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Witch Doctor

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Ability Build

1
Paralyzing Cask
2
Maledict
3
Maledict
4
Paralyzing Cask
5
Maledict
6
Death Ward
7
Maledict
8
Paralyzing Cask
9
Paralyzing Cask
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10
+75 Maledict AoE
11
Voodoo Restoration
12
Death Ward
13
Voodoo Restoration
14
Voodoo Restoration
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15
+2 Cask Bounces
16
Voodoo Restoration
17
Attribute Bonus
18
Death Ward
19
Attribute Bonus
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20
+75 Death Ward Attack Range
21
Attribute Bonus
22
Attribute Bonus
23
Attribute Bonus
24
Attribute Bonus
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25
+45 Death Ward Damage

Disables, Buffs and Passives

AbilitiesDisablesDispellable BuffsBreakable Passives
Interrupts ChannelingSilencesRoots
Paralyzing Cask
Voodoo Restoration
Maledict
Death Ward

Item Build

Starting
Tango
Tango
10
Blood Grenade
Enchanted Mango
Circlet
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
14
Glimmer Cape
Aghanim's Shard
19
Force Staff
Aghanim's Scepter
Late Game
15
Blink Dagger
Aether Lens
90
Black King Bar
Octarine Core
Situational
16
Pavise
16
Solar Crest
7
Spirit Vessel
Holy Locket
23
Eul's Scepter of Divinity
22
Ghost Scepter
Kaya and Sange
15
Lotus Orb
105
Aeon Disk
Boots of Travel
Neutral
60
Arcane Ring
40
Trusty Shovel
Philosopher's Stone
Pupil's Gift
20
Psychic Headband
40
Ogre Seal Totem
Timeless Relic
Telescope
60
Seer Stone
8
Force Boots

Hero Strategy

Use Paralyzing Cask to secure ranged creep and harass the opponents at the same time.

Consider investing a point in Voodoo Restoration on tough lanes.

Level 2 Maledict is a big damage powerspike for the Witch Doctor. Communicate with laning partner to go for a kill.

Witch Doctor has one of the highest kill potential at level 6 and you can even solo some heroes.

You can toggle Voodoo Restoration on and off while channeling Death Ward or teleporting.

Don't show yourself at the start of the fight as you are squishy. Let opponents clump up and focus on your allies.

In the fights, make sure that Paralyzing Cask bounces and at least one opponent is Maledicted.

Pick up Aghanim's Shard around minute 15 as it has a combination of defensive and offensive traits.

In the late game, you can pump in a decent amount of damage with Aghanim's Scepter upgrade to Death Ward.

Counter Strategy

Don't clump up because of Witch Doctor's Paralyzing Cask.

Witch Doctor is a strong laner, especially when he gets a second point in Maledict.

Witch Doctor can solo kill most heroes with Death Ward. Track his movements on the map.

Be aware of Witch Doctor's Aghanim's Scepter purchase. Focus him in the fights or cancel his Ulti.

Counter Items for Core Players

Laning Phase
Ring of Regen
Wind Lace
Boots of Speed
7
Infused Raindrops
Cloak
Ring of Health
Mid Game
15
Lotus Orb
60
Pipe of Insight
Eternal Shroud
90
Black King Bar

Counter Items for Support Players

Laning Phase
Ring of Regen
Wind Lace
Boots of Speed
7
Infused Raindrops
Cloak
Mid Game
15
Lotus Orb
14
Glimmer Cape
19
Force Staff
22
Ghost Scepter
Late Game
90
Black King Bar