Spectre Guide: How To Haunt Your Pubs

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Mercurial, the Spectre, is one of the more quality hard carries in Dota 2. Rather than going all out on physical damage through regular attacks, Spectre emphasizes defense in order lớn create offense. She does this primarily through her passive ability Dispersion (E), which reduces all incoming damage while reflecting it back.

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This means that Spectre is more concerned with raw durability and staying power in teamfights, rather than outright physical DPS. If you fancy a farming carry that can become almost impossible khổng lồ kill in the late game, read on. We will show you the spooky ways of Mercurial herself.

Flexible Spirit

This is not lớn say that she isn’t capable of dealing damage straight up, though. Spectral Dagger (Q) deals magic damage to anything caught in its path, slowing them if they step onto its shadowy trail. Spectre also gets a movement tốc độ boost and free pathing when she is on the trail, allowing her lớn chase targets down with ease. Desolate (W) on the other hand deals pure damage khổng lồ targets with no allied units near them, making her a truly frightening duelist.


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Her signature ability is her ultimate Haunt (R), which instantly spawns illusions on each enemy anh hùng in the game. These illusions attack their assigned targets relentlessly, forcing them lớn retreat or face the consequences. During Haunt, Spectre can use its sub-ability Reality (D), in order lớn teleport lớn the targeted illusion & replace it with her real self. Haunt is a global ability, which gives Spectre a special advantage as a carry: she can be away from her team lớn farm creeps, but join them for a fight at a moment’s notice.

All of these combine to lớn make Spectre a one of a kind carry that can be unstoppable if left to lớn her own devices. That said, she is very weak in the laning phase, và can quickly turn into dead weight if she gets shut down early. On her own, she doesn’t really have a way to lớn get back in the game, as she needs certain items to increase her farming rate. It is therefore vital lớn pair her up with a support that can babysit her effectively.

A Ghost’s Hunger

Radiance

Despite her thiết kế as an thắng lợi dependent carry, though, Spectre can actually be built in two distinct ways. There’s the traditional method of buying Radiance as her first major item, which entails avoiding fights at all costs lớn focus entirely on farming. Spectre is one of the best Radiance carriers in the game, thanks to lớn the nature of Haunt and the fact that her base farming rate is so slow. Radiance helps Spectre clear creep waves & jungle camps much faster, as well as giảm giá tons of passive damage in teamfights. Radiance also has the added benefit of disabling Blink Daggers, especially when combined with Haunt.


But as with any carry that builds Radiance, early deaths can set this build back significantly. Saving up 3,800 gold just for the Sacred Relic component means that Spectre is a high-priority target in the laning phase. If your team’s draft is effective at creating space for you, consider the Radiance option.

Mid game Fighter

Otherwise, there is “Combat” Spectre, which involves building mid game items lượt thích Blade Mail and Diffusal Blade in order lớn fight early. Leveraging Haunt’s ability khổng lồ let you join fights even while hitting creeps, this build is excellent at pushing the tempo & taking objectives fast. Combat Spectre generally eschews Radiance, in favor of items that have much better build-ups and more stats to offer upfront.

Should she get the momentum she needs through this build, Spectre can then scale into the late trò chơi with big, expensive items lượt thích Eye of Skadi & Abyssal Blade. The build does fall short of true hard carry status, though, if Spectre cannot capitalize on its strengths early on.

Hard to lớn Exorcise

The rest of Spectre’s usual items focus primarily on two things: increasing raw health & agility. Raw health items lượt thích Heart of Tarrasque và Eye of Skadi are extremely important to lớn Spectre, due to her reliance on Dispersion to khuyến mãi damage. Basically, the more health she has, the more she’ll be able lớn reflect incoming damage. Eye of Skadi is best used against heavy lifesteal và healing, though it also partially solves Spectre’s huge late trò chơi mana issues. If preventing healing isn’t a concern, then the health regen from Heart of Tarrasque is more valuable.


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Agility, on the other hand, is much better for Spectre than raw bonus attack damage. This is due khổng lồ the fact that illusions vì not benefit from bonus attack damage. Instead, they hit harder with the increased base damage from the parent hero’s primary attribute. In this case, Spectre can only pump her illusion damage through bonus agility. Manta Style, Sange and Yasha, Diffusal Blade, & Butterfly all come to lớn mind in this regard.

As for neutral items, we recommend the following per tier:

Tier 1

Chipped VestPossessed MaskBroom Handle

Tier 2

Essence RingDragon ScaleRing of AquilaQuicksilver Amulet

Tier 3

Cloak of Flames (stacks with Radiance!)Titan SliverElven TunicOrb of Destruction

Tier 4

Illusionist’s Cape (incredibly strong on Spectre)Minotaur HornThe LevellerNinja GearPenta-Edged Sword

Tier 5

Apex (your illusions will hit like a truck)Stygian Desolator

The Phantom’s Knowledge

Abilities

Spectre’s ideal ability build has remained the same over the years, as her abilities haven’t changed much themselves. Maxing out Spectral Dagger & Dispersion in the early trò chơi is recommended. Spectral Dagger can be used lớn go for kills in the lane, as well as lớn secure ranged creeps from a safe distance. It does cost quite a lot of mana, though, so Spectre can only really use it twice or thrice early on.

Dispersion on the other hand makes Spectre more likely khổng lồ survive in lane, và jungle just a little bit faster. As mentioned before, Spectre’s early trò chơi is terrible, và so Dispersion helps with her durability in the laning phase slightly.

Desolate isn’t really valuable until the mid game onwards, as you won’t have the tankiness required lớn chase lone enemy heroes down before that point. It becomes very potent later on, though, especially as heroes start to lớn split up & do their own thing away from creep waves. Therefore, it’s best to leave this alone until around level 10. Do cảnh báo that Desolate’s damage cannot miss, which makes it great against heroes with evasion that don’t have illusion abilities.

As for Haunt, it’s important khổng lồ get it as soon as it is available. The cooldown at màn chơi one is extremely long, but each màn chơi removes trăng tròn seconds from the base cooldown. The mana cost does scale up accordingly, however, so keep this in mind.

Talents

Here’s where it gets a little bit tricky as Spectre’s talent tree is kind of a mixed bag. Some like the Dispersion talent at cấp độ 25 are really strong, but some like the +400 Health talent at level trăng tròn are kind of forgettable. The beauty of her talent tree however is that almost every talent has its place depending on the situation.

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For the most part, though, here’s what we recommend you take & why. For level 10, the health regen talent is better if you need khổng lồ catch up from a bad start. It allows you to stay in lane longer & tank more harassment, after all. If you are ahead, though, the +5 All Stats talent will help you more in the long term.

At level 15, the Spectral Dagger cooldown reduction talent is better in most cases. Being able lớn ignore normal terrain pathing that much more often is underrated in our opinion. It also helps you farm faster, assuming you have ways of topping up your mana lượt thích with Clarities or Ring of Aquila. On the other hand, the +12 Desolate Damage talent can be useful for Combat Spectre.

At màn chơi 20, we recommend the Spectral Dagger movement speed change talent in almost every instance. It’s just so much better than +400 health most of the time, especially when facing speedy heroes. Used correctly, you can also use it to weave in và out of combat if need be.

Finally, there’s the +5% Dispersion talent at cấp độ 25. Assuming you’re not going up against Break mechanics, this talent can help close out a long game. Five percent bonus damage from Dispersion really adds up in deep late-game teamfights. Not to lớn mention that you also become five percent more durable at the same time. The Haunt talent is kind of worthless in most situations, as you won’t be looking to deal the bulk of your damage through that ability anyway.

Our recommended build, therefore, is as follows:

Spectral DaggerDispersionDispersionSpectral DaggerDispersionHauntDispersionSpectral DaggerSpectral DaggerLevel 10 TalentDesolateHauntDesolateDesolateLevel 15 TalentDesolateHauntLevel đôi mươi Talent: +14% Spectral Dagger Slow/BonusLevel 25 Talent: +5% Dispersion

Optimizing Your Spectre Play

Because Spectre’s kit is chất lượng in its own right, there are a few ways of optimizing your play available lớn you.

Spectral Dagger

Spectral Dagger is perhaps the most important ability when it comes lớn optimization, as it can be used to stack multiple creep camps at once & make your overall farming rate a bit faster. Whenever you’re in the jungle, it’s important khổng lồ try khổng lồ hit two creep camps at once if possible. This can be done by hitting one creep camp physically, then launching a Spectral Dagger at another camp close by.


In general, you can also use Spectral Dagger khổng lồ get from place to place faster. Since its path allows you lớn completely ignore terrain, you can use it lớn quickly scale cliffs and get to lớn creep camps that much sooner. It’s likewise fantastic for escaping ganks, as you can easily abuse elevation and treelines.

Desolate

Desolate works only Spectre’s current target does not have any friendly units within a 475 unit radius. The way the ability interacts with heroes when they’re jungle creeps is a little weird, though. Heroes will still get affected by Desolate even if they are next lớn neutral creeps, regardless of whether they’re in the Radiant or Dire jungle. This means that your damage output will be at maximum when chasing heroes through the jungle, provided that they don’t run into any allied heroes or creeps there.

As for farming jungle camps, it is more efficient for you lớn hit the weakest creeps in each camp first before you go for the strongest one. This ensures that you get the most out of the bonus damage.

Dispersion

Dispersion is essentially an always-on version of Blade Mail, in the sense that it reflects a portion of any damage dealt to lớn Spectre back in a maximum radius of 700 units. Heroes closer lớn Spectre receive more damage from this ability, while those in the maximum radius receive less. These mechanics distinguish it from Blade Mail, which only reflects damage back at the same source and no more than that. Dispersion instead absorbs & then scatters the incoming damage in an area, which means all enemy units in that area will get hit.

Spectre is so reliant on Dispersion, though, that Break mechanics basically hard counter her. She becomes way softer than one would expect her to be in the late trò chơi without it, và she loses a large chunk of her damage output. This means that things like Silver Edge, Aghanim’s Scepter Doom, & Spirit Breaker’s Aghanim’s Shard weaken her significantly later on.

Knowing how vital Dispersion is to lớn Spectre, you’ll want lớn keep in mind which Break mechanics you can prevent và which ones you can’t deal with. Thankfully, the Dota 2 wiki has a danh sách of these along with the pertinent details.

Haunt

New Spectre players often aren’t aware of this fact, but you can actually jump to lớn active Haunt illusions multiple times. You can use this to lớn your advantage in teamfights, in order to lớn blink from one target to another in quick succession. Reality also allows you khổng lồ jump lớn the next target right after killing an enemy hero, greatly reducing the time it takes khổng lồ get to lớn them.


You can even use Haunt as an escape mechanism in a pinch, though this will only apply if there is an enemy nhân vật that is far enough away from you & their teammates. This will put it on cooldown and give your opponents a big window lớn get aggressive, but sometimes it’s better than dying outright.

Spectre certainly isn’t as straightforward as more popular carries like Anti-Mage or Sven, but mastering her gives a satisfaction that few others can. She may be difficult khổng lồ play as in the laning phase, but there just no feeling lượt thích being unkillable in the late game as a hard carry. Take the time to practice her trò chơi plan, and Mercurial will reward you plenty.