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Greetings!
First of all, welcome to this DEEP guide, i will try to explain not only skye, but a bit of FLANKING as it should be done correctly.
Q: But who are you? Who do you think you are lowbie? I'm Amora, original Warcraft 3 Pro player, had tons of nicks in the past. After sometime, i've met overwatch and i was damn good on it.got bored. I currently share my time between league of legends, (Master) and Paladins. I have around 2 brazilian championships in ow, 3 small league badges in CSGO, including 2 MVP's. and theres tons of more. After a friend called me to play paladins again, i just rekindled my love with tracer skye!
Q: Is skye any good? I often see her as low grades, rather never making up to S/S+. Yup! Skye is preety sick and can turn preety much any person bellow 2500 into pure butter and pew-pew they out of the match. However you gotta have a bit of a aim and know when to your skills. Skye only have poison bolts besides her ult and thats all thats need. Besides that, her smoll sized hitbox makes her perfect for rule 34 dodging skills and shots. And taking out a item slot for the meme Illuminate is preet neat!
Q: Why are you making this guide? Honestly, i really think this site dosen't have near enough in-dept guides that help people instead of giving they a plain build for they figure out. The game is a bit popular and there's tons of new people, just like me, who want to figure out the best way to use they characters.

But let us wait no longer, to the guide!

Building a monster, bir!
Build Section
Usual build, ideal scenario
Debilitate

Debilitate

Poison Bolts

Increase the damage done by Poison Bolts by 25% and the rate at which they deal damage by 100%.

Level 4

Ninja

Ninja

Hidden

Increase your Movement Speed by 5% while Hidden is active.

Level 1

Emergency Exit

Emergency Exit

Hidden

Automatically enter Stealth after dropping to or below 30% Health. This can happen once every -5s.

Level 1

Victory Rush

Victory Rush

Weapon

Increase your Movement Speed by 40% for 8s after getting an Elimination.

Level 4

Decrepify

Decrepify

Poison Bolts

You do not consume Ammo for 2.4s after hitting an enemy with Poison Bolts.

Level 4

Poisoner

Poisoner

Poison Bolts

Reduce the Cooldown of Poison Bolts by 5s.

Level 5

Life Rip

Life Rip

Weapon

Your weapon shots gain +10% Lifesteal.

Level 1

Kill to Heal

Kill to Heal

Armor

Getting a kill or elimination heals you for 300 Health.

Level 1

Haven

Haven

Armor

Reduce the Damage you take from Direct attacks by 7%.

Level 1

Deft Hands

Deft Hands

Weapon

Increase your Reload Speed by 20%.

Level 1

Cauterize

Cauterize

Weapon

Your weapon shots reduce the effect of healing on your target by 30% for 1.5s.

Level 1

Wrecker

Wrecker

Weapon

Your weapon attacks deal 75% increased Damage to Shields.

Level 1

Resilience

Resilience

Armor

Reduce the duration and effectiveness of Crowd Control and Slows by 30%.

Level 1

Nimble

Nimble

Armor

Gain 10% Movement Speed.

Level 1

Notes

w-what is all t-this!?
Calm down! Let us begin.
First of all, those are the most winning talents of all time. The itens, are to be changed acording to matchup.
I almost all times start with Life Rip, Kill to Heal and transition to Caut against healing teams or Life Rip players. To Haven against high-damage teams or heroes that can only damage with shots, like Lian, Sha Lin, Strix, Viktor. Deft hands with Wrecker is devastating against tanks/shield based supports. Resilience should be pick against strong cc teams, or Pip/Moji, trust me, it changes ALOT to have that against they in a pick off.
If any of the situations i've said before do not honor, nimble is the way to go. But the talents theyselfs give tons of movespeed, and nimble will mostly help to engage. Remember to long-range tap people that are dying to get the procs, it can change some results as everything will proc and you may get out alive or win a 1v1

Now, in dept:
Q: Why Kill to heal and Life Rip? In the way i enjoy playing, i almost never get healed by healers, unless i'm at low life and run towards they. Its usually very strong early game when caut are still small and it can change to a sucessful pick off and escape to getting outplayed and failing to remove someone from the battle. This scales even more with the lvl. 4 Victory Rush;
Q: Haven on a flank? Are you mad? As for the same reason, the damage reduction can get preety cheese and help you out on situations you could get insta killed, like taking a strix/sha lin headshot. It may look small, but combined with dodges and skills, it can ensure that you will last way longer to be a nuisance. Remember, dealing damage is important, but dead people can't do damage.
Q: Why does Deft Hands and Wrecker kill tanks again? Soo, the thing is, you can out-source a tank damage if you move pattern is on the point. It works on your poison too, making it even more deadly.
You don't have to get both, but they are in the same section for the same reason. Sometimes, you will need to get both, such as Inara matchups. Deft Hands is preety much a garantee that you will not get out of bullets, helped by Decrepify.
Q: Cauterize is the meta, i brainlessly build cauterize first! Right-o, heres the thing. Cauterize is good but for a first item, its most-likely already stacked out in your team. Trust me, if you do it right, no way you're going to need it in the early game. Its still very useful against healers and lifestealer. But its even better to buy it when healers start to get itens.
Q: R e s i l i e n ce B o y s Its good against CC, prevents you to get chained and not be able to vanish out in a escape. Also preety nice in some scenarios like 'wombo combo' teams that require stuns. Its a must against hard-to-pickout champs like pip and moji.

Q: Nimble botton tier? Whats this? Most of the builds point nimble as the best! Step on the gas!
Is Nimble good? Yes. Does it help that much in skye? Not quite. Why? the thing is, when using the Victory Rush you are already fast, nimble is great for dodging and engaging, but a bit 'too much' on escaping. Sometimes, you can flank and multi-kill their whole team, making this a bit irrelevant;

Assassination is not only about killing
Smoke and Dagger

Smoke and Dagger

Smoke Screen

Smoke Screen Heals allies within for 400 every 1s.

Level 1

Emergency Exit

Emergency Exit

Hidden

Automatically enter Stealth after dropping to or below 30% Health. This can happen once every -5s.

Level 1

Victory Rush

Victory Rush

Weapon

Increase your Movement Speed by 20% for 8s after getting an Elimination.

Level 2

Healing Vapors

Healing Vapors

Smoke Screen

Heal for 400 over 2s after entering Smoke Screen.

Level 4

Poisoner

Poisoner

Poison Bolts

Reduce the Cooldown of Poison Bolts by 4s.

Level 4

Quick Smoker

Quick Smoker

Smoke Screen

Reduce the Cooldown of Smoke Screen by 2.4s.

Level 4

Chronos

Chronos

Armor

Reduce the Cooldown of all your abilities by 10%.

Level 1

Resilience

Resilience

Armor

Reduce the duration and effectiveness of Crowd Control and Slows by 30%.

Level 1

Haven

Haven

Armor

Reduce the Damage you take from Direct attacks by 7%.

Level 1

Nimble

Nimble

Armor

Gain 10% Movement Speed.

Level 1

Cauterize

Cauterize

Weapon

Your weapon shots reduce the effect of healing on your target by 30% for 1.5s.

Level 1

Notes

This is a alternative build if you're not skilled your team really lacks frontline and healers. It changes a bit of the dynamic of how you play it. Its most based out of counter engages and playing near your team; It can also be used with another flank to destroy their backline and still have sustain.

Q: Hourglass (Chronos) at skye? L m a o. Yup, just like healers, having cooldowns ready is great for those clutch healings. It can really change the direction of a fight.
Q: The chains again... Resilience can save you up, and it helps alot to get back at a safe zone where you can heal faster. Also great to avoid geting chain-cc and one-shoted.
Q:Haven. I've read the first build and understood why i need it. But why here? Mostly cause later on cauts will rekt you and its better be safe then sorry! In dept in the first build.
Q: Haste up! Put on your red shoes and dance. Yes, nimble in this build is great. We don't have as much of mobility since it lacks ninja, and a high level victory rush. It can help you stick in with your team and also have the flexibility to flank when you can.
Q: Caut last? As i said previously caut is usually already stacked-out in your team. If not. Get it.

but assassination, is nature's way!
Preparation

Preparation

Armor

Killing Blows reset your Cooldowns and Heal you for 500.

Level 1

Twilight Armor

Twilight Armor

Armor

Increase your maximum Ammo by 6.

Level 3

Decrepify

Decrepify

Poison Bolts

You do not consume Ammo for 3s after hitting an enemy with Poison Bolts.

Level 5

Cloak

Cloak

Hidden

Increase the duration of Hidden by 2s.

Level 2

Emergency Exit

Emergency Exit

Hidden

Automatically enter Stealth after dropping to or below 30% Health. This can happen once every -5s.

Level 1

Victory Rush

Victory Rush

Weapon

Increase your Movement Speed by 40% for 8s after getting an Elimination.

Level 4

Cauterize

Cauterize

Weapon

Your weapon shots reduce the effect of healing on your target by 30% for 1.5s.

Level 1

Deft Hands

Deft Hands

Weapon

Increase your Reload Speed by 20%.

Level 1

Life Rip

Life Rip

Weapon

Your weapon shots gain +10% Lifesteal.

Level 1

Morale Boost

Morale Boost

Armor

Increase your Ultimate charge rate by 15%.

Level 1

Wrecker

Wrecker

Weapon

Your weapon attacks deal 75% increased Damage to Shields.

Level 1

Notes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58wwMzkEoTQ
This is a very hard build. It is ment to kill people and more people. And even more people!
It lacks damage, but once you chain kills, they wont stop. however missing poision bolts can cost your life. Tread with caution.

Q: Caut first! yay!! Yup! Caut first! Let us make sure if theres no mercy. Caut will prevent heals and be very harsh against some matchups.
Q: I've not met one who can outsmart bullet. If theres no need for caut, deft hands is your choice. The ammo management goes really nicely and you will amost never lack the damage from your mouse1.
Q: Life Rip again? Very useful, still good at some early 1v1's against healers and such.
Q: Morale boost? Wee! First of all, its not polite to stare at a woman's bombs, second, more bombs, more impact. More teamplays, more kills, and killing is the point.
Q: Shields? Damage! If killing is the focus, we should not be stopped by shields, amirite?

Matchups
Champion Section
Strong Against
AndroxusBuckCassieDredgeDrogozEvieFuriaGrohkGroverImaniIoJenosKinessaKogaLexLianMaeveMakoaMal'DambaSerisSha LinSkyeStrixTalusTyraViktorBomb KingWilloYingZhin
Notes

Androxus: Watch out for the deflect.
Buck: Try not to get shot-slowed, abuse your speed.
Cassie: Abuse your speed, try not to get knocked back, you can insta popsmoke if you do
Dredge: Rush him while dodging.
Drogoz: Try to destroy him while he is in the ground
Evie: Don't waste the poison on the iceblock.
Furia: Dodge the stun.
Lightining Orc: Abuse your speed.
Treeman: Just dodge the flying axes.
Warden: Dodge the fireballs and her ult.
Io: Try not to get stunned, gapclose.
Jenus: Kill him before hes able to run;
Kinessa: Beware of her teleport. Try to hold poison to her low-hp soo she will die even if she escapes.
Koga: Take a lot of care for his engage, you can't 1v1 he in meele, but you can soft-kite him.
Lex: You destroy him if he engages, don't be afraid to 1v1
Lian: after the nerf, she is pathetic if you dodge her Q
Maeve: The t1 flanker is nothing to you. Don't get Q'd by her and you will ALWAYS win.
Makoa-turtle guy: get a straw You just kick his ass. Don't get out-picked and hooked.
Ma'Damba: Kill him fast.
Seris: Kill her before she vanish.
Sha'Lin: Watch out for the barrage.
Skye: Oh, yei! Its you! Dodge the poison and try to poison as she escapes. Get illuminate if she is annoying
Strix: Take care for long headshots, those hurt. Flashbang is also not nice.
Talus: Dodge the stun and you will always win.
Tyra: Fire reveals you. Outsmart her.
Viktor: Try get caut if he's pansy-running around. You kick his ass in close range.
Bomb King: Don't give the king a big hug.
Willo: Kill her while she's on the ground
Ying: Don't spend poison in clones
Tyrant the Genji: Watch out for his combo. You can 1v1 him if you dodge at least one part of it.

Weak Against
AshAtlasBarikFernandoInaraMojiPipRaumRuckusVivianWilloTerminus
Notes

Ash: Annoying. Will MVP save people and prevent your heals/movespeed. Boo!
Chronos himself: Annoying as it can be.
Barik: Makes you engage him over the shield. Don't do that, get wrecker instead.
Fernando: Fire, Shields and a no-killing ult. Everything you hate. Ban this sick-o if you ranked.
Reverse Medusa(Inara): her wall shield is terrible annoying.
Moji: Regrets you from playing this game
Pip: Brust him before he ult or you're dead. Also heals and deal tons of damage.
Raum: Can say 'goodbye' and stun you. Also tons of health, hard to 1v1 early.
Ruckus: Same thing as Raul, but he dosen't stun.
Vivian: her shield can be a menace at 1v1, get wrecker or you will get rekt.
Willo: You can do preety much nothing while she's on her ult.
Guy that revives: He does that and you need extra atention for it. He also stuns.

Skills and how to use em'
Build Section
Notes

Wrist Crossbow: Your primary weapon. Hits fast and hard. Aimshots are very nasty and can jelly people very fast. Has a default 25 ammo count.
Poison Bolts: Your main-dps abilities. Make sure to hit that. Try using it first on backstabs, while the enemy is unaware of you. Sometimes you need to hold it to prevent escapes from living after they fled.
Smoke Screen: A bomb in a area that makes you invisible. Its preety useful and it has a 2 seconds fade delay, it menas you can move out of the area for a moment and get back that you will get invisible/visible at will. Its very good for long-range taps since you get restealthed and very hard to hit. Also useful for places like stairs or jump-spots. If you throw it on the botton, they won't be able to see the area nor you.
Hidden: The insta-stealth. Very useful for stealth engages or escapes. Not much to talk about it. Some talents gets you more speed on it, like Ninja.
Ultimate: Time Bomb: Make sure to launch it up in the air to confuse some players. The ui change sometimes make they run in the oposite direction. It takes around 3 seconds to arm, but if you throw in their back or in close teams they will be locked between your team and the bomb. In the worst scenario, you don't hit anyone, but if you split they. It. Was. Worth. It. Make a lession out if it, flank those who split, backstab their lines.

Learn your skills!
Confound

Confound

Poison Bolts

Reduce the Cooldown of Smoke Screen by 0.5s for each enemy hit by Poison Bolts.

Level 1

Nimble Fingers

Nimble Fingers

Poison Bolts

Increase your Reload Speed by 10% for 5s after using Poison Bolts.

Level 1

Healing Vapors

Healing Vapors

Smoke Screen

Heal for 100 over 2s after entering Smoke Screen.

Level 1

Thank you for reading!
Champion Section
Hope you learned something!
Skye
Notes

Thank you for reading all the way here.
If you have any questions or need more assistance, feel free to contact me on my discord: Amora#3479
This guide is also work in progress, and it is going to get changes as a i learn more from other players and gameplay. I will try to keep it updated for every patch and i hope you're also enjoying play paladins! See you next!