1. Preface/Good Junk
This guide has only been tested in public and IH games so far. I rarely see a PhantomLancer in TDAs or even public games.First and foremost, you need to know when is a good time to pick Azwraith as your hero.If the enemy team picks any of these characters, you should NOT pick the PhantomLancer or risk getting pummeled into the ground all game.
Queen of Pain (Scream of Pain, Sonic Wave, combined with early gameharassment)
Earthshaker (Fissure, Enchant Totem, and Echo Slam combined with Aftershock will crush you)
Twin Headed Dragon (Barraging Dual Breath will own you most of the game,Macropyre, and Ice Path)
Any other hero that revolves around AoE nukes.These heroes will utterly dominate you throughout the game.
Phantom Lancer (PL)
has been one of my favorite characters throughout my DotA experienc who is infamous for the sheer numbers of images he can output. But then,Juxtapose was nerfed a while back so his images only lasted for
(after aprevious 30), and can barely last the travel from one wave of creeps to the next.Needless to say, I was devastated and did not play Phantom Lancer for a long time.Despite this setback, after I had randomed him again, it revitalized my love for the heroand I was inspired to create an in-depth guide that recommended my style of playing.This guide isn't meant to be unique, innovative, or new in anyway. Manta isgreat withths character!This is and has been the item choice of most people for a long time. A lotof people rush into maxing Juxtapose early, on the sole absurd basis that it is importantto have weak, fragile images that appear every few minutes. Or maybe it is so they canhave level 4 Juxtapose ready with his level 2 ultimate, so they can have weak, fragileimages, and sacrificing your only nuke/slow, or escape mechanism. He is
anamazing pusher and has nice hero-killing capabilities. Strong PL players are quick- witted, clever, and creative.PL is terribly underrated. Moreover, he is very item dependent so screwing up your early game will most likely ruin you. However, when he reaches his core item, he is one of themost, if not THE most, powerful late game heroes in the game.His picture is based on
Final Fantasy X's Kimahri Ronso
who is basically a really grumpy horned blue lion who got his horn cut off and shunned from his horned-blue-lion people.