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Nyx Assassin

Popularity: #55

Leaderboard: #68

Ban Rank: #19

KDA Rank: #106

Reflects enemy damage and stuns

Nyx Assassin is always hunting for fragile targets. Sneaking invisibly through the forest, when he spots his prey, he swipes them with his deadly claws and impales them on stunning spikes, then reverses any counterattack with his reflecting carapace.

Attributes
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374 +55/lvl

252 +30/lvl

Strength Image

17 +2.5/lvl

Agility Image

18 +2.3/lvl

Intelligence Image

21 +2.5/lvl

Stats
Attack

Damage:

12 - 16 + 1.6/level (58.4 - 62.4 at level 30)

Attack

Range:

150

Attack

Armor:

1 + 0.4/level (12.6 at level 30)

Attack

Movement:

310

Roles

Carry

Escape

Nuker

Initiator

Durable

Disabler

Support

Pusher

Strategy

Nyx is a fairly weak laner. Focus on creep equilibrium, pulling and securing runes for midlaner.

Use Impale to secure the ranged creep and stun opponents at the same time if possible.

Consider hijacking a second opponents' creepwave behind the tower at 50 seconds into the game.

You can use Spiked Carapace during Vendetta without exiting it.

Once you have Vendetta up, be active - setup kills and scout. Avoid showing yourself on the lanes too much.

Pick up Aghanim's Scepter as it improves most of your spells among other things.

Remember to use Mind Flare only after you have used all your other damage dealing spells and items.

Use portals to roam between lanes and get kills with your Impale and Carapace setup.

When not much is happening in the game, look to use Mind Flare to instantly kill some jungle creeps for some quick farm and experience.

Counter Strategy

Be careful not to use a major damaging spell when Spiked Carapace is on or Nyx Assassin is about to use it.

To counter Nyx Assassin's mana burn facet, get a Magic Stick or Arcane Boots.

To see Nyx under Vendetta buy Sentries and Observer Wards.

Carry detection on multiple heroes.

Spell immunity is great against Nyx.

Avoid buying too many mana pool increasing items against Nyx Assassins Mind Flare.

Stats

Win Rate 49.3%
Pick Rate 7.4%

Facets

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Mana Burn

Win Rate: 49.2%

Pick Rate: 74.2%

Nyx's damage from spells and items burns enemies' mana.

Only instances of 100 or more damage will trigger Mana Burn.

PERCENTAGE OF CURRENT MANA BURNED:

15%/20%/25%/30%

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Scuttle

Win Rate: 49.5%

Pick Rate: 25.8%

For the first 15s of Vendetta, Nyx is hasted and has unobstructed pathing.

Vendetta

For the first 15s of Vendetta, Nyx is hasted and has unobstructed pathing.

Abilities

Q

Impale

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

  • PASSIVE:No

  • DISPELLABLE:strong

  • DEBUFF:yes

  • width:140

  • duration:1.1 / 1.4 / 1.7 / 2

  • length:750

  • speed:1600

  • impale damage:100 / 160 / 220 / 280

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+0.2s Impale Stun Duration

Talent tree branch

+120 Impale Damage

Cool Down

17 / 16 / 15 / 14

Mana Cost

100 / 110 / 120 / 130

W

Mind Flare

Deals damages to the enemy equal to a percentage of its Max Mana. Additionally deals damage equal to a percentage of damage the target received from Nyx Assassin in the past 15s.

  • AFFECTS:unit area

  • PASSIVE:No

  • max mana as damage pct:20 / 25 / 30 / 35

  • damage echo duration:15

  • damage echo pct:25

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-3s Mind Flare Cooldown

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600 Mind Flare Radius

Cool Down

13 / 11 / 9 / 7

Mana Cost

100 / 105 / 110 / 115

E

Spiked Carapace

When activated while above ground, Spiked Carapace reflects and negates damage dealt to Nyx Assassin (max once from each source), as well as stunning the source of the damage. Activating Spiked Carapace will not break Vendetta invisibility. While Burrowed, Spiked Carapace instantly stuns nearby enemies when cast.

  • PASSIVE:No

  • reflect duration:2

  • stun duration:0.4 / 0.8 / 1.2 / 1.6

  • damage reflect pct:125

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+0.5s Spiked Carapace Reflect Duration

Talent tree branch

+0.5s Spiked Carapace Stun Duration

Cool Down

23 / 18 / 13 / 8

Mana Cost

40 / 40 / 40 / 40

R

Vendetta

Allows Nyx Assassin to become invisible and gain a speed bonus. If Nyx Assassin attacks to break the invisibility, massive bonus damage is dealt with the attack. Nyx Assassin has 75 additional attack range and a 70 faster attack animation for this attack.

  • PASSIVE:No

  • AbilityManaCost:180 / 240 / 300

  • duration:60

  • movement speed:16 / 18 / 20

  • bonus damage:300 / 400 / 500

  • attack animation bonus:70

  • attack range bonus:75

Aghanim ScepterAghanim Shard

Aghanim`s Shard Upgrade

Successful Vendetta attacks now increases the target's spell damage taken.

    Talet tree backgroundTalent tree branchesTalent tree branch

    +50 Vendetta Damage

    Talent tree branch

    Vendetta Applies Break

    Cool Down

    80 / 70 / 60

    Burrow

    Nyx Assassin buries himself beneath the battlefield over a short duration. Once burrowed, Spiked Carapace instantly stuns nearby enemies when cast, the range of Mind Flare and Impale is increased, and Impale's cooldown is decreased. While burrowed, Nyx Assassin is stationary, unable to attack, and invisible. Nyx gains damage reduction from all damage sources.

    • PASSIVE:No

    • health regen rate:1

    • mana regen rate:1

    • damage reduction:40

    • cast range:500

    • cooldown reduction:25

    • carapace radius:400

    Talents

    Talet tree backgroundTalent tree branchesTalent tree branchTalent tree branch

    +50 Vendetta Damage

    +0.2s Impale Stun Duration

    Talet tree backgroundTalent tree branchesTalent tree branchTalent tree branch

    +0.5s Spiked Carapace Reflect Duration

    -3s Mind Flare Cooldown

    Talet tree backgroundTalent tree branchesTalent tree branchTalent tree branch

    +0.5s Spiked Carapace Stun Duration

    +120 Impale Damage

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    600 Mind Flare Radius

    Vendetta Applies Break

    Lore

    Deep in the Archive of Ultimyr, shelved between scholarly treatises on dragon cladistics and books of untranslatable spells, there is an ancient tome of entomological curiosities. Compiled by scholars, the book describes the telepathic talents of the zealot scarab, a strange species of social insect with abilities unique to all the seven planes. Unlike most grubs of his colony, Nyx Assassin did not arise from metamorphosis with the plodding thoughts and blunted appendages common to the worker caste of his kind. For his was a special transformation, guided by the grace of Nyx. He was the chosen one, selected from the many and anointed with an extract of the queen goddess herself. Not all survive the dark blessing of the queen's chamber, but he emerged with a penetrating mind, and dagger-like claws--his razor sharp mandibles raking the air while his thoughts projected directly into the minds of those around him. Of all zealot scarabs, he alone was selected for the highest calling. After his metamorphosis, he was reborn, by grace of Nyx, with abilities which shaped him for one thing and one thing only: to kill in the name of his goddess.