The newest patch in Dota 2 was one that came as a surprise. There were 24 new Aghanim Scepter upgrades added to all the remaining heroes which haven’t had one yet. What’s more, some of the old Scepter effects also got changed.
Here is a list of some of the strongest Scepter upgrades in the current meta. Some of them are new, while others have been around for some time now.
Arguably the best Scepter upgrade of 7.22. Whenever an enemy is affected by your spells or when you attack, a ghost will fly out and hit the enemy for double the usual damage, after which it will return to you. In addition, the ghosts also apply a 100% slow for 0.3 seconds.
These changes make the item a must-buy whenever you play the hero. Essentially, it’s like having a near permanent Exorcism. Not only does it help whenever you fight, but it also boosts your farming capabilities. That’s why it’s vital to get the item as soon as possible.
It is very likely that this Scepter upgrade will get some sort of a nerf soon. This means that if you want to get some MMR with the hero, now is the time to do it.
Ember Spirit is one of the heroes that went through massive changes throughout the years. There were times where people played him as a glass-cannon hero that does 2k crits. Nowadays, the tempo controlled/space maker Ember is a lot more popular. With the introduction of a Scepter upgrade, it seems like the trend will continue.
The Fire Remnant movement speed is two times faster, and the cast range is three times longer. In addition to that, the maximum number of charges is also increased from 3 to 5, and activating Fire Remnant costs no mana. This translates into extra damage and less mana to worry about. It’s also way easier to escape ganks if you forgot to put a remnant down because the range is just absurd.
Similar to DP, nerfs might be coming soon, so enjoy it while you can.
Undoubtedly the fastest farming hero in the game is also among the biggest winners here. You could giveaway Aghanim Scepters before too. However, now you also gain a bonus of +30 damage and +6% Spell Amplification for each Scepter that you give to your allies.
It’s important to note that in order to benefit from this effect, Alch must either have or consume an Aghs Scepter himself. You can get a total of +150 damage and +30% Spell Amp, which is more than awesome for an item that won’t even take up an inventory slot.
Omni seems to be away from the spotlight for several patches in a row. Even though the days of the infamous OD-Omni are gone, IceFrog thought it’s time to boost his popularity with the new Aghs.
Guardian Angel combined with a Scepter will now provide +40hp/sec regen on top of the immunity to physical damage. What’s more, it will also affect buildings, which makes it extremely efficient at stopping the enemy from pushing.
Despite the benefits, It’s important to note that Aghs is a reasonably expensive item to buy as support. That’s why Omniknight should be played as a position three if he`s going to be building Aghs.
Since being introduced, Pangolier is undeniably one of the top picks in Dota. At first, he was mostly played as an offlaner but nowadays, we can often see many people going mid. Now, after he got a Scepter upgrade, his popularity will continue to increase.
The Aghanim gives Shield Crash the ability to cast a 2-attack Swashbuckle every 90 degrees around the hero. This translates to even more chaotic damage during team-fights.
When you combine this with the 2 seconds CD on Shield Crash during his ult, Pangolier definitely becomes one of the strongest team-fight heroes in the meta right now. The hero can basically utilize all his spells in one.
The first event on the new patch just finished a few days ago. The next tournament on the horizon is going to be the StarLadder ImbaTV Minor, which starts in just a few days from now. It will be fascinating to see if the meta will change, or are we going to be watching the same heroes again.