Disclaimer: This guide is specifically written for the Forest of Caldavar map in a 5v5, non-em setting. The jungle walkthrough is for Legion.
Stripped of his beard (and therefore, most of his manliness) from his DotA Counterpart (Axe), Legionnaire has to make do with most of the changes in gameplay from DotA to HoN. Legionnaire is a decent laner, but I'm going to focus on how to jungle Legionnaire in this guide. There are several differences that are now ported from DotA to HoN:+
Creep respawn checkboxs are now smaller (you can pull creeps a little bit later and still make it in time to stack the camp)+
Dark Troll Warlord creep camp replaced with weak Skeletons (can tackle them earlier on for great experience and gold)+
Replacement of Troll Priests (no more difficulty pulling that creep camp)+
Creeps don't sleep at night (easier to creep-stack and creep-pull)-
Removal of Satyr creep camp (no more purge, but less weak creeps to deal with)-
No more Berserker's Call/Taunt functionality on neutrals (cannot manipulate their AI anymore)Why jungle Legionnaire?
- It gives you 2 solo lanes
- You get guaranteed gold income & don't have to focus on those tedious last-hits and denies
- If done properly, you'll level up just as fast as a solo lane
- You get gold very quickly
As Legionnaire, you should jungle only if the following conditions are met:
- Legionnaire is the only jungler on your team
- You know the basics of jungling
- You have 2 good solo heroes that can take care of themselves early game
What's left of Axe's manliness is now transferred to this skill. Instead of doing a loud, manly roar like Berserker's Call, Legionnaire does some weak Taunt shout. Regardless, this skill is useful for chasing, ganking, initiating and tanking all at the same time! Just note that it has a VERY TINY AoE
, so anyone with an IQ above 50 wouldn't let you run up to him and Taunt him. Therefore it's best to use this skill when coming from behind, chain it after an allied disable or use it after Portal Key. Goes through magic immunity.Terrify:
An even more unmanly skill than in DotA, Legionnaire now resorts to making scary faces & raging to give a DoT debuff to an enemy. Not acquired because your mana pool sucks and because the skill sucks in general. Not to mention you're in the jungle for early game.
In the wise words of thisisBob:Whirling Blade:
The skill that defines Axe and Legionnaire. Luckily, Legionnaire didn't lose any of his manliness from this skill port. Anyway, Whirling Blade is what lets you jungle in the first place, not to mention making enemies fear to attack you. The more units that are attacking you, the more Legionnaire will own face. Not as good late-game since it's physical damage, but it's still an awesome skill.Decapitate:
Instead of purging the weak from Axe's sight, Legionnaire gets to hack off someone's head when using this skill. Not a bad change I guess. Use decapitate to finish off low HP heroes, but if you know for sure that an enemy is going to die in one of your ganks, don't killsteal with this skill. The skill has a pretty low cooldown though, so don't hesitate to use it either. Great finisher because it goes through Accursed's annoying ultimate and through magic immunity.Skill Build
1. Whirling Blade
3. Whirling Blade
5. Whirling Blade
9. Whirling Blade
Whirling Blade is maxed over Taunt (up to level 5) because you'll be jungling more than ganking. If your allies ask for a gank and there's a high probability of getting a kill or two in the nearby lane, the few levels of Taunt before level 5 should be enough. Take Decapitate whenever it's available. Stats are acquired over Terrify because your mana pool is very small (you'll need the mana for your skill combo). Get 1 point in Terrify if there's a hero on the enemy team that has a Portal Key to disable it for a while.Item BuildStarting Items
Since you're going to jungle Legionnaire until you get your Portal Key (and perhaps a bit more after that), you'll require damage reduction right from the start. Putting 2 Iron Bucklers on Legionnaire is the most cost-efficient method for protection early in the game. 1 set of Runes of the Blight is taken for potential double creep-stacking (more info on that later) and provides you with a little bit of HP regeneration.
If your support teammates are too stingy/selfish to purchase a Courier for the team, purchase one yourself (follow the second option for starting items) - you will need that Courier.Items During the Jungling Phase Healing Potion
Normally you'll consume ~2 healing potions until you acquire your Lifetube, so have the Courier fetch you those when you're low on HP (or before you get low on HP). Take as many as you need (2-3 is enough for most games).Iron Buckler
Just make sure you have 2 of these in your inventory at some point between levels 1-6. Lifetube
The item that will immensely help you stay in the jungle. If you're tackling some intensely stacked camps though (4 times or more), Healing Potions will be better, though you'll need this for your Helm of the Black Legion later. Marchers
Gives Legionnaire more mobility to move from camp to camp faster. Wards of Sight
If the enemies gank you in the jungle, invest in a set of Wards of Sight to avoid them (and to gain vision of bottom rune). Only do this if your support teammates are too stingy to buy some for you.Core Items Portal Key
) Helm of the Black Legion
After acquiring lifetube, you'll have a lot of flexibility to get your core items. If you're farming relatively well and the enemies don't gank you, farm straight for Portal Key. If you don't feel like you're farming fast enough (or you want to move more swiftly from camp to camp), get Marchers before farming Portal Key. If you feel endangered/your teammates need immediate help, get Beast Heart to complete Helm of the Legion for more protection.
Whatever the case, you must be able to farm that Portal Key
! It allows you to gank, disable, chase and escape much more easily. Afterward, upgrade those Marchers into Enhanced Marchers, as those give Legionnaire some needed armor as well as more mobility. Eventually you'll finish Helm of the Black Legion at one point or another to make room for other items.
Oh and get that Magic Wand; it's the perfect
item that takes care of all of Legionnaire's mana needs, and more. OH WAIT THIS ITEM ISN'T IN HON YET~Optional Items Shaman's Headdress
Get Shaman's Headdress if there are a lot of nukes flying around (especially AoE ones).Plate Mail
Get Plate Mail if you're against a lot of hard physical hitters to tank longer, and if you're comfortable with the amount of HP you have to withstand nukes.Luxury Items Behemoth's Heart
Acquire your luxury items depending on the situation: Behemoth's Heart is great for practically all situations, so you can't really go wrong with that.Frostfield Plate
If the enemy has lots of physical DPS (or if you need an AoE snare), upgrade that Plate Mail from before into Frostfield Plate.Mock of Brilliance
If you're confident in your tanking abilities at this point, aim for a Mock of Brilliance to have more presence in team battles.Demonic Breastplate
Get Demonic Breastplate afterward if you're too rich and the game still hasn't ended yet to become an even buffer tank, while providing your allies with a useful aura at the same time.Mathcraft:
Iron Buckler stacking mechanics, showing why you shouldn't get more than 2 Iron Bucklers:
1 Iron Buckler: 60% chance to block 20 damage ; 0.6 x 20 = 12 average damage block from each attack
2 Iron Bucklers: 1 - (1-0.6)(1-0.6) = 1 - (0.4)(0.4) = 1 - 0.16 = 0.84 = 84% chance to block 20 damage; 0.84 x 20 = 16.8 average damage block from each attack
3 Iron Bucklers: 1 - (1-0.6)(1-0.6)(1-0.6) = 1 - (0.4)(0.4)(0.4) = 1 - 0.064 = 0.936 = 93.6% chance to block 20 damage; 0.936 x 20 = 18.72 average damage block from each attack
Items to AvoidSteam Boots
Legionnaire isn't your typical melee agility carry hero. Whispering Helm
Legionnaire does pitiful physical DPS, thus not making use of the lifesteal. Don't even think about upgrading this to Symbol of Rage; Legionnaire gains way more benefits from Behemoth's Heart than from Symbol of Rage.Pure DPS items
(Riftshards, Runed Axe, Savage Mace, Flayer, Doombringer)
Once again, Legionnaire isn't a carry hero; don't play him as one. Geometer's Bane
You might make use of the charges from Nullfire Blade & having 3 spinning heroes can be fun, but this item won't do you much good in the end because it doesn't synergize with you very well.Barbed Armor
This may look good on Legionnaire, but your amazing armor boost from Taunt makes this reflect little damage, not to mention that the damage reflected is already reduced by magic armor.