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Viper the Netherdrake is a ranged agility hero who can function as an excellent nuker, ganker and carry due to his assortment of low-cooldown spells and debilitating auto attacks. Farming with Viper is relatively easy—Nethertoxin makes clearing creep waves and neutral camps a cinch—and combined with Corrosive Skin, he becomes a formidable tank with high damage output; Poison Attack and Viper Strike ensure he can whittle down even the most impervious targets. In particular, Viper excels against lineups that rely on magic damage in the early-midgame. However, he needs to actively participate in team fights before opponents can afford items to counter his spells and exploit his weaknesses. Between talents, the special properties of Nethertoxin, and Poison Attack, Viper can retain his power far into the late game.
|Viper, the Netherdrake|
|Play "You've failed the acid test."|
|Lore:||The malevolent familiar of a sadistic wizard who captured and hoped to tame him, Viper was curiously glad to have been sprung from the sealed and unchanging subterranean Nether Reaches where his race had lived for millions of years, after tectonic slippage had sealed off the Netherdrakes in luminous caverns. Viper spent some time appearing to submit to the wizard's enchainments, hoping to learn what he could of the dark magics the mage practiced. But he soon realized that few spells were as deadly as the toxins that were his birthright. Exuding an acid that swiftly ate away the bars of his cage, the Netherdrake slipped free of his confines, spit poison in the old spellcaster's eyes, and soared out to let the world know that it had a new master.|
|Voice:||Tony Todd (Responses)|
- Casting Poison Attack manually uses the 600 ( 700) cast range. Attacking normally with Poison Attack on autocast uses Viper's 575 ( 675) attack range.
- Deals damage in 1 second intervals, starting 1 second after the debuff is applied, resulting in 3 damage instances.
- The damage is based on the target's current to maximum health ratio. For each percentage of missing health, the damage increases.
- For example, a target with 400/1000 health will take 15/30/45/60 damage on the next tick, since it is missing 60% health.
- Successive casts of Poison Attack on the same target do not stack, only the debuff gets refreshed.
- The level 20 talent allows Poison Attack to target buildings, damaging and slowing them.
- Nethertoxin's projectile travels at a speed of 2000.
- The magic resistance reduction, break ( and silence) is provided by an aura. Its debuff lingers for 0.5 seconds. The damage is independent from the aura.
- Reduces most heroes' total magic resistance to 17.5%/13.75%/10%/6.25%, assuming basic 25% magic resistance and no other sources of magic resistance.
- Reduces Visage's total magic resistance to 1%/-3%/-8%/-13%, assuming his basic magic resistance and no other sources of magic resistance.
- Deals damage in 1-second intervals, starting 1 second after receiving the debuff, resulting in up to 8 instances.
- Can deal up to 160/240/320/400 damage to a single unit (before reductions).
- The damage of multiple instances of Nethertoxin fully stacks. The magic resistance reduction, however, does not.
- When leveling up the ability, the magic resistance reduction value on already affected units does not update to the new value.
- However, if an enemy receives the debuff after leveling it up, that enemy receives the new magic resistance reduction value.
- The damage value does not update and is always based on the level the ability was cast on.
- Magic resistance stacks multiplicatively with other sources of magic resistance.
- Increases Viper's total base magic resistance to 32.5%/36.25%/40%/43.75% ( 37%/40.75%/44.5%/48.25%).
- The damage and slow debuff is applied to whoever damages Viper within 1400 range of him.
- Corrosive Skin's damage has the no-reflection flag, preventing its damage from interacting with other sources of damage with the same flag.
- Only reacts on the 3 damage types. Does not react on damage flagged as HP Removal.
- Damage dealt by abilities that use an independent source of damage (e.g. Proximity Mines, Death Ward) does not trigger Corrosive Skin on the caster.
- Deals damage in 1 second intervals, starting 1 second after the debuff is applied, resulting in 4 damage instances.
- Can deal a total of 32/64/96/128 ( 56/88/120/152) damage (before reductions).
- Successive procs of Corrosive Skin on the same target do not stack, only the debuff gets refreshed.
- Viper Strike's projectile travels at a speed of 1200.
- The slow decreases over time. Hit units regain 0.3%/0.4%/0.5% of their movement speed and 0.267/0.4/0.533 attack speed on each server tick.
- This translates to 8%/12%/16% movement speed and 8/12/16 attack speed regained per second.
- Deals damage in 1 second intervals, starting immediately as the debuff is applied, resulting in 5 damage instances.
- Can deal up to 300/500/725 ( 800/1000/1225) damage (before reductions).
- Successive casts of Viper Strike on the same target do not stack, only the debuff gets refreshed.
- The particle effects on Viper's wings during the cast time are visible to everyone, showing that the spell is being cast.
|+120 Damage||25||Nethertoxin Silences|
|Poison Attack Affects Buildings||20||+100 Viper Strike DPS|
|+6 Corrosive Skin Stats||15||+100 Attack Range|
|8% Spell Lifesteal||10||+20 Attack Speed|
- The spell lifesteal talent stacks additively with other sources of spell lifesteal.
- The spell lifesteal talent heals for 1.6% from non-hero units. Treats creep-heroes as creeps and does not heal off of illusions.
- Tango helps Viper stay in lane.
- Enchanted Mango provides health regeneration and burst mana.
- Faerie Fire gives attack damage and burst HP.
- Iron Branch increases attributes and healing with Tango.
- Boots of Speed are a standard pickup that give movement speed.
- Wraith Band provides a decent boost to Viper's attributes and helps him secure last hits. It is viable to build 2 in the early game since it is a component for both Ring of Aquila and Hurricane Pike.
- Infused Raindrop adds extra mana regeneration and protection against magical damage.
- Magic Wand offers burst health and mana.
- Power Treads increase damage output and tankiness.
- Ring of Aquila has good attributes, armor, and mana regeneration.
- Dragon Lance gives attack range and attributes.
- Hurricane Pike, the upgrade to Dragon Lance, gives Viper attack range and the crucial ability to reposition.
- Butterfly provides a formidable mixture of damage, attack speed and survivability. Once you have a solid health pool, evasion makes Viper much harder to bring down with physical attacks. Flutter also shores up Viper's low movement speed.
- Veil of Discord is a suitable replacement for Dragon Lance. It enhances the magical damage of Viper's entire kit as well as granting health, armor, and mana.
- Mekansm is a strong defensive item that can turn around midgame team fights.
- Shadow Blade is a good pickup on Viper if you intend to seize map control. Viper is a very capable ganker if he can get close to a target. Between both of his slows and his damage scaling up as his target's health decreases, he is very good at 1v1 dueling.
- Diffusal Blade improves Viper's damage and gives mana burn. The active slows enemies and keep them trapped within Nethertoxin's area of effect.
- Heaven's Halberd can be an idiosyncratic yet effective choice against teams that rely on damage from 1-2 right-click heroes. Halberd stops those opponents from attacking in addition to boosting Viper's effective HP.
- Sange and Yasha is a common pickup in the midgame. Viper enjoys the additional health and damage, while the Greater Maim passive makes Poison Attack more deadly. The item also bestows much-prized movement speed.
- Black King Bar grants spell immunity so Viper can act without worrying about most enemy disables.
- Aghanim's Scepter allows Viper to cast his ultimate in teamfights more than once. It also increases his tankiness and provides the necessary mana to use his spells multiple times in an engagement.
- Monkey King Bar provides pure damage on top of a solid chunk of attack speed. It's best suited against enemy carries who are picking up evasion items and heroes with blind.
- Nullifier shuts down heroes who rely on items. Viper by nature struggles against mobility items like Force Staff and Blink Dagger; he is also vulnerable to disables from Orchid Malevolence and Scythe of Vyse. Nullifier also stops targets from activating Black King Bar, Glimmer Cape and other items that counteract his magic damage.
- Manta Style provides a mix of tankiness, damage, and chasing potential. Mirror Image dispels certain debuffs that cripple Viper's playstyle.
- Mjollnir is one of the best DPS items for Viper in the lategame. It accentuates his waveclear, adds more magical damage with the active as well as the passive, and provides high attack speed to enhance Poison Attack.
- Heart of Tarrasque increases Viper's tankiness. Combined with Corrosive Skin and Butterfly, Viper becomes incredibly hard to put down.
- Eye of Skadi is ideal for Viper players who want to frontline. It gives him great stats across the board and the duration of Cold Attack almost perfectly overlaps Poison Attack.
- Bloodthorn prevents spellcasters from using spells, as well as making your targets more vulnerable to your DPS. The mana regeneration also remedies Viper's constant lack of mana.
|Roles:||Carry Durable Initiator Disabler|
|Playstyle:||It was foolhardy to try and tame a Netherdrake, a lesson the old wizard learned in death. Freed from his captor, Viper spread his wings and went forth to explore the surface world. His Poison Attacks cause joints to harden, crippling foes whether they choose to flee or fight. Nethertoxin spreads throughout their body, sapping the will and weakening the spirit. The Netherdrake's tough, Corrosive Skin protects against spellcraft, and burns assailants with acid. But it is the dreaded Viper Strike that signals the beginning of the end. The afflicted victim staggers to a crawl, barely able to take his next step. If the Netherdrake doesn't finish him off, the venom in his veins will.|
- Viper's response Play "Holy shit, it's me!" is a reference to a scene of the movie Top Gun. Gyrocopter makes a similar, yet more accurate Play response upon meeting him as an ally.
- Viper's Chinese name is 冥界亚龙 (Míngjiè Yàlóng), a literal translation of "Netherdrake". However, Viper Strike's translation still uses the word "Viper" (蝮蛇, fùshé).
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