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So, when you're stumbling upon this guide, you may find yourself asking either or both of two questions:
Who even plays Arena? And WTF is this?
Well, I play Arena and this way of playing it is a hell of a lot of fun.
First off, a fair warning, this Guide might seem difficult for beginner Amaterasu players and is much for suited for Players familiar with her, who are struggling with her usual Build in Arena Mode. So let's get into it with everyone's favourite Sun Goddess!
So, what is this Build?
Well, it's a quick one. As in, you're fast, you're mean, you enable your team and then you walk away again, happily healing up, outrunning pretty much anything that might wanna pursue you. You're an Anchor for your team, providing Auras that both buff your Allies and Debuff your Enemies and you should be the initiator and the enabler to any team fight.
You're not a tank, you're not a DPS, you're not an Assasin and you're not really a Support either.
You're somehow a little bit of all of the above, and that's great! In fact it's awesome, works surprisingly well, and has quickly become my favourite pick whenever I play Arena.
So clearly, we wanna go a bit off Meta and I'll briefly go over my Build Order before I indulge in Abilites.
With that all out of the way, let's explain a bit more why we're doing what we're doing. Most of it will become clear after I explain her Abilites a bit.
Passive: Illuminating Strike:
This right here, is the reason why we'd rather have a bit more Attack Speed and why Stone Cutting Sword works so well with Amaterasu. Any Enemy (Gods and minions alike) that get's hit with 3 consecutive strikes of Ama's Autoattack, will receive an Aura that makes them and all their nearby Allies receive 10% more damage from ALL sources.
Immediately, it becomes quite apparent, why we want to be that Anchor, why our team should follow us in when we engage and not the other way around. You pick that target and your team rips them a new one.
There's honestly not ONE Relic to rule them all with Ama's case, most have their situations where they can work out, but there's some choices that work better with your Gameplan, so I'll just quickly go over those.
Remember the thing about being the Anchor? Well this is why Magic Shell works out. You want to be around your teammates at all times anyway, depending on how well your team works with that, you'll get a lot of mileage out of this Relic.
That said, as this is an Arena guide, definitely don't go for Meditation Cloak, it's rather useless in Arena.
This is another pretty good choice with her Kit for quite obvious reasons. Additional speed is what you want in the first place. It's honestly a waste though in most cases, as you're gonna have an easy time getting away to begin with. Consider it, in case something is actually catching up to you, though.
It's Aegis. It works, it's always worked and while it's not particularly laid out for this specific build, it'll work here as well. Always consider it in favour of Wings or Shell when the Enemies have high Burst damage.
Shield of Thorns
Shield of Thorns is great for any tank build and this Ama build, well.... it's kinda tanky. Tanky enough to make this Relic work at least. Don't go straight for it though, reserve it for your second slot to deal with late game pesky ADC damage output.
Keeping all of this in mind, I just want to quickly reiterate, what it is, exactly that you wish to achieve with this build. Simply put, You want to be a mobile tank/harasser.
The Speed you're given by various Sword items and Shield of Regrowth, as well as your passive allows you to be where you need to be at all times, be aggresive when the enemy does not expect you to be and make a clean escape out of most situations. It gives you what you need to be that anchor, that your team needs you to be, where it needs you to be and when it needs you to be. Leveling Divine Presence early, gives you a good amount of sustain, making you comfortable and cozy in your Harasser role. A good mix of Damage, Attack Speed and Cooldown Reduction enables the best parts of her Abilites to work when they have to.
Stay with your team. You need them and they need you!
Don't be afraid to be aggresive. Charge in and don't let off until you have to!
Keep an eye on everyone. Be where you're needed the most!
Use your Auras to your team's advantage. Manage them at all times!
Be their shining light! Feel that role, let it become who you are!
The more comfortable you are with being that shoulder that is there for your team to lean on, the more fun and success you will get from Amaterasu!
Pretty sure this covers all I had to say about this Guide.
It's not the most conventional Build ever, it might not suit everyone, but it makes damn good use of Amaterasu's very peculiar Kit and like I said before, is just a jouyous bundle of fun to play.
Remember what it is you're really doing. Be that Anchor, be that light, be that weird Hybrid Support/DPS/Tank/Harasser!
Thanks a lot for reading and good luck and success on your Sun-Based endeavours!
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