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Thursday, 26 January 2012


Skill Build
1 - Tormented Soul
2 - Hellfire
3 - Tormented Soul
4 - Hellfire
5 - Tormented Soul
6 - Wrath of the Pharaoh
7 - Tormented Soul
8 -Hellfire
9 - Hellfire
10 - Wall of Mummies
11 - Wrath of the Pharaoh
12 - Wall of Mummies
13 - Wall of Mummies
14 - Wall of Mummies
15 - Stats
16 - Wrath of the Pharaoh
17 - Stats+

Justification / Modifications:
Tormented Soul is taken at start in order to scout out the opponent's lanes (who's laning where) and for last-hitting purposes. In most lanes (especially solo mid) you want to max Tormented Soul first for lane control. If you are paired with a slower/stunner however you can max Hellfire over Tormented Soul and try to get some early kills. The damage from a full duration Hellfire is almost in the 4 digits!

One point in Wall of Mummies can be taken early if it synergizes with your lane-partner or you need means to escape. Else leave it for later and keep your mana for Hellfire/Tormented Soul.

Lane Starting Items:
1x Runes of the Blight, 1x Healing Potion, 1x Logger's Hatchet, 2x Minor Totem

Iron Buckler >> Bottle >> Power Supply >> Ghost Marchers

Remember, you are a ganker/initiator who is very reliant on having enough mana to pull off his moves/ganks.

After Core:

Puzzle Box >>
Shaman's Headdress (>> Barrior Idol) >> Behemoth's Heart

Puzzle Box adds a lot of DPS when the enemy can't run from your minions but the real power is to reveal heroes like scout, night hound, mandman, etc. once you catch them in your mummies.

Shaman's Headdress and eventually Barrior Idol will help you absorb much more magic damage and tank/chase longer.

Alternative Items:
Staff of the Master: Staff of the Master will reduce the cooldown on your ultimate down to 20 seconds and enables to target allies - transforming it to a stunning Portal Key!
Frostfield Plate: Raw armor and a slowing AoE nuke after your ultimate will seal the deal in team-fights.
Helm of the Black Legion: Old school Pharao. You can get this before/after Ghost Marchers. It can help when you are having a bad laning phase on a side lane where you need the HP/Reg to be less vulnerable to harass. It is also solid because you will often be the first target in teamfights simply because you initiate.

Roles: Initiator, Ganker
Properties: Tank, Pusher (Push any lane from anywhere)
Prefered Lane: Middle, Short
Difficulty: 3 - Medium
Farming capabilities: 3 - Medium (You can farm other lanes and stack creep camps from afar with Tormented Soul)
Item dependancy: 3 - Medium
- Early Game / Lane Control: 3 - Medium (Strong harassment)
- Mid Game / Ganks: 5 - Very Strong (Hellfire > Ulti > Wall of Mummies > Auto-Attack = Kill)
- Late Game / Team Fights: 4 - Good (Decent tank, Ulti still shines, Auto-attack damage decreases though)

Noteable +/- and synergies:
+ Hellfire's mini-stuns denies a lot of casters to pull off their spells
- Requires other players to roam with you

- You're alway the first hero to go in!
Hellfire > Ulti > Wall of Mummies preferably on casters to take them out asap and prevent them from pulling off any channeled abilites or spells with casting time.
- Keep map and rune control (Wards!) to keep your bottle filled and ensures you to roam/gank even longer. This means you have to buy Wards from time to time in pub-games.

- Tablet of Command. Seriously, if you are not carrying and playing against a Pharao get this item. It's ridiculous how much this will screw him. You can save allies by pushing them outside his mummies, you can push himself out of the mummies or you can frogleap the mummies when he tries to use them to escape. You can also escape should he catch you will hellfire.
- Power Supply as he will spam his Tormented Soul like there is no tomorrow.
- Standing behind your creeps will most of the time save you from being initiated on.
- If you are a squishy carry hero (Like FA, Arachna, Madman, etc) pharao will most likely try to initiate on you. Stay back and be prepared for it.

1 comment:

  1. Reading this made me want to play games again. I hope you can have enough fun for me, as I cannot play.