If you like playing MMR alone in Dota 2. You need a hero who can carry the entire team. Phantom Assassin Dota 2 is the right hero for those needs. Give him time to farm, then the Phantom Assassin can kill all enemies in the mid game. Next I will give a guide to playing Phantom Asssassin in Dota 2.
Hero Skill Build
Phantom Assassin is a relatively weak hero in the early game. He doesn’t have reliable escape abilities and his early game damage is very low. Thus, you must use the Stifling Dagger to play offensively to repel enemies in the laning phase. Make sure you maximize the Stifling Dagger level first. With Stifling Dagger, you can do quite a lot of damage and also a slow effect on enemies. You can work together with support to get a kill in the early game. Stifling can also be relied on in mid game until late game. Because the damage from Stifling Dagger is a percentage of the amount of Phantom Assassin’s attack damage. Thus, damage from Stifling Dagger will scaling as your attack damage increases.
Phantom Strike is the second skill that you must level up. With a bonus attack speed of 100 at level 1, this skill is very useful for playing aggressively at the beginning of the game. Stifling Dagger and Phantom Strike are the main strengths of the Phantom Assassin in the laning phase.
As much as possible play aggressively in the laning phase because the Phantom Assassin must repel his opponents in lane in order to get maximum farming. If you do not repel your opponent, the Phantom Assassin will continue to receive harassment from the enemy. Phantom Assassin is not a hero who has good sustainability.
Blur is a skill that you need when the laning phase is complete. I therefore recommend that you do not raise the level of Blur first. Blur provides a great evasion of the Phantom Assassin. However, Blur is more useful to launch your farming. After the laning phase, the chances of enemies ganking are huge. They must be after Phantom Assassin who is doing farming. The enemy will install an offensive ward in your forest. By activating Blur, you will not be seen on the mini map or on the enemy camera so you will be safe doing farming in the forest or on the lane.
Item Build – Early Game
Early game items are more focused on making farming Phantom Assassin easier. Quelling Blade is an item that you must buy. Before completing the Phase Boots, it’s better to complete two Wraith Bands for sustainability and damage. Because Wraith Band will increase your armor and attack damage from the given agility. If your opponents in the laning phase rely more on the skills they emit, it’s better to skip two Wraith Bands and immediately make a Magic Wand. Phase Boots are also a must item for Phantom Assassin. With additional armor from Wraith Band and Phase Boots, you will have excellent sustainability when farming. There is a Phase Boots trick that I learned from the pro player game that is don’t wear Phase Boots before the slow effect of Stifling Dagger disappears. This trick will help you to help you to chase enemies to ensure the desired kill.
Desolator is an item that is relatively cheap and quick to complete for Phantom Assassin. I suggest completing the Desolator before any other items. With Desolator, the Phantom Assassin can deal great damage to enemies and help him destroy towers faster in the middle of the game. Thus, the Phantom Assassin can help his teammates earlier to get objective.
Making the next item depends on the problems you face in the game. There are two situations that are commonly faced by Phantom Assassin, namely the enemy with a lot of crowd control or the Phantom Assassin receives too much damage from the enemy. If crowd control is the problem. You must complete the Black King Bar as soon as possible. To free your movements during war. If the enemy has a hero with a large damage. Abyssal Blade is the right answer. You must stop the enemy with the Abyssal Blade and kill it quickly.
The choice of the next item also depends on your needs. You must be able to analyze the situation that you experience in war. There are two circumstances, namely whether you need sustainability or damage. If you need sustainability, Satanic is the right answer for this situation. Lifesteal and strength provided is enough to keep the Phantom Assassin alive in battle. If you feel you are lacking damage, Monkey King Bar can help you to get additional damage and attack speed. Monkey King Bar will also make the opponent’s carry think about buying items with evasion effects like Butterfly.
Nullifier can also be an option if you want to eliminate one enemy quickly. Nullifier is very effective for dealing with enemy core heroes that use the Black King Bar. That way, your teammates can launch skills without fear of enemies using the Black King Bar. Do you feel that you still lack damage? Divine Rapier is your last choice for this problem. But I suggest first analyzing the situation that you experience in war. Are you easy to get killed? If so, you are not advised to make a Divine Rapier.
Talent +15 damage and + 15% lifesteal are the most appropriate for the Phantom Assassin. In my opinion, there are no circumstances that force you to choose another talent at level 10 and 15. At level 20, there are two conditions that you should consider when choosing talent. Do the majority of enemies have large physical damage? If so, I suggest you to take talent + 30% Blur evasion. If the enemy does not have large physical damage, you can take talent -4 armor corruption. So you have a total of -11 armor corruption added from the Desolator you have previously made. For level 25 talent, the Stifling Dagger triple strike is a better choice than the + 10% Coup de Grace. You can give the crowd control area with great damage from the three Stifling Dagger cast.
Best Support Allies
- Ogre Magi
This two-headed hero is very useful for Phantom Assassin from the beginning to the end of the game. Ogre Magi can help Phantom Assassin to expel anyone in the laning phase. With his Ignite skill, Ogre Magi harasses enemies. The stun effect from Fireblast can help Phantom Assassin get a kill at the beginning of the game. Bloodlust from Ogre Magi provides additional attack speed for the Phantom Assassin. With a large amount of strength, Ogre Magi can withstand a lot of damage early in the game to help the Phantom Assassin get a kill in the laning phase.
Magnus is a hero that is useful for every melee carry hero in Dota 2. Empus from Magnus is very helpful to accelerate the Phantom Assassin in spending jungle camp or creep wave. So that the Phantom Assassin can do farming quickly.
Planning for everything in Dota 2 is in the form of anticipation and adaptation regarding the situation you are facing so that nothing is certain in Dota 2. Everything must be in accordance with the current situation. Thus, in this Phantom Assassin guide I give choices for a number of circumstances that might occur.