Atmog's Too Expensive?
I thought this combination was pretty good, but I've been hearing that it is too expensive of a build. Cheaper items can be bought to shut you down in the middle of building it. Is it worth building atmog's?
Depends on the champion. I've found that it's better to go Mallet/Atma instead on the majority of champions that would go At-mogs.
Expensive also isn't the right word I would use. There are plenty of other expensive items that are worth rushing.
Certainly, gold is a constraining factor, but the primary issue is timing and benefit. When building At-mogs, you build warmogs first. Warmogs is pure defense. Raw HP and HP regen, and it is costly. So you dump your first 3k gold into Warmogs and you get no offense or resistances (which offer superior protection). You don't get any offense until you finish your Atma's.
That's the core problem. It's likely you'll arrive in Mid-game with just a Warmogs and tier 2 boots, and be unable to contribute significantly to a fight.
Of course there are exceptions. Certain champions scale very well with HP naturally like Shen and Olaf. There are others that could use the extra HP. However, even with those champions, I think that getting a Phage + Giant's Belt then Atma's is a superior option than getting Warmogs.
Once you upgrade that phage and belt into Mallet, you get a solid chunk of HP. Not as much as Warmog's stacked up, but it's a solid amount, plus you get that slow proc on your auto attack which is amazing for peeling foes off.
The best part about the Mallet/Atma's build is that it's flexible and easier to buy in pieces. Phage is a quick buy that gives you immediate benefits such as AD and that on-hit slow, and you can think about whether or not you really need the extra HP from mallet now or later.
Atma's used to be one of the best items in the game. However, it got nerfed a while back and that's really hurt bruisers that used to build it like Nocturne and Gangplank both of whom were very popular bruisers.
It's always better to go Frozen Mallet-Atma's Impaler now. In almost all situations. So +1 FaerellG
Honestly since both Atma's and Warmog's got nerfed a while back, it's not worth building Atma's at all, and Warmog's only situationally and only for certain champs.
If you have say 800 health and 40 armor/MR and you go B to buy stuff,
you have effective health of 800 x 1.4 = 1120.
a) buy Giant belt - +430 health. EHP of 1570 vs both dmg types.
b) buy cloth and chain(closest costwise to belt) - +58 armor. Now you have EHP of 800 x 1.98 = 1600ish vs physical, 1120 vs magical.
So bonus health is better early on (though not as helpful for your HP5/lifesteal). In any case, its not any worse. Having the high health endgame is still valuable, since any armor/MR you pick up gets multipled by the higher health.
Secondly, an early warmog/regrowth/etc gets you quite a bit of sustain which a Phage will not buy you. This might mean you don't need a Wriggles or other sustain item you might otherwise pick up, since you get an extra 15HP5 for super cheap that you will build into warmog.
A completed warmog adds 30-40HP5 which is pretty significant.
Third, the warmog is significantly more cost effective. 3k for 1270 health (and 1200g of regen), vs 3.3k for only 700 health, 800g of AD, and a snare. The main question here is: how valuable is that snare?
With a warmog you might still take a Phage before or after atma and go Triforce with it to get MS boost, more damage, and some snare. Some champs don't even need the snare all that badly.
Fourth, by midgame your champ will have a good 80AD plus 20 or more from runes/mastery = 100 AD. They also have 1 maxed out skill with pretty decent base damage already.
If you only have a Warmog, you should still be pretty decent in team fights if they break out. Even with 'no damage items' by then, most of your damage comes from your base values anyways.
I mean, a phage and giants belt means you have 18 extra AD. So...120AD instead of 100. Woopie?
Nothing forces you to complete the warmog ASAP either. its best so you can get it maxed out, but that isn't exactly difficult to do. It takes 100 minions, with champ kill/assist counting for 10.
So you can get giants belt, regrowth, then whatever else you want, then go back to complete warmog. You could even get the same belt,phage that was suggested which is fine if you really need the snare, then finish into Warmog instead of Frozen Mallet.
I would call it a late game build. Even a luxury item late game after you are tanky. I find I am op with atmogs late but tend to lose to the same champ mid game
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