So this is the first item part of this little series and I wanted to cover an ridiculously broken item known as Tension Bow. This has a lot of Math in it so be patient please. What does Tension bow do?
Every 6 seconds you will do, on your next basic attack, an extra 240 damage. It increase base damage by 60 and has 10% armor pierce.
This is gonna be short and sweet by the way. Why does it seem like SMEC can’t do math? Atleast to me it seems like that. Every six seconds with Tension Bows 60+ bonus base damage and you are doing 240 extra damage. 240+60 is 300, 2 sorrow blades worth of damage in one shot. Thats not even including the extra 10% armor pierce you are doing. Well do damage in between that tension bow, well before you could but now not so much.
Tension Bow costs 2150
Sorrow Blade costs 3100
That is a 950 gold difference, so while you have your heavy steel +55 and Six Sins +30 (total 85) He just got a Tension bow and even though he does 25 less base damage that 2 free Sorrow Blades will hit and destroy you. And if he farmed for a little more and you got that sorrow blade he might have bought a Heavy Steel giving him +55 more damage. Then he has a total +115 base damage increase. So now he’s only 35 damage behind you which helps you but that first double sorrow blade will cost you the fight. It’s so strong you’ll rarely see any weapon carry without one.
This item on hero named Gwen makes any decent Gwen player just super annoying to face because you know they’re gonna get tension bow and you know they’re gonna do so much damage. I don’t know I feel like buffing Tension Bow a 60 damage buff is really high. They’re nerfing it’s damage by 10 to make it 50 but if they want a bursty weapon item maybe have it like 40.
Here are heroes I see it a lot on and the heroes I’m listing are all weapon branches and it is part of a lot of core builds I see.
A lot of these heroes you’ll see tension bow on and yes I understand it’s a burst item and they want it but its everywhere and sometimes will replace sorrow blade because the burst from it is unreal. Back in the day tension was built too but it felt balanced like it did a lot of damage but for early game. Maybe they want it more late game too like AS but it’s just so strong.
What do you guys think? Item look throughs are much shorter and some convo in comments really helps even shed some light to me when you got some time like this. How would you change tension bow if at all?
thank you for reading and I hope enjoyed the first look through on a item. Don’t be afraid to criticize if you feel like I can do something better.