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Guan Yu recently got revamped, with a heavy emphasis on physical power as opposed to magical power. Note this is not a Conquest guide; I rarely play Conquest. I have however tried this build in Arena, 3v3 Joust, and 5v5 Assault and have found it to be quite effective.
The new Guan Yu is a bit of an oddity in the Smite world. He relies heavily on his abilities, but they are not the main source of his damage - instead, he focuses on basic attacks for his damage, and his abilities hinder his enemies and buff himself up. He is phenomenal in team fights, but doesn't like being focused. He plays a lot like a beefy assassin. He is an extremely strong duelist. His Taolu Assault can debuff any enemies while buffing himself, while his Conviction keeps him alive. Warrior's Will lets him stick to whoever he's killing, or can be saved as an escape. Cavalry Charge can be used to disrupt teamfights and do a good chunk of AoE (Area of Effect) damage or mopping up stragglers, and also can be saved for an escape.
This build has a couple drawbacks. The first: it's EXPENSIVE. The second, and partly a corollary to the first: it's slow. It will take a little while for Guan Yu to really get going. About the time you start building your Rage you will be able to burst down a squishy with no problems, but matches are sometimes half over by that point.
Let's talk specific items.
Active items are an extremely important part of Smite. You can usually tell the more experienced players from the newbies by whether or not they even buy active items, much less buy any beyond meditation and sprint.
Have any suggestions for the guide? Feel free to leave them in the comments! Currently I am a level 20 player; I've only been playing for a month or so, so if any more experienced players try this build and find tweaks that work a bit better, feel free to criticize. I would love to hear from people who have tried the Eye of Retaliation build!
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