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Runes: VS Good matchups
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+8 Magic Resist
++8 ability haste
++8 ability haste
Ability Order My ability leveling order
Threats & Synergies
If he ever hits his e on you before 6 or even when you are level 6 he is extremely dangerous to fight, he outdamages you and he outshields you and on top of that its an ap champion so you cant itemize cleaver or iceborne to counteract his damage and there is simply no mr version of these items. i simply decide to ban him every time i intend to play yorick
Against jax you are forced to go with the grasp page, avoid getting in to his E stun and whenever he jumps on you throw down your w and disengage so he cant stun you, ask your jungeler or other teammates for help to collapse on him, you could potentially ban him as he outscales you by a lot.
Against tryndamere the grasp page is a must, if you do not base at either level 4 or 5 to buy yourselve 2 cloth armors and then tp back to lane he could towerdive you as soon as he hits 6, potentially worthy of a ban.
The ability to kite you around very easily, a good ashe you will never be able to kill as their support will be near them most of the time, try to be very carefull if sidelaning against an ashe.
Very scary champion to be up against, whilst more manangable than tryndamere he poses just as much of a threath as jax do not trade with him before level 6, and if you trade with him be sure to have your jungeler coming to gank.
Vayne, the nightmare of any yorick player past the 30 minute mark, whilst dealing %hp true damage having invisibility or stealth, a tumble and a knockback you really dont find a lot of opportunities to kill a vayne with rageblade botrk be extremely carefull as all inning her even if you hit everything can result in to you giving her a shutdown.
Be carefull to not get all inned by volibear, he is very manangable once you hit level 6 just if you go to engage on him be sure to have atleast a 200 health advantage over him and itemize a spirit visage against him.
Whilst nasus seems like a really easy matchup or lane to be up against he can stack his q off of your ghouls and having him permanently shoved under his tower can be a huge mistake as it allows him to safe farm, whatever you do if it gets to lategame or midgame nasus will be a threath when he hits 300 stacks or more depending on the lead you have it depends really, but never random engage a 300 stack nasus if ur not atleast 10 kills above him.
Be carefull of his all ins before level 6, once he hits level 6 he could be difficult to deal with and you should always consider going with the grasp page against a wukong.
Against illaoi the grasp page is advised, however conqueror will also do a good job as long as you dont get hit by illaoi's e or ultimate so try to keep some distance and poke her down with ghouls to 40% hp before you decide to all in her, grievous wounds against illaoi is a must.
Against irelia the grasp page is a must, try to trade with her a lot before level 6 especially when she jumps inside your minion wave its an easy way to proc grasp gaining a health advantage and do ur best to dodge her stun.
If you dodge his E that allows him to latch on to you you will win the trade, be sure to spam your e on him before he hits level 6, its recommended to go with the conqueror page but the grasp page should be fine aswell if you sidestep his only skillshot you will outtrade him and can potentially look for an all in at level 6 with your maiden.
Kayle will become really strong once she hits level 16, against kayle it is recommanded to go with the conqueror page however, grasp should do a fine job aswell. do not be affraid to trade against kayle before level 6 and throw a lot of ghouls on her. against kayle you should start with cull and potion as she is really weak early and cant punish your lack of a dorans shield.
Contest his barrels if you lose then he can become a huge threath, its mainly a skill matchup Never attempt to dive a gangplank when his w is not on cooldown it is recommanded to go with the conqueror page, every time he q's make sure to have 3 ghouls ready to trade with him, when he presses q you could aim your e at his location and it will hit as when his q goes off he stands still.
Jarvan has always been a very strong jungeler, not lacking burst he could jump over walls surprising you with his ultimate where you expect him the least, that is where he will come from to gank you, he is a major threath as when he ults you you almost always have to flash if you arent fed.
Mundo is very strong level 1-4 compared to you, he might not be strong specifically compared to most champions, but if he runs ignite he could try to all in you at level 2 so let him push you in.
Against a riven always go with the grasp page she can deal a lot of burst damage, whenever she hits you with a q dash or comes in range for you to q her use q to proc grasp on her so you win those trades or atleast trade even, always throw your ghouls at her whenever the opportunity is there and care for her level 6 all in, if you dont have a big hp lead she could potentially start all inning you with her jungle.
Dont let him proc his third attack from his w passive, it deals %hp damage outside of that feel free to poke him down with ghouls, and if he ever wastes his e you could all in him with the maiden at level 6 cage him up and he is guaranteed to die as long as he doesnt have flash or e. he is mainly a threath early always let him push you in.
Darius, a huge threath before level 6, always let him push you in under tower and give up all cs necessary to not get in to a trade with him, against darius the conqueror page is recommanded at level 6 you can look for an all in on him with your maiden, and if the opportunity arises poke him down with your ghouls during laning phase, tell your jungeler to not gank you before 6 as you cant 2v1 him before 6 and he can heal off of both of you with his q, turning the lane in to a blood bath for the rest of the game.
Be carefull to not get poked down too much by heimerdinger, if at level 4 or 5 you have 30% health or lower just teleport back to lane afther basing and buy yourselve a null magic mantle, against heimerdinger the conqueror page is recommanded.
Be carefull to not get all inned and ulted by cho gath if you got poked down before he hit level 6, his ult does more damage the more health you lack always spam your e whenever you have ghouls to poke him and look to cage him up with your w when you hit level 6, as he is guaranteed to die if you just run at him with the maiden and some ghouls, if he doesnt flash out that is. against cho the conqueror page is recommanded, however the grasp page is okay too if you preffer that.
Be carefull against fiora especially before level 6, against her tabi rush and getting a bramble vest is recommanded both the grasp and the conqueror page are good in to fiora here it really comes down to prefference, if you do not have a bramble vest and she hits level 6 she will all in you with her ultimate and potentially kill you if ur not under tower.
Be carefull to not get poked down too much if you ever find yourselve having to lane against corki in toplane if poked down teleport back to lane level 4 or 5, whenever the need to base is the biggest or you are too low to survive if you stay.
Garen really isnt threathening at all, the grasp page is recommanded because garen has to be in melee range to damage you at all, every time he runs at you with his q wanting to proc grasp you can simply press q before he hits you with his q and proc grasp right back from him outtrading him whilst doing so. if you get camped by the enemy jungle garen could become a big threath at level 6, if the enemy jungle doesnt gank you at all however it is very easy to shut him down and get yourselve a free kill at level 6, if not sooner.
Has a lot of poke before level 6, if you need to base finding yourselve under 30% hp at level 4 or 5 feel free to do so and buy yourselve some cloth armors, however once you hit 6 and cage him up with the maiden he really is easy to kill against jayce the conqueror page is recommanded.
Lots of poke before 6, once you hit level 6 just as with jayce he is a free kill once caged up with your w and the maiden, against teemo the conqueror page is recommanded.
Dont trade with her before level 6 as she could easily outtrade you if she dodges your e making you unable to win the trade, shrouding out of vision and disengaging grasp or conqueror are both fine in to akali.
A lot of poke, this lane is very dangerous to be in before level 6 just as with jayce, once you have completed triforce steraks and spirit visage however, she is no threath at all, if you find yourselve too low to survive her poke before level 6 feel free to base and teleport back to lane
try to avoid trading with udyr before level 6 if you dont have grasp, and try to not do extended trades with him at all. once at 6 he really is a free kill if you cage him up with w.
Always go with the conqueror page against olaf, once at level 6 he is a free kill and do not be affraid to trade against him if he missed his q. being affraid of olaf is where him being a threath comes in, you will win the trades but go with a bramble vest afther your triforce.
Extremely dangerous to lane against, i would recommand going conqueror however grasp is fine aswell because of the minor runes giving you a lot of armor and hp stacking, at level 6 with the maiden aggressively trade with him if ur not behind by then, before level 6 he can use the toplane brushes to jump on you with ignite for an easy kill, give up any cs you have to at level 6 you will outdamage him.
Be carefull of his flamethrower before level 6, once you hit level 6 you cage him up with your w spawn the maiden and get a free kill. but before level 6 he does have a lot of poke damage and shielding to negate your damage the conqueror page is recommended.
Against urgot the conqueror page is recommended, he is a strong duelist but if you manage to gain a 200hp advantage at level 6 feel free to cage him up and ult him for a quick kill. however, just as with nasus urgot will outscale you and could become an unstoppable monster.
Trundle, to beat a trundle the conqueror page is recommanded, do not build any armor items except thornmail bramble vest, ur better of getting yourselve mercury treads to negate his pillar slow and try to not stack any armor before you finished both triforce and steraks he is mainly a threath when he hits level 6 for the first time and when his jungeler ganks you, so be carefull and always let him push you in.
Against leblanc once you have triforce steraks spirit visage and 1 other magic resist item she really cant do much against you, however before level 6 she is a big threath in lane if you ever find yourselve having to lane against a leblanc the conqueror page would be recommanded.
Be carefull about trading with tahm kench before level 6, however once you turn level 6 feel free to cage him up with w and get yourselve a free kill with the maiden.
Snakes are scary, dont get bitten ok thats a joke, feel free to all in her with some ghouls and the maiden, once locked in your w she really has no escape or way to outtrade you as long as you have the maiden and some ghouls, however before level 6 she could do a lot of burst damage forcing you to base even at level 2 or 3 already. The conqueror page is recommanded.
Be carefull before level 6, once you are level 6 feel free to lock her up in your cage and all in her avoid trades before level 6 and throw as much ghouls at her as you can.
Shen isnt much of a threath in lane, other then being a great champion to lock you down so his jungeler could gank or burst you down withouth you being able to do anything against it against shen the conqueror page is recommended the main threath that makes shen an even matchup is being able to ult one of his allies, which might cause your entire team to die, if he ever ults away from toplane siege his tower to punish him for the decision, even if it turns out in his favour you will get a lot of gold for tower and potentially be able to roam if you set up a roam timer with the toplane minions.
Be carefull about ganking an anivia mid as she could have egg, she might look like an easy kill but if ur enemy toplaner follows you or tps to the fight things could turn out badly for you.
Be carefull trading with him before level 6, both grasp and conqueror are fine choices in to aatrox once you hit 6 he should be an easy kill, but ofcourse be carefull of the enemy jungeler.
Before level 6 let yasuo push the wave in constantly try to dodge his tornados and keep some distance. Once at level 6 you can look to all in yasuo with the maiden
His ultimate gives you a lot of time to burst down an opponent
His ultimate with flip allows for an easy kill with your cage he has a kit with a lot of synergy to yours he is the perfect jungeler to have as yorick.
Its always amazing to have him as your jungeler, lots of tankyness, quick to gank good cc allowing for an easy kill on ur opponent.
Good synergy jax jungle and yorick go hand in hand, both being splitpushers allows you to never have to catch the botlane sidewave whilst both of you could split he also is an amazing teamfighter and can set up very good skirmishes or ganks for you.
Strong ganks, some cc could get behind the enemy tower to finish a low hp enemy you just didnt have the damage for to bring from 50hp to 0.
Strong ganks, at level 6 he could ult the enemy in to you allowing for an easy cage and a quick kill.
Always a pleasure to have on ur side, just like lee sin he can gank very well and his q knock up allows you to place your gate very easily.
Cant gank you very well, but once you caged someone up he could definetly help you burst someone down.
Same story as kayn he could get behind an enemy turret and 1shot ur enemy laner for you if you just lacked a tiny bit of damage, however he could also cheese gank ur lane allowing for an easy kill.
Ap damage, AoE damage a strong teamfighter, lots of cc very good at ganking and locking down opponents does ap damage is a huge plus if ur enemy laner itemized armor against you this really is a jungeler you should be glad to have.
Lots of burst and okay ganks.
She is the queen of towerdives, crashed a huge wave? ping ur elise to dive for an easy kill, just be carefull to not lack the damage before level 6.
He can pull people in to your cage with his ultimate making it a very easy kill, before level 6 he doesnt have much to offer though
Very good ganking jungeler, his passive allows you to get more damage to get damage in and having enemies being baited in to bad fights for them by them assuming his passive could be down.
Nunu & Willump
Amazing ganks, good slows lots of burst at 6 he will allow you to get easy kills.
Not a jungeler, but if you have him on your team teamfighting could definetly be a worthy decision. amazing to have him on ur team.
Good ganks with his bear stance, his stun is very usefull and helpfull so you can land your w
Very strong ganks, good cc allows for easy landing of your w and at level 6 her burst damage will definetly be helpfull in securing a kill.
Not a jungeler, but her charm can make it easy for you to land your W making for an easy kill with the maiden.
If you ever find yourselve having a full ap malphite mid his ultimate makes for a quick kill together with your w and the maiden.
Champion Build Guide
scroll up to builds and click on 2 for the runes against these champions you may need to base at level 4 or 5 and buy some cloth armors to survive the lane withouth getting dove and itemize thornmail>cleaver>
those matchups except previously mentioned Garen go with the triforce build against garen its best to go with the regulair core build which consists out of triforce>steraks
And against all other matchups that are not these i believe its best to go with conqueror page and go with triforce>steraks as core build.
Rune page 3 is experimental and i dont advise running these runes
except last hitting the low hp minions.
yorick is very weak before level 6 against most lanes so you might have to base at level 4 or 5.
if you are against a very difficult matchup in which grasp is a must or found yourselve despite it being a conqueror matchup just being poked down below 30% of your hp bar at those levels.
Tell your jungeler that you cant assist him in the river or you cant help him much with ganks if you have no ghouls or ping him danger
Never be affraid to waste your ultimate as yorick, its better to waste it then to not use it at all and the maiden will help you push waves in so you can base with a cannon wave under the enemy's tower.
(T1 being the turret everyone has at the beginning, or the ones closest to your base but from the enemy team)
What will you do now? if you are behind look to push the wave in both toplane and botlane past the river, like the middle, having atleast 3 more minions pushing it past the river and potentially some ghouls.
now if you got priority, meaning you can do whatever with the wave and move first withouth losing any minions or experience or having them crash in to a tower your team possesses/owns when behind teamfighting is a safe option.
always buy pinkwards when you have the inventory space and cant buy something expensiver than 200 gold. try to be focussed on objectives vision and getting priority in the sidelanes.
or having ghouls push them out, now if at that moment ur pushing a sidewave in either toplane or bottom lane and ALL 5 enemies, not 4 but all 5 or 4 and an enemy you know you are strong enough to solo kill feel free to keep pushing down that lane and look to siege the tower if the enemies dont back off from fighting in mid or topside
once you dont see them anymore you have roughly 10seconds to siege the T2 turret safely, afther that run and base somewhere where you think you are safe
(experience required here)
If you dont see all 4 enemies or 5 mid, or you know you cant 1v2 or 1v3 or 1v1 and you see whichever 2 3 or 1 or more enemies on the map anymore that can pose a threath to you feel free to move back to a safe position.
till you either see them again or base and move to the opposing lane to get priority there or catch the wave that is crashing in to the opposing side's tower that belongs to your team.
Splitpushing should mainly be based off of you knowing where all enemy threaths are and it can be a bit complicated but it is something yorick excells at.
enjoying various different champions in toplane and midlane mainly i see a lot of people struggle playing yorick or itemizing him which is where i decided to step in and make this little guide.
this guide should only be used to play yorick toplane i go by defensivity1 on twitch and defensivity on discord,
add questions below and i will do my best to answer them this guide only contains my personal experience and the answers to the problems i have found being up against various different enemies things that worked for me, which might not necessarily work for you but for me they did and i have been succesfull with it in my ranked games.
I am not the best yorick player or the highest elo one, but i certainly do have pretty good winrates and a lot of both fun and success playing Yorick in the toplane
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and with sit on i mean keep it inside of your inventory untill you finished other items such as triforce and steraks both or steraks, or if ur doing the grasp page and armor items vs counters cleaver i always like to keep these items in my inventory.
also dont sell dorans shield if you dont need space in your inventory its still a good item to have untill you can finish your 5th or 6th item or need space for a pinkward
However, with itemization or build order it depends on prefferences, you want sheen first or phage or stinger? in the end it doesnt matter much despite they all give you a different advantage over the other, they are all good and if you go with grasp getting sheen first is highly recommanded because of the grasp and q synergy with sheen.
I sometimes also like to build 2 ruby crystals if im vs an ad laner and an ap jungeler and i would just keep it around untill triforce is finished and i start building in to steraks so, do whichever order you preffer as long as you follow 2 rules
#1 do not stack infinite t2 items,
Example: Stinger Sheen Phage Jaurim's fist Spectre's cowl Giant's belt
The reasoning for this is because T2 items give you a disadvantage because they dont give strong unique passives.
they give less armor or ad or attackspeed or mana whilst costing a lot more to build and it will delay your powerspikes the ones you get from full items.
however it would be okay to have stinger sheen phage and ruby crystal as it gives a lot of health for the 400 gold, despite it delaying your powerspike the extra health will be helpfull in surviving untill you have finished your triforce but it wouldnt be recommanded buying it when you otherwise could have finished triforce at that point in to the game.
#2 building items yorick doesnt have any synergy with, or cant use for example a rylai's or another ap item or building weird build orders, or not building triforce or steraks at all but instead doing something like full tank, whilst it might seem good to exclude expensiver items, they are worth the amount of gold and give you stronger powerspikes.
How i define weird build orders, if you can complete 2 t2 items, for example with triforce you can build sheen and phage, but instead you build sheen or phage and sapphire crystal then ruby crystal dagger dagger.
or maybe another way to build it where you avoid getting the phage or sheen when you can buy both of them, exception to this rule is needing mr vs 3ap champions or really being in need of a cloth armor for some reason like items that dont go towards the big item ur looking to build, however dont do this instead of completing said full item.
Before you judge the champions i put at threaths you should really look through them individually
vayne being put as a threath doesnt mean that she is a threath to be up against in lane as specified at threaths its moreso lategame.
so before disharmonizing the guide take a look through it and i may have to word some things differently to make them simpeler to understand or remove them from threaths and make a different section about how to play around these champions not sure.
any feedback is appreciated even if negative and i might use this section to explain some frequently asked things later on.