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Mordekaiser Build Guide by Shumair
[10.19] Death Does Not Tire - Shumair's S10 Mordekaiser Top
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+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
Threats & Synergies
Aatrox is an easy match up in lane if you take ignite to reduce his healing. When he tries to hit his Qs for extended trades Q him then start autoing to proc your passive. Save your E to pull him back in when he's on his way out to maximise the time he's in your passive. Once you hit 6 you should try to ult when his 3rd q is mid-cast so you cancel it. alternatively, you could ult his W. If he ults first to try to all-in you then you should ult to steal his extra stats from his ult. Careful of getting kited with his E and extra speed from his ult. Buy bramble vest first. Go seekers next. Early tabi is nice too. Careful for the enemy jungler because Aatrox can set up ganks well if your flash is down. You outscale.
Darius is a pain to deal with. You have to play laning phase slowly. Throughout lane try to whittle him down with your Q at max range. Your Q outranges his e slightly and his Q has a delay. However, due to the recent buffs to ghost, he can pop it then immediately E-W you. Due to this I would recommend that you play safe and outscale, even if you lose cs. You can fight him at around level 10 and win if you're even. Ask for jungle assistance if you're not sure about an all-in.
Laning vs Ahri depends on one thing and one thing only. You HAVE TO dodge her charm. If you get charmed pre 6 you can probably get away alive but lose a lot of cs. However, if she has ult up and charms you, she'll have enough damage to finish you off and then some. She'll probably always take ignite into you so don't let her get you too low from poke. Her charm can set up ganks at level 2 so be careful of that. Once you reach 6 you can all in if her ult is down. If you took ignite you may be able to kill her even with her ult up if you manage to hit your E. Take protobelt first to somewhat match her mobility or take rylais for the slow.
This matchup used to be easy before she recieved a ton of buffs. Now, the lane is thin ice in the early stages of the game. You need to avoid getting hit by her Q poke and concede some cs if you need to. At level 6, she can all in you and win so be careful. If you're even or just a bit behind, you can back and beat her after that. I suggest an early Null-Magic Mantle. In terms of combat, you should try to guarantee an E or Q when she uses her second E as it's her most linear ability. You ult should be used if her shroud is down and she has less than half energy. Tread carefully early and outscale her in the 1v1. Whoever gets the first kill normally snowballs and wins lane.
You should have no problem destroying Anivia in lane. Treat her like any other squishy. Farm till 6 and avoid poke. After 6, you should preferrably ult her ult as it won't travel to the death realm or ult her wall. If she ults inside your death realm then you may need to flash over to secure the kill due to the slow. Once she's in her passive, destroying the egg is no problem unless her jungler is present. Rush protobelt for gap closing.
You love this match-up. Annie was made to destroy squishy mid-lane mages. As the true lord of the living and the dead, you don't fall into this category of squishy mages. Due to this, you may simply farm and avoid poke from her Aa and Q and all in her for free in the mid game. You still have to be a bit careful at 6 as tibbers does a lot of damage if she stuns you with him. Also, she sets up ganks well so care for enemy jungler. She will roam a lot mid game so make sure to ping if she's MIA. You outscale.
Talon is a lethality assassin so he needs to snowball in the early-mid game. Play relatively safe until you get seller's on first back to counter lethality. At level 2-3 he may try to all-in cheese you. There is a little trick you can pull off to get a potential first blood (only works in low elo). You pet the wave push to you from lvl 1. After that, you play it safe until both of you are level 2. When he goes for a W, you should let it hit you twice so he uses Q to jump onto you and proc his passive. When he Qs to you, you can Flash-E-Q-Ignite him into your tower. If you don't have ignite or don't need to flash then just E-Q him into your tower. If played correctly, he will die every time from this.
Aurelion isn't a massive problem. However, you'll probably only be facing OTP A-Sol players so be careful! With Sol, you need to play safe early as his comets can punish you hard for walking up to cs. Try to use Q to cs even if you concede some cs. Go protobelt to get inside his comet range and mercs to lower stun duration. If you all in, he can simply ult you away. You'll need jungler for kill pressure or else you'll have to blow everything to have a chance at killing him. Always ping if he's MIA as he has debatabley the best roams in the game.
Azir is one of the hardest mid lane match-ups for us. He can zone us from cs with his range and can even poke us if we freeze. On top of this, his E-Q allows for easy escapes if your jungler comes to gank. Concede cs if you have to. Look to all in if he's low on mana. Without early kills, he'll struggle to get mana from items and POM and his powerspike will be delayed. You spike sooner than him. Apply early pressure on the map after clearing waves with protobelt. He can ult you in your ult so don't bother unless he's low as his ult has a shorter CD.
Brand mid is uncommon but if you see it, be aware that he can be very dangerous if you don't play the early game correctly. I would take ignite here as you want to all in as soon as you get ult. Rush mercs for MR and tenacity as his stun is lethal.
Camille might tickle you now and then but other than that she'll have no kill pressure, especially before she gets 2 items.Be careful of her empowered Q2 as it deals true damage and is the source of most of her damage. At 6 you should look to all in if her E is down. Her ult can cancel your ult but you can re-cast it straight away. Punish her for roaming by shoving waves with protobelt as you can't match her roams.
Cassio is hard to play against in a unique way. Shes a bit like Ahri in the sense that she can poke you down and kite you out in your ult. I think the most essential thing is to focus on CS early on as her poke won't be too strong so you can W it. After first back, look to gain the advantage as she'll probably have tear, which provides no powerspike whilst you'll have an early powerspike from hextech revolver. Also get early boots to match her passive speed. Ult after she uses miasma to remove it from the ground.
You can't really do much to Corki without jungle assistance. He can just farm from a distance and scale for late. Now and then you might catch him off with an ultimate but his scaling is so good that it won't matter. My advice would be to shove as hard as you can and roam to sidelanes all game, where you actually have kill pressure.
This champ will just want to farm out the lane against you as he has no kill pressure on Mordekaiser. You can simply freeze the wave, sit back and watch him get measly amounts of CS with his vorpal spikes. If he ever dares walk up and touch your wave, you should E-Q him and run him down. His escape is not the best so if you want to snowball, you can but do it before he gets tanky.
You should never lose a Diana lane as Mordekaiser. It's too free. In the early levels, she can poke you and probably win all-ins. Constantly harrass her with Q so that she has to either lose cs to trade back or farm from range with her Q. After level 3, provided you took ignite, you should win every 1v1 for the rest of the game. Careful for ganks pre-6 and keep an eye on her mana so that you can force her out of lane.
This stupid champ is so boring to play against. Unless you kill him before his first item, you'd best prepare for a 0 kill laning phase. Beating Mundo is more about itemization than playstyle as he's a very linear champ. Build bramble vest and also only ult after he does.
Ekko just isn't balanced at all. But, it is your job to restore balance. Avoid his poke lvl 1. After that, to trade effectively, he'll need to dash onto you. E him as soon as he does. He probably wants to W you as well every millisecond so listen out for his voice prompts to easily detect incoming Ws. His ult will make it near impossible to kill him in your ult. He also roams better and has better team fighting, mobility and scaling. However, you can sideline much better than him so swap with your botlane after first bot turret falls.
The bane of existence for Mordekaiser mains. Fiora. Well, since you're a slow moving juggernaut, she can dance around you and proc vitals all day. However, you can counter this by standing near walls to block vitals. She can also riposte your Ult or E. You can counter this by praying to God that she doesn't riposte. Her ult travels into the Death Realm. Also stand next to walls to deny her ult vitals. If she goes for early trades, you can try to tether her with your passive but other than that I'd say farm and play for team fights, where you're way better.
A lot of Neeko's kit revolves around teamfighting. Due to this she has no real pressure in lane once you've built even the slightest bit of health. Her teamfighting prowess mainly stems from her ultimate. You can, however, completely negate this by ulting her whilst she's chanelling hers. This will mean only you're hit by the ult which will basically render her useless. You can probably kill her in your ult too if she uses/used her W badly.
The Irelia matchup is a spicy one. You can't just spam your abilities on her and expect to win. It actually requires some skill and knowledge of the matchup to win. You should always keep a mental note of whether she has stacks of Ionian Fervor or not so that you can predict when she'll all in. Another trick is to fight then your minion wave is small so she has less minions to dance around with. When Irelia uses E, you can ult after she places the first one down to cancel the ability as it won't travel to the Death Realm. You have to react very fast to to this and it won't work every time. Another thing you can try to do is flash or protobelt away from her ultimate and then all in her. If you manage to dodge it you will win the fight 100% of times.
Another snowballing matchup. The way to win against Fizz is to kill him before he kills you. It's not too hard to do that, though, as after 1 item you should win. Try to bait out his E before an all-in. Also, you can ult his ult. Due to this and the fact that he has such good disengage, I would say you should let him all-in you rather than the other way around.
Unless he goes comet, he'll have no kill pressure on you all game and even if he does he loses pressure after early levels. Malphite has a lot more armor than MR and even if he does build MR, Mordekaiser is known for shredding tanks due to % health damage. Play this lane how you want and try to influence the map as much as you can through counter jungling, Rift Herald etc.
Try to farm safely in the early levels as she has kill pressure on you. She doesn't scale so you can concede CS. After level 6 and first back she shouldn't have too much kill pressure on you but if you let her shove then she can roam and be a nuisance to your team. Your goal is to just keep her in lane since you can't reliably kill her or contest your dreams. You will, however, be WAY more useful in teamfights.
This matchup is really a 50/50 because even though Mordekaiser has a slight advantage in lane, Garen is more useful in teamfights and wins the 1v1 late game. That being said, Garen can also win lane if you let him take advantage of his passive sustain. Due to that, try to constantly take long trades. In short trades he can shield damage with W and silence your W. Always use W early because his ultimate can execute if your health is too low.
This matchup used to be Mordekaiser favoured but now once Sett gets BORK he will just auto win 1v1s due to the lifesteal and % health damage. If Sett builds tanky, you should ult him before he engages your carries and destroy him. If he goes full AD then let your team deal with him. I think his ult can cancel yours if timed correctly.
This is another matchup that used to be winnable but due to BORK and recent buffs to Jax, it's just not winnable after a certain point. If he gets first blood, you're out of the game but if you get first blood he can still maul you. Despite his early game being buffed, I suggest you try to find an advantage early if you want to win. You can backwards E his E but be wary that his has a lower CD. Jax outscales hard and roams better as well as having better team fighting. Just keep your head up and look for opportunities if he wastes abilities like Q or E.
Be careful early as he beats you at the first few levels. However, at level 6 you demolish him. Use W early to avoid his ultimate's execute. If he gets first blood the lane can swing in his favour. Buy an early bramble vest. Also, he is a priority ult target in teamfights due to his AOE damage and the fact that he can ult your carries.
Experienced tryndamere players will always win this matchup but some players will have a lack of knowledge in the matchup and you have to use that to fool them. At level 2, he might try to all in you with full fury. You can Q-Aa-E backwards to proc your passive and disengage. This will even out the trade or if he continues to chase, provided you have ignite, you can tether him with your passive then quickly finsih him off with Q-Aa-Ignite. Since this lane is all about cheesing, another way to catch him off guard is to save your E until the very last second if he decides to tower dive you. This can displace him and cause him to mistime his ultimate duration and may cause him to die to your turret. if you get the first kill you can play aggressive for a bit but eventually, at two items, he will outscale you.
He can't build MR due to Mordekaiser's magic pen passive and he can't build health due to your passive doing % health damage, along with Liandry's if you purchase it. Due to this, a good Shen will either go full support for teamfights and peel or full damage. In either case, ulting him in teamfights is always VERY beneficial. In lane you should always have eyes on him in case he decides to ult. In which case, your E or ult will stop him. He can only kill you very early on with a good taunt, after that it's free.
Volibear top already isn't as good as it used to be but even at its prime, Mordekaiser would destroy him. His passive will make him shove the wave to you so you don't have to worry about overextending. Use your R after his R to steal more stats but not whilst he's unstoppable in the animation. Other than that, there's not much to it. Just bonk him and he's dead.
This is by far the hardest match up to play if you're inexperienced in it. Go resolve secondary with second wind and revitalise. Build seeker's armguard and warden's mail. Seeker's won't stop the true damage but it can stop some of her damage and give good amounts of AP. You can take ghost and look for a kill early as you actually have a decent chance pre-6 if you hit all your Es and Qs. Mid game it would be best to have a lane swap.
This is really just a straightforward, boring lane matchup. Kled is an early/mid game oriented champ so he'll wnat to snowball and get as much done as possibel early on. His insane level 2/3 duelling potential allows him to snowball by catching his opponent off guard. Simply put, you just want to avoid all ins in the early levels. Try to always keep the wave pushing towards you becasue if you get halfway down the lane there's no chance of escaping if you don't dodge his Q. At level 6 you'll have a better chance as your ult is better 1v1. Don't ult him whilst he's ulting or your ultimate won't work and will be put on CD.
It's hard to find a really good Sion player but when you do, it's essential to know some basic tricks in the matchup in order to win. Firstly, you should never face check bushes or he can catch you off guard with a full power Q. Another trick is to E him whilst he charges his Q to cancel it. You can ult him if he's already in his ult animation but if he ults mid cast of your ult then it'll cancel yours. Due to this you should only ult him whilst he charges his Q as he won't be able to counter ult. Build standard Rylai's etc vs tank sion but vs AD go for Seeker's.
You should always try to slow push vs Nasus. Freezing would be more beneficial but his E allows him to break freezes relatively easily. Force trades against him early on as they'll always be in your favor. If you're even at level 6, sheen and ~150 stacks he beats you in an all-in unless you took ignite and play perfectly. You should only ult after he does to steal extra stats. Build bramble.
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