Here we talk about winrates quite often, but Meepo is a hero in Dota 2 that takes the cake. If we look strictly at statistics, he is currently at the top of his game, but even if we disregard that fact he is still amazing.
His kit can be hard to learn and takes some getting used to if you haven’t played him before, but once you’ve got that down the world is your oyster.
Who should play Meepo?
First of all, you need to have dedication. I understand everyone who wants a champion that has a high winrate and doesn’t take much effort, and that champion exists – it’s Ogre Magi. Meepo will require you to practice and take the time to learn how to play him. If you are the kind of person who is simply not willing to do that, just move on. This champion is not for you.
Your second consideration with Meepo, is that you need to be very attentive. You need to micromanage every single one of his actions, and doing anything else while playing Dota 2 will lower your chances of winning. Either give him your full attention or don’t play him at all.
What items does Meepo need?
- Ethereal Blade
- Eye of Skadi
Rush these two as soon as you can, and after that you are on your own. Thankfully, you will be able to farm rather quickly, so getting the gold for your core items won’t be much trouble. Once you have got these, you need to start thinking about what else you need.
Your first pick will be pretty normal: boots. You can choose between Power Treads and Boots of Travel, so there isn’t a huge selection. If you want to use Town Portal Scrolls, I suggest you choose the latter. However, if you don’t want to teleport all around the map, Power Treads will do just fine. Choosing them means you will miss out on a good bit of farm, though.
Silver Edge, Manta Style and maybe even Hurricane Pike should be your pick if you want to go all out with damage and attack speed. They will increase both of these stats, giving you a massive damage boost which will come in handy if you plan on using all 5 of your controllable characters to kill an enemy. Keep in mind, that you should only do this if you are ahead and have plenty of farm, because otherwise you won’t be able to complete these items fast enough, and you will fall behind your snowball.
Alternatively, if you are going even with the enemy, you should build intelligence. Scythe of Vyse and Aghanim’s Blessing will do just fine in this case, nothing more to explain.
The worst case scenario is that you fall behind, and the opposing team are capable of killing you fairly easily. That’s the time to start building one specific item: Heart of Tarrasque. It will make you a little harder to kill, so you can get back into the game.
When to switch it up
The two only real counters of Meepo in Dota are Elder Titan and Earthshaker. They aren’t exactly the greatest in the current meta, but if someone tries to willfully counter you, they will pick one of them. If you play well enough you shouldn’t have much of a problem, though, because your current statistical advantage will overpower them easily enough.
That won’t always be true, though. As soon as you see them getting ahead of you, it’s time to start building defensively: Heart of Tarrasque and items that raise your intelligence.
How to play as Meepo
Meepo is pretty easy to play in Dota once you have his basics down. That would be: full attention for micromanagement, using clones to their maximum potential (which is why Aghanim’s Scepter is such a great item), and farming as much as possible. Then what, you ask?
First of all, you need to rush that level 6 as fast as possible. Your power spike only happens once you can use your clones, so you need to farm like a madman until then. Try not to miss the death of any minion on mid lane, and hold the enemy laner back by harassing them and not letting them farm. If you can do that and reach level 6 before them, you won’t have a problem. That means at least one easy kill for you.
After that, continue farming with all your clones if you can, because that way you can get a huge level advantage against every single one of your enemies. And don’t let go of that: keep up the snowball and end the game before the others can catch up.
Oh, and you can help yourself out by giving a shortcut to each clone. Ctrl + 2-5 is the best choice and 1 for the original Meepo. That way you can switch between them fairly easily and you won’t have a hard time finding the real hero.