Yorick Build Guide by FrasLoad
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Story of Yorick
The work of gravediggers is essential amongst the living, but invaluable in the Shadow Isles. There are many shades of death there, and each is embraced rather than feared or reviled. One can only ascend from one state to the next with the magical aid of a skilled professional. At the end of the first Rune War, Yorick Mori made his living as a gravedigger. His family owned and maintained the Final Rest Memorial, one of the oldest cemeteries in Valoran. The shovel he employed for his work had been passed down for generations. Each gravedigger taught his son that this shovel was imbued with the spirit of every forefather, and that those spirits would protect him during the long lonely nights amongst the tombstones. To his eternal regret, Yorick died without an heir, bringing the proud Mori line to a close. His body was interred with his shovel in the family mausoleum, and the Final Rest Memorial soon fell to ruin. Death, however, was not the end Yorick had expected.
Yorick emerged on the haunted shores of the Shadow Isles - not quite dead, definitely not alive - still clutching his beloved shovel. He soon learned that with it he could act as a ferryman for the Isles' undead denizens, helping them climb death's many-tiered ladder. This proved a curse, as a gravedigger must ''bury his quota'' before he too can ascend, or so the legend goes. No one knows what ''his quota'' is. Yorick dug tirelessly, waiting in vain for the day when he would be freed of his burden. As decades turned to centuries, the shame of his failures came to a head. He returned to Valoran to find his corpse, convinced that salvation might be buried with it. When he arrived, no trace remained of either the mausoleum or the memorial. Hope nearly lost, he discovered the League of Legends, and there saw an opportunity to immortalize the family name he allowed to be forgotten ages ago.
''Die first, then we'll talk.''
Hello Summoners! If your looking for a Yorick build in the jungle easy transitioned into a killing machine.
This build gives you alot of survivabillity aswell as huge damage output!
He´s incredibly strong jungler and ganker. Well enough said! Let´s dive into the build shall we!
The type of runes you´ll see, you might think " OH why is it so tanky and defensive" the thing is you´ll be ready to gank earlier after the red because ure hp will be high enough to spank the potential gank victim.
Yellow -"Armor Runes" - will help the damage reduce drasticly and will get you a smoother
Red - Armor Pen: Says itself, more damage you´ll spank everything.
Blue - Attack Speed - This is a questionable rune even for me, but i´ve had great success with it, because with the items that you´ll recive in time there is bearly anything with a AS touch on it. So i thought it might fit in.
Quins - Hp - This is viable if you want the more tanky and safe jungling or the slightly more damgy output with the "Armor Pen". I´ve had great success with both so this is completley viable for any player that feels rather comfortable with jungling.
Basically "Jungle Masteries" With the Improved Smite and the 4/4 in Awarness, just a really solid jungle masteries. This again will be viable with the runes because i got 4/4 in HP "defense" so there you can change that into crit change or anything that you like.
Might seem a little bit to defensive, but remember that sometimes you´ll love having those masteries and runes.. when you have 60hp and survive a early gank, you will thank me :D
The Perfect items imo-
The boots you might ask? Well simply answer, he´s base movement speed it low reminds me of Ashe so pick up the movement speed boots.. will help you in ganking aswell as just regular chasing-movement through the map
Wriggles Lantern will keep you nice and steady throughout the whole game basically. I prefer this over BT, but you can also sell Wriggles late game and buy an BT if needed.
Manumune- Never gets oom, and really good damage fullstacked.
And now my favorite Yorick items.. Warmog´s Armor combined with Atma´s Impaler- This is absolutley beast! because now the last items can you actually go for anything you wish even .. and call me crazy but a Rod of Ages.. maby not the best item for him but either a Trinity Force or a Banshee´s Vale. Both really good items for Yorick as last items
There is Situational items aswell, you might want to change the rotation of the build in items.. for example and earlier banshees Vale or an even earlier Warmog right after boots!
This is meant for you to just understand with a normal good game might turn out as a total monstergame with these items. Yorick´s items are viable, many people makes the mistake of taking Manamune to early, remember STACK you ToG first!!!!! Manamune can wait, u got alot of more important stuff to do before it! please don´t rush Manamune BUT rush ToG!
Early game :
You want to pick up a Wriggle´s Lantern fast with a combination with Boots that will lanesweep the enemy team super-fast.
Mid Game : Now you need to fast get Manamune and Warmog to make the damage and the resillient Yorick come to work!
Late Game :
Important to get Atma´s impalet right after you get Warmog´s Armor and the last optional item!
Easy rotation, Pop the 3-normal spells in a rapid click of an eye and the damage will be fun to watch.
The ultimate can you put on yourself, but the best is it to use on your teams carry. Unless you are the carry you should put it on someone else. Don´t be a selfish ( haha shellfish ) bastard.
And remember that as long as you have all your minions out the damage of you will increase by 30%!! and that is a huge deal, And in mid-game remember du use you smite for as much as you can... tvs on anything just keep it on CD because u might use it alot of times in one game and with is specced you gain 5Gold each time you use it.. so just keep spamming it!
He got a usefull skill with is hes "W" it can block "Skillshots" think of a scenario facing Nidalee and you see her spear coming towards you from maxrange.. that litte bugger will absorb it for you without you loosing any damage.. remember to put it infront of you ofc!
During Yorick´s Ultimate is active it counts as a minion so your damage will increase and stack with the other 3 minions, so your damage will aproximatly exceed to 40% increase damage which is total BEAST!
Viable one again
Flash is a good spell to use if your not so trustworthy with Yorick, Exhaust is the better choise because when you popped all you minions, you want to keep your own damage for the consequetive amount that they are up and attacking the person aswell, so the most logical choise is "Exhaust" And with the Masterie 1/1 in Improved Exhaust will disable any AD carry really good so you and your team will be able to focus that carry down.
I´ve seen some people playing with "Ignite" which can work but the problem is that your going to have to focus you "W" spell in order to keep him slowed and by doing that you will loose atleast 70% of you damage output. (Not good!). You can´t save your life with Ignite and you can do with example "Flash" or "Exhaust"
Yorick is not the most popular champion in ranked. I don´t have an answer, but in my mind i think that people don´t dare to play him. He is a complex champion, you need to practise with him in order to understand him (ofc). I personally love him ranked because when jungling you will not be disturbed and get a good farm of minions without any effort in order to worry about last hits.
I´ve met alot of people which think Yorick is op, then i must say. What Fuc**** champion is not op in this game, and when im playing ranked... the talk goes in the opposite direction, "No, No please don´t pick Yorick he sucks Ranked!" ...Hmmm what did i miss? The answer is, You didin´t mmiss anything he´s a great asset for the team with hes ulti on your carry people should love to have him with the team, he can really turn tables!
Gank alot of lanes as many times as possible when you done with the first 2 buffs, first i like to gank the dual-lane and then the solo, becuase usually u say to your dual-lane to not push and then you walk up by the bush and just faceroll your way in to aweseomeness.
Pros / Cons
Good stacking abillity with the right items
Insane damage late-game
You´ll be turning head ´mon
Can never die :D - Yes he can, FrasLoad... -SHUT UP!
Slow as **** w/o boots
Slow in general >.<
Takes time to get really good
Item independent as f***
Magic Res for the enemy team will lower your minions damage!
Overall a really pro-related champion
Creeping / Jungling
And now the transition in to the most important part of this build!
You start of at Blue-Buff - Pull from a player - Pop you potion - Wolfs - Wraiths - Lizard (Red Buff ) - Golems ( Or if possibly gank right after Lizard.
This jungling route is simply and not anything hard to remember or anything at all. With the potion it will give you around 700hp at lvl 1!!
So the whole jungling will be extremly smooth, i´d love to see everyone try this and please comment what you think!
And enganging in the gank is important, make the lane-ppl go in first so you walk in simultaniously, to prevent to big damage on the laners you should exhaust asap!
Just keep Farming and Farming, you´ll need every minion / monster to achive your build before everyone else and that´s why jungling is so good, not interuppted ( can´t guarantee ofc ), Solo exp, No anoying last-hits and amazing gank-potential.
I don´t like playing Yorick unless i got someone on Skype with me tbh, because he is a little bit dependant on someone else´s damage aswell, so setting up a kill at example mid is awesome if you got skype with your team.
Pro Tip :)
I´m not a big Elo player i´m around 1.4k elo in solo but in my limited excperience this is some good things that i even might have covered in the build but i want to highlight!
1. Ganking! really important to get an early gank, tell you team to Harrass their ***!
2. Fast phase! if you see someone going back in solo lane, take the lane fast and take as many minions as you can before he comes back.
3. Use all your buttons quickly to maximize your damage!
4. Don´t be afraid, don´t underestemate youself ( and by that i do not mean that you should solo baron at lvl 4 )
I would like to give a Shoutout to "Johfo" please check out hes build aswell, my best friend!
I hope you enjoyed the reading! Please give me feedback and stuff i can take a look at in futher build or in this one!