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A NEW MIGHTY SWORD [Patch 6.1 Updated]

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Smite God: Ao Kuang

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Purchase Order

AA Build

Build Item Shoes of the Magi Shoes of the Magi
Build Item Bancroft's Talon Bancroft's Talon
Build Item Demonic Grip Demonic Grip
Build Item Telkhines Ring Telkhines Ring
Build Item Polynomicon Polynomicon
Build Item Chronos' Pendant Chronos' Pendant

Starter

Build Item Assassin's Blessing Assassin's Blessing
Build Item Tiny Trinket Tiny Trinket
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion
Build Item Blink Rune Blink Rune

AA Build after Elixir of Speed

Build Item Mantle of Discord Mantle of Discord
Build Item Bancroft's Talon Bancroft's Talon
Build Item Demonic Grip Demonic Grip
Build Item Telkhines Ring Telkhines Ring
Build Item Polynomicon Polynomicon
Build Item Chronos' Pendant Chronos' Pendant

Skill Build after Elixir of Speed

Build Item Mantle of Discord Mantle of Discord
Build Item Bancroft's Talon Bancroft's Talon
Build Item Spear of Desolation Spear of Desolation
Build Item Polynomicon Polynomicon
Build Item Chronos' Pendant Chronos' Pendant
Build Item Spear of the Magus Spear of the Magus

Situational Itens

Build Item Divine Ruin Divine Ruin
Build Item Typhon's Fang Typhon's Fang
Build Item Doom Orb Doom Orb
Build Item Void Stone Void Stone
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti
Build Item Soul Reaver Soul Reaver
Build Item Hastened Ring Hastened Ring
Build Item Soul Gem Soul Gem
Build Item Hide of the Urchin Hide of the Urchin
Build Item Spirit Robe Spirit Robe

Ao Kuang's Skill Order

Water Illusion

Water Illusion

1 X
3 13 14 15 16
Dragon Call

Dragon Call

2 A
2 8 10 11 12
Wild Storm

Wild Storm

3 B
1 4 6 7 9
King of the Eastern Seas

King of the Eastern Seas

4 Y
5 17 18 19 20
Array ( [even] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 61 [display_name] => Awilix [url] => awilix ) [scoreVal] => 3 [notes] => [[Awillix]] is a threat for almost everybody, including his teammates LOL. ) [1] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 43 [display_name] => Thanatos [url] => thanatos ) [scoreVal] => 3 [notes] => [[Thanatos]] is a threat for everyone in early game and maybe on squish gods on lategame, so careful with him and please, build antiheal against him, this is the better advice i can give. ) ) [major] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 19 [display_name] => Bakasura [url] => bakasura ) [scoreVal] => 2 [notes] => Carefull with his Attack Speed and Ultimate, try to avoid early encounters in the jungle and only face win when u have the three attack speed rings (i'm not kidding, you'll need the three rings to face him). ) ) [extreme] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 2 [display_name] => Arachne [url] => arachne ) [scoreVal] => 1 [notes] => Same as [[Bakasura]] with a little difference... She can stun you and burst you in less than a blink, or to be exactly less than 2 seconds. Only face her when u have [[Water Illusion]] to juke her [[Cocoon]] or [[Purification Beads]]. ) ) ) 1

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Introduction

Ao Kuang, The Dragon King of the Eastern Seas


In this guide I will show you how amazing it is to play with Ao Kuang.



First of all, A MIGHTY SWORD! In second, let me introduce you one of the best junglers in the game. As you know, Kuang is a mage type character with an assassin gameplay, he works well with any crowd control god and can burst your foes in a blink of their eyes.

The Ao Kuang gameplay is not that complicated as you thought, his 2nd ability Dragon Call can easily slain an enemy god in 3 or 4 dragons, with the effect of your Polynomicon you can do a lot of damage in a few seconds.
If your foes are trying to run, chase and annihilate then with your 3rd ability Wild Storm or with your 4th ability King of the Eastern Seas.*
If you got in a trouble and need to quit quickly, you can use your 1st ability Water Illusion to run in the opposite way that you might go and recall.**

The season 6 changed the impact of team fights a lot, now the Fire Giant has more life, deals more damage and cannot be done by one person (usually carries). The game's vision is more important than ever and shotcallers are good welcome.

* Use this ability wisely, if your target as Meditation Cloak, Aegis Amulet or Purification Beads, make sure to force then use in their dispair before eliminate them.
** The enemy gods will think you may go straight but you want to go behind them to recall or heal yourself in a camp.

Pros / Cons

Pros



Great Mid/Late game
High burst damage
Good Stealth
Decent Lifesteal (Passive gives lifesteal based on 5% of his life)*
Agressive


Cons



Poor early game
Eats a lot of mana in early's
Easily stoped by crowd control
Dependent on skills
*His passive only works on enemy gods

Season 6 new Ao Kuang and new way to play. Do you know the way, brother?

Hey lads, here I'm again to explain how Ao Kuang works in this new season, so prepare your popcorn, take a confortable seat and ease your mind i will, 'cause now is time to learn "how to play Ao Kuang again".



Season 6 came with a lot of changes in Ao Kuang due to his new passive, which is like the oldest one with the last plus a new one. Confusing, isn't? Ok, lemme explain.
  • His first passive holded up charges and every time he casted abilities it increases the damage and when he was out of mana, he used the charges of his passive to cast abilities but to charge the passive, he needed to stay out of fight.
  • After a rework on his passive, each time Ao Kuang successfully used his dragon form to execute an enemy god he gained a stack of +15 of Magical Power and 5% of Lifesteal. it stacks up to 3 times and stacks were permanent.
  • Now, in this new one, the passive merges the first and the second in a new way, 'cause now he gains a stack and every 20 seconds in a max of 3 stacks and with a stack available, his next non-ultimate ability that deals damage to an Enemy god has a reduced cooldown and heals himself. Successfully executing an enemy god with is ultimate fully charges his passive. Each cooldown reduction of 2s, 5% of heal based on max health.

This new Ao Kuang is based on doing the higher amount of damage and dont be exposed for longer. No needs of spending to many skills and focusing on pick offs, befere he was a tanky monster due to his lifesteal and now he's more like a real assassin, trying to take individual targets or 2x1 targets. To be honest, it was a good balance for Ao Kuang, he never was a top pick/top ban and after people looked at his potencial, he went out of control on rankeds, now he's still a top pick, but in my opinion, he wont be for longer.

Anyway, i still love Ao Kuang so much! I'm always selecting other gods in jungle but when i want to win with 75% assurance i pick him (the other 25% is how bad or good my teammates are). Now enjoy the new build i made of ya.

Items

THE CHOOSING OF MY ITEMS



Season 6 came to broke Ao Kuang but he's still strong and priority on picks and bans. Now that Ao is just a major threat and not even an extreme, you can chill out but know that Ao still can be a thorn in one's side.

Taking that Ao's passive Dragon King's Sword is now a merge of his early passives, we'll need to think about build him. No longer triple lifesteal in synergy with Attack Speed. We'll focus on Dealing on the "meta" attack speed build to damage dealt.

Start the game with the Assassin's Bleesing, a Tiny Trinket, two Healing Potion and two Mana Potion.

After returning fountain, make sure of take the Shoes of the Magi for penetration, but if you consider that cooldown and mana will be better in the match feel free to build Shoes of Focus.

As second item, finish the Bancroft's Talon for damage, mana, lifesteal and it's passive. Bancroft's a Core item on Ao Kuang don't build Soul Gem, but if you trust in your mechanics and want to risk, feel free to build it.

As third item, start the "meta" Attack Speed and build some Demonic Grip to toast your targets as quick as possible.

As fourth item, another "meta" item on Ao's Telkhiness Ring. AS, addictional damage in AA, take it with no questions.

The fifth item is more like a situational choice, if u'r dealing with an AA god such as Bakasura or Arachne Hastened Ring is the answer, if you need penetration build Spear of Desolation, looking for antiheal Divine Ruin, damage on structures Polynomicon, more health defense and beads Magi's Cloak. This is really your choice, take whatever suits you.

To finish my composition of itens, i need cooldown. Chrono's Pendant can handle this.

After buying Elixir of Speed and seeling your boots, you can rush for even more power, such as Soul Reaver, Ethereal Staff or even Rod of Tahuti, but if you're looking for survivability take Mantle of Discord, Hide of the Urchin or whatever be better to this lategame.

Jungle Tutorial

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boogiebass (27) | March 1, 2019 10:25am
@kriega
Defending you from our lovely brazilians talking about you in Portuguese. If They're gonna talk about you, they should do it in english so you dont have to go through google translator.
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xmysterionz (29) | March 1, 2019 10:44am
"

"AIN NUM PODI FALAR MAU DUS OUTROS IN OUTRA LINGUA"

(Não levem a sério hein :v )
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Kriega1 (56) | March 1, 2019 10:31am
Well im not going to melt from using google translate.
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boogiebass (27) | March 1, 2019 10:33am
"Thanks for being a true friend and looking out for me boogiebass".

I hear you loud and clear brother.
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Kriega1 (56) | March 1, 2019 8:06am
Could add Soul Gem as an option, saw Adapting and maybe some other pros using it over bancrofts.
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Matheusfirmi | March 1, 2019 8:53am
Soul Gem is an excellent option to change on Polynomicon but is all situational, when i need a little bit CDR i build it, but when i need the burst of Poly's (almost every match) i build Poly. There's only one situation i do not build it in any cost. When the enemy team build antiheal itens like second or third item. In my sincerity, if you want to change Soul Gem to Bancroft, is better to not build even lifesteal, bancroft is like an core item in the jungle for mages.
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Kriega1 (56) | March 1, 2019 12:32am
"updated March 1, 2019"

"[Patch 5.14 Updated]"

Something doesen't add up...
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Matheusfirmi | March 1, 2019 6:42am
i'm doing changes to set up on this new season, but i'm doing small changes due my free time. Keep following to see the changes.
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boogiebass (27) | March 1, 2019 7:58am
Polynomicon is good on ao again?
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Oninonodachi17 | November 10, 2018 7:21pm
Hey man, it's nice to see another Ao Kuang main finally who actually gives solid advice. I've been playing Ao for the last 3 years now, and I have a ton of fun with him. With the new resurgence of Dragons Ao Kuang though, wouldn't it make alot of sense to add hastened ring to stick to the enemies more and get it off as well? I tend to run pen boots, hastened ring, then spear of the magi and Demonic grip, and end it off with either Chronos Pendant or Polynomicon. I think the huge attack and movement speed alongside penetration that gets your enemies close to taking true damage seems to do more for me than when I was focusing on ability damage now than before. It helps a lot especially when I'm facing more high defense enemies, and I've seen some fairly decent results at a high level group, albeit not ranked due to my lack of a group on ps4.
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Kriega1 (56) | December 3, 2018 5:26am
Should be building Telkhines Ring on him.
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midwayrhyme | December 13, 2018 10:37am
yes telkhines ring and demonic ring are definitely core items on ao kuang
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Matheusfirmi | November 29, 2018 4:03am
Is like a situational build. I'm comfortable with demonic grip and maybe another ring, like telkhiness, althoght when i'm fighting a Bakasura for exemple, when i need more atk speed than skills, then i would run for the 3 atk speed ring, pen boots and double lifesteal. When fighting a Thanatos i run cooldown boots, bancrofts, demonic grip, poly, ant-heal item and another item of my preference for the match.

Do not listen to Kriega1, he isn't thinking outside the box and is not like every time you just build the same things. Of course u have preferences like core itens, but every player have it's own way of playing and i know my skills. He sure does know his skills and of course u know yours too. Keep playing the way you feel better and you will always be happy playing like u do.
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Kriega1 (56) | November 29, 2018 4:04am
Ok, state why you don't build poly sometimes and why sometimes you do?

Also your AA-build is lacking. Giving Hastened priority over Telkhines is very bad. Fine, you can build both, but choosing Telkhines over Hastened? No no no no. In it's current state Telkhines is a core item on Ao Kuang. It's reasons like this why I make other builds so you don't mislead players into nonsensical item choices.
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Kriega1 (56) | November 10, 2018 10:46pm
Don’t build polynomicon on Ao Kuang. Hastened isn’t the best. Also not sure why you mention “Ranked” and “group” when Ranked Conquest is solo queue only.
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midwayrhyme | November 20, 2018 9:00am
polynomicon is definitely a wasted item on ao kuanareg, wild storm doesn't proc it and neither does dragon call I would definitely go bancrofts or typhoons instead of wasting an item slot on poly.
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quack911 | October 11, 2018 4:35am
You shouldn't be needing shamans ring on ao kaung, and even more importantly wheres the idea behind going bancrofts first item? it simply makes no sense, its much stronger to go into telekhines from the start, once you finish it you can take any fight in the game. Its very important to go into demons ring after this and then you can get bancrofts, follow this by ob shard and end with eather soul reaver or magis cloak.
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Matheusfirmi | October 12, 2018 2:07pm
Why would i need shamans? I just need ATTACK SPEED for the Dragon Call procs and a little of cooldown. Have u never saw bancroft of first item? NONSENSE? Look, you are not talking to a noob, u are talking to one of the best Ao Kuang mains in the world and the Top 1 duel ao kuang! i have prints to prove it! i know exactly what i'm doing. In first place, bancroft's passive is OP and i've been won 2v1 fights in mid lane with one stack of my passive and bancroft built, but second to u Telkhines Ring that costs 600 at level 1 vs Bancroft's Talon that costs 550 at level 1, further on give me a little sustain for start levels, is better to catch an higher cost item with no safety. Are u seeing what you are saying? THIS IS NONSENSE. It's better to build Demonic Grip than Telkhines Ring bro. Have u studied? Have u tried to see what item is better early and late game? Well i suppose not. My guide is top Rated and Ao Kuang's first. I have two builds and situational itens in my guide, not only one. If u are a pro, get out here if not, just try my builds and take in consideration situational itens.

Don't bother me anymore. Kisses, be good.
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Kriega1 (56) | October 12, 2018 3:21pm
Matheusfirmi wrote:
the Top 1 duel ao kuang!


I don't think he was criticising your duel build.... (Though I would like to see proof and which platform).


Anyway, Bancrofts or Telkhines is a viable choice first. Though Telkhines will improve your rotation time and improve your early Dragon Call autos, while Bancrofts is more for sustain and possible but risky power spikes during an early fight.

Also lategame attack speed will be a bit less necessary for Dragon Call as you will be using the ranged part of it at that point anyway.
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Matheusfirmi | August 1, 2018 6:41am
Polynomicon is good on every AA/Skill Mage, i'm not a roockie and I know what i do. It doesn't AUTOPROC inded, btw the following AA after Wild Storm proc.
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Jean Karlus | July 26, 2018 5:09pm
Eae cara, sou um BR também, queria trocar umas ideías quanto à build do Ao Kuang, nessa questão você ainda não faz itens de cadência ou faz, se fizer substitui por qual item, pois no momento estou fazendo: Bota roxa, Bancroft, Polynomicon, Tufão, Lâmina da desolação e chronos,está boa essa build ou não, me adiciona ae no smite "Jkrlus68" ou responde por aqui mesmo. Obrigado pelo guia!
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Matheusfirmi | July 31, 2018 11:34am
iae Jean, tudo beleza? Conforme veio um novo split, eu tive que fazer adaptações em minha build, e acredito que neste novo meta, o "AA" Ao Kuang está mais forte que o "Skill" Ao Kuang .

Eu gosto de fazer a Shoes of the Magi, Bancroft's Talon, Demonic Grip, Polynomicon, Hastened Ring e um item situacional, talvez uma Spear of the Magus.

Presa de tufão, lamina da desolação e pingente de chronos são excelentes item, mas depende de qual situação você vai se deparar durantesua gameplay. Caiu contra um Bakasura? Faz Anel demoniaco e Anel Acelerado. Caiu contra um Susanoo? Faz Pingente de Chronos e Lança da Desolação. Vai gankar freneticamente um adc de Skill? Faz build de skill. Vai gankar adc de AA? Faz build de AA. Eu adiciono in-game sim, só aceitar o convite do "ManoSabao". Abraços bro!
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Gulfwulf (40) | July 26, 2018 7:32pm
I think us 'mericans get a bad rap because we "yell" at people who can't speak English; but I can't remember how many times I've read non-english on an English speaking site. Sites like Google translate exist for a reason. Sure they're not 100% accurate, but they can get the point across. Anyway, for anybody else who doesn't know wtf this dude said, here's a translation from GT:

Quoted:
Hey Ku, I'm a BR too, I wanted to change some ideas about Ao Kuang's build, in this question you still do not make cadence items or do, if you do, substitute what item I'm doing: Purple Boot, Bancroft, Polynomicon , Typhoon, Blade of desolation and chronos, this build is good, add me to and smite it "Jkrlus68" or reply here. Thanks for the guide!
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Matheusfirmi | July 31, 2018 12:02pm
I agree that has some things that need to be written in the native language of the site. This is why I preffer to write in English, I both ease the understanding and practice my writing. Anyway, i will translate from the point of view of a brazilian dude.

Quoted:
Hey bro, i'm Brazilian too, i want to talk 'bout Ao Kuang's Build. Don't you build cadence or do? If so, which itens do you change for it? At this point, i build: Purple Boot, Bancroft, Polynomicon , Typhoon, Spear of desolation and chronos. Is This build good or not? Add me on smite, nick's "Jkrlus68" or reply here. Thanks for the guide!
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Kriega1 (56) | May 21, 2018 8:56am
Btw Polynomicon isn't that good on Ao Kuang, as his 3 - Wild Storm doesen't auto-proc it's passive anymore. (think the change was made last season?)
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Kriega1 (56) | May 9, 2018 6:46am
I would list Rod of Tahuti, Soul Reaver, Magi's Cloak, Mantle of Discord and Obsidian Shard as situationals.

Another problem is that your start does not contain Assassin's Blessing, which should be core for any jungler. I would start Ao Kuang jungle with this: Assassin's Blessing, Tiny Trinket, 2 Healing Potions and 2 Mana Potions.

Also consider delaying points in your ultimate to max out Dragon Call and Wild Storm as soon as possible.
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Matheusfirmi | May 10, 2018 9:04am
My mistake, i made it wrong and put Shoes instead of Assassin's Blessing thanks for feedback. About Rod of Tahuti, Soul Reaver, Obsidian Shard it's ok, but my preference's to have 65 LifeSteal. Everyone has it's own preferences.

'Bout max my ultimate, it's situational, this is a old guide i'm still updating, keep following to have more information
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Kriega1 (56) | May 10, 2018 9:47am
You shouldn't always have that much lifesteal though since it can be countered easily. Whether it's through anti-heal item's like Brawler's Beat Stick or anti-heal abilities like Barbed Spear. Remember that Ao Kuang's passive Dragon King's Sword can also give him lifesteal.
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IceColdPappsi (13) | February 8, 2018 4:37pm
Hey, how's it goin? Ao Kuang guides arent that plentiful, so thank you for your contribution. First thing I noticed, just through skimming through it, very little BBCoding. If you need any help, ask one of the more prolific of guide writers, or scour will you find a guide for guide making, think its made by Zilby himself.
Reading through the actual guide, a lot of grammatical and spelling errors. While they may be little in nature, the amount is noticeable and could make some parts hard to read/understand. Just a quick run through of spellchecking, viewing the guide and looking at it helps to make it read better.
The actual build, Rod of Tahuti, while it does have a passage change, is still probably the last item to get in a build, due to just its sheer amount of gold and ability to power spike. It's the pinnacle of late game, and getting it fourth will definitively help your mid game, but will put you at a detriment. Let's not forget, it give ONLY power and MP5, so not a lot of utility. Shuffle around the items a bit, and you should be good.
Lastly, the items, not that many options. I know that Ao Kuang isn't that versatile, but no Obsidian Shard? Attack speed items like Hastened Ring, Demonic Grip and Telekhine's Ring are very important to an AA mage like Ao Kuang. Also, bruiser assassins aren't uncommon, so something like a Void Stone could also be an option. Basically, more variety of items in your build section.
sorry if I wrote a lot, this guide has potential. Good luck :)
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Matheusfirmi | February 8, 2018 5:37pm
First of all, thanks for feedback, i'm still learning how to make a guide. Once, when i was a rookie i came here to find some Ao Kuang tips and builds, i do not found what i was searching. Since that failure i promissed i would do an effective guide. Now, after 2 years playing Ao Kuang, i'm confident enough to contribute to community and bring this guide made by player to players.

Sorry for grammatical errors, i am Brazilian and i'm better speaker than writer but no worries, i'll review the guide for improve the reading experience.

About the itens, i already tried other like Hastened Ring and Demonic Grip in Season 4 but i prefer build power + penetration than power + cadence. About pen, actually i prefer any other item than Obsidian Shard, the new passive don't attract me, that scale don't suit well in my character. I might do other builds in this guide but requests are necessary.

Well, if you have any tips, i'm open to receive it and i also promise to read the Coding Help & FAQ to improve this guide that i've made. Thanks for support!
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Cyberhawk94 (4) | February 7, 2018 10:46am
I am actually not a huge fan of Rod of Tahuti on Kuang, much of the health bar it activates on he is going to execute anyway.

Doom Orb is also becoming core for magical junglers, because it is super easy to keep the stacks up in the jungle and the movement speed is great


I would build Doom Orb second, shift the build down one, and remove Rod of Tahuti
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Matheusfirmi | February 8, 2018 3:39pm
I've been tried to build in my composition of itens some kind of "magical crit" to tankies since this season the jungler have more time to farm. Yesterday i tried Doom Orb as third item and it gave me a move speed of 505 with yellow buff. I dont think the 15 of move speed this item give to me is helpful in late game, with the coming of new patch notes i'll try to create new situational builds and update here.

Thanks for feedback, i appreciate it.
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