Cunning Mastery Tree
Cunning Mastery Tree is the successor of the utility mastery tree from previous seasons. However, in the current season, Cunning Mastery Tree works as an alternative offensive mastery tree. It grants supplementary effects, such as increased buff duration or bonus movement speed after dealing a burst of damage. On the other hand, the Resolve Mastery Tree replaces the defensive mastery tree of previous seasons and it better suits champions that build defensive items. If you play as a marksman, you might choose Cunning over Resolve as it gives more immediate benefits.
On Tier 1, the Cunning masteries between you can make your choice are Wanderer and Savagery. While Wanderer increases your Movement Speed out of combat with a percentage of +0.6%, Savagery offers 1 bonus damage to minions and monsters for single target attacks and spells. For most proactive players, Wanderer would be the best choice, but it is very important to mention that it only works when you are out of combat and it isn’t very useful until your creep score is perfect.
On Tier 2, there are Runic Affinity, Secret Stash and Assassin. Runic Affinity makes buffs from neutral monsters last 15% longer. Secret Stash makes potions and elixirs last 10% longer, also Health Potions are replaced with Biscuits that restore 15 Health and Mana instantly on use. Last but not least, choosing Assassin makes you deal 2% increased damage to champions when no allied champions are nearby. Assassin is not necessarily the best choice for marksmen as usually they are not alone.
Next tier consists of Merciless which deals 1% increased damage to champions below 40% Health and Meditation that regenerates 0.3% of your missing Mana every 5 seconds.
On the following Tier, you can add 1 point in either Bandit to gain 1 gold for each nearby minion killed by an ally, either Dangerous Game which offers a restore of 5% of your missing Health and Mana for every champion kill and assist. The gold from Bandit is considered slow and useful only for supports.
Precision and Intelligence are the masteries on the 5th Tier. Precision offers Magic Penetration and Armor Penetration, while adding the points to Intelligence, your Cooldown Reduction cap is increased to 41% and you gain 1% Cooldown Reduction.
After investing a maximum of 17 points in Cunning, the last point can be added to one of the following: Stormraider’s Surge, Thunderlord’s Decree or Windspeaker’s Blessing. Stormraider’s Surge grants you 40% Movement Speed and 75% Slow Resistance for 3 seconds with 10 seconds cooldown if you deal 30% of a champion’s max Health within 2.5 seconds. When it comes to Thunderlord’s Decree, your 3rd attack or damaging spell against the same enemy champion calls down a lightning strike, dealing magic damage in the area. The last one, Windspeaker’s Blessing, makes your heals and shields 10% stronger. Additionally, your shields and heals on other allies increase their armor by 5-22 (based on level) and their magic resistance by half that amount for 3 seconds.
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