Techies is really good now, here’s how OG is building them

By Kenneth Williams


Aug 29, 2022

Reading time: 2 min

Support Techies is going to ruin your pubs soon in Dota 2, so why not learn how to play it yourself first?

Pro Dota 2 team OG is known for its explosive and innovative style of play and that mindset extends to the team’s coaching and drafts. This includes unexpected picks like support Techies. This wacky strat didn’t show up in just a throwaway match either. OG saved the strategy for a best-of-five grand final series against Team Aster, which OG won. Here’s how to play the support Techies just like OG.

First, it’s important to understand what Techies can do from the support role. The hero’s spells are strong and can turn fights, but the demolition experts are easy pickings for a farmed carry. As a result, learning how to play support Techies is all about early game impact and not allowing opposing carries to take advantage of that weakness.

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How to play support Techies like OG.Chuvash

Based on OG’s victory over Team Aster, here’s how to play the new support Techies like OG support Chuvash.

For the laning stage, stick close to your offlaner. Techies is excellent at harassing, and the new flagbearer creeps added in 7.32 are an incentive for the enemy carry to approach more closely. Sticky Bomb does a lot of damage per mana, so pop Clarities and harass enemies from the trees. By coordinating with Mars, Chuvash’s Techies killed the enemy carry Phantom Assassin twice in the lane.

As for the item build, support Techies benefits from a fast set of Tranquil Boots and a Soul Ring. This offers enough mana to spam spells and a nice chunk of early HP for survivability.

From there, it’s all about utility. Chuvash prioritizes staying alive after Blast Off, so Ghost Scepter makes sense against Phantom Assassin. Eul’s Scepter, Force Staff, or Glimmer Cape can work depending on the enemy draft. Aether Lens helps Techies initiate from range and avoid enemy burst. OG’s coach also approves of Ethereal Blade as a late-game option.

One of the more obvious problems with support Techies is how they tend to fall off in the later stages of play. Once the Black King Bars come out, it becomes difficult for the hero to have a great impact. Chuvash has an answer for this too. Instead of waiting out BKBs and hiding from the fray, he forces the enemy heroes to pop defensive tools early.

While it can lead to a less-flattering KDA for the Techies player, don’t be afraid to die for your team’s cause. Jumping in and scaring the enemy cores into wasting defensive tools is worth a death in the late game for a support hero like Techies.

While support Techies is a proven winning strategy in the pro scene, it’s a difficult thing to learn how to play in pubs. Remember to be extra nice to your teammates and you’ll figure it out.