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Necrophos

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Ability Build

1
Death Pulse
2
Heartstopper Aura
3
Death Pulse
4
Ghost Shroud
5
Death Pulse
6
Reaper's Scythe
7
Death Pulse
8
Heartstopper Aura
9
Heartstopper Aura
10
Heartstopper Aura
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11
+100 Reaper's Scythe Cast Range
12
Reaper's Scythe
13
Ghost Shroud
14
Ghost Shroud
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15
+20% Ghost Shroud Movement Slow
16
Ghost Shroud
17
Attribute Bonus
18
Reaper's Scythe
19
Attribute Bonus
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20
+25% Heartstopper Regen Reduction
21
Attribute Bonus
22
Attribute Bonus
23
Attribute Bonus
24
Attribute Bonus
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25
+0.5% Heartstopper Aura Damage

Disables, Buffs and Passives

AbilitiesDisablesDispellable BuffsBreakable Passives
Interrupts ChannelingSilencesRoots
Death Pulse
Ghost Shroud
Heartstopper Aura
Reaper's Scythe

Item Build

Starting
Tango
5
Faerie Fire
Iron Branch
Circlet
Mantle of Intelligence
1
Observer Ward
Early Game
Null Talisman
Bracer
Boots of Speed
13
Magic Wand
Wind Lace
Mid Game
Radiance
Boots of Travel
Aghanim's Shard
Late Game
Heart of Tarrasque
Aghanim's Scepter
Octarine Core
13
Wind Waker
15
Overwhelming Blink
Situational
Kaya and Sange
7
Spirit Vessel
35
Crimson Guard
18
Heaven's Halberd
27
Shiva's Guard
Eternal Shroud
90
Black King Bar
14
Linken's Sphere
15
Lotus Orb
20
Scythe of Vyse
23
Eul's Scepter of Divinity
Neutral
8
Fairy's Trinket
Faded Broach
Vambrace
Pupil's Gift
Cloak of Flames
25
Trickster Cloak
10
Havoc Hammer
3
Stormcrafter
Mirror Shield
Giant's Ring

Hero Strategy

Big camp needs to be open for pulling as the lane will push often due to Death Pulse.

Necrophos typically wins the lane off of his sustain. Last hitting needs to be on point.

Do multiple things with Death Pulse at the same time - secure last hit, harass opponents and heal an ally.

Mess around with opponents last hitting by healing the creeps and damaging opponents at the same time.

Keep yourself close enough to opponents for Heartstopper Aura to damage them.

If in trouble, pop Ghost Shroud and then any healing you might have. You can potentially teleport out.

Ghost Shroud makes you vulnerable to magical damage so you typically need an early Cloak.

Healing reductions and silences are a big problem for Necrophos. Itemize against those and adjust playstyle.

Look to score a kill at the beginning of the fight as you'll be considerably harder to kill afterwards.

Ghost Shroud has no effect during Black King Bar.

Pick up Aghanims Shard at the 15 minute mark as it provides gap close and farming speed.

Counter Strategy

To counter Necrophos' healing and regeneration, someone should buy Spirit Vessel

Burst Necrophos down, so he can't last hit creeps and regain HP and mana with Heartstopper Aura.

Necrophos takes increased magical damage under Ghost Shroud.

Against Necrophos, keep your health above 60% to avoid being killed by Reaper's Scythe.

Against Necrophos, magic resistance and spell immunity items are great.

Against Necrophos, items that reduce healing and regeneration are good.

Counter Items for Core Players

Laning Phase
13
Magic Stick
7
Infused Raindrops
Mid Game
7
Spirit Vessel
Mage Slayer
60
Pipe of Insight
Eternal Shroud
18
Orchid Malevolence
90
Black King Bar
Late Game
105
Aeon Disk
13
Wind Waker
Revenant's Brooch
Eye of Skadi
27
Shiva's Guard
10
Nullifier

Counter Items for Support Players

Laning Phase
13
Magic Stick
7
Infused Raindrops
Mid Game
7
Spirit Vessel
14
Glimmer Cape
Late Game
105
Aeon Disk
13
Wind Waker
Revenant's Brooch
90
Black King Bar