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Lu Bu Overview
Lu Bu is a melee warrior who can resist enemy fire and regenerate his health while duking it out with opponents. Red Stallion allows him to traverse the battlefield and close in on enemies while constantly reducing thier movement speed with Impale.
- Excellent Duelist – Lu Bu can be considered one of the best duelists in the game due to his abilities. Conqueror alone can allow Lu Bu to defeat multiple enemies through the damage, life steal, and resistance that it grants. Lu Bu’s passive also allows him to spam Impale, making him great at harassing during the laning phase.
- Versatile Skirmishing Abilities – Red Stallion is a versatile ability that can act as a gap closer, a stun, and an escape. Furthermore, it can be used three times in a row, the last use knocking up enemies. This ability also allows you to jump through walls.
- No Mana – Lu Bu doesn’t need any mana to cast his skills, only restrained by cooldowns. His passive also reduces Impale’s cooldown each time he casts an ability or auto attacks a target. This makes him a huge threat during the laning phase, able to spam his abilities without worry.
- Hard to Master – Lu Bu is an intensive hero that requires practice and dedication to master. His abilities must be managed well, especially Red Stallion. His play style requires you to have experience with melee warriors before using him.
- Slow Start – While Lu Bu is capable of great amounts of damage, he doesn’t have high base damages and relies on his ultimate for damage. Lu Bu will have to play carefully early game in order to build up to his damage spike.
Hero Basic Strategy
- Lu Bu is best suited to the Slayer lane, his regeneration and durability allowing him to stay up and fighting for long periods. His strength in duels additionally makes him great in the lane where he will generally be left alone for a majority of the game.
- Try to spam Impale as much as possible. You can decrease its cooldown by attacking creeps or using Red Stallion.
- Conqueror has a short enough cooldown that it can be cast semi-regularly in order to refill health in between skirmishes or minion waves. Activate the ability and attack a neutral monster to top off without going back to base.
- You can also bait enemies by using Conqueror when at critical health. Prematurely activating this ability can cause your opponents to immediately flee, wasting your ultimate in the process.
- Max Red Stallion first. Use it to quickly burst down monsters so that you can quickly approach your opponent or move through the jungle.
- When you reach level two, take Impale to harass enemies and slow them when you gank.
- Gank other lanes after taking Conqueror. Close the gap with Red Stallion and follow it up with Impale to slow them. Use Conqueror when the target tries to fight back or another enemy comes into the fight.
- Solo Fights – This is where Lu Bu shines. Slow the target with Impale before approaching with Red Stallion. The most important part of Red Stallion is the third strike, as it will knock up the opponent and thereby interupt their damage output. Use Conqueror after taking a bit of damage so that you don’t immediately scare the opponent off. Spring it early only if the opponent has some impressive control abilities in their kit or have trouble escaping
- Team Fights – Use Red Stallion to pass through enemies and move towards the enemies back line. Activate conqueror if taking a lot of enemy fire to both start regenerating health and protect yourself from crowd control. Slow your target with Impale and knock them up with Red Stallion, normally attacking in betweenfor additonal damage. Lu Bu’s abilities are free and thereby should be used whenever available.
- Escaping Fights – Use Red Stallion when escaping team fights. Don’t bother with Impale, as the time it takes to cast it can just allow your enemies to get close with their gap closers. If it is available, Conqueror is a good way to break out of enemy control abilities to prevent them from slowing you down.
|Martial Master – Passive – Reduce Impale’s cooldown by 1 second whenever Lu Bu hits a target with an ability or normal attack. Casting an ability also increases Lu Bu’s attack speed by 10% for 3 seconds (stacks up to 5 times).|
- Spam your abilities as much as possible so that you can fully maximize Martial Master.
- Red Stallion is a great way to reduce Impale’s cooldown, as each hit triggers Martial Master.
|Red Stallion – Lu Bu lunges forward (tap him to stop), dealing 160/185/210/235/260/285 (+0.84 AD)ˀ physical damage to enemies in his path. This ability can be used 3 times in a row, with the 3rd cast knocking enemies into the air.|
- Red Stallion gives you the ability to get close to the enemy, escape by jumping through walls, and knock enemies up into the air.
|Impale– Lu Bu launches a mass of dark energy in the specifed direction, dealing 240/300/360/420/480/540 (+0.9 AD) physical damage and reducing enemies’ movement speed by 50% for 2 seconds.|
- Constantly attacking and harassing with your abilities allows you to constantly use this to harrass your enemy, forcing them to either retreat or hug their tower.
|Conqueror – Lu Bu powers up, boosting his attack damage by 100/150/200, life steal by 120/180/240 (+0.4 AD), and resistance by 30/40/50% for 8 seconds.|
- Resistance lowers the duration of crowd control effects such as stuns and slows.
How to Counter Lu Bu
- As a general rule, do not engage Lu Bu one-on-one. He has excellent dueling abilities and can pummel you down. It’s best to coordinate with your teammates to take him out.
- During team fights, focus your crowd control on Lu Bu when he engages; this will mess up his ability combo and greatly hinder his damage output. Be careful to only do this when Conqueror isn’t active, however, otherwise he will quickly shake the effects off.
Hero Item Build
Spear of Longinus
Medallion of Troy
Mail of Pain
This build allows Lu Bu to have crit chance damage with his autos allowing him to have heavy DPS with his auto attacks and easily kill off squishy enemies. He can also deal with enemy tanks because of this build’s Armor Pierce but make sure to target tanks when they are only isolated.
- Onslaught, Assassinate, and Skewer provides Lu Bu to have a ton of physical damage, which can help him when you want to play him offensively.
- You can also try to play him tanky with an arcana build consisting of Indomitable, Undying, and Mythril. These will allow him to live longer in the front line and in team fights.
Lu Bu can trade well with tanks due to his lifesteal and the damage buff from Conqueror. He might not get a kill, but he can harass with Impale and force them to retreat. Lu Bu will have an easier time dealing with tanks once he gets his armor piercing items.
Warriors are restricted to melee range where Lu Bu shines the most. Lu Bu is a great duelist and can kill most warriors with his abilities while staying alive with Conqueror. As long as you have Conqueror ready, most warriors won’t be much of a problem.
Only approach assassins after they have used their burst combo. Assassins can burst Lu Bu down before he has a chance to sustain himself. If he should survive the initial onslaught, however, Lu Bu will be able to quickly regain his footing in the fight.
Mages with a lot of control abilities will give Lu Bu a hard time. Lu Bu needs to be close to his enemies to deal his damage, so heroes who have a lot of stuns and slows can stop him from getting his damage in. Use Conqueror to cut through their control abilities and get into melee range. Once up close, Lu Bu will have a heavy advantage over most mages.
Marksmen are very squishy champions and can be killed off easily. Some, however, have one or two forms of control they can use to keep their distance. Lu Bu will almost always score the kill if he is able to get close to them.
Supports are easy kills, especially when they are alone. Lu Bu’s damage can finish off a support before they can do much to react. Problems arise whenever the support has an ally with them. The buffs provided by the support will make fighting their teammate much harder than usual.
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