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Nasus-your time has come
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So... my 4th build already. the main reason i'm writing this is because of nasus's best ability: Siphoning Strike. in my opinion, this is on par with Baleful Strike as being one of the best farming abilities in the league. left to farm it up, it can become a terror to be dealt with, at 3 secs a bonus 800 damage from a seriously strong champion. i've seen this 1 ability deal godlike amounts of damage.
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I used to totally HATE trinity force and never used it. then i realised the POWEAAAAAA it adds to siponing strike and went :oooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh (insert demonic chuckle here).
Merc's treads or ninja tabi are what i normally end up going with because they just make you tougher. your role is to stay alive while dealing **** tons of damage, and these help A LOT
so then you grab a Phage and make it Trinity Force. now you should be farming like a devil with Siphoning Strike. it works great to follow up Spirit Fire.
after this, which is 8~10 minutes in, you grab only big items. B. F. Sword is a nice touch, as is the Giant's Belt. i no longer recommend grabbing the second phage before the giant's belt, as you get called a noob and trust me, just don't. (even though if you grab 5 phages it still stacks). make your Frozen Mallet and Infinity Edge next. should be about game over now.
end with double top tier defensive items, Chain Vest and Negatron Cloak. make an atama's impaler and a Banshee's Veil, respectively. ( although if you can make an atama's from a negatron cloak and a banshee's from a chain vest, feel free to. and show me proof.)
and yea. although you probably don't care, atama's impaler does add ad, not some on-hit effect like Fortify. fortify increases damage from attacks, atama increases total ad.
if you don't understand trit force on an off-tank with a spammable aa damage increase (like Crushing Blow parlay Siphoning Strike devistating blow ect... please look back to the beginning... so anyway, i'll just say you get the importance of Sheen or Trinity Force with Siphoning Strike. usually once i get my trit i can 1-shot minions with siphoning.
Frozen Mallet is a good item to have. while trit force may have some of the same stats, the slow simply isn't enough and is to random on a champ that has 1 attack per second, best. it adds necessary hp, bonus damage, and guarantees your slow.
Infinity Edge simply because crits are the best way to increase a damage increaser.
an atama'a impaler can boost your ad by 80 when you have your ult on, and adds to your lacking armor and crit chance.
and finally, a Banshee's Veil gives you mr for all those pesky % health skills/items while giving more mana, health, and a free spell block. however, in dominion i'd rather have the combo of catalist and negatron cloak made into the other item, the one that stores the magic damage dealt and can then release on command. kinda a Thornmail for ap carries.-e.g.- Odyn's Veil. kinda no chance though. wish he and viegar were still viable the same way. you can't siphon a capture point exactly...
problem: team of all ad carries.
solution: heck with BV, grab a freaking Randuin's Omen Frozen Heart or a Thornmail!
but which one, you ask. well, if you have sustain problems, take the randuin's. if you need more mana, grab a frozen heart. if you just feel that they're ganking you to much and you die like instantly without a chance to fight back, (aka tryn's 2k crits), grab a thornmail.
but what, on the other hand, if they're all ap carries? as much as i hate it, if you really have to, grab a Force of Nature in place of your atama's impailer. but i prefer not to, because of a few things: if they're really all mages, they're probably all low elo. you can dish it out faster. second. i like my bonus ad and crit chance. it makes you tankier to have to go without, and much less of a threat. and finally, turrets, minions, dragon, and baron, all deal mainly physical damage (baron deals some magic damage). so loosing those gives you more problems taking the above necessary goals.
and what if the defensive items work, but they have like 300 armor? simple, something you've probably heard before, grab a Last Whisper instead of your atama'a AND a sunfire cape instead of your Frozen Mallet. or you can just make do and be glad your ap carry got free reign. the second is my preference, as that's about all the flexibility you have.
if you have any problems you want me to address, please comment with them.
optional runes are Greater Quintessence of Health and greater glyph of replinishment. you could also go only armor pen or only ad quints and marks but this setup works best in my experience.
an off tank tends to be more of a disruptor (aka Alistar Cho'Gath ) with nice aoe spells and damage absorber spells. a tanky dps is a champ that can 1v1 like a boss if within range to attack. Nasus is kind of both with Spirit Fire and Fury of the Sands dealing aoe. however, he is best at 1v1 and making people try and fail to run with Wither. he is a great asset in team fights.
Exhaust is pointless because of Wither, which i always start off with (if i remember to).
Heal is a noob spell. if you're playing it right, you don't need it. there's better spells for even supports, who i can at least see it as viable for.
Clarity mana tends not to me a problem, so nope
Revive i'd rather get kills and not die then come back to life
clarvoyance you aren't a support and try warding for a change ppl
Ghost speed tends not to be the option... it's the look i flashed through the walll touch me now or the look i flashed to you and withered you so all my teemates can greet you properly.
my opinions on summoner spells
Siphoning Strike is the skill that makes you you. last-hitting with it is key, butthe main reason to last hit with it is to hit champs hard with it. so don't be afraid to start a team fight with it as you should be able to toss a few more as it has a miniscule cooldown(4 seconds at level 9).
Wither is a built-in exhaust. use it to chase or stop chasers. best not used during a fight unless sombody's trying to get away, but it can be used as a mini-exhause in a 1v1... is also great if their ad carry tries to fight during a team fight
Spirit Fire is a nice armor reducer and pushing skill. this can make it easy early on to hit with Siphoning Strike, with the negative armor and the damage dealt already. it is your main harasser.
Fury of the Sands is a valuable skill to time properly. wait until the fight has really started and it's stopped being just harassment. (aka spell combos have started and people get right nest to each other). this makes people pay for grouping up, letting you easially crush your opponnent in a 1v1 or do major damage to 2 in a 2v1( which would be bad on your team). it also is a nice skill when running as the added health can save you. but an elixer of fortitude would be better.