Hello, i've been playing Smite for the better part of a year and this is my first tutorial. I decided that i like Hou Yi so much that i was going to make a guide for him. Here was my problem with Hou Yi, the traditional Trans/Asi or Trans/Ichaival never did it for me. It's SO expensive, takes forever to do anything, and just wastes your time and gold. Everytime i rush Ichaival or Boots followed by ASI my power curve and damage spikes through the roof. He scales so well on utility that he doesn't even need the extra power from transcendance. Where he shines is in his stun/auto combo. If you land your stuns you can destroy anyone!
Why do you want to play an ADC that can be DODGED into oblivion? Play him like the hunter he is and auto the life off of your opponents. His abilities are fine and everything, but nothing hurts more than a good auto attacking build. And the best part is? He can come online for less than 3000 gold. THATS THE CHEAPEST BUILD I'VE EVER SEEN. Yes it's true, all you need are Ninja Tabi and Ichaival to come online and destroy everything. It's perfect.
Listen, stacking in arena is bad. Stacking is falling out of the meta fast. You really want to build stacks while your mage is grabbing thoths and sash and doom orb? Yes, doom orb. Don't starve your mage. Buy Ninja Tabi.
"But Secret, YOU LIKE RANGDAS MASK! IT SUCKS!"
Listen Linda, Rangdas mask is the most underrated item in the game for all characters able to utilize it's stats. What else can give you pen, movement, attack speed and mp5 for 500 gold? Nothing.
Also, Rangda's and Ninja tabi are more than enough to keep even the hungriest Hou Yi from running low. Odds are you'd die before running out of mana. Just try it.
"BUT I CAN'T SPAM WITHOUT MANA."
Rangda's gives you enough mana back to sustain your mana during the most intense fights. Sit back, farm up, and land those stun combos. You'll never even miss Transcendance.
May i say, DO NOT use your 1 every time it's up. Your cooldowns will screw you every time. Your opponent knows you can't stun them for another 10s, and if you wasted your 3 you're just going to die. I REPEAT FOR EFFECT, DO NOT SPAM YOUR 1 UNLESS YOU'RE LANDING STUNS. Be smart!
INB4 BUT RANGDA'S SUCKS!
Read these words very carefully. There is no better investment for this character than spending 500 gold on this item. No it doesn't work in Duel or Arena, but it's amazing. You get everything he needs for 500 gold and a few good frags. Even if you don't get frags, just getting assists is enough. You can have this maxxed before 10m. Be smart. Even if you're doing terribly, and sometimes you will (It's Smite), this item is like an investment into late game. Give it a try.
Same as above, this is not your typical build. We're building 3 items for the price of one and utilizing his great base damage and frag potential/death dodging to it's limits. Rangda's, Ichaival, boots, Asi before your opponent has his first big purchase. Your power curve will take you into Jotunns Wrath outright. Even if you're behind, Rangda's alone will bring you back. Just play smart! DO NOT jump (his 3) in for kills. You're dead every time.
Ichaival/Silver Branch is all he needs to come online.
Ninja Tabi to replace the mana you lost not building transcendance.
Asi to sustain you into late game.
Rangda's because of that above! ^
Jotunns for that sweet cooldown/pen
Crusher for those cooldowns so you can spam your little heart out.
Genji's/Nemean to duel/box to your hearts content. How can anyone stand against you?