An overview of some of the best items for Necrophos, one of the universal Dota 2 heroes.
Necrophos is one of the most interesting Dota 2 heroes you can play because he can fit in numerous roles. Some people probably remember the days when he used to be the go-to midlaner. Necro was also a fantastic carry, offlaner, and even a position four. Although he is not among the go-to picks in pro grames, the hero continues to play a crucial role in PUBs. In fact, he is one of the most picked Dota 2 heroes, which is a clear sign that people like utilizing his potential.
Since Necro can fit in many roles, there are loads of items that you can get. Pointing out every popular item for the hero is not easy, which is why we will try to highlight some of them. Keep in mind that every Dota 2 patch has a new meta, so some of the options below might not be popular in the future.
The first item on this list is Radiance, which probably won’t surprise many of you. Despite being expensive, this is one of the best items you can get for Necro because it gives him loads of damage. Moreover, Radiance works well in conjunction with the hero’s Heartstopper Aura. This allows him to do more damage during the mid game.
Despite its advantages, Radiance has some flaws, such as the fact that the item is expensive and does not provide any stats. As you probably know, Necrophos is not among the tankiest heroes without purchasing a few must-have items, so keep that in mind.
The second item that should be on this list is Guardian Greaves because it is one of the must-haves. Every Necrophos in the offlane/support position (even those who go mid) will need to get this item because it allows the hero to tank some damage while keeping himself and his teammates alive.
Despite not being the cheapest item in the game, Necro can get it relatively easily, as long as he secures enough last hits. This is easier said than done because he does not have the best attack animation. Yet, Death Pulse allows him to flash farm, which is important.
This is another amazing utility item that makes Necorphos a solid option for lineups that rely on team fights. Since many Necroi players like to purchase Hood of Defiance, this is Eternal Shroud is this item’s progression, which makes it among the most purchased items for Necrohpos.
Lotus Orb is one of the most situational items in Dota 2 that can work wonders in specific situations. The good thing about this item is that it is cheap and gives the hero a lot of armor. This is really important against physical damage dealers, such as Phantom Assassin and Wraith King, for example.
With that being said, Lotus Orb is not something that you purchase all the time because the item is not that great against some heroes. Sure, you have the option to reflect some of the spells, but it won’t save you against high AoE damage.
Dagon is one of the most controversial items in Dota 2 because most people get it when they want to have fun. It is the only item in the game that can be upgraded to level 5, which will allow its yielder to do 800 damage. Of course, this comes at a cost because getting Dagon 5 requires you to have a lot of gold. Moreover, the item doesn’t give a lot of stats, which means it doesn’t work well in every scenario.
The good thing about getting Dagon for Necrophos is that you can easily kill an enemy unit, thanks to your ultimate. Necro does a lot of damage over time, but he is not good when it comes down to bursts. That’s one of the reasons why he works really well when paired with heroes, such as Lina and Lion.
Blink Dagger is one of the most popular items in Dota 2 because it allows heroes to be more mobile. Necrophos is one of the many cores in the game that benefits from this item because it lets him initiate a team fight or escape, depending on the situation.
Blink Dagger is inexpensive and makes Necro a lot more unpredictable, which is a huge bonus. Sadly, it doesn’t make the hero tankier, which also makes it one of the items that you should be careful with.
If there is something worse than facing a Necrophos with an ultimate, it has to be facing the same hero with a Refresher Orb. The fact that you can single-handedly kill two enemy heroes makes this item great for the late game.
Sadly, getting this item is easier said than done. Besides the fact it is expensive, it costs a lot of mana, which is not good for heroes like Necrophos. That’s why most people who purchase the item often have other INT-based items before that.
The last item that we’d like to include to include on this list is Shiva’s Guard, an item that can do wonders against melee heroes. It gives Necrophos armor, damage, more mana, and the ability to slow down enemy units. Although this might not seem special, this allows the hero to be a lot more dangerous because he can effortlessly chase down his enemies and kill them.
Shiva’s Guard is not as expensive as other options on this list, which makes it ideal for the mid game.
Honorable Mentions - Eul’s Scepter of Divinity
This is a situational item that works well on almost every hero and Necrophos is no exception. This cheap item offers a reliable way to survive for at least a couple of seconds. Although most people use Eul’s defensively, the item can work well even if you use it offensively because you can set up a kill.