### Does Lifesteal Proc off Crit Damage?

ridlaH

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I would like to know if Lifesteal benefits from Critical Strike Damage Totals as well as Regular Attack Damage Totals?

I am working on a Rune build and I wanted to know if it would be beneficial to stack Critical Strike Damage Percentage at all... and part of my reasoning for doing so would rely on being able to gain health (via lifesteal) through large Critical Strike damage bonuses.

Amatzikahni

Senior Member

Lifesteal works based on how much damage you deal. Crits increase this damage, so you will leech back more health from crits. Thornmail, on the other hand, calculates reflect damage before mitigation, so it's possible to lose life even with lots of lifesteal if the opponent has too much armor.

Crit on runes is bad. Optimal stats-for-gold gives an equation whose solution says that 0% crit is optimal at around 120 AD and 100% crit is optimal at around 240 AD (before IE is calculated in), so getting any crit before the ~120 AD benchmark is non-optimal use of gold. The standard ADC page uses AD Marks and Quints for much better last hitting whose gold will far outweigh the slight difference from the endgame dominance of crit runes.

TheOneMillion

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Originally Posted by Amatzikahni
Lifesteal works based on how much damage you deal. Crits increase this damage, so you will leech back more health from crits. Thornmail, on the other hand, calculates reflect damage before mitigation, so it's possible to lose life even with lots of lifesteal if the opponent has too much armor.

Crit on runes is bad. Optimal stats-for-gold gives an equation whose solution says that 0% crit is optimal at around 120 AD and 100% crit is optimal at around 240 AD (before IE is calculated in), so getting any crit before the ~120 AD benchmark is non-optimal use of gold. The standard ADC page uses AD Marks and Quints for much better last hitting whose gold will far outweigh the slight difference from the endgame dominance of crit runes.
Crit damage runes are indeed bad. Crit % chance runes however, can have uses, however slim. You have to look at the burst / surprise factor, and think about how it cant be accounted for from the enemy laner when you are throwing in 1-2 auto harasses.

Also, crit chance becomes the most valuable stat later and also increases in value the more crit you have, up to 100 obviously. You usually will only have about 55 - 63 with standard carries. Late game, 14% crit chance is Huge dps increase compared to the 15 AD, and getting more crit becomes increasingly harder the higher you have.

Xocolatl

Senior Member

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Originally Posted by Amatzikahni
Lifesteal works based on how much damage you deal. Crits increase this damage, so you will leech back more health from crits. Thornmail, on the other hand, calculates reflect damage before mitigation, so it's possible to lose life even with lots of lifesteal if the opponent has too much armor.

Crit on runes is bad. Optimal stats-for-gold gives an equation whose solution says that 0% crit is optimal at around 120 AD and 100% crit is optimal at around 240 AD (before IE is calculated in), so getting any crit before the ~120 AD benchmark is non-optimal use of gold. The standard ADC page uses AD Marks and Quints for much better last hitting whose gold will far outweigh the slight difference from the endgame dominance of crit runes.
Don't worry with stat/gold. If it's early domination you want, then crit runes work fine. If you also don't need THAT much crit, it's a pretty excellent way to bypass 1 item (and save yourself a slot). So it is worth considering IF the build allows, even if it seems suboptimal from gold/stat perspective.

Amatzikahni

Senior Member

I'm focusing on the math. Let's say that an ADC starts with 55 AD and would normally get +15 AD from Runes or +14% crit from runes for the sake of some math with masteries giving +3 AD and +4% crit.

I'd rather get more gold and more consistent harass instead of hoping for a lucky crit string to give me an undeserved kill. The gold gained from extra last hits on an AD page is more consistent and therefore more dependable.

Other factors in determining optimal stats would be to consider how much AD/level the champ gains and at what amount of AD the equation normalizes to determine when Crit will start dealing more damage than AD; items will also decrease the level required assuming they're AD-based like DBlades or a BF Sword. Despite the scaling potential, LoL is mostly a snowball game, so getting an early advantage will help you to earn more gold faster than the enemies (map and objective control gives you more income based on farmable jungle and ganking potential), and the early advantage lost by dying without proccing one crit will force you to lose out on enough farm throughout the course of the game that you'll be missing an item that could have provided those stats had you chosen a different rune page.

DrAsawa15

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If you want Crit, only build 1 crit rune. Extra AD with a 1% Crit Chance is better than 10% Crit, but no AD.

Amatzikahni

Senior Member

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Originally Posted by DrAsawa15
If you want Crit, only build 1 crit rune. Extra AD with a 1% Crit Chance is better than 10% Crit, but no AD.
This is still wrong. The math says that any amount of AD below 120 requires 0% crit for optimal gold. Therefore, even if you start out with 110 AD at level 1, having 0% crit is still optimal. The surprise factor of a nice crit is always great, but that means you'll only be critting once in every 100 auto attacks, or approximately once every 2 minutes if you nonstop attacked. I doubt anyone would want to rely on such luck.

Pyralis

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Originally Posted by Amatzikahni
This is still wrong. The math says that any amount of AD below 120 requires 0% crit for optimal gold. Therefore, even if you start out with 110 AD at level 1, having 0% crit is still optimal. The surprise factor of a nice crit is always great, but that means you'll only be critting once in every 100 auto attacks, or approximately once every 2 minutes if you nonstop attacked. I doubt anyone would want to rely on such luck.
Honestly, I would always take one crit mark and 8 ad marks over 9 ad marks. Why? Because I don't care that the math says that its averages worse per attack. It is illogical to simply judge what you take by average damage per attack when something like a level 1 crit on an enemy can win you your lane. It's silly to say that you should not have any crit until you are at 120 AD. Yes, you may do slightly more damage in a test setup where you can shoot 100 shots back to back, but I would stand by the idea that it is ALWAYS better to have a small chance for something that can completely change a fight that you otherwise would have lost (not to mention the extra 1 ad is almost insignificant).

If I crit you for 210% damage with about 60 ad, its gonna take your single extra ad 66 attacks to make up for it and honestly, someone will have died long before that happens. A difference in 1 AD can't determine a lane the way 1% crit can.

PogoPogoPogoPogo

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Originally Posted by Amatzikahni
This is still wrong. The math says that any amount of AD below 120 requires 0% crit for optimal gold. Therefore, even if you start out with 110 AD at level 1, having 0% crit is still optimal. The surprise factor of a nice crit is always great, but that means you'll only be critting once in every 100 auto attacks, or approximately once every 2 minutes if you nonstop attacked. I doubt anyone would want to rely on such luck.
I'd be interested in seeing this math rather than having someone simply tell me what the math says. I'd want to make sure the math is taking into account attack speed, attack damage, critical strike chance, critical strike damage.

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Originally Posted by Eyakur
If I crit you for 210% damage with about 60 ad, its gonna take your single extra ad 66 attacks to make up for it and honestly, someone will have died long before that happens. A difference in 1 AD can't determine a lane the way 1% crit can.
I think part of the problem here is that you're only getting 1% critical strike chance. That means you only get that critical strike once per 100 auto-attacks. Meanwhile someone who goes straight AD has that AD every single time. You're not even necessarily going to see the results of that 1% critical strike in every single match.

Amatzikahni

Senior Member

I took the most efficient items of each stat (BF Sword, Recurve Bow, Cloak of Agility), calculated their stat to gold ratio, plugged in the formula for raw damage (no ARP), and made a chart showing the most efficient purchase with each iteration of stats. The starting point was 50 AD, 0.6 AS, and 0% Crit assuming a 100% Crit modifier. I solved for the general case so that I didn't have to spend too much time on it and then memorized the key points of the results. You're welcome to do the math yourself; I personally wrote my own program to iterate the formula for me, and I can't find the program right now.

And even though a good case was presented for the 1% crit, I still prefer the law of averages. In most fights, if I get off about 7-8 autos, that still only gives me a ~7-8% chance of getting ONE crit; I'd have to fight about 12 times for that one crit to happen (assuming a sufficient sample size), and that means I'm technically less powerful for 11/12 fights in addition to having a smaller margin for error on last hits and lower ability damage.

I do remember playing as Trynd once and getting 4 crits in a row pre-6 to nearly instantly kill someone. In the over 2500 games I've played, that's only happened one time where I got such an undeserved kill that should have simply been harass.

EDIT: Now that I think about it, that crit string happened before Riot made Crit Chance more consistent. At the time, you could potentially get 4 crits in a row with only ~10% crit; today, it more or less functions as an addition that procs when it hits the threshhold. For example, if you have 22% crit, then you won't crit on attack 1 (0+22%), attack 2 (22+22%), attack 3 (44+22%), or attack 4 (66+22%), but you will crit on the fifth attack (88+22% - 100%), and the process repeats. With this in mind, and with more testing, it may be possible to manipulate the timing of the crit making your point valid. However, I'm not about to begin testing this.

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