This build has a couple drawbacks. The first: it's EXPENSIVE. The second, and partly a corollary to the first: it's slow. It will take a little while for Guan Yu to really get going. About the time you start building your Rage you will be able to burst down a squishy with no problems, but matches are sometimes half over by that point.
Let's talk specific items.
I typically start with one of these two items, but which to choose first? Depends on the enemy team composition. Is their physical early game strong? Do they have Fenrir
, or Odin
? Consider a Voidblade
. The majority of the time, however, their magical early game is going to be much stronger than their physical early game - Anubis
, He Bo
, and Poseidon
come to mind. Go with shield in this case.
This is an extremely expensive opening item, but it gives you a great deal of tankiness that you absolutely need in a world dominated by mages like Poseidon
, and He Bo
. It does give you a little bit of attack power, but you want it mostly for the defensive values.
This is a somewhat more reasonable opening item than the shield, allowing you to get tier 1 boots as well.
Most people opt for Warrior Tabi
, but Guan Yu
is pretty reliant on his cooldowns, especially Warrior's Will
. Max these before your shield.
I like this better than Shield of Regrowth
, but on maps where sustain is more important (Conquest) you might opt for the HP5 on Shield of Regrowth
. If you need help deciding, ask yourself: Are you getting harassed and poked down? Get Shield of Regrowth
. Are you getting bursted down from full to dead? Get Runic Shield
focused voidblade or Voidblade?
I prefer focused voidblade to aid in my job of melting squishies. If you're playing with a team of heavy physical damage attackers ( Apollo
, etc), consider Voidblade
Your DPS (Damage Per Second) will take a pretty substantial boost when you start building this, but you're still not where you really want to be. Start being more aggressive, but don't think you're going to get a triple kill every teamfight.
Once you finish this, you're exactly where you want to be - beefy but with a huge damage output. Charge into the back lines and melt that obnoxious squishy - you won't get the kill every time, but you'll at least force them to flee the teamfight, enabling your allies to mop up. You might get some hate from your teammates for even daring to build this on someone that's not named Apollo
; ignore them and continue your 12-2 rampage.
ankh of the bearAnkh of the Bear
I still haven't figured out whether or not I like this item. Typically games are over before I have a chance to build it, but in the games where I have built it, I haven't noticed a huge change. On paper it sounds pretty good - physical protection to add to your Voidblade
, attack power based on that protection, all of which you need.
ankh of the bear, every time. A character that can heal himself wants resistances over health to get more effective health
Most games will not get to the stage where you will actually be buying this; really, it's just more icing on the cake. CDR (CoolDown Reduction) is always good on Guan Yu
, and it'll give you a bit more oomph on your basic attacks and attack abilities.
Stone of Gaia
If you're getting melted by the enemy team's mages and your Runic Shield
isn't enough, consider one of these. Always buy one if they have a team of 4-5 mages. Make it your third priority after 1. Ninja Tabi
, 2. focused voidblade/ Runic Shield
Fantastic item, but usually your tank/support will be getting it. Combines well with ankh of the bear if you're finding the enemy's physical carries a little too overwhelming.
Another fantastic item. If you don't like ankh of the bear, go ahead and try this - as I've said before, Guan Yu
wants resistances instead of flat health in order to make his heals more effective; Bloodforge
synergizes nicely with that ideal.
eye of retaliationEye of Retaliation
I haven't tried this yet, but I'd like to - it's a very interesting concept, and Guan Yu
is very good at staying alive at low health. You would need to combine it with other lifesteal/healing items, such as Bloodforge
, meditation, and Restoration Shard
. If you'd like to try this, I would say build it after your focused voidblade, Ninja Tabi
, and Deathbringer