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Tricks

Playing As Heimerdinger Heimerdinger
  • H-28G Evolution Turret.png Turret placement can be a deciding factor in a battle. Against most enemies turrets are best when they can support each other, but if the enemy has a lot of area of effect damage your turrets can be destroyed quickly. Placing turrets in brush can lead to a surprise attack in your favor.
  • The success of CH-1 Concussion Grenade.png CH-2 Electron Storm Grenade is very important to Heimerdinger's survival. The slow and stun both are capable of keeping enemies in place long enough to punish them, but it is also the first line of defense against a surprise attack.
  • Spreading out Hextech Micro-Rockets.png Hextech Micro-Rockets leads to more reliable damage and more efficiency against multiple targets, but focusing it creates the biggest impact.
Playing Against Heimerdinger Heimerdinger
  • It's better to destroy all of Heimerdinger's H-28G Evolution Turret.png turrets with the help of creeps than to fight them one at a time.
  • Be wary of Heimerdinger's UPGRADE!!!.png UPGRADE!!!, as he can use it to find an answer to most trouble he gets into. Once his UPGRADE!!!.png ultimate is down, go in for the kill!

Tricks

Ability Usage
  • The strength of Heimerdinger Heimerdinger lies in his ability to hold lanes safely using his H-28G Evolution Turret.png H-28G Evolution Turrets and keep enemies at a distance with the threat of his Hextech Micro-Rockets.png Hextech Micro-Rockets and CH-1 Concussion Grenade.png CH-2 Electron Storm Grenade. This along with his deceptive amount of sustained damage can catch enemies unaware.
  • A H-28G Evolution Turret.png H-28G Evolution Turret can act as a ward, though this is not recommended since they cannot stealth, auto acquire enemies thereby revealing them, and offline turrets only give the sight range equivalent to that of a Noxious Trap.png Noxious Trap. Use them as such only if you find yourself repeatedly ganked.
  • Good H-28G Evolution Turret.png 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 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.png 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:
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
  • When set up before minions appear, H-28G Evolution Turret.png H-28G Evolution Turret 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.png Dark Binding or Mystic Shot.png Mystic Shot, but are susceptible to AoE spells such as Tormented Soil.png Tormented Soil.
  • Hextech Micro-Rockets.png Hextech Micro-Rockets is an extremely powerful tool for harassment and zoning, due to its long range and high concentrated damage, functioning as Heimerdinger Heimerdinger's main source of damage early game.
  • Hextech Micro-Rockets.png 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.png CH-2 Electron Storm 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.png CH-2 Electron Storm Grenade immediately followed up by Hextech Micro-Rockets.png Hextech Micro-Rockets and quickly putting H-28G Evolution Turret.png 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.png Hextech Micro-Rockets and CH-1 Concussion Grenade.png CH-1 Concussion Grenade.
    • Try to defend them, as each turret has strong sustained damage. However, getting turrets destroyed is not super detrimental to Heimerdinger Heimerdinger due to the low mana cost.
  • H-28G Evolution Turret.png H-28G Evolution Turret allows Heimerdinger Heimerdinger to play defensively and hold a lane or push minions quickly.
  • Heimerdinger Heimerdinger's UPGRADE!!!.png UPGRADE!!! greatly buffs the next skill he casts, each with a preferred usage point:
  • 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 4 ranks in Hextech Micro-Rockets.png Hextech Micro-Rockets and 1 rank in CH-1 Concussion Grenade.png CH-2 Electron Storm Grenade you can kill the Raptor Raptor camp without leaving 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 Raptor Raptor camp as well.
  • Having turrets ready can make it easier getting the Crest of the Ancient Golem.png blue buff, giving Heimerdinger Heimerdinger a good amount of mana regen and CDR to spam his Hextech Micro-Rockets.png Hextech Micro-Rockets.
  • Your H-28G Evolution Turret.png H-28G Evolution Turret can serve as wards to maintain control over brush.
  • CH-1 Concussion Grenade.png CH-2 Electron Storm Grenade can be used to reveal a large area. This combined with its long range make it excel at scouting brush or jungle areas.
  • Before leaving a lane, place both turrets and then Teleport.png Teleport back to one of your turrets being attacked since it will be invulnerable during the teleport time.
  • Heimerdinger Heimerdinger success in a 1v2 lane comes from keeping the enemy at his own tower.
  • Using CH-1 Concussion Grenade.png CH-2 Electron Storm Grenade, Hextech Micro-Rockets.png Hextech Micro-Rockets and H-28G Evolution Turret.png H-28G Evolution Turret, you should easily wipe out attacking minions.
  • Maxing Hextech Micro-Rockets.png 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 1 rank in CH-1 Concussion Grenade.png CH-2 Electron Storm 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.png CH-2 Electron Storm Grenade to reveal areas in bushes and to allow use of Hextech Micro-Rockets.png 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 Anivia, Xerath Xerath).
  • Heimerdinger can be an unusually good jungler. His CH-1 Concussion Grenade.png CH-2 Electron Storm Grenade can be used for fast clears and his H-28G Evolution Turret.png H-28G Evolution Turret can absorb a lot of the damage from monsters.
Mastery Usage
Item Usage
Countering
  • Heimerdinger Heimerdinger is a strong pusher because of his turrets. Make sure you play safe when laning against him.
  • Heimerdinger Heimerdinger's abilities all deal magic damage. Stack magic resistance items to mitigate his damage.
  • Heimerdinger 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.png CH-2 Electron Storm 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.png CH-2 Electron Storm 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 Heimerdinger uses UPGRADE!!!.png UPGRADE!!! as it allows him to use an empowered ability. His Hextech Micro-Rockets.png Hextech Micro-Rockets has incredible damage potential if all of the rockets manage to hit you.
  • If Heimerdinger throws a CH-1 Concussion Grenade.png CH-2 Electron Storm 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 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 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 Heimerdinger with his turrets set up and UPGRADE!!!.png UPGRADE!!! ready can be difficult to penetrate, as a fed Heimerdinger 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's 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.png CH-2 Electron Storm Grenade.
  • Try not to push Heimerdinger 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 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.png CH-2 Electron Storm Grenade, Hextech Micro-Rockets.png Hextech Micro-Rockets, auto attacks, and the turret itself.
  • Hextech Micro-Rockets.png 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 Heimerdinger chooses to fire them.
  • Syndra Syndra, Nunu Nunu, Master Yi Master Yi, and other champions with minion-specific abilities can use those abilities on H-28G Evolution Turret.png H-28G Evolution Turret. In particular, Syndra Syndra can neutralize Heimerdinger's turrets by throwing them out of the lane.
  • Veigar Veigar can be considered a good counter to Heimerdinger Heimerdinger when they meet in a 1v1 lane. Veigar can gain AP from Heimerdinger Heimerdinger's turrets by farming with Baleful Strike.png Baleful Strike, both of them have similar mobility, Veigar can land his stun more easily, Dark Matter.png Dark Matter can one-shot H-28G Evolution Turret.png H-28G Evolution Turrets in the mid game, and Veigar, in the early game, isn't a pusher. Also, Primordial Burst.png Primordial Burst can finish off Heimerdinger Heimerdinger before he can use his UPGRADE!!!.png UPGRADE!!! if Veigar can land his combo in time.

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