When playing as Persephone
, most people prefer to level Harvest
first for both wave clear and poke. What people don't realize, however, is the fact that you can do that very same thing by leveling Bone Rush
first. Actually, leveling Bone Rush
first allows you to hit all the wave, and thanks to its great base damage, you can clear minions relatively easy.
You should do the following to clear and poke effectively at level 1:
- Buy your starting item and consumables.
- Add your skill point to Bone Rush.
- Proceed directly to the Mid Lane.
- Cast Bone Rush twice (once on each side of your side of your lane). This way, you will have 2 Harvest seeds already germinating on your lane. Be careful not to cast Bone Rush too far, or the seeds will end up germinating on the enemy's side.
- Proceed to the Speed Buff to help your Jungler clear it. (You should have more than enough time to get there and cast Bone Rush one more time to clear it).
- Return to your lane and use Bone Rush once again to hit the entire wave, and IMMEDIATELY after that, auto attack your Harvest seeds (that should now be flowers) so they poke your enemy.
- Note: If you started with Restored Artifact, you'll notice that despite having casted Bone Rush 3 times in a row, you'll still have enough mana to clear lane and side camps with no problems.
Harvest will most certainly damage them (remember that flowers prioritize Gods over minions).
The above strategy has always been really effective for me. The reason being that, since the enemy mid lane is also auto attacking the wave (and not just casting abilities), they suffer from the slow penalty when attacking, so the flowers coming from activating
I know what some of you might be thinking: Persephone's flowers are easy to dodge. Well, yes, once you get used to them, they can be dodged. However, they can't be dodged while auto attacking. To effectively dodge them, you have to move. Because of that tiny reason, the enemy Mid laner is already at a disadvantage:
- If they decide to move and try to dodge the flowers, then they'll stop doing damage to the wave and will start losing wave clear, so you can proceed to do small harpies and then Red Buff a lot more quicker than them.
- If they decide to keep clearing, they'll suffer damage from two flowers, and they'll be forced to start using their consumables, leaving them vulnerable from and early gank, or even more poke.
Harvest is insane, and you're not really easy to be ganked with your Harvest and Flourish combo.
After reaching level 3, everything should be even easier. The amount of poke you can do with
The amount of damage that Persephone can bring to a teamfight is just crazy. However, some people struggle to land Bone Rush or to use Harvest effectively when in the middle of a big teamfight.
I recommend the following strategies:
- Spam Harvest and use Flourish to explode seeds while fighting in close quarters.
- Use your Harvest + Auto Attack immediately after using Flourish to do massive damage instantly.
- When being pushed back in a lane, but it's certain that the enemy will try to dive to either destroy tower/phoenix or simply to kill you/a teammate, then spam Harvest in a small area and wait for all seeds to evolve into a Sprout. Once the enemy approaches enough, use Flourish to activate all Sprouts so they turn into Flowers and wait for the massacre to happen.
- Make sure to use Grasp of Death whenever the enemy team is grouped up. This ability is huge and can have plenty of follow up even if it is destroyed (also, the damage is nice).
- Note: In my honest opinion, I don't like Grasp of Death being used as a sniping ability to finish off kills (even if it has an infinite range). While killing an enemy that was only 1HP across the map can feel amazing, you're also sacrificing your biggest teamfight potential. I agree, though. It feels amazing.
By this point in the game, the enemy team will be wary of you. The amount of damage you will be doing is going to be really intolerable, BUT be wary: you may be focused, and if you die quickly, then your team is losing a big asset.
The strategy at this point on the game is pretty much the same: dealing sustained damage.
I still recommend you to:
- Use Harvest at any time you can (even if you're not fighting/clearing). This helps a lot in the long run, because of Pomegranate Seeds. Remember that this passive helps you to obtain +3 gold per seed everytime you return to your fountain and if you have stored more than 25 seeds.
- Remember that when Pomegranate Seeds activates, you become untargetable and all your mana pool is regenerated, so you can use this to your team's advantage.