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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 (6.83)---
Blink strike got even better. I haven't been playing Riki as hard support (position 5) but rather as a position 4 that can dish out tons of damage in teamfights. Riki is now specially adept at wrecking enemy supports. Blink to a support, drop smoke, hit them until they die, forcestaff or turn around. Then blink to the other support and repeat.
--UPDATE (6.82)---
The reworks shifts skill priority and makes it so further levels of Permanent Invisibility don't really add much. I'll get around to changing the guide when the guide platforms starts working as intended again.
--UPDATE (6.81)---
Backstab now works when attacking allied units, so you'll probably want to grab an earlier point in Backstab in some situations where you have the opportunity to deny EVERYTHING.
--UPDATE (6.80)---
RIki now regens a little bit more HP passively. Not a big deal, it helps, but doesn't change much.
--UPDATE (6.79)---
Two huge, huge buffs for support Riki: first, the cast range for Smoke Screen is significantly larger. This is unbelievably good. 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.

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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αutechre Mar 23 @ 3:10am 
Another thing, getting a gem then roaming, counterwarding wherever possible, and denying the opposing team map vision, works wonders.
[ffhjas] omknee May 1, 2014 @ 2:50am 
I've tried the same approach before. It went great.
People who play religious dota can't into meta, ignore them and support Riki all day.
Petros557 Apr 30, 2014 @ 7:36pm 
wanna add radiance?
LordLiquidBaconII [ZR a best] Apr 30, 2014 @ 7:36pm 
This looks interesting, I will try it out this week.
Usagi Apr 27, 2014 @ 10:30am 
Great creative guide, better then these 50 guides that are all the same. People need to realise that this is a fun build.
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.
HOT N SWEATY AL ROKER ORGY 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.