In today’s guide, we want to talk about a very versatile midlaner, who can lane very well against most other heroes in Dota 2. Welcome - Windranger.
Windranger is an intelligence ranged hero, who is known for her insane potential to burst down single targets insanely quickly in fights. She also has the ability to disable two enemies up to 3.8 seconds and has good survivability thanks to Windrun.
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Role in the game
As we have mentioned, Windranger is very versatile. She is very common in the positions of offlaner and roamer, and can be played as a support, but the most popular role of Windranger is midlaner.
The purpose of Windranger in the game is to provide disable and burst down key enemy heroes in fights.
Shackleshot is a unit target ability, which stuns the target for 0.75 seconds. If there is a tree, a unit, or another hero behind the hero that you use Shackleshot on, both targets are going to be shackled for a long period of time. The spell is very good for initiating and team fighting.
Powershot is your farming and harassing tool. The spell is very good during the laning stage, as it allows WR to ensure last-hits of ranged creeps and harass her opponent.
Windrun grants Windranger 100% evasion and 60% movement speed bonuses. It also slows nearby targets. Use the ability to trade HP in your favor with enemy heroes.
Focus Fire allows Windranger to demolish single-targets and destroy enemy towers very quickly. Use this spell on the most farmed enemy heroes to get rid of them in fights quickly.
As we have mentioned, the purpose of WR in the game is to provide disables with Shackleshot and burst down key enemy heroes with the help of Focus Fire. No surprise that your item build should be focused on making those two skills more dangerous.
As starting items you should get yourself a very common Circlet, two Mantles of Intelligence, Faerie Fire, and an Iron Branch. Ask supports to share two Tangoes with you.
In the early-game, complete one Null Talisman and start collecting gold for the Bottle. The bottle is very good on Windranger, as she can benefit a lot from having Power Runes. Finish the early-game build with Phase Boots and Javelin. With these items, you should be able to easily kill any enemy hero on the map.
In the mid-game, use Javelin to complete Monkey King Bar and follow it up with Blink Dagger. The purpose of Blink Dagger is to improve your ability to shackle enemy heroes effectively.
In the late-game, your first go-to item is Black King Bar. As Windranger wants to demolish enemy heroes with Focus Fire, she often goes to find herself in the middle of the fights. This is why BKB is absolutely essential for WR. As the game progresses, finish your build with Daedalus and Satanic.
The game for a midlaner starts with a creep block. Good or bad creep block can determine the overall outcome of the laning stage. Do your best to block creeps effectively.
Your biggest goal in the lane is to use Powershot to ensure last-hits of ranged creeps and harass your opponent at the same time. Try to select the best possible angle to do it effectively.
Once you reach level 6, ask for a rotation for one of your supports to make a killing attempt on the enemy midlaner. You should have no trouble bursting down any enemy midlaner with the help of Focus Fire.
With four skill-points in Powershot, you should start farming neutral camps. While using Powershot, make sure to select the best possible angle to damage two neutral camps at once with the help of Powershot.
Play around the cooldown of Focus Fire, especially once you finish Monkey King Bar. Your ultimate is going to allow you to make a kill per minute if you play correctly.
During fights aim to use Focus Fire exclusively on enemy cores, rather than on supports. Use your high bursting potential to get rid of the most farmed enemy heroes.