Volibear Build Guide by HVfun
[11.20] Volibear Jungle - Nippin Rippin n Grippin to victory
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+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
Threats & Synergies
A little demon. This champ still confuses me to this day. He's a sneaky dog that can get a gank off earlier than you, and is just a menace the entire game. This is usually my ban these days.
Nunu & Willump
This is kind of a sleeper Voli counter. He can spam more ganks than you can early, his CC and sustain are kind of better than yours in team fights, and he can counter your engages pretty damn well. Definitely consider banning if he gives you problems.
Tough one. You out gank him early, so make sure you get at least one of your lanes a bit ahead before he hits 6. He's a nightmare in teamfights late game since you can't really CC him off your backline, and he heals close to full health after he comes out of his ult. You have to win the early game in this match up.
Not many people play this champ, but it's a really tough matchup. His kit is just cancerous in team fights for Voli. Another champ that you should try to out gank early. If you get a successful gank off early, try to repeat gank that lane and snowball it.
True damage against voli is rough. Plan to gank your bot lane early to get them snowballing.
Olaf recently has been nerfed a few times, but it's still now a great matchup. He out ganks you early, out farms you the whole game, and out duels your if he invades.
His engage is kind of better than yours, and it's really difficult to peel him off your backline. Your best bet is to repeat gank your AP lane so they're really strong and can blow Rammus up after his engage.
He can just wait for you to attempt to engage and ult you back into your backline doing massive damage. Play to counter engage/peel in teamfights.
Well, Master Yi is Cancer. You can beat him by getting off ganks or invading early, but my mid game if your allies are getting picked, or don't team fight properly against him it's over. Essentially your team needs to hold a lot of damage to burst him when he engages, but it's hard to coordinate in Solo queue.
Strong right now. Similar to Olaf, he ganks and clears faster than you, and can out duel you late game. However, you can kind of counter him in team fights. Be patient and wait for him to engage, then unload your stun and entire combo on him when he dives. Your team should be able to blow him up.
Champion Build Guide
The reworked Volibear is very different from his previous iteration. The old Volibear was an underrated, easy to play champ. All of his skills were point and click, where as the reworked voli has two skill shots. A basic thing you need to understand is Volibear is all about getting multiple Ws off on the same target now, and the rest of your skills can be used to allow you to do this. Another key part of Voli's playstyle is learning when and how to engage fights. This is the main reason I love this champ. You get to coordinate tower dives in the midgame, and control your team's engage during team fights.
Patch 11.6 gave some love to Voli! He's in good spot right now. His clear is fairly fast with the buff to the E, and the buff to his W makes it so you'll come out of the jungle full health almost all game. By mid game you can straight up heal from low health to full off of a few jungle camps. This helps for skirmishes and dives all game. Thanks Riot for making Voli a real jungle champ again!
Another good early gank combo is to get a good angle on the target, casting your E in an area that you're sure you stun them with your Q in, and then cast W right after your Q goes off. This combo is more quick burst, if you're confident that you and your laner can get the kill quick. From there just orb walk to the best of your ability to finish the kill or get a 2nd W off. Use your blue smite after you get all your skills off to close the gap for a 2nd time if needed. You can also cast your blue smite in advance if you need to use it to make sure your Q hits in your E.
A third gank combo once you have your ult up is to cast your E from range, and immediately ult into the area so your E and Ult hit at the same time. From there stun them with your Q and use W right afterwards before you even proc an AA. Again, use your blue smite to close the gap further if needed. This combo can be used for Tower dives as well. This combo can be flashed or dashed away from, so make sure you know the target's flash is down, and they already burnt their kiting skill if they have one.
An efficient path in the current meta is to start red or blue buff, take your other buff and gromp, and gank a lane at level 3. Voli's level 3 isn't as strong as it was before his rework, but it's still pretty good. Only do this gank path if you're fairly sure that you'll be able to get the kill off.
You can also do a 5 camp clear before its time to contest one of the scuddle crabs if you're not confident that your level 3 gank will work. Before the game starts, analyze the other team and decide if you want to go for the level 3 gank. Always have a plan going into the game.
From here, your priority is to look for ganks that are open, but don't try to force anything that isn't available. If your lanes aren't set up for ganks, look to shadow and farm. As I wrote earlier, in the current meta its more favorable to look to gank lanes more often than it used to be. Do your best to constantly look for lanes to gank early game, because it's a big part of winning on Voli right now.
Your next priority is to zone out the drake. Buy a pink ward and sweeper early, and look to use them to secure vision on the drake. Volibear isn't the best at soloing drakes, but sometimes you can do it early if the enemy jungler shows top. Look to take the drake after you get a kill either midlane or bottom, or if the enemy laners reset.
Securing rift heralds and drakes are extremely important in the current meta. Obviously take ganks if they're available, but your job as a jungler should be primarily to control these objectives, and don't give easy kills. Strive to make your ganks worth the time spent every time. In other words, don't get in a habit of spending time in lanes that you don't get a kill or assist out of - your time is better spent doing something else most of the time. And in most cases if you help get a kill in a lane, help your laner push it in to take plates and deny the enemy of CS.
After you win a teamfight, even if your team just gets a 3 for 2, look to take an objective, whether its a tower, drake, baron, or even just the enemies Red or Blue buffs if that's all that's available. One of the biggest mistakes in low elo is teams not taking anything after team fights are won.
Here's an example of a game that I snowballed and had a nutty ult to finish the game off with a carry build:
This is an example of when your midlane needs a shadow. If possible, aim be nearby him in case anything happens, and danger ping their lane if you're not in a position to assist. This is called shadowing. You'd stick around and MAYBE do scuddle or another nearby camp, and be prepared to walk to him if he needs help.
This shadowing will give Pressure. Pressure will give the feeling to the enemy like they cannot gank your half-health midlaner because they think you might be nearby.
You have felt pressure before, it feels like any time you make a move on the map, an enemy champ will show up to counter you. The enemy team just seems to always be there. Or any time you take an objective, to your dismay the enemy team takes an alternative objective at the exact same time.
This pressure is more strictly based off of objectives and loosely based off of minion wave positioning throughout the map. Splitpushing is a good example -- draw Pressure to one side of the map. If your toplaner does this toplane and gets ganked by 4 ppl, then you are free to take drag.
The pressure is felt more strongly around certain areas (like objectives or towers), but exists within a dimension of time that is known as Tempo.
Tempo is keeping up Pressure across time, so that the opposing team is always reacting to you as you setup for & make the decisive moves.
You've felt this - it feels like the enemies keep steamrolling objectives/kills and you never get a chance to play your own game, farm, etc.
These concepts are the big-brain, mental warfare strategies that a jungler uses to win a game. You want to shadow your own lanes, but also their jungler (called Tracking their jungle - always keep your eyes on the minimap). Any time he makes a move, you are there, or at least have a counter play. It devastates opponents.
This is why you ward one of the enemy teams buffs at 1:05. You know where to apply a shadow based off enemy jungle start, thus generating Pressure, and allowing you to dictate the Tempo. If you keep this tempo all game, they will feel the Pressure and make desperation/reactionary moves, which you can be prepared to follow up on and clean up the fights.
These tools of the bread and butter of jungling largely, regardless of current Meta, Champion or ELO. Learning this skill has no skillcap, it isn't easy, and yet it will allow you to be the master of any chessboard of pieces.