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Raijin, The Forgotten Drummer: Jack of the Trade guide!

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Purchase Order

Healthy standard Notes in Arena you can definitely skip mage blessing. Maybe in Clash as well. (if you skip mage blessing, then swap Spear of Desolation with Chronos' Pendant to get a bit more CDR. Consider getting Soul Reaver before Spear of Desolation in this case)

Build Item Mage's Blessing Mage's Blessing
Build Item Shoes of Focus Shoes of Focus
Build Item Spear of Desolation Spear of Desolation
Build Item Ethereal Staff Ethereal Staff
Build Item Obsidian Shard Obsidian Shard
Build Item Chronos' Pendant Chronos' Pendant

Relics

Build Item Purification Beads Purification Beads
Build Item Aegis Amulet Aegis Amulet

Late Game Notes Trade Mage's Blessing for Soul Reaver and Shoes of Focus for 1 between Rod of Tahuti and Gem of Isolation!

Build Item Soul Reaver Soul Reaver
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti
Build Item Gem of Isolation Gem of Isolation

Anti-Heal Notes if you want to get anti-heal (and you most likely want it in the early stage of the game) get Divine Ruin instead of Spear of Desolation

Build Item Divine Ruin Divine Ruin

Early Consumable

Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion

Late Game Consumable

Build Item Potion of Power Potion of Power
Build Item Elixir of Speed Elixir of Speed
Build Item Elixir of Power Elixir of Power

Viable Items (less than 2 tanky targets) Notes Consider buying two of these instead of Soul Reaver and Ethereal Staff if the enemy team has only 1 tanky target!

Build Item Doom Orb Doom Orb
Build Item Bancroft's Talon Bancroft's Talon
Build Item Charon's Coin Charon's Coin

Fast Burst Notes This is most likely for game modes like siege and joust. Usually it is just for fun but absolutely work in some specific situations.

Build Item Polynomicon Polynomicon

Aggressive Standard Notes in Arena you can definitely skip mage blessing. Maybe in Clash as well.

Note: you may consider buying Ethereal Staff as 5th (ex. before Soul Reaver)

Build Item Mage's Blessing Mage's Blessing
Build Item Shoes of Focus Shoes of Focus
Build Item Spear of Desolation Spear of Desolation
Build Item Chronos' Pendant Chronos' Pendant
Build Item Obsidian Shard Obsidian Shard
Build Item Soul Reaver Soul Reaver

Late Game Notes Trade Mage's Blessing for Soul Reaver (or Ethereal Staff if you chose to buy Soul Reaver before it) and Shoes of Focus for 1 between Rod of Tahuti and Gem of Isolation!

Build Item Ethereal Staff Ethereal Staff
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti
Build Item Gem of Isolation Gem of Isolation

Raijin's Skill Order

Percussive Storm

Percussive Storm

1 X
1 4 6 7 10
Raiju

Raiju

2 A
2 8 11 12 14
Thunder Crash

Thunder Crash

3 B
3 15 16 18 19
Taiko Drums

Taiko Drums

4 Y
5 9 13 17 20
Array ( [major] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 24 [display_name] => Freya [url] => freya ) [scoreVal] => 2 [notes] => She can banish and nuke you in late game before you can even use [[thunder crash]]. She can nuke you during [[taiko drums]], especially if you she uses her ult. ) [1] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 87 [display_name] => Ganesha [url] => ganesha ) [scoreVal] => 2 [notes] => He can silence you preventing the usage of [[thunder crash]]. He can also silence you out of [[percussive storm]]. After the silence he can use his dash to stun you. Worth the major threat. ) [2] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 98 [display_name] => Hera [url] => hera ) [scoreVal] => 2 [notes] => Ton of damage coming right in your face and she can CC you out of your [color=#00ffff][[percussive storm]][/color] with Argus or her polymorph. Even if you can do your combo, her giant bubble can save her. Worth the major threat! ) [3] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 97 [display_name] => Pele [url] => pele ) [scoreVal] => 2 [notes] => Yes... another assassin. You really suffer them. She can definitely melt you in late game before you can escape. Consider [[Breastplate of Valor]]. Sadly your escape will be interrupted by her knock up. When you fire it the second time, you may die during it. ) [4] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 76 [display_name] => Susano [url] => susano ) [scoreVal] => 2 [notes] => Gonna get a bit nerfed soon but still a big threat. Definitely consider [[Breastplate of Valor]]. His whole combo can destroy you! ) [5] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 84 [display_name] => The Morrigan [url] => the-morrigan ) [scoreVal] => 2 [notes] => May definitely be annoying. You can kinda counter her with [color=#00ffff][[raiju]][/color] during team fights but she is a major threat in game modes with a bigger map where she can gank you out of nowhere. Consider [color=#ff8000][[genji's guard]][/color]. ) [6] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 82 [display_name] => Thoth [url] => thoth ) [scoreVal] => 2 [notes] => Super insane Range... be carefull or he will melt you without being able to reach him! His ult can destroy you during [color=#00ffff][[taiko drums]][/color] ) [7] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 51 [display_name] => Ullr [url] => ullr ) [scoreVal] => 2 [notes] => If he hits the axe the you are dead drummer... no matter what. Try to insta-use [[purification beads]] the axe. Consider getting [[Breastplate of Valor]]. ) ) [extreme] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 22 [display_name] => Thor [url] => thor ) [scoreVal] => 1 [notes] => He is gonna get a bit nerfed soon... but this is gonna be the top threat. Get [[Breastplate of Valor]] in order to survive his whole combo. If he decide to ult you and you dont have [[purification beads]] you are gonna die. (if you pre-bead his ult you may survive) ) ) [even] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 90 [display_name] => Artio [url] => artio ) [scoreVal] => 3 [notes] => She cripples and a do lot of damage. She won't kill you but still very annoying. ) [1] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 7 [display_name] => Bastet [url] => bastet ) [scoreVal] => 3 [notes] => she doesn't have a HUGE burst. You may definitely survive or escaping fast with your 3. If she is ahead then consider buying [[Breastplate of Valor]] ) [2] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 36 [display_name] => Isis [url] => isis ) [scoreVal] => 3 [notes] => Extremly annoying. She wont kill but she can interrupt your [color=#00ffff][[percussive storm]][/color] with 2 abilities: very annoying! Wait for her to use her silence/stun before using [color=#00ffff][[percussive storm]][/color] ) [3] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 59 [display_name] => Nox [url] => nox ) [scoreVal] => 3 [notes] => Not a big threat in term of damage but she is super annoying and counter all your abilities. The silence is annoying cause it will interrupt your [color=#00ffff][[percussive storm]][/color]. Her cripple may really put you in a terrible spot cause you wont be able to use [color=#00ffff][[thunder crash]][/color] (CCR from ethereal and isolation helps here). Her ult has a huge range and she can use it while you are moving slowly due to [color=#00ffff][[taiko drums]][/color] to severally reduce your damage output. If you get ulted during your [color=#00ffff][[taiko drums]][/color], consider to go for taunt and fear instead of damage projectile. ) [4] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 50 [display_name] => Scylla [url] => scylla ) [scoreVal] => 3 [notes] => The combo late game nukes you. No matter what. I dont suggest getting magical protections cause usually being careful is enough. Remember that her root also cripple and make her huge aoe unavoidable: very dangerous! ) ) [minor] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 11 [display_name] => Odin [url] => odin ) [scoreVal] => 4 [notes] => At the moment he has ton of damage. His combo has a great pressure. I dont usually get [[Breastplate of Valor ]] only for Odin but if there is another physical that can harass you... you can consider buying it ) [1] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 79 [display_name] => Terra [url] => terra ) [scoreVal] => 4 [notes] => Her root + stun combo can definitely be annoying for you. Usually being carefull is enough. Stay far from her till he engaged on someone else! ) ) [tiny] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 6 [display_name] => Anubis [url] => anubis ) [scoreVal] => 5 [notes] => Tiny threat. Don't get hit by his stun and you ll be fine! ) [1] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 43 [display_name] => Thanatos [url] => thanatos ) [scoreVal] => 5 [notes] => Is a worst Thor. The ult threat is kinda the same but then you usually have the time to use your ult and fear him... you can even kill him with a [color=#00ffff][[raiju]][/color]+[color=#00ffff][[percussive storm]][/color] combo when he is distant after being feared by [color=#00ffff][[taiko drums]].[/color] ) ) ) 1

Raijin' Threats

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Major
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Even
5
Minor
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Tiny
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Raijin' threats

Raijin, The Forgotten Drummer: Jack of the Trade guide!

Greeeetings everyone!

If you are reading this you are probabily interested in this god: Raijin! ... and you are in the right place!

Let me fast introduce myself: i am Kamouh and i am a Raijin main since he has been released! I dont only play this god since i am mainly a support player but Raijin is my most played god with 7k worshipers (over 660 games with him!)

Most played game modes: Arena, Clash and Siege. Quite experienced in Conquest and Joust as well.
I dont play assault to be honest!


(recolor fanart author: me)

Pros & Cons

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Pros:
Cons:

Builds

Build 1A: Healthy Standard






This is the first variation of the the standard build: health > damage. You are gonna buy Ethereal Staff, in the early in order to boost your survivability in the early stages of the game, and Soul Reaver in the late game that will make you more annoying for the tanks! (with the extra raw power coming from Rod of Tahuti and Soul Reaver you will be able to destroy the squishy targets in the later stages of the game.

This is the build you most likely want to go for against the most common of the team comps: 2 tanky targets and 3 damage dealers. Surely everyone has its own playstyle, there are many viable items (that i am gonna talk about later) that you may consider over the course of the game but this is my most used build. This build order will help you staying alive when you struggle the most: early game.

Your damage in the early game is kinda average. Percussive Storm is a very decent ability but in order to add more pressure on it (and to help clearing waves of minions), Mage's Blessing is a great choice to start the match with! In late game, you will sell back mage blessing to get another item and, when you will buy Elixir of Speed, you can change Shoes of Focus as well!


Build 1B: Aggressive Standard





This is a more aggressive variant of the standard build. The itemization is the same but the order is different! By building in this order you will prioritize damage over health: you will need to pay a lot more attenction to enemies but you will be a lot more dangerous!

You are gonna buy Chronos' Pendant and Obsidian Shard before Ethereal Staff and Soul Reaver. This will help you dealing a lot more damage to all targets (squishy and tanks) but will make you more glass cannon in the early stages of the game!
You will be more dangerous but more in danger!


Items



Build 2: Physical Protections





This build is for when you get harassed by physicals gods... and it will happen. As mentioned in the threat section there are multiple assassins that can kill you very fast even during your ult.

Items

other viable items

Items

Fun Builds

Lets be honest... sometimes you just want to have fun. As someone who really loves tanks i tried Raijin with a more tanky build as well :P

Build 3: Fun Build: Support






As i put in the notes of the build itself this is not a terrible build as you may think. Raijin has sitll a lot of utility with the spreading of his 2 and the ult CC... being able to spam your abilities without retreating much and keep annoying them is very nice. Said that DO NOT BUILD this in conquest. Especially in the support role(duo lane)

This build can work in game modes like arena/clash where people may base/tower sit!


Items


Build 4: Fun Build: ADC





Do you want to have some fun by spamming your AA? this is the build you are loooking for! Your 2 will act as a frostbound hammer: the targets will be slowed and you will AA them to their demise!

Please only build like this if you are in a full premade :P

Items

Kit & Tips

Kit & Tips



Abilities

Combos

Combos


Combos

Gameplay

Gameplay




gameplay

Conclusion

In conclusion i hope this guide can be useful for you and, most of all, you can enjoy my favourite mage ^^

Thanks for reading!


SUBARASHII

Credits

Thanks to the following people:

Kriega1 For adding clarity with some items! (discussion in the comments)

Branmuffin17 For adding clarity with some items! (discussion in the comments)

ThePerfectPrism For suggestions on a better presentation!

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Branmuffin17 (321) | February 27, 2020 7:46pm
Hey Kamouh,

Just saying solid guide overall, though I'm only really commenting on the standard build rather than the fun ones.

I do want to say that I agree with Kriega that situationally at least I think that Ob Shard is mentioned a bit late. I get your reasoning and you explained your side so that's fine, but Ob/Charon is going to be fairly functional by the 4th/5th item in most cases...squishies that build 0 prots and aren't affected by auras will have 48 at level 20, and that's good enough for the equivalent of ~10 flat pen, which isn't awful. And for tanks that have built at least 1 prot item, their prots will usually be over 100 at that point, so at least ~20 flat pen equivalence.

One thing I find weird, and I'm guessing you just made an error, is that Charon's Coin is listed in the Viable Items (less than 2 tanky targets) section.

Another thing that I think is an oversight is that you have Chronos' Pendant in the 6th slot. In your example build, that's overcapping CDR at least until you sell Mage's Blessing. One solution to that would be replacing Spear of Desolation in your build example with Divine Ruin. Anti-Heal is pretty common to pick up. I understand the synergy you're getting with Deso's passive and Raijin's passive, but maybe you might also consider pushing Chronos back one spot as a replacement for Mage's if you truly want to keep Deso in there...or I might be nitpicking since once you're getting CP you're going to be selling Mage's fairly quickly...or even straight up selling Mage's as you're completing CP.

I also think you're missing Pythagorem's Piece as an optional item.

Anyway, besides those, this seems pretty good overall. In the future, if you're looking to add more info, you might want to talk more about the combos you state, and you might add usage info to the item explanations (like where/when to buy them in the context of build order). And if talking about the contest, one major missing component here is gameplay.
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Kamouh | February 28, 2020 3:25am
greeeeting there and thanks for commenting... i am gonna try to adress the issues you mentioned and still explain my point of view better! keep in mind this is a general guide suggestion and not conquest only btw!

in my opinion obsidian shard / charon coin is better as 5th/6th item (so actually after Chronos Pendant. i am gonna fix the fact that is shown as replacement for boots. i am gonna swap the position with tahuti). you really lose much damage on squishy and the pressure on tanks is usually enough before the late game (where you actually get the obsidian shard for). talking about enemy squishy: you have 15 pen from spear of desolation and 10% from SR, which is not bad. I think Raijin shines better with this kind of build where you prefer the utility of some items (like ethereal staff and SR ... or even gem of isolation later on) over early obsidian shard. (also you are talking about 4th/5th.... i d say 5th/6th so we are not diverging that much from it :P)

note: in S6 i used to get obsidian shard in all game modes as 4th items (and i was getting spear of the magus for extra pen even earlier). so i can definitely see your point. BUT in the current state of the game where many items lost their pen (shard got nerfed, magus got nerfed) and SR got buffed... i d rather go for a more healthy build (basically building around the ethereal staff, which trust me, IS GREAT) and getting the obsidian shard a bit later than i used to... to counter tanks even more while remaining safer in early stages of the game where raijin doesnt shine. (especially with warriors and assassin that harass you).
I actually thought about saying this in the guide itself... but if someone just started playing... it s kinda pointless to talk about other itemization and why i changed it. simply cause they dont know (and prob they dont care) about what happened before they started playing the game! :D

about the charons coin.... ye that s kinda a mistake xD or well... i expressed myself in a bad way. i remember why i said it but it s definitely something that can get wrong so i am going to fix it and change the words i used! (spoiler: basically i wanted to say that obsidian shard is a bit better cause provide a bit more % pen. while charons coin lose a bit of % pen and you get 10 more power. so charons coin is a bit better against squishy and obsidian shard is a bit better against tanks. so i definitely need to change that)

about overcapping the CDR. as you said at the end you are gonna sell back mage blessing. (well... if you bought it. i said it s kinda mandatory in most of games mode but in arena or clash you may skip it. i personally dont skip it but ... you know... maybe someone prefer to get booots).
If i have to be honest i also dont like much the fact that you wont make usage of the 10% CDR of the potion of power till you sell boots as well (which is basically the same reason you were talking about) BUT those 2 passive are just too strong. you can definitely waste 10% of overcap for those 2 passives. (yes... when you get chronos pendant you are gonna sell mage blessing VERY soon if not just selling it when you complete it, as you mentioned)
... And yes.... in MANY situations you get divine ruin instead of spear of desolation for the anti-healing so in that case you wont overcap! :D (i am not sure if i mentioned that you should get divine ruin specifically instead of spear of desolation... i am gonna check it!)

about phytagoream: i dont like it anymore. it was a cool item to build around and change a bit your itemization with the 10% CDR it used to have. now i didnt mention it cause i find it underwhelming over many many many other items. i d rather mention typhoon fang with bancroft if someone really want lifesteal ... or even book of the dead for an extra shield in game modes where maybe it can make a difference. but overall i dont suggest building these super niche items.

about gameplay: i think i basically talked about it in all the tips. that was my idea at least! infact i think there maaaany tips compared to other guides but that s cause i used them to also explain how to efficiently use raijin kit and so the gameplay!
about things like positioning (which is the other aspect of the gameplay) i said multiple times during the guide that Raijin is squishy and a safer placement is better (even in the tip for thunder crash). so... there s much of the gameplay in the tips and all along the guide! (also, as i said, it s general guide... not only for conquest. I didnt want to go for a game-mode specific guide. and i dont kinda want to add a part like that cause it would be redundant with tips. i dont want to repeat myself too much!)
About combos, same as above, i used tips for that :D (infact the combos was in the same chapter actually... but then an admin suggested not to use spoilers inside a spoiler.... so i moved it out of that chapter). (as an other example... you can see that i explained the combos about the ult itself ONLY in the tips... cause sadly there wasnt an icon for the multiple projectiles of the ult!)
About item order: well.. yes... i think i could be more direct about the order actually. even if as i mentioned in the guide... you can chose the order yourself and nothing is supermandatory cause all games are different. (i mean... if they have 5 tanks... you are gonna get that osbdian shard far earlier xD)

so... in conclusion... i try to fix all the things i said as soon as possible! (which is probabily now... gonna add more clearance and swap a couple of item position!)

happy you kinda liked it tho! :D was my first guide and already making it looking colorful was hard and took a lot of time xD (was totally new to the BBC code)

EDIT: i edited the guide: added more clarity and added 1 other build more damage oriented (same itemization but different order)!
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Branmuffin17 (321) | February 28, 2020 7:15am
Just as an FYI I do recognize some components of gameplay concept and whatnot in your discussions. Also noted that this wasn't Conquest specific.

Typhon's Fang is a good item to consider as well (good suggestion), but I think people still underestimate the bonus lifesteal and power it provides to nearby teammates (and you want to be close to teammates in later portions of any match. And while Typhon's is solid, none of his abilities are single target so not sure how strong it is to consider building 2 lifesteal items. Then again, with the ability for Raiju to spread, maybe it's worthwhile.

I do feel if you clarify a combo section then it's always good to have at least some quick discussions on it, rather than just the list. I did note you talking about combining abilities and how to do so in your skills writeup (really liked your explanations in that section), but even just a one-liner or brief paragraph under each combo would be good reference.
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Kriega1 (112) | February 12, 2020 9:05am
Your mage build needs Charon's Coin/ Obsidian Shard earlier in the build. You're picking up your main percentage pen pretty late.
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Kamouh | February 12, 2020 10:26am
sadly at the moment you really lose ton of damage on squishies if you build one of those mid game. I prefer to build them as 5th/6th item when tanks actually get ton of protections. Before that the penetration from Spear of Desolation and Soul Reaver (added to the Ethereal Staff and Soul Reaver passives) are enough to deal with tanks ... most of the time.

ofc if the enemy team has 3 tanks that has over 200 magical prot quite fast... well... you have no other choice by building Obsidian Shard [charon's coin]] ^^
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Kriega1 (112) | February 12, 2020 2:27am
The "standard" builds look more like a Season 6 build than a Season 7 build.

Also don't build Estaff right after boots, please...
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Kamouh | February 12, 2020 2:49am
it s not right after boots ^^

for the vast majority of the games modes you want it after desolation tho
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Kriega1 (112) | February 12, 2020 3:29am
It is on your "physical protection" build (why are you building breastplate without book of thoth? Or building breasplate instead of mantle?)
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ThePerfectPrism (53) | February 11, 2020 3:33pm
Hi Kamouh! I'm not sure you know, but there's a guide contest going on atm and I'm judging mage guides, so I'm here to give you some feedback in regards to that.
  • Your guide lacks a lot of organization and clarity. Some quick BBCoding, proper capitalization, More spacing and using more tabs would help a lot with that. Here are some links to help you out: Guide to Create a Guide, Guide Templates, Coding Q&A.
  • You could dedicate a few paragraphs to explain why you level in such a way, what do you hope to achieve with every ability, etc. You do explain a bit of combos, but dedicating a few paragraphs to the ability themselves would surely be amazing.

I wish you the best and good luck! :)
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Kamouh | February 12, 2020 2:20am
i am just not very good with that... this was my first guide so i am not very used to it... and i already improved it a lot cause the first attempt had basically 0 BBCode xD

... i am not sure where i could add more organization tbh but i ll take a look again and try to improve it again ^^

about the paragraphs of the "leveling skills" well... that actually makes sense. I ll add it for sure :D
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Devampi (99) | February 12, 2020 3:09am
some advise would include headers or sections as now it's one big wall of text with all the info
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