Originally Posted by Royal_Naga
2009 Can be a good player indeed, yet you can't defend someone else opinions if you don't understand the reasoning behind these opinions.
Maybe the idea that you wanted to share is valid, but the way in that you expose it is not convincing.
Maybe if you try a different approach you will make eat my own words
I'm defending it because I find it perfectly fine to get blink because it suits his playstyle. 2009 plays him as an aggressive mid game ganker. He does not like using chakram for long periods of time, because his build does not support it. He prefers using whirling and normal right clicks before using chakram to finish/slow down a half hp hero. If you watch his video, you will notice how effective his ganks are with blink.
2009's overall playstyle as a solo mid player is to dominate his mid lane opponent, while ensuring his farm is one of the highest. He does this via constant flash farming, or/and with constant aggressive ganks against his enemies. He wants to be the one controlling the flow of the game. In his 2nd game, you can see how despite his team being behind due to 2 leavers, his farm is still the highest by his ganks.
You and I may feel that shredder is not a gank hero. Our playstyle is probably the standard tanky teamfight style shredder. 2009 plays him as a ganker, and his early blink suits his style perfectly. Blink is a great ganking item, and offers him something timber would give unreliably.
Without blink, you do not guarantee a whirling hit. You do not guarantee a timber hit. You will hit chakram, but it will be with negligible slow and you won't deal much dps with it.
With blink, you are guaranteed a whirling hit (with better chance of hitting a tree too). You have a better chance of hitting timber. Mid game, chakram probably does a good 20-30% slow at that point + more dps. Clearly with blink it makes him a stronger ganker, and suits his aggressive playstyle.
2009's builds cater towards pub playstyle. I'm pretty sure if shredder was competitive, he wouldn't go for a blink rush. In pubs, he gets it because he knows he can use it well. This is the 2009 that played spectre as a ganking solo mid. While ricing spectre is agreed to be the most appropriate way to play her, it does not suit him to be so reliant on allies controlling the flow of the game. Hence he recommended an item build to those who wished to adopt his playstyle.
Blink might not be the most appropriate or common way of playing shredder, but it suits 2009. That's why I won't dismiss it as an item not to get. It isn't as ridiculous as dagger on qop or diffusal on AM.
As I have mentioned before, I find it strange that he 'forgot' about Bloodstone. It seems to provide Shredder with all the regen he needs.