Relic Shield is typically purchased by melee supports such as Alistar, Braum, Leona, Nunu, and Taric, who benefit from the durability it provides and can utilize the execution aspect of the Spoils of War passive.
Relic Shield is occasionally purchased by both champions in a double-bruiser lane, forgoing early damage for the sustain and extra gold the item provides.
Triggering the Spoils of War passive adds +1 to the creep score of the allied champion who receives the bonus gold.
Unique Passive - Spoils of War: Basic attacks execute minions below 200 health. Killing a minion heals the nearest allied champion for 2% of your maximum health and grants them gold equal to the kill plus 5. This effect requires a nearby allied champion to trigger. Recharges every 60 seconds, up to a maximum of 2 charges.
Unique Passive - Gold Income: You may only be in possession of 1 Gold Income item.