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Most popular Aghanim's Shards

The most popular Aghanim's Shards from the DPC Summer Tour

Dota 2 Siddharth “Gopya” Gopujkar

At the end of the DPC 2021-22 Summer Tour, we take a look at the most popular Aghanim’s Shards across all six competing Dota 2 regions.

Aghanim’s Shard is one of the most unique items to have embraced the game of Dota 2. The item doesn’t take up space but does cost 1400 gold without providing stats. The benefits are, of course, very relative depending on the hero, the upgrade the Shard offers for the hero and the role the hero is being played in, which makes it one of the trickiest items to balance. That is what makes it interesting to track which Aghanim’s Shards are the most popular ones in a DPC season and which ones have been ignored and deserve a buff.

Going from the DPC Winter Tour to the DPC Summer tour, the patch changed from 7.31c to 7.31d. The meta didn’t see a huge change in terms of how the game is played and the timings around objectives, but the preferred heroes did see a change.

The DPC 2021-22 Summer Tour recently ended, with a total of 824 games played in the two divisions of five of the six Dota 2 regions (North America, South America, Western Europe, Southeast Asia and China

Let’s take a look at the Aghanim’s Shards that were picked most as well as those which had the highest pick rate from the second DPC Season of 2021-2022. All the data was obtained from datDota. This data only includes Aghanim’s Shards that were purchased and does not include Aghanim’s Shard pickups from the second Roshan.

 

Most picked Aghanim’s Shards

In the 824 games played for the DPC Spring Tour, Dawnbreaker tops the charts for most purchased Aghanim’s Shards with 190. Following the Stone Giant closely is Zeus with 140 Shard pickups, with SnapfireDragon Knight and Beastmaster rounding up the top five.

 

Highest Percentage of Aghanim’s Shards Picked (at least 20 games)

While the most picked by absolute number is a good way to look at the popularity of an Aghanim’s Shard, looking at the purchase of Aghanim’s Shards from a percentage perspective gives an idea of which ones are highly prioritized; and that paints a slightly different picture.

The honor of highest percentage of Shard pickup falls to Nature’s Prophet, who was not only picked for a lot of games, but also saw a Shard pickup in 93% of those games (86 games picked, 80 games in which Aghanim’s Shard was bought)!

But other heroes like DazzleNecrophos, Night Stalker and Windranger who don’t really show up in the most picked table due to their lack of total games, come into the picture here. These are either heroes that are banned too often or fringe meta heroes who aren’t picked too often, but when picked, their Aghanim’s Shard is a go to item in their build.

 

Dawnbreaker

Upgrade – Starbreaker

Dawnbreaker gains magic immunity and free movement during Starbreaker.

A sure fire way to land the Starbreaker stun or dance yourself out of a murky situation. This Aghanim’s Shard is a nobrainer, as it comes into play every 11 seconds. The Shard gains twice the benefit at level 25, when Dawnbreaker gets two charges of Starbreaker.

 

Zeus

New Ability – Static Field

Zeus shocks any enemy that he attacks or is hit by his abilities, causing damage equal to 9% of their current health.

Zeus gets level 3 of the old Static Field ability with the Shard at the 15 minute mark, and with four active abilities, can do significantly more damage with Static Field than before! A 2000 HP hero, when hit by all four of Zeus spells will come down to an HP of 1115, considering the standard 25% magic resistance every hero has. But with Static Field, the hero will be reduced to an HP of 572! The skill has massive potential, which makes Zeus’ Aghanim’s Shard one of the most purchased Shards on an absolute as well as percentage basis.

 

Nature’s Prophet

Upgrade – Sprout

Causes the first two trees destroyed with Sprout to summon Greater Treants. Can only have two Greater Treants alive.

Nature’s Prophet’s Aghanim’s Shard has been one of the most popular Shards since their inception in Dota 2 patch 7.28. The Greater Treants are insanely powerful for pushing out creep waves or damaging buildings and don’t even need the use of Nature’s Call! Whenever Nature’s Prophet is popular in the meta, this Shard will always pop up as one of the most popular ones, which can be seen in the data here, with NP’s Shard having the highest pick rate of a staggering 93%!

(taken from biggreenpepper on DeviantArt)

 

Dragon Knight

New Ability – Fireball

Ignites an area, dealing damage over time that lingers on enemies in it. Has reduced cast range when melee.

For the DPC Winter Tour (DPC Season 1), Dragon Knight’s Shard was one of the least popular ones. But an AoE increase from 65 to 80 and the ability to buy it at 15 minutes increased its popularity, making it one of the most popular Shards in the DPC Spring Tour (DPC Season 2). Dragon Knight can now afford to go for early team fight items like Blink Dagger, and still have the ability to farm fast with Breathe Fire and Fireball. Fireball is 80 DPS for 8 seconds, so it helps in clearing stacks quite quickly. It is also a great follow up for the Blink into Dragon Tail initiation, and also helps with pushing out lanes.

 

Juggernaut

Upgrade – Blade Fury

Increases movement speed during Blade Fury, and attacks random nearby enemy units with reduced damage.

Juggernaut is one of the hottest carries this meta. Dota 2 patch 7.31d saw Healing Salve and BKB nerfed. Because of that, Juggernaut’s ability to heal in lane with Healing Ward and become magic immune with Blade Fury is priceless this meta. With the Aghanim’s Shard, Blade Fury effectively becomes a 5 seconds BKB which also does magic damage! The duration can be increased to 6 seconds with the level 15 talent. It is hands down, one of the best Aghanim’s Shards in the game, and the numbers back that up.

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Siddharth “Gopya” Gopujkar
A Mechanical Engineer who is as interested in the mechanics of DotA 2 as every machine he studies. Pursuing his Master's at the Michigan Technological University.

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