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Dark Seer is a small, purple hero with a long white beard and spikes protruding from the back of his head. His hands glow a mysterious purple and he wears a thick belt around his waist.

Lore

"Fast when he needs to be, and a cunning strategist, Ish'Kafel the Dark Seer requires no edged weapons to vanquish his enemies, relying instead on the strength of his powerful mind. His talent lies in his ability to maneuver the fight to his advantage. Hailing from a place he calls 'The Land behind the wall,' Dark Seer remains an outsider here—a warrior from a realm beyond the veil of this reality.
Once a great general among his people, and a valiant defender of the god-king Damathryx, Dark Seer’s army was wiped out by a much larger force in the final days of the Great Boundaries War. Facing certain defeat, he made one last desperate act: he led the enemy forces into the maze between the walls. At the last moment, just before capture, he crossed over—then sealed the walls forever in an explosive release of dark energy. When the dust settled, he saw that he had saved his people but found himself blinking at the sun of a different world, with no way to return. Now he is committed to proving his worth as a military strategist, and vows to show that he’s the greatest tactician this strange new world has ever seen."

Starting Stats

Strength: 22 + 2.3
Agility: 12 + 1.2
Intelligence: 29 + 2.7

Team: Dire
Role: Initiator

Skills

  • Vacuum: "Dark Seer creates a vacuum over the target area that sucks in enemy units, disrupting them and dealing damage."
  • Ion Shell: "Surrounds the target unit with a bristling shield that damages enemy units in an area around it."
  • Surge: "Charges a target friendly unit with power, giving it a brief burst of maximum movement speed."
  • Wall Of Replica: "Raises a wall of warping light that damages and creates replicas of any enemy hero who crosses it. Enemy replicas serve at the Dark Seer's will. SCEPTER UPGRADABLE: Increases the damage dealt by illusions."

Strategy

Although Dark Seer is classed as an Initiator, his diverse abilities allow him to effectively perform in various different situations. Effective use of Vacuum and Surge on allied units can interrupt enemy spellcasting and boost the movement speed of allied units, making Dark Seer an effective support hero. Similarly, his Ion Shell can be used to quickly soak up creeps, allowing a steady income whilst quickly pushing the lane, or quickly killing neutral creeps in the forest. Although he is technically an intel hero, as a melee fighter Dark Seer can also perform well in tanking position, with the right items.

An aggressive Dark Seer player can do well by placing an Ion Shell on themselves and using surge to chase enemies. A more reserved player can hang back and support his team by placing the Ion Shell either on team-mates who are attacking, or giving them a Surge to escape from being ganked. Vacuum is also excellent when paired with any AOE (Area of attack) Hero such as Crystal Maiden or Lich, as it quickly sucks all the enemies in a wide range to a specific point, leaving them open for attack. Replica Wall works best when placed over choke points on the map, however dropping the Wall in the middle of a large team fight also works well as confusing and disorienting the other team. A frequent combination involves using the vacuum to suck enemy players through the Wall, not only damaging them, but creating a large amount of controllable illusions which then proceed to attack Dark Seer's enemies. This Wall also damages anyone who walks through it, so can be used as an effective deterrent to keep enemies at bay.

Dark Seer is also an effective Solo Mid hero, using his surge to control the runes, place wards, and rush to other lanes to help gank. His Ion Shell also allows him to grind without having to expose himself to ranged attacks at the creep line.

Issues with Dark Seer

As a intel hero, his melee autocast is both slow and weak early game, which can make laning against ranged heroes problematic. While he does start with the highest intel of any hero (Need confirmation pending new heroes) his abilities are all mana-intensive, with the exception of Surge which is relatively cheap and allows easy traversal of the map.

Other issues include any illusions created by the replica wall being prone to ignoring enemy heroes and running after creeps instead, which can be very frustrating when you are in the middle of a team fight, as you may find yourself lumbered with several illusions which immediately run off in the wrong direction. It's important, therefore, to keep an eye on your illusions at all times.

Trivia

Dark Seer is voiced by John Patrick Lowrie

Dark Seer Quotes:

"An enemy destroyed cannot rise against you"
"Speed is the heart of battle"
"Your life, much like your head, lacked a point!"

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