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Athena, the sexiest tank

June 6, 2013 by TheAmazingComicBookGuy
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Athena Guide

Build : You're sexy and you know it!

Smite God: Athena


Item Purchase Order

Starting items

Build Item Mark of the Vanguard
Build Item Reinforced Greaves
Build Item Healing Potion

Physical defense

Build Item Breastplate of Valor Build Item Hide of the Nemean Lion Build Item Wall of Absolution

Magical defense

Build Item Stone of Gaia Build Item Void Stone Build Item Magi's Blessing

Magical power

Build Item Gem of Isolation Build Item Bancroft's Talon Build Item Chronos' Pendant

Abilities

Build Item Hand Of The Gods Build Item Girdle Of Might Build Item Aegis Amulet Build Item Purification Beads Build Item Blink

Consumables

Build Item Healing Potion Build Item Healing Potion Build Item Healing Potion Build Item Ward Build Item Ward Build Item Ward


God Skill Order

Preemptive Strike

Preemptive Strike 2 15 16 18 19 key bind

Confound

Confound 3 7 11 12 14 key bind

Shield Wall

Shield Wall 1 4 6 8 10 key bind

Defender of Olympus

Defender of Olympus 5 9 13 17 20 key bind

Introduction!

Hello, and welcome to my second smitefire guide! This time it's about the one and only Athena! She is the latest added god as if for 5-6-2013 and the only female tank. She fits the role of a second tank and is probably one of the most fun gods to play with.
I currently have a high win rate with her and I think I can teach something to you as the reader.

Just to clear this out, this is not the bible and you don't have follow it word by word

Gameplay video

/smite/god/he-bo-15WitherMcSpoon, go check him out for some quality videos! Drybear's vids are always very high quality, just go and check him out ;)

Pros and Cons

Pros!
- Her ability to taunt gods and absorb hits is unique amongs tanks and is a very awesome skill
- Global ult
- Her ability to protect teammates is unmatched
- Her basic attacks can be ranged, which is vert handy
- Tanky, but hits very hard
- One of the hardest gods to chase
Cons!
- Ult can be hard to hit
- Pretty low CC compaired to other tanks
- Early game could be better
- Can be manahungry at times
- Struggles to solo inditate fights
- Abilities can work against her





Overall, Athena is a very strong and tanky bruiser who is worth taking a look at

Skills

Reach
Key Bind: Passive

After using any ability, Athena's next basic attack is a ranged attack, hitting all enemies it passes through, and dealing additional magic damage. Damage: Basic Attack (+50% of your magical power).
A very nice passive to get the most out of your abilities, try yo use it strategically. This can help for clearing the wave or poking enemies.


Preemptive Strike
Key Bind: 1

Athena powers up for a dash. While dashing, Athena will pass through minions and stop and hit the first enemy god she encounters, dealing damage and slowing all she hits. If she hits an enemy, Athena gains one stack of Block (max 3), absorbing the next basic attack from any god that hits her. Damage: 80/130/180/230/280 (+50% of your magical power). Slow Amount: 25%. Slow Duration: 1.25/1.5/1.75/2.0/2.25s. Cost: 60/70/80/90/100. Cooldown: 15/14/13/12/11s.
This is a very bad dash, but can let you absorb basic attack hits. It can absorb a lots of damage for you and should be used wisely. Pick it up first to escape or inditate and max it last
Confound
Key Bind: 2

Athena releases a shockwave of power from her shield, taunting enemy gods, and forcing them to fight or chase her. Taunt Duration: 1.0/1.25/1.5/1.75/2.0s. Cost: 60/65/70/75/80. Cooldown: 18s.
This ability has a lots of uses and can help your teammate survive, keep people in nasty places or screw the enemy over (you should focus on squishy gods first and not the tanks in a fight. Pick this up third to protect your teammate and max it second
shielded wallShield Wall
Key Bind: 3

Athena summons a group of Athenian warriors who do damage upon arrival, and after 2s strike for additional damage. Initial Damage: 40/75/110/145/180 (+50% of your magical power). Secondary Damage: 80/150/220/290/360 (+50% of your magical power). Cost: 60/65/70/75/80. Cooldown: 14s.
This ability can be great for clearing a lane, but is also your main damage spell. Because it has a delay between the placing and the big damage you should place it so it's unavoidable or use your 2 with it. Pick this up first to clear a buff camp and max it first for its damage potentional
Defender of Olympus
Key Bind: 4

Athena picks a single allied god anywhere in the world, and launches herself up into the air, landing next to that god 4.2 seconds later. During that 4.2 seconds, the allied god mitigates 50% of the damage it's taken. Enemies nearby when Athena lands take damage. Damage: 350/500/650/800/950 (+100% of your magical power). Allied mitigation: 50%. Cost: 80/90/100/110/120. Cooldown: 90s.
This ability has a lots of uses for different situations, it can be your escape moove, your inditation after your Hades or Ares ulted, or you can guard your teammates with it. It is hard to hit, but it has great damage. Try not to waste it, if your teammate dies while casting your ult is wasted. Put points into it at levels 5, 9, 13, 17 and 20

Itemization

  • Starting items:
    Mark of the Vanguard: This item is a must for any tank/bruiser, because of it's early game stats. You can easily tank a buff camp or survive some punishment. This item might be great early game, but I suggest you sell it late game.
    Reinforced Boots: This is a great item for maintaining the lane, and it gives exactly what any tank needs early game.
    Healing Potion: I have tried both healing pots and mana pots, but these just seemed to work out better. This is a matter of preference, and you could pick a mana pot if you want.
  • Physical defense items:
    Breastplate of Valor: Typical early game defense item, gives you mana sustain, defense, nice cooldown reduction AND it's cheap!
    Hide of the Nemean Lion: Get this item early game, because it's cheap and will pay off mid game. When some random carry tries to kill you they can just kill themselves without good lifesteal.
    Wall of Absolution: I really love this item for it's stats. It is nice that it gives magical power, good protections and extra protections when hit by basic attacks.
  • Magical defense items:
    Stone of Gaia: Gives you very good sustain, I just swear by this item ;)
    Void Stone: This is a great bruiser item, and it helps your mages out a LOT!
    Magi's Blessing: Because your 1 makes you absorb basic attacks this works pretty decent on Athena and it has nice stats.
  • Magical power items:
    Gem of Isolation: This item gives you some nice magical power and hp, but that isn't everything. It helps you hit your 3 because of the nice slow on it.
    Bancroft's Talon: I wanna clear out that I don't recommend this item for it's lifesteal (it is nice tho), but because you get in the middle of action all the time. You are gonna be targeted a lot, and this helps you with dishing out damage as you get lower.
    [Chronos' Pendant]: Pick this up if you didn't go with any cd reduction, you will need it ;)
  • Abilities and Potions:
    Hand Of The Gods: If you decide to buy this, than I suggest getting it as soon as you can, and you need SPAM this ability as you can. Get level 2 and 3 of it when objectives become important.
    Girdle Of Might: This can make a difference in fights. If you have someone like Anhur as laning partner, than you need to use it when he does his combo. This should be used to help your teammate and not you. Use this in teamfights.
    Aegis Amulet and Purification Beads: Pick these items up when you are struggling. Try to defend yourself with these. These items should be picked up when the enemy has an [[Ares] or something like that.
    Blink: Great items for a tank, it helps her with inditating.
    Wards: As a tank you should be the one buying Wards.
    Healing Potions: As you won't need mana pots late game you should buy Healing Potions. I suggest having 3 at times, because I don't like running out of them.

You have to be in synergy with your team! (Laning and Teamwork)

  • Laning
    When laning you have to go left/right (THOU SHALT NOT MID WITH A TANK) and pick someone to go with. You are best paired with a god that is constantly in the action, like Thor or someone who really appreciates you for distracting your opposition, like Loki
  • Teamwork
    While laning you will most likely won't be seeing other teammates than maybe your mid if he decides to gank or you meet eachother at the base.
    This, changes mid game. You and the enemy team will both group up and teamfights will start. Tanks will often be the one inditating a fight, but you shouldn't, because you ulting in will give a better advantage. Try ulting when someone like Ares Hades or Guan Yu ults ant than you go in.

Your foes and your Nemesis


In this chapter we will look at enemies that you would love or hate to face, let's get this going.
Enemies that you would love to face!
You would love to face these gods, because mages really can't do anything abainst you and it is a plesure if they focus you. As for assassins they won't burst you down in 2 seconds and if any of the two get close to your teammates, than they WILL die. Try to lure them into abilities ect. There is no way that they survive a teamfight if they get focused
Anubis
Poseidon
Arachne
Loki
Ne Zha
Bastet
Ao Kuang
Bakasura
Fenrir
Kali


Enemies that you will have troubles with
These enemies are all situational, but someone like [[apollo] actually takes ADVANTAGE of your 2 try not to attack these unless you got some boss protections
Apollo
Freya
Artemis
Anhur
Neith
Xbalanque

The minimap is your best friend! (Global presence)

As Athena has a global ult it's your RESPONSIBILITY to constantly stare at the minimap and help your allies. You can easily help someone who has pushed up to far or is about to be ganked by someone.
Because you are a tank you should also Ward the minimap. I have a picture of it and you should:
Ward the blue x if lanes get ganked very often. You should also ward the enemy sides late game, because pushing becomes risky
Ward the red x when gold fury becomes important (~10th minute) and ward the firegiant when that becomes important (~20th minute)

Strategy in domination and arena


Arena:
- Teamfight simmulator
- You can protect teammates
- Your ult is an awesome edition in arena



Domination:
- Your ult can help with protecting obelisks
- You can taunt the minions, so they won't attack the obelisk
- You can profit from hopping in and out of action with your ultimate

Summary

Thanks for checking out my Athena guide, I hope you enjoyed it and learned something. I think that Athena will definitively be a top tier tank (first pick/first ban) and that people really need to think about her. Congratulations if you really came so far and remember: WARDZ

Changelog

6-6-13:
Guide published!
7-6-13:
Added second vid and changelog, also edited some typos

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Quote | PM | +Rep by Order144 » June 7, 2013 9:44am | Report
I think the best offensive item for Athena has got to be polynomicon. If you haven't tried this with her; give it a shot. It synergizes extremely well with her passive and you deal massive damage with you follow up attacks after you use a skill. I recommend building her tanky; but once you get enough defense, I feel the polynomicon is a must buy for Athena.

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Quote | PM | +Rep by TheAmazingComicBookGuy » June 7, 2013 10:23am | Report
FatalStrik3x wrote:

Also, Since you didn't mention it that I know of...you can used WASD to move around when you are ulting a little bit. Right before you land, when your camera is in position where you are going to land, you can move. It helps to position yourself a little better I found.


Also not sure about gem if it procs on your taunt since it would make them come towards you slower but then again pros might out weigh the cons. I personally like to build a bit more HP and get ethereal staff I find it works decent. I like the guide though

I really think that gem evens out the odds and I will use your explanation with the ult. I did know that, but I didn't know how to put it :P
Order144 wrote:

I think the best offensive item for Athena has got to be polynomicon. If you haven't tried this with her; give it a shot. It synergizes extremely well with her passive and you deal massive damage with you follow up attacks after you use a skill. I recommend building her tanky; but once you get enough defense, I feel the polynomicon is a must buy for Athena.

I quite liked it

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Quote | PM | +Rep by WinglessWings » June 9, 2013 3:34pm | Report
Are you excited about Chronus, I can tell by your profile picture, anyway i love the videos you added. Have you ever thought of creating your own videos to summarize the guide instead of just showing gameplay?

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Quote | PM | +Rep by BestMinionEver » June 9, 2013 9:38pm | Report
The taunt does not apply slow, so gem is pretty sweet on her ;)
And yeah polynomicon is insane :p

I like going her a bit more damage focused, than how you are building (but everyone has their own way to play).

Maybe ad that using an ability at the base, gives you the passive for when you get back to lane. And that you should go out of the fountain if you are ulting from base (a friend of mine managed to ult someone who went back to base just as he clicked to save someone).
And the ulty combination with Thor and Athena is just rofl material, if you haven't tried it out yet :p

Gl with the rest of the guide bro ;)

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Quote | PM | +Rep by TheAmazingComicBookGuy » June 17, 2013 12:37pm | Report

Are you excited about Chronus, I can tell by your profile picture, anyway i love the videos you added. Have you ever thought of creating your own videos to summarize the guide instead of just showing gameplay?

I am, but I also just like the pic :P
I won't create vids, because I don't feel like I can make quality content of it so I won't do it xD

The taunt does not apply slow, so gem is pretty sweet on her ;)
And yeah polynomicon is insane :p

I like going her a bit more damage focused, than how you are building (but everyone has their own way to play).

Maybe ad that using an ability at the base, gives you the passive for when you get back to lane. And that you should go out of the fountain if you are ulting from base (a friend of mine managed to ult someone who went back to base just as he clicked to save someone).
And the ulty combination with Thor and Athena is just rofl material, if you haven't tried it out yet :p

Gl with the rest of the guide bro ;)

thanks for the constructive feedback man, it really helps out ;)

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Quote | PM | +Rep by serock3 » June 20, 2013 12:45pm | Report
what's your opinion on using polynomicon? many people claim that it doesn't work with her passive but when I've tested it it seems to work fine (maybe it was a bug that has been corrected). it adds a lot of extra damage since you can easily get in a basic attack in between most of your spells. but i almost never see anyone use it, do you know why? it works fine for me.

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Quote | PM | +Rep by TheAmazingComicBookGuy » June 20, 2013 12:50pm | Report
serock3 wrote:

what's your opinion on using polynomicon? many people claim that it doesn't work with her passive but when I've tested it it seems to work fine (maybe it was a bug that has been corrected). it adds a lot of extra damage since you can easily get in a basic attack in between most of your spells. but i almost never see anyone use it, do you know why? it works fine for me.

Well, currently the item is bugged as hell on her, but most of the time it worked for me, but than again not always :P

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Quote | PM | +Rep by LegendaryGore » June 24, 2013 4:22am | Report
This guide is a HUGE NO-NO for Athena!

Chronos Pendant AND Breastplate of Valor?? 50% CD reduction is not possible because there is a CAP at 40%.

Gem of Isolation when you have no1 ability? No1 ability last 12% LONGER than the debuff from GoI. Not only that but your no2 ability DOES NOT activate the GoI effect... So you'd be using no1 (which ALREADY triggers a LONGER lasting slow) -> 3 to drop the damage -> 2 to pull them in for the blast... you simply can't miss and you don't need GoI.

Start build with Shield Wall THEN Preemptive Strike?? That just breaks your low lvl gank opportunities for your fellow lane partner.

Athena is INCREDIBLE at securing kills early game. She's as good as sobek for trapping people and setting up low-lvl ambush with her no2 ability.

You're definetly NOT playing her right when u say things like
- Pretty low CC compaired to other tanks
- Early game could be better
- Struggles to solo inditate fights << also a typo here

Co-ordinate with your team and play her like aggressive. She's more like Sobek than Ymir. High mobility (dash & teleport ulti), great initiation/peel off. You can have ANYONE initiate when you have your ultimate ready. They jump in have 50% damage reduction and u get to deal out a LOT of damage when u come in.

Also Wall of Absorbtion instead of Mystical Mark??? AoE magical dmg, Life bonus and protection gets left behind for 45 more phis prot some MP5 and a measly 30magi power... AoE DAMAGE in groupfights does a LOT more overall. Not only that but creep killing is way faster and allows u to solo lane so that your partner can jungle. How is Freya a hard fight yet Fenrir an easy one? Freya has 1 escape her ulti while u buff fenrir by taunting him to u... Once Freya's ulti is done u can CC slow & taunt her for a gank no-prob... early levels she doesn't even have a chance.

I think we play this character far to different and personally I think that your build isn't very effective and leaves you far too vulnerable early on. She's an aggressive character with a lot of potential for ganks.

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Quote | PM | +Rep by GrayMatter13 » August 18, 2013 4:39pm | Report
We are forgetting something... Ymir is the Sexiest tank.

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Quote | PM | +Rep by TheAmazingComicBookGuy » August 18, 2013 9:51pm | Report
GrayMatter13 wrote:

We are forgetting something... Ymir is the Sexiest tank.

That. Is. So. True. ;)

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