Urgot Build Guide by KamatraCart
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Urgot Top Lane
First Back and Early Buys
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Threats to Urgot with this build
|Fiora||She can all-in you if you have the same health. The trick is to not let her have the same health. She has no range. Abuse this and you make sure to ult her before she ults you and you'll be fine.|
My name is Kamatra. I’m a 15 year old, silver ranked, NA player and I’ve only been playing League of a little over a year. Nice to meet you.
Yeesh. That sounded way worse written down than in my head. Yes, I’ve only been playing for a year but I've kept up a rough average of 3 games per day. I also over analyze things. Look deep into the physiology of the game and come up with my own builds and strategies. My goal is to reach gold this season and I honestly don’t think it’s that unrealistic. Definitely take my guidance with a grain of salt but this guide does at least work for me. I think it should help you out some. <3
Introduction / The Urgot Theory
This is my first full guide for a champion and it's not going to be anything fancy. I've never really cared for looks. I just want the knowledge the guides give me. Due to these two facts don't expect a Michelangelo looking guide. More like a Picasso. It might look ugly at first glance, but what it contains is beautiful. I hope you'll still give it a chance.
Most people may be wondering, after seeing that I am obviously a fan of Urgot, “Ok, so if you like him and he really is a strong pick why isn’t he played? Why does everyone hate Urgot if he can be played effectively? Why is Urgot called ‘Not viable’ if he really is?”
I don’t have a definite answer for sure but I do have a pretty good theory and it comes from the ripple effects of one main fact. Urgot is ugly.
Urgot is a difficult champ to play. He is what I refer to as a “stylistic champ”. Meaning that many people either can be good at him or will never be able to overcome his weaknesses and abuse his strengths fully. They either have a play style that can conform and use Urgot well or they don’t. Other examples of stylistic champs include (IMHO) Udyr and Yasuo. You may disagree about my entire stylistic champs theory and that’s fine, but I digress. I’m here to talk about Urgot.
This does all tie in with my theory about Urgot being hated. It all comes down to Urgot being not popular from the beginning of people’s opinions about him because he isn't visually appealing to most people.
Let me start over with an example. Someone might start playing Zed. They begin their first game with him exited to fly all over the map slowing and blowing people up because they saw pros do it. Their first game they will probably not be pulling off professional moves, though. They might do fine using the tips that they've seen from other people, but they won’t be the best Zed in the LCS after their first game. They’ve seen pro Zeds, though, and can’t wait to play another game with him and get better.
This is an Example of a popular stylistic champ. Zed is a champion that some, no matter how much they play him, will probably never be quite as good as someone who has the style of play that Zed needs. Even the people that have the style require knowledge and practice to be good. Urgot does not have people playing him much at all. Many people never even try Urgot because he is hated. Urgot is viewed as “trash not meta champ” and thus never played. Let’s look at another person trying out Urgot for the first time rather than Zed.
So the Zed player, eh, let’s call him Joe (Yes, very creative, I know), starts a game as
Urgot. He's not quite as exited to play Urgot because he doesn’t really know anything about him and Urgot is viewed and "trash". He goes top lane without the knowledge of what pro players do with the champ because Joe’s never seen pros playing him. He starts the game with low expectations and no motivation to become a good Urgot player. In the eyes of most of the League community Urgot is the poster child of a terrible champion. From what Joe has been told, even if he becomes that best Urgot player in the world he will still not be able to climb the ranked ladder with that. So Joe drops a few combos on the enemy. Fails a few ults and gets himself killed, and overall decides that Urgot really is a terrible champ and never plays another game with him again.
See, the difference is that Joe has seen Zed played. He knows what Zed can do. He knows strategies, build paths and many other important things he doesn’t know about Urgot. His first game with Zed will be better because he’s not going in blind like he is with Urgot. He does mediocre with Zed using the tips he’s picked up but does rather poorly with Urgot because he doesn’t know what to do. He gets better at Zed but quits playing Urgot because he decides that Urgot must be as bad as everyone says.
Joe may go on to main Zed and never know that he could have been just as good at Urgot as with Zed simply because he gave up on Urgot due to the fact that Urgot wasn't popular and stuck with Zed because everyone says Zed is strong.
I’ll boil it down to a Tl;dr. Urgot is not played much because people assume that he isn’t good. That’s what they’ve been told, that Urgot is ugly and terrible and you should never play him. They keep practicing the champs that are popular because they think they’ll be good at this champ because the champ is strong. They give up on Urogt after the first game because they don’t know how to play him due to the fact that he isn’t played much. They play one game with him, perform poorly because it’s their first game and move on. Whereas, they stick with the popular champ because they did better the first game (they have seen how to play the champ beforehand) and strive to become better because they know that champ is good.
The point of this whole thing (yes, the whole thing) was to show you that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Give Dr. Ugly the chance you gave the high skill cap champ that you love and hold near a dear. Use the tips I and other Urgot players can give you to become one of the few good Urgot players. Join me and become "that one good Urgot". My favorite part of Urgot is that no one else likes him. I love seeing in chat someones saying before the game, “An Urgot. Eww!” and then after the game seeing the same person saying, “Honor this Urgot.” Not because it makes me feel like I’m good at the game, but because it shows that I have done what most people said was not possible, Play a good Urgot. I hope this guide can help you do the same.
Why Top? Urgot is an adc right?
Well, yes and no. Urgot is an Attack Damage Carry, but many of his abilities do not synergize well with the role of a bot lane marksman. His auto attack range is too low and his ult can be stopped by the support. Even if he ults he is often in a risky spot for a squishy adc to be in and he has tanks stats where more damage should be. While a successful ult on the adc is can be devastating and he can poke well. Urgot is overall not the best adc out there.
Urgot is quite weaker in the bot lane than in the top and is more of a brawler and benefits from a tank/damage hybrid build better than a strait AD. In the top lane Urgot can out range most everyone, farm better, get more gold without a support, more farm and more laning phase (two things Urgot is very strong at), and even an all-in from most top laners can't kill him.
I, almost always, run Flash / Tp. Flash is a must, but there are other options to replace tp if you want.
Iginte helps for extra damage but Urgot does most of his killing with his Acid Hunter from a long way away. Ignite can only be used in relatively close combat making it less useful on Urgot.
Exhaust can lessen damage, making you even more tanky. The slow helps get more Acid Hunters and Noxian Corrosive Charges on enemies which can help.
Heal gives you speed for chasing and escaping. As well has more health as the name implies. The only way you can go wrong with this is by using it instead of a better spell.
Try some spells out for yourself. You should't go tp all day every day just because I like it. Experiment and use whatever works best for you.
Not done yet with this guide. Finished the beginning so I'll let you check it out for now and come back later with more. Enjoy what there is for now and I'd love to know what anyone thinks about it.