Mireska Sunbreeze, the Dark Willow, is a ranged intelligence hero with a powerful array of disables and nukes. She can summon a tangle of thorns to root enemies in her Bramble Maze, or curse an enemy to stun them after a delay with Cursed Crown. Slipping into the Shadow Realm to avoid attacks, she re-emerges with a powerful magical burst. Calling upon her companion Jex, Dark Willow dishes out a flurry of heavy magic damage with Bedlam, or sends her enemies fleeing in fear with Terrorize. This wide arsenal of disables and nukes allows her to gank, roam, and support with equal efficiency, making her indispensable in teamfights.
- The visual effects and the sound during the 0.5-second bramble spawn delay are only visible and audible to allies.
- The projectile launched upon cast has only cosmetic purposes, and does not affect the delay.
- The brambles are always placed in the same formation.
- 4 brambles are placed 200 range away from the center of the target area, towards north, east, south, and west.
- 4 brambles are placed 500 range away from the center of the target area, towards north-east, south-east, south-west, and north-west.
- The brambles spawn in 0.075-second intervals, starting 0.5 seconds after cast, so it takes 1.025 seconds for all brambles to spawn.
- The inner circle spawns first, starting with the east bramble, going counter-clockwise. The outer circle starts with the north-east bramble.
- Each bramble is inactive for 0.1 seconds after spawning.
- A bramble roots the first enemy unit which comes within 90 range of it, after which it then disappears.
- Deals 60/53.33/50/48 damage in 0.5-second intervals, starting 0.5 seconds after the buff is applied, resulting in 2/3/4/5 instances.
- Can deal a total of 120/160/200/240 damage to the target (before reductions).
- The brambles' duration starts after the initial creation delay. This means the last bramble disappears 16.025 seconds after cast.
- Multiple instances of the debuff fully stack. Each bramble places its own independent debuff.
- Leveling the ability up while there are other active brambles does not update the root duration.
- Does not interrupt channeling abilities upon cast.
- Shadow Realm disjoints projectiles upon cast.
- During Shadow Realm, Dark Willow is phased, attack immune and unselectable.
- Any attack or ability targeting Dark Willow which is already in its attack or cast animation gets canceled.
- Due to this, Dark Willow (or ↓↓ Double-tapping) cannot target herself with most of her own items either, with the following exceptions: , , and .
- Does not prevent Spell Reflection from reflecting abilities back at her.
- Due to the unselectability, almost every ability treats Dark Willow as if she were invisible, except the following abilities:
- , , , , , , and .
- Unlike with invisibility, , and do not instantly die when Shadow Realm is cast.
- When cast while attacking an enemy, Dark Willow is ordered to stop, so that the attack out of Shadow Realm is not wasted.
- However, when she is given an attack order (A) while outside attack range, casting Shadow Realm while she moves does not stop her from attacking immediately.
- Casting abilities or items during Shadow Realm does not end it, only attacking does.
- The Shadow Realm buff is lost upon launching an attack. Upon launch, Dark Willow gets the
, which is responsible for the damage.
- This buff disappears upon hitting the target, or within 3 seconds, whichever is shorter.
- This means if the projectile flies for more than 3 seconds, the damage is not applied.
- The buff responsible for the damage is lost on death, so when dying before projectile hit negates the damage.
- The buff only works for the attack that created it. Any other projectiles launched afterwards do not apply the bonus damage.
- With , attacking no longer ends Shadow Realm, and each attack launched applies the Shadow Realm damage.
- The damage increases by 0.77/1.54/2.31/3.09 on each , reaching its maximum in 3.5 seconds.
- The damage stops growing as soon as the attack is launched. It does not continue to grow while flying towards the target.
- The damage is dealt in a separate instance and is not added to Dark Willow's attack damage.
- The sound and visual effect during the delay on the target is audible and visible to everyone.
- The visual effect indicates the area to be affected on each second.
- Turning invulnerable or hidden does not prevent the debuff from affecting the area around the target.
, losing the initial debuff in any way causes 4 based on the current level to spawn around the target.
- Bramble Maze's notes fully apply. If it is not leveled, no brambles spawn.
- The brambles are always placed 175 range away from the target, towards north, east, south, and west.
- Unlike the brambles from a regular cast, these brambles spawn simultaneously.
- Leveling this ability automatically levels as well.
- Interrupts Dark Willow's channeling abilities upon cast.
- While active, Terrorize is inactive and cannot be cast.
- Bedlam is inactive during Terrorize's cast time, and stays inactive until Jex fully returns to Dark Willow after terrorizing enemies.
- On cast, Jex always appears on the west side and rotates clockwise around Dark Willow.
- Jex rotates around Dark Willow at a speed of 698.13, taking 1.8 seconds to finish a revolution.
- This results in 2.78 revolutions over the whole duration.
- On each attack, Jex chooses a visible random target within range. There are no priorities. Does not attack buildings or wards.
- The attack radius is centered on Jex. A light pink glow surrounds it, indicating the attack area.
- Jex continues attacking even when Dark Willow is disabled. It stops only when she dies, or when expiring.
- Jex' attacks are not regular attacks. They are treated like an ability, and thus do not interact with any on attack effects.
- This means that both spell damage amplification and spell lifesteal does work with it. Dark Willow is the damage source.
- The attack projectiles traveling at a speed of 1400.
- With its 0.25-second attack rate, it can attack up to 20 times.
- With the current attack rate and damage, it can deal up to 300/500/700 ( ) damage per second to a single unit.
- Can deal up to 1500/2500/3500 ( ) damage to a single unit (before reductions).
- Recasting Bedlam before the previous cast finishes refreshes the duration.
- The ability itself provides no vision, but Jex has 600 ground vision which he provides for the duration.
- Leveling this ability automatically levels as well.
- Terrorize is inactive during Bedlam.
- Terrorize is also inactive during its cast time, and stays inactive until Jex fully returns to Dark Willow after terrorizing enemies.
- This means Terrorize cannot be cast again until Jex returned from a previous cast.
- Jex travels to the target point at a speed of 2000, and returns to Dark Willow at a speed of 600.
- The visual effect at the target area during the cast time/effect delay is visible to allies only. The sound is audible to everyone.
- Applies fear on all hit enemies within the radius, forcing them to run towards their team's , while preventing them from acting.
- When hitting neutral creeps, they retreat to their camps instead.
- Provides shared vision over all hit enemies for its duration. Affects invisible units, but does not provide True Sight.
- The ability itself provides no vision, but Jex has 600 ground vision which he provides during the duration.
|+1.5Duration||25||+110 Attack Speed|
- Reduced stun duration from 1.75/2.25/2.75/3.25 to 1.5/2/2.5/3.
- Level 10 right talent: +0.6s stun duration reduced to +0.5s.
- Level 20 right talent changed: +50 attack damage ➜ +2s duration.
- Reduced cooldown reduction from 3 to 2.
- Level 20 left talent: -8s cooldown reduced to -7s.
- Increased health regeneration from 0 to 0.5.
- Reduced cast range from 1100/1200/1300/1400 to 1000/1100/1200/1300.
- Rescaled total damage from 125/150/175/200 to 120/160/200/240.
- Reduced cooldown from 32/26/20/14 to 26/22/18/14.
- Reduced cast range from 1300 to 1200.
- Now also reduces delay by 1 second.
- Level 15 left talent changed: +125 cast range ➜ +160 radius.
- helps Dark Willow play more aggressively in the early game with supply of mana.
- supplements Dark Willow's low natural health with regeneration.
- restores health to keep Dark Willow alive.
- combines with Tango to heal more, or builds into Magic Wand.
- restores mana for Dark Willow to use abilities in the early game.
- provides vision on the enemies so Dark Willow and allies can gank.
- increase movement speed to chase or escape.
- helps Dark Willow keep up with enemies during ganks, and builds into Eul's Scepter of Divinity.
- can save Dark Willow in an emergency by restoring health and mana.
- gives Dark Willow a quick mana and health restoration.
- help Dark Willow use her magical nukes more often, as she has five active abilities with high mana costs.
- works well with any of Dark Willow's abilities: setting up Bramble Maze's root and Terrorize's fear, buying time for Cursed Crown to stun and Shadow Realm to peak in damage, removing an enemy for Bedlam to concentrate on others, and combining with Shadow Realm for longer period of untargetability. It also provides intelligence and mana regeneration for her to use said abilities.
- helps Dark Willow get close to enemies to land as many Bedlam hits as possible, and allows her to get behind enemies for Terrorize. If trying to escape from enemies, Shadow Realm may help Dark Willow survive the 3 second cooldown and blink to safety.
- invisibility and magic resistance, so she can stay on top of the enemies when using Bedlam. grants Dark Willow a layer of protection with
- provides a large damage boost and a strong single-target hex to complement her natural AoE disables.
- protects Dark Willow with dispel and heal when she is ganking with Bedlam.
- allow Dark Willow to keep up with enemies while using Bedlam.
- facilitates rune control, offsetting the high mana cost of Dark Willow's abilities.
- gives a core Dark Willow high damage and kill potential with her own nukes. It also provides additional attributes, which the hero lacks.
- increases Dark Willow's burst damage, and reduces some of her high mana costs.
- helps Dark Willow escape, stay next to enemies during Bedlam, or push a fleeing enemy with Cursed Crown into their team.
- sustains Dark Willow and teammates with heal, and it can also help in ganks by countering enemy healing and dealing some damage.
- root to keep the target within range of Bedlam. applies
- protects Dark Willow from single target disables, which can kill her in the late game.
- protects Dark Willow from high damage nukes and initiations with strong dispel and damage reduction, giving her 2.5 seconds to use all of her abilities to help in teamfights or to disengage.
- increases lots of damage output and works well with the attack speed talent for a core Dark Willow.
- , along with Shadow Realm, help Dark Willow teleport and split push.
|Roles:||Support Nuker Disabler Escape|
|Playstyle:||Mireska Sunbreeze is a devious rebel for whom deceit and backstabbing are but business norms. Her Fae heritage lets her to slip into the Shadow Realm, avoiding attacks while entrapping victims in a thorny Bramble Maze. She lays a Cursed Crown on her foes, stunning them no matter where they run. The Dark Willow's companion wisp is no less to fear. Jex circles its mistress, creating total Bedlam before tapping into primal fears to Terrorize enemies into submission.|
- Dark Willow is sometimes labeled in the game files as Sylph and Fairy, her early working names.
- Dark Willow's accent is heavily based on those found in Celtic and Gaelic countries, mostly Wales, Ireland and Scotland.