Samuel Builds

Last changed 8/25/2016 for update 1.21.

You’ll find the best and most popular builds for Samuel on this page! For more information regarding situational items, check out our guides for situational items on roams and carries! To see how well this hero performs in the current meta, check out our hero tier list.

The Drifter

Breaking the limits of Samuel’s power, this build makes the most out of his damage while maintaining sufficient energy. Samuel is best played in the lane, but can also be a threat in the jungle.

Skill Path

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Samuel relies on his A, Malice & Verdict, wherever he is in the Fold. Overdriving it first is ideal to receive the best stats on the ability. Samuel’s B, Drifting Dark, works well with Malice & Verdict to provide the two deadly wands bonus damage, range, and cooldown.

Core Items

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Shatterglass is a must on Samuel to ensure he receives an early-game advantage. Build Broken Myth next for the shield pierce and crystal stacks. Due to Samuel’s abilities using a high amount of energy, Clockwork is a perfect item on him.

As Needed

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Halcyon Chargers give Samuel the energy and cooldown he desperately needs while still offering a great escape. Eve of Harvest synergizes well with the low cooldown and high crystal damage on Malice & Verdict; plus, even more energy! Metal Jacket is great against ranged weapon carries while Aegis is standard on most builds. Due to Samuel’s Drifting Dark constantly moving, he must get closer and closer to his targets. Because of this, Atlas Pauldron may be better than Metal Jacket in some situations against melee heroes with high attack speed.


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