Gragas Build Guide by
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K.I.S.S. = Keep It Simple Stupid. With that said, this guide is to help you build an AP Gragas that scales well through the game while maintaing high damage levels and versatility for your team. What it wont do is teach you how to play Gragas, that much needs to be learned by you through practice. But I will offer some tips as to be a more affective laner and team player with Gragas.
Runes are important in creating a champion that scales well through the match. Enough to give an early advantage in lane but at the same time thinking about late game. I find that the given runes are the best combination in creating an AP Gragas that only grows stronger as the game progresses.
I use these masteries as they are set for maximum versatility during a match with a focus on damage. Though I use these there is some wiggle room. For example I put 2 points in Magic resists because I often mid lane which means fighting against another AP (most times) and sometimes that little bit helps; espicially early game. If you can do well without the magic resists then put the points into mana regen as Gragas gets mana hungry.
Why Teleport and Clarity? Well I play Gragas for maximum team contribution which means assisting lanes when needed and being where you need to be fast. That and Gragas can be very mana hungry depending on the circumstances and a AP Gragas with no mana is useless. But what about ignite and flash? Well Gragas is very versatile like I said. Your Body Slam is roughly a flash so use it in combination with your ulti when being crowded by enemies. Ulti yourself and body slam to safety. Ignite? You do so much damage as this AP Gragas you should no problems killing other champs (except for tanks). But like I said this is a guide, use what you feel comfortable but I feel that this works well.
Gragas is a beast in lane but only if you know your strengths and weaknesses. Biggest problem with Gragas is that he is melee which means outside of his abilities he has to rely on melee to cause damage to turrets and minions. Maximize your barrels as you lane. Use the barrel to farm and harass your oponents. Throw barrels in locations where it will hit minions to farm and hit your opponent. For some reason this works really well as Gragas' barrel AoE is large enough to do so and most people hang around their minions for some reason. If you use your barrels effectively this way you will be able to outfarm and harass your opponent at the same time.
Solo Kills Strat
So how should Gragas get solo kills when 1v1? If you been laning well as stated above then your opponent has had to "b" several times or is weak health. Once you hit level 6 is when your most effective at getting those kills. Use your ulti and aim the center of the AoE behind your opponent as to cause damage to your opponent make them fly towards you (this may require practice). As soon as they fly towards you, Body Slam into them to cause more damage and slow them then throw a barrel to cause more damage and continue to do so until they are defeated. Now that barrel can be tricky as your opponent may have flash. Most people when seeing the danger flash out immediately which is why I usually wait a second after I body slam into them after my Ulti and if they flash aim the barrel a bit in front of them so they walk into the barrel. If you aim at them by the time the barrel gets there you would have missed. When aiming at fleeing targets always aim in front of them as they are moving away from you.
AP Gragas need to know their role in team fights. Prior to team fights, during stand offs, always throw barrels and poke with it (trying to aim at their carries and squishy players). Most of the time their carries will be at half or less than half health thanks to your costant harass. During a team fight know your role, stay away from the chaos and continue throwing barrells from the distance and body slamming into the crowd and walking out. In and Out Champion as AP. AP Gragas may have alot of health but can be very squishy espicially to AD carries so think of yourself as artillery rather than a front line soldier.
And dont forget your ulti but remeber to use it appropriately in helping your team. What do I mean by that? Use it if the enemy team is ganging up on a carry to cause damage and spread them out. Dont use it to blow the enemy team away from your team mates ulti (example: Gragas Ulti blowing away all the enemies from Amumu's Snare Ulti). Work with your team, not against them.
Well I hope these few notes helped you with your Gragas. Lets face it the most important part of this guide is that Build with the Masteries and Runes. This additional notes are basically just a few tips in being more effective. Pratice makes perfect so keep playing AP Gragas and use that build order and your will see that you scale exceptionally well throughout the match and cause insane amounts of burst damage. This is my first attempt at a guide so if you would like me to expand on it or add more detail to certain decidions. Let me know. Thanks