Demnok Lannik the Warlock is a ranged intelligence hero commonly noted for being a versatile support known for creating chaos in the battlefield while at a safe distance. His Shadow Word ability makes for an excellent heal as well as a decent harassment tool, which combined with his physical attack helps him to ward off any enemies and keep his friends safe. He also possesses a considerable presence in team fights, as Fatal Bonds spreads damage dealt by his allies to all enemies affected by it and his Upheaval is a channelled Area of Effect spell that slows foes caught in it by up to 84%. His ultimate, Chaotic Offering allows him to summon a massive Golem to do his bidding, stunning anyone caught in a large area when it is summoned.
- Consider going solo lane if your team wants to try an early push strategy. Warlock's attack range, projectile speed, and damage allows him to farm nicely against other solo heroes.
- Shadow Word can also be used as a harassing tool. Cast it on your opponent and keep hitting him whenever it's possible. Make sure you don't get hit by creeps too much while doing so.
- Fatal Bonds is an immensely useful spell which amplifies your team's damage output. If five bound enemies are hit with a single area of effect spell the total damage will be almost doubled, since everyone of them will suffer 4x20% extra damage echoed from others.
- Pairing Fatal Bonds with Venomancer's Poison Nova or similar non-lethal spells make for a deadly combination, as although Poison Nova cannot kill on its own, Fatal Bonds will cause anyone bound and affected by the poison to die from the damage tick.
- You can use Upheaval to prevent wounded enemies from escaping. This is especially useful if used right after an area-of-effect spell, such as your Chaotic Offering. Let your golem or your teammates finish the job.
- Though Upheaval is best skilled last for mid-to-late game teamfights, you may consider forgoing Shadow Word in a duo lane versus solo offlane. Upheaval, if used advantageously, may lengthen an opportunity for a lanemate to finish off the enemy offlaner.
- During teamfights later in the game channeling Upheaval aids your team more than attacking; after casting Fatal Bonds and Chaotic Offering begin channeling Upheaval immediately to maximize its slowing effect and the amount of damage done by your team and golems.
- If an ally is being chased, use your Upheaval to slow his chasers. Since the slow will last for some seconds after you stop channeling, you will yourself have time to fall back.
- Your golem is tanky; when possible, use it to tank creeps or towers, so that you can dispose of them sooner.
- Do not forget that you can effectively heal the golem with your Shadow Word to extend its utility.
- When chasing fleeing heroes with your golem, don't stop to auto-attack them, since it will slow the golem down. Instead, keep it moving with the heroes, so that the Permanent Immolation can do its damage.
- Do not let the golem die needlessly to your enemy heroes, since its gold bounty is quite high. If it's the last remaining unit for your team in a fight, have it flee unless you can ensure a kill. Having it die against creeps or towers is better than allowing an enemy hero to claim the gold bounty of your golem. Upgrading your ultimate with Aghanim's Scepter will produce two slightly weaker golems with halved bounty.
- Although Refresher Orb or Aghanim's Scepter allow you to summon two golems, Refresher Orb allows you to summon two full strength golems and utilize two seconds of AoE stun, but will cost a lot of mana to pull off, while Aghanim's Scepter is easier and cheaper to build and provides additional attribute bonuses. Having both items will let you summon four golems at the same time.
- In DotA, Warlock's ultimate is named Rain of Chaos and the summoned unit was called an Infernal, a hulking golem with green-colored flames. Both names were changed in the transition to Dota 2 to avoid copyright conflict.
- Warlock is related to Disruptor and Axe, as he comes from the Oglodi tribe.
- Warlock's response "Just for that, I'm unfiending you." when killed is probably a play on "Unfriending you" an action in the popular social network Facebook where a person removes another from their friend list.
- The response "Bloodied but unbowed" when respawning is a reference to William Ernest Henley's poem "Invictus".
- Fixed Backswing behavior for: Soul Rip, Tombstone, Cold Feet, Ice Vortex, Chilling Touch, Enfeeble, Shallow Grave, Thunder Strike, Kinetic Field, Static Storm, Malefice, Midnight Pulse, Howl, Stifling Dagger, Static Link, Shrapnel, Psionic Trap, Whirling Axes (Ranged), Storm Hammer, Gods Strength, Wave of Terror, Venomous Gale, Shadow Word, Fatal Bonds, The Swarm, Time Lapse, Maledict, Overpower and Ice Shards.
- Fixed Flaming Fists hitting ethereal units.
- Fixed Flaming Fists damage not leveling properly, damaging magic immune units, and having incorrect chance to proc.
- Fixed Warlock missing his pants.
- Fixed Glimpse affecting Warlock's Golem and Spirit Bear.
- Fixed Curse of the Silent affecting Warlock's Golem and Spirit Bear.
- Fixed the burn aura from Warlock's Golems so it stacks correctly.
- Updated Aghanim's Scepter tooltips for Beastmaster, Necrolyte, Queen of Pain, Warlock, and Windrunner.
- Fixed the following spells being castable on magic immune allies: Nightmare, Frost Armor, Nature's Guise, Holy Persuasion, Decrepify, Astral Imprisonment, Shadow Word and X Marks The Spot.
- Added overhead healing messages for Warlock and Bloodseeker.
- Fixed Warlock Golem being able to buy and use items.
- Fixed arcane orb doing bonus damage to Warlock illusions.
- Fixed Golem's Flaming Fists doing half damage in a bigger aoe.
- Fixed Golems having incorrect magic resistance.
- Fixed Golem being considered a creep for some spells like Paralyzing Casks.
- Fixed Fatal Bonds hitting invis or fogged units.
- Warlock has a new alternate attack animation.
- Fixed Golem's Immolation not doing any damage.
- Fixed the following ability interactions with Repel/Purge: Inner Vitality, Weave, Moonlight Shadow, Overload, Holy Persuasion, Warcry, Shadow Word, Focus Fire, Sukuchi, Berserker's Call, Chilling Touch.
- Fixed Rain of Chaos AoE stun not lasting longer with Scepter.
- Fixed Rain of Chaos not destroying trees
- Fixed Rain of Chaos not doing any impact damage.
- Fixed Fatal Bonds disabling Blink Dagger/Regen.
- Fixed Fatal Bonds damage being reduced by resistance.
- Fixed Golem's Immolation working against Ancients.
- Enabled Warlock for Captain's Mode
- Added burned ground to Warlock's Rain of Chaos.
- Increased Warlock's Golem size slightly.
- Added a missing model for Warlock's effects.
- Added Warlock.
- Fixed Golem's Immolation not doing any damage.
- Shadow Word can now be cast on catapults.
- Fixed Fatal Bonds not always adding the primary target.
- Fixed a number of abilities having incorrect interaction with Sphere: Slithereen Crush, Jinada, Wind Walk, Echo Slam, Moon Glaive, Death Pulse, Purification, Scream of Pain, Fatal Bonds.
- Upheaval max duration increased from 12 to 16.
- Fatal Bonds now links the closest units to the initial target, instead of randomly choosing targets in its AoE.
- Cast range increased from 700 to 1200.
- Duration increased from 10 to 12 .
- Chaotic Offering:
- Removed 100 impact damage.
- Golem armor increased from 5/7/10 to 6/9/12.
- Manacost increased from 200/250/300 to 200/300/400 .
- Shadow Word's cooldown decreased from 20 to 16.
- Warlock's Golem attack damage increased from 50/75/100 to 75/100/125.
- Shadow Word damage/heal increased from 10/20/30/40 to 15/25/35/45 per second.
- Shadow Word duration increased from 8 to 9 seconds.
- Golem's Permanent Immolation damage increased from 20/30/40 to 30/40/50 per second.
- Golem's Flaming Fists
- Trigger chance increased from 40% to 60%.
- Damage increased from 75/115/150 to 100/150/200.
- Shadow Word cooldown reduced from 24 to 20.
- Fatal Bonds
- Link count increased from 2/3/4/5 to 3/4/5/6.
- Casting range increased from 600 to 800.
- Upheaval cooldown decreased from 65 to 50.
- Fatal Bonds damage increased from 15% to 20%.
- Increased Warlock Golem movement speed from 320/330/340 to 320/340/360.
- Permanent Immolation from multiple Warlock Golem now stack.
- Fatal Bonds cooldown decreased from 30 to 25.
- Added Aghanim's Scepter to Warlock. Damage Multiplier from 8/9/10 to 9/10/11 and cast range from 600/650/700 to 700/750/800.
- Fatal Bonds damage increased from 3.75/7.5/11.25/15% to 15%.
- Fatal Bonds link count reduced from 5 to 2/3/4/5.
- Upheaval cooldown increased from 20 to 65 seconds.
- Changed Fatal Bonds from damage to HP loss (numbers adjusted to keep it at the same effectiveness).
- Changed Shadow Word damage type to Magical from Pure but adjusted the damage so it remains the same (unless you have extra magic resistance). The overall dps hasn't changed much, only its mechanics with different bonus resistances.
- Changed Infernal HP from 900/1400/1900 to 900/1200/1500
- Lowered Warlock's movement speed by 10
- Nerfed Shadow Word casting range, increase cooldown and lowered damage per second
- Increased Rain of Chaos cooldown
- Increased Shadow Word cooldown
- Added status icon for Fatal Bonds on heroes
- Nerfed Fatal Bonds from 6/12/18/24 to 5/10/15/20
- Lowered Shadow Word damage on enemy a bit
- Nerfed Infernal a bit
- Rain of Chaos cooldown now 100 seconds down from 120 seconds. Does not damage structures on impact.