APHRODITE Guide - by dignitas/ShadowQ

     
 

APHRODITE
   - by dignitas/ShadowQ (May 2014, Patch 1.0.2107.1)

 
 

Our next Smite god guide features Aphrodite who has recently made a surprise comeback at the $200k Launch Tournament, mainly thanks to our professional support player ShadowQ.

 

 

   
 

Related links:
Twitch.tv/shadowqwe - @DignitasShadowq - Profile Page

 

 

INTRODUCTION


Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of beauty.

Aphrodite is extremely underestimated in the current meta. With an early game revolving around pushing power, and late game being about burst ultimates, her strengths shine throughout all points of the match. There is never a wrong time to pick Aphrodite as support, and she does extremely well with every ADC.

 

 

QUICK GUIDE
AKA
"I'M IN THE LOADING SCREEN AS APHRO SUPPORT, HELP!" 

 

Build

 

Abilities

 
  Loving Embrace
- Start the game with the blue buff
- You give your ADC mana back
 
  Kiss
- Link teammates to increase move speed
- Stun an enemy
- Link a teammate before you stun an enemy
- Aim directly at your target, the width of this skill is huge
 
  Back Off
- Knock back and damage enemies around you
- Slow and damage enemies around your linked target
- Use frequently in fights. Don’t worry about wasting it. Getting damage off is important
 
  Love Birds
- Heals you and your linked teammate
- Your linked teammate does not need to be in the line of doves to be healed
- Use it to clear the wave early game
- Use your kiss on an enemy first to do damage
 
  Undying Love
- Cleanses CC
- Immunes damage and CC for the duration
- Save for big burst ultimates or CC

 

 

IN DEPTH: ITEMS


  Always start with Watcher’s Gift.
Even if you get some of the last hits, the gold gain and mana and health regen give you great lane presence.
 
  I would highly recommend Midas' Boots while learning Aphro.
The gold gain gives her extra money for more tankiness. However, when you’re more comfortable with Aphro, CDR Boots give more damage, more healing and more frequent spells.
 
  Afterwords, if you’re ahead or on par with the enemies, Sovereignty is the correct buy.
This is the most efficient and necessary item in the game to get on any support due to its extremely cheap personal protections as well as the most teamfight-influencing aura in the game.
OR
 
  If you’re behind at this point, you should consider Witchblade.
This item gives cheap move speed to be able to avoid enemy damage. You do not want to brawl the enemy with this item, as it lacks health, but the aura is good for teammates. If you’re really behind, the move speed is absolutely necessary.
If you buy this, buy Sovereignty afterwards and then continue in the build like normal.
 
  At this point, you now have a lot of options.
If the enemy team has medium or heavy magical damage, Void Stone is a great buy to help your mage with offense while maintaining sufficient defense. 
OR
 
  However, if they have a large amount of slows or a Posideon, Winged Blade is a necessary buy.
 
Items after this point are extremely situational. Viable items include:
 
  If you’re extremely ahead, Soul Reaver is a fantastic buy. I would not recommend while learning the character, but this item is great when confident.
 
  If they have heavy physical and you’re at risk of dying, these items give sufficient survivability with efficient CDR.
If you already have CDR boots and Winged Blade, Mail of Renewal is better, so you dont go over CDR cap. 
OR
 
  Otherwise Breastplate of Valor is the better option.
 
  Spirit Robe's passive is completely irrelevant. If they have very heavy magic damage, such as a Freya, this item is great for defense and CDR.

 

Example Build - when behind

 

Example Build - even or ahead

 

Example Build - VERY ahead

 

 

ACTIVES

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Hand of the Gods is necessary for any support. Upgrade it by 15 minutes at the latest for objective securing.

Heavenly Agility is great for team survivability. The only real alternative would be Weakening Curse if the enemy team has healing.

 

 

IN DEPTH: ABILITIES

Your priority should be 3 > 1 > 2 > 4.

 

Loving Embrace

Aphrodite’s passive is what makes her early game extremely strong. Unlike other supports, you want to start the game with the blue buff, as you give a percentage of your regenerated mana back to your ADC. The amount of mana they receive is sufficient for them to not go OOM while giving you and your ADC huge amounts of sustain.
   
 

Kiss

This ability has two uses: it can link a teammate to increase move speed, or it can be used to stun an enemy, giving your teammate increased damage. While the damage can be helpful, you level up this skill almost entirely due to the move speed. Aphrodite lacks any other mobility move and relies entirely on this increased move speed to survive.

You should always be linked to a teammate before you kiss offensively. This is a mistake I see a lot of Aphro players make. When linking a teammate, the cooldown is not used, and the move speed for both players is extremely essential.

Although this move is a skillshot, it is one of the easiest in the game to hit due to its relatively high speed and extremely huge width. For this reason, there is less prediction when using this skill and it’s often more ideal to aim directly at your target, or only slightly ahead of where they’re going.
   
 

Back Off

This ability is a short range AoE that originates from both Aphro and her linked teammate. The AoE around Aphro knocks enemies back, while the AoE around her teammate applies a slow.

In the early game, if you’re on the offensive, you almost always want to use the slow, as autoattacks in the early game is a large portion of your damage. However, if both AoEs overlap, the knockback takes precedence, and the slow does not occur. Even though it’s important to be close to your target, wait to move in melee range until you use this ability.

In the mid game, after using your Kiss to stun an enemy, run behind them to knock them back further into your teammates.

In the late game, you rely on your hunter being aggressive. There may be only small windows where your ADC is in melee range of enemies for you to get the damage and slow of this ability. Try to use this on the first person you can. Be quick to react and don’t be afraid you’ll need this ability for someone else. Getting some damage and resetting the cooldown as soon as possible is extremely important.
   
 

Love Birds

This ability heals Aphrodite and her linked target. Additionally, it sends doves out in a slow moving line AoE to damage enemies.

This ability is fairly straightforward, but here are a few tips:
- Use it for wave clearing in the early game
- When using it offensively, use your Kiss first to guarantee the dove damage
- Don't be afraid to heal you or your linked target, even if you don’t get any damage
   
 

Undying Love

This ability cleanses CC on Aphro and her teammate, and makes them immune to damage and CC for the duration.

Save this ability for large bursting ultimates. It is extremely important to know what the enemy could possibly use and save it for the most ideal time. If you find yourself using your ultimate right before you die to immune autoattacks or small ticks of damage, perhaps there was something you could have used it on earlier to immune more.

 

 

GENERAL PLAYSTYLE

Early Game

Be aggressive in lane with both push and poke. You win poke trades due to your sustain, but don’t forget to push the wave so you don’t tank creeps.

You are also extremely susceptible to ganks at this point due to having almost no mobility. Be careful when pushing and know to be defensive when you expect the enemy jungler to be nearby.

 

Mid Game

Look to rotate for camps and try to looks for picks/saves, especially for mid harpy fights. Your ultimate is extremely crucial here.

Ward the long lane side of the map. It’s important that your ADC does not get ganked while you are roaming. If you aren’t roaming, try to poke the enemy ADC, even if it’s under tower. You are potentially the most aggressive support in the game.

 

Late Game

Stay linked to your ADC at all times during fights. Save your ultimate for big burst abilities or for CC. Use your doves for sustain even if it means not doing damage. Carry mana pots at all times. Link other teammates only to heal them out of fights, but try to be linked to your ADC by default.

 

 

CLOSING THOUGHTS

Aphrodite can be one of the strongest gods in the game when paired with competent players. Her greatest downfall is the inability of her teammates to follow up her initiations. When this is the case, be sure to acknowledge this fact and play around your teammates accordingly. You may not be able to be aggressive in lane, but you still can get value out of pushing and rotating.

I love playing Aphrodite and I hope this guide helps you get the same enjoyment that I do. Thanks for reading and good luck!