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Pudge

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Ability Build

1
Meat Hook
2
Rot
3
Rot
4
Flesh Heap
5
Rot
6
Dismember
7
Rot
8
Flesh Heap
9
Flesh Heap
10
Flesh Heap
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11
+5 Armor
12
Dismember
13
Meat Hook
14
Meat Hook
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15
+140 Meat Hook Damage
16
Meat Hook
17
Attribute Bonus
18
Dismember
19
Attribute Bonus
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20
-4s Meat Hook Cooldown
21
Attribute Bonus
22
Attribute Bonus
23
Attribute Bonus
24
Attribute Bonus
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25
x1.8x Dismember Damage/Heal

Disables, Buffs and Passives

AbilitiesDisablesDispellable BuffsBreakable Passives
Interrupts ChannelingSilencesRoots
Meat Hook
Rot
Flesh Heap
Dismember

Item Build

Starting
Tango
10
Blood Grenade
Wind Lace
Enchanted Mango
Iron Branch
1
Observer Ward
1
Sentry Ward
Early Game
13
Tranquil Boots
13
Magic Wand
7
Urn of Shadows
1
Smoke of Deceit
Mid Game
15
Blink Dagger
Aether Lens
Aghanim's Shard
Late Game
Octarine Core
27
Shiva's Guard
22
Ethereal Blade
Aghanim's Scepter
15
Overwhelming Blink
Situational
90
Black King Bar
14
Glimmer Cape
7
Spirit Vessel
19
Force Staff
18
Rod of Atos
22
Ghost Scepter
60
Pipe of Insight
23
Eul's Scepter of Divinity
15
Lotus Orb
16
Pavise
Neutral
35
Seeds of Serenity
Safety Bubble
Philosopher's Stone
Eye of the Vizier
11
Bullwhip
20
Psychic Headband
40
Ogre Seal Totem
Telescope
25
Trickster Cloak
Giant's Ring
20
Arcanist's Armor

Hero Strategy

You can hook runes. Try to hook an enemy into your allies at the intial bounty rune.

During the laning stage don't play only around the Hook, also use your hero's tankiness and high base damage.

Try to keep the creep equilibrium close to your tower, so you can hook your enemies under the tower.

Meat Hook destroys creeps instantly, except for ancients. Protect your tower by hooking the catapult.

You can heal up signicantly by dismembering a high HP creep.

Find a partner and use smokes to find pick-offs.

Blink Dagger and Aghanim's Shard combined allow you to save your allies instantly.

Fight around vision so you can land your Hooks more easily.

Counter Strategy

Be aware of Pudge's camp spots and place observer wards to cover those spots

Be careful when playing close to enemy towers because a simple hook with tower damage can easily get you killed

Physical damage is strong against Pudge as he has low armor

Anti-magic damage items are good against pudge

Armor reducing items are great for bursting Pudge

Counter Items for Core Players

Laning Phase
Blight Stone
Wind Lace
Boots of Speed
7
Urn of Shadows
Orb of Corrosion
Mid Game
7
Spirit Vessel
15
Lotus Orb
Desolator
Mage Slayer
19
Hurricane Pike
Sange and Yasha
Kaya and Sange
Late Game
14
Linken's Sphere
13
Wind Waker
15
Bloodthorn

Counter Items for Support Players

Laning Phase
Blight Stone
Wind Lace
Boots of Speed
7
Urn of Shadows
1
Observer Ward
Mid Game
7
Spirit Vessel
15
Lotus Orb
14
Glimmer Cape
19
Force Staff
23
Eul's Scepter of Divinity
Late Game
14
Linken's Sphere
13
Wind Waker