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ARGUS TANK NOW! Support

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by DeadShadow781 updated September 14, 2021

Smite God: Hera

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Build Summary

Starting Build

Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion
2
Build Item Glowing Emerald Glowing Emerald
2
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
3
Build Item Sentinel's Gift Sentinel's Gift
Build Item Meditation Cloak Meditation Cloak

Full Build

Notes 1 Gauntlet
2 Book Of Thoth
3 and 4 can go either way depending on who you fight Mystical Mail/Bulwork
5 Chrono's Pendant
6 Book Of The Dead

Notes

1 Gauntlet
2 Book Of Thoth
3 and 4 can go either way depending on who you fight Mystical Mail/Bulwork
5 Chrono's Pendant
6 Book Of The Dead

Build Item Book of the Dead Book of the Dead
Build Item Book of Thoth Book of Thoth
Build Item Gauntlet of Thebes Gauntlet of Thebes
Build Item Chronos' Pendant Chronos' Pendant
Build Item Mystical Mail Mystical Mail
Build Item Bulwark of Hope Bulwark of Hope
Build Item Meditation Cloak Meditation Cloak
Build Item Purification Beads Purification Beads

Hera's Skill Order

Royal Assault

1 X Y
Royal Assault
2 6 10 14 16

Polymorph

2 A B
Polymorph
1 4 8 12 18

Divine Shroud

3 B A
Divine Shroud
3 7 11 15 19

Argus, the Defender

4 Y X
Argus, the Defender
5 9 13 17 20
Royal Assault
2 6 10 14 16

Royal Assault

1 X
Hera damages enemies in a cone in front of her before opening a portal for Argus to attack through. Enemy minions hit by this cone are knocked into Argus' path. Argus then slams his fists at the target location dealing heavy damage. If both of his fists connects with an enemy, it deals 15% extra damage.

Ability Type: AoE
Cone Damage: 30 / 40 / 50 / 60 / 70 (+15% of your Magical Power)
Fist Damage: 80 / 135 / 190 / 245 / 300 (+80% of your Magical Power)
Range: 45
Cost: 55 / 60 / 65 / 70 / 75
Cooldown: 10s
Polymorph
1 4 8 12 18

Polymorph

2 A
Hera weaves magic in front of her before sending it out. Enemies hit by this ability take damage. If this ability hits a god it causes their form to shift into a monster.

Ability Type: Line
Damage: 80 / 120 / 160 / 200 / 240 (+80% of your Magical Power)
Polymorph Duration: 1.2 / 1.4 / 1.6 / 1.8 / 2s
Slow: 20%
Range: 80
Cost: 60
Cooldown: 14s
Divine Shroud
3 7 11 15 19

Divine Shroud

3 B
Hera shrouds herself in her divine power, granting her a shield from damage and temporary movement speed that lasts as long as the shield remains.

If Argus is active, Argus shines with the same Divine power as Hera, causing him to deal radiant damage and move at an increased rate.

Ability Type: Shield and Buff
Shield Health: 70 / 110 / 150 / 190 / 230 +17 per Hera's Level
Shield Duration: 5s
Movement Speed: 15%
Argus Aura Damage: 7 / 11 / 15 / 19 / 23 (+7.5% of your Magical Power)
Argus Speed: 50%
Cost: 45 / 50 / 55 / 60 / 65
Cooldown: 16s
Argus, the Defender
5 9 13 17 20

Argus, the Defender

4 Y
Hera brings Argus crashing down at a location, damaging and knocking up enemies. On landing Argus will attack the nearest target. Hera can control where Argus moves through refiring this ability onto an enemy or if he has a target, to recall him. While recalled Argus will defend Hera and attack anyone that gets close. Argus has a hit chain that starts with a normal basic attack, into a ground circle AoE slowing enemies by 20% for 1.5s, into a line attack.

Ability Type: AoE
Damage: 100 / 150 / 200 / 250 / 300 (+55% of your Magical Power)
Argus Lifetime: 40s
Argus Health: 700 / 1400 / 2100 / 2800 / 3500
Argus Protections: 25 / 30 / 35 / 40 / 45
Argus Movement Speed: 440 / 455 / 470 / 485 / 500
Radius: 20
Cost: 80 / 85 / 90 / 95 / 100
Cooldown: 90s

Hera Synergies

Tap each synergy level to view Hera’s synergies

Ideal
1
Strong
0
OK
0
Low
0
None
0

Extended Build

ARGUS IS THE BEST TANK WOO!

So it took me saying why not I'm gonna screw around to my friend and turned Hera who I never ever played with till I turned her into a support.

She works very well as a support with her stuns/argus is a 2nd tank/tower diver and her 3 shields once full build are basically her full health again to survive a team fight.

Be careful with her early then you can work on her well for late game, her late game is amazing with full build but her early game you need to be wary.

I use her shield/argus as survival/tower dive kits early along with med cloak.

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DeadShadow781 | September 14, 2021 6:58pm
I did update the starter, not sure why it never fixed when I did it when the guide first came out but thanks for pointing it out.
1
DeadShadow781 | September 14, 2021 6:56pm
To the comments about double stack, I never did say the build was easy but at full build she is ridiculous and never dies if you know what you’re doing. The shields constantly keep her alive and she has a ton of magical power late game. The build is a very steep learning curve though and not beginner friendly at all. It’s more an experienced players only type of build. Eventually I may play around and see about replacing Thoth but I honestly don’t think I will cause of how well it helps end game team fights.
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Mimikyute (1) | September 15, 2021 3:35am
The problem is experienced supports aren't really killing enough minions to fully stack Book of Thoth + getting enough assist stacks to fully stack Thebes in time. Respectfully speaking I really don't know what games you are playing to ever be able to stack both of those while still being relevant and not stealing/leeching too much farm. I also don't know how you survive with so little defense, it's like you are dependent on getting under 40% hp for the Book of the Dead + Bulwark of Hope shields which is cool at first... but once the shields go away you are still under 40% hp with very little hp5 and no lifesteal, so you have to go to base regardless.

Also, the build is pretty expensive with no team auras outside of Thebes and very little defense. You can't tank very much without your 3 or the shields you get from being very low, you also don't do any damage to tanks because you have no % pen and do insignificant damage to squishies because you have no flat pen; you have a good amount of power but nothing to go with it. This is ignoring the fact that you should not be building so many power items as a support... if you're gonna build power items, at least get some flat pen so that you can do something with that power

You're also getting Mystical late, which is REALLY late for a support especially in this meta where supports are still level 17 30 minutes in, and it's essentially useless at that point + not really built on supports regardless.

I get the whole thought process behind the build - you want constant shields so you can't really die. The problem is it's a very selfish, expensive, and stack-dependent build with no real utility/auras for your team - if I ran this build anywhere it would be in solo and even then I would change a lot.

Also you said something about the starter item, but I'm not sure - do you just build Sentinel's Gift for the early gold/xp and then sell it late? Because you have 6 full items late game and no Sentinel's Embrace

ANYWAYS My suggestion for a shield-based build that actually supports the team is the following!:

Sentinel's Embrace > Gauntlet of Thebes > Sovereignty > Bulwark of Hope > Pridwen > Mantle of Discord

for a build with more damage I would just swap Sovereignty for Spear of Desolation or Divine Ruin
1
Mimikyute (1) | September 14, 2021 5:58pm
Love the concept, the double stacking build is jank... Get rid of the books for flat pen or defense ! If u want.
1
Farthus (4) | September 14, 2021 11:50am
How are u supposed to stack gauntlet and book of thoth if one requires you to kill minions and the other requires assists... Seems a bit counter productive
1
Branmuffin17 (358) | September 14, 2021 2:19pm
Isn't it obvious? Kill the melee minions and just assist on the archers! XD

Yeah, BotD + BoT are NOT suggested items for Hera, esp in a tank build.
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Farthus (4) | September 14, 2021 4:13pm
Also I was questioning if having thoth and gauntlet at the same time is the way to go. I dont know if this is is supposed to be an actual support build cause its missing a starter item as well. Just not functional to say the least.
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Farthus (4) | September 14, 2021 4:10pm
Artio ? I thought this was supposed to be a build for Hera lol.
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ARGUS TANK NOW! Support
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