Opinions on Runaan's Hurricane?

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Dark Nephthys

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03-14-2013

So Normally I usually play top/mid and support since I can't play adc or jungle and decided that it's time for me to learn how to play adc a bit more. After playing some random custom matches, I was just wondering what is everyones opinion on Runaan's Hurricane on an adc? I know it only gives Attack speed so usually for it's price it might be considered "not worth it" but with all the decent items out that apply on-hit effects, it's passive becomes extremely powerful and not to mention if you have Bloodthrister and Blade of the Ruined King you can easily deal tons of damage to 3 targets with just auto attacks..

Usually with an adc I'd rush a bloodthrister and then get Botrk and then rush Phantom Dancer, but do you think replacing PD with Runaan's be a lot more powerful in team fights?


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67chrome

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03-14-2013

The splash on Hurricane is relatively un-reliable, and so is attack speed as a stat in general. When you're poking, kiting, or using abilities attack damage, armor penetration, and critical strike chance tend to be more useful - were other attack speed items tend to offer one of those stats, or movement speed - which is always nice. Also, the side bolts on Hurricane can't critically strike, which limits their usefulness on ADCs by a sizable margin.

Still, if you're playing an ADC with potent on-hit effects (such as Varus, Twitch, or Kog'Maw) It's not a bad purchase. Unfortunately for two of those their On-Hit effects happen to be magical and the other is true damage, which limits the utility of the optimal build paths for Hurricane. Hurricane does benefit from armor penetration and the side bolts do apply Black Cleaver stacks, and given the avalibility of armor penetration it can function in place of critical strikes as another damage multiplyer - so something along the lines of Black Cleaver, Last Whisper, Hurricane, and Blade of the Ruined King can still output plenty of damage.

It really depends on the carry as well, Hurricane lacks a lot of synergy with other items and doesn't grant the same benefits other items do (the splash doesn't work with criticals, the item doesn't grant movement speed while basically all other attack speed items do, magic penetration doesn't help the physical damage hurricane bolts are dishing out but generally helps the on-hit effects applied by the bolts, etc.) So basically you need to find a champion that has enough synergy with Hurricane that it alleviates those draw-backs.

If you play Kog'Maw, Twitch, or Varus on Proving Grounds you should certainly get it though, but get Blade of the Ruined King and Kitae's Bloodrazors first. Mostly because you can get Blade of the Ruined King and Kitae'se Bloodrzors. Than laugh manically as you melt all the HP.

As for potential auto-attacker synergy:

Ashe applies frost-shot with all 3 shots
Caitlyn applies the hurricane bolts to her passive (charging it up to 3 times as fast), but only her main attack applies it.
Corki applies his Hextech Shrapnel passive with the side bolts
Graves applies the hurricane bolts to lower the cooldown of Quickdraw
Kog'Maw can apply Bio-Arcane Barrage with the hurricane bolts.
Miss Fortune can apply her Impure Shots DoT and healing debuff with the side bolts
Tristana - honestly no idea how this works with her Explosive Shot. I'm guessing Hurricane death-blows cause targets to explode?
Twitch applies his Deadly Venom passive with the side bolts. Which lets him stack more poison to Expunge things. The bolts also gain the bonus damage from Spray and Pray, but don't become piercing shots like his main attacks.
Varus applies Blighted Quiver on-hit damage and blight on all targets struck.
Vayne gets her Final Hour bonus AD to apply on the Hurricane bolts (Silver bolts still only effects 1 target at a time).

Kayle will apply the bonus magic damage portion of Righteous Fury with Hurricane, but not the splash damage. Kayle must have Righteous Fury activated to benefit from the Hurricane side-bolts, as she's considered a melee champion otherwise.
Kennen gets up to triple the stacks with each attack to charge Electrical Surge, but only unleashes it on his primary attack (guessing on this one).
Teemo applies his Toxic Shot with Hurricane
Twisted Fate applies the hurricane bolts to his Stacked Deck charges, but only unleashes the bonus damage on his primary attack.
Urgot applies his Zaun-Touched Bolt Augmenter passive on all targets struck.

Basically, any passive effect requiring a charge-up doesn't apply on the Hurricane side bolts, but if it's a wind-up thing based on auto-attacks the hurricane bolts still apply to the count down. Also, Hurricane bolts only apply to actual auto-attacks: abilities masquerading as auto-attacks capable of applying on-hit effects don't give you side-bolts when you cast them (Double-Up and Mystic Shot).


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BaronVonPwny

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03-15-2013

Getting it as one of you first three items is only super effective on Twitch, Kog' Maw and Varus due to their on-hit effects. Getting it late in the game on Graves, Ashe, Caitlyn and occasionally Miss Fortune or Corki is worth it, but generally the 30% crit chance form PD benefits them a lot more.


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PhailRaptor

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03-15-2013

It's a situational item on a Ranged AD. Kog and Varus are the only ones that should seriously consider it every game, however even then it is not a guarantee that it's a good choice. The biggest drawback to it is that it competes with the other attackspeed items which, generally, are wiser choices.

To buy Hurricane, you have to give up either Phantom Dancer, or Statikk Shiv. Both of these items have crit chance, which is a vital part of your DPS late game -- in order to give that up, you need to have a substantial innate steroid to replace it, such as Bio-Arcane Barrage or Blighted Quiver. Both items also have valuable movespeed, which is critical for maintaining your "personal space" in a teamfight, and repositioning if it's threatened.

The great irony of this is that the 2 champions who want to consider Hurricane the most, also highly value the movespeed that they are forced to give up to buy it.