Naga Siren/Guide

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Gameplay[edit]

Playstyle
Naga Siren minimap icon.png Naga Siren is a versatile hero who can appear to be a team's hard carry while actually being just a support. As a support, you can pin down an enemy with Ensnare, reduce armor with Rip Tide and damage without putting yourself in danger with Mirror Image. Also, you have a fearsome teamfight presence in Song of the Siren which puts enemies to sleep. As a carry however, you will use your images and Rip Tide to farm the jungle and push the lanes, and your Song as a get-out-of-jail-free card, eventually crushing the enemy's base under the ocean's pressure.
Pros Cons
  • Role versatility.
  • Good at split pushing and wave cutting.
  • Song of the Siren allows team to reset fights.
  • Low cooldown root.
  • Fast farmer with Radiance (Active) icon.png Radiance.
  • Somewhat farm dependent even if played as a support.
  • Extremely farm dependent if played as a carry.
  • Easy to misuse Song of the Siren with poor communication.
  • Requires some basic micromanagement skills.

Carry[edit]

Naga Siren is renown to be one of the most boring carries to play against (or watch), and rightfully so. Indeed, she will never put herself in harm's way, instead pushing one or more lanes at once thanks to Mirror Image while she will be farming the jungle. Because the illusions keep the lane pushed to provide vision and map control, enemies will have trouble ganking her without using Smoke of Deceit icon.png Smoke of Deceit. Furthermore, Song of the Siren either allows her to run away or wait for her team to react is enemies have not bursted her down quickly enough.

As a carry Naga Siren, you should almost always go for Radiance (Active) icon.png Radiance as your first major item. But, do not forget to buy enough cheap and cost-efficient items to fill your slots like Wraith Band icon.png Wraith Band or Infused Raindrop icon.png Infused Raindrop. Then, go for Boots of Travel 1 icon.png Boots of Travel, Manta Style icon.png Manta Style, and Octarine Core icon.png Octarine Core to constantly produce illusions and Rip Tide, pushing out all the lanes and razing jungle camps. Finally, consider choosing between Butterfly icon.png Butterfly, Heart of Tarrasque icon.png Heart of Tarrasque, Diffusal Blade 1 icon.png Diffusal Blade, or Eye of Skadi icon.png Eye of Skadi to increase survivability and damage output of Naga Siren and illusions, applying constant pressure on all lanes to limit opportunities for enemies to make play as they will have to defend nonstop.

As for your ability build, you can opt for early value point in Ensnare if you want some disable to produce kills with teammates. Otherwise, focus entirely on Rip Tide and Mirror Image so you can use them for farming lanes and jungle camps.

Support[edit]

Naga Siren has always been a strong support hero. Her images make the perfect scouting tools and natural aura carriers, so Drum of Endurance icon.png Drum of Endurance and Vladmir's Offering icon.png Vladmir's Offering works in this case. She has a reliable root with Ensnare and some armor reduction to soften the enemies (and Roshan) with Rip Tide. Later on, you can go for utilities like Glimmer Cape icon.png Glimmer Cape, Force Staff icon.png Force Staff, or Lotus Orb icon.png Lotus Orb.

As a support, you will want to make a proper usage of Song of the Siren. In a scenario where you have little to no coordination with your team, you best should use it to contest and possibly steal Roshan and the Aegis of the Immortal icon.png Aegis of the Immortal. You can also cancel an opponent's channeled spell (including Town Portal Scroll icon.png Town Portal Scroll). Otherwise, use it to initiate and set up for your teammates' disables.

Regarding ability build, start off Ensnare for early setup. Then, invest in either Rip Tide for more damage and armor reduction or Ensnare for more root duration, whichever helps your team the most. Consider Mirror Image for map vision and stacking multiple neutral camps at once.

Ability Builds[edit]

Carry Naga Siren
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Support Naga Siren
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Talents[edit]

Hero Talents
-6 Rip Tide Armor2530% Evasion
+1 Mirror Image Illusion20-7s Ensnare Cooldown
+14 Strength attribute symbol.png Strength15+12 Agility attribute symbol.png Agility
+10% Mirror Image Damage10+20 Movement Speed
Notes:
  • The evasion talent stacks multiplicatively with other sources of evasion.

Tips & Tactics[edit]

General[edit]

  • Naga Siren can push with impunity; Rip Tide can affect entire creep waves, Mirror Image's illusions can deal tremendous damage to towers, and Song of the Siren paves her retreat path from enemy ganks. As a result, playing against Naga Siren will become increasingly difficult over time as she can always farm and push all the lanes at once without fear of dying.
  • A strong item combination on Naga Siren involves Linken's Sphere icon.png Linken's Sphere and Boots of Travel 1 icon.png Boots of Travel. These items make Naga Siren an incredibly versatile pusher, and Linkens makes it nigh impossible to catch her off-guard while pushing, allowing for an easy Song of Siren escape. Another item worth mentioning is Radiance (Active) icon.png Radiance. Slithice's illusions carry the Radiance aura, allowing farming over large areas and greater combat presence.
  • As a carry Naga, there will be games where you have more farm than you know what to do with. So, you have a few choices for what to spend on: save for buyback, consume a Moon Shard icon.png Moon Shard or give it to your teammates, upgrade to Boots of Travel 2 icon.png Boots of Travel 2, and start buying Gem of True Sight icon.png Gem of True Sight and other support consumables for your team.
  • If you still have gold to spare, consider the following items and scenarios for the ultra-late game. Using your 7-second AoE disable, you can play around your backpack or even the Flying Courier (Radiant) icon.png Flying Courier that hold extra items. Swap out Manta Style to use Necronomicon 3 icon.png Necronomicon 3 for some extra pushing power. Swap again for Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar instead to increase survivability. You can also swap out Butterfly for Refresher Orb icon.png Refresher Orb to refresh your illusions, Black King Bar and Song of the Siren. Still got some time to spare? Include the active of Mjollnir icon.png Mjollnir in this combo, that you will apply twice, and combine Song with an Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter for its healing properties. 11-slotted Naga is a little unusual; yet 8-slotted Naga (with Black King Bar and Refresher Orb) is definitely not unheard of. It has been done before and will be done again.

Abilities[edit]

Mirror Image[edit]

  • Mirror Image's short period of invulnerability can allow Naga Siren to disjoint projectiles. Some easier examples (due to slow projectile speed) include Storm Hammer and Death Pulse.
  • Note that none of the auras from Vladmir's Offering icon.png Vladmir's Offering will affect illusions from Mirror Image, but they will carry it for the rest of your team, or to help creeps.
  • Combined with Rip Tide and items, the illusions generated by Mirror Image can greatly enhance Naga Sirens's farm, allowing her to take two camps at once during the early game, and eventually three to four from mid to late game.
  • When defending, try to send illusions out one by one so the enemies cannot just use their area abilities to clear them all.
    • Also, try to creep skip by sending one illusion to intercept the next creep wave. Without lane creeps around, allied buildings will enjoy Backdoor Protection, squashing enemy opportunities to push
  • Casting Mirror Image will apply dispel to remove negative debuffs, similar to Manta Style icon.png Manta Style.
  • With Radiance (Active) icon.png Radiance, you can command Naga Siren illusions to patrol between two adjacent neutral camps, burning them without taking much damage.

Ensnare[edit]

  • Ensnare only prevents movement, and does not stop enemies from fighting back with attacks and abilities.
  • Ensnare reveals invisible heroes during its duration.
  • As a root, Ensnare disables movement abilities such as Icarus Dive.

Rip Tide[edit]

  • Rip Tide's damage and armor reduction allow Naga Siren to hit hard even in the early game, so you should invest levels in it as soon as possible. You can deal some magical damage with it, but most importantly, you should use it for armor reduction that affects enemies as well as Roshan, boosting damage output of allies and your own illusions.
  • Rip Tide will affect targets around Naga Siren's illusions. Use it to farm creeps or safely apply debuff on enemies.
  • Naga Siren and illusions benefit from increased attack speed and agility to proc Rip Tide more often.
  • Tips needed.

Song of the Siren[edit]

  • Song of the Siren is often used to make another initiator's job much easier, as it gives them time to position themselves while you put targets to sleep.
  • Sometimes, you might unintentionally interrupt your teammates' momentum when using this ability for your own sake. Avoid using it as an extra team-fight disable when your teammates already have the upper hand disabling the enemy, as it wastes their abilities by completely making their targets invulnerable. Instead, opt for using Ensnare as a disable or just cancel the Song.
  • Use Song of the Siren as an escape by putting your pursuers to sleep. Make sure to always have enough mana for this ability and Town Portal Scroll icon.png Town Portal Scroll for smooth escape.
  • Enemies with spell immunity, like from Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar, will not sleep under Song of the Siren. In this case, you can still use Ensnare and tell your teammates to finish the job with physical damage.
  • Song of the Siren does not affect Roshan icon.png Roshan; use it to put enemies to sleep as your team safely acquires Aegis of the Immortal icon.png Aegis of the Immortal.
  • You cannot attack enemy buildings under Song of the Siren, but you can deny your own towers.
  • Shift-queue Song of the Siren End while Naga Siren is channeling Meteor Hammer icon.png Meteor Hammer to better time the stun.

Items[edit]

Starting items:

  • Tango icon.png Tango provides needed health regeneration during the laning phase.
  • Healing Salve icon.png Healing Salve also restores health early on.
  • Stout Shield icon.png Stout Shield helps reduce the amount of damage she might take from harassment and creeps while laning.

Early game:

  • Bottle (Full) icon.png Bottle helps with sustain and rune control when farming the mid lane.
  • Boots of Speed icon.png Boots of Speed provides movement speed so Naga Siren can walk to her farm.

Mid game:

  • Power Treads icon.png Power Treads give agility and attack speed, benefiting illusions as well, to proc Rip Tide.
  • Diffusal Blade 1 icon.png Diffusal Blade gives her more damage, armor and attack speed, as well as Manabreak on attacks which greatly boosts damage output of her and her illusions.
  • Manta Style icon.png Manta Style gives her good attribute bonuses as well as the ability to summon more illusions.

Late game:

  • Octarine Core icon.png Octarine Core reduces the cooldowns of Naga Siren's abilities, greatly improving her pushing power and making her much harder to gank. The Spell Lifesteal has little effect on her own abilities, but can be combined with Radiance to let her illusions shrug off damage from creeps.

Situational items:

  • Quelling Blade icon.png Quelling Blade grants bonus damage against creeps to secure last hits.
  • Infused Raindrop icon.png Infused Raindrop gives good mana regeneration to keep using your abilities, and allows Naga Siren to survive some magical burst.
  • Magic Wand icon.png Magic Wand provides attributes and burst of health and mana, a useful sustain item no matter the role of Naga Siren.
  • Arcane Boots icon.png Arcane Boots solve Naga Siren's early mana issues, and you can later disassemble it to recycle the Energy Booster icon.png Energy Booster into Octarine Core.
  • Drum of Endurance icon.png Drum of Endurance gives solid overall attributes, and an active that increases movement and attack speed to Naga Siren, allied heroes, and illusions around her.
  • Meteor Hammer icon.png Meteor Hammer's area stun combos well with Song of the Siren, giving the enemies little time to react.
  • Spirit Vessel icon.png Spirit Vessel grants Naga Siren various bonuses like health and movement speed, as well as an ability to heal teammates or counter enemy healing.
  • Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger grants mobility so Naga Siren can better initiate with Song of the Siren.
  • Boots of Travel 1 icon.png Boots of Travel makes Naga Siren an incredibly strong pusher and increases her farm speed.
  • Radiance (Active) icon.png Radiance gives a lot of damage and the Radiance aura works on illusions, giving Naga Siren the ability to farm multiple areas of the map at the same time thanks to Mirror Image. Makes ultimate ability very dangerous. Positioning deep inside of enemies prevents enemies from blinking away or in once ultimate expired and they got a tick of damage from Radiance.
  • Heart of Tarrasque icon.png Heart of Tarrasque provides a large amount of health, tanking Naga Siren and her illusions up massively. It also provides enormous passive health regeneration while not fighting, so she can return to fights faster with full health.
  • Butterfly icon.png Butterfly offers bonus attack speed, damage, and armor, as well as evasion that gives more survivability to her and her illusions.
  • Linken's Sphere icon.png Linken's Sphere provides good all around attributes as well as regeneration, which allows Naga Siren to stay farming without having to go back to base. On top of that, it provides a spellblock which can make Naga Siren harder to kill in conjunction with Song of the Siren.
  • Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter provides great heal to allied heroes during Song of the Siren, a terrific support item to boost team's survivability and turn around teamfights.