PHOENIX – Icarus

19 + 2.9

12 + 1.3

18 + 1.8




  • Affiliation: Sentinel
  • Attack Animation: 0.35 / 0.633
  • Damage: 54 – 64
  • Casting Animation: 0.1 / 0.5
  • Armor: 0
  • Base Attack Time: 1.7
  • Movespeed: 290
  • Missile Speed: 1100
  • Attack Range: 500
  • Sight Range: 1800 / 800






Background story

Ancient scriptures spoke of seven sacred emanations of light, and of their convergence in great conflict. The collision of these rays upon the mortal realm created a pyre of the highest purity, giving birth to the mythical Phoenix. As a manifestation of divine flames, Icarus can discharge either flames of death and destruction, or of life and healing. The concentrated beam of energy that he can emit can incinerate whole armies from across the battlefield. Unafraid to utilize his own life-force in order to vanquish his enemies, Icarus can also harness the direct power of the sun to create a stellar explosion.

(bottom right is the Phoenix when in full health points, center top is the Phoenix when using his Ultimate “the supernova”)


  • Icarus dive

Phoenix dives forward in an arc with a fixed distance in the targeted direction, dealing damage and disarming any units he comes into contact with, and then orbiting back to his original position. If during the 2 second duration of this spell Phoenix casts another spell, the dive ends. Costs 10% of current HP to cast.

  • Fire spirits

Born out of his own life force, Icarus creates 4 fire spirits to fly alongside him. Each spirit slowly grows in power and can be used to damage his enemies or heal his allies. Costs 10% of your current HP to cast.

  • Sun ray

Drawing from his own inner fire, Icarus expels a huge beam of light at the cost of his own life energy. The beam damages enemies for a percentage of their life. Costs 25% of current HP to activate.

  • Ultimate: SUPERNOVA

The Phoenix willingly ends his current life for the chance to be reborn. Transforms into a burning sun that scorches enemies in a huge area. The sun can be attacked by enemy heroes; if it is destroyed, the Phoenix dies as well. However, if the sun survives for 6 seconds all enemies in range will be stunned and the Phoenix will return to life fully regenerated.

Personal opinion:

The Phoenix is my favorite DotA Hero, a strength Hero that is ranged with awesome abilities. Very useful early in game against all heroes so can be played solo or on bilane making a very high probability of FIRST BLOOD, especially when combined with a “stun” hero. Wether in early game or in late game. a well fed Phoenix will carry the game and provide healing and damage making the enemy’s game almost impossible to win.

My items build would be as following:

start with a Ring of basilius (Sobi mask + Ring of protection) and a healing salve. Then progressively, get Arcane boots (= boots of speed + energy booster) then get Mekansm (for further healing puposes) then buy Assault cuirasse and finally get Heart of Terrasque.

Although I believe the game would end before you reach this item build, i can assure you that once you reach this item build, there is no way you are loosing the game.

To note that in the CAPTAIN MODE of DotA (played in tournaments and events) the Phoenix is Auto-Banned, perhaps telling us about his superiority to other heroes, especially in competitive games giving an advantage to the team who gets it first.

So that’s it for today’s DotA Hero of the day… stay tuned for more heroes soon.




About janbein

Gamer research Biologist who loves art, space and sports.

Posted on August 19, 2011, in Dota hero of the day, Gaming and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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