Malphite Build Guide by The Rock Titan
[11.6] The Rock Titan's Master Malphite OTP Tank Top GuideBy The Rock Titan | Updated on March 20, 2021
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+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+8 Magic Resist
+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
Ability Order Q max
Threats & Synergies
"[Comet Q > E] - Aatrox is a pretty challenging lane, you will very likely be down cs which is normal. - You will only win this lane if the Aatrox makes continuous small mistakes or a big mistake. - His Q dash pokes you and it gets pretty annoying and hard to dodge. His regular Qs can be outplay however. - His 1st Q can be baited out by fake walking toward and away from him or play at an angle with him and you can side step it as well - His 2nd Q can be dodged just by going near him - His 3rd Q just run away from him. - If you are really good and manage to outplay his Qs, you'll win the trade everytime but I wouldn't count on it happening often in high elo. - His pull is easy to fail, just Q and run away from him - Build Bramble to help you lane and trade and stop him from healing so much. - You don't want to push your lane against him. Wait for jungler to gank and it's easy kill after 6"
"[Comet Q > E] - Pretty chill lane, Q her and stay far away when she's in her shroud of course. - Build early MR and she won't have kill pressure on you. - You don't have a lot of kill pressure on her as well (she most likely builds some omnivamp), just farm as much as you can. - Dodge her Shuriken"
"[Comet Q > E] - Q her whenever possible, play around her damage shields - Most important: You want to side step her stun. If you can't for whatever reason, E her before she stuns you. After she does her combo, she should have magic shield up so just W auto her and Q her once it's gone. You win trade everytime. - You will win this lane until she gets her first sheen item. But at that point, lane phase should be over soon. - She can use her ult to dodge your ult! Becareful! - Get early Bami's, she does true damage, no reason to get a lot of armor. Get more HP. If she builds lifesteal, get Bramble :) - Position yourself away from the walls below you so you have time to react to her stun. - Avoid her once she has her second Q, she can quickly stun you and true damage Q you and run away"
"- He's kinda annoying but you can try to kill him if he makes a mistake - He can't really kill you too consistantly but he will if you give him the chance to - Dodge his knock up, fairly easy to dodge - Early game, Q him to get him low and definitely trade with him whenever possible - Once he gets some HP and MR..., you just want to farm and get out of lane phase fast. You won't be able to do anything against him anymore - If the Cho is bad at farming early on, you can actually win the lane"
"- Can chunk you lvl1 if you somehow get in his range... He literally sometimes just run at you lvl1 and try to get some damage in. Hail of Blades darius is kinda crazy... - Q him at very max range, don't get hooked! - You'll be down CS and that's normal, stay alive (don't feed him) in lane phase you are useful later on! - When he's low enough, you can actually try to all in, but he might not give you the chance to. - Once he gets stridebreaker, get out of lane phase! You are just free kills for him! - They all go ghost most of the time, very rarely teleport. Don't push your lane and manage your waves well! If he gets the freeze you're in deep trouble!"
"[Comet Q > E] - You can actually get him low enough to the point of where you can actually all in him even after he gets 6 - Q him all the time, he uses a lot of HP just to trade, do quick trades and you should come out on top - Definitely try to kill him early on before he start getting HP and MR... - Once he gets some HP, you can't fight him anymore. - Dodge his cleavers to make him take damage. - Bramble's vest is good, gotta get heal cut somehow."
"[Grasp E > W or Q] - You want to get bramble first back then you can go on with your build. - If you are confident with your autos, you can start Corrupting Potion and trade autos to build Grasp stacks. - Doran's shield is also good since you can heal her vitals back. - Early game you don't have bramble so she beats you. Play safe, farm, and farm Grasp. - Good Fioras will Riposte your E and auto damage early game, becareful of that. - After you get Bramble, this match up is very easy until she gets her first item. - You could probably Max Q here, honestly nothing you do can go terribly wrong."
"[Comet Q > E] - Second wind (rune) can be good here paired with doran's shield. - You want to Q him while not get poked too hard yourself. - He's definitely hard but he shouldn't have a lot of kill pressure on you if you maintain your HP well. - Try to get rid of his barrels whenever you can but don't risk it if you can't. - You can bait out his barrel combo just by fake walking toward and away from him. - He's deceptively tanky (Grasp GP) with his oranges, don't under estimate him and all in him thinking he's low enough! He runs too fast! - If the GP doesn't go Grasp, you will win this lane"
"[Grasp E > W or Q] - Start W and go E next and get Q lvl3, you can easily trade with him starting lvl1 - Once you get some HP and Armor, he cannot trade with you anymore - Keep on Grasp W him, you can kill him when he's low enough - Make sure you E him before he silences you, press E and W together, they can activate at the same time"
"[Comet Q > E] - He's kinda annoying because he can kite you but just Q poke him all day, All in once he's low enough. - Dodge his skill shot - After 6, stay away from walls when he's about to get mega Gnar - When he's about to get Mega Gnar, don't stand near his turret, he can shove you into turret range - This might be an Even match up because he got a buff, don't underestimate Mega Gnar!"
"[Comet Q > E] - He can kill you only if you're not playing safe enough and get poked down too hard - You don't want to push your lane... He can gap close very quickly and kill you as you try to escape back to tower. - Try to farm as much as you can... he can be hard and you'll be down CS but just don't feed him kills and you should be good."
"[Comet Q > E] - You can try to kill him as best as you can after 6. - Avoid/dodge his stun combo, and try to get a few Qs on him without taking too much of his turret damage. - All in him if he's at around 80% or less health and when you have some MR items. Last thing you want to do is happen is die when you you all. - People who play Heimer are usually very confident in their abilities. Becareful! - A good jungler will gank your lane"
"[Comet Q > E] - Pretty much impossible lane for you after his first back... - Get early boots 2, dodge his soul pulling skill!!! Run away if it hits! - Farm as much as you can. - Hopefully your jungler can gank for you a few times before she can 1v5..."
"[Comet Q > E] - Q him all the time and all in once he's low enough... Can't go wrong with this lane. You can E max as well. - Build bramble if he's going lifesteal"
"[Comet Q > E] - Really easy, he hurts a bit before your first back don't die to him. After you get your first few components, he can't really kill you at all. - [Comet Q > E] Q him when he trys to farm. E, W him if he jumps you. Like it's so easy. - I wonder if they thought of going MR and some life steal against malphite. They know better than I do."
"[Comet Q > E] - She outscales you but before she gets 2 items, you usually win. - Q her constantly and try to juke her slow. - If she lands her slow, run back a bit, don't let her start autoing you. - Once she's 6, she'll have prio over you. Once her wave pushes, all in her under your tower. She has a long way to run. - Build MR - You need to break her freeze whenever she gets one. Tank some HP and push the wave in or you establish a freeze yourself. - You just never want Kayle to be able to free farm risk free. She has to be either worried of a gank or your all in at all time in the game."
"[Comet Q > E] - He's annoying since his auto range and abilities are very long. - He can also escape your all ins and ganks easily. - If he uses his lightning rush to waveclear, this is the best time to try to all in him. - Build MR of course"
"[Grasp E > W or Q] - Pretty easy and straight forward. - Dodge his pull skillshot of course - If he uses his empowered autos to waveclear, you can get some close range melees in - Otherwise, just try to stack Grasp as much as you can - If he charges you, Q then E immediately and kite him with a few autos. Try to not let him get the last auto off on you."
"[Comet Q > E] - Very similar to Jayce, you'll have some trouble before first back but once you get a few items and Q leveled up he's sooo free - Once you get bramble/bami/armor boots 2 of the 3, you can actually just start running at him - You should be able to solo kill him a few times in lane setting him behind."
"[Grasp E > W or Q] - She can get you chunked at like lvl1 and stay far away from her when she's about to hit 2 when you're still lvl1 - After that, she's just not a threat until she gets her first item. - Get bramble and Max E and you can do some quick auto trades with her - Get her pretty low, you can all in her - Dodge her stun, it's really easy to dodge because you have extra movement speed with your Q - She's gonna get the push on you (and that's good) because she wants to build up her passive stacks. Just don't fight her when she's fully stacked."
"[Grasp E > W or Q] - I think Maokai is pretty easy since you both can't really kill each other. Given you maintain good HP. - He's basically free Grasp procs for you. Be aggressive and keep stacking your grasp. - Fight and trade away from bushes! - Get MR for sure, your goal is to farm and proc grasp as much as you can. - One thing to becareful is that he has very good jungle gank setup, so let him push you in! - If your jungle ganks for you even once this game, you should win the lane. (Same for him though if his jungler gets a good gank off of you) - Problem is, he's also playing hoping his team is going to carry him just like you... - So winning or losing literally depends on which team's other 4 members is more fed - You don't want to feed Maokai... he's pretty crazy with the sustain later on..."
"- A classic counterpick against Malphite but honestly he's easier than you think - He doesn't have a lot of kill pressure pre 6, he just keeps poking you but you just try to dodge and farm as much as you can - First back, get MR and now even after 6 he can't kill you as well. - In his ult, you want to Q and run away to the border of his ult asap, then he should be very close to you autoing you. Focus on dodging instead of fighting him. Your goal is to stay alive after his ult ends! - Max Q and you can juke his skills very easily. - A tip to juking is to make small directional movements and move in opposite direction when he finally uses his skill. - It's scary to gank him if you don't have a high damage jungler like Nunu. He can actually 1v2 you guys. If you get low damage jungler, tell him to not come top - He forces you to build MR so that's not good if rest of his team is AD heavy"
"[Grasp E > W or Q] - If he's just farming Q stacks, he's easy, just farm Grasp off him literally starting lvl1, Starting W is really good. - If he's gonna go ap and max E..., well you're in trouble. He's suddenly unfavored..., but if he does this, he won't have a good rest of his game. Your team will have a easy time killing him later. - Once he gets his first sheen item however... You have beeeeen outscaleddd!!! But again... lane phase would probably be over by then. - Since you're the aggressor, watch out for jungle ganks. If you die to jungle ganks, it would have an adverse affect on your lane. You definitely do not want a Nasus snowballing during lane phase... - Get bramble vest to actually be able to kill him before he outscales you"
"[Comet Q > E] - He does a lot of damage but if you play safe, he can't really kill you - Don't stand near walls or his pillar, he'll knock you up. - Before he knocks you up, E him. - You can look to trade with him if he uses his flames to wave clear - Q him all the time, farm as much as you can... - You have a small gap to all in him around lvl6 after your first back. - Try to use your ult to cancel his ult if possible, you can knock him up first and his ult will have no knock up - If you're just bored of sitting under tower, ditch your lane and help your team more than he helps his team - He goes Bami usually. If he's under turret with low health, ult him and turret will focus him because of Bami. You can get some free kills!"
"[Comet Q > E] - If he takes ignite, becareful of his damage before your first back, after your first back, he can't kill you anymore - Just build early armor, I like 3 cloth against him, then get HP. - Try to stand away from your minions, bait out his Q by walking back and forth. His fast Q should be easy to avoid and short range. - I like Doran's shield, corrupting potion is also fine - When you're escaping from him, don't run in a straight line, try to dodge his spear - Q him constantly then all in him"
"[Comet Q > E] - Try to get in range to Q her, she's kinda like lucian, annoying before your first back. - After your first back, she's very easy. Q and all in her whenever possible - After she's 6, make sure you ping her missing immediately! She roams very fast!"
"[Grasp E > W or Q] - Right now, I prefer to take grasp and max E than W but maxing Q also makes sense - He usually pushes early game to build up his fury, let him do that and trade grasp Ws and E with him near your turret. Trades should be pretty even when your passive is up. - You will be down a few CS before first back, once you get a few components, you can win quick trades with him and get him low enough to all in. - If he dashes to you, try to E before he stuns you. - Watch out for his fury bar of course. - Bait his Q out by fake walking toward and away from him. - Sometimes you might not get an auto off because he can cancel your auto with his stun... So just fake the auto and E him before he stuns you."
"- Rengar top... is pretty annoying but if you play safe, you can't lose. - It's somewhat hard to kill him with his sustain but same goes for him. E and W him once he jumps in to trade - After 6, You might be able to all in him when you have your ult. His ult is pretty useless in lane. Most likely used to run away. - He can outplay you around those top bushes, and his heal is ridiculous... Gives him the respect he deserves. - Rengar top players are usually very confident, they want to bully you at the time. This is why he's very prone to ganks. If you have a high damage jungler, he's dead most of the time. - His empowered W cleanses him, I try to ult him right after he uses it."
"[Grasp E > W or Q] - This is one of those lanes where E max is just far more superior than Q - Start W into E, you'll start winning level 1 lol... - She always wants to use her last Q to try to get some free poke damage on you. This can be anticipated and you get to E her when she does it. You win that trade everytime - I don't recommand engaging the fight, before you get your Bami. She has too many dashes to outplay you and you can end up losing the trade or even die instead. - After you get your Bami and a few cloth armors, you can actually just run at her. All in whenever she mis steps. - However, once she gets her first item, you can't fight her anymore. She either runs away too fast or you don't have enough damage"
"- This is one of your worst match ups... There is literally nothing you can do against him - You max Q but he just shields it all the time... If you try to melee him, he can kite you off. - Only way to get some trades in is if he used his flame spitter to clear wave while some creeps are alive to block his slow and you can Q him, run at him and W and E him. - This is why I try taking PTA and Maxing Q, you can actually get some good trades in this way - Ask for jungle ganks, since he has his lane pushed in..."
"[Comet Q > E] - Sett is pretty hard but if you're really good, you can solo kill him. - If he goes hail of blades..., might be best to just Q poke. (Need more experience vs this) - The most important thing is dodging his W true damage. - If he pulls you in when he's like half HP, time to try and outplay him! Stay very close to him and walk circles around with him, try your best to dodge his W while autoing him at the same time. If you successfully dodged his W, you will either burn his flash or kill him :) - If you get even one kill on him, you can snowball! - In teamfights, position yourself away from your team! You don't want Sett to ult you into aoeing you team!"
"- Taking Grasp probably doesn't make too much sense because he can dodges autos but it's better than Comet imo (since you E max) - You also want demolish in this match up so that's why Grasp tree is needed. - You E max to clear waves faster so once he ults, you get to demolish his turret faster. - After he's 6, and you got your first few components, you want to be aggressively trading with him whenever your E is up. You want to fight him to distract him from ulting his teammates. Stop when you get too low... - Shen is a pretty annoying lane but he doesn't have a lot of kill pressure and he pushes really slow before he gets his Bami. - You can take advantage of his slow wave clear and get a bunch of free recalls off. You can literally play really stupid sometimes, just to get the waves pushed in and recall to buy and heal. - I don't think his dash can be dodged on reaction. You have to juke it to dodge it. If you do dodge it, you do a quick trade and run away. - When he taunts you, you want to press W and E at the same time as he dashes so his attack speed is slowed AND you get a W auto off before he start blocking. You deal maximum damage and minimize damage taken. - Never trade with him if his blade passed through you. His autos hurt soooo much... - THIS IS NOT A MATCH UP YOU CAN WIN, IF YOU KEEP DYING, JUST FARM SAFE AND NOT FIGHT."
"[Comet Q > E] - Honestly I haven't played enough of this match up to make a comment. - From my experience, you just Q him and get him low enough to all in him. That's about it. - Once he gets MR, just farm... - Don't underestimate your W autos, it hurts him a lot. Definitely slap him a few times before you disengage."
"[Comet Q > E] - Sion is pretty hard but can't kill you that easily. - He punishes you with his knock up when you try to farm, really annoying to deal with - When he used his knock up for waveclear, this is a good time to trade with him. - Try not to line youself up with him, you really don't want to get hit by his slow. - A good Sion is probably going to win this lane 8 out of 10 times... If he's really good, you might want to stop fighting and focus on farming and roaming..."
"[Comet Q > E] - He's really annoying but I don't think he can kill you a lot of the times in lane. - I would rush boots 2 here, you really need to dodge his pull. If you do, he doesn't have a lot of damage. - Need more experience with this lane"
"[Comet Q > E] - I ban him every game because he can steal your ult and use it on your team. - But overall his laning is not too bad, just let him push, Q him, get some early MR - Always take quick trades, try to not get hit by his grab and you'll be fine - Don't let him get a kill on you... He can snowball out of control... Steal your ult and kills you repeatedly"
"[Comet Q > E] - If the teemo goes grasp..., you're in for a hard lane. I haven't figured out how to beat Grasp Teemo, he does out sustain your Q poke. - Try Doran's Shield and Second wind if you're having trouble, I think corrupting potion is also good though. - This might be an Unfavored match up but because teemos can be ganked easily and Teemo just isn't the most useful champ, you can lose lane but win the game pretty easily."
"[Comet Q > E] - He's so easy, you can play this match up blind folded... - Max E, make sure you don't take extended trades - Don't push your lane. Let him push and trade with him near your tower."
"[Comet Q > E] - If you can consistently dodge his dash, this lane is actually pretty easy - You can try to kill him when he's poked low or slapped low but becareful with it. - If he shields your Q with his dash, go up and slap him a few times if possible - After he gets his first item (most likely Black Cleaver) you really need to get out of lane phase... One dash on you and it could spell certain death..."
- [Comet Q > E] Once you get lvl6 and first back. You treat her like how you would normally treat an ADC :)...
"[Comet Q > E] - He's easier than Mord, he can't really kill you but like you can't really kill him too. - In this lane, I like to play agressive starting lvl1, you need to take control of this lane! The last thing you want is letting him Q and auto you whenever he wants under your turret! - Push him in all the time, Q him whenever possible - Avoid him when he has empowered Q, this is the only time when you shouldn't be aggressive - This allows you to recall, roam, counter jungle. Suddenly, it isn't much of a lane you need to worry about!"
"[Comet Q > E] - He's not hard, let him push you in. - You can start Doran's shield and heal off his passive lightnings - Watch out for his burst, it hurts a lotttt, I would never start a trade with him - Q him continuously of course, all in whenever he's low"
"- Warwick is really hard... he heals too much! - I might try Oblivion Orb Bramble and see if it helps... - He's deceptively tanky... He could be at 100hp and bites you and ult and boom he's full HP again..."
"[Comet Q > E] - Wukong is pretty easy, build armor and you should be fine. - You need some armor before you can kill him, if you don't have armor and you try to all in, he can do a lot of damage and you won't even know what hit you... - Once you have armor, Q him all the time, Then you can all in him when he's low. He'll drop his full combo on you but you can tank it. - Don't fight beside his clone!"
"[Grasp E > W or Q] - Once you get bramble, start taking more aggressive trades. - You never want to max Q because that's the only skill shot he can block. - He dashes everywhere... becareful. - I think I put him Medium because Yasuo players are really confident... They have some crazy mechanics lol. Don't get outplayed!"
"[Comet Q > E] - He's easier than Yasuo! - You'll start winning this match up once you get some HP and Armor - The most important thing is Q him AFTER he used his shield move - Still be very careful with him when you're close to him, he's Yone afterall... I would not take extended trades with him. - All in him once he's low enough"
"[Comet Q > E] - After lvl3 and onward, this lane just becomes harder and harder... Just farm and dodge his E skillshot so you don't get jumped by his ghosts. - You can try to trade if he missed his E, while not having a lot of graves up... - Get boots 2 early for sure."
He's your bro
Not sure why but I love him. Probably because you enable him to do a lot of damage.
Champion Build Guide
I hit Master playing only Malphite and I am the Rank 1 Malphite NA!
This guide is intended to anyone that wants to learn Malphite at a High level.
This guide alone does not guarantee that you will get a high rank but will significantly raise your chances.
Other guides about top laning and general game knowledge will help you climb as well.
My main account: the rock titan
Once in a while I get called, "dumb Malphite player" or "Must be boring being a Malphite one trick" but when you win and climb, you don't care what they say anymore!
Malphite mains are humble, they know they are bad at video games so instead of trying to see who clicks the fastest, they admit defeat and play Malphite!
This is me... a 24 year old boomer that can't compete with the 16 year old gaming prodigy at this game.
On the day I hit Master, I felt really happy and I had a big audience to share the moment with... But I also felt a bit of melancholy.
I look back at the games that got me Master and I feel like most of my games, my team carried me... All I did was I did my job as Malphite...
I tried ways of comforting myself, telling myself that I deserve it and that's when it hit me...
GETTING CARRIED IS OK. DO NOT FEEL BAD!
For some reason and I don't know when it started, but in high elo League of Legends, people look down on you if you play Malphite.
Its gotten so bad for my mental that even in games I did well in but my Lucian carried the game, I feel like I don't deserve the win...
I want to remind everyone that Malphite is a tank and tanks are not carries! The purpose of Malphite is he ENABLES your team to carry. He enables your team to do more damage!
So I think having the mentality of "you must carry your game or you don't deserve this win" is just not right! Everyone gets carried from time to time, a win is a win and without you, it's a 4v5!
I hope less people flame Malphite players for their pick, if you feel like we're looking to get carried, then well... that's the point! I'm a tank, I'm simply playing my ROLE as a tank and I'm suppose to get carried!
As long as you didn't int the game, you handled your match up correctly, and made plays with your ult, bro. You did you job! It may not look like it but you carried!
In high elo, I think Malphite is a really good pick and if you're with good players, They LOVE Malphites. If you're not mechanically gifted, you really should just play Malphite!
Everyone is going to tell you up front, don't worry, you're a tank, you'll be good in later on in teamfights.
That is true but you need to do a lot more than that to climb high!
1. You need to know your match ups. Know what to do vs the common match ups.
Things like Camille, Darius, Shen, Aatrox, Irelia, and Fiora you must know what to do against these Champs!
1.1 Laning and Trading
Many people think lane phase for Malphite is not important because Malphite excels in teamfights. However, this is not true for high elo.
Getting to Diamond relies heavily on properly handling your match up. There are about 50 of them and lucky for you, I made a match up guide for you :)
Getting to Master means you need to stomp or hard win your winning match ups. Exploit opponent's mistakes if you're against unfavored match ups.
Then doing all that while not dying to jungle ganks and looking for tp plays.
1.2 Against Tank Match ups
I always find it unrewarding winning lane against, Sion, Cho'Gath, Ornn and even Maokai...
First of all, you lose in all these match ups, any good Sion and Cho'Gath will win this lane easily.
Now lets say you do win against them, they made a big mistake and you get a kill on them...
The problem is, if their team is better, you're going to lose anyway because Sion and Cho'Gath is never going to be completely useless...
They are also playing hoping their team is going to carry them just like you...
So I find the best way to win the game (not your lane), is to have more Kill Participating than them.
If you helped your team thrive more than him, you'll most likely win the game.
Think about it, are you going to "excel" in teamfights when you fed a Darius or Mordekaiser 3 kills during lane phase? Camille, Nasus, Vlad is eventually going to outscale you, are you going to just go even? I don't think so...
2. By knowing your match ups, you'll need to know your lane Prios
Things like telling your jungler to start top side or push your lane to gain lane prio.
Do you win top/jg 2v2s? If not, tell your jungler to never gank top!
3. Get your TEAM fed!
If you are winning topside, transfer your lead to the rest of the team (also known as... Carrying)!
Carrying means you've contributed the most toward winning the game. If you're ahead, you must carry as a tank, one way or another!
Give your kills to your jungler, give your kills to your adc. You don't need it!
3.5 Map awareness is very important! It gets your team fed!
Since you only play one champ so you know this champ inside out, look at the mini map more!
Your post 6 roams, hovers and TP plays are very strong and if used well, you can win games just with Map awareness alone!
4. Know when to ult.
Your ult is a big decision!
If you hit a good ult, it can potentially win the game!
If you miss your ult, you can easily lose the fight and the game!
Don't engage when none of your teammates are around. You might see a 5 man ult opportinuty but if teammate is around, control urges!
If you can't find a 5 man ult, don't be greedy! Just ult the best available target!
Ideally you want your ult to always be on CD. Use it to roam all the time!
Don't forget to use your ult as an escape! If enemy jungler ganks top and you ult away? You've wasted his time! Hopefully your team can get Drake off that.
I find landing your ult more and more difficult now... So many dashes and jumps. It's so nuts...
5. How to use Granite shield?
Get your W and E off before your Granite shield is gone!
Farm around your Granite shield! You don't want to get too low in lane!
6. Wave control.
Know how to freeze and break freezes!
6.5 How to farm.
A lot of the time you are going to get bullied.
Is it worth it to trade half your HP bar for 1 range minion? NO!
Only get the CS that's worth getting! Don't take too much damage trying to get 14 gold!
7. Vision control
Ward more! It literally saves your life!
If your lane is pushed up to the enemy's turret, don't just walk back to lane... ward first. Chances are there is a jungler waiting for you to get back to lane...
Pinks are so important, guys literally watch your replays, sometimes you feel so stupid standing in a bush that is warded the whole time lol...
Any game knowledge is going to increase your chances of achieving a higher rank!
To make up for your lack of skill, you must have very deep game knowledge!
More Item Notes Above in the Items Section! Hover over "NOTES" on the top right hand corner to see!
At first, I didn't want to make a guide on items and builds. But due to popular request, I decided to try my best and make one.
Right now, I think stacking armor or MR (or any defensive stats for that matter) is not optimal.
There are too many champs that do true damage or mix damage in the game... For example, Yone, Katarina, Camille, Kraken Slayer(item) or other tank buster items...
So I think, we should build some damage or items that help us engage. I wouldn't underestimate Malphite's damage if you build damage.
Have you ever been in a situation late game where you do ZERO damage and if you didn't hit a good ult, people can just ignore you in teamfights and walk past you and go for your carries? Then after they kill your carries, they just turn around and kill you right after... This is why you build damage.
Be flexible with your builds, I try to do my best to make this item's guide 1+1=2 but every game is different, look at the enemy team and build what's good!
Turbo ChemtankAfter the 11.2 patch update, I'm building Chemtank every game now... It got cheaper and only 5 MR and Armor less than Aegis.
I'm really liking Chemtank right now, definitely the item to go if you're playing from behind.
Spirit VisageYou can consider Spirit Visage if you have ocean soul.