MALIKEN THE KING RETURNS
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Allies and Enemies
Hi! Well for starters, Maliken is my favourite hero in Heroes of Newerth. He reminds me of Dragon Knight from Defense of the Ancients; although they are quite different these two strength carries both commonly get a lifesteal and magic immunity item as well as the ultimate to transform into a badass monster.Enough of DotA. The reasons i decided to create a guide on Maliken is because most of the guides for this hero in strategy are outdated. Apparently his passive had a critical strike or something.
The other reason is because i would like to share my knowledge and help you (basic/average/newbie players) in learning how to play this hero. Keep in mind, this guide is not aimed at playing Maliken competitively. I for one, am still trying to master this hero and experiment new stuff. With that being said, lets continue!Maliken is a hybrid of carry and initiator. For those of you that dont know, a hybrid is the ability to perform two roles at once. In this instance, he is a semi carry/initiator, not really able to excel at both. An example of a true hybrid may be Pestilence, Aluna and Valk, from the top of my head.PROS [+]
+ An excellent carry and initiator
+ Has one of the best non-ultimate nuke in game
+ Ultimate transforms you into a ranged hero
+ Decent laning phase
+ High base strength and decent stat gains
+ Very destructive and can turn the tides of battle due to his 'feared' going through magic immunity
+ A situational pick and depends on line-up
+ Low mana pool
+ Cannot beat late game hardcore carries
+ Requires good farm and control during early game
+ A semi initiator. He cant initiate a whole team without another initiatorThereforeBasically you need to build this badboy appropriately to maintain balance between damage dealer and tank, so you can survive. I mean... If there was no initiator in your team, you will have to do the job. For starters, your going to sword throw in, ult, and activate shrunken (if you have it) after 'Feared' is worn off, your going to find yourself in the focus of the clash. Lastly, i would like to add that his skill set in my opinion is oh so very unique.Congratulations If you have survived reading till now, your in a treat for half a dozen more sections! But fear no more, as i will post a lot of picture and ingame screenshots so this guide is not a wall of text.
Once a greatest defender of mankind and lord over the entire Legion. Maliken walked too close to the darkness and was damned by it. Now he is nothing more than a slave among the damned -- but his incredible might has only grown in his downfall. Wielding a damned sword fed by his own damned soul, Maliken is the bane of the very heroes he once led into battle.
• Strength 24 + 2.6Advanced Attributes
• Agility 20 + 2.0
• Intelligence 17 + 1.7
• Affiliation: Hellbourne
• Attacks/Sec: 0.71
• Damage: 46 - 52
• Armor: 1.9
• Dmg. Reduction: 10%
• Magic Armor: 5.5
• Magic Dmg. Reduction: 25%
• Movespeed: 300
• Attack Range: 128 (melee)
[Q] Sword Throw
Description: Maliken throws his sword, damaging enemies it hits. Maliken may teleport to his sword while it is in flight.
Effect: Deals 80 / 140 / 200 / 260 magical damage with a range of 700 / 850 / 1000 / 1200. Applies Maimed to targets; 20/30/40/50% Movement speed slow, gradually wears off over 6 seconds.
Mana cost: 110 / 120 / 130 / 140
Cooldown 13 Seconds
Sword Throw is just so flexible! It can be used for harassing, farming, ganking, initiating, healing and escaping. This is one of the most powerful non-ultimate nuke in the game. Although its not spam-able in early game, any mana regenerating item may be useful so you can use it more. This skill alone makes you versatile; allowing you to harass/farm simultaneously and gank extremely effectively. The image above shows the range of level 1 to 4. Each snot monster is positioned to show the maximun range of each level; excluding the bonus range from your radius.
[W,E] Sword of the Damned
Description: Maliken’s legendary weapon, the Sword of the Damned, is capable of two different attack modes. Enchanted Flames grants him increased damage at the cost of his own life, while Life Essence grants him very high life steal at the cost of reduced damage.
Effect: Enchanted Flames gives 10 / 20 / 30 / 40 and deals 6 / 9 / 12 / 15 magic damage to self per hit. Health will not go below 15%.
Life Essence gives 10 / 20 / 30 / 40 health but loses 10 / 20 / 30 / 40 damage per hit.
Enchanted Flames boosts Sword Throw damage by 40 / 50 / 60 / 70 damage but hurts self for 25 / 30 / 35 / 40 when used.
Life Essence lowers Sword Throw damage by 40% but will heal self for 10 / 20 / 30 / 40 health per target it hit. It’ll also increase sword throw damage.
Maximum is 330 damage when both first and second skills are maxed. This is so good in early laning because it helps in last-hitting and denying, by a lot! Since you can instantly turn either one on or off, using the life steal to deny your creeps and extra damage boost to last hit an enemy creep is a good strategy.
Life Essence heals you on each attack at the cost of your damage output. Sword throw will decrease in damage, moving down to 156 but healing for 40 each target it hits with a maximum of 300 health healed. Most of the time you will be using the damage dealing one. But using Life Essence in dire situations or hitting creeps (allied or enemy or neutral) will boost your health in no time.
Description: Maliken allows his wounds to fuel his rage, increasing his attack speed based on how much health he is missing.
Effect: Attack Speed increased by 0.5 / 0.8 / 1.2 / 1.4 per 1% health missing. Maximun bonus is 100 attack speed.
This is the skill that makes Maliken an omnipotent carry. When in low health, you will get an enormous boost in attacking speed also with shrunken and a symbol of rage synergizes well. This skill is not worth leveling up at early game; although i have seen people level it once at level 4. Maliken must be at 29% of his maximum health to receive +100 attack speed when this skill is maxed. This synergizes well with sword of the damned because when your low health, you can toggle Life Essence to maybe stay alive in conjunction with this passive.
Description: Maliken allows himself to become possessed, transforming him into a full daemon temporarily. While in this form, Maliken’s attack becomes ranged and he attacks splash.
Effect: Posessed lasts 30 seconds. 100 / 80 / 60 second cooldown. Applies 'Feared' to enemies in 400 radius for 0.75 / 1.25 / 2 seconds.
If you are not within that red circle, you will not get affected. This just gives you a picture.
• 40% Movement Speed
• Lose character control, running around in fear
Grants 20 / 40 / 60 armor for the first 2 seconds, decreasing to + 0 armor over the next 5 seconds.
Attack Type changes to Ranged, with a range of 600.
Attacks splash to nearby units.
50 / 75 / 100 % Splash in a 75 AOE
35 / 50 / 65 % Splash in a 200 AOE
20 / 25 / 30 % Splash in a 350 AOE
This is an awesome skill! Simply used as an interupt/initiate skill when combined with sword throw. 'Feared' units cannot attack, and they cannot control their heroes at all. This also goes through magic immunity. Its good to interrupt heroes who are channeling (such as, interrupt Soul Stealer even if he has activated shrunken head) since your Possession works instantly upon cast. The cooldown is pretty short and it decreases as you are in this form. Can be used in almost all team fights and a very powerful skill. Try using Possession and farm stacked Camps, preferably Ancients. Furthermore, dont underestimate the sudden armor boost upon activation!
Skill Build1. Sword throw
2. Sword of the Damned
3. Sword throw
4. Sword of the Damned
5. Sword throw
7. Sword throw
8. Sword of the Damned
9. Sword of the Damned
10. Hellbourne Zeal
12-14. Hellbourne Zeal
17+ StatsJustificationLevel 1 Sword throw is a lot more useful than a Level 1 Sword of the Damned. Here are a few reasons why:
• Sword throw has a 20% slow and a blink
• Excellent for a Blood Lust attempt
• Escape a level 1 enemy gank
• The range increases by a decent difference so it increases mobility
So now we know why we level Sword throw first.
Why Hellbourne Zeal at Level 10?
By level 10, you would have already have maxed Sword throw and Sword of the Damned. Leveling it early on is a waste of a skill point, as these two skills are much more valuble at early levels. This is because your damage is not that high in early game too fully make use of it.
Possession is taken whenever possible because its crucial for your initiation with Sword throw. Its a powerful skill and scales nicely throughout the game.
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This is a popular build that gives you health regen, hatchet for last hitting and other uses and crushing claws can be used to make a bracer or Chalice. Ofcourse crushing claws gives 45 hp and 3 damage. Thus overall, this option gives a boost in survivability early on, as well as some aid in last hitting.Option 2
This option, you get one health regen item, which is the good old health pot, use it if your very low life due to heavy harassments. Two minor totems for some survivability and last hitting power. Mana pot is for an extra throw i guess. This build is very solid and the totems can be used to complete a power supply.Option 3
Pretty self-explanatory. A very very common starting build for carries. However you dont need to follow these builds every game. If your confident with last hitting, you may not pick up the hatchet and get the buckler only, plus some regen and totems.THERE IS NO PERFECT BUILDThe reason i am not making a full build for each option is because its pretty much YOUR choice. You should make items thats good for you in that situation. I mean. There are not many combinations of items that are appropriate to start with, taking into fact you only have 603 gold in your pocket at the start usually. Unless you buy boots first, Or something completely retarded. Anyway, these are possible items you may pick up.
+25 Attack Speed
+60 Movement Speed
Best boots for Maliken. This is the only boot that scales. You benefit from the attack speed and can switch the attributes of the boots. You never know you might need the bonus mana. Please dont buy ghost marchers. You dont need the extra raw damage since you have Enchanted Flames skill. Sure the active skill grants mobility but for a strength carry, i think steamboots is better. Also Maliken needs the attack speed! You cannot rely on your passive for attack speed because it requires for you to be in low or medium health.
Power Supply is just so good! I get this on every hero. Again, very effective if enemy team has alot of spammers such as Thunder Bringer, Armadon etc. People may underestimate the burst heal it may provide. To be exact, it restores 10 health and 15 mana per charge with a maximum of 15 charges. In a full on team fight, this can provide 150 hp and 225 mana at max! Very useful for clutch plays and mind games. This item has a 17 second cooldown.
It's a feasible item for those that enjoy spamming, in other words, solves your mana problems. The regen is nice and it should be on your mind as an option. Your Life Essence in conjunction with this item has synergy. Attack creeps to restore health and then activate this for mana. Just incase you didnt know, on use, it removes 150 health and grants 100 mana. If an enemy hero within 700 AOE is killed before 15 seconds after use, you are healed back the initial 150 health you traded. This item has a 35 second cooldown so try using it everytime its avaliable unless your mana is full.
Always carry this! You can use it to escape ganks, immediately go to defend a tower so you can deny it or prepare for a team fight, respond to teammate when enemy towerdive and so on. A must have regardless. Its good practice to carry this when you play.
+15% Life Steal
The most common attack modifier on this hero. It stacks with your Life Essence so why not! Plus it can get upgraded to Symbol of Rage which is a very powerful item. Whispering Helm plus your passive synergises well. You can also control a creep with its active ability. Try getting a minotaur or ice orge for their ability. You can also get a minotaur or catman champion to stack ancients for the fact they are not so squishy. Oh, also buy the Helm of the Victim first as opposed to Hungry Spirit. The armor and hp regen is better than a 10% lifesteal. Plus this is early stage and i doubt your damage is high enough to benefit from 10%.
Dominating a creep cost 75 mana and the cooldown is 300 seconds. Funny thing is, there is no cap to how many you enslave.
A very good item, if not the best item in the game. I know i said items are situational but you should just get it so you dont get permanently disabled. Maliken is famous for raping teams with just this item. Besides, there will always be a stuner or high burst nuker fag who cant wait to kill you. Cooldown is 80 seconds and thats probably enough time to use it in the next big clash.
Want to know more? The magic immunity lasts 10 seconds and dispels debuffs from self also which cannot be dispelled. Secondly, each time Shrunken Head is used, the duration of magic immunity is reduced by a second and its cooldown is reduced by 5 seconds. The duration of Magic Immunity will not go below 5 seconds, nor will the cooldown go below 55 seconds.
+25 Attack Speed
+3 Health Regeneration
Get this early and it will be of use. Dont forget to turn it off just when it starts to quickly kill you and turn it back on for a sudden burst of hp. Insanitarious and lifesteal are a good combination. If your planning to buy this, get lifesteal first, and get this as soon as possible. Only reason its worth considering is because its cheap for the effects it provides when toggled.
When you activate it, you instantly replenish 475 Health and get the following: +25 strength, +31 damage and +10 Attack Speed. By the way, you actually get more health since it gives 25 strength. Yum! However, you lose 35 true damage per second. I see alot of noobs buying this item, turning it on and keeping it toggled for longer than they should. The cooldown is only applied when activating (not when toggling off), which means that one can (after the cooldown has worn off) toggle this item off and activate it right after healing yourself up to 475 health.
+25% Life Steal
Symbol of Rage is so godly. Gives you passive 25% LifeSteal helps you last longer during battles and gives 45 damage. The real magic is its active ability which is just imba 150% life steal for 3.5 seconds upon activation! Sad thing is this items is quite expensive. Its nice to buy this if you bought whispering helm earlier on.
+40 Attack Speed
Contributes to team and team fights well. The two auras are really beneficial. Grants +10 armor and 40 attack speed. Works well with your Sword of the Damned and Possession skill. Also makes you tankier. I believe that this item makes a lot more impact in a team fight than a Heart on a single hero. Its more team orientated and because of that generally better to buy late game.
+300 Hit Points
Makes you tank. A very solid item on carries. Nothing more to say, just gives **** loads of hp and bonus 40 damage. Heart is great for tanking heavy damage. Massive + 0.75% of max health regeneration per second allows you to quickly recover between teamfights, pushes etc.
+45 / 55 / 65 / 75 DamageExplanation
I guess with your extreme attack speed as your health diminishes and the splash from Possession this is a wonderful item for raw damage. This item is quite cheap for its effect since its recipe-upgradeable. I'd rather this, than save up for the entire item such as Savage Mace for its effect. After trying this out, i found i easily inflicted 500-700 critical hits at late game. I was amazed by the damage output with your skills. This is the item for pure damage.
Get this item before 20 minute mark at latest. If you are planning to build this, just buy boots and attempt to rush it. Once you get this, your farming potential will sky rocket. Its a great item espicially in mid game for harassing heroes in team fights, taking into account you are a semi-initiator. Also, if you have bad team mates and had poor farm early, Just make Shrunken or Insanitarious. Although Mock provides the auto aoe burn and helps in farming, its also great for chasing.
+15 Attack Speed
+10% Movement Speed
Most people find this as a bad item for Maliken. I have tried this out as an experiment. This is more for fast pushing and playing mind games on your enemy. I guess the invulnerability upon activation may come in handy for disjointing spells. When you activate this item while in your ult form, the illusions will be ranged. However if your ultimate duration ends, they switch to melee form. Obviously the illusions will not have the Sword of the Damned properties (it would be awesome if it did). The stats it provides isnt as that good.
According to Hon Wiki, the illusions take 3.5 times normal damage and deal 33% of your attack damage, and inherit properties from you, in this case not the Sword of the Damned skills! The Illusions have a 20 second life time. When you activate this, it dispels all Buffs and Debuffs on you.
+15 Attack Speed
True Strike and Mini bash is useful i guess. Improves dps. Im not sure about this, but i think the lifesteal works from Savage Mace procs in ultimate form. Not sure though.
When Maliken ults, he becomes a ranged hero and have the effects from items the same as any ranged hero. This is why Brutalizer, HotbL and Runed Cleaver are not picked up on him.
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This hero is usually played in side-lanes (bot for Legion and top for Hellbourne). This is so the tower can provide shelter since tower diving is not common in early stages. If you or your partner does not push the lanes and maintain lane control; aggroing creeps, creep pulling and such. You will find yourself less pressured. Although, he can solo mid, he is countered by many other mid solo heroes.What to do when your opposing lane is squishy?
This is a loaded question. If you have confidence in yourself and your laning partner, you may attempt to kill one of them or even a double tap. Situations might be if they have no regen items, their individual HP is 550 or lower, they have no disables, they have no strong nuking ability and so on. If they have some of these things, it's best to play abit passively, and counterattack if they screw up.Heroes with some sort of Escape
Valk, Sill, Hag, Gemini etc... These heroes will be hard to kill since they can just pop out of battle, but there is a way to kill them with a well timed Sword Throw! Usually when these heroes activate their escape skill, there is a remnant at their destination. Such as when Hag blinks, there is a quick animation of bats at her destination spot from point A to Point B. A being the origin, and B being his/her new location.Even if some heroes dont have this, as long as you know your opponents hero, im sure you will know what to do. Valk for example, her leap can only travel linear/straight. So as long as you can predict the range of her leap, you can take her down. Or if she is infront of you completely horizontally, and leaped towards her home base, just Sword Throw to the direction she was, problem might be timing. Reminders, your Sword Throw range is greater than her leap. I would like to add that its all prediction, reading your opponents and knowledge of their heroes, and yours.Ganking Principals
1. You can initiate well with Sword Throw from the fog. Make sure you have Enchanted Flames turned on.Sword Throw Uses
2. Attack, then activate your ult and auto attack to death. One or more team mates will probably have a stun or disable to lock them down longer.
3. Save Sword Throw for a finisher or a kill-steal. The cooldown is too long to be used twice for most ganks. Plus you need the gold more, unless a real hard carry was there.
4. Mid game, you won't have the DPS to solo gank, but you only require 1 partner with a stun to kill most heroes. Dont be afraid to use your ultimate because the cool down is pretty short.
Sword Throw can be used in many ways, ill show you some simple techniques.EscapingCountless times your going to be fleeing from enemy heroes. The solution? Use Sword Throw in a area that enemies cant pass or reach, then use a homecoming stone. Areas may be cliffs, unpassable terrain etc. This is a great way to escape and works most of the time, unless an enemy has a blink. You can also activate shrunken head to prevent getting killed by a long range nuke.Blinking behind your Enemy
This technique is used commonly for ganking and It is very easy to use. Simply Sword Throw to an enemy and press it again so you blink behind him/her. By doing this, you will get an extra attack or two while the enemy is turning around. If the enemy is attempting to run, press 'S' and try your best to creep-block him while getting another few hits. This ensures he/she does not get to his/her tower or allies as fast. During this time, your allies can do whatever to kill.Disjointing Spells
There is not much to say about this. When you Sword Throw, and blink in to the swords' current location, you can disjoint any projectile that was coming to you. This just requires good reaction. In this screenshot from an actual game i played, enemy voodoo throws that green stun thing at me. I used Sword Throw to disjoint it.Killing Low Hp Runners
Like this! This is just instincts and reading the map. In the screenshot i just knew Night Hound would be there because its such a narrow passage-way. Dont ask me why the sword is green...If that doesnt kill them and your already in iultimate form; try and hit an enemy creep or hero. The splash may be just enough to kill them! The screenshot below isnt the exact situation, but the Night Hound thinks he will leech off exp with his permanent invisibility. However little does he know that my attack does an extreme 50% splash when he is within 75 aoe.Team Fights
Your job is to initiate a team fight by blinking in ult. You should not initiate first but, if there is other initiator or tank, its your job. Focus on disablers and carries. Remember you have your whole team behind you, as soon initiate and activate ultimate, this gives your team such a good advantage. I advise you to activate your ultimate. Dont try and save it to interrupt an enemy channel, because your disabler can do that.If You had a Very Bad Start
In a scenario where the score is 13-28 and you can't farm very well due to ganks... Get a Gravelocket after your basic Whispering Helm and Boots. You should try to get Shrunken as soon as possible. With Whispering Helm, go jungle if most of them are miss and lane if they all go back in vision. If your team overall is under leveled and not very farmed, tell them to just play defensively and try not to separate that much unless they carry a home coming stone. Farm tank items such as Behemoth Heart or Daemonic Breastplate. If your team are complete douchebags and there is no possible way of victory like 2 heroes can annihilate all five of you, just concede. There is always that one fag who does not pass the vote. To prevent getting reported, go jungle. Hiding behind your base or selling all your items for wards is clear indication your super mad. Thats not healthy, even for a daemon king.Your Role throughout Game
Early GameMaliken requires safe play and precise farming. Creep-block at the start to so enemy creeps will end up near your tower for last hitting, (creep-blocking is achieved by walking in front of the units and spamming S or H) it should be pretty easy to last hit with his decent starting damage in addition with the hatchet. It gets much easier after you level Sword of the Damned. Due to your versatile nuke and decent damage, try and get a kill with your partner, but only if you feel its right to do so.If your opponent is ranged make sure use attack enemy by pressing A near them to draw in creeps to stay away from harassment. Last-hitting and denying is primary thing you should be doing. Also, your partner should be a babysitter and helping you as much as he/she can. Whether that is healing you, harassing enemies etc.Again, focus on last hitting/denying every thing and stick with your lane to have as much gold and experience as possible. Call miss to let your team know if someone is missing in your lane. If the enemy in your lane are missing, you can either keep farming or attempt to gank another lane and get a kill. This is because you Sword Throw has high damage, good slow and the ability to blink. However this requires atleast level 2 Sword Throw and level 2 Sword of the Damned.The thing I am concerned is, I know you have a decent early ganking potential but Maliken is a carry, although he will reach his limit faster than any other hard carry. So farm! Make sure you don't feed, and above all else finish your base items by the time you hit level 7 to 9. Call for ganks in your lane and get the kills if possible. No, just kill steal all of them. The point is don't waste a large amount of time ganking, you need to get farmed. Shrunken Head is a must.Mid GameA lot of team fight are going to happen. Thats why having your shrunken and basic core items are imperative. Your role is to play initiate and hit those fools hard, how dare they mess with the boss of S2.Before you initiate, make sure all of your teammates are in the position to back you up, because you dont want to suicide by charging into 5 people. Activate Shrunken Head after the 'Feared' ends. Attack the first disabler you see, if you don't see the disabler then attack the squishiest enemy hero. If an enemy is dying and is running away don't blindly chase him too far, you might want to check if your team can do okay if you leave them, if you chase the target too far away and even if you manage to kill him, there's a chance that your team might be wiped out due to your absence. This is a common mistake noobs do.
When there are no team fights, participate in ganks or push with your team once you finish Shrunken Head. Your going to shine most at this point of the game, make use of that. Dont forget, one attack on each creep and nuking them will wipe out a whole creep wave! Superb farming. Also you should dominate a creep if you bought whospering helm and control it to stack Ancients. Dont be afraid to use your ultimate to take down these boss monsters quickly.Late GameIf you did really good in mid game, you will not struggle in this stage. If you have a potent initiator and tank, get luxury items to improve your damage. If not, get luxury items to increase your tankability.I would imagine your either going to be turtling or pushing hard. In this case, you will probably be done a few towers, quite high level with one or two or more luxury items. At this stage, the next clash of the titans will most likely decide the fate of your game.To increase the chances of winning, read the following. Dont get cocky and spend all your gold at once. Alot of people finish off a huge item thinking it will gurantee a victory. The answer is no. You must play safe therefore save about 2000 gold for a buy back just incase. Dont ever farm a lane by yourself! People with invisibility or blink will gank you. So stay with team! A team gank is common in this late stage. Kill Kongor for Token after a mild team fight or if they are turtling. If there are no heroes that are more potent carries than you, you get the aegis.
Furthermore, I would like to add that stacking ancients and wiping them out is a good source of gold. Oh, and dont be scared to die. You are not the true carry, but a semi regardless, you are very powerful.
As a summary, do NOT go 1 v 5. Play safe and seize any opportunity for victory you find. Look at the enemies respawn time and dont bite more than you can chew. Im sure you have experienced a team where they are still raxxing with low hp and the enemy team are gradually coming back. Suddenly your whole team gets annihilated. They proceed to push mid and win the game.AlliesSupport/Disablers
These guys are a carrys' best friend. They help you throughout the game and even sacrifice themselves for you. Quite touching...Initiators
This group of heroes are the one that excel in this role. You are a secondary initiator compared to these guys. Coupled with you, you make a fearsome duo.Carries
The real trump card. Dont be jealous when they shine brighter than you at late game. They are meant to farm farm and farm and carry your ass to victory.EnemiesPredator
This growling son of a dog is a pain to you. Avoid 1 v 1 with this guy, and focus someone else. This hero is an anti-tank. When you face him one on one, he will life steal harder than you.Magebane
You have a poor mana pool. a few hits with this guy and your rendered useless. Magebane is also a stronger carry than you. Hes also got a solid escape skill.Vindicator
His Sages's Lore is a godamn annoying spell. His Gylph of Silence passive makes you unable to blink in if you were within 800 aoe. His ult is game breaking. Well i guess if he used it after you have already activated ultimate and exhausted Sword throw, its another story.Pandamonium
Panda is known to be an anti-tank, his disables are as deadly as His Facesmash goes through magic immunity too which can screw you big time.
This Section is for me to answer questions and update ridiculous stuff i try, and analyse them. Such as picking up a Frost Plate or others for fun. Other ridiculous stuff like lvl 1 jungle Maliken 0.oMaliken Hero Spotlight; Youtube
Bottle > Boots > Shroud?
Rift Shards or Savage Mace?
According to Macrohards post, a Savage Mace is better considering the price. However if you have very high attack speed or base damage, Rift Shards is viable. If you also have splash damage, Riftshards is a good item to pick up.
I currently dont have decent games. But feel free to see Match 76296681. A game where i got mock at early game. End score is 9/0/6 with 506 gpm till they conceded. I am still learning. Feel free to send me good educational Maliken replays for others to watch. Edit: I got mock at around 18 min mark. Highlight is just farming and carrying the team. At the end i out leveled everyone by alot... How is Hammer level 10 and im 21? Had 6000 gold but didnt know what to buy soon before it they conceded.Match 76296681
Trash Talk: 4/10
Big Plays: 3/10
Maliken is such a powerful hybrid hero. He may be a situational pick, but if you do well, the rewards are great. Dare i say this, but he is probably the best hero S2 has made, sorry Myrmidon. Maliken is perfection and hardly OP or UP.
Thanks for reading my first guide. Please comment, critiscm, state grammar errors and such. I have got my fingers crossed for this hero to be seen in comp more and non-comp games. F****ing Gemini or Tremble every game.
Credits to S2 for Heroes of Newerth. Guys who are solving math equations at Mechanics section of hon forums. The moderators that make the forums better. Special mentions include Drasha, Macrohard and the 'Guide Guide' Guide :P
END. By R0XAS
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nice work, really liked the guide, hope to see more from you
did a minor makeover. removed spoilers. some pictures have expired... shuda used imageshack 100%. trying my best to update this guide to make it more detailed and helpful. plz comment. even negative comments. so i can improve it.
edit: i will upload the expired images back to this guide
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Im also going to change font
Last edited by R0XAS; 01-19-2012 at 10:03 PM.
I'll start off by saying I liked this guide quite a bit. I think with some cleaning up and a bit more detail it could be premium quality. I skimmed through it tonight and here are my initial reactions:
Generally be more confident in your writing. You use phrases like "it seems" and "I guess" a lot. For example, under the description of hellbourne zeal "This is the skill that makes Maliken a carry i guess." Is this his ****ing steroid or not? YOU are the one writing the guide. As the reader, I expect you to know this kind of thing.
Too much emphasis on aesthetics and "cool" factor in pro's and con's. Please focus on maliken's impact in game and how his strengths and weaknesses dictate when he is a good pick and what your playstyle should be.
Picture on sword of the damned is not needed. As it is, it shows nothing but a motionless hero.
Picture on zeal needs to be edited to highlight the actual AS increase.
Picture on the ult is a good demonstration of its effects. Perhaps you can show a picture of maliken attacking in normal form and then 1 in ult form to give an idea of the increased range. Also a diagram of the AOE for the splash would be helpful.
For starting items, consider not getting a hatchet if the lane will be an easy one. Sword of the damned gives plenty of last hitting power. (you could perhaps label this "for experienced players."
The new item grave locket is really a strong pickup since he has mana issues if you spam his sword throw. I have found myself skipping blood chalice for locket and haven't regretted it. This is individual preference though.
Would like to see more details on insanitarius. There are multiple reasons to consider it, only one of which is its price. It adds a significant amount of survivability, around 400 health and 5 armor. It also adds AS and pure damage, and the lifedrain has synergy with zeal, sword of the damned, AND whispering helm. You can manipulate the health gain/loss to maximize your AS (and therefore damage). Also, if you're going to get it, it should usually be early on. Probably, immediately before or after whispering helm.
Worth noting is that riftshards is usually considered THE damage item of choice for maliken. On the graph you posted by macrohard, you fail to mention that riftshards is superior to savage mace if the hero has some kind of cleave or splash. Which is a pretty big detail to leave out.
Hope this was helpful.
Thanks. That was really helpful.
Im going to fix some stuff up. For pictures, ill do it tomorrow.
For the attack speed gain from passive. How do you zoom into the bar at the bottom?
gr8 guuide, thank you for posting! keep up the good work
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I just need to re-upload some images. example, the swords and passive images are not very helpful.
I got almost all the pics but the aoe splash indicators of malis ult...
How do i show that?
You are missing the radius of the fear effect on the ult. You can get the radius of the splash effect by spawning a bunch of stationary creeps and attacking the middle in practice mode. (the health bars will pretty clearly show the radius.)
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By spoilers you mean the stuff in items.
"+ A situational pick and depends on line-up"
"+ Cannot beat late game hardcore carries"
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Yeah. Ofc. If that was not true he would be seen in comp more. Almost all carry heroes relies on his team. Hes not the best pick. Good if you have a decent player who is going to babysit you, another player who is able to tank/initiate better. Such as a fast-push line up, he would not be the greatest pick.
Hes a very good semi-carry. I have my doubts a farmed maliken could defeat heroes like a very farmed Doctor Rep, Dark Lady, Magebane maybe even a Sand Wraith in 1 v 1 situations.
Revisit your core. Shrunken Head is a must, no matter what, and is usually a higher priority than Whispering.
Secondly, Maliken is a woeful initiator against even moderately well drafted teams, and should never initiate with sword into ult because it leaves him without any options to apply damage after the initial burst, and any counter initiation will leave him out of position.
Thirdly, proper counter carries like Panda, Arach and Rampage are his actual banes because they destroy his time on target. This is critical because he relies on his BKB time to influence the fight in concert with his ult. (ie. time wasted hurts him more in a teamfight than other carries.)
Finally, he can usually out carry all three of the "real" hard carries you mention assuming he rebuys shrunken after luxury. TDL and SW in particular get shredded and out positioned by him. SW is just generally meh at the moment.
Otherwise, pretty guide.
I did say Shrunken is very good. I mentioned it many many times. Im not going to bother putting a bold tag with "MUST" next to Shrunken Head.
Forgot to mention anti-carries! Will update it
Nice content, although the formatting makes me want to cut onions instead, also should probably disable mods when taking screenshots, I'm sure a lot of players are confused by the tree stumps.
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Valkyrie is in fact not invulnerable during leap Also, it may just be me it is bugging but I get really annoyed by your lower case i's.
Otherwise, great guide and gratz on premium!
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