July 17, 2012
Words of Wisdom
Now I know from personal experience that no one really reads this portion of the guide, and as for the more experienced player just looking for a new way to build a character you really shouldn't have to. However, if you are playing with Bots or just now starting on your path to that perfect 100 and zero win loss record (best of luck to you) then this portion of the guide is almost crucial.
What to do?(lane)
Bloodseeker is not a terribly difficult character to lane and despite being a close ranged hero makes a great mid laner. This is mostly attributed to his Blood Bath ability. It allows you to take a portion of a killed creep or hero's health, and convert it to life for yourself, and as you level the ability, the amount of life taken increases. This is why I put it as a high priority ability to level. (If you have not noticed I will not be providing an in depth reasoning for each ability choice because it should be pretty self explanatory, and I will throw in little tid bits through out the guide as i did above.) Just make sure you get the most creep kills you can by last hitting them at a low health (quelling blade should make this easy) to keep you at a good health, and to keep your wallet going for the next item down the list.
NOW I know a lot of guides say that Blood at level six makes a great ganker, and gets the easy kills, and this is how you get nice and fed, however in my experience I sometimes become too consumed with the aspect of ganking the top and bottom lanes with varied amounts of success based off of my fellow teammates. This (most of the time) leads to me becoming under leveled often being passed by my top and bot lane counterparts, and sometimes the loss of the middle tower. My verdict: stay in middle, get the creep kills, continue to power push your lane, harass your enemy with Blood Rage and when the time is right, Rupture him for the easy kill. This is not to say that if a teammate asks for the gank that you are going to fall behind. Feel free to wander the river up and down for the kills or assists, but do not loose focus on that middle lane. Around level eight your team should be grouping up for the easy kills, and tower takedowns anyways, so you have plenty of time to go for the kills in mid game, there is no reason to rush in at level six and try and get an early feed just because you have this new found ult.
If you have ever played Natures Prophet, Ursa, Lycan, or Lifestealer, you know the glories that can come from the jungle. My advice? Exploit them with Bloodseeker just as you would with the previously mentioned. He is an excellent hero for roaming the woods and getting that extra XP and gold. He does the damage, gets the lifesteal, so it is a great idea to throw in a few jungle runs inbetween running that middle lane, or ganking for your team mates. He is not a terribly expensive hero to feed, but there is no such thing as too much gold.
What tod do? (Ganking, One on One, Team Fights)
Ganking and One on One: ALRIGHT so as you are charging through the woods at your lesser foes through out the game you should have one thing in your mind... "does my team have the power to silence or do I need to? Is it worth the loss in damage? Should I rupture now, or wait for the last hit?" Well its all based on who you are going up against. If they are a powerful caster, well no duh, you should do the damage and silence them as you rush up rupture and hit them over and over. However, if your enemy is a powerful melee hero (Sven, Juggs, Ursa) why would you give them the HUGE attack bonus just so they can't cast. Hit them with rupture right off the bat, get your team to keep them moving, or you yourself do it, and Bloodrage yourself to give you that HUGE attack bonus. If rupture failed though, and they are low health on the run, don't be afraid to try and get the kill with bloodrage. I know I have yet to say it, because I did this guide a little backwards but USE THAT FORCESTAFF!!!! I can not stress it enough. It has a decent cooldown time, and can both move you away, or towards enemies , and is deadly when combined with your rupture. Usually a two cast kill.
Team Fights: Alright, I know this build has been a little hosh posh, as I am doing it on my way home without internet but bear with me. HERE WE GO, team fighting is where you can make or break your team. Bloodseeker is not known for being very tanky, which is why i threw that black king bar on him, BUT he can do quick damage out put, and while invulnerable to spells can run up and get one or two kills with just basic attacks combined with Bloodrage. Where you really come in handy is when your through down your rupture on their tank, and or squishy yet powerful caster, force staff him, and then watch him flee the team fight because in two clicks he is half health or less. This is when your go in for the easy kills on their squishier opponents, and your team gets the easy tower push. When you eventually get butterfly, you will become the most feared character on the map. It is at this point when you can rush in, rupture, forcestaff, blood rage yourself, and kill even the most tanky enemy without needing to back out of the team fight because of BloodBath.
To sum it all up, you have just become the man, you can get the kills, or help your team out, and get the assists. Spam your bloodrage on enemies, or yourself. Spam your force staff and rupture combo, and make sure you remember your king bar to keep yourself as tanky as possible. Past the butterfly, everything is subject to the events happening in game and is your call. Despite your ability to be a boss though, i would let your tank keep the gem (god forbid you need it) just because you are quite weak when stunned, or silenced without your abilities to save you. Good luck, have fun, and I hope this was helpful. I did this while bored, it is my first guide, and the girl next to me on the ride home will not stop asking questions, and it is sad to have a grown *** man be typing this much about a video game in public. GAME ON!