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Universal

Nyx Assassin

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Ability Build

1
Impale
2
Spiked Carapace
3
Impale
4
Mind Flare
5
Impale
6
Vendetta
7
Impale
8
Mind Flare
9
Mind Flare
10
Mind Flare
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11
+75 Vendetta Damage
12
Vendetta
13
Spiked Carapace
14
Spiked Carapace
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15
+0.5x Mind Flare Intelligence Multiplier
16
Spiked Carapace
17
Attribute Bonus
18
Vendetta
19
Attribute Bonus
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20
+130 Impale Damage
21
Attribute Bonus
22
Attribute Bonus
23
Attribute Bonus
24
Attribute Bonus
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25
Vendetta Unobstructed Pathing

Disables, Buffs and Passives

AbilitiesDisablesDispellable BuffsBreakable Passives
Interrupts ChannelingSilencesRoots
Impale
Mind Flare
Spiked Carapace
Vendetta

Item Build

Starting
Tango
Tango
10
Blood Grenade
Enchanted Mango
Wind Lace
Iron Branch
1
Observer Ward
Early Game
1
Sentry Ward
Boots of Speed
13
Magic Wand
Ring of Basilius
Wind Lace
7
Infused Raindrops
Mid Game
55
Arcane Boots
27
Dagon
Aghanim's Shard
Aghanim's Scepter
Aether Lens
Late Game
15
Blink Dagger
Octarine Core
22
Ethereal Blade
13
Wind Waker
Situational
7
Spirit Vessel
24
Meteor Hammer
23
Eul's Scepter of Divinity
22
Ghost Scepter
19
Force Staff
6
Phylactery
Kaya and Sange
15
Lotus Orb
40
Guardian Greaves
20
Scythe of Vyse
105
Aeon Disk
Boots of Travel
Neutral
60
Arcane Ring
Faded Broach
Grove Bow
11
Bullwhip
4
Enchanted Quiver
Ceremonial Robe
Timeless Relic
25
Ascetic's Cap
60
Seer Stone
75
Magic Lamp

Hero Strategy

Nyx is a fairly weak laner. Focus on creep equilibrium, pulling and securing runes for midlaner.

Use Impale to secure the ranged creep and stun opponents at the same time if possible.

Consider hijacking a second opponents' creepwave behind the tower at 50 seconds into the game.

You can use Spiked Carapace during Vendetta without exiting it.

Once you have Vendetta up, be active - setup kills and scout. Avoid showing yourself on the lanes too much.

Pick up Aghanim's Scepter as it improves most of your spells among other things.

Remember to use Mind Flare only after you have used all your other damage dealing spells and items.

Use portals to roam between lanes and get kills with your Impale and Carapace setup.

Counter Strategy

Be careful not to use a major damaging spell when Spiked Carapace is on or Nyx Assassin is about to use it.

To see Nyx under Vendetta buy Sentries and Observer Wards.

Carry detection on multiple heroes.

Spell immunity is great against Nyx.

Avoid buying too many intelligence giving items against Nyx Assassins Mind Flare.

Counter Items for Core Players

Laning Phase
13
Magic Stick
55
Arcane Boots
7
Infused Raindrops
Cloak
25
Soul Ring
Mid Game
60
Pipe of Insight
Eternal Shroud
90
Black King Bar
Late Game
20
Scythe of Vyse
35
Abyssal Blade

Counter Items for Support Players

Laning Phase
13
Magic Stick
55
Arcane Boots
7
Infused Raindrops
Cloak
1
Sentry Ward
30
Dust of Appearance
Mid Game
Sentry and Dust
14
Glimmer Cape
Late Game
20
Scythe of Vyse
Sentry, Dust and Gem
90
Black King Bar