Lich is a go-to hero for many when it comes to playing as a support in Dota 2. His abilities are pretty easy to understand and his role is clear, so therefore, he’s a great choice to learn early in your Dota career. Even when you become more of an expert, he remains a great pick, with him showing up in the pro meta fairly often.
In order to find out exactly how you should be playing Lich we caught up with two of the best support players in the world, Kim ‘DuBu’ Doo-young and Troels ‘syndereN’ Nielsen, and asked them how to play the hero.
“Lich is an annoying hero because you don’t let opponents get what they expect from the lane. The best way of using Lich is following the opponent’s key hero (mainly carry) and annoying him,” Kim ‘DuBu’ Doo-young explains.
Frost Blast is a targeted nuke that deals damage and slows the targeted unit and any others in a small AoE around that unit. The primary target will take 50/100/150/200 damage, while the AoE damage is 75/100/125/150, with everyone getting a 30 percent move speed slow down and a 20 attack speed slow down for four seconds.
“My go-to skillbuild on Lich is either 3-1-3-2-3-4-3-2-2-T-2 or 3-2-3-1-3-4-3-2-2-T-2,” syndereN tells us. “Although occasionally maxing Frost Blast after Sacrifice or getting at least one or two additional skill points can be valuable.”
Ice Armour is a spell that can be targeted on allied units and buildings, giving them 3/5/7/9 armour for 40 seconds. With a five second cool down, this spell can be cast on multiple allies at the same time, and the low 50 mana cost helps as well. When a a foe attacks a unit or building with Ice Armour applied they will get a 8/16/24/32 percent move speed slow down and a 8/16/23/32 attack speed slow for two seconds.
“Usually Ice Armour is a higher value skill point than Frost Blast, but consider whether the defensive or offensive tools your hero offers are more valuable at the time in the game,” syndereN tells us. “Make sure you keep Ice Armour up on as many heroes as possible all the time while still sustaining mana. The spell makes a huge difference in fights which isn’t always easy to see, since it’s fairly subtle in animation.”