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Athena Ranked Masters Joust

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Smite God: Athena

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Start 1 Notes This start is quite a safe start with 3 of each pot and boots escape, used if team your vs is quite aggressive e.g has a lot of chase / engage

Build Item Warrior's Blessing Warrior's Blessing
Build Item Boots Boots
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion

Start 2 Notes this start is if your team is confident they will have a better early, you want to build the glowing emerald into a thebes ASAP

Build Item Guardian's Blessing Guardian's Blessing
Build Item Glowing Emerald Glowing Emerald
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion

Start 1 build Notes Build your boots into Magic shoes, get thebes as soon as possible after, next item is usually Voidstone if they're heavy on the mag damage / Sov if theyre quite physical heavy and punishing your team a lot / Mystical mail if they're physical heavy but you're hurting them (mystical will be sold later)

Oni Hunters is useful if you are getting jumped a lot and are taking excessive damage, Genji is good if you are vs a Mage/Guard combo / Midguardian is strong against hunters you taunt, they auto attack you, Jade emperor is a good item if you are struggling for the kills from the taunt

pick your relic accordingly.
i usually go for med if im not comfortable my team is going to survive / aegis if im looking at a difficult team to face /blink if they have a good escape from the dash / horrific is good vs warriors / assassins with good escapes

Build Item Magic Shoes Magic Shoes
Build Item Gauntlet of Thebes Gauntlet of Thebes
Build Item Void Stone Void Stone
Build Item Sovereignty Sovereignty
Build Item Mystical Mail Mystical Mail
Build Item Oni Hunter's Garb Oni Hunter's Garb
Build Item Genji's Guard Genji's Guard
Build Item Midgardian Mail Midgardian Mail
Build Item Jade Emperor's Crown Jade Emperor's Crown
Build Item Ethereal Staff Ethereal Staff
Build Item Magic Shell Magic Shell
Build Item Aegis Amulet Aegis Amulet
Build Item Horrific Emblem Horrific Emblem
Build Item Blink Rune Blink Rune
Build Item Meditation Cloak Meditation Cloak

start 2 build Notes get thebes as soon as possible, go straight into boots second
this build is useful if your confident in your escape ability (1) next item is usually Voidstone if they're heavy on the mag damage / Sov if theyre quite physical heavy and punishing your team a lot / Mystical mail if they're physical heavy but you're hurting them (mystical will be sold later)

Oni Hunters is useful if you are getting jumped a lot and are taking excessive damage, Genji is good if you are vs a Mage/Guard combo / Midguardian is strong against hunters you taunt, they auto attack you, Jade emperor is a good item if you are struggling for the kills from the taunt

pick your relic accordingly.
i usually go for med if im not comfortable my team is going to survive / aegis if im looking at a difficult team to face /blink if they have a good escape from the dash / horrific is good vs warriors / assassins with good escapes

Build Item Gauntlet of Thebes Gauntlet of Thebes
Build Item Shoes of Focus Shoes of Focus
Build Item Void Stone Void Stone
Build Item Sovereignty Sovereignty
Build Item Mystical Mail Mystical Mail
Build Item Midgardian Mail Midgardian Mail
Build Item Oni Hunter's Garb Oni Hunter's Garb
Build Item Genji's Guard Genji's Guard
Build Item Jade Emperor's Crown Jade Emperor's Crown
Build Item Ethereal Staff Ethereal Staff

Damage options Notes Gem of iso is good if they enemy team is escaping a lot after your combo.
poly is more of a troll item. its not used in ranked and is more for casual play if youre destroying the enemy and want a bit of damage from your passive.
Etheral staff is an extremely useful item and i build it every time.
stone of fal is an alternative to void stone if you are feeling risky and the enemies have large damage abilites.

Build Item Gem of Isolation Gem of Isolation
Build Item Polynomicon Polynomicon
Build Item Ethereal Staff Ethereal Staff
Build Item Stone of Fal Stone of Fal
Build Item Void Stone Void Stone

other useful items to consider

Build Item Pridwen Pridwen
Build Item Shogun's Kusari Shogun's Kusari
Build Item Spirit Robe Spirit Robe
Build Item Magi's Cloak Magi's Cloak
Build Item Mantle of Discord Mantle of Discord
Build Item Pestilence Pestilence
Build Item Ancile Ancile

Athena's Skill Order

Preemptive Strike

Preemptive Strike

1 X
1 15 16 18 19
Confound

Confound

2 A
2 4 6 7 9
Shield Wall

Shield Wall

3 B
3 8 11 12 13
Defender of Olympus

Defender of Olympus

4 Y
5 10 14 17 20
Array ( [major] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 94 [display_name] => Achilles [url] => achilles ) [scoreVal] => 2 [notes] => taunt him into your team for him to stun you all and escape ) [1] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 87 [display_name] => Ganesha [url] => ganesha ) [scoreVal] => 2 [notes] => silence op. ) [2] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 31 [display_name] => Poseidon [url] => poseidon ) [scoreVal] => 2 [notes] => puddle on floor doesnt let you dash ) ) ) 1

Athena' Threats

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Athena' threats

If youre confident in your team, max taunt first, this is a 2 second taunt and free abilites for your team mates, taubt can cancel a lot of ults and scary abilities too like a ***ba stun,
After taunt max shield wall. This is your main damage,
Finally dash, this is only really used as an engage or escape and not needed to waste early points

Obv max ult when up

Your bread and butter combo is - dash in. Shield wall, taunt
Note. Your passive makes your next auto ranged and slightly more damaging, this is not useful when engaging as they see you dash and immidiatley know a taunt is coming so they will try to escape, the extra autos will give them time to get out,
If your matched vs players with a lot of escape, after you dash go straight into taunt then wall, youll lose a bit more damage but they wont be able to get out

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Video demonstration on how her combos / passive works

Ranked Play

Hello!

I am a Masters Athena, Ranked joust

the general consensus of playing Athena is to set your team up for kills as often as possible, this is done by dashing in, using your shield wall, taunt, and in that time if your team is competent whoever you taunted should either be dead, running or hurting bad.

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Kriega1 (87) | November 21, 2019 5:38am
You can't build Ancile on Athena.
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Kriega1 (87) | November 6, 2019 4:44pm
I think Jade Emperor’s Crown should be added as an option. Also I don’t see the point of Gem of Iso on Athena.
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Branmuffin17 (290) | November 6, 2019 4:58pm
Ahh those are also things I didn't indicate in my comment. I've never personally liked Jade Emperor's, but I get the purpose. Agree more on not needing Gem. I do like the late Ethereal, don't really like Mystical at all, and would probably say Emperor's would be another good potential addition, if the enemy team is camping their tower/phoenix.
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Elusivenovias | November 8, 2019 9:45am
Gem of iso is only really there to help with the slows depending on team comp, it is quite a dependent item on your / enemy team as if you lose your 2 second taunt and they dont die you have nothing left, its an extra backup

mystical mail is usually sold late game, it helps a tonne in ranked joust, especially masters teir, with athena maxing taunt first to ensure kill secures your shield does minimal damage, the mystical mail gives a few extra damage points in there with the bonus of health and armour, but dropps off late, will be explaining when guide is fully complete
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Elusivenovias | November 6, 2019 9:46am
Hey guys,

first time making a guide, will be editing it as i go, just wanted to get it up here for the general build,

any suggestions drop them in here,
im a masters guardian player - athena is one of my mains :)

cheers
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Branmuffin17 (290) | November 6, 2019 12:20pm
Hi Novias,

Welcome to the site, and thanks for making a build/guide. Athena is one of my favorite guards.

Now, I'm not saying I'm the better player...if you're Masters, then you're very likely much better than me. That said, I do have some comments/opinions I'd like to share.
  • In your presentation of the build, I think it would be better suited if you separated things just a bit more. What I mean here would be, instead of offering a huge list of items as seen in your "standard build," you might separate into further categories. Starting items would be one listing, then you could have the "standard build" listing all of your normal/go-to full T3 items in order.

    You already have a listing of items under "damage" and "items to consider" but you might expand on that a bit. Damage is pretty obvious, but instead of "items to consider," you might choose general protection items (the aura items, Prid, etc.), and maybe more specifically a listing of counter items (Winged, Nemean, Midgard, Witch, Contagion, Pest, etc.).

  • Speaking of which, Athena's taunt basically ensures that enemies will hit you with a basic or two. However, I don't see any counter items that work off of this, like Hide of the Nemean Lion or Midgardian Mail. Why? Do you not see any benefit from these? Would be curious as to your explanation on the lack of some fairly key items.

  • Not sure if you play as solo-queue or with a full party (going to guess a party), but your skill leveling listing isn't what I'd typically do. Specifically, after putting a level into the ult at 5, I probably wouldn't touch it until the end. You're going to use your other 3 abilities much more often, and they all have much better benefit in general than just the damage the ult brings. On top of that, the ult isn't an assured hit unless you're synched very well with your group and monitoring enemy usage of mobility and relic use and only hitting them when they're guaranteed vulnerable.
Anyway, to sum it up, I'm not fully in line with skill leveling, the build presentation could use some clarification/improvement, and I personally would list some additional items to consider. I think you're playing a more aggressive Athena than I typically would, where I would build more prots and counter items, and that's okay, but still feel you should consider some other items.
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Elusivenovias | November 8, 2019 9:42am
first time using the site still tryna sort how to do it all properly, will be explaining items and choices fully when i get time to sort it out :)
will eventually become an indept guide
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