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Created March 18, 2017

The Unkillable Horror

This is not your typical Butcher build. But you don't want to be a typical Butcher now, do you? You know what I'm talking about: "Oh look, The Butcher is charging in again and --- oh, he's dead." It's time to stop being a butcher's apprentice. Instead, be the unkillable Butcher that everyone will come to fear.
Every 5 seconds, gain 75 Physical Armor against the next enemy Hero Basic Attack, reducing the damage taken by 75%. Stores up to 2 charges.
Block is going to up your survivability a fair amount. In the event that there won't be much value out of it (laning against Tracer/Tychus/Zarya), Invigoration is a nice second (Chop Meat if your team's waveclear is garbage).
Flail Axe
Increases the length of Hamstring by 40%.
Flail Axe is what you pull out when they think they barely got away. WHACK! They're dead. You'll also be able to clear lanes better as they're coming in single-file.
Meat Shield
When Ruthless Onslaught impacts an enemy Hero, The Butcher gains 50 Spell Armor for 2.5 seconds, reducing Ability Damage taken by 50%.
Meat Shield grants you 50% Spell Armor for 2.5 seconds after you charge. Sorry, mages. You won't be bursting down Butchy anytime soon.
Lamb to the Slaughter
Throw a hitching post that attaches to the nearest enemy Hero after a 1 second delay. This deals 171 damage and causes the enemy to be chained to the post and Silenced for 3 seconds.
Lamb to the Slaughter... Name one other ability which causes players to mindlessly act out of fearful instinct. What do they hope to accomplish by running and bouncing repeatedly for 4 seconds. Instead of them, at the very least, AAing you, you'll be able to hack them into pieces in no time.
Brutal Strike
After using Hamstring, The Butcher's next 3 Basic Attacks within 5 seconds deal an additional 15% damage.
Brutal Strike pumps up your DPS quite nicely. Always a good thing.
While below 50% of his maximum Health, taking damage causes The Butcher to become Enraged for 10 seconds, gaining 40% Attack Speed and 25 Armor, reducing damage taken by 25%. This effect has a 25 second cooldown.
This is the most OP talent in the game. Folks, I'm telling you, this is broken. You will solo bosses, you will turn the tides in a fight; just when they think they've got you, you pop Enraged, gain 25% Armor, gain 40% attack speed, and you come back! Save your Butcher's Brand for when you get that bonus attack speed.
Bolt of the Storm
Activate to teleport to a nearby location.
Frankly, this is dealer's choice. None of these talents are bad. Personally, I like options; that's what Bolt of the Storm gives you. You can use it offensively or defensively, so it's my preferred poison.
Balance Patch - 3/14/17
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Love your note on 10. Crazy how so many people will just struggle against the chain instead of attacking.
Solid build! Chop Meat I've been taking over block just cause I can rotate lanes quicker that way, but when picking talents its all about what works best for that player. Also appreciative of the effort you put into writing on each talent tier.