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League of Legends Build Guide Author Gigglestomp

Wukong - Going Bananas (Mid/Top/Jungle)

Gigglestomp Last updated on December 14, 2013
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Ability Sequence

2
8
10
12
13
Ability Key Q
3
14
15
17
18
Ability Key W
1
4
5
7
9
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

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1/
Havoc
 
 

Offense: 21

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Legendary Guardian
 
 

Defense: 9

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bandit
Intelligence
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wanderer
 
 

Utility: 0


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Introduction

Welcome to my first guide here on Mobafire. I bought Wukong quite a while ago and have recently enjoyed playing him. He is capable of dominating lanes, but really explodes into a carry as he finishes his first few items. Wukong is probably also the single greatest 6 item champion in the game. The reason for this is his very cost effective passive, his high ad ratios, and his ability to capitalize on a strong mix of armor penetration and armor reduction, crushing opponents with armor or without. He is a strong pick for mid, but can do very well top or in the jungle as well. One of the greatest things about Wukong is that you always learn new ways to use decoy. With effective use of decoy on a champion-specific basis, even Wukong counters can be managed. After I started employing some of the advice in this guide, I jumped from a Silver V to Silver I nearly over night with a massive win streak. Right now i'm breaking my way into Gold V. The reason i'm making this guide even though i'm not platinum or diamond, is that there is very little material out there about Wukong, and very few streamers that play him regularly. I'm going to help change that!


I'm going to go over my item build variations, runes, and masteries. The majority of this guide however, will cover champion-specific matchup advice. As you get your decoy timings right on a champion-specific basis, you will snowball in lane more often. This will give you a higher curve on your mid-game explosion.


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Runes

*Mid*/Top vs AP

Runes

Greater Mark of Lethality
9

Greater Seal of Armor
9

Greater Glyph of Magic Resist
9

Greater Quintessence of Attack Damage
3



*Top*/Mid vs AD
Runes

Greater Mark of Lethality
9

Greater Seal of Armor
9

Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist
9

Greater Quintessence of Attack Damage
3



Vs Team with all AD
Runes

Greater Mark of Lethality
9

Greater Seal of Armor
9

Greater Glyph of Attack Speed
9

Greater Quintessence of Attack Damage
3



Jungle
Runes

Greater Mark of Attack Damage
9

Greater Seal of Armor
9

Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist
9

Greater Quintessence of Attack Damage
1

Greater Quintessence of Life Steal
2


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Masteries

Mid or Top
Explanation:

Offense:

The offensive mastery choices for Wukong are all about making last hitting easier earlier on, and increasing attack damage and armor penetration.

Defense:

The defensive mastery choices for Wukong are all about making harassment easier in the first few levels. We take health, armor, and magic resistance.


Jungle
Explanation:

Offense:

The offensive mastery choices for Jungle Wukong are all about making jungle clears quicker. We take 9 points, increasing attack damage and damage to minions.

Defense:

The defensive mastery choices for Jungle Wukong are all about increasing sustain as well as general survivability. Enchanted Armor and Tenacious combine with Wukong's passive to make him very tanky in teamfights. This combo frees up early game inventory slots for more aggressive items.


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Items

I recommend checking the Elophant stats for Wukong's items. It shows the win rates for people using each of the items, as well as allowing you to filter results by elo.




Mid or Top Lane
Item Sequence











Health Potion
50

Health Potion
50

Health Potion
50

Warding Totem
0

Doran's Blade
450

Doran's Blade
450

The Brutalizer
1337

Tiamat
1200

Ravenous Hydra
3500

The Black Cleaver
3100

Mercury's Treads
1100

Ninja Tabi
1100

Last Whisper
1300

Sunfire Cape
2900

Randuin's Omen
2900


-Alernate starting items are Flask, Green Ward, Hp Pot, Sweeper Trinket.


Ravenous Hydra
This item gives sustain, pushing power, and high damage. You will notice an immediate improvement in both pushing and killing potential. Get this item first for sustain, cs, and dps for your ult.



Black Cleaver
Complete black cleaver after Ravenous Hydra, upgrading your The Brutalizer. This item provides armor reduction. Better yet, it can be completely stacked by Wukong's ultimate. This is your biggest teamfight item. Used with your ult, it will reduce the armor of everyone, while dealing insane dps. *IMPORTANT* Black cleaver offers armor reduction, which is a different stat than armor penetration. While the cap on armor penetration is 40%, armor reduction allows you to go above and beyond this limit.



Mercury's Treads
In most games I get Mercury's Treads over Ninja Tabi. Use your judgement. Later, after core is complete, upgrade to homeguard when you feel you need it.



Sunfire Cape
In most games I get Sunfire Cape after finishing Ravenous Hydra, The Black Cleaver, Mercury's Treads and Last Whisper. You can get Sunfire Cape before Last Whisper if you are concerned about a fed AD. You can buy this as your 4th, 5th, or 6th item.



Last Whisper
This item will cap you out on armor penetration at 40% after masteries. This item is so good because it gives armor penetration. Wukong's Q, Crushing Blow gives 30% armor reduction. The Black Cleaver gives armor reduction as well. With this item complete, you are capable of destroying targets regardless of their defense. 30% armor reduction from Q, plus 25% armor reduction from cleaver, + 40% armor penetration from last whisper is about 95% problems penetrated. Note: A target will not go below 0 armor from anything but FLAT armor reduction. % penetration, % reduction, and flat penetration will not reduce a targets armor below 0. You can buy this as your 4th, 5th, or 6th item.



Randuin's Omen
This item is a late-game boost to your defenses so you can stay in the middle of 5 dudes and complete your mission. The active of Randuin's Omen will help keep enemies from getting out of your ultimate Cyclone as well. You can buy this as your 4th, 5th, or 6th item.




Jungle
Item Sequence











Health Potion
50

Health Potion
50

Health Potion
50

Health Potion
50

Health Potion
50

Spirit Stone
700

Boots of Speed
300

Spirit of the Elder Lizard
2000

The Brutalizer
1337

Vampiric Scepter
900

Ravenous Hydra
3500

The Black Cleaver
3100

Mercury's Treads
1100

Ninja Tabi
1100

Last Whisper
1300

Sunfire Cape
2900

Randuin's Omen
2900


The jungle item build is very similar to the item build for top or mid lane. You usually get Spirit of the Elder Lizard early instead of x2 Doran's Blade, and you can optimally replace it in a drawn out game with either Last Whisper or Sunfire Cape. I recommend you get Vampiric Scepter for your Ravenous Hydra before Tiamat if your having trouble sustaining in the jungle. I have gone both routes many times, and you can make both ways work.


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Skill Sequence



Level with the priority R > E > Q > W.


Note: It is sometimes a good idea to take a 2nd level in Nimbus Strike at level 3, and get Decoy at level 4. A good time to do this is when you are successfully harassing and scaring the enemy off.


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Spells


Crushing Blow
This skill scales very well, and should be maxed 2nd after nimbus strike. It is important to note that this skill provides armor reduction - not armor penetration - and will work past the 40% cap on armor penetration. This makes Wukong one of the most devastating champions to break through defenses.

A few important things:
-Try to always apply this on your target before using Cyclone. It will greatly increase the damage you deal.
-This skill reset's Wukongs attack cooldown. Normally there is a delay (Based on attack speed) between strikes. Using Crushing Blow will cause Wukong to immediately attack again, rather than waiting the normal amount of time. If possible time this for right after a regular auto attack to maximize your dps.
-Will increase the damage of your next autoattack on a tower, giving you a sporadic dps increase.



Decoy
The main skill component to Wukong comes from knowing when to use Decoy.

- Decoy can be used from a bush, to allow more time to close-in on an unsuspecting enemy champion before using Nimbus Strike.
-Can be used to block projectiles and skillshots that affect "enemy target" OR "enemy champion". Some good examples are Rocket Grab Mystic Shot Death Sentence Volley Enchanted Crystal Arrow Sear. Nothing in this game feels better than running at low health from Caitlyn, having her cast Ace in the Hole and blocking it with your Decoy clone.




Nimbus Strike
This skill is Wukong's primary gap closer, early game harass tool, and attack speed steroid.

- Nimbus Strike Can be used to dodge projectiles, jump on enemies, or juke over walls onto jungle minions.
-Can also be used on an enemy minion near an enemy tower to increase attack speed while sieging the turret.
-Can be used to initiate teamfights. Use Nimbus Strike and then Crushing Blow, and finally Cyclone.



Cyclone
This skill is Wukong's primary teamfighting skill. This is what makes Wukong unique. It has a high ad ratio, and knocks enemies into the air. If you have your The Black Cleaver complete it will also massivly reduce the enemy team's armor for your team.

- Cyclone is your main job in a teamfight. If one looks like it is about to start, tell your team to hold off for however many seconds. Your goal is to initiate onto the squishiest champion in the front (Or in the back if you sneak behind them). After your combo goes off, either the ADC or APC is dead, or they got away. Begin to peel for your own ADC.
-Can also be used when running away. It will sometimes make you more trouble than you are worth, or buy some time to get away with decoy.
-Clicking Cyclone again while spinning will cancel it. Be sure to cancel it and Decoy away if you are about to die. Be careful NOT to cancel it on accident by getting excited and smashing the button a much of times.


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Combos

Poke Combo: Nimbus Strike> Crushing Blow> Decoy>Meandering path away - not a straight line.

Kill Combo 1: Nimbus Strike> Crushing Blow> Cyclone> Ignite. Ignite can and should be used during your cyclone if the enemy is low enough. Neither Ignite or Flash will cancel your ult, so be sure to take advantage of that. After your lane opponent is knocked into the air, begin running just slightly past them so that you can more easily follow them when they start to run.

Kill Combo 2: Decoy> Nimbus Strike> Crushing Blow> Cyclone> Ignite

Kill Combo 3: Decoy>Walk a second> Flash> Nimbus Strike> Crushing Blow> Cyclone> Ignite -- Doing this from your fountain with homeguard active is scary.

Follow the item order and the champion specific matchups and you should be fine. You will notice a huge spike in your power after completing Ravenous Hydra and The Black Cleaver.

Note: The earlier in your combo you use Crushing Blow the better. If you can manage to use it before Nimbus Strike that can be beneficial. Often times I can only manage to do this when a fight is already started. It is not subtle to use Crushing Blow before Nimbus Strike, often times you will find the enemy backs away and it goes to waste. Good timing would be to activate Crushing Blow midair after using Nimbus Strike.


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Mid Lane

Begin with your Crystalline Flask and 3 Health Potion. I recommend you get the Warding Totem. You can begin with one potion, a green ward, and the sweeper trinket if you prefer.

Level 1:
Your job is to guard your junglers buffs. Go up the mid lane, and then into one of the two bushes on either side of mid lane. Whichever is on the side your jungler is starting at. This is the best position to be on the lookout from. Enemies will not be able to sneak into your jungle from the mid lane or the ramp. At 1:40, your jungler is usually safe.
-If bot lane is helping leash, then proceed to mid and push stupidly aggressive during the first wave to get level 2 before your enemy. You do not need to help the jungler after 1:40. His Smite cd is only 40 seconds.
-if bot lane is not helping leash, then you MUST help your jungler. If top lane is helping, then just use Nimbus Strike over the wall, auto attack once, then run mid. If top lane is not helping, you will need to auto attack 2 or 3 times before returning mid.

Level 2:
You now have E and Q. Begin harassing your opponent HARD. If you pushed aggressively enough the first wave, then you will hit level 2 first, which is the most ideal situation. After hitting level 2, you can push/pull the lane normally and last hit.
To harass, take a meandering path around the minions. Then, lash out with your E, then Q. Then retreat through a meandering path. If you take a straight line expect to be hit with a skillshot, or nuked.

Levels 3-5:
Last hit and harass. Use Decoy to block skillshots and to get away after poking the enemy champion. Sometimes you can manage to get a kill here, if not, dont do something risky and die. Play it safe with your pokes. Do not commit to a fight unless you are sure you will kill them without diving.

Level 6 onward:
Your Cyclone gives you insane killing potential. Be sure to use it as an interrupt against champions like Fiddlesticks and Katarina. To use it in lane to get kills or to send your enemy packing.


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Top Lane

Begin with your Crystalline Flask and 3 Health Potion. I recommend you get the Warding Totem. You can begin with one potion, a green ward, and the sweeper trinket if you prefer.

Level 1:
Your job is to guard your junglers buffs. Whichever is on the side closest to top lane. At 1:40, your jungler's buff is usually safe.
-If bot lane is helping leash, then proceed to top and push stupidly aggressive during the first wave to get level 2 before your enemy. You do not need to help the jungler after 1:40.
-if bot lane is not helping leash, then you MUST help your jungler. You will need to nimbus strike, and then auto attack 2 or 3 times before returning top.

Level 2:
You now have E and Q. Begin harassing your opponent HARD. If you pushed aggressively enough the first wave, then you will hit level 2 first, which is the most ideal situation. After hitting level 2, you can push/pull the lane normally and last hit.
To harass, take a meandering path around the minions. Then, lash out with your E, then Q. Then retreat through a meandering path. If you take a straight line expect to be hit with a skillshot, or nuked.

Levels 3-5:
Last hit and harass. Use Decoy to block skillshots and to get away after poking the enemy champion. Sometimes you can manage to get a kill here, if not, dont do something risky and die. Play it safe with your pokes. Do not commit to a fight unless you are sure you will kill them without diving.

Level 6 onward:
Your Cyclone gives you insane killing potential. Be sure to use it as an interrupt against channeled effects, and to help your jungler gank the lane.


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Jungle

I recommend starting with Hunter's Machete and 5 Health Potion. If you decide that you do not want to get your Spirit of the Elder Lizard for some reason then start Cloth Armor and 5 Health Potion. I do not recommend starting Doran's Blade on wukong in season 4.

I recommend starting at the buff closest to your bot lane. Ask for a leash. Mid lane should help guard your buff till 1:40, then they can and should leave. Bot lane should hard-leash for you. If there is no invade, then smite early. If you smite at the beginning of the encounter, it will be up when you get to your next buff.

Wukong has good ganks, and low sustain without items. Because of this, you should focus primarily on ganking instead of farming. Get monster camps between ganks as you travel to the most pushed or unwarded lanes. Get 1-3 health potions each time you recall.

To gank as wukong, you should use Decoy from a bush or from the fog of war. Then use Nimbus Strike and then Crushing Blow.

Ganking bot lane, it is nearly always best to come from the tribush. It is warded less often than the river, and your odds just go up.

Ganking top lane(Your Blue Team), I prefer to come from the river bush. Ganking from the tribush is a waste of your Decoy because the tower will reveal you.

Ganking top lane(Your Purple Team), it is safe to come from the tribush or the river bush.

Ganking mid lane, it is easiest to gank from above the lane via the bush in the river. If this is warded, come from the bottom bush. Do not come around the corner near the enemy turret unless they are 100% dead. The tower will reveal you even if you decoy in.


Always be aware that you can Decoy> Flash> Nimbus Strike> Crushing Blow if you need to get further into the lane while still stealthed. This is a very strong and unexpected move if you can pull it off.


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Teamfights

You do not have to be the initiator, but you are quite adept at doing so.

Only initiate if you know your team will follow up on it. If you dont think they will, dont bother. Your ult is too valuable. Wait for someone to initiate then come from the side or behind.

Your entire build and kit are focused on three things.
1) Penetrate and Reduce the armor of a single target by 95%. This should be a high priority target, and will be the ADC, APC, or someone who is a fed 1 man team. Your team will benefit from 55% this penetration and reduction when attacking that target.
2) Penetrate and reduce the armor of EVERY nearby target. You will personally penetrate and reduce about 65% in an aoe. Your team will benefit from 25% of that.
3) Strong Aoe damage


Your combo should be one of these 3:
Combo 1: Nimbus Strike> Crushing Blow> Cyclone> Ignite.
Combo 2: Decoy> Nimbus Strike> Crushing Blow> Cyclone> Ignite
Combo 3: Decoy>Walk a second> Flash> Nimbus Strike> Crushing Blow> Cyclone> Ignite


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Champion Specific Matchups

Some matchups may be missing if I have not encountered them very often. I prefer mid over top lane, so I may have missed a few top champions.




Aatrox Moderate
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Ahri Easy
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Akali Moderate
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Anivia Moderate
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Annie Hard
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Brand Moderate
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Cassiopeia Moderate
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Cho'Gath Moderate
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Darius Moderate
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Diana Moderate
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Elise Easy
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Evelynn Easy
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Fiddlesticks Easy
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Fiora Easy
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Fizz Moderate
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Galio Moderate
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Gangplank Moderate
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Garen Moderate
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Gragas Moderate
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Hecarim Hard
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Heimerdinger Moderate
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Jarvan IV Moderate
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Jax Moderate
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Jayce Moderate
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Karthus Easy
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Kassadin Easy
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Katarina Easy
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Kayle Moderate
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Kennen Moderate
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Kha'Zix Moderate
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Kog'Maw Easy
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LeBlanc Easy
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Lee Sin Hard
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Lissandra Easy
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Lux Moderate
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Malphite Moderate
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Malzahar Hard
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Master Yi Easy
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Mordekaiser Easy
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Morgana Moderate
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Nasus Moderate
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Nautilus Easy
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Nidalee Moderate
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Nunu Moderate
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Olaf Moderate
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Orianna Moderate
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Pantheon Easy
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Poppy Hard
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Quinn Easy
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Renekton Hard
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Rengar Hard
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Riven Hard
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Rumble Hard
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Ryze Moderate
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Shaco Easy
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Shen Hard
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Shyvana Hard
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Singed Hard
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Sion Moderate
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Swain Moderate
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Syndra Hard
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Talon Moderate
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Teemo Moderate
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Tristana Hard
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Tryndamere Easy
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Twisted Fate Easy
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Udyr Moderate
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Veigar Easy
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Vi Moderate
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About 15 more matchups to come this week. Still have to do V-Z. It's too long of a list to do in one sitting. If you need to find one that's not on this list, some good champion match-up tips are in these 2 guides:
[5 / 10 Stars] http://www.lolking.net/guides/137483#section_matchups
[7.5 / 10 Stars] http://www.lolking.net/guides/2376#section_matchups


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Streams

As I find worthy streamers who play mostly Wukong I'm going to list them here.

1) Meanmac - http://www.twitch.tv/meanmac

Appears to be a European streamer in the GMT +1 timezone. Hes Diamond 1 and plays only Wukong Mid and Top. He speaks in multiple languages during the stream, and will field questions in English as well as Spanish and German from what I have seen so far. Very low rage, and fun to watch.


2)