Pudge is a powerful solo mid ganker, with lots of potential for tankyness and vitality.
Side Note:this is my first guide.
Meat Hook: Brings an enemy close enough for you to dismember and rot to work. Hard to land however
Rot: Deal magic damage overtime and slows enemy units, also deals damage to you, can be used to deny yourself.
Flesh Heap: What makes you a good snowballer. Give you strength for every death/kill within the vicinity of its active area. Is retroactive.
Dismember: Good disable that deals damage over time, improved by Aghanims Scepter: Deals 275 damage+.75 of your strength as damage, heals you for the same amount of damage done.
Pros:Good ganker, very tanky, highest strength in the game, good disable, good auto attack
Cons:Lowest int gain, main skill is a skillshot, difficult to understand where to position
You want to max out meat hook first, as it is your primary skill, and also its range increases every level. Secondly, you want to have rot cause it does **** tons of damage to you and your enemy, especially if you are dismembering them, also you pick 1 up at lvl 1 for denying yourself if you need to. Flesh heap is pretty useless early game cause you wont have enough kills/assist yet to make any difference, and the magic resistance, while useful, isn't all that useful while your still laning. dismamber should be picked up at the standard 6, 11, 16.
I generally like to buy 2 salves, and 2 gauntlets so your urn is already half done. by the time you use both salves, you should have your bottle. Pudge is pretty tanky even at lvl 1, and can take a few hits from towers, and tangoes will do next to nothing to regen his health.
Just play safe till you have your bottle. I like to get an urn for the mana, and since your a ganker after all, and also the regen/damage is also useful in between ganks when you want to save the rune. My boots of choice is Phase cause Pudge has a pretty slow movement speed, and the ability to pass through units is underrated. I like to get a force staff because it allows you to move around better and also lets you hook people into normally accessible areas, and rot them to death if they are invis. The hood gives you good regen mid game, and its magic resistance stacks with Flesh Heaps so its usually a good pickup. A pipe is good for blocking 500 damage from your rot and the extra regen is a bonus. I like getting a heart cause it lets you keep your rot on as long as its activated. The damage block from vanuard as well as the reden can be a life saver against carries, and although little bit late, you can stop a lot of their attacks because of their high attack speeds. I almost never pick up an aghanims cause it doesnt really do much other than the bonus damage which is useless cause you will ult them in the middle of your team. The mask is a good idea cause of the extra attack speed with your insane strength, which is your base stat, makes you deal that much more damage.
When you play pudge, you want to farm up your phase, urn, and bottle. after that, you will want to leave mid lane to start roaming, and gank mid alone occasionally, as you will have earned a exp and gold advantage from your kills. Also, you may want to have a side laner solo mid for you when you fish, and if you somehow get your items before you hit lvl 7, stay in lane till you are lvl 7.
You want to initiate team fights by hooking an enemy into your team, and dismember them before they get away, so you get a 5 v 4 fight by your hook. Also, you are the tank of the team, and rot away in the fight, which shouldn't make you too low if you are aware of your health bar, because of your insane health regen. The damage and slow makes quite the difference.
Pudge is a crazy ganker who can easily start teamfights and instantly make it a 4 v 5 instead, and the power to deny himself, and huge snowball effect, allows him to easily finish off lone heroes. Thank you for reading my first guide ever, and if you want, please post constructive comments below so i can change this guide.