We breakdown the best value items for Batrider.
Batrider is a hero that we don’t see that often, especially in pubs. But he's probably one of the most interesting heroes in Dota 2, especially for people new to the game. The mighty offlaner can be played as a support, as well as mid laner, depending on the lineup. However, he shines in the offlane because he can easily lane against several enemy heroes. Thanks to his abilities, Batrider is capable of securing farm and even killing the enemy carry if he hits level six.
Unlike other heroes in the game, Batrider is a hero that usually gets the same items in every position. With that being said, let’s check out some of the best items to purchase when picking this hero.
The first item that you often see among Batrider players is Blink Dagger. This shouldn’t come as a surprise because it's relatively inexpensive compared to other things on the list, yet, it gives the hero a huge advantage.
Despite not providing any stats, a timely-purchased Blink Dagger for Batrider can make all the difference in the world. If the player uses it correctly, the hero can jump in, use his ultimate + Firefly, and drag an enemy hero to his teammates. Of course, this is easier said than done because there are many things that can go wrong when trying to pull a jump or execute a teamfight; but this is still a tried and true strategy, which even makes it to the main stage at some events.
The second mobility item that Batrider players usually go for is called Force Staff. Even though this item can be upgraded to a Hurricane Pike, most people don’t do it until later on because Batrider doesn’t really need the extra range and damage from this item. After all, this is a utility hero whose job is to set up kills for the rest of his team
Depending on the situation, players may need to get Force Staff before Blink Dagger. That’s because the item is easier to use and may save Batrider’s teammates. The two items cost almost the same, so you should be able to get them fairly quickly, as long as you don’t die several times during the laning stage.
Boots of Travel
Despite the changes to this item, Boots of Travel continues to be one of the most popular items for every Batrider player. This shouldn't be a surprise because it gives tons of movement speed, which is the most important stat for this hero. The more movement speed he has, the better because it allows him to be more aggressive and run away (or fly) from the enemy team when it gets dangerous.
BoT is not that expensive as well, which is why some players decide to purchase it as soon as possible. Although this is a good idea, there are situations where getting a Blink Dagger as your first item is better. Like we’ve said, it all comes down to the specific situation.
Nowadays, Aether Lens is basically a must for most INT heroes, including Batrider. Even though this is not a nuker or a hero tha has a powerful single-target damage ability, Aether Lens allows him to have more range on his Flame Lasso, which is the thing that makes him so dangerous in team fights.
Even though Aether Lens is important, this is definitely not the first item you should get unless you really need it. Having a mobility item or more move speed is way more important than Aether Lens early on because they will allow you to participate in team fights.
Octarine Core is an item that is often purchased on INT carries, such as Storm Spirit and Invoker. Yet, the item can do wonders for other kinds of heroes too; including Batrider. Unfortunately, this item is really expensive. Which means most Batrider players don’t have the chance to get it until the late game arrives or they have to play as mid laners. Although the hero can farm pretty well, thanks to Firefly, he needs to help his team secure kills. Hence, he can’t farm as much as other mid-lane heroes/offlaners.
Besides the stats, Octarine Core helps Batrider because the item gives him a cooldown reduction. This may not seem like a big deal, but he can cast Firefly and his ultimate a lot more often. Consequently, he will be more useful, especially during long team fights.
Eul’s Scepter of Divinity
This is a utility item that works for pretty much every hero, including Batrider. Although it can be used offensively, most people purchase it as a defensive item. The fact that it's relatively cheap also makes it popular because, as we’ve mentioned a couple of times throughout this article, Batrider is not the faster farmer in the world.
Besides the item’s effect and the fact it gives some INT, it also provides Batrider movement speed. As mentioned, this is the hero’s main stat, which is another reason it makes a popular choice for most players.
The last item we want to include for Batrider is Shiva’s Guard. Although there are many other “big items” you can go for, Shiva’s Guard is probably the most interesting one because it's helpful in every situation. The item works well against melee’s because it allows the hero to kite them. Furthermore, it gives him extra armor, which is always good for a hero who is fairly fragile.
In addition to everything, some Batrider players can also make purchases like Scythe of Vyse, or even a Refresher Orb. The latter makes Batrider even more dangerous later on because he can easily disable two enemy heroes.