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  1. Default Sanguine Blade is not a Bloodthirster: A PSA

    For those of you venturing into Howling Abyss, please...please...stop buying Sanguine Blade and thinking you're getting a slightly worse Bloodthirster. It is not a Bloodthirster, nor is it a Bloodthirster replacement. it is an okay early buy but for slot efficiency it's about where Morellonomicon is. Let's compare:

    Sanguine Blade: 2275g
    Essence Reaver: 3200g
    BotRK: 3200g

    Sanguine Blade: 45 + (6 per stack, max 5) (80 AD at full stacks)
    Essence Reaver: 80
    BotRK: 25

    Sanguine Blade: 10% + (1 per stack, max 5) (15% at full stacks)
    Essence Reaver: 10%
    BotRK: 10%

    Essence Reaver: 10% CDR, Mana restoration passive
    BotRK: Active slow+%maxHP nuke, Passive %currentHP shred

    While Sanguine Blade is theoretically as good as either alternative in terms of damage and better in lifesteal, in the average case (3 stacks) it falls short by a significant degree. It does not build into anything and has nothing special to differentiate it. There are champions that can reliably keep the stacks up on sanguine, but that's assuming you don't have anyone like a Galio or Ziggs wiping out minions before they get near or that you have the range/mobility to consistently autoattack enemy champions without getting caught out of position. By the time you have 5 stacks, the critical stage of the fight is likely already over or you've already used your initial rotation of skills.

    Perhaps the argument is less true at Plat or Diamond skill level, where I'm sure an experienced player can keep the stacks up a lot better, but...I just can't see any argument for buying it outside of gold efficiency, then selling it for a 6th 3rd tier item later.

  2. Nuclear testing facility Straight Male
    IGN: VerrKol
    Server: Zenith
    Level: 204
    Job: Bowmaster
    Guild: LegacyReborn
    Farm: Kolville

    Default Re: Sanguine Blade is not a Bloodthirster: A PSA

    I pick it up on Cait but that's about it.

  3. Default Re: Sanguine Blade is not a Bloodthirster: A PSA

    I can understand that one, her range lets her poke with autos pretty consistently

  4. Default Re: Sanguine Blade is not a Bloodthirster: A PSA

    With the new ascension mode out, I picked the item as the 3rd part of my build, until I realized it didn't recieve any of the buffs bloodthirster got making it half as efficient, so now when I'm in ascension or ARAM I pick SOTRK instead.



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