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This guide is inspired by Team mouz gaming A hero easy to get along with, but difficult to master, Rikimaru is one of the old school DotA heroes. From its early form, having a mobile Death Ward, to the currently infamous ganker, Rikimaru has been loved and hated by users and foes alike. Greatly buffed directly and indirectly in the 6.56 map, Rikimaru is now one of the most powerfull mid-gamer in DotA rivaled by only heroes like Oblivion and Bane, and can be considered a game breaker late game – if played right. Rikimaru can now be considered as a new, and more powerful Anti-Mage, who can easily outclass the old, and ineffective Magina in team fights with his arsenal of improved spells and improved items which suits him. However, following the famous pick of this guy as a new breed of superhero, the 6.58 map has nerfed the all potent riki. Still, he is a powerfull hero. The aim of this guide is to present, my opinions on how to play Rikimaru, with a kind of old schooled build as the main build, which have been greatly left out especially by pubbies. This guide will be centered on how to make Rikimaru, a click-kill hero. 1 skill build, 1 item build, 1 style. If you are someone who abhor long guides, there is something for you at the very end of this guide(almost) that resembles a summary, so never fear. Also, I am not image-friendly, and therefore, expect minimal screenshots.