May 14, 2020

Cern Support is a Thing

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Cernunnos  |  Support  |  Conquest  |  IsThisTroll
Based on a couple (this and this) of Cernunnos Support builds we've seen pop up in the last few days, and especially after boogiebass was so positive in his comment about what - compared to meta - is a fairly troll concept, I proposed trying it out.

This proposal contained the stipulation of having DV-8 as my Carry, for 2 reasons:
  1. He made me support him as Loki Carry in a recent match, so he sort of owed me
  2. He's a solid player and it would give this experiment a better chance of success
Needless to say, right now I'm 2 for 2.

Cern Support Game 1 (DV-8 as Artemis)

Full 5 man team w/ Taco, Prism and Draisaitl that was nice and allowed me to do this. Allowed is the correct word, because the tone coming from them was...let's just say "hesitant."

As you can see, our entire team had a lot of success. I accidentally "secured" at least a couple of kills that I shouldn't have last-hit. Not like DV-8 needed the kills anyway, though.

All I know is that if I was in Duo and I saw 2 hunters coming at me, I'd be thrown quite a bit out of my comfort zone. And I've seen some other weird comps lately...including double Guardian (which, needless to say, didn't work for them).

Cern Support Game 2 (DV-8 as Chiron)

This game switched Taco for Devampi. I was getting a better feel for it in this game, and it definitely felt like the enemy duo ( Jing Wei and Horus) were thrown off.

Some additional thoughts:
  • Having 2 gods in Duo with range and poke is quite effective in the early game. Makes it easy to at least get a stalemate, but we got a couple of good early kills.

  • Definitely had some issues with peel when enemies had high mobility due to leaps. Can be difficult to confirm the root on his 2.

  • Also after I got boots online and as I was working through getting Gauntlet of Thebes and Frostbound Hammer online, I definitely felt a drop-off in clear time and damage on waves and camps.

  • That said, once Frostbound Hammer was up, it definitely felt like the enemy was moving like molasses (Frost + Winter stance). When the enemy had their mobility used up, it was pretty easy locking people down.

  • Being a hunter but being able to take a freaking beating is a pretty weird but good feeling. Sure, I wasn't able to deal much damage, but I think also seeing a hunter can make people want to focus me sometimes when they're either not thinking or didn't check my build, lol.
So, no, I'm not endorsing doing this, especially not with random teammates. And no, I don't think this is very viable, even though I saw some success.

But yes...I'm going to do this again XD