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Graves Build Guide by John Clayton

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League of Legends Build Guide Author John Clayton

Tarzaned's 6.16 Challenger Graves

John Clayton Last updated on August 19, 2016
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Ability Sequence

1
3
5
7
9
Ability Key Q
4
14
15
17
18
Ability Key W
2
8
10
12
13
Ability Key E
6
11
16
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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Vampirism
 
 
5/
Natural Talent
 
 
 
 
 
1/
Bounty Hunter
Oppressor
 
 
 
 
 
Battering Blows
 
 
Piercing Thoughts
 
 
 
 

Ferocity: 12

Wanderer
 
 
Savagery
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Merciless
 
 
Meditation
 
 
 
 
 
Bandit
Dangerous Game
 
 
 
 
 
Precision
 
 
Intelligence
 
 
 
 

Cunning: 0

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

Resolve: 18


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Strategy

When playing Graves, you should prioritize counterganking, farming, and counterjungling. You should strive to be the highest level in the game with the most gold, but don't AFK farm. Be there for your team when you can turn a fight around. Because you're Graves, you should be able to win most 2v2s when counterganking, which puts the enemy jungler behind and you significantly ahead if you get a kill or three.

If you can't gank for a guaranteed kill or flash (gank these lanes again for a kill), just farm or counterjungle. You can 1v1 most enemy junglers by keeping your E at 3-4 stacks while in their jungle. You can auto scuttle crab and use your W on camps to keep your E stacked longer. If you can 1v1 the enemy jungler, you should invade them and create an even larger gold gap. Deny every buff, never let them get a camp, ward their jungle. Watch out for collapses from the enemy team, unless you know what fights you can and can't get away with you can accidentally feed a shutdown or bait your team into a bad fight. This comes with experience, and you'll learn what Graves can do as you play him more.


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On Thunderlord's and armor penetration

The Thunderlord's and armor penetration build may do tons of damage, but the items and masteries offer little to no defensive stats and make it very hard to reliably carry teams with a weak frontline. Running SotA and items like Phantom Dancer and Death's Dance let you do all the heavy lifting for your team and gives more consistent results in SoloQ.


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Stream

You can watch Tarzaned stream Challenger jungle gameplay live at https://www.twitch.tv/tarzaned