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Shadow Demon

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Ability Build

1
Disruption
2
Shadow Poison
3
Shadow Poison
4
Disruption
5
Shadow Poison
6
Demonic Purge
7
Shadow Poison
8
Disruption
9
Disruption
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10
+12 Strength
11
Disseminate
12
Demonic Purge
13
Disseminate
14
Disseminate
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15
-1s Shadow Poison Cooldown
16
Disseminate
17
Attribute Bonus
18
Demonic Purge
19
Attribute Bonus
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20
+200 Demonic Purge/Cleanse Damage/Heal
21
Attribute Bonus
22
Attribute Bonus
23
Attribute Bonus
24
Attribute Bonus
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25
2 Charges of Disruption

Disables, Buffs and Passives

AbilitiesDisablesDispellable BuffsBreakable Passives
Interrupts ChannelingSilencesRoots
Disruption
Disseminate
Shadow Poison
Demonic Purge

Item Build

Starting
Tango
Tango
Clarity
Enchanted Mango
Enchanted Mango
10
Blood Grenade
Iron Branch
Iron Branch
1
Observer Ward
1
Sentry Ward
Early Game
Boots of Speed
13
Magic Wand
Ring of Basilius
Wind Lace
7
Infused Raindrops
Mid Game
55
Arcane Boots
Aether Lens
Aghanim's Shard
19
Force Staff
15
Blink Dagger
Late Game
Aghanim's Scepter
180
Refresher Orb
Octarine Core
22
Ethereal Blade
Situational
14
Glimmer Cape
7
Urn of Shadows
105
Aeon Disk
30
Drum of Endurance
30
Boots of Bearing
40
Guardian Greaves
15
Lotus Orb
22
Ghost Scepter
23
Eul's Scepter of Divinity
16
Pavise
16
Solar Crest
20
Scythe of Vyse
Boots of Travel
Neutral
60
Arcane Ring
40
Trusty Shovel
Philosopher's Stone
Eye of the Vizier
20
Psychic Headband
40
Ogre Seal Totem
Telescope
Timeless Relic
60
Seer Stone
8
Book of Shadows

Hero Strategy

Use Shadow Poison from fog to not fill stick charges for opponents.

Don't spam Shadow Poison unless you have mana and a chance to build up 5 stacks.

You can Disrupt an opponent's core and deny a creep or two.

Shadow Poison is great for stacking multiple camps.

Demonic Purge is great for kitting spell-immune heroes and to dispel important buffs including runes.

Don't show yourself at the start of the fight. Be quick at saving an ally with Disruption.

When not much is happening, push out the sidelines from the fog with Shadow Poison.

You can use Disruption on your cores to push out waves or to make deception plays.

Aghanim's Scepter is a must in late game for kiting opponents and for break effect.

Counter Strategy

Shadow Demon uses Shadow Poison frequently to harass. Magic Stick and Wand will be charged up.

If you have 3 stacks of Shadow Poison back up a bit and don't let yourself get hit by it again.

Shadow Demon's Demonic Purge applies continuous dispel and removes positive buffs from spells and items.

Focus Shadow Demon in the fights as he provides saves and control for his team.

Demonic Purge slows and damages through spell immunity. Be Careful not to waste Black King Bar on it.

Avoid buying Radiance and Assault Cuirass against Disruption as it will replicate these items.

Status resistance items, Linken's Sphere and a well timed Lotus Orb are great against Shadow Demon.

Once Shadow Demon gets Aghanim's Scepter he's able to break passive spells with Demonic Purge.

Counter Items for Core Players

Laning Phase
13
Magic Wand
Ring of Regen
Cloak
Mid Game
15
Lotus Orb
60
Pipe of Insight
Eternal Shroud
90
Black King Bar
Late Game
14
Linken's Sphere

Counter Items for Support Players

Laning Phase
13
Magic Wand
Ring of Regen
Cloak
13
Tranquil Boots
Mid Game
15
Lotus Orb
14
Glimmer Cape
Late Game
14
Linken's Sphere
90
Black King Bar