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Heimerdinger Build Guide by Aeryith

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League of Legends Build Guide Author Aeryith

Heimerdinger - Dominion Tankdinger

Aeryith Last updated on November 24, 2011
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Ability Sequence

1
2
5
7
8
Ability Key Q
3
9
10
12
13
Ability Key W
4
14
15
17
18
Ability Key E
6
11
16
Ability Key R





Not Updated For Current Season

The masteries shown here are not yet updated for the current season, the guide author needs to set up the new masteries. As such, they will be different than the masteries you see in-game.



Masteries

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sunder
Archmage
 
 
 
 
 
 
Executioner
 
 

Offense: 17

 
 
 
 
 
Durability
Vigor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Honor Guard
Mercenary
 
 
 
 
 
 
Juggernaut
 
 

Defense: 6

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Strength of Spirit
Intelligence
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mastermind
 

Utility: 7


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Introduction

Heimerdinger is the best Dominion solo defender hands down. Your main job is to defend your bottom point and your secondary goal is to take advantage of 1 (or no) defender on the other side.

This is my first guide, made mainly for my reference as I perfect my Dinger. Please use constructive criticism for my guide as I am always looking to improve his solo defend/push abilities.


Updates


10.09.11 - Cosmetic changes, changed Summoner Skill choice, updated items, added a resist build chapter and a melee dive chapter.


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Pros / Cons

  • Able to defend solo vs 2 - 3
  • Will usually rank #1
  • Top damage overall
  • Easy kills
  • Take undefended points easily
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  • Cooldowns are looooooooooooooong
  • Weak pushing solo vs more than 1 champion
  • Getting caught out in the open
  • Will get rushed


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Runes

Runes are set up for well rounded defense and spell pen.

Greater Mark of Magic Penetration x9 - you have to have some sort of respectable damage after all.
Greater Seal of Armor x9 - perfect for those melee that think you're an easy kill.
Greater Glyph of Magic Resist x9 - for those pesky caster types.

Greater Quintessence of Magic Penetration x1
Greater Quintessence of Armor x1
Greater Quintessence of Magic Resist x1


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Masteries

Masteries
4/1
4/5
4/1
1/1
4/1
3/5
3/1
1/5
3/1
3/5
Heimer's mastery is all about damage reduction and health regen so he can survive and recover from a focused onslaught. Usually it will take at least three champions to take him down and even then, he can stay alive long enough for your team mates to come to your aid.

When the other team realizes they're going to need help taking you out, they will bring three or even four champions to kill you. You have no chance of survival for even a few seconds (because they will NOMNOM your face), so retreat but do your best to slow their capture while your teammates come to help (hopefully).


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Starting Items


Prospector's Ring
Just all around good stuff. You get AP, mana regen and heath!


Boots of Speed
Standard swag.
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Health Potion
x2. You'll find these very useful when pushing early.


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Items

After you get your Prospector's Ring, Ninja Tabi and Rod of Ages, it should depend on your situation to either go more armor ( Zhonya's Hourglass, Frozen Heart, Sunfire Cape, Randuin's Omen), spell resist ( Odyn's Veil, Abyssal Scepter, Banshee's Veil) - or both ( Aegis of the Legion, Guardian Angel). That's usually enough for resists so keep building +health with Shurelya's Reverie and finish it off with a Rabadon's Deathcap if you are able.

Most games will be over around the time you build/finish your Shurelya's Reverie, so I consider anything after that a bonus. I don't put too much into AP but will get it where I can. Heimerdinger will be top damage in 99% of games, so this validates the choice of not stacking AP.


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Champion Defense Build Cheat Sheet

Magic Resist - AP



Odyn's Veil
Health, mana and magic resist. Don't forget to use the active ability to finish someone off!


Abyssal Schepter
When you want more AP with magic resist.


Banshee's Veil
Health, mana, magic resist + bubble. Yay bubbles!
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Armor - AD



Zhonya's Hourglass
Armor + AP - AWESOME use of immunity for 2 seconds. It can mean all the difference when you have silly melee types in your turret. Pop it and lol@them.


Frozen Heart
Good armor stats, extra mana and a bit of ability cool down.


Sunfire Cape
Good for when you are getting melee dived a lot (plus any minions they bring).
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Both - AP/AD



Guardian Angel
More +armor and +magic resist than Aegis PLUS you get a free life! Whooo!


Aegis of the Legion
Has decent +armor and +magic resit. Bonus: only when there's teammates with you.





AP Champions


Akali
Amumu
Anivia
Annie
Brand
Cassiopeia
Cho’Gath
Evelynn
Ezreal
Fiddlesticks
Galio
Heimerdinger
Janna
Karma
Karthus
Kassadin
Katarina
Kennen
LeBlanc
Lux
Malzahr
Maokai
Morgana
Nunu
Orianna
Rumble
Ryze
Singed
Sona
Soraka
Swain
Veigar
Vladimir
Xerath
Zilean
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AD Champions


Ashe
Caitlyn
Gangplank
Garen
Irelia
Jarvan IV
Kog’Maw
Lee Sin
Master Yi
Miss Fortune
Nocturne
Olaf
Pantheon
Renekton
Riven
SIvir
Skarner
Talon
Tristana
Trundle
Tryndamere
Twitch
Urgot
Vayne
Warwick
Wukong
Xin Zhao








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AP/AD Champions


Alistar
Blitzcrank
Corki
Dr. Mundo
Gragas
Jax
Kayle
Leona
Malphite
Mordekaiser
Nasus
Nidalee
Poppy
Rammus
Shaco
Shen
Sion
Taric
Teemo
Twisted Fate
Udyr
Yorick














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Skill Sequence

Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
It's imperative you do the first 6 points in order or it's going to affect your ability to push/defend in the beginning.

Since you start off at level three, go ahead and put two points in Q H-28G Evolution Turret and one in W Hextech Micro-Rockets. By the time you start hitting minions, you'll be level 4 so you can throw that point in E CH-1 Concussion Grenade.

Your level 5 ability should be Q H-28G Evolution Turret - you now have 2 turrets to use. Obviously, at level 6 you want to take your R UPGRADE!!!. After that you are maxing out Q H-28G Evolution Turret first, then W Hextech Micro-Rockets and lastly E CH-1 Concussion Grenade, with R at 11 and 16.

Note: You can get Q W E as the first three starting abilities, but it's just personal choice. However, you shouldn't vary off the skill sequence after that.


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Summoner Spells


Promote
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Garrison

Promote is useful for helping push the other lower capture point. It can make up for his weakness to solo push.

Garrison is great for those times you have two or more champions thinking they're going to focus you down. If they use Garrison, counter it with yours. 4/5 times they think theirs is working... when it's not. They'll just stay in there and get their face NOMNOM'd by the turret. Good stuff.

Other Options


Flash is extremely useful especially if you find yourself pulled/pwtned away from your turrets and the capture point. You can also move out of any aoe champions will put on the ground. Just remember to replace any turrets that may have died to it.


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Heimerdinger, Super Defender

Before the Game Begins


If you are solo queuing, make sure your teammates understand you are taking bottom solo. It never fails to have someone think they're helping you by going bottom.

Out of the Gate


The first thing you do is take the capture point. Right after that, place your turret north of your capture point. By now you'll know what you are up against:

1+ Champion(s)


You can start clearing minions, but be careful not to engage enemy champions directly. If it's two players, I prefer to hang back on the edge of my defense point and attack minions from there. I am perfectly happy keeping two champions busy while my team has the advantage up top.

GASP! NONE!


If the other team just took the bottom and headed north to help their teammates, they just did the worst thing possible. Immediately head toward their capture point ignoring minions. Place a turret just outside of the ring and start capturing. The turret will keep any minions busy while you take the point. This works 99% of the time and by the time any champion comes back, you'll have your turrets up and the help of the capture point to ward them off.

On the Move


You are more than happy to defend, but always be looking for an opportunity to take the other bottom point. If there's just one champion, start moving your minions toward their point. Keep your distance from champions at all times and use your minions to your advantage. If they are out pushing, you will eventually push them back to their capture point, where you keep letting your minions do the heavy work. Once their tower is neutralized, plant your turrets INSIDE the circle and start pew-pewing their face. They will either stay and die or run away, allowing you to capture the point. If they have help incoming, making use of your Garrison can secure your place once your point is captured. Also, make sure to take the health bonus once you're able.

Dealing with 3+ Champion Rush


No matter how well your teammates are doing up top, more often than not, you will get rushed by the other team... so be sure to watch out for this. You will get every ulti and ability in your face if you decide to stand your ground. Your best bet is to retreat (not too far) and harass them to slow their capture while your team mates come to help. Don't feel bad bad if they take it, you will just take it right back.


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Surviving a Melee Dive

This is easy enough to do, even when it's 2 melee up on your face. Your first priority is to make sure they didn't bring any minions with them. Kill them first if they did. When they dive (they usually have a stun they will pop first).

Use E right where you are. This will stun THEM and give you a chance to do your dance. You are to run in circles around the capture point, keeping out of melee range while your turrets and the capture point destroy them. This will annoy and frustrate them to no extent. You can tell it's working when the other player comments on your circling abilities. :)

If you have Zhonya's Hourglass don't forget to pop it when you get low on health. This is usually the difference between you or the enemy dying.


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Summary

Your ability to solo defend/push will give your team a one champion advantage. It's your responsibility to use your best judgement to either defend or take the other bottom point.

By building Heimer-tank w/health regen gives your opponents the chance to severely underestimate your survival and score easy kills.