Item Build

starting items

Early (Buy regen if low)
Core (Required, in order)

Situation (only if needed)
Extension (choice, Any order)

Ability Build





Psi Blades


Psionic Trap


Talent Tree


+{s:value} Attack Speed

+{s:value} Psionic Trap Damage

{s:value}% Evasion


Meld Dispels

{s:value} Meld Armor Reduction

{s:value}s Meld Hit Bash

+{s:value} Refraction Instances

Author's Ability Notes

Refraction works in two parts: 1. It allows any hits on you to be completely nullified (no matter how strong or weak) 2. It allows you to deal more damage. Due to its low cooldown and cost, this can be used to remain in the middle lane despite harassment as well as dive towers to get enemies. If you lose your Refraction Shield, you will not lose your bonus damage (and vice-versa). They are independent from one another. Use Refraction and Meld to kite creeps to maximize Psi Blades.
Use Meld and Blink to get away from opponents. Make sure to Meld near opponents and hit them to deal massive damage with your Refraction ability: 1. Activate Refraction before ganking 2. Blink onto an Enemy and cast: Meld 3. Attack the foe quickly before they can vanish 4. Follow with your ultimate. Use Refraction and Meld to kite creeps to maximize Psi Blades.
Refraction is better for last-hitting and surviving in lane than the range of Psi Blades. You can use Psi Blades to wipe stacked ancients. Psi Blades also can be used to harass your opponent in the mid-lane. Angle yourself. Psi Blades works when you deny.
You can use traps to give permanent sight on Roshan, up hills or at the rune spots. Use them appropriately and in key areas you want to look out for! These have an incredible range, so use it often. You can also use it to spot runes or to slow your enemy mid-laner from reaching the runes. In addition, they deal bonus damage when used at full-charge.
Actively use this ability to shift between different lanes, catch enemies in commonly-farmed areas and even to back-door if possible. Be creative with how you use this ability and continually place traps even if you're chasing someone. Also a good escape in combination with Meld.
Meld Dispels : When using Refraction, debuffs will be gone from Templar Assassin.

Author's Item Notes

starting items

Plant a tree with iron branch to consume with tangos to increase your regeneration - especially useful in the mid-lane where you want to save starting items to afford early game items like bottle or boots of speed.

Early (Buy regen if low)

Bottle can be necesssary if you're relying on Refraction constantly to stay in the lane.

Core (Required, in order)

The strength of Templar Assassin is to take down opponents in the least amount of hits possible. Desolator works with Meld's reduced armor effect and the additional damage it deals.
Works great in combination with Meld. Open with Refraction, then use Blink, Meld, attack. Be sure to blink right where the opponent is to make sure Meld hits too.
BKB is necessary for a hero that relies on not getting stunned or silenced to dish out the necessary damage.

Situation (only if needed)

Hurricane Pike is a unique item for Templar Assassin. Once activated, you separate from your foe, giving you unlimited range for 4 attacks. This item works with Meld, meaning you can: 1. Activate Hurricane Pike on a foe 2. Use Meld and Attack regularly on the enemy 3. Follow-up with 3 more attacks
Consider Linken's Sphere if specific ultimate, target abilities like stuns and silences are keeping you down. This should be seen different as Black King Bar because it will waste ultimate abilities on you like Doom's Doom or Necrophos' Reaper Scythe from completely killing/disabling you.

Extension (choice, Any order)

Aghanim's Scepter is situationally viable depending on the game you're playing. It can be a unique move to split-push, gank specific areas of the enemy jungle or other situations.
Pure damage. Monkey King Bar makes your burst damage even more deadly especially when combined with the amount of debuff armour you're donating to enemy teams. Especially useful for evasive heroes.

Other Items

Manta Style lets you break crowd-control effects and provide further spread of damage through Psi Blades. Can break Dust so you can meld and also remove slows or silences.
Butterfly not only adds to your armour via your specialized attribute (AGI), but it also allows you to dodge attacks.
Eye of Skadi slows enemies but also reduces their regen. Especially useful versus high health and regenerative enemies where you need to cripple their survivability from lifesteals and healing.
Blight Stone does not spread to other targets through Psi Blades.
With Satanic, you have sufficient damage output but need to remain in fights. Satanic gives you more survivability and works great to capitalize on the damage you're dealing to extend fights long enough for you to win them.