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Smite God: Chronos

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Mid Build (Conquest)
Mid Build (Conquest) Carry Build (Conquest) Solo Build (Conquest) Very Risky - Jungle Build for Chronos

Purchase Order

Start for Build 1, other starts read NOTES Notes Other Mid Starts:

Mage's Blessing/ Hunter's Blessing, Spellbook, 1 Healing Potion and 2 Mana Potions. (This start is for Book of Thoth builds).

Book of Souls, 1 Healing Potion/ Multi Potion and 2 Mana Potions. (This start is for Book of Thoth builds).

Talon Trinket, 1 Multi Potion and 1 Mana Potion (or 1 health/1 mana or 2 mana). (This start is for rushing Bancroft's Talon before Boots if against low pressure in mid lane where the start won't be punished).


Hunter's Blessing/ Mage's Blessing, Tiny Trinket, 2x Healing Potion and 2x Mana Potion. (This start is for getting Bancroft's Talon after Boots).

Build Item Mage's Blessing Mage's Blessing
Build Item Uncommon Staff Uncommon Staff
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion
Build Item Purification Beads Purification Beads
Build Item Aegis Amulet Aegis Amulet

Build 1 (Basic Attack-Based with Warlocks) Notes Can get Demonic Grip instead of Hastened Ring.

Slower, stacking build so you become potent later into the match, though Warlock's Staff is there for safety. I mainly use this build over the other AA-based one if im against a team which has heavy burst (e.g. He Bo, Zeus).

If you need Divine Ruin or Toxic Blade it would take the place of either Hastened Ring or Telkhines Ring. Or, Boots when you have Elixir of Speed.

Build Item Warlock's Staff Warlock's Staff
Build Item Shoes of the Magi Shoes of the Magi
Build Item Bancroft's Talon Bancroft's Talon
Build Item Hastened Ring Hastened Ring
Build Item Obsidian Shard Obsidian Shard
Build Item Telkhines Ring Telkhines Ring
Build Item Purification Beads Purification Beads
Build Item Aegis Amulet Aegis Amulet

Full Build 1 Lategame with Speed Elixir Notes Sell Boots for Rod of Tahuti or Demonic Grip. (Or defense). Another alternative to Boots is Chronos' Pendant just so the build has some CDR.

Build Item Elixir of Speed Elixir of Speed
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti

Build 2 (Book of Thoth Ability Based) Notes Build centered around 3+1 combo using Section III on Accelerate. Comes online later than AA-based builds due to inclusion of Book of Thoth, and due to being more ability focused.

High burst, but not much CDR so you may be a bit predictable. You want to try and farm as much as possible for this build so you can start being relevant, especially since you need to stack Shaman's Ring to get the evolved version that works well with Rod of Tahuti.

Has some safety with Book of the Dead later into the match, if you swap Boots for it instead of getting Soul Reaver

If you need Divine Ruin you would replace Spear of Desolation, though it does potentialy lower the chance of one shotting squishies with your 3 + 1 combo.

Build Item Book of Thoth Book of Thoth
Build Item Shoes of Focus Shoes of Focus
Build Item Spear of Desolation Spear of Desolation
Build Item Obsidian Shard Obsidian Shard
Build Item Shaman's Ring Shaman's Ring
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti
Build Item Purification Beads Purification Beads
Build Item Aegis Amulet Aegis Amulet

Full Build 2 Lategame with Speed Elixir Notes Sell boots for Book of the Dead for survivability, otherwise get Soul Reaver.

Build Item Elixir of Speed Elixir of Speed
Build Item Book of the Dead Book of the Dead
Build Item Soul Reaver Soul Reaver

Build 3 (Basic Attack-Based) (Recommended) Notes More standard AA-based build with no stacking, becomes potent sooner in match than Warlock's Staff build, however you're squishier.

If you need Divine Ruin or Toxic Blade it would take the place of either Telkhines Ring, Obsidian Shard, or Rod of Tahuti. Or, Boots when you have Elixir of Speed.

Build Item Shoes of the Magi Shoes of the Magi
Build Item Bancroft's Talon Bancroft's Talon
Build Item Demonic Grip Demonic Grip
Build Item Telkhines Ring Telkhines Ring
Build Item Obsidian Shard Obsidian Shard
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti
Build Item Aegis Amulet Aegis Amulet
Build Item Purification Beads Purification Beads

Full Build 3 Lategame with Speed Elixir Notes Sell Boots for Hastened Ring. Or Defense.

Build Item Elixir of Speed Elixir of Speed
Build Item Hastened Ring Hastened Ring

Alternative Offense Notes Doom Orb is very overpriced.

Divine Ruin or Toxic Blade may be necessary in some matches. I don't recommend Toxic Blade in the same build as one that has Hastened Ring, as you lose out on too much damage.

Typhon's Fang should only be bought when Bancroft's Talon is present, and the item gets countered hard by anti-heal.

Soul Gem doesen't provide much, but it provides the occasional burst proc with it's passive which can be stacked with constant usage of Time Rift. I would consider it only in an ability based build.

Ethereal Staff is a bruiser option if you want to be able to reduce tanky targets health while also gaining some of it to have a bit more health.

Polynomicon is good for adding some extra burst and helps with tower/pheonix pushing once you have some magical power online in your build. Works especially well with Book of Thoth centred builds.

Build Item Ethereal Staff Ethereal Staff
Build Item Doom Orb Doom Orb
Build Item Soul Gem Soul Gem
Build Item Typhon's Fang Typhon's Fang
Build Item Divine Ruin Divine Ruin
Build Item Toxic Blade Toxic Blade
Build Item Chronos' Pendant Chronos' Pendant
Build Item Polynomicon Polynomicon
Build Item Pythagorem's Piece Pythagorem's Piece

Alternative Defense Notes Dynasty Plate Helm or Celestial Legion Helm are useful against physical Mid and/or physical Jungler.

Winged Blade against Slow-heavy team comps.

Breastplate of Valor against heavy physical teams if you need the defense and want some CDR.

Stone of Fal for it's base stats, for dealing with burst mages that haven't build Obsidian Shard yet.

Mantle of Discord for general survivability and countering heavy burst comps.

Build Item Bulwark of Hope Bulwark of Hope
Build Item Genji's Guard Genji's Guard
Build Item Void Stone Void Stone
Build Item Stone of Fal Stone of Fal
Build Item Dynasty Plate Helm Dynasty Plate Helm
Build Item Celestial Legion Helm Celestial Legion Helm
Build Item Breastplate of Valor Breastplate of Valor
Build Item Mantle of Discord Mantle of Discord
Build Item Winged Blade Winged Blade
Build Item Hide of the Urchin Hide of the Urchin
Build Item Shield of Regrowth Shield of Regrowth
Build Item Midgardian Mail Midgardian Mail

Alternative Relics (Usually won't get these)

Build Item Phantom Veil Phantom Veil
Build Item Blink Rune Blink Rune
Build Item Heavenly Wings Heavenly Wings
Build Item Bracer of Undoing Bracer of Undoing

Not Recommended

Build Item Spear of the Magus Spear of the Magus
Build Item Gem of Isolation Gem of Isolation
Build Item Rod of Asclepius Rod of Asclepius

Chronos's Skill Order

Time Rift

Time Rift

1 X
1 4 6 8 9
Accelerate

Accelerate

2 A
3 12 13 15 16
Stop Time

Stop Time

3 B
2 7 10 11 14
Rewind

Rewind

4 Y
5 17 18 19 20
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Chronos' Threats

Maximum
1
Major
7
Even
11
Minor
4
Tiny
0
Click each Level on the left to view
Chronos' threats

Notice:



For now only builds are updated for Season 6.

Mid Role

Mid
  • Overview: This build is catered to a somewhat Ability-focused Chronos that typically has both high ability and auto-attack damage, using the fourth section on his Wheel of Time. I would heavily prioritise the fourth section (over the third) to deal incredible damage with his Auto Attacks (which has higher damage potential than using the third section). Chronos excels lategame via his high auto attack damage from Accelerate, whether it’s for structures, objectives or enemy players.

  • Early Laning: As Chronos doesn't have the best early game, play a bit passively at the start, avoid tanking the minion wave and use his Time Rift to poke the enemy Mid if you have already cleared the minion wave, unless you go a low sustain start (in which case be conservative with your mana). The second section of Wheel of Time helps to reduce his massive mana consumption in the early stages of the game until you have an item like Book of Thoth or Soul Reaver or Warlock's Staff online to help with any mana problems. Use the first section for health sustain when you have finished clearing a wave and need to regenerate lost health.

  • Starting Item: Mage's Blessing is generally the best starter for efficient wave clear in the early game, and allows for good poke damage, but with the three potion start you will need to be conservative with your mana and avoid taking poke in lane, as otherwise you may have to back which will allow the enemy mid to take the middle xp camps and possibly invade red buff.

    Hunter's Blessing can also be an acceptable starter due to Chronos’ slightly higher auto damage early game than other mages, allowing him to harass (using basic attacks) mages' with unsafe early clear, though this is a starter better utilised in the carry role.

  • Movement: Shoes of the Magi is my standard preference due to it's flat penetration which is useful for early game damage. However, Shoes of Focus can also help with early mana sustain and provides a small but useful amount of cooldown reduction, and works well with Book of Thoth and Book of the Dead.

  • Cooldown: You can get Chronos' Pendant lategame on Chronos himself as a lone cooldown reduction item, or pair it with Spear of Desolation. However, you don't necessarily need 40% cdr if you can one-shot people.

  • Attack Speed & Penetration: Hastened Ring can be acceptable as your only Attack Speed item in Mid role if you prefer Obsidian Shard to Demonic Grip. If you do pick up the ring, I would only recommend getting it earliest at third item or later to use it to its full potential where Chronos' secondary function as an ADC becomes strong after having a high power item/ high power in his build.

    Demonic Grip is currently perfectly acceptable in the Mid role due to Obsidian Shard now being more restricted to burst builds. If there are three tanks (e.g. tanky solo, support, and jungler), then you can replace Demonic Grip for Obsidian Shard if you wish. Soul Reaver can help with tanks as well.

  • Protections & Survivability: You could pick Celestial Legion Helm if you face a Physical Jungler that you feel poses a big threat and/or a Physical Mid laner with a good early (e.g Ullr), however there are better options. For instance, I would get Winged Blade instead for some health for survivability or to counter Nemesis when she uses Divine Judgement. Magi's Cloak is also a good pickup against heavy CC team compositions or Assassins/Junglers with global ultimates (e.g. Thor), though Mantle of Discord can fulfill this role suitably as well.

Carry Role

Carry
  • Overview: This Build is catered to an Auto Attack - focused Chronos , using the fourth section on his Wheel of Time. Try and avoid being pressured early game, go with a Guardian with good clear such as Ymir , Khepri , Ganesha , Sylvanus , or go with a Support Warrior such as Odin for a safer early game (otherwise you will have to play quite passively if you are out cleared and out pressured in lane).

  • Early Laning: Avoid getting your team's Damage and Void Buff stolen , and if outclearing your opponent in lane, consider stealing their Buffs if you are not too low on health and mana and if you seem to be safe from ganking, otherwise farm safely in lane. Get Shoes of the Magi first and then Warlock's Staff soon if you wish to buy it as the stacking requirement makes your early game weak, then buy perhaps Bancroft's Talon for sustain or Demonic Grip for consistent auto attack damage.

    If facing the prospect of being against intense waveclear and pressure in duo lane, then Mage's Blessing can be bought to clear fast and farm passively during the laning phase (Void, Damage , sometimes back XP camp). If behind, farm safely making sure to Ward nearby jungle routes and try to split push when it is safe, but don't look for fights if you are underleveled.


  • Starting Item: Mage's Blessing is a decent choice here as you will be using your abilities to clear the wave in the duo lane with some mana leftover to either take your own teams buff camps or steal the enemies.

    Alternatively, Chronos can make good use of Hunter's Blessing as it will make his auto attacks in the early levels (1 to 5) hit just as hard as some hunters, though with this starter your waveclear will be slight worse with abilities.


  • Attack Speed, Penetration and Alternatives: Demonic Grip is typically core on Chronos in the Carry role since Obsidian Shard lost its structure percentage penetration. Hastened Ring is a possible (but not required) necessity in this role so you can chase enemies incredibly fast with hard hitting auto attacks when your Accelerate is active with its passive movement speed, and is a valid option.

    Typhon's Fang is a good lifesteal choice if you pair it with Bancroft's Talon , be mindful though of the fact that the lifesteal from this combination can be countered very hard by anti-heal.


    Getting Spear of Desolation will also improve your poke and structure damage due to its combination of cooldown, power and penetration at a price that isn't too offsetting (Though you can replace this with something like a Divine Ruin for antiheal – which is typically the case in a lot of games, Telkhines Ring for auto attack damage etc...).

Solo Role

Solo
  • Overview: This build is focused on surviving the hard pressure in the solo lane against primarily Warriors or some Guardians, a few Assassins and a few Mages. When playing Solo against Warriors, avoid getting in close proximity to them in the early stages of the game and make sure you clear the wave from a distance.

  • Early Laning: Although not an amazing start , getting Warlock's Staff soon is important for health as Chronos has a low health pool and stacking it is rather long, although it will help counter Warriors later on, especially ability focused ones. If you have plenty of leftover mana , Time Rift can be used to poke the enemy Solo laner in between minion waves. The stun from Stop Time is also incredibly useful in interrupting some Warriors primary clear , e.g. Nike and Rend, giving you a good lane advantage.

    Additionally, avoid getting your Mana Buff stolen as it can be terrible for Chronos' Mana even with Mage's Blessing due to the solo lane having more encounters between minion waves. And finally , buy Wards after your first trip back to the Fountain, as Unexpected Ganks from the enemy Jungler can be excruciating to deal with, especially if your first relic when playing Solo is Teleport Glyph instead of Aegis Amulet or Purification Beads.


  • Starting Item: Usually, I would take Guardian's Blessing for safety and extra tankiness in lane, helping to lane against enemies like Erlang Shen and Achilles.

    Alternatively, Mage's Blessing allows for efficient, fast wave clear in the early game to avoid taking too long to clear the wave (which may open an opportunity for the enemy Solo laner to either bully you in lane or steal your mana buff) and allows for decent poke damage as well.


  • Protections & Survivability: Getting Breastplate of Valor (if against Warrior/Assassin) after Warlock's Staff allows you to increase your tankiness until you get Demonic Grip or Obsidian Shard to increase your Magical Penetration.

    If against a Magical god in lane, consider getting Genji's Guard in place of where you would get Breastplate of Valor . Sell Breastplate of Valor or Genji's Guard lategame for Polynomicon or another suitable burst item .

  • Alternative Options: If you happen to be ahead of the enemy Solo/team and winning your lane quite easily, then the defense item ( Breastplate of Valor or Genji's Guard ) in your build after Warlock's Staff can be ignored completely and you can instead go straight into Obsidian Shard (or Demonic Grip), Polynomicon, Soul Reaver or Rod of Tahuti and then possibly Chronos' Pendant for last item.

Relic Choices

Relics

General Advice/Summary

Summary
  • Key Core Item: As stated earlier, Demonic Grip seems to be a more CORE choice on Chronos this season (in any role) since Obsidian Shard had its structure damage removed. Any of you Chronos players out there that aren't too keen on Basic Attacks, well it's time you improve those.

  • Early Game Safety: Remember to avoid getting too aggressive early game, unless you've got some help in Lane (Duo lane, or with Jungler in Mid/Solo). As a late-game hyper carry, your early game is pretty weak and you're especially vulnerable before you've got your ultimate.

  • Late-Game Movement Item Replacement: If you are in the late game / have leftover gold, and if you already have two Magical Rings (e.g. Hastened Ring + Demonic Grip, then you can consider selling Shoes of the Magi for another item, possibly a third Magical Ring ( e.g. Telkhines Ring ). This item combination works best for the ADC role, however for most of the game Shoes of the Magi is core.

  • Item Inefficiencies: Whichever role you are playing Chronos in, make sure you do not build both Hastened Ring and Polynomicon in the same build, especially in an ADC build. They do not function that well together as they both require high Power from other items in the build to work to their maximum potential. Polynomicon uses high Power to make the damage from its passive stronger (More Power = Better Scaling), and Hastened Ring needs some form of high Power in the build to make up for the loss of damage you sacrifice to utilize its passive effect (the item offers only 50 power and 25% attack speed). I generally would restrict Polynomicon to burst mage or triple lifesteal builds, but would not get it in most ADC builds. The only way getting both Polynomicon and Hastened Ring in the same build and being decent would be in a very long game that grants Chronos a high amount of magical power from his passive Time Lord, which can make up for power loss from getting the two items, as the passive grants 125 magical power after 50 minutes.

  • General Tips: With the extremely low CD, spam Time Rift for damage poke on enemy gods when the wave is not around. Remember to Ward around the Jungle areas to your Lane after your first trip back to the fountain. If you've been burst to very low health and relics are on cooldown but your ultimate is not, then use your Stop Time on the enemy to stun them before you use Rewind so you are not killed during the windup.

It is also possible to play Chronos Jungle, but it is a very niche and risky role for him to play especially against assassins such as Mercury , Ne Zha and Serqet , which may make it a very unenjoyable role for him, although another Magical Carry, Freya , is viable in this role if not behind.





Thank you for reading this and I hope you find it useful. Builds from a Diamond Chronos (Wish he still had Basic Attack penalty removal on his 2.)

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silentshell (3) | May 25, 2019 11:01am
Would you have any suggestions/modifications for building arena with him? I bought him yesterday because he is one of the few mages i liked just from initially viewing and i may actually try him out sooner than anticipated. Well put together guide. If my browser is not being wonky again you have my +1.
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Kriega1 (72) | May 25, 2019 1:27pm
Start tier 2 Bancrofts. Build: Bancrofts, pen boots, demonic, Telkhines, hastened, obs Shard/Tahuti for AA-based. For ability based: Start: tier 2 Book Of Thoth, build: Book of Thoth, cdr/pen boots, deso, obs Shard, shamans , Tahuti
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Branmuffin17 (273) | May 25, 2019 1:36pm
I was figuring in Arena, you could back if you were hurt. Rushing and picking spots for basic attack kills was what I was going for, hence the late Bancroft's.
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Branmuffin17 (273) | May 25, 2019 11:15am
Granted, this wasn't a very balanced match that I played with you, but my default if playing Chronos would be to build him like a normal carry.

Right now speed is OP, so I didn't mind going shoes, into the rings, into Bancroft late.

Shoes of Focus
Demonic Grip
Hastened Ring
Telkhines Ring
Bancroft's Talon
Situational

Only reason I got Celestial Legion Helm was because we were facing 4 physical.

But you could very easily build him more of a standard mage-type early and just nuke with your 1 a ton...transitioning to more basic attack function late. Here, I'd probably suggest something like this, and Kriega can suggest adjustments as necessary.

Shoes of the Magi
Chronos' Pendant
Bancroft's Talon
Demonic Grip
Hastened Ring
Telkhines Ring
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silentshell (3) | May 25, 2019 11:27am
also, considering that it looks like he is so auto attacked focused how you feel Polynomicon would fit into the end of that first build?
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silentshell (3) | May 25, 2019 11:18am
Branmuffin17 wrote:
Granted, this wasn't a very balanced match that I played with you, but my default if playing Chronos would be to build him like a normal carry.

Right now speed is OP, so I didn't mind going shoes, into the rings, into Bancroft late.

Shoes of Focus
Demonic Grip
Hastened Ring
Telkhines Ring
Bancroft's Talon
Situational

Only reason I got Celestial Legion Helm was because we were facing 4 physical.

But you could very easily build him more of a standard mage-type early and just nuke with your 1 a ton...transitioning to more basic attack function late. Here, I'd probably suggest something like this, and Kriega can suggest adjustments as necessary.

Shoes of the Magi
Chronos' Pendant
Bancroft's Talon
Demonic Grip
Hastened Ring
Telkhines Ring

Man, quick response. Good on you, old chap. Thanks for laying that response out so quickly.

Also, i already love your first build idea. when i first started and was lvling Ymir and tinkering with Telkhines Ring I was really doing everything i could to justify having all three of those rings on him. I actually made some fun builds with 2 of the 3 in there on him but my noobier self at the time really lamented not fitting all 3 in.
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boogiebass (34) | May 22, 2019 7:35pm
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Kriega1 (72) | May 22, 2019 7:38pm
No he's A tier (A+ if we're talking about Ranked, especially for his ADC). And I've already seen that tier list, also im not sure whether DM's tier list is for Ranked or SPL.

Edit: Mid: A, ADC: A+/S-, Solo: B+.
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boogiebass (34) | May 22, 2019 8:40pm
Probably ranked. SPL has a much smaller pool of players than ranked Conq.
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Vini_sds (8) | May 16, 2019 4:37pm
Kriega, have you seen emilitoo playing Chronos today?
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Kriega1 (72) | May 16, 2019 4:48pm
I did, and I saw him build Warlock's Staff, same as Joshy (Luminosity) did, which we haven't seen much of for his adc builds this season, meanwhile "Reddit Balance Squad" was saying warlocks needed a buff. Also Divios was building warlocks Hades too.
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Vini_sds (8) | May 16, 2019 5:06pm
(I don't have experience with Chronos, so take my opinion with a grain of salt.)

I'm divided when it comes to Warlock's Staff. It makes sense when we keep in mind that Chronos is a lategame god due to his passive and itemization. However, doesn't it hurt his early game, making it harder?

I don't think Warlock's needs a buff, but they definitely could reduce the number of stacks required. 70 would be fair.

I don't think I ever build Warlock's on Hades solo, but I remember building it one time I played in mid.
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rahsaan7 | May 16, 2019 7:34am
I've been reading your guides and following the builds due to lack of knowledge but I see some of you saying Conquest and I find the builds viable in Arena without changing them majority of the time, I've also been successful with paticular builds because I change my play style towards the build if that makes any sense, all in all I found guys like yourself Boogie and others beneficial to anyone serious about learning Smite I've tried other sites and they SUCKED !!!!! Thanks and great job fellas.....
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Kriega1 (72) | May 16, 2019 1:18pm
rahsaan7 wrote:
I've been reading your guides and following the builds due to lack of knowledge but I see some of you saying Conquest and I find the builds viable in Arena without changing them majority of the time


Oh, indeed at times they can still work in Arena, but if Arena was the focus, certain item choices would be more attractive, and others less attractive (e.g. Warlock's Staff is pretty bad in arena).
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silentshell (3) | May 25, 2019 11:22am
Rahsaan7, I too, am pretty inexperienced still and only play arena currently and I can certainly agree with Kriega here. Pretty much any character i tried to build warlocks with in arena...it was terrible.
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boogiebass (34) | May 16, 2019 8:43am
Anytime man! Happy to help, and welcome to the site. If you have specific questions, branmuffin17 is also a really good resource. Fountain of knowledge and a nice, approachable guy.
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boogiebass (34) | May 13, 2019 7:23pm
Hey Kriega

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Kriega1 (72) | May 13, 2019 7:46pm
Was this meant to trigger?
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boogiebass (34) | May 13, 2019 8:09pm
Only if you want it to ;)
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Branmuffin17 (273) | March 1, 2019 9:24pm
Kriega, how do YOU pronounce your name?

KREE-guh? Kree-eh-guh?


Boogie pronounces it the 2nd way, and it honestly drives me crazy.


Boog...

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Kriega1 (72) | March 2, 2019 12:20am
"Kree-Guh" is the correct way - same as in the video. I've also heard it pronounced before as "Cry-Gah" but thats FakeNews.

Also im not sure what you have to do to intrepret Kriega as "Kree-eh-guh", you're literally inventing extra syllables.
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Vini_sds (8) | March 2, 2019 8:41am
I always read “cry-eh-guh” :(
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boogiebass (34) | March 1, 2019 9:26pm
Ugh. You had to spam his guide's comment section with this nonsense? You couldn't take it into the group PM we made?
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Branmuffin17 (273) | March 1, 2019 9:40pm
If you want me to sweeten the deal for Kriega, I can talk a bit more about you and some of your...leveling habits.
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boogiebass (34) | February 15, 2019 9:03am
Isn't book of thot trash? Doesn't it delay your potential?
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Kriega1 (72) | February 15, 2019 10:31am
It delays your potential in being humorous is what it does.
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Gulfwulf (55) | February 15, 2019 10:48am
You're assuming that he had potential in the first place.
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Branmuffin17 (273) | February 15, 2019 10:06am
It was stronger in S5. This hasn't been updated for S6.
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Gulfwulf (55) | February 15, 2019 10:14am
Down-voted for being troll.


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boogiebass (34) | November 28, 2018 12:32pm
Remove the (5.20) from the title. Smitefire takes care of patch version for you now.
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Kriega1 (72) | November 28, 2018 9:36pm
True, but Bran has a decent point for keeping so I think I may do so.
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Branmuffin17 (273) | November 28, 2018 12:43pm
Ii'm personally considering keeping my patch reference anyway, even though it might be redundant. If they get to my guide from my personal page or another link, it's handy having the reference in the title.
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midwayrhyme | November 20, 2018 10:47am
very nice informative guide haven't played too much chronos but with this guide it will make easier
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Kriega1 (72) | November 20, 2018 10:50am
Most of the relevant/up-to-date info is the builds/build info than the actual guide.

You can watch this as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEhtdr_nxto
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Branmuffin17 (273) | August 21, 2018 4:42pm
Yo Kriega,

Even though I don't play Chronos much (at all), I still thought of some questions.
  • You level Time Rift at level 1, over Stop Time. I can see the benefits of this being low CD (5 seconds), slightly lower cost (50 mana vs 65) and higher damage (132 including scaling, compared to 126 from Stop) with early opportunity for poke damage. That said, the AOE is pretty small and you're likely to only hit 3 of the 6 minions, where as with Stop, you can hit the entire wave in one go. Also, although the CD is long, having the initial capability to apply a stun in a weird gank attempt (unlikely to happen though) is helpful. As such, do you mind explaining a bit further on your level one skill choice? Or am I overthinking things way too much?

  • With his fairly nice longer-distance poke potential, along with some healing capability, and full restoration via his ult, do you still see the need for Book of the Dead in the 3rd slot in some of your main mid builds? With no pen before that, and how weak Obsidian Shard really is against squishies, I could perhaps see better use from a flat pen item (or even Demonic Grip which will have greater effect even against squishies) in that slot, delaying BotD just a bit. I know builds always need to have flexibility, but presenting best standard build order is also important.

    Mind, I'm not questioning your knowledge here, I know you're a badass Chronos...just wondering as to reasons, or perhaps your consideration of better standard builds.
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Kriega1 (72) | August 22, 2018 4:41am
1. Depending on how you auto the enemy minions before they meet the ally minions at the middle of the lane you can group more up for a hit using Time Rift. The main factor however is the cooldown - 5 seconds for Time Rift versus a long 18 seconds from Stop Time. Situationally you can consider it for a level 1 gank attempt at your team's jungle buff (but better to use relic), I wouldn't ever level it first for a in-lane gank attempt as it will harm either your waveclear or gank attempt (or jungle camp clear if it didn't affect the first two).

2. Yes you definitely need it third, he is just too squishy without it. Without it you can get poked very easily using his ult. Book of the Dead also isn't as effective for the self-heal from Accelerate as Warlock's Staff. You can get Demonic Grip but it likely works better with Telkhines Ring than Polynomicon, not to mention that Obsidian Shard allows for instant protection shred burst (against tanks, who stop you reaching the backline unless you're playing Thoth or Agni) in combination with Polynomicon. If you're ahead you can consider delaying Book of the Dead and getting something like Spear of Desolation but otherwise I would just play safe and get it third. You could also experiment with Shoes of the Magi but for this build I would stick with Shoes of Focus.

My alternative Carry build could be what you're looking for however it lacks lifesteal (therefore not ideal), though you could replace telkhines or rod for Bancroft's Talon, but that is an item I prefer to use in a Warlock's Staff build.

edit: outdated info for 2.
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Branmuffin17 (273) | April 4, 2018 10:33am
Boogie has some points about BBcoding being nice, but I'm in agreement with Marki on this one...the coding doesn't have to be all fancy. I personally am more concerned with the content. Coding takes time, and not everyone is willing to (or should be required to) put in the time. If you do, great, and it'll likely get you some extra readers. As long as it's not a straight wall of gray text, it's mostly okay in my eyes.

That said...the things I value aesthetically when reading guides are clarity of subject, spacing (e.g. not huge paragraphs), and minimal coding for highlighting specific points (or referencing the database). Both colors and sizing can make things stand out, and the coding for that is minimal.

Here's your Mid writeup, with some slight adjustments (and grammatical edits) that I feel make it a bit nicer.

Mid


Code for above


So you can see here that I gave an extra space in-between bullet points, grouped things together by subject and in general order of purchase in some cases (you had a discussion on Travelers as an alternative to Magi at the bottom, even though movespeed is picked up early). I also gave a slight size and color emphasis to subjects, which help preface the subsequent paragraphs.

You definitely don't have to do this kind of thing, but it's just one of those things that I feel makes it much more pleasant to read.
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boogiebass (34) | April 4, 2018 12:04pm
Bran, The changes you made were what I was referring to when i said "fancy".

Didn't mean to imply it needed to be xzerostrike level.
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Kriega1 (72) | April 4, 2018 11:52am
I can agree with this, the layout example you have given looks very nice. However, I only think that it's applicable for the mid, carry and solo sections, I don't see how I could do it when talking about relics or the general summary.
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Branmuffin17 (273) | April 4, 2018 12:30pm
Challenge accepted!


Relics

code for Relics


As for the Summary, I'd perhaps rename to Tips. Seems more fitting.

Also, I'd move the writeup of the Jungle aspect into the Jungle section summary.

Tips

Code for Tips

Finally, in that "Item Inefficiencies" point, I might suggest adding Demonic Grip + Obsidian Shard there...
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