Originally Posted by aestropher
Why so many people get Vanguard on him... The ranged block isn't good, It provides no strength, meaning it won't help Inner Vitality, and it doesn't increase your DPS by a bit. If more HP is needed get more str instead.
Treads, Helm of Iron Will --> Armlet, Dagger/Lothars, BKB, Satanic. Sounds good IMO.
Because he has piss poor base STR, +STR . At level 11 he still has less than 1k hp. There is no point in playing Huskar, if you drop dead eating any amount of more than one nuke.
Stacking bracers is out of the question, since early game consumables dont cover the amount of hp you loose during the game, and IV is horribly mana ineffective. That leads to the need of some source of stable regeneration. Vanguard just happens to be a cheap solution to adress both problems.
In certain cases you can go a Urn + Headress route. It comes in affordable pieces and leaves the path open to extend to Pipe or Mekansm.
Either way, in semi-coordinated games, I find it it undesirable to get BKB too early. After all, you want to eat up a fair amount of enemy spells anyway. That is why I aim for tanking up pure HP and/or general endurance items. With that being said, BKB surely should be considered in case the game drags along.
On a side note, when things go really
smooth, Treads --> Urn --> Blink will usually end the game.