Dota 2 Anti Mage Build | A Complete Guide

Dota 2 Anti Mage Build | A Complete Guide

Anti mage is an agility-based hero in the game who is Popular for his playstyle of blinking, mana burning and escaping with ease. This article will guide you with the best Items and Skill Build of Anti Mage in Dota 2, including his talent and picking.

When should you pick Anti-Mage?

In general, try to pick Anti mage against intelligence-based heroes and heroes having large mana pool/mana consumption. Anti-mage sucks against heavy-strength heroes and direct raw damage dealing physical heroes.

Avoid picking anti-mage against heroes like Doom, Axe, Disruptor, Enigma, Legion Commander, Meepo, etc. Suggest picking anti-mage against heroes like Storm Spirit, Leshrac, Zeus, Wraith King, Medusa, Bristleback, etc.

Anti Mage build

The general concept regarding Anti Mage build is to purchase a battlefury and eventually farm enough to buy other items enabling the hero to end the game. So, here are the best items of Anti Mage in Dota 2 to build him a Godlike hero:

Anti Mage Best ItemsDescription
Starting items should include a quelling blade and tango. Quelling blade helps in the last hitting during laning and deal damage to creeps in general. Tangoes are essential for regenerating hp during the laning stage. You may require more than one set of tangoes.
Then you can include other items like iron branches, circlets, etc.
As the early game progresses around the 5-minute mark, you can buy a magic stick or a wraith band, which are beneficial in improving the small stats of Anti Mage and making a stable base for laning and the mid-game. Wands are more beneficial against magic heroes and wands for attack speed/armor.
Then you can pick boots/treads or buy a health regenerating item Ring of Health through the Secret shop. Treads is good on Anti Mage for movement, attack speed and armor.
Upgrade the battlefury as soon as possible, which is essential for farming. It increases the damage done to creeps, and its active cleave helps clear creeps quickly.
Then build Anti Mage with Yasha into Manta style, which you should have around the 22-minute mark. Manta style helps in dispelling as well as burning mana faster against heroes.
After that, you can go into many options, like buying a basher for a basic stun or a skadi for tanking and slowing down enemies and killing them.
You may also include a Bkb in your inventory or a Butterfly or Aghanim’s scepter if needed.

Anti Mage Skill build

The Dota 2 skill build of Anti Mage is quite simple as well. On level 1, you may want to level up your first ability Mana Break or your second ability Blink, depending on the situation and the composition of your team and your opponents. After levels 2, 3 and so on, you should try to max out Anti Mage’s blink and mana break but also level up some points in your third spell counterspell.

Anti Mage SpellsLevels to pick upDescription

Mana break
1, 3, 5, 7Mana Break is the hero-defining ability which lets you burn mana to the enemy heroes and deals additional bonus damage.

2, 8, 11, 14,Blink helps you to teleport to a distance, so you don’t have to walk manually.

4, 9, 13, 16Counterspell helps you to increase magic resistance and also enables you to reflect back spells.

Mana Void
6, 12, 18Mana void deals damage based on the mana pool of the enemy hero in ratio to the remaining mana remaining of the hero. Less mana = more damage.

Anti Mage Hero Talent

Eventually, when Anti Mage get to higher levels, you will get to pick up your skill talents. The skill talents should be along +9 strength on level 10, +0.6% mana burn on level 15, +250 Blink cast range on level 20 and -50s Mana void cooldown. However, you may choose the other skill talents for Anti Mage.

-50s Mana Void Cooldown+20% Counterspell Magic Resistance
+250 Blink Cast Range+0.1 Mana Void Damage Multiplier
+150s Mana Void Radius+0.6% Max Mana Mana Burn
-1s Blink Cooldown+9 Strength