So from about 90% of games with CD in them that I can remember seeing, they typically max out discharge before conduit.
I'm just curious as to why? Conduit has to be one of the best skills in the game and just gives him insane early game damage so I don't see why it isnt prioritized.
Conduit gives vision couple of patches back. And after that patch, people skipped vanguard and the passive for frostburn + conduit. Some people just haven't changed their habit fast enough.
Conduit is OP early, to not get it just implies they are bad, dont worry how others skill there CD's, just be happy you know how to use the hero
However, it is now essentially meaningless on ranged heroes, so people have to work with it. Which in this case, means conduit > discharge.
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I'd say it really depends who you're laning against. Against SS or Defiler the ms boost helps you control runes and land your nuke a lot easier. Maxing the passive probably doesn't make sense, but it's rare that you can get a long channel on conduit unless your opponent is completely out of position. It's also significantly easier to maintain the conduit channeling with several levels of static.
Conduit is totally imba in the middle lane against some other solos.
For example, against Blood Hunter, you'd always want to get conduit. If you got static discharge, it'd be pretty hard to win that lane, whereas if you get conduit, it's an easy win if you harass constantly with conduit.
maybe new people
link is awful in dota compared to in hon, it took me a few games to realize that link in hon is like da best skill ever
's tabako got Discharge today before Conduit in a tournament final against KDe.