Originally Posted by doomsheep
i see no reason to take 2 levels of pounce
Originally Posted by Fixthemix
Hmm, you have a point
No, he's made no point -.- Maxing Pounce gives a HUGE advantage if you'r skilled on it; greater range; not only for catching people from afar, but from avoiding arrows/hooks/some disables, or simply running away if needed xD
Slark's build depends, as any other hero, on his allies and enemies, so you can't just consider a "skill build"; you should, instead, consider "skill routes" according to different things:
If you'r soloing, max pounce mostly for using it as a escape mechanism. A single early (lv2) level of Essence Shift can land you a luck kill if your foe is unskilled or doesn't represent a serious threat early on (heroes without disables for instance, of without any heavy disables like early Void, Warlock, Dazzle, etc etc)
If you are laning with a hero with good disables (for the most effect; Rhasta), maybe a single level of Pounce would be enough. If you are facing two heroes, and/or continuous ganks, consider leveling Essence Shift, as the extra duration would come handy. If you'r facing a single opponent or both of them fall easily, then start maxing Dark Pact as soon as you get Pounce and Essence Shift.
As a rather stable law, you NEED both Pounce and Essence Shift for killing people, except rare cases in which you can exclusively rely on your allies for disabling the target. Once you have obtained them both (single levels of each), you need to set yourself a goal:
- If according to the game flow, teamclashes are becoming a little bit too frecuent, leveling Shift is a wise choise; extra duration would turn you into a damn painful little monster.
- If you rely on your solo ganking mostly for getting kills, maxing Pounce as soon as possible and getting a single level of Dark Pact (for purging debuffs just after pouncing in), with a single level of Essence Shift should do it. You won't need Shift that much for ganks, as you'd mostly face 1/2 heroes at a time.
- If you rely on farming instead of kills to get equipped, level pounce up to 1/2, mostly for escape purposes, and get a single level of Shift, as told before, for eventual lucky kills; but over all, max Dark Pact ASAP. With it, and your ulti for regen, you can lane-farm with astonishing ease.
- As a final general rule, get Pounce and Essence Shift AS MUCH AS NEEDED, and AFTER that, max Dark Pact asap, for farming your items fast, and devoting yourself to ganking and teamkilling.