Vanguard

[e][h]Vanguard
 
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Vanguard
A powerful shield that defends its wielder from even the most vicious of attacks.
Attributes
Health
250
Health Regen
5.5
Ability
Passive  Damage Block
Availability
Category
Bought From
Recipe
Abyssal Blade Crimson Guard

Vanguard
Ring of Health Vitality Booster Stout Shield

General[edit]

Vanguard is an Armor item bought from the Home Shop. It is built for increased durability in the mid game.

Ability[edit]

Damage Block
Targeting
Passive
Affects
Self
Blocks damage. The amount blocked depends on whether the user is a melee or ranged hero.
Melee Damage Block70
Ranged Damage Block35
Block Chance50%
Illusions gain this ability.

Strategy[edit]

Vanguard is either built on Durable heroes or on weak cores. In the latter case Vanguard is used as a "gateway" item. Once a hero has farmed a Vanguard, it provides enough durability to safely farm late game items.

Defensive use[edit]

Vanguard is farmed in the early game to provide a boost of durability into the mid game. The later a Vanguard is farmed, the less effective it will be due to the increased amount of damage that enemy heroes will output in the later stages of the game.

Notable heroes[edit]

  • Anti-Mage: Anti-Mage is a strong carry hero that, like other carry heroes, lacks good durability in the early and mid game. In situations where Anti-Mage is going to be forced to fight with his team early (such as when the enemy is pushing towers early or has a large early game advantage), Vanguard is a good item that allows him to survive and be effective in team fights.
  • Axe: Axe is a hero that excels at taking focus fire and is meant to be in middle of the action. The damage block from Vanguard is essential to allowing him to survive and excel in these environments.
  • Bristleback: An early Vanguard can make Bristleback incredibly durable, allowing him to fight 2 or even 3 heroes at once.
  • Dark Seer: Dark Seer's ion shell means that he has to be adjacent to enemy heroes and able to take damage, mitigated by Vanguard.
  • Slardar: Slardar is an aggressive chaser hero, vanguard offers him protection while diving past creeps and towers.
  • Spectre: Vanguard is often picked up on Spectre to provide the durability required to safely farm Radiance.

Recommended Heroes[edit]

Alchemist Anti-Mage Axe Bristleback Dark Seer Doom Kunkka Centaur Warrunner
Clockwerk Pudge Spirit Breaker Night Stalker Phantom Lancer Pangolier Slardar Spectre

Version History[edit]

Version Balance Changes
7.07
  • Rework HP regen changed from 8 to 5.5
7.00
  • Nerf Passive block chance reduced from 100% to 50%
  • Buff Passive block amount increased from 32/16 (melee/ranged) to 70/35
6.87
  • Buff HP regeneration increased from 6 to 8
6.86
  • Buff Vanguard chance from 75% to block 40/20 to 100% to block 32/16
6.84
  • Buff Damage Block chance increased from 67% to 75%
6.83
  • Rework Tooltip changed to show actual block chance (no balance change)
6.79
  • Buff Damage Block chance increased from 70% to 80%
6.73
  • Nerf HP Bonus decreased from 275 to 250
6.68
  • Nerf HP bonus from 300 to 275
6.65
  • Nerf Damage block reduced from 40 to 20 when equipped on ranged heroes
    • (50% less block like stout and Poor Man's Shield)
6.60
  • Buff Improved block chances (65%➜70%)
  • Buff Improved health regeneration (5➜6 hp)
6.55
  • Buff Increased Vanguard hitpoints by 50
6.50
  • Buff Improved Vanguard a little

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