Blackfeather: The Rose Champion [WP/CP] (Lane/Jungle) by slashingwinds

Blackfeather: The Rose Champion [WP/CP] (Lane/Jungle)

By: slashingwinds
Last Updated: Jun 1, 2017
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Blackfeather

Build: Assassin Weapon Blackfeather

Ability Path

Heartthrob
Heroic Perk
Feint of Heart
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On Point
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Rose Offensive
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Baron Crystal Baron can't hit a good Blackfeather, and will quickly get cut into tiny pieces, sometimes even before his jump goes off.
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Vox CP Vox is no threat, as long as you dive in before your team. Take him out quick and move on to the greater threat..
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Ardan Roam Ardan can't outpeel Blackfeather and his stickiness, meaning that no matter how hard he tries, the carry will usually die ;-;. At most, he can make you spend one more Rose Offensive charge to dive that squishy.
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Catherine Crystal Catherines, although rare, do exist. Just try not to execute the bubble and you'll be fine.
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Celeste Although Celeste might be able to hit you, unlike Crystal Baron, her escape options are even more limited. This should be an easy clean up. Avoid getting poked out of lane, however; guving her a gold lead can be deadly.
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Idris Although Weapon Idris is scary, Crystal is a major pushover. He might do big damage with his Chakram, but he can't keep away from Blackfeather effectively with a simple dodge roll.
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Phinn CP Phinn dies really fast, since he can't move much, and you can simply heal off his polite company damage. Just don't get quibbled and you'll be fine.
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Adagio Roam Adagio generally doesn't pose any sort of threat to you. Just be wary about his ult, and avoid any jungle fights early game.
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Baron Weapon Baron may do tons of damage, but his single target isn't that strong, and his mobility is very limited to large bursts. Although killing him shouldn't be a problem, sticking to him can often cost alot of resources, so make sure both of your Rose Offensive charges are up, alongside your boots.
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Blackfeather Crystal BLackfeather is pretty easy to fight, although not getting poked out before a fight is important. Try to initiate ASAP, kill him and his other carry before he has time to escape.
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Catherine Cath doesn't really have much on you. Just be careful not to get silenced then stunned; it can lead to getting picked off before the fight can properly begin. Remember not to execute the bubble, as you'll end up killing your team more than her.
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Flicker Roam Flicker is annoying, but only early on. Once you get your ult, you can get away from his Fairy Dust easily. Since he's usually paired with melee allies, you need to worry about them more than this little bleekos. Just keep that vision up and don't get jumpscared by his Mooncloak.
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Fortress Roam Fortress simply can't peel for allies, and all he really has on you is a Mortal Wound. He can be scary early game, but only as am enabler for other allies. Also, since your Rose Offensive hits count as basic attacks, his wolves die to you peticularly fast.
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Gwen Crystal Gwen is pretty easy to kill. Since you'll be running Aegis, even if she blows all her abilities on you, you'll still be alive, and she'll be in a world of pain.
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Joule Crystal Joule always needs to be respected. The Big Red Button of Doom is always scary... If it hits. So don't let it hit.
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Krul People play Crystal Krul? Seriously though, he's super tanky, so just ignore him, and disengage if he has too many Spectral Smite stacks. The burst on it's activation can be deadly.
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Ozo WP Ozo is a joke. You have better damage, mobility, and sustain.
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Phinn Roam Phinn is a very nice target for BP stacks, and since your ult allows you to dodge CC, he can't effectively peel BF as much as other heroes. However, if he hits his quibble, it's very painful.
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Taka WP Taka is pretty easy to deal with. Just remember to Feint of Heart as his Kaku is about to come up; you can follow the rose trail and reveal him with an Rose Offensive or an On Point.
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Baptiste As Weapon Blackfeather, you simply outdamage him, and you can dodge his CC. He can still do things to you; damage, peel, ect. But, everything in his kit is super easy to counter. Just make sure to Rose Offensive out of his Ordained, and you'll be a golden.
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Flicker Crystal Flicker can invade quite well, which is very annoying, but like Roam Flicker, your ult solves all your problems. Just keep your vision up, from early to late game, and you'll be all good.
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Kestrel If you don't walk into a trap, this is just an easier Weapon Kestrel. Simple :3
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Koshka Koshka is pretty scary early on. Her ganks are deadly and her invades are strong, but she scales very poorly into late game. In teamfights, watch out for her ult; if she lands it on you, it's game over.
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Ringo Ringo isn't too scary. Usually you can dive and kill him with ease, but be wary of his powerspike after a sorrowblade or an echoed CP ultimate.
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Rona You out DPS Rona, and tank her quite well. It's all about making sure your ally doesn't stand in the red msit at the same time as you, because you might end up stacking her too fast.
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Grumpjaw Weapon Grumpjaw isn't and real threat to Blackfeather. You can simply outtank and sustain his damage late game. Just be wary of his Stuffed, as it can mess up your dive.
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Alpha Both Weapon and Crystal Alpha have their own strengths, but come close to neutral with Blackfeather. Usually, it comes down to who can dodge the most abilities: Prime Directive and Self Destruct for Blackfeather and On Point for Alpha
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Ardan Weapon Ardan is suprising, and it's very important not to get caught off guard. The Blood for Blood will chunk your HP bar hard in the mid game, but towards the late, he doesn't become too much of a threat anymore.
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Blackfeather This build is very good at dueling, but chances are, so is the other Blackfeather's build. It's a skill matchup, really, and it usually comes down to execute timings and On Point accuracy.
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Gwen Although WP Gwen is fast, Blackfeather is faster. Blackfeather can stick to and out DPS Gwen, even when she Skedaddles and uses the slow from Buckshot Bonanza. Although it may take two Rose Offensive charges, she will die. The only exception is if she manages to land her ult; then you're in trouble.
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Idris Weapon Idris is pretty scary. He does a ton of damage, has the amp from his Shroudstep, and can dodge allied CC with Shimmerstrike. If you fight him straight up, the fight is risky; I would reccomend building up Breaking Point stacks from his allies before engaging him. If you have to fight him first, it's vital to land all your On Points, and to not have him dodge your Feint of Heart with his immunity.
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Lance Roam Lance is the master of ganks and punishing mistakes, and the problem with playing Blackfeather is... If you want CS in lane, your positioning is almost always guaranteed to be a mistake. He can also duel you early and sometimes mid game, so be careful.
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Ozo CP Ozo is surprisingly strong, with immense burst snd sustain. Be careful, as mid game, he may be able to almost instantly burst down a Blackfeather.
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SAW WP SAW is pretty spooky... For the first 7-10 minutes of the match. If an enemy roam is camping your lane, you will probably die, and lose one turret. But as long as you don't get tilted, and buy atlas as your first item, it shouldn't be THAT bad.
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Taka CP Taka is a bit annoying. Just don't let him burst you down before you can do anything, and you should be all good. Follow the rose trail, and slap him around with your sword.
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Adagio Crystal Adagio bullies Blackfeather out of Lane very well, but falls off hard later on. Since he has no escapes, Blackfeather can dive him and generally kill him before he can do much. Again, like Roam Adagio, watch out for his ult.
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Lance Weapon Lance is just Roam Lance but slightly scarier. Same stuff applies.
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SAW CP SAW does ALOT of damage. You will need an Aegis, and it's all about killing him before his mad cannon kills you. Consider atlasing him; it reduces his DPS with his ult like crazy.
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Skye CP Skye is very annoying to deal with pre 6. Her barrage is deadly and her suri will let her dodge away from at least one Rose Offensive. Try to dash behind her anyway; it'll let you avoid the barrage and let you get in a hit or two before she jumps away.
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Grumpjaw CP Grumpjaw can echo his ult. Other than that, fighting him is easy. Just try not to get ganked.
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Fortress Crystal Fortress is a massive pain in the rear. Taking out the wolves may be fast for Blackfeather, and it may help allies alot, but you're not diving any squishies, which kinda sucks. Everything about CP Fort hurts, no matter how tanky you are, and he can withstand large amounts of punishment with his ults fortified health. Do not fight this guy of he has ult up, he will destroy you.
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Glaive Glaive's Ganks and Invades are terrifying for any Blackfeather before 10 minutes, and he's stronger in duels till about the 15 minute mark. Although you can outscale him, a good Glaive will go into the game with the intention of stopping that, and steamrolling the game.
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Joule Weapon Joule is terrifying. In fights, her Passive massively reduces damage from Blackfeather, she can position her A to where Blackfeather's CC immunity in his ult ends, forcing him to RB, and her Thunderstrikes really, REALLY hurt. Although it's alot easier to build up against her compared to Glaive, it takes alot longer to be able to duel her effectively, and it's always less certain than Glaive.
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Kestrel Weapon Kestrel is quite powerful against BF. The hitbox on her Glimmershots leads to a difficult time dodging up close, and the ratio and speed that they come out are deadly. However, other than that, BF has the upper hand; with him countering her invis and traps easily, and him having the advantage after those four deadly arrows.
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Petal Not only is Petal currently quite strong, but she destroys BF in any sort of early fight. If you see her, and you're jungle, the enemy will probably make your life a living hell, and farming will be difficult. Late game, however, it's close to an even matchup, if your allies follow up.
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Skaarf Skaarf can do alot of damage, with his goop puddle and his passive. Avoid getting caught in the burning puddle of oil; if he kites you while you stand in it, his lifesteal will make him very difficult to kill.
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Skye WP Skye is similar to Samuel in kiting abilities, but she doesn't have the lifesteal or tankiness. Although she will be more consistently deadly, she will die quite quickly.
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Krul Weapon Krul is scary. Very scary. You can't 1v1 him, and if he sticks onto you, you'll end up wasting Rose Offensive charges on escaping. The best you can do is build up Breaking Point stacks, Atlas and try to burst him down as quickly as possible. Of that doesn't work out, this undead viking isn't gonna go down for ages.
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Lyra Lyra. My god is she annoying. Her A heals or stings like crazy. Her B shuts down your ult. Her passive is extremely difficult to farm against. She's just a pain in general, trust me. Either path is very strong against you.
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Reim Reim is scary. Like Petal, he can and usually will try to destroy your early game. Unlike Petal, against you, he scales decently into the late game. Hope your ranged ally isn't a potato, or you can stack enough BP Stacks to outfight him.
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Samuel Samuel. Oh boy Samuel. He's very, VERY scary. Kiting for days, tons of damage and sustain, forcing out Rose Offensives with his ult. A good Samuel will make your game a nightmare, no pun intended. Although you do scale better than him, if he lands all his shots, you'll need to be on point as hell to kill him. Again, no pun intended.
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Vox WP Vox, similar to Skye, can kite extremely well, but doesn't have the lifesteal of Samuel. Killing him is oretty difficult late game; but with backup from a good team, it shouldn't be impossible. Just incredibly difficult.

Blackfeather

Build: Poke Crystal Blackfeather

Ability Path

Heartthrob
Heroic Perk
Feint of Heart
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On Point
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Phinn Crystal Phinn is easy to poke, and can simply be avoided and chunked down. Be wary of the Forced Accord, however; Rose Offensive out if you feel endangered.
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Ardan Roam Ardan can't really affect Blackfeather. His guantlet can be pass through by Rose Offensive, before he goes back to his poke game, almost as if the initiation never happened.
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Flicker Roam Flicker can't initiate very well against a Rose Offensive, and your On Point is a ver long attack, allowing you to check the smaller bushes in their entirety.
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Adagio Roam Adagio generally doesn't pose any sort of threat to you. Just be wary about his ult, and avoid any jungle fights early game. He can heal your poke away, which is annoying, but that's about all he offers.
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Catherine Roam Cath has a large amount of CC, but by using your Rose Offensive, you can back off and instantly screw up her initiation, going back to the poke game. Watch out for her blast tremor; the silence is deadly.
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Catherine Crystal Caths exist. Just don't On Point their bubble, and you'll be fine.
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Flicker Crystal Flicker can invade quite well, and possibly steamroll the game, but by setting up vision he shouldn't become too much of a problem.
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Fortress Roam Fort can help invades and deal a good amount of damage, but based off his position in the meta, it isn't much of a problem. Simply poke him out mid and late game, and win.
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Phinn Roam Phinn can block your poke with his Polite Company, but that's about it. Watch out for his Quibble while diving, however.
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SAW Weapon SAW can bully you early, but once you have On Point maxed out, you can simply poke him out of lane.
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Baron Crystal Baron shouldn't be too hard. He can fight back, since your dives aren't as strong, but as soon as you can get onto him, he's as good as toast. Watch out for his poke game; it has the potential to be deadly.
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Celeste Celeste can outpoke you, but similarly to Crystal Baron, you can dive onto her and try to kill her.
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Idris Crystal Idris has a pretty similar kit to you, but you're simoly stronger. Your poke is better, your barriers come up more often, your ult is more better, your mobility is stronger, and it can be given to allies. Just build some sheild so he can't burst you down with a chakram combo.
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Kestrel You outrange Weapon Kestrel, so killing her is pretty simple. Poke, then dive when she's out of arrows and hurt. Watch out though; she's slippery, and difficult to dive.
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Koshka Koshka is pretty scary early on. Her ganks are deadly and her invades are strong, but she scales very poorly into late game. In teamfights, watch out for her ult; if she lands it on you, it's game over.
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Krul Crystal Krul is very bursty, and can take out enemies quickly, but the same pattern applies. This time, however, he can't rampage as hard.
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Lance Lance is pretty scary for ganks, but otherwise, he's just CC and tankiness (and damage if he builds WP), which you can avoid. Simple.
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Reim Similarly to Crystal Phinn, avoid initiating and simply poke him out. Avoid his early invades if you're jungle, and you should be fine.
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Rona Rona, although she can jump in, is easy to escape from. Rose Offensive out, On Point, rinse and repeat.
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Skaarf Skaarf can poke, but he has nothing on you if you poke at the same time. However, his Spitfire is on a lower cooldown, so be wary of the followup poke.
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Skye Crystal Skye can deal a large amount of damage, but during a forward barrage, she's wuite easy to kill.
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Taka Both Weapon and Crystal Taka aren't too difficult. Build against them, and tag them with Feint of Heart before they Kaku, and follow the rose trail to their death!
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Grumpjaw Weapon Grumpjaw is a little bit of a threat, but nothing major. Just dodge the Grumpy and kite for days.
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Grumpjaw Crystal Grumpjaw is pretty similar. Just avoid getting initated, and poke him down.
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Baptiste Don't get feared! That's about it. When he pops his Ordained or his Ult, make sure you're ready to dive to avoid the CC. After using these abilities, he can't really peel for his Laner. And if he doesn't use these abilities agressively, enjoy your free poke, since you likely outrange the enemy laner.
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Blackfeather Mirror Match! I belive in you! Poke him out and engage. Remember that if you On Point first, your barrier will block the majority of the poke from his On Point.
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Gwen Crystal Gwen can poke well, but that's all she offers. You can outpoke her, but she has higher burst with her Aces High. Be wary of that and you should be fine.
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Joule Crystal Joule still doesn't take too much damage, but Big Red Button is easy to dodge, so you'll be fine.
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Kestrel Crystal Kestrel is a bit more difficult. She has massive poke, and zoning with her mines. But, if you can dive her safely, she's as good as gone. Try to build vision early; avoiding the element of surprise is key.
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Ringo Ringo, Weapon or Crystal, aren't too much of a challenge. Poke, and build thr correct defences, and you should be fine. Remember to On Point an enemy character before his Hellfire Brew lands
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Samuel This is mostly a skill matchup, since both of you have such great poke, but try to avoid fighting inside his Drifting Dark.
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SAW Crystal SAW can fo a large amount of damage, but if he misses his Supressing Fire, or you're already too close, use your On Point to poke him. Make sure to turn to use On Point if he's Roadie Running towards you; the slow and barrier might save you.
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Adagio Crystal Adagio bullies Blackfeather out of Lane very well, but falls off hard later on. Since he has no escapes, Blackfeather can dive him and generally kill him before he can do much. Again, like Roam Adagio, watch out for his ult.
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Gwen Breaking Point! Try to poke her out mid game, and put your Feint of Heart onto her, as the rose trail lets your team catch up with her movespeed, even after Skedaddle. Late game, don't let her stack her Breaking Point through her Buckshot and Boomstick poke, and don't get caught out by her Aces High.
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Joule Weapon Joule won't take much damage from your poke, but you can avoid his damage too. Try to take him down after the other carry, as you won't do much damage frim the front.
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Lyra Crystal Lyra, although pokey, can't do much healing. You can out poke her, but avoid her Imperial Sigil damage.
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Petal Petal can invade you early, but after mid game, she scales off hard. She can't poke back, but she can send her munions at you for some free damage, so be careful
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Vox Crystal Vox is also difficult. He can outpoke you, and deal a large amount of damage through your roam. However, you can still dive him; and come out on top.
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Ardan Weapon Ardan, however is a little more difficult. Due to his fast attackspeed, he will be able to land his Blood for Blood over and over, leading to Blackfeather taking alot of damage.
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Glaive This cat will mess you up. His afterburn can easily hand you to his team on a silver platter, and his burst damage is immense. Later on, however, he doesn't do that much damage, and his initiations can lead to his own deaths.
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Krul Weapon Krul is oretty simple to fight, although he is deadly. On Point, then escape. Poke him down and avoiding letting him sink his claws into you or your other carry
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Ozo Ozo, no matter how he's built, will outheal most of your damage, and can initiate from almost anywhere. Try and poke him out, but don't overextend.
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Vox Weapon Vox is terrifying late game, especially Breaking Point + Crit build nring thrown around. He can dodge On Points, and his silence from Wait for It can stop you from landing kills. Remember, however; you outrange him. Keep your distance and chip him down,
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Alpha Both Weapon and Crystal Alpha have their own strengths, but both can easily initiate onto Crystal Blackfeather. Try to dodge her Prime Directive, and poke her outside of her range before she inevitably initiates onto you
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Baron Breaking Point should scare you, and Baron is one of the best weapon DPS characters in the entire game. He has a very long range, so you can also take alot of damage when trying to harass. Try to win the game in the mid gamem before he finishes his tyrants.
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Blackfeather Weapon Blackfeather can give you a hard time, since he can dive and simply out fight you. Poking him before a fight without overextending can be difficult, but it can be done.
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Lyra Roam Lyra is very annoying to deal with, since she can simply heal away your poke, and stop your dives. Try to use the element of surprise, if possible.
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Fortress Crystal Fort is a mild annoyance, but a deadly one. Take down the wolves and continue your poke game, and use your Rose Offensive to escape if needed. Do not fight this guy when his wolves are up, he will destroy you.
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Skye Weapon Skye can dodge almost anything you throw at her, and her damage output is crazy. Your biggest chance to kill her is during a forward barrage, or if she's attacking an allied character who is trying to escape, since their movement path will be predictable.
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Idris Weapon Idris is very scary. His mobility will allow him to quickly take you out, and his damage is immense. Poking him is difficult, and his Shimmerstrike will allow him to avoid alot. The best you can do is wait for him to Shimmerstrike, then ult into tower and hope you can predict where he will jump off from, following it up with an On Point.

Table of Contents Top

A Little About Myself Top

Hi! I'm slashingwinds, and I've been playing this game since the update before Vox, although I've had two breaks, one of which I recently came back from. You might recognise me from the Vainglory Forums, where I pretty much wrote random pieces of 'lore' and ****posted. I have over a thousand wins on my main account, and I hovered around high SA until I took my break. I'm trying to rank up again, recovering from decay. So far, it's going well. I've played a crazy amount of BF from the moment he was released; and instantly fell in love. He's alot of fun, but I didn't find any sort of good guide for him on this site. None were very in depth, or useful. So hopefully, I can share some of my experience and wisdom with you guys.
Cheers :3

Change Log Top

Update 2.1, Guide Created.
- Added Alternate Build (More Meta Focused) and followup note in the builds section.
- Added Carry Synergies.
- Added Battle Royale and Blitz starts.
- Added some small additions to item descriptions (Crystal).
- Corrected Execute Graph.
- Combo List Added. Update 2.2 is dropping today. The hype is real :0

Update 2.2. Excited to see what this patch holds. Need more experience with Grumpjaw to see how he matches up with Blackfeather. Poison Shiv buffs might make it a better pick than Bonesaw, although it's probably still situational. Vox and Petal nerfs and Krul buffs might mean risk reconsideration. We'll see.
- Fixed error in the Combos section.
- Added some small additions to item descriptions (Weapon).
- Added Grumpjaw to Risks and Synergies. Tweaked Fortress in Risks, due to his buffs. Apologies for the late update, wanted to test the effectiveness of Grumpjaw. CP Grump guide coming soon (???).
- Added small details to game sense, altered Petal risk descriptions, added table of contents, added 'Impact' in Introduction to Blackfeather. (For more information on what 'Impact' is, go to this small explanation http://forums.vainglorygame.com/index.php?threads/122740/)
- Edited WP+CP Blitz Start, Changed Meta Build Name (2.2), Added Table of Contents
- Small edits to risks, including locating spelling/grammar errors
- Added Comps Section, for some quick comp making advice and examples

Update 2.3. Attackspeed changes went through, alongside nerfs to Tyrants Monocle and Breaking Point. Tornado looks to be a better item on Blackfeather, and the Bonesaw buffs were nice. Poisoned Shiv is probably still only going to be a counter item, mainly due to the massive crits Tornado Trigger can provide.
- Small changes to threats
- Small changes to item builds and the build section. Update 2.4 is coming soon and I can't wait to play Baptiste. It's been a while since we got a melee laner, and these tend to be some of my favourite characters.
- Title Change. I have a Baron guide in the works and wanted to keep the titles consistent.
- Build Alternative Irems Edit (CP). Changed threat of CP Fort down (WP), Added Baptiste Threat. Note: I will be doing a talents section once they come out, and giving my opinions on them!

Update 2.5. Stormcrown nerfs came through. Atlas got some strange nerfs. Might replace Atlas with MJ for the core build. Small edits to the risks section.

Introduction to Blackfeather Top

Blackfeather is a Melee Assassin, originally designed to be primarily a weapon laner, although he was made to be able to fit all roles, and almost any build, even roam (although this knowledge for this type of build is too different from weapon or crystal to include in the same guide). He has a good mix of damage, mobility and defence, with a small amount of team utility such as his slow and speed boost. Personally, I enjoy Blackfeather as he was intended; a weapon laner. This is mostly because of the large amount of gold you can generate from it. However, Blackfeather has seen much more success in the jungle in professional play, as both weapon and crystal, so in all honesty, play like you want to play!

PASSIVE: Heartthrob


Blackfeather's attacks and abilities apply Heartthrob stacks to enemies. This stacks twice on minions and monsters and up to five times on heroes and objectives. Any time stacks are added or refreshed, Blackfeather also deals 5-10 (+10% crystal power) crystal damage for each stacks of Heartthrob already on the target.

Instead of energy, Blackfeather uses focus for his abilities. This is capped at 100 and naturally regenerates 10 per second. Blackfeather also recovers an additional 10 focus for each basic attack he lands.

For weapon, this passive allows you to quickly get your execute from Feint of Heart ready and allows you to quikcly recover your special resource, focus. As crystal, this passive serves are your damage for your basic attacks, letting you do damage from a source other thsn your On Point.

A: Feint of Heart


Blackfeather lunges to his target and basic attacks them. For the next 4 seconds, the target leaves behind a rose trail that grants Blackfeather and his allies movement speed when moving through it.

When this ability is used against a target with full Heartthrob stacks (shown as broken hearts) it will execute the target for bonus true damage based on the target's missing health (capped against non-heroes).

Overdrive: The rose trail also makes Blackfeather and allies unslowable. Additionally, the cooldown for Feint of Heart is reset if the target is killed within 0.5 seconds.

For weapon, this ability is a high damage execute, allowing you to do massive missing health damage to a target with five heartthrob stacks on them. This also resets, and gives him slow immunity, which is quite useful against characters like Skaarf or Reim. For crystal, this ability is an extremely potent speed boost for your team, alongside instantly applying all your heartthrob stacks, letting you instantly get to your maximum power with your normal attacks.

B: On Point


Blackfeather pierces all enemies in a line, damaging them and applying a decaying slow for 1 second. The duration of the slow is increased by 0.3 seconds for each stack of Heartthrob on the target.

If this hits at least one enemy hero, Blackfeather also gains a barrier that scales with 10% of his bonus health and recovers 35 focus. The amount of focus recovered is further increased with 2% of his Max Energy and 50% of his Energy Regen.

Overdrive: On Point gains increased range.

For weapon, this ability is your main tanking tool. It slows enemies, and gives you a strong barrier, allowing you to tank some of the damage that will inevitably hit you as you dive. As crystal, this ability is your main damage, dealing massive poke and burst. I always max this for its extra range; it's extremely useful and allows you to deal some sort of ranged damage.

C: Rose Offensive


Blackfeather cuts through his opponents, basic attacking all enemies along his path. During the dash, Blackfeather is immune to negative effects and has fortified health.

This ability has 2 charges.

For both weapon and crystal Blackfeather, this ability is extremely important. It allows you to dive, dodge, tank, surprise, deal damage and more all in one fantastic ability. It has two charges, meaning you can use it twice in a fight, although early on it has quite a long recharge time, meaning you might be caught in a teamfight with only one charge.

Pros and Cons



Weapon Blackfeather
Pros:
- High burst and consistent damage
- Very tanky with constant barriers
- High mobility
- CC Immunity
- Easy Atlas
Cons:
- Weak early game
- Almost no ranged damage
- Prone to being bursted down
Impact (Early - Late)
Damage: 4-7
Defence: 3-6
Mobility: 3-7
Team Utility: 3-2

Crystal Blackfeather
Pros:
- High poke
- Massive team utility through rose trail
- High mobility
- CC Immunity
- Easy Atlas
Cons
- Weak early game
- Low tankiness, prone to being burst down
- Particularly weak to Breaking Point
Impact (Early - Late)
Damage: 4-6
Defence: 3-3
Mobility: 3-8
Team Utility: 3-6

Game Sense Top

Early Game (Lane)


Early on, Blackfeather is at his weakest. Pick up a Book of Eulogies and defence against your lane opponent, unless your jungle allies are also late game. In that case, pick up Sprint Boots, so if needed you can rotate down and support them in their jungle fight. SAW and Lyra are your biggest enemies during this phase; if you see either of them, build defence against them. They will try to bully you out of lane or kill you, so your allies shouldn't need THAT much help. Start with your On Point; it lets you pick up farm you would have lost, and trade against ranged opponents decently well. Watch out for ganks, especially those from Koshka and Lance; against these two, an early back to purchase Travel Boots and your defence might be a good idea.

Early Game (Jungle)


In the jungle, you'll 100% want to start Blackfeather with a Swift Shooter, but the second item comes down to the enemy. Against a much stronger early game enemy, such as Reim, Flicker or Lance, you'll want to build Sprint Boots. If the enemy is fightable, such as a Glaive and Ardan, build against the major damage type (If you're not sure, go for armour). If the enemy is weaker, such as a Krul or Baron, it might be good to go for a Weapon Blade to accompany your Swift Shooter. Most of your early game will be farming and avoiding enemies, but if you can get a lead, push it as hard as you can. When ganking, try to use your Feint of Heart to help your Captain catch up (Refer to Combos: The Rose Trail). Remember to invade the enemy jungle if your laner pushes out and comes to rotate; although you may be weak early on, you can't lose a 3v2.

Mid Game (Weapon)


Towards mid game, Crystal Blackfeather is pretty strong. Using your ult, you can easily punish overextending squishy carries, particularly Ringo and Celeste. Your ult offers more options than that, however. Escaping from ganks is even more reliable. You can gain fortified health to survive against ranged attacks that could kill you. Overall, you have many more options. Invading also becomes easier, since you can jump over walls for engaging and initiating. If you see an isolted squishy, go for them. Getting any sort of advantage at this stage is massive, as it can allow you to snowball like crazy.

Mid Game (Crystal)


As Crystal Blackfeather, your mid game very strong. With your maxed out On Point, you can poke enemies out of lane, leading to you either picking up easy kills or pushing free objectives like turrets and gold mine. Your Rose Offensive brings the same options as Weapon, and your speed from Feint of Heart will start becoming very noticable for you and your enemy team. When ganking, your Rose Trail is incredibly powerful, so try and use its speed as much as possible.

Late Game (Weapon)


Late game, Weapon Blackfeather is a boss. Your dives are amazing, and you can easily take out a backline squishy, as long as your team will follow you up, and you don't get kited. Using your stacks, junglers aren't much of a threat either. Look for Rose Offensive strikes over walls; the element of surprise can easily lead to won battles. If the enemy is also strong late game, try not to initiate yourself; you might get wrecked. Instead, try and get your Roam to catch out the enemy squishy, then go in. Careful not to dive in too deep, as it can often lead to enemies collapsing onto you and your death.

Late Game (Crystal)


Late game, your playstyle doesn't change much from mid game. Simply land pokes against the enemy, disengaging while your On Point comes back. Once fights break out, try to dive onto squishies and use your large burst to take them out, and dodging their damage with your stutterstepping. Watch out for Breaking Point enemies; especially an enemy Weapon Vox. Try to avoid going into their auto attack range, until they're very low, with no Fountain of Renewal or Roam in sight, or when your allies have started a dive and are tanking for you.

The Build Top

Weapon


On Weapon Blackfeather, the main features we're aiming for is lots of fast diving and damage, alongside being able to come back and fight off an enemy tank afterwards. We're also looking for decent tankiness and synergy with his abilities. Use these items on him for the best outcome!

Serpent Mask is core on BF. It has synergy with all his abilities, and is just fantastic overall. When hitting a whole team with your Rose Offensive, it will allow you to heal for every hit, which can lead to some clutch lifesteal. When executing with Feint of Heart, you gain a large amount of HP back from the sudden burst. In between using your autos and On Point barrier, you can stay extremely tanky yet do alot of damage. I build this item basically every game.

Breaking Point is a fantastic item on Blackfeather. Not only do you do a large amount of damage with your normal attacks, but you can gain a large number of stacks with your[ [Feint of Heart]] execute and Rose Offensive. It also scales your Feint of Heart and On Point damage well, allowing you to 1v3, in the right circumstances. There are very few times you shouldn't build this item, but if you're up against two late game weapon carries, it may be better to trade this out for another attackspeed or crit item.

Bonesaw is a personal favourite of mine, although it isn't viable in every situation. It allows your normal attacks to shred armour, which can allow you to rip apart Metal Jackets, which many carries will finish their build with, particularly TyrantPoint builds like the one on Vox. Its attackspeed also builds upon Breaking Point, and it brings his attackspeed to one that lets you almost ignore your stamina costs, as you generate it back so quickly. Obviously, don't build this if the enemies aren't building armour; other items are much more worthwhile.

Tyrants Monocle is a very situational alternative to Bonesaw, with its crits allowing Blackfeather to do a large amount of burst damage quickly, alongside stacking Breaking Point and scaling off it well. However, it doesn't have attackspeed, so you may need to use your abilities sparingly compared to a main attackspeed item. This item is most useful against squishies that lack a meaningful amount of armour, and when you have Breaking Point. Overall, Tornado Trigger does more damage over time, but Tyrants CAN be useful against hyper squishies.

Poisoned Shiv offers slightly better stats than Bonesaw, but it doesn't have the armour shred, instead offering Blackfeather a mortal wound, which is quite easy to proc. Although powerful against other lifesteal or healing characters, in other cases, other items are more valuable and powerful. Note that this item is very cheap, allowing you to buy it much faster than any other weapon item (excluding Tension Bow).

Tornado Trigger, in its new buffed form, is amazing on Blackfeather. The atackspeed and Crit give him basically anything he voild want. It allows your passive to stack quickly for Feint of Heart, and ghe crit can also stack Breaking Point quite effectively.

Note: Alternate Build
The standard build, although stable and always useable, isn't the best for this meta. Currently, since Breaking Point is so powerful, you need straight up killing power when diving enemy carries. The alternate build doesn't have many replacements for items either (replacing Breaking Point for Poisoned Shiv is the only good option IMO), so I haven't made nearly as many notes on it. I do reccomend the standard build for practicing, however; since you have a more forgiving lifesteal build, meaning you can make mistakes and not be punished nearly as hard.

Crystal


On Crystal Blackfeather, we're aiming to up his poke game and offer a large speed boost to our team, while maintaining part of the tankiness and diving damage from Weapon Blackfeather

Shatterglass allows the large CP scalings on Blackfeather to take effect, with the massive poke and speed boost coming out from his On Point and Feint of Heart respectively. Although this is replaceable, you should know when to switch to a different build quite early on. But if you want massive poke, this is your item.

Alternating Current allows Crystal Blackfeather to take advantage of his Broken Hearts, which make his auto attacks do damage based on his crystal and attackspeed. This also becomes his only sustained damage; the rest comes in the form of burst/poke from his On Point, and the base execute from his Feint of Heart. This also allows Blackfeather to have a smooth stutter step, as it offers enough attackspeed to close up the awkward gap in timing.

Broken Myth is simply required in every crystal Build. Its sheild pierce and damage amplification are just too powerful to pass up. If fights are taking a long time, this one should be a first or second item.

Aftershock can work in a Blackfeather build, but only if you plan to dive. If you plan to poke, and only initiate when you have an advantage, Shatterglass will be a much better item. The heal proc and cooldown reduction from it are useful, however. It's mostly useful against SAW, Ringo, Glaive and Lance, due to you almost needing to dive them at some point, or their massive health pools.

Eve of Harvest allows Blackfeather to purchase lifesteal without going for Aftershock, and allows him to maintain his poke heavy playstyle effectively. He also recovers a large amount of focus after every On Point landed onto an enemy character. This is mostly strong against burst characters, such as a CP Taka or Kestrel, as you can heal back from their attacks.

Clockwork allows Crystal Blackfeather to be quite tanky during fights, as his On Point and its barrier will come up more often, alongside his main damage source coming out often. However, this makes your On Points weak damage wise, until you build an infusion. If you can afford to only build one defence item, I would recommend this and Shatterglass as damage items. It can be useful for increased utility from his abilities when paired up with a very strong synergy, but I would only buy it if you feel you're not going to have much impact, and need your ally to carry.

Defence


Nobody can live with defence! As Blackfeather does alot of damage and has a good tankiness synergy with his On Point, it's important to make use of it with the right defence items.

Aegis is pretty much a core item on every carry, since it offers defence against mages and many roams, alongside having an inbuilt reflex block.

Atlas Pauldron can easily be applied by Blackfeather, letting him dive the enemy weapon carry much easier. In the current meta, diving the weapon carry is extremely important, meaning that this is almost an essential pickup. Always build this against a Weapon Krul or SAW; for obvious reasons.

Shiversteel allows Blackfeather to stick onto slippery enemies much easier. Although he is already one of the stickiest, if not the stickiest character in the game, it may be valuable to pick up if you end up missing your On Point, or are practicing Weapon Blackfeather. Never forget the Shiver-Offensive combo; if used correctly, it can slow a whole team for an allied ultimate.

Metal Jacket can be very valuable against weapon characters with low attackspeed, such as Joule or Kestrel. Usually, your roams Atlas should be enough. This can also be bought when the enemy has a crystal carry instead of a weapon one, with a weapon warrior jungler (excluding Krul) as atlas won't be as important. This is mainly due to the fact you won't be focusing them at first; and Metal Jacket will allow you to take less damage during your dive.

Slumbering Husk can be a very powerful pickup on Blackfeather, easily allowing you to get hits onto an enemy while your health bar is fortified. This can allow you to get one guaranteed kill before becoming vulnerable, alongside Breaking Point stacks for the second carry, if you build enough damage and dodge enough crowd control. Against an CP Assassin, however, I would buy Aegis over this; since you aren't focusing them, they will get two or more chances to jump in, do their burst and leave.

Combos Top

1. The Level 1
Attack - On Point - Attack
2. The Rose Trail
Sprint Boots (Optional) - Feint if Heart - Attack - On Point - Attack
3. Speed Assistance
Attack - On Point - Attack - Shiversteel (Optional) - Atlas Pauldron (Optional) - Feint of Heart
4. 10% Max Health Execute
Attack - On Point - Attack - Attack - Sprint Boots (Optional) - Attack - Feint of Heart
5. Proving Dominance
Shiversteel (Optional) - Rose Offensive - Atlas Pauldron (Optional) - Attack - On Point - Attack - Attack - Feint of Heart
6. Diving HARD
Shiversteel (Optional) - Rose Offensive - Atlas Pauldron (Optional) - Attack - On Point - Attack - Sprint Boots - Reflec Block (Optional) - Attack - Attack - Feint of Heart
7. Easy Triple
Shiversteel (Optional) - Rose Offensive - Atlas Pauldron (Optional) - Attack - On Point - Attack - Sprint Boots - Reflex Block (Optional) - Attack - Attack - Feint of Heart - Rose Offensive - Attack - On Point - Attack - Attack - Feint of Heart - Whatever you want (Chances are, it's only their roam standing.)
8. 1v3
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Note: Although these combos apply for both paths, they are much more important as Weapon, since a large amount of your power from Crystal is poke. Remember that these aren't set in stone; You might need to reflex block earlier than you needed, or maybe boots aren't enough to keep up, and you need to use your second Rose Offensive charge. These are just some basic things you'll need to know.

Synergies Top

Carry/Jungle


10/10
Crystal Adagio is very powerful with a Weapon Blackfeather. Not only does he cover up the early game weaknesses, but his damage is immense and having Blackfeather diving the enemy team gives him many more options for his Gift if Fire and Agent of Wrath. He also doesn't scale off as hard as Roam Adagio, still being a damage threat, even if he falls to more of a support role.

8/10 5/10
Crystal Alpha is the best diver in the game to pair with Blackfeather, with their relentless taking down any ranged carries. They can finish off eachothers targets with Feint of Heart and Prime Directive. However, Reim counters them both, and they're both not very good at seiging, so be wary of their weaknesses. Weapon Alpha functions well as a large tank, but she doesn't really need Crystal Blackfeathers movespeed. She can't offer her own poke either, which can be a problem when trying to get an advantage before fights.

9/10
Weapon Adan pairs surprisingly well with Blackfeather. The movespeed allows him to stick onto enemies and charge his Blood for Blood, and his barriers can support the Blackfeather dive. Although he doesn't offer any poke, he offers great initiation, so you can take advantages of enemies that have been poked down

3/10 10/10
Crystal Baron won't be effective with a Blackfeather, due to his lack of hard CC, setting up the powerful Porcupine Mortars. Although the Blackfeather can run Shiversteel to slow a large group of enemies with his Rose Offensive, this generally isn't worth it. Weapon Baron, however, is very strong with a Crystal Blackfeather. His dammage is massive, letting him carry hard. His range is massive, letting him poke alongside Blackfeather. And his weakness of being slower than Phinn is erased by the Rose Trail from Feint of Heart. If you can get this to late game, this combo is deadly.

1/10
Just don't!
Seriously, the enemy team will just focus you over the Crystal Cath.
So just don't!

2/10
Blackfeather doesn't enjoy defending an ally, he enjoys diving.
Celeste likes both allies defending her as she does massive AOE damage with her Heliogenesis.
The clash of playstyles doesn't really end well, as if you follow one of the playstyles, the one of the carries will suffer. Celeste can get caught out being aggresive. Blackfeather doesn't have any sort of hard CC to peel. Both of them will probably get die early/mid game.

7/10
His initiation is amazing, and his Binding Light and Fairy Dust are powerful tools with a Blackfeather... but you can get all the synergy in a Roam. So use him as one.

9/10
Crystal Fortress works quite well with Blackfeather. The late game is immense, and they both dive extremely well. And since you either have to focus Blackfeather or the wolves from Attack of the Pack, one of the two is bound to succeed and wipe the enemy team. It's all just a matter of time and farm.

2/10 6/10
Weapon Blackfeather and Crystal Grumpjaw don't really mix. You don't need a peelbot if you're a diver. Do yourself a favour and pick a different CP Carry/Jungler. Crystal Blackfeather and Weapon Grumpjaw had decent synergy. The Rose Trail allows Grumpy to use his Hangry to its maximum effect. They can help whittle down eachothers targets, until the enemy carry is dead. However, they don't have much synergy with Stuffed, so again, a different combo is probably better.

9/10
What's even better than Rocket axe cat?
Rocket axe cat with infinite movespeed and slow immunity!
Glaive is very good at picking off targets that Crystal Blackfeather has poked down with On Point, and the movespeed from Feint of Heart allows Glaive to be unkiteable, which is his major weakness.

4/10 9/10
Crystal Gwen is very good at controlling a zone, but only defensively. When playing agressive as Gwen, it's very easy to get caught out and dived on. Even though her damage is powerful, she will probably die following up on a dive. Weapon Gwen has a little more synergy, mainly with her Poke and Initiation from Buckshot Bonanza and Aces High, but she doesn't need Blackfeathers movespeed to succeed. Her Skeadaddle provides that already.

9/10 10/10
Crystal Idris is surprisingly strong with a Weapon Blackfeather. He has enough mobility to keep himself alive on the outskirts of fights, his damage is high enough for it not to be ignored, and they both have amazing late games. If he grabs a Frostburn, you can combo your slows, so that nobody will escape ypur grasp. Weapon Idris synergises even better. Idris was difficult to peel, but not impossible. But, if you tag a Feint of Heart onto his target... they're gonna die. He can also contribute to the poke game, and all your support can often lead to quick and effective team wipes.

7/10 7/10
Crystal Joule is powerful... but she likes hard CC. However, unlike Baron, she can actually just go off her own CC! Namely Frostburn! However, unlike with Baron, buying a Shiversteel is actually worth it for her Big Red Button. Team Wipes! For Weapon Joule, her poke is great and she synergies with Feint of Heart very well. However, she isn't the best on initiation, as her Rocket Jump is unreliable at best.

3/10 4/10
Crystal Kestrel is very iffy with Blackfeather. Crystal can offer large poke with Glimmershots and has an amazing early game, but is too defensive and scales off too hard late game to work well with Weapon Blackfeaather. Her weapon path needs to stop to use her Glimmershots, so the Feint of Heart movespeed isn't very strong. She does provide strong poke, but she can't initiate well, usually ending in the enemy initiating onto you. But that's not the position Crystal Blackfeather wants to be in either.

2/10
Koshka isn't very strong with Blackfeather. Although her burst sets up kills, their powerspikes are the complete opposite to eachother, leading to one of the, being very weak at one point in the game. Their ability to dive well and lock down a target overlap and have no synergy either. Not the best pick ever...

1/10 10/10
Crystal Krul does one thing; offer a distraction. He doesn't do too much damage, but his weakness offers a large amount of utility, and the only way to get him to pop them is by hitting him... which is going to heal him up to full health and the cycle continues. However, Weapon Blackfeather doesn't need a distraction. He needs backup as he dives. CP Krul just doesn't offer that. Weapon Krul, on the other hand, offers two things; a distraction AND ramping damage. Ramping damage that makes him close to unkillable. Damage that you can support with your Feint of Heart and On Point. It's... insanly stupid to see a Krul as fast as Koshka sprint down after a Ringo, trust me.

2/10
Weapon Lance is amazing, but his synergy with Crystal Blackfeather is meh. He can line up an On Point with his Gythian Wall, but that's about it. Otherwise, this combo is pretty weak.

7/10
Crystal Lyra is quite powerful with Blackfeather. She can follow up on dives with her long auto and Imperial Sigyl range, and she can peel for herself with Bright Bulwark. The only issues are Blackfeather accidentally eating up the Imperial Sigyl for healing, reducing its damage, and the Arcane Passage accidentally screwing him up. Picking her up is a strong choice, however, as it eliminates one of his major counters.

5/10 4/10
Ozo is... meh with Blackfeather. Althoug both paths are individually strong, and their playstyles don't clash, they don't have the best synergy either. Crystal does tons of burst damage, but is inconsistent, which can lead to Blackfeathers late game power not seeing the light of day. His Weapon path is strong, but it already has the mobility needed to keep up; it doesn't need support from Feint of Heart

7/10
Petal works well with Blackfeather. Her damage output is nice, her heals are easy to land on him, and her early game lets her cover for his weakness, while he farms up. She doesn't scale off too hard in the late game either, making her a nice choice.

2/10
Phinn can't really keep up with Blackfeather. Similarly to Flicker, I would reccomend the roam route, even if they don't have much Synergy. At least you can get fortified HP from Polite Company with Roam Phinn.

1/10
Reim simply can't keep up.
So don't bother.

8/10 4/10
Crystal Ringo is pretty powerful, since while diving, there shouldn't be anyone able to dive him. This lets him use his Hellfire Brew twice, with his Echo, to do massive damage. Weapon Ringo doesn't synergise with Crystal Blackfeather much, unfortunatly. He generally doesn't need mobility, he doesn't initiate well, and his poke isn't very strong, but you can still make it work.

9/10
Weapon Rona is fantastic with Crystal Blackfeather. Although she doesn't offer poke, the speed from Feint of Heart and slow from On Point makes up for alot of her weaknesses. She initiates quite well, and you can easily help her stack the her Breaking Point.

10/10
Samuel pairs perfectly with Weapon Blackfeather. He can fight for himself, but he can still keep up with his dives, chipping away at the enemy jungler with the Malice & Verdict and Drifting Dark combo, as the enemy carry falls to your dive. This pick is especially good as it eliminates one of Blackfeathers many counters.

7/10 6/10
Crystal SAW is not only powerful, but he loves a distraction. Such as a diving Blackfeather. If he can position correctly, SAW can do massive damage with his Supressing Fire and Mad Cannon, and finish off enemies with his own execute, Roadie Run. However, he is squishy; and Blackfeather has trouble protecting him. Weapon SAW greatly benefits from the Speed Boost from Feint of Heart and pressure of On Point, but the lack of hard CC makes it difficult to defend him. Also, your abilities might not have scaled up in time, as SAW would lose most of his power at that point.

7/10
Skaarf can protect himself, and he can do a large amount of damage, but he might not be able to follow the dive as effectively as other mages, due to his low mobility. It's all about trying to keep the fight near him, where he can Spitfire and Goop.

9/10 1/10
Crystal Skye can deal massive damage. She can follow the dive. She can protect herself. The only problem between their synergy is that if Skye gets caught, she's dead, and Blackfeather has no means of bailing her out. Weapon Skye and Crystal Blackfeather on the other hand, don't work well at all. She has all the speed she needs in the world with her Target Lock and Suri Strike, so there isn't a need for your Feint of Heart utility.

4/10 2/10
Crystal Taka and Blackfeather is not only excessive, but they can both be destroyed by silences. Since they share so many weaknesses, they will probably get wrecked. Even though Taka can use X-Retsu and Kaiten to burst someone, and have Blackfeather take them down, chances are the Taka will get caught out when Blackfeather finally becomes powerful, and will die. Weapon Taka is even worse, as he has tons of mobility with House Kamuha, and can't offer poke or initiate reliably. So, it doesn't really work out.

6/10 3/10
Crystal Vox works with Blackfeather to an extend. He can keep up, he can defend himself, but he can't fight a 1v1, due to all his damage coming from Julias Song and Resonance. This leaves Blackfeather in a tough spot sometimes, as he has to choose between the dive or saving his massive damage source. As Weapon, Vox can already peel for himself quite well, and he uses health bars to charge his Breaking Point, so poke isn't as powerful of an advantage as it normally would.

Roam


8/10 6/10
Adagio compliments Blackfeather quite well. His Gift of Fire is nice on a mobile target to help spread the flames, his Agent of Wrath can help Blackfeather deal increased damage, and his early game can make up for our highwayman. The issue is that Adagio is quite a weak roam later on, scaling off harder than any other roam, meaning that Lyra usually ends up as a better pick.

10/10 8/10
Blackfeather has alot of synergy with Ardan. Not only does the sad dad initiate fights very well with the Guantlet, but he can Vanguard the rose assassin, letting him stick onto enemy carries even better than usual. Blood for Blood can also effectively make up for Blackfeathers poor early game, as its base damage is quite high.

5/10 7/10
Catherine can be strong, but she doesn't offer as much to Blackfeather as the other roams do. She can lock down a squishy quite well with Merciless Pursuit, and the silence can initiate with Blast Tremor, but she has long gaps between stuns where the most she can do is bodyblock or use Atlas Pauldron, and her early game is quite weak, meaning that the enemy team can quite easily steamroll the game, if they play smart.

8/10 5/10
Flicker can initiate very well, slipping through the shadows using his Willow Whisper and Fariy Dust to cripple enemies, and blocking off escape paths with Binding Light. His Mooncloak can effectively allow Blackfeather and his team to initiate. The issue is that Blackfeather can't take advantage of Flickers strong early game, as it requires both of the jungle duo to play agressively. If he is in lane, however, this ends as a better pick due to Flickers ganking power.

8/10 4/10
Fortress is quite powerful when diving with Blackfeather. His lifesteal proc is nice from the Truth of Tooth, and its speed is very useful for chasing down a target. He initiates well, and he can give a mortal wound to Blackfeather through Law of the Claw without having to buy Poisoned Shiv. However, he doesn't have the defensive ability to keep his carry alive in some situations, and he doesn't have any sort of support with poke.

7/10 8/10
Lance can be very effective with Blackfeather. The crowd control from his Impale can allow Blackfeather to poke safely, or quickly dive in and take out carries. He can peel well with Gythian Wall, and has a strong early game to make up for our Highwaymans. Overall, Lance is just a solid pick.

9/10 10/10
Lyra synergies very well with Blackfeather. Her Imperial Sigyl heal is massive, and the speedboost can often let him manuvour around the enemy defences, and her Bright Bulwark can save his life in many situations. Principal Arcanum can slow enemies for Blackfeather to cut down, or to poke easier. The only negative is that her Arcane Passage can occasionally screw up a dive. However, picking up can remove one of your major counters from the enemy team.

4/10 5/10
Phinn is one of my favorite roams, but unfortunately, he does have one major flaw. His speed. Even though he can give Blackfeather plenty of tankiness and CC with Polite Company and Quibble, he often cannot keep up with a diving Blackfeather. However, with a poking Blackfeather, he is sloghtly more effective.

Comps Top

Dive Comp
Alpha, Skye, Idris, Fortress, Ardan, Flicker
Dive comps is one of the best ways to play Blackfeather. Similar to Blackfeather, these characters can easily stick to enemies, and love diving into squishies and blowing them up. This type of comp is very good against comps with snipers and mages that will easily blow up, but you need to be careful and avoid the peel coming out from the enemy Jungler ans Captain. Be wary of characters like Krul, Reim, Samuel and Lyra on the enemy team, as killing them with this comp may prove difficult.

Buff Comp
Adagio, Lyra, Ardan
Although this comp is more restrictive on the characters you can use, it can be extremely powerful. Adagio and Blackfeather have amazing synergy, as Adagio can power through the early game, and act as a support in the late game. Blackfeather is an amazing heal target as he dives in, letting Adagio use his Gift of Fire to its maximum potential. If Adagio lags behind his team, he can simple slap Agent of Wrath on Blackfeather and watch him do the work. For a roamer, Lyra and Ardan work best; Lyra for a double heal comp, making Blackfeather into the ultimate tank, or Ardan for diving, and helping Blackfeather take out squishy targets.

Dive Comp
Idris, Krul, Vox, Glaive, Ardan, Catherine
Dive. Dive. DIVE! Instead of going ham straight away, I would reccomend trying to poke out enemies, and burst them down once their health is low enough. Similarly to Weapon Blackfeather, watch out for Lyra and Samuel, as they can avoid your dive, and Krul, because he can flat out fight you. Remember to try and hit two or more people if possible, and use your On Point to keep your Broken Myth stacks up.

Poke Comp
Baron, Kestrel, Catherine, Phinn
This comp is all about that sick POKE. Simply hit skillshots amd force them out of getting objectives. With a Kestrel, you can easily prevent enemies getting objectives early-mid game, and with Baron, your late game will be unstoppable. Remember that, if possible, give your allies your speed boost from Feint of Heart to peel or to secure kills, as none of them have particularly amazing mobility.

WP Blackfeather: Execute Math (Feint of Heart) Top

The Execute on Feint of Heart is one of the most important features of Blackfeathers kit to master, particularly if you're building WP, as it allows for a swift execution of the target, letting him move on to execute the next, and so on. The question is... when are you supposed to execute?
Well, guess who's here to tell you!
For the execute to kill, it meeds to deal as much damage as they have health.
The execute is calculated by multiplying the missing HP of the target by 20%, plus the Weapon Scaling (Bonus Weapon multiplied by 20%) and adding on the normal auto attack, all reduced by enemy armour. I've put the calculations and such in this post on the Vainglory Forums (http://forums.vainglorygame.com/index.php?threads/119774/); check it out if you want to figure out how I got this data, or to follow along.

Note: These calculations are based off 2000 health and 85 armour and sheild. Although I do know that the average base health is less than 2000, I rounded it up to this point due to adding in health from an Aegis and Boots. This also doesn't take infusions or RBing the execute into mind, so be wary.

As you can see here, BF's execute has the possibility to be...
Broken.
Hearts (I'm so sorry)
Without armour, and even without Breaking Point Stacks, Blackfeather can easily dispatch enemies with almost an 30% execute, although against a normal, armourless enemy, it would be closer to 40%, considering the BP stacks you get while diving the enemy carry. This means, an armourless carry without protection will most likely die as soon as you get your fifth Heartthrob stacks, by instantly using your execute. Keep these numbers in mind, and happy squishy murdering!

CP Blackfeather: Infusion Calculations (Heartthrob Math) Top

Crystal Blackfeather has a very interesting dilemma. Which infusion should you buy? Although crystal is much more popular, there are a few select that prefer a weapon. I've done some math (that you can see here: http://forums.vainglorygame.com/index.php?threads/119774/) which show off the damage per second of both Weapon Infusion and Crystal Infusion, assuming that heartthrob is fully applied, we are using the build I reccomended ( Shatterglass, Alternating Current and Broken Myth) the enemy is using the average base damage and sheild.

Base Defences: 765 < 821
Aegis: 522 < 583
Metal Jacket: 580 < 592
Aegis + Metal Jacket: 407 > 430

As you can see, using the core build I've used above, it seems that weapon, no matter what, will provide better dps with Crystal Blackfeathers autos. However, he will obviously do less damage with his on point, and have less speed with his Feint of Heart.

The only times I would reccomend this weapon infusion is when the enemy has build an Aegis, but not a Metal Jacket, or any sort of armour. The DPS increase is quite significant here, and the small execute damage bonus can make up for the speed and small amount of damage lost on his On Point (Since it also scales with weapon.)

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Thanks for reading :3
I'm still currently messing around with the guide making on this site, and my resources aren't complete yet, but I hoped you enjoyed anyway. If there are any spelling or grammar issues, please point them out in the discussion, and if there's a problem with my math, lesve it in the discussion too, I'll fix it up in the next update.
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