Dota 2: Get to know Marci
There is no denying that Dota 2 is one of the most popular games in the world. It is a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) developed and published by Valve. Dota 2 is usually played between two teams of five players. Each player gets to control a powerful character called ‘hero’ that is equipped with different styles of play and unique abilities.
There are a total of 121 heroes and one of them is Marci. She is always battle-ready and effortlessly flings friends and foes around the battlefield. What sets her apart from other heroes is that she happily jumps into any brawl. Marci can also unleash a hidden power that is strong enough to make gods reconsider the wisdom of a hostile path.
Even though Marci is admired by many, her origins are not as known. She is a fierce and honest companion but dauntless against enemies. Out of all the heroes in Dota 2, Marci has an inner power that imbues her strikes with might.
Just like other heroes in Dota 2, Marci has her own set of skills that can be enhanced as you progress into the game. Some of her abilities are:
Landing Radius: 275
Landing Distance: 350
Cast Range: 175
Throw Duration: 0.5
Cast Animation: 0.2+1.04
Landing Damage: 70/120/170/220
Stun Duration: 0.9/1.3/2.7/2.1
Marci can easily grab an enemy and throw it effortlessly behind her. This move damages and stuns an enemy’s unit. Enemy units that will fall in the landing area will also be stunned and damaged.
Even though dispose seems like a melee ability, its cast range can be increased by other cast range bonuses. However, this ability is not affected by range bonuses.
Landing Radius: 325
Min Leap Distance: 450
Max Leap Distance: 800
Landing Position Offset: 64
Landing Radius: 325
Cast Animation: 0.1+0
Cast Range: 800 (Talent 1000)
Landing Damage: 90/160/230/300
Landing Move Speed Slow: 30%/40%/50%/60%
Ally Move Speed Bonus: 35%
Slow Duration: 3
Ally Buff Duration: 5
This ability is more on vector and unit targeting that includes choosing a direction to attract and immediately escape when in danger. Once Marci reaches the unit, she lunges to damage and slows the enemies down in the area.
Rebound allows Merci to dash towards a target at a speed of 2000. As a matter of fact, she can dash through trees and over impassable terrain. The only downside is that Marci is fully disabled when dashing and leaping.
Cast Animation: 0+0.54
Cast Range: 700
Ally Search Radius: 700
Attack Damage Bonus: 20/35/50/65
Buff Duration: 6
Marci is a loyal ally that ensures the safety of the whole squad. She charges lifesteal and attack damage to protect herself and the team. When cast on self, this ability searches for the nearest ally within the 700 radii. If there is no ally, Marci gets the buff normally.
This ability only searches for allied heroes including clones, illusions, and creep-heroes but grants regular flat bonus attack damage.
Cast Animation: 0.2+0.34
Self Move Speed Bonus: 15%
Attacks per Flurry: 3/4/5
Flurry Attack Speed Bonus: 700/975/1325
Flurry Time Window: 1
Flurry Cooldown: 1.75
Pulse Radius: 800
Pulse Damage: 60/130/200
Pulse Move Speed Slow: 30%
Pulse Attack Speed Slow: 60/80/100
Pulse Debuff Duration: 2
When Marci taps her hidden power, she gains Fury changes which allow her to deliver a rapid sequence of strikes. What’s great is that her last strike in every Fury combo creates a damaging pulse around the target. This slows down the movement and attack speed of an enemy for 2s. Keep in mind that Marci is unable to attack for 1.5s between Fury combos. So, plan your moves wisely!
While this ability is activated, Marci can unleash a maximum attack speed by removing the 700 attack speed cap. The remaining attacks are visible on the buff icon and on top of Marci while the buff and visual effects are visible to everyone.
When finishing a Flurry combo, Marci releases a pulse around the target on the last attack. The attack then releases pulse damage. Remember that all attacks must be executed within 1 second. If not, the combo fails and the Flurry buff is lost.
Marci is popularly known for being a monstrous carry that can easily jump in and out of fights. Her rebound ability grants her allies added speed once she jumps onto them. This catches the enemies off-guard, especially when used together with her dispose ability. Her ultimate abilities provide Marci and her allies bonus damage and lifesteal to completely decimate enemies who look down on her.
Among the reasons why Marci is well-loved by Dota 2 players is that she is a highly adaptable fighter. Marci can either be an initiator with a blink dagger or become a carry that can effortlessly destroy enemies.
Her abilities also help Marci’s squad to destroy towers and escape imminent death when sensed. She is also good at decision-making and does not have an aggressive mindset
Even if she has incredible abilities and strength, you should still be cautious during the battle. To give you a heads up, Marci’s strengths and weaknesses are as follows:
|Bad against||Good against||Works well with|
|Dark Willow||Nature’s Prophet||Lycan|
To unleash Marci’s full potential, you should go with starter items first. These are tango, quelling blade, and double gauntlets of strength. Tango can regenerate her health. The quelling blade allows Marci to cut trees while the double gauntlets of strength help Marci’s last hitting can even form into a soul ring that feeds on the souls of those who wear it.
Once you already have the starter items, it is recommended to collect other items as well. Some of these are:
- Phase Boots (early game item)
- Armlet of Mordiggian (mid-game item)
- Eye of Skadi (late game item)
- Orchid Malevolence (situational item)
As you play Dota 2 with Marci, remember to always communicate with your teammates as she can be the key to the squad’s victory. What are you waiting for? Choose Marci as your hero and unleash her skills on the battlefield.