In this guide, we will talk about one of the simplest, yet most effective midlaners of pretty much any patch. Dragon Knight is one of those heroes that can follow the same steps every game and provide tons of impact for his team.
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Role in the game
Dragon Knight is a very versatile hero. Usually, he is played in the middle lane, but you can use him in pretty much any role, including carry, offlaner, and soft support.
The purpose of Dragon Knight in the game is to increase the pushing potential of his team. He is also a great frontliner and initiator.
Breath Fire is an AoE nuke that applies a damage reduction debuff. This spell helps DK to ensure last-hits of ranged creeps in the lane and improve his split pushing potential later into the game.
Dragon Tail is a powerful single-target stun, that applies a 2.5-second stun on its first level. While in melee form, Dragon Tail stuns instantly, making it impossible to dodge or react for the enemy. This skill gets insanely strong with the addition of level 25 talent.
Dragon Blood is a passive ability that improves the health regen and armor of Dragon Knight. The spell significantly improves DK’s sustain in the lane.
Elder Dragon Form turns DK into a dragon, granting him bonuses. The biggest strength of the Dragon Form is the ability to destroy towers very fast.
The item build for Dragon Knight in the early stages of the game is very straightforward.
On your starting gold, you should purchase Gauntlet of Strength, Circlet, Faerie Fire, Quelling Blade, and two Iron Branches.
In the early-game get yourself Bracer and Soul Ring, follow it up with Power Treads and Magic Wand.
In the mid-game, you will have to make some choices. The default build that works perfectly in all ranks is Shadow Blade into Black King Bar. In case you play against illusion-based heroes, it is a good decision to go for Mjollnir. Heaven’s Halberd can be a great item against heroes with a high amount of physical damage, or powerful ranged heroes, such as Ursa, Medusa, or Gyrocopter.
In the late-game Assault Cuirass is a must-have item, follow it up with Daedalus, Satanic, and Aghanim’s Scepter.
Dragon Knight has one of the simplest gameplays in the game. The laning stage for DK is usually very easy since he has a lot of sustain thanks to his passive. Stay in the lane, ensure last-hits of ranged creeps with the help of Breath Fire and farm passively until you reach level 6. Once you get to your ultimate, call a rotation from one of the supports and start pushing tier-1 tower. Be careful not to die right after you use Elder Dragon Form. If you fail to use your ultimate to get towers you can find yourself absolutely lost in the game.
Play around the cooldown of your ultimate, that’s pretty much your only goal in the game. Whenever ultimate is ready to use - push towers, in the meantime stack and farm neutrals.
Your goal during fights is to stay in upfront of your teammates, tank incoming damage, and kill key enemy heroes.
Dragon Knight is a powerful initiator, so you should always be ready to initiate fights with the help of either Shadow Blade or Blink Dagger.
Allies and counters
Dragon Knight can work with pretty much any heroes. He is picked quite commonly as a counter to Queen of Pain or Puck since neither of these heroes can do anything to DK in the lane.
Good counters to DK in the lane are Viper, Huskar, and Outworld Devourer.