Hello, I am Classified and this is my first guide on Ymir the Tusk. I am a bit new to dotafire and this is my first guide I ever made, but I hope this will help all the players new to Tusk learn more about him and how to play him. I apologize if this is long. If you do not want to read or want to just alt-tab, that is fine, just follow the builds above.
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It had been a brawl to remember. There stood Ymir, the Tusk, the Terror from the Barrier, the Snowball from Cobalt, the only fighter to have bested the Bristled Bruiser in a fair fight, and now the last man standing in Wolfsden Tavern. What started as a simple bar bet of supremacy ended with four regulars, a blacksmith, and six of the Frost Brigade's best soldiers writhing against the shards and splinters of almost every bottle, mug, and chair in the building. The Tusk boasted and toasted his victory as he emptied his brew.
No sooner had the defeated regained consciousness than the cries for double-or-nothing rang out. The Tusk was pleased at the prospect, but none could think of a bet bigger than the one he just conquered. Horrified at the damage to his tavern and desperate to avoid another brawl, the barkeep had an idea. As skilled as he was, Ymir had never taken part in a real battle, never tested himself against the indiscriminate death and chaos of war. He proposed a wager to the fighter: seek out the biggest battle he could find, survive, and win it for whichever side he chose. The stakes? The next round of drinks.
Tusk is a very unique hero because of his skills which are all very useful in teamfight situations and ganking situations. All his spells do require good timing and team coordination.
For this guide, I have created two builds. The normal first one is what you should use in most games. The second build is meant for roaming/ganking which requires good teamwork, so only use it if you are playing with friends. Both builds end up the same mid-late game because they mostly emphasize on early game.
When using the default build you want to go any lane and farm until your level 6 and until you got your Boots of Speed and Bottle. Once you got that done, you should start ganking other lanes or cooperate with your laning partner and try to get a kill. Once its mid game just help your team with initiation and team fights with your Snowball and Ice Shards. Always activate Armlet of Mordiggian before the fight starts and use Walrus Punch for finishing blows. Always remember to cast Ice Shards first then cast Snowball for maximum effectiveness.
The ganking build is pretty much the same as the default build except it is expected for you to gank starting from level 2. Only a few starting items are selected so that you can rush a Bottle and Boots of Speed. Always constantly rune ***** if your mid does not need it and gank all the lanes you can with your combo. Instead of getting an Armlet of Mordiggian like in the default build, you rush a Shadow Blade. Phase Boots are also gotten to dish more damage and also chase your enemies in a gank. Get an Orb of Venom if you feel that enemies get away too easily.
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Gauntlets of Strength
These items are gotten for survivability early game and last hitting power. Iron Branchs will be turned into a Magic Wand and Gauntlets of Strength will be turned into a Bracer
As Tusk, you need to contribute to teamfights and ganks as much as you can. Do not spend your time farming all day.
Friends of Tusk are those who can help in his ganks or follow up with his iniation Examples are:
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