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Guan Yu stronger than you think (S6)

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Smite God: Guan Yu

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Build Item Warrior's Blessing Warrior's Blessing
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion
Build Item Cudgel Cudgel

Core

Build Item Warrior Tabi Warrior Tabi
Build Item Blackthorn Hammer Blackthorn Hammer
Build Item Void Shield Void Shield

Full normal enemy team comp

Build Item Warrior Tabi Warrior Tabi
Build Item Blackthorn Hammer Blackthorn Hammer
Build Item Breastplate of Valor Breastplate of Valor
Build Item Pestilence Pestilence
Build Item Void Shield Void Shield
Build Item Shield of Regrowth Shield of Regrowth

Item alternatives

Build Item Reinforced Greaves Reinforced Greaves
Build Item Runeforged Hammer Runeforged Hammer
Build Item Sovereignty Sovereignty
Build Item Oni Hunter's Garb Oni Hunter's Garb
Build Item Brawler's Beat Stick Brawler's Beat Stick
Build Item Mantle of Discord Mantle of Discord

Recommended Actives

Build Item Magic Shell Magic Shell
Build Item Heavenly Wings Heavenly Wings
Build Item Teleport Glyph Teleport Glyph

ADC counter items

Build Item Hide of the Nemean Lion Hide of the Nemean Lion
Build Item Midgardian Mail Midgardian Mail

Slow counter item

Build Item Winged Blade Winged Blade

Crowd Control counter item

Build Item Magi's Cloak Magi's Cloak

Guan Yu's Skill Order

Conviction

Conviction

1 X
3 8 14 15 19
Warrior's Will

Warrior's Will

2 A
2 7 11 16 18
Taolu Assault

Taolu Assault

3 B
1 4 6 10 12
Cavalry Charge

Cavalry Charge

4 Y
5 9 13 17 20
Array ( [major] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 23 [display_name] => Ares [url] => ares ) [scoreVal] => 2 [notes] => Ares' chains makes diving the DPS extremely dangerous because your dash will not be available to you. ) [1] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 90 [display_name] => Artio [url] => artio ) [scoreVal] => 2 [notes] => Artio's many CC options hard counter Guan Yu's ability to do damage and bother the enemy DPS. ) [2] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 87 [display_name] => Ganesha [url] => ganesha ) [scoreVal] => 2 [notes] => Ganesha's silence is a great counter to Guan Yu who is heavily ability based. ) ) ) 1

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How to Guan Yu

Guan Yu is a brawler that thrives on being in the fray. Healing your allies and hitting your dash is the most important part of playing Guan Yu. I recommend 30-40 % cool down on him. This high amount of cool down will allow you to sustain you and your team, harass your enemies and use your ult to burn actives and set up your DPS' for the kill. By using your protection shred, dashing and then ulting in conjunction with blackthorn, boots and void shield, you should do plenty of damage while still being difficult to kill.

It is important to remember that the team heal and dash will reduce your ability cool downs by 2 sec each time they are used properly. I recommend using the shred ability first then your dash and ending with your heal. By using the abilities in this order, your shred (which is your strongest ability) will be up quickly after you use your combo.

One point on your shred, this is your main damage and clear ability. Therefore, you should be careful when to use it around god that can easily interrupt it. Make sure to push the wave as much as possible with this ability so that you can catch the archers in addition to the the melee minions.

Another important point is your ult can be canceled early anytime to stun the enemy. An early cancel is often necessary because the enemy can try to juke the last hit due to your restricted movement in his ult.

Lastly, Guan Yu passive is activated upon taking and giving damage. By having your passive activated, your abilities will all have additional effects. The heal will have a higher multiplier if active. The dash will apply a slow if active. The shred will reduce enemy protections and give them to you. The Ult will increase the stun and slow enemies.

Your primary target should be bullying the immobile enemy DPS. The reason for this is you can block DPS damage from hitting your squishy allies, you are extremely safe with this build and your only strong CC is your ult so peeling is not Guan Yu's strongest role. Guan Yu is very effective against high immobile DPS gods like Au Puch and Zeus because he has great damage and chase down potential while still being very hard to kill. With these immobile but high DPS gods, either use your ult to engage between the use of thier abilities or use it as soon as your shred, dash, heal combo is completed. I recommend saving your ult when dealing with mobile DPS so that after they use thier mobility ability you can chase down and stun the enemy.

Notes:
Guan Yu is not the strongest Solo lane god right now. Try him as a support if your carry is willing to have a physical support.
Guan Yu is a very strong pick in joust. Paired well with a mage and a hunter.
Guan Yu is fun in Arena and Clash with shield of regrowth.
Blackthorn may be getting nerfed and so it may become non-core upon a change.
Quin's Sias and Soul Reaver are effective against this build since it has high health.

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Desman333 | April 8, 2019 3:04pm
Addressing both Branmuffin and Gulfwulf. I personally don’t like winged blade I just think there are far better items. I don’t recommend mystical mail because it is a really expensive item that fall off hard late game and I think Guan Yu passive is easy to keep up if you play him aggressively. As for item choices to counter such as midgardian or nemien those are so situational I didn’t think it was appropriate to put them in a guide which by definition is for beginners. I agree that a warrior shouldn’t have to build anti heal but I find that people don’t build it enough so I recommend building it. Anti heal is so strong that not having it is a huge mistake. The first row of items is my preferred build (switch out pestilence for ohni hunters if your allies build anti heal). The reason I pick warriors blessing is because I go strait into blackthorn which gives heath but no sustain and no defense. I have found warriors blessing pairs very nicely with it. As for Urchin, it iS a great item but it can be risky to build if your team is getting stomped (I play a lot of joust so it doesn’t make sense for me to build it). I rarely build brawlers and that is only if way ahead of the enemy team (Guan Ult makes applying it to the entire team very easy).
Thanks for the feedback I’ll edit the page to reflex some recommendations for counter building.
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Gulfwulf (55) | April 8, 2019 3:13pm
You might want to clarify what modes this is for because different roles in Conquest build differently. For example, a solo Guan Yu would build mostly personal defense items like breast plate of valor, Hide of the Urchin, etc., while a support one would build more aura items like Sovereignty, Gauntlet of Thebes (though solo sometimes picks this up as well), Emperor's Armor, etc. I'd label the build non-conquest if you want to keep it simple.
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Desman333 | April 8, 2019 3:34pm
Yeah if I had to chose this would be my ranked joust build 8w and 2L right now with him. I may just add support pick up item category. I value a little more damage then some Guan Yus I’ve seen.
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Branmuffin17 (276) | April 8, 2019 10:34am
You mention multiple modes and I wouldn't really suggest Warriors blessing outside of conquest (and maybe Joust or something).

Your build example seems fine as a partially niche build. Regrowth is fun on him and I agree with high CDR. That said, like Gulf, I think you're missing quite a few situational items. Besides those Gulf mentioned, where's your other counter items like Midgardian and Witchblade? Where is Urchin? Spirit Robe? Oni? Shogun's?
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Gulfwulf (55) | April 8, 2019 3:02pm
Oni's is in there and I've already mentioned mid, spirit, and witchblade. :P
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Gulfwulf (55) | April 8, 2019 8:43am
This seems pretty solid, though I probably wouldn't bother with Brawler's Beat Stick because your ADC should be picking up anti-heal and Pestilence is generally enough. I'd also list Mystical Mail as an option because its passive helps Guan Yu build up Painless stacks. Then there's Midgardian Mail + Witchblade for anti-basic attacking gods like Freya, Artemis, etc. and Hide of the Nemean Lion for gods that build crit.

As for your build, I'd probably go Warrior Tabi, Void Shield (against a physical opponent; get Genji's Guard against a magical one), Pestilence, Blackthorn Hammer, Breastplate of Valor/mid/etc., Shield of Regrowth. In conquest, I'd sell boots for Mantle of Discord or Spirit Robe depending upon what I needed. I'd also would only buy pestilence outside of conquest if the enemy team had strong healers like Hell or Aphrodite and nobody else on my team picked it up first.
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Desman333 | April 8, 2019 6:14am
Please feel free to vote and give feed back on Guan Yu or my build. My Xbox Gametag is Desman333 willing to teach or just play.
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