How to Play Offlane Bloodseeker According to Oceania’s FinestPosted by ESPORTS October 9, 2020 in
Bloodseeker has been seeing a lot of play recently, not as the usual midlaner or hard carry but as an offlaner. Though talks about the strategy have been popping here in there for quite some time, the strategy was ultimately validated after Team Secret successfully pulled it off in an official tournament match versus OG. After more than a month, the offlane Bloodseeker is now one of the most impactful heroes in the Oceanic Esports Dota League Season 2.
The viability of offlane Bloodseeker came to fruition after the 7.27b update brought reworks on his Bloodrage. Instead of amplifying incoming and outgoing damages and providing max health heal for each unit killed on affected units, the ability now grants spell damage amplification and attack speed bonus for a portion of an affected unit’s max health. Thirst, on the other hand, no longer grants attack speed but in turn, provides Styrgwyr a better survivability mechanic. How it works is still kind of the same as the old Bloodrage, except it now provides half of the healing value whenever an enemy unit dies within 300 range.
These changes redefined Bloodseeker from a niche one or two pick to a solid utility offlaner. Bloodrage turned into a buff that very well complements a hard carry’s physical damage or even a midlaner’s spell damage. His Bloodrite remains as a massive area-of-effect wave clear that can be cast from a relatively safe distance. More than the healing provided by Thirst, the bonus movement speed it grants is also very helpful in team fights. Finally, Rupture has always been one of the greatest abilities to kite heroes with as it deals pure damage and completely pierces through spell immunity.
NoBKB was the first team to employ an offlane Bloodseeker versus Your Soul is Mine on Week 5 of the group stages. Zavier utilized the attack speed buff of Bloodrage by picking Lifestealer for Baosu and the damage per distance moved of Rupture with CosiCosi’s Magnus. He picked up Veil of Discord at the seventh-minute mark to amplify Blood Rite’s spell damage then followed it up with a Eul’s Scepter of Divinity to make up for the hero’s lack of disable. At the end of the 32-minute bloodbath, Zavier scored a game-high 31 assists while keeping his deaths only at two.
Aside from NoBKB, Cuteanimegirls was also a huge fan of the hero’s new-found role. They have played an offlane Bloodseeker for three games and are yet to be defeated with it. In their head-to-head match versus Adio Chula, the tournament top seed drafted an Anti-Mage for LY and a Batrider for MiggelZ to synergize with Calvin’s Bloodseeker. After picking up his core items, Calvin went for a Solar Crest to further boost his cores’ movement and attack speeds. LY ended the 47-minute match with 26 kills and 56k damage dealt.
These two games perfectly encapsulate how to pull off the offlane Bloodseeker. His redefined gameplay is no longer about the item-dependent roadrunner but a unique damage amplifier that synergizes well with both right-click heavy carries such as Anti-Mage, Phantom Assassin, or Faceless Void, or even mixed damage heroes like Windranger, Morphling, and Outworld Devourer. His itemization also provides flexibility and actually caters to what a team needs depending on the situation that they are into. In several games that the hero appeared in the league, we saw Guardian Greaves, Pipe of Insight, Crimson Guard, Lotus Orb, and even Dagon getting picked up after the core items.
To date, Bloodseeker sports the highest win rate for a hero picked more than five times so far into the Oceanic Esports Dota League Season 2. He was picked a total of nine times, all of which are played in the offlane, and failed only once to rack up a meta-defining 88.89% win rate. The game duration for matches with an offlane Bloodseeker also varies in length—the fastest recorded win stands at 27 minutes while the longest one went for more than an hour—signifying that the strategy is not bounded by specific timings.
If viewed from a certain perspective, the success of the newly-introduced offlane Bloodseeker in the Oceanic Esports Dota League also highlights the capabilities of Oceania’s Finest to adapt to the ever-changing metagame trends. It also establishes the style of Dota the Australia-New Zealand region plays—flexible and always out for blood.
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