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Complete Idiot’s Guide to Terrorblade, The Soul Keeper by kalorful

Written by admin on September 23rd, 2008

This guide was created by kalorful. Nice job, thank!

Introduction


Foreword
This is a guide on how to play Terrorblade as a jungle hero. Please, no spam about me not getting soulsteal earlier, because 1) You don’t need soulsteal to jungle and 2) This is a guide to JUNGLE terrorblade.

Analysis of recent changes
With the introduction of 6.52c, a number of changes happened which directly benefits Terrorblade.
1. The buffing of metamorphosis
2. The buffing of SnY
3. The nerfing of blink dagger.

What does this mean? It means that Terrorblade can now deal massive DPS and make himself useful earlier in the game with SnY, whilst his enemies must try a lot harder to escape the relentless beatdown from the FIREBALLS OF JUSTICE with blink dagger not being able to activate after damage.

Why is Terrorblade the most powerful carry?
Let us take a look at the list of the top 3 classic carries in the game which I deem to be Terorblade, Void, and Spectre.

Compared to the other two, Terrorblade’s main advantage is that he can jungle to avoid a crappy early game and farm as fast as a dual laner if not faster.

Terrorblade is also less prone to disables, due to the fact that he has 2 images up. Disable one, and you still got the other two laying a harsh serving of pain upon you.

Whats more, TB can also assume a ranged mode to deal out DPS. This avoids the disadvantages of melee DPS heroes such as being more prone to get hurt due to closer proximity to enemy, and getting blocked by other units from dealing damage to intended target.

He is also a lot better at taking down tower and raxes very quickly – the images rape.


Skill Build


Reasoning
Terrorblade’s skill build is pretty flexible depending on what the circumstances are. I will describe how to vary the skillbuild according to circumstances.

Golden Rule. Do not get soulsteal at all. Soul steal is for pussies, and it delays stat points and image levels which reduce your battle power significantly.

To begin with, you always get one level of image. The extra image is extremely helpful as it can be used to tank/scout/double pull, so there’s no argument about that.

The second level is always stat, since you don’t get soulsteal, and getting metamorphosis this early seems implausible.

The third level is where skill builds start to diverge. You can go stat, if you feel that your mana supply isn’t enough to sustain image-jungling. If you have an allied CM who got aura, definitely add it to image. Its up to personal preference here, I don’t really mind which way you go.

The fourth level can either be added to image/stat/metamorphosis. Generally I add it to image, however if there are enemies stalking the jungle I grab a level of metamorphosis in order to provide limited ranged DPS in counterganks.

From there on you max out image and stat. You can grab sunder at 6/11 or 10/11. Grabbing it at 6 ensures extra safety, but reduces farming speed a bit. I generally grab it at 10/11 since I usually don’t have the mana necessary to pull off lvl1 sunder. Be sure to grab sunder at lvl11 since the mana cost is reduced drastically making it a lot more useful.

Metamorphosis should be maxed by lvl 15.
From there on max stats, and then soulsteal 22-25.

Simplified Version
What I actually meant, in simple-to-understand, visual form.
Level 01 | Image
Level 02 | Stat
Level 03 | Stat
Level 04 | Image/Meta
Level 05 | Stat
Level 06 | Image/Sunder
Level 07 | Stat
Level 08 | Image
Level 09 | Stat
Level 10 | Sunder/stat
Level 11 | Sunder
Level 12 | Meta
Level 13 | Meta
Level 14 | Meta
Level 15 | Meta/stat
Level 16 | Sunder
Level 17-21 | Stats
Level 22-25 | Soulsteal

Item Build


Early Game:
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That should start your jungling off quite nicely. Those two tangoes are used to heal yourself, and to create shorter paths to creep camps.

Upgrade ASAP to
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You can now take on any camp in the normal forest without help from creeps.

Mid Game:
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If you have farmed an SnY by 25-30 minutes, congratulations, you are pretty much assured of victory.
Remember to buy the Yasha component before the Sange component. With 4 wraith bands and yasha, you can now take on the ancient creep camps.

Late Game:
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Once you upgrade to BoT, you obtain three distinct advantages.
1. You can now TP everywhere, freefarming lanes after successful pushes and ganks.
2. You can now chase people effectively due to your imba MS, using animation cancelling along with ranged stance to ensure that enemies stay within range, where they will eventually get maimed, and the fireballs will burn them to death.
3. Slows now no longer have a great effect on you. To escape a gank, simply run away. Your superior MS should ensure your survival, unless you get chain-stunned/arrowed/jizzed on by alchemist

Luxury Items!:
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After your BoT SnY 4xWB, buy Butterfly first and then Skadi.
Do not buy Skadi first, you need more DPS on your images.
The reason why I’m including a luxuries section is that because TB farms a lot, and can actually get these items should the game progress long enough.

Strategy


How to Jungle?
1) Do double creep pulls as much as you can.
2) Use images to help pull.
3) Practice timing issues in single player until you get it down.
4) Ask your team to ward the jungle if the other team ganks too much. Don’t buy it yourself, you are a carry hero.
5) From level 2-4, use an allied chicken to buy all your items and finish off your gold supply. Once you do that, go suicide purposely to any creep camp to obtain free fountain trip. Not recommended if you play in Dota Client games, and are pedantic about KD ratios.
DO NOT USE SOULSTEAL TO JUNGLE

Which camps to kill?
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At this stage, use creep pulls to kill camps. You can also kill the easy camps (although a bit difficult at lower levels)

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At this stage, you can kill any camp in the normal forest.

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At this stage, you can kill the ancient camps.

How to fight properly?
Animation canceling is KEY to killing with Terrorblade, especially in solo backstab instances. You should animation cancel + chase when you have SnY + Boots at least. Once you proc maim, you can keep on animation canceling if you’re feeling gosu, or just be lazy and let the autoattacks do its trick xD

In large team battles, always use Metamorphosis. Melee images may attack faster, but they generally get in each other’s way. Unless you have alot of stuns, and are fighting in open space, stick with the ranged mode of DPS.

Same goes for solo backstabbing. If your ranged form isn’t ready, its quite unlikely that you will be able to backstab effectively.

Remember that sunder has a relatively short range, and gets owned by silence. Use common sense, don’t wait until red hp to sunder if there’s a Lina around waiting to Laguna blade you like a pitiful fool.

You are probably the best tower killer in your team. Spam those images when pushing!

What is Terrorblade’s Role?
Terrorblade is meant to be played as a carry. What does that mean?
It means that you should farm your ass off, as much as possible.

Stay in the jungle and farm. If there is a free lane near you, go out there, and LAST HIT EVERY ONE OF THE CREEPS. (Remember that free lanes almost always give more exp and gold than pure jungling)

Do not participate in ganks until you have SnY. Until you obtain SnY, your presence probably won’t make much difference in the outcome of the gank. Do not participate in faraway ganks. Instead, use the distraction that your team mates have kindly created to farm your ass off to that SnY.

Once you have that SnY though, you are expected to CARRY. Push a few towers, grab some kills, BUT KEEP ON FARMING IF THERE’S NOTHING ELSE TO DO.

Replays


jungle_tb_carry_with_vic.w3g

A fairly competitive scrim between my clan and another IH.
This game is not meant for showcasing how to double pull. In fact, I screw up a lot of pulls early on in the game (due to lack of practice) which lead to my level disadvantage. Meanwhile, SK + Lina were getting owned by Pugna and Bane at bot. Lane control was lost. Map control was lost. Constant Jungle ganks.
TB comes out on top.
Watch it to see how to play TB. When to farm, when to gank.

Jungle_TB_good_double_pulls.w3g

This is a better replay if you want to see how to pull properly. Pub game, a lot of stomping. I recommend only watching the first 15 minutes or so for learning how to double pull. The rest is pretty generic pubstomp.

Credits


- Charlygood, for making the first PROPER guide on how to jungle Terrorblade.
- Banjikan3, for enforcing the fact that soulsteal jungling is for noobs.
- All other credit where it’s due.

40 Comments so far ↓

  1. Oct
    29
    9:10
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    Amaterv

    for tb I just equip boot speed, 3 bracers and dagon, for 1on1 dont attack wait till u low on hp then sunder+dagon, finished, for ganking lower your hp come out sunder and dagon, finished.

  2. Dec
    22
    6:39
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    Dymez

    This build is SICK! I was cornered in 2v1 condition. I have just finished fighting with Roshan,and i’m dying. Suddenly i was ambushed by Yurnero & Clinkz. You know what? I Sunder-ed the high Hp Yurnero & killed him. Then i Clone & Meta. At last my Frost Attack slowed Clinkz. Although Clinkz has WW away, one last ranged frost attack heading toward the line of my LOS, i got double kill…

  3. Feb
    11
    5:19
    AM
    A NOOB GUY

    Bery nice but you lack dagon, so clash>red life>sunder>dagon!

    :>

  4. Feb
    16
    9:26
    AM
    Thony

    Nice!
    But better with dagon + lothar or blink dagger

  5. Feb
    22
    7:18
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    blacky

    genius!!!!!

  6. Mar
    25
    12:36
    AM
    bansoy

    better w/a lothar>>>sunder>>>dagon>>>DEATH

  7. Mar
    25
    12:39
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    Nahian-SP

    I think the man who made this guide is a pure fool!!! The best items for TB are:
    1. Power Treads

    2. MoM ( after sunder u need dis, u also need this to destroy towers in meta form)

    3. Dagon lv 1 ( try 2 practise sunder-dagon combination)

    4. Eye of Skadi/ Butterfly ( I think best is EoS because u need intel for mana. And for mana i told u 2 buy dagon first)

    5. Buriza/ Butterfly

    6. Level up ur dagon upto 3-5… Then buy Lothar Edge
    Combo: when ur life under dagons damage use lothar ( if dagons damage 400 u have 2 be minimum 250 hp..) Then sunder and then dagon..!!!

    I think this items are best for TB…

  8. Mar
    25
    3:31
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    Nahian-SP

    Another thing… U dont need to buy any hp regen items because he has his 1st power. Use it on creeps. Dont use ‘wraiths’ 2 much. I think he doesnt need any ‘wraiths’. Buy null if u need a starting item… Bt try 2 save ur money… Just take his 1st power 2 times…

    Skill build:
    1. Meta
    2. Soulsteal
    3. Conjure
    4. Meta
    5. Meta
    6. Sundr
    7. Meta
    8-10. Skill
    11. Sundr
    12-14. Conj
    15. Skill
    16. Sundr
    17-23. Skill
    24-25. Soulsteal

  9. Mar
    31
    7:03
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    arya123

    ^^ comment ^^

    1st build treads
    2nd build dagon up level 3 only
    3rd build lothars edge
    4th build skadi
    5th build whatever you wanted
    6th build kill roshan and aegis

  10. Apr
    24
    12:50
    AM
    peter pu

    depend on condition..it may be needed bash ,lifesteal (offering)

  11. May
    7
    6:24
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    H@unT

    nice bro. good guide to soulkeeper!!!!!!!!!11111

  12. May
    12
    8:55
    AM
    Derr

    Well thanks bro i can finally play as soul keeper ^^ like was the carry of my game 3 times in a row with him and won all 3 times :P

  13. May
    20
    2:06
    AM
    GuyWhoPlaysTerrorBlade

    Dagon is no use…
    Before you can even dagon, people may have stunned you and owned your ass.
    Secondly, Disable while you are in red health owns your ass too
    Thirdly, Gay Ultimates that make you unable to cast spells or deals a heavy amount of damage owns you before you can even reach them
    Fourthly, Mask of Madness sucks on Terrorblade. It does not offer any concrete bonuses other than the ability to deal more damage and get more damage in return which is utterly no use in team fights as people will be aiming the carry heroes.
    Lastly, Dagon drags back the time that Terrorblade gets his items and also, Dagon is of no use unless you are a burst nuker (Lion, Lina etcetc) and also, people may have so much health that 23% is still not enough to dagon kill them (in other words, majority of the strength heroes)because of the 25% magic reduction. (Dagon 1 only deals 280 after reduction and costs 2850gold which is MORE than the cost of a yasha and a boots. T_T”
    Note to Author: Get 1 scroll of town portal, may save you when you’re in a sticky situation

  14. Jun
    19
    12:29
    AM
    Jus askin :D

    Is manta a stupid suggestion? XD

  15. Jun
    19
    1:30
    AM
    godlike dude

    ur ALL noobs……i killed the entire opposing team at level 20 with an arcane ring and lothars

  16. Jul
    9
    8:39
    AM
    Avada Kedavra

    Though this build is insane, I can see several loopholes. Firstly, you don’t need sunder at level 6, there’s no way TB can afford 200 mana at that level to sunder anyone; secondly, i don’t agree with using stats instead of a spell. Image and especially meta are useful early on. Think in terms of a ganking team! The extra HP from meta will aid you not only escaping ganks, but aid an ally to gank. Think about :P

  17. Jul
    12
    1:55
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    terrorstick

    pure fool. You need 1 lvl of soul steal no matter what role you play.
    It will help heal and ironically farm from sistance without using mana.
    Skills:
    -always get 1 lvl of soul steal and dont upgrade over level 2.
    -get 1 lvl of conure immage early game to help with everything.
    -Priority 1: Get sunder at lvl 10 and lvl 11.
    -Priority 2: Concentrate on Meta
    -Priority 3: Concentrate on conjure image.
    -you should upgrade soul steal to lvl 3 before (depending on your style of play) maximize stats.
    Items:
    i prefre.
    1.Eye of skadi (to balance your stats)
    2.Lothars edge (to help you escape/sunder without geting owned)
    3.Bot (to farm many other lanes quickly and farm this next item)
    4.Dagon (to execute your opponent after sunder)
    thn get whatever you like.
    Get Your Hp Low->Windwalk with lothars->Sunder->Execute with Dagon. He tries to escape? Metamorph and hit with frost attack.

  18. Jul
    25
    6:26
    AM
    ProGagi

    Yep terrorstick is right…

  19. Jul
    28
    12:04
    AM
    widi

    your guidance is no joke…it works dude…fantastic…

    i had tried and it works
    i like your idea that jungling is the best option for TB,laning is hard for TB since his life is low, so i start jungling in level 4, i lost my lane tower easily but this is a 1 step back for 2 step leap…

    since i jungling very early, maybe my opponent slight forgot about me, i jungling all the way untill one of my opponent hero pushing one line alone,and you know what happen…^^i land a kill,after killing him clear the creep and jungling all the way again…and you must know that i got my lvl 25 when the other player only get lvl 19…wow…you can predict what happen…GOdLike..haha…and the bonus…i got plenty of money…i got my butterfly and skadi in the same time,i got no time for back to the tavern, first jungling, see a hero alone than kill him, clear the creep, and go back jungling, they push my lane again, i kill him again, sunder+SnY is sick anyway,killing is easy…

    when i got my butterfly and skadi…nothing can stop me…i’ve been gankbanged once in late of the game, but i’m sorry..THEY ALL DIE…i kill the tanker first, then i shot a hero that i can see (random choice) then he died, until i got triple kill, i sunder one of the another two, kill him again, and the last one…he screaming to death haha…

    this hero is sick…and thanks to your guidance, it makes TB played easy…

    i am looking forward to your article again

    NB: about the item…i think it’s better to say that one man has one his own style…so don’t debating about item, coz u will buy what you need, not what is stated in this article, isn’t it?? just follow the way to play TB…since in this guidance, we can get money as easy as one two three…surely…i’ve tried this…

    and the last…i never use TB skill 1…i better use the mana for skill 2 and jungling all the way…

  20. Aug
    12
    7:52
    AM
    Rupture Dagon

    ur ALL looser !!!

    i killed all the enemy trying to backdorr the world tree with just these :

    1.)BoT
    2.)Satanic
    3.)SnY
    4.)Linkin Sphere
    5.)Butterfly
    6.)Divine

  21. Aug
    12
    7:58
    AM
    Divine

    yeah ! yeah !
    i’m sick of all ur builds ….

    actually TB doesn’t need dagon or lothars it’ll make him weaker wat u really need is the sense of IMBA !!!

    Item Build Core !!!
    1.)Power Treads
    2.)BKB
    3.)Manta Style
    4.)Butterfly
    5.)Satanic
    6.)Guinsoo

    trust me … ^_____^

  22. Aug
    26
    1:14
    AM
    anoy23

    hey for those who suggested satanic with manta or satanic with SnY are NOOB! u guys need to learn more! the orb effects do not stack with each other think again!

  23. Aug
    29
    4:19
    AM
    OYO ONGO !!!

    bitch !!!
    it’s just a sense of IMBA u pile of shit !!!

  24. Aug
    30
    8:57
    AM
    LOL@NOOBS

    I can’t believe what im reading here!!! Yall comments are the gayest shit since sims 2.

  25. Sep
    14
    6:37
    PM
    raziel

    ur build works dude!!

    ur comments and suggestions are just junks and shits!!

  26. Sep
    18
    7:10
    AM
    ^_^LOL^_^

    Good but u prefer:
    1.BoT
    2.SnY
    3.dagon lvl 5
    4.butterfly
    5.buriza
    6.vladimirs offering

  27. Sep
    25
    2:01
    AM
    TerrorMYcumshot

    ah….well i am THE RAPEAGE terrorblade (Battle net name = EPiC_BelleND)

    My Uber Items:
    1. BoT
    2. Diffusal Blade
    3. Manta Style
    4. Buriza
    5. EoS
    6. Butterfly

    you DO NOT need dagon for all u noobs, that is just cheap and easy to way to kill!! that is not being pro! Meta > Image > EoS frost+crits > purge (purge and EoS will make them completely stop moving for about 5 seconds if you time it right)

    Manta Style – Conjure Image and use manta, end up getting 4 images (incluiding yourself)

    Diffusal – ends up being 80 mana loss per hit WOAH OMG!! XD

  28. Oct
    22
    9:08
    PM
    Ez

    I like the idea of 2 warith bands in the early game, with SnY things. But, i prefer build yasha first. Boot of speed + HoD is useful too.
    Good guide.

  29. Oct
    27
    9:46
    PM
    adit

    How about dagon?
    Sunder + dagon ?

  30. Nov
    1
    6:25
    AM
    kriket

    best build for terrorblade:

    1.Boots of travel
    2.Bloodstone
    3.2xButterfly
    4.Eye of Skadi
    5.Asault cuirass

  31. Nov
    5
    3:26
    AM
    Powner

    If you buy Sange and Yasha AND skadi, that is one of the worst combinations ever, Skadi is an orb eff and wil not work with your sange! I buy manta style instead of sange and yasha.

  32. Nov
    30
    1:39
    AM
    dude face

    what abt diffusal blade?? massive mana burn and purge for confirm kill

  33. Nov
    30
    1:40
    AM
    dude face

    oh ya. Powner : skadi is not a orb effect in range form .

  34. Dec
    2
    7:15
    PM
    ignorante

    what about poor man’s shield as starting item? really helps in the jungle.

  35. Dec
    29
    2:56
    AM
    XD

    is basher ok to terrorblade?

  36. Dec
    29
    3:02
    AM
    XD

    i think this is a great build

    1.BoT
    2.SnY
    3.basher
    4.butterfly
    5.bfury
    6.tarasqe
    is this build allright?

  37. Feb
    27
    7:18
    PM
    WTF worst comments ever

    Omg u guys arent supposed to stack orb effects.

    tarasque for TB is not bad
    Cranium isnt so good maby replace that with skadi

  38. Feb
    27
    7:21
    PM
    LOL

    ROFL

  39. Mar
    13
    5:38
    AM
    jesiboy619

    YEA!!! FCKING people suggesting Lothars and Dagon are GAY!!! I.M.B.A is the word for TB!!

  40. Mar
    29
    11:55
    AM
    Sulin

    BKB besause they cant stun me when i have activate BKB Butter Radlo manta

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