Rammus Build Guide by Tarfathewise
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This is going to be my first build so constructive criticism is most appreciated. First a little bit about myself as a player. I have played LoL for quite some time now and I play with a group of people that are very much into consistently carrying. I was fine with tanking so I started learning a few tanks in order for our team to be successful. I used Bgugg's Rammus Tank guide and was pleased with it. However, he focused solely on tanking throughout the guide. There is nothing wrong with his guide at all, it will make you a great tank, but I wanted to be the star of the show too! Therefore, I created a build for my favorite tank/carry, Rammus! With this build, you are going to learn how to be successful at carrying and tanking at the same time. If you take in these tips and strategies, you WILL be incredibly successful.
Pros / Cons
*Is a Carry and a Tank.
*Excels in both 1v1s AND team fights
*Incredibly hard to take down
*Deals out lots of damage fast
*Very dependent on team mates (Randoms seem to just keep getting worse and worse)
*Hard to get out of a fight once it's initiated (Vietnam!)
For the trolls who are going to come in here and say this doesn't work in ranked, Your wrong. It does!However, most smart Captains of teams will ban Rammus from ranked right off the bat. However, when he is not banned, he MUST be played. No hero is more viable in team fights than Rammus. Ranked and Public make no difference for Rammus. He is simply, THAT good.
You have to farm and play defensive until 6.Staying in the lane is your #1 priority until 6. Rammus does not do well damage wise until he gets some items and tremors. Try to sit back and farm. You can harass still, just understand that like most tanks, Rammus is not going to be anything special at the start. Also, make sure you get a lane partner than will fit well for your Combo.
Middle Game-Let the game begin.
Here is where you go off. When you hit 6, B and look for the lowest HP champions. ALWAYS CHECK MID FIRST! If mid is gankable, walk over and catch him off guard by powerballing in for the gank. If mid is NOT gankable, grab some items and inform your teammates your going to gank. Begin Powerball and Teleport to that tower you have coordinated a gank with. Once you hit the enemy champions, Taunt and combo and your almost garanteed a kill! (Like a smart fiddle out of the jungle) You can continue to roam or go back to your lane to farm AGGRESSIVELY ! You and your lane partner at this time should be trying to push and kill your enemy lane champions at all times now. Also, be ready to gank mid a couple times too! You can easily gank it with a Powerball/ Taunt combo.
By now, you should be
close to or completely fed.You should be planning and initiating teamfights with your teammates; stratigizing and working together to win. I have given you the combo, but here is is one more time so it get's stuck in your head. Powerball--> Puncturing Taunt--> Defensive Ball Curl--> Tremors. You, despite being the carry are STILL THE TANK! You can and should be initiating every single team fight. Do not be greedy, you will get kills even after you initiate.
The Big Three-Lane Partners
In my humble opinion, if you have a friend who has any of these champions, Make sure they pick one and lane with you. All three of these combos work incredibly well and if you play smart, you will almost always push your lane first.
My Big Three Recommedations Are:
With the recent patch, fiddle excels greatly in the lane with Dark Wind always hitting five times. He's also ranged and can harass and silence the other team without getting close too them. He's also a great fear/taunt combo. You Powerball in, taunt him, wait for the taunt to go, then fiddle fears him. This combo is a force to be reckoned with big time.
If Lux wants to farm kills or doesn't get mid, your the champion she needs to pair up with. She can basically harass with out being bothered and slow after your taunt is up. You and Lux will dominate the lane if you play smart.
Stupid damage combo. Your Vayne is going to crush the opposing lane champions behind your armored shell. She can easily farm and harass which will in essence allow you to farm more as well. TRY THIS COMBO, Tell me you dont like it.
Note: I understand these are very good mid heroes people, but that doesn't mean they don't excel at laning too. A good Rammus and good Fiddle, Lux or Vayne can easily dominate a lane and push a tower in around 10 to 15 min. This makes it so much easier for your team because you can go around and gank the rest of the lanes without having to worry about your lane as much.
Your probably asking yourself, Why the hell is this guy going mostly offensive runes for a tank? Thats stupid (fake and gay) and not cool! Well, well, well, let me explain. Armor Pen is one of the secret weapons for Rammus. Lets look into him a bit more in-dept. Past all his skills and like most tanks, he is an auto attack champion. Therefore, the more damage your auto attacks do the better. This combined with Defensive Curl, Sunfire Cape, Thornmail, and Tremors will make you virtually the best 1v1 hero in the game. All you need is to taunt another champion and let the damage rain. I go Dodge masteries to take the physical carries off my back a little more early game so I can stay in that lane longer. I then finish with Armor blues in order to give me more survivability and damage due to his passive.
This is the Rammus secret weapon. Rammus going down the 21-9-0 path makes him virtually in my opinion better than Poppy and many more carry wise. Lets discuss why. Rammus with all his items and abilities is going to be an incredibly beefy hero without masteries. You give him some damage, crit and attack speed and you simply go to town in the damage column. These masteries in my opinion separate the good Rammus player from the bad.
Rammus accelerates in a ball towards his enemies, dealing 100/150/200/250/300 (+1) magic damage and causing 28/36/44/52/60% reduced movement speed to nearby enemies on impact.
Cooldown - 10/10/10/10/10 seconds
Cost - 80/90/100/110/120 Mana
Range - 300
Defensive Ball Curl
Rammus goes into a defensive formation for 6 seconds, increasing his armor and magic resistance by 50/75/100/125/150 and returning 26/32/38/44/50[(+0.10)*(armor)] magic damage to attackers.
Cooldown - 14/14/14/14/14 seconds
Cost - 50/50/50/50/50 Mana
Range - 300
Rammus taunts the unit into a reckless assault, reducing their armor by 10/15/20/25/30 and forcing them to attack Rammus for 1/1.5/2/2.5/3 second(s).
Cooldown - 12/12/12/12/12 seconds
Cost - 50/60/70/80/90 Mana
Range - 325
Rammus creates tremors beneath him, dealing 65/130/195 (+0.3) magic damage per second to nearby units and structures.
Lasts 8 seconds.
Cooldown - 60 seconds
Cost - 120/120/120 Mana
Range - 300
Here's "The Situation"
Your going to want to start out with Rank 1 Powerball. It is a great asset to have when bush checking or lvl 1 ganking. The movement speed on it is the same throughout all the ranks as well, so 1 point is all you will need for a while.
There are two ways to level up your abilities. If you are dominating your lane, switch between Puncturing Taunt and Defensive Ball Curl. You can harass and taunt the enemy more when they come near you. If you are getting pushed and you are struggling to stay in the lane, alter between Defensive Ball Curl and taunt. Staying in the lane is the most important thing for early game until 6. Defense Curl will allow you to do that.
Lastly, get all three ranks of Tremors as soon as they become avaliable. It's your ultimate so your going to want to max it out as quickly as you can.
It is a must for Rammus, Flash is going to allow you to Powerball through creeps, Escape, and catch escaping enemies. It has so many uses for Rammus, you simply need this.
Teleport is going to gank as soon as you hit 6. It can also cave a tower or two. If you want a more in-dept explaination on why you should use this, go back up to the Mid Game section and read it.
The Summoner Spells I do not recommend!
The spell itself is decent on Rammus, IF you are playing Rammus as a complete tank. With this build, you really need Flash/Teleport in order to get some kills. Fortify is a hit or miss on Rammus.
You have Powerball, your going to have plenty of movement speed.
Let the "actual" carries use this. It's a waste for you to have, you have a Taunt and a slow.
This actually in many cases does work for me, so if you REALLY don't want teleport, pick this up. It will greatly boost your early game and maybe pick you up a kill. However, the extra burst really doesn't help late game. You'll excel without it.
You want to start by getting your
Heart of Gold and
Ninja Tabi as soon as you can. The
Heart of Gold will give you some health and will give you extra gold. It's also very cheap and quite useful early game.
Ninja Tabi boots are simply the greatest boots on Rammus. With the dodge runes and these bad boys, your going to be dodging a LOT of attacks. Thats survivability, which allows you to lane longer. THIS IS GOING TO PISS OFF THEIR TEAM! It is so annoying to see a Rammus take no damage from your attacks and be virtually un-harassable.
After those quick starting items, the idea is to build up your Sunfire Cape and Thornmail first. Obviously if your facing 5 AP carries get a FoN first but for the most part, a good team is going to have a good physical carry, like Miss Fortune, Gangplank, or Ashe. You need to SHUT DOWN THAT CARRY! Completely, right off the bat. It is imperitive to get those two armor items first because not only will you get damage out of it, your going to anti-carry their carry.
I then after Sunfire and Thornmail generally get a Guardian Angel. It's got armor and magic resist and the best item passive in the game for Rammus, a rebirth among death. This is going to force their team to basically ignore you in teamfights. He is like I said before, virtually unkillable with good teammates.
Once you get Guardian Angel, wrap up your Magic Resistence end by getting a Force of Nature and a Banshee's Veil.
YOU COULD end up getting a second Force of Nature if thats what you prefer, its really a situational choice on your part.