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Nasus Build Guide by Jerkutus

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League of Legends Build Guide Author Jerkutus

Grind To Diamond With Dogesus - Jerkutus Nasus Guide

Jerkutus Last updated on January 6, 2016
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Ability Sequence

1
3
5
7
9
Ability Key Q
2
8
14
16
17
18
Ability Key W
4
10
12
13
15
Ability Key E
6
11
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.



Masteries

5/
Fury
 
 
Sorcery
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
5/
Vampirism
 
 
Natural Talent
 
 
 
 
 
Bounty Hunter
1/
Oppressor
 
 
 
 
 
Battering Blows
 
 
Piercing Thoughts
 
 
 
 

Ferocity: 12

Wanderer
 
 
Savagery
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Merciless
 
 
Meditation
 
 
 
 
 
Bandit
Dangerous Game
 
 
 
 
 
Precision
 
 
Intelligence
 
 
 
 

Cunning: 0

Recovery
 
 
5/
Unyielding
 
 
 
 
 
1/
Explorer
Tough Skin
 
 
 
 
 
5/
Runic Armor
 
 
Veteran's Scars
 
 
 
 
 
1/
Insight
Perseverance
 
 
 
 
 
5/
Swiftness
 
 
Legendary Guardian
 
 
 
 

Resolve: 18


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Introduction

Greetings, fellow summoners! My name is Jerkutus and I´m a Diamond elo player in both EUNE and EUW. I´ve reached diamond with several smurfs using mostly Nasus.
On my opinion, Nasus is designed for solo-queue. He has ridiculous carry potential whether its being the scary frontline or pressuring the map with his amazing splitpushing strenght. So, without further ado, I´m here to bring you tips and tricks on how to play as Nasus.

This is my first so the guide might lack some information. Thank you for taking the time to read my guide and feedback is always appreciated.


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Pros / Cons

Pros

+ High Damage with Siphoning Strike
+ Strong Mid-Late Game
+ Fearsome Frontline
+ Strong Pusher
+ Solo-queue Carry
Nasus has three different gameplay methods. You can play as frontline for your team in teamfights, split-push towers to pressure the map or pressure game, which is using your advantage to pressure lanes and using Teleport to join fights.
Cons

- Immobile
- Weak early-game
- Vulnerable to ganks
Nasus is an immobile champion. He can be CC:ed and kited to prevent him from doing any damage in teamfights. His early weak-game makes him vulnerable to ganks and strong early game champions like Riven or Lee Sin. Nasus doesn´t have any mobility spells or gapclosers so you´re mostly reliant on your movement speed and tankiness.


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Runes Explanation

Runes


Runes

Greater Mark of Attack Damage
9

Greater Seal of Armor
9

Greater Glyph of Magic Resist
9

Greater Quintessence of Movement Speed
3


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Masteries

Mastery Explanations
Masteries
5/5
1/1
5/1
1/1
5/5
1/1
5/1
1/5
5/1
1/5

With the introduction of the new mastery trees, I´ve decided to go 12-0-18. I will explain below.


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FEROCITY TREE

Fury Chose this over Sorcery since Nasus deals damage from autoattacks

mastery=feast Gives nice sustain in lane.

Vampirism Works well with Nasus´s passive Soul Eater

Oppressor Synergizes with Wither and other CC.


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RESOLVE TREE

Unyielding Little bit tankier.

Explorer Mobility.

Runic Armor Lifesteal and regeneration boost.

Insight Gives a small advantage in lane, when you have your Teleport and Flash sooner off cooldown.

Swiftness Reduces the effects of CC on you.

Grasp of the Undying Helps sustaining in fights and trades. Ridiculously strong mastery point on Nasus


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Skill Sequence

Ability Sequence Order


Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18

> > >
Nasus´s main damage comes from his stacks. Maxing Siphoning Strike will lower the cooldown and increase base damage. After a few keyitems you will have approximately 2 second cooldown on his q at lvl 9.

Stacking Spirit Fire gives you more control over the lane. You shouldn´t spam it though since it can make you go OOM rather quickly. Wither on the other hand is perfect for setting up ganks and chasing down your opponent since Nasus doesn´t really have any gapclosers. Also the attack speed reduction is great for autoattack based champions such as Yasuo or Vayne. You should check the enemy champions and decide your playstyle before you decide whether you want to max E or W.


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Summoner Spells

WHAT TO PICK



These are the main summoner spells you should choose all the time. Teleport gives you map presesnce and speeds up your stacking time greatly. Flash gives an escape, you can flash over walls to get rid of your chasers or it can be used as a gapcloser, which Nasus doesn´t have.





OTHER



Personally I don´t use Ghost since you can get the needed movement speed from your items. Also the movement speed and ignoring unit collision isn´t that long to be picked.

WHAT NOT TO PICK



Never ever pick ignite with Nasus. Its useless. Choosing ignite over Flash or Teleport isn´t viable and Nasus doesn´t need that early game combat spell. Don´t use this!


You get enough heal from your passive and Spirit Visage.


Do I need to even comment this?


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Items Explanation

Items


Gives movement speed and reduces the CC time. Also the Alacrity enchantment in these will boost movement speed.

One of the core items on Nasus. Ridiculous stats with this item with the Sheen proc and Phage movement speed. Pick this over Iceborn Gauntlet in ALL SITUATIONS!

Build from Glacial Shroud. Gives a nice cooldown reduction and armor. Also the attack speed reduction is great versus Marksmen or AA based champions.

Magic resist, health and cooldown reduction.The passive synergizes well with Soul Eater


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Gameplay

Early Game



In early game, you should only focus on last hitting minions with your Siphoning Strike.
Try not to engage any fights, except if the jungle comes and you know its a free kill.
Always keep 1 or 2 wards in the river so that you don´t die from a gank.

Mid Game



Mid-game you should change you playstyle depending on your teamcomposition. If you
have a teamfight oriented team, such as Amumu or Leona, you should group with your team and look for a opening to engage a fight. Use TP to help your losing lanes or break a fight at dragon. Beware if you´re behind, you might actually do more harm than good when joining the fights. Try to have atleast 200 stacks and few key-items before trying to fight.
If your team is doing well or the enemy team has better teamfight composition you should try to splitpush to pressure the map.

Late Game


This is where Nasus shines the best. You should have around +600 stacks at this point (After 400 stacks, you should focus on the objectives and finishing the game.) In teamfights your main role is to soak up damage, waste enemy cooldowns on you and to kill enemy carries. If the enemy team has an assassin such as Rengar or Zed, your place is next to your carries. Try to defend your ADC or mid-lane so that they can do as much damage as possible. Keep in mind, you are one of the only tanks who has high damage that increases through the game. It´s crucial to put your pressure on the most damage dealing champion in the game. It might be the enemy ADC or fed Rengar in the jungle.

Keep In Mind


The way you play, changes depending on the champions on the team. Try to adapt as much as possible to your and the enemy team composition.


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Summary



Thank you all for taking the time to read my Nasus guide. This is my first time making a guide so I´ve might have missed a couple of things here and there. If you have any questions regarding to Nasus or something else League related, be sure to visit my stream. There I usually focus on teaching and helping people as much as I can.

-Jerkutus

Stream : Twitch.tv/jerkutus