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..
The reasoning behind getting
aren't as good in season 4 as they used to be in season 3.
are most effective when bought as early as possible, but since the new jungle rewards getting your big jungle item fast and punishes delaying it, even making use of those boots and buying them early can set you behind.
are only an option when the enemy team really is extremely CC heavy, IMO. Those boots are much more expensive than
, and do not provide nearly as much tankiness. The only time I feel good buying Mercs is when the enemy team is both AP heavy and has a lot of CC.
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.
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.
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.