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Gameplay[edit]

Playstyle
Medusa Medusa is a very hard carry who can easily turn teamfights around in her favor. Mana Shield icon.png Mana Shield makes her one of the tankiest carries in the game, but her extreme item dependence requires her to farm for much of the game before she can be effective in teamfights. Split Shot icon.png Split Shot allows her to farm really fast in the jungle and deal considerable damage to multiple heroes in fights. However, her early game is filled with problems, such as having the lowest base HP in the game, little mana, and slow movement speed.
Pros Cons
  • Powerful in the late game.
  • Effective against multiple opponents.
  • Great crowd control.
  • Gets effective HP from mana, thus she benefits from attributes the most of any other hero.
  • Is greatly teamfight oriented.
  • Has decent spells and attack range.
  • Slow movement speed.
  • Fragile in the early game.
  • Extremely item dependent.

Carry[edit]

  • This build gives Medusa great sustain and harassment on the early game, while enabling quick farm mid-game with Split Shot. However, avoid putting skill points into Split Shot during the laning stage as it will mess with lane equilibrium. You can always hold on to that skill point and level up Split Shot when you want to push. Mana Shield and Stone Gaze only get one level early on as that's all you'll need for farming, fighting, and escaping ganks. However, you may consider adding extra levels in Mana Shield if there are enemy heroes that can eat through your mana.

Ability Builds[edit]

Carry Medusa
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Talents[edit]

Hero Talents
Split Shot icon.png Split Shot Uses Modifiers25+7 Split Shot icon.png Split Shot Target
+2.5s Stone Gaze icon.png Stone Gaze Duration20+700 Mana
+20% Mystic Snake icon.png Mystic Snake Mana Steal15+30 Attack Speed
15% Evasion10+20 Damage
Notes:
  • The evasion talent stacks multiplicatively with other sources of evasion.
  • The mana talent increases maximum mana capacity, and keeps the current mana percentage.

Tips & Tactics[edit]

General[edit]

  • Medusa has one of the lowest base health in the game, making her quite vulnerable in the early game.
  • Medusa is arguably the hardest carry in the game, but also the most item dependent. Knowing how to farm well is the most important aspect of playing her.
  • Early on, Medusa should just focus on farming and surviving. Once you get Mana Shield, you'll have a lot more survivability in lane, but always keep an eye on the minimap for incoming ganks and your health and mana pools to see how much damage the enemies are doing.
  • In the late game, Mana Shield and Stone Gaze allows Medusa to withstand much more punishment than most carries.
    • Enemy teams who cannot kill Medusa quickly enough will often lose the teamfight.
    • Because of this, a well farmed late game Medusa can often turn a losing match around.

Abilities[edit]

Split Shot icon.png Split Shot[edit]

  • Split Shot makes you a really good farmer and pusher, especially once you get more levels in it. Use it to quickly farm jungle camps or push lanes to try to take early towers
    • When pushing towers with Split Shot, keep the tower as your main target, and the other arrows will hit creeps or nearby enemies. If you target creeps while trying to push, the extra arrows won't hit towers.
  • Split Shot also gives you immense damage during fights. While Medusa's single target damage isn't much for a lot of the game, with Split Shot you can easily deal decent damage to each enemy in a fight.
  • Split Shots works on Medusa's illusions.

Mystic Snake icon.png Mystic Snake[edit]

  • Mystic Snake is potent throughout all points of the game. It lets you harass enemies and keep your mana nearly full while posing minimum risk to yourself
  • For maximum damage against enemies in lane, try to bounce the snake off a few creeps into the enemy hero.
  • The mana steal works against heroes and creeps to the full extent. Use this in the jungle to keep Mana Shield's EHP from dropping too low so you can tank hits from creeps. Medium Satyr and Mud Golem camps work the best for this.
  • Mystic Snake deals pure damage to enemies petrified by Stone Gaze, so be sure to cast it after activating Stone Gaze.
  • Both in lane and in the jungle, take advantage of Mystic Snake to keep your mana up so Mana Shield keeps you alive.
  • Mystic Snake can be maxed first as it is Medusa's only nuke and can be used to push lanes.
  • Mystic Snake's damage increases per jump, so you best cast so that it would hit enemy heroes at last, to make them take the most damage. If used for farming, casting it so that it hits the creeps with more health can prevent overkill damage on lower health creeps, making it more effective and faster to farm.
  • Since Medusa does not have much mana and the ability has a high mana cost, make sure that it hits at least 2 enemies who have mana (e.g. ranged lane creeps), to get some mana restored back. It does not matter if targets with mana are hit first or last, since the mana drain is static and does not increase per jump like the damage.
  • Ranged lane creeps have a mana pool of 500, so Mystic Snake can drain 55/70/85/100 mana from them. So in order to get its full mana cost basically refunded, it has to hit at least 3/3/2/2 ranged lane creeps. This means it is also important to hit enemies with the spell in order to not run out of mana during the laning phase.
  • In order to refund the full mana cost, Mystic Snake must hit units with a sum of 1273/1072/942/850 total mana.
  • Use Mystic Snake on a nearby creep to have it bounce and hit an enemy that's out of range.
  • With Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter, Mystic Snake will petrify all enemies it hits, improving Mystic Snake's utility tremendously by giving it a hard-disable aspect.
    • Enemies petrified through Mystic Snake take on the same properties as if they were hit by Stone Gaze.
      • Illusions are immediately destroyed upon being hit by an an Aghanim's Scepter Mystic Snake.
    • Mystic Snake does the damage and mana steal first before applying the petrification debuff.
    • Unlike Stone Gaze, an Aghanim's Scepter Mystic Snake does not bypass spell immunity and will not apply the petrification debuff should an enemy turn spell immune before the snake reaches its intended target.

Mana Shield icon.png Mana Shield[edit]

  • One point in Mana Shield gives you the full 60% damage reduction. Subsequent levels just lower the mana lost per damage.
  • Level Mana Shield based on what the enemy has. If enemies have items such as Diffusal Blade 1 icon.png Diffusal Blade, grabbing more points may not be a bad idea to lower the overall mana lost from it.
  • Even if you do level Mana Shield up early, be wary of enemies who tend to build illusions with mana burn, such as Anti-Mage Anti-Mage with his Mana Break icon.png Mana Break and Manta Style icon.png Manta Style illusions.
  • Medusa is 250% more durable with Mana Shield than her HP alone as long as she has mana.
  • Medusa's mana pool needs to equal at least 93.75%/78.95%/68.18%/60% of her current health to maximize the damage reduction of Mana Shield, assuming she does not lose mana in any different way than by the absorption of Mana Shield.
  • Be wary about leaving Mana Shield active in the early game without a high mana pool or some mana regenerating items. Heavy damage may leave you unable to cast Stone Gaze, which can turn the tides of a gank or teamfight when used correctly.
  • The ideal ratio of mana to health is 0.94/0.79/0.68/0.6 mana per health, meaning every consecutive skill point in Mana Shield becomes less cost efficient, consider grabbing a point in your other abilities over another point in Mana Shield if you already have the ideal mana/health ratio (any more points basically mean wasted mana; do not forget about Stone Gaze and Mystic Snake costs).
  • With careful and strategic use of Mystic Snake in the heat of battle, you may be able to replenish and keep your mana pool up even if you are taking a heavy beating.

Stone Gaze icon.png Stone Gaze[edit]

  • Leveling Stone Gaze only increases the duration by 1 second each level. As such, one value point early on should be enough for both escaping ganks and turning the tides in team fights.
  • Stone Gaze goes through magic immunity, meaning the only way to escape it is to turn away from Medusa. It'll even freeze a Puck Puck who used Phase Shift icon.png Phase Shift and take them out of the Phase, so use that to your advantage.
  • Mystic Snake deals pure damage to enemies who have been turned to stone by Stone Gaze. Considering that Mystic Snake also increases damage per jump, you can deal massive nuking damage if you bounce it correctly after using your ultimate.
  • Proper use of Stone Gaze together with Split Shot makes Medusa a great counter to heroes that depend on illusions.
    • However, be very wary with its activation - smart users may attempt to use illusions to bait you either by taking you to poor spots or by forcing your ultimate out, which can leave you very vulnerable, especially to heroes like Phantom Lancer as they almost always build Diffusal Blade 1 icon.png Diffusal Blade (making your mana shield much less effective) and he can easily overwhelm you beyond your capacities even with Split Shot active.
  • Remember that petrified heroes take no magical damage. This is especially important if you have a nuke heavy team as activating Stone Gaze at the wrong time can cost your team a battle that could have been won otherwise.

Items[edit]

Starting items:

  • Tango icon.png Tango for a bit of regeneration in lane.
  • Healing Salve icon.png Healing Salve's flat heal will go a long way to keep Medusa healthy, considering her abysmal starting health.
  • Iron Branch icon.png Iron Branches provides early attributes needed for last-hitting creeps and a small boost in your hit points and mana. On top of that, planted Iron Branches increase the total healing from Tango.
  • Enchanted Mango icon.png Enchanted Mango gives passive health regeneration and burst mana.

Early game:

  • Magic Wand icon.png Magic Wand is one of the most cost effective survivability items on Medusa early on. The instantly restored health and mana you get from charges is doubly effective on her thanks to Mana Shield.
  • Ring of Aquila (Active) icon.png Ring of Aquila provides mana regeneration, armor, attributes, and attack damage boost for last-hitting.

Mid game:

  • Phase Boots icon.png Phase Boots give movement speed, even boosted with the Phase ability for escaping ambushes early game. The additional damage also contributes to her Split Shot skill. It also helps her position herself better for a successful Stone Gaze, as her otherwise low mobility can make this difficult.
  • Mask of Madness icon.png Mask of Madness is good for increasing your farming speed and being slightly active in the mid game. Her Mana Shield pretty much negates the increase in damage taken from it, it gives her the movement speed and attack speed she needs for both farming and team fights, and it lets her be active early on. However, be careful with the active as the silence will prevent your ability to toggle Mana Shield.
  • Town Portal Scroll icon.png Town Portal Scroll is crucial to escape early game ganks, which can be devastating against Medusa due to her high item dependence.

Late game:

  • Eye of Skadi icon.png Eye of Skadi gives both killing power via slowing enemies and survivability because of attributes and mana for Mana Shield.
  • Butterfly icon.png Butterfly offers bonus damage, attack speed and armor, and its evasion gives you even more survivability.

Situational items:

  • Drum of Endurance icon.png Drum of Endurance is a great cost effective attributes item on Medusa. It gives her both intelligence and strength which is needed on her, and the slight movement and attack speed it gives are great for farming or pushing.
  • Hurricane Pike icon.png Hurricane Pike gives attack range, damage and overall attributes - very effective item for Medusa.
  • Linken's Sphere icon.png Linken's Sphere can be purchased before or after Eye of Skadi. If fights are not in your favor early on, you're farming rather slowly, or enemies have stuns to keep you down fights, consider a Linken's Sphere.
  • Manta Style icon.png Manta Style's bonus directly increases Medusa's movement speed, and the illusions hit for a total of 56% of your base damage. In addition, the illusions can be used to farm multiple places at once, and benefit from Split Shot.
  • Mjollnir icon.png Mjollnir can be bought to deal with summons or illusions.
  • Monkey King Bar icon.png Monkey King Bar can be needed if the enemies have evasion items or heroes.
  • Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar is considered if the enemies are keeping you locked down before you can get Stone Gaze off.
  • Bloodthorn icon.png Bloodthorn gives intelligence and mana regeneration to make you even tankier, and it effectively gives you a Crystalys icon.png Crystalys and Monkey King Bar icon.png Monkey King Bar in one slot.
  • Moon Shard icon.png Moon Shard boosts attack speed further, a handy item in the late game as you can consume it to save a slot for reduced bonuses.
  • Scythe of Vyse icon.png Scythe of Vyse for an extra disable, attributes, and mana regeneration which may help Mana Shield.
  • Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter allows Mystic Snake to petrify any enemies it hits, giving the ability a hard-disable utility that allows for more strategic employment. It also provides attributes in all departments, as well as adding a respectable amount of health and mana to Medusa.
  • Divine Rapier icon.png Divine Rapier is the best damage item on Medusa. She's tanky enough that, even with Mask of Madness icon.png Mask of Madness, the odds of her dropping this are extremely slim, and it'll help you massacre a whole team with Split Shot. That being said, if against heroes that can burn through your Mana Shield like no tomorrow, it may be too risky to consider this unless absolutely necessary.
  • Satanic icon.png Satanic should be picked up when building Divine Rapier icon.png Divine Rapier. Due to the extremely high damage provided by Divine Rapier, Satanic's passive lifesteal and its active skill become effective in terms of healing yourself, decreasing the chances of dropping the Rapier.
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