's your chance to get 1 kill, with this skill, is easy to kill 1 hero in low HP, especially in early-mid game. Very good to kill steal peoples, but not recommended to kill steal a carry in a competitive games. That will make your team's carry become poor and your team will be so weak.

Dota 2 - Lion Build Guide
Level 1: Earth Spike
Level 2: Hex
Level 3: Earth Spike
Level 4: Hex
Level 5: Earth Spike
Level 6: Finger of Death
Level 7: Earth Spike
Level 8: Hex
Level 9 : Hex
Level 10: Stats
Level 11: Finger of Death
Level 12: Stats
Level 13: Stats
Level 14: Stats
Level 15: Stats
Level 16: Finger of Death
Level 17-21: Stats
Level 21-25: Mana Drain

Why you should maxed the Earth Spike first? This is the nuke you need for early-mid game. You need this for farming, harassing, and ganking. This can also provide you with a defense mechanism, while being ganked, immediately stun the enemies and makes yourself / team safe.

Why you should not taking the Mana Drain? Well it's not a bad skill at all but it will surely can't fit the fast phase in a teamfight, it takes long time to drains one's mana. Increasing the additional Stats is a better choice because it gives more HP, more mana pool, and more damage.

Early Game
Usually, Lion takes a support role in a match. Support role is role that responsible to buy animal courier and some wards. You are capable of doing that because you do not need so much farm. You are a skill dependent hero that not need many luxury items to be good.

Mid Laner
Lion can also become a solo-mid, a solo-mid er don't need to buy the wards and the courier because a solo-mid needs to be the farther in terms of farming, to be the best in maps in terms of level and items.

Last hitting and harrassing is your main priority on the mid lane. Last hitting and harassing is rather easy for this hero. That's because you have a decent range of 600. That is considered far than other hero so that you can dominate enemy hero on farming phase. You can use Earth Spike once in a while for harassing and also last hitting the creeps.

Please keep an eye on the warded place. So you can retreat when you see the enemy is coming to kill you.

If you have a carry partner in lane, you can helps him with denying the creeps. Please do not last hits or your carry will become poor. If he become poor, he cannot carry your team to win the late game.

If there are enemies trying to get firstblood by killing you or your friend, you can use Earth Spike immediately to stun them, and run for your safety.

Or you can get firstblood with Earthspike. Ask your partner to do it together. Focus on a target and your team will ge tthe kill.

Please replace the Observer Ward that is already expired with the new one. The team will always needs a vision of the fog of war. That will be needed to make sure your friend not being ganked so you can saves lives. Please ask your partner to keep their eye on the warded place for their own safety.

Mid Game
Mid game is the time for ganking activities. Once you already got your ultimate, you can choose a target to be ganked. Please confirm your friend about who your target is. Then together you can focus fire on him.

Check your target ability first. So if he can become invisible, make sure you bring the item needed to reveal them. You can buy a gem, sentry wards, or dusts.

If your target  is only a single target, we recommend you to use the Hex first before the Earth Spike, it will 100% disable the target. Remember that the Earthspike can miss if the target moves. And then all your friends should come too and use their ability to the target. And if hasn't die, kill with Finger of Death. Don't use Finger of Death if he is 100% death without using it.

A Blink Dagger will really helps you in ganking. Blink in to the enemy and immediately stun/hex him and kill him using right click and Finger of Death.

Dota 2 - Lion Build Guide

Late Game
Late game is the time for decisive teamfights. Remember to keep calm here. A little mistake can cost you the game. As a support, better to always replace the expired wards. That is needed to keep an eye of every enemy's move.

Here you should make a wise decision to choose between 2 options:
1. To save money for buyback
2. To buy your next item
How to choose between those two? you may see how important is your next item. You can see it by: If you don't buy that item immediately, your team's can't compete with the enemy's power so buy it immediately, but if the item is not that important, you should save for buyback.

In late game teamfight, your part is to disables enemy using your 2 skills, Earth Spike and Hex. You need to act quickly by using Dagger or Force Staff if you have one, and stun / hex one target and makes him get killed before the teamfight start. You are considered an initiator-support for the team, it is ok for you to give your life if that will makes your team to win the teamfight.

1. Bottle
Cost: 600
Use: Regenerate - Restores HP and Mana over time. Effect is lost if unit is attacked. Empty Bottle refills near town fountain. You can also store runes in the bottle, to save for later use. After 2 minutes, stored Runes will be activated. HEALTH RESTORED: 135
Why Bottle? An early item that can fulfill your needs as a mid laner is a Bottle. It helps you to get some runes for ganking. it also refill your mana and HP for your daily needs. And bottle will makes your time regenerating HP and mana in fountain becomes less. 

2. Arcane Boots
Total cost: 1450
Recipe: Boots of Speed + Energy Booster
Arcane Boots, Dota 2 - Lion Build Guide
Active: Replenish Mana - Restores mana in an area around the hero.
Flat movement speed bonuses from multiple pairs of boots do not stack.
+ 60 Movement Speed
+ 250 Mana
Mana Needed: 25    Cooldown: 55
Why Arcane Boots? This boots provides mana for you & your team. Can replenish 135 mana for the team.

3. Blink Dagger
Cost: 2150
Blink Dagger, Dota 2 - Lion Build Guide
Active: Blink - Teleport to a target point up to 1200 units away. If damage is taken from an enemy hero, Blink Dagger cannot be used for 3 seconds.
Manacost: 75   Cooldown: 14
Why Blink Dagger?
1. Perfect for initiating a teamfight
2. Helps you escape

4. Mekansm
Total cost: 2306
Recipe: Headress + Buckler + Recipe
Mekansm, Dota 2 - Lion Build Guide
Active: Restore - Heals 250 HP and gives +2 armor in an area.
Passive: Mekansm Aura - Bonus HP Regen in an area.
Multiple instances of Mekansm Aura do not stack
+ 5 All Attributes
+ 5 Armor
Mana:150   Cooldown:45
Why Mekansm? Heal for all allies in AoE, is a must for teamfights.

5 Pipe of Insight
Total cost: 3628
Recipe: Hood of Defiance + Headress + Recipe
Pipe of Insight, Dota 2 - Lion Build Guide
Active: Barrier - Gives nearby friendly units a shield that blocks 400 spell damage.
Multiple instances of spell resistance from items do not stack.
+ 11 HP Regeneration
+ 30% Spell Resistance
Manacost: 100   Cooldown: 60
Why Pipe of Insight? Gives barrier for all allies in AoE that Block 400 spell damage, very useful.

6.  Schyte of Vyse
Total cost: 5675
Recipe: Mystic Staff + Ultimate Orb + Void Stone
Schyte of Vyse, Dota 2 - Lion Build Guide
Active: Hex - Turns a target unit into a harmless critter for 3.5 seconds. Destroys illusions.
+ 10 Strength   + 10 Agility  + 35 Intelligence
+ 150% Mana Regeneration
Manacost: 100   Cooldown: 35
Why Schyte of Vyse? Very good item to initiate a teamfight. or to defend against somebody.

7. Refresher Orb
Total cost: 5300
Recipe: Obilivion Staff + Preserverance + Recipe
Refresher Orb, Dota 2 - Lion Build Guide
Active: Reset Cooldowns - Resets the cooldowns of all your items and abilities.
+ 5 HP Regeneration
+ 200% Mana Regeneration
+ 40 Damage
+ 6 Intelligence
Manacost: 375   Cooldown: 160
Why Refresher? This item makes you can use your skills 2 times, 2x Stun, 2x Hex, and 2x Finger. Very powerful item to win a teamfight. 100 increasing the chance of winning a teamfight.

But before you buy this item, check your mana capacity first, if your mana is enough to use 2 times stun, 2 times hex, and 2 times finger, then you can buy this item.

1. Lina
Lina, Dota 2 - Lion Build Guide
Have a sweet ultimate combo with you. Laguna Blade + Finger of Death will gives opponent the true nightmare of instant kill. with about 2000 instant damage, this heroes combo is a true nightmare to all who dare to oppose them.

2. Carries
(Example: Magine, Void, Luna)
Anti Mage, Dota 2 - Lion Build GuideFaceless Void, Dota 2 - Lion Build GuideLuna, Dota 2 - Lion Build Guide
Carries should come after you initiate a teamfight, and they should the right click and use all their skills to the enemies.

1. Cloners
(Example: Phantom Lancer, Naga Siren, Chaos Knight )
phantom lancer, Lion - Dota 2Naga Siren, Lion - Dota 2Nessaj/ Chaos Knight (CK), Lion - Dota 2
You have a single targetted ultimate which is required to know which one is your real target, and cloners can makes you to waste your ultimate if you choose the wrong target. You also have hex that is a single targetted skill. But, you have Earth Spike to know the real self of enemy, by using Earth Spke on Cloner hero with his clones, the hero which have more HP left is the real hero, then you can focus on the real one.

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