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Tinker

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Ability Build

1
Laser
2
Heat-Seeking Missile
3
Laser
4
Heat-Seeking Missile
5
Laser
6
Keen Conveyance
7
Laser
8
Heat-Seeking Missile
9
Heat-Seeking Missile
10
Defense Matrix
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11
+8% Manacost/Manaloss Reduction
12
Keen Conveyance
13
Defense Matrix
14
Defense Matrix
15
Defense Matrix
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16
+125 Defense Matrix Damage Absorbed
17
Attribute Bonus
18
Keen Conveyance
19
Attribute Bonus
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20
-0.5s Keen Conveyance Channel Time
21
Attribute Bonus
22
Attribute Bonus
23
Attribute Bonus
24
Attribute Bonus
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25
+80 Laser Damage

Disables, Buffs and Passives

AbilitiesDisablesDispellable BuffsBreakable Passives
Interrupts ChannelingSilencesRoots
Laser
Heat-Seeking Missile
Defense Matrix
Rearm

Item Build

Starting
Tango
5
Faerie Fire
Circlet
Iron Branch
Iron Branch
Iron Branch
1
Observer Ward
Early Game
0.5
Bottle
15
Blink Dagger
25
Soul Ring
16
Veil of Discord
Mid Game
27
Shiva's Guard
Aether Lens
22
Ethereal Blade
15
Overwhelming Blink
90
Black King Bar
Late Game
20
Scythe of Vyse
Aghanim's Scepter
27
Dagon
Aghanim's Shard
13
Wind Waker
Situational
13
Magic Wand
19
Force Staff
Kaya and Sange
105
Aeon Disk
7
Arcane Blink
35
Bloodstone
Neutral
8
Fairy's Trinket
Safety Bubble
Philosopher's Stone
Vambrace
20
Psychic Headband
Ceremonial Robe
Timeless Relic
Telescope
60
Seer Stone
8
Force Boots

Hero Strategy

Secure ranged creep last hits with Laser and potentially harass the opponent at the same time.

If the opponents don't have great health regeneration, you can whittle them down with rocket spam.

Ask your teammates to stack and make some yourself. You can clear ancients with maxed Laser under smoke.

Look around the map to join fights or gank. Be careful not to expose yourself, especially before Blink Dagger.

Take your time and farm Blink Dagger as it greatly improves your survivability and kill potential.

Make sure to apply Defense Matrix on yourself before teleporting out of the base.

Alert your teammates to not fight at places where you cannot join them quickly.

Look for arcane and regeneration runes as you'll be able to pump in so much more damage in the fights.

Fight under your vision to be able to do more damage with rockets and position easier, even place wards yourself.

Avoid trapping yourself in tree lines where the enemy team might have an observer ward on a cliff.

You can smoke yourself here and there as another layer of protection in the fights.

Keep buyback available as you can rejoin the fights almost instantly.

Tinker is an insane highground defender. Don't give up and lift up your team's morale.

Counter Strategy

Tranquil Boots are great against Tinker as they don't break by his magical damage.

Look to gank midlane Tinker early on as he doesn't have an escape.

Tinker tends to make a lot of stacks in the jungle. Contest them or sentry off camps.

Avoid using long lasting disables and debuffs on a hero shielded with Defense Matrix due to its high status resistance.

Focus Tinker in fights as he's squishy but does insane amounts of damage.

Be aware of Tinker's Blink Dagger timing.

You can dodge Tinker's Heat-Seeking Missile by using Smoke of Deceit or blinking away.

Magic resistance items, Black King Bar or a well timed Lotus Orb are great against Tinker.

Gap closing items are great at getting on top of Tinker.

Tinker is great at split-pushing. Consider getting Boots of Travel on a core.

Place Tinker wards at the outer jungles of the map. Consider camping those spots under the ward.

It is really hard to push highground against Tinker. Be patient and take fights outside the base.

Counter Items for Core Players

Laning Phase
Ring of Regen
Headdress
7
Infused Raindrops
Cloak
Ring of Health
Mid Game
15
Lotus Orb
15
Blink Dagger
Mage Slayer
60
Pipe of Insight
Eternal Shroud
25
Blade Mail
90
Black King Bar
25
Shadow Blade
Boots of Travel
9
Witch Blade
Late Game
20
Scythe of Vyse
14
Linken's Sphere
105
Aeon Disk
Monkey King Bar
35
Abyssal Blade
30
Satanic
Heart of Tarrasque

Counter Items for Support Players

Laning Phase
Ring of Regen
Headdress
7
Infused Raindrops
Cloak
13
Tranquil Boots
1
Smoke of Deceit
Mid Game
15
Lotus Orb
15
Blink Dagger
14
Glimmer Cape
1
Smoke of Deceit
1
Observer Ward
Late Game
20
Scythe of Vyse
14
Linken's Sphere
105
Aeon Disk
1
Smoke of Deceit
1
Observer Ward
90
Black King Bar
Boots of Travel