Hello again everyone, Im back after a short break for uni orientation and other stuff. You might remember my top guides for ymir zeus and sylvanus. Well, Im back again and figured I take a shot at Thor with some help from my bud Glorious Smite who I will reference at the end of this guide.
This is the ability you max 1st. It does the most damage from levels 1-5 and its instant, where as beserker's barrage can be interrupted or escaped. Sure its thor's escape, but you will be building full cooldown, as well as notice this ability being his best kill potential. The trick is to land this without using your stun, which is difficult but more rewarding to do as I will explain in a second.
This is the ability you max LAST. Its simply a stun that only increases a fraction of a second when you level it. Where this ability comes usefull is for setting up combos. Most people do 2-1 to ensure the double tap and to get some decent poke. However, its much better kill potential to land the double tap first, teleport to the hammer immediately after double tapping, stun, then auto attack them. Its MUCH harder to achieve, but its also more rewarding. Just an idea for anyone out there instead of poking all the time.
This ability gets maxed 2nd. This is what you use if youre just outside of auto attack range. Similar to guan yu's 3, its best to cancel this ability if you think you can land autos instead as they will hit harder. But this ability is useful for AOE and out of range autos.
Anvil of Dawn
One of the hardest abilities to land in the game. You're gonna want to max this 3rd AFTER you max thor's 1 and 3 first. So one point at level 5 then the rest at level 13 or so. You dont need this for damage, at least not as bad as the rest of his abilities. Keep in mind, the range on his ult is from gold fury/ FG to lane. Dont ult at mid harpies expecting to gank solo lane. ALSO AS MUCH AS HIS PASSIVE TELLS YOU OTHERWISE, AVOID ULTING ON MULTIPLE PEOPLE. Unless their low. Sure Thor's ult can stun many people, but his combo can only be applied to one person, usually. Use his ult to clean up kills, dont initiate with it, you might need it for a cc immune escape.
Ive decided to go back to using warrior boots. You will see in the video below that I used to run Reinforced Greaves, but with the way the meta has shifted towards early lane pressure, more damage is warranted. Not only that, but you are an assassin, whose job is to all in somebody before they can get their damage off.
Thor is probably the most warrior-like assassin, but we will be waiting to build protections later in the build.
Everybody loves jotunn's wrath. Thor especially, it gives him everything he needs, power pen mana and cooldown. All around a very good item.
Brawler's Beat Stick
THIS IS THORS BEST DPS ITEM HANDS DOWN. Better than transcendence, better than bloodforge, better than crit, Thor needs pen. Because he has high base damage, but little scaling, you want as much armor piercing you can get so youre doing as much true damage as possible. Plus the passive thats stops enemy healing can entire shutdown enemy team comps. Its a very powerful cheap dps item, and because thor is early game focused.
% pen around item 4 is necessary for most dps gods since this is when base protections start getting high for everyone. Titans bane is a great item overall, that will shred tanks, objectives, as well as squishies.
Breastplate of Valor
This is where I start building Thor tanky. He does run into mana issues, and this item helps to resolve that. Physical protections, cooldown, and 300 mana, all things thor loves.
If you are ahead, or more focused on taking one person down rather than team fighting, you could go into Hydra's Lament. Its not as much dps as jotunns, which is why we wait to build it, however it still can be strong if the passive is put to the, and it also gives thor some cooldowns which are useful.
Bulwark of Hope
Some health, magical protections, and a shield to get you out of trouble. This item can be swapped to item 5 if the enemy team is magical heavy.
Again, another option for a full dps build would be adding The Crusher here instead. I wouldnt recommend it, since it barely increases your dps, that and thor doesnt make too much use of the passive or attack speed. But its still an option if you are ahead or just want to all in someone.
As mentioned in the defense part of this build, thor doesnt get much use out of it damage wise due to bad scaling. He does make up for it by high base damage, this means pen should be your focus Trans does give you mana, but with jotunns, breastplate, and oni's, you should be good to go on that.
Again, raw damage with no pen. You dont want this item, the passive is barely usefull to you since protections matter more then the shield does, and since thor is ability based, you wont be auto attacking often. This is a mistake pickup I see using all too often, if you want damage buy brawlers beat stick.
Its sadly too expensive for what it does. A defenseive item shouldnt cost the same as tahuti, and it doesnt even give you the same protections this build does for cheaper. I'd avoid it on other gods too.
Although we wont be building thse anymore, here's an old video demonstrating the power of reinforced boots.