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Artikel ini adalah sebahagian daripada siri pubg Mobile mini-panduan dari rakan eGCellent di eGG Network, untuk membantu meningkatkan kehebatan anda dalam pertempuran beramai-ramai (Battle Royale) dengan teknik yang mudah difahami.


Tidak menghairankan, pemain profesional menggunakan bom asap dengan banyaknya, terutamanya dalam kejohanan e-sukan PUBG Mobile peringkat tinggi seperti PUBG Mobile Global Championship Season Zero (PMGC 2020). Lagipun, ianya adalah salah satu 'pickup' yang berharga yang terdapat di PUBG Mobile, penting untuk memenangi 'Winner Winner Chicken Dinner'. Oleh itu, sudah tiba masanya pemain menggunakan utiliti selain bom peledak (Frag Grenade) dan mengetahui cara pengunaannya.

Selain itu, untuk menjadikan panduan ini lebih mudah difahami, terlintas difikiran penulis untuk mendapatkan pakar iaitu pemain (support/grenadier) Team SMG, Bard, Lagipun, Team SMG PUBG Mobile mendapat tempat ketiga dalam PMPL MY/SG Musim 2 dan mewakili Malaysia dalam PmPL SEA Finals Musim 2.

Jom! kita ketahui perkara teknikal dulu sebelum mengupas apa tips menarik.

Info-info Penting

Masa cook : Tujuh saat
Masa fius: Tiga saat
Diameter anggaran asap: 10 meter (ya, kami mengukurnya)
Berat: 14 ruangan

Tidak seperti bom peledak, tanpa mengira berapa lama anda bom asap (iaitu apabila anda memegang butang melempar tanpa melepaskan), masa fius (jangka masa dilepaskan) tetap sama. Berat bom asap adalah utiliti ketiga paling berat selepas bom peledak (18) dan Molotov Cocktails (16).

Tangkap layar permainan video

Berhati-hati ketika

Cara yang paling biasa bahawa semua orang menggunakan bom asap adalah untuk menyelamatkan diri sendiri, serta rakan sepasukan. Ini berguna dalam pelbagai senario yang anda akan ketahui, seperti:

Kepintaran kami mengukur diameter bom asap.

Walau bagaimanapun, perkara ini membolehkan dan menggalakkan musuh untuk menembak ke dalam asap untuk mengetahui lokasi anda yang sering dilihat pemain pro lakukan dari semasa ke semasa. Walaupun terdapat kelemahan, kaedah ini masih berfungsi lebih kerap, dan ia adalah baik untuk berhati-hati supaya lebih menyedari apa yang boleh berlaku dan sentiasa bersedia.

Terancam ketika pemulihan

Apabila anda sedang merawat diri semasa bersembunyi dalam asap, salah satu cara untuk menentang isu di atas adalah untuk berbaring ketika merawat di atas tanah semasa pemulihan. Ini mengurangkan kesan 'hitbox' (kawasan di mana anda menerima kerosakan) secara drastik, membiarkan anda sembuh lebih selamat. Walaupun anda masih berisiko terkena tmebakan musuh, sekurang-kurangnya ini menjadikan anda lebih tidak dapat diramalkan daripada dengan berdiri atau membongkok.

Gunakan lemparan rendah

Walaupun lemparan tinggi adalah tetapan utama untuk mencampak bom tangan, bom asap boleh dikatakan lebih baik digunakan menggunakan lemparan rendah kerana ia memberi anda lebih banyak kawalan dan melepaskannya lebih dekat kepada anda. Ini kerana anda akan menggunakannya lebih kerap untuk menyembuh anda dan rakan skuad anda, dan anda memerlukan asap yang dekat untuk berbuat demikian; lemparan rendah mengurangkan lantunan lontaran anda juga. Walaupun begitu, ini adalah situasi semata-mata, dan terpulang kepada keutamaan anda juga.

Idea ini ihsan Riggs Gaming di YouTube

Tiada lagi persembunyian

Dah tak ada dekat sana.

Jika anda ingin meningkatkan kemahiran berfikir, mengapa tidak menggunakan bom asap untuk tujuan lain bagi mengaburi pihak musuh?? Anda boleh mengenakan pihak musuh dengan:

Biarkan mereka berfikir

Ambil perhatian bahawa ini memerlukan anda menggunakan lebih banyak bom asap daripada biasa. Lebih baik bersedia dengan segala kelengkapan bagi mengatasi setiap situasi.

Apa yang pro lakukan

Bard secara peribadi memegang lima hingga sembilan bom tangan asap dalam setiap perlawanan, jadi dia boleh membantu pasukannya dalam setiap situasi permainan. "Tujuan utama saya untuk bom asap adalah untuk menghalang musuh daripada menyerang pasukan saya," dengan 'bermain-main' dan mengelirukan mereka. Dia menggemari taktikal bom asap dalam satu baris bagi mewujudkan dinding asap. Grenadier Team SMG menasihatkan untuk "menggunakan asap anda dengan bijak, jangan pernah membazirkannya pada satu kawasan" dan menyebarkannya.

Kongsi dengan kami dalam komen di bawah jika anda mempunyai teknik penggunaan bom asap yang lebih menarik.

Untuk maklumat lanjut mengenai Team SMG PUBG Mobile, lihat halaman Facebook mereka.

This article is part of a series of PUBG Mobile mini-guides from your eGGcellent friends at eGG Network, to help level up your mobile battle royale prowess with bite-sized tips that are quick yet nutritious to digest.


It's unsurprising that professional players use smoke grenades abundantly, especially in high-tier PUBG Mobile esports tournaments like the PUBG Mobile Global Championship Season Zero (PMGC 2020). After all, they truly are one of the more valuable pickups available in PUBG Mobile, vital to one's Winner Winner Chicken Dinners. Thus, it's high time we gamers learn from their utility of choice (aside from frag grenades, which we'll cover another time) and learn how to utilise it more.

Plus, to make this guide even sweeter, we figured we should ask Team SMG's resident support/grenadier player, Bard, to chime in with his expert opinion on the subject. After all, Team SMG PUBG Mobile did get third place in PMPL MY/SG Season 2 and represented Malaysia in the PMPL SEA Finals Season 2.

Let's get a bit technical first before we dive into our tips:

The nitty gritty

Cook time: Seven seconds
Fuse time: Three seconds
Approximate diameter of smoke: 10 meters (yes, we measured it)
Weightage: 14 spaces

Unlike frag grenades, regardless of how long you cook a smoke grenade (which is when you hold the Throw button without releasing), the fuse time remains the same. Weight-wise, smoke grenades are the third heaviest utility after frag grenades (18) and Molotov Cocktails (16).

Actual screenshots we took in-game.

Beware when you smoke up

The most common way that everyone uses smoke grenades is to conceal oneself, as well as teammates. This comes in handy in a multitude of scenarios you'll find yourself in, such as:

Our high IQ way of measuring the smoke diameter.

However, because these are so commonplace, you may give away your location and encourage enemies to shoot into the smoke, which you've probably seen what pro players do from time to time. Despite its setback, this method still works more often than it doesn't, and it's good to be mindful of what could happen and be prepared.

Prone to healing

When you're healing while hiding in smoke, one way to counter the above issue is to lie prone on the ground while doing so. This reduces your hitbox (the area where you receive damage) drastically, letting you heal up safer. Although you still risk getting hit by enemies, at least this makes you a bit more unpredictable than by standing or crouching.

Use low toss

Even though High Toss is the default setting for throwing grenades, smoke grenades are arguably better deployed using Low Toss instead, as it gives you more control and releases it closer to you. That's because you'll be using them more often to conceal you and your squadmates, and you'd need your smoke nearby to do that; Low Tosses reduce the bounciness of your throwables too. Even so, this is purely situational, and it's up to your preference as well.

This idea is courtesy of Riggs Gaming on YouTube.

No more hiding

Nope out of here.

Or if you want to up your IQ, why not use smoke grenades for other purposes than obscuring yourself? You can use it to trick enemies by:

Keep them thinking.

Take note that these would require you to use more smoke grenades than usual, so it would be wise to have more than a handful with you at all times.

What the pro does

Bard personally holds five to nine smoke grenades in every match, so he can help his team pull off any plays. "My main purpose for smoke grenades is to prevent enemies from attacking my team," by blinding and confusing them - he favours lining up his smoke grenades in one line to create a smoke wall too. The Team SMG grenadier advises to "use your smokes wisely, never waste them in just one area" and spread them out.

What other ingenious smoke grenade tips do you have? Share them with us in the comments below!

For more info on Team SMG PUBG Mobile, check out their Facebook page.


The vision for 2020 may have been of flying cars, but the image that's clearest is of sophisticated gaming devices taken to the next level.

“A craftsman can only be as good as his tool,” goes the old adage, and for good reason, too. In this case, a PC is unmistakably one of the most essential items in a gamer’s inventory. While desktops reign supreme in the gaming market, in terms of performance and immersion, laptops are the way to go, particularly if portability is necessary.

As straightforward as it might look, choosing the perfect gaming laptop can be very daunting for beginners (read: noob). But don’t worry, this guide has you covered! We’ve presented all the necessary tips and tricks for you to find the right gaming companion, and most importantly, without burning a hole in your pocket.

The essentials

1. Know your games

While modern PCs can handle most of the latest games, the overall experience can vary greatly. The specifications bear 90% of the responsibility for the performance of your gaming rig on-the-go. So, it’s crucial to know the bare qualifications for running the games that you wish to play. There are generally three types of games: arcade, esports and luxury.

If you’re purely an arcade gamer, Intel’s Core i3 and AMD’s Ryzen 3 processors are more than enough. These CPUs should be the minimum requirements if you desire gaming sessions on a laptop. For light gaming, the absence of GPUs is acceptable since nowadays, the integrated graphics card that comes with the CPU is sufficient.

Meanwhile, running esports games is a cinch for PCs introduced in the past two years, when Intel was dominating the mobile CPU sphere. The Core i5 from team blue (Intel) is easily the most bang for the buck CPU choice for some decent competitive action, although, things are about to change with the release of team red’s (AMD) 4th gen mobile CPUs.

As for comparable GPUs in competitive gaming, there aren’t a plethora of options besides NVIDIA’s GeForce graphics cards. The RTX 2060, GTX 1660 and even the entry-level GTX 1650, and the older GTX 1050 Ti, can all run esports titles smoothly at an enjoyable frame rate (fps) from the high 90s to low 200s fps.

The Intel Core i7 and even i9 are the absolute top choices when it comes to gaming laptops, at least for now. These high-end CPUs perform flawlessly when paired with equivalent GPUs like RTX 2070 and 2080. When combined, the dilemma of choosing between frame rate and visual details will vanish.

2. The inevitable budget

There are three things that are certain in life - death, taxes and budget. Ideally, 45% to 50% of the budget should be allocated for the GPU, with the display and CPU coming in at a close second and third. But for those who plan to hook up to an external monitor regularly, settling with a mediocre display on gaming laptops is completely fine.

The keyboard, speakers and battery life are vital for long-term satisfaction. If you’re a person of culture who appreciates premium build quality, by all means, go for it. Forget about the RGB effect if budget is a constraint, unless you don’t mind owning a fancy looking but less powerful device.

6 major considerations when choosing a gaming laptop

1. Form factor

The 15.6” and 17.3” gaming laptops are the most common form factors currently. But expect to see more 14” gaming rigs soon, given the recent announcement of the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 at CES 2020. Razer’s Blade series is another alternative if you’re looking for a compact 14” machine. Stepping into 2020, portability shouldn’t be an issue for most 15.6” and even 17” gaming laptops, since the design trend is leaning towards slimmer and lighter.

However, thin gaming laptops tend to have inferior cooling systems, which is often the nature of compact PCs. But that’s not the case for all gaming laptops. The Asus Zephyrus and Strix series and Acer’s Predator manage to walk the fine line between small form factor and great cooling capacity - these laptops have great heat dissipation and effective fan blade designs.

Related: The ROG SCAR III is here to rule them all

2. Build quality

Usually, entry-level gaming laptops from big brands that cost around RM3,500, only get you a durable plastic chassis, minus appealing features like thin-bezel display, high refresh rate and good trackpad, so keep reality in check. If you’re more into performance than prestige, Level 51 and Illegear are highly recommended - their laptops offer superb value and performance.

High-end laptops from Gigabyte Aorus, Dell Alienware, Asus ROG, Acer Predator and Razer usually sport quality aluminium chassis. To be fair, the material doesn’t necessarily dictate longevity. The metal construction can often be heavier than its plastic counterpart, which can hinder mobility. Expect to pay for a small fortune of at least RM6,500 if you are after a premium feel aluminium machine.

3. Display

Generally, you should opt for the highest possible refresh rate panel, be it desktop monitor or laptop display, if you want to have a competitive edge, that is. It’s reasonable to allocate 15% to 20% of the budget for a better display, to enjoy the PC’s full potential. It’s pointless if the in-game fps is restricted by the monitor’s refresh rate.

In 2020, 144Hz is the sweet spot that mainstream gamers vie for. Many manufacturers have started taking the initiative to offer 120/144Hz displays with their mid-tier devices, which was in the realms of sci-fi three years back. Even entry-level gaming laptops, such as the Level 51 Forge 15, come with a 120Hz display.

However, if you plan to get an external monitor, settle with a regular 60Hz display for the gaming laptop since a bigger size external monitor is always a better choice, both entertainment and productivity-wise. The change (not much, though) from your purchase can be invested in an exceptional monitor like LG’s 27GL850, which excels in colour accuracy, refresh rate and response time.

Related: Living with a high refresh rate monitor

If you’re strictly sticking to the laptop’s display, then, by all means, spend the extra to get the best possible panel. Frankly, upgrading to a great display is the easiest way to enhance your gaming experience.

This might be an unpopular opinion, but the high resolution on a gaming laptop is relatively impractical considering the size of a laptop’s screen. The pixel density of a 15.6” or 17” 1920x1080p screen is decent, and more importantly, that makes individual pixels “invisible” from a normal viewing distance.

From a financial perspective, laptops with 4K displays always have their prices jacked up. Furthermore, the high-resolution panel usually doesn’t come with a high refresh rate, which is a big miss for gaming laptops in 2020.

4. Graphics card

The GPU is the most essential element in any gaming laptop since most games are GPU intensive. Esports titles, including CS:GO, Dota 2 and League of Legends, don’t need massive GPU power to run smoothly. These games can easily hit 80 to 100fps on an entry-level gaming laptop with GTX 1650 and 1660.

But keep in mind that esports titles like Rainbow Six Siege, Overwatch, Apex Legends, Fortnite and PUBG require higher-end GPUs to run comfortably on high visual settings. You should, at least, get RTX 2060 to get the full visual effect and high frame rate at the same time.

While the higher mobile graphics cards available include the RTX 2070 and 2080, they are very expensive, and often, the asking price isn’t justified.

5. Upgradability

Many gaming laptops now come with two storage and RAM slots for upgradeability, which is welcome. It provides the potential for users to replace older components for greater storage capacity and RAM. So it’s fine to go with the lowest possible storage and RAM capacity, because those are usually overcharged anyway, when purchasing a gaming laptop.

Fortunately, SSD and RAM are becoming cheaper nowadays, and it’s extremely easy to do it yourself by opening the bottom panel of the PC.

6. In/output port selection

This is the most underlooked section, but it’s imperative for people who want to connect their PC with other peripherals. Always aim for at least three USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type-A), one USB 3.1 Gen 2 (Type-C), RJ45 LAN Jack, 2-in-1 Audio Jack and HDMI 2.0 ports. While the Thunderbolt port (an all-rounded fast data transfer port commonly seen on high-end ultrabooks) is a cool feature, it’s still uncommon for gaming laptops.

What’s that?

1. Refresh rate

It’s the number of images a monitor can display per second, which is measured in Hertz (Hz). The higher the refresh rate, the more frames the monitor can display, making the on-screen image smoother.

Typically, 60Hz is the standard for both desktop and laptop screens – the monitor can display up to 60 images per second. Stats aside, the greatest distinction between high and low refresh rate is that everything is far less grainy on the higher refresh rate display. The cache-free experience is phenomenal, too.

2. Dual-channel memory

The memory (RAM) communicates with the rest of the computer through the CPU, and by adding one more channel (in this case), it allows faster data exchange as the data can be sent on more than one channel. So, if you want to improve your PC gaming performance, you should try dual-channel memory, instead of blindly upgrading the RAM capacity.

The consumer desktop motherboard can have up to an eight-channel memory, which dramatically expands the “highway” of data transfer and more!

Misconceptions

1. Extra power = extra productivity

Ideally, Intel’s Core i5 and NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1660Ti are the sweet pair for gaming rigs on-the-go. Higher-end alternatives can skyrocket in price, so be warned.

Take AMD’s newest 4th gen Ryzen mobile CPUs for example, the extra core count barely affects gameplay. Most modern games still rely heavily on single-core frequency. But if you need to do video editing, 3D rendering and other applications that are more CPU core count intensive, the extra core count will go a long way.

2. More RAM = faster PC

Simply adding more RAM will not increase your in-game performance. RAM serves as a temporary memory for your computer, allowing you to run multiple applications/programmes at the same time. Unless your hobby or profession requires you to constantly multitask, it’s fine to settle with 16GB RAM with dual-channel memory.

The easiest way to improve PC performance without spending:

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Knowing what to do with your hero is as important as selecting him.

Who doesn't want to kill the competition with their favourite heroes? That is the point of the game, after all, isn't it? Well, the pros know best, so here's a chance to get into their heads with this new series, where we partner with professional MLBB players to give you the lowdown on how they play some of their most iconic heroes!

This week, Soul, the current captain of EVOS Esports SG, spills the beans on how to master X.Borg.

About Soul

First up, here’s a bit about Soul’s background.

He’s been in the MY/SG competitive for a while, and it wouldn’t be a stretch to call him a veteran, since he was with EVOS Esports SG during their Season 2 debut.

Ultimately, the team failed to claim the championship in S2, coming in 2nd as consolation, a feat they repeated in Season 3. Now, Soul has taken up the captain’s mantle and is leading his team into the S4 Playoffs, hoping to break the "2nd place curse".

Soul used to play the marksman role, but has transitioned to a tank/fighter player in Season 4. During the Regular Season, he had an especially high win rate (86% from seven games played) on X.Borg, one of the current meta heroes.

About X.Borg

X.Borg is a fighter who deals heavy area of effect (AoE) damage and can sustain well with his passive. Introduced to the game at the beginning of August 2019, a few weeks prior to the start of Season 4, he quickly came to dominate S4’s meta, especially early on where he was the #1 picked hero. Pretty much every team wanted to pick him, and he was hovering at a win rate of more than 50%.

While he fell in terms of pick rate towards the end of the Regular Season, X.Borg remained one of the top 5 picks, and the upcoming Playoffs will likely still see him frequently selected.

During the early game, X.Borg’s primary role is to be a lane bully who out-sustains enemies. As the game progresses, he is tasked to deal heavy damage to the enemy backline in teamfights via diving in and unleashing his ultimate and AoE skills.

Skills

Passive: Firaga Armor

1) Think of his passive as a second HP bar (based on his max HP), which absorbs all the damage you take while it’s active. When the Armour HP drops to 0, it self-destructs, and you can control the joystick to make X.Borg roll in a target direction. Note that he’ll be immune to damage while rolling.

While unarmoured, an energy bar replaces his armour HP, and restoring max energy lets him re-equip the armour with 30% of max HP.

2) Dealing damage with X.Borg causes enemies to gain Temperature stacks. At max stacks, enemies drop Firaga supplies, which restore either energy (while unarmoured) or armor HP (while armoured) when picked up.

Comments: X.Borg’s passive makes him deceptively tanky for a fighter, and he can easily turn a battle around even if his HP is low, just by collecting Firaga supplies and dealing constant damage. When paired with lifesteal/spell vamp emblems and items, this passive shines even more.

Skill 1: Fire Missiles

This is his bread-and-butter damage skill. X.Borg shoots fire in a specific direction and deals physical damage. This does a percentage of your enemies’ HP as true damage if they have max Temperature.

Armourless State: The flames have a longer distance but smaller AoE, and deal less damage.

Comments: This is your main damage skill, so make sure not to miss it. At max Temperature, Fire Missiles also deals true damage, so it’s useful if the enemy team is full of tanks. This skill shines best in long skirmishes.

Skill 2: Fire Stake

X.Borg shoots Fire Stakes in a fan-shaped radius, dealing damage to enemies. Then X.Borg pulls the stakes back, also pulling in any Firaga supplies and enemies in the path of this skill.

Armourless State: X.Borg adjusts the Fire Stake launcher, increasing its range but decreasing its width.

Comments: This is your only non-ultimate crowd control (CC) ability. While it DOES deal damage, please don’t waste your cooldowns by blindly spamming it, since you’ll never know when it might come in handy to restore HP or catch a fleeing enemy.

Ultimate: Last Insanity

This can only be used in the Armored State.

X.Borg charges forward in a designated direction and stops, then spins around while shooting fire in an AoE, dealing heavy damage and slowing enemies. When the skill ends, his armour explodes, dealing physical damage and a percentage of your target's Max HP as true damage. Using the skill also sets him to the armourless state.

You can use the skill again once activated, to self-destruct immediately.

Comments: Last Insanity is X.Borg’s nuke skill, capable of dealing very heavy damage and slowing enemies, but it comes with the heavy drawback of destroying his armour, leaving him vulnerable after his ultimate ends. Make sure to use it well (refer to the Common Mistakes section at the bottom)!

Strengths and weaknesses

Despite being very powerful, X.Borg isn’t unbeatable, and he has clear strengths and weaknesses which can be exploited.

Strengths

1) X.Borg is a lane bully. With his good sustain (if he can pick up Firaga Supplies), X.Borg can easily push enemies out of lane by poking them down and healing if your enemies retaliate.

2) He has true damage on his 1st Skill when Temperature is maxed, allowing him to be useful even against tanks in longer fights.

Weaknesses

1) Burst is one of X.Borg’s major weaknesses, since he excels in skirmishing and wants to avoid all-ins early on.

If his armour is destroyed by a burst of damage, he loses his passive shield, making his abilities are weaker in that state, so he can’t use his ultimate.

2) X.Borg has very little crowd control, and enemies with mobility or displacements (knockbacks, knockups, etc) can easily escape from him.

When should you pick X.Borg?

According to Soul, X.Borg is useful in most situations. Being a very powerful hero right now, you should pick him if you have the chance because he can contribute a lot to your team’s performance. Primarily, he is played as an offlane hero, especially in his main role as a damage-dealing fighter or as a support tank that can still deal good damage while being tanky, thanks to his passive ability.

X.Borg is strong against …

Low mobility heroes.

With his powerful AoE spells, heroes that lack mobility are basically fodder for X.Borg because they are unable to easily escape while he deals them heavy damage. He is especially dangerous for support and mage heroes, with their low HP. His first skill’s true damage means he is also effective against tanks in extended teamfights.

Diggie

Minotaur

Bane

X.Borg can easily punish immobile heroes like Diggie, Minotaur, and Bane if he catches them within his AoE damage radius.

X.Borg is weak against …

Burst damage.

As mentioned, burst heroes (especially a large number of mages and assassins) can easily wreck his HP with their spells, quickly leaving him armourless. Without his armour, X.Borg is vulnerable to further burst damage, and his skills are weakened. In this state, he doesn't have much to offer the team.

Helcurt

Harith

Gusion

Examples of burst heroes that can wreck him are Helcurt, Harith (who has loads of mobility as a bonus) and Gusion.

Marksmen also work well against X.Borg, as they can output more damage in prolonged fights. X.Borg has to depend on his skills to deal most of his damage, which leaves him at a disadvantage if he doesn’t kill the opponent's marksmen with his initial rotation.

Granger

Karrie

Kimmy

Heroes like Granger, Karrie, and Kimmy are very capable of kiting him and outdamaging X.Borg's armour gain.

X.Borg Works Well With …

Crowd control tanks like Grock, Khufra, and Lolita.

X.Borg is already strong on his own, so he isn’t too reliant on team synergies or combos with other heroes to be impactful.

Grock

Khufra

Lolita

However, if you’re still looking to pick a hero who synergises well with him, Soul's recommendation is to pick heroes with crowd control and/or damage blocking abilities. These are to mitigate his two weaknesses of susceptibility to burst and inability to catch mobile enemies.

Most of these tanks also have zoning abilities, so they can trap enemies while X.Borg burns the enemies to death.

Item builds and emblems

Here are some of X.Borg’s core items that provide synergy with his abilities and role. You can refer to examples of Soul’s full builds in the next section.

Items - Core/Essential

Bloodlust Axe

Physical attack, spell vamp, and cooldown reduction on an early-to-midgame item. What more could you want?

Wings of the Apocalypse Queen

Provides lifesteal and damage reduction when X.Borg is low on HP, which synergises well with his passive and helps him stay alive longer.

Blade of Despair

The physical damage and movement speed from this item provide X.Borg with a means of sticking to enemies (which is one of his main weaknesses) and damaging them more easily, and the bonus damage on lower HP enemies is also nice.

Items - Situational

Athena’s Shield

Take this if you’re getting beaten up by mages, as it provides a shield (which stacks on top of your passive shield) to avoid their burst. It provides bonus HP and health regeneration, too.

Brute Force Breastplate

Brute Force Breastplate is useful when fighting physical attack heroes, as it provides armour and HP. The passive, which makes you more durable as you use your skills and basic attacks, is also useful for prolonged skirmishes.

Rose Gold Meteor

Primarily useful for fighting mages since it provides magic resistance. You can still buy it if you need to constantly dive into teamfights because it provides X.Borg with damage and lifesteal, while also giving him a magic shield when his HP is low.

Hunter Strike

As a fighter reliant on skills to deal damage, Hunter Strike is invaluable to X.Borg, providing a burst of speed when you hit enemies with your skills, as well as cooldown reduction and a large degree of physical damage.

Soul's X.Borg Item Build Examples

Build 1 – Used when X.Borg needs more durability, especially when you know battles are going to last longer. There’s no point maximising your damage if you’re not alive to deal it, hence his choice of three tank items.

Build 2 – Use this maximising his damage and burst. This is close to an all-in damage build with only Wings of the Apocalypse Queen considered the true defensive item. Be careful you don't die too early in teamfights. Use this if you have solid tanks in your team.

Build 3 – Use this when X.Borg is the jungler. It's a versatile build which provides a mix of cooldown reduction, durability, and damage. Beast Killer can be swapped out for another defensive or attacking item depending on the late game.

Emblems

Fighter Emblem tree

Bravery – Physical Attack 3/3

Invasion – Physical Penetration 3/3

Festival of Blood - Provides spell vamp when you deal damage to enemies, which helps to sustain you in teamfights.

Soul uses these emblems because they can provide good teamfight sustain and damage early in the game, even before getting Bloodlust Axe. With Bloodlust Axe, your damage and sustain will spike to crazy levels. The focus of these emblems is on damage and out-living enemies. For him, these Fighter stats bonuses provide enough durability and damage to play his role well.

Gameplay

Building good items alone isn’t enough because you’ll need to know how X.Borg works at various stages of the game, too.

1) Early game

You in the earlygame.

You'll probably play in the offlane, so bully your opponent as much as possible to gain an advantage. Aim to push them out of the lane by making trades and out-sustaining them (THIS IS IMPORTANT).

X.Borg has good sustain, so take advantage of that, and use the jungle camps to gain Firaga Supply charges to regen your armour and energy.

2) Mid to late game

Try to look for fights wherever possible and flank the enemy backline using your ultimate’s charge, since it gives you CC immunity while dashing. Once you dive in, unleash all your AoE damage and kill or weaken their carries, which allows your team to follow up and wipe them out.

3) Super Late game

"We did it Patrick, we destroyed the enemy base!"

In this phase, your role is to create space by standing in the middle of teamfights, using your skills to create pressure and zone enemies. This allows you to cover for your mage and carry, so they can avoid your enemies getting too close while they focus on inflicting damage. At this stage of the game, positioning and initiating teamfights is crucial, X.Borg's large AoE abilities make him valuable even in the later stages of the game. Add to this his ability to inflict true damage, and he becomes relevant in all stages of a game.

Common mistakes to avoid

1) Avoid all-in trades early

During the laning phase, X.Borg’s damage isn’t that high yet, so don’t overcommit to fights and lose out. Instead, try to poke and push enemies out of the lane to allow for farm/push and gaining a lead. He is an independent hero and can handle 2v1 situations to free up your other team members to rotate to mid or bottom.

2) Be careful when using your ultimate

Your ultimate will self-destruct X.Borg’s armour when its duration ends, leaving him vulnerable in the Armourless State. If you use your ultimate at a bad time, you might find yourself caught out and weakened - helpless as your enemies kill you.

It's fine if you're John Wick, but you're not, so be careful.

So, if you’re going to charge into the enemy team, make sure your teammates are there to follow up with their own abilities. A good time during teamfights would be after your tank initiates and your enemies are preoccupied. In the worst-case scenario, use your ultimate as a suicide move, if you know you can finish off the enemy with it. There’s no point charging in to just die, right?

So … is X.Borg Good?

Definitely. He’s a very solid hero pick in most situations, especially in terms of sustain and lane bullying, and isn’t hard to learn. But that doesn’t mean you can just pick him up and expect to get Savages left, right and centre - he still has weaknesses. The same applies if you’re against an X.Borg - there is still hope even if you’re having trouble with him.

Regardless, he’s worth buying and trying out, whether you’re a pro or a casual player.

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