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Wit's End gives 40% AS and +42 Magic Damage

Ionic Spark gives 50% AS and every fourth attack procs a chain lightning

Several builds for AS focused champions such as Irelia recommend a Wit's End, in her case it also benefits Bladesurge which helps with killing fleeing enemies. However, in the general case and if I am trying to adapt my equipment to the situation (and I have an AS focused champ) - how to decide between them?

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  • Wits End also gives you some magic resist (+30 base, upto +50 total) and costs 2150 total

  • Ionic Spark gives +250 health and costs 2100 total.

The average extra damage-per-hit is approximately the same, so we'll ignore it as well as the 50 gold difference in building.

So the things that you need to consider are as follows:

  • what is more useful? 50 MR or 250 HP?

  • early on, do I prefer a Ruby Crystal or a Null-Magic Mantle?

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So its situational based on enemy AP champs? I was wondering if dmg is similar, why more people don't suggest Ionic Spark for extra 10% AS – Alok Aug 7 '12 at 15:39
Most builds should not even consider either item; PD is by far better, and stackable. – ccreason Aug 8 '12 at 19:05
PD is too expensive for non-carry ADs. Wit's end is better for tanks who are afraid of AP damage, and ionic spark is generally seen as a better farming item. But either way, you have to make the decision of whether you need to be tankier for team fights or if you need to do more damage/have a better farming item. Shen for instance can definitely use ionic spark to help him split push – boiledham Oct 9 '12 at 20:21

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