Welcome to Nikobaby”s Book of the Bloodseeker, a hero guide part of the Book of Dota series!
Here you will find all the information you need to learn to play Blood on a high level – from drafting and builds to the optimal playstyle in different lanes and situations. We hope you’ll enjoy this guide and find it useful!
Draft: You usually want to pick BS as a counter to passive or mobile core heroes on the enemy team. Picking him right away is usually not a great idea, because enemies will prepare for your early and mid game aggression.
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Early Game: Use Bloodrage to last-hit and to sustain yourself. When you get a MS and AS boost from Thirst, use it to harass the enemy hero or even attempt kills. If enemies are trying to pressure you with strong offensive lanes, try to swap lanes – a good start is essential for you to snowball.
Mid & Late Game: Get your core item and start ganking the enemy farmers. Ward important areas (usually the enemy jungle) and take away map control from the enemy team. This will allow you to out-farm them and snowball. Make sure you have BKB when your opponents start grouping up for team fights and try to secure the game sooner rather than later (as any snowball hero should).
Nikolay “Nikobaby” Nikolov
Endorsement & Info
Niko is a rising star on the EU & CIS pub and pro scene and he is absolutely proficient at carrying. He has played for teams like Basically Unknown, Effect, DD, and recently – 20 min afk les, which won the TI8 CIS Open Qualifiers.
His peak placement on the EU Leaderboards is top 3, while his highest MMR before the reset was 8.5k. According to Dotabuff”s player rankings, he is the rank 1 Morphling player in the world.
Nikolay “CTOMAHEH1” Kalchev
Info & Editing
CTOMAHEH1 started his pro career as a support in Basically Unknown together with Mind Control. Since then he has consistently been playing on the European T2 scene, most recently on Unchained Esports.
His highest placement on the EU ladder is top 100 – he plays all roles (mainly support), which is untypical for high-ranking players and shows his great versatility and understanding of the game.
Martin “BRING IT ON” Slavov
Writing & Info
Martin has lots of experience writing about Dota and he is no pushover in the actual game – a Divine III player, Martin plays mid and carry heroes on a very high level.
He has been playing Dota since Guinsoo”s Dota Allstars (more than 12 years) and he loves thinking about new builds and strategies.
Kyril “MrNiceGuy” Kotashev
PM & Editing
Esports and gaming enthusiast since forever and founder of wtbblue.com.
Has been playing Dota since 2005 (5.84). An Ancient I player in Dota 2.
I smell blood.
Bloodseekeris an agility carry hero who’s most famous for his insane movement speed whichincreases the more wounded his opponents are. The hero is a potent laner and aterrifying ganker thanks to his unique ultimate, which damages his target basedon the distance it travels. Bloodseeker reaches his peak in the mid game,eventually snowballing his way to victory.
Strong laner:Bloodseeker has an insane lane control as he’s able to last hit and deny thanks to his Bloodrage while sustaining himself. His DPS and MS increases further with his Thirst ability and if there’s a fight even on the other side of the map, you still gain the benefits, making it very hard for the enemy to lane against you successfully.
Mid game (snow)baller:Bloodseeker prefers to decide the game in its mid-stage as he is very strong in early fights and ganks. He’s able to chase down a specific target and secure a kill easily, becoming stronger and stronger in the fight as enemies lose HP. This play style takes away map control from the enemy team very efficiently and allows BS’s team to out-farm them.
Great sustain:Bloodseeker heals himself with every last hit, deny and killed hero, so he rarely needs to go back to base for regeneration. This allows him to constantly farm without worrying about his HP and he is always ready for battle. The only concern is his mana which is usually easily managed with cheap items.
Pure damage:Both Blood Rite and Rupture deal pure damage, which makes them especially powerful against heroes with high magic resistance or armor. Furthermore, they both have an insane cast range which makes them very easy to use
Movement counter:Rupture is an insanely strong counter to mobile heroes, as it deals damage based on the distance the target travels.
On a timer:While it’s not impossible to play late game with BS, he’s not as good as the more typical hard carries. He prefers to end or at least decide the game earlier. Passively farming with BS is usually a bad strategy.
Bloodrage weakens you:While giving you a sustain and increased damage, Bloodrage also makes you take more damage. Luckily, Bloodrage can be used on the enemy hero as well to increase the entire damage he takes from all of your teammates.
No disables:Bloodseeker is amazing at chasing, but he completely lacks any disable or slow, so he often has to rely on his teammates to provide disables. Otherwise, the enemy can teleport away or survive long enough for his teammates to help him.
No comeback potential:As we mentioned, BS is a snowball hero – he needs to have a good early and mid game in order to be effective. If enemies out-farm him and can afford to simply stand their ground against him, he will have great trouble winning fights.
PSG.LGD vs Liquid, TI8
Match ID: 4074639753Replay
The first thing to take note is how after the good laning phase LGD never stop applying pressure. They repeatedly enter the enemy jungle, ganking Miracle even near the creep camps close to his mid T2 tower.
The second thing to notice is Maybe”s item build: he goes for the standard Blade Mail which in this game is great agiasnt the AoE damage of Liquid (mainly Gyro). After Blade Mail, however, he goes for the unconventional Heaven”s Halberd. He understands that the only hero on the Radiant lineup that could threaten to kill him is Matumbaman”s Ursa, and Halberd is a direct hard counter. With these two cheap defensive items, he can afford to play very aggressively and even dive when needed. After he feels safe enough, he invests in Radiance to keep up in farm and deal more damage.
Liquid vs Secret, TI8
Match ID: 3890837233Replay
Miracle plays pos. 1 Bloodseeker in a very interesting game where Liquid drafts a lineup that excels in early-mid game aggression and snowballing (Blood, Brood and Bat cores) against Secret”s much greedier heroes (Alch, Storm and Necro cores).
The game plan is obvious – dominate the lanes, snowball into the mid game, take away map control, prevent Secret”s cores from farming and secure the game.
Notice that even though Miracle has a good laning stage (gets a couple of kills + very decent farm, all according to plan), he decides not to go for a greedy build – he invests in BKB right after PTs and Aquila instead of building Radiance right away. The reason for this is simple – he wants to apply pressure right away and Secret rely mainly on magic damage. If he goes for Radiance, he will have to passively farm for longer or he will risk losing a lot of gold and momentum if he dies. If he has BKB, however, he can play aggressively and even dive for kills – the Radiant lineup doesn”t have the physical damage to punish him. Despite slowing down his Radiance timing a bit, he finishes the game with more GPM than the enemy Alch.
VG vs PSG.LGD, MDL Changsha
Match ID: 3890837233Replay
Paparazi plays Bloodseeker against LGD – arguably the best team in the world at the time. He has a very rough laning stage – he dies three times and doesn’t get as much farm as the other cores in the game. The situation is made even worse by the fact that this is a very difficult BS game in general – the enemy team has a very strong 5-man team and is not susceptible to ganks at all. Nonetheless, Paparazi manages to finish the game with a positive stat (he has the least deaths on his team) and high damage contribution.
Notice his item build – he understands that he cannot play aggressively in fights this game and because of this he builds items that will increase his impact from a distance – a fast Aghanim’s followed by items like Aether Lens and Dagon.
A great replay to watch if you want to understand how to have an impact as Bloodseeker in tough games.
Bloodseekeris good in lineups where you want to fight early and snowball your way tovictory. This means heroes who reach their peak at around minute 20.
He is alsovery strong against single core lineups where the enemies only have one carry –you can Rupture him all the time so he can’t move freely in fights which limitshis damage output greatly.
Havingheroes with global or AOE abilities is also nice as dealing damage to multipleenemies give you more damage and speed from Thirst.
Bloodseekeris also used to counter specific heroes – usually mobile cores vulnerable toRupture.