Crystal Maiden by Zrog (Position 5):
Start (590): Courier, Tangos (give 1-2 to mid), Clarity (to be annoying), Health Pot, 3 Branches
Early: Boots, Wand, TP, Wards
Core: Tranq Boots, Wand, Bracer, TP, Wards, Dust
Low Luxury: Eul’s, Ghost Scepter, Force Staff, Shadow Amulet, Blink Dagger
High Luxury: BKB, Scythe, Agh’s, BoT
Situational: Medallion, Urn, Drums, Vlad’s, Veil
- You want an early Teleport Scroll (TP) to save teammates if they get tower-dived, or to counter-gank
- I made two sections of Luxury items, because in some games, if you're doing your warding/de-warding and other support duties, you aren't going to EVER have gold for the bigger items. Instead of saving for something you'll never get, go for a low-luxury item.
- Some builds advocate a Gauntlet instead of three Branches, to free up inventory space, or to get a very early Urn. However, given that you're going to want a Wand anyway, I would always prefer three Branches over a Gauntlet, for the extra stats. IMO, if you really need the inventory space, skip one of the Branches.
L1 - Frostbite
L2 - Crystal Nova
L3 - Arcane Aura
L4 - Crystal Nova
L5 - Arcane Aura (you ARE a support, after all)
L6 - Blizzard (yes, at L6 - it's better now)
L7 - Crystal Nova
L8 - Crystal Nova (maxed)
L9 - Frostbite
L10 - Frostbite
L11 - Blizzard
L12 - Frostbite (maxed)
L13 - Arcane Aura
L14 - Arcane Aura (maxed)
L15 - Stats
L16 - Blizzard
- Versus Blink-carries, level Frostbite over Nova.
- For Level-1 teamfights, Nova is better than Frostbite because of the AOE and attack slow.
- Crystal Maiden is awesome in teamfights if there's no one to interrupt her ultimate. She is similar to Witch Doctor in this respect, although unfortunately she's less tanky.
- Strength carries with small mana pools and good early nukes (Sven, WK, Tiny, etc)
- Secondary Stunners (Lesh/Lina/Jakiro)
- Melee Stunners (Slardar, Centaur, Ursa, etc)
- AOE lockdown heroes (Magnus, Enigma, Disruptor, Clockwerk, etc)
- Gankers (Nyx, Riki, Bounty Hunter, Clinkz, Bloodseeker, etc)
- Silencers (Silencer, Drow, Death Prophet, Skywrath, etc)