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Lina Inverse, the Ultimate Slayer.

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Hello people, this is my first guide and it's about Lina Inverse, the Slayer. Many players think that Lina Inverse is a noob hero but actually, it isnt. Ill show you my guide using Lina Inverse in a SOLO game. Do give me some comments and feedbacks after reading my guide. Thanks :)
Lina Inverse

Lina Inverse - The Slayer

Range: | Move Speed: 295
Primary: INT
Str: 18 + 1.5 | Agi: 16 + 1.5 | Int: 24 + 3.2
Damage: 37 55 | HP: 492 | Mana: 312
HP Regen: 0.79 | Mana Regen: 0.97
Attack Speed: 0.68 | Armor: 1
Dragon Slave
Dragon Slave (D)
A wave of fire that ripples out from Lina Inverse, causing damage to land units in a line.
Level 1 - 100 damage.
Level 2 - 170 damage.
Level 3 - 230 damage.
Level 4 - 280 damage.
Mana Cost: 90/ 105/ 125/ 140
Cooldown: 8.5 seconds
Comment: Your bread and butter, one of your 2 nukes in the game. You will be using this skill most of the time in farming as well as hero-killing. The mana cost and cooldown is rather reasonable. Max this skill out asap after Light Strike Array (LSA).

Light Strike Array
Light Strike Array (T)
Summons a column of flames that damages and stuns enemies for 1.6 seconds.
Level 1 - Deals 90 damage.
Level 2 - Deals 150 damage.
Level 3 - Deals 210 damage.
Level 4 - Deals 280 damage.
Effect is delayed 0.5 seconds.
Mana Cost: 90/ 100/ 110/ 125
Cooldown: 7 seconds
Comment: This is your second skill/nuke and escape tool in the game. Once again, you will depend alot on Light Strike Array (LSA) in both farming and hero-killing. The mana cost and cooldown is also rather low and reasonable. Max this skill out asap.
Fiery Soul
Fiery Soul (F)
Grants you bonus attack and movement speed each time you cast a spell. Stacks with itself. Lasts 7 seconds.
Level 1 - 30% IAS, 3% MS
Level 2 - 40% IAS, 4% MS
Level 3 - 50% IAS, 5% MS
Level 4 - 60% IAS, 6% MS
Duration refreshes each time a spell is cast.
Stacks at most 3 times.
Using items does not trigger Fiery Soul.
Mana Cost: N/A
Cooldown: N/A
Comment: A rather useless skill during early and mid game. However, once you accquired all the core items which i will mention later, this skill is pretty effective and useful for pushing and hero-killing. At Level 4, you can permanently use this skill provided you have sufficient mana. Never learn this during the start.
Laguna Blade
Laguna Blade (G)
Fires of bolt of lightning at a single target, dealing critical damage.
Level 1 - Deals 450 (600*) damage.
Level 2 - Deals 675 (925*) damage.
Level 3 - Deals 950 (1250*) damage.
Damage type: magical
Casting Range: 600 (900*)
Can be improved by Aghanim's Scepter (* shows the improved values).
Mana Cost: 280/420/680
Cooldown: 120/90/55 seconds
Comment: Your ultimate as well as a finishing move. A signature skill for Lina as well as a cheap ultimate. Most heroes will lose to Lina during early and mid-game because of Laguna Blade. However, it loses effect as the game goes on against strength heroes or heroes with pretty high HP even with Aghanim Scepter. Be sure to learn this once you have the opportunity.
Skill Build

Skill Build:

1. Light Strike Array
2. Dragon Slave
3. Light Strike Array
4. Dragon Slave
5. Light Strike Array
6. Laguna Blade
7. Light Strike Array
8. Dragon Slave
9. Dragon Slave
10. Stats
11. Laguna Blade
12. Stats
13. Stats
14. Stats
15. Stats
16. Laguna Blade
17. Stats
18. Stats
19. Stats
20. Stats
21. Stats
22. Ultimate
23. Ultimate
24. Ultimate
25. Ultimate
Item Build

Item Build:

1.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
2. Guinsoo`s Scythe of Vyse
3.View Details for Linken`s Sphere
Linken`s Sphere
10 Damge
6 HP Regeneration
150% Mana Regeneration
15 All Attributes

Passive: Spell Block
- Blocks most targeted spells once every 20 seconds
- Not triggered by Medallion of Courage of Urn of Shadows

Perseverance + Ultimate Orb + Linken`s Sphere Recipe Scroll
4.View Details for Aghanim`s Scepter
Aghanim`s Scepter
10 All Attributes
200 HP
150 Mana
Passive: Ultimate Upgrade
Upgrades the ultimate of Earthshaker, Pandaren Brewmaster, Stone Giant, Clockwerk Goblin, Sacred Warrior, Sand King, Spiritbreaker, Axe, Doom Bringer, Lord of Avernus, Night Stalker, Butcher, Undying, Juggernaut, Moon Rider, Faceless Void, Lightning Revenant, Vengeful Spirit, Venomancer, Netherdrake, Crystal Maiden, Enchantress, Faerie Dragon, Holy Knight, Prophet, Lord of Olympia, Slayer, Windrunner, Goblin Techies, Invoker, Shadow Priest, Shadow Shaman, Tormented Soul, Twin Head Dragon, Witch Doctor, Bane Elemental, Demon Witch, Lich, Necrolyte, Oblivion, Obsidian Destroyer, Queen of Pain, and Warlock.
Point Booster + 1 each of Ogre Axe, Blade of Alacrity and Staff of Wizardry + Aghanim's Scepter Recipe Scroll
5.View Details for Refresher Orb
Refresher Orb
6 Intelligence
5 HP Regeneration
200% Mana Regeneration
40 Damage
Active: Reset Cooldowns
- Resets the cooldowns of all your abilities and items.
- 375 manacost.
- 160 seconds cooldown.

Perseverance + Oblivion Staff + Refresher Orb Recipe Scroll
6.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
Skill Build

Early Game:

Firstly, my purpose of this guide is only for solo games and not team games. DO NOT attempt to follow my guide in team games. It found out that it doesnt really work out well after some tests.

Core Items :  BoT, Guinsoo's Scythe of Vyse, Aghanim's Scepter, Nulls Talisman, Refresher Orb. If the game carries on, get EoS and with disablers, get BKB of Linken's Sphere.

Starting Items : 1 Boots of Speed, 1 Nulls Talisman, 1 Point Booster, 1 Void Stone, Clarity Potions and Sapphire Water.

Strategy for Early Game

Take the middle lane. Usually for solo games, people will start with the mid lane as it is the most vital lane. Try to push down the mid towers asap and defend your towers too. Remember to block your creeps when they come out as this will help you in farming and also more tower advantage. Early game is extremely important for early-mid heroes like Lina. Without proper farming and items, Lina is almost useless during late-game. Always try to get "last-hits" and deny your creeps when farming. Be sure to harrass your enemy especially if he is a melee hero. Always try to stay behind your creeps and avoid getting hit. Try to spam LSA and Dragon Slave when your enemy is together with the creeps. Mana management is important especially when you are about to reach Level 6. Save up enough mana so that you can use the combo ( LSA+2hits+Laguna Blade+Dragon Slave.. ) to get your first blood. That is why getting a Void Stone is important to solve your mana problems. Nulls Talisman and a Point Booster is to boost up your stats a little and to prepare for other better items later on. You can kill any heroes with less than 495HP. Most heroes will fear Lina during early game if played correctly. As i mentioned in my suggested skill build, max out LSA then Dragon Slave and of course Laguna Blade whenever you can. DO NOT learn Ultimate until late-game. A good Lina can push down the first mid tower by around Level 7.

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174 By Jedtiongson 2010-10-27

for me, the first build for lina is ethereal blade, because it adds damage to all magic damage.

173 By loveless21 2010-06-11

might i ask what does Ultimate there mean??

172 By yarocaracas 2009-12-24

Dude why does lina need a refresher orb? This is not an insult kay? But can I change it bto vanguard or maybe kellen's dagger?

171 By zhenhe 2009-11-05

can i change linken's sphere to blink dagger???

170 By 11wavework11 2009-11-01

no ultimate is not the ulti, it is a skill that has been buffed

169 By Tornado 2 2009-08-05

ultimate in the end???
ulti is really the only thing making slayer worthwile in late game!!
Also I think that it's scepter as second core item

168 By trissc 2009-08-01

nicely done! but do u think lina can take on Potm? 1v1?

167 By last_dota_freak! 2009-04-08

ultimate (aspd skill) can be taken after level3 laguna blade..

166 By Lontonk_Kau 2009-03-21

For angelsfromhell2 :
Ulti isn't a good skill to be grown.
Because Slayer uses her first and second skill to farm and kill.
Ulti is just wasting ur skill points.

165 By angelsfromhell2 2009-03-04

Why not get ulti till the end?

164 By vilst3r 2009-03-02

lina is also kinda hot looking. Oh yeah!!

163 By Anterus 2009-02-08

sorry didnt read the solo game bit but

162 By Anterus 2009-02-08

also when u use the aoe stun looking for a kill make sure that u move toward the hero whilst they are stunned so they cant run

161 By Anterus 2009-02-08

Lina is the best harrasser in the game/// especially against low life agis and ints as when u use dragon slave and LSA it does around 560 damage even when u dont have laguna blade... if u are lina and u got an early kill dont hesitate to run around the map killing everything

160 By Undermaster 2009-02-03

159 By p8007 2009-01-22

how about two refresher orbs,, the first refresher orb can refresh the skills and the second refresher orb can refresh the orb and the skills =)

158 By singing_ape 2008-11-15

32000 gold thats what the equip costs :D

157 By singing_ape 2008-11-15

32000 gold thats what the equip costs :D

156 By carthage 2008-11-06

kinda short.. needs ALOT of work..! right skillbuild and right itembuild.. but u need bloodstone faster.. like first item!!!!! 5/10

155 By shortstuff92 2008-10-23

Quote: By beyondgod 2008-06-25
Lol u have 3 ulti lvlvs noy 4 xD

Ultimate is her 3rd skill u idiot, not her ulti "Laguna Blade"