1. The Best Build for Invoker in DOTA 2
Skills: Dendi goes this build, as do all the better Invoker players. He does switch it up now and then to keep variety in DOTA 2 though. Rush 4 Exort, 4 Quas and 1 in Wex. You then max Exort, then Quas then Wex. Try to take Invoke early on and level it again later. Your main skills are Forge Spirit, Cold Snap and Flamestrike. Once you get all your skills maxed, you want to also use your Deafening Blast which is great for ending the game. You want to invoke between them as need be.
Items: To apply the high pressure needed for this build, you must go Arcane Boots, Force Staff, and often BKB or Blink Dagger. Aghanim’s is another strong item for him, but it is unlikely you will have the money for all these in a normal game. If you want to play it safe or are inexperienced, skip the Blink Dagger for a more passive game. Force Staff is just a great item on a huge number of people. Do not forget you can activate it twice to use it on yourself.
2. Playing Invoker with this setup in DOTA 2
You want to apply a ton of pressure early on and throughout the game. Your life regen from Quas will keep you in lane. Once you get Cold Snap you can apply even more pressure, as you can sandwich opponents between the Cold Snap, your Forge Spirits and your auto attack. Few characters can weather such an onslaught. Even if they do, you can just Invoke into a Flamestrike.
3. Other Advantages of this Invoker Build in DOTA 2
This build also allows you to easily farm stacks of Ancients and do Roshan as well. Your forge spirits can even pull and stack for you if you want them to. It also gives Invoker a level of DPS rivaled by very few. It is also a great build to fight opponents such as Leshrac, Storm Spirit and (to a much lesser extent) Outworld Destroyer. These characters cannot out-damage a Forge Spirit Invoker who plays well. Leshrac can outdo the damage if you get too close and do not micro your pets properly.
4. Weaknesses of this Invoker Build in DOTA 2
While it is quite superior to other builds, it is less useful for passive players. They are better off going EMP/Tornado. You will have less pushing power and be less useful in a teamfight doing that though. However if you are inexperienced with Invoker it may be the better choice. This is because it is quite a bit easier to play the EMP/Tornado build because of the significant range it gives you.
5. A Typical Example of the Build Done Right
A typical game goes like this: You rush up to duo Forge Spirit and push your enemies into the tower, then take it. You then spend the rest of the game dashing at lone targets with Force Staff, then activating Cold Snap and Forge Spirit. Most enemies will go down within a few hits of a full Cold Snap/Forge Spirit combo. Then you get your BKB and start marching through them with the same tactics. Even when dead, you can micro your Forge Spirits for additional damage. Just keep it up and it should be an easy win.
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