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Topson coaches “How to” play Arc Warden

John Dow
John Dow
Author CyberSport.io
6 min read
Rapiers have long been nerfed, and skills have been reworked, but Arc remains a hero for those who can micromanage well. And this guide will teach you how to micromanage and cover all other aspects of playing the Arc.
Topson coaches “How to” play Arc Warden

Arc Warden is one of the most difficult heroes to perform stably. Undoubtedly, Arc’s stability is an extensive guarantee of your team's victory, especially if you play professionally. Chadson plays mid-Arc due to his mana's low-cost spells cooldown, AOE abilities, and the hero's attack range. Today, Cyber-sport.io will learn how one of the most successful Dota 2 players - Topias Topson Taavitsainen - plays Arc Warden.

 

 

Skill build

Topson typically buys everything as standard: 3 Tango, 2 Iron Branch, Slippers of Agility, Circlet, and Faerie Fire (cheap item, but it helps survivability and adds a little control). It is “classic” to take 2-3 Wraith Bands for Topias.

 

Initially, he maxes 3x Flux and 3x Spark Wraith. From time to time, he pumps 1x Magnetic Field if it’s obligatory to defend yourself from the enemy's long-range, constantly pressing heroes. Of course, on level 6 – Tempest Double, Flux, and Spark Wraith alternately and talent. It is also worth noting that after receiving the Ultimate, the hero kills any character 1v1 unless he has some ability to escape the hero's attack radius. Surprisingly, Topson, as often as not, plays without the Hand of Midas (usually in ranked pubs) through fast Mjolnir.

 

Topson coaches “How to” play Arc Warden

 

Lane stage

Arc is quite weak at mid because he is too greedy. Even if you put together Hand of Midas with fast timing, it does nothing if the opponents will play aggressively and in conjunction. This is how Topson's logic can be explained. It can also be emphasized that Topson sometimes does not control the Bounty Rune, which is an important aspect when playing on Arc. 

 

In one of his games on Twitch, I surveyed a beautiful moment from Arc, when he dodged Pangolier's ultimate and went straight into the landscape of the map. As a result of the first fight, Arc scored a double kill, killing the Templar Assassin and Marci carries. This move raised him to the top 1 in terms of Net Worth. 

 

Topson coaches “How to” play Arc Warden

 

Item build

As the first artifact, Topson usually purchases Mjollnir. I can say for sure that in your ranked games, there are many “nerds” who play the carry position and buy Mjollnir. It’s Chad’s idea. I also recommend trying Gleipnir and playing with this artifact if you are a “beginner” Arc. 

 

At 10-12 minutes, Topson goes to vacuuming jungle to farm key artifacts. At 14 minutes, Topson usually kills Roshan solo. Talent at level 11 takes 225 health points, which grants more survivability, meaning ganging on Arc with Aegis is simply “easy-peasy”. Thanks to the aggressive actions of the whole team (mainly Topson), there is complete dominance over the opponents. 

 

The next artifact is Hurricane Pike, that significantly increases the character's mobility, allows you to save allies, as well as more effectively shoot opponents during battle. After waiting 24 minutes, Topson goes to Roshan again and retakes the Aegis. In addition, don’t forget about Aghanim Shard that, creating a field pushes enemies out of its area of ​​effect. Enemies inside the field are slowed, and allies gain a bonus of magic resistance. That’s how Topson quickly destroys barracks and wins the game, thanks to the Aegis. Zero-contact battle in action!

 

Topson coaches “How to” play Arc Warden

 

Summary

Thus, Arc Warden can be used against any opponent’s draft. Due to the fact that he is able to prepare for each situation individually, no one will criticize him. At the same time, it is essential to understand the advantages and capabilities of this hero, to correctly assess the situation.

 

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