Today we have a special guide. What is special about it? Legion Commander was selected to become the first offlaner in our new education system based on simple quests, which will hopefully help you improve your basic skills and help to understand the hero better.

Regarding patches, Legion has always been a very popular hero among players in all ranks. This hero has the ability to dominate his lane, apply a lot of pressure on the enemy carry and then demolish opponents all around the map.

If you look for a simple, yet a very powerful offlaner, Legion Commander is definitely your best choice.

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As Legion has two very popular and powerful builds, we decided to make two guides and let you select the one which suits your play style better.

Table of contents

Legion Commander

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teamfight Legion Commander

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Early-stage of the game(-1:30-12:00)

Legion Commander is a lane dominator. If you lane against a regular duo-lane, it should not be difficult for you to win the lane. All you have to do is to use Overwhelming Odds effectively to ensure the last-hits of ranged creeps and harass your opponents. With the help of Moment of Courage process you should easily out-harass the enemy carry and get yourself a decent amount of farm.

Well, but what to do if you are going to lane against very strong counters, such as Undying, Ursa, Monkey King, Timbersaw or Slark? Do not worry, we have an answer to that too.

Legion Commander

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teamfight Legion Commander

Legion Commander 7.22

Once you acknowledge your bad situation in the lane, you should immediately walk behind the enemy tower to steal the second enemy creep wave. Move enemy creeps in between your tier-1 and tier-2 towers if you play for Radiant and in between tier-2 and tier-3 towers if you play for DIre. This simple trick will help you to safely farm the full enemy wave, get level 2 and also deny the full wave of allied creeps. If the enemy carry is inexperienced, this simple trick will also make the lane push towards your tower, which will help you secure more easy last-hits and experience. Once you reach level 3, you should get two points in Moment of Courage. This will help you to move behind the enemy tower and farm literally in between enemies tier-1 and tier-2 towers.

Everything we have described might sound difficult and complicated, but it really isn’t. These moves are commonly used in high ranked games. To make it easier for you to remember, let's make a list:

  1. Steal the second enemy creep wave and bring it in between your towers to farm.
  2. Get level 3 and get two points in Moment of Courage.
  3. Move behind the enemy tower and farm there.

Once you get your core early-items, Phase Boots and Magic Wand you should start working on getting a Blink Dagger. Farm creeps, try to zone enemy carry out of the lane. You really do not want to make any rotations once you finish Blink. This is why you should encourage your teammates to come to your lane to make kills. Hopefully, you get some Dual victories out of that. Rotate to other lanes only if it will be absolutely necessary.

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Mid-stage of the game(12:00-26:00)

Right about now you should finish your Blink Dagger. Try to use it to kill the key enemy hero. To do it effectively, you should encourage some of your teammates to use Smoke of Deceit together with you and make a successful rotation.

You should have a perfect balance in the game. Get kills with Duel, apply pressure on enemy towers afterwards and in the meanwhile do not forget to keep farming.

Legion Commander

Legion Commander 7.22

teamfight Legion Commander

Legion Commander 7.22

It is good if you managed to get an early Blink Dagger, but it is also necessary to get yourself a Blade Mail. This item will significantly improve your killing potential.

Try not to show yourself on the map too often. It will make your opponents always afraid of potential ganks.

One of the key strengths of Legion Commander is the disable time on Duel. Legion can easily hold in place enemy hero for full 4 seconds with only one point in Duel. It means, your team will always be able to burst down fat or very mobile enemy heroes. Always try to convert your kills into something useful for your team. Made a kill? Push all lanes towards your opponents, destroy a tower or kill Roshan.

Remember, your job in the mid-stage of the game is to provide initiation.

Late-stage of the game(26:00-99:59+)

In the late-stage, your gameplay might change a little. At this stage of the game, you will have to start using not only the offensive abilities of your hero but defensive as well. Press the Attack has a strong dispell, which can help you to make a crucial save at the key point of the game. Do not rush to use this spell on yourself, as it can be a lot better to save it for your midlaner or carry.

Play around the key objectives of the game, such as Roshan, Towers and Bounty Runes. The easiest way to find a kill is to contest the Bounty Rune or force your opponents to fight for Roshan.

Try to keep the lanes pushed. Encourage your teammates to push at least two out of three lanes towards the enemy base. It will give your team additional map control. You can push the lanes very easy and fast with the help of Overwhelming Odds.

Play very disciplined while sieging the enemy base. Do not make risky jumps on the enemy base. Stay behind your carry and either buff him with Press the Attack or be ready to save him with this spell.

Common mistakes

  • Not buying enough healing items for the laning stage. Players in lower ranks usually purchase only x3 Tango for the laning stage. It is a huge mistake. All heroes in side-lanes are very dependent on regen. The more healing items you have, the easier it will be to win your lane. Aim to get yourself x6 Tango and a Healing Salve.
  • Leaving the lane too early. Encourage your teammates to make rotations to your lane, rather than make rotations yourself. If you play by a default Phase -> Wand -> Blink build, you should focus on getting Blink Dagger as soon as possible.
  • Buying Aghanim’s Scepter too early. Before you purchase Aghanim’s, you need to make sure you have enough damage to deal with enemy cores.

Tips & Tricks

Improve your skills through watching streams, videos or replays of professional players, who pick this hero.
Get two points in Moment of Courage and move behind the enemy tower to farm if you are facing an annoying carry in the lane.
Keep a good positioning to be able to protect your teammates with the help of Press the Attack.
Legion Commander is one of very few heroes in the game, who can disable Tidehunter and prevent him from using Ravage. Cooperate with your teammates and be ready to burst down Tide first in fights.

Allies and counters

Legion Commander is good to pick against a very weak support/carry. Once LC gets his levels and farm it is very hard to stop him.

Legion is a great counter pick to right-click carries, such as Juggernaut. LC can easily kill them with the help of Duel and Blade Mail.

Legion commander can benefit from having heroes with a burst potential in his team. Lina, Zeus, Invoker and Skywrath Mage can work very well in combination with LC.

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