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Gameplay[edit]

Playstyle
Juggernaut minimap icon.png Juggernaut is a formidable swordsman capable of engaging and cutting down single enemies without much risk to himself. A medium carry, Juggernaut can support his teammates with Healing Ward, and escape dangerous situations with Blade Fury. In a one-on-one fight, Omnislash is the most powerful single target ability in the game, usually killing his opponent if no other enemies are around to absorb the damage.
Pros Cons
  • High single target damage.
  • Strong mid game presence.
  • Can play aggressively in lane.
  • Farms quickly.
  • Weak against multiple targets.
  • Falls off somewhat against hard carries in the late game.
  • Somewhat fragile.
  • Low mana pool and high mana costs.

Ability Builds[edit]

Generic Juggernaut
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Talents[edit]

Hero Talents
+5 Omnislash Strikes25+600 Health
+100 Blade Fury DPS20+10 Armor
+25 Attack Speed15+1s Blade Fury
+20 Movement Speed10+5 All Stats
Notes:
  • The health talent increases maximum health capacity, and keeps the current health percentage.

Tips & Tactics[edit]

General[edit]

  • Juggernaut is usually played in the safe lane, with a support.
  • Juggernaut can opt to go for a farming route, emphasizing his late game damage output. This requires an early Battle Fury icon.png Battle Fury.
  • Juggernaut can also go for a higher single target damage/Omnislash route, building items like Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter or Desolator icon.png Desolator.
  • Juggernaut excels in the mid game, where he can pick off enemies easily with Omnislash. Try to gain a dominant footing during this time.
  • In the late game, harder carries like Spectre minimap icon.png Spectre and Anti-Mage minimap icon.png Anti-Mage will surpass Juggernaut.

Abilities[edit]

Blade Fury[edit]

While Blade Fury does no damage to towers, Juggernaut can still attack while using it. The small white flashes in the middle of the tower indicate his attacks landing.
  • Compared to most abilities, Blade Fury does immense damage in the early game, even at level 1.
  • During the laning phase, a good support with disables and slows can net Juggernaut several easy kills with Blade Fury.
  • Blade Fury's damage scales moderately well into the mid game, though the cooldown reduction is the main reason to level it.
  • Juggernaut is spell immune while using Blade Fury, meaning that he cannot be disabled by most abilities.
  • Using Phase Boots icon.png Phase Boots during Blade Fury will help Juggernaut stay within range of fleeing enemies.
  • Juggernaut can attack while Blade Fury is active, but will deal no damage to enemies who are already being damaged by Blade Fury.
    • This means that a spell immune enemy will take damage from Juggernaut's attacks while inside Blade Fury's radius.
    • Each attack that lands during Blade Fury is indicated by small particle effects upon impacting the target. No attack animation is visible.
    • Attack modifiers like Monkey King Bar icon.png Monkey King Bar, Diffusal Blade 1 icon.png Diffusal Blade, or Skull Basher icon.png Skull Basher still apply their effects and damage on procs.
  • While using Blade Fury, it is best to click and move alongside the enemy, instead of right-clicking them.
    • Right-clicking on the enemy will cause Juggernaut to stop briefly and attack, which may allow the target to move out of Blade Fury's range.
    • The move command (M by default) can help Juggernaut follow the enemy without attacking, leaving little opportunity for juking. Remember to start attacking the enemy once Blade Fury finishes.
  • In the late game, Blade Fury is used mostly as a defensive ability, as Juggernaut will usually deal more damage with attacks.
  • Keep Blade Fury ready to anticipate enemy disables.
  • Use Blade Fury to gain spell immunity while attacking buildings if you think the enemy team will try to intervene. This is especially useful for finishing off towers safely.
  • Since Omnislash will often reposition Juggernaut behind enemy lines, use Blade Fury immediately afterwards to disengage to a safer location.
  • Use Blade Fury before using Town Portal Scroll icon.png Town Portal Scroll to teleport without being interrupted.

Healing Ward[edit]

  • One point in Healing Ward is useful to help Juggernaut stay in lane against heavy harassment.
    • Soul Ring icon.png Soul Ring is sometimes purchased for this reason, so Juggernaut can use the Healing Ward constantly.
  • Put down Healing Ward before a teamfight to keep your team alive.
    • Keep in mind Juggernaut's low mana. Placing a Healing Ward may make him unable to use Omnislash.
  • Place the Healing Ward slightly off to the side of your team to prevent it from being instantly destroyed by ranged enemies like Sniper minimap icon.png Sniper.
  • Set a hotkey, or have Healing Ward follow you or another teammate for easier control.
  • Use Healing Ward to help Juggernaut and his teammates retreat from a bad situation.
  • Use Healing Ward when attacking towers or Roshan to negate the incoming damage, and secure what would otherwise be a dangerous position.
  • The Healing Ward moves slightly faster than most heroes, meaning it can be sent out ahead of Juggernaut to help an ailing ally.
  • The Healing Ward can be used to scout ahead, up high ground, and into the Roshan Pit. This tactic is highly situational, as the Healing Ward is quite precious and should not be expended lightly.
  • Remember to move the Healing Ward even after Juggernaut is dead to keep teammates healed.

Blade Dance[edit]

  • Blade Dance benefits most from items that increase raw damage.
  • The critical damage from Blade Dance is insignificant until Juggernaut has a few items, meaning it can be leveled after other abilities.

Omnislash[edit]

An injured Juggernaut lures an overzealous Sven away from lane creeps, using Blade Fury to avoid being disabled. Once the enemy is alone, Juggernaut turns the tables with Omnislash.
  • A level 1 Omnislash will usually kill a laning opponent, provided there are no creeps nearby.
  • With enough attack speed, Juggernaut can attack while performing Omnislash.
  • Juggernaut can use items' active abilities during Omnislash.
    • If Juggernaut has Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger, use it during Omnislash to jump to a desired target.
  • Omnislash's damage is reduced by armor.
  • Omnislash can be canceled or negated by several means:
    • Target becomes ethereal. Omnislash continues, but deals no damage.
    • Target becomes invulnerable. Omnislash continues, but deals no damage.
    • Target becomes invisible. Omnislash stops.
    • Target becomes hidden. Omnislash stops.
    • Target uses cyclone. Omnislash continues, but deals no damage.
  • Juggernaut accepts move commands during Omnislash.
    • Issuing a move command in one direction may bring Juggernaut close enough to jump to an enemy who was otherwise out of range.
    • However, issuing move commands will also cause Juggernaut to stop attacking during Omnislash, reducing his damage output.
  • Enemy teams will often clump up to reduce Omnislash's damage by distributing it between several targets. While tempting, using Omnislash against several heroes without follow up from your team is a waste.
  • After Omnislash, Juggernaut appears next to the last target attacked. Some teams will move backwards and "drag" Juggernaut out of position and into their lines.
  • Omnislash can be used as a last ditch effort to stall or deal maximum damage just before Juggernaut dies.
  • In general, it is better to use Omnislash too early than too late.
  • Because creeps and summons will absorb Omnislash's damage, it is best to engage enemies in less populated areas, away from lanes.

Items[edit]

Starting items:

  • Tango icon.png Tango provide healing to keep Juggernaut alive in the lane.
  • Healing Salve icon.png Healing Salve can save Juggernaut if used at the last moment.
  • Clarity icon.png Clarity allows Juggernaut to regain mana from early usage of Blade Fury.
  • Iron Branch icon.png Iron Branch increases Juggernaut's survivability and mana pool. Because of Juggernaut's low mana pool, an early Iron Branch gives the possibility of casting both Blade Fury and Omnislash back to back. It can later be upgraded into a Magic Wand icon.png Magic Wand.
  • Slippers of Agility icon.png Slippers of Agility gives Juggernaut additional damage, allowing him to get easier last hits and denies in lane.

Early game:

  • Boots of Speed icon.png Boots of Speed give a passive speed boost, offering better escape and catch-up. They can later be built into Phase Boots icon.png Phase Boots.
  • Quelling Blade icon.png Quelling Blade helps Juggernaut last hit by increasing damage against creeps.
  • Magic Stick icon.png Magic Stick is a useful burst healing/mana item if the enemies in lane cast many spells. It can later be built into a Magic Wand icon.png Magic Wand.
  • Ring of Aquila (Active) icon.png Ring of Aquila provides a decent attribute bonus as well as a much needed mana regeneration bonus to help sustain Juggernaut's mana pool while regularly using his spells.

Mid game:

  • Phase Boots icon.png Phase Boots provide even more mobility with the Phase ability, and increases his damage significantly. The bonus movement speed is helpful when catching enemy heroes while using Blade Fury.
  • Magic Wand icon.png Magic Wand is good for burst health and mana while providing bonus attributes compared to the Magic Stick icon.png Magic Stick.
  • Diffusal Blade 1 icon.png Diffusal Blade provides cost-effective attack damage bonus in Manabreak, while increasing Juggernaut's agility and intelligence. Its active, Inhibit, allows Juggernaut to slow down enemies.
  • Manta Style icon.png Manta Style gives Juggernaut a decent boost in attributes, attack speed and movement speed, but more importantly, its active ability, Mirror Image, allows Juggernaut to create illusions of himself, while dodging certain spells and dispelling himself. Due to Juggernaut's very fast base attack time and the build-in crit ability, his illusions are capable of dealing a considerable amount of damage and can be used for multiple purposes such as farming, split pushing and team fighting. The illusions also synergize very well with Diffusal Blade 1 icon.png Diffusal Blade's Manabreak.
  • Town Portal Scroll icon.png Town Portal Scroll are essential for cross-map transportation. TP scrolls allow Juggernaut to return to lane quicker after a death, meaning he misses out on less experience in the lane. They can also be used to quickly jump into a fight or defend a tower in a different lane.

Late game:

  • Butterfly icon.png Butterfly gives an enormous boost to his damage, attack speed, and armor, as well as having the ability to evade physical attacks. It greatly increasing the physical damage Juggernaut can take, while Blade Fury protects against the magical damage. The increased attack speed also allows Blade Dance to occur more frequently.
  • Abyssal Blade icon.png Abyssal Blade grants bash chance, which Juggernaut welcomes with low base attack time and decent agility, as well as active stun to lock down targets in the late game.
  • Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar is helpful when the enemy team has more magical damage than Blade Fury can protect. Unlike Blade Fury, the Black King Bar also allows Juggernaut to attack while active, and has a maximum duration of 10 seconds.

Situational items:

  • Drum of Endurance icon.png Drum of Endurance provides a great attribute bonus for its price as well as bonus movement speed and attack speed. It not only allows easier catch up when using Blade Fury, but the increased mana pool allows Juggernaut to cast Blade Fury multiple times before returning to the fountain.
  • Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger is useful as an escape item or initiation as Juggernaut's Omnislash requires a fairly close range. It can also be used while Omnislash is in effect to catch other enemies too far for Omnislash's basic range.
  • Sange and Yasha icon.png Sange and Yasha is a fair pick on Juggernaut, since he does not have any gap-closing abilities. This item provides a good strength, agility, movement and attack speed bonus, and helps chase better. The Maim helps slowing down fleeing enemies. Maim can even occur while attacking during Blade Fury, despite attacks dealing no damage.
  • Desolator icon.png Desolator reduces the target's armor, increasing the damage from Juggernaut's attacks and Omnislash. It can also be effective for pushing since this effect works on towers.
  • Battle Fury icon.png Battle Fury is an item that can be very strong to buy: it can be used to farm quickly, clear lane creeps, and it can greatly increase Juggernaut's damage in teamfights. The bonus health regeneration is helpful when jungling, and the bonus mana regeneration allows Juggernaut to use Blade Fury with less worry about mana.
  • Eye of Skadi icon.png Eye of Skadi grants attributes and a slow on attacks, keeping targets within Juggernaut's attack range and Blade Fury's radius.
  • Satanic icon.png Satanic has strength, damage, and active lifesteal that mesh well with Juggernaut's high attack speed, vastly enhancing his survivability in teamfights.
  • Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter increases number of slashes for Omnislash and decreases its cooldown, great for bringing down tougher foes.
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