Ultimate Glaive Guide by Sixx

Ultimate Glaive Guide

By: Sixx
Last Updated: Jul 5, 2015
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Glaive

Build: Assault Glaive

Ability Path

Hunt the Weak
Heroic Perk
Afterburn
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Twisted Stroke
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Bloodsong
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Koshka
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Ringo
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Skaarf
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Petal
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SAW
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Taka
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Adagio
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Catherine
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Joule
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Krul
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Glaive

Build: Glass Canon Glaive

Ability Path

Hunt the Weak
Heroic Perk
Afterburn
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Twisted Stroke
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Bloodsong
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Koshka
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Ringo
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Petal
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Taka
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Skaarf
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Catherine
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SAW
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Adagio
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Joule
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Krul
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Glaive

Build: Serpent Tank Glaive

Ability Path

Hunt the Weak
Heroic Perk
Afterburn
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Twisted Stroke
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Bloodsong
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Glaive
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Koshka
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Petal
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Ringo
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SAW
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Skaarf
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Adagio
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Catherine
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Krul
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Joule
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Taka
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  No Threat
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Ultimate Glaive Guide by Sixx Top

Updates:
-Fixed the title lol


What's up? Sixx here, this time I will be showing different types of Glaive Builds for different scenarios and play style. Hope you enjoy this quick guide!

I'll be putting everything in one guide since you can place rows of builds and chapters for specific informations.

"What can I find in this guide?":
  • This is a multi-build guide.
  • This thread has layouts and tables for easy viewing, and not be a boring wall of text.
  • Realistic threat levels fixed for each build.
  • Pros and cons.
  • Full build breakdown.
  • Useful tips and tricks
  • Counter tips.
  • Table of contents anchored into chapters for easy navigation.

Table of Contents

Overview Top

Glaive is a melee hero capable of killing multiple enemies at once, he has an Afterburnskill that will slice through multiple enemies and knock-back them back into turrets and allies, he also has passive and active AOE abilities; Hunt the Weak, Twisted Stroke and Bloodsong. Glaive shines best in mid to late games. He can adapt in any build, you can focus on pure damage, blinding attack speeds, deadly critical strikes and insane skill bursts.



Skill Set
Hunt the Weak
Slot: Heroic Perk

Glaive's critical strikes cleave in a cone in front of him.

Afterburn
Slot: A

Glaive rockets in the target direction, damaging all enemies along the way. His next basic attack is replaced by a frightening blast that knocks his target back 5.5 meters.

Twisted Stroke
Slot: B

Passive: Increase critical strike chance and AOE cleave damage of basic attacks.
Activate: Instantly execute a critical strike. This deals weapon damage and is treated like a basic attack, but can deal bonus crystal damage if you have any crystal power. Cleave deals half damage to minions.

Bloodsong
Slot: C

Passive: Glaive will generate Bloodsong stacks from basic attacking or from receiving basic attacks. Each stack grants him bonus lifesteal. Max 20 stacks.
Activate: Swings Glaive's axe in a 5.4-meter circle, dealing massive area damage based on number of Bloodsong stacks used. This removes all stacks. Glaive also gains full stacks of Bloodsong whenever he dies.

Main Strategy Top

Glaive is quite tricky at first especially if you're used at range heroes and using single target skills, like Koshka's skill set. His Afterburn strike requires a lot of practice.

Glaive players are assassins, they will hide in the bush, when the time is right they will initiate with Bloodsong and Twisted Stroke, especially when the enemy team is tightly grouped. After the 2 skills, most likely 2 squishies will be at low HP or dead, the survivor will catch an Afterburn Strike and will also be chopped to death.

Full Game Strategy
  • Farm fast! Seriously, you're a beast with a rocket-powered axe! Don't let a bunny-rabbit sitting on a flower planting seeds everywhere out farm you.
  • As you get Afterburn visit the lane once in a while and hide in the brush, try to knock enemies into turrets and allies.
  • Ultimate Ambush, this is effective at late game when you're aiming for an ace. Stack your Bloodsong to max, hide in the brush with allies, when the time is right, activate Bloodsong and Twisted Stroke immediately to bring enemies to 1/3 health in a bat of an eye. Then finish them up with Afterburn.
  • Boots are highly required since you are a melee hero. Travel Boots is okay.

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SPEEDFREAK GLAIVE
Pros
Insane damage per second, high critical chance and damage, defense item, easily built.
Cons
Can be countered with Atlas Pauldron.
Breakdown
This is the epitome of "Damage per Second", grants you a high critical strike chance, and a faster minion wave clear. Auto-attacks have never been this destructive!

This build strikes fear in the whole enemy team's heart. They'll sure spread out and over extend as soon as you close in.
Build Breakdown:

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CROWD CONTROL GLAIVE
Pros
Triple AOE skills, faster energy regen, decreased cooldowns, lifestealing and armor shredding effects.
Cons
Average overall damage output.
Breakdown
Surround pound! Keep your team close, keep you enemies closer. This build is a transition build/Plan B if enemies try to counter build you or you are failing to do a successful full CP Glaive.

Build Breakdown:
  • Early Game: Get Swift Shooter, Halcyon Potion and Twisted Stroke as your firsts. Rush down the jungle shop and buy 2 Scout Traps, steal the jungle creeps on the enemy jungle and farm your way back to base. Next items will be a Barbed Needle then to a Energy Battery and Weapon Blade.

  • Mid Game: Finish the Bonesaw first then buy Reflex Block and Travel Boots. After these you'll have one free slot for a Heavy Blade that'll make you hit a little bit harder. When you have enough gold buy the Frostburn our key item for crowd controlling. Now you can shred more armor from slowed enemies. Keep farming to build your finish Serpent Mask. After buying the monocle you'll have a free slot for your Chronograph.

  • Late Game: Time your skills properly and don't rush them all in one blow. Use them in after 2.5 seconds to make sure all skills have a slow effect (1.5 seconds for the slow and their 1 second immunity). Finish to Aftershock + Crucible.

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ASSAULT GLAIVE
Pros
Destroys everything in its path, synergies very well with your heroic perk. BIG RED NUMBERS EVERYWHERE! Capable of slashing multiple enemies in front because of heroic perk. Awesome heavy damage sustain.
Cons
Can be countered with Metal Jacket.
Breakdown
This build is for players who likes an IN-YOUR-FACE gamestyle, what's good about WP builds that it's power can be applied to everything from PvE to PvP, the only downside to WP melee heroes is you have to stick to your enemies to deal sustained damage.

One of the easiest build to build. Lol redundant.
Build Breakdown:
  • Early Game: Weapon Blade and 2 Halcyon Potions, for your first skill get Twisted Stroke to increase critical strike chance and damage, when farming, go quickly to the jungle shop and kill the 2 creeps at the enemy's side then go back to your side. As you get Afterburn visit the lane to knock enemies to turrets and allies. When you get enough gold, spam tier 1 items, Glaive can still be effective with Weapon Blade and Swift Shooter items till reaching early-mid game.

  • For defense: Replace one Sorrowblade with Crucible, Aegis, Metal Jacket.

  • Mid Game: In this part ganks will occur more often and you should have upgraded your tier 1 items, have boots and have at least completed one or more core item. I highly suggest to check if the enemies are building Metal Jacket replace Tornado Trigger or Tyrant's Monocle with Bonesaw. Continue jungling. When on the move as much as possible hide in the bush for a few seconds then move on.

  • Late Game: In here you get to see your enemies builds, if you see all BLUE replace one Tyrant's Monocle with Aegis, if all RED get Metal Jacket. Just replace one Tyrant's Monocle.

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GLASS CANON GLAIVE
Pros
High AOE burst damage. Awesome at ganks, Aftershock effects, low cooldowns.
Cons
You'll have a hard time farming, easily countered with Aegis and Crucible, low damage sustain, no defense.
Breakdown
If you want to deal massive burst damage, choose this build. All of Glaive's skills are AOE, so, if perfectly timed it can kill the whole enemy team.

In my opinion this is one of the hardest item build to do, and Glaive has really high mana usage, so jungling is quite difficult. But if finished the results are awesome.
Build Breakdown:
  • Early Game: Get Weapon Blade/ Swift Shooter/ Ironguard Contract and Halcyon Potion or Scout Trap. For your first skill get Twisted Stroke to increase critical strike chance and damage, when farming go quickly to the jungle shop and kill the 2 creeps at the enemy's side then go back to your side. Using this build, avoid PvP early, finishing one tier 3 is crucial try to finish Alternating Current first for the attack speed. Just keep your first WP item/Ironguard Contract to earn gold faster, when you have enough start building Shatterglass for higher burst damage and for AC to amplify.

  • For defense: Replace Clockwork with Crucible, Aegis, Metal Jacket.

  • Mid Game: Get boots, tier II is okay, in this part start try to build Clockwork or Aftershock, personally I'd get Aftershock because of its effects, but if you're low on gold Clockwork is good enough. If you see enemies building defense, replace one of the two mentioned with Broken Myth. Sell the first WP item/Ironguard Contract.

  • Late Game: Finish the last Shatterglass. Using this build hiding in the bush and bursting unsuspecting enemies is the best strategy.

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SERPENT TANK GLAIVE
Pros
Balanced build, high Hp, tanky, decent damage plus life steal and synergies very well with Bloodsong able to slow down enemies with basic attacks cause of Shiversteel. Highly recommended when facing hard enemies.
Cons
Lesser damage.
Breakdown
Recommended for prolonged team fights, Glaive's natural life steal component synergies very well with this.

If using this finish few offensive items first, then continue with defensive items.
Build Breakdown:
  • Early Game: As always start off with Weapon Blade and Halcyon Potion with Twisted Stroke as first skill. Invade enemy jungle to get more exp and gold, to starve them as well. Spam tier 1-2 items. Personally I finish Tornado Trigger first for faster Bloodsong stacking. Then continue building the next item.

  • Mid Game: Next I'd go for Serpent Mask to compliment with Bloodsong and Tornado Trigger. Then I'd go for boots, or preferably Shiversteel to stick with targets plus its extra HP and it's cheap! Start building a defense item, get Reflex Block. (If there's a Krul better build Metal Jacket to counter him.)

  • Late Game: Finish Sorrowblade and Aegis to deal better damage. After you get all these, you're like Krul with AOE abilities!

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JUNGLE KING GLAIVE
Pros
Ultra fast jungler, core items are enough to solo the Kraken, best at taking objectives, able bring down turrets in seconds!
Cons
Not recommended for PvP.
Breakdown
Lol for casual games, or you want to annoy enemy team by stealing their miners or make quick love with Kraken.

Build Breakdown:

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TEAMMATES
An awesome combo with Glaive, Adagio skills synergies very well with Glaive, his heals has a slow (when self casted) which gives you more time to chop down an enemy, he has buffs to give you an extra punch, his ultimate has a wide AOE that can also stun.
She has stuns that can help you secure kills, also an ultimate with silence giving you a few seconds of burst without getting yourself bursted.
Every Koshka will have Frostburn that'll help slow enemies for a moment of time, she also has an ultimate with stun.
Scary as enemies, awesome as friends, Krul has passive slow with his basic attacks, so you both could chow down a target!
This little gremlin can sprout seeds that heals and gives you armor.
He has a skill that will slow down an enemy.
He has a skill that deals huge chunks of damage that also slows enemies.
She's as versatile and flexible as you. Wait for her stun to keep enemies grounded then Afterburn through them for a sure hit.
With both of you combied, you'll be able to take down any HP tank. With Taka's ultimate that can reduce healing in big percentage. You'll have no problem taking down Krul and Catherine.

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VERSUS HEROES
Avoid Adagio with full buffs, always expect a nuke after his slow, buy a crucible to protect you and your team. Do not prolong games with him, as he gets more powerful the longer the game goes.
Do not attempt to attack or burst her while the bubble shield is on. Watch out for ganks in the jungle, she will use stun+silence as an initiator thus making escape nearly impossible.
Koshka will have Frostburn that'll help slow you for a moment of time, she also has an ultimate with stun. She is fragile but quick, use Afterburn to close the distance and burst her.
The hero designed to counter Glaive. Try to avoid going 1 vs 1 with him, watch out for Lifesteal items.
She has the longest range in game, try to close in with Afterburn or escape as soon as you see her munions about to explode.
Close the distance or ambush and burst. Be prepared for CP builds, always get Reflex Block incase of a fireball.
If CP build, flanking him while he's using SF is the best strategy, if WP builds be careful of spin up passive.
She's as versatile and flexible as you. Flank her, avoid going face to face if you don't want to eat Kamehameha.
You can't kill what you can't see. Use your bursts to your advantage. Time your skills as he goes invisible to prevent escape.

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TIPS AND TRICKS
  • Afterburn can let you pass through thin walls. For a better explanation see PartyGod's Glaive: Fight or Flight guide.
  • Initiate with Bloodsong and Twisted Stroke then Afterburn escaping enemies. (Not recommended when facing Catherine)
  • Plant a Scout Trap in front of you when trying to ambush for extra damage. (Good at early games)
  • Save up Afterburn before roaming around the jungle, and prepare for escape routes incase of an ambush.
  • Target the squishiest first and toughest last.
  • The bush is a melee hero's best friend. Use it to your advantage.
  • Avoid being kited.
  • Krul is a hero designed to counter Glaive. [Try to avoid early game]
  • Try to fire Afterburn in different angles, for a head spinning kill.
  • When escaping at the center jungle/goldmine/kraken area, hit the Kraken at the last second, you might get hit once, but when you get out of range the enemy will take the agro Kraken and for sure will get hit twice, after that, Afterburn back to the fight and knock em' back once more for another Kraken strikes.
  • Glaive is the almost perfect lure in game, since you can just Afterburn back to a safer position, but pro players will notice that, so sometimes they won't bother.
  • Always stack more than 15 Bloodsongs, you may have the lowest ultimate cooldown, but you still have to stack to be effective.
  • Do not Afterburn enemies in max range! You need to have that little gap to be sure to knock enemies back rather in front.
  • Always face-check bushes, jungle shop, crystal and goldmines for scout traps.
  • Kite. Yes, kite. Kite jungle creeps, Glaive's axe range enable you to walk a little distance while still hitting your target. Use this trick for a quick and efficient jungling experience.
  • Do not hover in the enemy's attack range, especially if they are ranged heroes, e.g. Petal. If you are in their range, make sure you can exchange blows as well. Use Afterburn to escape huge bursts e.g. Spontaneous Combustion.
  • Versus Catherine's ultimate, Afterburn sideways and through her rather than backwards, you might still get clipped while at mid-dash.
  • Use Afterburn to catch Krul's Hellrazor and to save teammates.
  • Dance around Joule to make her miss her thunder strikes.
  • Use Petal's Bramblethorn seeds for your advantage and extra stacks. Be careful pro Petal users use the seeds for extra mini-map vision.
  • Immediately retreat if you get stacked by Krul, Bloodsong is no match for Spectral Smite.

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COUNTER TIPS
  • Kite him.
  • Harass him early in the jungle, don't let him farm.
  • Always watch his mana. He is quite vulnerable without his skills.
  • Make sure he is on cooldown, let him finish casting his skills.
  • Run, separate him from his team and kill him.
  • When he gets Afterburn avoid going near the turrets. Players will tend to camp in a bush, and knock you back. Place a Scout Trap in the brush for alarm and vision.
  • Glaive is an assasination/escape artist. Good Glaive players will always have an escape route, or a hide out. Be careful on running around the jungle when he gets his tier 3 items.
  • When you have Krul or Catherine as a team mate, let them initiate the fight. Catherine can block a great amount hits. Krul vs Glaivematches can bring up the nastiest fights in the game. A Krul with Tornado Trigger and Serpent's Mask is Glaive's worst nightmare. After a Bloodsong + Tiwsted Stoke, Krul can just cash in on his weakness stacks to regain lost health.

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Thanks for reading this guide, hope this helps.

Leave down feedback and opinions in this guide. Again, thanks for reading! Have fun!

See you in the Halcyon Fold!

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