Observer Ward

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[e][h]Observer Ward
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Observer Ward
A form of half-sentient plant, often cultivated by apprentice wizards.
Ability
Active:
Plant Ward
Availability
Category:
Item Type:
Basic
Bought From:
Recipe

Observer Ward

General

Observer Ward is a Basic item purchasable from the Consumables section at the Main 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 3 minutes to replenish 1 stock. Fully shareable.

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

Ability

Plant Ward
Ability: Point Target
Plants an Observer Ward, an invisible watcher that gives vision of its surrounding area to your team.

1
Sight Range:
Duration:
Cast Range:
 1600
 7 minutes
 500


  • 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 within or see into the Roshan pit.
  • Holding down Control + the item hotkey allows the user to transfer a ward to an ally by clicking on them.
  • Observer Wards have 200 hp, a 50 gold and 100 exp bounty, and can be denied. Attacks against Observer Wards cannot miss.
  • Blocks neutral creep camps from spawning.

Strategy

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 Aegis.

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Version History

Patch Version Balance Changes[1]
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 Observer Wards gold cost decreased from 200 to 150
6.55
  • Nerf Changed Max Stock on Observer Wards to 2
6.50
  • Nerf Observer Wards now require 5 mana to be placed

See also

External links

WC3 DotA Version

References