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The Invisible Mekansm
By Zedd
A build for the most inconspicuous support hero: Riki. Yes, counter-intuitive, but I'm serious.

Riki does not need much to have an impact through his strenghts: high damage, high mobility. By forsaking farm and turning into the Mek carrier you get: farm for a more reliable core hero (not countered by dust/gem); a support that is capable of disrupting teamfights with Smoke, drawing focus fire, forcing resources (enemy detection) and dealing good damage; and a true scout. Try it, it makes sense.

--UPDATE (6.79)---
This update will bring with it two huge, huge buffs for support Riki: first, the cast range for Smoke Screen is significantly larger. Second, using items and casting spells no longer breaks your invisibility! All items with good active effects become more interesting, including the new Linken's Sphere.
--UPDATE (6.80)---
RIki now regens a little bit more HP passively. Not a big deal, so it changes nothing.

You're going to farm: pulling neutrals, like a regular support; defending/pushing towers with your team, like a regular support; and, after laning phase is over, if your team finds it hard for your carry to farm outside tier 2, make use of your inv to get the ocasional last hit and escape safely.

Try not to KS, try not to feed. Pay attention to detection. Once you have the Mek, hover around your carries, scouting, ready to jump in, smoke, use Meks, hit somebody. Remember: Smoke has a 13s CD and 6s duration, so there should be a Smoke up for half the time of all teamfights during the game!

Support Riki is suprisingly durable. Often I am the last one to die in a match. If a Gem happens to be in your team, you might want to carry it, true to your scout nature.

Keep in mind Riki is (probably) not an *optimal* support hero. But he can certainly play the role! Plus, you get bonus points for the surprise factor. Nobody expects the Invisible Mekansm.

P.S.: lots of Russians (or Russian-equivalent) have been commenting and messaging me about how this is heresy and Riki should build Sange and Yasha and Diffusal. I think stacking agility as Rikimaru is some sort of religion in Russia. Anyway, don't let the 'rating' fool you, this build is - at least - functional, and situationally viable.

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Zedd  [author] Oct 19, 2013 @ 2:53pm 
@"drop it and engage in fisticuffs": you'll never farm a radiance playing a support hero. If you farmed a radiance as a support, you have already won no matter what you build

@遊戲王: I haven't been playing with this for a while, but I'll try to again. Note that the buffs in 6.79 make this build a lot (really, a lot) more viable in serious games. I wouldn't underestimate a permanently invisible support that can use Smoke Screen and activate items withou breaking inv.
LiquidWater Sep 30, 2013 @ 6:49pm 
Might work as a surprise support pick in a cm game, but i dont know if this will work or not.
THOMAS THE DANK ENGINE Sep 30, 2013 @ 5:59pm 
A radiance as a luxury item could be fun, though not the most effective.
Zedd  [author] Sep 20, 2013 @ 4:35am 
@OverlordCrono: Good suggestion. I'll try it out and I'll report the findings. Can't edit it anyway (seems the 'publish' button is bugged right now and does nothing).
OverlordCrono Sep 20, 2013 @ 4:16am 
One last thing I forgot to add, you may want to include Urn and Medallion as utility items alongside the Mekansm. They are simply fantasic items for supports to carry, and I think Medallion especially will be great for Riki, to help focus people and kill Roshan.
Zedd  [author] Sep 20, 2013 @ 12:51am 
@OverlordCrono: Thanks. Really do try it, it's fun. I agree Riki is not as flexible as hard-supports; but he is surprisingly flexible! Smoke's CD is so low you'll be using it twice every fight.

I disagree with your point about damage. One of the advantages of playing a support Riki is that you'll be dealing very high right-damage (for a support) past midgame. At level 14, you should have 70+ Agi and maxed Backstab. That's close to +100 damage right there.

About BKB: true. But then again, very few supports have BKB-piercing disables (that's why Naga is considered a staple support hero, and Riki support is novelty/curiosity/very situational).

Thanks for the input
Sasha Grey Sep 19, 2013 @ 3:21pm 
Рики сапорт? идиотизм. Я лучше куплю ему яшу,башер и еще чтото по мелочи и буду нагибать, нежели сапортить таким персонажем!
OverlordCrono Sep 19, 2013 @ 4:15am 
I just don't think Riki is flexible enough to play support. Sure the smoke is really good, but that's it for utility, and you'll be doing barely any damage at all past 20-25 mins without carry items, so most people could quite easily ignore a support Riki, and that's not including BKB usage for smoke.

I do like the guide though, and I may try this out in one of the many trench pub games I have. Hell, I made a support Spirit Breaker guide, so I'm more than happy to encourage new playstyles.
۩͇̿V͇̿I͇̿P͇̿۩Саня Sep 19, 2013 @ 3:20am 
Рики супер я вам отвечаю
Zedd  [author] Sep 18, 2013 @ 8:25pm 
@SPL | Puck: Yes, you're right. I didn't realize that specific box was regarding attribute bonuses through skill points only, that was my take on which attribute to focus on your build in general. By that I mean prioritizing Necrobook or Drums over Aquila and Poor Man's Shield. I'll update the guide. Regarding attribute bonuses themselves, I'd never pick them before maxing my skills.