Hello I'm Helmut and i thought to share my Pudge build which I found really fun to play and also pretty easy for some parts.
Pudge builds and guide sadly are really common since he is one of the most used and favourite hero, but I really think this one is uncommon and different from the others. Why?
When I play Pudge I always felt something was laking: SPEED and mobility. Of course force staff and now blink are commonly used to gap the mobility (eventho forcestuff i think is really underrated on him), so speed was the problem.
2 set of Healing Salve are needed for survivability.
Also 2 set of Gauntlets of Strength combine with a Iron Branch improve your base damage by 7 from 55 to 62, improving also your life points from 625 to 758 and your base attack speed of 1 point making easier to stay in lane, get last hit and experience of course, which is why Pudge is often play mid, to get to a fast level 6 to be able to efficently gank around the map.
Pudge does't need to much early farm, so stay mid until level 6 then roam and gank. To gain fast levels you could either try to kill mid with a good Meat Hook and Rot combo or try to early gank lanes which I don't recomend because it means missing a lot of experience mid and probably don't get the kill either since you don't have your ulti.
After level 6 the fun begins. By purchasing Arcane Boots and Bottle (you need rune control so ask your supports to place wards there) you can perma gank since you have a good mana and health regen items which allow you to spam your skills and always roaming without going back to base.
The ganking fase in crucial. In order to have a useful late pudge you need to get kills, a lot of kills (the last game with pudge I was god-like in 20m but we lost). Your role is also to harrass and create space for your carry and Pudge is pretty good to do that. Smoke of Deceit will make it easier to snake up behind enemy line (you need to be a ninja in dota) and get easy kills, easy gold, easy experience. A Force Staff will help too, also to get out of dangerous situations, if you extend too far, for example.
I didn't include in my early game a really common item for Pudge Urn of Shadows which you can eventually buy only if this stage is going poorly.
If your ganking stage went well you can rush an Heart of Tarrasque in less than 30m.
By doing that you are basically invincible, enemies wont deal much damage in teamfights so you can tank and kill at the same time. It improves your pushing strategy a lot since you can spam Rot without dealing any self damage.
This will help you to also rush in less than 10m an Aghanim's Scepter which gives you lifesteal and more damage for Dismember. Now you are a killing machine.
In this stage I really felt the need to improve Pudge speed. You can't usually kill enemies with hook and rot combo and, since you want to use Force Staff to escape, you need to be fast in order to right click and Rot them.
Sange and Yasha gives you +16 in agility, attack speed and improve by 16% the movement speed. Mask of Madness is a good choise too, if you don't have to much gold to spend. It gives you +100 attack speed and +25% movement speed when activated.
You also want to sell your arcane and buy Boots of Travel to be present all around the map. Black King Bar is a choise not a core and a final good item will be Shiva's Guard to be more tanky.
So Pudge can be various things at times, ganking allows him to scale well late game and to create space for your hard carry to farm. A good Pudge always make enemy line push back under towers.
After you get Heart of Tarrasque he becomes a really good tank too with also carry potential, dealing massive ammount of damage with his skill combined with Aghanim's Scepter and Sange and Yasha.
At times he can be also a efficient initiator too with Meat Hook.
Pudge is a really fun hero to play and he's capable to make amazing plays, be sure to play him right and tell me if this was helpful.
Now that the patch 6.79 as introduced Blink Dagger to Pudge the question is, should I buy it?
We already have a mobility item such as Force Staff which is way more reliable than [Blink Dagger]] in a escape situation.
In the other hand the dagger gives you new ways of positioning to place your hook correctly.
Blink Dagger pro and cons
1. Great mobility item
2. Allow Pudge to find easy position to hook
3. You can blink to an enemy then use Dismember then Meat Hook
1. It's cheap dota and it's too op
2. It is unreliable in escape or chase situations
3. I would rather pick Force Staff which is more reliable and gives you also +10 intelligence and +3 hp regen.
You could also buy both for high mobility, but it will slow your rush to Heart of Tarrasque, so is not worth it for this build. If you dig your Pudge more as an initiator you could skip Aghanim's Scepter and go for Blink Dagger.
As you can see there are a lot of possibilities and your choises mostly depend on who are you playing against; you don't want to hook an Earthshaker close to your team.
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