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Gameplay[edit]

Playstyle
Broodmother minimap icon.png Broodmother is hero made to pressure the lanes early. While she excels at split-pushing the lanes and taking towers with her army of spiderlings, she cannot carry the game by herself and normally needs to coordinate with her team to finish the game in a timely manner.
Pros Cons
  • Strong split-pusher.
  • Very strong kill potential early game.
  • Can farm enemy jungle.
  • Predictable play style due to lack of global presence.
  • Damage scales off late game.
  • Often forces own team to play 4 vs 5.

Ability Builds[edit]

Generic Broodmother
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Spin Web icon.png Spawn Spiderlings icon.png Spawn Spiderlings icon.png Spin Web icon.png Spawn Spiderlings icon.png Insatiable Hunger icon.png Spawn Spiderlings icon.png Spin Web icon.png Spin Web icon.png Incapacitating Bite icon.png Insatiable Hunger icon.png Incapacitating Bite icon.png Incapacitating Bite icon.png Incapacitating Bite icon.png Attribute Bonus icon.png Insatiable Hunger icon.png

Talents[edit]

Hero Talents
+225 Spiders Health 25 +8 Max Spin Web icon.png Webs
+70 Attack Speed 20 +14 Spiders Attack Damage
+350 Health 15 20% Cooldown Reduction
+25% XP Gain 10 +60 Spawn Spiderlings icon.png Spawn Spiderlings Damage
Notes:
  • Cooldown reduction affects abilities and items. Stacks multiplicatively with Octarine Core icon.png Octarine Core and additively with Arcane Rune minimap icon.png Arcane Rune.
  • Cooldown reduction affects replenish time of Spin Web icon.png Spin Web.
  • Upgrading health increases maximum health capacity and keeps the current health percentage.
  • The Spin Web icon.png Spin Web upgrade allows to have 8 more webs on the map. It does not add 8 charges.
  • The health upgrade to spiders applies to Spiderlings and Spiderites. It does not apply to Broodmother herself.

Tips & Tactics[edit]

General[edit]

  • Broodmother is usually played alone in the offlane, as the invisibility and regeneration from her webs allow her to face off against multiple opponents.
  • Broodmother is arguably the best early lane pusher in the game. A good player must take advantage of this.
  • An aggressive Broodmother can often take down a tier two tower while other players are still farming.
  • Beware of enemy Sentry Ward icon.png Sentry Wards in lane. It is often worth it to buy your own Sentry Wards to detect and destroy the enemy wards.
  • Remember that you can use Tangos, or a Quelling Blade to take out Sentry Wards quickly.
  • Broodmother is very effective against solitary targets, but against multiple enemies she suffers; as her lifesteal can generally only replenish the damage taken from a solitary foe.
  • Broodmother's primary escape mechanism is to move into her webs onto impassable terrain when attacked.
  • Although Broodmother is usually pushing lanes alone, she is still sometimes needed in teamfights. It is important when playing her to know the right time to push, and when to team fight.
  • Though Broodmother excels in the hard lane, she can also control and farm parts of the enemy jungle.
  • More tips needed.

Abilities[edit]

Spawn Spiderlings icon.png Spawn Spiderlings[edit]

  • A Soul Ring icon.png Soul Ring is usually needed to use Spawn Spiderlings frequently.
  • Spawn spiderlings acts as a ranged nuke, and is very useful for killing weak enemies that are fleeing.
  • As a group, spiderlings deal a surprising amount of damage, especially in the early game. Use them to harass opponents in lane.
  • Send out spiderlings to scout, block creep camps, and keep an eye on Roshan.
  • Even though spiderlings give little gold, constantly feeding groups of them will benefit the enemy team.
  • Spiderlings can spawn Spiderites by denying allied creeps.
  • More tips needed.

Spin Web icon.png Spin Web[edit]

  • Use Spin Web on top of an enemy tower before diving in on weak heroes. The regeneration and move speed bonus combined with Broodmother's slow is very effective for diving on heroes with no reliable escape or stun.
  • Use Spin Web over trees and high ground to give Broodmother escape paths.
  • More tips needed.

Incapacitating Bite icon.png Incapacitating Bite[edit]

Insatiable Hunger icon.png Insatiable Hunger[edit]

  • More tips needed.

Items[edit]

Starting items:

Early-game items:

  • Soul Ring icon.png Soul Ring allows her to use Spawn Spiderlings to harass the lane rival and safely take last hits.
  • Ring of Basilius (Active) icon.png Ring of Basilius provides attribute bonuses as well as an armor aura for extra pushing power and can be upgraded into Vladmir's Offering later on.

Core items:

  • Power Treads icon.png Power Treads provide attack speed and more survivability through additional attribute bonuses.
  • Orchid Malevolence icon.png Orchid Malevolence's silence allows Broodmother to kill heroes with escape abilities and/or stuns.
  • Vladmir's Offering icon.png Vladmir's Offering provides a useful lifesteal effect on both Broodmother and nearby spiderlings, fully stacking with the effects of her ultimate ability. The bonus armor and attack damage greatly increase the ability of Broodmother and her spiders to push lanes and towers.

Situational items:

  • Hand of Midas icon.png Hand of Midas should be picked up if Broodmother had a good early game. It increases her experience greatly, especially with the level 10 talent.
  • Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar's spell immunity synergies with the huge lifesteal from Insatiable Hunger and makes her very hard to kill.
  • Desolator icon.png Desolator gives excellent damage and an armor reduction debuff increasing Broodmother's push and farm speed.
  • Assault Cuirass icon.png Assault Cuirass boosts the attack speed and armor of Broodmother and her spiders, while also reducing the armor of nearby towers, allowing her to push faster.
  • Manta Style icon.png Manta Style offers bonus attack speed, damage, movement speed and stats. The active ability, Mirror Image, can be used to dispel debuffs such as Dust of Appearance icon.png Dust of Appearance, dodge stunning projectiles such as Storm Hammer icon.png Storm Hammer, or to increase Broodmother's ability to push lanes and towers.
  • Butterfly icon.png Butterfly offers bonus attack speed, damage and armor, increasing Broodmother's carry potential. The only downside is that the enemy most likely purchases Monkey King Bar icon.png Monkey King Bar on their carries to counter you anyway, making the evasion of Butterfly less useful.
  • Monkey King Bar icon.png Monkey King Bar can be bought to dominate enemies with evasion. Another choice can be upgrade Orchid Malevolence icon.png Orchid Malevolence to Bloodthorn icon.png Bloodthorn.
  • Radiance (Active) icon.png Radiance provides useful area damage that Broodmother can easily apply while invisible and/or unreachable both to push lanes faster and to harass incautious enemy heroes.