Months ago Gyrocopter was viewed with suspicion regarding his carry potential. Especially in the Chinese Dota 2 scene Gyrocopter was completely ignored and rarely picked. Recently however, both Western and Eastern Dota 2 teams have started picking him very often. Now Gyrocopter is a top pick/ban hero. He was buffed in the patch that came right after The International 2 tournament. However, back then teams did not realize the hero’s true potential. Gyrocopter’s strength lies in his huge AoE damage that he can deal in team fights. Using his Flak Cannon spell, he can hit all enemy units in a 1000 Radius for a limited number of 6 attacks at maxed level. The duration of the spells is 15 seconds. Provided that Gyrocopter has sufficient items, his attacks will destroy low HP heroes, enemy supports in particular. Flak Cannon spell has been considered the reason why this hero has become so popular. The spell allows Gyro to not only deal huge damage during team fight engagements, but also to farm much faster than most carry heroes. Gyrocopter can clear a few jungle camps at the same time using his 1000 radius AoE. Moreover, if his support players stack the neutral Ancient camps, the hero can farm Ancients relatively fast and easy. Therefore, Gyrocopter can flash farm faster than most carries, which gives him the advantage in the speed-farm battle.
Unlike other carries, Gyrocopter is relatively strong even at early stages of the game. His Rocket Barrage spell deals a huge amount of damage and resembles Leshrac’s Diabolic Edict – both spells affect targets in a radius around the hero, but damage is split among targets in the area. Thus, against individual targets Rocket Barrage deals enormous damage. Moreover, Gyro’s homing missile can be used to zone out enemy heroes in the lane. His Call Down ultimate can be used to provide disable during team fights – the slow in a 450 radius goes through magic immunity. Gyro is one of the few carries that can solo kill opponents in the early game, since his spells deal a lot of magical damage. Therefore, Gyro is sometimes played as a support – strong magic damage and AoE control abilities – his Call Down ultimate in particular.
Gyrocopter is one of the best, if not the best, divine rapier carriers in game and is considered therefore a late game “safety card”. A Gyro with a rapier can turn games around due to his insane AoE damage using Flak Cannon in team engagements. Thus, even if the game does not go according to plan and a team faces a big gold and experience disadvantage, Gyrocopter can still help you win engagements. There aren’t many heroes that can achieve the same thing.
Although Gyrocopter is one of the best farmers and AoE damage dealers in Dota 2, he can be countered by single target damage dealers. For instance, Naix or a Farmed Anti-mage or Alchemist can bring Gyrocopter down very quickly, since they deal very high single target DPS. Gyrocopter does not have a big HP pool and can be easily brought down with focus fire. Moreover, even though he can fight early on, he would still not be a major factor during team engagements, if he is underfarmed. Thus, it is essential that Gyrocopter’s supports stack neutral camps, ancient camps in particular, and ensure that he can farm well in the early/mid game. In terms of items, Dota 2 item builds suggest that Black king bar is, arguably, the most important item for Gyro. It allows him to freely attack with Flak Cannon and deal his huge AoE damage in team fights. The usual Gyro build would be Drums of Endurance into Black king Bar into Monkey King Bar or Butterfly into Satanic for survivability. Overall, Gyrocopter can fit many strategies , but excels in team-fight oriented strategies.