Guide to Bloodseeker
"The search for blood begins..."
"The search for blood begins..."
An unusual hybrid of Demon and Orc, Strygwyr is an outcast amongst all mortal creatures. By thriving on and bathing himself with the blood of those he slays, Strygwyr can heal his wounds - even those that could prove fatal. Beware the fool who dares venturing alone, for Strygwyr can sense his blood miles away and gain vision through his helpless prey's eyes. Having ruptured the enemy with mighty blows in his bloodthirsty frenzies, Strygwyr corners his foe into making the impossible decision - bleed to death by trying to outrun the hasty demon, or be ripped to shreds in its awesome fury.
+ Easy ganker
+ No problems with early game
+ Has silence
+ Has damage amplifier
+ Primary candidate for chasers
+ Doesn't need items to kill heroes
+ High agility gain
+ Normal stats
+ Great backswing animation
+ Easy to learn
+ Suited for greedy people
- Easily countered by Town portal scroll
- Bloodrage has drawbacks
- Not competitive due to easy gank counter
BloodrageSkill build:- What makes this a good spell is that it can silence foes and it can increase yourself or allies' damage. It can also increase the damage of your foe, and it can silence yourself or your ally, that's why this skill is devastating and chaotic at the same time. Scales very well from early to late gameBloodbath- The skill that gives the reason why we can easily survive in the lane. Needs a little practice with last hitting because your survivability depends on bloodbath and your ability to last hitStrygwyr's Thirst- A bad looking passive at first, but whenever it is triggered, you will be having fun at winning in marathon. This is also the reason why bloodseeker is a primary candidate for gankers and chasers. Also, with this skill active, you can easily escape whenever you are in low healthRupture- Incredible and irresistable semi-nuke. This skills gives your target two coices, to run or to stay.
3: Bloodbath/Strywyr's thirst
4: Bloodbath/Strywyr's thirst
5: Bloodbath/Strywyr's thirst
7: Bloodbath/Strywyr's thirst
8: Strygwyr's thirst/Bloodbath
9: Strygwyr's thirst/Bloodbath
10: Strygwyr's thirst/Bloodbath
Golden rule on skilling out is take at least a level of Bloodrage, in this way, you can easily escape from first bloods and by level 6, you will having no trouble killing heroes.
Now this is the most complicated part, listen here and answer this question, are you harrassed?, if yes, then max out bloodbath first, otherwise, max out strygwyr's thirst. The key here is not always maxing out, but you have to scale and balance your bloodbath heal depending on damage harrassment of your enemy.
Lastly, skill out rupture whenever it is possible, it serves as ganking tool.
Early game - Starting items
Quelling blade - For easier last hitting for your bloodbath
Stout shield - To protect yourself from harrassments
Branch - For stats, no need to explain this
Salve - Actually, it's hard to regain life whenever you are in low health cause your enemy can easily kill you, so i suggest take salve instead
Tango - If you are feeling fine with harrassments, you can take tango
Courier - Specialized for solo mid, you will be needing the side shops instead if you are taking dual lane
Mid game - Core items
Phase boots - For getting out of crowd whenever you are stuck in chasing, it also enchances your chasing capability whenever strygwyr's thirst is not yet triggered. Also for increasing damage
Magic wand - Conjuction to your three branches. Used whenever you are in low health to save yourself from the last shots of your enemies
Urn of shadows - Same as Magic Wand. It also increases your health and your mana regeneration. You can also cast this to your enemy so it will be also damaged while you chase
Blademail - Not only for protection, but for isolating all enemy actions, for example, the ruptured enemy has nothing to do but to run whenever you activate blademail. Also gives damage, mana, and armor
Wraith band - Obviously for stats
TP scroll - Whenever you need to escape, TP scroll is always there on your side whenever you carry it
Late game - Luxury
I will be only listing the best items for luxuries here. I also listed some of the items that are medium, bad, and situational.
Highly Effective items : Best of the best
Medium Effetive items : Not good nor bad
Low Effective items : Rejected and Denied
Dagon/Euls/Aghanims/Ethereal blade/Rod of atos/Bloodstone/Vanguard/dagger/Battlefury/Armlet/Mekansm/Orchid/Veil/Refresher/Necromicon
Situational : The handy ones
Gem/Dust/Ghost scepter/Obvservers wards/Sentry wards
Early game strategy:
This is just an another plain rule of early game, pick bloodseeker, buy your starting items, and go to your lane, this time, it's different, you will be choosing if it's either be dual or solo mid.
Solo mid - Take solo if you bought courier for yourself and no highly dependent solo hero is in your team, like tinker or nevermore. Sometimes, you may go solo mid even you don't have the courierNow we take a look at bloodseeker's early game, he has a good backswing animation, good base damage along with quelling blade, very potent survivability with bloodbath and bloodrage, and last but not the least, he can be safe from first blood with just a bloodrage to the enemy. In short, bloodseeker has no problems with early game at all.
Dual top/bot - Refer to Solo mid, Otherwise, take dual lane with anyone you want
Mid game strategy:
The part of the game where you will climb your glory, before reaching level 6, be sure that before you kill someone, or roam around, check your mana, it should be always 230 mana and above, or else you will be having hard time killing someone. Also check the inventory, if there is a TP scroll, there is a 50% where you will kill your target, remember that bloodseeker has no stun, so if you are forcing yourself to kill someone, then bring a stunner with you
Now that you are ready, cast your bloodrage to your target, don't worry, since it's level 1 bloodrage, it only increases 20% of it's damage, so a mirana nightshade with a 50 average damage will be only given with +10 damage from bloodrage. After casting bloodrage, cast rupture to the target, so here are the two things you wanna do:
A. If the target stays, attack itAfter killing your target, go celebrate now by continually farming. Furthermore, after killing in level 6, you may roam and gank now.
B. If the target runs, chase it
C. If the target uses TP scroll, let your stunner stun the target
D. Otherwise, Don't chase nor attack it
Late game strategy:
Kinda little different now, you should be using bloodrage as your damage amplifier for yourself now, but you can still use it for your silencing enemies.
Do the usual gank method, just gank, then push, destroy a tower, gank, push, destroy, rinse and repeat till you get the mega creeps.
You can also defeat roshan with satanic + bloodrage combo, you can withstand huge amount of damage from roshan.
Facebook's Golden rules:
1. Be greedy whenever there is a killBe greedy at all cost, but be sure to kill your target, and also make sure to land the killing blow to your target. If you are greedy, then you will be having no trouble, well, if you're not, then don't worry, don't be scared when chasing your target, just make it sure that, YOU KILL THE ENEMY BEFORE IT KILLS YOU.2. Ensure the killMake sure to kill your target, otherwise, go back to your lane and farm again. Like what i said about being greedy, bloodseeker needs to land a killing blow in order to regain back his health, in this way, you earn the gold, you humiliated your enemy, and last but not the least, you survived the attacks of the enemy tower.3. Be wise at using skillsBe wise. For example, an nearby dying allied nevemore is chased by zeus, you can silence zeus so zeus wont kill nevermore, and you can also give your TP scroll to nevermore while zeus is silenced so by that time, nevermore can go back to base, filling back his health. And that's what you call for a person, the street wise.4. Gank as much as possibleBeing bloodseeker is all about gank, gank, gank, there is no farming till end in his style, he suits the ganker role because of his skills. By doing enough gank and push, you can easily dominate the game.5. Have funIf you lost a gank, be happy. If you didn't bought your item, be happy. If you lost a game, then still be happy, remember that DotA is just a game, serious gaming can cause serious injury to health and mental problems.
Batrider/Magnus/Rubick/Morphling/Invoker/Dark Seer/Enigma/Barathrum/Storm/Pudge - Yeah, if they pulled a ruptured enemy, the enemy will easily die
Stunners - Without them you can't interrupt a TP channel
Silencers - You will be only having little problem with them since half-way throughout the game, you will be now focusing on hitting heroes.
Note: yeah, that's the only best allies and worst foes, the reason i listed only little is because that's where bloodseeker will be having problem, and that's where he can benefit easily.
Bonus tips and strategies:
Bloodseeker is all about ganking, the reason for that is because he owns the skills that makes him the best ganker around, but beware, there is always a bad gamer in every game, it means that bloodseeker can be also countered.Credits:
Just remember, Go out, Do gank, Have fun.
Siemens - For the picture in the beginning of the guide
Icefrog - For the DotA map
Facebook - For writing the guide
Filipino DotA players - For inspiring me
God - For answering my prayers