The best Butcher builds [Varian patch] replay + main threats by Slimper

The best Butcher builds [Varian patch] replay + main threats

By: Slimper
Last Updated: Nov 25, 2016
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The Butcher

Build: Standard (HL) 71% winrate

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Threats to The Butcher with this build

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E.T.C. Moshpit and stuns are a big threat, you really want to avoid ETC until the fight started. Use E to interrupt the Mosh.
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Varian Varian's Taunt can help burst you down, you don't want to be too close to this guy if he picked it. Other heroics aren't as scary, just do the usual combo and outsustain him (even parry can't win him a 1v1 with you).
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Kerrigan Kerrigan's burst combo is the only thing that can kill you sometimes. Stay back until your tank engages.
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Malfurion Don't get caught in his roots. Engage only after the fight started. P.S. Secure Malfurion when drafting and ask him to support you through the game.
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The Lost Vikings The Butcher doesn't want to be doing objectives for too long with them on the enemy side. You need to get 125 meat, so get it. Every single one of the vikings is 5, find them in the bushes.
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Sgt. Hammer Her range is a big pain for every melee assassin. She can't escape from your E followed by Malf roots though. Don't forget to punish her for splitpushing (but you will need to wait for her Z to start first and only then E).
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Brightwing Brightwing won't let you engage on her teammates, try to bait the polymorph out and go in again (if the situation is favorable).
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Li-Ming Burst damage is a real problem for the Butcher. Avoid doing fights with Li-Ming in the backline, she will punish you for engaging. Get 125 meat, Enraged and you should be good. Plus she's an easy kill once she is out of position. Consider the Meat Shield build.
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Medivh One of the biggest threats to the Butcher, Medivh can completely negate your engage, focus you with his team and make you useless (he does pretty much the same to the Kerrigan). Don't engage in team fights before 20, complete your quest and be the specialist of your team — split push while your team is trying to defend 4v5. Get Slaughterhouse, finally engage and wipe them out. Do take the Meat Shield at lvl 7.
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Samuro Just first ban/pick, I guess. He is not very durable, but does become crazy after lvl 20. Bait the Mirror images out and then E him to death.

The Butcher

Build: Standard (QM) 73% winrate

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The Butcher

Build: Block (you mustn't die before 125 meat)

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The Butcher

Build: Meat shield (against ability burst)

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Hi, guys, my name is Slimper! This is a small guide for The Butcher that features his best Builds both in Hero League and Quick match, Tips and a Replay example of how to play this hero.

Tips Top

Understand what the talents will do for you. Doing that defines how good you will do overall.

How to be effective as The Butcher: Your usual combo is E+W+AA+Q+AA+AA. After that you simply back off. This way you poke the target for ~25% of their health and they have to recieve a heal, go tap or hearthstone. What if they don't? You just re-engage with your E and poke/kill them! That's why Unrelenting Pursuit is such a good talent — it lets you do that 5 seconds earlier. When you complete your quest, you can 1v1 anyone in the game. Just don't eat the burst and don't dive in the team fights first ;)

1. Getting your meat stacks is the most important thing when you play The Butcher. Do not dive in any fair (1v1, 3v3, etc) fights, because that way you will risk completing your quest.

2. Don't push the lane. Wait for you enemies to do that, then gather meat near your walls. It's much safer that way. Furthermore, you will not be able to gather meat if the lane is pushed out too far — your foes will gank you for sure.

3. Don't engage first. Wait for your supports to root the enemy or for your tanks to start a fight, then use Ruthless Onslaught on the high priority target (squishies, support and low health heroes). In addition, Ruthless Onslaught is a great gap closer. Use it to finish off the escaping heroes.

4. When it is a sure 1v1 and you know that no one hides in the near bushes — always check the map — engage and poke/kill your lane opponent.

5. Always look for an unfair fight (unfair for your foes). 2v1 enemies with someone who can root them for you. Ganking people and murlocks will grant easy meat stacks and a win in the end of the game.

6. Once you're level 10 - Lamb to the Slaughter anyone who is sololaning or out of position for an easy kill.

7. The moment you gathered 125 meat, you should start doing camps solo when the enemy team is at their base or when there are no objectives on the map. Specifically ask team mates to do other things while you're at it, unless the rotation seems to be dangerous.

8. Don't solo boss if you don't know where everyone is, this can cost you the game. Soloing boss is kind of slower than you'd like unless you turn the Enraged on first.

9. If you got caught in a bad situation, try to Butcher's Brand the tank / melee hero who is the closest to you. This way you might survive or at least get 1 kill for 1 death.

10. Burst damage is very dangerous when you play The Butcher. If you know that there will be a lot of it in a fight, try to not go in before getting 125 meat at all.

11. You can always cancel your E! Do that if the enemy goes back to safety or has his teammates around him.

12. Don't use Q before attacking a minion once (if no one bullies you). Hamstring resets your AA and does it immidiately.

Talents Top

Abattoir or Block? Abattoir is not only forgiving, but it also makes it so that your auto-attacks become stronger each time you kill an enemy hero. That's much better than Block if you really think about it. But if you never engage in the bad fights and face heroes like Sgt. Hammer, Valla, Raynor or basically anyone who is going to poke you with their auto-attacks, only then you should go for the Block.

Level 20 is tricky, because you can use all of the given talents. The difference between picking Nexus Blades and Slaughterhouse / Bolt of the Storm is pretty big though, a whole ~4% of the winrate!

I suggest using Bolt of the Storm if the enemy team has a lot of dive or roots (if they're good, they will try to focus you a lot) and the Slaughterhouse if you want to silence and root their backline — you can secure kills against healers and assasins a lot this way. In other cases — Nexus Blades is a must, because The Butcher solely depends on his auto-attacks.

And don't forget you can use Bolt of the Storm as an agressive gap closer (the replay has an example of it in the late game).

Sources and the Replay Top

1. The Butcher's winrate and matchups on HotsLogs (click).
2. My HeroLeague replay. 26 kills, 0 deaths, top damage (and respect of team mates and enemies lol).
3. MCntyre's Butcher "how to" guide and the gameplay.

P.S. Thanks for reading! Feel free to upvote and leave your comments! :) And have fun playing the Butcher and winning all your games!

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