Dota 2 Arc Warden Guide: The Clone Wars


Complicated heroes aren"t necessarily impossible lớn play/master, they just require more time & commitment lớn be played at a satisfying level. The beauty of having Zet the Arc Warden in your Dota 2 hero pool, for example, means you are a special player with a lot more value than any ordinary player because you have the Key in your hand on that last pick with the game-winning hero in your pocket.

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Don"t be afraid lớn commit a bit more time lớn a hero that"s as complex as Dota 2"s Arc Warden because the journey is fun và amazing. Here"s how to go about it.

Arc Warden in the Meta

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Even though Arc Warden received several minor nerfs lớn his Str gain và talents, his win rate and pick rate have risen constantly since the release of Dota 2"s latest patch, to the point where he is sitting at almost 55% win rate in higher MMR (5k+) which makes him a pretty popular meta nhân vật that everyone hates to play against.

His style of play has not changed except for the fact that people tend khổng lồ opt for Gleipnir over the Mjolnir. Split-pushing has not been nerfed but buffed for the last couple of Dota 2 patches which makes the anh hùng a lot more valuable compared khổng lồ some other carries, as he can safely split-push và take towers with no risks at all.

Taking towers is one of the most important things in this patch since it opens up the map and gives you more safe farming space. Being able to lớn take towers with just a clone makes Arc Warden is a really good meta hero right now.

The Basics

Before analyzing a high-MMR game, let"s talk basic stuff about Arc Warden.

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When lớn Pick Arc Warden:

Against ranged carries (because of Magnetic Field)You need objective taking bộ vi xử lý core (Clone takes objectives safely)Against melee off-laners (it"s hard for them khổng lồ zone you out of the lane)You need a game-winning anh hùng to rely on

When Not to lớn Pick Arc Warden:

Against heroes with summons (Lycan, Beastmaster)Against heroes with illusions/clones (Meepo, Phantom Lancer, Chaos Knight, Naga Siren)Against heroes with good catch/gap closers (Storm Spirit, Phantom Assasin, Slark, Spectre) (These are not that unplayable against, and when you"re confident, you can still manage a good Arc against them!)

Item Value

There are several items that have a very high value on this hero:

Hand of MidasBoots of TravelMaelstorm (Mjolnir/Gleipnir)Scythe of Vyse

These are the somewhat bộ vi xử lý core items that good players opt for lớn get ahead. Daedalus/MKB is a good damage output item, but it"s not an obligatory thành tích since it depends on the enemy heroes whether you go for them or not.

Arc Warden Build

The picture below shows what high-MMR players (in this case Rank 457) go for. (Game ID: 5775408185)

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Maxing Flux is giving this Arc Warden 4 kills in the laning stage which results with him having 5.2k NW after laning stage.

The build is pretty standard where you go for your vi xử lý core items. (you can see the consumables as well)

Ever since the second talent (attack speed) got a small nerf, the CDR talent is what people go for since it gives more value khổng lồ your Midas, và you have a lot of spells/items that would have great use with a lower overall cooldown.

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General Laning Tips

One of the reasons why people pick Arc Warden so often lies in is his ability khổng lồ dominate lanes, and snowball, making him a fast-ticking bomb in terms of the tempo of the game.

Here are the things that you HAVE to keep in mind when playing Arc Warden:

It"s not worth going for high risk-high reward plays. Your nhân vật benefits a lot more from being alive (he"s a fast farmer) than taking a kill, and then being dead for more than 30 seconds.Practice your Spark Wraith placements. It can make you dominate lanes.

When playing Arc Warden mid, it"s really important to have a good block, & have the creeps near your high ground so you can make your enemy hit creeps/you from the low ground. As shown in the picture below, placing a Spark Wraith on the enemy high ground when the lane is pushed towards you makes him take a lot of harass (almost 40% HP),

Mind your high ground.Focus on your Midas timing và practice to lớn get it as early as possible.Make sure your clone is not on CD when your Clone Midas is off CD. Click the Clone portrait on the left of the screen as often as possible to check the cooldown,When there"s a single wave & you kill the enemy ranged creep, your opponent either has khổng lồ wait out a new creep wave or hug the melee creeps và take harass from you, so focus on the ranged creeps!

Itemizing Versus Your Counters

Playing versus counters is completely normal, & it doesn"t mean it"s the over of the world if the enemy last-picks Lycan và makes your trò chơi a living nightmare.

The good thing about Arc Warden is that he farms fast và can itemize well versus his counters.

Hurricane Pike

When you cannot man-fight the enemy cores, you want khổng lồ kite them, and the tòa tháp to kite and hit from a distance is Hurricane Pike.

Ethereal Blade

Yes, Lycan does have a Necro lớn dispel the Ethereal size but don"t forget you have a clone that can dish out another Ethereal on your hero to lớn save you from this pesky wolf!

Blade Mail

There are games where the enemies are really focused on killing your clone, so you might as well make them work for it & sacrifice a large amount of HP to lớn take it down, Also, the damage from the thành tựu is pretty nice.

Scythe of Vyse

There"s an old saying that says, "The best defense is a good offense". The Storm Spirit jumping you will think twice before trying to lớn solo kill you once he sees you have Scythe.


It is completely fine khổng lồ experiment with your favorite (or soon lớn be) hero, especially if it"s Arc Warden.

This hero has seen countless builds & some work pretty well, even if they look trolly at first glance.

Cheese experiment items that work (sometimes) :

Meteor Hammer (helps push waves/towers with Clone)Dagon (only works in the early game, and only if you play vs heroes with a low HP pool)Necronomicon (this tác phẩm was a chip core farming nhà cửa on Arc 1 year ago)

Final Words

The best way lớn master a anh hùng is to see how the (current) best hero spammer plays it, and what they do.

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Copying someone"s style of play or build is not necessarily a bad thing, especially not when you are just starting playing the hero.