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Olaf Build Guide by Aqua Dragon

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League of Legends Build Guide Author Aqua Dragon

Optimized - Support Olaf

Aqua Dragon Last updated on November 28, 2016
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Ability Sequence

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

Masteries

5/
Fury
 
 
Sorcery
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Vampirism
 
 
Natural Talent
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Battering Blows
 
 
Piercing Thoughts
 
 
 
 

Offense: 6

5/
Wanderer
 
 
Savagery
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Merciless
 
 
Meditation
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Precision
 
 
Intelligence
 
 
 
 

Defense: 6

5/
Recovery
 
 
Unyielding
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
5/
Runic Armor
 
 
Veteran's Scars
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Swiftness
 
 
5/
Legendary Guardian
 
 
 
 

Utility: 18


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The Author

Aquaired Skillset



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Hi! I’m Aqua Dragon. I ended Season 4 at Master 1 with AD Jungle Malzahar, among others, and am also the co-creator of www.bestbans.com !

This build is part of a series of guides that is given a playstyle and then optimizes it. The guide does not give an opinion on whether the build is good/strong/viable/competitive, nor whether the playstyle is the optimal way to play a champion.

The guide only answers: regardless of strength, if you are playing X, how should you do it?


This guide was brought to you by Davosh_Ehrin

This is not meant to be an exhaustive guide. It is meant to outline the basic principle, items, runes, and playstyle of Support Olaf. As such, I won't be delving into why certain customization choices were made. However, my hope is that I will have explained Support Olaf enough that my rationale will be a self-evident extension, and to also allow you to make personal customizations as well.

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Pros and Cons

Pros


  • Powerful zoner, excelling at hit-and-run
  • Potent sustain during laning
  • Counters melee and anti-engage supports
  • Tremendous number of free, scaling stats
  • Requires little gold to stay relevant
  • Strong diver or peeler

Cons


  • Fares poorly against poke champions
  • Difficulty against sustain-focused supports
  • Poor synergy with longer-ranged ADCs
  • Trouble against lanes with high movement speed


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What is Support Olaf?

What you Laffin At



Olaf has a tremendous number of free stats in their kit. In totality, they are able to gain 80 attack damage, 70% movement speed, 30 armor, 30 magic resistance, 21% lifesteal, and 80% attack speed that additionally scales with health lost. Combining all these free bonuses with scaling runes makes it possible to stay relevant with little gold, the very definition of a support.

In particular, Support Olaf doesn't attempt an Undertow-spam play pattern, which requires too much mana for too little damage. Instead, the playstyle revolves around maximizing Reckless Swing first to harass enemies repeatedly after slowing them down with well-timed Undertows.

But going up to people's faces will naturally hurt. A lot. Support Olaf solves the pain of diving by tailoring runes, masteries, and the initial build order for strong health regeneration, which is amplified further because of the enhanced healing to all sources that is granted by Vicious Strikes. This amplifier works on health regeneration from runes, Feast in the masteries, and even the Relic Shield procs.

With strong harass and strong regeneration, Support Olaf is able to zone off opposing teams from CS, punishing them for thinking that getting gold would be easy.


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Build Order

What to build, you axe?



Starting Items


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After these cores, your damage is set. Continue by building the following situational items.



The sheer number of offensive stats in the skills provides ample damage. Building any raw offensive items is a good way to regularly be killed with the low budget of a support.

You will find that sticking to enemies isn't usually an issue, hence the exclusion of items like Frozen Mallet.

Build the defensive items as situationally required. Don't be afraid to only build components at a time, as the components offer more raw defensive protection than the full upgrades usually will.


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Stage of the Game

Early



In the early game, your goals are to
  • Look for chances to harass with Reckless Swing
  • Heal up using the regeneration of Vicious Strikes
  • Use the ult to hard-engage or hard-disengage a fight
Avoid using Undertow just to harass. Its mana cost is too high for the damage it does to justify without quickly running out of mana.

Try to save Vicious Strikes for when you're about to get off a Relic Shield proc, as Vicious Strikes will amplify the healing.

Though you shouldn't use Undertow for raw harass, you should still look for chances to land its slow in order to do an easy followup with Reckless Swing and an autoattack.

Don't be afraid to activate Vicious Strikes even when not in combat or getting a Shield proc. The regeneration from the runes and masteries gets amplified as well, allowing for a quick recovery.

You can use Undertow to proc Relic Shield, in order to gain health from a safe range.

Your raw damage output with the ultimate is extremely high! When at 6, look for chances to ult and punish enemies that stay in lane with far too little health.

Mid



As the laning phase winds down, you will start taking on a standard Olaf role
  • Roam to help teammates
  • Look for picks while supplying vision
  • When not searching for picks, group up
With just Black Cleaver, Support Olaf's damage output will stay relevant for the rest of the game. You will be starting to work on situational items, though supports are on a budget, which means you must choose wisely what to itemize defense against.

Putting in more than three points into Undertow is a bit excessive. With the cooldown reduction from Black Cleaver, you will already be able to toss an axe and immediately reduce its cooldown to effectively 0.

Late



You are Olaf!
  • Continue sticking with the team for fights
  • Dive in after opposing ADC's to zone them out of the fight
  • If diving isn't possible, peel for your carry
Although Olaf isn't usually seen as a peeler, the easy short-range Undertow spam, true damage, and Cleaver stacks means a peeling Olaf is a considerable threat to a diver. Though not always the right choice, look for chances to peel for your carries.

Or if you sense a chance to not be a wuss, continue making the enemies pay with the force of Ragnarok.


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Thanks!

This guide was a lot of fun to write, and I hope you all have learned everything you would have liked. If you have any questions, leave a comment or drop a line over at twitch.tv/aquadragon33 ! And be sure to check out www.bestbans.com !

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