Demnok Lannik the Warlock is a ranged intelligence hero who possesses many powerful teamfight spells capable of inflicting chaos upon the enemy team. Shadow Word is a highly versatile spell, as it allows him to support allies by healing them or harass enemies by dealing damage over time, giving him strong lane presence. Beyond the early game, Warlock can turn any teamfight in his team's favor as his other spells are strong when unleashed against multiple enemies. Fatal Bonds causes all enemies linked together to take bonus damage when one of their number takes damage, magnifying the strength of area-of-effect spells, while Upheaval can allow him to greatly slow any enemies caught in the radius of the spell, making it harder for them to maneuver in fights or escape. His ultimate, Chaotic Offering, summons a Golem after stunning all enemies in a wide area, allowing him to throw them into disarray. While unassuming and weak by himself, Warlock is a dangerous threat in any teamfight as his spells allow him to turn the enemies' numbers against them and sow chaos amongst their ranks.
Bio[edit | edit source]
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
Abilities[edit | edit source]
|Binds several enemy units together, causing 25% of the damage dealt to one of them to be felt by the others.|
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Cast Range: 1000
Search Radius: 700
Max Bonded Units: 3/4/5/6
Damage Shared: 25%
Bonds Duration: 25
- Shared damage is the same damage type as the source of the damage.
- Fatal Bonds' damage has the no-reflection flag, preventing its damage from interacting with other sources of damage with the same flag.
- Spreads the damage before it is reduced or amplified in any way on the receiving target.
- When, for example, Abaddon gets damaged while under the effect of Borrowed Time, the bonds still spread the damage, before Borrowed Time turns it into heals.
- This also goes for illusions. When damaging a bonded illusion, the damage is spread before it gets amplified for the illusions.
- This also goes for finishing blows. When, for example, a unit at 10 health is hit by e.g. 1000 damage, the bonds still spread 25% of the 1000 damage.
- Only spreads the 3 damage types. Does not spread HP Removal.
- The distance between the bonded units does not matter. Once bonded, they always spread or receive the spread damage.
- The spread damage is always sourced to Warlock. If a unit dies to the damage done by Fatal Bonds, Warlock is credited, no matter who caused the damage which got spread.
- Upon cast, the spell searches for visible enemy units within 700 of the cast target and binds them instantly together.
- Links the closest units to the initial target, instead of randomly choosing targets within the search radius.
- The damage caused by Fatal Bonds does not cause aggro. Bonded neutral creeps do not react on the damage.
- Increases the total damage output of every damage by 50%/75%/100%/125% when then maximum amount of units is bonded.
- Successive casts of Fatal Bonds fully stack and work independent from each other.
- When Fatal Bonds gets dispelled, the dispelled unit no longer spreads damage to other still bonded units.
- However, the dispelled unit still takes spread damage when a still bonded unit takes damage.
|Warlock whispers an incantation, healing a friendly unit or damaging an enemy unit over time.|
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Cast Range: 525/600/675/750
Damage or Heal per Second: 15/25/35/45
- Deals damage or heals in 1 second intervals, starting 1 second after cast, resulting in 12 instances.
- Can deal up to 180/300/420/540 damage to the target (before reductions), or heal for the same amount if cast on an ally.
- Successive casts of Shadow Word fully stack and work independent from each other.
- The first sound is played when the target is an ally, the second sound when it is an enemy.
|A powerful slowing current that grows stronger as it's channelled. Lasts up to 16 seconds. Enemies are slowed for 3 seconds after leaving the area or the spell ends.|
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Cast Range: 1200
Max Channel Time: 16
Move Speed Slow per Second: 7%/14%/21%/28%
Move Speed Slow Cap: 84%
Slow Duration: 3
- The longer the spell gets channeled, the stronger units get slowed when standing inside the area.
- The strength of the slow is based on the channel duration, not on how long a unit stands in the affected area.
- The slow percentage increases by 3.5%/7%/10.5%/14% in 0.5 second intervals, starting 0.5 seconds after spell cast.
- So it takes 12.5/6.5/4.5/3.5 seconds for the slow to reach the 84% slow cap.
- The slow debuff is applied or refreshed in the same intervals.
|Summons a Golem from the depths, stunning enemies for one second. The Golem lives 60 seconds, takes reduced damage from spells, has Permanent Immolation and Flaming Fists on attack.|
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Cast Range: 1200
Stun Radius: 600
Effect Delay: 0.5
Number of Golems: 1 ( 2)
Stun Duration: 1
- Golems are always summoned at the center of the targeted area.
- The summoned golems are treated as heroes by most spells.
- This means that they cannot be dominated or converted by Holy Persuasion, Helm of the Dominator, or Enchant (slows instead).
- They are also not valid target for spells like Hand of Midas, Demonic Conversion, or Devour.
- Most spells which can target heroes only can target the golems (e.g. Shallow Grave, or Static Link).
- Most buffs and debuffs last on the golems as long as they do on heroes.
- Aghanim's Scepter upgraded Chaotic Offering summons both golems simultaneously after the the effect delay.
- Destroys trees within 600 radius at the targeted point upon cast.
- The visual effect and sounds during the effect delay are visible and audible to everyone.
- Also plays a sound effect during the cast time, which is audible to everyone as well.
Warlock's Golem[edit | edit source]
|Deals extra damage to nearby units when attacking.|
|Burns the Golem's nearby enemy units, with damage per second.|
Damage per Second: 30/40/50
- Permanent Immolation is an aura. The debuff lingers for 0.5 seconds.
- Deals damage in 1 second intervals, starting 1 second after the debuff is placed.
- Can deal up to 1800/2400/3000 damage to a single unit (before reductions) when it stays within range for its whole duration.
- Permanent Immolation of multiple golems fully stacks with each other.
Recommended items[edit | edit source]
- Healing Salve is generally required in most starting item builds, in order to allow players to stay in lane despite harass damage from the enemy. Shadow Word can replace the utility of Tango during the laning stage for replenishing small amounts of HP.
- Clarity is recommended in order to take advantage of Warlock's powerful utility spells when they are needed. A Clarity can guarantee at least one more additional cast of Shadow Word or any of your other spells.
- Ring of Protection is helpful for protecting Warlock against enemy harass damage, and allows you to build a Ring of Basilius from the Side Lane Shop.
- Iron Branches should be used to fill out the rest of your inventory, as they are cheap and the attributes they provide can be very useful in the early game. They can be used to complete a Magic Wand, or build Mekansm components.
- Magic Stick is recommended for most heroes. In Warlock's case, his low base strength means that he is relatively easy to kill in the early game, so having the ability to instantly heal yourself for 150 HP is very helpful. The 150 MP also allows you to cast at least one more spell in a teamfight if your mana is low.
- Boots of Speed are important on any support. In Warlock's case, the flexibility of Shadow Word means that positioning yourself quickly to cast it on an ally or enemy can help to secure a kill on the enemy or save an ally from death.
- A Bracer provides additional attributes and bonus strength to bulk up Warlock's small base health pool, greatly increasing his survivability in fights.
- Ring of Basilius is useful for providing armor and mana regen during the laning stage, which aids in survivability and replenishing mana for casting Shadow Word, as well as pushing a lane if needed by turning the aura on. It is best disassembled and the components recycled for use in other items, however, as Warlock's high base intelligence as well as growth ensure that a Sage's Mask is more effective early on due to its percentage-based regen bonus.
- A Magic Wand provides all the benefits of a Magic Stick, as well as additional stats to increase your survivability. Using stored charges can give Warlock enough mana to cast almost any spell in his arsenal, and can often be enough to cast your ultimate if you're low.
- Arcane Boots are important in aiding Warlock's ability to support his team, on top of replenishing his own mana pool so that he can continue using his spells. As he can already heal his teammates with Shadow Word, replenishing their mana as well as Warlock's ensures that your team is ready to fight at any time, or that your carry can continue farming without having to return to base as often.
- Aghanim's Scepter should be considered a luxury item if playing a hard support role, but it is also one of the most powerful items that Warlock can purchase, especially when given farm priority. The ability to summon two Golems with Chaotic Offering can inflict significantly more damage against the enemy as neither Permanent Immolation or Flaming Fists have their effectiveness reduced.
- Due to Warlock's flexible nature and powerful spells, a Town Portal Scroll should always be on hand should it be needed. Warlock's ability to heal teammates in emergency situations and disrupt the enemy formation with his spells should never be discounted.
- Refresher Orb is a very powerful luxury item in that it allows Warlock to use his ultimate twice, whether it has been upgraded by Aghanim's Scepter or not, as well as double-stack Fatal Bonds since repeated casts will work independently rather than refresh its duration. While it provides immense mana regen to allow more frequent use of spells, priority should be given to increasing the size of Warlock's mana pool should this be purchased, as his ultimate and Refresher Orb's active can cost a total of up to 1175 mana, to say nothing of his other abilities.
- Scythe of Vyse gives Warlock a much larger mana pool as well as regeneration, and shores up his other stats as well. Its Hex ability allows Warlock to instantly disable an enemy from range, greatly increasing his teamfight potential.
- Shiva's Guard gives Warlock immense survivability against physical attacks, and increases his intelligence dramatically as well, providing a much larger mana pool and more base damage. The auras allow him to contribute more in teamfights by reducing enemy attack and movement speed, giving him more crowd control, reducing enemies' attack speed, and giving him an additional slow on top of Upheaval, which does not have to be channeled and can help his Golems to chase opponents.
- Necronomicon gives Warlock additional strength and intelligence, giving him HP and mana, as well as the ability to summon Necronomicon Warriors to a teamfight, synergizing well with Chaotic Offering. The minions greatly add to Warlock's teamfight contribution as they can be controlled while Warlock himself is channeling Upheaval.
- Drum of Endurance can be easily upgraded from Bracer, and gives Warlock all-around additional stats. The aura gives Warlock more teamfight contribution, and the active can give his Golem more mobility and damage output.
- Pipe of Insight is a powerful support item that gives Warlock another tool with which to protect his teammates. The item's active ability can shield allies from magical damage for a short period of time, enough to blunt their initial wave of magic nukes.
- Mekansm is another powerful support item that synergizes well with Shadow Word, allowing Warlock to heal teammates and keep them in the fight. The all-around attributes and armor help make Warlock less squishy, and his high intelligence growth ensures that he can easily afford the mana cost of the active.
- Veil of Discord is a useful utility item that boosts Warlock's stats across the board, gives him a large amount of bonus intelligence, and gives him more armor. As Fatal Bonds already amplifies the power of area-of-effect magic nukes that hit multiple targets, increasing that further by reducing enemies' magic resistance can greatly increase the amount of damage dealt.
- Octarine Core can be very strong on Warlock in the late game, as it can reduce the cooldown time on his spammable spells and allow him to have his ultimate available on a more regular basis. As well, Warlock can lifesteal from Fatal Bonds damage and an offensively-casted Shadow Word, increasing his survivability in fights.
- Guardian Greaves is a useful late-game upgrade to Mekansm and Arcane Boots, giving Warlock strong teamfight contribution as well as opening up an inventory slot. The self-dispel allows Warlock to remove debuffs from himself, such as silences that are preventing him from casting his spells.
Equipment[edit | edit source]
Tips[edit | edit source]
- Warlock is renowned as a strong teamfight hero whose spells can shift the tide of engagements against multiple foes. While he does not possess any immediate single-target hard disables or instant-damage nukes, his spells provide powerful area disable and crowd control, making him a dangerous foe in teamfights.
- Despite being an intelligence caster, Warlock has very respectable strength growth, giving him strong survivability against magic and pure damage nukes. However, he also suffers from extremely poor base agility and agility growth, making him vulnerable to physical damage.
- Because he relies mostly on casting spells in order to be effective, Warlock should build items that provide him with more mana, mana regen, and mobility. Having a sustainable source of mana allows Warlock to remain active on the map to support his team, and mobility allows Warlock to more easily position to cast his spells. Once he meets his minimum requirements, he can focus on building utility items to help his team, and survivability items to ensure that he does not die before getting his spells off.
- Keep in mind that Warlock has a very long cast animation, 0.5 seconds on all but Fatal Bonds. This means that positioning and planning ahead are key to using the hero effectively, as his spells take more time to cast than most other heroes.
- In general, Warlock should be played as a safe lane support hero rather than as a core farmer. Although he can scale better than most other supports due to the nature of his spells, he is more dependent on levels than on gold, so foregoing farm in favor of supporting can still allow him to contribute to his team.
- Fatal Bonds is a unit-targeted debuff that allows Warlock to link multiple enemies together to deal bonus damage to each one when one of their allies takes damage.
- Fatal Bonds is a very powerful teamfight ability, as it can cause area-of-effect spells that hit all bonded units to deal more than twice its listed damage to each foe. While it should not be the first spell that you max out, it should still be a priority spell to level up, and cast as early as possible in a teamfight.
- Because of its extremely long cast range and short cast animation, Fatal Bonds should be the first spell cast in a teamfight. However, be mindful that it will only bond enemies that are currently visible, so make sure to wait for the right moment in order to catch the maximum number of enemy heroes.
- Fatal Bonds selects which units to bond based on proximity to the target. Keep this in mind when selecting an enemy to cast the spell on, and try to target it on an enemy in the center of a group of other enemy heroes to maximize the chances of bonding heroes rather than creeps.
- When deciding at what time to skill Fatal Bonds, gauge how active your team will be in engaging the foe in major teamfights. If you do not expect to encounter 5-vs-5 teamfights early on, then it is safe to level up your other abilities first. However, if the enemy team is employing an early pushing strategy, threatening them with large amounts of shared damage that is magnified by area-of-effect nukes can give them pause.
- Keep in mind that Fatal Bonds damage is reduced by each individual target's resistances, so dealing reduced damage to an enemy with high armor or magic resistance will not propagate that reduction to other shackled units. However, the reverse also applies, as dealing large amounts of damage to an enemy with little armor or magic resistance will not amplify the damage shared by an enemy that is more resilient.
- Shadow Word is Warlock's most flexible spell, capable of healing allies or damaging enemies.
- Shadow Word should be the first spell to max out in most situations, as it can serve as a powerful nuke or a life-saving heal at any point in a match.
- Shadow Word costs 90 mana to heal/damage 165 HP at level 1, and will consume almost a third of your mana pool to do so. Therefore, it is wise to avoid casting the spell at level 1 if at all possible, as it becomes much more efficient with additional levels.
- Beware that although Shadow Word can heal a single ally by almost 500 HP, it takes time to do so. Therefore, it should be cast as early as possible when a situation arises, so that your ally is not put in a situation where they might not have enough HP to survive long enough to benefit from the healing buff.
- Unlike certain healing spells, Shadow Word can be cast on spell immune allies. If an ally has activated their Black King Bar, Warlock can still target them with Shadow Word to heal them if they run into trouble.
- Upheaval is a very large area slow with a very long cast range, capable of inflicting an increasingly powerful slow from up to 1850 range away.
- Despite its long cast range and wide radius of effect, Upheaval's slow takes time to build up, and ramps up very slowly at early levels. Try to avoid channeling the spell unless it is at least level 2 or 3, as it is otherwise a waste of mana.
- Keep in mind, Upheaval becomes stronger based on how long it is channeled, not how long an enemy was standing in it, and that the slow sticks on the target up to 3 seconds after leaving the area. Because of this, it is more effective to preemptively channel Upheaval where the enemy wants to pass through to give it time to build up, rather than casting the whirlpool on top of a foe's current location, since they can simply walk out of the whirlpool before they can be slowed too much.
- Upheaval can be used as a ganking disable once it has at least two points put into it, and combined with a leading stun to give the slow time to build up. Provided that Warlock's teammates have enough damage output, slowing the enemy down can be much more beneficial than attacking with right-clicks.
- Be sure to take advantage of Upheaval's long cast range whenever possible. The enemy will be sure to attempt to disable you to interrupt the channeling, however you can make this much harder for them by forcing them to find you first. You can shield yourself behind teammates, from inside the treeline or on high ground, and even cast it from an unexpected direction so that they search in the wrong place.
- Upheaval's primary use comes right after initiating or counter-initiating with Fatal Bonds and Chaotic Offering, as Warlock can use the slow to greatly hinder enemy heroes' ability to escape while the Golem attacks them. The enemy may choose to expend one of their disables to interrupt the channeling or choose to try to focus down Warlock while he is vulnerable, so make sure to position appropriately. Self-casting Shadow Word prior to channeling can also aid in survivability during Upheaval.
- In a pinch, Upheaval can be used to cover retreats, or for area denial. Casting the spell on an area that the enemy wants to traverse can give them pause, as walking into an active Upheaval will slow them down much more than if it was cast on top of them. This can be useful for giving teammates space to run away, or for preventing the enemy from entering an area that they wish to go (such as pushing up high ground into your base, or into/out of Roshan's pit).
- Beware, Upheaval is a percent-based movement speed slow, and as such can be ignored by certain abilities such as Stampede, Shukuchi, Surge, and so on. Be sure that you know what abilities the enemy has that can ignore Upheaval's debuff, and plan accordingly.
- Chaotic Offering is Warlock's most powerful teamfight spell, as it will stun all enemies in the impact area, through spell immunity, and summon a Golem to do his bidding.
- Because of its wide area and long cast range, Chaotic Offering is best cast when the enemy is grouped up and trying to deal with Warlock's teammates. Interrupting the enemy's actions will give allies an opportunity to land further nukes and disables.
- Fatal Bonds is a strong complement to Chaotic Offering, as both spells have similar cast ranges. Inflicting the enemy with Fatal Bonds can magnify the amount of damage the Golem deals with Permanent Immolation and Flaming Fists due to the area-of-effect nature of both abilities.
- It can be useful at times to cast Shadow Word on the Golem, in order to heal it and prolong its lifespan. The longer the Golem is alive, the more damage it can deal.
- When chasing fleeing heroes with your Golem, do not stop to attack them. Instead, keep it moving with them, so that the Permanent Immolation can do its damage.
- Do not let the Golem die needlessly to the enemy, since its gold bounty is quite high. If it is 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 last-hit it.
- Warlock's flexible nature allows him to build a variety of items as his team needs.
- As noted earlier, Warlock should generally carry at least some of the support duties on his team. This means that Animal Courier, Flying Courier, Observer Ward, Sentry Ward, and other support items such as Dust of Appearance and Smoke of Deceit should all take priority.
- Urn of Shadows synergizes well with Shadow Word, as it performs many of the same roles and augments Warlock's flexibility further. It is a strong utility item to build if you do not intend on buying a Bracer, as the strength and mana regen benefit Warlock greatly.
- Medallion of Courage, and its upgrade Solar Crest, have a myriad of uses for Warlock. As a ranged support he can use it to assist his carry from a distance either by placing the debuff on an enemy or by placing the buff on an ally. The same can be applied to the Golem, either to extend its survivability or weaken its target. Finally, it can be used on Roshan to help your team kill him faster.
- Force Staff is a good utility item on any support hero, and is no exception for Warlock. It can allow Warlock to get in position to cast his spells, and has utility in re-positioning teammates as well as displacing enemies, and can even be used on your Golem to help it to chase fleeing enemies.
- Ghost Scepter can be helpful if Warlock is constantly being focused down by the enemy's physical right-clickers. Using Ghost Scepter's active can shield Warlock from physical damage for some seconds, allowing him to cast his spells as needed.
- Vladmir's Offering is a useful mid-game utility item that provides a strong teamfight aura. The aura gives Warlock and his allies additional armor and passive HP regen, as well as increased damage and lifesteal. These bonuses benefit the Golem as well, increasing its survivability to get more use out of your ultimate.
- Aether Lens, built up from the Energy Booster component of Arcane Boots, greatly improves Warlock's ability to get off his spells in teamfights. The cast range increase further augments his already formidably long cast ranges, allowing him to cast his spells from complete safety behind his team, where the enemy will be unable to catch him.
- Shadow Amulet can be useful to purchase if you intend on casting Upheaval frequently. As Warlock often has to channel the spell for at least a few seconds for it to reach full potency, hiding yourself from basic sight can increase your safety and keep the enemy guessing on your location, as the spell's cast range allows you to employ the spell from a fairly safe distance and an angle of your choosing.
- Upgrading Shadow Amulet into a Glimmer Cape can give Warlock more utility at the cost of less effective cover while channeling Upheaval. As Warlock can channel Upheaval for up to 16 seconds, purchasing a Glimmer Cape prevents him from remaining invisible for the entire duration as it only lasts for 5 seconds. However, it provides utility in that it can be cast on allies to help them initiate, or protect an ally from magic nukes for a short period of time. It can also be cast on your Golem to increase its survivability against any magic nukes the enemy may use to try to kill it.
- Eul's Scepter of Divinity is a useful utility caster item that is also cheap to build. It improves Warlock's mobility via increased movement speed, allowing him to more easily position to cast his spells, and provides intelligence and mana regen to improve his ability to cast his spells. The active can give him a hard-disable to use against enemies, or can be used on himself to provide temporary invulnerability while removing debuffs (such as silences that are preventing him from casting his spells).
- Rod of Atos is a strong item to purchase on Warlock. The increased health pool gives him more survivability, while the increased intelligence gives him additional base damage and a larger mana pool to work with. The active synergizes with his ability to cast his spells at extremely long range, slowing enemies from long distances and making them easy prey for his Golem or pinning them down for Upheaval.
- Lotus Orb is a strong utility item that allows Warlock to use the enemies' targeted spells against them. The item provides HP and mana regen as well as armor, giving Warlock more survivability and keeping his HP and mana topped up. The active can be cast on Warlock himself, one of his team's carries, or his Golem, discouraging the enemy from using their targeted nukes and disables.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- 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 Play "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 Play "Bloodied but unbowed" when respawning is a reference to William Ernest Henley's poem "Invictus".
- Fatal Bonds' sound effect is based on this Play otherwise unused voice line.