Leshrac the Tormented Soul is an intelligence hero who is known for his destructive spells which can easily destroy Creeps, Heroes and Towers at the expense of Mana. His strong damaging power is balanced by his lack of an escape mechanism, while his only disable, Split Earth, takes time to cast and needs good planning to land successfully.
Without expert positioning and powerful items, Leshrac is an easy target for physical attackers late-game, but he can easily hamper those same enemies by destroying towers and dealing damage in the midgame. If Leshrac is encountered outside the lanes early on, there are very few opponents who can stand against the power of Diabolic Edict and live.
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. 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.
- Leshrac can 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 stunned, 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 save your skill points for other nuking spells.
- Diabolic 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). For this reason, however, it should be reserved 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 reposition Leshrac so that the tower is within the spells 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 Permanent Invisibility, Shadow Walk, Meld, and so on if Leshrac is close enough to them when they went invisible.
- Lightning Storm is a very spammable nuking spell that can be used as a slow as well as a nuke. Its long cast range allows Leshrac to cast it from a safe distance and allow it to bounce to its intended target.
- 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.
- 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 teamfights, 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.
- Depending on the role that is being played, Leshrac benefits from building various different items.
- 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 either for displacing enemies or saving teammates. 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 reposition, 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.
- 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.
- Fixed Diabolic Edict having too few explosions (again)
- Fixed Diabolic Edict having too few explosions
- Fixed a bug with Lightning Storm that caused it to stop bouncing if you die or cast another one while the first one is active
- Fixed Pulse Nova procing Essence Aura.
- Fixed Linken Sphere proccing for secondary hits of Chain Lightning and Lightning Storm.
- Fixed Split Earth drawing in FoW in some situtaions (Roshan).
- Fixed Pulse Nova turning back on when out of mana sometimes.
- Fixed Pulse Nova not toggling off when you run out of mana
- Added impact effect to Lightning Storm.
- Linken's Sphere will now absorb the damage of Lightning Storm, but not the entire spell.
- Fixed Pulse Nova cast point.
- Fixed Pulse Nova being purgable.
- Fixed Diabolic Edict cast point.
- Fixed Diabolic Edict being purgable.
- Fixed multiple instances of Diabolic Edict not stacking.
- Fixed Lightning Storm bounce delay.
- Fixed Lightning Storm hitting invis/fogged units.
- Fixed a bug with Lightning Storm constantly checking the initial target for Sphere.
- New Leshrac!
- Fixed incorrect armor values
- Fixed Lightning Storm to jump to the nearest valid target rather than a random one.
- Fixed Diabolic Edict doing damage to Glyphed structures.
- 3 New Heroes! Nevermore, Enchantress. and Leshrac.
- Diabolic Edict duration increased from 8 to 10 seconds
- Lightning Storm
- slow duration increased from 0.5 to 0.75
- cast range increased from 700 to 800
- Pulse Nova:
- Damage increased from 80/120/160 to 100/130/160; Aghanim's Scepter damage from 100/160/220 to 160/190/220
- Activation cost reduced from 110 to 70/90/110
- Diabolic Edict:
- Damage type changed from Composite to Physical (still pierces Spell Immunity)
- Damage reduced from 12.5/25/37.5/50 to 9/18/27/36
- Now deals 40% more damage to towers (same overall damage per second as before)
- Pulse Nova damage increased from 66/100/144 to 80/120/160 (Scepter from 100/150/200 to 100/160/220).
- Lightning Storm now slows its targets by 75% for 0.5 seconds.
- Lightning Storm jumps from 4/6/7/8 to 4/5/6/7.
- Lightning Storm damage from 80/145/205/265 to 80/140/200/260.
- Lightning Storm cooldown reduced from 5.5 to 4.
- Lightning Storm manacost reduced from 100/115/130/145 to 90/100/110/120.
- Diabolic Edict cast point improved from 0.7 to 0.5.
- Pulse Nova scepter damage increased from 88/133/177 to 100/150/200.
- Night vision reduced from 900 to 800.
- Diabolic Edict now uses Leshrac's cast animation time.
- Movement speed increased from 310 to 315.
- Pulse Nova AoE increased from 400 to 450.
- Diabolic Edict is no longer reduced by damage block items (Stout Shield, Vanguard, etc).
- Split Earth damage increased from 70/140/210/290 to 120/180/240/300.
- Diabolic Edict no longer uses cast point.
- Lightning Storm cooldown reduced from 6 to 5.5.
- Pulse Nova AoE increased from 300/350/400 to a constant 400.
- Split Earth stun duration increased from 1.25/1.5/1.75/2 to a constant 2.
- Split Earth cast range increased from 650 to 750.
- Diabolic Edict cooldown reduced from 30/28/26/24 to 22.
- Movement speed increased from 300 to 310.
- Lightning Storm cooldown decreased from 7 to 6 seconds.
- Split Earth effect timing improved.
- Lightning Storm cooldown increased by 2 seconds.
- Pulse Nova no longer triggers Essence Aura
- Improved Leshrac's base str
- Improved Lightning Storm a bit
- Increased Leshrac's agility
- Split Earth casting range increased from 525 to 650.
- Light Strike and Split Earth caster unit bug fixed
- Reduced diabolic edict cooldown from 30/30/30/30 to 30/28/26/24
- Changed Leshrac Split Earth AOE from 150/150/200/210 to 150/175/200/225