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Gragas Build Guide by eloment
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Threats & Synergies
She is actually very annoying. Dodge her q and poke her until you can all in her.
Not a hard match up. Poke her and e her when she goes in with her r.
VERY annoying. You cant all in her cause of her passive. Ask your jungler for a gank or two and you should be able to win.
You poke her more than she can. All in is easy for you just be careful cause timpers might block your e.
Poke from far. Hard to deal with if you dont land your qs. Also remember that you can dash through his r.
Poke him and all in him. Pretty easy
Actually pretty hard match up. Poke her and for gods sake DONT miss your q if she tries you go in on you.
Kinda hard to deal with her. Poke more and more. Dont go in if you are not 100% sure you can kill her.
Not that hard. Dodge his r with your e and remember to always throw your q where he will land after his e.
Poke as match as possible. Keep your e for when she ults.
This is a match up where ROA works. Play safe and poke.
Dont underestimate her dmg. E her w and q where she started her w after that.
REALLY annoying. He counters everything you have. Dont go in. Just poke and rush protobelt so you can remove his passive easier.
Poke her and hope that she doesnt know how to play well or else she WILL cancel your e.
Poke her a lot and dont e before she ults because she can cancel your e.
Rather easy match up. Poke him and cancel his r with e or your r.
Poke him and dont let him hit your with his empowered q.
Max e try to ult him unter tower. Rush revolver and sheen or if you feel like you are losing really hard buy iceborn gauntlet.
You should just ban him. Poke him and hold your e for his ult.
Poke her with q and remember that her ult makes her return to the original locasion so throw your q and pop it when she returns
Poke him with q and dont go in without a gank.
Threats & Synergies
Max e and short trade her.
Short trades and mr should help you win lane.
Hard match up. Max e and only use it when he pulls you in.
Max e and rush mr and armor together ask jg for help and morellos is good in this situation
Max e. Bait out her w and then trade with her.
Max q and poke him. Dont try to all in him if he has an orange.
Remember: You dont deal dmg to him but he deals to you. Which means: ARMOR.
Short trades and dodge her e.
Max e. Skill matchup.
Max e and try to e him when he tries to stun you.
Max q and poke him till you can kill him.
Max q and poke him until you can all in him.
Weird match up. Poke him with e and when he loses his lizard just kill him.
HARD match up. Buy mr and dont try to trade him for too long.
Max w. You can just short trade him to death. You can also take ignite if you feel like shitting on him.
Poke him with q. No other real options here.
Max e and short trade him to death.
Hard match up. Max e or q depenting on if he plays aggresively(e) or not(q).
Max e and just poke him when he goes in.
Same with renekton
Just cancel his q and dont trade for long.
Max q and poke him with it so he cant go in on you.
Max q and just poke him to death.
Max e and dont fight him.
Max e and dont let him grab you.
Threats & Synergies
Just remember that you can cancel his q with your e.
Cancel his e with your e or r and you can cancel it even if he is mid air. Every single one of your abilities to area damage so you should be able to destroy his passive.
Be careful when fighting him so you can dodge his e-q combo
About me & the guide
Hi im eloment and im currently plat 2. I've been playing since early season 3 and i've been maining Gragas since early season 7, mainly in mid lane with about 500k points on gragas thoughout the accounts that i have. I will be discussing Gragas top mid and jg telling you about his combos and everything you need to learn to pick him up. Almost everything in this guide is knowledge i got from watching ''Panunu'' and ''Woody Fruity''(both god level Gragas players).
So when is a good time to pick Gragas? Gragas heavily depents on poking his laner or short trading him but there is NO matchup that Gragas can't win against in mid or top. Picking Gragas means two things for your team:
1. Your team fights will become a lot better and
2. You will either have a tank with high damage or an ap caster/assasin with very good survivability
So its never really a bad time to pick Gragas.
This gives Gragas WAY bigger one-shot potential. Combos perfectly with his abilities and destroyies the enemies healthbars.Also i want to ad one more thing here that i want people to know. A lvl 4 Gragas with 2 points on Barrel Roll can deal around 500 dmg with his combo Drunken Rage Body Slam Barrel Roll Ignite.
This is perfect for top lane Gragas. It gives him protection and damage as well as being triggered by both his Body Slam.
Another rune that gives Gragas one-shot potential. The reason i take this on jungle and not Electrocute is because Dark Harvest gives almost as much damage and more frequently.
I also want to talk about Transcendence mainly on top lane Gragas. After buying Frostfire Gauntlet, Spirit Visage, Ionian Boots of Lucidity and being lvl 10 you will have already extended the cdr cap by 20% which will result in and additional 40 Ap. Just imagine a full tank Gragas with 88 Ap (other 48 comes from the rest of the runes along with a Doran's Ring)
Now i wanna talk about all the runes i use on ap Gragas mid. Already talked about Electrocute so now im gonna talk about Sudden Impact
Sudden Impact the most usefull rune for Gragas (in that line anyway) because of Body Slam which instantly activates it.
eyeball colection is great just because the other two aren't really usefull and it just gives you free ap sto why not?
Ingenious Hunter is very good because of the active items you will be building.
I already kinda talked about it but im gonna say it again. It gives free cd and hella dmg some times.
Its perfect for poking your opoment enough so you can one-shot them.
The most basic item for ap Gragas. Gives ap which is delf explanatory, health for extra survivability and cdr which is great since Gragas has very high cooldowns. You also have to build Hextech Revolver before building Hextech Rocketbelt which is awesome cause it is a HUGE powerspike.
Another necessary item for ap Gragas. Your Drunken Rage auto attack procs the Lich Bane which results in a huge ammount of damage.
Not necesaary but its great if the enemy team has a lot of burst damage, ad champs or cc which you need to escape from.
It has become a pretty great item for ap Gragas. Gives you cdr along with great dmg and mana sustain. It's best to buy it fast against champions with high poke( Syndra, Vladimir, Orianna).
Great item if the enemy team has a lot or magic resist or if you just need more dmg.
All around great item if you need dmg or if you need a last item and you don't need something special.
Its actually pretty good if you need more damage against tanks and more survivability.
morellonomiconsGet it against champions with healing( Vladimir, Trundle).
Now for the tank items.
Great when fighting ad toplaners.It's a must for toplane Gragas except if the enemy team doesn't have a single ad champion
Build it if the enemy has an ap champ.You can rush it as a first item if the enemy you are facing on top is an ap champ.
titanic hyndraThis might sound like a troll item but it actually isn't!It is great if you want to be in the midle of the fight and you want to deal dmg without buying any ap.
Great item if you don't really need any resistances but you still want to go off-tank.
All the other items like Adaptive Helm, Abyssal Mask or Dead Man's Plate are items you get depending on the enemy team so it's up to you to judge what to buy for each situation.
Both Ignite and Flash are a must on Gragas on mid because Ignite give the extra kill potential that Gragas needs and Flash is always a must because of the combos you can perform with it.
I already explained Flash and there isn't really much to say about Teleport other than it gives you both the ability to return to lane and also to roam a lot easier.
|Flash again and also explain why a jungler would need Smite.|
So i don't really want to talk about anything expect 3 things.
1.You open Barrel Roll on lvl 3 instead of Drunken Rage so you can poke a easier and in case you didn't notice on the runes section a lvl 4 Gragas with two points on Barrel Roll can deal around 500 dmg with his combo Drunken Rage Body Slam Barrel Roll Ignite.
2.You max Body Slam against champions like Yasuo or Riven that want to fight close up even on mid lane.
3.You can max Drunken Rage second while jungling (although i don't suggest it).
There is only one route worth taking in my opinion:
Raptors-Red Brambleback-Murk Wolves-Blue Sentinel-Gromp-Scutle Crab.
Another little tip is to throw your Barrel Roll level 1 at raptors at exactly 1:23 because they spawn at 1:27 which is enough time for your barrel to gain more damage.
So Panunu has made a video about the gragas combos. In case you don't want to look at it (for some reason)here are the basic ones:
1. All In
Drunken Rage - Body Slam (use Barrel Roll while in your Body Slam animation) - Barrel Roll - Explosive Cask
Use Barrel Roll far from target - Drunken Rage - Body Slam and use Explosive Cask to throw them into your Barrel Roll
3.Woody Fruity's Combo
Drunken Rage - Explosive Cask - Body Slam away from the target - Barrel Roll and then flash on the target right after Explosive Cask hits them so that you stop them from getting knocked back with your Body Slam.
Here is the video with the combos.