Passive - Blight
The key component in what makes the mediocre abilities of Hades
more of a hassle to deal with in the laning phase. Applying Blight
will reduce the enemies (and minions) physical or magical power by 5%, which in itself is not overpowered, but nice. The real deal is the effects that it gives to each abilities which I will cover with said abilities below. The best tactic for using this passive is to apply from range with your auto attacks, and then follow up with the abilities that also apply blight before using the ones that remove blight which will also be covered lightly in the combos.
1 - Death from Below
As the name suggests, although classed as a "leap" (which I will add can be taken advantage of by Awilix
ult), will bring you up through the ground dealing AOE damage to nearby targets. If the enemy is already applied by blight, which would by through your auto attacks or your 2 the enemy will be slowed, however whether the enemy is already blighted or not this will apply blight again allowing you to get the extra ability effects again. This should only be used for initiation or securing a kill if you think that you can also get back out without it, otherwise save it as an escape.
2 - Shroud of Darkness
The notorious CC that Hades
holds in his kit, silencing in a similar cone to the Athena
taunt, this will also apply blight similarly to Death From Below
but also the unique effect that it gives when an enemy is blighted is that they are feared instead, forcing them to run in a direction. At max rank this ability lasts 2 seconds so the potential for setting up kills or burning beads is extremely potent with blight and this CC. It can be used when attacking to initiate, or defensively if an enemy is getting too close and you need to silence/fear them from using abilities.
3 - Devour Souls
Without the appliance of Blight
I must admit that this ability is almost useless, however with the ease of applying Blight
it is definitely far from useless. When nearby enemies are blighted Devour Souls
will detonate the Blight
applied and deal extra damage while also healing you per target. For best results in lane, try to blight the enemy laner but also the minion wave and detonate it all together with Devour Souls
and you will get more damage off than expected.
4 / Ultimate - Pillar of Agony
If you can catch someone in this ultimate and they don't have a Purification Beads
or an Aegis Amulet
they are in trouble, dealing high damage every half a second for 6 seconds, and not being able to walk out so that you are a target is not a good time, and to top it off if the enemy is blighted their magical protections are reduced for the duration of the ability. To help protect Hades
from being too easy of a target while he is in there he gains 160 dual protections and 10% damage mitigation for the duration and is granted CC immunity.
This is your standard ability damage combo, the Death From Below
isn't necessary unless you need to close the distance that way but following the 2 up with the 3 is always the way to go without ulting. Be careful though as using Death From Below
to attack leaves you without an escape.
Here you will apply Blight
with Death From Below
, then while they are blighted apply Shroud of Darkness
causing them to be feared for 2 seconds, then in range you can now ult them, reducing their protections due to Blight
and guaranteeing damage output due to them being feared, if they are still alive or inside range let off your Devour Souls
to do one final burst of damage to secure the kill. Do not use Devour Souls
before Pillar of Agony
as this will remove the Blight
and not reduce their protections for the duration of Pillar of Agony
The full combo utilising all abilities the most efficiently, and being able to chase kills if they manage to escape your Pillar of Agony
. Although needing to use Blink Rune
to complete, you still get all the benefits from the previous combo while still having escape/chase potential. If you feel the need to escape instead of chasing a kill you should use Devour Souls
before using Death From Below
to escape to try snag a heal and extra damage.