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Bruiser Baron (Arena/utility build)

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Smite God: Baron Samedi

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Purchase Order

Main build

Build Item Shoes of Focus Shoes of Focus
Build Item Lotus Crown Lotus Crown
Build Item Void Stone Void Stone
Build Item Chronos' Pendant Chronos' Pendant
Build Item Gem of Isolation Gem of Isolation
Build Item Pythagorem's Piece Pythagorem's Piece

Additional Tankiness

Build Item Jade Emperor's Crown Jade Emperor's Crown
Build Item Spirit Robe Spirit Robe
Build Item Mantle of Discord Mantle of Discord
Build Item Genji's Guard Genji's Guard
Build Item Lono's Mask Lono's Mask
Build Item Breastplate of Valor Breastplate of Valor

Additional damage

Build Item Book of Thoth Book of Thoth
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti
Build Item Spear of the Magus Spear of the Magus
Build Item Spear of Desolation Spear of Desolation
Build Item Bancroft's Talon Bancroft's Talon
Build Item Soul Gem Soul Gem

Baron Samedi's Skill Order

Vivid Gaze

Vivid Gaze

1 X
3 4 6 7 10
Consign Spirits

Consign Spirits

2 A
1 8 11 12 14
Wrap It Up

Wrap It Up

3 B
2 15 16 18 19
Life of the Party

Life of the Party

4 Y
5 9 13 17 20

Intro

I usually play this build in arena and generally focus around Baron's utility rather than getting kills or tanking. Whilst Baron is good at both with the right build, I like to focus on the benefits Baron can bring to a team, especially in a team fight. If you are seeking the glory of carrying your team, this build is not for you. Whilst he does reasonable damage with this build, he can do a lot more if you go full burst mage.

Pros/Cons

Pros

+Excellent utility kit
+Good CC
+Nice heal
+Can fill any role


Cons

-No escape
-Short range abilities
-Heal is unreliable and dependent on hitting an enemy. Can't heal unless in a fight
-Whilst he is the 'jack of all trades' he is also the master of none.

Gameplay

For those who haven't played Baron before, it is worth noting that his abilities are slightly shorter range than other mages and as such, you need to be slightly closer to the action. Which is why I like building him defencively.

I tend to start with shoes of focus because cooldown is pretty much essential on him, hence why I have full cooldown reduction in this build.

I then go on to buy either Lotus crown or void stone depending on whether there are more physical or magical on the other team. Lotus crown is good to get early as it will give you team a nice shield as well as a nice juicy heal, excellent during team fights. All the stats on this item are perfect for this build, especially the mp5 as he is quite mana hungry early game. The void stone gives you some nice defencive stats too as well as a good team utility aura lowering enemy defences.

After these items, I tend to buy chrono's pendant to get a nice jump in cooldown reduction. It also helps considerably to control his mana issue. If you're needing more defence however, breastplate of valor is another good option.

Depending on how things are going I'll either buy gem of isolation or pythagorem's piece next. Gem is a bit more defencive and helps lock down kills, especially if you can land your third ability. Pythagorem's is a nice item to cap your cooldown reduction whilst giving your team a boost in damage output and lifesteal and also giving you a nice chunk of health to absorb more damage.

Summary

I hope you enjoy this build as much as I do. I feel it accentuates all his best qualities and makes him a formidable team fight presence. You will rarely get a kill, but if played right, you will rarely die, and that (in my opinion) is more important than getting kills. His ability to lock down a target, heal his team whilst simultaneously dealing reasonable damage (and slowing enemies with gem), soak up tonnes of damage and having beneficial auras makes this build an excellent team based option.

Lewcipher

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Kriega1 (79) | June 19, 2019 6:58pm
Add estaff, winged blade, magi’s, Breastplate, pen boots, shield of regrowth, Bumba’s, midgardian, Dynasty, Celestial Helm, stone of Binding as situational
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Lewcipher (5) | June 24, 2019 12:05pm
I appreciate the suggestions, I'll add some in. I just didn't want to overload the build too much.
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Gulfwulf (61) | June 19, 2019 5:44pm
I like building Soul Gem on him to help bolster his healing.
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Kriega1 (79) | June 19, 2019 7:00pm
I don’t know about Soul Gem in low power builds. Early game it would be fine but without the extra lategame power in the build at that point it will be lacklustre.
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Branmuffin17 (281) | June 19, 2019 6:51pm
I agree that should be a situational add. Keep in mind Pythag's is similar in some respects. Very similar stats overall, but instead of a single situational heal here and there, it's constant power and lifesteal boost for nearby teammates. Between those two, either would be fine, but I often prefer Pythag's. Just hard for people to wrap their heads around because they never directly see benefit of Pythag's to their teammates, and if they don't see it...it's not real or something, lol.
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Gulfwulf (61) | June 20, 2019 12:10am
For Arena though? I'd get it first in Assault, but I like soul in Arena.
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Branmuffin17 (281) | June 19, 2019 4:53pm
Hi Lew,

I never really play Baron, but ended up with him in a somewhat recent Assault match. Since he's now considered a healer, I wanted to make sure he would be alive to continue to heal teammates.

Now, I didn't build quite like you have in your example build, but I started Genji's Guard to counter the 3 magical enemies, and to make sure I never ran out of mana. Got Shoes of Focus after, and then Lotus Crown for the same concept you talk about.

Near the end of the match, one of the teammates (the guy I was grouped with, funny enough) said something like "maybe you shouldn't build tanky with Baron," which started a slew of BM from the rest of the teammates, saying I'm an idiot for not going damage. Funny enough, I mitigated a reasonable amount, had the least deaths on my team by far, AND did the most damage on my team by far (partially because we mostly had melee gods...but even compared to the enemy I outdamaged the enemy Baron significantly and had about the same amount of healing, even though he got Chronos and Asclep. I also did a bit more damage than the enemy Agni, and was only outclassed in damage by the enemy Jing.

Mostly what I'm trying to say here is that the partial tank focus is a good one, especially in a teamfight mode for a god that doesn't have an escape. Your listing of items make sense, your alternate/situational items are good, etc.
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Lewcipher (5) | June 24, 2019 12:03pm
Hi Mr Muffin, I appreciate your story and your kind words. It is always nice to hear appreciation. I'm glad the tankier build worked for you.
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Kriega1 (79) | June 19, 2019 6:55pm
Your assault teammates sound like bronze level garbage cans
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Branmuffin17 (281) | June 19, 2019 7:05pm
It happens when I team with certain people. And it's much more random in general...all kinds in Assault.
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boogiebass (37) | June 19, 2019 4:57pm
Wow you sure like to brag a lot. It's not even 5pm yet. Don't you have a job u need to do?
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Branmuffin17 (281) | June 19, 2019 5:07pm
It's just one of those things where I was completely flabbergasted by my teammates, and am still a slight bit pissed when I think about it. I was carrying my load, and they're attacking me? Really? And this is with a god I barely play, so I'm not familiar/comfortable with him.

Building him bruiser is absolutely a functional way to go. Was using one of my experiences to confirm my approval of this build.
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