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Is it worth getting in a premade match? Is it overpowered in any sense?

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I agree with Nobody's answer with the article link highlighting it and that it is an item that seems to have been built for Tryndamere and given his ultimate is a tad overpowered for him. The shield only absorbs magic damage but it will not count as health and recall Trydamere's passive increases his crit chance by amount of fury. As well as the fact that it gives bonus attack damage that powers up his spinning slash damage, so this item is just a monster for him. Another champion that many overlook who could benefit from it (though they are touched upon in the article I am happy to see) is Olaf. Any champion who plays with a low health bar constantly could benefit from this item.

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Im a big fan of it on Mundo, think about it. free magic resistance, uses health for his abilites in which the item gives AD per 2.5% of health missing. i played around with it on him for a few games, and it proved to do him some justice. So if anyone, i'd use it on Mundo

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Although it seems like a good fit it actually ain't. Mundo does not get any bonus from being on low health and he is using his ultimate often to regain lost hp points. Plus Mundo has a VERY GOOD ad steroid he does not need AD but attack speed and he is naturally tanky champ. I would go so far to say that you should not build any ad items on him. –  Adam Arold May 9 '13 at 12:52
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Definitely check out the in-depth analysis linked by Nobody.


As with most items, its a very situational purchase.

I personally go Hexdrinker > Maw of Malmortius only on melee AD bruisers when I'm facing an AP heavy team. If you faced off against an AP caster during the lane phase, it can really help your effectiveness. During teamfights, the passive MR helps mitigate AP area effect damage, the AD helps kill your target faster, and the shield helps when you're getting focused. Couple a Maw of Malmortius with a health item to prevent burst from killing you, and the Maw's passive shines.

If the champion is more attack speed oriented (Xin), I'll rush a Wit's End first, then follow it up with the Hexdrinker.

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I don't think it's that great an item, but if you want to read more there's a well put together article here: http://clgaming.net/forums/board39-reign-of-gaming/board40-blogs/board82-a-different-view/5950-guest-post-hexdrinker-and-the-maw-of-malmortius/

I think the champ it works best on is probably Tryndamere because of his ultimate.

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