Greetings fellow Summoners. As of late, I have been thoroughly enjoying Ashe Ashe's rework, playing her as a steady pick quite successfully but, as an odd player, I like odd builds, like taking Boots of Swiftness item.png Boots of Swiftness on her. But that is not what this blog is about.

Its about the armor circumvention choice I make on Ashe, opting for The Black Cleaver item.png The Black Cleaver over Last Whisper item.png Last Whisper. And for good reason because, while both items provide the same AD, the similarities end there. Last Whisper ends at adding armor penetration, but The Black Cleaver does a lot more then that:

  • It adds 20% CDR, which is huge for Ashe, who has three out of four abilities with cooldowns longer than 15 seconds.
  • It adds 400 health, which helps her survive any burst she was unable to kite.
  • It adds the unique passive Rage, which helps her chase and kite even more.

But all this goodness doesn't come for free, there is a cost to everything:

  • It costs more gold
  • It reduces armor by 30%, which is not only less then LW, but also a lot less than when an ally would have TBC on top of that.

So my question here is: do you think the utility and survivability is worth the extra coin and the loss of armor penetration?