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Leviathan the Tide Hunter

Leviathan the Tide Hunter

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Published by: Zetsumie Mitsukai on Feb 03, 2009
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11/08/2012

 
Strategy Guide for
Leviathan the Tidehunter
by
 
thisisBob(as of v6.60)Visit http://planetdota.blogspot.com/ for your Dotaneeds.
 What does Tidehunter do?
Tidehunter has respectable strength gain coupled with a slowing nuke and a smack passive thatmakes him a tank that nobody can ignore. Ravage doesn't stun for too long but is excellent insetting up smaller AoEs from your other teammates. The problem is that his lategame tank capability shrinks, and his only staple disable comes from Ravage which has an unreasonablylong cooldown.
Skill Progression
1Gush2Kraken Shell3Gush4Anchor Smash5Gush6Ravage7Gush8Anchor Smash9Anchor Smash10Anchor Smash11Ravage12Kraken Shell(Stats?)13Kraken Shell(Stats?)14Kraken Shell(Stats?)
 
15 Stats16Ravage17+ StatsKraken Shell and Anchor Smash is interchangeable, Kraken Shell against obvious debuffs or when early game physical damage is dominant, anchor smash otherwise. If you did grab anchor smash first, you may wanna consider not leveling shell, but it really doesn't make too big of adifference.Tidehunter’s performance will start to drop as dps heroes out-damage your durability.
Item Build
This is the cookie cutter build, focusing on his ganking aspect and early/mid tankage to succeedin skirmishes. Bottle for lane survival and roaming, bracer/str treads for fast tankage, and hoodfor obvious purposes. Exchange hood for another bracer if magic is not dominant.
 
With that cheap setup you're already ready for the entire midgame ganking and tanking. You getto choose between the two cookiecutters:Assault Cuirassagainst those dps who happened to armseveral hammers and have +100 damage at this stage, or Sange & Yashaif you need that extrastrength and movespeed, coupled with a maim in the face right after your initial setup.Alternate builds such as shiva-refresher or arcane-refresher works, I'll give you that. Though Iwon't be covering those controversies in this cookie cutter guide. Caster tide build offerssomething completely different and we won't tread into that.
 further justification for your cynicism and bashes
If you're tanking and ganking, your best bet is that you won't always walk out of there alive.Which is why I'm presenting a cheap and fast item build that comes in small pieces. I do notrecommend Tidehunter to stay back and farm up to whatever's suitable on him, because eventhough he has passives and actives that aids his fighting power, he's huge, melee, and does notlive up to a real lategame hero.Yes you can stay back and have some success with ricefarm Tide wearing cuirass, wielding bfuryand choking on HoT, but that comes at the expense your teammate's wealth and your opponentnot getting harassed the same way. Simply put, tide is not lategame, he's an early/mid tank andhis only lategame contribution is ravage.
Gameplay
Jungle?
Do not jungle.You can, but you shouldn't. You could creep pull as much as you want but do not dedicate your life to jungling, it will not work. Jungling requires you to level both your passives and even thenyou're not a magnificent jungler. Whats the use of your beard if you can't splash a good gushearly? Nothing. You need to be a pissed off hulk, and not a ricefarming pussy.
Lineups
Tidehunter can setup things, though another source of damage is needed to fully utilize whatravage can do. Heroes like Lina or THD are great buddies who compliments your everycontribution. Clean-up crews such as Zeus or Lycan are also much needed after successfulravages and the like. Basically, most heroes who requires a meatshield compliments you nicely.Melee teammates will probably hate you though, they'd spend the majority of the time being pushed behind your ass while chasing a gushed hero.

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