Rizzrak seems to be a support that's played like other STR-casters/gankers. With 3 low cd, low cost nukes, his peak lies in early-mid game (level 7-16) and then the nukes lose effectiveness later on, with only Chakram having a decent late-game compared to all his skills. Definitely doesn't look like a tank to me with 0 base armor, low AGI and average STR.
Reactive Armor looks like a filler skill to me, but otherwise a handy passive in nullifying the aggro he gets due to his gank-heavy gameplay, but doesn't really make him a tank in a way Axe does. 1 level early should be enough. Whirling Death's attribute-effect comes with 1 level, while Timber Chain's long range, low cd, looks like a must to max early. Ulti, like most others, good enough to not be skipped.
Max Reactive Armor
Chakram & Stats
Ring of Basillus
Looks like a must if nobody else gets it, since it gives 3 armor to his 0 base armor, as well as mana regen for his spells.
Comes to mind, gank-wise. Timber Chain somehow allows him to compete for it by 'blinking' him to the nearest tree of rune spots. Quick regen complements with his quick cd spells for rinse and repeat ganking.
Arcane Boots for me. Tranquil seems like a good choice with the armor, but RoB is good enough with support from Reactive Armor. With 500-ish mana, he can perma-gank.
Urn of Shadows
It's what allows him to perma-gank, coupled with Arcane, Bottle and Reactive Armor. Being STR also allows him to benefit from the damage bonus, although not really a big deal. Also works as extra dps.
Rod of Atos
Seems really good for him with both mana and HP boosts. The slow works exceptionally well with Chakram. One of the cheapest luxuries around.
More armor, more mana, and an extra slow + nuke.
A luxury for every caster hero I suppose. Hex + Chakram is a good combo too.
Upgrade from Arcane once you have enough mana to go around. Invaluable for instant participation in battles/ganks.
Easy build-up, great as extra luxury since Rizzrak can't attack when using Chakram and the minions can pound on the slowed enemy.
Works great with Rizzrak's chasing and anti-juking ability right? If you can farm it by 15 minutes with Rizzrak, by all means do so. Ha!
No-no. Rizzrak doesn't deal damage by attacking, don't waste it. He will use his ulti a lot, that means he cannot attack that often.
Pure Defensive Items
A 4 second cd pseudo-blink is an imba escape skill if you ask me. And Rizzrak needs more useful active items than defensive ones, mainly due to his inability to attack during Chakram. He's better played by providing as much support while alive than staying alive for as long as possible. Hex, Shiva, Atos, all provide great active spells to support his team.
When to play Rizzrak:
When not to play Rizzrak:
Enemies have a lot of high HP heroes. (High armor/magic resistance has no effect on Rizzrak since he deals Pure damage, but high HP does)