So, we all know no one's using Hilda in ranked anymore, and there's even no one who has her Mentor Program skin (Please Moonton how the hell can I get that skin now?) With her recent buffs I've used her to some success, especially against certain meta heroes.
She also has advantages over most, if not all, assassins. Gusion, Natalia, Selena, and Helcurt pretty much. Fanny as well. If there's an Angela on your team, it's a scarier combo than Leomord&Angela or Aldous&Angela. For enemies, bushes are not safe.
The key to playing Hilda is TO NOT PLAY HER WITH TANK ITEMS. She's the most useless tank this way. Pick Chou instead.
Suggested battle spells are Retribution and the recently buffed Execute, which makes her a single target deleter. At high levels, she can burst down non-tanks/fighters from full health down to zero with her full combo.
If you lane against an assassin, you can harass them easily, and time the Retribution so you steal their jungle. If the Assassin doesn't have Retribution as their skill (I'm looking at you Selenas with Flicker) they will be easy food for you and you'll be able to steal their jungle easily.
Fanny will also think twice before diving in, and if you lane against her you can make her life a living hell.
Suggested emblem set is the JUNGLE emblem. Even without Retribution, it's still useful, it gives HP and Movement Speed, and YOU NEED ITEMS and this helps you farm better. Just don't take the Blue Buff because you don't need it, unless it's the enemy's jungle.
You're basically a tanky assassin who dives the back line. Hilda's most significant advantage is over Kimmy. Kimmy needs to aim her balls of death and that's when you time your first skill to avoid them, and pretty much just get close to her after that and delete her. Other marksmen such as Layla, Moskov and Hanabi as well. Lesley is kinda tricky because she can avoid Hilda so take caution when facing her.
Last item is situational, but I usually go Sky Helmet if your team needs more defensiveness. Hilda falls off late game so it's best to end the game ASAP as she'll be very difficult to use later on where teams are more clumped up.
* pick one or the other.
EDIT: Hororo chan recently posted a video on how she uses Hilda (tank items, Sprint spell, tank emblem, only two damage items Malefic Roar and BoD). And it's a solid route as well if you don't have Angela or the only tank on the team OR if the enemy just has too much CC. Hilda will have a rough time if the enemy has Diggie or Nana, so going this route will be safer. You're relying more on assists to boost your damage, up to a respectable 2000+ even with just 2 damage items. The problem here is you are more team-dependent this way and can't kill squishy heroes from full health down to zero as fast.
That's it for Hilda the slaying amazonic queen!
LAST UPDATED DECEMBER 12, 2018
So, we all know no one's using Hilda in ranked anymore, and there's even no one who has her Mentor Program skin (Please Moonton how the hell can I get that skin now?) With her recent buffs I've used her to some success, especially against certain meta heroes. She...