Blackfeather Builds

vainglory blackfeather builds

Last updated 2018/1/06 for Update 2.11.
You’ll find the best and most popular Vainglory Blackfeather builds on this page! For more information regarding situational items, check out our guides for situational items on captains and carries. To see how well this hero performs in the current meta, check out our hero tier list.

Weapon

Weapon Blackfeather

Harnessing his ability’s design around sustain damage, Blackfeather deals sufficient weapon damage to keep him in the fight through thick and thin. Have a sense for timely aggression, incoming poke damage, and survivability limits. Blackfeather can be played in the lane or jungle.

Ability Path

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Blackfeather benefits from taking his B, On Point, overdrive first for the significant increase in cast range. As well, it provides Blackfeather with frequent and larger barriers, more slows for engaging and disengaging, and heavy poke damage with its base damage. Next, overdriving Blackfeather’s A, Feint of Heart, resets the ability cooldown after killing a hero with its activation. Use Rose Offensive to open or flee a fight, or as a secondary Reflex Block for crowd control like stuns and silences.

Core Items

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Start with Serpent Mask to sustain through fights and add burst damage to Feint of Heart. Breaking Point will stack quickly when used in tandem with Feint of Heart and Rose Offensive, plus provide ample attack speed. For each stack you have accumulated, healing per second from Serpent Mask will increase substantially. Piercing Spear is a cheap tier two item that can be built in the mid-game to bypass some of the enemy team’s armor.

As Needed

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As one of your last items, build Piercing Spear into Bonesaw for the ramping armor pierce mechanic. If the enemy is not building armor, Sorrowblade provides a large chunk of damage. Aegis is a must-have item for the high shield and Reflex Block capability. Atlas Pauldron and Metal Jacket are effective against Baron, Krul, SAW and other heroes that rely on high attack speed or weapon power. Journey Boots keep Blackfeather where he needs to be at the right time.

Crystal

Crystal Blackfeather

Unlike his WP counterpart, CP Blackfeather plays as a quick-minded assassin to jump in and out of the fight with a massive damage output. Burst enemies from the outskirts of the fight, and know your limitations — defense! Blackfeather can be played in the jungle or lane.

Ability Path

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Ability distribution and analysis is the same as Weapon Blackfeather.

Core Items

Rush Shatterglass to scale with On Point’s base crystal ratio. Broken Myth adds a second layer of burst to this damage, and negates shield built by enemies. Dragon’s Eye amplifies this damage over the course of the fight, retaining Blackfeather’s power level throughout the match. Try not to lose your stacks by landing On Point onto an enemy hero as soon as it’s available.

As Needed

CP Blackfeather typically requires four offensive items to deal sufficient damage, unless he finds himself being bursted down repeatedly by the same source. Aftershock synergizes with On Point’s short cooldown, and also provides bonus crystal power and cooldown reduction. Clockwork also makes use of Blackfeather’s low cooldowns by reducing all ability cooldowns upon damaging an enemy with them. Aegis protects Blackfeather from crystal carries and can block incoming crowd control (slows, stuns, etc.). Atlas Pauldron is effective against Glaive, Idris, Krul, SAW and other heroes that rely on high attack speed, while Metal Jacket is more effective against heavy-hitting weapon carries like Baron and Kestrel. Journey Boots are a fit choice to keep Blackfeather away from mobile heroes looking to single him out in a fight.