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Merlin 100-0 Build

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Smite God: Merlin

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Purchase Order

Start (Blessing and Potions conquest only) Notes

Build Item Mage's Blessing Mage's Blessing
Build Item Lost Artifact Lost Artifact
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion

Main Build (Start Lost Artifact but build Boots before Chronos') Notes Start lost artifact but buy boots before finishing Chronos'

Build Item Shoes of Focus Shoes of Focus
Build Item Chronos' Pendant Chronos' Pendant
Build Item Spear of the Magus Spear of the Magus
Build Item Bancroft's Talon Bancroft's Talon
Build Item Shaman's Ring Shaman's Ring
Build Item Soul Reaver Soul Reaver

Anti heal (in place of bancroft)

Build Item Divine Ruin Divine Ruin

Boots Replacement- Take Your Pick

Build Item Gem of Isolation Gem of Isolation
Build Item Staff of Myrddin Staff of Myrddin
Build Item Spear of Desolation Spear of Desolation
Build Item Elixir of Speed Elixir of Speed

Merlin's Skill Order

Eclipse / Radiate / Frostbolt

Eclipse / Radiate / Frostbolt

1 X
1 3 6 7 9
Vortex / Dragonfire / Blizzard

Vortex / Dragonfire / Blizzard

2 A
2 8 10 11 12
Flicker

Flicker

3 B
4 15 16 18 19
Elemental Mastery

Elemental Mastery

4 Y
5 13 14 17 20

Introduction

-This build is similar to others you may see on this site or others. I've tested extensively with Merlin and this is by far the best build I've found so far. Stick with it and you will be the most unkillable damage dealer out there.

*Thanks to user UPLAR for suggestions on the build. Changes were made since the original.*

General Talk

Everything for damage. Blue boots because Merlin needs mana and cooldown. Chronos' for ability spam. Magus for pen. Bancroft for lifesteal. Shamans for movement and bonus damage. Soul reaver for damage.

Build divine for anti heal in place of bancroft.

When the full build is done buy Elixer of speed. Sell boots. Buy more damage. Bancrofts if you built anti heal earlier or but spear of desolation if you haven't.

I used to have a guide for Merlin but his ice stance was nerfed to near uselessness and that was what the best stance used to be. Just use arcane for team fight and fire for big damage to end fights and melt single targets. Use the stance change in proximity for extra kill potential.

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Jaystorm199 | August 11, 2019 1:32am
Shaman's Ring is not gonna be as viable for merlin in next patch
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Kriega1 (107) | August 11, 2019 2:47am
Why not? You lose movement speed sure, but the passive lasts longer, you get 10% cdr and it has 10 extra power. The tier 1 ring is also being buffed to have 5 extra power which makes it slightly better for early clear, and similar to tier 1 spear which also has 25 power. With mage’s blessing, cdr boots, and shaman’s Ring you will have 30% CDR in your build early to mid game. Lategame you can sell cdr boots for Myrddin, and get the 10% missing from mage’s blessing from power pot.
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andreyz5z | July 26, 2019 2:10am
Who wants to create build first with Staff of Myrddin? I tried and did not like it...
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Kriega1 (107) | July 26, 2019 4:41am
I would probably consider it only as a boots replacement. The stats are just too mediocre for the price. It’s a very lategame luxury item.
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andreyz5z | July 26, 2019 7:17am
Just watched streamers - they collected it as 3rd item in conquest... And it is unclear whether the advantage to throw a skill with 70% dmg, when Merlin get reduction damage in this patch... I did not feel that this one skill decides something.
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Kriega1 (107) | July 22, 2019 5:55am
You should mention what to replace Shoes of Focus for lategame when you get Elixir of Speed. I suggest Gem of Isolation or Rod of Tahuti.
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Kriega1 (107) | February 18, 2019 9:08pm
Start should be mage's blessing, tier 1 chronos' pendant (not tier 1 boots) for the better early clear and mp5.

Should be getting spear of magus before shaman's ring, especially since your first 2 items don't have any pen and spear of magus is core on Merlin.
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thesecondmistake | February 19, 2019 2:49am
I updated the start for the build.

I haven't found the pen to be necessary early on in most games. Merlin can typically do much better with the power and MS. The tanky characters aren't really that big of a focus for Merlin as early on. And, both items are relatively cheap so both get up fairly quick. By the time Merlin actually needs spear he should have it if you haven't got far behind.
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Kriega1 (107) | February 19, 2019 8:54pm

Merlin can typically do much better with the power and MS. The tanky characters aren't really that big of a focus for Merlin as early on.


You have no idea what base protections are, do you? All characters, squishy or tank, have base magical protections. Take Ra for instance, he has 30 magical protections at level 1 (+0.9 per level until level 20), you increase your damage massively by having Spear of Magus, which is why I suggested Shaman's ring later in the build. By having Spear of Magus after getting a few ticks of from one of his DoT abilities your next abilities that hit with the passive of magus active will effectively deal basically true damage. And by the time you have pendant + boots and you're building into your third item the support/solo and/or maybe even the jungle may have a magical protection item in their build. Please stop being stubborn.

At the very least get shoes of the magi if you're going to delay magus (a core item on him) to 4th item (not including blessing).
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UPLAR (7) | February 17, 2019 6:02am
Build is good however I would change a few things:

Your start can be easily made a lot stronger if you replaced Shoes with Lost Artifact as the power and MP5 you gain from it is much more worth it than the 6% MS you get with Shoes, as this would help out your early game a lot better. 6% MS won't help you in escaping ganks or do more poke damage so I'd pick Mage's Blessing, Lost Artifact, Healing Potion's and Mana Potion's.

Furthermore, I'd adjust the PO a little. You should make Spear of the Magus your 3rd item instead of Shaman's Ring as it's passive won't be utilised effectively until later on in the game when teamfights are more abundant. To further justify this, getting Spear of the Magus 3rd would help you tremendously in the early/mid game as you would have all your abilities unlocked (and levelled a few ranks) so you can take advantage of Spear of the Magus's passive.

However apart from that, (sorry if that sounded arsey), add in a couple of situationals such as Obsidian Shard for tank shred or Divine Ruin for anti- heal.

Hope this helps - UPLAR
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thesecondmistake | February 17, 2019 8:42pm
I appreciate the feedback to this guide. I did some more testing and I do find the movement speed useful to poke more effectively against aggressive gods with a stronger early game against Merlin. As well, the early mana and cooldown from a completed shoes of focus is cheap and very good. Merlin struggles with mana early on and cooldowns are a little longer than preferred, so the early boots provide a better boost than rushing a Chronos' pendant. That being said, Lost Artifact could be a safer start for most players, especially versus gods who have weak early game lane clear. For PO I find the 100 power and movement enable Merlin to hit harder while playing safer. I would only do spear as item 3 if you desperately need to shred protection. As for situationals, I think the build is made of necessary items that I wouldn't outright trade unless you absolutely need to. Merlin does enough damage even without Obsidian shard and the only thing id replace would be rod if you have too much trouble with too many enemies being too tanky. As for divine ruin, it has to wait for the late game once you can sell shoes and get the elixir mentioned in the guide. In non-conquest modes, you could consider not building rod and building divine ruin instead but rod providses so much power that Merlin otherwise lacks.
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UPLAR (7) | February 18, 2019 4:34pm
Hey again,

What I meant was to buy Lost Artifact instead of Shoes but buy Shoes of Focus before getting Chronos' Pendant on your first back, (hope that makes sense lol).

Therefore you're able to finish your boots on your first back as well receive the power/MP5 from Lost Artifact. Also this start will lighten the expensive cost of Chronos' Pendant on your second back. Everything else you've said I agree with.
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