Lesale Deathbringer the Venomancer is a ranged agility hero who is focused on dealing damage over time and slowing enemies down. He is not granted with a big amount of base attack and attribute gain, but he can bring enormous area damage with his poisonous abilities. Venomancer can unleash a Venomous Gale to enemies in a straight line, infecting them, damaging and slowing them over time. His attacks are hazardous thanks to his lethal Poison Sting, which adds a toxic effect to his normal attacks, poisoning opposing Heroes for a duration. Plague Ward, his next ability, lets him summon a sentient ward to a targeted point, which attacks enemies or structures. While weak on first use, its power grows in numbers, which means, the more the wards are placed, the deadlier they become. This gives him good versatility, providing vision, pushing power, and a helpful block, preventing enemies from running away when trapped in a sticky situation. Venomancer's most dangerous ability is Poison Nova, though it isn't lethal and won't kill an enemy, the damage it inflicts is tremendous, the duration is very long, and it affects an area around him. It is mostly used to initiate battles, since Poison Nova isn't a killing type spell. When used altogether, the Venomancer is a powerful killing machine, like a virus, slowly killing enemies with venom and poisons. Despite being considered by most players as a support, because of his slowing capabilities, extra ward vision, and being item independent, this doesn't hinder his power to gank and kill enemies, especially in the earliest parts of the game, and with enough kills, farm, and domination, Venomancer can transition into a semi-carry, with formidable venomous power and deadly specialties.
- Units afflicted by Venomous Gale can be denied by their allies when their HP drops below 25% of their maximum health.
- Slow starts at 50% and decreases as time passes.
- Total damage dealt is 100/200/300/400.
- The slowdown is equally powerful at all levels of the spell, which makes it a very useful spell even with only one point invested.
- Cannot hit invisible units.
- Cannot be purged.
- Units affected by this skill cannot be denied.
- Movement slow debuff applies to magic immune (non-mechanical) units.
- Cannot be purged.
- Wards deal Piercing Damage
- Creeps will ignore Plague Wards in favor of attacking you or any creeps present, as will Towers.
- Most narrow pathways, and certain wider pathways, can be completely blocked off by one or more Plague Wards, making passage impossible.
- Use Plague Wards to scout up cliffs and other places where enemies might lie in ambush.
- Wards give 1200 vision of the area.
- Deals a total of 432/812/1215 (812/1215/1728) damage.
- Cannot deal lethal damage (target will be left with 1 HP).
- Cannot hit invisible units.
- Cannot be purged.
- Ring of Protection gives you some armor while laning, and will be turned into a Ring of Basilius.
- Tango and Healing Salve allow you to stay in lane longer without going back to the fountain.
- Slippers of Agility give you some Agility, which is your main attribute.
- One Clarity is needed because you are quite mana dependent, and you need some mana regeneration before getting other items to cover this weakness.
- Magic Stick provides good regeneration, especially if you're laning against opponents who keep casting their abilities.
- Boots of Speed grant more movement speed.
- Ring of Aquila solves most of your problems in the early game. It gives mana regeneration, which is very needed, good stats and some armor. All of this can also make pushing a bit easier.
- Magic Wand gives stats and regeneration: it's always handy to have this item for emergencies.
- Power Treads allow you to gain extra mana for a spell if switched to Intelligence (a boon in early-game) and allow for more durability in Strength mode or more damage in Agility, meaning that for Venomancer they are very useful in all three iterations.
- Aghanim's Scepter greatly increases the killing potential of your ultimate: it will deal 1728 non-lethal damage without counting magic resistance, making it perfect for initiations while assisted by teammates.
- Eul's Scepter of Divinity will give a lot of mana regeneration, some movement speed and some Intelligence. A very useful item if you want to place Plague Wards without worrying about running out of mana. It also makes positioning easier by disabling an opponent for some seconds.
- Blink Dagger is the best choice if you are your team's main initiator. Use it to position yourself before casting your Poison Nova and/or your Venomous Gale.
- Shadow Blade gives more damage, more attack speed and a reliable escape mechanism. You can also use its ability to sneak close to the opponents and cast your ultimate.
- Butterfly grants really good stats and good evasion, making it a very expensive but useful item both offensively and defensively.
- Orchid Malevolence will probably solve all of your mana problems. Apart from that, it gives more damage and more attack speed, as well as a silence which is useful both if playing as a semi-carry or if playing as a support.
- Manta Style is especially good if you've played aggressively and got a lot of kills: more stats, more movement speed and an ability that allows you to create illusions are what you need if you had a good start and already have some other items that increase your damage.
- Venomous Gale is one of the best level 1 skills in the game. Try to use it to get the first blood with a good partner.
- Plague Wards deal weak damage in sparse numbers, but their power becomes significant when massed.
- There is a temptation upon being killed to use Poison Nova out of spite. Resist this urge; as it is intended for initiation purposes and its cooldown, even if you have a Scepter, is not negligible.
- Disabling or positioning items like Eul's Scepter of Divinity, Orchid Malevolence, Force Staff, Blink Dagger or Shadow Blade are very wise to build on Venomancer, as his frailty and lack of easily-used escape mechanisms are his Achilles' heel.
- Use Plague Wards constantly in order to provide vision of your neighboring area, especially when across the river and inside enemy territory.
- Early game, if you use Plague Wards during your laning phase, try to deny them or they will provide a gold bounty for enemy heroes.
- Keep Venomous Gale off cooldown during pushes, as its cooldown is quite long and you may need it at any time.
- When chasing an enemy, constantly put Plague Wards ahead of them to maintain sight.
- Note that the Valve recommended items are not for playing a support style Venomancer. To play support, starting items should include Observer Wards or Courier (or both), early game should be Observer Wards and Sentry Wards, and core should be Gem of Truesight, Boots of Speed, and Mekanism. Everything else listed would be luxury.
- Venomancer's name, Lesale, may be a reference to "Le Sale", which is French for "The Dirty" or "The Nasty".
- In DotA, Venomancer's hero model was a hydralisk. Hydralisks are type of infantry unit in the RTS game Starcraft, which was also made by Blizzard. Hydralisks are a very common and well-known image in the game.