Broken Myth Strategy Theorycrafting

All About Vainglory: Damage Direction

Vainglory’s gameplay occurs on a three-dimensional plane as confirmed by Zekent. Since verticality does not play a significant role in damage direction, we will assume, for the sake of simplicity, Vainglory plays on a two-dimensional plane.

Damage direction determines where an attack makes contact with the target’s hitbox. Despite their varying model size, all hero hitboxes are a 1.1 meter radius circle. For most heroes, this mechanic is irrelevant as they will be damaged the same no matter where they get hit – except for two: Joule and Lance.

Damage direction in Vainglory also determines whether Joule’s Heavy Plating or Lance’s Gythian Wall factor into the calculation of crystal, weapon or true damage (true damage is only mitigated by Lance). Joule’s Heavy Plating affects attacks that hit the front 220 degrees of her hitbox, while Lance’s Gythian Wall affects the front 120 degrees of his hitbox. Let’s dig in!
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Broken Myth Strategy Theorycrafting

Vainglory Hero Countering: Your Guide to Winning Draft

Welcome to the Vainglory Hero Countering guide! We know that you are grinding away in Ranked and finally hit the Draft. Whether it is a new experience or an old one, having a cheat sheet to draft like the pros is undeniably useful. We understand and are here to help with a quick guide to keep you leveling up in Vainglory.

A couple of caveats before we get to the meat of the article. This is not a guide to how you should draft. If you are looking for one, you are in luck! Fedmattisgg wrote a great drafting guide that you can check out. Secondly, some counter picks are better than others, but it does not help your team if you cannot play said counter pick. Finally, some items can counter specific heroes’ strengths and are noted below, but for an in-depth look at counter-building read Gadianton’s article. If you’re looking to test your new knowledge, try out our Vainglory Draft Simulator! Choose wisely, play to your personal strengths and may the churn ever be in your favor.
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