Updated 23 May, 2013, 8:16 pm IST
Friday April 27 02:36 am
Don't Feed Hecarim -- Champion Spotlight Alternative
Check out http //www.learntheleague.com/ebook to learn about my complete League of Legends book! The more I checked out his mechanics, the more impressed I was with his potential. The main thing to note is that spell shields (i.e. Banshee's Veil) won't stop his abilities, and I can't believe this is intended, especially on his ultimate where a spell shield is broken but won't block anything. We'll see if that changes down the road. Check out http //www.learntheleague.com to learn about my complete League of Legends book! In the hands of a great player, I think we'll see him as one of the stronger initiators in the League. His ultimate just does so much for him in those situations where Rammus/Volibear/Singed/Skarner can't quite get in range (either due to crowd controls or other things). Bump/Like/Follow to support the series http //na.leagueoflegends.com/board/showthread.php?t=1587469 http //www.facebook.com/Ciderbook https //twitter.com/#!/Ciderhelm I played him in a variety of roles, but primarily as a jungler building a hybrid of damage and survivability. I also played him as a pure tank, which also worked well. His first pass through the jungle is the roughest, but by level 5 he is very good both in and out of the jungle. I'll say upfront that Phreak posted a surprisingly good build both in terms of masteries and itemization in his champion spotlight, and while it's not the only good way to build him, it certainly works. Runes Red attack damage, yellow armor, blue magic resist/level, and movement speed quints. Masteries 9/12/9 with armor pen in offense, health and minion damage in defense, and movement speed/buff duration in utility. Summoner Spells Smite/Ghost. Skills R - Q - W - E, with a point in E as soon as I needed to gank (usually level 4). Items My early goals were a Wriggle's Lantern, Merc Treads, and a Sheen. If I really needed more survivability, I'd go Phage first. Aside from that, I was most successful when building an Infinity Edge as my first huge purchase. This is unusual for many champions, but for Hecarim every single component synergizes well with his role and his abilities. Beyond this, Hexdrinker/Maw of Malmortius against magic heavy teams, or an Armor item (occasionally Atma's) against a physical heavy team. SERIES UPDATE With Hecarim out, the next champions will be Varus and Gragas, though I'm not positive in which order I'll release these. Not much to say in regards to the series as things are on schedule and caught up to where they need to be. --------- Play League of Legends (it's free!): http //signup.leagueoflegends.com/?ref=4cf4f5d5a31b5102048398 --------- Help people learn about this series by sharing your thoughts on the official LoL forum thread http //na.leagueoflegends.com/board/showthread.php?t=1587469 --------- Don't Feed is a video series that covers champions in greater detail than the Champion Spotlight. This series is descriptive, not prescriptive, meaning that I aim to provide you with solid information without telling you which items, runes, or masteries are best (as these frequently change). With this information, you can better play against these champions, and you may be interested in learning to play them. Even after more than a thousand games, I am still learning new things about these champions by making these videos, and I'm sure the vast majority of LoL players can learn a lot from these. My goal is to provide these videos for all champions in League of Legends.