She was sorta-kinda viable before the change, though it took an extremely good player to manage her mana earlygame and she was unarguably much less effective. She was almost 100% ult though, that skill alone was strong enough to make an otherwise bad hero something to consider.
Now she is definitely not just a viable pick, but a good one. Charge of Darkness and Dark Blades are extremely strong in a teamfight or gank, taint soul can be used for guaranteed last hits against a strong lane and is a good nuke/slow. Her ult is obviously extremely strong, always has been.
She's also probably the strongest hero when it comes to lategame. Dark Blades scales very well and with some lifesteal charge can bring her from near dead to full given a creepwave. As far as items on her, I personally go for a bracer, a power supply, steamboots, runed axe, bkb, then whispering helm > satanic if the game is dragging. Never had to farm past satanic, but I'd say probably deso next.
Some people dont understand that the 130% is base damage... so it favors +agil instead of +damage or +ias. During silence, you get 2.3 damage and 1 ias per agil, but +1 damage stays +1 damage.
Runed axe is still great, but because of cleave, not because she favors +damage particularly.... though +damage is better than +ias for her (due to charge getting +strikes, and diminishing returns on ias)
Last edited by BLUEPOWERVAN; 10-08-2009 at 02:00 PM.
She is nowdays a legit top ban, if she isnt banned her she is definently a good pick.
I wasn't arguing she should build specific agil items... I was just arguing AGAINST the idea that dark blades encourages +damage.
Sorry for the novice question, but why choose shrunken head on Dark Lady? When I think of shrunken head its obvious for heroes with game breaking ultimates such as magmus or tempest, but what is the case for dark lady?
I think it's strange too. Ideally her initial charging strikes should silence the enemy team for several seconds, but I guess you wouldn't last much longer than that...
Well, if you're using the charge+silence like that, then you'll only have two maybe three hits left on your Dark Blades. But then Runed Axe would do lots of AOE damage.
I guess it's just situational, and sometimes you need Shrunken Head.
You can still use Totem of Kuldra while silenced.
top tier hero.
I don't know where someone got the info that CoD triggers blink cd, it doesn't. But by all means still an effective way of stopping initiators, when you can see nothing.
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I would encourage you to dismiss the skeptics.
It's still fun watching pubs think she's a low tier hero, then I faceroll them