Starts with Stout Shield
, Ring of Protection
, and Healing Salve
Don't put a point in Flesh Heap
yet. If the enemy tries to gank Bounty Rune
at start of the game, Rot
can be more preferable as it may net your team first blood.
When the horn starts, put point in Flesh Heap
, and farm. Trade hits if enemy is melee and not Ursa
or Monkey King
. If enemy is ranged, square your shoulders, take the damn harass like the chubby mofo Pudge
can be, then retreat after getting a last hit.
1 point of Rot
is suck, use it against heroes with low health pool ( Terrorblade
, etc), but otherwise wait for Rot
to level 2 to use it aggressively against tankier heroes.
At level 4, start to give a point at Meat Hook
. It's a very useful skill for displacing either allies or enemies. Always keep some mana to use Meat Hook
in case your ally is ganked. You can save your ally by pulling him/her with hook.
Build Phase Boots
first. Tranquil Boots
is very much depreciated by Flesh Heap
, so don't buy Tranquil. if you are mid, buy Chainmail
as first component. It makes you very-very tanky to take physical harassment.
If your lane is losing heavily, use the Poor Man's Build.
Solving Mana Issues
gets to level 6 and level up Dismember
, heavy mana problem starts to arise. He already has enough mana pool for Meat Hook
in one team fight, but have abysmal mana regen for subsequent use.
Urn of Shadows
is the ideal one to get here, a cheap item with 1.5+ Mana regen, enough to last you until you get to level 18. But if your enemies have armor reduction heroes ( Dazzle
, Vengeful Spirit
, or filled with physical damage line-up, consider get Ring of Basillius, and upgrade it later to Vladmir's Offering
Getting Rod of Atos
is the ideal one here. With Root to combo with Meat Hook
and great stats for being tanky and mana pool, but against certain enemies, Eul's Scepter of Divinity
is better to get, or get both if the situation demands it.
List of heroes to get Eul:
Sometimes though, neither Eul's or Atos is not enough. You often get jumped first, or somehow you get countered heavily with the enemy line-up, or your team plays with strong kiting. That's where Force Staff
comes in. Very strong item to combo with self dispelling items like Eul's Scepter of Divinity
, or Lotus Orb
. Force Staff
is a must against Riki
When facing heavy Magic line-up, make sure to get that Hood of Defiance
. If too much high burst like Skywrath Mage
or full stack of silences, get Black King Bar
is a very strong item for Pudge
to get. He is very tanky with this item on him. Assault Cuirass
can be an alternative since Pudge
hits very hard after level 25 talent, and can tear down towers easily with his right clicks.
Get Lotus Orb
to dispel silences, debuffs, etc.
is not ideal to get unless you are ahead that Dismember
deals huge killing damage or you are needed to disable specific heroes with Dismember
so your team can win. Unless you are on either of those two situations, don't get Blink Dagger
is great to get when your team is ahead and the enemy is turtling heavily so you need to poke their defenses with Meat Hook
, otherwise it's just a very meh upgrade.
is rarely useful, but it does scares glass cannon away to other targets or stop attacking if you need breathing space for skill/item cooldown.
Get Black King Bar
to stop mana burns, especially if you have to be in front and acts as a meat shield for your team. ( Invoker
comes to mind, Anti-Mage
, Phantom Lancer
, etc). Pudge
with empty mana is a useless pudge.