Corki Build Guide by StylzHere
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ADC -- Pure AD
Example End Game Build
Not Updated For Current Season
The masteries shown here are not yet updated for the current season, the guide author needs to set up the new masteries. As such, they will be different than the masteries you see in-game.
Welcome To My Corki Guide!
Hello summoners! I have played Corki for a very long time and in many lanes, and decided to give my 2 cents on how Corki should be played, lane matchups, and more. This is my first guide so please leave any feedback you can in the comments as I plan to make more guides in the future! Also, this guide will be updated with each patch/update if they patch/update affects the guide in the smallest way. Enjoy! ~~Stylz
First off, if you do not know, Corki is an attack damage carry, or ADC for short. What is the role of an ADC you may ask? The role of an ADC is to deal as much sustain damage, or burst attack damage as possible during teamfights and staying in the back lines as you are a giant chunk of your teams damage, and if you die early, you usually lose the fight.
What does an ADC do before fighting as a team? An ADC usually sits botton lane, along side their support and farms creeps, meaning they last-hit minions to get the gold to build items. Also they poke the enemy ADC or support when there is no minion ready to be farmed/last-hit, and if they feel confident and your support does too, you may even engage on your enemy for a kill or two.
Before we get into the guide, please remember the following.
I AM NOT A HIGH ELO PLAYER
This is my opinion on how Corki should be played, if you feel different post about it in the comments and we will discuss the matter if you like.
This is all preference, there is no magical build to make you carry and go flawless every game.
This guide does not guarantee a trip out of elo hell.
This guide and all contributors are not responsible for any emotional scaring you or the enemy team may get from you trying to implement this guide.
Now, lets get to the guide!
Pros / Cons
Scales well with AD
Ulti can stack 7 times, every 3rd one does bonus dmg
E reduces armor of those being damaged by it
Q is really good poke dmg
Any CC can kill you
2 of your abilities can be blocked by creeps
Q has high mana cost
W Scales only AP
Greater Seal of Armor
Greater Glyph of Magic Resist
Greater Mark of Attack Damage
Greater Quintessence of Life Steal
Greater Quintessence of Attack Damage
To clear things up, I did run 21/0/9 masteries before for the utility and mana regen as you are a burst ADC. But, after testing you can trade better with almost every ADC if you go 21/9/0 as the armor, damage reduction and extra HP go a long way in trading from 1v1-5v5 situations.
I like these masteries (21/9/0) because you get more defensive stats in lane, which can help in numerous situations like trading with the enemy ADC, and it can even help you survive ganks with the extra armor, HP, and damage reduction from champs. I was told to try it by someone in the comments, and I did and I found more success than before after making these changes. That person is mentioned at the end of the guide in the "Thank you!" section.
Hextech Shrapnel Shells
WHENEVER YOU CAN PUT A POINT IN R
Every item I listed in the build order/build order options is listed here and their stats are aswell including all the passive and active features. Any questions put them in the comments at the bottom of the guide!
Farming is an essential part to being a successful ADC. Don't go as far as CLG's DoubleLift and farm when your team fights, but don't underestimate the value of farming. A good CS is needed so you don't fall behind, regardless of how many kills you get early, as kills early on are not worth much gold as they are late, while farm is worth the same amount of gold throughout the game. CS is important early to get the items you want, below is a CS goal/CS chart for you to follow and make your way up to eventually mastering farming.
Also, for extra farm, whenever your lane is pushed up ask your jungler is its okay if you farm the golems. It used to be a big tatic for ADC's to farm them earlier back in previous seasons before the spawn times changed. 90% of the time you jungler will say yes and let you farm them, and with not many people doing so you can really get the upper hand on your opponent with this tactic.
General Ranked Play
Corki is a very touch champion to master, he isn't really part of the meta right now, as it circles around sustained damage ADC's. Below are some tips when playing Corki as an ADC in ranked to help you pull off the win.
This is a big part of every role, but the ADC has to have some of the best map awareness in the game. It's no secret that fed/farmed ADC's do the most damage in a game, and as a result bot lane is usually the focus of Ganks from the jungler and the roaming mid laner in attempt to get you behind, and the enemy adc ahead. This will especially happen if you counter the opposing ADC. To help survive/prevent ganks, here are some tips on what to do/watch for.
USE THE PINGS
Make use of the pings! If the enemy teams support is the only person in lane and the ADC isn't, be sure to ping that they are MIS (missing in action) even if they recall, as they can roam before coming right back into lane. Also be careful and take your teammates pings seriously. Don't think "Oh, they pinged 'DANGER' and their jungler might not come, I also have my W for an escape, il stay and farm and flash if i have to". DONT DO THAT! If their support has any CC at all this is a death wish. If your team pings 'DANGER', just recall and buy, or farm under your tower.
See something you think should be changed?
If you thing something is off, or something can be improved in the guide, please let me know in the comments section! If i agree, or if you convince me it is viable, i will ad it to the guide and give you a shoutout in the "Thank you!" Section of the guide!
Well, this is my Corki guide! I hope you enjoyed reading it and if you have any feedback please leave it in the comments below! I am always looking for ways to improve the guide to please, let me know if you have a suggestion on how to improve it! See you on the rift everyone, and hopefully we will all see the flying bomber make his way back to the spot of the elite ADC's on the rift.
SPECIAL THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE
The people below have contributed to this guide in some way, and I don't feel right if they don't get some of the credit.
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HOW TO READ THE CHANGELOG:
The versions will be V1.(patch version here), for example, the first edition of this guide is V188.8.131.52 or the 1st edition of the guide, patch 4.5, and 1 for the first update for the patch
Guide posted April 7th 10:00 PM EST
Changed the order of Spell leveling so you have all 3 abilities at level 3 to maximize burst.
Adjusted mark runes from AD and armor pen to AD, see rune section for why.
Adjusted masteries to allow for more dmg output, but no mroe health regen upon killing a unit, and less monster/creep exclusive dmg.
Sona added to list of supports that work well with Corki.
Changes the Berserkers Greaves boots to Sorcerers Shoes for the Magic Pen as Corki deals decent amounts of AP aswell as his normal AD.
Added in a chapter on warding, including tips for vision control on dragon and baron.
Added a General Ranked Play chapter where I go over the basics of playing an ADC in ranked, but some terminology is specific to corki.
Added section at end of farming chapter about getting the Golem monsters when possible if your jungler allows it.
Added section describing every item mentioned in the build order at the top of the page.
THIS IS VERSION 1 OF THE GUIDE. IT WILL STILL BE UPDATED VISUALLY AND WHEN NEW INFORMATION ID DISCOVERED, BUT THAT WILL BE KNOWN AS VERSION 2 OF THIS GUIDE. THIS IS THE END OF VERSION 1 AS IT HAS ALL THE CHAPTERS I WANT TO INCLUDE UP UNTIL THIS POINT. SEE YOU IN VERSION 2 SUMMONERS.
Updated Item section, explaining why each item is good, and buying scenarios.
Changed Armor Penatration marks to AD marks.
Added credibility/thanks section to mention those who helped with the guide.
Added graphic headers for each chapter
Added columns in the Champion Matchup chapters aswell as the Supports You Work Well With Chapter
Added tons of spoiler closeable and extendable tabs to make reading the guide easier.
Expanded intro chapter to include that an ADC is, and guide disclaimers
Added a mini "about Corki" section
Re-arranged the Build Order at the top of the page
Changed from 21/0/9 to 21/9/0 masteries, check mastery section for reason why
Added dividers to make the guide easier to read
Prepaing for potentially giant 4.6 patch of LoL, as it may or may not impact this guide in a slight or massive way. I have been keeping an eye on the Forecast Patch Notes on the official LoL website, as of now it looks like we are not in the way for a massive update, but that may change by the 22nd when 4.6 is released. Also the patch is expected to be implemented over 6 hours of global server downtime, so it is probably a bigger update then we may anticipate. Stay tuned as if there is an update impacting the guide, i will update is the day of the patch release.