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Gangplank Build Guide by MaoTheDong
A wannabe good GP player guide *WIP* [7.6]By MaoTheDong | Updated on May 6, 2017
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Threats & Synergies
Don't get close to him, okay? he'll slow, pull, and Q, it heals him, does a disgusting amount of dmg. If an enemy is good short distance, you go long distance, remember that! Most Darius' also go Flash Ghost now... just makes it worse than it already was..
I you're better at GP u win, if he's better, you lose, easy as that
Just blow his face up from a distance, he aint got a leap, and u can just barrel him when he charges at u, stay clear of him, he can easily get u down to 30% HP and just straight up ult u, especially if you're his nemesis #truedmg
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You easily kill his turrets with barrels/Q, and.. well, if he maxes W u just gotta put them dodge-boots on, pretty easy matchup, u will tilt the donger by oneshotting his turrets too
Be a dodgemaster, dont let her grab you with her nast tentacles... kill from a distance, only go close for the finish, and be very aware of her ult DMG and heal.
She has some early dmg, but not much, which is good for us, abuse the fact that she cant stun u as long as she has more HP, but u gotta keep it close, so if she all ins you can still win the one v one.
His all in does a lot of dmg, but if u have exhaust you should be fine, because 80& of his dmg is just E-Q-R-AA, so if u exhaust that, you can win the 1v1
He can Q your barrels, he does a million dmg early.. so yeah, seems to be the subject of this page... but stay safe, dont underestimate him, he can close to oneshot u at LVL 6
I mean, i havent played this matchup too much, but the fact that he can poke you from fountain, and his all in does A LOT of dmg, it's rough, get exhaust and just chill, let him screw up.
Go exhaust, dont be stupid, farm, trade if u can, you dont need to initiate the all ins in these lanes, assasins like kassa love going all in, and very often overextend, and a lot of people will forget u have exhaust, so they will just go suicide.. and if they know, they wont try to all in you too often, so its a win/win
call me a kid for saying this, but kata is busted, She has insane mobility which makes it damn near impossible to hit her, but if she is not very good and you can out"mind" her, thats good, i have beaten bad katas hard, and been beaten by good katas very hard, so fck that, ban it or be cucked most of the game, pray to god u can farm and she wont ace ur team, but lets be honest, she prolly will... but hey, if she doesnt know how to play kata, u will dumpster her, i did that just yesterday, felt amazing
This matchup is meh... it can go either way, but he's really squishy, so u should be fine when u get sheen/trinity
Don't know this matchup very well, if you do, u can send me a msg or comment, thank :^)
call me a kid for saying this, but LB is busted, fck that, ban it or be cucked most of the game, pray to god u can farm and she wont ace ur team, but lets be honest, she prolly will..
Shouldnt be too bad, just farm, dont think he has no dmg, coz that aint true, he got some early game dmg, just chill and farm, be careful about his lvl 6.. his dmg is surprisingly high.
Shouldnt be too bad, just farm, dont think he has no dmg, coz that aint true, he got some early game dmg, just chill and farm
I mean, this matchup is just really bad... GP is usually too weak early to crush nasus, so its more of a farming game... and u might think thats a terrible idea... and YES it is, so if u have a boosted monkey jungler that just wanna farm early and gank at like lvl 6+... u gonna get fcked, really..
Shouldnt be too bad, just farm, dont think he has no dmg, coz that aint true, he got some early game dmg, just chill and farm.
I mean, this matchup aint too bad, not too good, he has a strong early game and 1 v 1 potential... but u can definitely dumpster him if you outplay him with those phantom barrels and stuff, just dont overextend, that the biggest mistake a GP player ever do early game.
If you lucky and meet a farming ori, you good, coz u just farm too, but if she's and aggressive ori, u gonna have a very rough laning phase as it doesnt matter if you are under tower or not, coz her range is just too damn high... dont play with her balls, it hurts. get early MR
Nasty Mantheon... His Q range is the same as you, his Q doest more dmg, he can block yours with his passive too.... so yeah, i dont like mantheon that much...
I mean, u do more dmg, u can W her stun... dont play like a boosted monkey and u good, and as always, keep lane warded!
I don't ever recommend you to go in to this lane, she will smash you.
Very easy matchup, have defensive barrels up, smash them on his face when he tries to engage, just walk away, keep lane warded, as he sets up gank very easily, also your passive's true dmg counters his armor stacking, but either way, get LDR for sure, should be very easy lane.
disgusting, but u can still win, just be VERY carefull untill u get trinity. I recommend u get help from jungler before lvl 6, dont do it after lvl 6 if u and jungler arent already ahead, coz that twat will 1v2 you and win.
Hard matchup, but it's still a better matchup than Renekton in my experience, there's alot of stupid Rivens that overextend, abuse that! but you gotta be carefull, even when ahead, her lvl 6 is very strong and she can win most fights if u dont play it smoothly!
Boring matchup, farm under tower, not that you will have a chance not to, he will just push u in, and harrass u constantly, very boring matchup!
Really depends on the player, i feel its more of a skillmatchup,bring your A-game and u will dumpster him, dont waste your W
Farmfest... you scale a 100 times better, just be careful, he and jungler are most likely gonna dive you, just place your barrels under tower and get a double kill, and u good.
He shouldnt be able to do much to you, just stay and do dmg from a distance, and keep ur lane warded at all time, as he thrives on getting ganks, and ganking other lanes like mid and botlane, for god sake, ping when he's gone, even for 2 seconds, he's just gonna ult gank somewhere and get leads from that!
Harrass, harrass, harrass, he wont let you farm much, but u will smash him if u get a lead, its just his early substain and poke it VERY annoying, Stay safe.
One stun = Ult = Deaths, nuff said... go exhaust!
dont let him get on you and u good.
Hard... go exhaust and pray to the gods he's trash, and u'll do well
I see people but him on hard, but.. i feel thats more from lvl 1-5 ish... because in my experience, when i get a sheen,or finish trinity, i just dumpster him..
Strong 1v1 early, just dont let him, and u good. u dont really need to know more, just farm, and if he goof's, you kill him
Uhm, a pretty bad matchup in my opinion, just kite him, get swifties, and i prefer to go Stormraider's surges instead of thunderlords in this matchup, it help alot in the kiting, and try ur best to predict his W, if u do, u get away no problemas.
Okay, so TF is one of the squishiest champs in league, abuse that, and dont get cocky, its gonna end in a gold card to the face, and suddenly a wild Lee Sin kicks u in the face.
This little midget is scary, u might wanna consider steraks 2nd item against him,and u should always go exhaust against him, if exhaust does the trick, u wont need steraks, just try to land barrels and farm,but both of u scale very well in to lategame, so ask jungler for gank, just in case.
Hate wukong. at lvl 6 he'll just jump u and clone away, if u dont back, he will just do the same again with ult and u dead, son. go exhaust, i often ban wukong, for this reason... he's a struggle to deal with..
FARM, try some barrels , but dont get too close to him, he has very high damage early, u'd be surprised.but in this matchup u can still dumpster him, just farm early,and dumpster him early midgame, you do this simply by forcing him to lose farm with your barrels, coz they just do too much dmg
Yasuo is my cryptonite, so i cant really tell if he's very good against GP, but he has alot of movement... its hard to hit that little twat, but hey, the windwall doesnt stop barrels!
You shouldnt struggle much with this... i time to time play yotick too, and the only rhing you need to know is, be carefull of LVL 2 and LVL 6, also keep an eye on the graves, when he gets 3-4 graves, stay clear, coz that means he can spawn his minions and let the harrass u for free, dodge his E, stay clear of the minions, and u good
Ugh.. dmg is unreal, go exhaust, stay under tower and wait for him to done goof'd!
Threats & Synergies
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Hey, My name is Skoms(IGN:挪威第一名), and I am currently Plat 5 at the Chinese Server, I've been playing league of legends since the end of Season 2, and i haven't stopped playing the game yet, through the times I've been one of those guys that chance their mains every week... But last autumn I Started playing Gangplank, and I love playing him, So i decided to start maining him, so know I've been playing him for about half a year I guess, i have about 400 games with the champion and I am constantly improving as a player, but when i started I was struggling a lot, because I found no Guide that was in-depth enough for me, so I decided to make this guide right here, Of course there a lot of you guys out there that are better or know matchups and etc better, and I appreciate if you shared it with me in the comments or you can send me a message so I can improve this guide and make it even better, this guide is more pointed towards upcoming GP players that want to join the hype-train.
And finally thanks for checking my guide out!
Stuggle vs AD, the only thing you need to do is simply switch out the Scaling Health Seals for Flat Armor Seals
Struggle vs AP, now this is kinda different, i recommend you to try your best with the standard runes, but let's say you can't, you have 2 choices, drop all the 10% flat CD and put in MR blues, and put in another Lethality Quint, another thing u also can do if u really want the CD, you can take away one Lethality Quinnt and Flat CD Quint, and then put in x2 5% Scaling CD Quints, switch out the blues for MR and you good ;^) You can also in both of those pages go Flat health yellows for the early extra health if you feel she might go all in at lvl 1-3 and just kill you if you dont have that 72 extra health. This might be a good Idea vs champs like LeBlanc and Katarina.
I did some research and found out this is actually very different from what theKoreans go for example. The difference is not huge, but if you want to go the Korean mastery page here's what they take: They take 5 points in Sorcery, one point in Fresh Blood , 1 point in Vampirism , 4 in Natural Talent , and last in the Ferocity Tree is one point in Double Edged Sword , the biggest difference is in the Cunning Tree, So they put like us 5 points in Savagery and one point in Assassin , but then they only go one point in Meditation and 4 points in Merciless , further they go one point in Bandit , but 5 points in Precision and of course a point in Thunderlord's Decree .
So to conclude this, the NA/EU build is more substain focused and we go all lategame, which leaves us very weak early, but they sacrifice some substain to get the extra damage to strengthen their early game, they also go AD runes instead of Lethality.
Just an input from my side, there are certain matchups I go Stormraider's Surge instead of Thunderlord's Decree , for the huge kiting potential, the matchup i always go this, is versus Tryndamere. You can try it and tell me how it goes, I had a lot of succes with it!
|+Can Snowball very hard with early lead||-He might struggle a lot if he falls behind, hard to get back into the game|
|+Can blow up and win a teamfight without the need of his teammates if he lands a prime 3-5 man barrel!!||-Fairly squishy and shouldn't build tanky, if he does, he will lack very in the dmg departament|
|+Fairly flexible with builds||-Forced to build aggressively to be useful|
|+A lot of movement speed boosts from barrels and passive||-No leap/Dash/blink(escape)|
-Ult has very long CD and needs "stacks"(silver serpents)
to be upgraded and to be worth even using
|+His W, the Oranges is a heal and is a mini QSS with only 14-22s CD||-GP has no hard CC(Stuns,Charms, Snares etc)|
|Orange = Most common build||Light Blue = Often used situational items!||Purple = Very situational Items|
|Trinity Force: This Item is a total no-brainer, it is the one item you will ALWAYS go on gangplank, even if you're going bruiser or tank, it just works too well with his kit in general. The Sheen proc for his Parrrley and Powder Keg, the movements speed from Phage and the AS from Stinger is always a nice asset in every duel!|
|Youmuu's Ghostblade: Now, this item a lot of people ask if they should still build it in light of the recent nerfs(lost 5 lethality, pretty substantial nerf). Okay, so if you like me watch a lot of Tobias Fate, not only because he's very entertaining but also because he if VERY good at Gangplank, you'd notice that he hasn't dropped the item, and neither should you, I mean.. it sucks we lost 5 lethality on the item, but it still has 15 lethality, the cooldown reduction is very nice, as you don't need to buy lucidity boots, and don't forget the movement speed active, do not come here and tell me that hasn't either saved you or secured you a kill before! nuff said.|
|Infinity Edge: This item is also one of the core items in a CRITPLANK. This item is not needed in other gangplank build as the full lethality build, bruiser or tankplank, but that's for another guide. So according to my guide, you should always build this item as we go crits for days. Now when it comes to when you build it, you should build it AFTER Trinity Force and Youmuu's Ghostblade. it doesn't need to be the 3rd item at all, or even the fourth, you can go Statikk Shiv/ Phantom Dancer, and then IE, but I do recommend at least going Cloak of Agility and then an AS/Crit item of your choice to get that crit building earlier!|
|Statikk Shiv: This item is a very good choice and most often built by anyone playing critplank. This is quite frankly because it adds an extra 50-12 Magic Damage when you Auto Attack an enemy target, this also applies to your Parrrley, which is very nice when you want to oneshot a squishy enemy midlaner or ADC. Also note that it does not proc with barrels!|
|Phantom Dancer: Also a very common item, but not so often to build before Statikk Shiv, this is because you wont really often have more need for 1v1 strength over the extra burst from Statikk, but if you are in toplane all game because the other top is just splitting the whole game and you need that extra dueling-power, go ahead and get that Phantom Dancer, no one's stopping you.|
|Lord Dominik's Regards: This item is very often needed as they usually have at least 1 very strong tank, and if your team don't have any very effective way to deal with that in your team already, you have to wear the pants and penetrate that armor! If more than 2 enemies build armor I'd usually go this item, but also if they have one super tank that's just smashing my team and is almost unkillable! You will most likely build this item very often in light of the tank meta, but as the tank meta is now slowly going down you might not need it, but there will soon be a tank update, so you will definitely need to pick up dominik's sooner or later!|
|Sterak's Gage: Is a very common situational item to build and it gives you a lot more survivability, but is usually built strictly against burst champions that you can't stay away from, but this is not the only reason why it's pretty good on Gangplank, it also gives you +25% BASE attack damage!, now some might be like; "ugh, that aint good.." but that's where you are wrong, because the Spellblade passive on Trinity is a 200% boost to your BASE attack damage, so you basically get 50% extra attack damage when used with Spellblade. Every boost to your Q is great for your damage output!|
|Maw of Malmortius: This item is often used the same way as Sterak's Gage, but against Magic Damage enemies, like if the enemy has a lot of AP damagers i recommend you to go Hexdrinker in to Edge of Night and then finish Maw of Malmortius, now this gives you a ton of MR and the two passives Lifeline which is the shield you get when you drop below 30% health and is a 300 Magic Shield, and Lifegrip that gives you 20 AD, 10% lifesteal and 10% spellvamp until you leave combat, Lifegrip triggers as Lifeline triggers.|
|Edge of Night: As I explained in the description of Maw of Malmortius these two items are often built together, because it offers a lot of MR, you still get that 15 lethality and the 10% CD, the only bad part is that it takes up two item slots. Now you do not have to build these two together, you can choose to build Edge of Night without building Maw of Malmortius if you feel like you don't need more MR and you have another item that will fill in that last 10% CD whether it's lucidity boots or something else. The passive of Edge of Night is also very nice when you scout through territories without vision and you don't want to get caught of guard with an Ashe Arrow, hook and ETC, but note that the passive is nerfed, now it has a longer CD and a shorter duration!|
|Mortal Reminder: Firstly, welcome to the very situational items that you wont build too often, now this is not too often built as usually midlane or ADC would build Grevious Wounds in form of Executioner's Calling or Morellonomicon, but if they don't or you really need it in laning phase, this is the item for you, and if you dont already know, this is very good items against champions like Swain, Xin Zhao, Soraka and other that build a lot of Lifesteal/Spellvamp or simply have it in their kit!|
|Dead Man's Plate: Is a rare but effective situational item you can go VS very AD heavy teams, now i personally only go this item when its super-lategame and you sell your boots, because it give you much health, armor and movement speed from it's passive, and because you then would have 5 Damage items and 1 defensive you still will have a lot of damage and it will be slightly harder to kill you as you wont run up in their face 1v5, but in a 1v1 this helps a lot if you catch them out lategame! as your lategame is most likely much better than theirs!|
|Spirit Visage: Has the same function as Dead Man's Plate, for lategame tankiness but for AP heavy teams instead of AD heavy, building this instead of Dead Man's Plate should only occur if they have 3 or more strong AP champions! The passive of Visage is also very nice as in increases your W heal by 25% :^)|
|Essence Reaver: is an item you'll only build when you wanna have fun with 100% crit and/or when you know you'll win, so you just mess around with the enemy. I don't recommend this item in a game that's super close as it leaves you very squishy! so if you get caught, u can single-handedly lose the game for your team..|
|Ohmwrecker: this is for when you are a salty sailor and just wanna troll your team because you are too damn salty, build this to get reported, please do, no one likes a salty sailor! Walk the plank!|
|Flash: is the summoner spell you go 110% of the games no question, I shouldn't and won't need to give you any reason for this, just read what the summoner spell does and you know Gangplank will need it!|
|Exhaust: is the summoner I would go in most midlane matchups, you can read the matchup section for more info on when you should. As a short explanation, you will want to go Exhaust against most champions that can get to you from far and do great damage within a short amount of time, examples: Zed in mid, and Riven in toplane.|
|Teleport: is mainly for toplane, you will want to go TP in toplane all the time, but in some matchups you shouldn't like versus very burst heavy laners like Renekton, Riven and Tryndamere, for these Exhaust would be better. Teleport in midlane should only be chosen in very easy matchups you know you will win or at least wont die.|
|Ghost: is very rarely chosen and I don't recommend it, but if you wont need Exhaust or Teleport, it is a good summoner spell to go, it gives you more kite potential.|
|Ignite: I wouldn't really ever go ignite as a damage summoner spell isn't as needed as mobility/survivability for Gangplank, early you wont need it, as you wont duel much, but rather farm, and later you shouldn't run into them as you will be collapsed, but hey, if you have an Ignite fetish, more power to ya!|
|YOU HAVE W! totally useless summoner spell|
|YOU HAVE W! :^)|
|Exhaust is better|
Trial By Fire: is a very strong passive when used right,
but often ignored by new Gangplank players, most don't even know what it does when they just started. Trial By Fire is a true damage burn that also gives you a huge speed boost for a short while, and this passive is very good against tanks. Now the normal trading combo is +AA( ) and then run away, this will do a decent amount of damage and if you are against someone that can't jump you, you should be safe too. Don't try this vs Riven. Here's a crucial point with the passive, when you destroy a barrel, it resets! can also be applied to turrets. Okay, so you have a few barrels set up defensively, you have you passive up, you go apply , Parrrley the barrel, try to combo it on him if possible, and then apply Trial By Fire on him again, this is a lot of true damage and you can often escape easily with the movementspeed you get. This is mostly used against tanks because of the burn, but it can also be very effective in many matchups, but be smart, you don't want to go face to face with Riven or Jax. There's also a combo where you have a double-barrel combo ready, you the double-barrel, and instantly AA the target before the second one blows up, and if you had trial by fire before doing that, you can apply 3 within a very short duration, plus the barrel damage, its a lot of true damage and AD damage within a short amount of time, if you can pull it off in a teamfight against a tank, its amazing, but it's more used against Drake, Baron and turrets, as its often a little hard to pull of in a teamfight!
|Parrrley: is a point and click spell used mainly for Farming and detonating Powder Keg, but is also an essential tool to harass your enemy in lane from LVL 1-2, but just because you have your barrels doesn't mean that you can't harass him with Q anymore. Parrrley is often very nice in lane if you feel like they can just dodge all your barrels. You will need to have 100% over the animation of the Q and how long it takes from when you get in range untill you hit your target, this is for barrel-combos. Also you will early in bad matchups use you Q mainly to farm, which is also good when it comes to stacking up your Silver Serpents for your ult upgrade. This spell is combined with barrels and will be most of your damage through out the game|
Remove Scurvy: is first of all an awesome spell overall,
it offers sustain and can help you out of a kinky situation. Remove Scurvy for people that don't know for some reason, is a Heal and mini-QSS in one. They have a Malzahar? don't worry, if he is dumb enough to ult you, you just Remove Scurvy and you're gone. Knowing this, it's obvious you shouldn't use it for the heal if there's a chance you will need to survive an engage and ETC. People can easily abuse you not having Remove Scurvy up, especially in a 1v1 or for an incoming gank! knowing this, you should always go Remove Scurvy at level 3, sometimes you might consider even doing it at level 2, I did this latest earlier today against a Jax, and it resulted in me surviving, then my jungler came and got a double kill on Jax and Vi. It's a simple spell, but using it at the right time can sometimes be tricky!
Powder Keg: is probably the reason you play Gangplank,
you have seen those crazy barrel combos where you just obliterate the enemy team, but getting the hang of barrels and combos can be tricky, and knowing when to do what, and for a rookie,
I recommend going in to Sandbox mode which recently got added, then go around and practice the timing for as long as it takes you, try to get as close to the time as possible, so the enemy wont "out-time" you, that can often be very frustrating, so practice that alot. Do not only practice level 13 barrel timers, do all, the pre level 7 timer, pre 13 timer and post 13 timer!
When it comes to combos, I will make that a little sooner in this guide!
*WIP* more coming later today