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Phantom Assassin

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Ability Build

1
Stifling Dagger
2
Phantom Strike
3
Stifling Dagger
4
Blur
5
Stifling Dagger
6
Coup de Grace
7
Phantom Strike
8
Phantom Strike
9
Phantom Strike
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10
+0.5s Phantom Strike Duration
11
Stifling Dagger
12
Coup de Grace
13
Blur
14
Blur
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15
+250 Phantom Strike Cast Range
16
Blur
17
Attribute Bonus
18
Coup de Grace
19
Attribute Bonus
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20
+60 Phantom Strike Attack Speed
21
Attribute Bonus
22
Attribute Bonus
23
Attribute Bonus
24
Attribute Bonus
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25
Triple Strike Stifling Dagger

Disables, Buffs and Passives

AbilitiesDisablesDispellable BuffsBreakable Passives
Interrupts ChannelingSilencesRoots
Stifling Dagger
Phantom Strike
Blur
Coup de Grace

Item Build

Starting
Tango
4
Quelling Blade
Iron Branch
Slippers of Agility
Circlet
Early Game
Wraith Band
Blight Stone
Power Treads
13
Magic Wand
4
Battle Fury
Morbid Mask
Mid Game
90
Black King Bar
Desolator
Aghanim's Scepter
2.3
Skull Basher
Late Game
35
Abyssal Blade
30
Satanic
Aghanim's Shard
Situational
Orb of Corrosion
14
Linken's Sphere
Monkey King Bar
10
Nullifier
Neutral
Broom Handle
Lance of Pursuit
Orb of Destruction
Paladin Sword
12
Mind Breaker
Stygian Desolator
Apex

Hero Strategy

Use Stifling Dagger to secure creep lasthits.

Try to get to cornucopia in tough lanes and put a point in Blur on level 2. Otherwise you will need extra regen.

Opponents are likely to have a lot of stick charges so take that into account when playing aggressively.

You can disjoint most projectile spells and ranged attacks with Blur.

When farming dangerous areas or stacks, consider using Blur.

Make sure to max phantom_strike after stifling dagger for faster farming speed.

You typically want to focus on killing disabling supports and backliners at the start of the fight.

Check opponents' inventories for break effects and evasion-piercing items. Adjust playstyle and itemization.

Pick up aghanims shard if you need the break vs heroes like timbersaw/bristleback etc..

Counter Strategy

PA uses Stifling Dagger frequently to obtain lasthits. Buy Magic Stick and Magic Wand to get charges.

PA is weak against spell harass in early game. Manage your mana and pressure her

Armor items are good against PA as she is all about physical damage and armor reduction

Cheap items that allow you to survive PA's Phantom Strike are Ghost Scepter, Glimmer Cape and Eul's Scepter

Counter PA's Blur ability with items piercing through evasion, breaking passive or causing magical damage

PA can be killed by a well timed Blade Mail

Control power runes to prevent PA from getting double damage

Counter Items for Core Players

Laning Phase
13
Magic Wand
Armor items
Mid Game
19
Hurricane Pike
Monkey King Bar
20
Silver Edge
9
Witch Blade
Late Game
20
Scythe of Vyse
22
Ethereal Blade
105
Aeon Disk
Revenant's Brooch
15
Bloodthorn

Counter Items for Support Players

Laning Phase
13
Magic Wand
Armor items
Mid Game
22
Ghost Scepter
14
Glimmer Cape
19
Force Staff
Late Game
20
Scythe of Vyse
22
Ethereal Blade
105
Aeon Disk
Revenant's Brooch