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Maybe I'm missing something, but I've noticed more and more often how few characters grab a Morello's Evil Tome as part of their build for an AP champion. I have always thought it a rather cost-effective item for what it does, so I'm asking the question--am I missing something?
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Permalink | Quote | PM | +Rep | Commend by Zoki » January 18, 2012 1:45am | Report
Well its a good fit for many AP champions. You get Ability Power for more damage output, Mana regen and 20% CDR, which is a lot if you don't intend to grab any other CDR item.

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Permalink | Quote | PM | +Rep | Commend by caucheka » January 18, 2012 1:56am | Report
yeah, i usually grab it for the cdr. i usually rush it on veigar.
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Permalink | Quote | PM | +Rep | Commend by Embracing » January 18, 2012 2:24am | Report
The reason people don't get it as a core item is because the stats it gives aren't what casters need in the current meta. Sure it's a good item, but it's not optimal.
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Permalink | Quote | PM | +Rep | Commend by LordAerthos » January 18, 2012 3:35am | Report
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The reason people don't get it as core items is because the stats it gives aren't what casters need in the current meta. Sure it's a good item, but it's not optimal.

That is basically the root of my question. WHY is it not optimal? It has enough CDR that you can pretty well ignore other CDR items and runes--with masteries you're around 24% and with blue buff you're maxed or close to it (depending on champion).

It has a solid amount of mana regen that is large enough to be noticeable. It's AP boost is comparable to other items of roughly the same price ( Deathfire Grasp, Abyssal Mask, Void Staff).
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Permalink | Quote | PM | +Rep | Commend by caucheka » January 18, 2012 5:19am | Report
blue buff should give you like 20% cdr, so that and morello's should be good.
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Permalink | Quote | PM | +Rep | Commend by Embracing » January 18, 2012 6:28am | Report
Deathfire provides an active that instantly bursts down a percentage.
Void and abyssal are used for their mag pen / mag res reduction passive.

The CDR that you get from Morello's isn't that important of a stat for casters, because first of all, CDR can be obtained relatively easily. Blue buff, a blue pot, and masteries already almost cap out your CDR.

Secondly (not really sure about this, this is my own opinion), CDR isn't better then flat damage in teamfights. Most teamfights you'll want to be constantly positioning yourself, not just constantly spamming spells. Bursting down enemies is on a higher priority then being able to constantly do lower damage. Enemies will have sustain from supports or spellvamp / lifesteal, which is why CDR is less important.
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Permalink | Quote | PM | +Rep | Commend by lifebaka » January 18, 2012 6:36am | Report

That is basically the root of my question. WHY is it not optimal? It has enough CDR that you can pretty well ignore other CDR items and runes--with masteries you're around 24% and with blue buff you're maxed or close to it (depending on champion).

It has a solid amount of mana regen that is large enough to be noticeable. It's AP boost is comparable to other items of roughly the same price ( Deathfire Grasp, Abyssal Mask, Void Staff).

I'm not sure why people don't go for CDR. In terms of DPS, it seems to be a fairly large increase; just masteries are worth a DPS multiplication of
1/.96 =~ 1.04167,
about a 4% bonus. With Morello's, though, it'd be
1/.76 =~ 1.3158,
which comes to a 31.5% ability DPS increase for the CDR on Morello's alone alone, and the other stats aren't exactly worthless.

I suppose the answer is that most casters are based around laying down all their abilities, including their ultimate, all at once to do maximal damage output. To do this, they have some sort of stun or snare to keep their target in place. So if the first round of abilities doesn't kill their target, the target can usually escape before they can snare/stun again, CDR or not (think Annie). So, many AP carries skip CDR entirely (except for masteries) and just go for increased burst damage, under the logic that it gets them more kills.

Of course, it depends on the champion. I personally play a lot of Morgana, and I find that CDR is incredibly useful for getting off more Dark Bindings and Black Shields, which tend to keep me and others alive longer. The number of times I didn't build early CDR on Morg and had only .5 seconds of cooldown (or less) left on Dark Binding when I died to some melee carry are extremely high.
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Permalink | Quote | PM | +Rep | Commend by MajorLoL » January 18, 2012 6:38pm | Report
It's the best CDR item for AP champions. That's why champions like Lux can take it and get Sorcerer's Shoes instead. Only thing is blue buff makes it null and void
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Permalink | Quote | PM | +Rep | Commend by animorte » January 18, 2012 7:58pm | Report
I like to get it because you aren't always the most important person needing the blue buff and most the time, blue buff is never actually alive in its camp longer than 30 seconds. That is not a guaranteed factor.

I have to be honest, I can't bring myself to actually play a lot of champions because they have only one burst and then have to step back and wait for cooldowns before being useful again. LeBlanc is one such champion. She can drop almost any one champion in one combo, but after that combo she can't do anything but step back. I love her power, but I can't play her as much as I would rather play somebody else.

Morello's is more of a support item to me. I do love it for any AP champion, especially in a game that isn't going extremely well. You can't get all the big perks of all your different items very quickly, so why not get something for the same price that has multiple uses?

I love to use it on supports specifically because they get very little farm early game. The gold from kills and assists still don't quite keep them up with everybody else. With this item, they have all the necessary base stats and can throw out more heals, more shields, etc with the Mp5, CDR, and AP.

I absolutely love Morello's.
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