I purchased this stick in need of a stick that would do everything and stay in great shape for a long time. I bought it in January and it is now June--it's still good as new, even when I play about 5 times a week at a very intense and competitive level! The power on my shot has increased by a ton, my passes are insanely accurate, and the feel is waaay better compared to my old stick. I recommend getting the Stamkos blade because it works for all aspects of the game--defense and offense-- all while providing great shot and pass accuracy, amazing puck control, and fantastic stick handling. Also, for increased feel, get the tac-spiral on the stick. This is worth the money for an advanced-intermediate player.