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Sniper

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Ability Build

1
Headshot
2
Take Aim
3
Headshot
4
Take Aim
5
Shrapnel
6
Assassinate
7
Shrapnel
8
Shrapnel
9
Shrapnel
10
Headshot
11
Headshot
12
Take Aim
13
Take Aim
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14
+30 Headshot Damage
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15
+30 Attack Speed
16
Assassinate
17
Attribute Bonus
18
Assassinate
19
Attribute Bonus
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20
+25 Headshot Knockback Distance
21
Attribute Bonus
22
Attribute Bonus
23
Attribute Bonus
24
Attribute Bonus
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25
+100 Attack Range

Disables, Buffs and Passives

AbilitiesDisablesDispellable BuffsBreakable Passives
Interrupts ChannelingSilencesRoots
Shrapnel
Headshot
Take Aim
Assassinate

Item Build

Starting
Tango
4
Quelling Blade
Slippers of Agility
Circlet
Iron Branch
Iron Branch
1
Observer Ward
Early Game
Wraith Band
Wraith Band
Power Treads
13
Magic Wand
Wind Lace
Mid Game
16
Mask of Madness
Dragon Lance
Maelstrom
19
Hurricane Pike
15
Disperser
Late Game
Aghanim's Shard
90
Black King Bar
Daedalus
35
Mjollnir
30
Satanic
Situational
Hand of Midas
6
Khanda
Desolator
20
Silver Edge
30
Manta Style
Eye of Skadi
Monkey King Bar
Moon Shard
Butterfly
Aghanim's Scepter
14
Linken's Sphere
15
Bloodthorn
10
Nullifier
Divine Rapier
15
Swift Blink
Boots of Travel
Neutral
Duelist Gloves
Lance of Pursuit
Orb of Destruction
Grove Bow
4
Enchanted Quiver
Elven Tunic
12
Mind Breaker
60
Ninja Gear
40
Pirate Hat
Stygian Desolator

Hero Strategy

Sniper gets easily ganked, always have an Observer Ward placed and pay attention to the minimap.

Push out the lane with Shrapnel prior to rune spawns.

Stack a small camp whenever you can.

Sniper doesn't like to rotate too much, so focus on farming and pressure the tower if opponents' mid rotates.

Don't let opponents see you at the start of a fight. Let them focus on someone else.

If you feel you might be ganked, Shrapnel the wave and move out.

Sniper is really strong at defending buildings with Shrapnel and his long attack range.

When in trouble, often times the correct play is to press Take Aim and stand your ground.

Counter Strategy

Gank Sniper in early game. He doesn't have any escape mechanism and is very squishy

Buy gap-closing items against Sniper

Smoke of Deceit can be used to dodge Sniper's Assassinate ability

Use Smoke of Deceit to wrap around and catch Sniper off-guard

Deep observer wards allow you to spot Sniper on the backlines

Be very careful when pushing high-ground against Sniper. Chip the tower and racks patiently and don't overextend. You might also want to give up on the high-ground siege and take a fight outside of their base

Counter Items for Core Players

Laning Phase
Ring of Regen
Wind Lace
Boots of Speed
Armor items
7
Infused Raindrops
Ring of Health
Mid Game
15
Blink Dagger
18
Heaven's Halberd
25
Shadow Blade
25
Blade Mail
Late Game
20
Scythe of Vyse
20
Silver Edge
Assault Cuirass
Butterfly

Counter Items for Support Players

Laning Phase
Ring of Regen
Wind Lace
Boots of Speed
Armor items
7
Infused Raindrops
1
Sentry Ward
1
Smoke of Deceit
Mid Game
15
Blink Dagger
19
Force Staff
1
Smoke of Deceit
14
Glimmer Cape
22
Ghost Scepter
Late Game
20
Scythe of Vyse
1
Smoke of Deceit