In terms of
skills and item builds, there are two things that are worth noting.
First, he gets
plenty of HP and mana sustain items and consumables. Bottle, Soul Ring AND
Arcanes might seem excessive but notice
that he very rarely stays at max mana. These items allow him to use his two
nukes very often, which brings us to the second point:
prioritizes two levels in Rebuke and one in Spear early on. He uses both spells
very freely to help himself secure last-hit and even kill a couple of Treants,
which lets him get ahead in terms of last hits compared to your lane opponent. Afterward, he maxes Spear for the possible kill
potential (of course, he still uses it for farming).
spells freely means he is pushing-out the lane a lot, which gives him free
space and time to control the rune with his Bottle and even to stack.
invest a point in Bulwark until both nukes are maxed. Constantly pushing-out
the lane also gives Prophet little time to harass. Because of this, he doesn’t feel that the harass coming
from Prophet is enough of a threat. Consequently, maxing both nukes for maximum
farming speed and kill potential is a good move.
(game time) you can see a stack, rune
control, followed by great usage of Spear for kill attempts. First, he
skewers BH back into the tower (which doesn’t prove to be enough), but then he
stuns the Prophet on the mid lane Cliff
to secure a kill together with this Tiny.
you can see a standard kill attempt with
Arena. Notice that the damage wouldn’t have been enough if Lich wasn’t
there. That’s why before solo kill attempts you need to deal some harass damage
to your target.
you can see how Dendi uses Arena to
punish the over-commitment from the enemy team behind his tower, which
leads to a triple kill for him.