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Gameplay[edit]

Playstyle
Silencer minimap icon.png Silencer is an intelligence-based teamfight-oriented hero that scales exceptionally well thanks to his innate ability Intelligence Steal. He is able to render any magic user useless with his Last Word and Arcane Curse. His signature ultimate, Global Silence can make a swift table turns in teamfight.
Pros Cons
  • Can steal 2 intelligence for every hero he killed or die nearby him.
  • Can be played either as a support or as a carry.
  • Can harass enemies in the lane effectively.
  • Deals pure damage with Glaives of Wisdom.
  • Has no real "instant" silence besides his ultimate.
  • Has no escape abilities and is easy to gank.
  • Weak against Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar if he doesn't have Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter
  • Is less effective if he didn't have a good early game and didn't steal enough intelligence.

Support[edit]

  • Support Silencer is typically played in the safe lane, but is just as effective in supporting an offlane carry, and can roam effectively with a few levels.
  • A single point in Glaives of Wisdom at level one allows Silencer to easily harass the enemy heroes without attracting aggro from the enemy lane creeps.
  • Support Silencer's build is focused on his ability to greatly slow enemy heroes with his Arcane curse in order to assist in kills during the early game.
  • A value point in Last Word allows Silencer to limit the spells used on his carry.

Carry[edit]

  • Carry Silencer is typically played in the mid lane, and is primarily focused on maximizing the damage potential of his Glaives by maxing it out first.
  • Beside his glaives, Carry Silencer typically focuses on a single other spell in order to maximize his mid game damage potential. Most of the time, Last Word is chosen as his secondary spell, but against careless spellcasters, Arcane Curse will do more overall damage.
  • If Silencer has failed to build a modest pool of stolen intelligence in the early game, he should opt to delay leveling up his ultimate ability, as the scaling increases the mana cost of global silence by a large amount, and without a large pool of mana, it limits his ability to deal damage.

Ability Builds[edit]

Support Silencer
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Carry Silencer
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Talents[edit]

Hero Talents
+2s Global Silence25+20% Glaives of Wisdom Damage
+30 Arcane Curse Damage20+125 Attack Range
+2 Intelligence Steal15+120 Gold/Min
+25 Attack Speed10+6 Armor
Notes:

Tips & Tactics[edit]

General[edit]

  • Silencer can be played as a carry or support. As a carry, he focuses on taking fights and getting kills and assists with his spells, dealing tremendous damage with his attacks while using his spells to prevent the enemy from easily retaliating. As a support, he focuses on harassing the enemy with his spells and building support-utility items while reserving his ultimate for major teamfights.

Abilities[edit]

Arcane Curse[edit]

  • Arcane Curse is a decent harass spell as it costs little mana to use and can either prevent enemies from casting spells for a while and deal some damage, or force the enemy to take much more damage if they dare to cast spells during it. Its area-of-effect nature and high cast range allow Silencer to apply the debuff to multiple enemy heroes at once, or cast it from a safe range by edging the enemy with the far end of the effect radius.
  • The spell has a pseudo-silence-like effect on enemies; Although enemies are free to cast spells, they take a penalty for doing so, taking more and more damage from the curse for each cast they do.
  • In teamfights, harassing the enemy with Arcane Curse before the engagement can severely change the outcome of a battle, depending on what the hit enemies decide to do: Either they hesitate to cast spells in order to prevent its duration from stacking up, or they decide to cast spells and therefore take much more damage and possibly die to the long duration of the curse they stack up. This is especially effective against heroes who heavily spam their abilities in fights, like Bristleback minimap icon.png Bristleback or Batrider minimap icon.png Batrider, dealing either tons of damage to them, or rendering them useless in a fight for several seconds.
  • Try to cast Arcane Curse on enemies before they cast their spells when laning. This ensures that they take much more damage from the spell or possible prevent them from farming if they use spells to do it. In some cases, it is even possible to apply the curse on enemies during their cast times, but this only works against abilities with a long cast time (e.g. Fissure) and requires quick reaction from the player.
  • The slow from Arcane Curse can place the enemy in a disadvantageous position as they are unable to easily chase or escape without taking more damage. Choosing to not cast a spell prevents them from decisively nuking or disabling.. This can cause enemies to reconsider their options, as choosing to continue engaging the enemy can lead to them being slowed and taking damage for longer, while choosing to disengage removes them from play anyways as they cannot re-engage easily because of the slow.
  • The slow can hinder melee carries who depend on movement speed in order to prevent themselves from being kited.

Glaives of Wisdom[edit]

  • Glaives of Wisdom is what allows Silencer to become a powerful right-click carry, normally something that intelligence heroes cannot do. As its pure damage scales with Silencer's intelligence, he can inflict large amounts of damage with his attacks by building up enough intelligence, whether through farming items or via Intelligence Steal.
    • In the laning stage, it may be beneficial to get one early level of Glaives of Wisdom, enabling Silencer to deal bonus pure damage with his attacks, useful for last-hitting as a carry. As well, the attack modifier can be manually cast to harass the enemy without drawing creep aggro, whether as a support or carry.
  • With Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter, Glaives will be usable on Spell Immune heroes, as well as doubling the damage done when hitting a silenced target, giving even greater utility to all sources of silence.
    • Take note that while Global Silence is the only silence that can pierce Black King Bar, it can be dispelled by activating Black King Bar.

Last Word[edit]

  • Last Word curses Silencer's target to be faced with unfortunate consequences. If they cast a spell during the debuff duration, they are immediately silenced and take damage, useful for breaking the spell combo of enemies like Tiny minimap icon.png Tiny and Tinker minimap icon.png Tinker.
  • Last Word's silence proc follows the same rule as Arcane Curse, and only procs on spells requiring mana or which are not toggle-able.
  • In general, Last Word is used best against spell casters, as they suffer the most from the silence. Physical attack carries do not often have to cast numerous spells, however
  • Last Word is a powerful harassing spell in-lane, as it can force the enemy to retreat from the lane even if they do not cast a spell. If the enemy does not retreat, they are silenced near the creep wave, allowing them to be chased down and killed.
  • Remember that Last Word has a very long cast range, and thus can be targeted on fleeing enemy heroes. If you manage to cast it on an enemy who is already very low on health, you can secure the kill as he will most likely die to the damage at the end of the delay, proccing Intelligence Steal at the same time.
  • Last Word can be highly effective against heroes with two-spell combos or single spells with two parts, as they are only able to cast the first part of their combo but not the second due to the silence. This is particularly effective against combos such as Tiny minimap icon.png Tiny's Avalanche and Toss, Keeper of the Light minimap icon.png Keeper of the Light's Illuminate, Elder Titan minimap icon.png Elder Titan's Astral Spirit into Echo Stomp, Phoenix minimap icon.png Phoenix's Icarus Dive, and so on.

Global Silence[edit]

  • Global Silence is a powerful initiating and counter-initiating spell that can be cast no matter where Silencer is. However, keep in mind the spell's long cooldown, as using it ineffectively gives the enemy a window of opportunity where they can engage your team in the knowledge that you do not have your ultimate.
  • Global Silence can apply its debuff through spell immunity and invulnerability. This means that it is able to silence enemies even after they activate a Black King Bar, and even through spells like Ball Lightning. However, it is also a dispellable debuff, meaning that activating Black King Bar or Manta Style after being afflicted with Global Silence removes it. As such, it is important to time your use of the ultimate wisely.
  • Silencer on his own is not an initiator; if you try to initiate with Global Silence alone, the enemy team can simply disengage and wait out the silence. However, Global Silence can synergize extremely well with almost any initiator. When someone on your team initiates (or immediately before), activate Global Silence. The other team will be helpless as you collapse on them.
  • Silencer's spells can combo in many useful ways.
  • Last Word can be applied to an enemy during Global Silence, ensuring the silence at the end of the delay. This can extend the duration of silence on a single enemy.
  • Global Silence is usually used in team fights, at times where the enemy usually wants to cast spells. Applying Arcane Curse on enemies in such situations can greatly increase the damage they take, or prevent them from casting spells even further. Arcane Curse's effect even stacks with itself, so when having Global Silence upgraded, placing 2 curses on enemies can have devastating outcomes.

Intelligence Steal[edit]

  • Intelligence Steal allows Silencer to reduce enemy heroes' base intelligence simply by being nearby when they die. This means that Silencer benefits greatly from showing up to fights and ganks, even if he does not actually directly contribute to kills. The earlier he begins acquiring Intelligence Steal stacks, the more easily he can capitalize on the stolen stats and gain an early advantage no matter what role he is played in.
  • It is possible to proc Intelligence Steal from outside of its radius if Silencer gets kill credit on the enemy. This means that kills using Last Word or Arcane Curse, which do not immediately kill their targets, can still award Silencer with stolen intelligence even if the enemy manages to escape to outside the radius.
  • Your team benefits much more if you manage to steal intelligence from heroes with already small mana pools such as Phantom Assassin minimap icon.png Phantom Assassin, Centaur Warrunner minimap icon.png Centaur Warrunner, Pudge minimap icon.png Pudge, and so on. As such heroes are already hard-pressed to cast their spells on a regular basis, reducing their intelligence further still can render them almost impotent in fights, or force them to build intelligence items just to ensure that they can cast spells, wasting their inventory slots.
  • Intelligence Steal will never be able to reduce an enemy's base intelligence to 0, meaning that they will be left to a minimum of either 1 or 2 intelligence. As such, any subsequent kills against such Heroes will not grant additional intelligence to Silencer.
    • Intelligence granted through talents, abilities and items cannot be stolen, regardless of the Hero's base intelligence.

Items[edit]

Starting items:

  • Tango icon.png Tango sustains Silencer's health in lane; as a support, he can also share the item with his team.
  • Healing Salve icon.png Healing Salve also restores health to Silencer or an ally.
  • Clarity icon.png Clarity allows Silencer to harass enemies with his abilities as needed.
  • Null Talisman icon.png Null Talisman provides damage for securing last hits and denies.

Early game:

  • Magic Wand icon.png Magic Wand has all the benefits of Magic Stick, along with providing stats and greater charge storage. As Silencer is quite vulnerable to enemy attacks even as a carry, burst HP regen is always helpful.
  • Boots of Speed icon.png Boots of Speed help Silencer get close enough to use abilities, and potentially get kills or assists to enjoy Intelligence Steal.
  • Wind Lace icon.png Wind Lace also provides movement speed boost. Additionally, it can build into Eul's Scepter of Divinity or Drum of Endurance.
  • Town Portal Scroll icon.png Town Portal Scroll transports Silencer to fights in order to steal early intelligence.

Mid game:

  • Power Treads icon.png Power Treads provides Silencer with attack speed and appropriate attributes, particularly strength to give him more health. The ability to switch attributes can help with spell casting and outputting damage.
  • Hurricane Pike icon.png Hurricane Pike can be used on himself or a teammate as an escape mechanism or him to close the distance upon a fleeing enemy, or can be used to push an enemy out of position. Also, it improves his attack range and allowing him to finish off an opponent with four glaives at long range.
  • Orchid Malevolence icon.png Orchid Malevolence is a powerful item to build on a carry Silencer, synergizing with all of his spells. Orchid is the only item which gives a large amount of int, mana regeneration, attack speed, and attack damage in one spot, and they're all things Silencer needs if he wants to be an effective carry.
    • Arcane Curse's duration pauses when silenced, so a third source of silences increases the effectiveness of this spell, and increases the likelihood of being able to apply a second curse, before the first wears off.
    • Glaives of Wisdom get more damage and more attack speed, plus Orchid's active will amplify all the damage done during its duration. Additionally, in combination with Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter, this item increases the length of time Nortrom can gain the bonus damage to silenced targets.
    • Last word's biggest weakness is the 4 second delay before damage and silence is inflicted, allowing ganked targets to cast an escape spell. By using Soul Burn, then Last word, the delay duration becomes a benefit, as it provides True Sight over the target for the full duration, and continues into a total of 11 seconds of silence without using Silencer's ultimate.
  • Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger is a powerful mobility tool, no matter what role Silencer is played in. As a support he can easily position himself to cast his disables on the enemy, as well as use it to evade enemy ganks. As a carry, it gives him strong positioning, allowing him to move quickly into a fight to attack after disabling the enemy with his ultimate. Or to simply blink in to steal intelligence from dying enemy heroes.

Late game:

  • Bloodthorn icon.png Bloodthorn, upgraded from Orchid Malevolence, provides additional critical strike and True Strike to counter evasion and bring down even the tankiest heroes.
  • Scythe of Vyse icon.png Scythe of Vyse provides a strong disable. It also gives intelligence and strength, as well as powerful mana regeneration to sustain his abilities.
  • Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar greatly increases Silencer's survivability with strength and spell immunity so he can continue to output damage without worrying about enemy disables.
  • Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter improves Glaives of Wisdom, allowing him to deal his full damage potential even against spell immune targets, as well as doubling the pure damage of his Glaives when he strikes silenced targets. The item itself also grants Silencer many beneficial attributes across the board, giving him more survivability overall.

Situational items:

  • Drum of Endurance icon.png Drum of Endurance suits an offensive Silencer in the early game, increasing the power of pushes with attack speed and improving his ability to chase enemies with movement speed.
  • Glimmer Cape icon.png Glimmer Cape, a support item, grants invisibility and magic resistance to Silencer and allies so they can escape.
  • Eul's Scepter of Divinity icon.png Eul's Scepter of Divinity increases movement speed and mana regeneration so Silencer can make plays on the map. The active Cyclone can disable enemies, remove debuffs from yourself, and make yourself temporarily invulnerable.
  • Rod of Atos icon.png Rod of Atos provides both intelligence and strength, as well as a root to catch enemies out of position, or to hold them in place so Silencer can retreat.
  • Shiva's Guard icon.png Shiva's Guard increases Silencer's survivability against physical damage while also granting him more intelligence to fuel his abilities and attacks, making it a well-rounded item. The slow can also help chase down fleeing enemies more easily.
  • Nullifier icon.png Nullifier synergizes well with silence so enemies cannot use abilities or items, while being slow every time an attack land on them.
  • Refresher Orb icon.png Refresher Orb, an ultimate late game item, enables Silencer to inflict a 12 seconds silence at highest level that pierces spell immunity and invulnerability, shutting down enemy heroes who rely on using abilities in team fights. It also refreshes items so he can use Black King Bar or Bloodthorn a second time, improving survivability and damage output.