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Hi there, I'm SteveSmells, and this is my guide for Kali!
I've played Smite on and off for a while, but only started playing seriously in the last month. I decided that I wanted to get good with a fairly tough god and settled on the lovely Kali!
Now, like I said, Kali can be a pretty tough god to use until you get used to her, but once you do you will truly become the God Of Destruction!
The first thing that you'll discover when you start using Kali is that she is incredibly squishy. This is a major issue but, luckily, you've got a few tricks up your sleeve to deal with this weakness...
Kali is an incredibly powerful god, but she isn't without her problems:
Marked for Death
In my opinion this is the best passive skill in the game. It gives you a target, buffs you to help you kill them, and then heals most of your health when you deal the killing blow!
Nimble Strike has a multitude of uses; you can start fights, escape them, and chase with it! Not only this, but the healing ability shouldn't be overlooked as it is very effective at turning the tables when you're weak!
Lash is your only decent damaging ability, so you'll be investing a lot of points into it as fast as possible. You will be using this skill to help with clearing out camps, clearing waves of minions, and to help you destroy your enemies! The lifesteal is more helpful than you might think, and the bleed it applies can be the difference between killing a fleeing enemy and them escaping.
Incense is Kali's steroids, and it is an incredibly powerful skill. Whilst it stuns your enemies it buffs your physical power, allowing you to get off a few super strong hits. It is also useful in a pinch to aid your escape from a tough situation.
Kali's ult is incredibly powerful and is part of why I love using her so much. It makes you invincible! With it you can afford to over-commit yourself if your enemy is close to death (or too close to their tower), and I cannot emphasise enough how useful a tool it is for escaping!
Everybody will have a different play style, and the items that you use will reflect that. The purchase order listed above is what I use most of the time, but you can chop and change with other optional items.
Devourer's Gauntlet is always the first item that I focus on. It's important to start building up that lifesteal as soon as possible to increase your sustain and make yourself more useful. You can swap this out for the more expensive Bloodforge which gives more physical power but less lifesteal.
Qin's Sais is the next most important item on your shopping list. Kali's base attack speed is quite slow, so it's important to speed that up in order to become the true embodiment of destruction! Obviously the increased physical power and additional damage are a big help too!
Warrior Tabi is next on the list. Another increase in your attack speed, power and penetration, plus that much-needed movement speed boost. Alternatively you could opt for Hastened Fatalis, which doesn't boost your movement speed as much, but make it so that successful attacks don't slow you, which is perfect for chasing a foe down!
Malice comes now. By this point you'll be doing pretty decent damage with your basic attacks so it's time to start getting those crits!
Deathbringer is your penultimate item, again to work on those crits!
Rage completes the set. Once you have this item you'll be doing a crit on virtually every hit, and will be able to wipe out most enemy gods in just a few hits!
Like I said, this is the set that I use myself, but we're all different so play around!
For the most part Kali should be considered to be a jungler. I'm not even going to attempt to tell you how to jungle because I'm no expert! Instead I would recommend that you check out Subzero008's jungling guide: The Jungler's Handbook. Remember to give it an upvote!
Junglers have a few jobs to carry out:
Presence in lanes - Early in the game you won't be spending too much time in the lanes because you're too squishy. However, you do need to show a presence there to deter your foes, and to help clearing waves and pushing up on towers.
Camps - You'll be spending a lot of time roaming around the jungle clearing camps. Generally you'll want to start by clearing your speed camp to buff yourself, then focus on clearing other camps and leaving the buffs for the rest of your team. Mid camps are your main target though as they give the most experience, and also because claiming them for yourself prevents your enemies from getting them!
Ganking - By the time you reach the late game you'll be incredibly good at leaping out of the jungle and taking out enemies, but remember that it's also important to help your team with ganks early on!
This is just a basic outline of what you'll be wanting to do during your matches, but anything can happen out there so just play around and have fun with it!
Above everything else you just need to remember that teamwork is the key! You may be an indestructible queen of destruction, but if you leap head first into a big group of your enemies without backup then you will almost certainly not come out alive!
One final point - BE PATIENT! As I've said, Kali's early game is very weak so patience is a virtue. You'll start off slow, but later in the game you'll be ridiculously powerful!
I hope that you enjoyed my guide and that it was helpful for you! It's my first guide, so any constructive criticism is very welcome!
I will be playing around with Kali a lot more in the future and hope to expand this guide as I do so :D
Thanks for reading!
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