This build is made win your lane and team fights. By using these items along with fafnirs coerce ability you can Buff your allies with the following stats:
35% attack speed
20 phys power
10 phys lifesteal
30 mag power
12% mag lifesteal
15 phys def
25% slow added to attacks AND abilities
Fafnir also gets a magic defense reduction aura
Fafnir also gets a reduction to enemy healing in the form of an aura.
All of that plus a flex slot to further impact team fights
For best results have your hunter use runeforged hammer. It will proc automatically with fafnir’s gem of isolation and your hunter won’t miss out on the attack speed from other items. The added HP it grant will help keep them alive as well.
I recommend purchasing these items in order unless circumstances dictate otherwise. An example would be if you are leaning against an Aphrodite or double magic you can get pestilence early. Or if it’s a double physical you can flex midgardian or jade emperor helm into your build earlier. Sell blessing when needed. Sell boots when needed.
Guardians blessing- standard guardian item. Fafnir benefits with extra protections from the extra gold he receives.
Travelers shoes- the mp5 from this item should be enough to keep you in the lane as long as you need to be. The extra movement speed is nice as well.
Sovereignty- grants you and your ally physical protections and 15hp5 and boosts fafnirs health
GEM OF ISOLATION- more power, more HP. This item works with fafnirs coerce allowing him to buff his allies and transfer gem of isolations effect to his allies attacks AND abilities.
PYTHAGOREMS PIECE- more hp. 10% cdr. The power granted from this item will further increase your self heal. In addition the lifesteal from this item will increase your self heal as well since once you buff you’re hunter a percentage of the damage he deals will be considered fafnirs damage so you can buff him and sit back and heal from it. This also gives your carry a power and lifesteal aura whichever will further increase their sustain.
VOIDSTONE- more HP. Magic defense. The magic defense reduction aura will help when’s you rotate to gank the middle lane. During the late game phase this item will also help your mage by reducing the enemy teams magic defense.
PESTILENCE-magic defense. More hp. This item also grants fafnir a reduction aura to enemy’s healing. Very good for team fights which is what your team will be focused on at this stage of the build.
FLEX item- STONE OF BINDING/MANTLE OF DISCORD/MIDGUARDIAN MAIL/SHOGUN’S KUSARI/JADE EMPEROR’S CROWN
-This build is aura based so it doesn’t require as much skill as a regular build but will usually yield better results
-This build is excellentl for tanking towers, Phoenix, gold fury, fire giant,titan
-This build is excellent in 2v2 situations during a match
-This build really shines during team fight phase which will ultimately decide most games
-You will not win many 1v1 exchanges with this build, find a friend before fighting
-An aura based build loses its effectiveness if teammates leave the game or do not group up
-Sometimes you will buff an ally and they will backpedal and not attack completely wasting the buff, welcome to the support life.
THE JUNGLE IS YOUR FRIEND
You can hide behind walls and coerce allies through the walls. This will allow them to win 1v1s without the enemy even realizing you buffed them. You can also jump out from behind the wall and land a quick disarm and/or stun that can change a 1v1 (plus you) fight in your favor quickly.
What separates fafnir from other guardians is his unique coerce ability. This is a steroid/stim that you give to an ally (or allies in dragon form). It increases their attack speed and damage output while giving them fafnirs ability effects (gem of iso, spear of magus, soul reaver, etc.). The primary target for the buff should be your carry or mage as they are able to make best use of it with their range and kit but it can also be used nicely on an assassin to power them up and make for a quick kill. Warriors would be the next priority and lastly fafnir himself. If you are by yourself you can use it on yourself to power up your hammer throw and jump to help clear a minion wave.
LET’S TALK ABOUT THE DRAGON IN THE ROOM
Fafnirs ultimate can be a bit of a double-edged sword. If you use it in plain sight the enemy team will usually backpedal away and laugh at you for wasting it or focus their skill shots on you as soon as you land. For example you could get hit with a kukulkan 3,1,4 combo as soon as you land. You could also find yourself in an Artemis trap, nox bubble, Anubis wrap, etc. To counter the enemy team running away you could use the blink relic as long as you didn’t damage any minions or gods while turning into a dragon. Just ult blink and now you are in their face and still have both stuns ready. To counter the skillshots consider using your ult behind cover like a wall and surprise them. You can also use fafnirs ultimate as a form of aegis/beads. It’s a great counter to an ares/Ymir ultimate as well as some others like Poseidon’s kraken. Another way to use it is to zone an area to allow your allies to escape. The AOE damage from the transformation is sometimes enough to discourage enemies from chasing. If your allies survive through the transformation process you have a couple stuns ready. There’s 1 more way you can use this ability. Desperate times call for desperate measures. If you find yourself overwhelmed you can use this to instantly refresh your jump, stun, and coerce abilities, allowing you to jump away then heal yourself and stun anyone who is in pursuit.
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