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Thane Item Build
These items are necessary in order to play Thane optimally. Only diverge from a core item if you are a very experienced player and/or you have a very good reason for doing so.
|Knight’s Plate||Knight’s Plate builds into two items that can each be extremely useful for Thane. In almost every match, the monarch is going to want to buy one or both of the powerful items. Which he gets is dependant on the situation, however, and occasionally Knight’s Plate will be enough on its own.|
|Gaia’s Standard||While not the most powerful source of magic defense, Gaia’s Standard benefits Thane in numerous ways. The speed boost that it offers helps him get into position to gank while the health regeneration bolsters his overall tanking potential. Also, while not offering as much magic defense as Medallion of Troy, Gaia’s Standard still offers enough to give the wearer a considerable amount of resistance to enemy mages.|
|Hyoga’s Edge||Offering a number of hearty defensive bonuses and a nice passive, Hyoga’s Edge can be a nice choice when looking to further lock down enemies. It slows those attacked by the wielder while giving the user a movement speed boost, making escape very difficult for the target.|
|Mail of Pain||Mail of Pain is a great answer to enemy marksmen or warriors who are growing out of control. Not only does it provide health and armor to keep the wearer up and fighting, but the passive will reflect physical damage the wearer takes back to the attacker.|
|While supporting, Thane can use support items to offer tremendous amounts of utility to his team. He can find benefit in most of the available items, though Tidecaller’s Mark and Essence of the Wind are the most useful for him.|
|Mantle of Ra||More aggressive of an item than Thane normally needs, Mantle of Ra can be a nice way to soften up nearby enemies and farm a bit of extra gold. The attack damage it provides will additionally make each of Thane’s abilities hit harder, making it a nice choice when the team is lacking in damage.|
|Amulet of Longevity||While a bit situational, Amulet of Longevity provides huge boosts to the wearer’s health and regeneration. The regeneration boost it provides works with all healing that Thane receives as well as his passive and Gaia’s Standard health regeneration effects.|
|Gilded Greaves||As a frontlining tank, Thane will be hoping to receive as much enemy crowd control as possible. As such, having a way to quickly slip out of said effects can greatly increase
his ability to set up fights for his team.
|Sonic Boots||More situational than Gilded Greaves, Sonic Boots provide coverage from physical damage dealers. These can be particularly useful when the enemy team has a warrior or marksman growing out of control.|
Sample Item Builds
|Essence of the Wind||Gilded Greaves||Shield of the Lost||Gaia’s Standard||Mail of Pain||Amulet of Longevity|
This build is completely focused around making Thane as durable as possible. Each item buffs up his survivability in some way, be it through armor (Shield of the Lost, Mail of Pain) magic defense (Gaia’s Standard,) or HP (Amulet of Longevity.) Thane will be able to take the severest of beatings as he walks into the enemies and sets up his fights.
|Tidecaller’s Mark||Gilded Greaves||Gaia’s Standard||Shield of the Lost||The Aegis||Amulet of Longevity|
While also a build focused on keeping Thane alive, we take a different approach here by building up Thane’s health regeneration rather than just helping him absorb enemy fire. Gaia’s Standard and his passive will keep health constantly refreshing. The main drawback to this build is that it can be shut down by a player with Curse of Death or Tomb of the Reaper
|Mantle of Ra||Gilded Greaves||Gaia’s Standard||Hyoga’s Edge||Mail of Pain||Shield of the Lost|
|Essence of the Wind||Mantle of Ra||Gilded Greaves||The Aegis||Gaia’s Standard||Spear of Longinus|
I’ve been massively enjoying the following build: Essence of the Wind, Greaves, Mantle, Gaia’s, Aegis, and Longinus. The build, albeit making Thane a bit vulnerable in the beginning, gives Thane a TON of mobility and reaches a late-game power spike with 35% cooldown. Early on, you want to roam between the Dragon and Mid lane, helping trap enemies where possible, and making sure your teammates have their gold ahead of your’s (utilizing your support item’s passive). The build plays rather aggressively and once you’ve built up Gaia’s, you reach a point where recalling is seldom needed. In the late game, the passive of Aegis, and the cooldown, will help you control enemies with ease, while longinus reduces their armor, (one push maximizes longinus’ passive) and gives you some considerable extra damage, making both you and your team benefit as your ability spam simply cripples the enemy team’s mobility, and your glorious ultimate finishes people off. The arcana should be Assassinate (solely for movement speed, AD is a bonus), Skewer and (I forgot the red armor pierce arcana’s name) to maximize damage output and teach enemies not to underestimate Thane.
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