Killing Roshan at level 1 has always been a prevalent practice in the Dota 2 ecosystem. With the changes to the heroes, economy, the landscape, and the items introduced by various patches, new strategies and hero combos emerge to take down Roshan at level 1. In 2021 and the current patch, 7.29c, one of the most effective ways to kill Roshan at level 1 is by picking a lineup comprising Pangolier, Shadow Fiend, Snapfire, Bristleback, and Weaver. The strategy is quite easy to execute, and since Roshan can be pierced even before the horn blows, a team can finish taking him down as the clock is nearing the 0-minute mark. Here is an explanation of how to kill Roshan at level 1 in Patch 7.29C.
Dota 2 commentator and analyst Robson "TeaGuvnor" Merritt popularized this strategy on the DreamLeague stream of the 2021 DPC Season. Here is how the popular Dota 2 analyst recommends taking down Roshan at level 1 in Patch 7.29C.
Here are how the items on each hero look after executing this play.
Other hero combos that include characters like Ursa and Nature’s Prophet can also work in the practice of killing Roshan at level 1. While we witnessed the level 1 tier-1 tower strategy being displayed in a DPC series between SAG and Team Aster, it will be intriguing to see if DPC teams try to imitate the level 1 Roshan strategy as well, considering the decent perks it possesses.