The slithereen, a Slardar guide
November 19, 2013
Slardar is a carry/initiator/tank he excels at destroying heroes with high armor and invis heroes like Riki
, Bounty Hunter
just to name a few. As slardar your biggest strength is your ult amplify damage with this you and your teammates destroy enemies much faster and it provides true sight and it goes through magic immunity like Rage
and Bkb. With Sprint you're able to catch up to running enemies of escape from death ( take note that when sprint is active you take %15 bonus damage). Slithereen Crush
is your stun its a small AoE around you. Bash gives you a chance to stun and do bonus damage to your enemies.
Slardar's skillset is "close and personal" and remember to spam that ult of yours.
Items and their explanation
and Healing Salve
so you can stay in lane always a must, Stout Shield
so you can tank some damage at the start of the game, iron wood branch the most cost effective item in the game always good, you can change one to a clarity if you think you'll use more mana than usual.
: Magic Wand
is great, burst Hp and most importantly burst mana to help you with your low mana pool, Power Treads
lets you power swtich gives and gives you much needed attack speed. The reason you dont go Phase Boots
is because of your sprint. After that you can either get A) Urn of Shadows
if noone in your team is making it or B) a Drum of Endurance
Other early game items could be a A) Orb of Venom
if you think you have killing potential early game. A Ring of Health
is good for when you start roaming and so you can stay in lane if needed
: Armlet of Mordiggian
is good, it provides health regen, attack speed, damage which is all that Slardar needs, After that you can either have a Blink Dagger
if you want to surprise people and be in an initiator role or a Black King Bar
if the other team has lots of magic damage. At this point you get an Assault Cuirass
it gives your whole team armor and attack speed and it gives minus armor to the other team. A Heart of Tarrasque
gives you more health and more damage and the passive is really good.
: A Desolator
if you want more minus armor, a Heaven's Halberd
if you want evasion and a really good active, a Satanic
if you're snowballing out of control and you want lifesteal, if you dont like Blink Dagger
get a Shadow Blade
its not as good but its an alternative. A hood of deviance if you want magic resistance, a Blade Mail
if you want to reflect damage or although i don't recommend it you can get a Vanguard
if you want to be more tanky
gameplay and strategy
Gameplay and strategy
Early game: Your main problem early game is your mana pool, your Slithereen Crush takes a lot of mana to cast so used it when its truly needed. The moment you hit lvl 6 try to get some kills in your lane or in other lanes
Mid game Get you items Armlet of Mordiggian and your BKB or Blink Dagger and kill heroes your skillset lets you 1v1 against almost all players and in fights if you spam your ult everyone will take bonus physical damage. Dont forget to be aggressive you to the most damage and most impact.
Late game: As the late game starts you stop losing impact but your ult still helps as well as your stun but if you're in the lead you can still have a presence in the late game.
Friend and foes
Friends and foes
List of friends
- Vengeful Spirit
thanks to her Nether Swap
and Magic Missile
- crystal maiden her passive makes your spell a bit more spammable and her Frostbite
makes kill inlane so easy
thanks to hes ability to keep you healed and let you be super aggressive and hes slow
- any other support that has a ranged stun so you can follow up with yours
List of foes
even if you use your ult in him he will on most cases win thanks to hes Rage
and Open Wounds
for being annoying to deal with in lane and hes silences and mana burns
- any heroes that can mana burn you
- Special mention to Doom
because he pretty much counters you and any other hero
After thoughts and conclusion
After thoughts and conclusion
isn't that good, since its mostly an escape mechanism, you already have one which is sprint
The reason only time a Vanguard
would be good is if you get it extremely early after the 15-20min mark it becomes really useless.
Mask of Madness
could be a situational item but i prefer Armlet of Mordiggian
I think Slardar
is a situational pick, pick him when the other team has invis heroes like Weaver
, or any hero that gets a Shadow Blade
or heroes that tend to get a lot of armor or when you think your abilities will help the team.
P.S this is my first guide so constructive criticism is more than welcome, let me know what if theres a problem with the guide.