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Gameplay[edit]

Playstyle
Bloodseeker minimap icon.png Bloodseeker is a snowballing carry who grows faster and stronger as his enemies get weaker. Like a shark in water, Bloodseeker detects injured enemies across the entire map and runs them down with unnatural speed through Thirst icon.png Thirst. His Rupture icon.png Rupture makes enemies bleed with every step, allowing him to gank targets with ease during the early game. Regaining health each time an enemy falls, Bloodseeker overwhelms enemy teams in fights, leaving little chance for turnarounds. However, Bloodseeker has no disables of his own, and must rely on his teammates to lock down targets.
Pros Cons
  • Fast movement speed.
  • Regains health by killing enemies.
  • Good early ganker.
  • Has no disables.
  • Vulnerable to enemy disables.
  • Countered by tanks.

Laning[edit]

  • When laning, Bloodseeker will almost always get Bloodrage level 1 in order to improve his last hitting and harassment ability, but will avoid getting more points in the spell until he has levels and items to mitigate the increased damage he can take.
  • Thirst is maxed out first as to maximize the bonus damage during the phase of the game where enemies usually have minimal HP regeneration.
  • This build is recommend against Huskar minimap icon.png Huskar, as maxing out Thirst first allows you to finish a reckless Huskar who wanders with low HP through the map
  • When facing a difficult lane, an early point in Blood Rite allows him to force enemies away from the creep wave for safer last hits, or as a follow up spell to an allied disable.

Jungle[edit]

  • A Jungle bloodseeker will usually forgo the early point in Blood Rite in order to strengthen Bloodrage and Thirst in order to speed up farming and strengthen his ability to hunt down wounded enemies.
  • Two points in Bloodrage allows for 100% uptime, and the lack of harassment minimizes the downsides of upgrading the spell.

Glass Cannon[edit]

  • In some situations, Bloodseeker may want to fully maximize Bloodrage early.
  • If the enemy team has a lot of healing abilities, the early game value of Thirst is lower, and thus Bloodrage's value rises when considering farming speed.
  • In the early game, the biggest danger to Bloodseeker is magical nukes. If the enemy team lacks these, or you have an ally that can counter those nukes (such as Omniknight minimap icon.png Omniknight or a natural silence), Bloodseeker has less to worry about in retaliation.
  • Bloodseeker can do a lot of damage if he bloodrages himself as well as his opponent, but this strategy makes him exceedingly fragile should the target try to fight back.

Ability Builds[edit]

Laning Bloodseeker
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Bloodrage icon.png Thirst icon.png Thirst icon.png Blood Rite icon.png Thirst icon.png Rupture icon.png Thirst icon.png Bloodrage icon.png Blood Rite icon.png Talent icon.png Blood Rite icon.png Rupture icon.png Blood Rite icon.png Bloodrage icon.png Talent icon.png Bloodrage icon.png Nil icon.png Rupture icon.png Talent icon.png Talent icon.png
Jungle Bloodseeker
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Bloodrage icon.png Thirst icon.png Bloodrage icon.png Thirst icon.png Thirst icon.png Rupture icon.png Thirst icon.png Blood Rite icon.png Blood Rite icon.png Talent icon.png Blood Rite icon.png Rupture icon.png Blood Rite icon.png Bloodrage icon.png Talent icon.png Bloodrage icon.png Nil icon.png Rupture icon.png Talent icon.png Talent icon.png
Glass Cannon Bloodseeker
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Bloodrage icon.png Thirst icon.png Bloodrage icon.png Thirst icon.png Bloodrage icon.png Rupture icon.png Bloodrage icon.png Thirst icon.png Thirst icon.png Talent icon.png Blood Rite icon.png Rupture icon.png Blood Rite icon.png Blood Rite icon.png Talent icon.png Blood Rite icon.png Nil icon.png Rupture icon.png Talent icon.png Talent icon.png

Talents[edit]

Hero Talents
30% Lifesteal 25 -7s Blood Rite icon.png Blood Rite Cooldown
+10 All Stats 20 +14% Rupture icon.png Rupture Damage
+75 Blood Rite icon.png Blood Rite Damage 15 +30 Attack Speed
+225 Health 10 +25 Damage
Notes:
  • The armor and attack damage are added as bonus armor and bonus attack damage, and therefore do not benefit illusions.
  • Upgrading health increases maximum health capacity and keeps the current health percentage.

Tips & Tactics[edit]

General[edit]

  • Bloodseeker should attempt to reach level six as soon as possible so he can start ganking with Rupture.
  • Bloodseeker does not absolutely require Rupture to get early kills. With a few points into Bloodrage and Thirst, wounded enemies can be extremely easy to pickoff.
  • Because of the damage and speed bonus from Thirst, Bloodseeker players should always keep an eye on the enemy team's overall health, no matter where they are.
    • An enemy team with low health means Bloodseeker has a significant advantage.
  • Bloodseeker synergizes well with allies who have AoE damaging effects or global ranged spells, as several wounded enemies provide a large amount of bonus speed and damage for him to run in and finish them off.
  • Bloodseeker wins games by being aggressive and maintaining a kill advantage over the enemy team. Do not try to passively outfarm harder carries like Medusa minimap icon.png Medusa or Spectre minimap icon.png Spectre.
  • Bloodseeker is not a pure hard carry and should not be expected to counter other hard carries in the late game.

Abilities[edit]

Bloodrage icon.png Bloodrage[edit]

  • In lane, Bloodrage is especially good to use when your creeps have come under tower, not only making it easier to last hit but also replenishing your health.
  • Bloodrage costs no mana, and so should be used often to speed up farming.
  • A smart opponent will harass a Laning Bloodseeker when he has Bloodrage on, avoid using it until you are ready to get last hits, and if your health gets dangerously low, consider bloodraging a target creep to minimize harrass while still gaining some healing.
  • When farming early creep camps, avoid taking hits while bloodraged, and only cast it after bringing creeps to near death, as the healing is far more valuable than the damage amplification during the early levels.
  • You should Bloodrage the two biggest sources of damage when pushing to take down buildings faster.
    • Siege creeps are effective targets of Bloodrage.
  • Use Bloodrage on an enemy with low damage, such as a tank or support, to help your team kill them quickly.
  • Use Bloodrage on an ally with AoE nuke abilities to greatly improve their damage output, and thereby increasing your bonus from Thirst.
  • Be careful when using Bloodrage when outnumbered, as the increased damage received can kill him very quickly.
  • If Bloodseeker is near death in a teamfight, kill low health enemies/creeps in order to replenish his health before returning to fight tougher enemies.
  • Use Bloodrage on enemies that have been disabled to minmax the spell's effectiveness, amplifying all the damage done to the target during a time they cannot return amplified damage.
  • Bloodrage can be used as a source of regeneration for teammates low on health, simply by allowing them to kill creeps while bloodraged..
  • Bloodseeker can gain a double dose of healing from a target creep by bloodraging himself and the creep before killing it.
  • Bloodrage is an effective way to pop Linken's Sphere icon.png Linken's Sphere in order to follow up with damaging spells.
  • Using Bloodrage on Roshan greatly reduces the amount of time it takes to kill him, but it can be very difficult for Bloodseeker to kill Roshan alone, as he needs to quickly kill off targets to heal up.
  • More tips needed.

Blood Rite icon.png Blood Rite[edit]

  • Use Blood Rite before closing in to attack. The silence will prevent enemies from disabling Bloodseeker.
  • Use Blood Rite when retreating to prevent enemies from disabling Bloodseeker and his allies. The damage done to enemies will also help him move faster.
  • Use Blood Rite after using Rupture to disable the target's abilities and prevent escape.
  • Eul's Scepter of Divinity icon.png Eul's Scepter of Divinity can be used to prevent enemies from escaping Blood Rite.
  • More tips needed.

Thirst icon.png Thirst[edit]

  • During the laning phase, put at least one point in Thirst to remove the movement speed cap and to receive bonus damage.
  • Thirst is usually maxed first because it helps Bloodseeker farm during the early game.
  • Attacking the enemy will cause subsequent attacks to hit harder, and damage dealt in other lanes will provide a further boost to your attack damage.
  • Each individual Meepo minimap icon.png Meepo will add to the Thirst bonus stack.
  • Since Thirst reveals low HP heroes on the map, allies with global abilities, such as Invoker minimap icon.png Invoker or Nature's Prophet minimap icon.png Nature's Prophet will have a chance to finish them off.
    • Ping the minimap to alert your team if you spot an enemy at low health. This is particularly effective in the early game against junglers, who rely on the safety of the trees to farm until their health is very low.
  • Situationally, it can be good to leave low health enemies in a team fight that is in your team's favor in order to chase down more healthy enemies.
  • More tips needed.

Rupture icon.png Rupture[edit]

  • When ganking, it is sometimes best to save Rupture for when your target begins running away rather than using it to initiate the gank, as it will take no damage while standing still and fighting you.
  • Rupture deals pure damage, meaning it pierces spell immunity. Because of this, do not hesitate to use it enemy carries even if they have Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar.
  • Rupture can be used with Force Staff icon.png Force Staff to deal more damage.
  • Rupture works on most blinking heroes (a Queen of Pain could blink far enough to avoid taking damage).
  • Rupture is one of the best abilities for intercepting an enemy hero that is chasing you or your allies.
  • Some heroes have movement abilities that render them invulnerable, and therefore do not trigger Rupture's HP loss. Using Rupture on these heroes can be wasteful.
  • More tips needed.

Items[edit]

Starting items:

  • Stout Shield icon.png Stout Shield provides early protection from harassment and allow Bloodseeker to tank up creeps.
  • Quelling Blade icon.png Quelling Blade is useful to quickly gain the health return from Bloodrage.

Early-game items:

  • Boots of Speed icon.png Boots of Speed provide chasing power and the ability to escape in some situations, especially coupled with Bloodseeker's silence.
  • Poor Man's Shield icon.png Poor Man's Shield helps counter incoming harassment. Coupled with the health return from Bloodrage, Bloodseeker can stay in lane indefinitely.
  • Town Portal Scroll icon.png Town Portal Scrolls are particularly useful due to Bloodseeker's ability to spot a target anywhere on the map.
  • Orb of Venom icon.png Orb of Venom is a cheap option for slowing enemies. The slows allows for setting up an effective Blood Rite.

Core items:

  • Sange and Yasha icon.png Sange and Yasha is an all-round excellent item for hunting targets, as it gives Bloodseeker even more movement speed, and a chance to slow targets on attack with Maim.
  • Blade Mail icon.png Blade Mail prevents enemies from targeting Bloodseeker during teamfights.

Situational items:

  • Force Staff icon.png Force Staff is used to push Ruptured enemies, and therefore deal more damage. It can also be use immediately after Rupture to disable Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Daggers, or help Bloodseeker catch up to a fleeing foe.
  • Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar is highly recommended against disablers. A Black King Bar makes Bloodseeker inescapable when Thirst is active.
  • Scythe of Vyse icon.png Scythe of Vyse offers a powerful disable against enemy heroes and should not be ignored if your team lacks disables.
  • Heaven's Halberd icon.png Heaven's Halberd provides health and evasion and an active to disable hard-hitters. When used in conjunction with Bloodrage on right-click heroes, it amplifies damage done to them, while preventing them from doing damage-amplified attacks. Foes can, however, cast damage-boosted spells, so heroes like Morphling minimap icon.png Morphling with powerful nukes may not be prime targets for Bloodrage.
  • Dagon 1 icon.png Dagon is sometimes picked up to deal high initial damage during ganks, thereby trigger Thirst's damage and speed bonuses to instantly give Bloodseeker the upper hand and finish off the target.
  • Ethereal Blade icon.png Ethereal Blade gives decent stats, and can deal huge damage when combined with Dagon 1 icon.png Dagon and the damage amplification from Bloodrage.
  • Dust of Appearance icon.png Dust of Appearance is crucial when ganking enemies with invisibility.
  • Shadow Blade icon.png Shadow Blade can be extremely helpful in ganking with Rupture.
  • Silver Edge icon.png Silver Edge is a natural upgrade from Shadow Blade, and is useful for breaking enemy passives as well as reducing their damage output.
  • Vladmir's Offering icon.png Vladmir's Offering's lifesteal adds to Bloodseeker's health returning abilities.
  • Hand of Midas icon.png Hand of Midas is sometimes bought if Bloodseeker has a good early game, or needs to match harder carries in the late game.
  • Butterfly icon.png Butterfly provides much needed agility and attack speed as well as evasion. The active ability can also be used in conjunction with Thirst to catch up to an enemy if needed.
  • Mjollnir icon.png Mjollnir is commonly built to deal area damage, and therefore increase Thirst's bonuses more quickly.
  • Monkey King Bar icon.png Monkey King Bar may be useful in some situations for its minibash to prevent channeled escape spells and its True Strike that renders enemy evasion null (important against abilities such as Windrun icon.png Windrun, Smoke Screen icon.png Smoke Screen or Blur icon.png Blur).
  • Eul's Scepter of Divinity icon.png Eul's Scepter of Divinity gives you movement speed and mana regeneration which Bloodseeker needs as well as a way to stop enemies from teleporting away.
  • Heart of Tarrasque icon.png Heart of Tarrasque is always a useful item and a strong Bloodseeker can gain much staying power from it.
  • Radiance (Active) icon.png Radiance's area damage automatically increases Thirst's bonuses, and is especially useful for teamfights and chasing down enemies. The burn damage is also amplified per second by Bloodrage.
  • Skull Basher icon.png Skull Basher gives Bloodseeker a much needed disable, and prevents enemies from simply teleporting away from his ganks.
  • Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter allows Bloodseeker to cast Rupture twice, and also gives him some nice attributes and stats.