I often read that Warlock is a good early babysitter and harasser. Can anyone explain how to build and play a Warlock in early game to harass an enemy carry such as Anti-Mage ?

What skills/items should I take early on ?

  • fatal bonds and shadow word are your primary means of early game harass
    – l I
    Commented Apr 26, 2013 at 10:21
  • I was looking a practical solution, telling me in what order I should get my skills and when I should use my skills and also what I should buy
    – BlueTrin
    Commented Apr 26, 2013 at 10:45
  • dota2alttab.com/#Warlock says it all. Consider maxing heal first in a support role.
    – Decency
    Commented Apr 26, 2013 at 22:00

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It's the most important to max out the fatal bonds. This spell is very important since it will deal damage to the hero even if he's not in range. You should not forget about the other damaging spells and you very powerful ultimate.

To babysit properly you should sit in front of the battling creeps so that your carry can farm with no worries and you harass the enemy hero. Take note that when you attack the enemy hero, you get aggro from his creeps. You can lose quickly aggro by attacking your own creeps using Ctrl + A + click on friendly creep. This will make you lose aggro (even from enemy towers!). This way you harass the enemy and make the enemy creeps lose momentum by switching targets very often.

Your carry (supposing you babysit a carry,, otherwise it's pretty pointless) should only last hit the enemy creeps because you don't want to push the lane too much so that you stay in the safe area.

Regarding items, you should put observer wards the near forest (if Radiant bottom or if Dire top) you should go for Arcane Boots and Mekansm or Pipe of insight. These are items that are quite cheap and they are of course sometimes situational, but usually they come in handy when playing a true support. A very important item for the warlock though is the Refresher Orb since it doubles your ultimate and Aghanim's Scepter that makes your ultimate spawn 2 infernal golems. You could also use Rod of Atos a very powerful item that is underused. It cripples the enemy hero slowing him a lot and it has a pretty huge range.

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    nooooooo, refresher and scepter should almost never be purchased by a warlock unless they're seriously stomping and has so much gold he doesn't know what to do with it
    – l I
    Commented Apr 26, 2013 at 10:36
  • I was laning with a Void who told me to stop spamming fatal bonds. Was he mistaken ? Fatal bonds is very expensive mana wise. Since you have to buy courier + wards in pubs do I have to buy 2 mana pots ? That would leave me no gold for branches
    – BlueTrin
    Commented Apr 26, 2013 at 10:39
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    @BlueTrin There's a chance it was pushing the lane too much if it was binding a bunch of creeps together and causing them to take extra damage.
    – Samthere
    Commented Apr 26, 2013 at 12:45
  • @spartacus in late game why wouldn't he want to try to get those items. They are very powerful and they are hugely useful to the whole team, for ganks, teamfights, etc. I did not mention about the courier because i think it's common sense that the support will always buy that.
    – Edeph
    Commented Apr 26, 2013 at 13:11
  • @BlueTrin It's best to use fatal bonds only by casting on the enemy hero. Yes creeps will get some extra damage, but the enemy will be harassed, lose gold, experience maybe (being forced to retreat for healing or being scared to take damage again). After all it's the carry's job to do proper last hits. In case you really manage to keep them away without fatal bods, let's say you can spare it a while, but do spend ability points in them.
    – Edeph
    Commented Apr 26, 2013 at 13:13

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