Dota 2 -The best items for Viper
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Viper is a hero that's known for dealing loads of damage during the laning stage. However, once that's over, Viper is also capable of tanking a lot, which is why people love to pick him.
Even though he can be pretty strong, Viper's performance is based entirely on the items that he gets. Sometimes, he might not be able to do much because he won't have the right tools for the job. Nevertheless, if he gets the right items, he can quickly become one of the strongest heroes on the map.
Generally speaking, there are two ways in which you can play with this hero - either on physical or on magical damage. Both work fine, so it all comes down to personal preferences. Having said that, we will take a look at some of the most popular items that you can get for this hero.
Rod of Atos
Considering the fact that there are loads of people who love to play with a magical-damage Viper, it doesn't come as a surprise that Rod of Atos is the most popular item. It's cheap and it gives the hero a reliable lockdown, which can make wonders in certain situations.
A few years ago, this used to be the most popular item that you can get on Viper. Apart from mobility, it also gave him a reliable way in which he can initiate. However, there aren't that many people who are buying a Shadow Blade in comparison to before. Nonetheless, this can change once the meta changes again.
Monkey King Bar
Another item that's really strong is Monkey King Bar. However, this can only work if it's used on the physical damage hero. There is no point to buy this item on a Viper who will focus only on doing magical damage.
Black King Bar
The last item that's popular among physical and magical damage builders is a Black King Bar. This fairly cheap item is capable of providing loads of protection, as well as some damage, which makes it a pretty good choice. However, this item doesn't scale that well in the late game due to its reduced duration. As a result, you need to make sure that you buy it when the time is right because otherwise, you won't be able to make the most out of it.