Since his first sighting on the northwestern shores of Valoran, the towering, armored specter known as Hecarim struck a chilling fear into the hearts of all who laid eyes upon him. No one had ever seen anything like his titanic, ethereal form before, and the mystery of his sudden arrival was deeply unnerving. When Hecarim began to march eastwards, leaving a trail of desolate, lifeless ground behind him, the villagers of the plains fled their homes for the safety of nearby Demacia. In the city's now-overcrowded taverns, rumors about this inhuman phantom spread in hushed whispers. Some claimed that he was the vengeful shade of an ancient warrior, intent on destroying all living beings; one man insisted that they had seen him leading an entire legion of spectral cavalrymen; others still believed him to be the creation of some hateful necromancer. One Demacian commander, seeking to dispel the terror that had gripped the city, assembled a few of his finest soldiers and rode out to turn back or destroy Hecarim.
The commander led his soldiers to stand in Hecarim's path and braced for his assault. As the apparition bore down on them, an overwhelming sensation of dread gripped the warriors. The men, frozen in fear, could only scream as the ghostly titan ran them down, tearing them apart and trampling them beneath his iron hooves. Hecarim turned to the crippled, cowering commander and uttered a chilling statement: "This is merely the beginning. No mortal army can withstand the might of the Shadow Isles." With that, Hecarim departed, resuming his grim march. Driven to insanity by his nightmarish experience, the commander stumbled back to Demacia, where his dire warnings were dismissed as the ravings of a madman. While Hecarim's origin and intent were still a mystery, his destination became clear when he reached the Institute of War and, in a voice both ominous and commanding, demanded entry into the League of Legends.
"You don't understand... the shadows will consume us all..."
- Former Demacian Commander
I got with the 21/9/0 as playing Hec like I do I see him as more of an assassin. I tried a 9/21/0 and just wasn't able to do anything. The only thing that I try to concentrate is damage. So with the extra face beat that you get from going full 21 in the damage tree really helps out with your kill potential. Getting all the health and sustain plus the defenses from your items means that you really don't have to go to far in the defense tree to make your sustain high. If you find that you need more defenses, then you can shift some items around for build order, but you want to focus on doing mega damage as soon as possible cause other wise your ganks will be useless.
This is the first complete item that I build. It gives you a free ward that you can drop, it also gives you great jungle speed and sustain in fights.
Generally this is the third item that i fully build, it gives you mega clearing potential in getting through jungle faster, and clearing lanes. It also provides HUGE disruption in team fights as your damage is going EVERYWHERE! This is also all of the mana regen that you should ever need also.
AKA Tons of Damage. Second complete item that I build, and yes it gives you tons of damage. Speed, health, damage, speed, damage, did i say damage? Its just tons of damage. Period.
Maw of Malmortius
This is where the bulk of my MR comes from. It also gives you that hidden increase of damage when you start to die. It really is a great item as you can get low and through Wriggles Wriggle's Lantern and Zeke's Herald sustain that level of low and increased damage. Tiamat Also helps out with its health regen in it.
More health, more sustain, more attack speed, helps out your team. I have it here because I have found that it works well with Tiamat to increase the damage that I do as I attack FASTER, which with the AOE of the damage.
I didn't list last boots on here only because I always find that its better to get the boots that you need. So if there is a lot of magic Mercury's Treads or if there is a lot of AD Ninja Tabi
Alternate late game items-
You could trade out the Wriggle's Lantern for a The Bloodthirster I find that you really don't need this, but if you want to really shred out this may help your sustain more.
To help you get to late game you can sacrifice some time and get things like Heart of Gold Kage's Lucky Pick Philosopher's Stone
Creeping / Jungling
For jungling path I always start at wolves and with a bit of a leash on these you can hit blue at 1:55. From there go wraiths, back to wolves, double golems and red. You can now either go back, or you can go to wraiths and wolves. If you stay out for the other two camps you can finish mini madreds.
Top or bot lane ganks-
The best thing for Hec to do when coming out of the jungle is to either come from behind them if possible, or to ram them into the wall. If you rush in with Devastating Charge which will knock them in the opposite direction that you are going and gives a very brief stun. Follow up right away with Spirit of Dread and then mash Rampage. If the lane you are ganking is paying attention its in most cases a guaranteed kill.
The hardest lane for Hec to gank is mid. I have found that for me the best thing is the reverse dive or ganking from behind to tower. I get into this position after taking either top or bottom jungle in counter jungling. Not only is it a big surprise to the person that you are ganking, which can cause them to panic and not know how to react, but it is just insanely funny to do.
Pros / Cons
Pros to this build:
- You will be super fast. Means that you will be able to get into and out of trouble easily.
- You will deal tons of damage. With all of your speed in your items, and the way that it goes out you will just wreck face.
- You will be difficult to kill. Your sustain is insane. It rivals many people.
Cons to this build:
- You are reliant on successful ganks to get going. If you fall behind you will be behind for a while, but you can catch up.
- You can KS real easy, which some people won't mind, but you will be robbing some people of much needed gold.
- This build is technical. You have almost no room for error, but it is easy to master. The items in it make it forgivable if you do make a mistake, so don't be afraid to try that 2v1 or 3v1 late game.
Of all the junglers out there, I find Hec right now to be one of the strongest. He us a little under played because of his insane need for the right positioning. But the fact that he can be where you need him to be as fast, if not faster, than Jayce gives him great team utility. With practice and patience you will crush your foes under your hooves, and carry on towards victory. And remember, you are the herald of the Shadow Isles. Make sure that you strike that fear in your foes!