We usually don’t pay much mind to heroes who are listed as both carry and support in Dota 2, but Abaddon should be an exception. He is incredibly flexible, and can adapt to any kind of situation that may arise in a match. Support gone AFK? Carry falling behind? Need a tank? Here is a hero that can do all of that.
This type of flexibility is quite insane in my opinion, so I’d like to share a good Abaddon build with you all.
Who should play Abaddon?
Abaddon is one of the simplest heroes of Dota 2, so he is perfect for everyone. You need to master a couple of things – like with every other character – but the learning curve is pretty flat. The main thing is HP management, which is quite important, as one of your abilities will use your own HP to either harm enemies or heal your allies. Unfortunately, many beginners don’t realize that spamming this can easily get them killed, which is why they can’t climb the ranks.
Another amazing thing about Abaddon, is that you don’t really need to ward. Once in a while it’s necessary, but mostly your team will do this job, even if you are playing as a supportive character.
Alternatively, if you would like to play someone who has the traditional chores of a support, I highly recommend Ogre Magi.
What items does Abaddon need?
- Vladimir’s Offering
- Heaven’s Halberd
- Heart of Tarrasque
Rush these items as quickly as you possibly can. You can switch up the order depending on the match, but the order I’ve listed them in should be followed if you are having a fairly normal match. Heart of Tarrasque should only come first if you run out of health too fast, or if you haven’t learned how to manage your HP just yet. On the other hand, Heaven’t Halberd is a great choice if you get ahead really early in the game, because it can help you snowball.
After that, you can go several ways. If you want to become the hardcore support and cheerleader that’s always there for your team, you need Pipe of Insight and Spirit Vessel. These will provide you with an unbeatable combination of offense and defense. Just make sure that you use the active abilities of these items, too. They are absolutely overpowered.
The more offensive route in Dota 2 is always riskier, but it will pay off if you are skilled enough with Abaddon already. Just make sure that your initiations are on point, and that you aren’t just jumping into team fights like there is no tomorrow. To get the most out of your hero, build Radiance and Assault Cuirass.
Oh, and of course, you can fit a pair of Phase Boots in anywhere between these items.
When to switch it up
Fighting against your counters is obviously a bad choice, but with Abaddon it’s manageable, so you shouldn’t worry too much. Simply stay behind the creeps, especially if the enemy laners rely on skillshots. If you do your job right, you can harass them into oblivion, even if they are statistically supposed to beat you. Keep pushing them in until you can’t anymore, then go roaming around the map. That way you can keep your counter out of your hair, while also being a productive member of your team.
Unfortunately, as (mainly) a support, you won’t be able to build defensively. You can only go ahead with more and more supportive items that benefit everyone on your side. Otherwise, not only will you die a bunch of times, but so will your allies.
How to play as Abaddon
If you are confident playing as Abaddon in Dota 2, you should begin the game before the creeps even get into the lane. Your early harass potential can be deadly – especially if it’s used right in the jungle while nobody is really paying attention to the game yet.
Simply choose a camping spot and pitch your tent until someone dares to come close to you. Your Apothic Shield is very handy in these situations. Use it before your enemy attacks and get close to them, so when the shield bursts it will deal some extra damage. Just make sure that you communicate this plan to your teammates, so they don’t think you are just a lunatic who is trying to steal the carry’s role.
Once the laning phase begins, you will (once again) need to harass the enemy. Deal as much damage as you can, and bait them into a bad trade. If you do this right, they should end up back against their tower, trying to save farm.
By the middle of the game, your carry should have a couple of kills, and you should not be leaving their side. What was necessary and important in the early game is now absolutely forbidden. By minute 20 you become a hard support and a slave to your carry. Such is the price of victory.