Traxex the Drow Ranger is a ranged agility hero whose greatest assets are her incredible damage and ability to keep threats at bay. Traxex is a carry who, though lacking survivability, provides a worthwhile contribution through her damage alone. The Drow Ranger can be extremely powerful at any point in the game.
As an agility hero, Traxex's damage is based largely off her basic attacks and is among the greatest largely due to the massive amounts of agility she gains from her passive ultimate, Marksmanship. The Drow Ranger also adds ranged damage to teammates with her global Precision Aura. Despite her lack of escape spells, Drow Ranger can keep herself relatively safe from enemy spellcasters and melee heroes using her Gust and her Frost Arrows, respectively. Frost Arrows infuses her attacks with ice, greatly slowing down her enemies. Since it can be manually cast, Frost Arrows can be used to harass her foes in the early game without drawing the creeps' attention. Gust is a great counter to enemy spellcasters as well as melee heroes as Gust pushes heroes away from Drow and prevents them from casting spells, who might threaten her life in battles. Position is of utmost importance as Traxex is quite vulnerable in close combat and the agility bonus from Marksmanship is removed when enemies come near her. This means she struggles against melee heroes with high mobility.
Bio[edit | edit source]
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
Abilities[edit | edit source]
|Adds a freezing effect to Drow's attacks, slowing enemy movement. Lasts 1.5 seconds on Heroes, and 7 seconds on creeps.|
|Cast Range: 625|
Move Speed Slow: 15%/30%/45%/60%
Hero Slow Duration: 1.5
Non-Hero Slow Duration: 7
|Releases a wave that silences and knocks back enemy units. Knockback distance is relative to how close they are to you.|
|Cast Animation: +|
Cast Range: 900
Travel Distance: 900
Effect Radius: 250
Knockback Duration: 0.6/0.7/0.8/0.9
Silence Duration: 3/4/5/6
- Applies a silence.
- The wave travels at a speed of 2000.
- Reaches up to 1150 range away (900 travel distance + 250 radius).
- The knockback distance stays the same on all levels of Gust and is inversely proportional to the target's distance (350 at 0, 0 at 900).
- This means that while the knockback duration increases with higher levels of Gust, the knockback speed decreases.
- Units are not disabled during the knockback. They can still turn, attack and use items. Channeling items are not interrupted.
- Does not affect Roshan.
|Adds bonus damage to the physical attack of allied, ranged Hero units on the map based on a percentage of Drow's agility. Affects creeps for 30 seconds when cast.|
|Cast Animation: +|
Own Agility as Ranged Attack Damage Bonus: 20%/26%/32%/38%
Active Duration: 30
- Interrupts Drow Ranger's channeling spells upon cast.
- Only affects ranged units.
- Checks Drow Ranger's agility periodically and adapts the bonus damage instantly.
- Activating Precision Aura does not place a buff on lane creeps and summons, it instead makes the aura affect them as well.
- This means that creeps summoned or spawned after the activation still get the bonus for the remaining duration.
- Active aura persist through Drow Ranger's death, however it does not provide the bonus during her death.
- The buff lingers for 0.5 seconds. This goes for both, the passive aura for heroes and the active aura for creeps.
- Treats creep-heroes as creeps, so they are only affected when activating the aura.
|Drow's experiences in battle improve her accuracy and effectiveness in combat, providing a passive bonus to Agility. Grants no bonus if there are enemy heroes within 400 range.|
|Enemy Hero Search Radius: 400|
Agility Bonus: 40/60/80
Splinter Search Radius: 0 ( 375)
Max Splinter Targets: 0 ( 2)
Splinter Damage Reduction: 0 ( 50%)
- An icy particle effect is visible on Drow Ranger while Marksmanship is active.
- Checks for nearby enemy heroes (including invulnerable or hidden ones) in 0.1 second intervals and adapts the bonus accordingly.
- Effectively gives Drow Ranger 40/60/80 attack speed, 40/60/80 damage and 5.6/8.4/11.2 armor.
- This is how much extra damage Precision Aura grants in conjunction with Marksmanship's agility bonus:
- Marksmanship Level 1: 8/10.4/12.8/15.2
- Marksmanship Level 2: 12/15.6/19.2/22.8
- Marksmanship Level 3: 16/20.8/25.6/30.4
- The Aghanim's Scepter upgrade causes Drow Ranger to perform instant attacks on 2 random enemies around the primary target.
- This means the splinters are regular attacks, using Drow Ranger's 1250 projectile speed and being disjointable.
- It also means that they can proc any attack modifier or any on-hit effect like a regular attack.
- If Drow Ranger is blinded, the splinters can miss, unless she has True Strike. They can also miss to evasion.
- The splinters originate from the primary target's location, not Drow Ranger's location.
- Since the splinters are indepedent attacks, their damage does not depend on how how much damage the primary target took.
- The damage penalty only applies to the attack damage and any bonuses. Damage dealt in separate instances is unaffected.
- When using Frost Arrows manually, then the resulting splinters apply the slow as well.
- However, when using autocast, the splinters only apply it when having it on autocast as the splinters hit their target.
- Either way (be it manually used, or via autocast), it drains mana upon hitting the target, and not upon splintering.
- Therefore, it only drains mana upon succesfully hitting the splinter targets. Missed attacks do not drain mana.
- The splinter arrows do not target couriers, buildings and wards as splinter targets, but can splinter off of them to nearby valid targets.
Recommended items[edit | edit source]
- A Healing Salve gives Traxex a massive boost of health regeneration in one go.
- Tangos help providing Traxex with health regeneration in the early game.
- Slippers of Agility provide a boost to Traxex's primary attribute: agility; allowing for easier last hitting and more damage when attacking enemy heroes.
- Iron Branches provide a boost to all of Traxex's attributes, which can be helpful in the lane.
- Boots of Speed give Traxex a speed boost which can be helpful for getting around.
- A Magic Stick can be a good idea to pick up if the enemy are using a lot of spells, meaning Traxex can use the stick charges in emergency.
- Ring of Aquila provides Traxex with bonus attributes which can be helpful in the early game.
- A Magic Wand can be a good idea to upgrade to from the Magic Stick to take further advantage of enemy spell casting, in case of emergency.
- Power Treads provide Traxex with attack speed and additional attributes.
- Shadow Blade provides an escape for Traxex, who does not have a built in escape. It also provides some useful attack speed and damage.
- Manta Style provides Traxex with mobility, stats, the ability to dispel herself and the ability to create illusions of herself. Because her illusions benefit from Marksmanship, Manta provides Traxex with a large damage increase and the ability to avoid certain debuffs.
- Butterfly provides ever-useful agility for Traxex. It also provides additional attack speed and also has evasion, which can be very useful against enemies.
- Daedalus provides Traxex with a critical strike chance, which synergizes well with the attack speed and damage she gets from her abilities, maximizing her DPS.
- Black King Bar provides Traxex with magic immunity for a short period of time, which can be useful for teamfights.
- Satanic provides Traxex with a huge amount of lifesteal for a short period of time, allowing Traxex to regain practically all of her health with a few arrow shots.
Counters[edit | edit source]
Riki, Bounty Hunter and Clinkz are all heroes who can go invisible and are excellent at ganking and chasing. Drow Ranger's poor mobility and non-existent escape mechanisms make them very dangerous during the laning stage. Spirit Breaker's Charge of Darkness makes getting close to Traxex and disabling her Marksmanship a cinch, and his Greater Bash makes escaping or retaliating difficult.
Anti-Mage, Storm Spirit, Queen of Pain, Slark, and Riki are all heroes with innate gap-closing abilities, making Drow's Marksmanship nearly useless against them. Slark, Riki, and Anti-Mage in particular are very dangerous, as they can pose massive threats even when silenced by Drow Ranger's Gust.
Equipment[edit | edit source]
Tips[edit | edit source]
- Drow Ranger is all about positioning, since her ultimate Marksmanship shuts off at a certain distance from her, so put yourself in the right place during battles, define your strategy, stay always behind your teammates as possible, or in the flanks but never in the middle of the fight or ahead of it, enemies with blink abilities or positioning change abilities can kill you pretty fast.
- As result of this, build items that helps you move around or keep distance is always good, like: Dragon Lance, Shadow Blade, Manta Style, Blink Dagger and Force Staff
- Marksmanship has a noticeable particle effect that emanates from Traxex's body. If Traxex is too close to an enemy hero, the particle effect disappears, meaning Traxex is no longer receiving the bonus Agility. This also occurs when invisible units are nearby.
- Manually casting Frost Arrows (known as orbwalking) prevents Traxex from drawing creep/tower aggro. Traxex can also use this to kite and escape from enemies when caught out.
- An early level of Gust can be crucial to defend against spellcasters and to push enemies far from you.
- If during a team fight the enemy heroes get close to each other, using Gust in many or even all of them can simply turn the battle aside. This can make Traxex not just a great carry, but also a powerful disabler/initiator too.
- When in possession of Shadow Blade, Traxex can effectively gank by taking a shot to break the invisibility and immediately using Gust, leaving the target: slowed, damaged, silenced, and being completely unable to react (apart from using items).
- Because of the removal of the bonus agility when there is an enemy hero near Traxex, it is advised to avoid picking her when the enemy carries are especially mobile ( Anti-Mage, Faceless Void) or otherwise employ powerful slows that can match Frost Arrows ( Viper, Phantom Assassin).
- Though it may seem redundant, an Eye of Skadi is a very good purchase for her - Apart from giving her excellent stats on all aspects, making her hit harder and last longer, its slow pierces spell-immunity which her regular Frost Arrows does not, apart from removing the necessity to spend mana on every shot. Additionally, Skadi slow stacks with Frost Arrows, but only if you alternate the orb effects.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Traxex's original design was slightly different from the one now; aside from the same hood, her white hair was not present, and her eyes were completely white. Her outfit was also slightly more revealing.
- Traxex was briefly featured in the Dota 2 comic Are We Heroes Yet?.
- From her transition to Dota2, the name of her aura changed from "Trueshot Aura" to "Precision Aura".
Update history[edit | edit source]
Balance changelog[edit | edit source]
Replaced abilities[edit | edit source]
|Stops all enemy units in a target area from casting spells.|
|Cast Animation: +|
Cast Range: 900
|Precision Aura (Pre 6.76)|
|Adds bonus damage to the physical attack of allied ranged units in the area.|
Ranged Attack Damage Bonus: 8%/16%/24%/32%
|Drow's experiences in battle improve her accuracy and effectiveness in combat, providing a passive bonus to Agility.|
|Agility Bonus: 15/30/60
|Marksmanship (pre 6.50)|
|The ranger's accuracy has increased to the point where she can slay lesser enemies in one shot.|
|Proc Chance: 10%/15%/20%
- This ability got reworked into the following Marksmanship version in the 6.50 gameplay patch.
- Since it was a unique attack modifier, it could not proc while using Frost Arrows.
- This ability was basically a bash with extremely high damage bonus, enough to instantly kill any creep when proccing.