Queen of Pain/Guide
|is a fearsome mid laner who has impressive mobility through , along with several spells that deal significant damage. With , she can slow her opponents and do steady damage over time, which makes it a decent spell for catching up to opponents. With , she can farm and deal damage to opponents at close range. Her ultimate, , is a pure damage nuke that does a large amount of damage and knocks enemies back. Despite her sizable amounts of damage, she is very fragile and weak to disables, and must be played smartly in order to succeed.|
Queen of Pain has little room for different build orders. You will have to measure according to the enemy team's composition how many points in Shadow Strike you will need in the early game (usually one) and if you absolutely need extra points in Blink (usually no). Otherwise max out Scream of Pain as it's your all-purpose nuke and farming tool, take points in Sonic Wave whenever you can, max out blink in second to move around more efficiently....
Most QoPs will go in the mid lane, with aor a and a couple of , and proceed to farm a . Blink will help you secure runes and go back to lane quicker. are usually your boots of choice, they will help you get the most out of your bottle through tread-switching.
From there, it's usuallyor as your first major item, the first one for ganks on single targets while the latter is more for repeated teamfights and, to a lesser extent, farming.
QoP is a decent right-clicker thanks to her above-average 1.5 base attack time; and benefits from damage enough to justify any damage item like, or , but you can also focus on spell damage and utility with , or . Overall, there are very few items you should never build on QoP, being perhaps the most obvious.
QoP's skill build has little variation, whatever lane she's played in. Instead, you will have to figure out how you want/need to itemize her.
When focusing on spells,should probably be your first major item. Unless you're extremely far ahead, odds are a follow-up will have little effect as by then, most heroes might have a tool or an item to deal with it. on the other hand requires more coordination from the enemy. But if you're dying too quickly in fights, a might be more suitable to help you survive, or a for extra armor and burst.
can dispel silence, or it can buy you enough time to get a blink off. But it can also serve as a set-up for their disable, use it with care.
Finally,should be considered at one point as it brings Blink's cd down to 4.5 seconds and upgraded Sonic Wave down to 30 among others.
gives a fair amount of right-click and helps you snowball if you can get it quick enough. It also upgrades into a terrifying . But unless you're facing tons of evasion, it probably should be upgraded after you get another big item or two.
provides plenty of armor and right-click, it's a safe choice if your team doesn't have one already. So is for similar reasons. Don't forget can help you survive, and it especially can help you get a defensive Blink out.
But if they have nothing to stop your trusty Blink, you can go all out and focus 100% on damage with an earlyand a , later upgraded into . Why not get a or a while you're at it?
|Generic Queen of Pain|
|15s Spell Block||25||1.5s Fear|
|650 AoE||20||30% Spell Lifesteal|
|+40 Attack Speed||15||12% Cooldown Reduction|
|+10 Strength||10||+25 Damage|
- The strength talent effectively grants Queen of Pain 200 health, 1 health regen and 0.8% magic resistance.
- 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.
- The spell lifesteal talent stacks additively with other sources of spell lifesteal.
Tips & Tactics
- Queen of Pain is fairly straightforward to play as none of her damaging abilities require careful positioning or specific timings or combinations. Instead, like , Queen of Pain starts to shine through proper Blink usage and good itemization, allowing her to farm with great efficiency and be a threat all over the map. Blink also allows her to jump in and out of fights for some potentially cheeky plays at low hp.
- Her generic combo would be to blink in on a target and immediately use Scream of Pain as it has no cast time, slow him down with a Shadow Strike to help land your Sonic Wave. Follow with right clicks and an extra blink + scream to finish him off.... But you will usually have a couple of items you will need to add to the equation.
- QoP is superb at chasing her prey, but is very delicate and is often in more danger from enemy towers than enemy heroes. Gearing for HP regeneration may be advisable, as in a critical situation you can Blink to an inaccessible place and wait to recuperate. Bottle will also help with this.
- If being chased (a common situation for QoP), an often-useful tactic is to blink behind the enemies pursuing you. They will typically assume you blinked ahead and continue on in that direction, allowing for an escape.
- A more cautious strategy is to run in without using Blink, saving it for a potential escape. This may be necessary against high-damage enemy heroes, as QoP is very frail and in encounters should try to avoid being attacked at all.
- In a late-game encounter, QoP is best used by hiding until such time as the enemies' more powerful spells are on cooldown, allowing her to Blink in and inflict huge damage on multiple enemies owing to her AoE capabilities without putting her at risk of being killed by powerful spells.
- Similarly to , QoP has very high burst damage capabilities, but is delicate and not suited to long encounters because of her spells' high mana costs. This can be remedied with items such as and , as well as to reduce Sonic Wave's cooldown.
- Be aware that will be calculated against the distance traversed should you Blink shorter than the max distance. You can avoid the damage by blinking max distance (1300 units) and moving immediately in that direction.
- Shadow Strike has a very long duration, with the slow effect lasting for 15 seconds. Coupled with its incredible short cooldown, Queen of Pain is capable of keeping an enemy slowed indefinitely or slowing multiple heroes in quick succession.
- The slow effect diminishes with every passing second. Against heroes with high movement speed, you may want to keep using the ability to refresh the slow effect.
- The bulk of Shadow Strike's damage is dealt over time in intervals of 3 seconds. Heroes with high health regeneration and/or magic resistance can easily to shrug off the damage during its course.
- Enemy heroes that are under the effects of Shadow Strike and are below 25% health are capable of being denied by their allies, and as such, it is not a reliable spell in securing a kill.
- Shadow Strike has a short cast range, making it difficult to land on opposing ranged heroes without incurring damage herself. Consider the risk and mana consumption when engaging them.
- Against a melee opponent, it is a very powerful harassing skill. it may be worthwhile to maximise this skill if the opponent's lineup consist of entirely melee heroes.
- Due to the long cast animation, as well as the slow traveling speed of the projectile, opponents with quick fingers can disjoint the ability.
- Blink is able to disjoint projectiles and spells.
- Queen of Pain will always face in the direction that she is Blinking towards. Keen opponents will be able to use that knowledge to their advantage and predict where she may land.
- Though Blink has a short cooldown of 6 seconds, a reckless cast can leave Queen of Pain in a dire situation.
- Despite the visual projectile, Scream of Pain cannot be disjointed.
- Scream of Pain will hit invisible units and units in the Fog of War.
- Scream of Pain and Shadow Strike with AoE talent provide enough damage to clear one creep wave.
- Sonic Wave deals pure damage and bypasses spell immunity.
- Sonic Wave can affect .
- gives Queen of Pain a decent early game attributes boost.
- helps Queen of Pain score last hits and gives a chance to survive a gank.
- improves Queen of Pain's early attributes, and can be built into a later on, or eaten with Tango.
- can patch Queen of Pain up after a gank or heavy trading with her opponent.
- helps Queen of Pain to continue harassing her opponent with Shadow Strike.
- gives Queen of Pain much needed burst regen which can be used in emergency situations.
- provides Queen of Pain with reliable health and mana regeneration. Blink grants her almost incontestable rune control allowing her to easily replenish Bottle charges.
- helps Queen of Pain resist harassment and gankers, while providing much needed mana regeneration.
- shrines. provide Queen of Pain attack speed and attribute switch, allowing her to be more durable and gain more value from and
- gives Queen of Pain a silence to prevent the hero she blinks on from fighting back, as well as plenty of mana regeneration and damage increase.
- 's Spellblock helps Queen of Pain to survive long enough to blink to safety, while providing all-around attributes and regen.
- protects against most disables and nukes, allowing Queen of Pain to blink into fight with no fear.
- increases armor, as well as mana pool. The active double-downs on Queen of Pain's ability to slowdown and nuke enemies.
- 's Chain Lightning and Static Charge paired with Spell Lifesteal talent can tremendously boost Queen of Pain's survivability in teamfights.
- evasion. is a natural late game upgrade from . It can be purchased earlier to help Queen of Pain and her team deal with
- Roshan. is an alternative armor piece that helps Queen of Pain's team take objectives such as towers and
- grants Queen of Pain good early-mid game armor and health regen, at the same time greatly increasing her team's magic damage. But don't forget that Sonic Wave will not benefit from it.
- can dispel silence, or it can buy Queen of Pain enough time to get a blink off, while providing cheap mana regen.
- highly reduces Sonic Wave's cooldown time, ensuring it is always available when it is needed. It also provides marginal increase in Sonic Wave's damage.
- gives good attributes, increasing Queen of Pain's survivability while also giving her the mana she needs to cast her costly spells. Hex is also one of the strongest hard-disables in the game that can completely turn teamfights around.