Original article by: Dot Esports
Neutral items drop purely based on luck in Dota 2, and you won’t be able to get the best one for Rubick in every game. That’s why it’s always a good idea to have alternatives. Each tier of neutral items has something to offer for Rubick.
Considering you’re less likely to find neutral items than your teammates farming the jungle, you’ll need to keep an eye on the shop for items they’ll send there. While you’ll have an idea regarding which item you should buy next, picking the correct neutral item can be trickier if you haven’t analyzed their strengths for your hero.
Though the neutral item pool is quite wide, only a few of them will be decent enough to compliment Rubick’s spell-kit and item build. Knowing which neutral items will work the best for you allows you to let your team know and claim them for your sorceries.
Here are the best neutral items for Rubick in Dota 2.
The first tier of neutral items starts dropping around the seventh-minute mark and continues to do so until the timer hits 17 minutes.
Arcane Ring is basically a miniature Arcane Boots. It grants Rubick +10 intelligence and +2 armor. Its active ability “Replenish Mana” restores 75 mana to all nearby allies and has a 40-second cooldown.
Getting your hands on this item before the 17-minute mark can make your life a lot easier as Rubick since you’ll be able to spam your spells even more freely.
Faded Broach is one of the most popular tier-one neutral items in the game. It’s more likely to get snatched by your mid laner in most games, but just take it if it’s up for grabs.
Faded Broach’s bonuses include +200 mana and +20 movement speed, two things that Rubick needs the most during all stages of the game. Having this item on Rubick will allow you to make more aggressive plays.
Most of Rubick’s build includes items that increase his cast range in addition to all the extra mana. Keen Optic fits the bill when it comes to those two stats.
The +75 cast range and +1.25 mana regeneration will give Rubick more space around the map.
The second tier of neutral items starts hitting the ground when the first tier of items stops dropping at the 17-minute mark. The tier-two items will be lootable until the 27th minute of the match.
Clumsy Net looks like an attribute-heavy neutral item. The +5 of every stat in the game alongside the +2 mana regeneration is nice, of course, but it’s the Ensnare ability that allows this item to shine.
Ensnare immobilizes both Rubick and his target for 1.75 seconds. It can be used to cancel Teleportation Scrolls or as a second lockdown tool to cast after an enemy comes down from your Telekinesis.
Philosopher’s Stone is any support hero’s dream. The -30 attack damage effect on it makes it less than ideal for core heroes, meaning it’ll be available for the supports or any spell-caster type of heroes.
Philosopher’s Stone grants the wearer +200 mana with +70 gold per minute. While any mana buff is more than welcome, the +70 gold will help Rubick pick up some steam and farm some of his much needed items.
Tier three neutral items will unlock at the 27th minute and continue to drop until for 10 minutes.
Quickening Charm offers a 13-percent cooldown reduction for all times and spells. This is a passive effect and it makes Quickening Charm possibly one of the best neutral items for Rubick in the game. You can hold onto this item until the game ends.
The +9 health regeneration is a nice side buff, and the cooldown reduction effect applies to the spells Rubick steals as well.
If there’s a Repair Kit available for your team, but no one is picking it up, keep an eye on it. You won’t have to carry it around on your slot since it only grants +25 health regeneration.
The Repair Kit’s active ability restores a building’s health by 40 percent over 30 seconds, making it the ultimate base defense tool.
Telescope is another item that increases Rubick’s cast range. It provides an Aura effect that grants +125 attack range for ranged heroes, +125 cast range, and also reduces Scan’s cooldown by 50 percent.
The reduced Scan can be the key to bust your enemy while they’re taking Roshan, which can easily lead you to an easy win.
Tier four neutral items are available starting from the 37th minute, and they continue to drop through neutral creeps for 23 minutes.
Ninja Gear is mostly tailored toward agility-based core heroes, but Rubick also has a use for it if no one’s claiming it. The “Solitary Disguise” active ability of the item casts Smoke of Deceit on its wearer. Considering Rubick needs to disguise himself perfectly before jumping into a fight to steal the perfect spell, it’s just another tool that can help him do that before getting detected by the enemy.
Prince’s Knife falls a bit behind the competition since it only has a +60 percent projectile speed bonus. There are simply better items for cores to increase their damage, but if your team’s lacking lockdown tools, you may need to bite the bullet.
Prince’s Knife’s passive ability Hex Strike lets Rubick’s next attack hex the enemy into a frog for 1.5 seconds.
Unlike Quickening Charm, Spell Prism is most likely to be contested by your cores who need the stats and the cooldown reduction. It’s basically the better version of Quickening Charm with +12 bonuses for each stat and +4 mana regeneration.
The 20-percent cooldown reduction is heavenly for Rubick, so you’ll definitely want to get this item if no one of higher priority intends to use it.
Most Dota 2 matches usually last about 25-to-40 minutes. Games lasting over an hour tend to be quite rare, and when they happen, they will be the ones to remember. The fifth tier of neutral items unlock after the 60-minute mark and continue to drop until the match ends.
Seer Stone is potentially the best item that Rubick can pick up from the fifth tear. The +10 mana regeneration, +350 cast range, and +350 vision allow Rubick to keep his distance in the late game.
Mobility is vital for Rubick to achieve his full potential. Force Boots is another set of mobility tool and even comes with +115 movement speed. Its active ability “Force” dispels the user and pushes them forward 600 units in the direction they’re facing.
It’s a second Force Staff, and you can’t get enough of those.
Any hero with a Black King Bar on your team will want a piece of Ex Machina, but try picking it up if it’s available for grabs.
In addition to granting +20 armor, Ex Machina’s active ability resets the cooldowns on all items aside from the Refresher Shard, Refresher Orb, and Town Portal Scroll.