Always try to finish Elder Lizard before upgrading your boots, the new jungle items are very good but only rewarding when you finish them, which means you need them upgraded ASAP.
The reason I switched to
is that the new Golem just doesn't feel too good, to me at least. I still feel squishy after buying the item and it doesn't really do anything else, while at least if I get Lizard I can do damage, and play around the fact that I am squishy - on top of that, Jarvan scales very well with AD so it's not a bad item by any mean.
The new Lizard passive is also very interesting for a champion (or should I say player ?) that likes to gank a lot. Not to mention it is also pretty good in teamfights, if your team scores an ace in a teamfight, even if you die, you'll get 5 assists which is 200 bonus gold from that item alone. On top of the basic gold you get for assists, of course..
Since I build Lizard, I like mercs a lot. I'm rather squishy before I get
, I don't want to get CC'd for an hour and die because of that. You might want to build
if really there is not much CC in the enemy team, but generally speaking there will always be a champion in the enemy team that makes Mercs superior.
A short list of champions that make mercs almost mandatory :
This item should be built right after
against an ad-heavy team. Build instead if the enemy team is AP heavy
, ideally you'd want both anyways since the AD carry will always be a threat lategame, and
is the best item against AD carries.
Black Cleaver is best when your team has multiple physical damage dealers obviously, however it is a pretty good damage item for yourself as well. The 50 AD help against squishies, and the shred combined with your Q's is monstrous against tanky champions. The %shred won't help as much against squishies but it'll still make you do more damage and synergize with your ARP runes.
This item is a luxury item
, don't build it if you aren't ahead/fed or if you are 100% sure you aren't too squishy.
Banshee has become a lot more popular since the Spirit Visage nerf in which they halved the CDR it gave. The only times SV is now better than Banshee is on champions that benefit from its passive which increases your champion's sustain, like
, but Jarvan is not one of those.
GA is quite underrated nowadays in my opinion. After buying either Randuins or Spirit Visage, this item will usually be the best choice if you really want to live and be able to be reckless in teamfights, which fits
This is also great because
combo tend to leave him inside the enemy team at which point he will usually get focused down and die rather quickly regardless of his items.
makes focusing you much less of an option, because they will burn too much damage on someone that's going to revive anyways.
The rez mechanic also lets you get your combo back so you can
out upon resurrecting.
is the trinket you should run early game.
Swap it out for
shortly before you reach level 9, as the lvl 9 sweeper has a much lower CD and is thus much better at removing wards. Its upgrade,
is really strong when you are ahead (so you can get rid of the enemy vision on objectives like baron or dragon), and is much needed against stealth champions like
is a situational item. You should get it if a game gets to the very lategame, as vision is incredibly important at that point. I like building this item against
as well, as in Solo Q there are fewer wards which makes it a bit too easy for Fiddlesticks to get a good ult off.