DOTA Balanar guide
The night stalker is feared during many matches, but he's also a one-trick pony and not very good during group fights. Regardless, he's an extremely popular character for players new to DOTA, as he's very easy to learn how to play well. There's very little need for a player to read a dota guide for the night stalker. Balanar is also able to kill most characters at the right times if they're not great players. This hero runs at nearly the highest possible speed during the darkest hours, making it impossible for anyone to run from the dread lord without hoping he'll lose them in the fog.
Below is a starter Balanar guide for DOTA that should help you learn how to play the hero during a match. It's not a generic character overview, premade build or in-depth skills guides. You should check this resource over at (site shut down /cry) if that's what you're looking for.
Balanar is fairly weak at the beginning of a match. You should be careful, and try not to be harrassed. Make sure you continue trying to last hit though! Call for a lane swap if your Night Stalker is being excessively denied creeps. Balanar requires experience early on to be effective and tower hug if you have to. Any early deaths will greatly impede your ability to do much damage to the dota enemy forces.
You can use your void skill to help harrass or gank with allies early on. Sometimes it may be useful, especially if you're laned with a hero like Luna Moonfang. However, once you hit level 3 with Balanar, you should save up the rest of your mana for the first night. Make sure you've been leveling your hunter in the night skill to be extremely deadly to whoever comes your way. Take at least one level of Void to slow, and possibly one of Crippling Fear if the enemy dota heroes have a lot of escape or stunning abilities.
First night: Don't take darkness just yet. Save it for the second day unless it is guaranteed to help you get a kill before the nighttime starts. You will usually be level 6 or 7 (on dota easy mode) by then. Starting roaming when night falls. Balanar can kill almost every other hero if they're not careful at this time with some Hunter levelups.
Continue roaming and trying for dota hero kills whenever possible. Max out your three abilities as soon as possible, then start working on darkness. You should probably invest in damage boosting items as well. At this point of the game the Night Stalker is still very effective, but you have to keep up with the other heroes and improve your damage potential.
If you've gotten many kills with the dota Balanar hero you'll find your enemies are playing warily. You won't be able to keep up a giant killing spree without some help from your allies or against newbies. Work towards getting items that help out in group fights if this is the case, like a Vladimir.
That concludes this DOTA Balanar guide. Have fun playing!
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