Mekansm VS Crimson Guard



  • Which is better for supposed tanky heroes like razor, Axe, Cent or Viper?

    The default suggested item for razor is Mekansm, and forums are mentioning that even AXE is better off with Mek. but the thing is you won't always have mana for other skills when you activate Mek(no mana for culling blade)

    So why not vanguard? you can lead on with it and turn it into Crimson Guard. Looking at the stats though, all that guard has is 250 hp more plus sure block of 50 dmg when activated. Mek heals 250 hp as well..

    In the long run is Mek all you need or does crimson Guard do a better job?

    Ultimaately my question is this, is it worth it to just stick to mekanism or go vanguard and invest until crimson guard?



  • Like many things in DOTA, it's very situational and more often than not decided on who you are laning against.

    If you are playing melee and going against ranged in lane, a shield is pretty much essential. This naturally progresses into a vanguard and CG.

    If you are playing razor / viper who are more able to stay out of ranged right clicks, then mek is more likely going to be beneficial.

    You also need to look at other very useful Mek carriers on the team and decide if they are better off carrying a mek and you building CG

    You also need to bear in mind that to get the +2 armor aura you need to activate the item. Crimson Guard allows you to do that prior to a team fight for 0 mana but Mek doesn't (because then you don't have the heal mid-team fight)


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