Monday, April 4, 2011

The Bane Elemental, Atropos - Guide

Atropos the Bane Elemental has some of the most powerful disabling spells in the game. However, his spells are all single target, so deciding which heroes to cast his spells on in the thick of battle is a crucial skill for Atropos. Nightmare completely disables a target for a long time and deals minor damage, but comes with a drawback. The target can be woken at any time by either an allied or enemy attack, which transfers the Nightmare effect to the attacker. However, attacking a sleeping unit with spells will not transfer the Nightmare effect, making this a fantastic spell for setting up other allies' abilities that are difficult to hit. Brain Sap is a extremely deadly direct damage spell which is unreduced by magic resistance and heals the Bane Elemental with every cast. Enfeeble allows Atropos to render a physical attack hero practically useless for a long duration, and should not be underestimated. Fiend's Grip is the Bane Elemental's most feared ability. This spell deals huge amounts of damage, drains a lot of mana from the target, and completely disables them as long as Atropos is channeling, allowing allies to move in for the kill. With the ability to effectively disable three heroes at once, the Bane Elemental is a great hero for manipulating battles and ambushing enemies.

Atropos - The Bane Elemental
Range: 400 | Move Speed: 305
Primary: INT
Str: 18 + 2.1 | Agi: 18 + 2.1 | Int: 18 + 2.1
Damage: 51 – 57 | HP: 492 | Mana: 234
HP Regen: 0.79 | Mana Regen: 0.73
Attack Speed: 0.69 | Armor: 4

Enfeeble (E)
Greatly reduces an enemy unit's ability to participate in combat. Reduces its damage and life regeneration. Lasts 20 seconds.
Level 1 - Reduces attack damage by 40%.
Level 2 - Reduces attack damage by 60%.
Level 3 - Reduces attack damage by 80%.
Level 4 - Reduces attack damage by 100%.
• The damage reduction is calculated based on the base damage and primary attribute of the target.
• Enfeeble has no effect on direct damage bonuses from items.
• Casting range: 1000
Mana Cost: 125
Cooldown: 15

Brain Sap (B)
Feasts on the vital energies of another unit, absorbing some of its hit points.
Level 1 - Absorbs 90 HP.
Level 2 - Absorbs 160 HP.
Level 3 - Absorbs 230 HP.
Level 4 - Absorbs 300 HP.
• Damage type: pure
• Gives the full hp amount to Atropos, regardless of the amount of hp the target lost.
• Casting range: 600
Mana Cost: 125/150/175/200
Cooldown: 16

Nightmare (T)
Puts another unit into a fitful slumber, filled with horrifying nightmares. It takes 20 damage per second. If that unit is attacked while it slumbers, the attacking unit comes under the effect of Nightmare.
Level 1 - Lasts 4 seconds.
Level 2 - Lasts 5 seconds.
Level 3 - Lasts 6 seconds.
Level 4 - Lasts 7 seconds.
• Damage type: HP removal
• Nightmare can damage allies (and Atropos), and can thus be used to deny hero kills.
• Typing -disablehelp will prevent direct casting on allies.
• If the target recieves any type of damage except Nightmare, then it will wake up.
• The use of spells on the affected units can wake the target up without the caster falling asleep.
• In the first second of Nightmare the target will be invulnerable.
• Casting range: 500/550/600/650
Mana Cost: 165
Cooldown: 15 seconds

Fiend`s Grip (F)
Uses dark magic to grip a target enemy unit and damage it heavily. It cannot move or attack and Transfers 5% of enemies max MP per second to you. Lasts 5 (6*) seconds.
Level 1 - Deals 100 (155*) damage and transfers 5% (10%*) of the max mana of the target per second. Target is disabled for the duration of the spell.
Level 2 - Deals 155 (215*) damage and transfers 5% (10%*) of the max mana of the target per second. Target is disabled for the duration of the spell.
Level 3 - Deals 215 (270*) damage and transfers 5% (10%*)of the max mana of the target per second. Target is disabled for the duration of the spell.
Mana Cost: 200/300/400
Cooldown: 100 Seconds
• Damage type: magical
• Using Fiend's Grip on a magic immune unit will still disable and drain mana, but no damage will be dealt to the targeted unit.
• Fiend's Grip is a channeling spell.
• Damage and duration can be improved by Aghanim's Scepter (* shows the improved values).
• Casting range: 625


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Atropos is an elemental force personifying the nightmares and fear of this world. He manifests where there is promise of inflicting horror and feeding off dread. Sapping his foes' psyche heals him. Manifesting his enemies' fears, he greatly enfeebles their ability to fight. He revels in disabling foes by sending them into dread slumber. When need be he can rip his soul and force it into his foes, effectively immobilizing them with despair and pain. Atropos is, in one word, Fear.

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