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Gangplank General Guide by EditGames

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League of Legends Build Guide Author EditGames

Wanna know why my ADC is so Jolly? A Gangplank Support guide

EditGames Last updated on March 5, 2014
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Ability Sequence

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4
10
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13
Ability Key Q
3
14
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18
Ability Key W
2
5
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Ability Key E
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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

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Havoc
 
 

Offense: 0

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Legendary Guardian
 
 

Defense: 17

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bandit
Intelligence
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wanderer
 
 

Utility: 13


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Introduction

Welcome to the one stop shop for the Support Gangplank needs!
My name is EditGames and this is a partially serious , but more light hearted guide , for playing everyones favourite pirate in the support lane.

This guide is based on my love for playing support , but are left feeling weak at points in the game and that all you can do is turn tail. I say kick the curb and hold your ground! Raise morale of your allies with you /Jokes and become the poke master!

I must note that I am neither Ranked , That great of a player , this is my first guide and it isn't the most serious guide in the world , So please understand if it isn't the ... best in the world.


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Pros / Cons

Pros

Great for new players wanting to play support (Easy enough skills to learn, Teaches Support mechanics and also Enemy / Self / AOE and Aura target skills. Also super tanky!)
Great pokes in the early game.
Really Tanky in the early game.
CC removing Oranges.
Really strong Move speed / AD steroid.
Global Ulti.
AOE Slow.
Global AOE Slowing Ulti!
Not played often as support (AKA you get to be a hipster).
He is a pirate.
His /Joke is the best in the game.

Cons
NO STUN! (Other than his Stunning good looks!)
No heals for a support other than himself.
No escape (Oranges stop CC but don't always save you).
No 'Support skills' other than 'Raise Morale'.
Must be stationary to use 'Raise Morale'.
Ulti can completely miss!
Can be called a 'troll pick'.
Not a Ninja.


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Runes

Runes

Greater Quintessence of Health
3

Greater Mark of Attack Damage
9

Greater Seal of Armor
9

Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist
9
The runes I use are standard for pokey Supports - Armour for early survival , AD for early pokes , Health for ... early health and Scaling MR for later on when your biggest enemy is Magic users.


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Masteries

General Masteries that I use are -

Masteries
2/5
2/1
1/1
3/5
1/1
3/1
3/5
1/1
1/
3/5
1/1
3/1
1/5
3/1
1/5
1/5
This give you the GP5 , While getting early tankiness and the Orange eating bonus at <25% health.
If you're dual queuing or have faith in your lane partner , A 0/21/9 build is also really good on Gangplank!
Masteries
2/5
2/1
1/1
3/5
1/1
3/1
3/5
1/1
4/
1/
3/5
1/1
3/1
1/5
1/5


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Spells

Flash is a must. Only escape GP has and that's the only time I believe it should be used on him ... Unless you believe that you can do the #BigPlayz using Flash to initiate a fight , then go ahead!.

Now , This I chose Heal between Heal and Exhaust. I don't think any other Skills are required for Supports so ... Which do you prefer more ? I personally take heal so I can keep Mana up and Oranges off cooldown and I get to heal the ADC a little bit. You have an Inbuilt slow which is nice , but Exhaust can really help on those early kills.


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But mister EDIT , How do I Gangplank ?

As support Gangplank , your Goal is to have the enemy hitting you instead of the ADC , while poking them. Gankplank is tanky in the early game and has a nice True damage / Slow poke. It's all about trading.

Basically, He can be as passive and aggressive as you need him to be!
You take Q first so you can poke your enemy whenever the chance allows itself, When whenever the ADC wants (Or you) , Q > Raise Morale > Chargggge !. This both slows the enemy and allows for your ADC to start catching up on them , allowing them to get some easy hits in. This can be great for both more aggressive pokes or full engagements.

Warding is almost your main priority, Aside from protecting the ADC. You always want Dragon Purple warded and as many wards dotted at important locations as possible. Blue , Red , Dragon and most importantly , your lane , are all spots you should consider and help out with. You Jungler will love you for protecting their buffs (And helping them get an easy kill if possible!).

Later on , you turn more Tanky and damaging , allowing you to be the initiator and basically , Very hard to kill along with making Gangplank a great roamer with the passive bonus from 'Raise Morale'. Damaging, Pokey, Unkillable and Supporting is a nasty combo and that's what the Malestrom of Piracy becomes as your job becomes less of 'Protect the ADC' and 'Protect everyone'. Lead fights and apply slows whenever possible and play the captain - Your job is to stop the rest of your team getting hurt while trying to do as much damage as possible.

And last and not least , Raise morale in game. Praising people for good plays and helping even if it goes sour really helps people get along in games and makes both the game more enjoyable and everyone plays better. Be a nice person , Be a nasty pirate and be respectful.
This is your most important weapon - This will win you games! (As Cheesy as it sounds!)


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Ulti and You

Your Ulti is ... Pretty amazing. I love having the AOE slow available whenever I want. Someone needs help at Dragon? Ulti. Someones getting ganked or needs help catching someone to gank? Ulti. Need to scare your enemy or pick off a runner? Ulti!

It is not , however , your chance to pick off some easy kills at the duress of someone else. You are support. You are Gangplank. You should be earning millions just by standing around your ADC and looking cool and not by stealing.

Pirates don't steal! Wait a second ...


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Summary

Tips and Tricks to keep in mind (Or the TL:DR Version)

  • Q for poking , W for Escapes , E for engaging , Ulti for AOE slow , No so much for damage.
  • Q applies bonuses from Sheen and Frozen Mallet.
  • W should be saved for escaping and can be leveled early in difficult CC heavy lanes , But only put one point into it unless you want more slows.
  • E is for engagements, Use it often to help ganks and pushing lanes. It can also be used just to scare your opponent away into thinking you're going to push.
  • R comes off cooldown around 2 minutes , Minus cooldown items. Keep this is mind when using it.
  • Mix and match this guide and find what you like - Experiment!
  • Help out as many people as possible - Communication is key.
  • Be respectful to both your team and your opponent - Raise morale in Chat and in Game while helping wherever possible!
  • Most importantly - HAVE FUN!

Make sure to leave any comments on how well you did in game and what improvements I could make to this guide! Enjoy yourself out there!


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