Just a small bit on attempting to justify why I chose these builds although I suck at writing. (I promise I don't love Shifter's Shield
Damage Example Build
Replace Jotunn's Wrath
with Brawler's Beat Stick
when against healers/gods such as Thanatos
is better to be taken after Transcendence
due to it not being useful without the extra power. It is a good item for Da Ji
as she works really well with auto attack cancels.
is a really good item to pick up but in no way should it be taken first and shouldn't be taken every game.
Extremely generic build. Heartseeker
is also an option instead of Bloodforge
or Titan's Bane
. If protections are lacking then replace Titan's Bane
Defensive items can be picked up if needed, take Void Shield
if you do need more pen but look at the enemy teams build before deciding.
I like to take Void Shield
for more physical defense and pen.
I also like the Shifter's Shield
just due to the fact that you get the extra 35 power, then when your escaping with lower health you recieve the 35 magical+physical protections while using your One Thousand Cuts
to also have 20-40% damage mitigation.
Against Healers With Defense
This build is pretty random. I need to try a number of more builds but I would typically build Shifter's Shield
since you keep that power while getting enough protections to survive his ult (although you should be able to escape).
Assuming it's an Anubis
middle, I personally wouldn't take Transcendence
to just get the extra power and 20% CDR earlier from Jotunn's Wrath
This is also presuming the physical gods are not as much as a problem. If they are pick up a Shifter's Shield
in this would go over 40% CDR so its prefered not to but it's also not the end of the world.
With this build, before replacing Warrior Tabi
, you have 20% CDR but if you replace boots with a Spirit Robe
or Mantle of Discord
you will get 30% CDR and when you get Potion of Physical Might it adds up to 40%.
I personally like Brawler's Beat Stick
when targeting tanks due to the majority of them building sustain items and if you want gank solo lane (majority of the time not a good idea) they can survive by using the shields and the healing potions.
When to start into Brawler's Beat Stick
When to change items
Against gods such as Thanatos
(+many more healers).
Check the mid laners build, if it's a god such as Scylla
with a t2 bancrofts start I would start Brawler's Beat Stick
To take or not to take Transcendence when starting Brawler's Beat Stick
Personally if I know I don't need the earlier power and extra 10% CDR then yes, but if I want the extra CDR then I take Jotunn's Wrath
in it's place.
What shield to use if wanted
One way of doing it is by looking at your CDR, if your over-capping take the one without CDR. Just don't take Gladiators or Beserkers.
What do I replace my boots with?
It really depends on: do you want more damage or do you want more defense? If you just want power Heartseeker
is probably your best option, provides extra pen and mana (which in turn gives you a very very small amount of power from Transendence) plus its % health passive.
For defensive my preferred two are Spirit Robe
and Mantle of Discord
, personally I would take the Spirit Robe
if I already have an item such as Shifter's Shield
to really make use of the passive (which is 3s of 15% damage mitigations on hard CCs). Majority of the time I would take Mantle of Discord
especially if I don't already have some hybrid items, it has a passive which you can utilize to escape but I do recommend picking it up with Shifter's Shield
as the two can really make a difference on escaping.
I would of listed Magi's Cloak
in the items to replace but if you really need it you would've/should've picked it up already.