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Merlin Mid-S8 builds

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by Moneymike06 updated July 13, 2021

Smite God: Merlin

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Build Summary

Sands Start

Notes This is my main build. Sands offers immediate cooldown to pressure enemies and farm with stance switches. Doom orb offers early power, mana, and speed (mana and speed are huge for merlin). Deso for cooldown and pen. Soul gem mainly for cooldown with added bonus of some sustain from the health and lifesteal. Tahuti for big power and to finish enemies. Pendulum over alternate timeline to cap our oooldown. Magus for the pen to shred tanks late game, again you get the bonus of some lifesteal and team damage buff in team fights.

Notes

This is my main build. Sands offers immediate cooldown to pressure enemies and farm with stance switches. Doom orb offers early power, mana, and speed (mana and speed are huge for merlin). Deso for cooldown and pen. Soul gem mainly for cooldown with added bonus of some sustain from the health and lifesteal. Tahuti for big power and to finish enemies. Pendulum over alternate timeline to cap our oooldown. Magus for the pen to shred tanks late game, again you get the bonus of some lifesteal and team damage buff in team fights.

Build Item Sands of Time Sands of Time
Build Item Doom Orb Doom Orb
Build Item Spear of Desolation Spear of Desolation
Build Item Soul Gem Soul Gem
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti
Build Item Pendulum of Ages Pendulum of Ages
Build Item Spear of the Magus Spear of the Magus

Extended Build

Alternate items

Notes If you want more pen you can build Charon's over doom orb. It still offer's you the speed boost you need for merlin. I think this is a viable move in nonconquest modes as the coin evolves quicker. But in conquest I think you get more out of doom orb early game than you will form Charon's. Additionally if you are worried abot getting dove a lot and want a defensive item then I would build mantle over soul gem (build rod before this and push mantle back in your build).

Notes

If you want more pen you can build Charon's over doom orb. It still offer's you the speed boost you need for merlin. I think this is a viable move in nonconquest modes as the coin evolves quicker. But in conquest I think you get more out of doom orb early game than you will form Charon's. Additionally if you are worried abot getting dove a lot and want a defensive item then I would build mantle over soul gem (build rod before this and push mantle back in your build).

Build Item Charon's Coin Charon's Coin
Build Item Mantle of Discord Mantle of Discord

Conduit Start

Notes Conduit gem is a less aggresive start without the cooldown that comes from sands but it potentially offers better early farm with the mana spike. The downside is you have to give up your magus for a chronos because we need CDR for merlin.

Notes

Conduit gem is a less aggresive start without the cooldown that comes from sands but it potentially offers better early farm with the mana spike. The downside is you have to give up your magus for a chronos because we need CDR for merlin.

Build Item Conduit Gem Conduit Gem
Build Item Doom Orb Doom Orb
Build Item Chronos' Pendant Chronos' Pendant
Build Item Spear of Desolation Spear of Desolation
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti
Build Item Gem of Focus Gem of Focus
Build Item Soul Gem Soul Gem

Antiheal-Sands start

Notes If you know you have to build antiheal then I think you want to start sands. Additionally I like to build divine early if I am going to need it, but you could build it after Deso if you want. You could also swap Rod and Soul Gem based on personal preference.

Notes

If you know you have to build antiheal then I think you want to start sands. Additionally I like to build divine early if I am going to need it, but you could build it after Deso if you want. You could also swap Rod and Soul Gem based on personal preference.

Build Item Sands of Time Sands of Time
Build Item Doom Orb Doom Orb
Build Item Divine Ruin Divine Ruin
Build Item Spear of Desolation Spear of Desolation
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti
Build Item Pendulum of Ages Pendulum of Ages
Build Item Soul Gem Soul Gem

Antiheal-conduit start

Notes I think antiheal is less viable with a conduit start. You can swap the order of chronos, divine, and doom as you see fit. I think you want rod for late game team fights, but you could swap soul gem to cap your CDR without the need of a power pot.

Notes

I think antiheal is less viable with a conduit start. You can swap the order of chronos, divine, and doom as you see fit. I think you want rod for late game team fights, but you could swap soul gem to cap your CDR without the need of a power pot.

Build Item Conduit Gem Conduit Gem
Build Item Chronos' Pendant Chronos' Pendant
Build Item Divine Ruin Divine Ruin
Build Item Doom Orb Doom Orb
Build Item Spear of Desolation Spear of Desolation
Build Item Gem of Focus Gem of Focus
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti
Build Item Potion of Power Potion of Power

Big Boy Shredder

Notes PEN PEN PEN!!!

Notes

PEN PEN PEN!!!

Build Item Sands of Time Sands of Time
Build Item Charon's Coin Charon's Coin
Build Item Spear of Desolation Spear of Desolation
Build Item Spear of the Magus Spear of the Magus
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti
Build Item Pendulum of Ages Pendulum of Ages
Build Item Soul Gem Soul Gem

FUN lifesteal

Notes You could switch Rod out for Bancroft's if you want to full commit to a lifesteal build. You could also switch rod out for a Deso to cap you CDR without a power pot.

Notes

You could switch Rod out for Bancroft's if you want to full commit to a lifesteal build. You could also switch rod out for a Deso to cap you CDR without a power pot.

Build Item Vampiric Shroud Vampiric Shroud
Build Item Chronos' Pendant Chronos' Pendant
Build Item Soul Gem Soul Gem
Build Item Spear of the Magus Spear of the Magus
Build Item Typhon's Fang Typhon's Fang
Build Item Sacrificial Shroud Sacrificial Shroud
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti
Build Item Potion of Power Potion of Power

The year of Merlin

Merlin is my favorite smite god. These are some of my builds I plan on using in the new no boots world. I have included some notes for each build as well. Enjoy and leave comments on what builds you like or other Merlin items you enjoy!

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