Play Like a God: Anubis

Anubis

Welcome to Play Like a God, a series where we educate you on better ways to play your favorite gods in SMITE. Today we’re looking at Anubis, Egyptian god of the dead. He uses his legendary scales to judge those who die and casts the souls of the unworthy to the underworld. In the battlefield of the gods, you will use your abilities to judge if your opponents are worthy of a win.

If you have missed the news, the community has chosen Anubis as the winner of the T5 Odyssey Skin! This is a great time to pick up and learn how to play this god. If you needed more motivation, we’re giving away 3 Convention Anubis skins. Leave a comment below and between the comments on YouTube and here, we’ll pick a winner randomly.

Anubis’ Abilities

Passive: Sorrow – All of his abilities steal Physical and Magical Protection from the target and he gains increased Scaling to his item-based Magical Lifesteal. In addition, Sorrow grants Anubis an additional 30% reduction to all Crowd Control durations.

1: Plague of Locusts – A plague of locusts bellows forth from Anubis’ mouth, smothering all enemies in the area and doing damage every .5s for 3s. He is immune to Knockback while channeling.

2: Mummify – Anubis fires a bandage projectile, mummifying and Stunning his target.

3: Grasping Hands – Anubis calls for help from the underworld as hands penetrate the ground and claw at his enemies, doing damage and Slowing every .5s for 2s.

4: Death Gaze – Anubis focuses all of his energy into a piercing gaze, doing damage to all enemies in the path, every 0.1 seconds for 3 seconds.

Balancing the Battlefield

Anubis is a great beginner god. His abilities are simple and easy to understand. They combo together and deal massive amounts of damage. Due to lack of an escape mechanism and short range, he can be very difficult to play at times. Some consider him the worst god in all of SMITE. While I believe he is eclipsed by Nox, I understand his place in the game. He is a great learning god, and will the right buffs he will be competitive again. With his Odyssey skin set to release, there is more incentive for Hi-Rez to give our beloved Jackal-headed god some buffs.

Tipping the Scales

Now that we’ve addressed Anubis’ viability, let’s actually talk about how to play him. He plays off of his passive, Sorrow, extremely well. Due to his short ranges and two of his abilities rooting him in place, he must be very close to his target. This means building more defensive items and Magical Lifesteal. This Magical Lifesteal, in turn, scales with his passive up to twice in effectiveness. With the correct items, he will do more damage than he will take in a duel. Anubis becomes a bad target to jump on as opposed to a free kill.

I did extremely well in this arena game doing just that. I build an early item for Cooldown Reduction and immediately prioritized Magical Lifesteal and Defenses. There were times when the enemy Athena or Bacchus  would jump on me and I would still get a kill. Mummify becomes easier to land when you bait your opponents onto you. Anubis feels like a matador at times. You draw your opponents to you, and use their defenses to amplify your ability to kill. He’s great versus Guardians.

I hope this article helped you understand this god a bit better. Leave a comment below for a chance at the Convention Anubis skin!

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