Hey guys, I’m Blinks, and this is how you
Lane with Axe. Axe is a strength-based melee initiator. His
Q is an AoE taunt that forces enemies around him to attack Axe. His W is a single target
DoT that does damage until it expires or until the afflicted hero kills a unit. His E is
a passive that gives him the ability to do an aoe attack on being attacked, and his Ultimate
is a devastating single-target nuke insta-kills enemies if they are below a certain health
percentage. While Axe can be an effective jungle hero,
his W gives him amazing lane presence, and can be used to easily outlane your opponents.
After farming your Tranquil boots and Soul ring, use these items in tandem with your
W to harrass your opponents out of lane, and give yourself all the freefarm you want. Doing
this will let you get your core items very quickly. Mid-game, you can either focus on ganking
or initiating teamfights. Remember that your W gives increased movement speed to you and
slows the enemy it is on, so always throw it on a hero you are trying to chase down.
Remember that even though you are tanky, you can die quickly if the enemy team decides
to focus you down, so make sure your team is ready to follow up when you plan on blinking
in and taunting. Remember that your Q taunt’s through BKB,
and that your ultimate will kill enemies no matter what if they are below a certain health
threshold, even if they have Dazzle’s shallow grave on them. If you find the enemy team
is focusing you down a lot, grab a blademail to give them a taste of their own medicine,
and activate it right as your initiating taunt is about to wear off. When leveling Axe, put one point into E at
level 1, and one point into Q at level 4, while prioritizing R>W>E>Q. As far as
items go, get tranquil boots as soon as you can, and follow that up with a soul ring.
A blink dagger is essential, and a vanguard and hood of defiance will help you survive
in teamfights longer. End-game options include BKB, Blademail, Heart, or Pipe of Insight.