Enigma is a ranged intelligence hero who uses his abilities to cripple his enemies, supported by a seemingly inexhaustible army of creeps. His fearsome abilities can bind entire teams under his might. Enigma is also a formidable jungler and pusher owing to his ability to create creeps.
The deliverance of his ultimate, Black Hole, engulfs an area around him with dark energies and disables enemies caught within it, making him an extremely powerful yet conditional initiator and disabler. His Midnight Pulse consumes sections of enemies' life in a region over time and his Malefice stuns targets. His trademark ability is Demonic Conversion, which splits a creep into three eidolons under his control. If they can land enough attacks on an enemy unit before their expiration, they multiply and are healed to full health.
- The first instance occurs upon cast, and then every 2 seconds.
- On each tick, Malefice first applies the damage, then the stun.
- Can deal up to 120/180/240/300 ( ) damage (before reductions).
- Multiple instances of Malefice do not stack, but refresh the duration instead. It continues ticking with the tick rate of the first cast.
- Demonic Conversion kills the target unit, granting the gold and experience bounty, or resulting in a deny when cast on allied units.
- Attacking buildings or allied units does not count towards the number of attacks required to multiply, but attacking wards does.
- The attack is counted upon projectile launch, not upon hit, therefore, it does not matter whether the attack actually hits the target or not.
- Eidolons multiply upon their 7th attack projectile launch, regardless of whether the attack is a valid one (such as attacking a building).
- When multiplying, the Eidolon's health is refreshed. Their duration is not refreshed.
- However, the splitting Eidolon's duration gets increased by 2 seconds.
- The Eidolon's name progress is as follow: Lesser Eidolon ➜ Eidolon ➜ Greater Eidolon ➜ Dire Eidolon.
- Eidolons can only multiply once. Eidolons which spawned through multiplication, cannot multiply.
- The talent does not update the health of already spawned .
- Midnight Pulse deals damage in 1 second intervals, starting 1 second after cast, resulting in 9/10/11/12 instances.
- Can deal up to 42.75%/55%/68.75%/84% of the affected units' maximum health as damage (before reductions).
- Successive casts of Midnight Pulse stacks and work fully independently from each other.
- Destroys trees within the radius at the target location upon cast.
- Spirals affected units counterclockwise towards the center at a speed of 30, resulting in a maximum possible distance of 120.
- The closer the units are to the center, the stronger they get pulled to the center, with almost no pull, but only rotation at max distance.
- Can pull affected units over impassable terrain and through trees without destroying them.
- Units inside Black Hole can be pulled out by various abilities.
- However, the following abilities or items cannot move units out of Black Hole: , , and .
- The pull and disable are provided by an aura, which lingers for 0.5 seconds, or until the channeling stops, whichever is shorter.
- Provides 800 range ground vision at the targeted point for 4 seconds upon cast.
- Deals damage in 1 second intervals, starting 1 second after cast, resulting in 4 instances.
- Can deal up to 400/600/800 ( + of maximum health as) damage (before reductions).
upgrade does not actually cause to be cast when using Black Hole, it just adds its max health as damage to Black Hole:
- The max health as damage is based on the current level of Midnight Pulse, so if not learned, Black Hole deals no extra damage.
- The damage is dealt in separate instances, in the same intervals as Black Hole's damage, resulting in total instances together with Black Hole's regular damage.
- The extra damage is dealt across the whole radius of Black Hole and lasts for the duration of Black Hole.
- The extra damage stacks with any previously cast Midnight Pulse and deals pure damage.
- Unlike Midnight Pulse, Black Hole's pulse damage hits ancient creeps and it does not destroy trees in the area upon cast.
- In Ability Draft, Midnight Pulse must be drafted as well for Black Hole to apply Midnight Pulse's damage.
, spirals enemies within a radius counter-clockwise towards the center at a speed of 175, resulting in a maximum possible distance of .
- The pull towards the center gets stronger the closer the affected units are to it.
- However, unlike the pull within the main area, this pull spirals much weaker and goes more towards the center.
- The outer pull is provided by a separate aura, which also lingers for 0.5 seconds, or until the channeling stops, whichever is shorter.
- This pull does not impede the targets at all, and even allows them to move still.
|+200Radius||15||8% Cooldown Reduction|
- Increased turn rate from 0.5 to 0.6.
- Increased cooldown from 35 on each level to 50/45/40/35.
- Level 15 left talent: +150 radius increased to +200.
- Reduced cooldown from 18/17/16/15 to 14 on each level.
- Increased duration from 35 to 40.
- Reduced attack point from 0.4 to 0.3.
upgrade for :
- Causes to pull in enemies within a 1200 radius at a speed of 175, without impeding enemies in any way.
- Level 10 left talent changed: +4s duration ➜ +0.35s stun duration per instance.
- Level 15 left talent changed: +0.35s stun duration per instance ➜ +150 radius.
- Level 15 right talent: 12% cooldown reduction reduced to 10%.
- provides mana to produce Eidolons in the early game.
- provides some health regeneration to keep Enigma in jungle or hold the lane.
- grants mana to use Demonic Conversion in lane.
- a pair of those can easily turn into a Bracer or Soul Ring while also giving you survival on off-laning.
- helps in the jungle since it gains charges from neutral creeps casting their abilities, restoring health and mana to Enigma.
- is a great source of mana, allowing him to use his Demonic Conversion as often as possible. Enigma does not mind the health cost since he does not often go close to enemies as his abilities and Eidolons have good cast range and attack range.
- help you get into position to use Black Hole.
- can be kept for its movement speed bonus or can be worked towards any item recipe including it.
- as an alternative to Soul Ring can provide some extra mana regeneration and damage as well. Can be used as a step stone for Veil or Vladmir's.
- is a cost effective upgrade from Magic Stick.
- helps your positioning greatly and helps to pull off a good Black Hole. Might need to be rushed way early by pushing lanes with Eidolons.
- is highly recommended, as Enigma can farm very quickly in the early stages of the game, is relatively item independent, and has a large mana pool, all of which are traits of a strong Mekansm carrier. The added armor, health regen, and active heal can also aid Eidolons, and is very effective. The active can help greatly in team fights or pushing a lane.
- is a small upgrade for Boots of Speed by providing extra mana and can be combined with Mekansm for Guardian Greaves. If you guaranteed a Soul Ring, alternatively, Arcane Boots can get disassembled for an Aether Lens later.
- spell immunity so the enemies cannot easily interrupt Black Hole. It applies a basic dispel on activation to shake off most simple debuffs like plain silence and prevent further disabler casts when heading out for the combo. grants
- allows a slot to be freed, provides a steady supply of health and mana regeneration to the team, and increases Enigma's survivability. Aside from healing and replenishing mana for the team, the Mend ability will apply a basic dispel that helps his team when they are disabled or silenced.
- gives Enigma high health and mana regeneration. The active allows Enigma to use Black Hole twice in one fight.
- greatly increases the effectiveness of Black Hole, as well as much needed attributes to remedy his health and mana pools. A well put BH combo can wipe half or the entire enemy team that way.
- can be an alternative to Mekansm when the healing cannot out-do massed area nukes in a push. Should be built to compliment area of effect healing provided by teammates.
- is an alternative to Black King Bar for when the enemy team has disables that ignore spell immunity, such as and or long-ranged position juggling effects like . When paired with Guardian Greaves, you'd have a reliable dispel at your service and can maintain safe distance. Consider casting its spell block to the other initiator when they're leading.
- can be an alternative to Linken's Sphere to endure damage and position when paired with any sort of invisibility buff or spell immunity like BKB. Can be a safety net for unique aggro deflect abilities like , or at late game.
- stacks with the cooldown reduction talent to reduce the cooldown of Black Hole, putting constant pressure on the enemies with the frequent threat of his dangerous ultimate ability. Spell lifesteal will provide survival at the presence of damage reflect or counter-attacks such as or .
- adding an extra area disabler, damages structures and grants a good amount of stat boost, making combo initiation easier.
- granting movement speed to shift through lanes and gank. Break passive penalty can easily be diminished by or .
- also gives Enigma some mana management bonuses with protection, and its active ability synergizes well with Black Hole.
- increasing the armor of eidolons but also reducing the armor of enemy structures and units in its reach. Granting more push power against towers.
- grants invisibility so Enigma can initiate with the element of surprise. It can be an alternative to Black King Bar or Blink Dagger when combined with Smoke of Deceit or have means of disabling the enemy carry hero.
- allow Enigma to initiate while suffering damage over time debuffs or very long-ranged mini-stuns that can cancel out Blink Dagger.
- grants him additional cast range, allowing him to land his ultimate ability perhaps at much quicker speed without having to walk toward the team and also to keep him out of harm's way if he can position at higher ground.
- can be used for disabling the enemy carry or rushing Roshan faster with .
- is an alternative pick to deny very specific hard counters such as long-ranged disables or debuffs else manipulation abilities that turn your own power back at you such as .
- rewards bonus gold and experience so Enigma can gain access to powerful items and talents sooner.
|Roles:||Disabler Jungler Initiator Pusher|
|Playstyle:||A mystery worthy of his name, Enigma could only be described as a being of the void, a beast between planes. He draws aspects of himself from other dimensions, performing Demonic Conversions to summon numerous Eidolons. The ground darkens under a Midnight Pulse, and foes are stunned by the unseen force of Malefice as they try to flee its entropic effects. One legend has it that Enigma is actually the first collapsed star. This theory grows more plausible as Enigma begins to channel a cosmic singularity, pulling all except himself into the superdense center of his Black Hole.|
- Many of Enigma's responses are references to Friedrich Nietzsche's works; the line, ▶️ "I stare also into you." references a passage in Beyond Good and Evil, where it is stated that "And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you".
- Enigma's rival line towards ▶️ "Even time may fail in the face of gravity." is a reference to the time dilating effect of gravity.
- Many of Enigma's responses are also references to concepts in cosmology (the Big Bang, gravity wells, redshifts, and black holes) or particle physics (path integrals, universal constants).
- In DotA, Enigma's hero name was "Darchrow", and Enigma was the title. In the transition to Dota 2, "Enigma" has been turned into the name, and the title was changed to "Consumer of Worlds".
- fundamental forces of the universe with Enigma representing the gravitational force.
, , , and together represent the four
- Most of Enigma's abilities reflect his theme of gravity, especially his ultimate ability .
- This is reflected in several of Enigma's kill responses to specific heroes. ▶️ "The Fundamentals unite."
- The term "eidolon" comes from ancient greek literature, where it refers to a human-like phantom, the shade of one who died.
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