Skitskurr, the Weaver, is a ranged agility hero, renowned for being one of the hardest heroes in the game to properly lock down and kill, despite his extreme frailty. This is mainly due to his low-cooldown Shukuchi ability, which provides him both max movement speed and invisibility when used, making him highly effective at chasing enemies as well as escaping from battle. Additionally, his ultimate, Time Lapse, is another survival tool, allowing Weaver to regain the position and health points he had precisely 5 seconds prior to activation. His exceptional ability to maneuver around the battle, seeking the most fragile enemy heroes, is bolstered by his last two abilities. The Swarm is a wave of insects projected in front of Weaver that latch onto any visible enemy they come across. Until they are killed off, they will gradually inflict damage over time, reduce enemy armor, and perhaps most importantly, provide vision to Weaver. Finally, Geminate Attack allows Weaver to passively launch an additional attack every few seconds, making his offensive all the more potent. Not a hero capable of standing on the front lines, Weaver is nonetheless a huge threat against a team that has little ability to prevent his extreme maneuverability.
- The Swarm moves forward at a speed of 600, taking 5 seconds to reach max distance.
- The beetles spawn within a 300 radius around of Weaver (random position) and move forward as a swarm.
- When an enemy unit comes within 100 radius of a beetle, the beetle latches onto it, unless it already has a beetle latched onto it.
- This means that multiple casts cannot affect the same unit more than once simultaneously.
- The beetles can latch on invulnerable units, but not on invisible or hidden units.
- If a beetle's target turns hidden after latching, it still stays on it and is not removed.
- If a beetle's target turns invisible after latching, the beetle dies instantly (credited to no one), if the unit is not under True Sight.
- When the beetles get affected by they instantly die, credited to no one.
- The beetles can latch on units 3400 range away (spawn radius + travel distance + latch radius).
- When attached, the beetle always stays 64 range in front of the unit.
- The beetles do not actually attack their targets, but rather the spell simply deals damage to them in the set intervals while the beetle is attached.
- The armor reduction is independent from the damage. It keeps reducing armor on ethereal targets, but not invulnerable targets.
- The armor reduction is directly bound to the beetle, so it disappears always together with it.
- Beetles attack in 1.25/1.1/0.95/0.8 second intervals, starting immediately when latching on a unit, resulting in up to 13/15/17/21 attacks.
- The armor reduction is applied with the same intervals, but happens before the damage is applied.
- The Swarm can deal up to 234/300/374/504 damage to each latched enemy (before reductions).
- The beetles provide flying vision while traveling forwards and while attached to a unit.
- Shukuchi does not interrupt Weaver's channeling spells upon cast.
- Can only damage the same unit once per cast.
- During the fade time, Weaver can cast spells, use items and perform attacks without breaking the invisibility.
- Invisibility is broken upon reaching the cast point of spells or items, or upon launching an attack.
- Unlike other phasing invisibility spells, Shukuchi turns Weaver phased directly on cast, instead of after the fade time.
- Weaver can pick up or drop items without breaking the invisibility.
- If the level 25 talent is skilled during Shukuchi, the bonus movement speed is applied immediately.
- Causes Weaver to perform an instant attack on the attacked target 0.25 seconds after the leading attack.
- This means the extra attack is a regular attack, using Weaver's 900 projectile speed.
- It also means that it can proc any attack modifier or any on-hit effect like a regular attack.
- If Weaver is blinded, the geminate attack can miss, unless he has True Strike. It can also miss to evasion.
- The instant attacks of Geminate Attack do not break 's invisibility.
- The geminate attack is automatically launched 0.25 seconds after the initial attack is launched.
- It does not matter if the leading attack misses or not.
- There is no range limit built into the second attack. If the target moves far away before the geminate attack is launched, it still launches.
- Even if the initial attack kills the target before the second attack launches, the second attack will target the dead unit.
- Weaver is ordered to stop right after getting moved back. However, shift-queued commands are not canceled.
- Only affects Weaver's position, health, mana and status debuffs. Buffs are not removed.
- It does not matter how long Weaver is already affected by debuffs, they simply are completely removed, if they can be removed.
- Time Lapse does not damage Weaver, it manipulates his health. So it does not interact with any on-damage effect.
- When cast right after respawning, the health, mana and position are set to what they were before the death.
- This means that Time Lapse does not kill the caster when cast immediately after respawning.
- When having
, Time Lapse turns into a unit-targeted spell, able to target allied heroes.
- Double-clicking the ability with Aghanim's Scepter automatically targets self.
- Applies the disjoint and strong dispel on the target ally as well.
- Does not order the target to stop, so their channeling spells are not canceled. This is also why it has a backswing when upgraded.
- When cast on allies who just respawned, their health, mana and position are not set back to what they were before the death.
- This means allies cannot be sent back to their death location after respawning, unlike how Weaver can when cast on self.
- Grants Weaver's attacks Mana Break, causing his attacks to burn the target's mana and deal damage based on the burned mana.
- The bonus damage is dealt in one instance together with the attack damage, and counts as attack damage as well.
- Effectively increases Weaver's attack damage by 16 against units which have enough mana to burn.
- Effectively increases the attack damage of Weaver's illusions by 8 against units which have enough mana to burn.
- Applies the mana loss first, and then the damage.
- Does not work against allied units when attacking them.
- Fully stacks with other sources of Mana Break.
|+2Attacks to Kill||20||+0.5Armor Reduction|
|+75Damage||15||+20 Mana Break|
|+35% XP Gain||10||+7 Strength|
- gives Weaver some regeneration in lane.
- can save Weaver after a dangerous situation
- mana in lane. helps Weaver sustain his
- helps Weaver get last hits.
- gives Weaver a few extra stats, and be built into a to help with last hitting and mana regeneration.
- gives health and mana in a pinch, useful for playing aggressive or survivability in the laning phase.
- give a decent speed boost so Weaver can be a bit faster when he isn't in Shukuchi.
- is a cost effective stat boosting item that also helps with mana regeneration so that Shukuchi can be used more often.
- synergizes well with Weaver's armor reduction.
- offers extra attributes and charge capacity.
- give Weaver some extra health and attack speed.
- gives extra health and blocks spells. Combined with Time Lapse and Shukuchi, this makes Weaver extremely hard to kill. If the enemy team has a lot of low-cooldown abilities to pop it or AoE disables/nukes, consider skipping it in favor of .
- increases damage and attack speed and grants Weaver a light disable, something his own skills are lacking.
- gives excellent damage and an armor reduction debuff that synergizes with Geminate Attack.
- should be a choice if enemies have a lot of disables/nukes that can't be blocked with .
- increases Weaver's moderate range and gives decent boost to strength and agility. Also, the extra mobility it grants is very interesting for the 2 seconds during which Shukuchi will be on cooldown. In many scenarios, the distance you will put with force staff between you and an enemy will buy enough time for shukuchi to come off cooldown (or perhaps for a silence to expire) and for you to finally run away to safety. Finally, using the pike's active on an enemy gives you an additional way to kite them. It synergizes especially well on Weaver since you have The Swarm to keep vision on the enemy and make full usage of your four attacks with unlimited range.
- can be very frustrating for the enemy team, as Time Lapse will recover a great deal of Weaver's health.
- greatly increases Weaver's damage, as Geminate Attack can proc the crit.
- provides damage, armor, attack speed, and evasion, making Weaver harder to kill and more damaging.
- grants lots of bonus damage, which Weaver makes use of with Geminate Attack.
- can be useful in the late game for pushing in lanes.
- is a good choice on Weaver, considerably increasing his survivability with its strength bonus and lifesteal. Moreover, it can give you a third life so to speak after Time Lapse with its Unholy Rage. Combined with Weaver's high attack damage and Geminate Attack, even a single attack during Satanic's active can heal you back up to full health.
- provides overall great stats and increases your chasing/kiting potential with its Cold Attack.
- are rarely a terrible choice on a carry. They will help you farm faster, and you will have a chance to zap the enemies twice with a single attack through Geminate Attack. But they rarely are the best choices on Weaver.
- is a great item since it reduces Time Lapse's cooldown significantly, and allows it to be targeted on allies. It should be considered when Weaver is not the team's main damage dealer/carry and an extra way to save the team's carry is needed. Be mindful that a target has to be chosen when casting it instead of just pressing the hotkey.
- gives lots of damage, which goes well with Geminate Attack. Additionally, the Radiance Burn allows Weaver to deal additional damage while invisible.
|Playstyle:||All Weavers worked to maintain the fabric of creation, save one Skitskurr, who took it upon himself to create that which had not been woven. Cast out for his ambitions, Skitskurr was now free from his obligations, free to weave a new reality of his own. He opens a gap in spacetime, inviting The Swarm to latch onto enemies, and nibble away at their armor. Nearly impossible to pin down, he slips into micro-wormholes, passing through enemies and reappearing with Shukuchi. The fabric of time frays around Skitskurr, occasionally replaying his actions with Geminate Attack. The Weaver takes brinksmanship to an extreme. Fighting to the verge of death, Skitskurr turns back the clock with Time Lapse, reversing his injuries and undoing his foes' efforts, much to their dismay.|
- Weaver's original title was Nerubian Weaver, and his original name was Anub'seran. Nerubians are a race of arachnids in the Warcraft universe.
- Weaver's fun name in DotA was Anoob'seran.
- Geminate Attack is frequently misread as Germinate Attack. To geminate is to double, coming from the Latin word for twin (as in Gemini).
- Shukuchi is a Japanese term for rapid movement, or teleportation. The ability's name is a reference to an ability of the same name of a character named Soujiro from the anime Rurouni Kenshin.
- Weaver draws many inspirations from a character of the same name in the novel, Perdido Street Station.
- Weaver's Time Lapse icon may also be a reference to the box art of the movie Alien 3, considering that Sigourney Weaver has the lead role in the film.