ADC Duo Lane: The Beginning
At the beginning, you'll want to use your 1500 gold to purchase the items I listed in the build section of the guide. If you skipped that part, the items are Bluestone Pendant
, Spiked Gauntlet
, and a single Healing Potion
After you buy your things, go with your support and the mid-laner to help the mid-laner get the red buff (the power buff). After that, go have your support help you with the nearest purple buff (basic attack buff), take it, and then move into your lane (you terrible, terrible driver).
If you're playing with pl3b n00bz who don't know to do those tactics I listed above, well, you might as well just go to your lane. Your lane being the long lane, AKA the Duo Lane.
Jungle: The Beginning
At the beginning, you'll want to use your 1500 gold to purchase the items I listed in the build section of the guide. If you skipped that part, the items are Bumba's Mask
, and tier 1 Hand of the Gods
After you've purchased your things, go to the speed buff (the orange buff) with the solo laner, and use your Hand of the Gods
to speed up the process of killing the camp. After you've taken the speed buff for yourself, go to the blue buff (the mana buff) and help drop it for the solo laner to take. After that, move into the solo lane (the short lane), and help push the lane until either the enemy jungler leaves the lane, or until you reach level 4, and then go back into the jungle.
If the enemy jungler goes to base before going into the jungle, go up and take out one
of their small fury camps, and then go kill the two small fury camps nearest to your
If the enemy jungler does not go back to base, simply go into the jungle and kill both of the small fury camps nearest to your base, and then either go back to base to heal up and buy things, or wait for the mid fury camps to spawn. Make sure you have your Hand of the Gods
ready to kill the mid furies! Just hit them with Poison Darts
and then Hand of the Gods
, and they'll die.
Arena: The Beginning
At the beginning, you'll want to use your 1500 gold to purchase the items I listed in the build section of the guide. If you skipped that part, the items are Combat Boots
and Improved Sprint
After you've bought your stuff, help your team defeat all the buff camps on the left side of the map, unless your team plans to invade the enemy buff camps. After those camps are defeated, go out and help clear minion waves/fight enemy players. If your health is too low after killing the buff camps, just go back to base. Better safe than sorry.
General Xbalanque Tips
shoot off into a wide area, which means that if an enemy is not standing behind their minions to block the hit, you can spray your Poison Darts
out to hit some minions and an enemy player.
When in a lane, it's best to stand inside of your wave of minions to avoid getting hit, unless the enemy player has an ability which pierces through minions, in which case, stand to the side of the minions to avoid getting hit. Some examples of abilities that pierce minions are Impale
, and So Beautiful
(those are all Hunter type abilities, by the way).
If you see an ally who is in trouble and you can't get there to help them in time, use your ultimate ability Darkest of Nights
! It will speed you up so you can get there faster, and it will blind the enemies, giving your ally the edge. Hell, it may even score your team a kill.
Unless desperate, always hit your enemy with Poison Darts
before Rising Jaguar
. When using Rising Jaguar
, you can steer yourself in the air, meaning you can fly around corners for a surprise attack on unsuspecting enemies, or you can spin in circles around your target, to dodge all of their hits and leave them disoriented.
If an enemy is hiding behind a minion, tower, phoenix, or titan, you can use Branching Bola
to hit them behind it! Although, it wont do much damage, so it's only advised if the enemy is very
low on HP.
can also be used to clear minion waves, because it can branch off and damage multiple minions. However, this is quite costly in mana, so use this tactic wisely.
Unless it's an enemy that you'd rather not get near ( Bakasura
, for example), it's best to use your Poison Darts
at the shortest range possible. This will make it harder for the enemy to dodge it by going between two darts, and it will allow you to hit them with more darts at once, dealing bonus damage.
If a target is fleeing from combat, activate your ultimate ability! It will allow you to run faster, and it increases your basic attack range, making it easier to hit the enemy as they run. And you can also use Rising Jaguar
to catch up, and then nail them with Poison Darts
to slow them down or possibly finish them off.
Try to get used to how much damage your poison does, so you can predict whether or not the poison is enough to kill the target. You don't want to linger in combat any longer than necessary. If you know that your poison will finish the enemy, feel free to turn around and walk away, and enjoy the kill.
Remember that Xbalanque
is great for team fights. Darkest of Nights
will give your team an edge in a team fight, your Poison Darts
and Rising Jaguar
can hit multiple people, and your Branching Bola
can branch off and hit multiple enemy players. Xbalanque
has great area damage, so take advantage!
When ganking a lane, make sure to let your allies know you're about to gank it beforehand, otherwise you may be running into a deathtrap, while your ally does nothing to help you.
The mid furies spawned at the 3 minute mark. Keep your eye on the spawn timers, and make sure you Hand of the Gods
is always ready to take down the mid furies. They give you the most gold out of any jungle camp, aside from the Gold Fury herself. Mid furies top priority when it comes to which jungle camp should be taken first, unless your team wants to do Fire Giant or Gold Fury.
To clear a jungle camp quickly at a low level, spray your Poison Darts
at the camp up close, and then use Rising Jaguar
. This will deal a lot of damage, making it easy to finish off the camp with basic attack. Later in the game, you should just be using Poison Darts
and/or a few basic attacks to save mana.
Make sure the enemy is pushing an an ally's lane before you gank them, so they can't simply run under their tower. The exception to this rule is if the enemy is on low HP and you know you can finish the job quickly, or if you have several allies there to help.
Never initiate with Darkest of Nights
when going in for a gank. This will alert the enemy that you're coming. Instead, use the ability when they try to run away. Initiating attacks with Poison Darts
is advised. Also, if you have Branching Bola
activated while the enemy is blinded by Darkest of Nights
, the glowing from Branching Bola
will still be visible, and thus they can still pinpoint your exact location. Remember to turn off your Branching Bola
if you want to sneak up to the enemy with Darkest of Nights
If the enemy jungler ever dies, run up to their jungle area if it seems safe, and kill as many of their jungle camps as you can before they come back. This will hinder their XP and gold gain, but boost yours. Some people say this is a dirty trick, but hey, a win is a win.
For jungling, your priorities should often be:
Ganking>Mid Fury Camps>Jungle Buff Camps>Small Fury Camps.
Some exceptions to this would be if you see a free and easy kill, an ally needs saving, or if your team wants to fight the Gold Fury or Fire Giant. Just remember that these are just guidelines, and cannot make up for common sense. Using your head is always the first step!