Dota 2 Item Guide: How to Wreck With Abyssal Blade

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Fun fact, Jugg's Blade of the Lost Order is based on the design of Abyssal Blade. Coincidence? (Image credit: Valve Corporation)

Our Dota 2 Item Guide series continues and this time the topic is the famous Abyssal Blade. Find out everything about this popular item!

We've already covered Blade Mail and Eul's Scepter of Divinity. Now, we’re moving onto a more expensive item with Abyssal Blade. What does the item do and when should you get it? Keep reading to find out!

What Do You Know About Abyssal Blade?

Let’s start with some basic information, shall we?

  • Patch: Added in 6.73, making it a rather new item in Dota 2
  • Total cost: 6625 gold
  • Grants: +10 Strength, +250 Health, +10 Health Regeneration, +25 Attack Damage
  • Passive: Bash - Grants melee heroes a 25% chance on hit to stun the target for 1.5 seconds and deal 100 bonus physical damage. Bash chance for ranged heroes is 10%.
  • Active: Overwhelm - Blinks to and stuns a target enemy unit for 2 seconds. Pierces Spell Immunity.

With its total cost of 6625 gold, Abyssal Blade is the most expensive item in Dota 2 unless we’re counting a maxed-out Dagon (at 7850 g).

Now, that might seem like a lot of gold but it’s much easier to combine than some other items. The most expensive part of Abyssal Blade is the recipe, sitting at 1750 gold.

How to Build Abyssal Blade

In order to get AB, you’ll need a Basher and a Vanguard. Which one should you get first? That depends on how much of a lead your team has, and what kind of lineup you’re facing.

If it’s heavy in physical damage, Vanguard might be the better choice. Then again, if you’re playing a hero like Pangolier, Basher might do wonders in a certain situation.

When to Buy it?

Abyssal Blade is an item that we usually see on melee heroes that have high attack speed such as:

  • Juggernaut
  • Anti-Mage
  • Ursa
  • Phantom Assassin
  • Lifestealer
  • Riki
  • Alchemist
  • Troll Warlord
  • Monkey King
  • Night Stalker

It’s no surprise that most of these heroes on the list are carries. The passive proc is 25% for melee heroes and 10% for ranged. In very rare cases you might see an Abyssal Blade on something like an ultra late-game Sniper where stunning an enemy means a certain kill. We suggest sticking to melee heroes, though.

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Ursa with Abyssal is something terrifying. (Image credit: Valve Corporation)

The active ability on Abyssal Blade is quite good as it allows you to blink to a target and stun them for 2 seconds. Perhaps the best part is that it even pierces spell-immune enemies. This makes it possible to interrupt spells like Enigma’s Black Hole and save your entire team.

Since you blink right next to the target, this item is also a viable pick for a spell-focused Shadow Fiend. Simply use Overwhelm and follow up with a Requiem of Souls. The stuns applied by the passive and active of Abyssal Blade are only dispellable by hard dispels, meaning they are extra hard to get rid of.

Overall, Abyssal Blade is an amazing item that can secure you easy kills, close the gap, and save your team from a spell-immune target. It also makes you a lot harder to kill. Will you need to get it in most games? Probably not, but if you do, your chance to win is already up.

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