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This is my second guide on the smitefire website, I have done a lot of work on gods recently recently reaching legendary Sylvanus mastery. So I figured I'd make a guide since I dont see him that often. I've put many hours into conquest and jungle practice to see what items benefit him best. Here it goes!
Shoes of Focus
I used to have traveller's shoes on here, but I dont recommend it anymore. Sylvanus heals himself so the passive isnt all that useful, and as far as movement speed, sylvanus builds Rod of Asclepius and possibly Winged Blade depending on the enemy team comp, so the traveller's shoes arent that useful.
Sylvanus is a bit mana hungry, and build max cdr is pretty essential for the rest of you build that you will see later.
Breastplate of Valor
Standard support item, beastplate is better late game, makes you cc immune more often with your ult, and cc the enemy more often to set up potential kills. To me that is more valuable then Sovereignty, even after the 3.3 nerf.
Normally a support should get Heartward Amulet as it gives you and your team protections and mp5, however, for roughly the same price, you can get more protections and max out your cdr at 40% which I think is essential. Its your call, but in my opinion, the 10% and 80 prot is far more valuable than an aura, when you will be the one frontlining anyway.
Spear of the Magus
I removed Rod of Tahuti as well as Polynomicon because the build was overall missing pen, and damage doesnt scale well with sylvanus. This is a cheaper alternative that will also provide shred for your mid mage to do more damage. Spear is also getting some nice buffs in 3.15, so Ill be looking forward to that.
Hide of the Urchin
I felt like the original build wasnt giving you enough protections, so this single item helps to take care of that. Keep in mind, if only their hypercarriers are a problem, you can replace this with midguardian mail as well.
Rod of Asclepius
Lastly, a decent item to have when you are ahead. Health, movement speed, more potent healing, all 3 are things sylvanus needs badly. If the enemy team has a lot of slows, and your active isnt enough to handle it, then you might want to consider picking up a Winged Blade.
The reason you get your 1 first is to give your teammates mana under their towers. I saw somebody do this in a Lassiz stream and thought, huh, what a bro move! It also speeds up boar clears slightly then getting whisps first.
Once you hit level 2 and after, you will be maxing your 2. It will keep you healed, damage any enemy duos that try to play aggressive against you, and really his 2 is only useful early to mid game. Because of its delay, unlike hel for example, its not very good in late game team fights. Still spam it anyway tho lol.
You will RARELY use his 3, so only put 1 point into it and max it late game before ult. That's about it.
**Removed poly and tahuti to reduce build cost, and introduce more pen and protections into the build.** 8-10-16
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