Froggenivia: Overhyped or viable?
Over the past few months, the Anivia play by Henrik "Froggen" Hansen of CLG.EU has come of note to the LoL community not only in gameplay but also in the wide variety of builds he uses in competitive play. Although his build between games is rarely the same, one build that Froggen has acknowledged in a recent interview is the Tear-Mejai's-Warmogs build, which requires accumulating stacks over time compared to the conventional Rod of Ages-Deathcap rush that most other players use. The goal of today's A DIFFerent View/VVinning is to find out whether Froggen's chosen build is effective and viable, or overrated out of fan regard for Froggen's skill with the champion.
The Base Stats
The two builds that I will be comparing today are:
- Warmogs + Mejais + Tear + Elixir -- 5480 gold
- Rod of Ages + Needlessly Large Rod + Blasting Wand -- 5475 gold.
Conclusions + Opinions
Froggen's Anivia build is risky in terms of damage output, but it is by far the superior option if you are building for survivability due to the bonus HP and MP stats that the items give. In addition, if you manage to become fed through teamfights, you will reap a greater reward than a traditional RoA-Deathcap build, especially as you add more items to your core build. You probably won't be able to score a 1v1 kill with Anivia due to her skillset, so a more teamfight oriented build using a Mejai's may be stronger on her.
I believe that Froggen's build may be more viable on Anivia compared to the traditional build, especially since Anivia is a teamfight-oriented champion with relatively low damage output compared to other AP carries. The added survivability and mana, in addition to possible cooldown reduction from the Mejai's makes it so she shines even brighter in fights and gives her a larger chance to survive after being egged. In addition, since Anivia does not heavily rely on damage to be effective in teamfights, bonus AP isn't the skill you need to max out, in contrast with most other AP carries.
TL;DR: Froggen Anivia viable.
Today's post was a bit short because I've been working on BIG BLOGS as part of my Runes to Win series. (you can find the first part here and the second part here)
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