Nature”s Prophet is a very unorthodox hero most renowned for his ability to push and gank, as his combination of abilities gives him powerful global presence and pushing potential. However, the hero himself is quite frail and can be killed easily if caught by the enemy.
|Global presenceGreat pusherPowerful late gameVersatility to fit any roleHigh base attack damage||Farm dependentLow armorSquishy early gameHighly dependent on map awarenessNo disable|
Nature”s Call treants have good health and some damage early. So, Nature”s Prophet can use them to contest last hits or even attempt to harass enemy heroes. When the lane does not work out, Nature”s Prophet can fall back to jungle. From then on, he should keep an eye on the map to gank enemies with Teleportation and Sprout. With successful ganks and some farm, Nature”s Prophet transforms into a strong pusher with global Teleportation and Wrath of Nature, opening up opportunities around the map for teammates.
|20% Cooldown Reduction||+8 Armor|
|+25 Attack Speed|
Wrath of Nature Base Damage
Tips & Tactics
Due to his global mobility, map awareness is extremely important with Nature”s Prophet. Good Nature”s Prophet play requires paying constant attention to the map in order to find opportunities to exploit the enemy”s weak spots. Since Teleportation allows Nature”s Prophet to quickly re-position himself to any point on the map, he can effectively assist in ganks, help allies in need, aggressively push lanes when the enemy leave them unattended, finish off fleeing enemies, and so on.Generally, Nature”s Prophet can be effective in almost any lane required by his team. His flexibility allows him to perform well in many roles.Most frequently, Nature”s Prophet is played as a jungler, as his ability to summon Treants through Nature”s Call allows him to kill neutral camps relatively safely by using the Treants to tank their attacks. While this can end up weakening his team”s laning by leaving his safe lane more vulnerable to enemy offlane aggression, it also improves his team”s overall economy by allowing four heroes to farm at the same time rather than just three.Nature”s Prophet can also be played as an offlaner, as he can disrupt creep equilibrium by using Nature”s Call. By kiting the enemy creep wave using Treants, he can secure last-hits and experience for himself even if the enemy attempts to pull neutral camps. As well, the Treants can disrupt enemy pulls or outright block the pull camp from spawning, as the enemy will be unable to kill Treants in a timely manner in the laning stage.Unlike most other casting-focused intelligence heroes, Nature”s Prophet relies on his physical attacks to deal damage. His respectable base damage, ample attack range and good attack animation give him a strong edge when trading attacks with enemies in the laning stage, and can be a force to be reckoned with when boosted up by farming items that give him more damage and attack speed.
SproutIn general, only one early skill point should be taken in Sprout, as it does not scale as well compared to Nature”s Prophet”s other spells. While the skill benefits from being maxed out eventually, Nature”s Prophet can benefit more in the early game from putting his skill points into other spells.The most basic use of Sprout is to pen in an enemy hero to block off their movement so that they can be focused down and killed. Keep in mind, however, that the trees can still be destroyed by items such as
Quelling Blade, both of which are common in the early game, as well as abilities such as
Midnight Pulse and
Powershot. As such, be careful not to assume that it will be a foolproof way to trap enemies.When casting Sprout to hinder enemies” pathing, remember that it does not have to be targeted directly on an enemy. Placing the trees to block an enemy”s path can limit their escape options (such as forcing them to run towards your allies), or can prevent reinforcements from coming to their teammate”s aid by halting their approach and splitting the battlefield. Try to be creative with how you use Sprout, as its low cooldown, long cast range and high duration allow it to be cast multiple times in a single engagement to great effect.Remember that at level 1, Sprout lasts for 3 seconds, exactly enough time to channel Teleportation or to use a Town Portal Scroll (provided you are not teleporting to a building that an ally has recently teleported to). As such, it can be used to shroud yourself in the fog of war while escaping, but beware that enemies can still use area-targeted disables to stop you in your tracks, or can simply destroy the trees to reveal you for a unit-targeted disable.Sprout provides flying vision within the ring, as well as in an area around it. This allows it to be used to give vision over obstacles such as high ground, or to completely reveal an area that an enemy may be trying to juke through to escape. In a pinch, it can also be used for de-warding by providing vision over elevated ward spots.Sprout can be used to protect allies, not just to pin down enemies. If an ally is running away, casting Sprout in the enemy”s path can block off their chase route, forcing them to path around to pursue. However, be extremely careful not to accidentally pen in allies with this spell, as you may accidentally secure a kill for the enemy instead.Sprout can push Nature”s Prophet over cliffs if placed at the precise distance away from him.To keep trapping target with treants as Sprout”s trees are expiring, use max level Nature”s Call right where you have used Sprout on the target, preferably closer to the center of target”s selection circle, and trying not to move your mouse after Sprout.
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TeleportationWith one early skill point in this ability, Nature”s Prophet gains tremendous global mobility. As the only constraint on this spell is the 3 second cast animation, he can appear anywhere on the map that he wishes. This allows Nature”s Prophet to show up to ganks even if he”s on the other side of the map, and possibly use Sprout to aid his teammates in disabling and focusing down an enemy.Remember that this ability has a 3 second cast animation, and is not a channeled spell. This means that, at any time during the 3 second delay, you can cancel it and choose a different place to teleport to, without incurring the mana cost or cooldown. This can be used to fake out the enemy into maneuvering down a different path to avoid your arrival, to choose a different arrival point to better suit an evolving situation, and so on. However, beware that cancelling the animation means that you will delay your arrival by that much longer, which may result in you arriving too late to make a difference.Judicious use of this ability is what makes Nature”s Prophet such a powerful hero. If the enemy is seen using their Town Portal Scrolls to teleport to one lane, you can cast Teleportation to jump to another lane and then quickly push it and attempt to take a tower if the creep wave is close. If a low-health enemy hero is seen retreating after an engagement, you can interdict them and kill them before they get back to their fountain. If an ally is engaging an enemy in a one-on-one fight and neither side has teammates nearby, you can teleport in to turn it into an uneven match and secure a kill. Proper use of this ability requires strong map awareness and good judgment.Use Teleportation to plant tricky wards, minimizing the risk of enemies spotting the wards. Try to plant deep wards around enemy towers to prepare for pushes or to detect enemy movement.
Nature”s CallNature”s Call allows Nature”s Prophet to summon Treants to do his bidding. It is a very flexible spell that is most powerful in the early game, but requires good micromanagement in order to get the most benefit out of the ability.Never underestimate the survivability of Treants in the laning stage of the game. They possess 550 health at all points in the game, rivaling that of heroes in the beginning. As such, they can be used for multiple purposes such as scouting out pre-rune aggression, physically blocking enemy pull camps, and so on.In general, Treants are used to assist Nature”s Prophet in jungling in the early game, as they can deal additional damage to neutral camps while tanking creep attacks, keeping Nature”s Prophet safe from harm; as such, it is generally the most important spell to max out in the early game. Remember to micromanage Treants so that they do not get killed by creeps, as even low-health Treants can still contribute attack damage to increase the rate of farming.Treants can act as strong lane pushers past the early game. Not only can they add their attack power to a pushing creep wave, they can soak up tower hits and can be maneuvered to kite away approaching enemy creeps to delay defenders from arriving. They can also provide vision behind towers and around treelines to spot any enemy attempts to teleport in.Keep in mind, Nature”s Call will destroy all trees in its area. This can be used to allow easier transit between neutral camps while jungling, destroying enemy juke paths, and so on. However, also remember that trees take 5 minutes to respawn after destruction, so it can be beneficial to target the spell such that only the minimum number of trees are destroyed per cast, in order to preserve some trees for later summons.Trees created by Sprout are valid targets for Nature”s Call. This means that should Nature”s Prophet need reinforcements in an area outside of the jungle (such as pushing up the enemy”s high ground or while within the enemy”s base), casting Sprout first will allow him to summon Treants wherever they are needed.Nature”s Call can be used to great effect for scouting enemy player movement prior to the horn, particularly around the rune spots. Cast Nature”s Call a bit after the minute mark (around 0:55 or 0:50), and then maneuver one Treant to the areas around each rune spot. While they cannot block the enemy from picking up the rune, they can scout out enemy positions, giving your team valuable intelligence and allow them to re-position to engage the enemy as needed. Be sure to maneuver the Treants and avoid feeding them to the enemy, as they do provide a small gold and experience bounty.If your Treants are about to expire and cannot be readily used to farm another neutral camp, it can be useful to maneuver them to the rune spots prior to the even-minute mark. They can be used to scout out and guard the runes for your mid player, and under optimal circumstances can deny runes for the opposing mid player.Treants become less effective as games progress, as they eventually become easy fodder for enemy heroes. However, they still provide useful service when utilized properly.Treants can give vision and can be directly controlled, allowing them to be used to gather intelligence. They can scout out dangerous areas for enemy movement (such as checking behind treelines for hiding initiators), increase your vision radius at night by placing them at the outer perimeters of your team”s location, look inside Roshan”s pit, and so on.
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Wrath of NatureGenerally, Wrath of Nature is best used to halt enemy pushes, or add an initiation nuke to a gank. It should generally not be used to farm lane creeps around the map every time it is off cooldown, as this can take away farm from teammates and push creep waves, giving teammates less safe places to farm.Remember that Wrath of Nature deals more damage to the units hit at the end of its duration, so skillful use of this spell requires targeting it to land on as many units as possible prior to reaching your intended target, but without overrunning the unit cap. Watch your minimap for how many possible targets there are currently, and cast the spell at the right moment. If your target is in the bottom lane, target the spell on the top lane to give it units to build up on, and vice versa.Use Nature”s Call treants to scout the map and provide vision for more targets of Wrath of Nature bounces.Wrath of Nature can be used to effectively stall enemy pushes and give them pause. If the enemy is attempting to push a tower, using the spell can deal heavy damage to their creep wave and any heroes within vision, possibly killing their whole creep wave and preventing them from effectively pushing. To the same purpose, it can be used to push out lanes so that your team can more easily take towers.Wrath of Nature can be useful for starting up a nuke prior to ganking an enemy. If cast right before initiating with Teleportation, it can hit enemy creeps to build up its damage before arriving at the gank target, striking them shortly before Nature”s Prophet emerges.With Aghanim”s Scepter, the overall nuking power of Wrath of Nature increases, giving it a greater chance to kill any creep it strikes and summoning a Treant for every successful kill. This can greatly augment Nature”s Prophet”s ability to push, as every successful kill will also summon instant reinforcements for that lane to increase its pushing power.