The patriarch and protector Ardan is free for the first time as part of the weekly rotation! Look below for the Ardan Spotlight Video, dev tips and VaingloryFire guides, then go play him! The free hero rotation changes every Tuesday. —PlayoffBeard
Ardan is a damage-soaking protector who dramatically changes the landscape of teamfights. Able to rescue friends from certain death and turn lost battles around with his powerful terrain-changing ultimate, Ardan brings immense utility to the team. Start Ardan in either the lane or jungle, depending on which ally you want to protect most.
Watch the Ardan Spotlight video to understand how to use Ardan’s abilities effectively for yourself and the good of your team.
If this is your first time trying Ardan, head to the jungle with Ironguard Contract and stick with a teammate. Max out Vanguard first, buy health items such as Crucible and Shiversteel plus cooldown like Clockwork and focus on being a tanky true protector for your team. You want to be able to use Vanguard to save allies who are low health, whether that’s your jungle mate or a hero in the lane getting ganked.
Once you get comfortable, you can consider trying a more aggressive, warrior-style Ardan. In this case, max Blood for Blood first and buy an item that will help your first punch hit hard (Tension Bow/Aftershock). Add some attack speed to feel how dangerous Ardan can be when trapping enemies inside his Gauntlet perimeter.
IMPORTANT NOTE ON RECOMMENDED SHOP ITEMS: Ardan’s recommended items in-game are wrong; the listed items are actually meant for Taka! Ardan’s real recommended items are below:
- Ironguard Contract
- Journey Boots
- Fountain of Renewal
- VaingloryFire guides
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If you haven’t played Skaarf before, just focus on lighting a target on fire and then basic-attacking that target as many times as possible to “fan the flames” and increase the damage. Attack Speed items such as Swift Shooter, Blazing Salvo and Alternating Current will help you with this (as will boots), and items such as Frostburn will help you stick to targets and not be energy-starved from using all those abilities.
Skaarf is incredibly strong in the early game (definitely the strongest level 1 hero), so think about an early jungle invade off match start.
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