Aghanim’s Shard upgrades on core heroes from Dota 2 patch 7.28
CMD368 – Aghanim’s Shards are the biggest headline of Dota 2 patch 7.28, with every hero getting either an upgrade on an existing ability or a new ability. It is pretty much like an Aghanim’s Scepter, except that it’s for one-third the cost and doesn’t provide any stats. We take a look at the 10 best core Aghanim’s Shards. The item isn’t too difficult to farm for cores as 1400 gold is about 2-3 minutes of farming, so the Shards haven’t been rated out of 10 as they were for supports.
1) Bloodseeker – Bloodrage attacks now deal 1.5% of the target’s max health as pure damage and heals you for that amount. Only affects Bloodseeker. While this shard would have been much better if it affected other heroes as well, it has the potential to bring back the core right click Bloodseeker of before. For the last few months, BS is being played more as an offlane hero with the caster build. But Aghanim’s Shard provides a lot of damage and lifesteal which makes it worthwhile to go the right click build.
2) Brewmaster – Primal Split now creates a Void brewling. Has Astral Pulse ability, affecting enemies in 500 AoE. Applies a 20/30/40% slow and Disarm for 2.5 seconds. Cooldown: 20. Brewmaster’s gameplay is based on Primal Split, and anything that makes the ability stronger is a win for Brewmaster. With the new Aghanim’s Scepter upgrade, which gives Brewmaster two Primal Split charges, this becomes even stronger.
3) Bristleback – Grants Hairball. Coughs a quill filled hairball towards the target location. Erupts at the location, hitting enemies in a 700 radius with Goo and two Quills. Cast Range: 1500. Cooldown: 20. Manacost: 100. The Hairball grants Bristleback a Warpath stack and slows down multiple enemies, while dealing damage to them (and amplifying upcoming Quill Sprays), which makes it an item worth investing 1400 gold into. The AoE of the ability is quite huge, which makes it easy to get onto multiple enemy heroes in a team fight.
4) Clinkz – Causes Skeleton Walk to create two Burning Army Skeletons on Exit.Similar to Clinkz’s previous Aghanim’s Scepter upgrade and twice of what he got from his last level 10 talent. The skeletons are quite strong (especially as they use the current level of Searing Arrows and use 30% of Clinkz’s damage, which means they keep getting stronger as the game progresses) and are an excellent tool to pickoff enemy supports.
5) Juggernaut – Increases your movement speed during Blade Fury by +100 and attacks a random nearby enemy once per second. Juggernaut’s issue is a lack of stun, so he can fight with Omnislash, but with Omni down, needs something like an Abyssal to jump onto heroes and hold them in place. Bladefury is a good way to stay safe in the late game, but it doesn’t do too much damage in comparison to the right clicks of a farmed Jugg. The upgrade from Aghanim’s Shard allows him to use Bladefury offensively while doing copious amounts of damage in the late game. An Omnislash followed by a Bladefury (while having the Aghanim’s Shard) is a source of heavy damage, especially since it is a lot easier to chase heroes with the +100 movement speed.
6) Lina – Increases Laguna Blade cast range by 150. Laguna Blade can now also be ground targeted, and will always travel its full cast length and hit all units along its path. A 900 damage nuke that can hit multiple targets, and possibly all five enemy heroes, is not a bad thing to have in your arsenal. With a Scepter, its 900 pure damage that goes through magic immunity.
7) Mars – Spear of Mars impales up to two units and leaves a fire trail behind it which lasts for 10 seconds. Deals 35 DPS and slows by 20%. Debuff lingers for 2 second. Mars’s Aghanim’s Shard upgrade has been inspired by one of his upgrades in Aghanim’s Labyrinth, although in that, you could skewer 7 enemies, which would be a bit too broken in Dota 2. But the ability to skewer 2 heroes is quite strong, and if multiple heroes can be stunned onto the walls of Arena of Blood, there is a good chance of the fight going in your favor.
8) Mirana – Grants +1 Leap Charge. Attacks during the leap buff have a 1.5x Critical Strike. One of the best Aghanim’s Shards in the game, and the one that has made Mirana into a core hero again. Guaranteed critical strikes ensures an insane amount of damage 2.5 seconds after every Leap and the extra Leap charge is just the cherry on top of the cake.
9) Monkey King – Lowers Tree Dance cooldown from 1 to 0.4 and cast point from 0.3 to 0.1. Monkey King’s Shard upgrade was nerfed in Dota 2 patch 7.28a with the Tree Dance cooldown increased from 0.3 seconds to 0.4 seconds, because it is a strong upgrade which makes him extremely elusive. Once Monkey King get’s in the trees, it becomes significantly more difficult to catch him with the lower cooldown and cast point, especially if he has the +475 Tree Dance cast range at level 15.
10) Phantom Assassin – Grants Fan of Knives. Releases sharp blades around you in a 550 AoE, dealing 12% of enemies’ max health on impact and applies Break for 3 seconds. Cooldown: 20. Manacost: 125. Once Phantom Assassin gets her Battlefury, she is one of the fastest farmers in the game, and 1400 gold is a small investment. A very situation dependent item to invest in, but while playing against foes like Bristleback or Spectre – who require a Break and are tanky – Fan of Knives does wonders.