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Dazzle Your Enemies

Created by Tooolbox on 2007-06-13
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Dazzle is what you call a Support Hero. He has a disabler, a buff/debuff, a heal/nuke, and noncombative (but very helpful) ultimate. It's a mixed bag of medium strength abilities that can be tricky to use right, but if you take the proper steps you, or at least your team, will own.

Dazzle - Shadow Priest

Range: | Move Speed: 305
Primary: INT
Str: 16 + 1.85 | Agi: 21 + 1.7 | Int: 27 + 3.4
Damage: 41 - 59 | HP: 454 | Mana: 351
HP Regen: 0.73 | Mana Regen: 1.09
Attack Speed: 0.71 | Armor: 2
Poison Touch
Poison Touch (T)
A poisonous magic is placed on an enemy unit causing it to move slowly becoming paralyzed. The longer the poison takes to set in, the slower the unit will become. After the poison sets in, it takes physical damage per second for 7 seconds. Target moves slower per level.
Level 1 - 8 damage. Takes 1 second to set in.
Level 2 - 16 damage. Takes 2 seconds to set in.
Level 3 - 24 damage. Takes 3 seconds to set in.
Level 4 - 32 damage. Takes 3 seconds to set in.
Damage type: physical
This damage is not reduced by damage block abilities (such as Vanguard, Kraken Shell, etc.)
At level 1 slows target by 33% for 1 second.
At level 2 slows target by 33% for 1 second and then 66% for another second.
At levels 3 and 4 slows target by 33% for 1 second, 66% for another second and then completly disables target for 1 second.
This skill has a ministun that interrupts channeling skills.
Casting range: 600
Mana Cost: 100/115/130/145
Cooldown: 15/13/11/9 seconds
Comment: Your disabling skill. Use it on heroes that are running away or are about to. It also has a minor stun when it sets in, you can use this to counter channeling spells.

Shallow Grave
Shallow Grave (G)
Shallow Grave prevents any damage from killing the targeted hero for 5 seconds.
Level 1 - 400 Casting range.
Level 2 - 600 Casting range.
Level 3 - 800 Casting range.
Level 4 - 1000 Casting range.
Targeted hero's hp won't go lower than 1 for spell duration.
Shallow Grave will not prevent Axe's Culling Blade ability from killing a hero.
If the Goblin Techies use Suicide Squad, Attack! while under the effect of Shallow Grave, they will still die.
Mana Cost: 140/130/120/110
Cooldown: 60/45/30/15
Comment: A good/evil spell. It has quite long range but takes time to work, so cast it on an enemy from a distance before you close into combat. Or use it on your tank to buff him.
Shadow Wave
Shadow Wave (D)
Sends forth a Shadow Wave to heal a few units. Healed units also damage a small area around them for the same amount.
Level 1 - Dissipates 80 damage, 3 targets.
Level 2 - Dissipates 100 damage, 3 targets.
Level 3 - Dissipates 120 damage, 4 targets.
Level 4 - Dissipates 140 damage, 5 targets.
Damage type: physical
Will heal you without counting against the targets limit before bouncing to the target.
If targeted on self, you will not count against the targets limit, then the spell continues bouncing normally.
Allied heroes are primary target for heal.
500 Bounce AoE between units
170 Damage AoE around the healed unit
Mana Cost: 80/90/100/110
Cooldown: 12/10/8/6 seconds
Comment: Not a powerful heal spell, but spammable at high levels. Don't use it to farm with until you have plenty of mana.
Weave (W)
A powerful shadow magic used to increase or decrease defenses over time. Changes armor by 1 every second. Affects allied and enemy heroes in a 600 AOE.
Level 1 - Lasts 12 (18*) seconds.
Level 2 - Lasts 18 (24*) seconds.
Level 3 - Lasts 24 (30*) seconds.
Places buffs on heroes, so entering or leaving the initial area after the cast won't have any effect.
Unobstructed sight (800 range day and night) is provided for a short time.
Casting range: 2000
Area of Effect: 600 (800*)
Can be improved by Aghanim's Scepter (* shows the improved values).
Mana Cost: 100
Cooldown: 40
Comment: A really nice spell that keeps your team in the field constantly. At low levels, use it on yourself or teammates about to die. At higher levels, keep it on your team at all times.
Skill Build

Skill Build:

1. Poison Touch
2. Shadow Wave
3. Weave
4. Poison Touch
5. Shadow Wave
6. Shallow Grave
7. Weave
8. Poison Touch
9. Shadow Wave
10. Weave
11. Shallow Grave
12. Poison Touch
13. Shadow Wave
14. Weave
15. Stats
16. Shallow Grave
17. Stats
18. Stats
19. Stats
20. Stats
21. Stats
22. Stats
23. Stats
24. Stats
25. Stats
Item Build

Item Build:

1.View Details for Sobi Mask
Sobi Mask
50% Mana Regeneration
You are a support hero.
2.View Details for Headdress of Rejuvenation
Headdress of Rejuvenation
2 All Attributes
Passive: Regeneration Aura
3 HP regeneration. 500 AoE.
Ring of Regeneration + Ironwood Branch + Headdress of Rejuvenation Recipe Scroll
You are a support hero.
3.View Details for Void Stone
Void Stone
100% Mana Regeneration
Probably don't need Perseverance.
4.View Details for Mekansm
5 All Attributes
5 Armor
Passive: Mekansm Aura
4 HP regeneration. 500 AoE
Active: Heal
Heals 250 HP and gives +2 armor in 750 AoE. Armor bonus lasts 25 seconds. Doesn't affect units that have been healed by any Restore in the last 25 seconds. 150 manacost. 45 seconds cooldown.
Headdress of Rejuvenation + Netherezim Buckler + Mekansm Recipe Scroll
Support, support, support!
5.View Details for Eye of Skadi
Eye of Skadi
25 Agility
25 Strength
25 Intelligence
200 HP
150 Mana

Passive: Cold Attack
- Causes attacks to slow the movement speed of the target by 30% and attack speed by 20%.
Melee hero:
- Lasts 5 seconds
- Orb effect
- Buff placer
Ranged hero:
- Lasts 3 seconds
- Buff placer

2x Ultimate Orb + Point Booster + Orb of Venom
This one's for you. Mana, HP, everything.
6.View Details for Boots of Travel
Boots of Travel
100 Movement Speed

Active: Teleport
- Teleports you to an allied non-hero unit or building
- Casting time: 3 seconds
- Manacost: 75 mana
- Cooldown: 60 seconds
- Shares cooldown with Scroll of Town Portal

Note: Movement speed bonus does not stack with Boots of Travel, Phase Boots, Power Treads, Tranquil Boots or Boots of Speed.
Double clicking teleports you to your fountain.
Boots of Speed + Boots of Travel Recipe Scroll
I would take this over Treads.
7.View Details for Assault Cuirass
Assault Cuirass
35 Attack Speed
10 Armor
Passive: Attack Speed Aura
Adds 20 attack speed. 900 AoE
Passive: Positive Armor Aura
Adds 5 armor. 900 AoE. Affects buildings. Doesn't stack with armor auras from Assault Cuirass, Ring of Basilius, or Vladmir's Offering.
Passive: Negative Armor Aura
Remove 5 armor to enemies. 900 AoE. Affects enemy buildings.
Plate Mail + Hyperstone + Chainmail + Assault Cuirass Recipe Scroll
More support!
Skill Build

Early Game:

Notes On Dazzle's Abilities

Skill Build: The skill build is set up to increase all 3 abilities at an even rate. I recommend this because Dazzle needs them all, no one skill of his is good enough for any situation, but with all his skills he is excellent for any situation. Feel free to get the three skills in any order you like, my given build is simply the recommended one.

Poison Touch

Poison Touch: This is an excellent harassing skill early game, I recommend spamming it as low as level 1. Against a melee hero, start with Poison Touch and then get in a few extra hits. Against a ranged hero, feel free to trade hits. If they start to run, use Poison Touch and chase for another hit or two (however, if they stay put, retreat and heal yourself). Mid to late game it starts to lose effectiveness as a slower/disabler, so use it on enemies during ganks rather than trying to finesse things.


Weave: An unusual buff/debuff, I get this last not because it is weak, but because I think it is not as immediately useful as his other two. Cast this on yourself if you are alone, on your tank if you are pushing, or on an enemy before you start combat (Poison Touch as a follow up is nice). Remember that it takes time to work but has no visible animation so careless targets may not realize they have -16 armor.

Shadow Wave

Shadow Wave: Imagine Chain Healing, but it damages in an AoE around everywhere it heals. This is your farming skill but I do not recommend using it to farm until you have plenty of mana to burn. When you are with your teammates make sure to target them with this so they get the effect of the healing, I find that the bounce doesn't hit needy targets. You may think the healing effect is low, but it stacks up when you use it every 6 seconds.

Shallow Grave

Shallow Grave: This ult was buffed in v6.44, made permanent (barring purging or death obviously). Before, you had to keep it up on yourself or an ally, but now you can theoretically have it on your entire team. This means that if you all get nailed during a push, you're back in time to defend your base from the counterattack. This ability could mean the difference between victory and defeat. As for application, start by using it on yourself in the early-game (you're pretty weak). If by the time it's cooled down you still have the buff, proceed to use it on your teammate, and so on.

Playing Support

I've gone over the general and specific applications of Dazzle's abilities, but how do you play him, really? How do you play support? Well it's fairly simple--stay with your team at all times. Unless you need to go defend a tower or something, make sure to be with at least 1 teammate, preferably a tank. If your whole team is doing something, make sure to be there. When battle is joined, try to stay at the rear of the group. Use your abilities liberally to keep your team alive and the enemy dead. Poison Touch your target, Weave your tank/yourself/your target, Shadow Wave your tank/yourself, and keep Grave on everyone. Do this constantly and well, and you will succeed.

Overall, play things smart and as usual, but the cardinal rule is to never go it alone.

Early game time!

Lane And Partner: Okay, so how to pick your lane and parter? First off, have a partner. This is very important as a support hero. Go for a strength-based melee one if you can. Middle lane is also an excellent choice because you can move to assist other lanes more easily. (And that's what you should focus on, assisting.)

Items: Assuming you're in Easy Mode, I would go for a Ring of Regeneration and Sobi Mask with Tangos (you can get 4 and make it to your lane in time not to lose any XP). When you go back to base, turn Sobi Mask into Ring of Basilus and Ring of Regeneration into Headdress of Rejuv (in that order of priority). Your next target is Void Stone, so save for that. Depending on the situation, you should pick up Boots of Speed no sooner than Ring of Basilus, and no later than right after Void Stone. If you are playing support correctly, you shouldn't really need Boots badly.

Ancient Tango of Essifation

Sobi MaskRing of Basilius

Ring of RegenerationHeaddress of Rejuvenation

Void Stone Boots of Speed

Tactics: Last-hit (striking enemy creeps the final blow so you get the gold) and deny (kill your friendly creeps, which prevents enemy heroes from gaining XP from them) as you usually would, but more importantly harass with Poison Touch as discussed. You shouldn't use Shadow Weave very often until you get Void Stone (use your Tangos for initial healing, and don't be afraid to lend Tangos to your ally). I wouldn't use Weave at all unless you're going for a hero kill.

If your team goes for a gank make sure to be present, because you can weave+poison the target.

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297 By GuriPSYCO 2013-02-25

I say Agh>Deso.
Cast Weave BEFORE the clash and then just wait for your team to get physically invulnerable.

296 By killerbeez13 2013-02-22

Meks, pervs,mana boots, desolater
It should be GG by then..

295 By palagalaako 2011-02-28

@293, didn't you see the date that he posted this guide? it was 2007, his ulti by then was shallow grave, and weave was his only just his second skill.

294 By Phanx 2011-01-31

if balanar is there because you cant run away that easily then putting meepo in there is also good as he has a possible 20/40/60/80% slow and earthbind which i believe holds you in place for 2/3 seconds so between this and poof he can kill you easily.

293 By Hatrick 2011-01-31

I really dont understand why ders weave in the skill build in da early game..! isnt weave is an ulti..? so you can get it at lvl 6.. anyhow.. i dont like suppport heroes..! =)

292 By Omega Dragrus X 2010-12-14

check date of strategy. Old dazzle.

you sir are one of the reasons why i do not have a good game in dota here in phils.

291 By evofirst 2010-12-14

or maybe it's not same from the past ?
Sorry but now i start to play dota again since i play another game

290 By evofirst 2010-12-14

hey , are u wrong about taking weave in level 3 ?
in my dota weave is in level 6

289 By heyeyako 2010-10-31 Lol. :DD Nice Guide anyway. :)) Let's make a Newer guide. :> Need to Learn to play Dazzle.

288 By reanimagix 2010-09-17


tanga mo pare di mo man lang tignan yung date ng guide kung kayat ganyan ang skill build niya. Grabe ka kung makacomment. Laking tondo ka siguro?

287 By Cydonia 2010-09-13


Looks like your the moron here.

286 By kingofsandking 2010-09-13

dude lantres back in 07 weave wasn't the ult

285 By Sweeney 2010-08-19

This is an old strategy lantres, 2007... Look on the date before you comment...

284 By Lantres 2010-08-18

bobo ka ?? lvl 6 pa ang weave amo BOBO??


you imbecile weave starts at lvl6 not lvl3 you moron!

283 By markoo_tgcru 2010-08-17

i think that better than skadi is desolator, and next we can build aghanism.

282 By Ephemeral96 2010-07-22

w8 Vlads only work on melee heroes right........especially with the lifesteal...

281 By YourWorstNightmare 2010-07-12

Shallow grave is no longer the ultimate....

280 By ValkyZ 2010-07-12


279 By JACKTHERIPPERX 2010-05-30

@ 277
Shallow grave

278 By frobbit93 2010-05-30

gay guide