I guess it really comes down to what you want out of your build, and when you want it. I've experimented with a non-brutalizer build but it wasn't due to gs/fh, it was me trying to get my cdr as early as possible with flat cdr glyphs, Ionian boots and 15/15 masteries(8.1+4%cdr, avoiding the old crit talents). That build wasn't the greatest, especially after the mastery change to flat AD, simply because it traded a bit of damage to get what I wanted(6arp+executioner from offense).
My point is, gs/fh is great and it gives a lot of what you want, but what always bothers me is *when* you get it. I've since gone back to rushing Ionian+Bruta because I want to have 27%~ + cdr as early as possible for 4 Qs. Gs is a strong item and gives you a lot of what you want; cdr, some mana sustain, tankiness, but when are you getting it? If you're building Ionian to Gs you're already at 34%cdr with 4% from offense which means you forgo Brutalizer because you're wasting itemization on cdr, especially when you upgrade to FH. Even if you leave off 4% in offense for something subpar you're hitting 35% with FH so you're still wasting itemization on Brutalizer. My question is, if you're forgoing Brutalizer when are you getting damage? After boots2+glacial? Alternatively you could use different boots(mercs) and go boots1>bruta>gs and that makes a lot of sense but then you're setting back your cdr substantially. This is the main reason I avoid Gs and prefer Ionian>Bruta early, getting Atmas as an armor item if I want armor(usually fairly soon).
I think I would prefer postponing cdr while being a bit tankier than postponing damage to be a bit tankier, but either just feels awkward.
I'm wondering the same thing.
I went 0 for 5 last night with one disconnect, one first time player, one genuinely awful team, and two pretty decent games. I was at 1300+ at the start of last night. I suspect I lost at least 60 elo over the course of the evening.
I know I'm not a fantastic player. Certainly not 1900 elo, but what are you supposed to do when your team charges into a windmill fight one at a time? Or they all rush in as a group, but suddenly retreat for no logical reason, leaving you to melt in a 1v4? I can't even win with Warwick in situations like that. I feel lucky if I'm able to get a positive K/D. Could I play better? Hell yes. Would me playing better have made up for a Yorick Dc or a first time MF who fed 11 kills to the enemy Malz?
Does it get better once you hit level 30? And, if so, should I just grind through co-op SR games until I hit the level cap then come back to Dominion? Should I give up on blind pick?
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