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Avarice Blade

Alartan January 2, 2015 User blog:Alartan

There are some misconceptions about Avarice Blade item.png Avarice Blade and its upgrades. I suppose it would be nice to clear those.

Avarice Blade gives 10% critical strike chance and has gold generating passive. There existed 4 upgrades to this: Atma's Impaler item.png Atma's Impaler, Executioner's Calling item.png Executioner's Calling (both removed), Statikk Shiv item.png Statikk Shiv and Youmuu's Ghostblade item.png Youmuu's Ghostblade.

Avarice Blade had been introduced to marksmen in late season 3 and currently both existing items are widely chosen. Similar items (like Phantom Dancer item.png Phantom Dancer and The Black Cleaver item.png The Black Cleaver) are rarely seen.

Avarice Blade gives nice power to early skirmishes due to critical chance. 10% is big value.

But what's really great about that item is passive. Gold generation gives insane chunk of money, with every minute spend and any minion dead. Only trick - keep Avarice!


  1. Fast upgrade. No, it's good to rush Avarice, but to keep it for some time. For gold. Of course, you upgrade it to have slot for items (Doran's Blade item.png Doran's BladeCrystalline Flask item.png Crystalline Flask, boots, wards, potions, first big item) but take your time!
  2. Stattik and Ghostblade are great! No, Avarice Blade is great, those items are only good enough to keep.
  3. Start Statikk Shiv item.png Statikk Shiv from Zeal. Don't miss Avarice Blade's passive! Phantom Dancer has better battle stats!
  4. Youmuu's Ghostblade item.png Youmuu's Ghostblade. Youmuu is great item, but it's too popular. In many cases you even want to change Youmuu for another item in late game. Very few champions really use Youmuu to the fullest, and those are not exactly AD carries, but bruisers and assassins like Nocturne Nocturne or Xin Zhao Xin Zhao.

Actually both Avarice items are blindly overused. To use it one must firstly get Avarice and keep it for its passive. After some time, to not waste money you can chose one of its upgrades. Marksmen should buy Youmuu or Stattik after at least one another big item (Blade of the Ruined King item.png Blade of the Ruined Kingor Infinity Edge item.png Infinity Edge).

Obviously there are exceptions, when rush on one of Avarice Blade's upgrade is deserved (Tristana Tristana,Yasuo Yasuo). But, in most cases player should think about it more.

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