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Crixalis, The Sand King Guide By DamnNoHtml

Written by admin on May 31st, 2008

This guide provided by DamnNoHtml

Table of Contents
a.)Skills / Abilities
b.)Items
c.)Gameplay
-Early Game
-Mid Game
-Late Game
d.)Burrowstriking Perfectly
e.)Enemy Heroes
f.)Other Notes

The Sand King’s Abilities

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Burrowstrike
The Sand King burrows into the ground, tunnels forward impaling everything above him, then surfaces.
Level 1 – 100 damage, 400 maximum range.
Level 2 – 160 damage, 500 maximum range.
Level 3 – 220 damage, 600 maximum range.
Level 4 – 280 damage, 700 maximum range.

Notes :: One of my favorite spells. Allows you to not only stun and deal decent damage to a fairly wide area of effect, but allows you to jump into a combat situation or teleport up a hill for an escape / kill. I will get into using Burrowstrike perfectly later.

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Sand Storm
The Sand King creates a fearsome Sand Storm. The storm blinds his enemies and he becomes invisible to them. The storm also causes his opponents to take damage.

Level 1 – 20 damage per second, lasts 20 seconds, 0.3 second delay before visible.
Level 2 – 40 damage per second, lasts 40 seconds, 0.6 second delay before visible.
Level 3 – 60 damage per second, lasts 60 seconds, 0.9 second delay before visible.
Level 4 – 80 damage per second, lasts 80 seconds, 1.2 second delay before visible.

Notes :: Great for farming if you do this build, great for escaping death. I don’t use this ability too much.

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Caustic Finale
Each of the Sand King’s attack injects a deadly venom that causes the target to explode violently on death, dealing damage in an area.

Level 1 – 90 damage.
Level 2 – 130 damage.
Level 3 – 170 damage.
Level 4 – 220 damage.

Notes :: One of the best farming skills in the game. Nuff’ said.

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Epicenter
Sends a disturbance into the earth, causing it to shudder violently. All caught within range will take damage and slowed. The closer to the epicenter, the more damage taken.

Level 1 – 2.0 second casting time, 6 pulses of 110 damage.
Level 2 – 2.0 second casting time, 8 pulses of 110 damage.
Level 3 – 2.0 second casting time, 10 pulses of 110 damage.

Notes :: One of the key spells in any mass push / defense in any CAL game, or hell, any game of any kind for that matter. Good for solo kills, good for double kills, good to ward away, good to stop pushes, good for everything.

[Skill Build]

  1. Burrowstrike ——————-> ? : Stun Level 1 Always good
  2. Attribute Bonus / *Caustic Finale —————-> ? : Mana to Spam, Health to stay
  3. Burrowstrike
  4. Attribute Bonus / *Sand Storm
  5. Burrowstrike
  6. Epicenter
  7. Burrowstrike
  8. Attribute Bonus
  9. Attribute Bonus
  10. Attribute Bonus
  11. Epicenter
  12. Attribute Bonus / *Caustic Finale
  13. Attribute Bonus / *Caustic Finale
  14. Sand Storm ——————-> ? : 1 Point to Avoid Death in many circumstances
  15. Caustic Finale —————–> ? : Eventually get this to easen farming even more.
  16. Epicenter
  17. Caustic Finale
  18. Caustic Finale
  19. Caustic Finale
  20. Attribute Bonus
  21. Attribute Bonus
  22. Attribute Bonus
  23. Sand Storm
  24. Sand Storm
  25. Sand Storm

Note: Sometimes if you are alone with a melee enemy hero, getting Caustic instead of stats earlier can be more effective.

*: Sometimes it is better to get the ability proceeding the “*” first as they could better your situation.
EX: If you have a Level 6 Lycan in Wolf Form, you’re gonna most likley want a Sand Storm to make his ultimate useless. Or, if you are versing a melee hero alone in a lane, 90 damage per every creep is alot of harassment with Caustic.

It depends what you want – I have tried both methods, they work equally as effective in the right situation.

Item Build :
[Starting Items]

  • Gauntlets of Strength ——————————– Early HP Boost
  • Circlet of Nobility ————————————- Early HP + MP Boost
  • Flask of Sapphire Water —————————– Saves a trip to the Well
  • Clarity Potion —————————————– Saves a trip to the Well
  • Ironwood Branch
    [First Trip To Well - Should have at least 1000]
  • Bracer Scroll ——————————– Complete the earlier two
  • Circlet of Nobility ————————————- Early HP + MP Boost
  • Gauntlets of Strength —————————– Early HP Boost
  • Bracer Scroll —————————————– Complete the earlier two
  • Boots of Speed —————————————– (Duh)
  • Flask of Sapphire Water —————————————– In case you don’t have your first one.
    [Second Trip To Well]
  • Kelen’s Dagger of Escape —————————————– Completely vital
  • Filler Bracers —————————————– Always nice to have + stats.[Later Game] Defense Build
  • Aegis of the Immortal (Plate Mail + Stout Shield + Planeswalkers Cloak + Recipe)
  • Heart of Tarrasque
  • Heart of Tarrasque[Later Game] Offense Build
  • Monkey King Bar (Demon Edge + Quarterstaff + Recipe)
  • Heart of Tarrasque
  • Heart of Tarrasque

Why?:

Heart : I actually underestimated this item when I first posted my SK guide. Heart is a very good item on SK, both defensive and offensive. It adds roughly 1000 HP and 35 damage, not to mention 11 HP / Sec regen. Combined with Aegis and perhaps another heart, it would take the Fire Well 11 seconds to kill you. Pretty damn nice Tank. It allows you to run in with Epicenter and STILL be targetted but live.

What about BKB? : Yeah, BKB makes sense right? Burrowstrike in, channel Epicenter, turn on BKB, and they can’t stop the channeling of the spell. Frankly I don’t like BKB too much. My reasons for this are that I get enough HP later with Heart, and if you have a Blink Dagger Epicenter will already be going off so there is no need to stop it. Plus, with BKB, if you Burrowstrike in and Epicenter, people will scatter and you will have less of an effect. With just Blink Dagger, they could be all together and not have time to react.

Only list a few items? : Yeah, late game you really can go whatever you want, there really is no bad item for the Sand King, with a few obvious exceptions (Scepter, Orb Effects). I only listed what I usually go, but I change alot so don’t go by it like its a bible.
Gameplay

Early Game

Start off by going to the lane of your choice. The good thing about Sand King is he is an excellent solo hero, yet an excellent dual-lane assistant as well. So, it doesn’t matter if you solo or not. Start off in the lane being very, very passive. Hold ALT and walk around with Crixalis until you see a creep with a small fraction of health remaining. As you see the creep start to lose all of its health, immidiately right click it, and go back to your walking around quickly. (To prevent auto attacking on creeps). This is a very common farming method and works amazingly well in the long run – though hard to master.

Sometimes at early levels you can bait yourself by rambo right-clicking the enemy hero (Don’t do this if you know it will be dumb AKA into Crystal Maiden and CK.) Get him to about 50% health (You should be probably around 25% health). Make him think he can kill you, and then use the power of your creeps to kill him instead. (View Image)

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Once you hit Level 3 you can begin doing some damage, but don’t look for any kills yet. (Unless there is an allied stunner in your lane.) If you notice an enemy hero being attacked by at least 2 creeps, Burrowstrike him and attack him 2 times. The combination of your stun, your 2 attacks, and the 2 creeps attacking him add up to around 280-340 health taken away. Continue farming and being passive (Unless a stun opportunity occurs.

Level 5 is a pretty big level because Burrowstrike is now quite manueverable. You can start to strike up hills, down cliffs etc and the range is pretty long. Burrowstrike has more AoE than the actual spike effect shown.*
*As of 6.27b

Level 6 – Yay. Now you can easily, easily get double kills. There is an art to Burrowstrike – Epicenter..ing. You need to think what the person you burrowstriked is going to do when they see the green glow come from your tail.

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Try and think what your enemies will think.

Level 7-10 – Just farm, get a kill if you can. Work on that Blink Dagger money until you get it. Boring, yes. If an ambush comes, be prepared.

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…Seconds Later…

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And finally…

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Level 11-14 – Hopefully you have a Blink Dagger by now, and if you do, then now you must learn the art of Blink Strike + Epicenter. Look at these images and then I will explain further.

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After the blink with Epicenter “on” :

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There isn’t really an “art” of Burrowstrike + Epicenter, as it isn’t rocket science. Yet, it is one of the most effective “moves” in DotA. It usually never fails. First, find a spot that is in the fog of war or out of sight of enemy heroes. Be at most 900 units away from the enemies. Begin channeling Epicenter, and after the green light goes away and you start pulsing (You may miss 1 or 2 pulses if you are a begginner, it’s ok) immediately blink into the center of the enemy Heroes. After your pulses are up, Burrowstrike the remainders (if there are any) to sweep easy double kills.

A common misconception is when you Blink in with Epicenter “on” you should immediately Burrowstrike the enemies – This is false. If you do this, the time the enemy heroes spend in the air for Burrowstrike, they enemies are invulnerable, which means, no Epicenter damage. Wait untl all pulses are clear OR you can get a kill with a Burrowstrike.

Some people like to Channel Epicenter and then Shift-click Blink dagger so they wont miss a pulse – I do not like this as the target you want to blink to 2 seconds ago may change in the 2 seconds of channeling.

Later Levels – There is not much more that is new to the Sand King after Level 14. Sand Storm should be used for dire situations and you need to stall for allied heroes to rescue. There is a specific way you should farm with Caustic Finale. When you see a full creep wave, Burrowstrike every single unit. Immediately attack the necromancer of the wave, and then attack 1-2 ghouls. If you did this correctly, with Level 4 Caustic Finale, you should have killed the whole creep wave in a matter of seconds.

The Sand King is great for pushes – Do the Blink + Epicenter combo and it will totally screw up a team. Other than that, everything else just comes from practice. That is of course, once you can master the art of…

Mastering Burrowstrike

Burrowstrike is an incredibly versatile skill as you can transport to whatever location you want. It is especially useful for escaping by Burrowstriking up a hill.

Basics :There are times when you should and should not click a unit to Burrowstrike it. An example of when it is actually OK to click a unit is when you are both farming in the same lane. The good thing about clicking the unit is it will detect if he is in range, and if he leaves the range you won’t burrowstrike, which can be useful. DO NOT EVER click a unit if you are CHASING it, as you will always Burrowstrike behind the unit. You need to aim a bit ahead in the direction of the runner.

Let the Blue Ball represent the Sand King and the Red Ball Represent an enemy Hero who is fleeing. In this situation, you have to click ahead of the unit, at the green X, or you will Burrowstrike not far enough. This spell is NOT like Impale, where you can target it and it (usually) can’t miss.
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Burrowstriking up a hill : To Successfully strike up a hill, you must be relatively close to the edge of the cliff you want to go up / come down. Click as close as possible away from you, but enough to be on the other side. If you click too far, the Sand King will try to run around the hard way and not strike up the cliff, which, will make you screwed very often.

BAD:
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GOOD:
Dota Allstars Crixalis the Sand King guide

Timing : Timing is essential with Burrowstrike since it is NOT a targetted spell like Impale. Estimate the speed of your target and their direction and time accordingly. This comes with practice. But once you master it, come on, how badass is it Burrowstriking down a cliff for a kill?

Burrowstrike / Epicenter :
This is the most famous combo of the Sand King. Burrowstrike a unit (or more than one) and then immidiately channel Epicenter, so that when the enemy is unstunned, they will be caught in the Epicenter. There are many ways you can totally screw up B/E combo. Here are some tips to prevent that from happening.

————- Disablers :
Disablers suck when it comes to Burrowstrike / Epicenter. If you Burrowstrike, say, Crystal Maiden, there is enough time for her as she is unstunned to Frostbite you and kill the Epicenter. Not only that, she might use Freezing Field and kill you. Unless their main disable is on cooldown, do not attempt to Burrowstrike Epicenter caster / disablers.

————- Late Game Strength Heroes :
Obviously if a Hero has 2400 HP, Epicenters roughly 1,000 damage at Level 16 wont do jack shit. Never try to just kill a Lone Centaur with it. Save it for a push when it will at least do some damage. Don’t get me wrong though, an early game 1000 HP centaur can be killed pretty easily provided you avoid his stun.

————- Blinkers / Heroes with Blink Dagger :
If you ever Burrowstrike and attempt to Epicenter an Antimage, I hate you. He will just blink away easily and you will look pretty dumb :-p. Exceptions are if you TOO have a Blink Dagger – You can see where they Blink and just blink right with them, always a funny situation. Also if the hero can blink w/o a dagger, having a teammate disable or silence him works.

————- “Hot Spots” :
I like to call certain areas of the map “Hot Spots.” Why? Because the Sand King can use Burrowstrike to go to this area and be completely safe from harm for as long as he would like. If you go to a Hot Spot, it is an area that the enemy cannot have a line of sight to, and that only Burrowstrike can be casted to. You can transport ANYWHERE within the range with Burrowstrike.
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Other Notes

-None : This is my first Guide and the First version of this one.

Good luck.

Q&A

- Can you channel Epicenter and then Burrowstrike to an area, taking the Epicenter with you?

Though slightly less effective, yes, this does work, and is a good substitue if it is needed.

45 Comments so far ↓

  1. Aug
    22
    9:14
    AM
    Death the kid

    Hahaha….i think that epicenter is the hardest ulti to master….becoz of the slow casting time and small damage radius..i tried the blink and epicenter combo but my chances of casting it are extremely low…when the time i blink near an enemy hero, i burrowstrike then epicenter….but then the enemy hero then recovers from the stun of my burrowstrike and then runs away while i am still casting epicenter……i need some help!

  2. Aug
    25
    10:24
    AM
    MRB

    why isnt there any linkin sphere? what a stupid guide, if you were to do mirror on me, youll totally lose.. with your build and recommendations.. i’m sorry to say, your just a beginner..

  3. Aug
    28
    6:25
    AM
    Deaththekidd

    Why buy linken sphere for crixalis?

  4. Aug
    28
    6:31
    AM
    Deaththekidd

    I would say that sandking’s best teammate would be prophet, rhasta, demon witch…bla-bla…
    Becoz rhasta’s shackles + epicenter = death!

  5. Sep
    7
    9:45
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    shinta

    wahhhh what about for your manna build.

    i always build battle fury first

  6. Sep
    12
    12:27
    AM
    you all looser!! like you!! aha..

    oh! use ancient tango to kill yourself..aha..if thats your strategy i can kill you easily..no one can beat me..even you!..aha..crixalis.i can make her more stronger than you think..or the most strongest!! if i do that..beat me if you can or who want to beat me if you all can..but in your dream loosers!! aha..

  7. Sep
    24
    4:05
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    VAN

    nahh… sand king will do fine SOLO or NOT!! good item build would be sange and yasha then power treads plus a cranium basher… the cranium basher adds more “stun” to the stunned (caused by burrowstrike) enemy den do the epicenter.
    if that enemy hero is surrounded by creeps and cant move then maybe you could do the sandstorm and wait till ur burrowstrike is ready den chase that enemy hero down if he’s running away and pop a cap in that ass!!!

  8. Sep
    24
    6:10
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    tibagx

    build him up with s&y ,battlefury linken sphere, vanguard vlads offering and BoT,, with a maxed out burrow strike and overwhelming chase speed plus enhanced attack and defence you could definitely own and earn alot of gold.. just start off with BOT.. for map control….

  9. Nov
    1
    5:23
    AM
    BOBO KAU

    LINKIN IS FOR UR ULTI, IF U CAST EPI NORMALY ENEMY TRY TO STUN SANDKING TO STOP CHANELING..SO IF THEY STUN SANDKING IT WILL BE USELESS BECAUSE OF THE LINKIN

  10. Nov
    16
    8:51
    AM
    bogyThouxurgy

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  11. Jan
    17
    8:57
    AM
    haze

    U can also use ur burrowstrike to escape like blink as all u may know but if ur in a tight situation burrowstrike into woods and then tp outta there when ur sandstorm is on cooldown help ur survival

  12. Jan
    17
    9:01
    AM
    haze

    oh and if ur going against a stunner early game such as VS or Sven with their missle stun, U can actually get ur epi center off by burrowstriking lil bit further away from them and hit C, casting ulti..ur ulti will go off bcuz the time it takes for storm bolt hit u take longer ( PRO )

  13. Feb
    7
    12:25
    AM
    robert

    good

  14. Apr
    1
    9:46
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    Fucking Crixalis Guide

    The creator of this guide is such a dumb quit… wahhahaha…

  15. Apr
    21
    4:50
    AM
    Warharlord

    THis guide stinks……
    Joke …Not bad /….at all

  16. May
    1
    5:24
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    resource[bx]

    well .. the gameplay guide was pretty good .. i agree .. but the item build … not that good .

    I always start with a Bracer,then i get Boots of Speed,i complete Vladimirs Offering,then i complete Power Treads,then i buy Preservance,then i complete Battle Fury (the Battle Fury is one of the best items for Sand King,together with Caustic Finale,the farming is too easy,plus the 6hp/sec regen and the mana regenartion is welcome alsoo) … then,depending if u need life .. go for Heart of Tarasque,if u are not in a big need of it,take a Dagger .. so u can do Blink Strike + Epicenter … then go for Radiance,(Battle Fury + Radiance + Caustic Finale = Farming God ) … plus the radiance can also kill the enemies if u cant catch the enemies cause of the same speed … then sell Power Threads and Get Boots of Travel .

    So in the end the item build would look like this :

    1.Boots of Travel
    2.Vladimirs Offering
    3.Dagger of Escape
    4.Battle Fury
    5.Heart of Tarasque
    6.Radiance

    and alsoo .. i prefer to go for Sand Storm instead of Caustic Finale in the early game … the 80dmg/sec is pretty high in early game … and can easily help you to get 2 waves of creeps if u stand in the right place … plus if u stand in the middle of path … it is pretty good for escaping death … nobody in early game has gems or wards … alsoo .. the dmg dealt on heroes can increase the chance for Burrowstrike – kill !

  17. May
    2
    8:35
    AM
    thor

    orb effects don’t stack with sand king’s third power
    s&y=noobs

  18. Jun
    21
    4:24
    AM
    FullMoon

    U ARE ALL JUST NOOBS
    the guy that said that guide writer is beginner = total retard
    linkens on crix? bg noob
    dagger is ultimately cool option, and owns ass

  19. Jul
    1
    5:47
    AM
    miguel

    that was owesome

  20. Jul
    10
    10:29
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    daniel

    nice guide

  21. Jul
    11
    4:23
    AM
    nick

    lol? linkens? sny? haha.. play more before teaching others about builds..

  22. Jul
    12
    11:12
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    JIN

    srsly the best item build would be..
    bracers
    treads or BOT if u are well farmed
    bladefury
    u can choose to get dagger now or cranium basher(works quite good on SK) or if your team needs a tank get Heart of terrasque the dmg + tankiness is awesome

  23. Jul
    21
    7:19
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    synonymus

    Items: treads, dagger, blackkingbar, afg scepter, heart

  24. Jul
    22
    5:40
    AM
    thu rain aung

    not bad at all.but you need to learn more.i think you don’t know about sand king as far as i know..

  25. Aug
    13
    4:42
    AM
    Brench12

    This should tell u teh easy way!
    1. Buy gloves of haste and go feed to an enemy hero.
    2. They will think ur weak so go burrow them and epic them = GG

    3.Buy IceFrog’s secret item ( Gloves of Haste+ Claws + helm of iron will) this item stops CD

    4.Keep burrow your enemy hero until it dies. Keep repeating until your lvl 17+

    5.Go push all the creeps from each lane all the way to their main base.

    6. GG

  26. Sep
    22
    3:41
    AM
    anonymous

    you do not need any linkens to block your opponent’s stun since you will only blink to them when you have finished channeling your epi…

  27. Sep
    23
    3:53
    AM
    ronel

    LOL…

    what if… or

    what is better..

    epi then blink or
    blink then epi??

    thanks!!

  28. Sep
    24
    8:28
    AM
    joja666

    lol 4 heart
    bob
    linken and battel fury is must buy

  29. Sep
    24
    6:33
    PM
    wahahah

    vanguard desolator..

  30. Sep
    30
    10:04
    PM
    hrushikesh

    best combo we usally play is enigma_ sand king
    1. meladict
    2.burrowstrike
    3. black hole
    4.epicentre
    5 agin maledict (if possible)
    needs timing but gr8 combo

  31. Sep
    30
    10:06
    PM
    hrushikesh

    sry add malifece insted og maledict
    :P @_@ ^_^

  32. Oct
    4
    5:34
    AM
    xxxxx

    i prefer sandstorm first if you are with melee hero bcause they cant farm if u are in sandstorm bcause they scared of your sandstorm
    i tried it bfore and get first blood

  33. Oct
    5
    3:40
    AM
    WTH noobs

    Freaking hilarious lah u all…
    SnY for crixalis is like Shiva for Raigor… And what’s your point on giving SK linkens?! DAMN HILARIOUS

  34. Oct
    5
    3:42
    AM
    WTH noobs

    Freaking hilarious lah u all…
    SnY for crixalis is like a sudden techies go in mid lane and say KILL ME… And what’s your point on giving SK linkens?! DAMN HILARIOUS

  35. Oct
    15
    3:07
    AM
    weak

    LoL ., i suggest epic + blink !
    Item
    -heart
    -travel
    -dagger
    -battle fury
    -burizza
    -assault

  36. Nov
    7
    9:33
    PM
    ASA^_^

    you can also know, that bkb(Black king Bar) is also a powerful weapon 2 sandking , bkb is a weapon like a linkin but they do not have the same effect bkb is making immune 2 a hero in a few seconds.

    Suggest Weapon:
    Vladimmirs
    heart
    BKB[Black king bar]
    shivas guard
    phaste boot
    battle fury

    it depends on you on how you create an item 2 a imba hero^_^

  37. Nov
    22
    2:39
    PM
    MYM|Mania

    I think the guide is good but the items shouldnt be so much tanky..for example a Clan War goes and when your stun gets along with another stun..Blink>Epicenter>and example Shaker ulti u dont need so much HP…i would go for Bracer Bottle Boots of Travel Blink Dagger BkB Heart Of Tarrasque….I think i helped….maybe if ur playing VS Vengeful,Skeleton King,and many stuners GO BKB and Linken…BKB destroy their spells and Linken triggers on Ultimates…

  38. Nov
    24
    10:34
    AM
    anonim

    travel
    radi

  39. Nov
    24
    10:36
    AM
    anonim

    Dagger
    BOT
    Radi
    HOT
    and the rest EQ is depending your enemy hero

  40. Dec
    1
    9:27
    PM
    *+*†*+*

    items for sand king
    tarrasque
    cuirass
    phase
    battle
    dagger

  41. Dec
    4
    7:44
    AM
    Dota Player...

    I think black king bar is better…cuz linken only will block one spell and if earthshaker stun ur linken will not block…
    And this is a quite nice guide!! Good job man!!

  42. Jan
    3
    4:29
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    Nevermore

    nice hero

  43. Jan
    8
    10:08
    PM
    † PEIN †

    nice one i learn a lot how to use sans king. and make it powerfull than the other its depend the holder

  44. Mar
    15
    9:04
    AM
    izen

    best items
    1.power treds
    2.dagger\septer
    3.septer\dagger
    4.heart
    5.radi
    6.assault
    make according to order as numbered
    n if u r gettin kills septer if not dagger……..

  45. Mar
    15
    9:06
    AM
    izen

    also the above items r for 6.66b map…….chow….

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