Unstoppable Crystal Vox- A (Consistent) Burst Damage Terror by Jacoby

Unstoppable Crystal Vox- A (Consistent) Burst Damage Terror

By: Jacoby
Last Updated: Apr 4, 2015
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Vox

Build: Crystal Vox- A (Consistent) Burst...

Ability Path

Julia's Song
Heroic Perk
Sonic Zoom
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Wait for It
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Threat Hero Notes
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Ardan Get Reflex Block to escape from Ardan's Gauntlet when you get trapped inside. If you notice Ardan using it early, use Sonic Zoom to dash out of its range.
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Catherine If they build Support Catherine, target other enemy heroes first and try to stay out of range of her Merciless Pursuit (using Sonic Zoom to back step if you see her charging). Getting stun-locked in the middle of a team fight is usually instant death. I often approach team fights against Catherine with using Wait for It... while attempting to hit as many enemy heroes as possible with the shockwave.
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Joule Use Sonic Zoom to dash out of range of her Rocket Leap. Get Reflex Block to protect yourself from her Big Red Button.
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Petal Use Pulse first so that your attacks on Petal also inflict damage to her munions. Again, Sonic Zoom or Reflex Block can be used to escape from Petal's Spontaneous Combustion.
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Celeste Once again, use Sonic Zoom or Reflex Block to protect yourself from Core Collapse. Try to avoid letting her hit you with area of effect splash from Heliogenesis.
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Vox If opponent builds Weapon Power, avoid early 1v1 encounters (and make sure to always carry Halcyon Potions!). Regardless of what they build, don't be afraid to approach with Wait for It... and may the best Vox win.
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Glaive If possible kite Glaive with Pulse when he is close to slow him down, and Sonic Zoom to increase distance from him while continuing to basic attack and flee.
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Ringo Make sure to get Reflex Block to prevent Ringo's Hellfire Brew from finishing you off as you attempt to flee.
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SAW Save your Sonic Zoom until Saw uses Suppressing Fire and use it to get out of the line of fire and start burning him down.
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Skaarf If you find yourself in the Lane against Skaarf try to position yourself behind your minions so that there is a minion barrier between you and his Spitfire (which hits first enemy in its path). Use Sonic Zoom to get out of Goop. Get Reflex Block to protect yourself from his Dragon Breath.
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Adagio Get Reflex Block to protect yourself from Verse of Judgement (if possible use Sonic Zoom to get out of range or quickly use 'Wait for It...' to silence him before it activates). If opponent builds Crystal Power Adagio, I recommend targeting him early on in team fights (his heals can get annoying).
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Koshka Against teams with Koshka i normally attempt to get Travel Boots earlier than usual to assist in both chasing and escaping from speedy Koshkas. If you are quick enough, Reflex Block can be used to prevent Koshka stunning you with Yummy Catnip Frenzy.
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Krul Don't try to outlast Krul in 1v1 because it usually won't happen. Instead try to kite him and prevent him from getting too many stacks on you. Full stacks= Run or you're dead!
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Taka Be careful not to get ganked by sneaky Takas by utilizing Scout Mine & Flare are pretty handy as well for escaping Takas)
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Edits Top

- 4/4/15 changed Ability leveling to Max Pulse instead of Sonic Zoom (Thanks NwK-MEDIC for the advice http://www.vaingloryfire.com/profile/nwk-medic)
- 4/4/15 Added sections for a breakdown of Early Game play, a brief explanation of core items in build, tips for counter building opponents, and tips for approaching fights with enemy heroes.

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Early Game Top

When starting in the jungle I buy Ironguard Contract & Halcyon Potion x4. If you have a tank teammate that is willing to tank jungle camps while letting you last hit them then Ironguard Contract might not be necessary, but if that is not the case, I highly recommend getting it. Ironguard Contract costs 250 gold and is resold at 125 gold (250-125=125); so technically you only need to make 125 gold+ with it to break even and start benefitting. With 20 gold awarded every 5 hits a minion lands on you (with 10 second cooldown)125 gold/20 gold per activation of ability = 6.25 activations and its paid itself off (this is without even considering the % gold earned from nearby teammates kills. If you buy it first and keep it until mid-late game it will have paid for itself several times over and besides, who doesn't like a little extra gold? ;)

I chose Vox's 1st ability Sonic Zoom over Pulse at the start of the game purely because of my play style. I like to push to the double minion camp on the enemies side of the jungle. If no enemy is in sight I use Sonic Zoom to quickly burn the smaller minion while pulling the bigger one into the bushes next to the jungle shop. That way if an enemy appears he might not check the bushes and just assume you already got the kill and left. If an enemy does appear and targets you I usually trade a few blows and quickly decide whether to try to kill him quick and hope his teammate doesn't show up and gank me or turn and run using Sonic Zoom for spacing.
Best case scenario you kill the double minion camp on enemies side and turn back and kill the same double minion camp on your side immediately afterward. At this point I would buy Sprint Boots before continuing to jungle farm on your own side. It's great to get these early for that little passive boost that helps in chasing down as well as barely escaping enemies.
Next I work towards Crystal Bit x2 (leading to Shatterglass) and Swift Shooter (with Crystal Bit increasing basic attack power due to his heroic perk, increasing attack speed perfectly compliments the overall build)


Notes:

If starting in lane I usually pick Pulse as my first ability because it greatly assists in clearing the groups of minions.

I also don't usually buy Ironguard Contract when in lane (judgement call... there are exceptions to everything). Instead I buy either Crystal Bit or Sprint Boots to start (if enemy team consists of two ranged characters that could potentially both be in lane against you I get Sprint Boots to help with avoiding early 2v1 ganks as well as increase my kiting capabilities (kiting=basic attacking enemy as you are running away from them).

Keep in mind that my build section 'Choices for last 2 items in End Game Build' is there to counter any "rough starts" and that when I say "last 2 items" I'm not by any means referring to chronological order in which to get the items. Each game is different, but as a general rule of thumb: if your team is down 6+ kills, it might not be a bad idea to put Shatterglass (or whatever non-defensive item you were working on at the time) on hold temporarily and build a defensive item (or two depending on circumstances)to counter-build the opposing team and hopefully stop the snowballing from turning into an unstoppable avalanche (metaphor for getting completed dominated for those who weren't following).

It's also not a bad idea to make sure you upgrade Sprint Boots at the same rate, if not at a faster rate than the enemy team (within reason, there are exceptions to everything).

Another important point to keep in mind is that with this build Vox is designed to excel in the late game so don't get too overzealous early on and give out unnecessary kills to the opposing team without anything to show for it. In my personal opinion (which I think many would agree with) I would rather my teammates play it on the safe side early on and have very low kills and deaths than make a lot of aggressive pushes without knowing when to back off. Sometimes their aggressive tactics pay off and they get a lot of kills early and widen the lead while somehow narrowly escape death. Sadly in my experience, more often than not they are not so lucky and only succeed in digging us into a nice deep hole. Better to know when to quit (cough... Turret...cough) and let them get away with just one hit left then to suicide mission follow them past their turret that is actively shooting at you (early on turrets shred you.. just something to keep in mind) with at best just walking away with a equalizing score (+1 -1).
To summarize: play extra cautious early on (maximize on enemies mistakes for kills while trying to keep the score relatively close because you are built to excel in the late game), level up quick (don't focus entirely on enemy heroes! Support your teammates pings, but don't forget to grind out levels for yourself!) and most importantly choose your build order strategically and counter build. Help yourself and your team by noticing if the enemy is pulling ahead and taking counter measures [defense] to prevent falling too far behind and make epic comebacks possible).

Core Items in Build Briefly Explained: Top

After thoroughly reading Vox's abilities and experimenting with several different builds I found the type of build that I believe to be most effective and most enjoyable to play with Vox. To narrow it down a little I played as both a Weapon Power & Crystal Power Vox and decided that the multi-targetting and team fighting capabilities of Crystal Power Vox was more appealing to my play style and focused around it. I was drawn to how well Vox's Heroic Perk works with raw Crystal Power. Nothing gives more raw Crystal Power than Shatterglass so it became an instant first choice. With 50% of my crystal power added to each of my basic attacks as bonus damage, I concluded that an easy way to greatly improve Vox's ability to consistently deal high damage would be Alternating Current for its attack speed, crystal power bonus and incredible effect that causes every other attack to deal 115% of your Crystal Power as bonus damage. If you manage to get both of these on Vox relatively early in the match you will get to experience first hand how well they synchronize together and with Vox's Heroic Perk Julia's Song.

After adding: Journey Boots, Shatterglass, and Alternating Current to my core build I knew that I would need at least one, possibly 2 defense items to stay alive and perform well in team fights (Hence the 'Choices for Last 2 Items in End Game Build' section so that you can choose from building extra defense or more crystal items). With Journey Boots, Shatterglass, Alternating Current and 1-2 defense items (that I will decide upon in match based upon both opponents & teammates builds) I still needed 1-2 more Crystal items (depending on how many defense you choose to get) to fill out the remaining slots. I experimented with various items from Aftershock to Eve of Harvest when it finally occurred to me to add a second Shatterglass. Shatterglass greatly improves effects of both Vox's Heroic Perk and Alternating Current (as well as other aspects of Vox such as 50% crystal ratio with Wait for It...), having 2 Shatterglass makes Vox an unstoppable force with consistently high damage output to multiple targets at the same time thanks to Resonance bouncing.

Notes:

Typically when I decide to build 2 defense items I try to get either Crucible or Fountain of Renewal for one slot due to their benefits to your entire team. The second slot I fill with either Aegis, Metal Jacket or Atlas Pauldron always keeping in mind what items would work best to counter/compliment my opponents/teammates builds.

The second Shatterglass can be replaced with Eve of Harvest or a variety of other crystal items depending upon personal preference. In my personal experience I found that if I positioned myself well in team fights (by hanging back and using Sonic Zoom or even Journey Boots to maintain proper spacing to kite enemies) the added benefit from a second Shatterglass with Alternating Current for crazy high damage per second was more beneficial than the life stealing effects of Eve of Harvest or Aftershock.

Tips for Counter-building Opponents Top

In an average game where the score is close I will typically try to get Shatterglass, Travel Boots, Ironguard Contract and Blazing Salvo before getting a defensive item. However thats not always the case and there will be some games that your team has a "rough start", but don't let that discourage you. With a good team and smart counter building I have been able to make some pretty incredible comebacks from situations I was ready to surrender in.

In order to counter build well its necessary to look at the scoreboard often, particularly at what your opponents are building. Look to see if they are all predominately building one type of damage (weapon or crystal). If you notice that the majority have one type then it would be wise to buy the corresponding armor/shield to counter build their damage (shield for crystal, armor for weapon). Counterbuilding is not always as simple as getting armor or shield to combat the majority.

Other key factors you should consider are things such as: Are they building a lot of health to where Aftershock could be beneficial? Or the inverse true where the enemy builds Aftershock causing you to go with a defense item besides Crucible which would provide them with 800 Health to life steal a large portion of? Do the enemy characters have abilities that you/ your team would benefit from having Reflex Block/ Crucible to escape/shield from? Do the enemy characters rely on attack speed to apply stacks or burn targets quickly? If so you might consider getting Atlas Pauldron to directly inhibit any enemy in your range for every team fight (15 second cool down allowing you to use this in just about every fight). If Taka is on the other team you might consider carrying a couple of Flares with you to ruin his escape attempts and possibly impair his leveling in the early game... These are just a few examples of things you could look for when trying to effectively counter build against opposing teams.

When attempting to counter build against opponents its important to not only look at the enemies builds, but also your teammates builds. Is your team as a whole walking into an easy-to-counter build (example: if each person on your team goes pure crystal power then the opponent might build Aegis to effectively reduce damage from each person in your team). Another thing to consider would be if each person on your team builds an item like Crucible making any opponent with Aftershock become very dangerous. However having all teammates with a shield and tons of health isn't necessarily a bad thing and it may prove too much for Aftershock to effectively counter; again just things to consider because you know your opponents will.

Another crucial factor for effectively counter building against opponents is your timing for getting abilities. If you notice your team performing poorly in team fights then its time to stop focusing solely on weapon/crystal power and time to get some defense :). The earlier you act to improve your situation, the more effective you will be. As a general rule of thumb if within the first few minutes our team has a comfortable lead (after already purchasing Ironguard Contract as well as Sprint Boots or Travel Boots and Swift Shooter or Blazing Salvo) I will usually aim for Shatterglass and possibly even Alternating Current before deciding upon a defensive item (or 2) to improve my ability to survive longer and thus put out more damage in team fights.

If after the first few minutes my team has managed to give them a solid lead (or I just feel that I'm not performing well in fights against enemy heroes) I try to quickly purchase and upgrade 1-2 defense items aimed to counter build against opponents. Sometimes just getting one defense item and upgrading it quickly up to tier 3 is enough to improve your standing. In other situations it may be more beneficial to buy 2 defensive items and quickly upgrading them to tier 2. Your ability to comeback from situations where the opposing team has a couple point lead, to situations that are seemingly hopeless, entirely depends upon your ability to detect and exploit potential holes that an opponent creates by choosing a specific build (that and some great teamwork of course!).

Listed below are enemies with abilities you might want Reflex Block to save your a** from ( Crucible if you're a real team hero ;) ha). I marked abilities that I think Reflex Block is most important for with a star ( * ). Note that some of these abilities occur very quickly and require a quick reaction in order to effectively block. In some cases Sonic Zoom or even Wait for It can also be used to dodge/prevent enemy abilities.

Ardan - Gauntlet *
Catherine - Merciless Pursuit & Blast Tremor
Joule - Rocket Leap & Big Red Button *
Celeste - Solar Storm *
Vox - Wait for It
Ringo - Hellfire Brew *
SAW - Suppressing Fire & Mad Cannon
Skaarf - Dragon's Breath *
Adagio - Verse of Judgement *
Koshka - Yummy Catnip Frenzy
Krul - Spectral Smite & From Hell's Heart

Tips on How to Approach Fights with Enemy Heroes Top

In early-mid game I typically approach an enemy hero with Pulse to apply resonance and slow them down and instantly create space by following it up with Sonic Zoom. Its best to try to kite most melee enemies in 1v1 combat because often you can deal a lot of damage to them before they can get close enough to damage you back.

Against ranged characters it is sometimes more beneficial to use Sonic Zoom first to close in the gap between you and them and immediately activating Pulse when you land close to them. From there you can usually basic attack them down and use either Sonic Zoom or Wait for It to finish them off.

A random tip that I have found extremely useful when fleeing from several enemies (if given the proper circumstances of course) is to quickly turn around and fire Wait for It at the group chasing you. Usually when teams chase you they slowly end up in a close group due to having the same target over a set distance creating a perfect setup to hit all of them with Wait for It at the same time! This is where "proper circumstances" comes into play. This is only an effective option if some (preferably most) of the enemies chasing you don't have full health. On 2 separate matches I have been in fleeing situations with all 3 opponents chasing me (fairly low on health but very confident in their 3v1 chase) and was able to turn and hit all of them with the sonic boom from Wait for It as well as Sonic Zoom + Pulse and take down their entire team.

In later game team fights it is best to hang back and try to avoid being the enemies initial target. Often if you push too far ahead of your teammates you will end up getting stunned and burned before you even get a chance to damage them. If you maintain good positioning and face check bushes that could potentially prove fatal by using Pulse (or Scout Mines if you had placed them earlier in the match) you will greatly improve your role in a team fight and increase your chance of surviving. If you get targeted in team fights attempt to temporarily flee from enemy heroes if possible. If you escape with enough health to survive more than a couple hits you should stop in a bush near the team fight and quickly analyze if you returning to the fight would ensure team victory of if you would just be giving them an easy burn target.

In the late game it is important to move as a unit to prevent enemies from ganking a lone helpless hero. That being said, you should keep track of the number of enemies that are stuck with a respawn timer at all times so that you don't get caught and ganked trying to solo their minion mine thinking that only one enemy was up.

If your team whole team is hiding in a bush waiting to attack, a great way to approach team fights is with a well placed Wait for It. With your high crystal power and crystal ratio on the ability you can easily make a one sided team fight by hitting the whole enemy team, silencing them and shredding their health right in front of your teammates. With the low 30 second cooldown on Wait for It you should be able to approach most team fights with it. Make sure to use this ability to your advantage and try not to waste it if an enemy is at the edge of its range.


Notes:

In most team fights it is best to try to quickly burst damage down one of their squishy, high damage dealing characters in order to quickly create a 3v2 situation and greatly reducing the teams chance of victory. Of course there are exceptions to everything and you will be faced with split-second decisions of which enemy hero to target, but with good instincts and teamwork you will emerge victorious.

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