Wraith Pact has been added in patch 7.31 and immediately became popular in the pro scene, and this is not surprising because the item is powerful. At this point, Wraith Pact ranks 151st in popularity among all items and was used 8,335,821 times with 66.45% of win rate. This item is created with Vladmir's Offering, Point Booster, and Recipe, the total cost equals 4200 gold.
Due to its potent active ability and \tremendous aura, professional teams from all regions are rushing the item from different spots. Before a much-needed nerf that will undoubtedly appear in upcoming patches, Cyber-sport.io prepared a short guide over the benefits of Wraith Pact and how to utilize it to gain MMR.
The central ability is Wraith's Reprisal, you can summon a movable totem that reduces enemy damage and deals damage per second. In addition, it possesses all the properties of Vladmir's Aura.
Basically, this item is best suited for pos-3 or pos-4, which can keep the totem alive, during casting, it became especially relevant after patch 7.31d, in which attacks to destroy it reduced from 5 to 4, and model size increased by 50%. These are such heroes as Pugna, who, with the help of Decrepify, prevents opponents from hitting totem and also can put Nether Ward, and enemies need to choose which totem they need to destroy first.
Phoenix with Supernova can also be included in this list, or heroes with control. For instance, Axe’s Berserker's Call copes well with this task. However, most often, this item is bought for Undying (63,166 matches and 42,312 of them are victories), this can be explained by the fact that it is solid in this patch. When he puts Tombstone with Wraith Pact, it has a decisive effect on the fight, opponents need to destroy Tombstone, but Undying can heal it, and all this time, Wraith Pact works, no one will stand and watch as someone breaks the totem.
The fact that it affects spells and well as right-click attacks means it works against every hero in every game, but this item shows itself best against burst damage, if we take Ursa with 12 lvl, Overpower and Fury Swipes improved to 4, then attack manikin 6 times by Overpower, total damage will equal 1026,27 and DPS – 655,07, but under the influence of Wraith Pact total damage will decrease to 717,80 and DPS – 458,16. The difference is 308.47 points.
Also, you can see it on Tiny and Void Spirit examples, when Tiny 18lvl with BKB, Crystalys, Echo Sabre, Phase Boots, and Blink Dagger can’t kill Witch Doctor 7 armor 8 lvl with Magic Wand, Vitality Booster, Fluffy Hat, and Infused Raindrops.
The second-best hero for Wraith Pact is Visage (34,198 matches and 21,354 wins), and Abaddon takes third place (19,522 matches and 12,982 wins). In general, this item works on all heroes, there are different builds. The biggest downside is that enemy heroes must be in the range of Writh’s Reprisal. Therefore long-range damage will not be reduced, there’s no point in buying Wraith Pact against Sniper or Drow Ranger, they can easily and quickly destroy the totem from a distance.
Summarized, we can say that it is a handy and powerful item at the moment, although Valve pretended to change it, players think that it needs further nerf. Although on low MMR, this subject did not achieve any popularity.
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