5 Tips for an Effective Build in Any Role
Tue 29th Aug 2017 - 11:28am
A big part of Smite, no matter what role you are playing, is how you build throughout the game. I’m sure we have all been a part of game where we weren’t quite sure what to build on the god you were playing. Paying attention to what professional players build is certainly helpful, and hearing them explain why they are building a certain item helps you learn more about the game. Aside from learning from the best players, here are five simple strategies for optimizing your build in any game.
Counter Build Against Your Opponent
While it may mean sacrificing a bit of power in your build, counter building against the opposing team is always a good idea and will often benefit your entire team. The best example of this is anti-heal. Any time the opposing team has a significant source of healing on their team, it’s generally a good idea to pick up some anti-healing, whether it be in the form of Brawler’s Beatstick, Pestilence, or other options. Anti-healing will benefit your team significantly, especially during team fights and battling for objectives. Another great thing to keep in mind is that anti-healing affects healing from relics like Meditation and the current popular choice, Bracer of Undoing. Other easy counter building examples are building Stone of Gaia against a god with a knockup, or buying Hide of the Nemean Lion against basic attack oriented gods.
Additionally, if you are playing in the solo lane or as a hunter, you may find that building in a way that counters your lane opponent will make the laning phase a bit easier, and maybe allow you to gain a gold and experience lead over your opponent heading into the mid game.
Choosing Relics Based on What You Need
Relics are often overlooked or purchased without much thought. For mid laners, junglers, and ADCs, it is almost second nature to buy Purification Beads and Aegis Amulet every game. While those two relics are often the right choice, they are certainly not the only choice. Supports and solo laners have the most viable options when it comes to relics, often prioritizing team needs over personal survivability.
When buying relics as any role, there are two questions you can always ask yourself: Whether or not you are dying too often or too quickly, and what it is that your team needs. The first question always applies to any carry or “squishy”, anyone with a low HP pool and low protections. For more survivability, Aegis Amulet and Purification Beads are great options to help you stay alive during fights. All roles can choose a relic option that benefits the entire team, but it is most common for supports. The most popular relic choice for supports at the moment is Shell, which helps your entire team stay alive by providing them with a temporary shield. Other common options are Meditation for strong early game fighting, or Blink Rune for more aggressive supports and a strong engage.
All of the relics mentioned have great uses, but those are not the only viable options. Every relic can be useful in certain situations, so make sure to put thought into your relic choices during each game.
Paying Attention to Item Passives
Some of the best items in Smite may not always appear so great in terms of the statistics they provide, but their passive effects make them very valuable. Many passives help you amplify your own damage, such as Executioner or Soul Reaver. Others provide help to your entire team, such as Heartward Amulet or Sovereignty. These items are known as Aura items, as the passives often only apply to teammates within a certain radius of you. Aura items are extremely valuable for your team, and are most often picked up from the support player, but can also be purchased by solo laners or even junglers.
Other item passives provide more unique passive effects than simply damage or protection, from extra movement to triggered effects. The most well known passive for movement comes from Hastened Fatalis, which negates the movement penalty of using basic attacks as long as the basic attack is successful. Another similar item is Winged Blade, allowing you to gain a speed boost after an opposing player tries to slow you. This is great against an enemy team with multiple slow effects. Items such as Mantle of Discord have passive effects that are triggered by a certain event. The passive for Mantle of Discord is triggered by taking damage, when you are below 30% health, at which point all enemies within a certain radius of you are stunned for one second.
Buying Cost Effective Items
Item costs are often overlooked, but it is an aspect of a build that is very important. Think of your build similar to shopping on a budget. You want to get the best value out of your items for your gold. Simply buying all of the best items doesn’t work because they will be too expensive to buy quickly and while you are waiting to be able to afford an item, your opponent will be able to afford multiple cheaper items and become more powerful than you.
A strong build is one that has a good balance of cheap but effective items, and more expensive late game items. Starting off with one or two cheap items can often give you the power you need to start establishing a large lead over your opponents. If you do find yourself with a lead, you can make the decision to build what is called a luxury item, an item that is expensive and provides a very large boost in power. If you are already ahead, often times you can afford to go for a more expensive item earlier in the game to push your lead even further.
Managing Your Power Spikes
Similar to keeping track of the cost of your items is keeping track of your power spikes. Power spikes can relate to the god themselves, for example, Odin is his most powerful when he maxes out his first and second ability, after which his damage begins to fall off. That being said, item power spikes will happen in multiple places during the game and generally occur right after you finish an item and begin benefiting from the full stats and passive of the item. Additionally, it is important to note that not all power spikes are the same. The magnitude of your power spike depends on the item you finish. The easiest way to determine a good power spike is when you finish one of your core items after boots, and you have an ability maxed out. At that point in the game you will have a significant amount of power and begin to be able to start taking more fights.
Another important thing to think about it the power spikes of your opponents. If you have just finished a core item, and your lane opponent has not, then you can be sure that it is most likely safe to fight your opponent in a 1v1 situation. If your opponent has just power spiked and you have not, you may want to avoid fighting until you have finished a power spike of your own. Make sure that you consistently have power spikes and don’t experience a lack of power in between items. It is important to manage item costs. Having a cheaper build allows you to have more power spikes earlier in the game, which can help you gain an early lead.
There are endless possibilities when it comes to building items in each game, and it is important to make sure that you build efficiently and effectively in order to give yourself the edge over your opponent, and more importantly, the best chance for victory.
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