This section will cover early, mid and late game strategy, as well as specifics on getting the most out of your skills. Early Game1. Laning with an allyWhen to lane
– Juggernaut should be in a double lane whenever you have a good stunner or slower to lane with and/or there's a better candidate to solo. Starting Items:
Braches, Tangos and Quelling Blade
Heroes worth laning withLane Choice
Try to lane with one of these heroes if at all possible. If you can't, try to lane with a ranged hero or at least a melee hero with a good disable.
Pick a partner from the list above and head to the top or bottom lane. It doesn’t really matter which one, regardless of whether you’re on the sentinel or scourge side. You want to avoid middle lane when double laning because the towers are close together, making it hard to follow a hero for 5 seconds with Blade Fury. The middle lane is usually the designated solo lane in mid and high level games anyway. When to try for a kill
Depending on your lane partner and your opponents, you should begin trying for a kill between levels 1 and 3. Communicate with your partner and tell him when you plan to go for a kill. If he’s good, he will notice you moving forward and use his spells, but many players need to be told exactly when to go. Try to be patient.
If your ally has a single nuke that works well as a slow or stun at level one, try for a kill as soon as creeps meet. Furion and VS are two heroes that fit into this category.
However, most of the best lane partner’s for Juggernaut have two nukes, stuns or slows. When laning with heroes like CM, Venomancer or Lion, it’s best to wait until level two so they can use both of their skills. Lich falls into this category because he should have gotten Dark Ritual at level one.
A few other heroes have slowing skills that are pretty weak at level one, so you’ll want to wait until level three. Viper, Dazzle and Chen are a few examples. The killing process
Your role in a double lane is simple: follow the hero with Blade Fury until he dies. The hard part is coordinating with your ally. The combo should start by you running towards your enemy, and your ally should use his slow or disable right before you reach the hero. If your ally has a second disable, he should use it right after the first one finishes.
See the 3rd and 5th replays for examples of this.Ganking
Assuming you did well in your lane, it’s usually a good idea to periodically gank other lanes once you hit level 6. This works especially well if your original lane partner can handle the lane without you (Lich, Viper, etc).
Let your allies know that your ganking their lane by saying so and pinging on the map. If your allies don’t know you’re coming, your gank is likely to fail. Just like laning, try to get your allies to use their disables right before you reach the hero so you can easily follow with Blade Fury. Now that you have Omnislash, getting a kill should be pretty easy. Farming
Assuming your original ally can handle the lane, you should mostly be roaming at this point. Farm neutrals with Blade Fury and temporarily take over empty lanes, then try to gank whenever Omnislash is cooled down. You don’t need Omnislash to gank, but it helps a lot, so focus on farming while Omnislash is on cooldown unless you see a good opportunity to get a kill. 2. Solo MidWhen to solo
– Juggernaut should solo whenever there isn't a good hero for you to lane with and there isn't a better solo candidate. There are quite a few heroes that take priority over Juggernaut for soloing mid, but if you're confident that you're a lot better than your teammates, try to get solo anyway.Starting Items:
Mid is the lane of choice because Juggernaut's power in a solo lane stems from abusing Bottle and runes.
Surprisingly enough, a well-played Juggernaut can solo vs just about anyone. Exceptions include strong orb walkers like Viper and Huskar, and most double lanes (especially double stun or double nuke lanes). The laning process
For the first two levels, last hit and deny as you normally would with any hero. Most spells are pretty weak at level 1, so you should be able to last hit vs most heroes without much trouble.
When you hit level 3, run up and Blade Fury all of the creeps. Your opponent will usually back up, thinking you're trying to kill him, then attack you once or twice once he realizes you're not. Most of the time you'll get 3-4 of the creeps in the wave. Continue doing this whenever Blade Fury is cooled down and you should be able to farm pretty well.
To support regular use of Blade Fury and harassment from your opponent, you'll need to get a good number of runes to refill your bottle. Fortunately, this is pretty easy as Juggernaut. Simply Blade Fury the opponent's creeps 10-15 seconds before the rune spawns (every 2 minutes) and then check for the rune. This will cause your own creeps to push into your opponents tower, so he will miss a whole wave of creeps if he checks for the rune. Most players will stay to get the creeps and you'll have free reign over the runes (for the most part).
Having someone put a ward up at the start will help a ton as well. Always do this in clan wars and other high level games.Knowing your opponent
The first thing you need to do in a solo lane is quickly figure out how good your opponent is. Check his items. Inexperienced players will usually have Boots of Speed, a Ring of Basillius, a Bracer, a Wraith Band, or other bad starting items. Better players will usually have Flasks, Tangos or a Ring of Regeneration and cheap stat items.
How good is he at last hitting? How well does he harass you? Does he have a good idea of how to use his hero?
It shouldn't take long before you have a pretty good idea of how good your opponent is.Killing – levels 1-5
Because of the proximity of the two mid towers, it won't be easy to get a kill before level 6. Against melee heroes, you can often wear them down a little with Blade Fury when you're farming the waves, then kill them if they get below 400 or so. Most of the time though - especially against ranged heroes - you'll have to wait for an ally to gank, or wait until level 6.Killing – level 6+
Once you have Omnislash, most heroes will be relatively easy to kill. It's mostly about mind games: get them away from creeps somehow so you can Omnislash them. Most good players will try to avoid this either by running circles around creeps or running away and then turning back. As long as you're not too jumpy with Omnislash, you should be able to get kills anyway though. If they stay near creeps, just follow them with Blade Fury and then hit them a few times until they either move away from the creeps or get low enough that you can finish them with the first hit of Omnislash.
On the other hand, it's often easier to simply gank other lanes. Since the mid hero is used to you going missing for runes every few minutes, you can usually pull off a gank without being called. Even if you do get called, it's often possible to pull off a gank anyway since the other heroes should be around 2 levels below you. Mid Game
Regardless of whether you solo’d, jungled or laned early on, mid game is pretty much the same for Juggernaut. The only real difference is that you’ll be a few levels higher if you had a solo lane. Mid game starts around level 10 or 11, at which point lanes should break up and there should be more ganking and possibly pushing. Ganking
If neither team starts to push early, mid game will be all about ganking and farming. Assuming you're farming and leveling well, you should be able to kill most heroes by yourself, but try to gank with your allies whenever possible. Whenever Omnislash is cooled down, go looking for heroes. You can run off into your opponent's woods and look for stray heroes to Omnislash, or find someone who's pushing too far in the lane and go gank them. If you run into a bad situation, like 2 or 3 heroes together, use Blade Fury and TP out (see the "Tricks" section of the guide to Blade Fury).
If you don't have Omnislash up, only gank with your allies. You'll generally want to gank with heroes that have slows or stuns (like the heroes you should lane with, listed above), but you can get kills with any hero if you're good at following with Blade Fury. Here's an example of a good gank, for all you visual people:
1. In the screenshot above, I use my invisibility rune to get into a good position, then call my allies for help.
2. I use Blade Fury as soon as my allies arive.
3. Things end badly for RhastaFarming
If Omnislash is on cooldown, you should usually be farming. Use your Boots of Travel to quickly teleport between lanes and farm the creeps as long as it’s safe to do so. It’s tempting to use Blade Fury to farm, but try to resist unless there’s a big group of creeps nearing your tower. Once the creeps start to push back the other way, it’s better to last hit the creeps instead of using Blade Fury. Last hitting the creeps will keep the lane from pushing out too quickly, but more importantly, you’ll have Blade Fury cooled down in the event that you get ganked.
A smart Juggernaut with Boots of Travel is very hard to gank because of the Blade Fury TP tactic (See the Mini Guide to Blade Fury). If you use Blade Fury to farm too often though, it won’t be cooled down when you get ganked and you will probably die. Many deaths can be avoided by saving Blade Fury for escaping. Don’t get lazy.
Remember to farm neutral camps too. You’ll pretty much need to use Blade Fury to creep neutral camps, but you’re less likely to be ganked when creeping neutrals, so you should be alright. Think of the neutral camps as a fourth lane – don’t let it go to waste. Pushes
In organized games, pushing can start as early as level 10 or 11, but it generally won’t happen until much later in pubs and TDAs. If pushes are starting earlier, make sure to get Healing Ward before Blade Dance so you can support your team.
The only really difficult thing about playing Juggernaut in team fights is dropping your Healing Ward in the right place at the right time. If you drop it too soon, it will go to waste and you won’t have it for the battle. If you drop it too late, the battle will already be decided. If you drop it in the wrong spot, it will get killed immediately.
You want to drop your ward the second that the battle gets initiated by a big AoE spell like Epicenter, Sonic Wave or Reign of Chaos. Try to drop it far enough back that it’s out of your opponents’ attack range, but barely in range of you and your allies. Ideally, you want to drop it behind a tower or another obstruction so it’s hard to see or target, but that won’t always be possible. If you drop it at the right time, all the spells flying around should make it hard enough to see or target that it should last 10 or 15 seconds. See the Mini Guide to Healing Ward for more info on using it.
After dropping your ward, turn Blade Fury on and walk into a group of enemy heroes. If it looks like your team is losing bad, back up after 3-4 seconds of Blade Fury and get back to the tower. If not, stay in there.
As soon as an enemy hero gets low and start to run from the battle, finish them with Omnislash. Make sure they’re at least 600 range from allied heroes or creeps. Late GameFarming
With creeps spawning double at 45 minutes, huge groups of creeps will build up very quickly. Jump between lanes with Boots of Travel and use Blade Fury on the big groups. Don’t worry about last hitting anymore. Late game farming is about going though a lot of creeps quickly, not taking your time to get every single one.
Farm neutrals whenever the creeps get pushed too far from your base to farm without being ganked. You should be able to go through neutrals just as fast with your normal attack as you could with your spells, so just save Blade Fury in case you get ganked. Pushing
Similar to mid game, the most important part of pushing is to drop Healing Ward in the right place at the right time. In late game pushes, however, Blade Fury becomes all but useless for dealing damage and is mostly useful as an escape mechanism if you get focused.
Now that you have to rely on your physical attack more, it's important that you do whatever you can to avoid being chain-disabled. Wait for one of your teammates to initiate the battle and soak up a few of the stuns before you go in. When you do get disabled, just make sure your Healing Ward is close enough that you'll be healed. It's very hard to die when you're in range of your ward, especially if you have Heart, or at least Butterfly or Cuirass.
Focus on low-HP casters or carry heroes that aren't stacked yet. Try to leave tanks for last. Make sure to use Omnislash on any fleeing heroes that you can kill. If you have to, you can use Omnislash when you're getting focused to avoid dying, but Blade Fury is usually enough to allow you to escape. If you do get focused, get out however you can, then use up your Bottle and go back in if you can. Bottle really is useful throughout the game, so don't sell it until you absolutely have to.
Guide to Blade FuryMechanics
Notable spells that go through Blade Fury
- Blade Fury makes Juggernaut immune to most spells
- Blade Fury does damage in an area of approximately 250 AoE around Juggernaut
- Blade Fury deals magically damage, meaning it is reduced by spell resistance (25%)
- Damage is dealt several times per second, even though the description says otherwise
- Many items, including Bottle and Boots of Travel, can be used during Blade Fury
- Juggernaut can attack mechanical units and buildings during Blade Fury
- Orb effects such as corruption and maim can be used on enemies during Blade Fury, as if you were attacking them
1. Purge (Only Medusa’s, not Diffusal)*
5. Fiend’s Grip**
8. Landmines (Not Remote Mines)+
9. Wild Axes+
11. Counter Helix+
14. Culling Blade**+
16. Charge of Darkness**
17. Nether Strike**
18. Viper Strike*
19. Primal Roar**
20. Reverse Polarity**
23. Pit of Malice***
24. Global Silence***
25. Meat Hook**
27. Bash (Not from ranged heroes)**
28. Smoke Screen*
30.Passive skills such as Degen Aura, Maim, and Poison Sting*
**Stuns or stops Juggernaut from teleporting
***Cancels Blade Fury altogether
A completely list of these spells can be found here
.TricksBlade Fury Teleport
The Blade Fury TP is the easiest and most useful of the tricks. Simply press the F key, then quickly click your Boots of Travel and teleport out. This will render your immune to spells while you teleport, making it very hard for enemy heroes to kill you. You can survive almost any gank by using this tactic, provided your opponents don’t have any stuns that go through your spell immunity (See Mechanics section above). Stopping Duration Spells
Another great trick with Blade Fury is using it to counter spells that do damage over time. If you get Ruptured by Bloodseeker, for example, you can turn on Blade Fury and run for 5 seconds without taking damage. The same applies to Venomancer’s Poison Nova, Netherdrake’s Viper Strike, Shadowstrike and any other skills that deal damage over time.Blade Fury and Bottle
As you may have guessed, Bottle works during Blade Fury just like Boots of Travel do. In most cases, this is only mildly useful since a normal attack can still cancel Bottle’s healing during Blade Fury, but it does give you 5 seconds to heal without being nuked.
Where this tactic is EXTREMELY useful is vs spells that do damage over time. Say, for example, you have only 200 HP and you just got hit by Venomancer’s Shadowstrike and Poison Nova a few seconds ago. If you use Blade Fury, it will block the damage completely for 5 seconds, allowing you to use almost 2 charges of your Bottle without the heal being interrupted by the poison. Dodging Nukes
Many spells can be dodged with Blade Fury. This is one tactic that you absolutely need to use hotkeys for, since there’s no way you can move your cursor over to the Blade Fury icon and click it before a spell hits you. To dodge a spell, simply wait until a hero starts the animation and press F (Blade Fury). If you time it right, the spell should hit you, but not do anything. Nearly any spell can be dodged, but some are virtually impossible to dodge on purpose. Here are some spells that can be intentionally dodged relatively easily:Some easy spells to dodge
- Storm Bolt
- Death Pulse
- Magic Missle
- Chain Frost
While there are quite a few disables that go through Blade Fury (See Mechanics), some of them can be canceled. If you start Blade Fury right after the disable hits you, the effect of some spells can be cancelled completely. Some disables that can be cancelled this way
Some disables that can’t be cancelled
- Frost Nova
- Shadow Strike
- Viscous Nasal Goo
As you might have seen if you read the though the mechanics, you can still afflict an enemy hero with an orb effect like Desolator's corruption, SnY's maim or even Maelstrom's lightning during Blade Fury. Simply click on the hero when you're close enough that you would be able to attack them and it functions like a normal attack would, but doesn't deal damage.
This is actually somewhat difficult to do since you have to click next to a hero, rather than directly on him to stay next to him with Blade Fury, but if you click fast, you can quickly click on a hero, then continue chasing as you would normally. The main purpose of doing this is to afflict a hero with -6 armor from Desolator before you use Omnislash, but it's not all that important. You can always just attack the hero once after Blade Fury is over, or just use Omnislash and corruption with trigger during the first extra slash.Usage
Blade Fury ranks up there with Pudge's Hook and Potm's Arrow as one of the most difficult skills in DOTA to master. The basic concept is simple: click infront of the hero your chasing and follow him for 5 seconds, but chasing perfectly is extremely difficult vs good players. The Basics
Basic use of Blade Fury is simple, but it will take you a few games to get used to if you don't play Juggernaut much. Run up to a hero, use the hotkey "F" to activate Blade Fury, then click in front of the hero your chasing as frequently as possible. If the hero changes direction, try to react as quickly as possible and continue clicking directly ahead of the hero. Anticipation
If you're playing against good players who know exactly what you're capable of, chasing with Blade Fury can be very difficult. If your opponent turns in the right way at the right time, it's extremely hard to follow them with Blade Fury, especially if they're using a fast hero like Chaos Knight, Terror Blade or Luna. Sometimes the only thing you can do is anticipate their movement as well as possible.
Even very good players are somewhat predictable. If they turn in a certain way the first time you use Blade Fury, they're likely to do the same thing next time. If there's an easy escape route that could be used to juke you, they will probably take it. When facing skilled players, try to think as if you were the hero being chased. Where would you turn? When would you try to juke?
Obviously mastering this is nearly impossible, but it will become easier and easier the more you play. As always, practice makes perfect.
Guide to Healing WardMechanics
When to use
- Healing Ward heals for 1/2/3/4% of each hero's maximum HP, it is not reduced by Hood
- The ward can be moved by selecting it as you would select a hero and right clicking
- Unlike Pugna's ward, Healing Ward will die in one hit from just about anything
- Healing Ward's AoE is approximately 600
- The ward will continue to heal nearly allied units for a second or two after it dies
- Healing Ward extremely low on the AI's priority list for units to attack, so enemy creeps and towers won't focus it unless there's nothing else to attack
Healing Ward is helpful in nearly all situations, but because of it's 75 second cooldown, you'll generally want to save it for team battles and pushes. If it can be used to save an ally, get a kill or save yourself, don't hesitate to use it. Here are some good times to use Healing Ward:
- Right after the opposing team uses their initiation spells in a team battle (Epicenter, Sonic Wave, Reign of Chaos, etc)
- For killing Roshan, either by yourself or with allies
- Right after a team battle, to fully heal your team
- Right before you use Blade Fury and TP out
- To save an ally who is running back towards your base
- For neutral creeping, if you're sure you won't need it for a push for at least a minute
- To win a 1v1 that you couldn't win otherwise
The most important thing is that you place the Ward far enough back that you and your allies are barely in the range, so it's difficult for your opponents to reach. Although this isn't always possible, try to place Healing Ward so that it's hard to see. Ideally, you want to put it behind an allied tower or in/near a group of trees, but this won't always be possible. Here are some good places to drop your ward:
- Behind a tower
- In a group of trees
- On top of a hill
- Around a corner
- In a large group of creeps
- In a spell with a big animation like Black Hole
Guide to OmnislashMechanics
- Omnislash has a casting range of 450 and can jump to other targes that are 575 range away or less
- All subsequent hits after the first select a target at random
- The first hit always triggers a ministun, which interrupts channeling spells
- Extra slashes can occur between the set 3/5/8 slashes, based on your attack speed
- Omnislash deals physical damage
- The 3/5/8 set slashes cannot be evaded by things like Butterfly, Blur and Drunken Brawler, but can be stopped by skills like Dispersion and Gravekeeper's Cloak
You can find everything you need to know about Omnislash here
. The skill was changed in version 6.46, but the concept and most of the basics remain the same. The recent change
- This is a graph of how Omnislash works in it's current state. The guide above should be updated with more information in the near future.
Based on the graph, Omnislash is now stronger than ever and the damage dealt to a single target is far less random. Another great change is that Juggernaut is now coded to attack the unit between each slash. He still won't perform an additional slash in between if his attack speed isn't high enough, but now proc items like Maelstrom, Mjollnir and SnY have a chance to trigger during the extra slashes.Usage
Despite being an extremely complex skill, the concept behind Omnislash is relatively simple: try to make all the slashes hit a single target, or sometimes two. If you use Omnislash when creeps are nearby, chances are that most of the slashes will hit the creeps and your ultimate will be wasted. Not only that, but there is a far greater chance that extra slashes will occur when you only target one hero. This is because there is a smaller window for Juggernaut to perform an extra attack when Omnislash has to jump between several different units.
Long story short, use Omnislash when your target is at least 575 from any other unit. Timing the waves
Mastering the timing of the creeps waves is the single most important aspect of using Omnislash. Creeps spawn every 30 seconds, then take 30 seconds to reach the mid point on the outside lanes and around 20 second in the middle lane. Here are some tips for mastering the waves:Look at the clock
- By quickly glancing at the clock, you can get a pretty good idea of when the next wave will come. At each minute, and 30 seconds after each minute, the creeps will be reaching the spot where they originally clashed (20 seconds in the middle lane). Five seconds before that, they should be reaching the last tower, and so on. The exact timing takes a lot of getting used to though. Look at your own wave on the minimap
- Your own wave will be at exactly the same spot as the opposing wave will be on the the opposite side of the map. For example, if you look and see that your allied creeps are half way to your tower in the middle lane, the opposing creeps will be half way to the enemy tower. This method is very helpful, but can be confusing for the top and bottom lanes because the creeps meet closer to one tower than the other. Wait for a new wave
- This is the easiest method to use if you're somewhat new to using Juggernaut. Whenever a new wave of enemy creeps shows up, you'll always have 30 seconds before the next wave comes, meaning you have 30 seconds to kill your opponent. If you go for a kill within 10 or 15 seconds after a new waves come, you should always be able to get Blade Fury and Omnislash off before a new wave comes.
Ranged heroes with especially good disables combo well with Juggernaut in a lane. Their slows and stuns make it easy to follow a hero with Blade Fury for a full 5 seconds. Tons of heroes can lane well with Juggernaut, but the best lane partners are heroes with great lane control (Lich, Viper) and heroes with outstanding disables (CM, Enigma).
Creep Clearing Heroes
These heroes can clear creep waves of any size in mere seconds so that Omnislash will only hit enemy heroes. Keep in mind that you should still try to hit a single hero with your ultimate; it won’t do too much vs four or five heroes.
Sladar is, without a doubt, the best of these heroes since he can single-handedly skyrocket Omnislash’s damage, but anything that reduces armor helps you. Just something as simple as Gush can add hundreds of damage to your Omnislash if timed correctly. Heroes that are likely to get Cuirass or Desolator are good allies too.
These heroes can easily avoid both Blade Fury and Omnislash. Heroes like Morphling and Faceless Void also fall into this category. Generally you’ll need help from your allies to kill these heroes, but if you can trick them into wasting their blink spell, they’ll die to Omnislash as easily as anyone else.
These heroes can completely avoid Omnislash and usually can’t be killed with Blade Fury either. Weaver and NA earn a specially mention because they are nearly impossible for Juggernaut to kill in a lane. Buying wards is the easiest way to kill these heroes, but it’s quite possible to kill them without wards if you try for a kill when their windwalk spell is on cooldown.
Illusion Heroes and Summoning heroes
Illusions and summons completely ruin Omnislash. These heroes can still be killed though, as long as you time your ultimate well. They’re usually not as bad as windwalkers or blinkers.
Disables that go through Blade Fury
There are actually quite a few of these. Getting a blink dagger is really the only solution to things like Skadi, Maim, Poison Sting, etc. See the guide to Blade Fury for a complete list.
Frequently Asked QuestionsIs Juggernaut viable in competitive play?
For the first time in a couple years, Juggernaut is used in very high level games. He's certainly not a top pick, and is only picked every in 1 out of 10 or 15 games, but assuming someone on the team can play him well, he's definitely viable in competitive play.This is my build, why don't you try it and see how you like it?
Honestly, most of the time I'll see something in the build that just proves to me that the player doesn't really know what he's going, and it discourages me from taking his post seriously. For example, if you have Buriza in your build, I assume you don't know that critical strike doesn't stack well with Blade Dance, which is enough for me to assume you don't really know that much about item builds in general.
That being said, this is still a guide, not a set of rules. You can play Juggernaut however you want. The purpose of this guide is to help you improve, but you can take it or leave it.
Type: Low-level Inhouse
Build: Deso -> Mantahttp://forums.dota-allstars.com/index.php?showtopic=295100
Type: High-level Inhouse
Build: Battlefury -> SnYhttp://forums.dota-allstars.com/index.php?showtopic=296576
Well, that's it. Thanks for reading. Special thanks:Clan Bus
- For getting me into the competitive DOTA scene and letting me use Juggernaut in scrimsSawubona
- For all the screenshots. Ironfirsto
- For all the info on neutral creeps, pulling, etc. DonTomaso
- For the Omnislash info and the graphsThe DA mods
- For keeping this forum alive
Edited by Chameleon12, 30 August 2009 - 12:51 PM.