Another week, another awesome guide :) Today we are going to talk about one of the best heroes you can pick if you want to improve your MMR - Leshrac. The hero is very mobile, has an insane pushing potential, has the ability to push waves and farm neutrals very fast. If you think you are better than other players at your rank, Leshrac is a good hero to prove it.
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Role in the game
Leshrac is a very versatile hero. He can be played at any desired role. He works very well as a midlaner or even as a carry, as he can benefit a lot from having levels and items. He is great as an offlaner, as he is very mobile and is hard to kill because of it. He might work even as a hard support, since he has both a stun and the ability to push towers. But his most popular role - the role of a roamer. In this role, he can both secure himself necessary levels and not take too much space from his teammates at the same time.
The purpose of Leshrac in the game is to counter illusion based heroes and provide pushing potential.
Split Earth is a powerful AoE stun, which deals quite a lot of damage. The ability is good for ensuring last-hits during the laning stage and harassing the enemy carry. You can use this spell to cut down trees to create paths for yourself or your teammates.
Diabolic Edict makes Leshrac the monster he is. This ability allows Lesh to push towers insanely fast and deal a lot of damage during fights. Alongside with Pulse Nova, Edict helps Lesh to burst down any enemy hero.
Lightning Storm is not as powerful as other spells of Leshrac. However, this ability deals quite a lot of damage and applied a decent slow debuff. This ability can be upgraded by Aghanim’s Scepter.
Pulse Nova is a great split-pushing, farming and fighting tool. Use this spell to kill creep waves fast and to clear neutral camps.
Headdress became very popular on most roamers and supports in the current patch. Leshrac is no exception. The item is just too good to ignore in 7.25b. As your starting items, you should get yourself a Headdress and follow it up with two sets of Tangoes.
This item build will allow you to sustain comfortably at the beginning of the laning stage until you decide to bring yourself additional consumables, such as Healing Salve and Enchanted Mango.
Leshrac is a very squishy hero, this is why in the early stage of the game your biggest goal is to get yourself two Bracers, alongside Magic Wand and Arcane Boots. These four items will make you very strong in both fighting and farming.
As for the mid-game, one of the best items you can get on Leshrac is Eul’s Scepter of Divinity. In combination with this item and Split Earth, you are going to be able to set up kills at any point of the map. The second best item for Lesh in the mid-game is Force Staff. This item improves the mobility of Leshrac even more and makes him very hard to catch. Not to mention, Force Staff is great for saving teammates during fights.
However, the most important item you should get for Leshrac is Black King Bar. This item can be key in late-game team fights. Leshrac really wants to run down his opponents, this is why he can always find himself in the epicenter of the fight. BKB helps to ignore all the magical damage and most disables. Follow these items with Shiva’s Guard and Octarine Core and you are good to go.
Leshrac has very low base damage, it makes him not the strongest hero in the lane. The good thing about Lesh, is that he has an AoE stun and nuke, which help him to secure last-hits of ranged creeps and harass his opponents. Split Earth - your key tool during the laning stage. Even though AoE of this spell is very low, once you learn to hit it, you are going to provide a lot of impact.
Diabolic Edict adds a lot of strength to Leshrac as the laning stage progresses. This ability deals an insane amount of damage to a single-target. It means, once Leshrac catches someone out of position, he can easily kill that target with the help of only two spells.
Once you get to level 5, the pushing game begins. Find any opportunities to apply pressure on enemy towers. Ask for rotations from your core heroes, make kills together and then take down enemy towers with the help of Diabolic Edict.
From time to time, chill for a bit and take your time to farm necessary items in the jungle. Make sure to bring yourself Clarities to restore your mana while farming.
Do not be afraid to play aggressively and split-push lanes far away. Leshrac has a very big movement speed, which allows him to push the lane and move back very quickly. Pay attention to the mini-map to be aware of the positioning of your opponents.
Focus on your positioning during fights. Even though Leshrac is very fast, he is very squishy. Once you get stunned out of position, it is going to be very hard for you to escape.
Allies and counters
- Leshrac himself is a great counter pick to illusion based heroes, such as Phantom Lancer or Naga Siren.
- He works very well in the lane in combination with strong melee heroes, who also have stuns, such as Wraith King, Sand King or Slardar.
- Greatest counters to Leshrac are heroes with nukes, and heroes, which can prevent him from moving. Lina, Queen of Pain and Puck can harm Leshrac quite badly.