Bristleback Item Build and Gameplay Guide

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Nov 3, 2014
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Bristleback Guide - Advantages, Weaknesses Drafting, Item Build and Gameplay

  1. Very durable hero since the start
  2. Spammable Quills
  3. Low coldown on Skills
  4. Very useful passive ( bristleback) to run away
  5. Good Hero early to mid game ( not farm dependent)
  6. Ultimate that makes him as fast as is cousin Sonic (get it?)

  1. Mana burns out easily early game due to spammable skills
  2. Drops off later game ( farm dependent)
  3. Without mana he don't cast spells, so do not have ulti
  4. Lacks a stun/ disable
  5. Spammable skills feeds Magic Wand
  6. Low attack speed
  7. Melee attack
Do not pick:
- your team need initiator ( trust me bristleback isn't)
- so many tanky hero in the team
- your enemy pick silencer / pugna

- your team need good durable hero
- counter to backstab ( riki )
- patience enough to farm :p

Role: Durable - Initiator - Disabler

Skill Build
  • Level 1: Quill Spray
  • Level 2: Viscous Nasal Goo
  • Level 3: Quill Spray
  • Level 4: Viscous Nasal Goo
  • Level 5: Quill Spray
  • Level 6: Warpath
  • Level 7: Quill Spray
  • Level 8: Viscous Nasal Goo
  • Level 9 : Viscous Nasal Goo
  • Level 10: Bristleback
  • Level 11: Warpath
  • Level 12: Bristleback
  • Level 13: Bristleback
  • Level 14: Bristleback
  • Level 15: Stats
  • Level 16: Warpath
  • Level 17-25: Stats
Why maxed Quill Spray first? This is your main nuke, you will need this for ganking, farming, and killing on early mid game.

Why maxed Viscous Nasal Goo before Bristleback? You need Viscous Nasal Goo more than the Bristleback because you will need to chase enemy hero on early-mid game.

Item Build and Gameplay

Early Game Items:
  • Iron Branch
  • Iron Branch
  • Iron Branch
  • Tango
  • Clarity
  • Quelling Blade
Core Items:
  • Power Treads
Try to spam your skill Quill Spray once in a while. It will harass your enemy on the lane. Also don't forget to get the last hits and deny. You need golds to buy some items. And if you feel your enemy needs to be harass more, you need to cast Viscous Nasal Goo too and attack him. Beware from enemy's gank. You may buy some wards and place it on the rune spot to view if there is any enemy comes to you and you should retreat immediately if you see enemy is coming. Last hitting as Bristleback is not so hard, you have a nice early damage to do it, so keep focus and last hits the low HP creep.

Mid Game Items:
  • Vanguard
  • Blade Mail
Mid game is the ganking time! Everybody will roam around the map and find somebody to kill. So always keep your eye on the important place from where the enemy can comes up and always be careful. Always remember to replace the ward if the time is up and also always keeps an eye on the vision from the wards.

You have some ganking skill here. So if you want to also participate in a gank, what you need to do is:
  1. Comunicate with your teammates about who should be ganked, you should focus fire on 1 hero in a gank, because if you don't communicate well you may attack A and your teammates attack B, and that is a bad gank and can lead to failure on getting the kill.
  2. Use the Nasal Goo to slow down the enemy, and also reduce his armor
  3. Use Quill Spray for every 3 seconds to increase your damage and also harass enemy with the Spray damage
  4. Attack the enemy with your increased attack damage from your ultimate
  5. If you fain in the gank, retreat immediately, I believe you can escape because you have reduced enemy's damage from your 3rd skill
  6. If there is enemy that is run away, you can chase him with your Nasal Goo
  7. Remember to push enemyy's tower after a successful gank
  8. Remember that your spamming skill trigger enemy's magic wand so they will got the charge maxed easily.
Late Game Items:
  • Heart of Tarrasque
  • Black King Bar
  • Crimson Guard
  • Octarine Core
Late game is the time for big teamfights. What you need to do is apamming all your skills. Spam the Viscous Nasal Goo into squishy enemy first. And also don't forget to spam your Quill Spray to increase your damage more. And then after that you can right click the enemy.

If you already bought good item, always use it on every teamfight. You may already bought a Blademail so don't forget to activate it through the battle. With the more stacking of Viscous Nasal Goo, your target become so much more vulnerable. it will be good for your teammates because the outcoming damage will increase dramatically.

Remember that you are the tanker for your team. You should become the man that is in the front line of your team's line-up. And should be brave to attack everything in the way. You may also buy some survivability items like Tarrasque to increase your defense more. And if you are terribly lose the teamfight, retreat immediately.

And if your team won the teamfight, you have two options:
1. You can get the Aegis for your team's main hero or
2. Your team can push enemy base and destrouy their buildings. Choose wisely!

Friends and Enemies

  • All Heroes
Just like other durable hero, all heroes can be your friends as long as you and them can do nice team work. Like carry, mana supplier etc.

  • Disabler / Basher
  • Tiny
  • Faceless Void
  • Spirit Breaker
Anti Spammer
  • Silencer
  • Pugna
Necrophos and Terrorblade

Keep aware of the Sunder and reaper Scythe.

Axe trust me he is bad enemy. Counter helix will rip you