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Skywrath Mage Support [Lane] Guide
By Foxy Monty
Skywrath Mage is a ranged support intelligence hero capable of ganking. He has high move speed & long cast ranges but has low armour and lacks an escape. Stay on the outskirts of team fights to exploit this. In the early game focus on pulling/double pulling. If you’re against one hero spend time in the fog harassing them out of lane. He is both item & skill dependant so until you have Arcanes you shouldn’t roam.
To maximise amplified damage remember to cast items in this order: Veil, Ancient Seal, Orchid.
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ShoutyShout13 Dec 20, 2013 @ 1:31am 
I have a completely different style in terms of skill building. However, I gave a go with your skill build and I only noticed 1 flaw.

Rarely anyone uses Ancient Seal at such early stage, as it only amplifies and silence the target only for 3 seconds. I find upgrading Arcane Bolt at level 3 THEN Ancient Seal better because not only Arcane Bolt is stronger, you can use it more due it it's low cooldown. It is also possible to get kills at this stage, which becomes very important. Your skill build does work, however, I do not use Ancient Seal in the early games as I find it a bit redundant. I use it when I get Mystic Flare.
J.A.R.V.I.S. Sep 2, 2013 @ 5:53pm 
Went 16-1-7 on my fourth Dota 2 match due to this guide. A+ 10/10
☜❶☞®Ö³ÞÆ®Ž☜❶☞ Apr 30, 2013 @ 7:46pm 
NICE! :)
{"RoOcK"}_Skeleton in the Close_ Apr 30, 2013 @ 9:35am 
Your job drastically changes compared to a dual lane. Instead of harassing, now you have to take advantage of this opportunity, gaining the highest amount of money possible. It’s hard: there’s a big difference between you and a Chaos Knight (79 maximum damage output, with Quelling Blade). In a certain sense is easier for melee heroes, and move over, the more you walk away from the targeted creep, the more time will elapse before the projectile will hit.
Kuroneko Apr 27, 2013 @ 2:36am 
Very nice guide, though you forgot the "run away from pugna" part :D
Foxy Monty  [author] Apr 19, 2013 @ 2:19pm 
The Solo Mid Dilemma:

Most of the time, you’ll do it because you want to be effective in the first phase of the game, reaching level 6 as soon as possible and bringing havoc around the map with Mystic Flare. But there are many things to consider.

Proper last-hitting:

Your job drastically changes compared to a dual lane. Instead of harassing, now you have to take advantage of this opportunity, gaining the highest amount of money possible. It’s hard: there’s a big difference between you and a Chaos Knight (79 maximum damage output, with Quelling Blade). In a certain sense is easier for melee heroes, and move over, the more you walk away from the targeted creep, the more time will elapse before the projectile will hit.
Foxy Monty  [author] Apr 19, 2013 @ 2:17pm 
Taking care of yourself:

Skywrath Mage is a fragile hero, so he can’t dominate the lane. This could mean that you won’t be able to land many hits, and gain less experience due to the enemy’s last-hits. Try to take advantage of your attack range, but don’t overdo because you are cannon fodder already after a few shots.

The correct items:

If you’re going to solo middle, Clarity Potions are crucial to refill the whole mana: while you start the first gank of the game, at level 6, you’re supposed to not have a lot of mana, so it will fix this issue. Animal Courier is important if no other one buys it: the first thing it will carry to you is the Ring of Protection (Skywrath Mage’s starting armor is equal to 1), but it’s also useful if you need extra regenerative items. I refuse Bottle, I think its purchase slows Arcane Boots. In this phase of the game, you don’t only need more mana, but also an extended mana pool.
Foxy Monty  [author] Apr 19, 2013 @ 2:17pm 
Allies:

I don’t know how much Mystic Flare will be effective without the right allies, it depends on the enemies’ skills too, but I’m completely sure that they are able to increase a lot chances of success.

One shot, one kill:

Mystic Flare is a double-edged sword, but many tend not to consider it. You probably already know that your mana decreases to 0 in the first gank. So, what will happen? “One shot, one kill” or “one shot... fail”? Don’t try your luck, hoping in a dumb enemy.

Well, if you’re able to accomplish all the above factors feel free to solo middle. If not, go back to “early game” and restart from there.