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Maw of Malmortius
ItemSquareMaw of Malmortius.png
UNIQUE - Lifeline: Upon taking magic damage that would reduce your current health below 30%, gain 10% omnivamp and a shield that absorbs 200 (+225% bonus) / 150 (+168.75% bonus) magic damage for 5 seconds (90 seconds cooldown).



Additional Information
LimitationsLimited to 1 Lifeline item.
Map AvailabilityALL
ItemSquareHexdrinker.png + ItemSquareCaulfield's Warhammer.png + 500 Goldcurrency.png
Total Cost: 2900 Goldcurrency.png
Sold For: 2030 Goldcurrency.png


  • Lifeline is shared with
    Sterak's Gage
    and due to such, will not stack together (Lifegrip will trigger normally).


  • Maw of Malmortius is named after a well-known community member known as 'Malmortius' (also answers to 'Lord Voldemortius', 'Malmorpheus', and 'James') for obtaining over one thousand referrals.

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Patch History[]



BUGFIX : Maw's shield now properly lasts the full 5 seconds again

Magic resist increased. Base shield value increased. Shield no longer scales with bonus magic resist.

Most champions who like Maw of Malmortius aren't looking to stack resistances, so we're tweaking its shield value to not scale with future magic resist accordingly.

MAGIC RESIST : [45] 50
SHIELD VALUE : [300 + 100% of bonus magic resist] 350

Builds out of Caulfield’s Warhammer instead of Serrated Dirk.

Like Youmuu’s Ghostblade, Maw of Malmortius is also a grab bag of damage stats; in designer talk, it isn’t really stat bound to class. Unlike Youmuu’s, Maw is warping what it means to be an assassin: assassins are bursty, while Maw supports an extended damage pattern. This wasn’t a problem while Maw of Malmortius was the only available defensive item for both classes, but with Edge of Night taking over as the go-to defensive item for assassins, we feel comfortable moving Maw into fighter territory. We’re cutting the Armor Penetration to make this a less attractive buy for assassins. If they’re opting into Maw for the shield, they will be paying a cost: weaker burst.

TOTAL COST : 3250 gold (unchanged)
BUILD PATH : [Hexdrinker + Serrated Dirk + 850 gold] Hexdrinker + Caulfield’s Warhammer + 850 gold
FLAT ARMOR PENETRATION +10 flat armor penetration
COOLDOWN REDUCTION +10% cooldown reduction
CLINGY UNIQUE Passive - Lifegrip: When Lifeline triggers, gain +20 attack damage (in addition to the previous +10% spell vamp and 10% lifesteal) until out of combat.

Sterak’s Gage and Maw of Malmortius shields no longer stack. Sterak’s Fury and Lifegrip now both proc when Lifeline is triggered.

Maw and Sterak’s have complementary defensive triggers: Maw cares about how low you are while Sterak’s cares about how fast you’re dropping. This presents an interesting choice in lane: which item is best for the situation you’re in? Unfortunately, that choice becomes meaningless as the game progresses and beefy champs stack both items to cover all their bases. We’re tying the shields of Maw and Sterak’s together to ensure that picking one is a choice, not just the earlier of two purchases.

WELCOME TO THE FAMILY : Sterak’s Gage’s shield is now classified as a Lifeline effect along with the shields from Hexdrinker and Maw of Malmortius
ONE LIFE ONE LINE : When a Lifeline effect triggers, all Lifeline items are put on the cooldown of the triggered item. Only the triggered effect’s shield is granted.
DOUBLE DUTY : Sterak’s Fury and Maw’s Lifegrip are now both granted on either Lifeline trigger

Magic resist down. Attack speed removed.

Hexdrinker’s always been an effective pick-up for those looking to defend against magic damage spikes, but Maw’s stealing the show in 2016. Warming the bench in previous seasons (often something you upgraded if you ‘had to’), Maw’s raw stat-efficiency combined with the upgraded Lifegrip buff currently makes it a catch-all for any magic damage, rather than a counter to a specific situation. Maw should still feel like an appropriate upgrade against mage-heavy teams, but rushing it suboptimally shouldn’t be as effective as it currently is.

MAGIC RESIST : [50] 40

No longer gives attack damage when low, but enrages instead.

Never an efficient combination of stats, Maw's updated inclusion of Dirk's armor penetration and the new Lifegrip passive work together with Lifeline's shield to create the feeling of just staving off death, flying into a berserker rage when the heat is on. That sounds a lot better for fighters than the previous 'get a lot of damage when you're almost dead and then die', so we went with it.

TOTAL cost : [3200 gold] 3250 gold
BUILD path : Hexdrinker + Serrated Dirk + 850 gold
ATTACK damage : [60] 55
MAGIC resist : [40] 50
armor penetration 10
LIFELINE SHIELD : [400] 300 + 1 per bonus magic resist
COME AT ME No longer grants bonus attack damage based on missing health
UNIQUE passive Lifegrip: When Lifeline triggers, you gain 25% attack speed, 10% spell vamp and 10% lifesteal until you leave combat


  • Attack Damage increased to 60 from 55
  • Magic Resist increased to 40 from 36
  • Passive now grants 1 Attack Damage for every 2% of missing Health, up from 2.5%
  • Passive now capped at 35 Attack Damage, down from 40
  • Fixed a bug where the cooldown was not properly resetting when upgrading from a Hexdrinker on cooldown


  • Fixed a bug where the Lifeline shield was lasting for 3 seconds instead of 5


  • Unique Passive changed to "Lifeline: If you would take magic damage that would leave you at less than 30% Health, you first gain a shield that absorbs 400 magic damage for 5 seconds (90 second cooldown)."
  • Cost reduced from 3,300 (925) to 3,200 (975)



  • Maw of Malmortius added