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Headshot!
By SirFur
Sniper is one of my favourite heroes in Dota 2 for when I want to be able to destroy the opposing team. He is very fragile though and requires farm, but if you ensure you avoid too many ganks and get as much core items as possible, sniper is a force to be reckoned with in late-mid to late game. Please remember though, sniper is a hard carry and requires a good amount of farm to become really effective, and to try avoid getting killed. As a result, he isn't picked very often in competitive play but when he is, he is the main carry usually, and tends to go in the safe lane with a tri or even dual lane.

Gameplay:
Sniper works well for mid lane or safe lane. If laning with a good partner I prefer using safe lane for easy farm and with his headshot skill works wonders to get kills in lane. Good heroes tend to be those who have slows or stuns that allow sniper to get free hits to harass heroes, and allowing sniper to get away if things get too hot. Heroes such as Lion, Earthshaker, Sandking and Venomancer work really well.

In mid lane, getting a bottle is situational. Sniper is not that good at ganking till he gets some items although he is useful to finish off heroes who have little hp left. Rune control as a result is not as important, and sniper does not use many mana intensive skills early on. It is far better to get boots of speed, use your range to stay out of enemy harass or to even deny runes and concentrate more on staying in lane for more exp and last hits.

Early game:
Concentrate on last hits. If against melee hero try and harass as MUCH as possible. They will be forced back and denied last hits, and allows you to gank them easily with help from supports in safe lane. Once you hit level 6, keep harassing until they are low and then surprise them when they think it's ok to stay in sight of you with assassinate.

Mid Game:
By now you should have your upgraded boots and should be saving for a shadow blade. You need to continue to get last hits as you're main aim is getting the gold to help get your items. At this point, try to be present at some of the nearby team fights and try to gank your enemy lane heroes if they are still there as you will have your ultimate to help pick off kills. Make sure you have a TP at all times to ensure you can teleport BEHIND your allies at a fight when the enemy pushes at a tower. Remember, you are squishy and you should always have allies between you and the enemy as your range lets you pick off heroes from afar.

In a way, sniper's aim is to steal some kills to help him farm up and your ultimate is a great way to pick off heroes from afar whilst not missing too much time farming. Try not to steal kills from heroes on your team who need farm too. Getting Shadow Blade really helps to farm last hits in 'relative' safety as it provides an escape mechanism. However, be mindful of enemy hero skills and their use of sentry/dust.

Late Game:
This is when sniper becomes really scary. You need to be present at every team fight at this point, but continuing to farm for your final damage items. Your damage output this stage of the game ensures you take down the enemy team extremely fast. You can take some heroes solo, but generally speaking you are too squishy to do so the majority of the time until you have most of your items, and especially if the enemy team has multiple kinds of stun. Try to engage with support from your allies in this scenario and let them initiate. The KEY is to stay back and fire on enemy heroes from a distance.
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kelleroid Jun 17, 2013 @ 3:52am 
No satanic mention = shit guide
Free -TiP May 3, 2013 @ 11:51pm 
Автор мудила ебаная и гайд таптал я нахуй!
SirFur  [author] May 3, 2013 @ 2:47pm 
Mulder the increased damage with headshot is for more useful for last hitting in the early game but especially for harassing heroes. The sniper's Q skill used to be a lot better than it is now, but not any more.

gar you're absolutely right about the Manta Style. I rarely end up going for a butterfly, simply because of time - maybe that's a mistake. These days I get a yasha and then complete Mjollnir/Deadalus first. However, manta style does provide an alernative escape mecahnism and helps to avoid single target stuns, and lots of nice stats so going for it first never harms you and does help to farm and push lanes too. The overall aim in a game is always to get a butterfly. However, by the time I get Lothar's, Mjollnir, Deadalus and Manta Style its usually game over one way or another. If you wanted to go butterfly, I would skip Mjollnir completely and go for a Manta first and then butterfly followed up by deadalus to finish off.

Thanks guys for your comments!
SirFur  [author] May 3, 2013 @ 2:47pm 
NOLO thanks for your comments! :) The idea behind sniper and MoM is usually in two scenarios....firstly when chasing a slightly low hp hero (as MoM adds a very nice 30% speed boost, which on TOP of phase is ultra awesome) to catch and finish them off. Combining this with shrapnel and you're able to get close to almost any hero.

Secondly, the ideal scenario in using sniper is behind all your allies and after they have initiated so the majoriy of the time the aim is to NOT be recieving any damage. The extra attack speed in a team fight is extremely useful to take down enemies, and combined with increased maelstrom and headshot procs becomes extremely annoying and easy to storm a teamfight. Essentially MoM can give you higher attack speed = more DPS. It also provides an additional escape mechanism to run away from a fight.

As for maelstrom vs hyperstone...I guess its easier to build a maelstrom and helps to farm creep waves quicker, but a quick hyperstone is definetely a good idea.

FROG | King Lear May 3, 2013 @ 2:10pm 
Mjollnir is the best farm item for Sniper, stacks with itself well too.
FROG | King Lear May 3, 2013 @ 2:09pm 
Headshot is much better than Shrapnel, even though Shrapnel is good for farm and pushing.
Mulder[AFK] May 3, 2013 @ 9:00am 
Sniper Q is underrated, it's better to max it than W ( as increasing W level doesn't increase chance, just a tiny damage increase )
clovis May 3, 2013 @ 8:22am 
Manta Style has absolutely zero synergy with Shadow Blade and Maelstrom/Mjollnir, and barely any synergy with crits unless you stack agility with the manta. If you build those two items then avoid Manta and try Desolator, MKB or a BKB. If you want manta style, then go butterfly after and then try crits.
Applebloom May 3, 2013 @ 7:51am 
Отличный гайд
В МОЕЙ ТИМЕ УЕБКИ May 3, 2013 @ 5:31am 
ебаные американцы все нубы!