Graves Build Guide by Devcon
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Runes: Standard Runes
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
Ability Order Abilities
Threats & Synergies
Easy lane. Use him to stack your Grasp procs, and dash when he uses his Q. Stay out of his E and you'll be fine.
Your dash gives you the mobility to weave in and out of his skillshots while you buckshot his face. Take an executioner's sword to win every all-in.
You won't beat him at an all-in until the mid-late game. Try to bait his E and poke for Grasp procs when you can. Don't let him capitalize on phage procs.
Her relatively short auto-attack range enables trading, but her early all-in will beat yours. Make smart trades and don't die early, and you'll beat her HARD in the mid-game.
Jax will absolutely stomp you in an early all-in, so focus on stacking grasp and winning trades. Dash out of his stun and you shouldn't have any issues.
Ban this PITA every match. You can't reliably trade with her, her passive procs will negate all of your tankiness, and she's much more mobile than you. She is the scissors to your paper.
Yuumi can make this build absolutely broken on every level.
Champion Build Guide
Alright, hear me out.
This build started as an experiment into the viability of Graves top.
Upon further testing, it seems like there's something to it.
I've successfully taken this build into solo/duo and am currently sitting at a 70% win rate. With this combination of runes/items, you'll be extraordinarily dangerous and tanky in the mid-late game, even when not fed. You'll be able to function as a bursty bruiser during teamfights, and are an absolute MONSTROSITY during extended trades in the top lane.
This build transforms Graves into a tanky BEAST.
Rushing your E will sacrifice some early game damage for tankiness, but is essential to making this build function.
Your passive will allow you lifesteal off of multiple minions, keeping you topped up during the laning phase. Grasp will make your already bursty auto-attacks extraordinarily strong, and will contribute to your ridiculous tankiness in the mid-late game.
The runes I chose are selected to synergize with all of the listed items, and are each designed with the end goal of making you an absolute, tanky beast. If you deviate from the formula, you'll almost certainly fail!
Give it a try! Let me know what you think.