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Techies
Techies.png
Strength
17 + 2
Agility
14 + 1.3
Intelligence
22 + 2.9
Level Base 1 16 25
Health 200 540 1180 1900
H. Regen 0.25 0.76 1.72 2.8
Mana 50 314 854 1382
M. Regen 0.02 0.9 2.72 4.48
Damage 7‒9 29‒31 74‒76 118‒120
Armor 5 7 10.07 14.31
Spell Dmg 0% 1.38% 4.22% 6.98%
Att / Sec 0.58 0.67 0.79 0.97
Movement Speed 270
Turn Rate 0.5
Vision Range 1800/800
Attack Range 700
Projectile Speed 900
Attack Animation 0.5+0.5
Base Attack Time 1.7
Magic resistance 25%
Collision Size 24
Legs 6

Squee, Spleen, and Spoon, the Techies, are a trio of ranged Intelligence heroes, known for laying deadly traps around the field with a wide array of mines.

Having little direct combat ability, the Techies have an unorthodox, if effective, method of dealing damage to the enemy team in the form of powerful laid explosive mines and stasis traps that enable other heroes to set up a gank or retreat. Their mines, set across key points of the map -and even less conventional locations- are an effective method of denying area and guaranteeing damage if enemies dare to initiate.

They have an even more bizarre ability in the form of their Suicide Squad, Attack! which causes them to violently explode and die but deal massive damage (at early - mid game) in a moderate area of effect.

The unique mechanics of the mines mean that the Techies utilise mechanics not used by any other hero, including preemptive mine concaves and such strong area denial that they actively play a large role in securing the area controlled by friendly heroes.

The Techies have statistics aligned to those of semi-carries, but play a largely passive, defensive role throughout the game. Since their Remote Mines have a large sight range and last longer, they can act as substitute Observer Wards, allowing the rest of the team to save gold.

Bio[edit | edit source]

Techies Squee, Spleen, and Spoon, the Techies
Play "Measurements made." "Bombs built." "Powder's dry." "Okay, let's blow something up!"
Role: Nuker Nuker / Disabler Disabler
Lore: In the storied saga of Dredger's Bight, no business has ever been more reviled than Techies Demolitions. Then again, Dredger's Bight no longer exists. Nor does Toterin. Or even Trapper Town. In fact, if one were to track the history of Techies Demolitions they might notice that shortly after Techies appear, towns tend to disappear.

Like every inevitable disaster surrounding Techies, the obliteration of Dredger's Bight began with an invention. Tasked with designing a safer way of detonating explosives in the mines beneath the city, pyrotechnic prodigies Squee, Spleen, and Spoon developed their most outlandish creation yet: a button which, when pressed, would trigger a distant device to spark a fuse.

Overeager to test their invention, the trio stuffed barrel after barrel with flamesalt explosives, piling every corner of their tiny workshop high with the newly developed remote bombs. From this stockpile they plucked a single payload, burying it in a far away field. As they cowered in a ditch, Spleen pressed the detonator button. Yet after a moment, nothing happened. Confused, he stood up, pressing his button again and again until, finally, an explosion tore a hole in the field. Elated, Squee and Spleen turned toward home just as a massive wave of sound and force arrived to knock them over.

Bewildered, their ears ringing from the unexpected blast, they gathered in the dingy miasma to see a smoking ruin where their workshop once stood. Chunks of wood and stone continued to fall as the yawning crater before them slowly deepened into an expanding pit. The whole of Dredger's Bight shuddered, and then gradually started to slide into the mines below as its panicked residents fled.

Sitting at the edge of their sinking home they grinned and giggled, as giddy at the possibilities as they were oblivious to the scorn of their former neighbors. They wondered only one thing: how could they trigger an even bigger blast?

Voice: Dee Bradley Baker (Responses)

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Land Mine
Techies Land Mine model.png
Ward
Level 1
Duration Permanent
Health 100
Health regeneration 0
Armor 0
Magic resistance 0 %
Turn Rate 0
Collision Size 8
Vision Range 64  •  64 (G)
Bounty 10
Experience 14
Notes Phased
Abilities:
Unknown icon.png Invisibility

Land Mines
Pierces spell immunity. Play
Q
E
Land Mines icon.png
Ability
Target Area
Affects
Enemies
Damage
Physical
Plant an invisible mine that explodes when an enemy steps near. The explosion will deal less damage if the enemy is farther away from the mine when it explodes. Mines explode 0.3 seconds after being triggered. Damages buildings.
Cast Animation0+0.47
Cast Range: 100
Trigger Radius: 200
Full Damage Radius: 200
Half Damage Radius: 500
Activation Delay: 0.5
Detonation Delay: 0.3
Damage: 150/190/225/260
Cooldown 9/8/7/5
Mana 60/75/85/100
The bane of Toterin!

Notes:

  • It takes 0.8 seconds for a land mine to detonate when placed right next to an enemy unit or structure.
  • The mines only damage enemies when they get triggered, not when they are destroyed by attacks.
  • The mines have a small collision size and are not phased, so they cannot be stacked on top of each other.
  • The damage source is the mine itself and therefore cannot reflect damage back to Techies (e.g. Blade Mail icon.png Blade Mail).
  • Once triggered, the mines deal 150/190/225/260 damage in a 200 radius and 75/95/112/130 damage between 200 and 500 radius.
  • Provides 300 radius flying vision at its location for 1 second after detonating.
  • Land mines which are already placed do not upgrade when you level up the ability.
  • Land mines can be targeted and destroyed with Quelling Blade icon.png Quelling Blade and its upgrades.


Stasis Trap
Techies Stasis Trap model.png
Ward
Level 1
Duration 360
Health 100
Health regeneration 0
Armor 0
Magic resistance 0 %
Turn Rate 0
Collision Size 8
Vision Range 600  •  600 (G)
Bounty 10
Experience 6
Notes Phased
Abilities:
Unknown icon.png Invisibility

Stasis Trap
Does not pierce spell immunity. Play
W
T
Stasis Trap icon.png
Ability
Target Area
Affects
Enemies
Plant an invisible trap that stuns nearby enemy units when triggered.
Cast Animation1+0
Cast Range: 150
Trigger Radius: 450
Stun Radius: 450
Activation Delay: 1.5
Detonation Delay: 1.5
Stun Duration: 2.5/3/3.5/4
Trap Duration: 360
Cooldown 20/16/13/10
Mana 80/110/140/160
Modifiers
Debuff Stasis Trap Stun: Dispellable with strong dispels.
The scourge of Trapper Town!

Notes:

  • It takes 3 seconds for a stasis trap to detonate when placed next to an enemy.
  • The traps only stun enemies when they get triggered, not when they are destroyed by attacks or when they expire.
  • When a stasis trap triggers, all other stasis traps owned by the player within 450 radius of the triggering trap are destroyed without triggering.
  • The traps can be stacked on one spot and cannot block unit pathing.
  • Can have up to 17/21/25/32 traps at a time with the current cast time, cooldown and duration.
  • Provides 300 radius flying vision at its location for 1 second after detonating.
  • Stasis traps which are already placed do not upgrade when you level up the ability.
  • Stasis traps can be targeted and destroyed with Quelling Blade icon.png Quelling Blade and its upgrades.


Suicide Squad, Attack!
Not blocked by Linken's Sphere. Pierces spell immunity. Play
E
C
Suicide Squad, Attack! icon.png
Affects
Enemies / Self
Damage
Physical
Techies sacrifice themselves for the greater good, dealing massive area of effect damage. More damage is dealt to units closer to Techies when they explode. Techies' respawn time is reduced by 50% when killed by this ability.
Cast Animation0+0
Cast Range: 100
Full Damage Radius: 200
Partial Damage Radius: 500
Full Damage: 500/650/850/1150
Partial Damage: 260/300/340/380
Cooldown 160/140/120/100
Mana 100/125/150/175
Modifiers
Buff Suicide Respawn Time: Undispellable.
What's this button do?

Notes:

  • The cast of Suicide Squad, Attack! is not registered as a spell cast and thus does not proc any on-cast effects.
  • Damages enemies in the area before killing Techies, so Techies still gets the experience when enemies die to this spell.
  • Respawn timer reduction is calculated with the following priority:
  • Provides 400 radius ground vision at Techies location for 2 seconds after the suicide.
  • Destroys trees within 500 radius around Techies upon cast.


Minefield Sign
Pierces spell immunity. Play
F
G
Minefield Sign icon.png
Ability
Target Point
(Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. Aura)
Plant a warning sign to remind enemies to step lightly. Only one sign can exist at a time. Lasts 180 seconds.
Cast Animation0+0.53
Max Signs: 1
Cast Range: 10
Effect Radius: 0 (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. 125)
Duration: 180
Cooldown 360
Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. Allows Minefield Sign to hide any Land Mines, Stasis Traps, and Remote Mines in an area around the sign from True Sight.
Modifiers
Buff Minefield Sign Aura: Undispellable.
Watch your step!

Notes:

  • This is an innate ability and cannot be learned or leveled.
  • The cast of Minefield Sign is not registered as a spell cast and thus does not proc any on-cast effects.
  • Only one sign can exist on the map at a time.
    • Planting a second sign causes the previous one to immediately disappear (although there is a visual delay).
  • The sign has no collision and cannot block unit pathing.
  • Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter grants the Minefield Sign an aura, which turns nearby mines immune to True Sight.
    • The aura only affects Land Mines icon.png Land Mines​, Stasis Trap icon.png Stasis Trap​s and Remote Mines icon.png Remote Mines​. Other kinds of wards are not affected.
    • The aura affects the mines of all allied players, not just the ones of Techies himself, but not enemy mines.
    • The aura's buff lingers for 0.5 seconds.


Remote Mine
Techies Remote Mine model.png
Ward
Level 1
Duration 600
Health 200
Health regeneration 0
Armor 0
Magic resistance 0 %
Collision Size 24
Vision Range 700  •  700 (G)
Bounty 10
Experience 6
Notes Phased
Abilities:
Pinpoint Detonate (Remote Mine) icon.png Pinpoint Detonate
Unknown icon.png Invisibility

Remote Mines
Does not pierce spell immunity. Play
R
R
Remote Mines icon.png
Ability
Target Point
Affects
Enemies
Damage
Magical
Plant an invisible explosive that will only detonate when triggered. Does not damage buildings.
Cast Animation1.5+0
Cast Range: 500 (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. 700)
Damage Radius: 425
Activation Delay: 0
Detonation Delay: 0
Damage: 300/450/600 (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. 450/600/750)
Mine Duration: 600
Cooldown 10
Mana 200/240/300
Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. Increases damage and cast range.
The downfall of Dredger's Bight!

Notes:

  • The mines only damage enemies when they get triggered, not when they are destroyed by attacks or when they expire.
  • Remote mines can be instantly detonated after placing them.
  • The damage source is the mine itself and therefore cannot reflect damage back to Techies (e.g. Blade Mail icon.png Blade Mail).
  • The mines can be stacked on one spot and cannot block unit pathing.
  • Can have up to 52 remote mines at a time with the current cast time, cooldown and duration.
  • Provides 500 radius flying vision at its location for 3 seconds after detonating.
  • Remote mines which are already placed do not upgrade when you level up the ability.
  • Level 2 mines are 10% bigger than level 1 mines and level 3 mines are 20% bigger than level 1 mines.
  • Remote mines can be targeted and destroyed with Quelling Blade icon.png Quelling Blade and its upgrades.


Focused Detonate
Play
D
F
Focused Detonate icon.png
Ability
Target Area
Affects
Enemies
Detonate all remote mines in the target area.
Cast Animation0+0.53
Cast Range: Global
Radius: 700
Cooldown 1
Why light one fuse when you can light them all?

Notes:

  • Focused Detonate is unlocked when Remote Mines icon.png Remote Mines​ is learned.
  • The cast of Focused Detonate is not registered as a spell cast and thus does not proc any on-cast effects.
  • Focused Detonate can be cast without having to face towards the targeted area.
  • This ability can be used while Techies is dead, but not while Techies is disabled.
  • If there are not any remote mines within the search radius, nothing happens, wasting the cooldown.


Remote Mine ability[edit | edit source]

Pinpoint Detonate
Play
Q
D
Pinpoint Detonate (Remote Mine) icon.png
Ability
No Target
Affects
Enemies
Detonate all selected remote mines.
Cast Animation0+0
Cooldown 0
Kablooey!

Notes:

  • This is cast from the mine itself, making it possible to detonate mines when unable to use Focused Detonate icon.png Focused Detonate​ due to disables.
  • The cast of Pinpoint Detonate is not registered as a spell cast and thus does not proc any on-cast effects.
  • Detonates all selected remote mines with a 0.03 seconds delay from each other.


Recommended items[edit | edit source]

Starting Items:

  • Tango icon.png Tango gives Techies health recovery in-lane, mitigating harassment damage. In general, a Healing Salve is not necessary since the hero can use Suicide Squad, Attack! icon.png Suicide Squad, Attack!​ in case the enemy tries to jump on them for a kill.
  • Multiple stacks of Clarity icon.png Clarity provide Techies with the mana needed for early-game Land Mines icon.png Land Mines​ stacks.
  • Animal Courier (Radiant) icon.png Animal Courier is a necessary purchase for all teams at the start of a match.
  • Town Portal Scroll icon.png Town Portal Scroll is useful to plant mines faster in a lane or rune spot.

Early game:

  • Tranquil Boots (Active) icon.png Tranquil Boots are very strong on Techies due to their low cost, passive health regen, increased armor and increased movement speed. Techies are the slowest hero in the game, so increasing their base movement speed allows you to be more mobile when planting traps.
  • Soul Ring icon.png Soul Ring is your most important early-game purchase, as it allows Techies to continue planting mines over extended periods of time. The health cost is countered by Tranquil Boots' passive health regen.
  • Town Portal Scroll icon.png Town Portal Scroll is extremely important on Techies, as the hero has to be globally mobile in order to plant traps in unexpected areas. The heroes' strong defensive potential allows them to instantly fortify a tower's defenses, discouraging the enemy from pushing.
  • Null Talisman icon.png Null Talisman gives you mana, damage, and health, as well as you can use it with Soul Ring to gain more mana.

Core:

  • Eul's Scepter of Divinity icon.png Eul's Scepter of Divinity provides Techies with a bigger mana pool, scaling mana regen and more base movement speed, allowing the hero to be more mobile and plant mines more frequently. As well, the active ability can be used to disable an enemy (either to place a mine at their feet to deal nuke damage when they land, or deploy a Stasis Trap icon.png Stasis Trap​ to stun them for a longer duration), or to provide temporary invulnerability and a self-dispel if the enemy jumps on them.
  • Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter drastically increases Techies' effectiveness across the board. Remote Mines icon.png Remote Mines​ become a much bigger threat due to their increased damage, and Techies can place them from farther away, allowing them to be used tactically in teamfights and allowing Techies to place traps more safely. Additionally, Minefield Sign icon.png Minefield Sign​ becomes a usable ability, allowing Techies to use the sign to place guaranteed undetectable traps or to trick the enemy into avoiding an area that does not have mines.

Situational:

  • Bloodstone icon.png Bloodstone gives Techies a great amount of health and mana, as well as tremendous regen, allowing them to place mines more frequently. The respawn timer reduction further cuts down any respawns with Suicide Squad, and Pocket Deny can be used to deny yourself if you are caught while Suicide Squad is on cooldown.
  • Ghost Scepter icon.png Ghost Scepter is a great survival item, as it allows Techies to become temporarily invulnerable to physical damage when focused by the enemy. This can buy them more time to use Suicide Squad, or to attempt to lead the enemy into mine traps.
  • Shiva's Guard icon.png Shiva's Guard gives Techies much needed Intelligence as well as armor. The aura and active can be used in teamfights to hinder the enemy, reducing their ability to spread out from your area-of-effect nukes.
  • Scythe of Vyse icon.png Scythe of Vyse is a very powerful intelligence item, providing a lot of mana and a very strong disable that is useful in any situation. It allows Techies to provide additional lockdown in teamfights.
  • Force Staff icon.png Force Staff gives Techies more mana and mobility, and can also be used to quickly displace yourself either to escape or to get within range to cast Suicide Squad, or to push enemies into your mine traps (especially Gem carriers).
  • Necronomicon 1 icon.png Necronomicon gives Techies additional pushing ability, provides more health and mana, and the True Sight from the level 3 Warrior can spot enemy Sentry Wards, allowing you to place traps with confidence.
  • Octarine Core icon.png Octarine Core reduces the cooldown on all of Techies' abilities, allowing them to place traps more frequently. With Octarine Core, Techies can place up to 66 Remote Mines icon.png Remote Mines​ on the field, compared to the default 52. Techies cannot lifesteal with his mines, as his mines are a separate damage source.
  • Sentry Ward icon.png Sentry Wards are a useful regular purchase on Techies, not only for de-warding enemy Observer Wards but also for destroying their Sentry Wards. Eliminating their Sentries from play can allow you to place traps in areas that they once considered safe, and forces the supports to buy more Sentry Wards, slowing their item progression considerably.
  • One or two Null Talisman icon.png Null Talismans can be a useful purchase in the early game, as it increases Techies' attack damage and mana pool, allowing more placement of mines in the laning stage and utilization of physical attacks to harass the enemy carry. Combined with Soul Ring, they can be dropped to get more mana out of its active.
  • Bottle (Full) icon.png Bottle can be useful to purchase on a roaming Techies, as they often pass by runes on their way to set up traps. This allows them to replenish their mana and set traps over extended periods of time.
  • Arcane Boots icon.png Arcane Boots are a very strong purchase on Techies, as it gives them additional mana replenishment on top of Soul Ring. Like Null Talisman, it can be dropped prior to using Soul Ring's active in order to restore more mana.
  • Glimmer Cape icon.png Glimmer Cape is a strong utility item, as it allows Techies to cloak themselves when traversing areas with possible ward coverage. As well, it can be used to help teammates initiate or can drastically increase an ally's magic resistance for a short period of time.
  • Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger is a situational item, but can drastically improve Techies' mobility. It can be used to jump on top of enemies with Suicide Squad, place mines inside of tree lines to block neutral camps in the enemy jungle, quickly get within range to use Force Staff on an enemy who is destroying your mines, and so on.
  • Refresher Orb icon.png Refresher Orb is largely situational, but has strong utility if used properly. The item itself grants tremendous scaling mana regen, allowing Techies to passively regain mana while placing mines in enemy territory. The active can be used not only to reset the cooldown on Suicide Squad, but also on Minefield Sign, reducing its downtime from 180 seconds to 15.


Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Audio[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Before their release, Techies were showcased at the All-Star match of The International 2014, used by Artour "Arteezy" Babaev. He originally picked Sniper icon.png Sniper​, but right before the picking phase ended, his pick got replaced by Techies icon.png Techies​, fireworks were launched in the arena, Techies' portrait was shown on all screens and this Play sound effect played.
  • Techies' lines Play "They're going to have to glue you back together! Yeah, in Hell!" and Play "We're a sorry buncha losers. You said it" are references to similar lines lines spoken by the Demoman from Team Fortress 2 (as heard here and here).
  • The flavor text of Pinpoint Detonate (Remote Mine) icon.png Pinpoint Detonate​ "Kablooey!" is a direct reference to the line "Kabloeey!" spoken by the Demoman from Team Fortress 2.
  • Many of their lines also reference Counter-Strike, such as Play "Counter-Techies Win", Play "Bomb has been planted" or Play "Bomb has been defused. Darn!".
  • Techies' attack line Play "See! Fore!" is a pun on the plastic explosive C4.
  • The line Play "Who said we couldn't count to three, huh?" is a reference to a joke about the fact that Valve has not released a single game with the number three in the title (Half-Life 3, Left 4 Dead 3, Portal 3 etc.).
  • The line Play "Continue testing." is a reference to GLaDOS, a character of Valve's Portal series.
  • The line Play "Claymore! But not that kind of claymore" is a reference to a Claymore mine used by the U.S. military.
  • The gag about Spoon being hidden in a barrel without the other two knowing is a reference to DotA, where only some time after Techies were released did people realize that there were actually three of them instead of two; the third one's feet could barely be seen under the barrel behind the other two (Techies used to be named "Squee and Spleen" and eventually became "Squee, Spleen and Spoon").
    • The name "Spoon" may be a reference to a scene from the movie Matrix where a boy bends a spoon with his mind and then says to Neo "Do not try and bend the spoon. That's impossible. Instead, only try to realise the truth", followed by Neo asking: "What truth?" and the boy answering it with "There is no spoon. Then you'll see, that it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself."[1]
    • Squee and Spleen think that Spoon died to the explosion in their workshop, so they thought "there is no Spoon" anymore and the voice is only in their heads Play.
  • The names of the original two Techies most likely came from Magic the Gathering. Squee is a legendary goblin from Magic the Gathering lore, while Spleen was probably named after the flavor text on the Goblin Soothsayer card ("I see a great victory and rivers of blood. And . . . hmm, looks like a spleen.")
  • There is a hidden trollface in the Remote Mines icon.
  • According to Techies' in-game lip synching, Squee is the one sitting on the cart with the rocket launcher and the cigar. He has the deep voice and Spleen is the big one pushing the cart, with the high voice.
  • Squee's design may be a reference to the soldier from Team Fortress 2, as his eyes are covered by a helmet, and he wields what appears to be a rocket launcher.
  • Suicide Squad, Attack! icon.png Suicide Squad, Attack!​ may be a reference to this scene from Monty Python's Life of Brian.
  • The line Play "Loud noises!" is a reference to Brick Tamland, a character from Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. [1], Matrix quote "there is no spoon"