Yorick Build Guide by
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Why the Gravedigger as Jungle?
Yorick is amazing at being able to do damage and be tanky at the same time. His ult gives ganks a little extra special to it as you can use it on the other champs like your ADC it gives them the ability to get the kills if they die in the fight. It's a little odd I know but it gives that boost to damage in team fights that you don't normally see from other Jungles. Now Yorick is also amazing at burst damage if you build him correctly let me show you how.
Yorick is very versatile you can do large amounts of burst with him or you can tank with him. It's honestly how you feel. He can be used to just obliterate if you really want. Use this guide as just a guide. If it doesn't work for you how you want it then find a groove. That's what all champions take. Don't expect to run in and do everything you want to. We're all only human.
Runes and Masteries
The reason I choose these runes and masteries is because my mastery gives me the ability to do damage as well as survivability. My Runes do pretty much the same. Attack speed to burst, health for survivability and scaling cd reduction because it does both. It allows for me to burst and survive.
First you die.
You're not meant to actually kill yourself the point is that Yorick is the raiser of dead. The crypt keeper of souls. The smiter of Jungle.
When you start with him you actually want to start with his ability Omen of Famine (E) because when you cast it it gives you a burst of healing and when the minion deals combat damage you gain life back along with that the Minion that you summon from Omen of Famine will actually taunt your enemy and take damage allowing you to survive a little longer. This is essential for surviving. Use pots to help along but after you get that E up to level 3 you don't need pots nearly as much.
Then you get buried.
So the first time you go back to base it should be a little while before you do unless you're trying to gank hard before level 6. I do not suggest trying to gank that much before you get to level 6 as you will not have your ult to help you. So the first time you go back to base you want to start building up your core items. I cannot stress how important both of them are for actually dealing with jungle and that little handicap you have called mana. Yorick is amazing if you know how to move him with your ult.
You are reborn from the grave.
Now here is the important bit. Yorick is very good at surviving without going crazy amounts of tanking items. Yorick has his E and his ult which can and will save you and your teammates in team fights. It's important to use your smite on your enemies and flash to get in and out of situations. But let me get on to how to use him.
Unholy Covenant (Passive)
This is an amazing ability especially for tanking and surviving in the jungle. It reduces your damage taken and increases your damage output by 5% for each minion you have summoned. So get your minions out as much as possible when fighting anything.
Omen of War (Q and Burst)
This is Yorick's major burst ability. When used it makes one of his basic attacks stronger and summons a damaging minion that doesn't taunt also increases his movement speed a little. So if a teemo is running from you using your W to slow him down with your Q should make it a lot easier to keep up with him. Trinity Force is great with this ability as Trinity Force gives you that bonus damage with the Sheen effect.
Omen of Pestilence (W and AOE)
This is one of Yorick's useful tools. He summons a minion that slows enemies down. This is great for when you or a teammate are chasing someone and they are just a little fast. Use this first then your Q and you should be able to catch up and burst most anyone down.
Omen of Famine (Q and Heal)
Yorick's best ability in my opinion. It heals him for a good deal of health and then taunts any enemy monster or jungle monster you are fighting. This is good for two reasons. One: you get to heal when you're a little low. Two: you don't take a few hits. This gives you the chance to actually run from a monster that will kill you or will give you a chance to heal even more with combination of other abilities.
Omen of Death (R/Ult and Don't be Greedy)
His ult is one of the more useful ult's I've seen. Say you are going to gank bot, your adc is a lower on health than ideal pop this on your adc and just let them go ride. You can also use this ability to dive turrets a lot more easily. What I mean by that is you can cast this on you or an ally and then you can have one more champion attacking that turret. Do not be greedy with your ult. It's nice to use on yourself but it's nicer to help out your teammates and give them a little hand in killing things.