Diff here and bringing you the latest section on ADV!
I will tell you right now that this is the most biased section on ADV yet.
I will be making a case for why something is the best thing in this game right now. To start off, let's work on this:
Why Frozen Heart is the best item in the game
To let me convince you to always buy this item - you first need to know what this item is.
This item is ridiculously good for various reasons. I'll be going through every sensible and nonsensical reason for why this is the best item in this game and why you should always buy it.
Reason #1 - The Item Icon + Description
As you can clearly see, the item icon is a frozen crystal and by the looks of it - a diamond. Now diamonds are among the most expensive items in the world, not only that, but they are precious and the fact that it is frozen implies it was found in a hard-to-reach location thereby increasing its value. So the icon itself indicates that this item is extremely precious. Not many people know that Frozen Heart has an item description - so here it is:
"Warning: Do not thaw!" - This seems to imply that bad things will happen to you if you let it thaw. Hence, you should buy this item and keep it safely chilled to reduce the risk of death for yourself. If Reason #1 isn't enough to convince you why you should buy this item - let me list other reasons.
Reason #2 - The Build Path
Frozen Heart has an extremely good build path with the Glacial Shroud being one of the components of this item.
Glacial Shroud is one of the most cost-efficient items in the game. Not only is it cost-efficient, it also provides some of the most useful stats in the game, especially for a bruiser/tank. It provides armor for midgame durability and mana in its build to help with casting spells. It also has the wonderful bonus of giving you cooldown reduction which allows you to spam your spells much more often and perform your role as a tank/bruiser by helping you cast your clutch spells more in teamfights. This is in effect a mini Frozen Heart for a fraction of the cost. It is very cost-efficient and is a great item to have at any stage of the game. Cooldown reduction is one of the hardest stats to build for and having it in this item saves you from having to resort to less desirable options for CDR.
Apart from Glacial Shroud, the required parts to upgrade the Shroud into Frozen Heart are two pieces of Cloth Armor and then the recipe itself. This is very welcome as being able to buy smaller items on every time you go to the summoner platform allows you to continuously get stronger instead of having longer periods in between items where you remain at the same strength.
A huge point in favour of Frozen Heart is that not a single component of the whole item exceeds 700 in cost. Here is the list of item prices and recipe costs needed to build Frozen Heart:
- Cloth Armor (300)
- Cloth Armor (300)
- Mana Crystal (400)
- Chain Vest (700)
- Glacial Shroud Recipe (425)
- Frozen Heart Recipe (650)
This effectively means that every time you go back - you can always buy one of these components to increase your effective strength in game as opposed to having to save up to 1500+ gold for one huge item. Ie. your strength in game goes up slowly/continuously as opposed to one giant spike that you get from items like Needlessly Large Rod, B.F. Sword.
You still don't believe that this is the best item in the game? Time to hammer it in your brain with Reason #3.
Reason #3 - The Statistics
Having CDR, armor and mana in one item is so synergistic that it gives a tank/bruiser the equivalent of steroids in this game. It has amazing utility not only because of the defensive portion of armor - but the CDR and increased mana pool let you use so many more spells in a set period of time, that would enable several more kills or save your allies (depending on your role).
Frozen Heart while giving all of these stats in one item also provides a huge amount of each.
- It gives the second highest armor in one item within the game at 99 armor. (only Thornmail is higher with 100 armor)
- It gives the most mana in one item apart from Rod of Ages and Tear of the Goddess items.
- It gives the second most CDR in one item at 20%. (Nashor's Tooth sits at 25% and Morello's Evil Tome matches it at 20%)
All of this for under 2.8k in one item?!
Not strong enough you say? Reason #4 should persuade you otherwise.
Reason #4 - It helps your team, even if you don't want to
We've talked about every statistic of Frozen Heart except for this:
Unique passive aura: Reduces the attack speed of nearby enemies by 20%.
Yes everybody near you within a 1000 range. That's 10 Teemos wide.
Basically if you're in a fight, the enemies are going to have their Attack Speed slowed.
A 20% Attack Speed slow is a flat decrease of the total attack speed. So 20% Attack Speed reduction is a lot stronger than 20% attack speed from a Zeal for example.
This means - barring spells, an AD carry will have their theoretical damage output reduced by a flat 20%. Compare that to a Ninja Tabi - which reduces incoming basic attack damage by 10% and it's a lot stronger. Not only is it for yourself with Frozen Heart, it's useful for the whole team. Your whole team takes a lot less damage as a result.
So if you want to troll your team and not help them - don't buy Frozen Heart, because it helps your teammates a lot!
Still don't think Frozen Heart is the best item in the game? You've probably missed the magnitude of the 4 above reasons and you should read it again.
I hope you guys enjoyed this totally one-sided argument for why Frozen Heart is the best item in the game.
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