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Merlin Conquest Mid (7.5)

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Smite God: Merlin

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Start 1 (Chronos' Rush) (Risky) Notes How to play level 1:

At fountain when you load into the match, switch to Ice Stance using Elemental Mastery. When the speed camp spawns at 0:20, use the your Ice Stance 2 ( Vortex / Dragonfire / Blizzard) over the wall on the speed camp to help your jungler clear it, then head to Mid lane, use Elemental Mastery to switch to Fire Stance, and use your Fire Stance 2 ( Vortex / Dragonfire / Blizzard) on the Mid wave).

From here you can mainly stick to Ice stance for waveclearing, but Fire Stance is good for shredding opponents health close range, and melting objectives, Ice Stance is good for ranged poke as well as slow utility, and Arcane Stance is useful for CC'ing / catching someone out of position with it's pull to the centre of the AoE.

Remember that Overload gives Merlin a Polynomicon-like proc to use after each ability, making AA-cancelling pretty important for Merlin. An example could be Ice 1 > AA > Ice 2 > AA.

Build Item Restored Artifact Restored Artifact
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion

Start 2 (Chronos' Rush or Doom Orb)

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

Example Build 1 Notes Uses Start 1 or 2.

Can swap Obsidian Shard for Charon's Coin.

Build Item Shoes of Focus Shoes of Focus
Build Item Chronos' Pendant Chronos' Pendant
Build Item Divine Ruin Divine Ruin
Build Item Soul Reaver Soul Reaver
Build Item Obsidian Shard Obsidian Shard
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti

Example Build 1 Lategame Notes Can get Spear of Desolation or Ethereal Staff or Staff of Myrddin instead of Soul Gem.

Build Item Elixir of Speed Elixir of Speed
Build Item Soul Gem Soul Gem
Build Item Chronos' Pendant Chronos' Pendant
Build Item Divine Ruin Divine Ruin
Build Item Soul Reaver Soul Reaver
Build Item Obsidian Shard Obsidian Shard
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti

Start 3 (Magi Boots Rush) (Risky / Read Note) Notes At start of game, wait in fountain for gold to buy full tier 3 Magi shoes, then run straight to Mid, on your way hugging near Speed Camp wall for assist XP so you hit level 2 when you clear first minion wave.

Can start in Ice stance. Use both Ice 2 and Fire 2 on wave.

Or, start in Fire Stance, and clear like you would normally in lane.

This start is best used if you know your solo laner can get the Totem of Ku in the early game.

Build Item Shoes of the Magi Shoes of the Magi

Example Build 2 (Magi Rush build) Notes Uses Start 3.

Build Item Shoes of the Magi Shoes of the Magi
Build Item Chronos' Pendant Chronos' Pendant
Build Item Spear of Desolation Spear of Desolation
Build Item Soul Reaver Soul Reaver
Build Item Obsidian Shard Obsidian Shard
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti

Example Build 2 Lategame

Build Item Elixir of Speed Elixir of Speed
Build Item Ethereal Staff Ethereal Staff
Build Item Chronos' Pendant Chronos' Pendant
Build Item Spear of Desolation Spear of Desolation
Build Item Soul Reaver Soul Reaver
Build Item Obsidian Shard Obsidian Shard
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti

Start 4 (Early Divine/Deso)

Build Item Mage's Blessing Mage's Blessing
Build Item Magic Focus Magic Focus
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion

Example Build 3 (Flat Pen) (Recommended) Notes Uses Start 4.

Can get Soul Gem or Ethereal Staff or Rod of Tahuti instead of Staff of Myrddin.

Can swap Charon's Coin for Obsidian Shard.

Build Item Shoes of Focus Shoes of Focus
Build Item Divine Ruin Divine Ruin
Build Item Spear of Desolation Spear of Desolation
Build Item Soul Reaver Soul Reaver
Build Item Charon's Coin Charon's Coin
Build Item Staff of Myrddin Staff of Myrddin

Example Build 3 Lategame Notes Can get Soul Gem or Rod of Tahuti instead of Ethereal Staff.

Build Item Elixir of Speed Elixir of Speed
Build Item Ethereal Staff Ethereal Staff
Build Item Divine Ruin Divine Ruin
Build Item Spear of Desolation Spear of Desolation
Build Item Soul Reaver Soul Reaver
Build Item Charon's Coin Charon's Coin
Build Item Staff of Myrddin Staff of Myrddin

Start 5 (Doom Orb / Boots Rush)

Build Item Magic Shoes Magic Shoes
Build Item Lost Artifact Lost Artifact
Build Item Multi Potion Multi Potion

Example Build 4 (Doom Orb) Notes Uses Start 2 or 5.

Build Item Shoes of Focus Shoes of Focus
Build Item Doom Orb Doom Orb
Build Item Divine Ruin Divine Ruin
Build Item Soul Reaver Soul Reaver
Build Item Obsidian Shard Obsidian Shard
Build Item Staff of Myrddin Staff of Myrddin

Example Build 4 Lategame

Build Item Elixir of Speed Elixir of Speed
Build Item Soul Gem Soul Gem
Build Item Doom Orb Doom Orb
Build Item Divine Ruin Divine Ruin
Build Item Soul Reaver Soul Reaver
Build Item Obsidian Shard Obsidian Shard
Build Item Staff of Myrddin Staff of Myrddin

Start 6 (Bancroft's Rush)

Build Item Talon Trinket Talon Trinket
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion

Start 7 (Lifesteal Builds)

Build Item Mage's Blessing Mage'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

Example Build 5 (Bancroft's) Notes Uses Start 6 or 7.

Build Item Bancroft's Talon Bancroft's Talon
Build Item Shoes of Focus Shoes of Focus
Build Item Divine Ruin Divine Ruin
Build Item Soul Reaver Soul Reaver
Build Item Typhon's Fang Typhon's Fang
Build Item Staff of Myrddin Staff of Myrddin

Example Build 5 Lategame Notes Can get Chronos' Pendant instead of Soul Gem.

Build Item Elixir of Speed Elixir of Speed
Build Item Bancroft's Talon Bancroft's Talon
Build Item Soul Gem Soul Gem
Build Item Divine Ruin Divine Ruin
Build Item Soul Reaver Soul Reaver
Build Item Typhon's Fang Typhon's Fang
Build Item Staff of Myrddin Staff of Myrddin

Example Build 6 (PrettyPrime Typhon's build) Notes Uses Start 7. (Or Start 4, building Divine Ruin before Typhon's Fang and Soul Gem)

Build Item Shoes of the Magi Shoes of the Magi
Build Item Typhon's Fang Typhon's Fang
Build Item Soul Gem Soul Gem
Build Item Divine Ruin Divine Ruin
Build Item Soul Reaver Soul Reaver
Build Item Spear of Desolation Spear of Desolation

Example Build 6 Lategame

Build Item Elixir of Speed Elixir of Speed
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti
Build Item Typhon's Fang Typhon's Fang
Build Item Soul Gem Soul Gem
Build Item Divine Ruin Divine Ruin
Build Item Soul Reaver Soul Reaver
Build Item Spear of Desolation Spear of Desolation

Relics

Build Item Purification Beads Purification Beads
Build Item Aegis Amulet Aegis Amulet

Alternative Items

Build Item Pythagorem's Piece Pythagorem's Piece
Build Item Book of Thoth Book of Thoth
Build Item Book of the Dead Book of the Dead
Build Item Breastplate of Valor Breastplate of Valor
Build Item Mantle of Discord Mantle of Discord
Build Item Magi's Cloak Magi's Cloak
Build Item Winged Blade Winged Blade
Build Item Relic Dagger Relic Dagger
Build Item Stone of Fal Stone of Fal
Build Item Spear of the Magus Spear of the Magus

Example Build 7 Notes Uses Start 1 or 2. Get Shoes of Focus then Spear of Desolation then finish Restored Artifact (Or Lost Artifact) into Charon's Coin.

Build Item Shoes of Focus Shoes of Focus
Build Item Spear of Desolation Spear of Desolation
Build Item Charon's Coin Charon's Coin
Build Item Soul Reaver Soul Reaver
Build Item Staff of Myrddin Staff of Myrddin
Build Item Soul Gem Soul Gem

Example Build 7 Lategame

Build Item Elixir of Speed Elixir of Speed
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti
Build Item Spear of Desolation Spear of Desolation
Build Item Charon's Coin Charon's Coin
Build Item Soul Reaver Soul Reaver
Build Item Staff of Myrddin Staff of Myrddin
Build Item Soul Gem Soul Gem

Merlin's Skill Order

Eclipse / Radiate / Frostbolt

Eclipse / Radiate / Frostbolt

1 X
2 5 6 9 10
Vortex / Dragonfire / Blizzard

Vortex / Dragonfire / Blizzard

2 A
1 4 8 11 12
Flicker

Flicker

3 B
3 15 16 18 19
Elemental Mastery

Elemental Mastery

4 Y
7 13 14 17 20

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How to play level 1:

At fountain when you load into the match, switch to Ice Stance using Elemental Mastery. When the speed camp spawns at 0:20, use the your Ice Stance 2 ( Vortex / Dragonfire / Blizzard) over the wall on the speed camp to help your jungler clear it, then head to Mid lane, use Elemental Mastery to switch to Fire Stance, and use your Fire Stance 2 ( Vortex / Dragonfire / Blizzard) on the Mid wave).

From here you can mainly stick to Ice stance for waveclearing, but Fire Stance is good for shredding opponents health close range, and melting objectives, Ice Stance is good for ranged poke as well as slow utility, and Arcane Stance is useful for CC'ing / catching someone out of position with it's pull to the centre of the AoE.

Remember that Overload gives Merlin a Polynomicon-like proc to use after each ability, making AA-cancelling pretty important for Merlin. An example could be Ice 1 > AA > Ice 2 > AA.

Merlin guide by Haithi:

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HipJewishMan | May 12, 2020 7:28am
I would greatly recommend gem of isolation it is rather quite gross on him especially in his fire stance no one can run from him
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Kriega1 (107) | May 12, 2020 7:32am
It can work situationally, but the item isn't near as strong as it used to be on him (item got nerfed a season or 2 ago), plus with Merlin's damage nerfs you can't really afford to build it too much over other items.

That and lategame you mainly use Ice and Arcane stance.
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Constable Slap Monkey | April 4, 2020 1:56pm
Poly is never worth on merlin. Sure it corresponds with his passive but its not going to be better than buying extra powwer or pen. You are going to be getting most if not all your damage off from abilities not your passive (or Poly).
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Kriega1 (107) | April 4, 2020 2:01pm
I saw Prettyprime build it on the lifesteal build he uses in ranked, and I think in one game of SCC or SCC (?) he built it.

Not my favourite pickup on him either but I can see it if he's doing a Typhon's lifesteal build, also Poly was buffed at start of season.

Also his passive procs reaver too, another reason to utilise it when you can.

Edit: Removed Poly
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Vini_sds (10) | March 18, 2020 1:22pm
Build 3 has no flat pen?
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Kriega1 (107) | March 18, 2020 1:28pm
Flat Pen kinda falls off late, I guess you could fit in Magus or Deso (though Magus is only good in Fire Stance if you get 5+ ticks on a abilitiy compared to deso), also build already had 30% cdr and I didn't want to cap it when power pot exists (outside of Chronos/Deso/Myrdinn combo with their passives).

Actually screw it. I'll just swap soul gem for Deso.
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Vini_sds (10) | March 18, 2020 1:29pm
It wasn't a complaint, I was just curious about your item choices.

I always pick flat pen third to deal damage to assassins, and Divine Ruin is almost always a welcome pickup anyway.
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Kriega1 (107) | March 18, 2020 5:27am
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LordEnderSaber215 | August 6, 2019 10:43am
Very Solid Builds
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