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Observer Ward

[e][h]Observer Ward
Observer Ward
A form of half-sentient plant, often cultivated by apprentice wizards.
Ability
Active
Availability
Category
Bought From
Recipe
Observer Ward
Observer Ward [h]
Stats
Unit Type
Ward
Armor Type
Duration
6 minutes
Health
2
Sight Range
Magic Resistance
Gold Bounty
100 + 4/min
Experience
50 + 6/min
Notes
Attacks against Observer Wards cannot miss.
Takes 1 damage from all attacks.

General[edit]

Observer Ward (also known as obs) is a Basic item purchasable from the Consumables section at the Home Shop. Because of the power they provide through map control, their stock in the shop is limited to a maximum of 4, with an initial stock of 2. It takes 135 seconds to replenish 1 stock. Fully shareable.

Gold earned from killing an Observer Ward always goes to the player that bought the true sight.

  • Stacks with itself and  Sentry Ward in the inventory.
  • When stacked with Sentries, double clicking toggles the active ward type.

Ability[edit]

Plant
Targeting
Point Target
Plants an Observer Ward, an invisible watcher that gives vision of its surrounding area to your team.
Sight Range1600
Duration6 minutes
Cast Range500
Charges1
1
Notes
  • Observer Wards are permanently invisible and do not block paths.
  • Wards have ground vision and cannot see through trees or the high ground above them.
  • Cannot be placed within 1350 range of the fountain. Cannot be placed in the Roshan pit.
  • Holding down Control + the item hotkey transfers a ward to an ally by clicking on them.
  • Blocks neutral creep camps from spawning.

Strategy[edit]

  • It is best to place wards strategically in areas of high enemy traffic. They can forewarn your team of incoming enemy attacks due to their large vision range.
  • Wards are generally placed on cliffs at the highest elevation, so they can see unobstructed into the areas below.
  • A common ward location is near Roshan to check whether the enemy will attempt to take the  Aegis of the Immortal.

Recommended Heroes[edit]

Crystal Maiden
Tidehunter
Venomancer
Ogre Magi
Windranger
Dazzle
Lion
Lich
Keeper of the Light
Warlock
Witch Doctor
Enchantress
Jakiro
Chen
Io
Vengeful Spirit

Version History[edit]

Version Balance Changes
7.23
  • Buff No longer costs gold
  • Rework Gold earned from killing an Observer Ward will now always be given to the player that bought the true sight
7.22
  • Buff Cost decreased from 75 to 50
  • Buff Gold bounty increased from 100 + 2/min to 100 + 4/min
  • Buff XP bounty increased from 50 + 4/min to 50 + 6/min
7.15
  • Buff Restock cooldown reduced from 150 to 135
  • Buff Cost reduced from 80 to 75
7.14
  • Rescale Gold/XP Bounty rescaled from 100 Gold/XP to 100 + 2/min Gold and 50 + 4/min XP
7.08
  • Rework Wards now require a constant 2 hits to kill
7.07
  • Nerf Observer Wards cost increased from 60 to 80
  • Nerf Observer Wards XP bounty increased from 25 to 100
7.06
  • Buff Cost reduced from 65 to 60
    • (Allows for different starting item combinations)
6.87
  • Rework Gold/experience rescaled from 50/100 to 100/25
  • Nerf Duration reduced from 7 to 6 minutes
  • Buff Restock interval reduced from 180 to 150 seconds
  • Buff Cost reduced from 75 to 65
6.86
  • Nerf Experience bounty increased from 50 to 100
6.84
  • Buff Observer and Sentry Wards now stack into one inventory slot
    • (Double clicking toggles which ward type is currently active)
  • Buff Observer Wards now come in single increments
  • Buff Cost and restock time reduced by half and stock doubled
  • Nerf Observer Wards now provide a 50 XP bounty when destroyed
  • Nerf Attacking a ward can no longer miss (same for Sentry Wards)
6.81
  • Buff Sharing wards with allies now requires a Control key override
  • Nerf Wards can no longer be placed in the fountain areas
6.80
  • Buff Can be targeted on allies to transfer one charge
6.79
  • Buff Duration increased from 6 to 7 minutes
  • Nerf Killing Observer Wards now grants a 50 gold bounty
6.78
  • Nerf Initial stock now starts at 1 instead of 2 (max stock is still 2)
6.75
  • Buff Gold cost decreased from 200 to 150
6.55
  • Nerf Changed max stock from 3 to 2
6.50
  • Nerf Now requires 5 mana to be placed (To prevent courier use)
6.43
  • Rework Reworked wards again
    • Buff Reduced gold cost from 300 to 200
    • Nerf Reduced duration from 480 to 360
    • Buff Increased stock count from 1 to 3
    • Nerf Increased restock time from 1 to 360
    • Buff Can block neutral creep spawns again
6.43
  • Buff Duration increased from 420 to 480
6.42
  • Nerf Price increased from 215 to 300
  • Nerf Charges reduced from 3 to 2
  • Nerf Duration reduced from 480 to 420
6.19
  • Nerf Can no longer block neutral creep spawns
6.04
  • New Readded to the game
6.03
  • Removed Removed from the game
6.00
  • Neutral Ported

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