This guide is meant to be taken as such. It is a guide. It's not an ultimate authority on the best way to play the Soul Reaper, and I don't claim it to be. This is intended to give you some idea of a useful plan of attack with this Hero. Suggestions and comments are certainly welcome.
The Soul Reaper is born in the depths of Hell itself and has risen to the surface on a mission to capture the souls of Newerth. With the authority to instantly judge those he comes in contact with, even the strongest of the Legion wither when he approaches.Stats
Strength per level=1.6
Agility per level=1.5
Intelligence per level=2SpellsJudgement
The Soul Reaper instantly judges those around him,
determining their fate.
Enemies take damage while allies are healed.
Level 1 : Deals 75 Magic damage to enemies and heals allies for 50 in a radius of 400
Level 2 : Deals 125 Magic damage to enemies and heals allies for 75 in a radius of 450
Level 3 : Deals 200 Magic damage to enemies and heals allies for 100 in a radius of 475
Level 4 : Deals 275 Magic damage to enemies and heals allies for 130 in a radius of 500
Mana cost 125/145/165/185
Cooldown 8/7/6/5 secondsComments
: Some people might look at this skill and think "hey good raid heal mid battle" but this is not the case at all. If you're in the middle of the group, you're probably going to die. This is a very mana intensive spell, and it's not as strong as it might seem. That said, it is situationaly useful. In fact, there are three reasons to use this ability and it's pretty much never worth casting unless two of the three conditions are met.
1) You need to heal yourself because you're low hp.
2) Creeps are low and you want to get some last hits. (If #3 is maxed, then its useful if you can get 3 last hits or more.)
3) You are trying to save your friend (or prolong his death).Withering Presence
Simply being near the Soul Reaper is too much for anyone,
dealing damage to anyone near him slowly.
Level 1 : Any enemies in radius are damage for .4% of their max health per second.
Level 2 : Any enemies in radius are damage for .6% of their max health per second.
Level 3 : Any enemies in radius are damage for .8% of their max health per second.
Level 4 : Any enemies in radius are damage for 1% of their max health per second.
Mana cost n/a
: This is a fantastic spell early game, and while it seems to not have much use late game, when chasing it is fantastic. If you are chasing someone the aura will kill them slowly. Most people when laning don't pay too close attention to gradual HP loss. Because of this, you can really make any melee pay by maxing this skill as early as you can. Further, the range is greater than most early spells, so just being within 1000 yards of your opponent is enough to slowly wither them down.Inhuman Nature
The Soul Reaperís Inhuman Nature lets him regain mana
when he kills anything.
Level 1 : Restores 12 Mana per kill
Level 2 : Restores 24 Mana per kill
Level 3 : Restores 36 Mana per kill
Level 4 : Restores 48 Mana per kill
Mana cost n/a
: This is a difficult skill to gauge in terms of when to level it up because it depends on how you use #1 (and to a lesser extend #4). You'll want to max it by lvl 15, but before that, it's really up to you how to level it. You won't take any points until at least lvl 4, and by then you'll get a feel for when to put points into it.Demonic Execution
The Soul Reaper summons a Demonic Execution
against the target, stunning and dealing damage based
on how close to death they are.
Level 1 : The amount of health the target is missing is multiplied by .4 and dealt as Magic Damage. Stuns for 1.5 seconds
Level 2 : The amount of health the target is missing is multiplied by .6 and dealt as Magic Damage. Stuns for 1.5 seconds
Level 3 : The amount of health the target is missing is multiplied by .9 and dealt as Magic Damage. Stuns for 1.5 seconds
Mana Cost 175/340/500
This ability can be boosted by Staff of the MasterComments
: This is your bread and butter skill and what defines your role for the team. Maxed, anything at half health you kill with one shot. DO NOT use it as a stun unless you are completely sure it will lead to a kill (either by teammates or otherwise). It only lasts 1.5 seconds (very short for a stun) and is too valuable as a finishing move to not be used as one. If you're running for your life, don't bother using this to stun, because it will only increase your chance of dying. You'll have to stop to cast it, and you're increasing the likelihood of an enemy cooldown coming up. ONLY use it as a finisher.StrategyGeneral Stuff
- A motivating reason for playing this class is because of its ability to nuke tanks. Because the ulti and aura scales with Max HP, you'll really see Soul Reaper shine in games against 2+ tanks.
- You are a terrible farmer. Even late game, it's difficult to jungle. Just accept it and move on.
- This is not a solo class by any stretch. You don't have any reasonable crowd controlling mechanism at all. You're a support unit, so make sure you play like it. You can lane solo if needed, but try to lane with someone else in early game.
- You are an INT character, but INT is basically worthless to you. This is because both your aura and your ulti scale off the max HP of the enemy. You only need enough INT to be able to use your ulti on CD.
- Try to always stay in a group of at least 2. Your ulti is worthless unless you can use it as a finisher.Itemization
- I always get Ghost Marchers first. On the opener, I always buy Marchers and Runes of Blight. I do this because as a Support with a slow drain aura, it is highly useful to be able to outrun other units in early game.
- Staff of the Master, Codex and Behemoth Heart are your goals as far as items go. The idea here is to boost your ulti, either by damage (Staff basically gives you an extra level on it) or by reduced cooldown (BH), or by complementing it with a smaller nuke.- Some might argue argue that Codex is the best item in the game for Soul Reaper, and I am tempted to agree, depending on how the game shapes up. A fully upgraded Codex lvl 5 does 800 damage for 100 mana, and pretty much guarantees that anything you're fighting will get in nuke range for your ulti. This is a MAJOR combo not to be overlooked. Even level 1 for 500 damage (and a bit more mana at 175) is well worth the investment, as it gives you much greater flexibility with your ulti.
- You may consider Restoration Stone to get a double ulti in a big fight, but personally I've found that I prefer the HP survivability boost.
- Other nice items depending on the comp you play against might include Helm of the Black Legion (stacked melee) or Shaman's Headdress (stacked ranged)
- Don't waste your precious gold on items that buff intel or damage because your main spells don't get much benefit. You're likely best off itemizing for survivability or enhancing your ulti in some form.Lane Tactics
- Soul Reaper definitely likes to lane as long as possible. You'll want to play very passively in your lane and (moreso than any other class I can think of) stay in it as long as possible.
- One reason Soul Reaper is such a great lane partner is because of the slow bleeding aura. lower hp enemies are less inclined to attack you, and the gap slowly widens the longer they are near. This allows you to stay in your lane longer (watch for ganks though!) and focus on hits/denies.Skills
- You'll want to max Withering Presence (#2) as soon as possible. It is overpowered with early laning.
- Unless you're laning early game against a mana drainer, never take lvl 1 Inhuman Nature (#3) before lvl 1 Judgment (#1).
- When leveling Judgment (#1) and Inhuman Nature (#3) keep in mind their synergistic nature. If you're having mana problems, stick a point into IN, otherwise work up Judgment. Because high level Judgment is SO mana intensive in early game, I usually don't max it out until lvl 15.
- Take Demonic Execution at 6, 11, 16. No exceptions here. This skill is too powerful and too important to put it off. The ONLY reason you'd ever wait is if you're in position for a kill, and have just enough mana for the current rank. This is a rare occurrence though.It sounds like this Hero is pretty gimped, why ever play him?
There aren't many things more enjoyable than seeing someone with half hp die in one shot... and if you get a Codex, within 1 second you can nuke pretty much anything in the game from just under full hp to dead. This character is secretly highly overpowered, and you just have to know how to take advantage of the enemy's over-aggressiveness.
A well played Soul Reaper will keep the other team in constant fear and it really controls the game. Knowing that you can easily get 2-shotted with near full life takes the zeal out of the push for most.