Mogul Khan the Axe Guide, Build and Strategy. This guide is a guest post. Feel free to comment about the this Axe Guide.
Axe, one of the strongest tanker in Dota Allstars, not to mention his ulti can directly kill the low life hero even with Omniknight ulti effect. I got one friend even say that he is a mad, self-torture hero, I can’t agree more.
Mogul Khan – The Axe
Range: 100(Melee) | Move Speed: 290
Str: 25 + 2.5 | Agi: 20 + 2.2 | Int: 14 + 1.6
Damage: 49-53 | HP: 625 | Mana: 182
HP Regen: 1 | Mana Regen: 0.57
Attack Speed: 1.42 | Armor: 2
In the war of Humans and Orcs that occured long ago many Orcish warriors were corrupted by demonic influence and became tools of blackest darkness. One such warrior was the leader of the Half-Tribe of the Bloodied Axe Clan; Mogul Kahn. Mogul was slain by human Paladins but mysteriously was seen fighting alongside the Scourge around the time Mannoroth started to command the Orcs in the war against Archimonde. The Axe has been revived by demons and uses his reflexes and powerful blows to hunt down and seek out the Sentinels‘ agile warriors and cut them down to size, even projecting his lust for war onto them.
i. Axe’s Skill
|Berserker`s Call (E)
Mogul Kahn focuses all of his enemies’ hatred on him, causing them to attack him at all costs. 300 AoE.
Level 1 – Lasts 1.5 seconds, 5 bonus armor.
Level 2 – Lasts 2 seconds, 10 bonus armor.
Level 3 – Lasts 2.5 seconds, 15 bonus armor.
Level 4 – Lasts 3 seconds, 20 bonus armor.
Mana Cost: 80/90/100/110
Cooldown: 14 seconds
The only skill that force all enemies around you to attack you, this, somehow, also bind all enemies to you, and protect your teammates from enemies. The additional armor also reduce damage to Axe, give Axe advantage in battle, or escape.
|Battle Hunger (R)
Afflicts a target with a terrible killing hunger. The target will take damage per second until it kills a unit.
Level 1 – 15 damage/second, lasts 10 seconds.
Level 2 – 15 damage/second, lasts 15 seconds.
Level 3 – 20 damage/second, lasts 20 seconds.
Level 4 – 25 damage/second, lasts 25 seconds.
Mana Cost: 75/85/95/105
Cooldown: 25/20/15/10 seconds.
Actually I really think that this skill is almost useless, because the effect will be stop if the target enemy kill or deny creeps, unless your enemy too noob until cannot deny probably, using this skill on them is just a waste.
The only use of this skill is when chasing enemies, but if you got dagger, why still border on this skill? Just forget about it and add more stats to Axe.
|Counter Helix (X)
Mogul Kahn counters some blows made to him dealing damage to all nearby enemy units.
Level 1 – 17% chance to counter with 100 damage.
Level 2 – 17% chance to counter with 125 damage.
Level 3 – 17% chance to counter with 150 damage.
Level 4 – 17% chance to counter with 175 damage.
Mana Cost: N/A
A must skill to Axe! Not only helps Axe to hurt enemies heroes, but also helps Axe to farm. And if combo with Berserker’s Call……I guess you guys can imagine that.
|Culling Blade (C)
Purges the weak from Mogul Kahn’s sight. Deals moderate damage, but will kill a target that is low on life.
Level 1 – Deals 150 damage, will kill if target is below 300.
Level 2 – Deals 250 damage, will kill if target is below 450.
Level 3 – Deals 300 damage, will kill if target is below 625.
Mana Cost: 120/160/200
Cooldown: 75/65/55 seconds.
Ignored magic immune, and also attack immune! Which mean even with black king bar, Omni’s ulti, or Abaddon’s ulti, they can block its damage, but they can’t block the instance kill.
ii.Comment to Axe
Due to Axe “special” skill sets (just like wanted to be SM by others……), which make him a destined tanker in the team! Stand in the very front line and bravely lead your teammates to fight the enemies. Attract enemies’ attack and protect your teammates, this is your destiny.
iii.Axe’s skills build
Number means level.
1: Counter Helix
2: Berserker`s Call
3: Counter Helix
4: Berserker`s Call
5: Counter Helix
6: Culling Blade
7: Counter Helix
8~9: Berserker`s Call
11: Culling Blade
16: Culling Blade
22~25: Battle Hunger
So, because Axe must be a tanker, so we need to max his counter helix first, and to combo with the counter helix, so Berserker’s call need to be max after counter helix. Like I mentioned before, I think battle hunger almost useless, so I will just left it to the last, and add stats to Axe first.
The strategies here is depends on 6.60 or above.
When start, buy a stout shields and a quelling blade first, then just used the rest of money to get some recovery item, I suggest all buy Ancient Tango.
Maybe some cannot understand why border about quelling blade, actually quelling blade is a must item for all melee heroes in 6.60 or above. The 32% additional damage to non-hero units can help your melee heroes to farm faster.
When choosing which lane you go, you need to be very careful about one thing, never ever choose mid lane for Axe. You can either go to top or bottom, just don’t go to mid lane, because mid lane too short, and the top or bottom lane have secret shops which can let Axe purchase Ring of Health without leaving lane.
Due to the counter helix, normally if Axe keep an eyes on his life, he is a totally farmer(unless meet some kind of heroes, which I will mentioned later). Just remember one thing, don’t attack your enemy’s heroes unless you go near to them, so you won’t waste your counter.
When you got money, buy another stout shield, then farm out Ring of Health, normally you should be level 4 or 5 already, even higher if you are soloing, or get some kills already. Then you can either choose to get another Ring first, or go purchase vitality booster for a vanguard, just remember to throw off you stout shield first, so that vanguard damage blocking will come first.
After you level six, get a boot, then you can go out for ganking others. When you gank, you need to calculate enemy’s hp carefully, how many counter helix can drop his life until low enough to let your ulti instance kill? And also don’t just go with your own unless you can kill the hero in one hit.
And when you want to use call, remember try to use it to grab as many enemies as you can. First, your enemies can’t run; second, they can’t skill; third, they can’t hurt your teammates.
If there is no one to gank, then go farm; if no creeps to farm, go forest. You need the money to get some expensive items, such as Dagger and Heart.
Actually Axe is a quite simple hero, just you need to know when to call, and when to ulti only. Really unlike some others heroes, which you must used skillfully, or it will be a nightmare, such as puck or mirana.
One more thing, maybe some pro will think that this no need to be remind, but I have see many stupid Axe did this, don’t ever try to kill inside enemy tower range, especially when early game, your Axe still having a low life.
Also remember to protect your teammate, don’t just go kill and left your teammate to die, you mission is to protect, the kills are just some add-on rewards. A successful Axe is not the one which kill the most, but is the one who can attract all enemies’ attacks, and protect his teammates.
Actually this is just my normal style, sometimes you might need to do some adjust due to the situation. Like if the enemies have many spammers, then change one of the vanguard to hood of defiance. If enemies have some instance kill magicians, like lina, lion, then change one vanguard to linken’s sphere.
I also see some Axe buy a poor man’s shield, this is not my style, but you can try it, it might more suit you.
But the dagger and the heart are must item. You need the dagger to blink in to the best place to used call, then the heart can add your life and you damage.
The first which you will get beside quelling blade is vanguard, no matter one or two vanguards. After the vanguard, get dagger, you need it more than you can imagine.
After dagger, depends to the situation, either get boots first, or get heart first. If you can survive in most of the battle, then you can get boots of travel first, if not, then you better get heart first.
Of course, you can also sell quelling blade in the late game, and get another heart.
vi.Warning: Heroes which shall never meet by Axe in the early of game.
First, Spammers such as Death Prophet or Puck.
Second, Heroes which have slow skills, such as Viper or Drow.
Third, Heroes which have skills that can slowly deals damage in time, such as venomancer and huskar.
Your Axe meet them in the game start, then congratulations to you, your Axe will mostly have the lowest level in the game.
Well, I guess that’s all for Axe. Finally, hope that you all can use Axe happily.