Smoke of Deceit

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Smoke of Deceit
The charlatan wizard Myrddin's only true contribution to the arcane arts.
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Smoke of Deceit


Smoke of Deceit (also known as Smoke) is a basic item purchasable from the Consumables section in the Home Shop. It is especially useful for ganking a well warded lane or approaching Roshan without being seen by enemy creeps or Observer Wards. Smoke of Deceit is limited to a stock of 3 in the store, and 1 stock takes 10 minutes to replenish.

The vial contains a magical smoke, when used the vial will break releasing smoke that will follow all allies and units under ally control, increasing their movement speed and making them undetectable by both observer wards and creeps, and also invisible on the minimap. Sentry Wards and any other True Sight effects will not reveal smoked units. If a hero hidden by smoke attacks or comes too close to an enemy hero or tower, the effect will end. Smoked heroes can use spells and items without getting revealed, but enemies can still see the visual effects of the abilities.

Smoke of Deceit can be used by Couriers.


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Upon activation, the user and all nearby allies and player controlled units gain smoked invisibility and bonus movement speed for a brief time. Minimap icons will also be hidden. Upon moving within range of an enemy hero or tower, the invisibility is lost.

Bonus Movement Speed15%
Smoke Radius1200
Break Radius1025


Early Game[edit]

Smoke of Deceit can be used in the early game to great effect by roaming heroes. Its purpose in the first 10 minutes is to sneak up on the enemy while avoiding being detected by wards. Many times when a lane is warded it gives a false sense of security if the other team utilizes smoke.

Additionally, smoke hides all units, so can be used to hide Chen or Enchantress creeps as well.

Mid Game[edit]

Smoking during the midgame is a solid way to organize a team into accomplishing a specific goal. You can smoke to Roshan or counter-Roshan, smoke to gank a farming carry, or smoke to gank and push while you have a hero advantage.

Late Game[edit]

The most effective use of late game Smoke of Deceit is catching an enemy hero out of position. Often an advantage such as this allows for a team to push the enemy team's base or at the very least force a buyback.

Alternatively, smoking can be used as a last ditch effort if your team is behind. A team that is ahead is often less cautious; Smoke of Deceit can be a perfect tool to take advantage of this.

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Version History[edit]

Patch Version Balance Changes[1]
  • Buff Stock cooldown reduced from 11 minutes to 10 minutes
  • Nerf Smoke of Deceit cost increased from 50 to 80
  • Rework Now has a 1 second cooldown on use (to prevent accidental usage)
  • Buff Stock replenish time reduced from 12 to 11 minutes
  • Buff No longer has a cooldown attached to your hero when used
  • Buff Cost reduced from 100 to 50
  • Nerf Duration decreased from 40 to 35
  • Buff Smoked units are now always hidden until the buff is removed (rather than being hidden only from minimap and partially from world)
  • Nerf Now dispelled when Primal Split units are nearby
  • Nerf Dispel AoE for nearby heroes increased from 950 to 1025
  • Nerf Stock cooldown increased from 10 to 12 minutes
  • Nerf Dispel AoE from heroes and towers increased from 850 to 950
  • Buff Reduced detection area from 900 to 850
  • Buff Movement bonus increased from 10% to 15%
  • Buff Initial cast aoe increased from 900 to 1200
  • New New Item

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