Leshrac the Tormented Soul is a ranged intelligence hero who is known for his ability to put out tremendous amounts of area magical damage. His array of spells makes him a dangerous foe to stand around, as he can disable and nuke down anyone who dares to stand against him. Split Earth is an area stun that, after a delay, will stun all enemies in its radius while dealing damage. Diabolic Edict is a damage-over-time spell that deals physical damage, corroding all enemies near Leshrac. Unlike most other spells, it can also affect buildings, making Leshrac a very powerful tower killer who can push very effectively. Lightning Storm is a targeted nuke that damages and slows enemies as it jumps from foe to foe, easily clearing away creeps. His ultimate, Pulse Nova, deals magical damage in an area around Leshrac while it is active, making short work of nearby enemies. Few can withstand Leshrac's damage output, as all of his spells combined allow him to scour his foes from the battlefield.
Bio[edit | edit source]
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
Leshrac's pushing power is notable. Four levels of Diabolic Edict will nearly destroy a tower with one cast of the spell and is the main source of Leshrac's early-mid game power - every time the enemy team is weakened, he can destroy or cripple a tower to win his team map control and gold.
Ability builds for Leshrac vary greatly depending on the situation. Generally, maxing Lightning Storm is smart if the enemy has many short range burst damage abilities since Lightning Storm has relatively long range. With proper timing, Leshrac can hit multiple creeps while damaging enemy heroes; it is a great ability for lane control. Diabolic Edict is maxed for pushing, roaming, and/or ganking. Aside from taking towers, it is also a great ability for killing isolated heroes. With solo lane experience, Leshrac can take on and kill almost any enemy hero that tries to fight him one on one early in the game with Diabolic Edict. Even as a support, Leshrac's Edict can deal significant damage to an isolated enemy. Pulse Nova has a high mana cost but is sustainable if Arcane boots are purchased as Leshrac reaches level 6. Pulse Nova is extremely powerful but requires Leshrac to stay in close proximity to deal damage; it is wise to consider maxing Leshrac's other abilities first if the enemy has many heroes that can quickly punish Leshrac for positioning himself too closely to them.
Item choices for Leshrac should help toughen him up, as well as expand his Mana Pool to fuel Pulse Nova; Blood Stone and Shiva's Guard both fulfill this role nicely. As with any Intelligence hero, Scythe of Vyse is an excellent item for Leshrac and will allow you to land your spells with impunity. One he has sufficient mana regen and defense, an Octarine Core can give him massive sustain in drawn-out fights.. An item to help you escape from danger is also recommended, such as Force Staff, Ghost Scepter, or Eul's Scepter of Divinity. Black King Bar allows Leshrac to wreak havoc on supporting enemy heroes since he is immune to magical burst damage and most stuns/disables when Black King Bar is activated. It is recommended to upgrade his Boots of Speed into Arcane Boots or Boots of Travel if the game is going well in Leshrac's favour.
Abilities[edit | edit source]
|Splits the earth under enemies. Deals damage and stuns for a short duration.|
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Cast Range: 750
Effect Radius: 150/175/200/225
Effect Delay: 0.35
Stun Duration: 2
- Split Earth destroys trees within the affected radius.
- Has no visual or audio indicator during the effect.
|Saturates the area around Leshrac with magical explosions that deal physical damage to enemy units and structures. The fewer units available to attack, the more damage those units will take. Deals 40% more damage to towers. Lasts 10 seconds.|
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Number of Explosions: 40
Unit Damage per Explosion: 9/18/27/36
Building Damage Bonus: 40%
- The radius is always centered at Leshrac's current position, not at the cast location.
- Randomly selects nearby valid units for each explosions. There are no priorities.
- When no valid targets are nearby, the explosions randomly appear within a square with 500 side length. This random explosions deal no damage.
- Creates explosions in 0.25 second intervals, starting immediately as the spell is cast, resulting in 40 explosions.
- Buildings take 12.6/25.2/37.8/50.4 damage per explosion.
- Can deal up to 360/720/1080/1440 damage to a single unit (before reductions), or 504/1008/1512/2016 damage to a single building (before reductions).
- When Leshrac dies, the explosions still occur at his location.
|Summons a lightning storm that blasts the target enemy unit, then jumps to nearby enemy units. Struck units are slowed by 75% for a duration.|
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Cast Range: 800
Jump Distance: 475
Number of Jumps: 4/5/6/7
Effect Delay: 0.25
Move Speed Slow: 75%
Slow Duration: 0.7/0.8/0.9/1
- The lightning hits the initial target after the 0.25 second effect delay and then jumps to other targets in 0.25 second intervals, so hitting all target takes 2/2.25/2.5/2.75 seconds.
- Because of the effect delay, the initial lightning can be avoided with spell immunity, invulnerability or becoming hidden. However, this does not prevent it from jumping.
- Can never hit the same unit twice per cast.
- All jumps together can deal up to 200/500/900/1400 damage (before reductions).
|Creates waves of damaging energy around Leshrac, one per second, to damage nearby enemy units.|
|Cast Animation: +|
Damage Radius: 450
Mana Cost per Second: 20/40/60
Damage per Second: 100/130/160 ( 160/190/220)
- The toggling of Pulse Nova is not registered as a spell cast and thus does not proc any on-cast effects.
- Pulse Nova does not interrupt Leshrac's channeling spells upon toggling.
- Deals damage in 1 second intervals, starting immediately upon toggling the spell on.
- Drains mana in the same intervals, so activating it basically costs 90/130/170 mana.
- However, when having less than 90/130/170 mana and toggling it on, it will still deal 1 damage instance and then toggle itself off.
Recommended items[edit | edit source]
- Healing Salve and Tango are generally the minimum amount of regen needed no matter what position is being played.
- All of Leshrac's spells are mana-costly, so bringing at least one Clarity will greatly help as it allows more use of your spells early on. In particular, being able to use Split Earth more frequently can help with setting up kills in the early game.
- Gauntlets of Strength is an expensive starting purchase, but good for mitigating Leshrac's early frailty and building into a Bracer.
- Purchasing the Animal Courier for your team is important when playing as a support. Ensure that your team has a courier at the start of the match.
- Magic Stick is important on Leshrac since his HP is quite low throughout the game, and the burst mana regen can give you enough mana to cast one more spell in a fight.
- Boots of Speed are important to get early on Leshrac since he needs good positioning in order to get his spells off. As well, the extra speed allows you to chase fleeing enemies with Diabolic Edict if needed.
- Bracer is important for improving Leshrac's strength so that he has more survivability in fights.
- Magic Wand provides attributes and increased charge storage for more burst regen. It can be crucial to purchase as a support in order to increase survivability.
- Phase Boots are very powerful on Leshrac, both as a core and a support, as the movement speed boost allows him to position for spells and chase with Diabolic Edict and Pulse Nova, or flee more easily. The bonus damage also helps with last-hitting to increase your farming rate.
- Bloodstone cannot realistically be expected when playing as a support, however as a core it is a very important item to get. The increased HP and mana will give Leshrac immense survivability and the ability to cast his spells profligately, while the greatly increased mana regen can sustain his spell casting.
- Observer Wards are important to purchase regularly when playing as a support. Map vision provides ganking and split-pushing opportunities for you, as well as allowing your team to gain map control.
- Town Portal Scroll is important on all heroes, but should be carried on Leshrac at all times due to his ability to nuke down enemies on top of his disables, both of which make him a powerful ally to have in any engagement.
- Veil of Discord is quite powerful on a support Leshrac as it gives him survivability through stats and armor, while the active ability drastically improves the nuking power of all his spells. It is a useful utility purchase for a team with multiple magic nukes.
- Black King Bar gives Leshrac additional strength, which increases the size of his HP pool, and prevents him from being disabled, allowing him to get within close proximity to damage the enemy with his spells. As a core, it provides Leshrac with immense survivability against disables and any burst magic nukes the enemy may have, as well as immunity against Blade Mail.
- Scythe of Vyse is a very powerful item on any intelligence hero, and is no exception in Leshrac's case. The larger mana pool and enhanced mana regen allow him to push much harder without worrying about running out of mana for his spells, the extra stats give him survivability, and the item's active allows you to instantly hard-disable an enemy hero, particularly their carry, and follow up with an easy Split Earth.
- Aghanim's Scepter is a good purchase if you can already chase the enemy with Pulse Nova, and need something to give yourself more damage output. The stats also increase your survivability and give you more mana, allowing you to further take advantage of your ultimate.
- Blink Dagger is a useful positioning item that allows you to cast your spells more effectively. Used to initiate or chase, you can put yourself immediately within Diabolic Edict and Pulse Nova range, and in a pinch it can be used as an escape item.
- Shiva's Guard enhances Leshrac's survivability against physical damage while also increasing his mana pool. Once you've built enough HP items and can ensure that you will not get chain-disabled, giving yourself more armor can allow you to weather right-clicks extremely well. By using the active blast, you can slow enemies down to keep them within range of Pulse Nova.
- Rod of Atos is a good purchase as a support, as it is relatively cheap and gives you HP and mana. The active ability can drastically slow a target from long range, allowing you to catch up and land an easy Split Earth.
- Be sure to upgrade to the Flying Courier as soon as possible when playing as a support. Giving your carries faster access to their needed items is essential in the early game.
- Octarine Core is very powerful on heroes with low-cooldown burst magic nukes, which makes it the perfect item to build on a core Leshrac. Besides the immense HP and mana bonuses it provides, the cooldown reduction allows Leshrac to put out even more damage in fights, and the spell lifesteal allows him to maintain his own HP pool from that damage. Once Leshrac has built up enough survivability to ensure that he can keep dealing damage with his spells, purchasing an Octarine Core can make him almost unkillable.
- Glimmer Cape is a very strong utility item in the hands of Leshrac. Besides providing him with additional magic resistance, the active can act as an initiation aid to get within range to cast a disable, and can be cast on allies as well to safeguard them against magic nukes.
- Guardian Greaves can be strong on Leshrac, no matter what role he is played in. The item increases his survivability via additional stats and armor, as well as the aura, and the active both heals him and removes debuffs the enemy may have placed on him, giving him more time to get his spells off.
Equipment[edit | edit source]
Tips[edit | edit source]
- Leshrac is renowned as one of the strongest nukers in the game, who is capable of putting out tremendous amounts of area magical damage in order to destroy his foes. These nukes are strong at killing both heroes and creeps, making Leshrac a powerful foe both in teamfights and while pushing.
- One of Leshrac's greatest weaknesses is his long cast animations. In order to counteract this, good positioning and prediction are key, as Leshrac must stand still for an extended period of time before the spell takes its effect.
- While Leshrac has tremendous nuking power, much of it is damage over time, requiring him to survive long enough to cast multiple iterations. As such, not only is a large mana pool required in order to sustain such casting, but also enough HP to avoid dying to the enemy while casting.
- Mind that because the vast majority of Leshrac's damage output is magical damage, he can be easily countered by spell immunity, and his frailty allows enemies to use his damage against him via Blade Mail. If Leshrac is to be effective in teamfights, he must focus on disabling enemies to prevent them from activating spell immunity, and build spell immunity himself both to increase his survivability and block Blade Mail damage.
- Leshrac can usually be played as a core or a support.
- Played as a support, Leshrac has powerful disables that can greatly aid his team in fights, and can deal tremendous damage to enemy towers as well. His nuking spells also allow him to obtain gold fairly reliably for buying more support items. A support Leshrac should focus on purchasing utility items to aid his team in fights.
- Played as a core, Leshrac has tremendous pushing and nuking power that can allow him to deal large amounts of damage in teamfights, or push lanes and take towers by himself. Once he has enough mana, he can use his nuking spells to farm very effectively as well. Core Leshrac should aim to build items that enhance his survivability and casting, as he must stay alive in order to put out the damage to kill enemies, and requires steady mana regeneration in order to fuel his costly and low-cooldown spells.
- All of Leshrac's spells have differing priorities to max out depending on his farm priority, team lineup and expected opposition. There is no one-size-fits-all build, as certain abilities may greatly synergize with those of allies, cover for their weaknesses, or exploit a flaw in the enemy's lineup.
- Split Earth is a ground-targeted spell that stuns enemies within its radius while dealing damage.
- Split Earth will stun any targets it hits for 2 seconds, no matter how many levels were put into the spell. Therefore, it should be leveled up if you need the wider radius to make hitting the spell easier, or the increased damage.
- Remember that the stun's effect occurs 0.35 seconds after the cast animation, so it will stun and damage roughly one second after Leshrac is commanded to cast the spell. If an enemy is watching your cast animations to predict when the stun will land, they can dodge its effects with certain spells (such as Phase Shift or Blade Fury). Therefore, if landing the stun without a leading disable, it can be useful to cancel the animation mid-way to fake out tricky opponents.
- When using Split Earth as a support, it is best to only put one point into it early on and have a teammate lead with a reliable targeted stun first. If an enemy has been immobilized by a stun, they cannot move to avoid Split Earth and the long cast animation and small effect radius do not matter. This way, you can chain-stun an opponent and spend your skill points on your other nuking spells.
- Diabolic Edict causes physical damage explosions to surround Leshrac once casted, targeting any enemies near Leshrac and following him as he moves.
- Edict deals tremendous amounts of damage if all the explosions land on a single target. It is best used after other enemy targets in the area, especially creeps, have been cleared away by your other spells, in order to make the most of its effects.
- Diabolic Edict is what allows Leshrac to destroy towers so quickly by himself if he is left alone by the enemy team. A single cast of level 4 Diabolic Edict can deal 940 damage to a tier 1 tower, after reductions, which alone is enough to bring it below 30% HP (not including any creeps and siege units also attacking the tower). If pushing down the enemy's towers early on is a priority, consider maxing out Edict first.
- Try to keep Diabolic Edict in reserve when attacking a tower, as the enemy may immediately use their Glyph of Fortification when they see you cast Edict. Try to force the enemy to fortify their towers, and then cast Edict afterward to deal the most damage possible.
- The explosions follow Leshrac, and are focused on a radius around him, so even if there are enemy creeps near a tower it is possible to re-position Leshrac so that the tower is within the spell's radius but the enemy creeps are not. This also allows Leshrac to chase enemy heroes with the spell after casting it, as they will automatically hit any enemies that he is walking next to.
- Keep in mind that the explosions will still home in on invisible units if they are within the radius of the spell, and as such can be used as a weak form of detection. This means that Edict can be used as a counter against abilities such as Cloak and Dagger, Shadow Walk, Meld, and so on.
- Lightning Storm is a low-cooldown unit-targeted spell that damages and slows its target, then jumps to other nearby enemies.
- Lightning Storm is a strong farming and wave-clearing spell, as its low cooldown and area targeted nature allows Leshrac to deal large amounts of magical damage in a short amount of time.
- Lightning Storm is the perfect complement to Diabolic Edict, as the spell's nuking power and low cooldown can make short work of lane creeps, allowing Diabolic Edict to be focused on the enemy's tower alone. As well, it can be used as a leading slow on an enemy prior to casting Split Earth.
- Try to take advantage of Lightning Storm's long cast range and ability to bounce. It can be a powerful harassing spell as Leshrac can hit a creep with the spell and allow it to bounce to the enemy hero.
- Pulse Nova deals tremendous amounts of damage to all nearby enemies, and is a toggled spell that does not require a cast animation. It is a powerful spell to use when chasing or fleeing, especially alongside Diabolic Edict, as it can remain active while moving, allowing Leshrac to run down foes or discourage them from chasing him.
- Keep in mind, Pulse Nova requires Leshrac to stand very close to the targets he wishes to damage. If you intend on using Pulse Nova in team fights, survivability items that boost Leshrac's HP are highly recommended.
- Note that since Pulse Nova can be toggled, it can also be used as a farming spell by turning it on while farming creep waves or jungle camps, adding to your nuking power.
- Since the first damage instance is dealt immediately upon toggling the spell on, the damage per second of Pulse Nova can be increased by constantly toggling it off then on after every two damage instances. However, the cost of this tactic is a significantly higher mana cost due to incurring the toggle cost multiple times, so ensure that Leshrac's mana pool is sufficient to support it.
- Depending on the role that is being played, Leshrac benefits from building various different items.
- Sentry Ward is important to purchase regularly as support Leshrac in order to remove enemy map vision. As support Leshrac is a frail and easy target to kill, taking away the enemy's vision can aid in his survivability, and allow him to better position himself to cast his spells without as much enemy interference.
- Null Talisman is a strong early purchase as a core Leshrac, particularly in the mid lane. It gives him good starting stats, particularly intelligence and some extra bonus damage to aid in last-hitting. The intelligence also increases the size of his mana pool to allow him to use his spells to harass his lane opponent and flash-farm the creep waves more often.
- Bottle gives mid Leshrac HP and mana sustain, ensuring that he can continue to lane even after using all of his starting regen; in particular, the mana regen allows him to cast his nukes more profligately. Bottling runes also gives him an edge in fights and laning.
- Urn of Shadows is a good utility item to purchase on a support Leshrac over a Bracer. It boosts his strength to give him more HP, and a small amount of mana regen to aid in casting. The active allows Leshrac to heal himself or teammates, particularly useful on Leshrac as his small HP pool makes Urn charges go farther, or can add additional damage on top of his existing nukes.
- Arcane Boots are useful for building if mana is more important than mobility. As a support it allows Leshrac to sustain his mana pool and replenish allies' mana as well, while as a core it can shore up his mana pool for more extensive spell casting and lead to an easier buildup to Bloodstone.
- Drum of Endurance is a good stat item to build, as it gives Leshrac more HP as well as mana. The extra movement speed allows Leshrac to position for his spells more easily, and the active allows for chases using Pulse Nova no matter what role Leshrac is played in.
- Force Staff is useful for building on Leshrac as a support, as the item's utility makes it powerful for re-positioning to cast spells or as a movement booster during escapes. As well, it can be used to chase with Diabolic Edict and Pulse Nova more effectively.
- Eul's Scepter of Divinity is a good utility item no matter what role Leshrac is played in. The cyclone can be used to disable an enemy and land an easy Split Earth, while the increased mana pool and mana regen allow for more sustained spell casting. The additional movement speed also helps in chasing with Edict and Pulse Nova.
- Boots of Travel allow Leshrac to globally re-position, and frees up an inventory slot due to not needing a Town Portal Scroll anymore. As well, the enhanced movement speed allows Leshrac to chase down almost any enemy he fixes his sights on.
- Linken's Sphere helps to increase a core Leshrac's survivability. The improved attributes make him tankier and give him more mana, while Spellblock can cancel unit-targeted spells that may otherwise disable Leshrac as he approaches enemies to catch them within range of his nukes.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- The name Leshrac comes from a Planeswalker from the Magic: the Gathering multiverse.
- Diabolic Edict is the name of an iconic black card in that game; much like the Dota 2 spell, the Magic card was more effective when there were fewer targets, as your opponent got to choose which target got hit.