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[e][h] Blademaster

18 +2

22 +1.75

16 +2.25

24 - 46


Primary Attribute
Base Stats
Movement Speed:
Sight Range:
1800 / 800
Attack Range:
Turn Rate:
Level Changes
Hit Points:
HP Regen.:
Mana Regen.:
24 - 46
31 - 53
39 - 61

Though their numbers are few, the seasoned Blademasters represent an elite fighting force within the Horde. These skilled swordsmen were once part of the ill-fated Burning Blade Clan which consumed itself in the throes of Demonic corruption. With their Clan scattered and broken, the proud Blademasters swore a grim oath to free themselves and their brethren from Demonic control once and for all. Under Thrall's command, the Blademasters have once again joined the Horde and serve as the young Warchief's personal honor guard.

The Blademaster is a favorite Hero of many Orc commanders. The Blademaster is one of the most powerful melee Heroes when combined with Wind Walk and Critical Strike. Blademasters can quickly destroy enemy units and buildings when they are powered up with items and levels. The Blademaster's greatest advantage is Wind Walk which can allow him to go invisible and run away when he's about to die or sneak into enemy towns. Mirror Image confuses the enemy and focuses their attention on fake copies of the Blademaster. Critical Strike allows the Blademaster to do very high damage attacks. The Blademaster's Bladestorm ultimate ability can do serious damage.

There are many point spending strategies with the Blademaster. Typically players first place points in Wind Walk and then place points in Critical Strike. But other players who wish to confuse the enemy sometimes place their first point in Wind Walk then follow in Critical Strike.

Buy up items at the Goblin Merchant and Marketplace to further enhance the Blademaster's power.


Wind Walk
Cast Type : Active  Ability Type:  Magical
Target Type : No Target
Allows the Blademaster to become invisible, and move faster for a set amount of time. When the Blademaster attacks a unit to break invisibility, he will deal bonus damage.
Cast Requirements : 75 5 s
Duration : 20 / 35 / 50 s
Movement Speed : 10/40/70%
Backstab damage : 40/70/100
Notes : During Wind Walk the Blademaster can walk through units.
Hotkey : W


  • Use Wind Walk to get away when the Blademaster is about to die. Use Wind Walk to scout the map without being attacked. You can walk into an enemy town, look around, then leave.
  • Use Wind Walk to sneak into an enemy town or upon stopped collections of enemy units and do a Bladestorm.
  • Wind Walk can be used for soloing Creeps at the start of the game. A cool trick is to run into a group of Creeps, kill the leader to get the best items, grab the items, then go invisible using Wind Walk.
  • The Blademaster can use Wind Walk early in the game to use Fountains of Health, Fountains of Mana, or other Neutral buildings while they are still being defended by Creeps.
  • The Blademaster can wake up a bunch of Creeps, and then lead them to the enemy. The Blademaster can then use Wind Walk to become invisible giving the Creeps a new target, that enemy player.
  • Because Hero Speed is capped at 400, the Blademaster is not able to advance beyond 400 speed. 400 is reached with Level 2 Wind Walk. The Blademaster's speed does not increase after level 2. The main benefit of reaching level 3 is for the longer duration.
  • Wind Walk can be used to walk through units.
Mirror Image
Cast Type : Active  Ability Type:  Magical
Target Type : No Target
Confuses the enemy by creating illusions of the Blademaster and dispelling all magic from the Blademaster.
Cast Requirements : 100 3 s
Duration : 60 s
Number of Illusions : 1/2/3
Hotkey : R


  • Usually this spell should be picked last
Critical Strike
Cast Type : Passive
Target Type : No Target
Gives a 15% chance that the Blademaster will do more damage on his attacks.
Damage Multiplier : 2/3/4
Crit Chance : 15 %
Hotkey : C


  • There are few players that pass up Critical Strike. Critical Strike can allow for some very high damage attacks as the Blademaster gets equipment and levels.
  • Red numbers will float around the Blademaster indicating that you have made a Critical Strike and how much damage that Critical Strike was.
  • Critical Strike calculation: (Avg Damage * Critical Multiplier) + Item Damage = Total Damage
  • Critical Strike does not work on buildings.
  • Critical Strike does not receive damage from the Keeper of the Grove's Thorns Aura. However, the Blademaster's base attack associated with a Critical Strike still interacts with Thorns appropriately.
Cast Type : Active  Ability Type:  Universal
Target Type : No Target
Causes a bladestorm of destructive force around the Blademaster, rendering him immune to magic and dealing 110 damage per second to nearby enemy land units.
Cast Requirements : 200 180 s
Targets Allowed : Ground, Structure, Enemy, Neutral
Duration : 7 s
Damage : 110 per second
Notes : The Blademaster can still attack while casting Bladestorm, but Critical Strike is disabled.
Hotkey : B


  • The Blademaster is not invulnerable while casting Bladestorm, but has Spell Immunity.

Bladestorm does equal damage to all of the units in its area.

  • Bladestorm is great against low hit point buildings such as Towers and Farms. Use it on a group of lined up buildings to quickly destroy them. You can use them on any buildings you want to kill quickly.
  • It's best to use Bladestorm against units that are all lined up. The enemy will typically (if they are good) start running away from the Bladestorm which means you will have to control it very carefully so the Blademaster is always attacking something.
  • Before using Bladestorm make sure there isn't anything in the way that will prevent the Blademaster from reaching the enemy while he's doing his Bladestorm. A common mistake is to cast Bladestorm then to become trapped, unable to reach the enemy before the timer runs out.

Version History[edit]

Balance Patch History
Patch Version Balance Changes
1.29 Buff Mirror Image mana cost reduced from 125 to 115
Nerf Critical Strike no longer takes damage modifiers from items into the multiplier calculations.
1.25b Nerf Blademaster Wind Walk duration reduced from 20/40/60 to 20/35/50
1.17 Buff Wind Walk now allows the Blademaster to walk through units.
Nerf Wind Walk's backstab damage reduced to 40/70/100 from 50/85/120.
1.16 Buff Bladestorm mana cost reduced to 200 from 250.
1.15 Buff Blademaster speed increased to 320 from 300.
Buff Wind Walk bonus damage increased to 50/85/120 from 50/75/100
1.10 Buff Blademaster's base Agility increased to 24 from 23.
Buff Mirror Image cost reduced to 125 from 150.


The most recent games with Blademaster first are

Sini  China | Blademaster Shadow Hunter vs. Keeper of the Grove Alchemist  | China  Zhou_Xixi
Watch VOD Game 1 on Terenas Stand LV
Walter  Peru | Keeper of the Grove Alchemist vs. Blademaster Shadow Hunter  | USA  Pride
Game 2 on Last Refuge
Pride  USA | Blademaster Shadow Hunter vs. Keeper of the Grove Alchemist  | Peru  Fenix
Game 1 on Last Refuge
Semifinals in GenoZ American Cup 3  
Chaemiko  South Korea | Mountain King Blood Mage vs. Blademaster Shadow Hunter  | Belarus  Acx
Watch game VOD Game 1 on Echo Isles
Sini  China | Keeper of the Grove Alchemist Firelord vs. Blademaster Shadow Hunter  | South Korea
Watch VOD Game 2 on Turtle Rock
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The most recent games with Blademaster second are

Fast  China | Blademaster Shadow Hunter vs. Shadow Hunter Blademaster  | China  Fly100%
Watch VOD Game 2 on Amazonia
Round of 16 in Shenkui Cup  
FoCuS  South Korea | Shadow Hunter Blademaster Tauren Chieftain vs. Death Knight Lich Crypt Lord | Germany  Edo
Game 2 on Last Refuge
Lyn  South Korea | Shadow Hunter Blademaster Tauren Chieftain vs. Death Knight Lich Dreadlord | South Korea  Lucifer
Watch game VOD Game 2 on Amazonia
Prelim Group C Semifinals in GCS 2018 Summer - May Qualifier  
TGW  Russia | Far Seer Blademaster Shadow Hunter vs. Demon Hunter Pandaren Brewmaster  | Germany  JokeRn
Game 3 on Twisted Meadows
Group A in NWC3L Series #3  
TH000  China | Archmage Beastmaster vs. Shadow Hunter Blademaster  | China  XiaoKK
Watch VOD Game 3 on Amazonia
Prelim Group A Losers' Round 2 in GCS 2018 Summer - April Qualifier  
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The most recent games with Blademaster third are

Cechi  Czech Republic | Death Knight Lich Crypt Lord vs. Far Seer Naga Sea Witch Blademaster | South Korea  Fyah
Game 3 on Turtle Rock
Quarterfinal in Zotac Cup 253  
Cechi  Czech Republic | Death Knight Lich vs. Far Seer Naga Sea Witch Blademaster | South Korea  Fyah
Game 1 on Amazonia
Quarterfinal in Zotac Cup 253  
Fyah  South Korea | Far Seer Shadow Hunter Blademaster vs. Archmage Mountain King  | Germany  Senti
Game 1 on Twisted Meadows
Quarterfinal in Zotac Cup 225  
Lyn  South Korea | Far Seer Shadow Hunter Blademaster vs. Death Knight Lich  | South Korea  Lucifer
Game 3 on The Two Rivers
FlasH  Russia | Archmage Mountain King vs. Far Seer Tauren Chieftain Blademaster | Russia  Skendel
Game 3 on Tirisfal Glades
Quarterfinal in NPCL GRAND CUP 2004  
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