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Analysis of the strongest lane combinations of the patch

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In recent weeks we made two infographics that highlighted the best combos for the offlane and safelane. Many of you asked about how exactly some of these combinations are supposed to be played and why they are strong, so today we decided to answer these questions.

Bloodseeker + Crystal Maiden

A combination with the highest win rate for offlane+roamer is BS+CM. Why is this combo strong? Well… Bloodseeker. After several changes to his abilities in the latest patches, Bloodseeker became an absolute monster of an offlaner. His high armor, alongside an insanely powerful nuke makes him absolutely unbeatable in the lane.

Bloodseeker has a high win rate overall, working very well in the lane with Windranger, Rubick, and Tiny. But in combination with Crystal Maiden, he can go out of control very quickly.

Why is CM so good with Bloodseeker? First off, CM has two spells, which allows her to set up the Blood Rite. The second strength is that CM has an aura, which helps Bloodseeker to spam Blood Rite as often as he wants.

What to do in the lane?

Get several Enchanted Mangoes on Crystal Maiden and start spamming your opponents with Crystal Nova and Blood Rite. Use spells that way, so you can both harass your opponents and ensure last-hits of ranged creeps. You are definitely going to push the lane with your spells, so once the lane is pushed make a pull. Keep spamming your opponents until you force them to leave the lane.

This insane spell spam makes the enemy carry and support waste all their gold on additional regen, which makes them leave the lane with a very low net worth after all. Even if you are not going to make any kills in the lane, you are definitely going to win a sustained battle and come as a winner from the lane.

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Legion Commander + Warlock

By far, the most questions about the strength of the combination we got about LC and Warlock lane. The strength of the lane is very obvious – sustain.

Insane harass with Overwhelming Odds and Fatal Bonds alongside a lot of healing from Shadow Word, Moment of Courage, and Press the Attack makes this combo very strong in lane. By spamming spells on a constant basis, this combo makes their opponents bring a lot of resources, wasting all their gained gold. It allows LC and Warlock to be victorious in most of the scenarios. Even if they are not going to make kills, they are going to win an economical advantage.

Unlike BS+CM combo, Warlock and LC are insanely strong in the mid and late stages of the game. Initiation and save from LC alongside Warlock’s team fight potential make this combo one of the best for high ranked and competitive games.

What to do in the lane?

The scenario is the same as for BS+CM. Come to the lane and use Fatal Bounds immediately. Use Overwhelming Odds to ensure last-hits of ranged creeps, while also harassing enemy heroes. Spam your opponents to oblivion, while also healing up with your defensive abilities. The more levels you get, the harder it will be for the enemy team to contest you in the lane.

Riki + Grimstroke

Unexpectedly, this safelane combination started a lot of discussions regarding their ability to win the lane. That’s quite surprising since this combo is very simple to understand and pull off.

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Grimstroke is very good at harassing and ensuring last-hits of ranged creeps, while Riki has a lot of base armor and regen.

The combo becomes very strong at level 2, but their power spike is at level 3. With two points in Ink Swell, Riki and Grimstroke can easily kill pretty much any opponent. It is pretty much impossible to fight Riki, while he has an Ink Swell on him. Repeat Ink Swell and Blink combination every time you have resources, eventually, it will lead to simple kills.

What to do in the lane?

Start the lane by using Stroke of Fate to ensure last-hits of ranged creeps. The combo becomes very strong at level 2, and even stronger at level 3. With two points in Ink Swell, Riki and Grimstroke can easily kill pretty much any opponent. It is impossible to fight Riki, while he has an Ink Swell on him. Repeat Ink Swell and Blink combination every time you have resources, eventually, it will lead to simple kills.

Source: reddit.com

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