Monday, January 23, 2012

Heroes of Newerth Hero Guide: Gravekeeper

First, I am going to make the excuse that every person has at one point, between family matters and college courses I was unable to update for a very long time. However, those two semesters are now over and I am done with family drama so I come back and will update far more often. I plan on doing two hero guides a week and a video game review along with some other updates for games I am playing from now on. I also have accepted Day[9]'s new years resolution of playing three games of Starcraft 2 a day and will be recording and uploading them to my youtube, mostly to help myself learn and also if wanted I can try commentating while I play.


Corpse Toss:
Type: Magic
Range: 500
Cast Time: 0.2 Seconds
Mana Cost: 75
Cooldown: 0.1 Seconds
Target an enemy to throw a corpse at him. Deals 60 / 100 / 100 / 140 Magic Damage^ and applys a 1 second Stun.
May be cast 1 / 1 / 2 / 2 times in succession. Charges refresh every 9 seconds.
Leaves a corpse at target's feet.

Corpse Explosion
Range: 600
Radius: 225
Cast Time: 0.3 Seconds
Mana Cost: 100 / 110 / 120 / 130
Cooldown: 15.0 Seconds
Required Level: 1 / 3 / 5 / 7
Target an area to detonate corpses in the area. 30 / 50 / 70 / 90 Magic Damage is dealt per corpse in a 300 unit radius around the corpse.
Maximum of 6 corpses may be detonated at once.

Defiling Touch
Walking over a corpse picks it up and allows you to throw it as your next attack. This attack deals a bonus 15 / 30 / 45 / 60 Physical Damage and slows the target by 20 / 25 / 30 / 35% for 1 second.
Attack leaves 1 corpse at target's feet.

Zombie Apocalypse
Type: Magic
Range: 500
Radius: 600
Mana Cost: 200 / 300 / 400
Cooldown: 140.0 / 120.0 / 100.0 Seconds
Required Level: 6 / 11 / 16
Target an area to summon 10 / 16 / 24 Zombies at the location. Zombies either explode, dealing 50 Magic Damage, or attack for 30 / 35 / 40 Physical Damage per attack (Attacks ignore deflection).
Zombies are uncontrollable and last for 8 seconds, 5 seconds if they are exploding. Zombies have 350 / 500 / 650 Health.

Gravekeeper is an intelligence hero with strong early game ganking that works well in either a solo mid or even better laned with a stun or disable for quick kills. He requires some farm to be effective and can be a powerful hero all game long. My starting items of preference are two pretender's crowns, 6 tangos, and a mana potion, then work towards Ghost Marchers, Arcana, Health tube, and 2 fortified bracers.

These items will allow you to go very long periods of time without being forced to return to the well and give decent damage and mana regeneration for spamming abilities. With these items your primary goal should be to gank whoever and whenever you can, while building up money for purchasing a hellflower and eventually null stone. Defiling touch allows you to chase heroes very effectively along with making last hitting creeps far easier and corpse toss should be leveled to 3 at level 5 in order to give both charges. Zombie Apocalypse is a great team fighting and pushing tool, either giving you a substantial increase in damage and cannon fodder when at a tower or creating madness in a fight. However, while the zombies summoned are very effective against heroes such as Swiftblade, his ultimate, or Voodoo Jester improper use can result is a quick defeat against other heroes like Behemoth or Keeper of the Forest.

Due to the strength of your abilities and the silence awarded by hellflower it is often that you are a first target in team fights for disables so that you can be killed before casting, null stone gives you the chance to get off your key abilities and silence and then auto attack away. It is very important to level your corpse toss and defiling touch early as they are your main abilities for chasing and killing enemy heroes, along with easy harassment in the laning phase. Good partner heroes I can recommend are monarch or Andromeda. While in the early game you deal a lot of your damage in magic, if you get null stone and hellflower I recommand following it up with shield breaker, the minus armor is very useful for you, your team, and all of your zombies. After that I am honestly not sure what the best luxury items are, of course since they can be very situational, but I recommend items such as Frostfield Plate, Sheep Stick, Restoration Stone, and possibly Genjuro although I have not been able to test that in an actual game.

As with all guides posted here, these are meant for skilled players with teammates that know this different style of play and are capable of playing with you in a hyper aggressive fashion, please do not attempt with random Public teams. If you would like for me to make these video guides instead please leave a comment below.

~ The Lurker

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