DotA Item Guide – Ethereal Blade
+ 40 Agility
+ 10 Strength
+ 10 Intelligence
Ether Blast (Active)
Mana cost: 50
Upon targeting an enemy hero, both your hero and the target get banished for 3 seconds. Target takes 2.5x your Agi in magic damage and is slowed by 30% for 3 seconds.
Note: Shares cooldown with Ghost Scepter
Finally we see another item other than Butterfly or the old Mjollnir (now using a hyperstone) for which a hero can use Eaglehorn for. Has a decent nuke to it for any carry hero which may otherwise be rendered useless BY a ghost staff, IE Phantom Assassin, Troll Warlord and other right-clickers.
Recipe (5260 Gold):
Ghost Staff (1500 Gold)
Eaglehorn (3300 Gold)
+ + =
Circle of Nobility (185 Gold) + Slippers of Agility (150 Gold) + Recipe for Wraith Band (125 Gold) = Wraith Band (460 Gold)
So a new item in which Eaglehorn has been thrust into and at initial look, raises some eyebrows. It banishes your hero as well as the target of the item and slowing them AS WELL as dealing 2.5x your Agi, phew. Now this may seem contradictory to the role of “carry hero” as WTF I can’t attack, or can’t attack the other hero etc., but it actually is a decent item if you think about it. Like I already stated, for those heroes who can only dish out physical damage all you would need is a Ghost Staff and you would be able to laugh and dance around those heroes while they just cry. Now with this addition if you are ALREADY ghost staffed and they cast the ability to do 2.5x Agi to you, banishment deals an addition 40% which at the latter portion of the game, could potentially be a shit load of damage.
Ether Blast Concept:
Not much to it, you target a hero and it applies banishment to both your hero and the target. However it slows down the opponent for 3 seconds as well as applies 2.5x your AGI to the target in damage, so with this item alone it deals 100 damage alone, might not seem like a lot but add on your own hero stats & other items and you’ll be able to pack a wallop.
Heroes to get it on
Now before I start I just want to state that really, this is viable on ANY hero, but this list of heroes benefit from it even more and I’ll give a short explanation as to why.
Banish a hero and do damage, Impale, Mana Burn, Vendetta, 60 dmg per Urna Swarm Beetle. Do I really need to continue?
Banish & Eclipse = lolwat? It’s a shame her aura isn’t a percentage based aura anymore but nonetheless the added stats are very beneficial to her sub-par stats.
Can you imagine? Adaptive Strike already destroys if you are pumping all AGI for stats but Ethereal Blade as well? Yeah. Expect rape.
Drow Ranger & Viper
You might question why but hear me out, if you didn’t know then this will blow your friggin mind. You can orb walk while banished, plain and simple. So therefore even though you are banished even though you cannot target the hero that also is banished you can focus on someone else in team fights! Phenomenal