Nasus Build Guide by LGBR1
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Top Lane Nasus Guide
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EXAMPLE OF THE FULL BUILD AGAINTS BALANCED TEAM
EXAMPLE BUILD 2
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Threats to Nasus with this build
This is super important for Nasus. You should be doing it all the time. Sometimes it's even more important than killing the enemy laner.
Stand in the middle of the lane and wait for the enemy minions to arrive. You should move to the bush above you if melee minions target you. Due to this all enemy minions should target your first melee minion, Which makes your minions lose, and the lane will push towards your tower which is beneficial to focus on stacking your Q.
FARMING UNDER THE TOWER
Thanks to the two Greater Mark of Attack Speed runes you are able to hit every minion two times with your auto attacks, allowing you to take every single CS under the tower. It's really hard and needs a lot of practice though (even I still have some problems with that).
Sometimes you will have problems with last hiting, in situations like this the best way to cs is to use Spirit Fire on this one minion. Beware to hit other minions with it, because it prevents you from last hiting them.
FARMING IN MID GAME
In mid game, be sure to buy enough wards while farming because you are easy to gank. Additionally, if your enemy laner is, for example, Warwick you can just ignore him and farm, because he is really hard to kill.
Don't read this before Abilities section, because in abilities seaction you will find way more imporatnt informations. Additionaly you can find some base matchup knowledge in "Counters and Synergies" section.
ON SPAWN > EARLY LEVELS
Depending on the enemy laner, buy the correct starting items (before game starts check "Starting Items" chapter); if you don't understand how matchup goes, check matchup explanation at the top of side, or start with Crystalline Flask and 3x Health Potions. Don't forget to buy your Warding Totem.
Let's go to the top lane. As Nasus, you want to last hit as many minions as possible you can with Siphoning Strike, to raise the damage of your Q, but remember to not push your wave because it leaves you open to ganks. Try to keep wave around your tower, so you won't get ganked. Try to avoid your enemy in early game, as you are mainly concerned about farming your Q.
The ability to last hit is a fundamental skill of every player, especially Nasus player. Landing the killing blow on an enemy minions or neutral monsters awards you by big amount of Experience, Stacks and Gold. Creep Score is even more important then kills or assists, because it's the easiest, and most safe way to get gold, often used as a measure of how successful you are at laning. Additionaly last hitting as a top lane Nasus is the most important thing. Because usually, you will be up against hard to kill tanks.
ENTERING MID GAME
We enter mid game, with +150 stacks and a Frozen Heart or Spirit Visage. Now you can start to be more aggressive in the lane, if your enemy is weak you can even try do deny him. After a while you should get +200 stacks and your sheen. Now you should feel your power rising. Yup, it's your moment to shine. You should start to do something; push the tower, perform a Teleport gank at the bottom lane, or start to kill the enemy laner. Of course you still need to focus on stacking your Q. You can even 1 vs 2 if you are up against two AD champions like; Garen and Lee Sin.
Just keep your enemy laner with 1/2 hp and wait for enemy jungler to gank. Next you should buy items which are giving you the maximum amount of CDR: 40%. Besides this, you need to rush Trinity Force if you’re ahead, or buy Spirit Visage/ Frozen Heart/Iceborn Gauntlet if you’re not.