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The Terror Of The Tides - A Guide To Tidehunter (7.06)

September 12, 2017 by Masked_Man98
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Hero Build

DotA2 Hero: Tidehunter


Purchase Order

STARTING ITEMS #1

STARTING ITEMS #2

STARTING ITEMS #3

core

Always

Situational Items

rejected



Hero Skills

Gush

8 13 14 16

Kraken Shell

1 4 9 11

Anchor Smash

2 3 5 7

Ravage

6 12 18

Talents

10 15

Hero Talents

-6 Gush​ Armor
25
+20% Cooldown Reduction
+6 Mana Regen
20
+15 Strength
+7 Armor
15
+35% XP Gain
+50 Damage
10
+150 Health


The Terror Of The Tides - A Guide To Tidehunter (7.06)

Masked_Man98
September 12, 2017


Introduction

Hello welcome to Masked_Man's guide to Tidehunter. Tidehunter is a very tanky offlane utility core hero famous for his game breaking ultimate and epic team fights and man fights. A decent anti-carry and an arsenal full of stuns, slows, armor and damage reductions and purges.
You can also check out my guide to Huskar Here
Ladies and gentlemen behold the Tidehunter.

Lore

The Tidehunter known as Leviathan was once the champion of the Sunken Isles, but his motives are as mysterious as those of his people. We all know the importance of the Drylanders' shipping lanes, how empires may rise and fall according to who controls the open water. Far less is known of the submarine lanes, and how the warring tribes of the Meranthic Diaspora have carved out habitations through endless undersea skirmishes. In the fragile treaties between the Mer and Men, we can glimpse the extent of the drowned empires, but their politics appear complex and opaque. It would seem that Leviathan tired of such petty strife, and set off on his own, loyal only to his abyssal god, Maelrawn the Tentacular. He stalks the shallows now in search of men or meranths who stray into his path, and with a particular loathing for Admiral Kunkka, who has long been his nemesis for reasons lost in the deepest trenches of the sea.

Skills Overview

gush

Type:
Targets:


Active
Enemy Units
Summons a gush of water to damage an enemy unit, reducing their movement speed and armor. Lasts 4 seconds.

Level

1


2


3


4

Mana

90


100


110


120

Cooldown

12 (7*)


12 (7*)


12 (7*)


12 (7*)

Damage

110


160


210


260

Armor Reduction

3


4


5


6
Movement Speed Slow

40%


40%


40%


40%
Range

700 (1800*)


700 (1800*)


700 (1800*)


700 (1800*)

Notes:
  • With Aghanim's Scepter, Gush becomes a ground targeted wave ability that travels for 1800 range.
    AoE: 240
    Projectile speed: 2500
    Cooldown: 7
  • Provides 200 radius ground vision around each hit enemy for 2 seconds.
  • The wave fully affects invisible enemies and enemies inside the Fog of War.
  • Can be used to pop Linken's Sphere.

Gush is a Magical damage nuke, slow and armor reduction that lasts for 4 seconds. It's a useful spell for focusing heores in team fights and to catch fleeing enemies. Keep it in mind that armor reduction means more Physical damage will be dealt by Anchor Smash.


Kraken Shell


Type:


Passive
Creates a thick armor shell that reduces physical damage and removes negative buffs when damage received reaches a critical threshold. Kraken Shell does not stack with items that provide Damage Block.

Level

1


2


3


4

Mana

N/A


N/A


N/A


N/A

Damage Reduction

12


24


36


48

Damage Reduction Type

Physical


Physical


Physical


Physical

Damage Threshold

600


550


500


450

Purge CoolDown

6


6


6


6

Notes:
  • Does not prevent Magical damage.
  • The damage reduction is always on and is not connected to the damage threshold for buff removal.
  • The damage reduction is Damage Block (like Stout Shield) and the debuff removal is a strong dispel.
  • The Damage Block does not work against wards ( Plague Ward, Mass Serpent Ward, Death Ward).
  • Does not reduce physical damage from spells, except from Moon Glaive and The Swarm
  • Only damage from player owned sources is counted towards buff removal.
  • Damage counter for buff removal resets when Tidehunter doesn't take player based damage for 6 seconds.
  • Buff removal occurs every 600 / 550 / 500 / 450 damage taken(after reductions).
  • Kraken Shell won't remove certain debuffs, such as Bloodrage, Fury Swipes, Doom, Maledict.

Kraken Shell is the skill that makes Tidehunter who he is. Damage block makes your laning very strong a allows you to completely forget about Physical damage harassment but unfortunately it doesn't block Magical damage so heroes with Magical damage harass like Huskar, Jakiro, Io, Pugna or Pure damage harass like Chen, Bane can really make your laning difficult. Kraken Shell's purge is one of the strongest purges in the whole game, It removes stuns, slows, damage and armor reductions, EVERY DEBUFF in the game except for the not dispellable spells like Burning Spear. If a Rubick steals your Ravage and cast it, You will only receive damage, not the stun.


Anchor Smash


Type:
Targets:


Active
Enemy Units
Tidehunter swings his mighty anchor to damage nearby enemies and reduce their base attack damage.

Level

1


2


3


4

Mana

30


40


50


60

Cooldown

7


6


5


4

Damage Reduction

45%


50%


55%


60%

Damage

75


125


175


225

Duration

6


6


6


6
AoE

375


375


375


375

Notes:
  • Only reduces base damage and that given by the primary attribute of affected units. Raw bonus damage is not reduced.
  • Affects ancient creeps, but not Roshan.

Anchor Smash is a very useful skill. It's a Physical damage AoE nuke and damage reduction that allows you to farm lane and jungle camps easily and harass tha enemy melee heroes who dare to last hit. In manfights against right-click heroes and in team fights, Anchor Smash gives you a lot of advantage by weakening your enemies damage out put and allows you and your team to destroy your enemies without having much trouble from their scary right-click heroes like Chaos Knight, Phantom Assassin, Templar Assassin, Legion Commander, etc.


Ravage


Type:
Targets:


Active
Enemy Units
Slams the ground, causing tentacles to erupt in all directions, damaging and stunning all nearby enemy units.

Level

1


2


3

Mana

150


225


325

Cooldown

150


150


150

Damage

200


325


450

Stun Duration

2


2.4


2.8

AoE

1025


1025


1025


Notes:
  • Units hit will fly for 0.52 seconds before the real stun is applied.
  • Full damage and stun are dealt to invisible units.
  • Ravage waves move outwards at a speed of 775.
  • Ravage's effect is caused by a 250 units wide ring, which expands around the cast location at the given speed.
  • This means units within 250 radius upon cast are hit instantly (Quick blink in initiation versus BKB holders shows its value here.)

Ravage is your ace in the team fights. An AoE Disable-Nuke having a HUGE radius of 1025 makes it the biggest teamfights spell in the game but like any other spell, it has it's own flaws. One of the best known counters of Ravage is magic immunity. That means heroes with Black King Bar, Omniknight and Lifestealer can laugh at your ultimate. In order to counter this issue, You better build a Refresher Orb and cast your Ravage right after their magic immunity ends. Thats why Refresher Orb is a solid build on Tidehunter. If you are going for Refresher Orb, you better keep Ravage at level 2 to sustain your mana in team fights, unless you have built a Shiva's Guard, Scythe of Vyse, Octarine Core, Aghanim's Scepter already that gives you a ton of mana pool. Let's go for maths to show this better:
Level 3 Ravage + Refresher Orb + Level 3 Ravage costs 1025 mana , which means you can't cast more than 2 or 3 anchor smashe or Gush even though you used Arcane Boots twice. BUT:
Level 2 Ravage + Refresher Orb + Level 2 Ravage costs 825 mana , This means you will have enough mana to cast your spells as long as you want.
Ravage is better to be used in team fights mostly but don't hesitate to cast it to secure a kill or two. In late game good supports or carries with Force Staff or Eul's Scepter of Divinity can ignore Ravage. That's why quick blink initiation and good positioning is necessary.
Ravage scales very well with AoE ultimates that need time to be effective like Macropyre, Freezing Field, Weave, Supernova, Chain Frost, Epicenter and Chain Frost.

Talents

+150 Health OR +50 Damage
You must pick +50 damage without a doubt. This talent makes your lane farm and jungle farm much easier and scales with Gush armor reduction that allows you dish out a ton of damage to enemy units.+150 Health doesn't give you the farm and damage out put advantage that +50 provides, this is the main reason why you should not pick this talent.
+7 Armor OR +35% XP Gain
Choose wisely. Pick 35% XP gain if: 1) You believe late game or ultra late game is coming (Both teams are very equal or both teams lack pushers) 2) Your team mates have built or going to build armor auras soon like Vladmir's Offering, Assault Cuirass or You have a Dazzle or a Solar Crest builder in your team or you want to build a mechanism or Solar Crest or shiva's gaurd soon 3) There is not a right-click hero with massive range that your Anchor Smash can't hit in the enemy team like Sniper, Drow Ranger (The most important reason)
+7 armor turn you into a terrible nightmare for right-click heroes specially the melee heroes. Tidehunter is a very good Physical damage tank because of Kraken Shell and Anchor Smash and this talent just makes you much harder to kill by right-click heroes.
+15 Strength OR +6 mana Regen
Tidehunter doesn't need much mana regen at level 20. You have your core ready and you must be going for Refresher Orb, Shiva's Guard, Solar Crest, Scythe of Vyse, Octarine Core and all of these items give you good mana pool and mana regen.
+15 strength allows you to survive late game team fights or save a few more seconds while you are trying to save your team by sacrificing your self (He is a utility super tank, The team always comes first)
-6 Gush Armor OR +20% CoolDown Reduction
ONLY, ONLY, I mean it ONLY go for -6 gush armor reduction if you have built Aghanim's Scepter. AoE -12 armor reduction is your ally right-click heroes dream.
20% cooldown reduction is very very useful. The cooldown reduction that stack with Octarine Core, decreases the cooldown of all of your items and skills. Which means more anchore smashes and more Gushes in team fights, More Arcane Boots, Mekansm or Guardian Greaves heals and mana and a lot more Ravage, refresher combos.

Item Analysis


Enchanted Mango
Enchanted Mango is a very good early game item. It provides +1 health regen which is useful in suicide lane and It gives you 110 mana when eaten, pretty useful when you are out of mana in mid game and you just need to cast a Ravage to secure a kill.
NOTE: +1 health regen of Enchanted Mango is the cheapest early game counter of Heartstopper Aura.

Iron Branch & Circlet

Good and Cheap items that ensure a good game. These items give you nice stats that make your early game much easier and can turn into Magic Wand. Don’t underestimate the power of those stats, in early game, where everything is small and little, from the Physical and Magical damages to health pools and mana pools, those stats make the difference between dead and alive.

Tango & Healing Salve

As an off-laner, your job is to stay in lane as much as you can and ruin the enemy carry's farm. Tango and Healing Salve do this for you and keep you away from those lovely shrines.

Magic Wand
A very cost efficient early game item, necessary for almost all heroes. It gives you +4 stats and charges, every time your enemies cast a spell. Charges give you enough mana to cast your spells and enough health to stay in lane or survive a teamfight.

Iron Talon
Tidehunter needs farm for his items if he wants to be efficient and Iron Talon aids him in this. +2 armor and early points on Kraken Shell means no fear from Physical damage harassment.

Town Portal Scroll
Tidehunter is a team fighter so he goes where the fight is and Town Portal Scroll helps you to get there. Always carry a TP (No Exeptions)

Arcane Boots
Your only boots choice are Arcane Boots. Arcane Boots provide +250 mana, +50 movement speed and ability to restore 135 Mana that solves all of your (And most of your team's) mana issues which is the main reason why it is a solid build on Tidehunter. Arcane Boots are better to be the first core item that you build because it allows you to spam Anchor Smash to farm faster.

Blink Dagger
Now it's time to drown the tides in terror. Blink Dagger turns you into an initiator and increases your mobility. The sooner you get it (before your enemies build Black King Bar), The more efficient your Ravage will be. This item is your core of the core so don't even think about not buying it or buy Force Staff as initiation item instead cause as what I said before, quick blink initiation is necessary for Tidehunter

Mekansm & Guardian Greaves

Mekansm gives you +5 Strength, +5 Agility, +5 Intelligence and +5 Armor and by spending 225 mana, All allied units in 900 radius is healed 250 HP and gains +2 armor. Guardian Greaves provide +5 Strength, +5 Agility, +5 Intelligence, +250 Mana, +5 Armor, +55 Movement speed and Restores 250 health and 160 mana to nearby allies, and removes most negative buffs from the caster. But you won't spend any mana, that is why upgrading Mekansm into Guardian Greaves is necessary when you want to build Refresher Orb on Tidehunter. 225 mana is not something you can afford in a Refresher Orb, Ravage combo.
mechanism and Guardian Greaves delay your key items like Refresher Orb or shiva's gaurd but if no one in your team have built it, you better build it your self. Burst heal changes team fights and turns the tables and Tidehunter is all about team fights.

Pipe of Insight
Having trouble with Magical damage? There is a scary looking sandking or Jakiro in the enemy team who hurts your team a lot? Then build a Pipe of Insight. Pipe of Insight provides +9 HP Regen and +30% magic resistance and +10% magic resistance and +4 HP regen aura and 400 magic damage block. Extra magic resistance and Magical damage block aids your team against teams with massive Magical damage out put and turns Tidehunter into a Magical damage tank as well.

Drum of Endurance
Drum gives you +6 Strength, +3 Agility, +6 Intelligence, +3 Damage, 50% Mana Regeneration and provides a lot of mobility for your team when activated. Its active can be used to catch fleeing enemies or to escape them.

Force Staff
Force Staff provides a lot of utility and mobility for you and your team and useful for saving your team mates from Power Cogs, Sprout, Mystic Flare, Static Link, Life Drain and bad situations. It gives you +10 Intelligence and +6 health regen and can be used to pull enemy ranged heroes closer to your self in team fights (Best counter against Sniper, Drow Ranger and Enchantress)

Veil of Discord
A very inexpensive utility item. Veil of Discord provides +6 Strength, +6 Agility, +12 Intelligence, +6 HP Regeneration, +6 Damage, +6 Armor and ability to decreases the magic resistance of your enemies when activated. Veil of Discord is better to be built when your team has lots of Magical damage dealers and no one is going to build it.

Blade Mail
On the paper, Blade Mail is a go to item but in reality, it ain't. Firstly as what I said in my Guide To Huskar, your job is to soak as much Physical (And magical if you have built a Pipe of Insight) damage in team fights and only noobs attack a hero with active Blade Mail in the middle of a teamfight. Secondly, The damage return is blocked by magic immunity and wise players always build BKB against Tidehunter.
When to build Blade Mail? against squishy heroes with decent damage out put like Drow Ranger, Sniper, Lina or heroes who are fragile against Blade Mail like Huskar.


Heaven's Halberd
Heaven's Halberd Is very useful against right-click heroes who rely on mass attack speed and lifesteal like Phantom Assassin, Ursa and Huskar. These heroes will be very vulnerable when they are not attacking and stealing life.
Heaven's Halberd gives you nice +20 strength and 25% evasion that just makes your right-click enemies cry. And don't forget about 35% chance of maim.


Solar Crest
One of the greatest items in the whole game if it's not the greatest. +10 armor and +25% evasion turns you into a real Physical damage tank and +75% mana regen allows you to spam your spells freely. Shine is a handy tool for focusing heroes or to save focused allies. It also provides 35% true strike on an enemy target that melts evasion based heroes like Phantom Assassin and Troll Warlord.

Aghanim's Scepter
Aghanim's Scepter turns your single target Gush into an AoE ground target skill that moves 1800 units and slows and damages and reduce the armor of the units it hits. Very very useful if you right-click heroes with cleave like Sven and Tiny or Battle Fury or heroes like jaugernaut or Ember Spirit who hit all enemy units. Agh's Gush is at its strongest when the +6 Gush armor reduction is picked.

Radiance
Radiance is a useful items for heroes who like long team fights like Tidehunter and Wraith King. Radiance provides +65 Damage and Aura burn damage that deals 60 damage per second and makes 17% of enemy units attacks miss. Burn also prevents enemy heroes to escape with Blink Dagger

Gem of True Sight
There is an annoying Riki or Bounty Hunter in enemy team? Their Legion Commander is building a Shadow Blade? Then buy a Gem of True Sight and since you are a tanky hero, you are a perfect carrier of it. Play safe and let your team benefit from true sight as much as possible and try not to die, not until their invisible hero or Shadow Blade carrier is dead. Don't panic if you've lost your gem, you can easily take it back, just plan a gank and do it with one or two partners cause you can never know where their invincible hero is when you are not carrying Gem of True Sight.

Refresher Orb
My favorite item on Tidehunter. Double the ultimate, Double the terror. Refresher Orb provides 250% mana regen and +12 health regen and refreshes all of your spells and items. More than 5 seconds team disable is just game breaking ans allows your team to finish the team fight before your enemies eveny start it.
NOTES: Refresher Orb refreshes Arcane Boots and Guardian Greaves. Use this advantage to save more mana for your spells and items.

Shiva's Guard
Shiva's Guard gives you +15 armor and +30 intelligence, good mana pool and mana regen. The Arctic Blast's AoE movement speed slow + Freezing aura's attack speed slow + Anchor Smash's damage reduction turns Tidehunter into a true anti-carry and makes your enemy right-click heroes fade.

Scythe of Vyse
Scythe of Vyse is one of the best late game items it provides +10 Strength, +10 Agility, +35 Intelligence, +150% Mana Regeneration and Hex. Hex turns an enemy hero into an animal and makes it unable to attack or cast spells or run away and removes all of its buffs like evasion. In late game and ultra late game, a Tidehunter with a Refresher Orb and schythe of vyse is the king of disables.

Octarine Core
one of the items that I really love to build on Tidehunter. Octarine Core provides +25 intelligence, +450 HP, +400 mana and +25% cooldown reduction that stacks with 20% cool down reduction from level 25 talent and 25% spell lifesteal on heroes and 5% on creeps. each level 3 Ravage tentacle deal 450 Magical damage and If Ravage hits at least 10 units, total damage out put will be 4500 (without calculating magic resistance and spell amplification), 25% spell lifesteal on heroes and 5% on creeps allows you to have burst healing each time you cast Ravage, The more targets it hits, The more life you will steal.
Now let's see how much is the impact of Octarine Core and 20% cool down reduction talent on your skills:
No Cooldown Reduction

Level 4 Gush : 12 (7*)

Level 4 Anchor Smash : 4

Level 3 Ravage : 150
With Octarine Core

Level 4 Gush : 9 (5.25*)


Level 4 Anchor Smash : 3

Level 3 Ravage : 112.5
With 20% CoolDown Reduction Talent

Level 4 Gush :9.6 (5.6*)


Level 4 Anchor Smash : 3.2


Level 3 Ravage : 120
With both Octarine Core and 20% CoolDown Reduction Talent

Level 4 Gush : 6.6 (3.85*)


Level 4 Anchor Smash : 2.2


Level 3 Ravage : 90

Pros And Cons

Pros
  • A strong anti-carry.
  • Strong laning presence.
  • A Physical damage tank.
  • Scales well with items.
  • Can provide lot of utility for team.
Cons
  • Can't participate well in teamfights without Ravage.
  • Very mana dependent.
  • Very farm dependent.

Early Game

Last Hit Deny Harass
As an off-laner, your job is to stay in lane and ruin the enemy carry and farm utility items. You can Solo off-lane or do it with a partner if against tri-lane. Try to play safe and sustain your health but don't h***itate to go aggresive when the momentom comes.You can make farming for your enemy carry harder in different ways, Harassing with Anchor Smash is one of these ways. If there is a melee carry in front of you, Harass him with Anchor Smash every time he wants to last hit, This way, You deal a decent amount of damage and reduce his damage which prevents him to last hit and farm efficiently. Another way is Blocking. Try to block the way of your creep wave and keep the fight near your tower which allows you to have safe farm and no farm for your enemies. You are not a support but sometimes a deep ward helps you to keep the track of your enemies and see their actions. If their support is stacking camps, Go ahead and enjoy your free stacked camp when you have level 3 Anchor Smash and level 2 Kraken Shell then place a ward in the camp to prevent it from summoning creeps. Use the shrines when every the situation is bad, If you are being chased, Go near the shrine, Activate it and come back to fight with full health.
Always carry a TP and keep an eye on the mini map. As Tidehunter your job is not to just win an epic massive team fight, It is mostly about winning those small team fights which no one remembers after the match. Your team mates in safe lane are in trouble and your enemies are following them and may perform a tower dive to kill them? TP there and save them by body blocking the enemies and reducing their damage or kill them with your team mates then come back to off-lane. Mid laner is being ganked? TP there with another team mate and turn the tables.
As soon as you reach level 6, Tell your team mates and plan a gank to get early game advantage and if lucky, A free tower.
When your team wants an early Roshan, Your job is to be the meat shield. Kraken Shell blocks a decent amount of damage and purges Roshan's stun most of the time and you can cast Gush on him to pop him spell immunity.

Mid Game

Now it's time. Now you must have Magic Wand for health and mana sustainment, Arcane Boots for mana and your lovely Blink Dagger for initiation and escape. Your job is still to stay in off-lane and make big troubles for the enemy carry ahead of you and join the fights when the moment is right but now, You can manfight almost all of the right-click heroes in the match. Reduce its armor with Gush and deal tons of Physical damage with extra damage from level 10 talent and Anchor Smash but NEVER use Ravage just to get one kill in mid-game.
Mid-Game team fights decide whether your late game is going to be deafencive or offensive. In Mid-Game team fights, your general initiation combo is: Blink Dagger > Ravage > Arcane Boots > Gush > Anchor Smash > Auto Attacks > Anchor Smash > Gush
Never risk it and cast Anchor Smash and Gush before the Ravage. Your enemies will stun or silence you and they kill you before you even blink.
Best team fight scenarios are 5 man tower defend or base defend since you have tower damage and armor by your side and you can Gush the enemy hero who is being hit by tower to get extra damage and you can use shrines whenever your health is low.
Worst team fight scenarios are 5 man tower push or base push. Extra armor for your enemies means less efficient Anchor Smash and auto attacks and tower damage and shrines means less advantage for your team. In these situations, Focusing is the trick. Focus their most efficient hero (#1 in late games, #2 and #3 in mid game) with Gush and kill him or make him escape, Then, Go for Ravage combo.

Late Game

Running Won't Help! Ladies and Gentlemen behold the final stages of the game where each victory in team fights decide the fate of the match.
Now you must have your core and at least two utility items if you have had a good mid game or just one if you have had a bad one but now your focus must be on two key items: Refresher Orb and Shiva's Guard. These items have very high impact on the team fights and make you come out victorious. In late game team fights, Your top priority is to kill their #1 and #2 or to save your even if you have to sacrifice your self to protect them.
Your late game Initiation combos are:
Refresher Orb Combo: Blink Dagger > Ravage > Guardian Greaves > Gush > Anchor Smash > Refresher Orb > Guardian Greaves > Ravage > Gush > Anchor Smash > Auto Attacks

Refresher Orb and Shiva's Guard Or Scythe of Vyse Or Force Staff combo: Blink Dagger > Ravage > Guardian Greaves > Shiva's Guard Or Scythe of Vyse Or Force Staff > Gush > Anchor Smash > Refresher Orb > Guardian Greaves > Shiva's Guard Or Scythe of Vyse Or Force Staff > Gush > Anchor Smash > Auto Attacks.

As you can see, These are long combos which need to be performed quickly to be effective and with some practice, you will master it.

Friends And Foes

Crystal Maiden

The best friend of every hero in the game who needs mana early. Crystal Maiden gives you every thing that you need during the game, Mana regen, Crystal Nova's good attack and movement speed slow, Frostbite's DoT root that allows you to hit melee heroes with Anchor Smash with out being hit and best of all is her ultimate, the Freezing Field. If have ever played CM, You will notice that landing a full challened Freezing Field is like an unreachable dream but Ravage's AoE disable allows her to cast a fully channeled Freezing Field that really really hurts your enemies. You can dominant the early and mid game team fights with CM.


Phoenix
What turns Phoenix into a really great ally for you is Ravage and Supernova combo and Fire Spirits. Ravage and Supernova combo deals very high amount of magical damage and if prformed correctly, A lot more AoE disable. Fire Spirits slow your enemies attack speed which causes a lot of troble for right-click heroes when combined with Anchor Smash


Jakiro
Let's make the right-click heroes cry! Having a Jakiro in your team is like having a free Refresher Orb, while your enemies are stuned by Ravage, Jakiro can land a perfect Ice Path that hit all of the enemy units and doubles the stun duration. Also Liquid Fire's attack speed slow + Anchor Smash's damage reduction means absolutely no damage from enemy right click heroes and Dual Breath provide movement speed slow that stacks with Gush and for the last but not the least, The game breaking Ravage and Macropyre combo. Like Chronosphere and Macropyre combo, Just Bigger. A very storong combo that NEVER falls off. A Tidehunter with Refresher Orb + A Jakiro with Aghanim's Scepter and Level 25 talent: Macropyre deals Pure damage = A lot of dead people


Dazzle
Dazzle your very good friend. He heals you and damages enemies around you with Shadow Wave, Slows and stuns enemies with Poison Touch, Keeps you alive in the middle of the fight and can reduce your enemies armor with Weave while they are stuned and allows you to deal full damage with Anchor Smash even in the late game.


Lich
Lich gives you a lot of armor and attack speed slow with frost armor and can deal Magical and slow movement and attack speed of several units with Frost Blast but what I really like about Lich is Aghanim's Scepter upgrade for Chain Frost thar allows it to have unlimited bounces. This means sick amount of Magical damage out put until the end of the team fight.


Sven
If you have a Sven in your team, I suggest you to build Aghanim's Scepter. Sven can deal decent amount of damage and cleave damage and provides armor and extra movement speed with Warcry and has an AoE stun that can be used for extra disable after Ravage or to be used for BKB trap.


Leshrac
Leshrac can deal decent amount of Magical with and Physical with damage in short radius and there is always high risk of death, Tidehunter solves this problem by providing utilities, Natural tankiness and Ravage. These features allow Leshrac to show his full potential and give a edge to your team in pushing team fights.


Silencer
Nothing hurts Tidehunter more than Magical and Pure damage. That's why Silencer is such a good friend for Tidehunter. Last Word and Global Silence give you all of that.


Omniknight
Omniknight heals you and deal Pure to the enemies around you, slows the fleeing enemies, Gives you a free BKB against casters and gives your whole team full protection against auto attacks.


Foes
Heroes who can misused long teamfights with AoE disables are your worst enemies.

Chen
He has the most advantage against Tidehunter among his enemies and about 10% more than the others. Chen has a Pure damage nuke and Penitence is probably one of the best focusing skills in the whole game but what makes him a real threat are Holy Persuasion and Hand of God.
Holy Persuasion allows Chen to control several units and jungle creeps and all these creeps has their own special abilities, Some of them can purge Anchor Smash, Some of them have disables and nukes and many of them have special auras and they all provide vision. This means no quick surprise blink in initiations for you.
Hand of God is just your teams worst nightmare, It heals all of the enemy heroes. When your team is desparetly trying to win team fights, Chen ruins your affords by his Hand of God.
Items: Counter heal is the key for countering Chen so building Mekansm and Guardian Greaves is neccesary. If you want to win team fights against teams with Chen, You need to get rid of him first. In that case a Force Staff is pretty handy. Cast it on Chen and send him in the middle of your team, stun or silence him then kill him. I'm not much of glimmers cape on Tidehunter fan and prefer smoke ganks instead but if you think you have difficulties for quick blink in initiations, build a glimmers cape.
Tactics: Good Chen players always keep one or two creeps beside the lane in which prevents surprise ganks but none of these creeps have true sight. This is the moment smoke ganks become important. Cast Smoke of Deceit on your team and approach them and when the moment is right, Initiate and focus Chen.


Alchemist
Alchemist is a real survivor. Chemical Rage gives him enough health regen to last till the end of the team fight and Acid Spray abuses long team fights.
Items: First of all, Acid Spray. Build Mekansm in order to counter it. Alchemist needs to be put down quickly or he will snowball out of control. Solar Crest, Scythe of Vyse and Heaven's Halberd come in handy.


Kunkka
Well there wasn't much of a surprise here. Tidehunter and Kunkka always had history. Tidebringer is not blocked by Kraken Shell and in teamfights, Kunkka can really hurt you and your team with Torrent and ghostship.
Items: Provide tons of utility for your team, Mekansm must be the first after core item cause of burst heal and armor. Then, Shiva's Guard since Kunkka's attack speed in not that mush and Freezing Aura makes Kunkka less efficient.
Tactics: Be very quick, If Kunkka casts Torrent on you before you cast Ravage, you will loss some valuable time. so be quick and blink next to him.


Nature's Prophet
Nature's Prophet's secret weapon against you is... You! He know you love nothing more than 5 man team fights which allows him to use best of his ultimate in early-mid game. Another annoying thing about him is Sprout + Nature's Call that really hurts you specially if he builds Desolator and same as you, he goes where the fight is, so can be sure he has gone to your next destination with Teleportation before you.
Items: Instead of an early Pipe of Insight, go for an early Mekansm. Burst heal counters his ultimate and extra armor counters his Nature's Call. Late game items like Aghanim's Scepter and Shiva's Guard destroy his treants and ruin his push.


Leshrac
Nothing makes Leshrac happier than initiators who come into the mouth of the lion by their own will. Same like Kunkka, Leshrac can stun you where you have blinked in. He also has two Magical and Physical damage nukes which damage multiple targets but they can focus single targets and guess who is that target when he blinks in? Leshrac also misuses the long team fights, The longer it be, The more damage he can deal.
Items: Pipe of Insight must be your after core item. More magic resistance and magic damage block for you and your team means much less dangerous Leshrac. What should you do against Diabolic Edict? Armor from Mekansm and level 15 talent are very useful. Late game a Shiva's Guard or Solar Crest will aid you much more. Another late game item against Leshrac is Scythe of Vyse. Sheep stick gives you and your team just enough time to erase Leshrac from the team fight.
Tactics: Leshrac is pusher so most of the teamfights of the match are going to be near your towers, This is an advantage already. So you can use Force Staff, Gush and Solar Crest for focusing him. An aggressive support like Lion and Bane can be very useful here.


Bane
Pure damage nuke, A strong anti-carry, Channeled Magical damage nuke? Sounds like a Nightmare. Bane can really hurt you. Although Kraken Shell purges Fiend's Grip in the middle of the channeling, Brain Sap and Nightmare turn Bane into a real nightmare for you. A smart Bane with Eul's Scepter of Divinity can cast Nightmare on you and keep you inactive until the end of the team fight and without you, Your team will be eaten alive since you couldn't reduce your enemies damage.
tactics: Unfortunately you can only rely on your team when against Bane. Heroes with strong dispells like Legion Commander or an Omniknight who gives you a free BKB with Repel are needed in your team if you want to put an end to Bane's Nightmare.


Beastmaster
Beastmaster is like Chen, He can ruin your quick blink in initiations with his hawk and boar so you need smoke ganks again. Another thing that you must consider is Primal Roar. Primal Roar has a looong stun and affects the units near to you so you better blink behind him to prevent Primal Roar's effect on your allies


Pugna
Just go for a Refresher Orb combo when a Nether Ward is planted and watch your health disapear. Pugna can deal decent amount of Magical to you with Nether Blast and can drain your health and mana with Life Drain.
Items: Try to minimum your mana usage. Upgrade your Mekansm into guardian greeves and If you are going for Refresher Orb, you better forget about building Scythe of Vyse and Shiva's Guard unless you have already built a Pipe of Insight. Tank up! Build Octarine Core gain some nice HP that tanks Nether Ward's and Nether Blast's damage. Force Staff is also a great way to break Life Drain's link.
Tactics: You cannot destroy Nether Ward before you perform your combos so in this case, You need your allies. The ward is better to be destroyed in the first second of Ravage's stun before you cast Anchor Smash and Gush to save some health.


Luna
Luna destroyes you the same way Leshrac does. Being hit by 8 Lucent Beams is not really beautiful not to mention dezens of Moon Glaives flying between your allies.
Items: Pipe of Insight ASAP! with some extra magic resistance and magic damage block, Luna's ultimate will be useless. Heaven's Halberd is the next item you should build. Few seconds of disarm is all you need to take the advantage of the team fight in the hit of the moment.


Huskar
Huskar doesn't care about Anchor Smash's damage reduction since most of his damage is Magical, He lasts long in fights because of Inner Vitality, Usually builds a ton of armor so Gush won't hurt him much and worst of all, He is an Anti Tank. He is not a good team fighter but he can kick you in your grave at least.
Items: Solar Crest and Pipe of Insight must be your first after core items, farm them as soon as you can before he builds his first after core items with is normally armor. Use Solar Crest for focusing him and Pipe of Insight for protecting your self and your allies against his magic damage. Heaven's Halberd also disarms him a makes him unable to steal life.

Last Words

Well this guide is finished too. be sure to check out my guide to Huskar Here.
Master Tidehunter, keep your KDA and Assists sky high and have fun.
If you have ANY questions, or you want to discuss something you've read in here, feel free to ask me in the comments here or via my Instagram: @masked.man98

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