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First off, thanks for checking out this guide. This is my first ever guide. I would very much appreciate suggestions to the formatting, as that's something I still need to work on.
Every game is different in some way, so remember there are certain situations where you will need to stray from this guide. I have over 600 games played and a majority of them are with Sobek.
For the basic tanky sobek build, it's basically based on the enemy team having a good balance of AD/MP team with an equal amount of gold per player. Of course that's not normally the case, so feel free to switch up some items in the basic build. I've included my Magical Power build at the bottom of this section.
To start off, you'll want to get a couple Mana Potion and tier 2 reinforced boots.
(In higher level play, you may start out with hands of the gods and tier 1 reinforced boots)
This will give you a decent amount of protection. The reason you will want Mana Potion instead of health potion is because Sickening Strike can heal you.
In team fights, Sobek should first try to initiate by using Charge Prey a carry for your team to eat up. Use Tail Whip and Sickening Strike on as many enemies as you can before using Lurking In The Waters. While you are using it, the squishies should be trying to avoid it, as it does a pretty good chunk of their health. When they try to avoid it, keep following them. While the rest of your team bursts down whoever you threw back, you'll keep the carries out of the fight. If they decide to just stay in the fight anyways, well, the squishies will regret that as soon as it pops. If they decide to try and burst you down while you are in Lurking In The Waters, don't be afraid to pop it early for reduced damage before dying. Don't be too bummed out about dying in team fights though. If you die instead of the carries, then you are doing your job.
One of THE best laning partners in this game at the moment is Cupid/ Sobek. The lane sustain is by far the best. With both having heals and a way to get mana from their abilities. Let Cupid get 10 stacks of his passive ( Lovestruck), then Charge Prey and have cupid stun that god. The early game from both of these guys are far too strong. When it comes time for your ultimates, have Cupid use his around the same time you use Lurking In The Waters so it does a massive amount of damage when it comes time for those abilities to pop. Another amazing partner is Anubis. Charge, stun, burst down, gg.
Other good partners are Anhur, Sun Wukong, Artemis, Bakasura, and basically any carry.
During laning phase, it's incredibly hard to counter Sobek. One of the few things you can do is play passive or try to predict when a Sobek is about to Charge Prey, dodge it, and make him taste the pain. Also, try to have your team place gods with jumps and escapes against Sobek.
After laning phase is over, if the enemy Sobek is a big enough problem, get Aegis Amulet. Remember to wait 2-3 seconds after Sobek uses Lurking In The Waters. Consider getting Magi's Blessing as well to cancel out Charge Prey.
Also, since the Purification Beads buff last Thursday (20th Sept 2012), you are able to use it before or right as soon as Sobek hits you with Charge Prey to cancel it out.
I'm including the last games I've played as Sobek in my ranked games.
Thanks for reading this guide! I'll be sure to edit it whenever I need to. Let me know how you feel about this guide please! It's my first one and I tried to make it look as good as I could. If you feel like the formatting or colors are too much, let me know before downvoting and I'll be sure to change it! Please focus more on the content than the formatting before voting.
10/4/12: Added the .4s buildup on Tail Whip
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