Juggernaut

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Yurnero, the Juggernaut, is one of the most recognizable heroes in Dota 2. Up there with the likes of Pudge, Mirana, và Dragon Knight in terms of iconic status, Juggernaut backs his popularity up with steady, stable gameplay. Yurnero himself has never truly been an off-metagame pick throughout the years, thanks in no small part khổng lồ his flexible kit. He personifies and epitomizes balance, with a near 51 percent win rate khổng lồ his name at the time of writing.

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Flexible and adaptable lớn a fault, Juggernaut is one of the most ubiquitous heroes in Dota 2. (Image courtesy Valve)


In fact, his kit is so versatile that he is a hard carry that is effective at nearly all stages of the game. From his decent laning phase to lớn his incredible late-game prowess, Juggernaut is as well-rounded as any other carry hero out there.


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(Image courtesy Valve)


His overall trò chơi plan is also quite simple và easy lớn execute. Juggernaut is a viable choice for first-time carry players because of this. However, he is more difficult to master than most people think, và optimizing his gameplay is harder than it looks at first. But fear not: we’re here to lớn help you make heads or tails of how lớn play Yurnero in Dota 2. Welcome khổng lồ our Juggernaut anh hùng guide.

Within the Limits

Before getting into the build & game plan, it’s very important for us lớn go over Juggernaut’s strengths & weaknesses, more so than most other vi xử lý core heroes in the game. This is because his pros & cons are more subtle than those of other heroes, và may go over new players’ heads with how much detail there is lớn know.

Juggernaut Strengths

By far, Juggernaut’s primary strength is his ability khổng lồ instantly make himself immune to lớn damage, disables, và most harmful elements. This is facilitated by both Blade Fury & Omnislash, which grant Yurnero spell immunity and invulnerability, respectively. Juggernaut can simply shrug off most debuffs and damage over time effects with Blade Fury, allowing him to lớn escape unharmed if needed. Of course, Blade Fury also giao dịch damage over time of its own against enemy heroes, making it both an offensive & defensive ability.


Omnislash on the other hand makes Juggernaut nigh untouchable. Yurnero himself becomes completely untargetable during this state, rendering him immune to lớn pretty much everything with very few exceptions. & just lượt thích Blade Fury, Omnislash allows Juggernaut to dish out the pain while protecting himself. Starting to see a trend here? Juggernaut is all about keeping himself safe while he does his job, whether that be laning or teamfighting.

Other than that, Yurnero has the usual carry tools. Blade Dance directly increases DPS. Not much else to lớn say about it. Healing Ward deserves special mention, though. Not a lot of carries out there have ways to heal themselves outside of lifesteal. Healing Wards can also move just lượt thích other units, opening up an avenue for those with micromanagement skills.

Juggernaut Weaknesses

Of course, Juggernaut’s sheer flexibility comes with cons as well. His cooldown timers jump out as the biggest weakness in his kit, as Yurnero is quite vulnerable when he cannot access his abilities. Getting caught by strong disables with Blade Fury on cooldown is practically a death sentence for him. The same goes with Omnislash, especially if he doesn’t have his teammates to back him up.


And then there’s the issue of his attribute growth per level. Juggernaut starts with a ton of base agility, but his base strength & intelligence leave a lot to be desired. He also doesn’t gain much of the latter two attributes per level. This causes his health và mana pool to lớn grow very slowly compared to lớn other heroes. Yurnero therefore greatly requires stat-boosting items in the late game, whereas other carries would be fine just building straight-up damage items.

Finally, there’s the issue with his ultra-late game scaling. Juggernaut isn’t the most di động melee carry, nor is he the one with the highest potential in the pool. Hypercarries like Medusa, Terrorblade, và Spectre can all outscale him in situations where the game goes lớn 60 minutes or more. Yurnero is sort of dependent on ending the game earlier than that as a result.

The Way of the Sword

The recommended ability and talent build for Juggernaut isn’t difficult to lớn grasp at all. His scaling is very straightforward, & there isn’t really any room for experimentation here. Blade Fury should be your first priority, given its damage đầu ra in the early game & the fact that its mana cost scales downward instead of upward.

Blade Dance is the second priority, as it directly increases your damage output, which can be useful for farming and for taking early fights. Healing Ward isn’t really good in the early levels, và it basically has no scaling to lớn speak of. Max it last. Omnislash should be taken at each ultimate level.

As for talents, the progression is likewise cut and dry, at least past màn chơi 10. The level 10 talent choice boils down to whether or not you feel lượt thích you need more health khổng lồ survive, or if you need the movement speed lớn catch up khổng lồ your targets. In most cases, +20 Movement speed is better. Then get the +20 Attack speed talent at level 15, as it directly impacts the potency of your Omnislash & your general DPS.

At cấp độ 20, get the +160 Blade Fury DPS talent; the +8 Armor just isn’t good value on a anh hùng that already has so much agility khổng lồ begin with. The Blade Fury talent also becomes much better if you opt to lớn buy Aghanim’s Shard. Finally, you’ll want the Omnislash Duration talent at cấp độ 25. +475 Health just pales in comparison to lớn an extra second of invulnerability and jacked-up damage.

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Farming Items

On to the thành công build. In contrast to the skill build, Juggernaut has many choices in this regard. The most popular build (at least in public matchmaking) involves building a Battle Fury to lớn help accelerate farm. This is a classic build that has been around since the dawn of time, even before Dota even had the number two attached khổng lồ its name.

However, with the metagame nowadays being so fast-paced, Battle Fury is kind of a liability. It delays your ability lớn fight quite significantly, which isn’t really good for a nhân vật like Juggernaut. You want khổng lồ be ready to take objectives or defend yourself at a moment’s notice, and Battle Fury just doesn’t let you bởi any of those things early.

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Therefore, we recommend instead turning khổng lồ Maelstrom as the farming thắng lợi of choice. It’s much easier lớn build compared khổng lồ Battle Fury, và the Chain Lightning passive works fully with Omnislash. Maelstrom is also very reliable at pushing out creep waves, which is important for Juggernaut as he doesn’t want khổng lồ risk putting Blade Fury on cooldown when farming.

Mid trò chơi Ramp và Protection

From there, you’ll want khổng lồ build a Yasha-based item. Yasha is extremely important for Juggernaut, as it gives him movement speed (to prevent getting kited), & more attack tốc độ for more DPS. As for the upgrade, it will depend mostly on the enemy anh hùng composition. Instant silence effects are among Juggernaut’s worst nightmares, so if you’re facing any, build Manta Style for the dispel. If you’re up against hard disables, though, Sange & Yasha may be a better choice.


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(Image courtesy Valve)


Speaking of hard disables, Yurnero hates going up against spell immunity-piercing abilities. Things like Doom, Primal Roar, and Duel completely ruin his day. This is when a Linken’s Sphere would come in handy. Asking your supports lớn buy Lotus Orb would also help in this regard. There isn’t much you can vì chưng about area of effect spells that go through Blade Fury, though, so we suggest avoiding Juggernaut altogether against heroes lượt thích Enigma or Faceless Void.

Final Stroke

As for late-game luxury items, there’s plenty lớn choose from. Mjollnir is perfect for playing against illusion heroes lượt thích Phantom Lancer, & builds directly from Maelstrom. The same goes for Gleipnir, if you’re facing mobile targets like Ember Spirit or Mirana. Gleipnir doesn’t give you attack speed like Mjollnir does, though.

Aghanim’s Scepter is perhaps the best công trình to buy after completing your Yasha and Maelstrom upgrades. It gives you access to a mini-Omnislash which lasts about a third of the real Omnislash duration, but on a 20-second cooldown. The value of such a thing cannot be overstated, as it allows you khổng lồ threaten enemies that are out of position without committing the full Omnislash cooldown. Moreover, Aghanim’s Scepter gives you plenty of additional stats.

From there, the usual hard carry items apply. Basher into Abyssal Blade helps with locking down đen King Bar wielders. Eye of Skadi pumps your stats khổng lồ high heaven while giving you a useful slow on-hit. Satanic is there if you need the lifesteal lớn go toe lớn toe with high DPS carries, as is Butterfly with its evasion. Special mention goes lớn Swift Blink, which is incredibly useful for jumping into the enemy backline and assassinating supports in an instant.

Bushido Blade

While Yurnero’s kit allows him to fight early and often, he is still a carry at the over of the day. Therefore, you need to know how to lớn pick your spots và when to take fights during the phases of the trò chơi where you’re expected khổng lồ farm.

Thankfully, Juggernaut is a fast farmer. Blade Fury alone helps you clear creep waves while also making it safe to show yourself on the map. Maelstrom does this as well as mentioned before. Also, keep in mind that you can still use items while Blade Fury is active. Use this to lớn your advantage lớn escape from gank attempts by activating Blade Fury and using a Town Portal Scroll to get khổng lồ safety.

While it is certainly good for you to lớn participate in early engagements, don’t overextend yourself & know your limits. Yurnero is very squishy without stat items, & is a sitting duck with Blade Fury on cooldown.


When using Healing Ward in any situation, make sure lớn micro it out of reach. It dies in just one hit from any enemy hero, và you will thua thảm the regeneration almost immediately. Try khổng lồ summon it at a safe distance, và keep it out of harm’s way while you push towers for example.

How to lớn Counter Juggernaut in Dota 2

With his built-in spell immunity và invulnerability, Juggernaut is notoriously difficult for new Dota 2 players khổng lồ counter. This of course boils down primarily to lớn his defensive capabilities, which cause situations where new players just don’t know how khổng lồ keep him pinned down.

Silences

Silence effects like the active ability of Orchid Malevolence and Silencer’s Global Silence wreck Juggernaut. Without access khổng lồ Blade Fury or Omnislash, Yurnero is extremely vulnerable & must rely entirely on his movement speed in order lớn get lớn safety. When coupled with potent slows, Juggernaut has no way to escape after being silenced.

Instant Disables

Instant disables like Lion’s Hex or Rubick’s Telekinesis work wonders against Juggernaut, especially when used from areas where he won’t expect them. Chaining instant disables with stuns afterwards leads to lớn better results, with Yurnero being unable to respond until he’s already dead. Bonus points for disables that go through spell immunity lượt thích Magnus’ Reverse Polarity.

Counters to lớn Omnislash

Because Omnislash is a purely physical ability, it is prone khổng lồ getting countered by the same things that counter physical attacks. Ghost Scepter, Necrophos’ Ghost Shroud, và Pugna’s Decrepify completely neuter Omnislash. Eul’s Scepter of Divinity also grants invulnerability for a short time, which can be useful if you’re the only one Yurnero is hitting with it.

Invisibility also helps tons against Omnislash. Glimmer Cape can be used to interrupt the whole thing, in fact, as Juggernaut stops slashing if there are no visible enemy units in the vicinity.

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