With this guide, you should be able to push, maintain, and hold lanes by yourself. If you are used to tanking or meleeing this play style may take getting used too. Seeing as you must stand back and let your DPS over time work towards your advantage. Keeping the distance between you and the enemy is key.
During this stage let your pets, Plague Ward, fight for you. Stay back and keep resurrecting them. Only go into a fire at the opposing teammate if you can run away before they can chase you down. If not just farm your lanes creeps to build up money.
Once you own the Shadow Blade the strategy starts to change. You can use Plague Ward to push up your lane. Now you can use Venomous Gale to get a good shot in on enemy teammates then back away and let the poison and pets do the damage. Always activate "Shadow Walk" to get to safety after an attack if you can't take them down right there.
Nothing really changes at this point in the build. Keep doing what is working for you and keeping you alive. Don't forget you can push on towers now.
With Aghanims Scepter, Poison Nova and Venomous Gale you can now take on a player without the need to run away (still an option if needed). By the end of stage 2, you should be able to push a lane solo with one enemy in your way or hold a lane with 2 in your way. Falling back and creating a wall of Plague Wards is an effective way to hold a lane until backup comes. STAY ALIVE that is why you own Shadow Blade, run and get back up if needed.
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