Amumu Build Guide by Adm Jackbar
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Season 3 changes are going to turn Amumu on his head. From the initial info coming out of Beta and fellow theorycrafters, Amumu will be undergoing some huge changes in terms of current meta Masteries, Rune viability and Item build. While personal commitments will limit how quickly I can update the guide, I'll endeavor to keep it as up to date and in depth as possible.
An Important Foreword - This guide is written with respect to 5v5 on Summoners Rift. While the effectiveness of the strategies and builds listed in this guide may or may not be any different in alternate game modes, they are not tested for and should not be relied on in alternate game modes. ~ Jackbar
Amumu In Context; An Overview
Amumu is a jungle champion with great utility for any team. Recently he's been a common ban in low/mid ELO games and draft pick, mainly due to his Curse of the Sad Mummy providing a large area of effect stun which is often the deciding factor in a team fight. His jungle clear times are better than average, due to the AoE Despair and Tantrum combination. His Bandage Toss can be used to pull him through walls, cutting time from his jungle and also safely checking if a buff has been stolen.
In general gameplay, current meta calls for an Jungle, AP mid, AD Bruiser top, Support bottom (Usually negligible magic damage) and and AD Carry bottom lane.
Amumu fills the first and often underestimated role of Jungler. While it is possible to support and also solo top lane as Amumu, his potential gank power and utility is not used by the team, and due to his unpredictable last hitting abilities, gaining CS with competition is more difficult and one can find themselves being outfarmed very early.
Jungling with Amumu allows the team to take advantage of his AoE farming in jungle, his powerful ganking abilities and mobility through jungle for warding purposes and counter-jungling.
As this guide progresses, I will provide more in depth analysis of individual game elements and Amumu's strengths and weaknesses. I'm Admiral Jackbar, bringing you AMUMU - An In-Depth.
The rationale behind Smite is obvious.
Early game it enables whomever is jungling to clear much faster, ensure buffs aren't accidentally taken by a teammate during leashing and occasionally smite-stealing during counter-jungling, also with the point in Summoner's Resolve you gain an extra 10gp every time you use it. Mid game, it can be used to kill dragon, ensure your team gets the kill on dragon should you be attacked while taking it and obviously, for buff control. Late game, for the same use as dragon control and also for the added use of smite stealing Baron Nashor .
In short YOU SHOULD NEVER JUNGLE WITHOUT SMITE. IT IS INCREDIBLY VALUABLE THROUGHOUT THE GAME TO BOTH YOU AND YOUR TEAM
Flash is an exceptional summoner spell with many uses. As a gap closer, escape tool, getting in to position for Curse of the Sad Mummy and for one of the most satisfying tricks up the sleeve of Amumu - the Baron Steal. I'll cover this later.
It's important to note that Flash is not the be-all-and-end-all of summoner spells. Amumu can quite easily and effectively utilise other spells.
Optional Summoner Spells
Inferior utility to Flash
The use of summoner spells other than Flash, Exhaust, Ignite, Ghost and Smite on Amumu is not recommended, however situational usage may be required, this guide and it's author(s) do not advise, nor provide advice for anyone using them.
For the first release of this guide, I will only be using one build. In future more tried and tested builds will be added, but on first release, with formatting and overall content, referring to more than one build is a hassle. ~ Jackbar
These are the runes I use for my first, most often played Amumu Jungle build.
First off is 9x Greater Mark of Magic Penetration and 3x Greater Quintessence of Magic Penetration
Next is my 9x Greater Seal of Armor
Finally I use 9x Greater Glyph of Ability Power
10 bonus gold on every use, since Smite is mandatory on jungle, it is a must have.
Resistance Magic resist and tier filler. If the enemy team is AD heavy, swap it to Hardiness Before the match starts.
Tough Skin and Bladed Armor make you slightly more survivable in Jungle, also speeds up your early clear times.
Durability is only chosen over Vigor because it builds into Veterans Scars, 30 HP from the start means a lot and is very hard to give up.
Indomitable is both tier filler and a slight reduction in all damage. 2 damage doesn't sound like very much, but combined with Tough Skin , Bladed Armor and Honor Guard it equates to 11.5 off every hit from Jungle creeps or minions. That's considerable.
Enlightenment Scaling Cooldowns. Easily the best choice in this tier, 8% cooldown reduction on ultimate by end game is considerable.
Honor Guard is fairly self explanatory. Reduced damage based on a percentile rather than flat amount means the more damage you take, the more you reduce.
Juggernaut gives you 3% more HP and a massively useful 10% reduction on all CC. Combine that with Tenacity from Mercury's Treads and it means you take the shortest possible duration of all CC from every source. Extremely useful.
is a great choice for a mana hungry champion like Amumu, also serves as tier filler.
Summoners Insight is for Flash cooldown and tier filler. If you're not using Flash, put this point into either Improved Recall or Good Hands so you at least get some usage from it.
Meditation because Amumu uses a lot of mana, regen is very useful.
Scout as a Jungle it's pretty important to know where the enemy is. You should buy at least 2 sight wards every time you go b. and extra 5% isn't huge, but it's useful.
Runic Affinity Obviously, 20% extra duration of buffs on a jungle is very useful. This is the main reason we chose the Utility tree over the offensive tree for Jungle Amumu.
The first release of this guide will focus on the AP Offtank variant of Amumu. After formatting and content has been finalised for the first build, I will begin adding other roles and the subsequent builds designed for them to truly make this an In-depth guide. Until then, doing so creates unnecessary hassle for me, formatting wise. Thankyou for the your patience. ~ Jackbar
As a jungler, you don't have the constant minion waves to farm, theres the risk of counter-jungles taking your camps, plus ganking puts you out of farm for a good deal of the time. That is why the first item you get is Philosopher's Stone. We get this after the first sweep of jungle. Go b with 700 or so gold, purchase the Philosopher's Stone, Boots of Speed and if possible, a Sight Ward.
The boots we get are Mercury's Treads, for the Tenacity mainly - combined with Juggernaut in our Defense mastery tree, from early on in the game Amumu will take the lowest possible CC and disable duration from every source. This is essential to ensure you can hit with Tantrum and Despair.
Next, you build a Sunfire Cape, the flat health and armor are obvious benefits, but the additional AoE magic damage is a huge help. It is the only purely tank item in this build, but it has a painful passive - from this point on Amumu can comfortably solo the Dragon (provided he has blue buff).
Following Sunfire Cape you should assess the enemy team composition. If they have more AP damage, or are building Magic Resist, you should build a Abyssal Scepter first.
If they have more AD damage or someone with massive burst damage such as LeBlanc, or you need the slow to ensure kills when ganking - build Rylai's Crystal Scepter.
After building either a Rylai's Crystal Scepter or Abyssal Scepter, Build the other. They are both necessary and hugely beneficial to you.
Abyssal Scepter gives you Flat Magic Resist, Ability Power and an AoE Magic Resist lowering debuff. All champions within a 600 unit area of you (Roughly half your Ultimate's range) have 20 less Magic Resist. Not only does this benefit you, but also greatly benefits your mid lane during team fights and ganks.
By this stage of the game you are probably being focused heavily during team fights because of your crowd control. A useful item which is underestimated on Amumu is Zhona's Hourglass.
While Zhona's active is triggered, you still deal damage from the AoE of both Sunfire Cape and Despair, by this stage in the game, your W is dealing 5.7% of their HP every second. For three seconds, that damage is equal to 17.1% + 24 base damage from Despair and 105 (35x3) damage from Sunfire Cape all while you are completely un-targetable and immune to damage.
Should the game ever get to this point, and you are complete build, sell your Philosopher's Stone and buy a Rabadon's Deathcap. Dealing more than 1000 damage with your ultimate (which is considered a CC move) is something that takes a lot of people by surprise.
Jungling As Amumu - A Walkthrough
I made this video as a temporary example. While the commentary is terrible and unscripted, it's still a pretty standardised example of Amumu's early game. When I have more time I'll update with a better quality video. ~ Jackbar
Your first items should be a Regrowth Pendant and a Health Potion. Buy these and head straight to blue buff. Amumu is completely dependant on Crest Of The Ancient Golem to clear the jungle efficiently, because of this fact many teams will try to invade and steal his buff. It is important to tell your team to group up around blue and protect you and the buff from enemy invades.
If your team chose to defend your blue and you are not invaded, put the point into Despair and use it, basic attacks and an early smite to down the blue buff. Put the 2nd level skill point into Tantrum
Next, head to wolves, clear them out. Always keep your Despair active while fighting the Neutral creeps, basic attack the big wolf/big wraith/big golem and let your Despair and Tantrum take care of the rest. After you've taken wolves, head to wraiths. Clear them out again and head towards red buff.
Check that both bushes are clear of the enemy trying to gank/smite steal (Shown in the video)
When you've checked that you're safe, initiate. Use Smite as soon as it's off cooldown and kill the red buff. Put the third point into Tantrum. By now you should need to use your Health Potion - Pop it and run back to wolves.
Second wolves should spawn as soon as you arrive. Kill them, head back to wraiths and level up. Put a point into Bandage Toss so that you can now effectively gank. Check the map to see if anyone is being pushed in lane or any enemies are caught out of position.
If every lane is ok and you can safely jungle, head up to red buff bush. Wait here for a second until Smite is nearly off cooldown, then Bandage Toss through the wall, smiting the big golem for an extra 10 gold before you Recall .
This jungle route provides the optimal early game gold for Amumu, allowing him to get Philosopher's Stone and Boots of Speed on his first back. If you ganked a lane and scored a kill or assist, buy at least one ward.
Map awareness is something that cannot be taught in any guide, no matter how well written. It is something that comes with experience in the game, practice and making a lot of mistakes in the process. As the jungle, your lane is the entire map. You should constantly check to see if anyone is missing from lane, if any lanes are being pushed, if anyone is overextended, OoM (Out of Mana) or if someone has the enemy jungle heading their way. This is your job.
In the following section, I will be covering one of the most important aspects of jungling. Wards are not just for the support. While it is their job to ward dragon and bottom lane, it is up to you to keep the rest of the lanes well aware of who is where and when. The most OP item in the game is Vision Ward, so why not spend a few hundred gold on them?
As a jungler, you are in a much better position to ward early game than your teammates who are in lanes. Because of this, your warding is vital for the laning phase.
Friend and Foe - Skillset Synergy and Counterpicks
This section will be constantly updated with more synergy and counter advice on champions when I have time or discover them as it may be. Feel free to message me with advice for this section, but provide logical and well documented rationale otherwise I'll most likely ignore you. eg. "If u use anivias ultimate in amumus ultimate it hits them more" ~ Jackbar
Teamfights - Turning The Tables with Amumu
Amumu is one of the strongest initiators in the game. Especially in standoff situations, such as a 5v5 at baron.
Bandage Toss - Many unskilled Amumu's will use this to enter a team fight, usually followed immediately by their ultimate.
This is bad and wrong. No other way to put it.
Teamfights are often decided in about 10 seconds. If your team aren't in proper range to take advantage of the 2 seconds of immobile squishy right-click fodder then you've wasted your entire skillset.
To play effectively you must know when to activate Curse of the Sad Mummy, and when you activate your bandage toss.
I will put this into simple rules.
RULE 1: NEVER INITIATE WITH BANDAGE TOSS
-I know it's an easy gap closer and a stun, but no decent team will have squishies within range of it, even in a standoff situation. Stunning the tank and leaving it on cooldown for when the enemy Katarina activates her ultimate or Graves flash/quickdraw's his way into your backline and starts chunking down your squishies is just a waste of the ability.
RULE 2: DON'T USE YOUR ULTIMATE RIGHT AWAY
-Another big mistake I see is Amumu rushing in and stunning everyone with his ultimate. Sure, you got 5 people with your cc, but no one on your team was there to follow it up and you wasted its potential. Time your ultimate to disrupt the enemies combos, particularly against enemies with similar CC, such as Sejuani or a Vladimir's Hemoplague or Nasus' Spirit Fire.
RULE 3: ALWAYS STAY IN THE FIGHT
-"But Jackbar", you might say, "I should be focusing down the AD Carry"
Yes you should be, but you do so with your CC and incidental W/E damage. You do not need to waste the damage from your W and potential E hits on chasing a squishy out of the fight while that Darius and Alistar wreck your backline. You should stay in the very middle of the fight as much as possible, hitting as many people as possible with W and E.
To paraphrase Sun Tzu; "If they should fear you, Let them fear you in the open and shake at the knees" In other words, people make stupid mistakes (shake at the knees) when they're worried about the Amumu who is still holding his ultimate (Rule #1)
How To Counter Amumu
Also also coming soon. In the meantime, refer to the counterpick section of Friend and Foe. ~ Jackbar
Change Log, Credits and Authors Notes
10/9/2012 - First update, added the first version of Jungle Amumu Video Guide. Note I use the UK day/date/year. Written section and minor bbcoding fixes (Thanks to JungleKing for pointing those out.)
11/9/2012 - Added warding and first update to Friend and Foe - Skillset Synergy and Counterpicks. Minor bbcoding issues in Jungling resolved and the two spelling errors in the Items section were fixed. HUGE thankyou to Panglot for his ward guide. It's an excellent resource and covers everything I needed to say.
15/11/2012 - Added team fight section, "Three Rules" and some minor spelling errors.
Credit to Jhoijhoi for her dividers and help with BBCoding. Her guide is here