Hi guys welcome to my Janus guide. My name is wow_ok and I'm maining mid lane in Smite. I've been playing since season 4 and have finished as master multiple times.
In this guide I'm gonna explain how to play Janus on a high level.
+High outplay potential
+Can save teammates
+Can surprise enemies
+Fun to play
+Very good at farming
+Can easily get out of fights
Janus is very fun to play and he has a lot of good abilities in his kit. He can save teammates and himself with his portals and provide mobility to everyone. His ultimates can be game changing and he has a lot of playmaking potential.
-High skill cap
-Has a lot of counters
-Becomes useless very fast when not knowing what to do
Janus needs a lot of practice and understanding of the game to master. His playstyle is very unique and complicated. If played correctly, he can never die in lategame.
Janus in very strong in the late game so you should always look out to farm. His mobility and waveclear makes it very easy for him to do so. Always clear mid and backcamps but try not to take too much farm from your jungler. While farming you should try to ult and pick off enemies, or save your teammates from incoming ganks.
When you get into the midgame you have a lot of options. Due to your high mobility, you can easily roam and gank other lanes. You can easily steal enemy camps and get away with it so deny as much farm as possible. You reach your best power spike in late game so try to prepare for it by looking for ganks and objectives.
In lategame Janus has a very unique role. Janus usually doesn't stay near his teammates. His high mobility allows him to get to places, where he can easily hit his enemies. In teamfights you should always poke enemies and CC them with your portals without putting yourself in a bad spot. Try to pick someone off with your ultimate by going in and hitting someone with ur 2 right after. Always play alone and seperated from your teammates unless you are being focused.
The best Items for Janus are always CDR. You want your cooldowns to be as low as possible to spam your 1 + 3 and keep your bonus movement speed refreshed.
and are core Items. You can buy them together or seperately but you definitely have to get one of those. If you have problems managing your Mana I recommend Book of Thoth, while Chronos Pendant provides even more CDR to play around your Ultimate and Mobility.
is obviously a must-have aswell. You should always look to pick it up after getting your main Items and not rush it as you should rather focus squishies than tanks as Janus.
This Ability places a portal. If placed on the ground, enemies that walk into it take damage shortly after. If placed on the wall, teammates and Janus can walk through it to teleport and grant them movement speed. If Janus walks through a portal, he also gains 15% scaling on his next ability.
Creates 2 portals that fly into a set direction and deal damage to enemies. Deals 15% increased damage if enemies are hit by both portals.
Spawns a rift on the ground that provides movement speed to allies and Janus when walking over it. If enemies walk over it, they are slowed and take additional damage from Janus abilities.
Passively also grants movement speed to allies and Janus when going through portals.
Shoots an energy ball that goes through walls and places portals onto them to a specific amount of distance. The further it flies, the more damage it deals to enemies.
When using your abilities, always look to activate your passive and go through a portal or place a under your enemies.
Known combos are:
and . Place a portal under your enemies to hit them with both portals from unstable vortex and deal increased damage. While doing this combo, you can also put a under the portal to make sure that enemies walk over it as soon as the effect ends.
and . Try to hit an enemy with your ultimate, then go through the portals and use your 2 as a follow up. This activates your passive and deals bonus damage.
Tips for hitting both portals of
Get close to the enemy to make sure they get hit as soon as the ability activates, so they get hit by both portals.
Janus waveclear is weird shaped. To make sure you hit the entire wave, use it sideways. Walk up to the wave and move to the left or right, then use your . You can also use the first tip and get very close to the wave, then hit the first row and second row with both portals. This is very risky though as it puts you close to your enemy.
You should practice this mechanic in the Jungle Practice mode.
Refreshing your movement speed:
To make sure you get the most out of your bonus movement speed from your passive, always wait untill the movement speed is about to expire. When its at 1s, place another portal or threshold to refresh the movement speed.
Janus is a very fun Character to play but his winrate is currently low due to his high skillcap. I recommend picking him up and practicing him as his abilities can be very game changing and fun to experiment with.
I once duo queued with a Janus main and he would always save me with his portals :).
I would appreciate if you voted his Guide up and overall I think Janus is a great God if you are looking for a unique kit with high outplay potential.
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