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Merlin Conquest Mid (8.4)

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8.1
by Kriega1 updated May 3, 2021

Smite God: Merlin

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Merlin Build

Start 1 (Conduit / Lost Artifact)

Build Item Conduit Gem Conduit Gem
Build Item Lost Artifact Lost Artifact
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
2
Build Item Multi Potion Multi Potion
2

Example Build 1 (Tahuti Rush)

Notes Can swap Obsidian Shard for Charon's Coin.

Buy Elixir of Speed and sell Shoes of Focus lategame for Soul Reaver or alternative.

Notes

Can swap Obsidian Shard for Charon's Coin.

Buy Elixir of Speed and sell Shoes of Focus lategame for Soul Reaver or alternative.

Build Item Shoes of Focus Shoes of Focus
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti
Build Item Spear of Desolation Spear of Desolation
Build Item Obsidian Shard Obsidian Shard
Build Item Soul Gem Soul Gem
Build Item Gem of Focus Gem of Focus

Example Build 2 (Tahuti Rush + Anti-Heal)

Notes Can swap Spear of Desolation for Soul Gem.

Can swap Obsidian Shard for Charon's Coin.

Buy Elixir of Speed and sell Shoes of Focus lategame for Soul Reaver or alternative.

Notes

Can swap Spear of Desolation for Soul Gem.

Can swap Obsidian Shard for Charon's Coin.

Buy Elixir of Speed and sell Shoes of Focus lategame for Soul Reaver or alternative.

Build Item Shoes of Focus Shoes of Focus
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti
Build Item Divine Ruin Divine Ruin
Build Item Obsidian Shard Obsidian Shard
Build Item Spear of Desolation Spear of Desolation
Build Item Gem of Focus Gem of Focus

Example Build 3 (Chronos' Rush)

Notes Buy Elixir of Speed and sell Shoes of the Magi lategame for Soul Reaver or alternative.

Notes

Buy Elixir of Speed and sell Shoes of the Magi lategame for Soul Reaver or alternative.

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 Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti
Build Item Obsidian Shard Obsidian Shard
Build Item Gem of Focus Gem of Focus

Example Build 4 (Chronos' Rush + Anti-Heal)

Notes Buy Elixir of Speed and sell Shoes of the Magi lategame for Soul Reaver or alternative.

Notes

Buy Elixir of Speed and sell Shoes of the Magi lategame for Soul Reaver or alternative.

Build Item Shoes of the Magi Shoes of the Magi
Build Item Chronos' Pendant Chronos' Pendant
Build Item Divine Ruin Divine Ruin
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti
Build Item Obsidian Shard Obsidian Shard
Build Item Gem of Focus Gem of Focus

Start 2 (Conduit / Magic Focus)

Build Item Conduit Gem Conduit Gem
Build Item Magic Focus Magic Focus
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion
2

Example Build 5 (Deso Rush)

Notes Can swap Soul Gem for Spear of the Magus.

Can swap Obsidian Shard for Charon's Coin.

Buy Elixir of Speed and sell Shoes of Focus lategame for Soul Reaver or alternative.

Notes

Can swap Soul Gem for Spear of the Magus.

Can swap Obsidian Shard for Charon's Coin.

Buy Elixir of Speed and sell Shoes of Focus lategame for Soul Reaver or alternative.

Build Item Shoes of Focus Shoes of Focus
Build Item Spear of Desolation Spear of Desolation
Build Item Soul Gem Soul Gem
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti
Build Item Obsidian Shard Obsidian Shard
Build Item Gem of Focus Gem of Focus

Example Build 6 (Divine Rush)

Notes Can swap Obsidian Shard for Charon's Coin.

Buy Elixir of Speed and sell Shoes of Focus lategame for Soul Reaver or alternative.

Notes

Can swap Obsidian Shard for Charon's Coin.

Buy Elixir of Speed and sell Shoes of Focus lategame for Soul Reaver or alternative.

Build Item Shoes of Focus Shoes of Focus
Build Item Divine Ruin Divine Ruin
Build Item Spear of Desolation Spear of Desolation
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti
Build Item Obsidian Shard Obsidian Shard
Build Item Gem of Focus Gem of Focus

Example Build 7 (Deso Rush + Early Coin)

Notes Buy Elixir of Speed and sell Shoes of Focus lategame for Soul Gem / Staff of Myrddin or alternative.

Notes

Buy Elixir of Speed and sell Shoes of Focus lategame for Soul Gem / Staff of Myrddin or alternative.

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 Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti
Build Item Soul Reaver Soul Reaver
Build Item Gem of Focus Gem of Focus

Example Build 8 (Divine Rush + Early Coin)

Notes Buy Elixir of Speed and sell Shoes of Focus lategame for Spear of Desolation / Soul Gem / Staff of Myrddin or alternative.

Notes

Buy Elixir of Speed and sell Shoes of Focus lategame for Spear of Desolation / Soul Gem / Staff of Myrddin or alternative.

Build Item Shoes of Focus Shoes of Focus
Build Item Divine Ruin Divine Ruin
Build Item Charon's Coin Charon's Coin
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti
Build Item Soul Reaver Soul Reaver
Build Item Gem of Focus Gem of Focus

Start 3 (Sands / Lost Artifact)

Build Item Sands of Time Sands of Time
Build Item Lost Artifact Lost Artifact
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
2
Build Item Multi Potion Multi Potion
2

Example Build 9 (Tahuti Rush)

Notes Buy Elixir of Speed and sell Shoes of Focus lategame for Soul Gem / Staff of Myrddin or alternative.

Notes

Buy Elixir of Speed and sell Shoes of Focus lategame for Soul Gem / Staff of Myrddin or alternative.

Build Item Shoes of Focus Shoes of Focus
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 Pendulum of Ages Pendulum of Ages

Example Build 10 (Tahuti Rush + Anti-Heal)

Notes Buy Elixir of Speed and sell Shoes of Focus lategame for Soul Gem / Spear of Desolation / Staff of Myrddin or alternative.

Notes

Buy Elixir of Speed and sell Shoes of Focus lategame for Soul Gem / Spear of Desolation / Staff of Myrddin or alternative.

Build Item Shoes of Focus Shoes of Focus
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti
Build Item Divine Ruin Divine Ruin
Build Item Charon's Coin Charon's Coin
Build Item Soul Reaver Soul Reaver
Build Item Pendulum of Ages Pendulum of Ages

Start 4 (Sands / Magic Focus)

Build Item Sands of Time Sands of Time
Build Item Magic Focus Magic Focus
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion
2

Example Build 11 (Deso Rush)

Notes Can swap Soul Gem for Spear of the Magus.

Buy Elixir of Speed and sell Shoes of the Magi lategame for Soul Reaver or alternative.

Notes

Can swap Soul Gem for Spear of the Magus.

Buy Elixir of Speed and sell Shoes of the Magi lategame for Soul Reaver or alternative.

Build Item Shoes of the Magi Shoes of the Magi
Build Item Spear of Desolation Spear of Desolation
Build Item Soul Gem Soul Gem
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti
Build Item Charon's Coin Charon's Coin
Build Item Pendulum of Ages Pendulum of Ages

Example Build 12 (Divine Rush)

Notes Buy Elixir of Speed and sell Shoes of the Magi lategame for Soul Reaver or alternative.

Notes

Buy Elixir of Speed and sell Shoes of the Magi lategame for Soul Reaver or alternative.

Build Item Shoes of the Magi Shoes of the Magi
Build Item Divine Ruin Divine Ruin
Build Item Spear of Desolation Spear of Desolation
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti
Build Item Charon's Coin Charon's Coin
Build Item Pendulum of Ages Pendulum of Ages

Example Build 13 (Deso Rush + Early Coin)

Notes Buy Elixir of Speed and sell Shoes of Focus lategame for Soul Gem / Staff of Myrddin or alternative.

Notes

Buy Elixir of Speed and sell Shoes of Focus lategame for Soul Gem / Staff of Myrddin or alternative.

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 Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti
Build Item Soul Reaver Soul Reaver
Build Item Pendulum of Ages Pendulum of Ages

Example Build 14 (Divine Rush + Early Coin)

Notes Buy Elixir of Speed and sell Shoes of Focus lategame for Soul Gem / Spear of Desolation / Staff of Myrddin or alternative.

Notes

Buy Elixir of Speed and sell Shoes of Focus lategame for Soul Gem / Spear of Desolation / Staff of Myrddin or alternative.

Build Item Shoes of Focus Shoes of Focus
Build Item Divine Ruin Divine Ruin
Build Item Charon's Coin Charon's Coin
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti
Build Item Soul Reaver Soul Reaver
Build Item Pendulum of Ages Pendulum of Ages

Main Relics

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

Alternative Items

Build Item Spear of the Magus Spear of the Magus
Build Item Staff of Myrddin Staff of Myrddin
Build Item Ethereal Staff Ethereal Staff
Build Item Pythagorem's Piece Pythagorem's Piece
Build Item Typhon's Fang Typhon's Fang
Build Item Tainted Breastplate Tainted Breastplate
Build Item Sacrificial Shroud Sacrificial Shroud
Build Item Archmage's Gem Archmage's Gem
Build Item Bancroft's Talon Bancroft's Talon
Build Item Mantle of Discord Mantle of Discord
Build Item Magi's Cloak Magi's Cloak
Build Item Doom Orb Doom Orb
Build Item Magic Shell Magic Shell

Niche Items

Build Item Gem of Isolation Gem of Isolation
Build Item Breastplate of Valor Breastplate of Valor
Build Item Spectral Armor Spectral Armor
Build Item Void Stone Void Stone
Build Item Winged Blade Winged Blade
Build Item Relic Dagger Relic Dagger

What you need if you wish to sell boots late for another item

Build Item Elixir of Speed Elixir of Speed

Merlin's Skill Order Notes (Can prioritise 2 or 3 points in your 2 before maxing the 1 if sitting in Ice Stance early more often).

Notes

(Can prioritise 2 or 3 points in your 2 before maxing the 1 if sitting in Ice Stance early more often).

Eclipse / Radiate / Frostbolt

1 X Y
Eclipse / Radiate / Frostbolt
1 4 6 7 9

Vortex / Dragonfire / Blizzard

2 A B
Vortex / Dragonfire / Blizzard
2 8 10 11

Flicker

3 B A
Flicker
3 12 15 16 18 19

Elemental Mastery

4 Y X
Elemental Mastery
5 13 14 17 20
Eclipse / Radiate / Frostbolt
1 4 6 7 9

Eclipse / Radiate / Frostbolt

1 X
Arcane: Merlin conjures an orb of condensed celestial energy that grows in size as it travels, dealing damage every 0.4s and marking Enemies hit.

Enemies marked take additional damage if they stay within the outer range of Eclipse.

Fire: Merlin channels a beam of intense fire for 2s that deals damage every 0.25s. Each time Radiate hits an Enemy, it also applies a Burn, dealing additional damage over time.

Ice: Merlin hurls a Frostbolt that explodes if it hits an Enemy, dealing an additional 15% damage if they are slowed.

Ability Type: Line
Initial Arcane Damage: 40 / 60 / 80 / 100 / 120 (+55% of your Magical Power)
Arcane Damage Per Tick: 5 / 15 / 25 / 35 / 45 (+8% of your Magical Power)
Arcane Duration: 3s
Arcane Cooldown: 14s

Fire Damage Per Tick: 6 / 12 / 18 / 24 / 30 (+18% of your Magical Power)
Fire Burn Damage: 5 / 10 / 15 / 20 / 25 (+5% of your Magical Power)
Fire Duration: 2s
Fire Cooldown: 16 / 15 / 14 / 13 / 12s

Ice Damage: 60 / 95 / 130 / 165 / 200 (+55% of your Magical Power)
Ice Cooldown: 6s

Range: 60 / 45 / 70
Cost: 60
Vortex / Dragonfire / Blizzard
2 8 10 11

Vortex / Dragonfire / Blizzard

2 A
Vortex (Arcane): Merlin deploys a field of arcane energy at a location. After a delay, a Vortex deals damage and pulls Enemies towards the center.

Dragonfire (Fire): Merlin summons forth two ethereal dragons that spout flames towards each other, dealing damage to Enemies every 0.25s. If caught in the center of the area, enemy god's protections are reduced. The dragons last for 3s.

Blizzard (Ice): Merlin creates a Blizzard at a target location. After a brief delay, shards of ice start hurling down every 0.7s. Enemies hit take damage and progressively get more Slowed while they stay within the area.

Enemies hit take damage and progressively get more slowed while they stay within the area.

Ability Type: AoE
Arcane Damage: 50 / 80 / 110 / 140 / 170 (+60% of your Magical Power)
Fire Damage Per Tick: 8 / 11 / 14 / 17 / 20 (+20% of your Magical Power)
Fire Protection Reduction: 4%
Fire Max Stacks: 4
Fire Debuff Duration: 4s
Ice Damage Per Tick: 10 / 25 / 40 / 55 / 70 (+15% of your Magical Power)
Ice Slow Per Stack: 8%
Ice Max Stacks: 5
Ice Slow Duration: 2s
Range: 60 / 50 / 65
Radius: 20 / 30 / 20
Cost: 60 / 65 / 70 / 75 / 80
Cooldown: 16 / 15 / 14 / 13 / 12s
Flicker
3 12 15 16 18 19

Flicker

3 B
Merlin quickly teleports a short distance in front of him.

Ability Type: Teleport
Range: 30
Cost: 70
Cooldown: 24 / 23 / 22 / 21 / 20s
Elemental Mastery
5 13 14 17 20

Elemental Mastery

4 Y
Merlin taps into his inner potential, exploding with energy in the stance he is currently attuned to. During this time Merlin can choose which stance to enter into next.

After the explosion reaches its apex, it collapses in on itself. Enemies are dealt damage from the both the explosion and the implosion and suffer different effects depending on which stance's energy they are being hit by.

Ability Type: Buff and AoE
Damage: 100 / 140 / 180 / 220 / 260 (+15% of your Magical Power)
Arcane: Knockup
Fire Damage Per Tick: 5 / 10 / 15 / 20 / 25 (+5% of your Magical Power)
Ice Slow: 20%
Slow Duration: 1.5s
Radius: 25
Cost: 40 / 50 / 60 / 70 / 80
Cooldown: 32 / 29 / 26 / 23 / 20s

Chapter Title

Fire Stance is good for shredding opponents health close range (usually with team setup on CC'ed enemies, so you don't get targeted / interrupted channelling your Fire 1 / Radiate ), 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 on Arcane 2 / Vortex . Generally you will use Ice and Arcane for waveclear, and as your 2 primary zoning / poke stances.

Remember that Overload gives Merlin a Polynomicon-like proc to use after each ability, making AA-cancelling pretty effective for Merlin for waveclearing/farming and general dps. An example could be Ice 2 > AA > Ice 1 > AA.

Venenu's Merlin Tips / Tricks:

Venenu's Merlin Mid Guide / Play by Play:

Merlin guide by Haithi:

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1
Reyc | May 4, 2021 4:50pm
Like the build, im more a fan of starting with soul gem because the sustain
1
Kriega1 (122) | May 4, 2021 5:09pm
I think Soul Gem is a bit weak to rush straight after boots. If im going flat pen as well I usually want that first after boots instead. Also Soul Gem passive scales better the later on in the build you are.
1
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
1
Kriega1 (122) | 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.
1
Constable Slap Monkey (1) | 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).
1
Kriega1 (122) | 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
1
Vini_sds (13) | March 18, 2020 1:22pm
Build 3 has no flat pen?
1
Kriega1 (122) | 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.
1
Vini_sds (13) | 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 (122) | March 18, 2020 5:27am
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LordEnderSaber215 | August 6, 2019 10:43am
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