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Good Doggy (Cerberus Solo Lane)

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Smite God: Cerberus

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Start Notes Start with your boots, chalice, and teleport to give yourself sustain until the opposing solo laner get their healing online, which is where your sustain comes from.

Build Item Warrior's Blessing Warrior's Blessing
Build Item Shoes Shoes
Build Item Chalice of Healing Chalice of Healing
Build Item Teleport Glyph Teleport Glyph

Core Notes Here, your goal is to get as much out of your auras, as well as being untouchable by the opposing solo laner. If the opposing laner is a magical god, switch the breastplate and pestilence. Focus on farming, and poking the lane, but don't get too greedy.

Build Item Shoes of the Magi Shoes of the Magi
Build Item Breastplate of Valor Breastplate of Valor
Build Item Void Stone Void Stone
Build Item Pestilence Pestilence

Damage Notes Only build damage as your 5th or 6th item, or as your replacement for your boots. If your team is not having trouble finishing kills, don't build damage. Rather, build one of the extra defensive items.

Build Item Spear of Desolation Spear of Desolation
Build Item Soul Reaver Soul Reaver

Defensive Notes Build mantle as your 5th item, and then build whichever item is more applicable. Only build spectral if the opposing carry or jungle are building crits, and build genji if you don't need damage or protection from crits.

Build Item Mantle of Discord Mantle of Discord
Build Item Spectral Armor Spectral Armor
Build Item Genji's Guard Genji's Guard

Relics and Consumeables Notes Build teleport to be able to get back to lane quickly, as cerberus has a pretty low movement speed. Build thorns when in team fights or when attacking the titan (the thorns reflect damage back onto the titan)

Build Item Teleport Glyph Teleport Glyph
Build Item Shield of Thorns Shield of Thorns
Build Item Chalice of Healing Chalice of Healing
Build Item Ward Ward

Full Build Ex. Notes This is a full build for a mainly tank build. Cerberus still can dish out damage with his natural penetration, so this is almost always my build. If someone is building crits, build spectral armor as replacements for mystical or boots.

Build Item Shoes of the Magi Shoes of the Magi
Build Item Breastplate of Valor Breastplate of Valor
Build Item Void Stone Void Stone
Build Item Pestilence Pestilence
Build Item Mantle of Discord Mantle of Discord
Build Item Spectral Armor Spectral Armor

Cerberus's Skill Order

Paralyzing Spit

Paralyzing Spit

1 X
2 6 10 13 16
Ghastly Breath

Ghastly Breath

2 A
1 4 7 11 14
Soul Expulsion

Soul Expulsion

3 B
3 8 12 18 19
Stygian Torment

Stygian Torment

4 Y
5 9 15 17 20
Array ( [major] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 101 [display_name] => Jormungandr [url] => jormungandr ) [scoreVal] => 2 [notes] => Jormungandr is immune to Cerberus' ult, which makes it difficult to keep him under control. Focus on avoiding his 1 3 2 combo, and abuse your higher movement speed and agility. ) [1] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 99 [display_name] => King Arthur [url] => king-arthur ) [scoreVal] => 2 [notes] => King Arthur's bully potential is through the roof, and his control rivals Cerberus. focus on keeping Arthur at distance, and avoid boxing. Farming effectively can help keep you in the lane until you get thorns. Late game, Cerberus will be much more effective, so just focus on making it to late game. ) [2] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 83 [display_name] => Nike [url] => nike ) [scoreVal] => 2 [notes] => Nike's 2 is very problematic, as it takes the control away from Cerberus, and can put you in weird situations. To counter her, stay with your back to your tower, and don't let her get between you and your tower. ) ) ) 1

Cerberus' Threats

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Intro

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.

General Guide

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.

Conclusion

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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Gulfwulf (72) | July 22, 2020 1:52pm
Does Pestilence reduce the amount of healing that he's able to steal?
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Kriega1 (112) | July 22, 2020 1:55pm
No. It steals before it applies. Enemy antiheal will still apply as normal, reducing Cerb passive.
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Gulfwulf (72) | July 22, 2020 1:59pm
Ah. Thanks.
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Kriega1 (112) | July 22, 2020 12:25pm
Please, Please do not build soul gem on Cerberus. And not Doom Orb either (better damage options that are cheaper). You're not building the power to really benefit from Soul Gem passive. I recommend either Magus, Ethereal Staff, Soul Reaver or Divine as damage options instead.

Also mystical is kinda meh lategame, no point picking it up that late.

Blink is also a good alternative to Thorns.

Edit: Pythags also isn't terrible, but better for Support Cerb IMO.
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thirstenium | July 22, 2020 12:49pm
I like the idea of soul reaver, i havent tried it. I build Mystical just to be annoying and when no crits are being buult, which is really rare. What would you reccomend instead of mystical?
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Kriega1 (112) | July 22, 2020 12:52pm
I'd probably swap mystical for ethereal staff.

Also add spirit robe as a situational.
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