Build Guide by BananaJoe

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League of Legends Build Guide Author BananaJoe

Gangplank The unstoppable pirate

BananaJoe Last updated on April 22, 2011
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Ability Sequence

Ability Key Q
Ability Key W
Ability Key E
Ability Key R

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.


Brute Force
Improved Rally

Offense: 21

Strength of Spirit
Veteran's Scars

Defense: 0

Expanded Mind
Blink of an Eye
Mystical Vision
Presence of the Master

Utility: 9

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My way of playing Gangplank

This is my first build and i will try to make it as good as possible
Please do also note that there might be some spelling mistakes as English is not my first language
And im not soo good with the . and , signs so there wont be many
also please do note that i might sometimes sound like you HAVE to get that item, But its what i build and you can change the things out if you feel like its better for you and your playstyle,
This is also just a guideline, not the only way of playing him

Please read this build fully through and try it before you vote
and if you dont like it please give constructive criticism instead of just saying "bad downvoted" or "Useless downvoted"

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Pros / Cons

Excellent farmer
Excellent harrasment with
Can get out of CC easily with
Very strong damage output lategame
Have alot of survivability early game using this build (regen)
Can deny enemy to get creeps using
Can get extra money for a minion kill by killing with
Excellent solo laner
Global Ultimate

Really squishy early game
Vulnerable to CC if is on CD
Low damage output early game

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I usually go with crit damage Quints and Marks
These can be switched with Crit Chance I do prefer the crit damage though
As for seals i go with attack speed these can be switched out with more crit damage but i prefer that Attack speed because this build only gets a phantom dancer as attack speed and with the damage you get Attack speed is really good.
As for the glyphs i feel that you need alot of mana early game till you get your 2 Philosophers stone, and after you sell your Philosophers stone you are gonna need mana agian so i feel these are good to make sure you wont lack too much mana

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Well there is not much to say about the masteries
I picked them because you get good damage and crit chance from it, The reason i maxed out offensive tree is because late game when you crit 1.2k damage with its 60 damage more or something near that. And we all know how annoying it is when one from the other team gets away with 10 hp

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Summoner spells

What i take:

What you can also take instead:

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So now its time for the items Huh?

Well i start off with and no pots because the runes should make up for mana and you can heal with W

Then i buy 2x Philosopher's stone You should immediately go back after you get 1600 G to buy these the regen from them is amazing you wont run out of mana so is spammable and you can spam heal with

After this i buy an And this is where your gonna start dealing damage if you cant buy it all in once this should be the order, B.F Sword, Cloak of agility and then Pickaxe

You should then buy a

Now another Comes in handy to get your crit to 80% which means you should crit almost all the time

As the last core item i usually sell 1 philosophers stone and buy a To get some lifesteal as topping on that awesome damage

Now this last item depends on what team you are against
If you are agianst a tanky team with alot of thornmails you should go with another to top off the lifesteal and make it higher than thornmails damage (after just 1 stack its higher)
If your agianst ranged DPS like ashe and you need to get close a Can come in handy also a Ghostblade is good for that case
If your agianst a tanky team with alot of armor that did NOT build thornmail a
is good for chopping the enemys down
If you have trouble surviving a is also good

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Playstyle and Farming


Early game:

Early game is where you are worst. You will have to play really defensive and farm with to get the extra gold

Mid game:

At this point you should have your first IE and have started to build up to a phantom dancer
You should ask if any1 needs your ult in case they want to gank and also look around the map if someone needs and still farm good with your

late game:

At this point you should have at least your 2nd IE and teamfights should come alot at this point you should just focus the squishies in teamfights and try to win the game


For farming you should only last hit
and everytime you can use your parrrley, Its not that importnant when its level 1 or 2 its 4 and 7 gold but it becomes more importnant at level 3 where it gives you 10 gold extra
for just 1 kill

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The end

So this is it. I hope i helped someone out there
And please give feedback on this guide and tell me what i could improve

Thank you