Cerberus is the perfect solo lane god for late game tanking and controlling team fights. His early game is not bad, but he struggles against high pressure solos who don't rely on healing. Cerberus' passive allows him to steal healing from enemies within a certain radius, and allows him to sustain well in lane against gods who use life steal or healing. He also gains sustain from his 3, which separates the bodies and souls, which allows him to consume health. These sustain options allow him to box with high damage gods, and also allows him to counter life steal builds.
Your goal with Cerberus is to play smart, and control the flow of battle. With this build, Cerberus can have 240+ of both magical and physical protection, as well as around 3,000 health. This results in a very bulky build, where damage does not have to be built. Cerberus has natural penetration, and has no problem dealing damage, regardless of how far into the game you are. Combining his 2, which strips protections, with thorns and his ult, Cerberus can severely dent the back line, as well as box with junglers such as Baka and Loki.
In lane, level your 1 and 2 to clear wave, and save your 3 for escaping, or healing off of minions. keep your ult for when you need crowd control immunity, or to pull enemies into the tower, which is the perfect way to get early kills or to finish enemies who are bulky. There is no problem sitting under tower as Cerberus, as the tower is a key in getting kills you aren't expected to get.
Cerberus struggles against early lane bullies such as Arthur or Nike. but can catch up mid game, and is one of the strongest team fighters late game. save your 3 to escape ganks, and avoid being trapped between tower and your opponent. if you remain calm and in control, Cerberus should never get washed or bullied. If you're struggling, play more passive until around level 12, when you get your thorns.
Overall, just play smart. Cerberus is not about kills or bullying. Late game, stay close to your Jungler and ADC. Their damage combined with your sustain is ideal for cleaning up gods who get separated from their team. In team fights, stay towards the front, and wait until your team is ready, then initiate the fight by jumping with your 3, and then using Cerberus' ult to pull gods away from safety/ their team.
Control. Cerberus is about control. play safe, get your core online, and then watch as no one can do damage to you. Your focus should be tanking for your Mid and Carry, and diving back line with your jungle. Stay calm, and be prepared to adapt. Cerberus can 1v2 a lot of god combos, and his ability to pull damage out of his a** is what makes him a sleeper solo lane.
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