This build is based on attack speed, damage & Crits. This is not the defining build for Cab.You may want to play around with the build to learn how to counter certain gods. I may come back to this build and add stuff to talk about how to counter certain gods. Overall this build will do well in most situations and varients.
High Attack Speed
Decent/good support (depends on how you play)
Good killing Power
Dependent on hives
HIVES(seriously hives are important for this guy)
Abilities Upgrade Order
Hive 1 8 11 12 14
Swarm 2 4 6 7 10
Honey 3 15 16 18 19
Ult 5 9 13 17 20
1st (personally I like building my stacks first, if you don't go for ninja tabi first)
Ninja Tabi- (as mentioned in the comments you could use warrior, although I like the increase attack speed incase the enemy team actively destroys your hives and sometimes it can make the difference in a fight where your just outside of the radius of your hive/chasing a person.)
Jotun-for cool down Asi-for sustainability
Basically whats gonna determine when you build DB is on how you are doing. Team is building physical=go pen. Team isn't paying too much attention to you=go DB
You like staying in lane for a bit, you like to snipe people, you play support for your team.This is my go to.
Keep getting ganked,you're taking a lot of damage and you like chilling back.
Screw you guys im going home: Sprint/Aegis/Teleport/Sprint
having trouble escaping, you like to rush in and out, you're a semi aggressive player. *you could run meditation for this if you like, but if you're trying to escape you're better with two of the above*
Remember this is not the defining build, play around see what you like. You may need to change the build to counter some gods. I would switch the crit items most likely. Boots,trans are a must. Attack speed is really good on Cab, so id keep bow but that's up to you.
Abilities Explained & Brief usage of them
Hive: Bees swarm at the ground target location, creating a new hive that provides movement and Attack Speed Buffs to Ah Muzen Cab. He also heals for a small amount every second while he remains close to the hives. The hives can only be destroyed by Basic Attacks (maximum 6 hives).
MUST MUST MUST be placing these. Cab is dependent on hives being on the field. Heres a little tip,the radius of the hives go through walls. Additionally, you will be able to see how far they stretch when you are about to place one or are using honey. Ill explain what you should do below.
Swarm:Ah Muzen Cab summons a large swarm of bees that fly forward in a path in front of him, dealing damage to all enemies hit and applying Bees to them.
Your main damager. Great for applying infection to people. Tip this goes through walls, so if someone is turning a corner to escape you, you may be able to hit them with this. Additionally, this applies bees! to honey.
Your text to link here...Honey:Ah Muzen Cab sprays honey at a moveable ground target location, Slowing all enemies in the area. Bees from Hives within 55 ft and Swarm will fly over to protect the honey, dealing damage every .5 second and applying Bees! to all enemies as they leave the honey.
Great for applying infection to enemies and it is your slow. Tip: if you are running away from someone and this is on CD, throw it down as you move. Helps sometimes when escaping and can even get them to back off if Bees! is applied to it
Passive: Enemies afflicted by Bees! take damage every .5s for 2s, are revealed on the minimap, and swarm nearby enemies. Basic Attacks refresh and extend the duration of Bees! by 1s, and any target afflicted for 4s is Disarmed for 1s (10s Cooldown between Disarms).
You wanna be afflicting/infecting people with bees when you can. Its a great DOT and helps you get kills.
Start of the game build as fast as you can:
2nd tier trans
1st tier boots
(choose relic based on above:I usually go with meditation)
After that is built run up and place one hive behind the tower. The game is about to begin hive will be ready again. Place one in between the jungle and the lane on the mana side or damage side (whereever you think is gonna be harder for them to destroy, I usually go with mana). Now two things can happen here. (A) they go **** you and destroy that hive. (B) they dont notice/ignore it.
(A) as soon as you see them go for that hive, honey the **** at of them. Theyll destroy the hive in the end but now they are infected. Follow up with swarm.
(B) Awesome this is what you want. Kill minions, poke the enemies with honey and swarm. Do not chase, you are not ready for that really. Rule of thumb you wanna be in your hive's radius. You can only chase if you are sure you can get the kill or if you can place down another hive.
Chill in the lane as needed, use meditation if your health gets low. If you didnt pick up med. then just go back and heal. As soon as you are able build transcendence and start stacking. I dont care how you stack it just do it. Here are some tips for getting kills. Place hive on top of enemies rushing you immediately follow up with Honey then swarm. Your auto is super important as cab, when you are near hives its gonna be shooting very fast. It does alot of damage. Remember its alright to spam auto sometimes, but dont forget to keep appling bees! to your enemies. Also remember smite is a team game. Pay attention to your allies. You can help them get kills by applying DOTs. Don't be selfish this game isn't about just you getting kills. Yea sometimes some one is going to "take your kill" but sometimes you are too. Also if your teammate needs to stack let em stack, you are only stacking one item, you should get relatively fast too since you are building early.
Hopefully by now you got ninja tabi and are going for odysseus bow. Whats cool about odysseus bow is that it chains lighting your basic attacks. This is awesome for Cab. Now your basic attacks are hitting more targets. Tip when an opponent runs away but they have minions near them aim for the minions, sometimes you can get the kill from the lightning.
Don't forget to keep putting down hives. as you move up your gonna wanna keep building them. If your team gets pushed back and they destroy the tower, but one behind the phoenix as your new safety net. If need be you can chase a little, just be careful. Remember you are squishy. I try to stay by my hive radius generally, but if you are 99% sure you can get that kill go for it.
Up next is rage. Rage is gonna stack everytime you miss a crit. Since you are shooting out basic attacks you are gonna be criting a bunch and its gonna help you get even more kills.
Next build your pen/cirt item. Really from rage on you should have good killing power and its only gonna increase with these items.
Here are some tips for abilities
Drop hive on opponents->honey before they destroy(they will destroy)->swarm->(optional part) ult if you can (its a little hard to ult but youll know when you can)
Apply honey behind opponent while your teammate is attacking as they step back throw swarm.
Get creative apply dem bees!
Follow joust build a bit. I don't use Cab as a jungler, hes better in lane. I like when i have support in my lane, but you can do well if you dont have it. If you dont have support just be careful and dont try going head to head if its 2v1, you ll lose. 1v1 is more managable depending on the god. (for example skadi/Ares gives me a bit of trouble 1v1, depends on how you play). You have to be alot more catious in conquest than you do in joust. The map is way bigger so your hives are gonna be spread out. Try to stay with your hives and build as suggested. The thing I like about conquest is, you get more time in the start so you can place more than one hive (depending on how fast you purchase ****) on the map. Stick to one lane, thats your lane 5ever. The only times you are going to another lane is if you really really really need to. The reason for this is that you need hives to thrive. Yea you can go to another lane an place down a hive, but you are kinda wasting all that setting up you were doing on the other lane. Yea you can play without hive if you are going temporarily to help a lane, but its not gonna be easy without a hive.
Arena helps and hurts cab. Hives are way more noticable cause of the open area. However, a lot people tend to stay in one area, making it easier to infect them. Plus odysseus bow does wonders cause your chaining all over the place. You are going to have to try to keep your hives up. I usually put them behind/to the side of the pillars and one where you come out of the base as a safety net. I suggest using the defensive/screw you guys relic options, since you are going to be running back and forth from the base. support works as well but just be cautious or at least choose sprint/meditation.
good luck guys have fun, ill update this as i have move time/ stuff changes/i learn something new.