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Lion

Popularity: #3

Leaderboard: #79

Ban Rank: #50

KDA Rank: #121

Steals enemy mana to fuel his own abilities

Lion gives enemies little chance to retaliate. Stunning targets with a damaging row of spikes, or temporarily transforming them into a harmless critter, even if his powerful spells aren't enough, he and his allies should still have all the time they need to slay their foes.

Attributes
lion Image

396 +52.8/lvl

240 +42/lvl

Strength Image

18 +2.4/lvl

Agility Image

15 +1.7/lvl

Intelligence Image

20 +3.5/lvl

Stats
Attack

Damage:

29 - 35 + 1.7/level (78.3 - 84.3 at level 30)

Attack

Range:

600

Attack

Armor:

0 + 0.3/level (8.7 at level 30)

Attack

Movement:

290

Roles

Carry

Escape

Nuker

Initiator

Durable

Disabler

Support

Pusher

Strategy

Use Earth Spike strategically so that you can get extra right-clicks in, deny a creep or secure a last hit.

You can skill Hex on level 2 to score a kill.

Hex and Mana Drain destroy basic illusions instantly.

Make a move whenever you have Finger of Death available.

When Finger of Death is on cooldown, use the time to farm your Blink Dagger.

Initiate on enemies with your long lasting disables, so your allies can follow-up for a kill.

Fight around good vision, so you can land multi-hero Earth Spikes.

Aghanim's Shard is good at countering illusion-based heroes.

Keep an eye on the mana pool of allies around you and top them up with Mana Drain if they are low on mana.

Position yourself to get an uninterrupted Mana Drain as a follow up on Earth Spike to harass enemy heroes from a distance.

Counter Strategy

Use fog of war to cancel Lion's Mana Drain

Opt for anti-magic damage items against Lion

Be aware of Lion's level 6 Finger of Death. Infused Raindrop might help you to survive the burst

Lotus Orb is an effective item against Lion as all of his spells are targetable

Look to target Lion in team fights as he provides a lot of control and magic damage against your cores and is also a very squishy hero

Stats

Win Rate 48.1%
Pick Rate 22.5%

Facets

nuke icon

Essence Eater

Win Rate: 48.4%

Pick Rate: 72.9%

Mana Drain deals damage equal to 100% of mana stolen.

Mana Drain

Mana Drain deals damage equal to 100% of mana stolen.

fist icon

Fist of Death

Win Rate: 47.3%

Pick Rate: 27.1%

Lion gains a strong Melee cleaving attack after casting Finger of Death.

Finger of Death

After casting Finger of Death, Lion switches from ranged to melee attacks and gains bonus damage and cleave. Enemy heroes killed within 3s of being punched will add Finger of Death stacks.

FIST DURATION:

20

FIST DAMAGE BONUS:

40

FIST DAMAGE BONUS PER STACK:

30

CLEAVE DAMAGE:

50%

Abilities

Q

Earth Spike

Rock spikes burst from the earth along a straight path. Enemy units are hurled into the air, then are stunned and take damage when they fall.

  • AFFECTS:unit

  • PASSIVE:No

  • DISPELLABLE:strong

  • DEBUFF:yes

  • AbilityCastRange:650

  • damage:105 / 170 / 235 / 300

  • width:140

  • duration:1.3 / 1.6 / 1.9 / 2.2

  • length buffer:275

  • speed:2800

Talet tree backgroundTalent tree branchesTalent tree branch

+65 Earth Spike Damage

Talent tree branch

Earth Spike affects a 30 degree cone

Talent tree branch

+600 Earth Spike cast range/travel distance

Cool Down

14 / 13 / 12 / 11

Mana Cost

90 / 110 / 130 / 150

W

Hex

Transforms an enemy unit into a harmless beast, with all special abilities disabled.

  • AFFECTS:unit

  • PASSIVE:No

  • DISPELLABLE:strong

  • DEBUFF:yes

  • duration:2 / 2.4 / 2.8 / 3.2

  • movespeed:120

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-2s Hex Cooldown

Talent tree branch

+250 AoE Hex

Cool Down

24 / 20 / 16 / 12

Mana Cost

125 / 150 / 175 / 200

E

Mana Drain

CHANNELED - Channels magical energy, taking mana and slowing enemies over time. Can target allies to give them mana and movement speed at a 50 rate.

  • AFFECTS:unit

  • PASSIVE:No

  • DEBUFF:yes

  • duration:5

  • mana per second:20 / 40 / 60 / 120

  • break distance:1100

  • tick interval:0.1

  • movespeed:15 / 20 / 25 / 30

  • ally pct:50

Aghanim ScepterAghanim Shard

Aghanim`s Shard Upgrade

Causes Mana Drain to affect up to 2 additional enemies and increases break distance. Lion becomes Debuff Immune with undefined magic resistance while channeling.

  • break distance:200

  • magic resist:60

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+10% Mana Drain Slow

Cool Down

15 / 12 / 9 / 6

R

Finger of Death

Rips at an enemy unit, trying to turn it inside-out. Deals massive damage and grows stronger with each life it consumes.

  • AFFECTS:unit area

  • PASSIVE:No

  • damage:600 / 725 / 850

  • damage per kill:40

  • grace period:3

  • damage delay:0.25

Aghanim ScepterAghanim Shard

Aghanim`s Scepter Upgrade

Increases damage. Decreases cooldown. Finger of Death hits all units in a small area.

  • damage:100

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+20 Finger of Death Damage Per Kill

Cool Down

140 / 90 / 40

Mana Cost

200 / 400 / 600

Talents

Talet tree backgroundTalent tree branchesTalent tree branchTalent tree branch

+10% Mana Drain Slow

+65 Earth Spike Damage

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-2s Hex Cooldown

+70 Max Health Per Finger of Death Kill

Talet tree backgroundTalent tree branchesTalent tree branchTalent tree branch

+20 Finger of Death Damage Per Kill

Earth Spike affects a 30 degree cone

Talet tree backgroundTalent tree branchesTalent tree branchTalent tree branch

+600 Earth Spike cast range/travel distance

+250 AoE Hex

Lore

Once a Grandmaster of the Demon Witch tradition of sorcery, Lion earned fame among his brethren for fighting on the side of light and righteousness. But adulation corrupts. With powers surpassed only by his ambition, the mage was seduced by a demon and turned to evil, trading his soul for prestige. After committing horrible crimes that marred his soul, he was abandoned. The demon betrayed him, striking better deals with his enemies. Such was Lion's rage that he followed the demon back to hell and slew it, ripping it limb from limb, taking its demonic hand for his own. However, such demonoplasty comes at a cost. Lion was transfigured by the process, his body transformed into something unrecognizable. He rose from hell, rage incarnate, slaying even those who had once called him master, and laying waste to the lands where he had once been so adored. He survives now as the sole practitioner of the Demon Witch tradition, and those who present themselves as acolytes or students are soon relieved of their mana and carried off by the faintest gust of wind.