Stacking camps is vogue once again in Dota 2, but there’s a high skill ceiling when it comes to this seemingly unremarkable tactic.
Anybody can stack one camp, sure. Heroes that have illusions or a long-range spell can stack a couple of camps at the top of each minute. But heroes that have both of these tools can potentially stack up to six camps at once.
Not many heroes can pull this off, and the only hero that can do it without a Manta Style is Shadow Demon. On the dire side, the common support hero is capable of stacking up to six camps at once using just his spells and a bit of micro skill. A video of how to do this can be found here, but here’s the step-by-step for those who still can’t quite grasp it.
From a macro perspective, this trick is very easy to pull off as Shadow Demon can start doing it from just level two, doesn’t need to expend much mana, and doesn’t need any specific items in order to complete the stack. From a micro perspective it’s a bit intensive, but nothing too difficult.
This technique is strong, but isn’t reliable when stacking a camp more than once. Depending on the neutrals that spawn, units can trip over one another and form a line that prevents camps from stacking. The technique can still be used, but won’t have the same yields as it does on the first go.
Regardless, players can find some value in this tactic. Even if they don’t play Shadow Demon often enough to find this technique worth drilling, stacking the four camps between the top tier-two and mid tier-one towers is quite easy and can help carries to finish farming important items more quickly.
Stacking ancient camps in Dota 2 is no different than stacking any other camp. Players simply need to attack or move near the ancient creeps at a specific time, run away, and lure them off of their spawning area so that they’re completely outside of the camp at the start of each minute on the game timer. If done correctly, another batch of creeps will spawn without killing the first ancients. This is how you stack ancients.
This Shadow Demon technique does not stack ancient camps, so players will still need to dedicate time specifically to stacking ancients.