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|Oracle is a versatile spell caster who can use abilities defensively or offensively depending on different combinations of abilities. A well timed False Promise may change a surprise attack from the enemy into a failed gank. However, Oracle is not really mobile, thereby susceptible to getting picked or focused first in fights if poorly positioned.|
Oracle is almost always played as a support. Maxing Purifying Flames first to heal and nuke. Then, invest in Fortune's End to dispel dangerous disables, or if you want to nuke in combination with Purifying Flames. If the enemy has strong physical attack carries or relies heavily on magical damage, invest in Fate's Edict instead for increased duration and cast range.
That being said, Oracle can also be a semi-carry due to his high exp dependance, good range and powerfull nuke with maxed Purifying Flames and Fortune's End. The purpose of such a build is to dominate the midlane with Purifying Flames, rush Orchid Malevolence and try to get some very early ganks and then either buy Dragon lance to outrange towers and push or Bloodthorn to take Roshan together with his carry.
|Support (Dispel/Nuke) Oracle|
|Support (Disarm/Magic Resistance) Oracle|
|Support (Anti-melee) Oracle|
|+2s False Promise Duration||25||-5s Fate's Edict Cooldown|
|False Promise Invisibility||20||+75 Movement Speed|
|+90 Gold/Min||15||+150 Cast Range|
|+25% XP Gain||10||+1s Fortune's End Max Duration|
- Gold granted from the talent is unreliable gold.
Tips & Tactics
- Oracle's strength lies not in his individual abilities, but in how he utilizes them in combination with each other, as well as those of his teammates. So, playing Oracle requires communication and coordination with allied players, as well as good reflexes and knowledge of what each ability does.
- Oracle suffers from poor strength and agility, making him vulnerable to any types of damage. Because of his array of abilities, Oracle should build items that provide mobility rather than survivability, since he can use mobility items both to position himself for casting spells and to escape enemy attempts to kill him. As well, his heavy reliance on spell casting means that he should invest in increasing the size of his mana pool and acquiring a reliable source of mana replenishment.
- While Oracle has strong healing and nuking abilities, he possesses no hard disables, so he cannot interrupt channeling items/abilities, or prevent enemies from using abilities and items.
- Oracle's abilities have high cast ranges, and his good base movement speed allows him to get into position rather easily. However, his low turn rate may delay abilities usage, so good map vision allows Oracle to face allies and enemies ahead of time to maximize his effectiveness.
- With his long attack range, respectable cast animation, and low base attack time, Oracle can harass enemies in the laning stage safely and frequently, as well as denying with ease from decent base damage. Combined with his array of impact-heavy abilities and high base movement speed, Oracle functions as a strong lane support who helps the lane partner immensely.
- Fortune's End is a channeled nuke that damages enemies in an area around the target, while purging and immobilizing them based on the channel duration.
- Because its damage and cooldown scale with levels, you may find Fortune's End a good ability to max out early in the game.
- Fortune's End is a flexible nuke that can be used in a number of ways. Chief among its utility is to deal nuke damage to an enemy while removing buffs, or to stop an enemy for the channeled duration as a follow-up disable from an allied initiation.
- Be mindful that no matter how long Fortune's End is channeled, it will deal the same amount of damage regardless. Channeling Fortune's End for a longer duration only increases the amount of time that affected enemies are immobilized, so if the aim of casting the spell is to simply deal damage and/or purge rather than disable, the spell can be immediately released in order to give the enemy less time to react.
- Never discount the area purging and immobilizing that Fortune's End can provide. If the spell can land on a clumped up group of enemies, the amount of damage it deals increases severalfold, along with purging many more buffs from the enemy and pinning them down for follow-up area disables by teammates.
- Be careful about using Fortune's End as an initiating disable. Because the enemy can see the spell effects even if Oracle himself is not visible, they will immediately know that they are being targeted by the spell, and can immediately retreat to avoid being caught in a disadvantageous position, or easily disjoint the projectile.
- Unlike most other purging-type spells, Fortune's End can still target invulnerable units (it is still blocked by spell immunity, however). This makes it a very powerful ability since it can forcibly remove certain instances of invulnerability, particularly a self-cast Eul's Scepter of Divinity.
- As a root, Fortune's End prevents affected heroes from using certain abilities to move, like Ball Lightning and Tree Dance. However, root does not stop channeling abilities and items.
- Start channeling Fortune's End on mobile allies, then release the spell as they approach the enemies to enjoy the long duration root. Examples include Phantom Strike, Charge of Darkness, and Blink Dagger.
- Fate's Edict inflicts its target with a disarm while increasing their magic resistance to 100%. It can be cast on allies and enemies alike.
- Because its duration only scales by 0.5 second for each level, Fate's Edict is best left at level 1 until both Fortune's End and Purifying Flames are maxed out. However, its strong utility means that an early value point can be very strong as it greatly synergizes with Oracle's other spells. Also, each level reduces the cooldown of Fate's Edict by 3 seconds, allowing to cast multiple long time disarm during fights.
- Keep in mind that due to Oracle's cast times level 2 of Fate's Edict is needed to cast 2 successive Purifying Flames onto a friendly target and block the damage of both.
- Generally, Fate's Edict has two primary purposes: protecting allies from magic nukes, or disarming enemies to prevent them from attacking.
- Casting Fate's Edict on fleeing allies can save them from incoming magic nukes, particularly long-ranged single-shot ones like Assassinate and Thundergod's Wrath, and can be used to mitigate the effects damage-over-time debuffs such as Ice Blast and Poison Nova. Properly used, Fate's Edict can allow Oracle to defy his allies' fates by preventing their deaths due to magical damage.
- Casting Fate's Edict on enemies during a fight can render them unable to attack, important for stopping their right-click carries from attacking. If the enemy does not have any dispel abilities or items, a good Fate's Edict can render their carry unable to attack for a period of time, greatly increasing the odds of winning a teamfight.
- Be very careful about when you cast Fate's Edict on an ally or enemy. Using the ability on an ally in the middle of a fight can prevent them from attacking, hindering their ability to kill enemies, while using it on an enemy can shield them from incoming allied magic nukes. Use your best judgment as to when Fate's Edict can be most profitably used, as casting it on the wrong target at the wrong time can reduce your team's chances at emerging victorious in an engagement.
- It is possible to manually remove Fate's Edict from an enemy via the use of Fortune's End. If an enemy affected by Fate's Edict is fleeing and needs to be finished off with magic nukes, casting Fortune's End on them will remove it from them, while dealing nuke damage and immobilizing them to allow allies to follow up.
- Fate's Edict can also be used as a simple magic resistance buff on allies that do not rely on auto-attacks to be effective. For instance, casting Fate's Edict can allow a teammate to walk into an active Freezing Field to cast an interrupting disable, or ignore most of Leshrac's damage output while directly engaging him with spells.
- The magic resistance of Fate's Edict can synergize greatly with many other effects in the game.
- An ally affected by Cold Embrace is immune to physical damage but can still be burst down by Magical and Pure. Casting Fate's Edict on the target can shield them from magic nukes for the duration of the disable, and the disarm can be neglected due to the target being unable to act anyways.
- Any form of ethereal will leave its target unable to attack or be affected by physical damage, but decreases their magic resistance at the same time. Casting Fate's Edict in such a situation would render them invulnerable to magical damage as well, and the target will have already been disarmed by the ethereal form.
- Use Fate's Edict on Roshan to disarm him, negating most of his damage and bashes.
- Fate's Edict can be used in combination with Fortune's End to kite a melee hero. Cast Fate's Edict on your target, wait 0.5/1/1.5/2 seconds and channel Fortune's End for max duration. With maxed Fate's Edict, you can cast it a second time. With maxed Fate's Edict and Fortune's End, you can repeat the combo forever.
- This means you can ignore Purifying Flames and max out Fate's Edict and Fortune's End first against heroes such as Ursa. With that kind of build, you may even skip False Promise at level 6 as it is way less strong without healings to follow up.
- Purifying Flames is an extremely low cooldown magic nuke that applies a healing buff to its target. It can be cast on allies and enemies.
- As a multipurpose heal and nuke, Purifying Flames is a very powerful spell to max out first. Its damage scales much higher than Fortune's End, and the heal can be very powerful at all points in the game.
- Oracle's greatest strength is his ability to combine Purifying Flames with his other abilities, using them to completely change how it benefits his team and debilitates the enemy.
- The 100% magic resistance element of Fate's Edict can be used to great effect when combined with Purifying Flames. Casting Fate's Edict on an ally first, followed by Purifying Flames, will cause allies to take no damage from the nuke portion, and benefit only from the healing portion. As Purifying Flames can be stacked, higher levels of Fate's Edict allows Oracle to heal allies for larger amounts of health per cast.
- Fortune's End can purge positive buffs from enemies, Purifying Flames included. Casting Purifying Flames on an enemy first, then hitting them with Fortune's End, will cause them to be healed for the minimal amount of HP while taking the full brunt of the nuke damage from both spells.
- Be wary that the damage portion of Purifying Flames will always take magic resistance into account, whether it is cast on an ally or enemy. This means that unless the target is inflicted with powerful magic resistance debuffs, they will always be healed for more HP than the damage taken. This means that abilities such as Spell Shield and Berserker's Blood can greatly mitigate the nuke portion of Purifying Flames, which can be a boon or a hindrance depending on which team possesses either hero.
- Assuming basic 25% magic resistance and factoring in the initial damage, it can effectively heal up to 31.5/63/94.5/126 health per cast (not considering any further damage manipulating factors, such as spell amplification).
- The short cooldown and small mana cost on Purifying Flames allows it to be used as a basic nuke. This can be used either to finish off low-health enemies, or score easy last-hits. Beware, however, that unless the target is killed quickly, they can eventually heal up a large amount of HP, which may necessitate the use of Fortune's End.
- When using Purifying Flames in combination with Fortune's End to nuke enemies, keep in mind that Fortune's End has a travel time, while Purifying Flames will instantly apply its effects at the end of its cast animation. Start the attack, wait for the projectile to appear, and with the right timing of Purifying Flames the nuke will hit just before the projectile lands. Or, if an enemy is within range of Purifying Flames but is more than 400 range away, Fortune's End can be channeled first and then interrupted with Purifying Flames; the enemy will take the damage from Purifying Flames during the travel time of Fortune's End, and then immediately have the healing buff removed and be nuked by Fortune's End.
- Purifying Flames, by itself, will never be lethal to allies. This allows Oracle to save time by directly casting Purifying Flames on a low-health ally rather than consuming time and mana with Fate's Edict first. However, be sure to check for damage over time debuffs first, and never do this if an enemy is nearby, as it can put teammates low enough for the enemy to easily finish off.
- As with Fate's Edict, Purifying Flames can be used to great effect depending on what heroes are present on Oracle's team.
- In the case of an ally being shielded by Cold Embrace and Fate's Edict, Purifying Flames can be added on top to further magnify the healing effect of Cold Embrace, significantly boosting the amount of HP healed inside of a few seconds.
- If the enemy has been affected by Ice Blast, repeatedly nuking them with Purifying Flames can prevent them from benefiting from the heal for the duration of the debuff, especially if the allied Ancient Apparition has an Aghanim's Scepter.
- Beware that Purifying Flames is still registered as player damage, even when targeted on an ally, and can trigger on-damage effects. This means that it can remove layers of Refraction, Living Armor and Gravekeeper's Cloak if not shielded by Fate's Edict first, and can cancel Clarity, Healing Salve and Urn of Shadows; it can even put an allied Blink Dagger on cooldown at an inopportune moment if not shielded by Fate's Edict first. Be careful about when you use Purifying Flames to heal allies, as using it even in situations with no present threats can be a detriment to your team.
- Purifying Flames is a strong lane control spell as it can be used to secure last hits and denies as the spell has a relatively low mana cost and it does not have a projectile.
- A neat trick about Purifying Flames is that it can act as a pseudo Sacrifice from level 2 and above. Simply cast it on your range creep and start denying it before it heals past the 50% threshold.
- False Promise temporarily delays all damage and healing done to an ally, while applying a strong dispel on them, dealing its damage and double the heal at the end of the duration.
- The delayed damage at the end of the spell can be lethal, meaning that the target for False Promise is not guaranteed to live. However, all healing done during the spell is doubled, which means that enough healing items and abilities can allow Oracle to save an ally from the brink of death and restore them to full health at the end of the spell.
- Constant use of Purifying Flames during False Promise, along with any other healing abilities and items, are key to allowing a teammate to survive at the end of the spell, as the doubled healing portion will allow the target to recover far more health than the damage they take from the nuke portion. Depending on the situation, casting Fate's Edict first may or may not be a good idea, as the disarm can prevent the target from attacking during the spell despite the strong dispel.
- Because the heal is doubled at the end of the spell, False Promise greatly benefits from healing sources that are not Oracle himself. Abilities like Chemical Rage, Inner Vitality, Death Pulse and so on can go a long way towards ensuring the survival of the target at the end of the spell.
- A False Promise target may still get disabled during the duration, as area disables like Chronosphere, Black Hole, Static Storm, and Smoke Screen do not place a dispellable debuff on the affected units. As well, abilities like Doom and Demonic Purge place debuffs that cannot be dispelled. Take the enemy's spell composition into account when using False Promise, as casting it on the wrong target or at the wrong time can still waste the spell.
- The damage vs healing calculation does not take into account whether the damage is non-lethal or lethal. While the damage from Purifying Flames is normally non-lethal, it nevertheless still contributes fully to the damage calculations.
- Example 1: Unit A is on 100 HP. Oracle casts False Promise on Unit A. Unit B deals 700 damage to Unit A. Oracle casts Purifying Flames twice to Unit A, dealing 600 damage but healing 1000 during the remaining of the False Promise duration. Total damage = 1300. Total healing = 1000. Therefore, once False Promise ends, Unit B lands the killing blow of 100 damage onto Unit A.
- Example 2: Unit A is on 700 hp. Oracle casts False Promise on Unit A. Unit B deals 600 damage to Unit A. Near the end of the False Promise duration, Oracle casts Purifying Flames on Unit A, dealing 300 damage and only healing for 100. Total damage = 900. Healing = 50. Therefore, once False Promise ends, Unit B deals 600 damage to Unit A, and Oracle deals 99 (non-lethal) damage to Unit A, leaving Unit A at 1 hp.
- Casting Purifying Flames with less than 5 seconds of False Promise remaining is thus not a good idea.
- Tango sustains Oracle's health in-lane, preventing him from being harassed away by enemy attacks.
- Iron Branch is cheap and gives Oracle extra attributes. It can be used to build Magic Wand or Mekansm.
- Clarity restores mana so Oracle can use his abilities on enemies and allies more often.
- Animal Courier ferries items to allies.
- Healing Salve is a good item to have around for a hero who wants to fight early on and cycles very well in the midgame with False Promise to guarantee and double the healing from it
- Infused Raindrop add some survivability early on and fixes Oracle's mana issues in tough lanes.
- Magic Stick allows Oracle to instantly replenish his health and mana, useful in a tight situation or in the middle of a teamfight, surviving just long enough to cast one or two more of his high-impact spells to change the tide of an engagement.
- Boots of Speed helps boost Oracle's respectable base movement speed. In the early game, it allows him to quickly get within range to cast Fortune's End on an enemy during a gank.
- Wind Lace also provides a small movement speed bonus, a great cost-effective item for supports; it can upgrade to Eul's Scepter of Divinity later.
- Tranquil Boots give that very needed mobility and keep you at max health, saving the mana you would have invested in saving you. A good thing to know is that you can share Ring of Regen with your carry since you should have enough range to avoid being harassed.
- Urn of Shadows works quite well with Oracle as he needs a lot of fights to get his crucial exp and Urn of Shadows gives some sustain to that style while giving uncancellable doubled healings later on with False Promise.
- Magic Wand gives Oracle extra attributes, crucial to have on a hard support with no farm priority. The extra charge storage can give Oracle enough mana to cast his ultimate, or another round of his basic spells.
- Arcane Boots increases Oracle's mana pool, allowing him to get more out of his spells, and the active can replenish mana for himself and his allies.
- Mekansm replenishes the health of teammates and Oracle. Most notably, use in tandem with False Promise to heal an ally for 500 HP rather than 250.
- Observer Ward provides crucial vision for Oracle's team. Knowing where the enemy is allows him to be present at fights to change the fate of allies and enemies alike.
- Town Portal Scroll gets Oracle to be in the right place at the right time because his ability to defy fate with his spells makes him a powerful ally to have in any fight.
- Aether Lens provides as extra mana and mana regeneration and can be built with Energy Booster disassembled from Arcane Boots. The increased cast range allows Oracle to use abilities and items from an even safer distance. This combined with his high movement speed and already long range spells makes Oracle's range of action extremely wide.
- Spirit Vessel is a bigger Urn of Shadows which provides good movement speed, better stats and a fine buff to the active. Almost a must have to keep sustaining a succesfull push if you already have a few souls trapped.
- Glimmer Cape is a powerful utility item that synergizes with Oracle's ability to protect teammates. Cast on an ally, it can help with initiation for casting short-ranged disables in lieu of a Blink Dagger. As well, it can be cast in place of Fate's Edict to give an ally invisibility as well as increased magic resistance when fleeing. While not as strong as Fate's Edict at mitigating damage from Purifying Flames, it does not disarm the target, allowing them to act if needed.
- Guardian Greaves greatly improves Oracle's support potential, allowing him to replenish both health and mana for his allies. Just as importantly, using the active allows Oracle to remove debuffs from himself, chief among them silences that may be preventing him from casting spells.
- Force Staff is an easy-to-build item that gives Oracle many good benefits and synergizes with his abilities. The increased intelligence gives him more mana, while the health regeneration keeps his health topped up. The active allows Oracle to quickly re-position himself for casting his spells, and in a pinch can be used as an escape ability. It can be cast during False Promise to help a fleeing ally clear the area faster and put them in a safer place from where Oracle can quickly heal them back up.
- Eul's Scepter of Divinity greatly improves Oracle's casting ability while giving him a powerful active. The increased intelligence and mana regeneration fuel Oracle's spell casting, ensuring that he can use his spell combos more easily, and the bonus movement speed grant him more mobility for positioning himself for casting his spells. The active can be cast on himself to purge debuffs (such as silences) while providing temporary invulnerability, or can be targeted on an enemy as a hard-disable that purges buffs, doubling up on his ability to do so with Fortune's End.
- Boots of Travel is an upgraded version of Tranquil boots as it only offers a lot more mobility.
- Blink Dagger gives Oracle greatly improved mobility and positioning. Getting within range to cast his spells allows Oracle to change the tide of engagements, and it can also help to increase his mobility around the map, reaching hot-spots more easily and allowing him to escape ganks as needed, especially as False Promise can be used to prevent it from going on cooldown due to player damage.
- Sentry Wards should be regularly purchased along with Observer Wards, in order to de-ward enemy vision where possible.
- Urn of Shadows and Spirit Vessel perfectly synergies with False Promise, doubling their amount of heal.
- Medallion of Courage is a useful utility support item that gives Oracle many benefits. It increases Oracle's armor, giving him more survivability, and some mana regeneration for sustaining his mana pool. While Oracle does not specialize in dealing physical damage, the active can be cast on allies to give them more survivability, particularly during False Promise to increase the odds of surviving. Upgrading to a Solar Crest further increases the benefits it provides. Can also be used offensively on Fortune's End targets.
- Pipe of Insight is a strong teamfight item that helps Oracle to further protect his teammates. The magic resistance and health regeneration help to make Oracle more survivable, while the aura gives his team improved resistance to magic damage, including from Purifying Flames. Using the active in a teamfight will allow him to shield allies from enemy magic damage, without having to resort to Fate's Edict.
- Lotus Orb is an expensive but powerful utility item that allows Oracle to take False Promise to its limit. The item gives Oracle more armor, increasing his survivability, and health and mana regeneration for self-sustain. Echo Shell, when cast on a False Promise target, can dissuade enemies from targeting them with single-target abilities, increasing the target's survivability.
- Aeon Disk is an interesting option if Oracle is being focused at the start of the team fights, allowing him to block a possible burst damage or dispel a stun, allowing a reaction that may be fortuitous for the team in a following fight.
- Octarine Core, while being extremely tough to reach, allows you to cast more False Promise and more Fate's Edict, which are both extremely powerfull and low cooldown late game spells.
- Shiva's Guard greatly improves Oracle's survivability and gives him more casting power. The intelligence greatly increases the size of his mana pool, while the armor helps him to resist physical damage. The Freezing Aura can reduce enemy attack speed, allowing Oracle to reduce the effectiveness of enemy physical attacks, particularly against a False Promise target, while Arctic Blast can be used to add more nuke damage and slow enemies from fleeing or pursuing.
- Scythe of Vyse is a powerful item to build on any intelligence support hero. It improves Oracle's attributes, and greatly increases the size of his mana pool and gives him powerful mana regeneration. The active allows him to instantly hard-disable an enemy from long range, drastically improving his impact in teamfights.
- Aghanim's Scepter reduces cooldown of Purifying Flames, making it a highly defensive purchase in the late game because Oracle can use the ability more frequently for massive amount of heal during False Promise.