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Lina is the primary carry of the patch and it isn’t even shut. Nice laning stage, excessive farming pace, spectacular scaling and versatile builds make her a little bit bit too sturdy within the present patch. Robust, however not unbeatable and right this moment we wish to speak about how one can cope with Lina.
One doubtlessly exploitable quirk of the hero is that she is often picked within the second section and generally even the primary one. There’s time to adapt to her decide.
In lane, she is usually paired with midgame melee helps like Riki or Nyx Assassin, who are sometimes picked within the first section. They usually have a poor laning stage relating to trades and in conditions like this Axe is superb. He will get to disregard the lane come stage two or three, and simply go behind the tower and pull creeps in the direction of the impartial camps. This accelerates his farm immensely.
Related ideas might be utilized to Centaur Warrunner and Dark Seer, although they often want barely extra ranges to go for such performs. The latter can be not essentially the most effective hero to have in opposition to Lina within the later levels of the sport, however the farming pace can nonetheless be utilized to nice success.
By going this route, you don’t “counter” Lina’s laning stage: she’s going to get an absolute free farm in lane. However you’ll have a well timed response with a really sturdy, aggressive hero who will get to farm greater than Lina and can have a lot larger tempo.
Towards weak lanes and when performed properly each Axe and Centaur can get very early Blink Dagger and have an absolute area day throughout the map. Once more, not essentially countering Lina instantly, however reasonably ensuring that she doesn’t get to play round her teammates.
Upon getting an additional merchandise, comparable to Blade Mail on Axe, you possibly can go for Lina kills, however it isn’t essentially the most effective plan of action. When you have got tempo within the early recreation, going for aims, proscribing the map for the opponent and ensuring you progress in the direction of victory is often the extra dependable play.
Lina is a glass cannon. She begins off fairly squishy and continues to be squishy till the very late levels of the sport, the place Satanic is often her sturdiness merchandise of alternative. A number of heroes can exploit that squishiness very properly.
Most notably, there may be Phantom Assassin. The dynamic between her and Lina is a bit bizarre, since Lina can go for an early Silver Edge or late midgame Monkey King Bar, however it’s nonetheless very a lot initiation-favored till the tip of the sport.
If Lina will get to open up on PA, with right gadgets she will be able to completely soften her over the period of her stun. If PA will get to leap Lina with BKB, she’s going to often want a crit or two to seal the deal. With entry to Blur on PA, although, getting the leap must be a lot simpler and it’s mirrored in Lina winrate: she solely wins 47% of her video games in opposition to Phantom Murderer.
Extra dependable burst heroes embody Sven, Ursa and Chaos Knight. All three are excessive bodily burst heroes preferring to leap in on a goal, deleting them within the course of.
Of the three Ursa is certainly probably the most meta-friendly, being one of many higher carries for the laning stage with built-in goal taking. Don’t sleep on Chaos Knight, although: most professional gamers simply spam Illusion off cooldown, fixing the farming pace downside the hero used to have.
Sven might be probably the most area of interest hero of the bunch, however we really feel like he’s criminally underrated. His farming pace may be very excessive, he can deal a great quantity of harm all through the sport and his laning stage is fairly spectacular: the extent one stats on the hero are among the many finest within the recreation.
Extra importantly, although, with Shard and Warcy, he can present his crew with an insane quantity of additional Armor. With the present meta revolving round heroes like Death Prophet, Drow Ranger, Lycan, Tusk and Shadow Fiend, being further protecting of your helps makes absolute sense. We really feel like a well-played Sven can mitigate an amazing quantity of harm in teamfights, turning “one-shot” kills into extended fights the place his helps get to make use of their spells a number of occasions.
There are a number of gadgets to contemplate in opposition to Lina. First is a forgotten Wraith Pact. The merchandise is a far cry from what it was once, however it’s nonetheless a terrific Armor aura and a robust Bodily harm mitigation device. We perceive why gamers are hesitant to make use of it, however we really feel like it’s nonetheless being undervalued.
An alternative choice is a lately buffed Crimson Guard. Lina hits very quick: she will get +385 AS from Fiery Soul, mainly making her a greater Troll Warlord. Nevertheless, she doesn’t actually hit arduous earlier than getting Crits, be it Silver Edge or Daedalus. 75 Harm Block can go a good distance in stopping allies from going full to zero over the period of a stun.
The common save gadgets in Glimmer Cape and Force Staff additionally go a good distance, however we wish to spotlight Guardian Greaves, which is presently among the many hottest gadgets within the meta and for a great motive. It has an insanely good Aura that now prompts a lot earlier. It supplies the bearer with a dispel and the clutch heal can generally permit teammates to make use of their precedence spells for a turn-around.
What are your ideas on coping with Lina? Do you’re feeling like there are different choices to contemplate when coping with her? Share your ideas within the remark part beneath.