I personally build samual shatterglass for strong early game… then build eve of harvest etc.
I love playing samuel and bullying their team. Using my perks on their heros for sustain.
You can actually build glass cannon on sam, SG, DG, SF and EOH. Boots and reflex block of cus. Or if you want safer build, build yourself another armour.
Things you should know about Sam,
1st, never go near the enemy espescially if they are in group. Never go unless the enemy is alone and is low on health.
2nd, use your B wisely. Yes it helps you to clear waves faster but use it when there are lesser minions and when your B is activated. Target the hero as much as you can near their minions. Make them flee, bully them. This situation is meant if you against 1 hero. Never try to use your B in upwards direction because it forces you to walk towards them or their turret, the enemies’ territory. Use your B sidewards or in 45 degrees towards the bush where is there is visions. Or you can use your B from enemy territory towards your turrets. Visions are important, the moment you spot them entering the bush, flee away from them and attack them as you flee.
If the enemy team is fleeing and chucked together. Use your B that moves towards them but slightly away so you have some gap to flee in case. Or if they chasing your team. Backwards B and attack them, stay at opposite far egde of the circle.
3rd, your ult is pretty much a tool to scare them. In 1v1, if the enemy is low on health and your B is activated. Use your ult where u predict there will go which prevents them.from going there and use your A to finish them off.
Or you can use your B to cancel their ultimate like Ringo’s, Adagio’s, Grace heal or koshka ult. I usually use my ult after their enemy captain uses their crucible and especially if they in group then I activate my B and attack them. You can even you ult to prevent them from fleeing or chasing you. You can even drop your ult on the location you are on example when glaive afterburns, you can drop your ult and flee. Or when reza use his ult, drop it when he comes up and flee. It gives you time to position yourself in safe distance.
Lastly, SAMUAEL IS RANGE HERO… USE HIM WISELY, ATTACK FROM FAR. DON’T BE DUMB AND USE YOUR B TOWARmDS THEIR TEAM TO YOUR DEATH. AND SAMUAL CAN COUNTER LOTS OF HEROS IF PLAYED WISELY AND HE CAN EVEN COUNTER CELESTE TOO…
Oh another thing, USE YOUR MALICE AND VERDICT ON HEROS WHERE YOU PREDICT WHERE THEY WILL BE GOING NOT WHERE THEY ARE AT