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Merlin joust build (mana/magic damage)

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Smite God: Merlin

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Beginning of the game

Build Item Mage's Blessing Mage's Blessing
Build Item Spellbook Spellbook
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion

Full build Notes This is a build I created my self while I was playing Merlin for the first time, and it does its work after the doom orb got buffed. I hope you like it

Build Item Book of Thoth Book of Thoth
Build Item Shoes of the Magi Shoes of the Magi
Build Item Spear of the Magus Spear of the Magus
Build Item Bancroft's Talon Bancroft's Talon
Build Item Spear of Desolation Spear of Desolation
Build Item Doom Orb Doom Orb

Optional items

Build Item Divine Ruin Divine Ruin
Build Item Gem of Isolation Gem of Isolation
Build Item Obsidian Shard Obsidian Shard
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti

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Everyone's suggestions were very helpful, I wasn't thinking when I had the build with almost no penetration, if there are any other suggestions please let me know.

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Branmuffin17 (263) | March 29, 2019 1:10am
As with the Chern build, I've currently downvoted this. I just can't see a situation where more CDR isn't a priority. You only have 10% in the example build. I don't know how Chronos' Pendant is not in here somewhere. I also don't like Bancroft's Talon, especially as late as it's built. BT is usually built early in modes like Conq to give an early boxing and power advantage. Here in Joust, I'm guessing you'll usually have better effect from Soul Gem, if you really need lifesteal.
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Lukatomic (1) | March 29, 2019 9:51am
It's a joust build though....
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Kriega1 (61) | March 29, 2019 1:11am
Bancrofts is useful due to the trading/poking in joust but there just isn't enough cdr.
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Branmuffin17 (263) | March 29, 2019 1:14am
That's my biggest issue. I agree on trading and whatnot, but the flat heal and burst provided by SG's passive is probably going to do more for him lifesteal-wise because most of his abilities are AOE, applying that 0.33x reduction. The power at lower health IS nice, but SG just seems to me like the better choice here. Could just be personal pref.

But Doom Orb over Chronos', if we're going to replace a specific item, is probably where I'd do it.
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Kriega1 (61) | March 21, 2019 5:36pm
Just one more thing, for the starter change tier 1 shoes for tier 1 Spellbook.
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Lukatomic (1) | March 21, 2019 10:48pm
Alright, this request shall be made.
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Kriega1 (61) | March 22, 2019 1:53pm
Theres not enough gold for 4 potions though with that start though, so you need to remove either 1 health or 1 mana pot.
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Branmuffin17 (263) | March 16, 2019 2:47pm
10 pen in the entire build just isn't very optimal. More pen is needed; there's a reason Spear of the Magus is considered a core item on him.

Getting Doom Orb and Rod of Tahuti as the 4th and 5th items is also a bit tough on the wallet. Those are the 2 most expensive magical items in the game, and when you're not covering certain key stats for damaging gods, these are difficult to recommend at this stage.
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Lukatomic (1) | March 16, 2019 4:42pm
Thank you for your feedback! This build was created at the beggining of patch 6.1, I appreciate the suggestion and I will be putting some of the current items as optional to balance this out as this is a joust build after all.
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Kriega1 (61) | February 11, 2019 4:02pm
Terrible build, 1 flat pen item, no spear of magus etc...
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Lukatomic (1) | March 16, 2019 1:02am
If you used the build in conquest then I dont think you will do anything, I never specified that this was a conquest build but I will fix this issue right away.
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Kriega1 (61) | March 16, 2019 2:41pm
This hasn't got anything to do with conquest. Just because I prioritise and prefer conquest doesen't mean you should make the foolish assumption that I do not know how to build gods in other modes, as is the case with you.

This build should have spear of the magus at the very least (because the thing is you see, Spear of the magus is both good when dealing with squishies AND tanks, amazing I know), and perhaps at least some Cooldown reduction in the build (at least 20%, just throw in a chronos' pendant).

Example build: Shoes of the Magi, Chronos' Pendant, Spear of the Magus, Gem of Isolation, Rod of Tahuti/ Doom Orb, Bancroft's Talon/ Soul Gem.
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