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Medusa

Popularity: #92

Leaderboard: #39

Ban Rank: #77

KDA Rank: #1

Immobilizes her enemies with her stone gaze

Constant attack is the key to Medusa's success. Using her mana shield to stave off assault, she employs split shots to mow down waves of enemies. Once she gathers her full strength, she becomes a force powerful enough to stop anyone in their tracks.

Attributes
medusa Image

0 +0/lvl

300 +43.2/lvl

Strength Image

0 +0/lvl

Agility Image

22 +3.6/lvl

Intelligence Image

25 +3.6/lvl

Stats
Attack

Damage:

26 - 32 + 3.6/level (130.4 - 136.4 at level 30)

Attack

Range:

600

Attack

Armor:

-1 + 0.6/level (16.4 at level 30)

Attack

Movement:

275

Roles

Carry

Escape

Nuker

Initiator

Durable

Disabler

Support

Pusher

Strategy

Secure ranged creep with Mystic Snake if contested.

In order to get most of the mana back, Mystic snake needs to hit heroes and ranged creeps.

Ask your teammates to stack for you as you can clear them early.

From level 5, you can start clearing lane creeps quickly and farming camps nearby to accelerate your farm.

If possible, farm two neutral camps at the same time with Split Shot and Mystic Snake.

You don't have to skill Stone Gaze at level 6 unless you feel like you might be in danger.

If a neutral camp consists of multiple creeps with mana pools, Mystic Snake can regain you a lot of mana.

Use Manta Style with Split Shot on to farm extra creepwaves that you can't with your hero.

You need not rush Stone Gaze usage in the fights. Make sure opponents are committed to the fight before you pop it.

Position yourself in the center of the fight to Split Shot multiple heros. Medusa does mediocre single-target damage.

Mana burn is a big problem for Medusa. You can itemize against it or adapt the playstyle.

If things are going rough, consider purchasing Divine Rapier. Works well with Split Shot.

Your mana pool also acts as your HP pool. So remain aware of your current mana and keep it high with clarities and lotuses.

Counter Strategy

Play on the side of the creepwave to avoid being hit by Mystic Snake - Medusa's main laning spell.

Look to kill Medusa before she activates her Ulti. If Stone Gaze is up, turn or run away from Medusa.

Medusa farms quickly due to Split Shot. Smoke on her, place deep wards and block off camps with sentries.

Mana burning spells and items are great against Medusa.

Crimson Guard, armor items and Heaven's Halberd are great against Medusa.

Medusa is extremely squishy once her mana pool is gone as she has a very small HP pool.

Stats

Win Rate 51.3%
Pick Rate 3.8%

Facets

snake icon

Engorged

Win Rate: 51.5%

Pick Rate: 95.2%

Mystic Snake grants Medusa attack damage.

Mystic Snake

Mystic Snakes returning to Medusa empower her next 3 attacks with +1 additional damage for each 6 mana restored. Lasts up to 5s.

mana icon

Mana Pact

Win Rate: 47.6%

Pick Rate: 4.8%

Medusa can gain attack speed at the cost of mana over time.

Mana Shield

Mana Shield can be activated, draining 3% of max mana per second to gain 3% attack speed bonus per second, up to 30%. Maximum effect reached after 10s. Buff lasts 15s and Cooldown is 35s.

Abilities

Q

Split Shot

Medusa magically splits her shot into several arrows. These arrows deal a lower percent of her normal damage. The extra targets will not receive other attack effects (such as critical strike).

  • PASSIVE:No

  • damage modifier:-60 / -45 / -30 / -15

  • damage modifier tooltip:40 / 55 / 70 / 85

  • arrow count:4

  • split shot bonus range:150

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-8% Split Shot Damage Penalty

Talent tree branch

Split Shot Uses Modifiers

W

Mystic Snake

A mystic snake made of energy jumps from target to target dealing damage. Damage and speed increases with each jump. After it reaches its last target, it returns to Medusa to replenish her with mana. The snake returns a percentage of the targets' total mana.

  • AFFECTS:unit

  • PASSIVE:No

  • AbilityCastRange:750

  • AbilityCastPoint:0.2

  • AbilityManaCost:80 / 100 / 120 / 140

  • radius:450

  • snake jumps:3 / 4 / 5 / 6

  • jump delay:0.25 / 0.25 / 0.25 / 0.25

  • snake damage:90 / 150 / 210 / 270

  • snake mana steal:14 / 15 / 16 / 17

  • snake scale:25

  • initial speed:800

  • return speed:800

  • movement slow:30

  • slow duration:3

Aghanim ScepterAghanim Shard

Aghanim`s Scepter Upgrade

Causes Mystic Snake to turn enemies hit into stone. Stone duration increases with each bounce of the Mystic Snake.

    Talet tree backgroundTalent tree branchesTalent tree branch

    +40 Mystic Snake Damage

    Talent tree branch

    -3s Mystic Snake Cooldown

    Talent tree branch

    +3 Mystic Snake Bounces

    Cool Down

    13 / 12 / 11 / 10

    Mana Shield

    Creates a shield that absorbs 98 of incoming damage in exchange for Medusa's mana. Illusions absorb less damage per point of mana.

    • PASSIVE:Breakable

    • damage per mana:2 / 2.4 / 2.8 / 3.2 / 3.6

    • illusion damage per mana:1 / 1.4 / 1.8 / 2.2 / 2.6

    • absorption pct:98

    • aspd increase smoothness:0.015

    Talet tree backgroundTalent tree branchesTalent tree branch

    +1.9 Mana Shield Damage per Mana

    R

    Stone Gaze

    Any enemy units looking at Medusa will have their movement and attack speed slowed. If 2 seconds of total time is accumulated looking at Medusa while Stone Gaze is active, that unit will turn to stone. Petrified units are stunned, and take bonus physical attack damage.

    • PASSIVE:No

    • AbilityCastRange:1200

    • AbilityManaCost:150

    • radius:1200

    • duration:5 / 5.5 / 6

    • movement slow:35

    • stone duration:2 / 2.2 / 2.4

    • face duration:2

    • vision cone:0.08715

    • bonus physical damage:35 / 45 / 55

    • speed boost:50

    Talet tree backgroundTalent tree branchesTalent tree branch

    +8% Stone Gaze Bonus Physical Damage

    Talent tree branch

    +1.5s Stone Gaze Duration

    Cool Down

    90

    Cold Blooded

    When Medusa is targeted with a spell, a single-target Mystic Snake is sent back towards the enemy.

    • PASSIVE:Breakable

    Cool Down

    12

    Talents

    Talet tree backgroundTalent tree branchesTalent tree branchTalent tree branch

    +40 Mystic Snake Damage

    +8% Stone Gaze Bonus Physical Damage

    Talet tree backgroundTalent tree branchesTalent tree branchTalent tree branch

    -8% Split Shot Damage Penalty

    -3s Mystic Snake Cooldown

    Talet tree backgroundTalent tree branchesTalent tree branchTalent tree branch

    +3 Mystic Snake Bounces

    +1.5s Stone Gaze Duration

    Talet tree backgroundTalent tree branchesTalent tree branchTalent tree branch

    +1.9 Mana Shield Damage per Mana

    Split Shot Uses Modifiers

    Lore

    Beauty is power. This thought comforted Medusa--the youngest and loveliest of three beautiful Gorgon sisters, born to a sea goddess--because she alone of the sisters was mortal. It comforted her, that is, until the day masked assailants invaded the Gorgon realm and tore the two immortal sisters from their home, unmoved by their beauty or by their tears. One of the invaders seized Medusa as well, but then cast her aside with a disgusted look: 'This one has the mortal stink upon her. We have no use for that which dies.' Humiliated, enraged, Medusa fled to the temple of her mother and cast herself before the goddess, crying, 'You denied me eternal life--therefore I beg you, give me power! Power, so I can dedicate what life I have to rescuing my sisters and avenging this injustice!' After long thought, the goddess granted her daughter's request, allowing Medusa to trade her legendary beauty for a face and form of terrifying strength. Never for a moment has Medusa regretted her choice. She understands that power is the only beauty worth possessing--for only power can change the world.