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Medusa

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Ability Build

1
Mystic Snake
2
Mana Shield
3
Mystic Snake
4
Split Shot
5
Mystic Snake
6
Split Shot
7
Mystic Snake
8
Split Shot
9
Split Shot
10
Stone Gaze
11
Mana Shield
12
Mana Shield
13
Mana Shield
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14
+15% Mystic Snake Turn and Movement Speed Slow
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15
-10% Split Shot Damage Penalty
16
Stone Gaze
17
Attribute Bonus
18
Stone Gaze
19
Attribute Bonus
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20
+1.5s Stone Gaze Duration
21
Attribute Bonus
22
Attribute Bonus
23
Attribute Bonus
24
Attribute Bonus
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25
Split Shot Uses Modifiers

Disables, Buffs and Passives

AbilitiesDisablesDispellable BuffsBreakable Passives
Interrupts ChannelingSilencesRoots
Split Shot
Mystic Snake
Mana Shield
Stone Gaze

Item Build

Starting
13
Magic Wand
Iron Branch
Iron Branch
Iron Branch
Early Game
Power Treads
Ring of Basilius
Wind Lace
Yasha
Mid Game
30
Manta Style
Dragon Lance
Butterfly
15
Disperser
Eye of Skadi
Late Game
Daedalus
20
Scythe of Vyse
15
Swift Blink
Divine Rapier
Situational
Falcon Blade
16
Mask of Madness
6
Phylactery
6
Khanda
7
Parasma
Sange and Yasha
90
Black King Bar
15
Blink Dagger
14
Linken's Sphere
Monkey King Bar
20
Silver Edge
35
Mjollnir
19
Hurricane Pike
Aghanim's Scepter
Aghanim's Shard
Boots of Travel
Neutral
60
Arcane Ring
25
Pig Pole
Grove Bow
Vambrace
Elven Tunic
4
Enchanted Quiver
60
Ninja Gear
12
Mind Breaker
Stygian Desolator
Apex

Hero Strategy

Secure ranged creep with Mystic Snake if contested.

In order to get most of the mana back, Mystic snake needs to hit heroes and ranged creeps.

Ask your teammates to stack for you as you can clear them early.

From level 5, you can start clearing lane creeps quickly and farming camps nearby to accelerate your farm.

If possible, farm two neutral camps at the same time with Split Shot and Mystic Snake.

You don't have to skill Stone Gaze at level 6 unless you feel like you might be in danger.

If a neutral camp consists of multiple creeps with mana pools, Mystic Snake can regain you a lot of mana.

Use Manta Style with Split Shot on to farm extra creepwaves that you can't with your hero.

You need not rush Stone Gaze usage in the fights. Make sure opponents are committed to the fight before you pop it.

Position yourself in the center of the fight to Split Shot multiple heros. Medusa does mediocre single-target damage.

Mana burn is a big problem for Medusa. You can itemize against it or adapt the playstyle.

If things are going rough, consider purchasing Divine Rapier. Works well with Split Shot.

Your mana pool also acts as your HP pool. So remain aware of your current mana and keep it high with clarities and lotuses.

Counter Strategy

Play on the side of the creepwave to avoid being hit by Mystic Snake - Medusa's main laning spell.

Look to kill Medusa before she activates her Ulti. If Stone Gaze is up, turn or run away from Medusa.

Medusa farms quickly due to Split Shot. Smoke on her, place deep wards and block off camps with sentries.

Mana burning spells and items are great against Medusa.

Crimson Guard, armor items and Heaven's Halberd are great against Medusa.

Medusa is extremely squishy once her mana pool is gone as she has a very small HP pool.

Counter Items for Core Players

Laning Phase
Ring of Regen
Wind Lace
Boots of Speed
Mid Game
35
Crimson Guard
15
Diffusal Blade
18
Heaven's Halberd
Late Game
20
Scythe of Vyse
22
Ethereal Blade
35
Abyssal Blade
Assault Cuirass
Butterfly
15
Bloodthorn

Counter Items for Support Players

Laning Phase
Ring of Regen
Wind Lace
Boots of Speed
1
Sentry Ward
Mid Game
Observer and Sentry Wards
14
Glimmer Cape
19
Force Staff
22
Ghost Scepter
Late Game
20
Scythe of Vyse
22
Ethereal Blade