Introduction To Heroes of Newerth - The ChipperEveryone say welcome to the brand new legion intelligence hero, The Chipper. I consider him a skill shot ganker. Well a skillshot is something like engineer's keg, pharoah's soul and ultimate, e.t.c. The key being that you have to manually target where it will hit and try to hit the enemy with it. Not as simple as targeting the enemy and pressing the button, some skill is involved. This hero is a new S2 original design, and as every new hero has seen, he will be repeatedly balanced and tweaked to fit more and more into the current metagame.
Chipper SkillsRocket Barrage - This skill levels up initally like pandamonium's flurry and slithers wards, as you level it up you gain charges to a maximum of 3. This skill is a long range nuke. being 3000 units away and moving faster than valkyrie's arrow, this skill will hit the first enemy it can. It can be used to stop channels since you can fire a barrage relatively quickly and each hit will ministun the target. Perfect for countering Electrician grab. It is best to conserve rockets until higher levels or if you can spam your bottle courier enough since it does drain your mana quite a bit. Keep in mind, the further away you are the more damage this skill does. So try not to stand right next to the person while you are firing. Save it for a killshot.
Tar Toss - Again a skill that requires a bit of skill to hit, since whoever you hit with it at first will only be counted, people walking into the aoe afterwards are not subject to the slow. It is easier to land this when someone is stunned or disabled as you need to keep this centered on the target for max effect. Another good thing to remember about tar toss, if you can hit them with a rocket while they have the tar toss debuff on, they will 'burn', meaning that they will take damage over time for the duration of the slow. Tar toss also debuffs the targets attack speed, so save this for their carry.
Focus Buffer - This skill is similar to dissipate, one of sand wraith's abilities, but this skill only counts for 20% of all magic damage. The person you cast this skill on will take 20% reduced damage from magic and then it will be reflected to every enemy in the area. This skill stays on a person for 2x the cooldown, so make sure you are putting this on at least 2 people during teamfights..
Sawblade Showdown - This ultimate also requires a bit of skill to use, but has a lot more usefulness than just dealing damage. Sawblade slowdown uses vector targeting, which allows you to place it any direction you want. Think of how Behemoth uses his Fissure. Block enemies from leaving the area and your team can have easy kills. This combined with your other skills can deal a lot of damage to unsuspecting enemies. Enemies hit by this ultimate are dealt initial damage, continuous damage for standing in the ult and then take damage over time for 'bleeding' damage when they touch the saw blades.
NOTE: Using the Chipper's ULT is not as simple as point and click. You must click, hold and drag in the direction you want the ult to land. Tricky at first but once you get a hang of it, drop it and tar them.
Item BuildSince The Chipper is a ganker/support hero, you should buy a courier or ward with him, while getting your basic minor totems, health regen and a few mana potions in the beginning since rocket barrage is even more mana intensive in the beginning than later. After you should get armor boots, and then immediately get nomes since without it you wont be able to be much help to teammates if you cant get your spells off due to lack of mana. A Bottle (3/3) is also valid on him after boots, as it will help farming Nome's Wisdom. Once you have your nomes, continue to build mana regen/disabling items, such as Stormspirit and Kuldra's Sheepstick. Now you can start your luxury items can range from things like Portal Key, Sacrificial Stone, and Puzzlebox.
StrategyThe Chipper's rockets have range far enough to check runes from middle lane, they also have the range to harass enemies and stop channeling from distances that the enemy can never get you at. As a ganker type hero you need excellent map awareness, your rockets help you with that. Your rockets are spammable allowing you to scout out area before you or your team go in, such as the forest's, lanes, or secret shop paths. Your tartoss/sawblade showdown/Rocket Barrage combo can completely devastate a team in a large fight.
Since people will want to avoid the sawblade's you should keep this in mind when placing it, best on top of as many people as you can at first to get the initial damage. When teams and standing off use your rockets to harass the enemy team and give you team an idea as to where they are so your initiator can go in with a good idea where people are. Do not forget to keep your focus buffer up on the characters who are likely to be targeted by nukes, it could win you the fight and save their lives. Your best laning partners and team makeup consists of people with aoe stuns and multiple disables.