[Top 5] Dota 2 Best Builds for Slardar

Best Slardar Builds
The most stunning hero in Dota 2, literally.

    Meet Slardar, the Slithereen Guard. A melee strength hero that’ll make your ‘dominating’ dreams come true, while effectively ending your opponents. How? Because of his ‘stunning’ abilities. Literally. He can stun a lot! We’re not even kidding. He’s one of THE best heroes to rush into battle with since he can take on almost anyone in a 1v1 showdown.
    However, you’re not going to dominate a single hero, let alone force a rage-quit if you’re not sure about what build to follow. Especially if you’re new to Slardar. Continue reading, find your preferred style, and try out a build I’ve collated just for you!

Here are the top 5 builds for Slardar:

5) The ‘How to Slardar - 101’ Safe Build


    To all you new Slardar players out there without a clue on how to play him, you're in for a treat.

    To all of you that haven’t played Slardar yet, say hello to our underplayed beast that can destroy almost anyone or everyone in Dota 2’s hero pool.
    Let’s start you out with a simple build, this is going to keep you safe, as long as that’s how your plan without abandoning team-mates. Here you’ll find items that you (in most cases) will just not go wrong with. I’ve further divided them into your possible play-style, there are item suggestions if you’d rather be defensive and even suggestions for if you prefer jumping into the rumble.

What is this build good for:

  • Players who are new to Slardar
  • Can support, tank or attack with this build
  • No need to get a core item apart from blink, in a hurry. (Get them later, though.)

Build Details:

Starting Items

  • Tango
  • Wind Lace
  • Healing Salve
  • Quelling Blade

Early Items

  •  Power Treads (Strength)
  • Magic Wand
  • Vanguard
  • Blink Dagger

Core Items

  • Crimson Guard (def) or Abyssal Blade (att)
  • Assault Cuirass
  • Black King Bar
  • Heart of Tarrasque (def)  or Solar Crest (att)

Skill Build:

  • (Q) Guardian Sprint: 1,3,8,12,17
  • (W) Slithereen Crush: 2,5,9,14
  • (E) Bash of the Deep: 4,7,13
  • (R) Corrosive Haze: 6,11,16
     
  • Talent Tree: 10,15,20,25. (All at 30)

Talent Tree:

  • +8 Health Regen
  • + 350 Health
  • 30+ Lifesteal
  • -4.5s Slithereen Crush Cooldown

4) The ‘Sharing is Scaring’ Team-fight Build

Slardar is a great solo hero. However, use him in a combo-wombo and he's going to be epic.

    If there’s one important thing I always stress to new players; it’s the magnanimous importance of team play. You can, of course, carry a game on your own, but why go through all that added stress when, if you recall, you do have 4 more players to play with.
    Remember, your objective here is to support your team & to help them in any way you can. That’s why I’ve listed items that will do both; keep you alive & help your allies with important aurae and bonuses.

What is this build good for:

  • Synchronizing your attacks with the team.
  • Attacking as one unit, enhanced with your item choice.
  • Making the best of your team’s play for almost ‘unparalleled’ dominance.

Starting Items

  • Wind Lace
  • Mango x2
  • Tango

Early Items

  • Phase Boots
  • Blink Dagger
  • Drum of Endurance

Core Items

  • Assault Cuirass
  • Abyssal Blade
  • Black King Bar- Crimson Guard (Sell ‘Drum’ if made obsolete during the late-game phase.)

Skill Build:

  • (Q) Guardian Sprint: 3,5,14,17
  • (W) Slithereen Crush: 1,4,9,13
  • (E) Bash of the Deep: 2,8,7,12
  • (R) Corrosive Haze: 6,11,16
     
  • Talent Tree: 10,15,20,25. (All at 30)

Talent Tree:

  • +8 Health Regen
  • +75 Bash Damage
  • +1000 Night Vision
  • Corrosive Haze Undispellable

3) The ‘I Soldier On’ Tank Build


    The most threatening Slardar, is the one with the most balanced armor, health and attack speed.

     Do I even need to explain this? Well, since you’re reading. Might as well give in my two cents about how to make this seriously strong guy even stronger once he’s outside the water.
    Here, we’ll focus on items that’ll simply make Slardar a much tougher opponent to face once he blinks into the fray and initiates combat for his other ‘heavy-damage inducing’ allies.
    Not only will this build help you survive for longer, but it’ll also make ‘fighting you’ a pain in the initial AoE if you so choose to fight with an Aghanim’s Sceptre. (If you’re good at farming, try rushing it and then going for Blink Dagger, and then the rest, so on and so forth.)

What is this build good for:

  • Surviving Initiations & getting back into the fight in no time.
  • Great for team-fights. Especially ones in compact areas.

Starting Items

  • Wind Lace
  • Mango x2
  • Tango

Early Items

  • Phase Boots
  • Blink Dagger
  • Platemail

Core Items

  • Assault Cuirass
  • Black King Bar
  • Heart of Tarrasque
  • Shiva’s Guard (def) or Aghanim’s Scepter (att)

Skill Build:

  • (Q) Guardian Sprint: 5,8,14,17
  • (W) Slithereen Crush: 2,4,9,13
  • (E) Bash of the Deep: 1,3,7,12
  • (R) Corrosive Haze: 6,11,16
     
  • Talent Tree: 10,15,20,25. (All at 30)

Talent Tree:

  •  +8 Health Regen
  • + 350 Health
  • 30+ Lifesteal
  • -4.5s Slithereen Crush Cooldown

2) The ‘Peeka Boo, I Stun You’ Gank Build


    If you spot a Slardar on his way to gank, get out of there. Survival chances once he arrives are close to none.

    What I love to do most with Slardar is, gank, ambush, dominate and blush as my team-mates compliment my ‘oh-so-epic’ surprise attacks. However, to be honest, Slardar just makes it way too easy.
    This strategy, while giving you the items you’ll need, will also require you to focus on your abilities. Getting the right ability at the right time will mean A LOT because it’s going to be very handy in team-fights. Friendly Tip - Get into fights with a charged-up (3 pre-hits on any enemy unit) ‘Bash of the Deep’ first. Then ‘Slithereen Crush’ as your team heads in, by when you’ll probably have your ‘Bash of the Deep’ almost ready again.

What is this build good for:

  • First Blood (Need support of two more heroes at least, during rune snatch at the start.)
  • Put pressure on all lanes from the earliest stage of the game
  • You WILL be feared at all times.

Starting Items

  •  Wind lace or Orb of Venom (If you pick Orb of Venom, start with ‘Guardian Spirit’ as your first ability & ‘Slithereen Crush’ as your second.)
  • Tango
  • Healing Salve

Early Items

  • Phase Boots
  • Blink Dagger
  • Ring of Tarrasque

Core Items

  • Silver Edge or Aghanim’s Scepter
  • Desolator or Assault Cuirass
  • Heart of Tarrasque
  • Abyssal Blade

Skill Build:

  •  (Q) Guardian Sprint: 5,8,14,17
  • (W) Slithereen Crush: 1,4,9,13
  • (E) Bash of the Deep: 2,3,7,12
  • (R) Corrosive Haze: 6,11,16
     
  • Talent Tree: 10,15,20,25. (All at 30)

Talent Tree:

  •  +8 Health Regen
  • +75 Bash Damage
  • +30% Lifesteal
  • -4.5s Slithereen Crush Cooldown

1) The ‘Shocketh & Awe’ Perma-stun Build


   One of the only hero's that can actually keep a unit stunned permanently with just his basic skills.

     This build is downright sadistic. Not even going to sugar-coat it. You get this build under 30 minutes and you’re going to SLAY the day. Don’t be surprised if your opponents rage quit and furiously type a ‘bug’ report asking Valve & IceFrog to ‘Pls Nerf Slardar.’ before defeatedly clicking on ‘Uninstall Dota 2’.
    Remember, the key to this build is not to be too aggressive from the start, but to be just about the right of both, patience and aggression. Stay smart about your game and most importantly - be patient. Staying alive for long enough while farming and helping out wherever and whenever you can, will help you get your items faster. Do this and you’ll turn into a force that will most definitely right-click anyone’s soul into helpless-submission, just like their perma-stunned hero.

What is this build good for:

  • Unforgivable 1v1 fights
  • Enemies will almost always be stunned once you have all items from the ‘core items’ list.

Starting Items

  • Tango
  • Mango
  • Wind Lace
  • Iron Branch x2

Early Items

  • Phase Boots
  • Blink Dagger
  • Echo Sabre

Core Items

  • Moon Shard x 3 (Two in inventory & One Consumed)
  • Mjollnir (If you pick 2 Moon Shards - 1in your inventory & 1 consumed.)
  • Octarine Core (If you want even faster stuns, pick this instead of Mjollnir/3rd Moon Shard)
  • Abyssal Blade

Skill Build:

  •  (Q) Guardian Sprint: 5,8,14,17
  • (W) Slithereen Crush: 2,4,9,13
  • (E) Bash of the Deep: 1,3,7,12
  • (R) Corrosive Haze: 6,11,16
  • Talent Tree: 10,15,20,25. (All at 30)

Talent Tree:

  •  +8 Health Regen
  • +75 Bash Damage
  • +30% Lifesteal
  • -4.5s Slithereen Crush Cooldown

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