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- The strength of Heimerdinger lies in his ability to hold lanes safely using his H-28G Evolution Turrets and keep enemies at a distance with the threat of his Hextech Micro-Rockets and CH-1 Concussion Grenade. This along with his deceptive amount of sustained damage can catch enemies unaware.
- A H-28G Evolution Turret can act as a ward, though this is not recommended since they cannot stealth, and auto acquire enemies thereby revealing them, and offline turrets only give the sight range equivalent to that of a Noxious Trap.
- Use them as such only if you find yourself repeatedly ganked.
- Good H-28G Evolution Turret placement is crucial to their effectiveness. For example, placing one at the back end of your minion wave would make the turrets near useless (as the enemy minions are far away from the turret).
- Heimerdinger is capable of stagnating the mid lane and taking a turret without ever becoming aggressive. Coordinate with your jungler and attempt to ward all possible paths to mid so that you can be aware of ganks, then handle laning phase by maxing H-28G Evolution Turret and focusing on maintaining a 3-turret spread that will "catch" and vaporize every minion wave and cause your minions to shove to the enemy turret. This does 3 very important things. Firstly, it shrinks the lane down to less than half of its normal length. As a result, the enemy will have to CS under their turret for almost the entire game and you will have some soft gank protection. Second, the turret formation (and maxed turret level) makes it too hard for the enemy to simply wipe away the turrets. They will focus spells and damage on taking one down, and you can instantly rebuild and punish them with a burst combo. Third, the constant lane shoving will inevitably cause your minions to chip away at the enemy mid turret. It is possible to bring an enemy mid turret down without ever forcing your opponent out of lane or using basic attacks against the turret.
- H-28G Evolution Turret, when set up before minions appear, can be used to disrupt the enemy jungler, forcing an earlier recall, and giving info on where the enemy jungler has been.
- Keeping turrets clustered is good against non-AoE based champions. Keeping them away from the minion path cuts down the AoE's effectiveness even more. A tight cluster can block skillshots such as Dark Binding or Mystic Shot, but are susceptible to AoE spells such as Tormented Soil.
- Hextech Micro-Rockets is an extremely powerful tool for harassment and zoning, due to its long range and high concentrated damage, functioning as Heimerdinger's main source of damage early game.
- Hextech Micro-Rockets will hit the first enemy it makes contact with, so try to catch your opponent in an open area before using it for maximum effectiveness.
- CH-1 Concussion Grenade stun is difficult to land by itself; throwing it after allied disables have been placed guarantees success. Being closer to the target area is also helpful as it lessens the travel time.
- Catch an enemy champion off-guard by stunning them with CH-1 Concussion Grenade immediately followed up by Hextech Micro-Rockets and quickly putting H-28G Evolution Turret next to the target during the stun.
- Since champions usually try to destroy your turrets upon sight, especially during early laning, use this to your advantage and punish them with Hextech Micro-Rockets and CH-1 Concussion Grenade.
- Try to defend them, as each turret has strong sustained damage. However, since the rework, getting turrets destroyed is no longer as detrimental to Heimerdinger due to the lower mana cost.
- H-28G Evolution Turret allows Heimerdinger to play defensively and hold a lane or push minions quickly.
- Heimerdinger's UPGRADE!!! greatly buffs the next skill he casts, each with a preferred usage point:
- H-28Q Apex Turret summons a greatly enhanced H-28G Evolution Turret that deals splash damage, charges its beam attack faster, and slows its attack targets. It's best used as a defensive tool when an enemy directly attacks Heimerdinger, or during a teamfight in which you don't need hard crowd control or burst damage, as it deals high sustained damage that makes fighting near it very dangerous for your enemies.
- Hextech Rocket Swarm fires a barrage of several waves of Hextech Micro-Rockets in a line in front of Heimerdinger. It's the strongest and burstier damaging ability that Heimerdinger possesses, although H-28Q Apex Turret deals more sustained damage, and thus it's best used when going for the kill on an opposing champion, or during a teamfight in which a large burst of damage is needed.
- CH-3X Lightning Grenade lobs an enhanced CH-1 Concussion Grenade that bounces three times, each bounce releasing an explosion that deals damage, slows (the slow being much stronger than CH-1 Concussion Grenade's) and stuns enemies directly hit. Although the damage can only be applied once, the stun and slow can be applied multiple times. While it deals way less damage than H-28Q Apex Turret or Hextech Rocket Swarm, CH-3X Lightning Grenade's powerful crowd control potential makes it Heimerdinger's best enhanced skill for ganks or teamfights in which hard crowd control is required.
- Heimerdinger is naturally squishy, and a tankier build is suggested. Otherwise, he will be melted away in teamfights.
- One of Heimerdinger most effective tactics is to quickly set up as many H-28G Evolution Turrets as possible and an H-28Q Apex Turret and bait an enemy into fighting you while keeping yourself safe with the active. This tactic is most effective by mid or late game where enemies are more likely to over commit to a fight and by this time, your turrets will be putting out a lot of DPS.
- A build that provides good mana regeneration early game will allow you to maintain your H-28G Evolution Turrets in the lane to assist with last hitting minions for gold. The mana regeneration will probably stem from a , because using Hextech Micro-Rockets in particular will drain a lot of mana at once. In the late game it can be built into an .
- A high cooldown reduction build will allow you to harass the enemy champion(s) with CH-1 Concussion Grenade and Hextech Micro-Rockets.
- A gives Heimerdinger a good early game with some extra health and mana and with a great passive for the early game laning phase.
- Heimerdinger benefits from an greatly early game because of the mana/mp5/AP it provides. Heimerdinger has little need for mana early game due to his high ability cooldowns, but spamming H-28G Evolution Turret, CH-1 Concussion Grenade, and Hextech Micro-Rockets end game will drain your mana pool quickly.
- Valor passive has good synergy with Techmaturgical Repair Bots, as the bonus damage applies to his H-28G Evolution Turrets.
- If you're being pressed against your tower, set up your turrets so that if the enemy champion tries to kill them, they have to come within the tower's range.
- This will allow you to continue gaining gold on last hits from the turret.
- Once you have Rank 4 in CH-1 Concussion Grenade and Rank 1 Hextech Micro-Rockets you can kill the Wraith / Lesser Wraith spawn without leaving the lane. This will allow you to gain extra experience and gold to gain an advantage over your enemy.
- If you can keep the enemy champion pressed against his/her tower, you can gain a bigger gold / experience advantage by killing off their wraith spawn as well.
- Having turrets ready can make it easier getting the blue buff, giving Heimerdinger a good amount of mana regen and CDR to spam his Hextech Micro-Rockets.
- Your H-28G Evolution Turret can serve as wards to maintain control over brush.
- CH-1 Concussion Grenade can be used to reveal a large area. This combined with its long range make it excel at scouting brush or jungle areas.
- Leaving a lane to buy items can be more beneficial to your lane if you have the summoner spell Teleport. By placing your turrets in a bush out of sight and recalling within the sight of your enemies then buying items and using Teleport back to the hidden turret can cause your lane enemies to over extend trying to kill your partner when you come out of the bush and kill them.
- Before leaving a lane, place both turrets and then Teleport back to one of your turrets being attacked since it will be invulnerable during the teleport time.
- Heimerdinger's success in a 1v2 lane comes from keeping the enemy at his own tower.
- Using CH-1 Concussion Grenade, Hextech Micro-Rockets and H-28G Evolution Turret, you should easily wipe out attacking minions.
- Maxing Hextech Micro-Rockets will allow you to spike enemy champions whenever their minion wave dies down to give you a guaranteed hit on them.
- Having at least rank 1 CH-1 Concussion Grenade gives you a stun that you can use whenever an enemy champion comes in range of the tower / your turrets.
- Use your CH-1 Concussion Grenade to reveal areas in bushes and to allow use of Hextech Micro-Rockets when a target is located in a bush.
- Switch to a more defensive playstyle when facing pushers in your lane. (e.g. Anivia, Xerath)
- Heimerdinger can be an unusually good jungler. His CH-1 Concussion Grenade can be used for fast clears and his H-28G Evolution Turret can absorb a lot of the damage from monsters.
- For ganks, try to set up your H-28G Evolution Turret in the enemy's escape route. As they run past it, stun them with CH-1 Concussion Grenade and slow them with UPGRADE!!! (if available).
- The blue buff allows you to purchase other items without worrying too much about mana regen.
- However, you might want to buy some mana regen items (such as or ) eventually, to help with mana when you don't have the buff. Plus, gives ability power, and can be built into an , which gives Heimerdinger much-needed AP and CDR.
- Heimerdinger is a strong pusher because of his turrets. Make sure you play safe when laning against him.
- Heimerdinger's abilities all deal magic damage. Stack magic resistance items to mitigate his damage.
- Heimerdinger has very strong lane sustain thanks to his passive, making him more prone to shorter cooldown pokes, instead of long cooldown bursts, as he will be able to regenerate during the period.
- However, if you commit to fighting him, he must go down quickly as his turrets will burn through your health faster than you may expect. If possible, try to destroy his turrets beforehand.
- CH-1 Concussion Grenade will only stun when you are in the center of the AoE. Avoid the spell missile to avoid the stun.
- CH-1 Concussion Grenade missile speed is slow. If you see the spell coming, sidestep it.
- Beware that even if the missile doesn't stun, getting hit by the AoE will still slow you a significant amount.
- Be careful when Heimerdinger uses UPGRADE!!! as it allows him to use an empowered ability. His Hextech Micro-Rockets has incredible damage potential if all of the rockets manage to hit you.
- If Heimerdinger throws a CH-1 Concussion Grenade into a bush, he gains vision of it regardless of whether it hits something or not. It isn't recommended to stay in the bush if he spots you in this manner.
- Heimerdinger is an incredibly squishy champion if caught out. Take any and all opportunities to attack him if he separates from his turrets or attempts to roam.
- Additionally, Heimerdinger is weak in team fights if he has no chance to set up turrets. If a team fight begins and he is without his weaponry, have your team stick on him and melt him as quickly as possible.
- If he is allowed to, a Heimerdinger with his turrets set up and UPGRADE!!! ready can be difficult to penetrate, as a fed Heimerdinger who is able to set up turrets is one of the most powerful opponents in the game.
- If all your abilities are on cooldown, don't chase him around his turrets, as the turret damage will quickly add up.
- Unlike most mages, Heimerdinger can bring down fighters alone by kiting them around his turrets and landing a good CH-1 Concussion Grenade.
- Try not to push Heimerdinger to his turret, as his passive allow him to hold it for an extremely long period of time while farming easily.
- His turrets will also be hard to take down when near a (real) turret.
- Heimerdinger turrets have a low mana cost, so destroying them will not affect his mana much, but they are easier to destroy. Be wary when eliminating them as he may be able to punish you with CH-1 Concussion Grenade, Hextech Micro-Rockets, auto attacks, and the turret itself.
- Hextech Micro-Rockets will hit the first enemy unit in its path. Keeping a few minions in between you and Heimerdinger will negate most of his harass ability.
- The rockets slightly arc onto their point of convergence or can spread out from it depending on where Heimerdinger chooses to fire them.
- Syndra, Nunu, Master Yi, and other champions with minion-specific abilities can use those abilities on Heimerdinger's H-28G Evolution Turret. In particular, Syndra can neutralize Heimerdinger's turrets by throwing them out of the lane.
- Veigar can be considered a good counter to Heimerdinger when they meet in a 1v1 lane. Veigar can gain AP from Heimerdinger's turrets by farming his Q, both of them have similar mobility, Veigar can land his stun more easily, his W can one-shot H-28G Evolution Turrets in the mid game, and Veigar, in the early game, isn't a pusher. Also, Veigar's ultimate can finish off Heimerdinger before he can use his UPGRADE!!! if he can land his combo in time.