Created December 16, 2017
Should you play this amazing beast, your goal is to simply stay alive, get stacked, and wait for your moment to engage and cleanup kills. That's Butcher in a nutshell. Excellent on Tomb of the Spider Queen, Blackheart's Bay, and Dragon Shire.
Periodically reduces the damage received from Hero Basic Attacks by 50%. Stores up to 2 charges.
Unless you're against a hero that removes Block super easy like Tracer/Lucio, more survivability is the way to go at 1. Otherwise, the other level 1 talents are to be picked at your discretion.
Reduces the cooldown of Ruthless Onslaught by 40% upon impact.
Unrelenting Pursuit means more stuns and more charging out of battle escapes. Cheap Shot is decent when you're on a team loaded with CC. Flail Axe junctions well with Invigoration at 1, and allows you to poke squishy backliners well.
When Ruthless Onslaught impacts an enemy Hero, you take 50% reduced Ability Damage for 2.5 seconds.
Meat Shield means more survivability when you so decide to get into the thick of a team fight. Victuals isn't so bad with close lanes, fighting in lanes, and the overall nerf to supports. Insatiable Blade is kinda meh unfortunately.
Lamb to the Slaughter
Throw a hitching post that attaches to the nearest enemy Hero after a 1 second delay. This deals 178 (+4% per level) damage and causes the enemy to be chained to the post for 4 seconds.
Lamb to the Slaughter 9/10 times. Completely isolate one hero and destroy them. Easy. Furnace Blast has its value if you can guarantee multiple heroes being hit, which isn't often the case.
After using Hamstring, your next 3 Basic Attacks within 5 seconds deal an additional 15% damage.
Brutal Strike makes killing much easier. Savage Charge is decent if you're going into a lot of tanks, especially when you've got a lower charge CD. Cleaver excels vs many melee compositions, and even moreso at 20 with Slaughterhouse.
While below 50% of his maximum Health, taking damage causes The Butcher to become Enraged for 10 seconds, gaining 40% Attack Speed ans 25 Armor, reducing damage taken by 25%.
Enraged is the easy option as it creates more survivability. Crippling Slam is great if you've been picking Hamstring at 1 and 4. Blood Frenzy doesn't provide armor, then yet again, you don't have to be below 50% health in order to get the AA% increase. Enraged imo is the smartest move.
Lamb to the Slaughter now chains all enemy Heroes in range.
Slaughterhouse simply wins games. Netting an additional hero is amazing, but being able to do that to the whole team? GG FAM. Nexus Blades and Bolt of the Storm are useful, but not insane like the Slaughterhouse.
Balance Patch - 11/29/17