Graves Build Guide by OdiousNZ
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One Shot Graves Top
+14 ability power or +8.4 attack damage, adaptive and +5.5% attack speed
Example VS AP
The following chapters will break down and explain the choices made for this guide!
This is a guide on Graves top tailored to pre-season 8 and season 8! Results may vary from following this guide!
Domination - Used for the high burst damage
Electrocute - To deal additional damage on the high burst for one shot
Sudden Impact - To gain Lethality when using E
Eyeball Collection - To gain permanent AD from takedowns and wards
Ravenous Hunter - To gain sustain for late game when using abilities
Precision - Used for increased AD
Legend: Alacrity - To gain increased AS on takedowns
Coup De Grace - To be able to one shot adc's and anyone who is low health
Statikk Shiv will be used in tangent (together) with Duskblade of Draktharr for initial burst damage. This burst damage should enable the Domination tree to be more effective with one shotting enemy champion and deal more damage to low health champions. Infinity Edge is required to increase Critical Strike Chance for the initial damage. Death's Dance will be used in tangent with Ravenous Hunter for sustain when using abilities. Maw of Malmortius or Sterak's Gage will be used to gain sustain on low health and prevent the enemy from being able to one shot you with burst. Berserker's Greaves/Ninja Tabi/Boots of Swiftness are situational.
R > Q > E > W
R - Required at all available ranks
Q - For max damage output and cool down
E - For increased cool down when auto attacking
W - For prolonged smoke screen
Flash - For extra gap closing and a second escape
Teleport - For returning to lane to gain EXP advantage and to assist team around the map
Pros / Cons
- Easy to farm
- High burst
- High damage
- One shot capability
- Good mobility
- Fit into most team comps
- Not much damage early
- 2 shot reload mechanic
- Mid range auto attack
- Not good with a team that has no long range
Tips and Tricks
Use Q on minions for instant wave clear. Be aware that auto attacks do not go over minions. Use E to reload 1 auto attack to wave clear faster and farm better.
Use Q to initiate trade. AA > E > AA, use this combo to maximize damage when trading because using E will reload 1 auto attack. If Q hits a structure it will bounce back immediately. If done well, using E will cancel auto attack animation.
Q > AA > E > AA > R, this combo is most effective when near a structure because the Q will return and deal additional damage along with the rest.
This build is for Graves Top and will be tailored to one shotting enemy champions.
The runes that are used is Domination > Precision.
The item build is standard in order but is subject to change where the player sees fit.
Skill order is R > Q > E > W
Summoner Spells are Flash and Teleport
Pros/Cons consist of high burst and high damage (Pros) VS mid range and squishy (Cons)
Tips and Tricks consist of using structures to return Q faster and using E to cancel animation and reload 1 auto attack
Update: The guide is still useful, especially in the current "anything goes" meta. This guide should not change in build so much as personal play style/preference in-game. Always look to adapt the build to in game situations and have fun!