Having little direct combat ability, the Techies have an unorthodox, if effective, method of dealing damage to the enemy team in the form of powerful laid explosive mines and stasis traps that enable other heroes to set up a gank or retreat. Their mines, set across key points of the map — and even less conventional locations — are an effective method of denying area and guaranteeing damage if enemies dare to initiate. They have an even more bizarre ability in the form of their Blast Off! which causes them to violently explode and lose half their life but deal massive damage in a moderate area of effect.
The unique mechanics of the mines mean that the Techies utilize mechanics not used by any other hero, including preemptive mine clusters and such strong area denial that they actively play a large role in securing the area controlled by friendly heroes. The Techies have statistics aligned to those of semi-carries, but play a largely passive, defensive role throughout the game.
- Techies gets all 3 charges immediately upon learning Proximity Mines.
- The mines cannot be triggered during the 1.75-second activation delay.
- During this delay, Proximity Mines are visible to the enemies. Once active, they turn invisible.
- It takes a total of 3.35 seconds for a Proximity Mine to detonate when placed right next to an enemy unit or structure.
- The mines only detonate when an enemy stands within its trigger radius for 1.6 seconds.
- This means quickly entering and leaving the area does not cause them to trigger.
- Upon entering its trigger radius, a sound is emitted from the mine, warning the enemy that they are within the trigger radius.
- Both the warning and mine explosion sound is audible to everyone and audible through the Fog of War.
- Can be triggered by invisible, but not by invulnerable or hidden units.
- Proximity Mines cannot be triggered by flying units and it does not damage wards.
- Proximity Mines only damage enemies when they are triggered, not when they are destroyed by attacks.
- The damage source is the mine itself, meaning certain on-damage effects (e.g. ) react on the mine rather than on Techies.
- The damage is based on the current level as it detonates, and not as it was placed.
- Proximity Mines deal 60/114/168/222 damage to buildings.
- Provides 300 radius flying vision at its location for 1 second after detonating.
- Proximity Mines cannot be placed within 400 radius of other allied Proximity Mines.
- When mouse-hovering on the ability, all own Proximity Mines display a red circle, indicating their trigger radius.
- With the talent, the mines can be moved and overlap on each other after being placed.
- Proximity Mines do not block neutral creep camps.
- The traps cannot be triggered during the 2-second activation delay.
- During this delay, the traps are visible to the enemies. Once active, they turn invisible.
- Roots the targets, preventing them from moving and casting certain mobility abilities.
- While rooted, provides True Sight over the targets.
- The traps only root enemies when they get triggered, not when they are destroyed by attacks.
- The root duration is based on the level of Stasis Trap as the trap was placed, and not as it detonates.
- When a Stasis Trap triggers, all other Stasis Traps owned by the player within 600 radius of the triggering trap are destroyed.
- Stasis Traps have no placement restrictions, they can be placed within any range of each other.
- Stasis Traps do not trigger on spell immune, invisible, invulnerable or hidden units.
- However, invisible units are rooted when within 600 radius as a trap is triggered.
- Provides 600 radius flying vision at its location for 1 second after detonating.
- The trap's explosion is audible through the Fog of War.
- Stasis Traps do not block neutral creep camps.
- The leap always takes 0.75 seconds, so the horizontal speed varies between 0 ‒ 1333.33.
- Leaps in an arc up to 281.108 range high, so that other units can pass below them.
- The self-inflicted damage is lethal, so it can be used to deny themselves.
- The 50% maximum health as self-inflicted damage is direct HP Removal, and ignores most sources of damage negation sources (except for magic resistance and magical damage barriers).
- However, the following abilities are able to interact with the self-inflicted damage: , , and .
- is able to prevent Techies from dying to the self-inflicted damage.
- The explosion first applies the debuff, then the area damage, then the self damage .
- Destroys trees within 150 radius around Techies upon landing.
- Can be interrupted by forced movement during the leap, but is not interrupted by any other sort of disable.
- Can be cast while rooted, and getting rooted during the leap does not interrupt it.
- This is an innate ability and cannot be learned or leveled.
- Cannot be placed inside the fountain area.
- Only one sign can exist on the map at a time.
- Planting a second sign causes the previous one to immediately disappear
- The signs have no death animation, so they visually linger for a few seconds and then sink into the ground.
- The sign is permanently phased, so it cannot block unit pathing.
- The sign does not block neutral creep camps.
- With aura, granting Techies' mines True Sight immunity and invisibility with a -second fade time.
, the Minefield Sign provides a radius
- The aura only affects wards are not affected. , and . Other
- The aura affects the mines of all allied players (e.g. when acquired via ), but not enemy mines.
- Mines within range of a sign do not have to go through their fade times to become invisible.
- The invisibility prevents enemies from seeing Proximity Mines even within its trigger range, or from seeing Remote Mines during their detonation delay.
- The aura's buff lingers for 0.5 seconds.
- Remote Mines only damage enemies when they are triggered with the or sub-abilities, not when they are destroyed by attacks or expire.
- Remote Mines have no activation delay, and can be detonated immediately after being placed.
- However, once triggered, the detonation is delayed by 0.25 seconds.
- The damage source is Remote Mines itself, meaning certain on-damage effects react on the mine rather than on Techies (e.g. ).
- Remote Mines can be stacked on one spot without interfering with each other in any way.
- Can have up to 69 remote mines at a time with the default cast time, cooldown and duration.
- Provides 500 radius flying vision at its location for 3 seconds after detonating.
- The damage is based on the level of Remote Mines as the mine was placed, and not as it detonates.
- However, the damage values updates instantly when picking up or dropping .
- Remote Mines have their model size increased by 10% per level.
- Remote Mines do not block neutral creep camps.
- Focused Detonate is unlocked when is learned.
- Can be cast without having to face towards the targeted area.
- This sub-ability can be used while Techies is dead and while prevented from acting, but not while Techies is disabled.
- If there are no Remote Mines within the search radius, nothing happens, wasting the cooldown.
Remote Mine Ability
- This is cast from the mine itself, making it possible to detonate mines when unable to use due to disables.
- Detonates all selected remote mines with a 0.03 seconds delay from each other.
|+60 Mines Movement Speed||25||+252 Damage|
|-22sCooldown||20||+40 Movement Speed|
|+3 Mana Regen||15||+300Damage|
|-3sCooldown||10||+20% Magic Resistance|
- The magic resistance talent stacks multiplicatively with other sources of magic resistance.
- Increases Techies's magic resistance to 40%.
- Increased health regeneration from 0 to 0.25.
- Reduced damage from 200/400/600/800 to 200/380/560/740.
- Increased building damage percentage from 25% to 30%.
- Increased movement speed from 310 to 320.
- Increased turn rate from 0.5 to 0.6.
- Reduced tree destruction radius from 400 to 150.
- Reduced cast time from 1 to 0.75.
- fountain areas. can no longer be placed inside the
- The stun now uses the 400 damage radius, instead of a reduced radius of 200.
- Reduced cast range bonus from 600 to 300.
- Increased stun duration from 1.5 to 1.75.
- Level 15 left talent: +5 mana regen reduced to +4.
- Level 15 right talent: +240 damage increased to +300.
- gives Techies health recovery when laning, mitigating harassment damage.
- restores health after an early kill or escape attempt using Blast Off!.
- provides Techies with the mana needed for early-game Proximity Mines. Because of its low cost, Techies often make several purchases of the item throughout the game as their major source of mana regeneration.
- 's damage over time works well with Techies' long attack range to harass the enemies, lowering their health enough for Blast Off! to secure kills.
- gives them mana, damage, and health. Drop Null Talisman on the ground momentarily to get more mana out of Soul Ring's active.
- converts health to mana, allowing Techies to continue planting mines over extended periods of time.
- fit Techies well in combination with a Soul Ring to compensate for their mines' mana cost, or to give mana to use Blast Off! without risking of dying/getting killed before they can deny themselves. Like Null Talisman, it can be dropped prior to using Soul Ring's active in order to gain more mana. Furthermore, Techies can disassemble it to get , which builds into Aether Lens or Bloodstone.
- grants Techies global mobility to plant traps in unexpected areas. Techies' strong defensive potential allows them to fortify a tower's defenses, discouraging the enemy from pushing.
- provides mana and mana regeneration, as well as extending Techies' cast range so they can use items and abilities, especially Proximity Mines, from a safe distance.
- gives Techies more mana and mobility; it can also push allies to escape or push enemies, especially Gem carriers, into mines and traps.
- provides Techies with a bigger mana pool, mana regeneration, and more base movement speed, allowing the hero to be more mobile and plant mines more liberally. Furthermore, the active ability disables an enemy, buying Techies time to plant mines and traps under their feet, or provides temporary invulnerability and a self-dispel.
- increases Techies' attributes, health, and mana. Remote Mines become a much bigger threat due to their increased damage, and Techies can place them from farther away, allowing them to be used tactically in team fights and allowing Techies to place traps more safely. Additionally, Minefield Sign becomes a usable ability, allowing Techies to use the sign to place guaranteed undetectable traps or to trick the enemy into avoiding an area that does not have mines.
- reduces the cooldown on all of Techies' abilities, allowing them to place traps and mines more frequently.
- reveals enemy Observer Wards and their Sentry Wards as well. Eliminating their Sentries from play allows you to place traps in areas that they once considered safe, and forces the supports to buy more Sentry Wards, slowing their item progression considerably.
- allows roaming Techies to replenish their mana and HP as they often pass by runes on their way to set up traps.
- increases intelligence and mana. More importantly, the mana regen amplification helps them plant more mines on the map. Kaya can upgrade into for better bonuses and extra movement speed.
- allows Techies to become temporarily invulnerable to physical damage when focused by the enemy, perhaps buying them more time to use Blast Off!, or to attempt to lead the enemy into mine traps.
- amplifies magical damage of Techies and allies.
- drastically improve Techies' mobility.
- gives Techies a great amount of health and mana, as well as tremendous regeneration, allowing them to place mines more frequently. Moreover, the active heal may buy Techies enough time to Blast Off! away.
- provides a lot of mana and a powerful disable to lock down dangerous enemies in team fights.
- gives Techies intelligence and armor. The aura and active can be used in team fights to hinder the enemy, reducing their ability to spread out from your area-of-effect nukes.
- grants mana regeneration, attack speed, silence, and crit for late-game carry Techies who seek to enhance their physical attacks.
|Playstyle:||Techies Demolitions was not so much a business as it was an excuse for Squee, Spleen, and Spoon to practice their favorite hobby: Blowin' stuff up. The Proximity Mines they buried beneath Toterin collapsed that town into a heap of rubble. The Stasis Traps they set for Trapper Town stunned the trappers while their quarry got away. A new invention has to be tested on something. Packed with flamesalt explosives, a stack of Remote Mines reduced Dredger's Bight to a smoking crater. Techies Demolitions handles dissatisfied customers with unexpected cheer. The last words "Blast Off!" can be heard just before an epic explosion delivers them from the need to face any consequences.|
- Before their release, Techies were showcased at the All-Star match of The International 2014, used by Artour "Arteezy" Babaev. He originally picked , but right before the picking phase ended, his pick got replaced by Techies, fireworks were launched in the arena, Techies' portrait was shown on all screens and this ▶️ sound effect played.
- According to Techies' in-game lip syncing, Squee is the one sitting on the cart with the rocket launcher, the cigar, and the deeper voice, Spleen is the big one pushing the cart, with the high voice, and Spoon is the one inside the barrel, who rarely ever talks, but has the deepest sounding voice.
- Spoon's design --long nose, revealed half of his fingers-- was largely resembles of Kilroy, the symbol which used by US serviceman during World War II.
- Techies' lines ▶️ "They're going to have to glue you back together! Yeah, in Hell!" and ▶️ "We're a sorry buncha losers. You said it" are references to similar lines lines spoken by the Demoman from Team Fortress 2 (as heard here and here).
- The flavor text of Kabloeey!" spoken by the Demoman from Team Fortress 2. "Kablooey!" is a direct reference to the line "
- Many of their lines also reference Counter-Strike, such as ▶️ "Counter-Techies Win", ▶️ "Bomb has been planted" or ▶️ "Bomb has been defused. Darn!".
- Techies' attack line ▶️ "See! Fore!" is a pun on the plastic explosive C-4.
- The line ▶️ "Who said we couldn't count to three, huh?" is a reference to a joke about the fact that Valve has not released a single game with the number three in the title (Half-Life 3, Left 4 Dead 3, Portal 3 etc.).
- The line ▶️ "Continue testing." is a reference to GLaDOS, a character of Valve's Portal series.
- The line ▶️ "Claymore! But not that kind of claymore." is a reference to the M18 Claymore mine.
- The gag about Spoon being hidden in a barrel without the other two knowing is a reference to DotA, where only some time after Techies were released did people realize that there were actually three of them instead of two; the third one's feet could barely be seen under the barrel behind the other two (Techies used to be named "Squee and Spleen" and eventually became "Squee, Spleen and Spoon").
- The name "Spoon" may be a reference to a scene from the movie Matrix where a boy bends a spoon with his mind and then says to Neo "Do not try and bend the spoon. That's impossible. Instead, only try to realise the truth", followed by Neo asking: "What truth?" and the boy answering it with "There is no spoon. Then you'll see, that it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself."
- Squee and Spleen think that Spoon died to the explosion in their workshop, so they thought "there is no Spoon" anymore and the voice is only in their heads ▶️.
- The names of the original two Techies most likely came from Magic the Gathering. Squee is a legendary goblin from Magic the Gathering lore, while Spleen was probably named after the flavor text on the Goblin Soothsayer card ("I see a great victory and rivers of blood. And . . . hmm, looks like a spleen.")
- There is a hidden trollface in ' ability icon.
- Squee's design resembles that of the Soldier from Team Fortress 2, as his eyes are covered by a helmet, and he wields what appears to be a rocket launcher.
- The line ▶️ "Loud noises!" is a reference to Brick Tamland, a character from Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.