Is it better to save for expensive items or buy/sell cheaper items?



  • Needlessly Large Rod is the second most expensive item in the basic tier (1600 gold), the most expensive being B.F. Sword at 1650 gold.

    When I need to purchase those items for recipes, I feel really inefficient waiting to farm up 1600/1650 gold to get them.

    I was thinking about purchasing Doran items. However, they sell for 50% of their purchase price, so it might create a bigger problem.

    So, my idea is to buy 400g~800g items, and then sell them for the 1600 gold to purchase the B.F. Sword and/or Needlessly Large Rod. The time spent farming that gold can be spent with the better stats of the intermediate items.

    Which intermediate items would you recommend for this? Or is there a better reason to wait til I farm the 1600/1650 gold to buy them directly?



  • Never try to purchase stopgap items just so you can sell them later for your build - that just means you end up wasting a lot of gold and makes it even harder for you to get anywhere near your full build.

    Doran's items are actually among the most efficient in terms of stats for gold spent, which is the reason people often use them for a good start. The idea behind this is to use their stat boosts to help in the laning phase, so that you can get the CS to afford your build.

    Alternate Item Purchases

    What 400-800g items are you planning to buy in lieu of BF Sword or Needlessly Large Rod, that are useful for a hero but not part of his build? Usually, these are components in a recipe, so if you want to get some item then you should look at the other parts instead.

    For AP casters, maybe go for the 860g Blasting Wand first en route to completing your Rabadon's Deathcap. For AD, its often useful to pick up an early Vampiric Scepter for sustain, and it doesn't hinder any plans for an early The Bloodthirster. If you're directly aiming for Infinity Edge, the sustain will hopefully allow you to remain in lane a bit longer and pay for itself with more CS gain. Another option if you're doing really well in lane, is to invest in GP10 items esp. those that are part of your build - ie., Kage's Lucky Pick when you plan to pick up Deathfire Grasp, Avarice Blade for AD crit builds, Heart of Gold for tanks, and Philosopher's Stone for anyone.

    Why/when to farm the 1600/1650 gold to buy them directly

    These 'expensive' items are actually the most cost effective for their stats - a single 1600g rod is more powerful than two 860g blasting wands, and only occupies 1 slot in inventory. So if you're doing well or at least even vs lane opponent, backing only after you save up the full amount (+ some extra for wards) is a chance to get dominance over your lane opponent for some time (e.g. when you have BF sword and he only has a Doran's & vampiric scepter)


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