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pride before the fall

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    FE

      What position does riki dominate? offlane core , safelane core or roamer?

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        second

        RUM

          turd! :)

          Charlotte Katakuri

            What a time to be alive

            FE

              3st

              Hupples

                @FE, he probably dominates all of those in normal skill games.

                Metsis

                  Riki is surprisingly effective at the moment. I think he went into the slot 4 role quite heavily at the start of 2018 and he is now slowly sliding back into a more core role and as such he is essentially back. But by no means is he impossible to handle. Warding is key...

                  Smoke Cloud makes him hard to hit and also silences the people in it. And then the ult takes Riki off the map for quite a few seconds so he is hard to kill. I checked the down time is between cloud - ult - cloud cycle and it is actually 0 seconds with lvl 2 ult on. And the ult cooldown is probably too low (40 seconds on ult 3)... He basically has it available at all times. And all this makes him hard to handle.

                  Espada

                    I know a dude whose favorite hero is Riki not long ago, he adds WK only recently to his pool or something

                    https://www.dotabuff.com/players/243319409

                    I wonder if he get hyped reading this article

                    Rimuru

                      i dont know why people think riki is countered by slardar or even bounty atm...the hero is broken atm

                      venelin

                        You are surprised at 3k warding??? I see sentries at any MMR

                        Legend Carry

                          he is pain in the ass kind of hero and will always be

                          Rin

                            @FE
                            in archon - legend, offlane core riki

                            Riki's Revenge

                              Leave my boy Riki alone you peasants

                              Riki's Revenge

                                @Espada not bad but he only plays core riki.

                                McCree From GameCube

                                  Well he blows up pretty easily, so down here in 1.5k, I'm enjoying blowing up his ass as Techies.

                                  THE WALRUS

                                    I've been picking blood against him, which at least doesnt let him run away low health. Still tough without good warding/dust

                                    Fockerland

                                      Mindless and stupid hero to play, smoke is almost infinite with the talent, his blink is just absurd, damage was always over the top and his ultimate (specially if basher) is just a 'win' button.

                                      Yeah sure can be countered just like everything but his skills are OP the numbers are just proof of it.

                                      Kriggy

                                        There mere fact that someone is 3k doesnt mean that there will be no wards or dusts in the game... hell in most of my 2k games there are around 40 wards (20+20) bought by EACH team most of the time

                                        Sorry

                                          I love it. Nice article

                                          Behave And Be Brave

                                            Yeah, i see in my 2.9-3.5k games tons of sentries, for sure at least 15 if there is NO invis and 25+ sentries with invis, often much more. And also plenty of observers, most of the time out of stock. It was more like 2013-2015 were the people could not ward properly...

                                            1 vs 9.NaVi

                                              >Even in a 3K pub, you may see a sentry lane ward against an enemy Treant and Riki.
                                              omg a u writing that from 2013 or what?

                                              .tv/inlove_monster

                                                valve fix riki's ult please it is very imbalance

                                                MM.Ugh Brock Hall

                                                  I feel like at the moment the absurdity of the spells is the problem in pubs and the opportunity windows are the problem in pro matches. Perhaps some small changes to the cooldowns and ranges of the spells would aid the pub scene and some increased spell legnths and shorter cast points would aid the pro scene? Maybe change the bllink strike damage to after the attack to aid in pub scene, because invisibility during the laning stage hasn't always proven to be a massive boon in the pro scene.

                                                  I kind of don't want to see him entirely tank out though. Dota has a formula that most heroes hover around, and having heroes like him, monkey king, techies, pudge, etc can really mess with the way you WANT to play the game if you face them. I think that's really important for the balance of the game. I'd be ok with him being relegated to a more situational role like Broodmother, but for the good of the game I'd rather him not be completely useless.

                                                  OfGreyHairWaifu

                                                    Maybe Riki's problem is an ulty that gives invincibility, dishes out a lot of damage, and is absurdly large with the lvl 25 talent? You know, a complete "deal damage with no danger to yourself" ability, that can't even be countered by blademeail? Untill his ult becomes breakable (if only by aoe stuns), this hero will not be balanced properly.

                                                    I am still smiling^

                                                      Activly spamming Riki (First pick if possible). Usually go through Phase - Diffusal - BF. Have a huge KDA and a winrate at about 65%. I'm currently at 2k. I hope that at higher mmr bracket I'll finally have more challenging and difficult games, otherwise you can probably call this hero "Imba"

                                                      BakeNBrew

                                                        im most comfortable on using riki as roamer phase and diffu can kill soft support with his cloud and blink strike alone.

                                                        Just-Give-Only

                                                          I've seen a riki with empower buff, with just diffusal and yasha, solo killing a bb in mere seconds that has crimson and blademail and maxed out passive. If that's not OP enough I don't know what is.

                                                          RUSSSYOMKIN

                                                            I completely exterminate Riki with subtle heroes. I tease this rat in the forest until it attacks me and applies Eul's on it. After that, we leave his cloud or Ultimate Ability + can be seen if you apply dust and calmly kill ... I do these things against Riki on Pangolier.

                                                            Riki's Revenge

                                                              if you played enough riki you will know his weaknesses, skill, hero, and items..

                                                              eMystique `

                                                                Pls leave riki alone. He is nerfed too much already, i dun wan to see him nerfed again on 7.19d. I love riki so much :( and pls volvo dont reduce his level 20 talent (+900 blink strike) bcs its too OP, its like catch am, and also his level 15 talent where if u get a diffusal u can just go around and blink at everyones back and voila u found a kill :( 26-13 record on my riki :(

                                                                troll

                                                                  @I am still smiling^ ofc it'll get harder as you climb as you'll see less of people using dust while you're in ult form, using ghost scepter/glimmer/force staff, they'll use sentries more plus you'll see less potatos walking around with half hp basically screaming 'KILL ME' but you'll also get better at dealing with this kinda shit as you climb - gl bro.

                                                                  rFq

                                                                    pls gaben nerf riki. hes fuckin broken hero omg. trust me 80% is fuckin annoying when someone pick riki EW idiot hero riki

                                                                    Fred Fredburger

                                                                      Most people complaining about riki being ''broken'' even tho he has been nerfed patch over patch over patch, its just because they dont focus him good enough early game and then cry late game. Riki is one of the squishies heroes of the game, he cannot even harass in lane, just being still receiving exp and warding, Riki dies too easily and may be left behind if played properly. People buys sentries when riki can just change from lane. Me, as a riki player, can say that nor blood nor slardar nor bristleback, nothing truly counters him, its harder, yes, but the strength of riki doesnt come from just absurd invisibility, his Q is the stronger spell ive seen in my life, killing juggernaut, lifestealer and skill dependant heroes, AN AOE SILENCE THAT MAKES YOU MISS, and if you got diffusal is like being hexed. I dislike a lot all of those nerfs but i manage to win pretty much with riki, check my profile. I just guess that it will be harder on another bracket because mine is shitty

                                                                      Cipotalp

                                                                        I'm a Riki spammer and I can say a lot of people misunderstand this hero. His laning stage is HORRIBLE. And the enemy just letting him to get his diffusal blade and other items in the lower MMR games then mid/late game there are crying why is so fat that rat?! Lots of player don't pick correct counters and correct counter items for it. Like Clickz he is good at solo and low hp support kills.

                                                                        Riki don't have a huge HP only around 1,5-2k so he is very weak but slippery hero. In the international it was picked 3 times. Only 1 win was earned. So he is not an immortal hero he is just underrated (especially his late game) in the lower MMR games... Riki always dominated the lower skill bracket because his invisibility and rat nature.

                                                                        (I hope they will modify back his ulti to 0.4 sec so it can synergen with the "new" item Nullifier. Maybe 0,6-0,5-,0.4 will be good)

                                                                        Other heroes got much more better lategame... WK, CK, Troll, Sven, Medusa, AM, Spectre ect etc.... And much better at pushing...

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                                                                          Ну да, всё правильно.

                                                                          Fred Fredburger

                                                                            Oh my god they just nerfed riki again