Is Merricks Bounty Really Not Worth It? | Ask Zlapped 0022


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Today’s question is by Zipoman.

Question: Is Merricks Bounty a good item for supports? If Yes, why? If No, why? Have a question for Zlapped? Ask it and be featured on the brand new podcast by Zlapped.

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Zlapped: Welcome guys to Ask Zlapped, where I’ll be answering your questions 5 days a week.


Zlapped: Hi guys, and welcome to episode number 22. Today’s question is by Zipoman.

Zipoman asks, “Hi Zlapped, I am a big fan of you. My name in HoN is Zipoman and I play support. In a couple of videos, you said that Merrick’s Bounty isn’t worth it, and if someone wants to buy it, he must not buy it at the beginning of the match. My question is why supports must not buy Merrick’s Bounty? You said that buying bounty when the game starts will not have any stats which makes you very unprotected.

I have to inform you that most of the time, I buy a bounty when the game starts and I can, when one’s upon a hero, I stack really easily, I get a huge amount of gold in bounty, when I reach level 6 my Mace are always at 7 or 8 level and I already have boots, most of the time striders only from Merrick’s Bounty. Finally, should supports buy Merricks Bounty end, yes or no? If yes, then when? If no, why?

Thanks a lot Zlappy and I apologize for the misuse of hooch(?) message. Greetings from Greece. Tzatziki for the win”.

A very long question, Sippleman, and I’m going to explain to it  simply, you are simply not playing against good enough players. And, I’m not saying that you’re a bad player yourself, I’m simply saying that you are in a low rated bracket, guaranteed. Because any support who is playing against a good offline player – let’s put it like this. If you were playing Glacius, for example, you bought a Merricks Bounty against me and I’m playing Grinix, which is my best offline hero, I would destroy you without having to try because you would not have enough region because first of all, you would have to pull a (??), you have to buy him a ward, and you have to buy another ward. That alone is 300 gold. Then you’re buying him Merrick’s Bounty, and then how are you going to have anything left for yourself?

So no, if you were to do that against me, you would be completely boxed out of the lane and also you wouldn’t afford a rev ward for your pull so I would be blocking your pull because as your question says, you say that you’re stacking and pulling and getting a lot of gold and experience. Yeah, well, you wouldn’t be able to do that against me or other good offline players. And I just recently got good at offline, right? Like I’m not even close to being a top offlane player, but you wouldn’t have a chance against me if I played against you.

Why not buy it? I just explained that. You do not buy Merrick’s bounty as your first item whatsoever. Any good offline player, unless you’re like, a Voodoo Jester against a Bubbles because Voodoo Jester does tons of damage and Bubbles has low HP, then yeah, maybe. But even then, I would say that Bubbles would beat you. So, if you want to play at the top level, and if you want to get better at this game, do not Merrick’s Bounty in the start. Buy stats, buy region for your carry, buy ward for your offlane, buy a ward for yourself, make sure you have a rev ward in case he tries to block your pull. Otherwise, you’re simply just not going to improve because if you ultimately get up in higher ratings, you’re just going to get destroyed every single game.

Besides that, if you ever want to play competitive in this game, or if you ever want to become a pro player, you simply cannot buy Merrick’s Bounty because Merrick’s Bounty is not available in competitive games, never will be available in competitive and pro games, and simply will just make you a worse player because if you were to play a tournament game, you would not be able to buy the item itself.

So, ultimately, if you want to be on a top level, don’t buy Merrick’s Bounty at all. If you only want to play public games, then Merrick’s Bounty is of course a great item. Don’t buy it when the game starts, buy it after a few minutes when you’ve boxed out the enemy with an offline hero.

Hope I answered your question and explained why Merrick’s Bounty is bad in the start. And also, yes, I do love tzatziki, watch my Youtube video where I make one. I make a fucking killer tzatziki.


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