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Gameplay[edit]

Playstyle
Clinkz minimap icon.png Clinkz is a great all around ranged carry with high offensive burst damage. Though frail and easy to kill, Skeleton Walk icon.png Skeleton Walk grants Clinkz stealth and haste to escape and re-position himself. This skill is also what makes Clinkz such an incredible ganker. His Searing Arrows icon.png Searing Arrows provide huge bonus damage, greatly injuring enemies in conjunction with Strafe icon.png Strafe. Despite his high damage, Clinkz has no disabling abilities, and has difficulty killing enemies once they move out of range.
Pros Cons
  • Invisible ganker.
  • Very high attack damage.
  • Destroys buildings quickly.
  • High movement speed.
  • Very fragile.
  • Item dependent.
  • Slow attack animation.
  • Easily countered by true sight.

Ability Builds[edit]

Generic Clinkz
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Searing Arrows icon.png Skeleton Walk icon.png Searing Arrows icon.png Strafe icon.png Searing Arrows icon.png Death Pact icon.png Searing Arrows icon.png Skeleton Walk icon.png Skeleton Walk icon.png Skeleton Walk icon.png Death Pact icon.png Strafe icon.png Strafe icon.png Strafe icon.png Attribute Bonus icon.png Death Pact icon.png

Talents[edit]

Hero Talents
+70 Strafe icon.png Strafe Attack Speed 25 +125 Attack Range
+10 All Stats 20 20% Evasion
+30 Searing Arrows icon.png Searing Arrows Damage 15 +15 Strength attribute symbol.png Strength
+10% Magic Resistance 10 +10 Intelligence attribute symbol.png Intelligence
Notes:
  • The magic resistance and evasion stack multiplicatively with other sources of magic resistance and evasion.
  • The attack range talent also affects the cast range of Searing Arrows icon.png Searing Arrows.

Tips & Tactics[edit]

General[edit]

  • Clinkz has one of the slowest attack animations in the game. Time his attacks carefully to get last hits.
  • Clinkz relies on successful early to mid game ganks to be effective.
  • The simplest way to gank is to go invisible with Skeleton Walk, position Clinkz behind an enemy, then activate Strafe before attacking to land as many arrows as possible.
    • This is made easier with an Orchid Malevolence icon.png Orchid Malevolence, which prevents enemies from using a disable or escape ability.
    • Enemies farming in the jungle are prime targets for Clinkz to gank with this tactic.
    • The worst case scenario is for the target to simple move out of range before Clinkz lands enough arrows. Position Clinkz close to the target or wait until the target is distracted before breaking invisibility.
  • While he can be an excellent ganker, Clinkz is extremely fragile and puts out huge amounts of DPS, making him a priority target in teamfights. Try to let teammates initiate while you dance around the edge of the fight dealing damage to distracted or disabled opponents.
  • If you are focusing on early game ganking, level Strafe as your second ability to max as the decreased cooldown makes you a great threat.
  • If you are playing as the team's late game carry, maxing Skeleton Walk keeps Clinkz safe and able to move quickly into untaken lanes and the jungle to farm.

Abilities[edit]

Strafe icon.png Strafe[edit]

  • Strafe's attack speed bonus is constant at all levels, so one point is enough for the early game.
  • Strafe's short duration and long cooldown during the early game means it should be used very carefully.
  • Combined with Searing Arrows, Strafe can deplete Clinkz's mana very quickly during the early game. Make sure to retain enough for Skeleton Walk in case you need to escape from failed gank attempts.
  • When using Strafe in combination with items like Orchid Malevolence or Medallion of Courage, try to use the item first, then use Strafe to secure the kill.
  • More tips needed

Searing Arrows icon.png Searing Arrows[edit]

  • Searing Arrows is usually leveled first because its high damage helps Clinkz score last hits.
  • During the early game, a few Searing Arrows will do enough damage to harass opponents out of lane. Cast it manually (orbwalking) to avoid drawing aggro.
    • However, Clinkz should still prioritize on getting last hits for himself.
  • Searing Arrows can be quite mana intensive in the early game. An Orchid Malevolence icon.png Orchid Malevolence is usually purchased to offset its mana needs.
  • Searing Arrow's high damage will take down buildings very quickly. Coupled with Skeleton Walk, it allows Clinkz to push lanes efficiently.
  • Searing Arrows is not a Unique Attack Modifier, meaning it can be used in combination with items like Morbid Mask.
  • More tips needed.

Skeleton Walk icon.png Skeleton Walk[edit]

  • Use Skeleton Walk a good amount of time before you expect to ambush an enemy, or appear in a fight. This triggers the cooldown early, therefore allowing you it again soon after, either for a quick escape or to chase down any survivors.
  • Use Skeleton Walk before crossing commonly warded spots, such as the river, to avoid being seen coming.
  • Make sure to use Skeleton Walk every time you can. The movement speed allows you to easilly chase down limping heroes, move from one lane to the other and escape from a failed gank/teamfight.
  • More tips needed.

Death Pact icon.png Death Pact[edit]

  • Death Pact's bonuses depends on the creep it sacrifices. The higher the creep's current health, the higher the bonuses Clinkz gains.
    • Always try to use Death Pact on the biggest creep possible, such as the Satyr Tormenter and Centaur Conqueror.
    • Devouring one of these creeps gives Clinkz 550/770/990 bonus health as well as 55/77/99 bonus base damage.
    • Siege creeps are also acceptable if there is no time to enter the jungle.
  • In the late game, Clinkz could devour Mega Melee Creeps that have (static) 1270 HP, thus giving him 635/889/1114 bonus health and 63.5/89/111 bonus base damage.
  • Use Death Pact before an impending fight to make sure Clinkz has enough durability and damage.
  • Death Pact cannot sacrifice ancient creeps.
  • Death Pact's long-ish cooldown means that Clinkz should be using it as wisely as possible, i.e. on large jungle creeps, or on full HP creeps/summons in the middle of a fight.
  • Use Death Pact to deny and enemy jungler some farm. Taking the largest creep while leaving the smaller ones will prevent the camp from respawning.
  • Death Pact instantly kills dominated or controlled units, such as those used by Chen minimap icon.png Chen or Enchantress minimap icon.png Enchantress, and units from Necronomicon 1 icon.png Necronomicon.
  • Use Helm of the Dominator icon.png Helm of the Dominator to heal any creep and increase it's health to a minimum of 1500 HP.
  • More tips needed.

Items[edit]

Starting items:

  • Tango icon.png Tango give Clinkz the basic health regeneration to stay longer in lane.
  • Healing Salve icon.png Healing Salve can save Clinkz at the very last second in an emergency.
  • Clarity icon.png Clarity is very important since you need to dominate the lane by harassing your enemies with Searing Arrows' hits, you need to refill your small mana pool in the first 5 min of the match.

Early-game items:

  • Ring of Aquila (Active) icon.png Ring of Aquila gives improved damage and mana regeneration, allowing better use of Searing Arrows.
  • Magic Wand icon.png Magic Wand helps against enemies that can spam spells.
  • Soul Ring icon.png Soul Ring can solve Clinkz's mana problems, if cast before using Death Pact it effectively costs 0 HP, and allows Death Pact to be used on cooldown.
  • Blight Stone icon.png Blight Stone will help you for very early ganks or pushes, or simply to harass an enemy even further. It will later upgrade into a Desolator icon.png Desolator or, at a cheaper cost, a Medallion of Courage icon.png Medallion of Courage that also provides some much needed mana regen. It's not unheard of to get both these items. You can therefore get an early Blight Stone, finish a Medallion and immediately get a second Blight Stone.

Core items:

  • Power Treads icon.png Power Treads help you attack faster to improve the effectiveness of Searing Arrows.
  • Desolator icon.png Desolator stacks with Searing Arrows, which adds more killing capabilities, and dispose heroes with low health pool quickly.
  • Monkey King Bar icon.png Monkey King Bar improves Clinkz's damage per second and gives a passive mini-stun which can cancel channeling spells such as Town Portal Scroll icon.png Town Portal Scroll.

Situational items:

  • Orchid Malevolence icon.png Orchid Malevolence solves Clinkz's mana problems associated with using Searing Arrows and allows you to silence heroes. This allows Clinkz to gank more effectively and disable enemies abilities in fights. Can be upgraded to Bloodthorn icon.png Bloodthorn, which is very good late game item for Clinkz.
  • Daedalus icon.png Daedalus greatly increases Clinkz's DPS because, when combined with Strafe, he does roughly 2 attacks per second with the skill active. Combined with Power Treads icon.png Power Treads and Orchid Malevolence icon.png Orchid Malevolence it makes it much more likely to crit multiple times in a short period.
  • Butterfly icon.png Butterfly provides a massive agility and attack speed bonus as well as evasion.
  • Diffusal Blade 1 icon.png Diffusal Blade can be useful if the enemy team has multiple Ghost Scepter icon.png Ghost Scepters or Ethereal Blade icon.png Ethereal Blades. With fast reflexes, it can also be used to purge the active from Glimmer Cape icon.png Glimmer Cape.
  • Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger can help Clinkz snowball very hard, as it makes Clinkz difficult to catch. Also you may consider buying it in difficult game situations where split pushing is a key factor for victory.
  • Scythe of Vyse icon.png Scythe of Vyse is an alternative to Orchid Malevolence icon.png Orchid Malevolence that offers less dps but provides a stronger disable.
  • Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar should be built in most situations to counter enemy stuns, silences, etc.
  • Solar Crest icon.png Solar Crest will allow you to shred through the enemy's armor, and protect yourself once the active has expired.
  • Dragon Lance icon.png Dragon Lance helps keep enemies within range when using Strafe. It also upgrades into Hurricane Pike icon.png Hurricane Pike for a bit of extra stats and mobility.
  • Eye of Skadi icon.png Eye of Skadi stacks with Searing Arrows, which allows you to chase down heroes whilst improving all your stats.
  • Linken's Sphere icon.png Linken's Sphere can allow you to roam more safely, and gives good mana regeneration.
  • Moon Shard icon.png Moon Shard will greatly increase your raw DPS, which is interesting if you're only looking to take down enemy buildings.
  • Helm of the Dominator icon.png Helm of the Dominator is not the best item on Clinkz. However, if you can get an ally to build it, the dominated creep it comes with has a minimum of 1500 HP, 400 more than the usual big creeps; which will translate to an extra 360 HP and 36 damage with level 3 Death Pact. It can be used on any enemy or neutral creep, healing it in the process. Finally, the cooldown is almost the same as Death Pact's.