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Tick tock,your time is up! Chronos guide for Conquest(v 1.4)

April 25, 2017 by Screptal
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Build 1
Build 2

MID a.k.a the "Chronostomp"

Smite God: Chronos

Item Purchase Order

How you start

Build Item Soul Stone
Build Item Lost Artifact
Build Item Healing Potion
Build Item Mana Potion

Full build (sell soul stone for polynomicon and doom orb for situational if you get killed often)

Build Item Doom Orb Build Item Shoes of the Magi Build Item Book of Thoth Build Item Obsidian Shard Build Item Rod of Tahuti Build Item Polynomicon

Situational items

Build Item Winged Blade Build Item Warlock's Sash Build Item Demonic Grip Build Item Hastened Fatalis Build Item Divine Ruin Build Item Bancroft's Talon Build Item Pythagorem's Piece Build Item Spirit Robe Build Item Mantle of Discord Build Item Telkhines Ring Build Item Dynasty Plate Helm Build Item Shoes of Focus Build Item Gem of Isolation Build Item Relic Dagger Build Item Void Stone Build Item Magi's Blessing Build Item Soul Reaver Build Item Ethereal Staff Build Item Shaman's Ring Build Item Stone of Fal

Relics

Build Item Purification Beads Build Item Aegis Amulet Build Item Heavenly Wings Build Item Blink Rune Build Item Bracer of Undoing Build Item Phantom Veil Build Item Sundering Spear


God Skill Order

Time Rift

Time Rift 1 3 6 7 9 key bind

Accelerate

Accelerate 4 15 16 18 19 key bind

Stop Time

Stop Time 2 8 11 12 14 key bind

Rewind

Rewind 5 10 13 17 20 key bind


Tick tock,your time is up! Chronos guide for Conquest(v 1.4)

Screptal
April 25, 2017


Introduction

Hello guys,Screptal here and i'm going to show you my Chronos guide.Chronos has been nerfed to the ground in S4,where his Accelerate no longer remove basic attack movement penalty,so his late game is not as good as before.Of course,he got some buffs in compensate,for example his damage on his Stop Time got increased,section 3 and 4 of Wheel of Time got buffed and Accelerate got a CD reduction and some movement speed to compesate the nerf.Also meta shifts from late game focus to early game focus,so junglers have a easier time dealing with Chronos,but he still does good damage and has the best structure push in the game due to nerfs to god pets removing backdoor protections and reworking of The Crusher,so hunters and some assasins lost most of the push potential,and his 4th section's magical power scaling from Wheel of Time dealing more damage to objectives than before.

Strenghts and flaws


Strenghts





• The best splitpusher in the game due to section III of the Wheel of Time
• Good lategame (not great due to remove of gaspedal from Accelerate)
• High damage with Stop Time -> Time Rift and basic attacks
• Versatile due to movement speed from Accelerate
Rewind can be considered a second life
• Not mana hungry because of 2nd section of the Wheel of Time
Stop Time can force a lot of Purification Beads/cc immunity
• Decent sustain
Wheel of Time is arguably the best passive in the game



Flaws





• Terrible early game (especially pre level 5)
• Very squishy
• No real escape aside of Rewind.
• You have to build Hastened Fatalis or Heavenly Wings on him in order to chase people due to removal of fatalis effect.
Chronos has one of the lowest mana and hp pools in the game
Rewind can be countered by burst
Accelerate can be hard to use without good timing on Wheel of Time
Stop Time is very avoidable unless is cast in melee range
Wheel of Time is tide to Accelerate,it's not a proper passive.



So,from it is seen,he has the same amount of pros and cons.That means Chronos is not that terrible even after the nerf on Accelerate.As I said before,he still outputs a fair amount of damage but his lategame got weaker signifcantly.

Abilities

Passive - Wheel of Time

As I said in the "Strenghts and flaws" section, Chronos has probably the best passive in the game because it is so versatile.Section I allows him to sustain from poke or can save his life in a longrun.Section II is generally used to clear waves/poke in the early game without losing too much mana.Section III is the weakest of the four sections,but it could be nice if you're going ability based and not too much focused on the AA.However,section IV is the best out of these 4 because it makes Chronos powerful in terms in his damage output.Combine it with a Polynomicon and your next AA when you cast an ability will deal an immense amount of damage in the lategame(over 1000).In addition to that,the 45% magical power to your AA can be beneficial against objectives.
Note that Wheel of Time is tide to Accelerate so if you're escaping you must use,if possible,in combination with Section I.This gives you the highest chance to survive a gank if Rewind is on cooldown.Also it can be difficult to use,so what I recommend is reposition/resize the passive meter so that you can watch which quadrant you should use appropiately.

Ability 1 - Time Rift

You max this ability first.It is your poke and clear tool,and allows Chronos to push the lane and agress at the same time.Combining it with Stop Time for good amount of damage while the enemy is CCed.Also it has a low cooldown and high scaling,so that a reason why you don't build CDR on Chronos and you want as much power and penetration as possible.
Time Rift can be difficult to hit on his own,because of the delay on it.So what I reccomend especially when you're clearing try to group the minions in a circle so that you can clear more effectively.In this case,you have to be careful because you will take the aggro from the minions and you'll put yourself in a bad spot.Another case of using Time Rift is for stealing objectives and contesting jungle camps,because it does so much damage,goes trough walls and if the enemy resets the camp/gold fury/fire giant/portal demon you can do that again in maximum 5 seconds.And it is a good way to proc Polynomicon's passive frequently due to low cooldown.

Ability 2 - Accelerate

Accelerate is the most complex ability in Chronos kit because it interacts with Wheel of Time and gives Chronos 25% base movement speed + over time and,it gives up to 35% attack speed.It is used to escape,chase,juke,sustain,helping your clear and poke,burning objectives and rotate quicker.Along with Rewind,the use of Accelerate separates a good Chronos from a bad one,because you have to time adequately with your passive unless you want to escape as quickly as possible.While using it,you can make circles around your enemy in combination with Hastened Fatalis so you can juke abilities and basic attacks with it.If you pop Accelerate in your base before leaving it,you're able to travel back to your lane/jungle much faster.If you use fourth quadrant frequently,you can consider it your steroid.You typically want to max this last,but if you feel that Stop Time is not helping you enough,you can max this second.

Note


Accelerate procs Polynomicon passive.If you're split pushing,as poly passive procs,the first hit on the tower/phoenix will do additional chunk of damage.

Ability 3 - Stop Time

Stop Time is the only cc in Chronos kit,unless you want to build Gem of Isolation, Mantle of Discord or even Spectral Armor.It does a good chunk of damage as well and has a 1 second stun and 20% flat attack speed slow which can be beneficial against hunters or other aa gods.The good things about this ability it is a 3 step cc and can hit multiple targets.Before the stun,the circle slows and stops whoever got hit.It also allows Chronos to create a distance between him/his allies and his opponent(s).Do not use it when you're clear the wave unless you're sure that the enemy jungler will not gank you and only in combination with section II of Accelerate in order to save mana.In general you'll max this ability second because it reduces it's cooldown,so you can use it more often especially in combination with Time Rift.

Note


As I mentioned before, Stop Time can be used to burn beads/cc immune abilities and if the enemy got hit by it and is not reacting fast enough,it allows your team to initiate.

Ultimate - Rewind

Rewind is Chronos signature ability,allowing him to regain his hp,mana and CD at the location he was 8 seconds before.Basicly,it is a reset if you use it properly and you can bait people thinking that they can kill you.It also gives Chronos CC immunity which is nice against Ares, Athena, Fenrir, Hun Batz etc.It is also used to win 1 v 1,1 v 2 fights because you regain hp,mana and CD of your abilities.In addition to that, Chronos is very good a backdooring due to this ability.You walk at the tower/pheonix/titan and hit it and reset and hit it again and can force the enemy solo laner to pop a Teleport Glyph in order to save that structure.Max it as soon as possible, because the cooldown is reduced,except when you want to max Time Rift.In this case you can skip your point at lvl 8 and get both Time Rift and Rewind at lvl 9 or you can put your last point on Time Rift at lvl 9 and put the point on Rewind at lvl 10.

Item choices

Soul Stone is good for Chronos because it is easy to build from basic attacks when hitting minions/jungle camps/enemies etc.It was changed from S3 in the way that the magical power buff lasts for 3 seconds,it allows Chronos to have a better clear and sustain more because of the mana and 40 mana restoration.If you use Accelerate on 2nd quadrant you basiclly have inifinite mana as long as you're using Stop Time and Time Rift consistently.Definetly the starter item choice for Chronos even if Sands of Time and Vampiric Shroud are still good on him.
Doom Orb can be an amazing item for Chronos if you don't manage to die,it allows you come online earlier than usual.However,if you die you'll lose half of the stacks and this item becomes pretty much useless if you continue to do so.The price tag makes this item very attractive for Chronos,as he can't spend too much money for items in the early game as other mages.
Shoes of the Magi are usually built more often than Shoes of Focus for Chronos because he is not mana dependent and he benefits greatly from early penetration and extra power.You can finish boots before stacking Doom Orb,but this will put you behind until you finish that item.
Dynasty Plate Helm is a safer bet than Doom Orb,it gives you additional power and penetration.The pyshical protection can be beneficial against hunters and most of the junglers as it forces them to buy Titan's Bane or The Executioner earlier than usual.It also makes early aggression a lot difficult,which Chronos struggles in the early game.The fact that this item is so cheap it makes a solid 2nd choice if you're playing Chronos as an adc and even in the mid lane.
Hastened Fatalis is good if you want to get gas pedal back on Chronos.It was completely irrelevant for him before his fatalis effect from Accelerate got taken out.However,with the lack of power this item is not amazing on Chronos,but extra penetration,attack speed and movement speed might help him in a 1 v 1 situation for juking or sticking to the target while you use basics.
Book of Thoth is decent for Chronos,as he benefits greatly from power.However,the mana is pretty irrelevant for him as his 2nd section of Wheel of Time gives him mana back,but Chronos has the lowest mana pool in the game so it can help him a lot.The extra 3% of your mana as magical power is pretty nice,but the item costs 2650 gold so that means it takes you a long time to get this item and even more to fully stack.Unlike Doom Orb,you don't lose stack when you die,this could be a good alternative and work nice in combination with Doom Orb because it gives extra mana.
Obsidian Shard got nerfed in S3 and the beggining of S4.However it is still great on Chronos because he doesn't have dot damage to benefit from Spear of the Magus(even if you apply Stop Time -> Time Rift).The power and % penetration helps him to melt tankier targets and objectives quicker than before,and it is the better choice in terms of penetration in comparation with Spear of the Magus.
There should be no explanation why you're building Rod of Tahuti on Chronos.The item is amazing for him because it ampifles his damage from abilites and basic attacks by a lot.You can build it even before Obsidian Shard if the enemies doesn't have that much magical protections or their support doesn't have Heartward Amulet finished.
Polynomicon is also an amazing item for Chronos because it gives him extra power,mana and a little bit of lifesteal.The true power of the item comes from its passive,working very well with Chronos not only because all of his 3 abilties aside of the ult proc it,but you can do it very frequently especially with Time Rift having such a low cooldown,and it also does damage to structures so Chronos split push gets better with this item.

TIP

If you pop Accelerate and you have Polynomicon,the first basic attack will hit hard as **** especially if you've finished big power items,such as Rod of Tahuti and you've fully stacked Book of Thoth and/or Doom Orb.

Situational Items

Winged Blade it's a cheap health item and a great counter for slows.With its pricetag,it could be better as an early-mid game alternative to Dynasty Plate Helm or Doom Orb for Chronos.Consider it when you face multiple gods with slows or even one god with multiple slows like Nemesis, Ymir, Bastet etc.
Warlock's Sash is the alternative for Winged Blade that makes you very weak until you get a good amount of stacks of it.However,when you finish stacking this item this gives Chronos a whooping 600 health and 110 magical power.However the price tag and the fact that takes at least 10 minutes to stack makes this item not a good choice for Chronos as he want as much power as penetration as earlier in the game.
Divine Ruin is a good counter to healers ( Hel, Chang'e, Sylvanus, Aphrodite etc) and self-healers like Hercules, Chaac and even Meditation Cloak and lifesteal. Chronos has Time Rift that can apply Divine Ruin's passive very frequently.Consider when you face at least one or two heal-based gods.
In the similar sense, Witchblade is a counter to healers.However,due to lack of power or penetration this choice is awkard for Chronos,since he doesn't rely as much for basic attacks as Freya for example.If you go a attack speed build and you face multiple healers and/or basic attackers, Witchblade might be a good option that provides health,movement speed,attack speed on top of that.
Demonic Grip is a good alternative to Obsidian Shard if you want to go a more attackspeed oriented Chronos with Hastened Fatalis on top of that.However,you need to hit 3 basic attacks in order to get the maximum efficency out of this item,so that's why I prefer to build along with fatalis.Also it allows other mages or guardians from your team to benefit from extra 36% magical protection reduction.
Telkhines Ring is a luxury item that provides Chronos with 80 magical power,20% attack speed and a nice passive that increases his magical power as long as he hits basic attacks.Like Demonic Grip,this item synergies well with Hastened Fatalis because you have to hit as many basic attacks as possible to keep the passive.I don't recommend this item too much on Chronos(unless you want to go attack speed oriented) especially in the early game because it's so expensive and there are better alternatives.
Bancroft's Talon is a cheap lifesteal power item that doubles it's value if you're below 25% health.If you can't afford Book of Thoth,this item is a good option because it's cheaper and gives Chronos even more sustain on top of Ist quadrant of his passive and you may force your enemies into a Brawler's Beat Stick or Divine Ruin to slow your sustain.
Simirally to Bancroft's Talon, Pythagorem's Piece is the other cheap lifesteal power item that gives Chronos a little bit of CDR and mana and a nice aura that affects your team.Generally,you don't want this item on Chronos,but if you feel that you're not that helpful for your team and want to play a more supporty role than carry role this choice is not a bad idea.
Spirit Robe is a great choice against heavy cc comps because of it's passive and balanced pyshical-magical protections,and some cdr and ccr on top of that.If you're getting focused down by supports you can buy this item and it synergizes well with Rewind giving Chronos more chance to survive a gank.
Mantle of Discord is a luxury alternative to Spirit Robe. You can use it to make sick plays against melee gods(for example you're at 30% threshold and Mantle of Discord passive procs,you are cc immune while your enemies around you are stunned.This means that you can use Rewind asap).However,it is 400 gold more expensive than Spirit Robe.This item works amazingly for Chronos when you're ahead and you think don't need more power.
Magi's Blessing can be good for Chronos because of the cc immunity aspect from its passive.However,there are better alternatives like Spirit Robe or Mantle of Discord because the bubble is easily taken away from you.If you face gods with only one hard crowd control ability on their ultimates(like Hun Batz or Loki ),you can consider buying this item.
You can consider Shoes of Focus instead of Shoes of the Magi,if you're getting focused by the enemies or you really fall behind in gold and xp.The extra mana and cdr are nice to help the long cooldown in the early game on Rewind,but you want buy Shoes of the Magi in more situations than Shoes of Focus.
Relic Dagger can be useful for Chronos if you have problems doing with cc/burst comps like Athena+ Poseidon, Thanatos+ Ra etc.Simirally to Winged Blade,this item costs 1850 gold and gives health,attack speed,movement speed cdr and reduces the cooldowns on your relics by 20%!
Gem of Isolation was a terrible item for Chronos until season 4.However,without gas pedal he doesn't benefit from Hastened Fatalis as much as others so getting him an item with power,health ccr and a nice passive that slows any enemy if you use any damaging ability.I generally don't see the item having purpose on Chronos because you have lockdown with Time Stop,but by using Time Rift constantly to catch somebody with the slow from Gem of Isolation might work in some scenarios.
Void Stone should be built on Chronos if you face 4 or 5 magical gods on the enemy team or enemies built too much magical defense,so you can help your team dealing extra damage.
Soul Reaver should be built on Chronos if you want to go full mage build.However with the lack of extra stats aside of power,there are better choices for him like Polynomicon or even Rod of Tahuti.
Ethereal Staff can be useful in niche scenarios if you face enemies building too much health and you already have penetration to make the passive from the item worth it.
Shaman's Ring is an interesting option that was introduced in season 4.Personally,I think that this item is good as long as you have attack speed items like Hastened Fatalis or Telkhines Ring to make it worth it on Chronos. You basicly will have infinite sustain on top of quadrant I and II from your passive.
Stone of Fal is another interesting item that came along with season 4.It is good because it gives power,magical protections and some cdr on top of that.The passive is great if you worry getting one-shotted by Thoth, Poseidon, Janus etc.This can be good as you have extra chance to survive a gank on Chronos.

Relic Choices

Purification Beads is mandatory against any cc (for example Athena Confound, Ares No Escape, Fenrir Ragnarok, Hun Batz Fear No Evil, Awilix Gravity Surge, Nox 2+1 combo etc). Chronos is not an exception from this rule,if you pop beads not only you have chance to avoid any follow-up cc+damage,but you are able to ult and hope to put yourself in a good spot.Consider upgrading it if the situation calls for it.
Aegis Amulet is mandatory against any burst(for instance Thanatos Hovering Death, Poseidon Release The Kraken!, Scylla I'm a Monster, Thoth Final Judgement etc ). Chronos is not an exception from this rule,if you pop aegis you'll avoid any follow-up damage,but you are not able to use abilites for 2 seconds.Consider upgrading it if the situation calls for it.
Heavenly Wings is a situational relic that helps you to get away from gods that can stick to you(like Bakasura or Kali) or against gods with heavy slows ( Nemesis, Osiris, Bastet,even Poseidon with Gem of Isolation+ Hastened Fatalis etc).The upgraded version gives you gas pedal for 5 seconds,so if you don't want to buy Hastened Fatalis this relic should serve you well,as long as you don't need Purification Beads or Aegis Amulet
Blink Rune is useful for surprise ganks(for example you can use Blink Rune over a wall and use Stop Time and Time Rift) or getting away from sticky situations as long as you don't take damage for 3 seconds.A good thing abut this relic is you immediately force somebody's beads and/or aegis because people think that they get bursted down asap.
Bracer of Undoing is a niche relic that give you health,cd and mana back if you took damage for last 3 seconds or 5 seconds,if you manage to get the upgraded version.Basiclly,it is a 2nd Rewind for Chronos and you bait enemies to attack you while your team can take them down. Bracer of Undoing's health restore is countered by antiheal,so don't use it when you have Cursed Ankh effect, Divine Ruin passive Sickening Strike healing reduction etc on you unless you're sure that don't die.
Phantom Veil is another niche relic useful to counter structure comps(like Odin, Ymir, Cabrakan etc).In addition to Purification Beads,if you face a heavy cc comp,this might be a good 2nd relic choice for Chronos. Phantom Veil can be used to counter cheesy knockup comps(like Sobek/ Bacchus+ Awilix+ He Bo/ Vulcan)
Sundering Spear is more of a pubstomp relic.The addition 15% damage increase or 25% damage increase if you upgrade it can be good to burst a squishy god.As Chronos deals good amounts of damage,so this relic doesn't sound too bad for him.

Playing as an ADC

If you want to play Chronos in the carry role,you have notice that the support with probably stick with you for at least a couple of levels.When the game starts. It's important to tell your support to Ward around the purple and the entrance of the gold fury because it tells your team the positioning of the enemies,where they want to go etc.Note that Chronos has is one of the worst gods in the early game,so if you spot the enemy support and ADC at the purple/mid buff,you can call your mid and jungle to rotate for 2 free kills or force them to run away.After the first 3 minutes of the game,you should start warding around your purple and the entreance from the gold fury and try to contest oracles with Time Rift because it will give free vision around gold fury as long as your team killed both of them.As Chronos you want to get as much farm as possible in the early game without getting punished.If you find an opportunity for an easy kill,go for it as long as you get covered.If you manage to get a couple of kills without dying in the early game,you will come online a lot faster and you will destroy in the late game.Always check enemy ADC's relics and where is the enemy jungler.After the early stage of game,ADCs will be let solo in order to be monsters in the late game.What you want to do in mid game is maximaizing your farm and look to put the enemy ADC behind via ganks or 1 v 1 scenarios.Chronos has strong boxing capabilities because if you lose the fight you can Rewind and fight the enemy ADC again.If your team does not have vision on the gold fury or portal demon yet,it's wise to tell your support to buy Sentry Ward and put in the respective locations.Once you finished Rod of Tahuti,you'll have a huge powerspike on Chronos,as long as you're ahead or even,you must look to group with your team,take objectives and teamfights.A huge benefit for you at that state is using Rewind properly.If you are low health and you reset,you most likely won that teamfight,otherwise you probably lose,so be aware of enemy jungler and solo in your backline.In the other hand, Chronos is the best tower/pheonix pusher in the game because of IV quadrant of Wheel of Time+ you get an Obsidian Shard and Polynomicon,you will melt structures in no time.

TIP

Give the red buff to the mid laner in the early game and afterwards take it as long as you're not behind in levels and gold.

Log

1.1-Updated with "Item Choices"
1.2-Updated with "Relic Choices"
1.2.5-Updated with "Situational Items"(not complete)
1.3-Updated with "Situational Items"(complete)
1.3.5-Updated with "Playing as an ADC"
1.4-Design review

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