Mordekaiser Build Guide by Alahric
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This is my personal guide to Mordekaiser, inspired by V-man7!
Last Updated: 25.September.2011
I've found myself leaning more and more towards AP Mordekaiser in order to greatly enhance his damage output, in turn Mordekaiser became a game changer in terms of teamfights and pushing. With his passive he can soak up alot of damage, deal an incredible amounts of AoE damage and focus down champions with his ultimate. Primarily this guide focuses on lasthitting, farming, creeping and bursting down enemy champions. At the end of the game you should be level 18 while the rest of them are between 9 and 15, this gives you the oppertunity to dominate teamfights and lead your team to victory.
AA = Auto-attack (Basic Attacks)
CC = Crowd Control (Stun, fear, slow, snare, etc)
FB = First Blood
AP = Ability Power
AD = Attack Damage
MD = Magic Damage
AS = Attack Speed
MS = Movement Speed
MR = Magic Resistance
ArPen = Armor Penetration
MPen = Magic Penetration
LS = Life Steal
SV = Spell Vamp
DPS = Strong Auto-attacker
MDPS = Strong spells; casters
CDR = Cooldown Reduction
OOM = Out of Mana
MP = Mana
HP = Health
RHE = Reduced Healing Effect
MP Regen = Mana Regeneration per 5 seconds
HP Regen = Health Regeneration per 5 seconds
Welcome to my guide on Mordekaiser, which if you didn't already know; is supposed to make you carry your team by farming a considerable amount of gold. Solo lanes are prefered and don't forget to creep the jungle for more gold. The downside to this strategy is that you're not going to be assisting your team all that much, and you'll probably end up overfarming and starving your team. Also, considering your lack of CC and role fulfillment, you're basically going to end up as fat greedy bastard with a lot of power.
1. Pubstomp champion, very easy to play.
2. Early-game dominance during laning-phase.
3. Very effective at pushing and farming.
1. No built-in CC or chasing mechanisms.
2. Fragile without enemy creeps.
3. Doesn't fit any team roles.
25 / 27.5 / 30% of the damage dealt from abilities is converted into a temporary shield, absorbing incoming damage. Maximum shield strength is 90 + (30 x level). The shield decays by 3% per second.
Mace of Spades
On next hit, Mordekaiser swings his mace with such force that it echoes out, striking up to 3 additional nearby targets, dealing magic damage. If the target is alone, the ability deals 75% more damage. Additional target radius: 600
Unleashes a protective cloud of metal shards to surround an ally, increasing their armor and magic resistance and dealing magic damage per second to enemies in the cloud for 6 seconds. Range: 750. Cloud radius: 250
Siphon of Destruction
Mordekaiser damages enemies in a cone in front of him, dealing magic damage. For each unit hit, Mordekaiser's shield absorbs additional health. Range: 700
Children of the Grave
Mordekaiser deals damage to the target and curses it for 10 seconds, stealing life. Damage is equal to a percentage of the target's maximum health. If the target dies while under the effect of the curse, their soul is enslaved and will follow Mordekaiser for 30 seconds. During this time, Mordekaiser gains 20% of their ability power and attack damage. The spirit gains 75% of Mordekaiser's adjusted damage, ability power, and health totals. Range: 850
IV. Summoner Spells
Primary Summoner Spells:
Ignite: You will need this for bursting potential to finish off people with your Ultimate. Also, there is nothing worse than seeing your target get healed after Children of the Grave.
Flash: This spell should be used as a last resort in an attempt to flee or burst down any fleeing enemies. Usually you won't need it for the ladder, but don't hasitate if it means getting a kill.
Ghost: Most of the time you're going to use it to flee which will decrease the amounts of deaths you get, otherwise it's good for rushing people with the Ignite + CotG combo.
Teleport: Helping you out in 1v2 or mid, this one can be beneficial if you want to go quickly get back to your lane and still have a turret. It also lets you set up some nice ganks, and allows you to enter some teamfights.
Considerable Summoner Spells:
Exhaust: This will help you gank, and possibly get first blood. Instead of being used to disable another enemy champion, you often just want to slow and the penetration given by the cripple mastery.
Cleanse: Whenever you are CC'ed by snares and stuns, you will often have difficulties trying to charge up Iron Man. That's why we have a few people considering Cleanse, but with the nerfs I can't really recommend it.
Heal: If the player has a summoner level between 1-5 I would consider Heal if the user is new to League of Legends, otherwise it's a bit overkill. I mean you will have around 3000 health anyway and it only heals 500 at lvl 18.
VI. Acceptable Runes
Greater Mark of Magic Penetration x9: Best runes for enhancing overall damage.
Greater Mark of Scaling Ability Power x9: Not recommended, only if you focus all on AP per level.
Greater Seal of Armor x9: Early-game dominance vs. Physical DPS.
Greater Seal of Regeneration x9: Mid-game sustainability.
Greater Seal of Scaling Ability Power x9: Not recommended, only if you focus all on AP per level.
Greater Glyph of Cooldown Reduction x9: In order to reach the CDR cap.
Greater Glyph of Scaling Ability Power x9: Late-game dominance with Deathcap.
Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist x9: More Magic Resistance.
Greater Quintessence of Magic Penetration x3: Best runes for enhancing overall damage.
Greater Quintessence of Scaling Ability Power x3: Early-game dominance with Deathcap.
Greater Quintessence of Health x3: Early-game dominance.
Greater Quintessence of Movement Speed x3: More movementspeed.
VII. Itembuild Sequence
Boots of Speed should be your primary starting items for Mid-lane and when you have a lane-partner. It will make trying to position yourself in order to harass and retreat alot easier, while the three health potions should keep you going until you have enough to buy a Hextech Revolver.
+ Sight Ward
The primary role of this item is to keep you from degrading in health whenever you use your spells, while it won't negate it completely you still have health regeneration and the potential to spellvamp more health in creep waves. Also, as a rule of thumb you should always keep a ward in your lane and later on make sure the map is properly warded.
Considering I'm building towards 14.85 Cooldown Reduction with Runes and Masteries you'll most often want Ionian Boots of Lucidity to almost cap the 40% Cooldown Reduction by adding an Elixir of Brilliance during late-game. Otherwise uou should pick Sorcerer's Shoes in order to maximize your burst damage, they're also useful if everyone keeps avoiding you.
I usually avoid this part of the build until the very end, mostly because that's when Spellvamp really kicks inn. Hextech Gunblade however can be very usful during early-game when ganking, otherwise it serves as a luxury item. Will of the Ancients is more situational, if you find yourself having multiple casters on your team you should get it during late-game.
The first itembuild is only viable if you are owning it up, but if you do not have a tank or a reliable team you should reconsider your pick or choose one of the two other itembuilds. You can also swap to this itembuild if your team needs more damage.
If you have been last-hitting like crazy, jungling and gotten a few kills I'm guessing you have enough to buy a Needlessly Large Rod which will help you rush Rabadon's Deathcap. The extra AP will enhance the rest of your abilities which will make you able to one-shot minion waves with Siphon of Destruction, you also need this item to make use of Lich Bane.
If you have not been able to last-hit all you wanted, got a jungler and maybe died a few times then Sheen is your best bet in order to push the lane. But if you are constantly feeding you might as well want to swap builds, you'll just look pathetic. Once you get Lich Bane you will dominate anyone 1v1 and destroy turrets in a heartbeat, just remember to keep charging it.
This itembuild focuses on being independant, shines in solo-queue but doesn't suit any spesific roles. Although I'd have to say it mostly leans towards tanking. Out of all the builds this is the most stable and my current.
This item is your best friend if you're having a hard time with Mordekaiser, the the extra magic resist and health is suberv and you'll get to reach the CDR cap if you got the rest of the build. Also, the passive has been set to work with Spellvamp and Lifesteal. The only drawback to this item is that it doesn't have top tier stats, but still worth considering.
Guardian Angel is an item you should get when the enemy team focuses you and the risk of dying can lead to a defeat. The armor and magic resist is great, while the slight delay in reviving should give your team the chance to strike back and give you the chance to escape. If you die with this item and have a full itembuild then you should sell this item afterwards.
This build is the tank build, it focuses on being as hard to kill as possible. The freedom it offers will allow you to deal a ton of damage, but don't forget you must always stick with your team no matter what you build.
Warmog's Armor can be bought if you find yourself in need for some beef, combined with Force of Nature it can work wonders. Keep in mind that this item won't improve your Ironman, getting armor and magic resist first is top priority. But like the item suggests I find it more effective to focus on maxing the creep count as soon as possible.
When tanking your biggest threat are physical DPS'ers, if they get fed they can tear you to shreds in a matter of seconds. While the item doesn't help you reach them, it does make them hasitate before attacking you. If they do attack you then you'll have a better chance bursting them down.
The last two items depends mostly who you are playing against, physical dps or magic dps. Lastly; if you find it difficult to kill enemies and you could use the extra health then Rylai's Crystal Scepter is your best bet.
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This is one of my personal favorite items, it gives you everything you need during late-game. But is primarily sought out after if their team relies heavily on loads of magic damage to win the teamfight. The added movementspeed and health regeneration makes it alot easier to move around on the map.
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Ideally a core item for Mordekaiser, but honestly I don't really see much use for this item. The magic resist and Ability Power are great, but the aura is too expensive for such as negible amount of Magic Resist Reduction. If you have more than two casters on your team I can see why you'd want this item, but even then I would let someone else get it instead.
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Considering you only have around 1800 to 2k health at this point I find Rylai's Crystal Scepter to fix this issue perfectly, of course you could always get Warmog's Armor but I like the extra ability power not to mention the slow. With your movementspeed it can be very useful when combined with a Lizard buff to chase down enemies.
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If you are facing Physical DPS champions in teamfights you may find Randuin's Omen to be your best bet, the extra armor, slow vs. attackers and AoE slow activate will give the edge to break their formation and allow you to quickly burst down their squishes. Normally you would get Heart of Gold first, but if you are having trouble with ranged carries you might find Warden's Mail to be of greater use.
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This is by far one of the most situational activates in the game, but that depends on how you use it! This item shines when you rush into the enemy team, while the rest of your team comes crashing in. When you get back in you can deal with the remaining enemies, which in turn can give you triple, quadra and even penta kills.
If you feel like having fun in a pubstomp match, you should try to harvest kills with Soulstealer. You are absolutely guarenteed to get kills, at the same time the enemy team will want to focus you so buying additional tank gear is recommended. The drawback is that when you come up short this item won't help you out.
Sunfire Cape is somewhat of an old flame, despite being nerfed and being given a UNIQUE passive it still has it's uses. The extra health and armor, coupled with the AoE damage is great if the enemy team has a lot of melee champions. It also makes it easier to farm with Creeping Death.
If there is little to no bite in their attacks you can focus more on damage to quickly burst them down, granted that they focused more on defense this item is just perfect to deal with these kinds of situations. Otherwise there might better items to focus on if you want to initiate.
Sight Ward vs.
You'll want at least 3 wards on the map at all times in order to avoid getting picked off one by one, overall i'd say the item directly improves your chances of winning the game. Vision ward on the other hand is used to scout enemy wards and protect yourself against invisible champions during the laning phase, otherwise you'll want an Oracle's Elixir.
Out of all these three items I'd say Elixir of Brilliance should be bought in almost everygame during late-game. It gives you more AP and allows you to almost reach the CDR cap with this build 39.85%. When the rest of your itembuild is full you should purchase the two other elixirs, I mean there is nothing else you can spend it on.
If your team needs this item you should be the one to get it, at the end of the game you should be a little sturdier than usual and you're probably one of the most farmed champions ranging from 200 to 350 minion kills during late-game. It's mostly just to avoid getting cheesed by stealth champions and scouting enemy wards.
VIII. Pre-Game: Playstyle and Mindset
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IX. Pre-Game: Team compositions
When you are picking champions there are 5 roles that you have to keep in mind, Mordekaiser fulfills none of them and that's why in order to improve your game you should think twice before picking him. You want to balance your team out on issues like Magic Damage and Physical Damage, melee and ranged, Crowd Controll, and how sturdy your team is overall.
1. AD Carry:
The AD carry is the champion who requires the most amount of gold to shine late-game, they are the ones who can kill enemy champion in a matter of seconds and destroy the enemy base after an Ace.
( Ashe, Master Yi, Caitlyn, Tryndamere etc.)
2. AP Caster:
The AP caster is a champion who focuses on dealing high amounts of magic damage in a short period of time in order to weaken the enemy team. While often netting a lot of kills in the process, they can't win the game all by themselves.
( Annie, Vladimir, Brand, Veigar etc.)
The tank is supposed to initiate teamfights without dying instantly, often dealing high amounts of threats over time in order to become an attractive target and is able to peel off enemies from squisher targets.
( Amumu, Rammus, Shen, Alistar etc.)
A jungler can often fit the role of both Tank and AD carry, but mostly they just act as an off-tank and often cleans up after teamfights. Their primary role is to start in the jungle and occationally gank other lanes.
( Warwick, Olaf, Trundle, Nocturne etc.)
Most often babysitting lanes, roaming and generally speaking helping their teammates out by not lasthitting in lanes, warding, and using supportive spells and CC to gain as many assists as possible.
( Taric, Janna, Soraka, Sona etc.)
X. Laning Phase: 1v1 Mid Lane
1. Be decisive; know when to use your abilities.
2. Last hit with auto-attacks, avoid pushing too hard.
3. Know when to back off, don’t drop down in health.
XI. Laning Phase: 1v2 Solo Lane
XII. Laning Phase: 2v2 Bot/Top Lane
XIII. Laning Phase: 2v1 Duo Lane
If you fail at this then try to push down the turret and get a ward up asap.
XIV. Q: How do I get a kill?
1. Harass, make sure your target is low on health (less than 30%)
2. Be decisive; don’t act like captain obvious by storming the castle.
3. Commit with Ignite then pop Children of the Grave.
4. Make use of your abilities, a kill is rarely secured by DoTs.
1. Enslaving AD carries are top priority ( Ashe, Caitlyn, Vayne etc.)
2. Use it to push and occasionally tank nearby enemy turrets.
3. Use it to harass and possibly kill nearby enemy champions.
XV. Mid Game: Pushing & Creeping
XVI. Mid Game: Roaming & Ganking
XVII. Q: What's the deal with Tanking?
XVIII. Late Game: Working as a team
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XIX. Late Game: Teamfights
Hard Counters vs. Mordekaiser
Stun: Makes you unable to cast any spells, or position yourself which is crucial when playing Mordekaiser.
Slow: Devastating in terms of trying to position yourself.
Silence: Makes you unable to cast any spells which is devastating in any situation.
Snare: Gamebreaking when trying to avoid teamfights.
Fear: Nothing is worse than running the opposite direction towards your enemies.
XXI. FAQ + Changelog
Frequently Asked Questions:
If you have any questions please ask them, I will answer within a week, I guarantee it.
Q: Who's the one playing in the pictures named Alahric?
A: That is my real account name, I'm playing on EU servers. The Sivir named "Keh Loco" is my little sister, cute isn't it? She's level 9 or something so for the love of god don't add her to your friend list.
Q: Why Flash instead of Ghost?
A: Both of the spells are viable, except Ghost is better when you focus on being tanky while Flash is used as a last resort in an attempt to flee or get a kill. But alas, it's your choice.
Q: Why do you go Utility instead of Defense?
A: For the sake of Summoner Spells, cooldown reduction, and even greater utility. Defense doesn't add up as much as it should, taking 1% dodge and reducing the damage of minions by 2 into account, it's not all that useful for most champions.
Q: What do you think about rushing Rabadon's Deathcap?
A: If you are mid and have been able to farm up to 3600 gold, it might be possible to get the item on the 15 minute mark. But considering the UNIQUE passive it works better when you already have a few AP items.
Q: When should I buy sight ward?
A: All the time, whenever you have a spare 75-150 gold you should purchase wards and place them depending on your current situation as shown in the guide. But this is mere pointless if someone on the enemy team has an Oracle Elixir.
Q: How do I create an image from League of Legends?
A: When you are in the game swap settings on Video to windows mode, and press Alt + Prnt Scrn when you have the image you want. Paste it into a Paint or Photoshop, upload that file at http://imageshack.us/ and use the forum code.
Changelog and Updates:
01/07/2011 - Guide published on Mobafire.
02/07/2011 - Swaped Lich Bane and Rabadon's Deathcap's building order.
02/07/2011 - Added Guardian Angel and removed Haunting Guise from optional items.
07/07/2011 - Introduced 2nd and 3rd build, added more runes and updated optional items.
25/09/2011 - Added Haunting Guise, and altered the mix of the standard build order.