Lyralei the Windrunner is a ranged intelligence hero that uses her powerful abilities in conjunction with her physical attack to take down enemies. Despite being an intelligence Hero, Windrunner's playstyle resembles an agility Hero, due in large part to her skillset. Windrunner is most often played as an offlane solo due to her escape and long range harass and farm capability, however she is quite a versatile hero and can be fielded as a midlaner, roamer, lane support, or even carry if the game calls for it. She is famous for her immense utility and versatility, and as such is one of the most common picks of professional players.
|Lyralei, the Windrunner|
|Play "Here, have an arrow. No, in fact, have two."|
|Role:||Carry / Support / Disabler / Escape / Nuker|
|Lore:||The western forests guard their secrets well. One of these is Lyralei, master archer of the wood, and favored godchild of the wind. Known now as Windrunner, Lyralei's family was killed in a storm on the night of her birth—-their house blown down by the gale, contents scattered to the winds. Only the newborn survived among the debris field of death and destruction. In the quiet after the storm, the wind itself took notice of the lucky infant crying in the grass. The wind pitied the child and so lifted her into the sky and deposited her on a doorstep in a neighboring village. In the years that followed, the wind returned occasionally to the child’s life, watching from a distance while she honed her skills. Now, after many years of training, Windrunner fires her arrows true to their targets. She moves with blinding speed, as if hastened by a wind ever at her back. With a flurry of arrows, she slaughters her enemies, having become, nearly, a force of nature herself.|
- This spell can shackle two enemies together, stunning them both.
- Trees created by Nature's Prophet's Sprout spell are valid targets for shackling.
- Can shackle the target to an enemy or tree up to 525/500 units behind it.
- The arrow initially moves at a rate of 3000 units per second.
- The arrow is slowed a little each time it hits an enemy or a tree.
- This spell destroys trees.
- This ability has a short channeling time. If canceled before Lyralei finishes channeling, the arrow will deal less damage.
- Projectiles that began tracking Windrunner before this ability was activated will not be evaded.
- The damage reduction affects all damage from Lyralei while the spell is active, including alternate damage such as unique attack modifiers.
- Can target buildings and magic immune units.
- If you must solo a lane, take Windrun before anything else. This will give you a reliable escape if you are being ganked early.
- Power Shot should always be maxed before anything else, as it is a very powerful nuke early-game. One point in Shackle Shot and Windrun are usually sufficient. Keep in mind Power Shot damages invisible heroes, so if you know where they are do not hesitate to use it. Late-game Power Shot can be used in the same way as Vengeful Spirit's Wave of Terror; as an exploratory long-range spell.
- Shackle Shot's ministun is extremely useful for interrupting channelled spells, such as Bane's and Pudge's ultimates.
- Early-game, unless circumstances are unusual, always save enough mana to Windrun when you are in dangerous territory.
- Not leveling up Focus Fire until 10 and 11 allows you to max your other skills faster; besides which unless you build into it (see below) Focus Fire is not very useful outside of dealing siege damage.
- Despite being an escape mechanism, Windrun is potentially a very powerful "tanking" spell, as it allows total damage immunity to heroes reliant on their physical attack, such as Ursa and Drow Ranger.
- Building an Aghanim's Scepter with a powerful attack modifier can shift Windrunner's role from supportive chaser/nuker to that of a semi-carry; as it will allow her to scale. However, building a scepter without an attack modifier is not very useful, and Windrunner can function very well with attack modifiers even without building a scepter. Build an attack modifier first, then choose whether or not to build scepter.
- Very unusually for a non-carry intelligence hero, Windrunner's basic attack becomes her primary source of damage as the game progresses, owing to her largely utilitarian skillset. If the role of support is already being covered, focusing on items that empower her basic attack is a good idea.
- Windrunner's original name was Alleria, a reference to the Alleria Windrunner from the Warcraft universe.
- Windrunner's current name, Lyralei, is a partial anagram of Alleria (one of the A's was replaced with the Y).