Lord of Avernus
Lord of Avernus
After his Death Coil/Aphotic Shield tweak, Abaddon fits into the current metagame more then ever before. Being able to endure great amounts of pain while protecting his teammates and dishing out considerable damage if not taken care of in time, he is a logical choice and a solid pick in public and league games alike.
This guide is pretty much aimed at organized gaming, but I'll itemize a few things for casual players as well, though to a lesser extent.
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Table of contents
- Basic hero informations
- Pros & cons
- Skill overview and spell combos
- Skill builds
- Item builds
- Foes & allies
[+]Can aid teammates (heal+damage block)
[+]Slows enemies, additionally hastens allies
[+]Stats gain fits his role
[+]Fairly effective even without items
[+]Nice starting damage and armor, comfortable animation for lasthitting
[-]Useless ultimate unless Abaddon is being targeted
[-]Somewhat low AGI+AGI gain
3. Skill overview and spell combos
Additional information, spell combinations
List of a few builds, but remember these are not carved in stone, and you should always adapt to the flow of the game.
I. Standard build
A classic approach, focusing on using both Aphotic Shield and Death Coil to nuke, heal, or force your enemies to stay back, robbing them from the needed farm.
II. Direct DPS build
A more agressive build, skipping Aphotic Shield (getting only at the first level to save some asses from getting raped) to get Frostmourne and Stats instead as soon as possible.
Only effective if you have a superior lane, or the enemy team got totally outpicked. I still suggest getting Borrowed Time whenever possible, if not for tanking enemies, then tanking their towers for more early/early-mid game advantage.
III. No need to mourn
This build focuses on not engaging the enemy in melee combat, or so rarely it doesn't worth to level Frostmourne at all. If your team picks all ranged heroes with nukes and disables, they won't really need it. In this case, your role is nothing else but to protect them from any harm - by tanking and by keeping them alive with all you have. All you have to do is keep buying team survivability items to take care of everyone in your team. Anyway, this is quite an experimental build, as it heavily relies on your teammates' skills, and depends on enemy picks and of course, on their skill level.
Abaddon in competitive games is mostly played as a support tank. Here is an item build of my choice that fits this role.
Abaddon in pub games is usually seen as a carry hero. This is basically a list of items which fit him most of the times. Choose from them based on the needs of your team and enemy picks.
Abaddon can use a few epic builds as well, if all hell has broken loose.
DIV League public all pick game. I managed to die/miss kills a few times in the beginning [playing ill ftw!], but I raked in quite some kills later and we eventually won.
PDGG all pick game. My supporting was pretty much limited to buying Mek and Vlads as this wasn't a head-to-head match, really.
*Corrected Soul Ring usage
*Updated to 6.73c
*Added Janggo of Endurance to Core items
*Added Phase Boots to Core items