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    Should I buy maybe one item of defense on mages?

    Recently, I see many people who buy their 5h or 6th item a defensive item.
    On one hand, It can be good and make the mage less squishy, and can stay more in the fight.
    On the other hand, he will have one dmg item less, and he should stay back so he wont take damage- means he doesnt need defence.
    I don't buy defence. I go with 6 power items, and pretty much a glass cannon.

    What do you think?
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    Depends, if I see you have no defense at all I'll just tell my team to focus you and you instadie.

    A dead mage does no damage, you might not do as much damage, but buying for example a spirit robe or urchin (depending on how you view it, warlocks' sash/ethereal can also be considered defensive, at least I do consider them defensive), but being able to survive the focus and be able to fire multiple spells is better in the long run.

    If you feel you can get away with it, you can go glass cannon, but not if they are smart enough to pick you off early each fight.
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    on some gods you might not need defense on others you will

    gods who might not need defense are nox, isis, and sol, as examples, mainly because these gods either have good sustain, good base defense, or have reliable survivability tools

    gods who will probably need defense are ah puch, he bo, and hel, as examples, mainly because these gods have a lack of escape tools, good base defense, or naturally have squishy builds

    for the most part it depends on the match though

    if you're snowballing as let's say scylla, you might not need defense because nobody is a threat to you

    if you're doing okay as scylla, and the enemy team has some threats, you might need some defense to be able to compete
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    Contextdependend, but in general, yes.

    Also, if you do it, don't make it your fifth or sixth Item.
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    Glass Cannon mages are risky builds, I prefer bruiser mages above all else.

    I carried a game with two shitters in a Conquest match as bruiser Nu Wa. I had the least amount of deaths and was focused less because I had defensive items which told the enemy not to mess with me.
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    Yes its a really good idea to build atleast one deffensive item Like BoV or Spirit Robe combine that with Warlock aswell and you have pretty good survivability
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    I always build one defense item (not counting warclocks, ethernal), the only mage I don't build defense on is Janus because portals.
    Why should i tell you e_e

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    If you're not building defense at least your fourth item, you're doing terribly wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macaulyn View Post
    If you're not building defense at least your fourth item, you're doing terribly wrong.
    this isn't always true
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    Quote Originally Posted by SweetSolanaceae View Post
    this isn't always true
    The only situation where this is not true is when you are horribly fed and ahead, so you can mess your build and delete anyone before they can react.

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