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Gameplay[edit]

Playstyle
Broodmother minimap icon.png Broodmother is a hero who can pressure lanes early and scale well into the late game. She can Spawn Spiderlings icon.png Spawn Spiderlings to help her farm, find kills, and push. After Spin Web icon.png Spin Web, she hides herself and her army under invisibility, while gaining free movement, health regeneration, and movement speed. With Incapacitating Bite icon.png Incapacitating Bite which slows and applies miss chance, as well as her Insatiable Hunger icon.png Insatiable Hunger which grants bonus damage and lifesteal, Broodmother quickly tears down hapless enemy heroes.
Pros Cons
  • Strong pusher from the early game onward.
  • Strong laner with early kill potential.
  • Farms fast and occupy enemy jungle.
  • Good for one-on-one fights.
  • Demands from enemies time and detection.
  • Predictable play style due to constraint of webs.
  • May give enemies extra farm with Spiderlings and Spiderites.
  • Requires good micromanagement to control army.
  • Often forces own team to play 4 vs 5.

Pusher[edit]

  • Broodmother's early game revolves around gaining experience from the safety of her webs, and building up a swarm of Spiderlings for quickly farming the jungle and killing enemy heroes who enter her web.
  • The first point is always put in Spin Web, as Broodmother is extremely vulnerable outside of her webs and requires her to begin setting up her webs as soon as possible.
  • The next few levels are slightly flexible, prioritizing Spawn Spiderlings over Spin Web slightly improves her killing potential, while prioritizing Spin Web increases her mobility, allowing her to move in and out of the jungle easily.
    • Broodmother requires several living Spiderlings in order to be able to efficiently clear waves and farm jungle camps, while it is relatively easy for enemy laners to kill the single Spiderling spawned by level one Spawn Spiderling, but if a brood has been successfully established with level 1 Spawn Spiderlings, Levelling Spin Web provides the webs to completely cover the lane, or to expand out into the jungle.
  • Maxing Spawn Spiderlings and Spin web without taking value points in her other talents accelerates her early game farming and pushing potential. The first level of Insatiable Hunger is relatively weak during the early game without her passive to help lock down target.

Broodmother without Brood[edit]

  • This highly situational build is ideal for playing against teams with strong AoE spells. By focusing on Incapacitating Bite and Insatiable hunger, Broodmother trades away her fragile ability to quickly farm and push for a more secure lane.
    • Without her signature spell, her ideal early items match the majority of Melee Agility heroes, because Soul Ring icon.png Soul Ring is no longer required to cast her spell. Quelling Blade icon.png Quelling Blade or Iron Talon icon.png Iron Talon provides the last hitting ability that her brood would normally serve, and Stout Shield icon.png Stout Shield or Poor Man's Shield icon.png Poor Man's Shield adds a cheap extra layer of defense.
  • By maxing out Incapacitating Bite, the strong slow and high miss chance makes up for the loss of damage from having an active swarm, and Insatiable Hunger's bonus damage and lifesteal further improves her ability to fight without her brood.
    • The miss chance of her passive allows her to farm the jungle safely. By continually attacking each neutral creep in the camp to keep the debuff active on all of them, the neutral creep damage is greatly reduced.

Ability Builds[edit]

Pusher Broodmother
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Spin Web icon.png Spawn Spiderlings icon.png Spin Web icon.png Spawn Spiderlings icon.png Spawn Spiderlings icon.png Spin Web icon.png Spawn Spiderlings icon.png Spin Web icon.png Insatiable Hunger icon.png Talent icon.png Incapacitating Bite icon.png Insatiable Hunger icon.png Incapacitating Bite icon.png Incapacitating Bite icon.png Talent icon.png Incapacitating Bite icon.png Nil icon.png Insatiable Hunger icon.png Talent icon.png Talent icon.png
Broodmother without Brood
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 25
Spin Web icon.png Incapacitating Bite icon.png Spin Web icon.png Incapacitating Bite icon.png Incapacitating Bite icon.png Insatiable Hunger icon.png Incapacitating Bite icon.png Spin Web icon.png Spin Web icon.png Talent icon.png Spawn Spiderlings icon.png Insatiable Hunger icon.png Spawn Spiderlings icon.png Spawn Spiderlings icon.png Talent icon.png Spawn Spiderlings icon.png Nil icon.png Insatiable Hunger icon.png Talent icon.png Talent icon.png

Talents[edit]

Hero Talents
+225 Spiders Health 25 +8 Max Spin Web icon.png Webs
+70 Attack Speed 20 +14 Spiders Attack Damage
+350 Health 15 20% Cooldown Reduction
+25% XP Gain 10 +60 Spawn Spiderlings icon.png Spawn Spiderlings Damage
Notes:
  • Cooldown reduction affects abilities and items. Stacks multiplicatively with Octarine Core icon.png Octarine Core and additively with Arcane Rune minimap icon.png Arcane Rune.
  • Cooldown reduction affects replenish time of Spin Web icon.png Spin Web.
  • Upgrading health increases maximum health capacity and keeps the current health percentage.
  • The Spin Web icon.png Spin Web upgrade allows to have 8 more webs on the map. It does not add 8 charges.
  • The health and attack damage upgrades to spiders apply to Spiderlings and Spiderites. They do not apply to Broodmother herself.

Tips & Tactics[edit]

General[edit]

  • Broodmother usually braves the solo offlane, as the invisibility and regeneration from her webs allow her to face off against multiple enemies.
  • Broodmother can apply pressure and threaten to push into tier 1 tower early on in the game.
  • An aggressive Broodmother can often take down a tier 2 tower while other players are still farming or pushing tier 1s. Thus, she demands time and gold for detection from enemy heroes, creating space for her team to farm, push other lanes, or kill Roshan.
  • Beware of enemy Sentry Ward icon.png Sentry Ward in lane that reveals your invisibility. As a response, you should buy your own Sentry Wards to detect and destroy the enemy wards.
    • Attempt to draw aggro from enemy creeps while invisible to check for the presence of nearby Sentry Ward.
    • Try to place Sentry Wards hidden from enemy vision, such as among trees, to minimize the chance of your own wards being seen and taken out.
  • Use Tango icon.png Tango or Quelling Blade icon.png Quelling Blade to take out Sentry Wards quickly, rather than wasting time attacking which allow the enemies to reach your wards first.
  • Broodmother preys on solitary targets, but suffers against multiple enemies as her lifesteal can generally only replenish the damage taken from a solitary foe.
  • Although Broodmother is usually pushing lanes alone, teamfights sometimes require her attention. She should find the balance between pushing, farming, and teamfighting.
  • As Broodmother excels in the solo offlane, she can extend to control and farm parts of the enemy jungle.
  • If you build your webs around the mid lane, you can effectively farm all four ancient camps, giving gold for items and experience for talents.
  • More tips needed.

Abilities[edit]

Spawn Spiderlings icon.png Spawn Spiderlings[edit]

  • In the early game, Broodmother needs to cast Spawn Spiderlings frequently, which has a high mana cost, in order to build up an effective swarm. Hence, she can purchase Soul Ring icon.png Soul Ring, as the regeneration gained from sitting in her Web can offset the HP cost of the item.
  • Spawn Spiderlings acts as a ranged nuke, finishing off wounded heroes.
  • A key element in jungling efficiently with Broodmother is to maximize the amount of damage this ability does to a creep, while still having the target die before the spawning debuff wears off.
  • If the target dies before the projectile lands, no Spiderlings will spawn.
  • As a group, Spiderlings deal a surprising amount of damage. In the early game, use them to harass opponents in lane. Later on, use them to push towers when it is unsafe for Broodmother herself.
  • Spiderlings inflict a debuff with their bite which spawns Spiderites.
    • Spiderites can be spawned from denied allied creeps.
    • The Spawn Spiderlings and Spawn Spiderite debuff stack, allowing you to get both spawns from the same target.
    • Even though Spiderlings give little gold, constantly feeding groups of them will benefit the enemy team.
  • Spiderites are weaker than Spiderlings, but provide more gold when killed. With 175 health, they die to many AoE spells that Spiderlings can survive. Creating control groups to control each group separately is highly recommended.
    • Spiderlings should be used primarily for pushing and farming, but kept away from enemy heroes until they have already spent their AoE spells.
  • Send out Spiderlings to scout, block neutral camps, stack camps, and keep an eye on Roshan.
  • More tips needed.

Spin Web icon.png Spin Web[edit]

  • Use Spin Web over trees and high ground to give Broodmother escape paths.
  • Use Spin Web on top of an enemy tower before diving in on weak heroes. The regeneration and movement speed bonus combined with Broodmother's slow is very effective for diving on heroes with no reliable escape or stun.
  • For maximum effect, webs should be lined up to provide an effective road between valuable locations, such as across the enemy jungle, allowing access to multiple neutral camps and towers
    • Keep this main highway intact by building a secure line of 5-6 webs, then spinning temporary webs to reach a lane or chase an enemy, then manually destroying them afterwards.
  • Use Spin Web liberally. Do not wait or worry about "optimal" placement, for a moment of hesistation often leads to a missed kill or failed escape.
  • Damage from enemy heroes removes the free pathing that webs provide for 6 seconds, but this time can be bypassed by spinning a new web at your current location.
    • Consider Phase Boots icon.png Phase Boots to regain some movement speed when hit.

Incapacitating Bite icon.png Incapacitating Bite[edit]

  • Incapacitating Bite stacks fully with other slows, such as Orb of Venom icon.png Orb of Venom and the Poison Sting (Spiderling) icon.png Poison Sting from your Spiderlings, making it almost impossible for your enemies to escape on foot.
  • The miss chance provided by the bite allows Broodmother to fight almost anyone in the midgame if she successfully outfarmed the enemy team, but is effectively countered by true strike, break, disarm, or magic immunity.
  • More tips needed.

Insatiable Hunger icon.png Insatiable Hunger[edit]

  • The relatively short cooldown of Insatiable Hunger allows you to use it frequently, so use it to farm ancient camps or take down towers.
  • At level 2, you can hit heroes with activated Blade Mail icon.png Blade Mail and lifesteal all or the majority of damage reflected, at level 3 you will out heal the damage reflect.
  • Insatiable Hunger's duration is quite long, and so should be cast early in a fight if there is a danger of being silenced.
  • Use Insatiable Hunger with activated Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar to make sure you can stick to targets, lest wasting duration.
  • Insatiable Hunger's attack damage bonus makes Broodmother a fearsome carry, especially in the late game. You should build items that enhance your attacks like Desolator icon.png Desolator to mow down enemies.
  • More tips needed.

Items[edit]

Starting items:

  • Tango icon.png Tango provides needed health restoration during the laning phase.
  • Healing Salve icon.png Healing Salve keeps Broodmother in lane by restoring her health.
  • Enchanted Mango icon.png Enchanted Mango provides some passive health regeneration in lane and later builds into Soul Ring icon.png Soul Ring with components from the Side Lane Shop.
  • Clarity icon.png Clarity gives mana to produce Spiderlings.
  • Iron Branch icon.png Iron Branch provides cheap attributes. Use in conjuction with Tango for more healing.
  • Ring of Protection icon.png Ring of Protection gives extra armor and builds into Ring of Basilius (Active) icon.png Ring of Basilius from the Side Lane Shop.

Early-game items:

  • Soul Ring icon.png Soul Ring allows her to cast Spawn Spiderlings to harass the lane rival and safely take last hits, also helps in amassing Spiderlings.
  • Boots of Speed icon.png Boots of Speed give movement speed to chase, jungle, or retreat.
  • Magic Stick icon.png Magic Stick gives burst health and mana, useful to get Broodmother healthy and making Spiderlings. You can upgrade it to Magic Wand icon.png Magic Wand later.
  • Ring of Basilius (Active) icon.png Ring of Basilius provides mana regeneration and an armor aura for extra pushing power; it can upgrade into Vladmir's Offering icon.png Vladmir's Offering later on.
  • Sentry Ward icon.png Sentry Ward provides True Sight to help you deward. Enemies will have a hard time keeping up detection with their own Sentry Wards as Broodmother farms extremely fast to deward back.

Core items:

  • Phase Boots icon.png Phase Boots allows Broodmother to pass through Spiderlings when attacking enemies. They also provide some movement speed when she took damage in webs.
  • Orchid Malevolence icon.png Orchid Malevolence's silence allows Broodmother to kill heroes with escape abilities and/or stuns. The mana regen helps in making Spiderlings and webs. It can upgrade to Bloodthorn icon.png Bloodthorn for more damage and a counter to evasion.
  • Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar's spell immunity synergizes with the huge lifesteal from Insatiable Hunger and makes her very hard to kill.
  • Solar Crest icon.png Solar Crest boosts Broodmother defense with armor and evasion. Its active ability allows Broodmother and her army to tear down neutral creeps as well as heroes.

Situational items:

  • Quelling Blade icon.png Quelling Blade allows Broodmother to quickly chop down enemy wards. She can also use it to cut down trees when stuck or escaping to the jungle. It can be upgraded to Iron Talon icon.png Iron Talon to boost jungling speed.
  • Poor Man's Shield icon.png Poor Man's Shield bolsters Broodmother's defense against early harassment. It also gives some agility which help her to last hit.
  • Hand of Midas icon.png Hand of Midas should be picked up if Broodmother had a good early game. It increases her experience greatly, especially with the level 10 talent.
  • Power Treads icon.png Power Treads provide attack speed to complement Insatiable Hunger, as well as more survivability through additional attribute bonuses.
  • Desolator icon.png Desolator gives excellent damage and an armor reduction debuff, increasing Broodmother's push and farm speed. In conjunction with Insatiable Hunger, Desolator amplifies the damage and lifesteal of Broodmother.
  • Radiance (Active) icon.png Radiance applies area damage and miss chance during teamfight. With high mobility in webs, Broodmother can reach the enemy backline to cancel Blink initiation.
  • Echo Sabre icon.png Echo Sabre provides intelligence and mana regeneration for Broodmother to Spawn Spiderlings. The attack speed, damage, and slow gives her easier time to hunt down heroes.
  • Vladmir's Offering icon.png Vladmir's Offering provides a useful lifesteal effect on both Broodmother and nearby spiderlings, fully stacking with the effects of her ultimate ability. The bonus armor and attack damage greatly increase the ability of Broodmother and her spiders to push lanes and towers.
  • Assault Cuirass icon.png Assault Cuirass boosts the attack speed and armor of Broodmother and her spiders, while also reducing the armor of nearby towers, allowing her to push faster.
  • Manta Style icon.png Manta Style offers bonus attack speed, damage, movement speed, and attributes. The active ability, Mirror Image, can be used to dispel debuffs such as Dust of Appearance icon.png Dust of Appearance, dodge projectiles such as Storm Hammer icon.png Storm Hammer, or to increase Broodmother's ability to push lanes and towers.
  • Butterfly icon.png Butterfly offers agility, bonus attack speed, and bonus attack damage, increasing Broodmother's carry potential. The evasion, coupling with Incapacitating Bite's miss chance, will give enemies a hard time to bring her down with physical attack.
  • Monkey King Bar icon.png Monkey King Bar can be bought to counter enemies with evasion.