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Superman Item Builds
These items are necessary in order to play Superman optimally. Only diverge from a core item if you are a very experienced player or you have a very good reason for doing so.
|Gaia’s Standard||While not offering as much raw defense as its alternative, Gaia’s Standard offers a lot of utility to Superman that cannot be missed. The item offers movement speed, invaluable to the Man of Steel on its own, but also restores a percentage of his health whenever he takes damage. Given how he will stack up a lot of health in a manner similar to Xeniel, this can lead to rather hefty health gains. In addition, the item of course offers a fair amount of magic defense and HP, adding to Superman’s overall defenses and health-based damage.|
|Crimson Banner||As an initiator, Superman will be one of the first into fights. As such, he will be a big target early and will naturally draw a lot of the enemy’s fire. In order to stay relevant as the fight draws on, Crimson Guard can be used to rejuvenate HP he loses at the start of the fight. Superman should not have a hard time spreading his damage around a fight as to always be able to at least score an assist.|
|Amulet of Longevity||With how much health Superman likes to stack, Amulet of Longevity is a natural choice. Not only does it add additional health for each other health item that Superman buys, but it amplifies the healing effects of items like Crimson Banner and Gaia’s Standard, making them more effective overall.|
|Muramasa||While not offering anything to his defenses, Muramasa will allow Superman to cut through enemy armor to ravage their health directly. This is a great choice when wanting a more aggressive Superman build and the enemy team has a lot of thick skinned tanks. The item additionally offers some cooldown reduction, allowing Superman to use his disruptions more frequently.|
|Mail of Pain||An excellent item when dealing with physical enemies, Mail of Pain reflects a percentage of physical damage done to the wearer back to its source. It additionally offers armor and HP in order to improve his general survivability as well. This is a must have when an enemy marksman starts to snowball.|
|Odin’s Will||While not a common choice on other tanks, Superman’s reliance on speed and damage can make Odin’s Will a very effective choice for him. The item provides additional movement speed and overall damage as the wearer sustains damage, allowing Superman to very quickly exit fights after initiating and improving the impact of any subsequent hits he makes.|
|Medallion of Troy||Medallion of Troy is an excellent source of defensive stats when dealing with magic heavy teams. Not only does it offer large amounts of magic defense and health, it provides the wearer with a magic absorbing shield every several seconds. To top this off, the item additionally offers|
|Rankbreaker||Rankbreaker will help Superman punch through enemy defenses with the armor pierce it provides. He will be able to deal near true damage when fighting with squishier foes, making each of his abilities even more deadly. In addition to this, Rankbreaker provides out-of-combat movement speed, allowing Supes to more quickly start Flight as well as quickly move between lanes and gank.|
|Shield of the Lost||While not typically one to stick around long enough to get full use of its passive, Shield of the Lost can be a valuable source of stats to Superman. It offers large amounts of both HP and armor, greatly increasing the user’s survivability against physical attacks. The passive will help protect him and nearby team members whenever he dives into fights, slowing their attack speed and, thereby, lowering their DPS potential.|
|Fenrir’s Tooth||Another purely aggressive item, Fenrir’s Tooth will greatly raise Superman’s killing potential. Not only does it provide a large amount of attack damage, the item additionally amplifies all damage when attacking low health targets. This includes damage that does not scale with attack damage, like Superman’s health-scaling abilities.|
|Gilded Greaves||Gilded Greaves are a great choice for Superman as they help him escape from his one true weakness: disables. The resistance that the boots offer lower the amount of time that Superman will spend slowed or stunned, allowing him to sprint back up to a fly much more quickly.|
|Sonic Boots||Sonic Boots is a good choice against enemies who focus on physical damage or normal attacks. Get this over Gilded Greaves if the opposing marksman or warrior is snowballing hard.|
|Hermes’ Select||While not offering any defensive benefits, Hermes’ Select are a good way to regain speed in between fights and move between lanes when ganking.|
Sample Item Builds
This build tries to ride the line survivability and damage, a heavy focus on defensive items along with the occasional addition of attack damage to up Superman’s offensive impact. Crimson Banner, Gaia’s Standard, and Mail of Pain make up his defensive arsenal, each contributing health along with their other defensive benefits. Meanwhile Rankbreaker and Fenrir’s Tooth make up his offensive front, offering large amounts of attack power on their own along with their own offensive effects. This is for a more aggressive Superman who is going to spend more time diving into enemies before running away than constantly under fire.
|Gilded Greaves||Crimson Banner||Gaia’s Standard||Mail of Pain||Shield of the Lost||Amulet of Longevity|
Superman differs from most heroes in that he should almost always take boots as his first item. Flight is very reliant on a high movement speed, so he cannot waste time wandering around without the boost. This build takes a purely defensive approach to Superman, forsaking attack damage items entirely in the name of simply buffing up his survivability. That said, he will not be completely without any damage. All of the items contribute to his health pool and, as several of his flying abilities scale with health. The set up we have here is particularly effective against physical enemies, Mail of Pain and Shield of the Lost offering large amounts of armor along with their normal attack affecting passives. Should the enemy be heavier on magic damage, however, consider swapping one or both for magic defense items like Medallion of Troy.
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