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Gameplay[edit]

Playstyle
Underlord minimap icon.png Underlord is a durable utility offlaner/support who takes charge on the battlefield, creating dangerous hazards over large areas, while teleporting his team across the map with Dark Rift. He excels at trapping enemies in a Pit of Malice, and mitigating incoming attacks with his Atrophy Aura. With the health of a strength hero and the extra damage from Atrophy Aura, Underlord can stand his ground better than most supports. However, Underlord is slow and lumbering, and often suffers from insufficient mana.
Pros Cons
  • Excellent zoning abilities.
  • Tankier than most supports.
  • Reduces enemy base damage.
  • Strong potential for sudden pushes.
  • Effective against melee-centric lineups.
  • Weak laning stage.
  • Firestorm's high reliance
  • Low total mana pool early on.
  • Requires good team coordination.
  • Slow movement and attack speed.

Ability Builds[edit]

Generic Underlord
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Firestorm icon.pngAtrophy Aura icon.pngFirestorm icon.pngPit of Malice icon.pngFirestorm icon.pngAtrophy Aura icon.pngFirestorm icon.pngAtrophy Aura icon.pngDark Rift icon.pngTalent icon.pngAtrophy Aura icon.pngDark Rift icon.pngPit of Malice icon.pngPit of Malice icon.pngTalent icon.pngPit of Malice icon.pngUnknown icon.pngDark Rift icon.pngTalent icon.pngTalent icon.png

Talents[edit]

Hero Talents
25% Firestorm Building Damage25+0.8s Pit of Malice Root
+25 Health Regen20+70 Attack Speed
+7 Atrophy Permanent Bonus Damage15+125 Cast Range
+30 Movement Speed10+18 Firestorm Wave Damage

Tips & Tactics[edit]

General[edit]

  • Because of the long durations on Firestorm and Pit of Malice, Underlord specializes in area denial, zoning enemies out in teamfights.
  • Underlord does not have a lot of mana. Use his abilities strategically.
  • Underlord should remain close to his team, and be present at all fights to make good use of Atrophy Aura.

Abilities[edit]

Firestorm[edit]

Targeting Firestorm, assuming Underlord is behind Crystal Maiden.
A. Low damage. Target quickly walks out of radius.
B. Minimal damage. Target sees Firestorm ahead and changes direction.
C. Maximum damage. Target must walk through radius.
  • Use Firestorm in combination with Pit of Malice to deal maximum damage.
    • It is Underlord's only means of burst damage, and should be used against single targets.
    • On the other hand, using Firestorm and Pit of Malice in separate locations creates two zones of denial, which is sometimes more useful in teamfights.
  • Use Firestorm to defend towers and high ground, especially around the barracks.
  • Use Firestorm to farm and clear creep waves. Stay nearby to gain the bonus damage from Atrophy Aura.
  • Use Firestorm after a teammate stuns, roots, or slows an enemy, then follow up with Pit of Malice to keep the target inside Firestorm.
  • Without disables, most enemy heroes will not stay inside Firestorm for long. Do not depend on it to deal a lot of damage.
  • Try to cast Firestorm a bit ahead of the direction in which the enemy is moving, thus forcing them to walk longer through the area and take more damage.
    • However, do not overcast too much, or the enemy will simply see it coming and change directions.

Pit of Malice[edit]

  • Pit of Malice is especially effective against melee carries.
  • Due to its long duration, allies can stand inside the Pit of Malice as a buffer against aggressive attackers.
  • Use Pit of Malice on chokepoints to block off enemies.
  • Use Pit of Malice on the edge of high ground to act as a trap, causing enemies without vision to walk into a disable.
  • Use Pit of Malice to bisect enemy formations and cut off pursuers.
  • Use Pit of Malice to funnel enemies into a narrow space, forcing them to group up.
  • Use Pit of Malice to root and reveal invisible enemies.
  • Use Pit of Malice as a barrier to stop a charging enemy, such as Spirit Breaker minimap icon.png Spirit Breaker or Slark minimap icon.png Slark.
  • Use Pit of Malice in conjunction with Eul's Scepter of Divinity icon.png Eul's Scepter of Divinity's cyclone for an easy chain disable.
  • Set up Pit of Malice as a trap against initiating heroes, who may blink into it and become rooted.
  • As a root, Pit of Malice does not stop enemies from using abilities, items, or attacking targets within their range. It does not interrupt channeling abilities, e.g. Black Hole, but does cancel teleport such as Town Portal Scroll icon.png Town Portal Scroll and Boots of Travel 1 icon.png Boots of Travel.
    • This means that when retreating, it may be wiser to simply keep running instead of stopping to casting Pit of Malice. Doing so may allow the enemy to get close enough to land a powerful ability, even if they become rooted in the process.

Atrophy Aura[edit]

  • Atrophy Aura provides Underlord with numerous positioning possibilities, which players should keep in mind at all times.
  • During the laning phase, stand close to enemy melee heroes to lower their damage and make it harder for them to land last hits.
  • Staying near your teammates will not only protect them from nearby attacks, it will also give you bonus damage from any enemies they kill.
  • Move towards dying enemies to collect Atrophy Aura's damage bonus.
  • Move towards attacking enemies to reduce their damage and potentially save an ally.
  • While most supports stay in the backline, Underlord can try and take a more forward position to cover enemies with Atrophy Aura.
    • Balance this strategy when faced with dangerous situations, as a dead Underlord is no good to his team.
  • Atrophy Aura is most effective against heroes that rely on attributes for damage, such as Drow Ranger minimap icon.png Drow Ranger.
  • Atrophy Aura and Firestorm allow Underlord to farm the jungle better than most supports.
  • Clear a camp or wave of creeps to boost Underlord's damage before an upcoming fight.

Dark Rift[edit]

  • Dark Rift is not a channeled ability, meaning it cannot be interrupted with damage or disables. Underlord can also move after its initial cast animation.
  • Use Dark Rift as a fast pushing ability right after winning a teamfight.
    • Teleport your team to push in a lane while the enemy is down.
    • Teleport your team to Roshan to claim the Aegis of the Immortal icon.png Aegis of the Immortal before the enemy respawns.
  • Use Dark Rift on a unit or creep wave behind the enemy for a wraparound or pincer attack.
    • This is especially effective when the enemy team is sieging your tier three towers.
  • Keep summoned units or enchanted creeps in critical locations, such as the Roshan Pit, for instant access through Dark Rift.
  • Use Smoke of Deceit icon.png Smoke of Deceit along with Dark Rift for more effective team ganks.
  • Remember that using Dark Rift on the entire team is akin to putting all your eggs in one basket. It can be highly rewarding, but also highly risky.
    • A well placed Dark Rift can take the enemy by surprise or destroy an important building.
    • A poorly placed Dark Rift can bring your team into an ambush, resulting in a teamwipe.
  • Make sure that the creep or building you're teleporting to is safe and out of the enemy's reach.
    • Dark Rift's target unit will be marked by a very bright effect that is visible to the enemy.
    • If the teleport target is killed, Dark Rift is wasted and goes on a long cooldown.
    • If the enemy has vision of the teleport target, they can easily initiate on your team.
    • Keep track of enemy wards, and deward when possible to avoid teleporting your team into a bad situation.
  • Be careful both when casting and exiting Dark Rift, as your closely-packed team presents an easy target for enemy initiators and nukers.
    • Since teammates will follow and gather around Underlord for Dark Rift, try to pick a safe location to use it.
  • Remember that bringing your team to the enemy base also leaves your own base open to attack. Encourage teammates to carry Town Portal Scroll icon.png Town Portal Scroll.
  • Move alongside teammates when retreating to teleport them out to safety.
    • Or, cast Dark Rift first, then move next to an ally with Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger or Force Staff icon.png Force Staff to instantly teleport them to safety.
  • Use Dark Rift to counter or intercept an incoming gank.

Items[edit]

Starting items:

  • Tango icon.png Tango helps Underlord stay in lane.
  • Clarity icon.png Clarity helps Underlord with his low mana.
  • Stout Shield icon.png Stout Shield is a good item for playing in the offlane, as it synergizes well Atrophy Aura. You can later upgrade it to Crimson Guard icon.png Crimson Guard.
  • Iron Branch icon.png Iron Branch provides a decent boost to Underlord's attributes.

Early game:

  • Wind Lace icon.png Wind Lace offsets Underlord's slow movement speed and lack of mobility.
  • Boots of Speed icon.png Boots of Speed is mandatory on all heroes for movement speed.
  • Magic Stick icon.png Magic Stick can save Underlord in a bad situation, and give him enough mana for another ability.
  • Soul Ring icon.png Soul Ring sustains Underlord with health regeneration and strength bonuses; its active grants mana so he can use abilities.

Mid game:

  • Magic Wand icon.png Magic Wand is a natural evolution from Magic Stick icon.png Magic Stick for extra burst health and mana.
  • Arcane Boots icon.png Arcane Boots give Underlord and his team some much needed mana.
  • Rod of Atos icon.png Rod of Atos is one of the best items currently due to being able to chain for maximum Firestorm damage and catch elusive meta heroes better.
  • Mekansm icon.png Mekansm helps keep Underlord's team alive with health and armour.

Late game:

Situational items:

  • Pipe of Insight icon.png Pipe of Insight reduces incoming magical damage, making Underlord and his team even more durable.
  • Crimson Guard icon.png Crimson Guard, along with Atrophy Aura, greatly diminishes enemy damage against Underlord and his team.
  • Lotus Orb icon.png Lotus Orb helps deflect magical nuke damage, and is useful on allied carries when pushing towers.
  • Urn of Shadows icon.png Urn of Shadows provides Underlord with a heal, increased mana regeneration, and more attributes.
  • Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger is good for initiating with Pit of Malice.
  • Force Staff icon.png Force Staff improves Underlord's mobility, and lets him push enemies into Pit of Malice.
  • Eul's Scepter of Divinity icon.png Eul's Scepter of Divinity helps Underlord with his low mana, and boosts his movement speed to keep enemies within Atrophy Aura's range. The cyclone active helps him set up Pit of Malice.
  • Blade Mail icon.png Blade Mail deters enemies from attacking Underlord.
  • Assault Cuirass icon.png Assault Cuirass combined with Atrophy Aura greatly reduces enemy damage output.
  • Heart of Tarrasque icon.png Heart of Tarrasque gives Underlord great durability, and allows him to hit even harder.
  • Radiance (Active) icon.png Radiance is a highly situational item, and is great for teamfights and pushes. Burning down creeps is a good way to feed Atrophy Aura's bonus damage bonus, and the extra evasion make Underlord even more durable.
  • Linken's Sphere icon.png Linken's Sphere shields Underlord and his teammates from being disabled.
  • Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter grants some attack bonus damage of Atrophy Aura to allies, a useful item for a team of heroes who rely on physical attacks to deal damage.
  • Necronomicon 1 icon.png Necronomicon can be used in conjunction with Dark Rift for very fast pushing. At level 3, it will also help Underlord reveals invisible enemies to trap with Pit of Malice.