Mireska Sunbreeze, the Dark Willow, is a ranged intelligence hero with a powerful array of disables and nukes. She can summon a tangle of thorns to root enemies in her Bramble Maze, or curse an enemy to stun them after a delay with Cursed Crown. Slipping into the Shadow Realm to avoid attacks, she re-emerges with a powerful magical burst. Calling upon her companion Jex, Dark Willow dishes out a flurry of heavy magic damage with Bedlam, or sends her enemies fleeing in fear with Terrorize. This wide arsenal of disables and nukes allows her to gank, roam, and support with equal efficiency, making her indispensable in teamfights.
- The visual effects and the sound during the 0.5 second effect delay are only visible and audible to allies.
- The projectile launched upon cast has only cosmetic purposes, and does not affect the delay.
- The brambles are always placed in the same formation.
- 4 brambles are placed 200 range away from the center of the target area, towards north, east, south, and west.
- 4 brambles are placed 500 range away from the center of the target area, towards north-east, south-east, south-west, and north-west.
- The brambles spawn in 0.075 second intervals, starting 0.5 seconds after cast, so it takes 1.025 seconds for all brambles to spawn.
- The inner circle spawns first, starting with the east bramble, going counter-clockwise. The outer circle starts with the north-east bramble.
- Each bramble is inactive for 0.1 seconds after spawning.
- A bramble roots the first enemy unit which comes within 90 range of it, after which it then disappears.
- Does not provide True Sight over rooted enemies.
- Deals 62.5/50/43.75/40 damage in 0.5 second intervals, starting 0.5 seconds after the buff is applied, resulting in 2/3/4/5 instances.
- Can deal a total of 125/150/175/200 damage to the target (before reductions).
- The Brambles' duration starts running after the initial creation delay. This means the last bramble disappears 16.025 seconds after cast.
- Multiple instances of the debuff fully stack. Each bramble places its own independent debuff.
- Leveling the spell up while there are still brambles on the field does not update the root duration of those brambles.
- Does not interrupt channeling spells upon cast.
- Shadow Realm disjoints projectiles upon cast.
- During Shadow Realm, Dark Willow is phased, attack immune and unselectable.
- Any attack or spell targeting Dark Willow which is already in its attack or cast animation gets canceled.
- Due to this, Dark Willow cannot target herself with her own items either.
- Does not prevent Spell Reflection from reflecting spells back at her.
- Due to the unselectability, almost every spell treats Dark Willow as if she were invisible. Spells which do not treat her as invisible are:
- , , , , , , and .
- Unlike with invisibility, , and do not instanly die when Shadow Realm is cast.
- When cast while attacking an enemy, Dark Willow is ordered to stop, so that the attack out of Shadow Realm is not wasted.
- However, when she is given an attack order while outside attack range, casting Shadow Realm while she moves does not stop her from attacking immediately.
- Casting spells or items during Shadow Realm does not end it, only attacking does.
- When , attacking does not end it either.
- The Shadow Realm buff is lost upon launching an attack. Upon launch, Dark Willow gets the attack logic buff, which is responsible for the damage.
- This buff disappears upon hitting the target, or within 3 seconds, whichever is shorter.
- This means if the projectile flies for more than 3 seconds, the damage is not applied.
- The buff responsible for the damage is lost on death, so when dying before projectile hit negates the damage.
- The buff only works for the attack that created it. Any other projectiles launched afterwards do not apply the bonus damage.
- The damage increases by 0.77/1.54/2.31/3.09 on each server tick (0.03 seconds), reaching its maximum in 3.5 seconds.
- The damage stops growing as soon as the attack is launched. It does not continue to grow while flying towards the target.
- The damage is dealt in a separate instance and is not added to Dark Willow's attack damage.
- Bedlam and Terrorize are linked abilities; leveling up one automatically levels up the other as well.
- Interrupts Dark Willow's channeling spells upon cast.
- While active, is inactive and cannot be cast.
- Bedlam is inactive during Terrorirze's cast time, and stays inactive until Jex fully returned to Dark Willow after terrorizing enemies.
- On cast, Jex always appears on the west side and rotates clockwise around Dark Willow.
- Jex rotates around Dark Willow at a speed of 698.13, taking 1.8 seconds to finish a revolution.
- This results in 2.78 revolutions over the whole duration.
- On each attack, Jex chooses a visible random target within range. There are no priorities. Does not attack buildings or wards.
- The attack radius is centered on Jex. A light pink glow surrounds it, indicating the attack area.
- Jex continues attacking even when Dark Willow is disabled. It stops only when she dies, or when expiring.
- Jex' attacks are not regular attacks. They are treated like a spell, and thus do not interact with any on attack effects.
- This means that spell damage amplification and spell lifesteal does work with it. Dark Willow is the damage source.
- The attack projectiles traveling at a speed of 1400.
- With its 0.25 second attack rate, it can attack up to 20 times.
- With the current attack rate and damage, it can deal up to 240/440/640 damage per second to a single unit.
- Can deal up to 1200/2200/3200 damage to a single unit (before reductions).
- Recasting Bedlam before the previous cast finishes refreshes the duration.
- The spell itself provides no vision, but Jex has 600 ground vision which he provides the whole time.
- Terrorize and Bedlam are linked abilities; leveling up one automatically levels up the other as well.
- Terrorize is inactive during Bedlam.
- Terrorize is also inactive during its cast time, and stays inactive until Jex fully returned to Dark Willow after terrorizing enemies.
- This means Terrorize cannot be cast again until Jex returned from a previous cast.
- Jex travels to the target point at a speed of 2000, and returns to Dark Willow at a speed of 500.
- The visual effect at the target area during the cast time/effect delay is visible to allies only. The sound is audible to everyone.
- Applies fear on all hit enemies within the radius, forcing them to run towards their team's fountain, while preventing them from acting.
- When hitting neutral creeps, they retreat to their camps instead.
- Provides shared vision over all hit enemies for its duration. Affects invisible units, but does not provide True Sight.
- The spell itself provides no vision, but Jex has 600 ground vision which he provides the whole time.
|+1.5Duration||25||+175 Attack Speed|
|-12sCD||20||10% Spell Lifesteal|
|+35 Movement Speed||15||+120 Gold/Min|
|+125 Cast Range||10||+30 Damage|
- This attack damage talent is added as raw attack damage, so it does not benefit illusions, and is not affected by most percentage-based damage increasing or reducing effects.
- Gold granted from the talent is unreliable gold.
- The spell lifesteal talent stacks additively with other sources of spell lifesteal.
- helps Dark Willow play more aggressively in the early game with supply of mana.
- supplements Dark Willow's low natural health with regeneration.
- restores health to keep Dark Willow alive.
- combines with Tango to heal more, or builds into Magic Wand.
- restores mana for Dark Willow to use abilities in the early game.
- provides vision on the enemies so Dark Willow and allies can gank.
- ferries items to teammates.
- increase movement speed to chase or escape.
- helps Dark Willow keep up with enemies during ganks, and builds into Eul's Scepter of Divinity.
- can save Dark Willow in an emergency by restoring health and mana.
- gives Dark Willow a quick mana and health restoration.
- help Dark Willow use her magical nukes more often, as she has five active abilities with high mana costs.
- works well with any of Dark Willow's abilities: setting up Bramble Maze's root and Terrorize's fear, buying time for Cursed Crown to stun and Shadow Realm to peak in damage, removing an enemy for Bedlam to concentrate on others, and combining with Shadow Realm for longer period of untargetability. It also provides intelligence and mana regeneration for her to use said abilities.
- helps Dark Willow get close to enemies to land as many Bedlam hits as possible, and allows her to get behind enemies for Terrorize. If trying to escape from enemies, Shadow Realm may help Dark Willow survive the 3 second cooldown and blink to safety.
- invisibility and magic resistance, so she can stay on top of the enemies when using Bedlam. grants Dark Willow a layer of protection with
- provides a large damage boost and a strong undispellable single-target hex to complement her natural AoE disables.
- protects Dark Willow with dispel and heal when she is ganking with Bedlam.
- increases lots of damage output and works well with the attack speed talent. If you choose the lifesteal talent, this item can also let you die less.
- allow Dark Willow to keep up with enemies while using Bedlam.
- facilitates runes control, offsetting the high mana cost of Dark Willow's abilities.
- gives a core Dark Willow high damage and kill potential with her own nukes. It also provides bonuses to defensive armor and attributes.
- increases Dark Willow's burst damage, and reduces some of her high mana costs.
- helps Dark Willow escape, stay next to enemies during Bedlam, or push a fleeing enemy with Cursed Crown into their team.
- sustains Dark Willow and teammates with heal, and it can also help in ganks by countering enemy healing and dealing some damage.
- root to keep the target within range of Bedlam. applies
- protects Dark Willow from single target disables, which can kill her in the late game.
- protects Dark Willow from high damage nukes and initiations with strong dispel and damge reduction, giving her 2.5 seconds to use all of her abilities to help in teamfights or to disengage.
- 's Chain Lightning triggers often when Dark Willow picks the attack speed talent, and its active ability dissuades the enemies from counterattacking.
- can only be considered if you already owned the Aghanim's, and your teammates only did little damage at the same time.
- , along with Shadow Realm, help Dark Willow teleport and split push.
|Roles:||Support Nuker Disabler Escape|
|Playstyle:||Mireska Sunbreeze is a devious rebel for whom deceit and backstabbing are but business norms. Her Fae heritage lets her to slip into the Shadow Realm, avoiding attacks while entrapping victims in a thorny Bramble Maze. She lays a Cursed Crown on her foes, stunning them no matter where they run. The Dark Willow's companion wisp is no less to fear. Jex circles its mistress, creating total Bedlam before tapping into primal fears to Terrorize enemies into submission.|
- Dark Willow is sometimes labeled in the game files as Sylph and Fairy, her early working names.
- Dark Willow's accent is heavily based on those found in Celtic and Gaelic countries, mostly Wales, Ireland and Scotland.