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Chernobog: The Lord of Darkness (S5, CONQUEST, PATCH 5.14, Still a WIP)

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by tokarev updated August 8, 2018

Smite God: Chernobog

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Chernobog Build

Start

Notes Hunter's Blessing is a great starter because once evolved you get some great basic attack damage, mp5, and attack speed.

However, you can rush your Transcendence if preferred.

Notes

Hunter's Blessing is a great starter because once evolved you get some great basic attack damage, mp5, and attack speed.

However, you can rush your Transcendence if preferred.

Build Item Hunter's Blessing Hunter's Blessing
Build Item Morningstar Morningstar
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
2
Build Item Multi Potion Multi Potion
2

Early - Mid Game

Notes Asi is a great mid-game lifesteal item because of the cost. However sell Asi late-game since it falls off in the later stages.

Notes

Asi is a great mid-game lifesteal item because of the cost. However sell Asi late-game since it falls off in the later stages.

Build Item Hunter's Blessing Hunter's Blessing
Build Item Transcendence Transcendence
Build Item Ninja Tabi Ninja Tabi
Build Item Asi Asi

Late game build (Final)

Notes sell Asi for Bloodforge or any other lifesteal item. However I do recommend Bloodforge becuase of the passive, specifically in late-game teamfights.

Notes

sell Asi for Bloodforge or any other lifesteal item. However I do recommend Bloodforge becuase of the passive, specifically in late-game teamfights.

Build Item Transcendence Transcendence
Build Item Ninja Tabi Ninja Tabi
Build Item Bloodforge Bloodforge
Build Item Poisoned Star Poisoned Star
Build Item The Executioner The Executioner
Build Item Deathbringer Deathbringer

Choice of Shoes

Notes Warrior Tabi is bought if you want more physical power early game. While Ninja Tabi is bought if you want more attack speed. This should be based on your playstyle

Personally, I always go for Ninja Tabi because you will be getting more physical power in the late game anyway and Chernobog gets very high attack speed from his Vicious Barrage ability.

Notes

Warrior Tabi is bought if you want more physical power early game. While Ninja Tabi is bought if you want more attack speed. This should be based on your playstyle

Personally, I always go for Ninja Tabi because you will be getting more physical power in the late game anyway and Chernobog gets very high attack speed from his Vicious Barrage ability.

Build Item Ninja Tabi Ninja Tabi
Build Item Warrior Tabi Warrior Tabi

Physical Stacking Options

Notes Transcendence: Mainly used on ability-based hunters because of the huge mana that this item provides. Making you stay in-lane longer. On top of that, it provides 98 physical power once evolved.

Devourer's Gauntlet: provides great early sustain because of the lifesteal and therefore is no need of buying another lifesteal item such as Bloodforge

Personally, I like to "spam" Chernobog's Crystallized Curses & Vicious Barrage constantly. If you prefer more basic attacks, then opt for Devourer's Gauntlet.

Again all based on playstyle.

Notes

Transcendence: Mainly used on ability-based hunters because of the huge mana that this item provides. Making you stay in-lane longer. On top of that, it provides 98 physical power once evolved.

Devourer's Gauntlet: provides great early sustain because of the lifesteal and therefore is no need of buying another lifesteal item such as Bloodforge

Personally, I like to "spam" Chernobog's Crystallized Curses & Vicious Barrage constantly. If you prefer more basic attacks, then opt for Devourer's Gauntlet.

Again all based on playstyle.

Build Item Transcendence Transcendence
Build Item Devourer's Gauntlet Devourer's Gauntlet

Lifesteal Alternatives

Notes So there is only 1 physical lifesteal item left and that is Soul Eater. This item is quite controversial, especially on hunters.

Soul Eater has very nice stats but personally I have a hard time to fit the item into my build. Soul Eater requires a lot of ability usage but Chernobog is not 100% ability based.

just things to think about before going the Soul Eater route.

Notes

So there is only 1 physical lifesteal item left and that is Soul Eater. This item is quite controversial, especially on hunters.

Soul Eater has very nice stats but personally I have a hard time to fit the item into my build. Soul Eater requires a lot of ability usage but Chernobog is not 100% ability based.

just things to think about before going the Soul Eater route.

Build Item Soul Eater Soul Eater

Alternative Build - Dev Gauntlet

Notes With the Devourer's Gauntlet build, it allows some early sustain and more crit with your 6th item being Wind Demon or any other critical chance item.

Notes

With the Devourer's Gauntlet build, it allows some early sustain and more crit with your 6th item being Wind Demon or any other critical chance item.

Build Item Devourer's Gauntlet Devourer's Gauntlet
Build Item Ninja Tabi Ninja Tabi
Build Item Poisoned Star Poisoned Star
Build Item The Executioner The Executioner
Build Item Deathbringer Deathbringer
Build Item Wind Demon Wind Demon

Optional/Situational Items

Notes Rage: can be substituted in for Poisoned Star or Wind Demon. However, does need to be stacked for optimal effect.

Brawler's Beat Stick: Great item for physical gods to counter healing. However since you are ADC you should be building The Executioner for more damage while support, solo, or jungler build anti-heal.

Jotunn's Wrath: Great item when the enemy comp is tanky, however, Qin's Sais is more optimal. Plus the jungler is likely to build Jotunn's Wrath already.

Ichaival: Great mid-game item if more attack speed is desired and is very cost efficient. NOTE: sell the item for Odysseus' Bow late game

Notes

Rage: can be substituted in for Poisoned Star or Wind Demon. However, does need to be stacked for optimal effect.

Brawler's Beat Stick: Great item for physical gods to counter healing. However since you are ADC you should be building The Executioner for more damage while support, solo, or jungler build anti-heal.

Jotunn's Wrath: Great item when the enemy comp is tanky, however, Qin's Sais is more optimal. Plus the jungler is likely to build Jotunn's Wrath already.

Ichaival: Great mid-game item if more attack speed is desired and is very cost efficient. NOTE: sell the item for Odysseus' Bow late game

Build Item Rage Rage
Build Item Brawler's Beat Stick Brawler's Beat Stick
Build Item Jotunn's Wrath Jotunn's Wrath
Build Item Ichaival Ichaival
Build Item Odysseus' Bow Odysseus' Bow

Relics

Build Item Aegis Amulet Aegis Amulet
Build Item Purification Beads Purification Beads
Build Item Heavenly Wings Heavenly Wings
Build Item Bracer of Radiance Bracer of Radiance

Chernobog's Skill Order

Crystallized Curses

1 X Y
Crystallized Curses
1 4 6 7 9

Vicious Barrage

2 A B
Vicious Barrage
2 8 10 11 12

Into Darkness

3 B A
Into Darkness
3 13 14 16 18

Living Nightmare

4 Y X
Living Nightmare
5 15 17 19 20
Crystallized Curses
1 4 6 7 9

Crystallized Curses

1 X
Chernobog conjures a large crystal of curses and hurls it at the target location dealing damage on landing. After several seconds the crystalline curses explode dealing damage again and rooting any enemy in the area. The crystal can be detonated early by firing at it with Vicious Barrage.

Ability Type: Ground Target
Damage: 70 / 95 / 120 / 145 / 170 (+80% of your Physical Power)
Detonation Damage: 50 / 80 / 110 / 140 / 170 (+80% of your Physical Power)
Root: 1s
Detonation Duration: 3s
Radius: 20
Cost: 50 / 55 / 60 / 65 / 70
Cooldown: 15 / 14 / 13 / 12 / 11s
Vicious Barrage
2 8 10 11 12

Vicious Barrage

2 A
Chernobog fires an enlarged crystal shard that can pierce enemies and deals damage like a Basic Attack.

This applies a single stack of Heart of Cold to all enemies it passes through and instantly detonates Crystallized Curses.

After firing, Chernobog gains increased Attack Speed for several seconds.

Ability Type: Projectile and Buff
Attack Speed: 40 / 45 / 50 / 55 / 60%
Duration: 3 / 3.5 / 4 / 4.5 / 5s
Range: 65
Cost: 60 / 65 / 70 / 75 / 80
Cooldown: 12s
Into Darkness
3 13 14 16 18

Into Darkness

3 B
Chernobog dashes forward, dealing damage and slowing any enemy he collides with for 2s. If Chernobog comes in contact with a wall, he briefly enters it as a shadow, becoming untargetable and immune to damage for up to 3s.

Chernobog can leave the wall early by dashing or just stepping out of the wall. If he remains for the full duration, Chernobog will automatically dash out as his time expires.

Ability Type: Dash
Damage: 60 / 75 / 90 / 105 / 120 (+45% of your Physical Power)
Slow: 25%
Cost: 70
Cooldown: 18 / 17 / 16 / 15 / 14s
Living Nightmare
5 15 17 19 20

Living Nightmare

4 Y
During a brief channeling period, Chernobog summons shadows at the location of all enemies that last for 8s and apply a short stacking Slow.

Chernobog can select any of his shadow clones to fly towards. Once he reaches the location he takes the place of his shadow, refreshing his cooldowns, as well as temporarily obtaining damage mitigations and extra movement speed.

Ability Type: Global
Buff Duration: 6s
Damage Mitigation: 10 / 15 / 20 / 25 / 30%
Movement Speed: 30%
Shadow Slow: 4% Stacking 4 times
Shadow Clone Speed: 365 / 380 / 395 / 410 / 425
Cost: 80 / 90 / 100 / 110 / 120
Cooldown: 110s

Chernobog Threats

Tap each threat level to view Chernobog’s threats

Max
0
Major
0
Even
1
Minor
0
Tiny
0

Introduction - Who is Chernobog?

What's going on ladies and gentlemen, my name is Tokarev and I love playing SMITE mainly on the XBOX ( I know right? what a noob :D) however, I do dabble on the PC from time to time. This is officially my first guide, that I plan to maintain over time.



So who is Chernobog? He is an ADC hunter who relies on attack speed and ability damage. So if you're having a tough time landing your autos then Chernobog or any other ADC isn't for you.

NOTE: I have also seen Chernobog being used in mid-lane by some pro-SMITE players in the most recent lan, so that might be becoming a thing...

Pros:

- Great wave clear with Crystallized Curses
- Provides AOE damage from Heart of Cold passive making it easy to stack items
- Slippery due to his escapes
- Living Nightmare is one of the best ultimates in the game


Cons:

- Mana thirsty early game (Don't spam abilities)
- Squishy
- must land combos
- Living Nightmare can backfire if not used properly

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Kriega1 (133) | August 16, 2018 5:36am
I stupidly reloaded my original comment so im just going to list starts and builds. Also don't get Jotunn's, Soul Eater or brawlers on Chernobog. (if you want anti-heal, swap the Odysseus' bow in a qins build for toxic blade)


Crit Builds: 1. Devourers, Warrior/Ninja, Poisoned Star, Executioner, Deathbringer/Wind Demon (either order).

Or 2. Devourers, Ninja, Rage, Executioner, Deathbringer, Poisoned Star.

Start: Hunter's Blessing, Spiked Gauntlet, and 2 health and multi pots.

(Don't get Trans in a crit build, except, maybe this one: Trans, ninja, Rage, executioner, deathbringer, bloodforge, but it's not a build I recommend, feel free to test it though).


Qin's Builds (main one):

1. Devourers, Warrior, Executioner, Qins, Titans, Odysseus' Bow. (Recommended)


Other possible qins builds (To test):

(Also usually don't get crusher in a build with Devourer's, but again another build to test out: devourers, warrior, executioner, qins, odysseus' bow, crusher)

2. Trans, Warrior, Asi, Executioner, Qins, Titans.

3, Trans, Warrior, executioner, qins, bloodforge, Odysseus' Bow.

4. Trans, Warrior, Crusher, Executioner, Qins, Bloodforge.

5. Trans, Warrior, Asi, Executioner, Qins, Bloodforge.


And lastly, a build that 1 or 2 pros were using in ranked (outside of the main ones) I saw was: Transcendence, Warrior Tabi, The Crusher, Bloodforge, Titan's Bane, Odysseus' Bow. They started with tier 2 trans, 3 health and 3 mana pots I think. It's a build that im not sure about, but again test it out.

https://smiteprobuilds.com/?p_filters_page=0&p_filters_search=&p_filters_god=3509&p_filters_pro=~&p_filters_opponent=~&p_filters_role=~&p_filters_league=~&p_filters_sort=~

One more thing. I would put points into the ult whenever you can for the damage mitigation increase. But if you prefer to get dash on a lower cooldown thats fine as well.
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Branmuffin17 (370) | August 8, 2018 3:52pm
Alright, let's see. This looks like a good start. First, comments on your existing writeup, then the builds and build notes.
  • Your note about seeing him used in mid-lane is due to his burst potential from his abilities. This is sort of a theme when we're talking about the more ability-based hunters overall, like Neith.

  • Pros: For Heart of Cold, what do you mean by the passive makes it easy to stack items? The passive itself stacks...what items are you stacking and how does the passive make that effective?

    You say Living Nightmare is one of the best ultimates in the game. I would say it's extremely dependent on the situation. It's global in a sense, but you can either only use it to take yourself out from being a target for a few seconds and then fall straight back down, or you have to fly to an enemy...that could be a bad situation.

    Instead, if we're giving 4 pros, I would say instead of Heart of Cold (which is an interesting passive but not something I'd consider a notable pro, that he has great burst potential (via the 1-2 combo) and follow-up basics via the AS steroid. I wouldn't say all of that together, just "great burst potential" probably, but you get what I mean.

    And for Living Nightmare, I would say it's a powerful offensive global ult.
  • On the cons, those look good to me.

  • Build: Start looks good to me. Trans isn't the popular path, but it'll be nice for early ability damage and ability use without mana concerns.

  • Early - Mid Game: I don't necessarily think that Asi needs to be sold late, as the lifesteal boost at low health is pretty powerful, and the AS it provides can be good depending on the rest of your build. That said, yeah, common replacement would be Bloodforge as you have it, and since you go with Poisoned Star, you should have good AS in the rest of the build that it's a good substitute.

    Trans + crit isn't a popular thing. Most are going Devo's into crit like normal ADCs, or when they DO go Trans, it's typically with more of an ability function, with items like The Crusher, Soul Eater, and non-crit items.

    I'm personally okay with your main build for general use. I feel it'll do just fine overall, but expect to get some questions from Kriega who keeps things on the meta course pretty hardcore.

  • I'm also perfectly fine with the alt build...that's pure meta.

  • On your physical stacking options notes, you say that the huge mana "makes" you stay in lane longer. Rather, I'd say it "allows" you. You could also group the high mana and power together in the same first statement..."mainly used on ability-based hunters because of the huge mana and power boost this item provides. The mana allows you to stay in lane longer, while the power scales very well with Crystallized Curses."

    Note that getting Trans over Devo's means, all other things being equal, you'll be behind the enemy's build if they go Devo's, with significantly less sustain in the early game, though you WILL be able to use your abilities to your "cold" heart's content.

  • Soul Eater is honestly a very interesting item right now. Good lifesteal balance between basics and abilities, more CDR so can go very well with Trans, and high end power. This can work in a mid or more ability-focused build. Build type there would be similar to what I present as an experimental build in my Conquest guide...Trans, Ninja, SE, Crusher, Exe, Jotunn's.

  • Your Qin's builds look good to me overall, though I'd say that adding Titan's Bane on top of Exe is situational and better only against very tanky comps. I bet DV-8 will love that main build.

    The Crusher is maybe a questionable add in that alt build, though it can work to set up an earlier Qin's with the AS and flat pen. I'd sell it late-game if you did get it, but feel you might be better served with Ichaival there...cheaper, and better boxing, and again, just replace late.
That's all I have so far. Thoughts?
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tokarev | August 8, 2018 6:57pm
Hey Bran, just want to say thanks for the very descriptive feedback. This is what I've wanted!!! and seems like you read everything thoroughly which is awesome!

So ill go through your bulleted points in order so its not confusing as to what I am talking about

FYI, I hope this list code thing works properly when I post this comment...
  • 1st bullet point: yeah it was fascinating to me to see a 2 hunter compensation team played in a competitive setting. I only thought that Medusa was capable of that. I do see your point on ability-based gods being capable of playing mid-lane. As a matter of fact I do see Neith being played a lot in mid-lane.

  • 2nd bullet point: What I meant by this is that after 3 basic attacks Heart of Cold activates causing slight AOE damage around that minion making it easier to stack and clear lane minions faster (usually faster then the enemy ADC). However I do see that it isnt a good enough "pro" to be added onto the list and to be honest I was trying to stretch out the list somehow because I couldnt think of another "pro"xD The alternative pro that you suggested is a better option to put onto the guide so I will edit that. Thanks!

    Still continuing on your 2nd bullet point with regard to Living Nightmare. I think that depending on your situation in-game it can be one of the best or worst ults in the game. Thats why I put Living Nightmare as a con as well. I just put it as "the best ult in the game" because with personal expereince i've always had major success with it simply because I constantly communicate with my team since I ususally play with friends through comms or if i played ranked there is usually at least 1 person who is in game-chat that I can coordinate with him while using Living Nightmare. I honestly beleive that this ult is soooooo good, with ganking opportunities and helping other lanes (solo, mid) if they are getting out-pressured. But if you feel as though I should still change that "pro" then by all means I will :)


  • 4th bullet point: I do know it isnt the most popular path in conquest, but I did specify the reason as to why I personally go for trans over dev if anyone was interested. and even though it costs more which will likely lead you to fall behind early game, there is less stacking that needs to be done and delivers more physical power which i prefer. Definetly depends on playstle


  • 5th bullet point: Thanks for that Asi insight, I actually wouldnt think twice about keeping this item before today. Everyone just says "sell Asi for a better lifesteal item" but the passive is useful for sure. However, I do beleive that as Chernobog late-game you are a killing machine and having that Bloodforge passive is just too good to pass up in my eyes. I do see your point on having that extra AS, however I think if your constantly using your 1-2 combo which gives extra AS from Vicious Barrage that extra AS from Asi wont matter too much. Correct me if im wrong :D and I think that if I were to go another crit item like Rage for example, then keeping Asi is optimal

    Contiuning with your 5th bullet point, I've tested both builds, the traditional devo's into crit and the trans build and just had more success with trans. Thats why I posted the trans build as the priority while Devo's as an "alternative" I will add a soul eater build that entirely ability reliant in the future. I actually think that it will be fun to try out!!!
    well I hope Kriega is in a good mood when commenting xD

  • 7th bullet point: I will rephrase the physical stacking options, thank you for helping me out with that. and definitely will be adding the "cold" heart's content hahaha. I loved that, too good!!


  • 8th bullet point: already covered Soul Eater in my earlier comment, but i do want to mention that i took a look at your Medusa guide (great guide btw) and you did have an ability based soul eater build which is interesting. also took a look at your soul eater comments in the same guide which was a good read to learn more about the item and your opinion.


  • 9th and final bullet point: I will add an alternative build with Ichaival instead of The Crusher for those who prefer attack speed
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Branmuffin17 (370) | August 9, 2018 10:07am
Hi tokarev,

Further responses:
  • 2nd point, part 2: This is totally up to you whether you keep the pro as-is or change it. Your guide, your choice, and I can agree with the positives you point out. The ult can be very effective, I agree, in getting you directly into a fight, especially if for example, you're backing to regen or buy, and you want to get right back into a fight with your team. That said, at lower ranks, the speed of the shadow may not be enough to put you right next to the enemy for a good gank attempt, especially if they're already retreating, use escape abilities, etc. That's why I consider it a "powerful" offensive global ult, but not "one of the best in the game."

  • 5th point: Asi mattering/not mattering depends in part on how much damage you've taken, how much AS you have in the rest of your build, etc. The Vicious Barrage AS steroid is great at high rank (60% is very high), but it lasts for 5 seconds. During the downtime, having added AS can be nice, and if you didn't build too many other AS items, it can be appreciated. Also synergizes very well with Qin's Sais, which wants all the AS it can get. Also, the potential lifesteal is higher than that of Bloodforge, and it carries some pen. I think it's a good item overall, and although it's a T2 item, is equivalent to a T3 given the right situation.

    I think I prefer the Trans build also. I haven't strayed too much from my original build concept. That 1-2 basic burst with high crit and power has a ton of potential.
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tokarev | August 8, 2018 2:06pm
Hey guys, please leave me some constructive criticism, did I explain something wrong? Let me know! are my items wrong? let me know! is my guide bad? let me know!

ps. Kriega1 have mercy on my soul :D
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