Anti-Mage is a fast melee Agility Carry with an emphasis on disabling and killing high-mana enemies. He has notably high agility and low base attack time, giving him high damage and scaling with his basic attacks. His signature ability is Mana Break, a passive attack modifier that makes him a huge threat to mana-reliant heroes, mainly Intelligence-based casters. In addition to granting substantial bonus damage on each attacks, its mana burn sets enemies up to be devastated by his ultimate ability, Mana Void. Blink is a highly versatile ability that allows Anti-Mage to instantly teleport short distances, thereby allowing him to escape, chase, and even farm with ease. Combined with his high base movement speed, this makes Anti-Mage a highly mobile hero at all points in the game. Spell Shield greatly increases Anti-Mage's magic resistance, allowing him to sustain more damage from enemy casters. Finally, Mana Void finishes off targets after their mana has been burnt, inflicting heavy damage to both the target and enemies surrounding the target. The damage Mana Void can potentially deal scales extremely well into the late game, as enemies' mana pools only grow larger over time. His naturally fast basic attacks combined with his powerful abilities make him extremely dangerous in the late game, allowing him to devastate enemies with ease if he is allowed to farm as a hard carry.
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| Play "To avenge the fallen monastery, I will destroy every magical alliance!"
|| Carry / Escape
|| The monks of Turstarkuri watched the rugged valleys below their mountain monastery as wave after wave of invaders swept through the lower kingdoms. Ascetic and pragmatic, in their remote monastic eyrie they remained aloof from mundane strife, wrapped in meditation that knew no gods or elements of magic. Then came the Legion of the Dead God, crusaders with a sinister mandate to replace all local worship with their Unliving Lord's poisonous nihilosophy. From a landscape that had known nothing but blood and battle for a thousand years, they tore the souls and bones of countless fallen legions and pitched them against Turstarkuri. The monastery stood scarcely a fortnight against the assault, and the few monks who bothered to surface from their meditations believed the invaders were but demonic visions sent to distract them from meditation. They died where they sat on their silken cushions. Only one youth survived--a pilgrim who had come as an acolyte, seeking wisdom, but had yet to be admitted to the monastery. He watched in horror as the monks to whom he had served tea and nettles were first slaughtered, then raised to join the ranks of the Dead God's priesthood. With nothing but a few of Turstarkuri's prized dogmatic scrolls, he crept away to the comparative safety of other lands, swearing to obliterate not only the Dead God's magic users--but to put an end to magic altogether.
|| Sam A. Mowry (Responses)
| Spell Shield|
| Increases Anti-Mage's resistance to magic damage.
| Magic Resistance Bonus: 26%/34%/42%/50%
|Years of meditation and obsession with revenge have hardened Anti-Mage's skin against mystical opponents.
- Increases Anti-Mage's total base magic resistance to 44.50% / 50.50% / 56.50% / 62.50%.
- The targeting reticule must be centered over an enemy unit.
- The damage is calculated based on the primary target's mana, but applied to all enemies within the radius.
- Only the primary target gets stunned.
- Can be cast on units without a mana pool.
- Plays a sound effect during the cast time, which is audible to everyone.
- Tangoes help provide Anti-Mage with health regeneration in the early game.
- A Healing Salve will give Anti-Mage a massive boost of health regeneration.
- Iron Branches will give Anti-Mage an additional attribute boost in the lane.
- A Stout Shield will allow Anti-Mage to take a few more hits from enemies when taking last hits in lane.
- Boots of Speed give Anti-Mage a speed boost which can be helpful for getting around.
- A Magic Stick is a good idea to pick up if the enemy are using a lot of spells since that gives Anti-Mage a lot of regeneration in case of emergency.
- A Ring of Health provides Anti-Mage with decent HP regeneration in the early game, and can later be built into a Battle Fury .
- Power Treads provide Anti-Mage with attack speed and attributes, allowing for a substantial increase in damage and durability.
- A Magic Wand provides Anti-Mage with more attributes and good HP and mana regeneration if the enemy are using a lot of spells.
- Yasha provides agility and movement speed, and can be built into a Manta Style .
- A Battle Fury provides Anti-Mage with HP and mana regeneration, and gives Anti-Mage a cleave that allows Anti-Mage to farm faster and push faster.
- A Town Portal Scroll is always a good idea to have on Anti-Mage at all times, as it allows Anti-Mage to easily escape from enemy ganks if Anti-Mage is out of position.
- Manta Style provides attributes that benefit Anti-Mage very well. The illusions benefit from Mana Break, greatly improving Anti-Mage damage, pushing potential and mana-burning capabilities. Additionally, the split allows Anti-Mage to dodge and remove spell effects, which can be useful in combat or when escaping.
- Abyssal Blade gives Anti-Mage a damage boost, a chance to stun enemies when attacking, and a guaranteed stun that goes through magic immunity. It also gives Anti-Mage a small amount of strength that will increase his health pool.
- Butterfly offers a very substantial damage boost as Anti-Mage is an agility hero, it also gives Anti-Mage armor, evasion and additional attack speed on top of the attack speed gained from the agility on the item.
- Heart of Tarrasque increases the health pool of Anti-Mage massively, which gives Anti-Mage a lot more survivability.
- Vladmir's Offering is the only way for Anti-Mage to have lifesteal since Mana Break is a Unique Attack Modifier. The lifesteal and damage boost benefits both Anti-Mage and his teammates throughout the entire duration of the game.
- Blink is the most common choice for your first ability point, as its immediate benefit is better than either of your passives. Put some points into Spell Shield and attributes if you are facing strong opponents or go for Mana Break if you want to be aggressive.
- Blink is a very versatile and powerful escape mechanism. You can also use it to chase, maneuver, or to avoid spells during battles.
- Manta Style is a commonly built item on Anti-Mage as your illusions can also apply Mana Break, tripling the ability's effectiveness. It also provides an increase to all attributes and a means to remove most disables, especially silences, that could prevent escaping via blink.
- Mana Break is most effective against heroes with low mana pools, as you can completely deplete and disable them in less time. However, this also means that Mana Void will do significantly less damage when deployed as its damage is reliant on the mana pool's maximum size.
- Your laning phase is an absolute nightmare. Many heroes can cripple your early game by harassing you and chasing you away. Also, if you don't utilize your laning phase the game may well end before you reach Anti-Mage's maximum potential. Ask your teammates to babysit you.
- Anti-Mage has relatively low base health. If you can't kill an enemy quickly, it may be best to disengage, as an unfavorable fight can easily result in your own death.
- While Spell Shield provides substantial magic resistance, it is not a substitute for magic immunity as it does not block non-damage effects of enemy magic.
- Mana Void is very difficult to use to full effect. Constantly check enemies with large mana pools. Use it on enemy casters after they have used their abilities and burnt most of their mana. It can absolutely devastate an enemy team if used properly. Note that it does have a short stun, allowing you to cancel spell casts and channels.
- You are utterly useless in team fights if you can't physically attack enemies. There are many ways to counter raw physical damage in DotA, especially if it's melee. Decent players will buy items like Scythe of Vyse, Blade Mail and Ghost Scepter to shut you down. Timing your entrance into the battle is everything for you.
- If you find yourself being killed quickly a Vitality Booster provides 250 health and can be later built into a Heart of Tarrasque. Generally it is advisable to get a faster Manta Style.
- A quick Battle Fury will greatly increase your farming ability which will greatly help later in the game.
- Never use Blink to start a fight unless you know you can win it. Doing so could leave you stranded in a bad situation.
- Don't only farm the jungle. If the enemy is pushing Anti-Mage can push a different lane solo with a reliable escape mechanism with Blink and TP scroll and can indirectly defend by forcing the enemy to defend. It will require at least 1 core to respond to kill you generally giving your team a huge advantage if you TP back home to fight.
- Be very wary of heroes like Shadow Demon, Dark Seer and Morphling, as illusions created from you carry the Mana Break spell as well, and combined with Anti-Mage's high Agility, could easily turn the tides of a teamfight.
- Once you get full slotted you could opt to sell your Battle Fury for a different item, but its creep clearing abilities are still very useful and sometimes critical. You should sell it if you absolutely need another item that can turn the tides, such as a Monkey King Bar.
- Many players are tempted to switch Power Treads to agility, but given your low strength gain (1.2), it may be better to keep them on strength if you are not jungling.
- If under a lot of harass in lane, it can be worth it to get a Ring of Regeneration on top of your Ring of Health and later use that to build a Vladmir's Offering. Vlad's allows antimage to solo Roshan and also farm at full health while also being able to jungle ancients efficiently.
- Don't be afraid to build something else than Battlefury first. In some situations you might want to get a Vanguard+Skull Basher.
- Anti-Mage's real name in DotA was Magina; in Dota 2, his name was removed for unspecified reasons.
- Anti-Mage's alternative name, "BurNIng", is a tribute to the professional DotA player BurNIng.
- In DotA, Anti-Mage and Terrorblade were brothers. This was to be kept in Dota 2 based on certain responses Anti-Mage made in Terrorblade's presence, but upon Terrorblade's release, these relations were severed and thus the lines went unused.
- In DotA, Anti-Mage was blind, due to the model of the Warcraft III character he used, Illidan Stormrage, who was blind.
August 09, 2012 Patch
- [Undocumented] Added victory animations for Anti-Mage and Dragon Knight.
June 20, 2012 Patch
- Added the following animations for Anti-Mage:
April 19, 2012 Patch
- [Undocumented] Added injured attack animations.
- [Undocumented] Added injured idle animations.
February 16, 2012 Patch
- [Undocumented] Added injured animations for Anti-Mage.
- [Undocumented] Added chase animations for Anti-Mage.
November 10, 2011 Patch
October 27, 2011 Patch
July 22, 2011 Patch
- new Blink visuals.
- new Mana Void visuals.
June 24, 2011 Patch
- Fixed Antimage's Mana Break working on denies.
June 17, 2011 Patch
- Made Furion's Teleport, Blink Dagger, Antimage's Blink, and Queen of Pain's Blink not allow target locations that have never been FoW revealed.
- Mana Void
- Increased radius from 325 to 450.
- Added a radius indicator to the mouse cursor.
- Reduced movement speed from 320 to 315.
- Legs decreased from 2/2/2/2 to 1/1.5/1.8/1.9.
- Increased Blink cast time from 0.33 to 0.4.
- Undid melee hero collision change from 6.72c
- Melee hero collision size now reduced from 24 to 12.
- Reduced base attack time from 1.45 to 1.35.
- Increased attack range from 100 to 128.
- Increased Mana Break mana burn per hit from 16/32/48/64 to 28/40/52/64.
- Reduced Mana Void cooldown from 120/100/80 to 70 on each level.
- Rescaled base strength and gain from 16 + 1.5 to 20 + 1.2.
- Increased Mana Void radius from 275 to 325.
- Reduced base strength and gain from 21 + 1.9 to 16 + 1.5.
- Mana Void now deals damage to all units within 275 radius around the target (damage still based on the primary target only).
- Increased base strength from 16 to 19.
- Increased intelligence gain from 1.5 to 1.8.
- Increased base attack damage from 24-28 to 27-31 (total attack damage is now 49-53).
- Reduced Mana Void cooldown from 120 on each level to 120/100/80.
- Mana Void now applies the stun instantly, instead of using a projectile (damage already is instant).
- Reduced Mana Void manacost from 175/225/275 to 125/200/275.
- Increased base armor from -1 to 0 (total armor is now 3.08).
- Old Spell Shield:
- Toggle on to gain magic resistance at the cost of attack speed.
- Magic resistance bonus: 30%/40%/50%/60%
- Attack speed reduction: 20
- New Spell Shield:
- Passively increases Anti-Mage's magic resistance.
- Magic resistance bonus: 10%/20%/30%/40%
- Restored the projectile on Mana Void stun (unknown speed, can be disjointed, damage still instant).
- Fixed Spell Shield reducing attack speed by 80, instead of 20.
- Reduced base armor from 0 to -1 (total armor is now 2.08).
- Spell Shield now reduces attack speed by 20 on each level, instead of attack damage by 50%/40%/30%/20%.
- Mana Void now applies the stun instantly, instead of using a projectile (damage already is instant).
- This ability got reworked into the current Spell Shield in the 6.10 gameplay patch.
- Does not interrupt Anti-Mage's channeling spells, or any other order upon toggling.
- Cannot be toggled while disabled.
- Increases Anti-Mage's total base magic resistance to 47.50% / 55% / 62.50% / 70%. while toggled on.