Skills - Description
This is why enemies will hate you in the first part of the match: the Shuriken allows you to deal a great damage from a quite high range.
Despite a relatively low cooldown, it's not a spell you can spam or use brainlessly.
I hate when people start launching shurikens like they are grenades.
As I said, Bounty hasn't a big mana pool, so you'll use the Shuriken Toss to finish your foes.
There are only 2 exceptions to this rule: during chases your Shuriken can help your team reaching the peasky enemy and as an harassment tool once you're level 6, in combination with Track
Shuriken Toss ministuns
the target: this mean that you can stop any channeled spell.
That poor Zeus
is using a Town Portal Scroll
to get out of there? Shuriken Toss!
is trying to Epicenter
the **** out of you? Shuriken Toss!
If the Shuriken is your way to be a real nuissance in the early game, Jinada is the reason while the enemies will hate you later.
It's one of the few 100% sure crit hit in the game, which means that you can always deal one massive blow at your enemies.
The real reason we're gonna pick an early level of this skill though, it's its slow, a necessary tool during chases
Invisiblity + bonus damage.
Nothing more to say about this, just remember to always give a look at the cooldown.
This is why your team mates will love you even if you're not able to do a single kill.
Track grants to you and your allies a gold bonus, and will make defenseless poor guys like Riki
and Nyx Assassin
, or will make ganks impossible to people like Pudge
, who loves hiding in the shadows before attacking.
This is the only spell you'll have to cast all the time, always giving the priority to invisible heroes or to the heroes who have items like Shadow Blade
as core items.
The other thing that makes Track a valuable spell is that your Shurikens will bounce on every tracked target.
This is the only other case where spamming your Shuriken Toss can actually be a good thing: assuming you're dealing with a dual or tri lane, you may want to track your foes and then throw your nice shuriken at them all in one hit, harrassing them.
Finally, don't forget the speed buff you get near a tracked enemy.
The basic idea of every Bounty Hunter's build is to max your damage in order to strike one powerful blow with Jinada.
This means that you should avoid items that improve your overall stats (except in the early game) or attack speed, focusing on those that can push your critical hits to the roof.
That said, there are exceptions
I can handle my bounties (Offlaner)
When you should use it
You're doing the basic BH's job: you're the sololaner
This is a rather standard BH's build and shares many items you're getting following the roamer build.
Being solo in the hard lane, you'll focus your attention on your survival, waiting to reach level 6.
is the perfect tool for you: improves your general stats, grants a good aura for your team mates and your critical hits will greatly heal you thanks to the lifesteal.
The Medallion of Courage
is a nice pickup, since the armor reduction is your way to progress to the midgame.
Bounty after bounty (again, remember to always track the enemies) you'll definetely want the best BH's weapon: the Desolator
At this point you're pretty much ok: your critical hits should be extremely efficient.
Moving on to the late game you'll want to upgrade your medallion into a Solar Crest
or getting some new weaponry like a Monkey King Bar
Drum of Endurance
are a viable pickup in case you're getting harassed way too much and you want to improve your stats until you get a Desolator
and the same goes for the Tranquil Boots
which are also a good way to chase your foes, at the cost of no extra damage inflicted.
estimate the importance of Black King Bar
: you're not a hard carry and when you get to the late game you're not supposed to fight upfront the enemy team so you may want to get it only when there are massive AoE spells that can blow you up like Ravage
Silent, effective, in motion (Roamer/Mid)
When you should use it
You're gonna play mid (VERY situational) or your team already has an offlaner while the hard carry can safely farm without a trilane ( Dazzle
for instance) which leaves you the possibility of moving freely from one lane to another, constantly ganking.
Since you're gonna use your spells a lot, you'll need a Bottle
ASAP, while the Orb of Venom
and the Blight Stone
are necessary to slow and deal more damage to your foes.
Getting a Yasha
first is perfect to become even faster during ganks to the point you may even prefer to get it before the Desolator
In the late game, upgrading your blade into Sange and Yasha
will make sure that chases go in your favor thanks to the slow.
Should you get a lot of gold you may want to improve your damage with a Daedalus
(because everybody loves a double crit) or again a Monkey King Bar
Silenced Bounties (Anti-Caster)
When you should use it
If you're gonna face a team full of nukers or even a particularly peasky one (as Puck
) the anti-caster build is your way in.
This time you'll want a Black King Bar
to avoid being killed by a combination of 4 different spells in an instant so that you can strike the enemy with your Orchid Malevolence
This item not only solves your mana problem, but also synergizes well with your skills since it will make sure your Shuriken Toss
strikes even harder.
Of course you may have to dispel a Linken's Sphere
using Track first.
That said, a Dagon will further improve the extra damage you're dealing thanks to the Orchid, and upgrading said Orchid into a Bloodthorn
makes sure that every not-tank hero dies within 5 seconds with the combination of Jinada-Shuriken-Dagon.
is a rather nice pickup, more for his debuff than for the mana burn, which you won't be able to use at its full power
, once again, is a good item in every situation AFTER the Orchid.
Rabid Rabbit (a team with no carries)
When you should use it
DON'T USE THIS BUILD
Ok now you'll ask me what's the point of explaning this build at all, and here it is: in a scenario where you carry is sucking hard or your team (God forbids) didn't pick a single hard carry, this is your only way to try to overcome the odds.
That said, you're probably gonna lose anyway but it's always worth giving a chance now, isn't it?
All I said before now is meaningless: if you want to become a hard carry Bounty Hunter, you have to become hard to kill and a hard hitter which means improving your overall stats and attack speed.
Still: DO NOT BUY BATTLE FURY.
Track makes sure you get tons of gold even without actually getting a kill so there's no point into buying a farming item.
Core items now include a no longer situational Black King Bar
, a Helm of the Dominator
and Manta Style
While the first 2 are self-explanatory (the Helm is a carrish "deviation" from the Vlads) Manta Style can become your personal Holy Grail: improved stats, attack speed, damage and speed. It's basically all Bounty Hunter wants, except he can't use this item at its best.
In order to do that you'll need some extra items in the late game, in particular a Diffusal Blade
- whose mana burn can now be something to be feared - and a Butterfly
, to make your illusions more powerful and to add the sweet sweet evasion you'll need. Finally, upgrade the Helm into a Satanic
to mantain the lead in a 1v1 fight. Daedalus
/ Monkey King Bar
are once again useful to get a poweful Jinada crit
How To Play - Early Game
We won't cover the option where you're in the safelane: that's limited to case you're following the hard carry build and the simple idea is that you should farm as much as you can to get ready for the midgame.
For the early game I'll make the proper distinctions between the Offlaning Bounty and the Roaming Bounty
Your primary goal is not dying and not last hitting if not completely safe.
That means you're probably gonna spend some gold on Sentry Ward
to avoid being harassed.
BH is very squishy so you can't hope to engage a trilane without being killed.
That said, you can still be a nuissance for your enemies by using what I call the "Bee Sting" (read further for details)
Once you get to level 6, start tracking every single foe and hit them hard with your bouncing shuriken.
With the help of your midlaner, ganks should be pretty simple: Jinada your target, hit him during the slow, end him with the shuriken if he should get too far.
Ez gold ez life.
A midlaning Gondar can easily win the lane against many enemy heroes (more in general, any hero who can't counter invisible heroes or more specifically can't cast AoE spells to harass you)
As a roamer, on the other hand, you may have some issues.
Your Boots of Speed
, in conjunction with Orb of Venom
, will make you travel fast and chase down opponents.
Join the lane where there's a team mate with a good spell to set up your gank ( Pounce
, Berserker's Call
, Dragon Tail
are notable example) and start hitting as hard as you can.
A roaming Bounty Hunter won't be able to level up fast, but will assure your team's lead in the early stages of the game.
Your real targets though, are the enemy junglers: wait for them to get low hp and strike the final blow.
Beware that you may want to wait to get at least 2 levels of Shuriken Toss
before doing this: heroes like Legion Commander
can turn on you quickly while a Lifestealer
may use Rage
to stop your Shuriken and counterattack.
That said, if you can't kill them, deny their jungle: some Sentry Ward
will do the trick and delaying an Enigma
's farm is always a good thing
Friends (Good Team-mates)
This guys are the best companions for Bounty Hunter.
These are people who can slow, disable or prevent other heroes to move, allowing you to reach them faster and finish them.
The followings are just exemples.
will force the enemy to decide between standing still (and so dying under Gondar and Bloodseeker's attacks) and running away, losing enough hp to give you a chance to throw succesfully your Shuriken Toss
in conjunction can provide immense vision over the enemy heroes
One word: Frostbite
and Black Hole
will stop enemy heroes, giving you time to track or even kill them
Gondar should be the scout of the team, going through the jungle to find enemy heroes. Anyway, people who can scout from the distance can be extremely usefull, since they'll give you the location of your foes, and so a chance to run for them and use Track
is a good way to check the map, offering vision on every place through which it passes.
You've lost that Riki
? Thundergod's Wrath
's true sight will do the job.
will greatly help Pudge
when he'll have to hook enemy heroes who are trying to hide in the jungle.
As I already say in "Skill - Description", if these 2 tough guys cast on you respectively Ion Shell
or Aphotic Shield
, you'll can inflict damage to your enemies simply running near them while invisible
Abaddon will also get increased speed with the combination of Track and his passive Curse of the avernus
Should an enemy escape from a gank, your Track
will help Ancient Apparition finishing him off with Ice Blast
This are the heroes who will be able to smash your head with no difficulties.
True-sighters and (good) supporters
People who grants true vision on heroes to their team mates will always try to make your Shadow Walk
In the same way, supporters (if they're not dumb) will always buy Sentry Ward
etc to counter you.
Yes, I said his ulti can help you when he's one of your ally, but in the same way, as an enemy, it can reveal your presence even if you're invisible and the same goes for Lightning Strike. Having Zeus
as an enemy, will make you impossible to use Bee Sting if you're not absolutely sure that he's waiting for the end of the cooldown.
An Anti-Caster build will do the trick
COUNTERING LEVEL: 4/5
Slardar is your nemesis: his Amplify Damage has a low cooldown, so you can be sure he will always be ready to cast it on you, also tremendously reducing your armor. At this point, even running could be useless: with Sprint he'll reach you in no time, and his Bash won't let you go.
Did you pick Gondar against a Slardar? Congratulations, you can now uninstall Dota 2.
COUNTERING LEVEL: 5/5
This heroes are not actually your counters. Anyway, if they attack you after they have summoned their illusions you won't be able to know who you have to Track
, and meanwhile you may be killed by them.
On the contrary, if you can use Track
before they can use their illusions, they won't escape.
COUNTERING LEVEL: 1/5
Anyone who can prevent you from using Shadow Walk
will significantely lower your survival chances.
Surprised to see him in a section called "Silencers"?
His Last Word
and mostly Global Silence
will be your nightmare.
COUNTERING LEVEL: 4/5
is a good way to say "goodnight" to Gondar.
COUNTERING LEVEL: 3/5
His ultimate Doom
is not just a perfect way to avoid you to cast Shadow Walk
, but is also a damn good way to kill you
COUNTERING LEVEL: 5/5
Big Bad Motherf*ckers
I said that Desolator
is the weapon which'll give you the power to attack tanky heroes. Anyway, some of them have skills which can easily overcome you.
Simple: don't provoke a 1vs1 fight with him. If you can, try a Bee Sting (in the first minutes of the game), but do never spend more than a second visible (and that could still be risky). His ultimate Life Break
will literaly destroy you in no time.
COUNTERING LEVEL: 4/5
He's far less a big deal as Huskar is, but Greater Bash
will make you defenseless for long time, while Charge of Darkness
will place a gigantic target on your head. In other words: if Bara is in the enemy team, be sure to eliminate your foes in few time.
COUNTERING LEVEL: 4/5
Preys (Countered Heroes)
You should pick Bounty Hunter when someone in the enemy team picks one of the following heroes.
Actually, you should pick Gondar in every match just because he is damn cool.
Well, of course every invisible enemy will have a bad time with Gondar, but they are not the only ones: you should pick BH even when there are enemies who have Shadow Blade
as a core item.
(if he decides to use a lot Ghost Walk
This doesn't apply to Slark
whose Dark Pact
can debuff your track
As I said many times, Jinada
wil destroy people with few hp.
(but remember that he can counter you as well)
Any hero with an evasive spell like Blink
has lower chances to escape whenever tracked.
This works particularly well against Spectre
's Spectral Dagger
which is commonly used to escape in the middle of the woods.
Once she's tracked, there'll be no place to hide
Wrong Picks (Bad Allies)
Ending chapter, and probably one of the most important.
Here are the heroes who have a BAD synergy with Gondar, which means they'll mostly be a problem for you.
This makes me seriously mad. DON'T PICK MORE THAN ONE INVISIBLE IN THE TEAM. It's just stupid.
Well, if the enemy team tries to counter one invisible hero with sentries, gems etc, your team mates will technically play in 4 vs 5, until they get rid of these counter-invisible items.
BUT, if your team consists of more than 1 invisible heroes, you're going to play 3vs5 or even 2vs5!
So no, Gondar and Riki are not a nice couple.
A good team needs different heroes. Don't pick Bounty at any cost. It's dumb.
You can't hope to win with a team made up by Bounty Hunter
Be smart, pick a damn support for god's sake!
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