Malphite - Tank or DPS?

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Alcalz

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02-16-2010

Read the title.

Malphite is an interesting character, with two skills that syngergize with tanking, and a **** good skill that just begs for DPS.

His passive skill is essentially an additional 10% health, meaning that all of those tanky health items Malphite buys will have a 10% bonus. This is sweet. On top of that, his skills tend to concentrate on being in the thick of things: his ult is an AoE that throws himself in the middle of the enemy grouping and then he's got another AoE that does damage and reduces enemy attack speed, AND he's got a passive AoE.

In addition to this, his ground slam benefits from increases in armour.


This seems pertty indicative that Malphite has tanking at heart... but...

His W skill, at level 5, can be activated to give him an extra 70% damage per hit for a short period of time. I think that means he can get the highest damage in a single normal attack hit in the game (assuming 5 fully loaded bloodthirsters, an elixir and an infinity edge, activated W and a crit).
Regardless, it's a **** lot of damage, and makes him great for murdering people, especially the people who he's knocked around with his ult, slowed down with his nuke and reduced their DPS with his E in a straight up fight.

So... thoughts?


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Grovel

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02-16-2010

Melee carries tend to need a lot of gold to get as strong as you're suggesting. Malphite is slow (walking speed), doesn't really jungle well early unless you really stack the deck with summoner spells/masteries, he's bad at farming, and it's tough to get last hits with his slow attack speed/movement/abilities that can only be used once in a typical fight. If you're stealing kills from the better carries, you're hurting your team.

For 8k gold you'll be a nasty tank. For the same price you'll be an average at best melee carry.


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KhaoticImp

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02-16-2010

Not that its wrong to build him as a carry but it just seems like a waste to build him so when hes sporting THE best initiator in the game. I personally find a tanking malphite much scarier then a DPS malphite.


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Bad News Bear

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02-17-2010

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Originally Posted by KhaoticImp View Post
Not that its wrong to build him as a carry but it just seems like a waste to build him so when hes sporting THE best initiator in the game. I personally find a tanking malphite much scarier then a DPS malphite.
Amumu has the best initiator in the game.


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unentschieden

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02-17-2010

He would be if Flash didnīt exsist.