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Rumble Build Guide by Flexpoint
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Threats & Synergies
He has great sustain, but you should be able to zone him with Flamespitter. Save your W for when Aatrox uses his E or Q. Don't try to all in him when you both have 100%. Harass him down with Q & E, and then fight him when you have a clear advantage. Once he gets BOTRK and Spirit Visage, he'll be able to compete with you, but by then, you should be grouped, and you provide a lot more to your team than he does to his. As for the lane, don't die early and scale.
I'll rank this high strictly because if you feed him early, you will lose the lane hard. Not a hard lane. You just need to relax and realize that your W with bonus armor can mitigate 100% of Darius' Decimate. I suggest starting wolves level 1 and taking an extra point in W. Max W second if you are uncomfortable. Personally, I max E first here and not Q. I max E mostly to farm from a distance so that I don't take too much harass. Maxing Q means you have to be within Apprehend's distance which means you are subject to brawls with him, and that's how he wins lane. Brawls here and there and then all-ins at 6. Max E first and use it to last hit and harass. This requires some skill, you'll have to save your E until their are no minions for him to use to dodge. GL.
THIS IS BASED OFF OF PRE-REWORK FIORA** This is a pretty annoying matchup, but luckily for you, it's easy to outplay. Let's take a step back, when Fiora uses Q on you and dashes, the first thing you do is Activate Q and turn to run away. Meaning, you will not be hitting her with Q. If you stay and fight her, you may beat her, but let's be honest, at first you'll look back. The way to outplay this is to max E and kite back. If she Qs onto you, simply hit her with both Es, activate W, and use Q on her as she runs away. Once you get it down, this matchup is pretty easy. Just don't die and you can win easily. Don't forget, Zhonya's counters her ultimate. I'll mark this high because if she gets fed, she can carry a game.
THIS IS BASED OFF OF PRE-WORK GANGPLANK** Not a hard matchup at all. The whole deal behind this matchup is to use your W to negate his Q damage, and harass him down. Gangplank thrives off of 1v1s at full health because he has his fruit to sustain in a fight. Max Q here and just make him suffer when he goes up to farm and when you have an advantage, all in with your ult. Careful about diving because his ult does slow meaning you take extra tower damage. It's tough because he has a global ult, so he can get kills and assists without roaming.
Garen is annoying. If he is really aggressive and always trying to Q you, you can max E first and kite. If he isn't as aggressive, max Q and harass when he tries to farm. Don't forget, at level 6, hold onto your shield for his ult. Rush Liandry's here.
Gnar is considered a "counter" to Rumble, but I don't think so until he has 3 items. What you do here is max Q and zone him when he is Mini Gnar. The goal is to harass him down, so that when he turns to Mega Gnar, you actually have a chance to fight him. Once he gets Frozen Mallet and Spirit Visage, you lose though, so group quicker than usual.
What makes this a difficult matchup is that he'll have ignite and be able to cheese you. Just stay out of melee range of him and harass with Q. If he lands 2 Qs on you, back out. You're tanking too much damage. You do win at 6, though. Your slows hurt Hecarim quite a bit. Abuse your kit and don't die.
Irelia is hard to deal with, but most Irelia's, including myself, will do one thing and that's rush TRINITY FORCE. Meaning she is suspect to magic damage. If she builds Hexdrinker, I wouldn't bother trying to fight her, but by making her do that, you put her core behind and that is a win in itself. If you W her stun, you can probably win the trade. Rush Liandry's and Sorc Boots. At 2 items, she slaughters you, so care.
Tough because most Jarvan's will take ignite and can cheese you hard at level 3. When you harass with Q, save your W for when he tries to E-Q you, so that you use the movement speed bonus to dodge. If you can avoid his E-Q, you'll more than likely win every trade. I suggest Seeker's here.
You abuse him hard in lane, but at level 6, if he's smart, he'll chunk you down every time his passive auto is up. If he tries to harass you down by jumping onto you, don't let him walk back, all-in him. At 2 items, like Irelia, he'll slaughter you though, so care.
The goal here is to avoid early harass. As soon as he switches to hammer and project that he's gonna Q you, ult on top of yourself and slaughter him. Save your W for his E-Q combo and use your Q to harass.
Dodge his Q and don't die level 3. This is a very easy lane if you don't die. He does have passive lifesteal/spellvamp but most of your magic damage should stick to him. When he goes in to lifesteal, harass him down. Rinse and repeat.
Early game you can harass him, but once he gets his BOTRK, he can use his kit to take less damage than most champs. Rumble is hard countered by people that can survive his combo and still have constant DPS. Irelia/Jax/Master Yi/ etc etc. Lane phase is all you though. Remember to stay out of Q range, and if you intentionally stay in Q range, harass him hard after he uses his Q.
You'll dominate the lane phase, but once he gets Spirit Visage/Sheen, you lose hard. Win the lane hard and group ASAP. Grouping mid counters Nasus.
Olaf is a really strong laner because of his kit and passive. You can harass with Q, but make sure you land your E when he Q spams you. And use your W to mitigate either his E or Q damage. If you have anything less than 70% health, be cautious. At level 6, your slows don't affect him, so make sure to consider that.
Really weak against Rumble. If he spams Q, simply use your W to shield the damage, and when you turn on your Q to fight him, he'll jump on you to stun, E, and auto attack. While doing that, tanking all your Q damage. I would def get Seeker's here, though. Not hard at all. Ping MIAs.
Can be annoying, but when Quinn does her knockback spell, activate your Q and she'll tank quite a bit of damage. Just zone with Q. Ping MIAs.
I recently discovered that maxing E here is better than Q, for me. You can typically outbully Renekton, but if they take ignite, it is very easy for you to get cheesed early. Save your W for his W stun, and don't take free damage. Be careful at level 6, remember he gets more Fury/sec and a health bonus.
Only real threat to you is levels 1-3. Rush Seeker's and ward the bush to always have vision of him. As soon as you see him leap to you, activate your W to shield his Q and then fight him under your minions. Once you get Haunting Guise, you destroy him. Get the Zhonya's second to counter his ult in team fights.
This matchup is like Renekton and Darius. You will either win hard, or lose hard. Refer to my "Video Guides" Chapter for commentaries.
Free farm lane. Farm well and scale. Use your W for his Q.
If she lands a E on you, I would think twice about fighting since it'll deal more magic damage. If she misses it with you, you should be ok to trade. She's a true melee, so make sure you kite well and you should win hard. I'd rush Liandry's and Sorc Shoes.
Annoying matchup because he'll eventually become unkillable. Save your W for his Mocking Shout and Q, and you should be ok. Make sure to burn his shield when he uses it because he'll typically use it to wave clear and not harass.
Like Shyvana, he is a true melee, so you should be able to kite back and bully him out. Just be cautious level 6 because he'll steal health and stats from you.
Once he gets BOTRK, he'll start beating you. Since he can effectively survive your full burst because of his dumb ult. I would rush Liandry's/Rylia's so that it's easier to kite. From level's 1-5, though, you slaughter him pretty hard.
Pretty cheese with ignite and he can be dangerous. As soon as he dashes to you, press W, and then proceed to fight him. Save your Es for when he comes out of decoy stealth. Not too hard. Makes sure you use your ult well and make him fight on it.
Only time he can kill you is from level's 1-3. After that, you win. Windwall doesn't stop your Flamespitter, so it's an easy lane.
Threats & Synergies
Since she is a melee, you can harass her pretty hard. To make things better, she takes a long while to get vamped up. She'll rush the Gunblade, you rush Abyssal, GG you win. Deducting 20 MR from Akali destroys her. Take a pink and PING MIAs.
Annie is annoying, and I've only played against 2 in the top lane. She'll mostly spam Q to farm until 6 and then all in you. If at any point, she tries to harass with Q, just pop W and you take almost no damage. Just farm it out and freeze. Make sure to ward, Tibbers/Stun makes ganks easy.
Annoying. This champion is toxic. Once you get Abyssal, you can pretty much just walk up and all-in him to win. Just don't take too much free harass.
Due to Brand's usual rune setup, he is very suspect to magic damage. Which is why I would wait until I have a Negatron Cloak or Abyssal sceptor to fight him. Once you get Abyssal, it's very easy. Just avoid his Pillar of Fire, if you can't avoid it, shield it.
Tricky because she outbursts you level 2-3. I'd wait until a Negatron/Abyssal to fight her. Once you get either or, you win, though. Just make sure to turn around for her ult.
Pretty annoying. He'll just hard shove you into tower and harass. Can't do much here since his ult deals true damage. Just wait until he wastes Q to fight him. then you should be ok.
You can make her suffer in the early game, but she is one of the few champions that will counter your Abyssal rush with an Abyssal rush of her own. This is why you have to set her back in the early game. At level 6, never let her hard engage onto you and walk away. If she Qs you and ults, all in her. Make sure it's a good Equalizer.
Just keep the lane shoved in. Avoid the cleavers and you'll be fine.
Has surprising burst from his W passive. Take that into account. Once you get MR you can beat him, though. KEEP AN EYE ON HIS SHADOW. Avoid his Qs. His mobility is his strength here.
Fizz can be extremely easy or hard. Most Fizz tops don't take Flash, meaning if they use Playful/Trickster incorrectly, you can make them regret it with a kill or chunking them for 70% health. If they ever use Trickster to farm, hard harass with Q and E. At 6, his all in is better than yours, though. Since he can Trickster a lot of your damage. He'll be going AD Fizz, too. STILL RUSH ABYSSAL. I don't care if he's "AD FIZZ". He'll still deal A LOT OF MAGIC DAMAGE FROM HIS W PASSIVE.
Hell lane. You can try to use your Es to kill turrets, but if he places them correctly, your screwed. Just try your best to farm, and when you ult, make sure to angle it so that it hits turrets AND him. It'll go a long way. You're a billion times more useful in a team fight.
Kennen is annoying no matter who you use. The key here is to be smart with your shield. Don't use it only for Autos. Use it for the Empowered Auto or Q. Like Diana, he counters your Abyssal rush with an Abyssal rush of his own. Get Zhonya's 2nd here.
Easy lane. Just don't take free Qs from her and just walk up and engage like that. Wait for her to use her Claw thingy to escape, then ult. What's funny is if you walk up to her, she'll root you with her W, but still take Flamespitter damage as she runs away.
Pretty annoying since she can shield most of your damage. Keyword: Most. NOT ALL. If she has a thin wave, simply walk up and zone her. Use your W to shield her Q and you'll be fine.
Malphite is a melee, so you can bully him out. Shield his Qs and you'll be fine. Again, rush Abyssal.
You counter him pretty hard. Here you can choose to rush Abyssal OR Liandry's. I prefer Liandry's, but for the sake of people new to Rumble who are reading this, just rush Abyssal. He is useful in teamfights, though, so make his early game rough.
You can shield his E. Granted, it won't shield it all, but it helps. No harassing here since his spell is spammable. Only all-ins. You'll have an advantage when you get Abyssal because he'll rush Spell Vamp.
He has decent harass if he gets the combo off. You'll be fine once you get the Negatron Cloak. After all, he is a melee.
If you can avoid getting hit by a spear, this lane is extremely easy. And don't take free damage from autos when she is in human form. That's also important. Even if she is AD Nidalee, rush Abyssal.
Ryze is about to get butchered this patch, so he won't be as strong. Regardless, abuse him early and abuse his long cooldowns. Good thing about this matchup is that even in Rune Prison, he tanks Flamespitter damage. Once he gets 2 items though, he'll prob slaughter you, so take tower quick and group.
Singed is annoying. Max E and he is less annoying. Rush Rylia's after Abyssal and he is useless.
He is dangerous because he has sustain. That's late game, though. In the early game, you can take advantage of him while he vamps up the Rod of Ages. I would take Ignite here.
You have to kite well here. If at any point, he has 2 stacks on you, run away. Just harass with Q, and kite with E. Should be fine. Don't let him eat you, and don't get baited by his shield. It's always best to make him use the shield than regen the health.
This lane is cake. You can W his spells and autos, and once you get Negatron and Abyssal, you can almost ignore his damage completely. Just DON'T TAKE FREE HARASS EARLY. Use the bushes. At 6, cast ult on him and just walk up with Q.
Rumble is all about being a lane bully, meaning he can HARD BULLY this champ because his spells cost HEALTH. Luckily for you, the dumb Vlad will prob rush Spell Vamp, meaning you have a great window to feed off of him after you get Abyssal. ONCE HE GETS 3 ITEMS, THOUGH, YOU WILL LOSE.
This matchup blows. Use the bushes to lose Ghoul Agro and max W second here to take less damage. Negatron will help against his Ghoul damage.
I hope you thouroughly read through this guide and that it helps you whether your knowledge of Rumble is nonexistent, or even better than mine.
He has a built in shield, movement speed buff, a slow, and low cooldowns for said spells. His kit is made for the top lane, and paired with certain items, can be extremely powerful. Another feature I like about Rumble is that he has absolutely no dependency on mana. Top laners that don't rely on Mana tend to be stronger in lane: Riven, Renekton, Rumble, Garen, etc etc
+ Kit allows you to work around burst/ganks/zoning
+ Easy to farm with
+ Very strong in 2v1 situation
+ Insane Magic Damage early
+ No Mana required
+ People generally lack knowledge of Rumble so you can take advantage of their ignorance.
+ The Equalizer
|Rumble is a top tier pick in Solo Q. He has a built in escape & chase with Scrap Shield and Electro-Harpoon. He has The Equalizer and the enemy team does not. Very strong 2v1 with the aid of a well placed Equalizer and an even stronger 5v5. He's that lane bully that actually scales really well. Works well with almost every AP item. Oh, and The Equalizer.|
+ High skill cap
+ Some people struggle to properly use The Equalizer
+ Overheating incorrectly is certain death.
|Every champion has their weaknesses, but you have to exploit Rumble's, and if your opponent isn't familiar with Rumble, which is a lot of the time, a major weakness is you, the user. Played correctly, Rumble has little chance to outplay. As strong as The Equalizer is, a simple flash can avoid its wrath. If you feed early, Rumble will still be very useful in team fights, but his lane phase will be a nightmare. If you feed early, there is nothing you can do except beg for ganks and wait for the team fights. This nightmare is amplified over 9000 if you feed someone like Renekton, Irelia, or Riven. Generally, Rumble's biggest weaknesses are GANKS and MISPLAYS. Both things you, the user, can avoid.|
Ability Sequence Order
|Very standard order. If you are new to Rumble, please follow this skill sequence. IF YOU HAVE EXPERIENCE WITH RUMBLE, then you max Electro-Harpoon FIRST against champions like Renekton and Darius. I won't get any more deeper into this matter, but if for any reason you'd like an IN-DEPTH explanation as to when to do one or the other, simply comment and ask.|
- // If you find yourself getting zoned, for some reason, use your Electro-Harpoon to farm safely.
- // You typically want to overheat with Flamespitter to maximize your damage.
- // If you are at 75 Heat, you can quick cast 2 spells to maximize damage with overheating such as Electro-Harpoon/ Flamespitter or Scrap Shield/ Electro-Harpoon for a more defensive position.
- Greater Quintessence of Ability Power: Essential for lane dominance. Outclasses every other quint. HOWEVER, if you find yourself against Riven, Renekton, Darius, or Pantheon and you want to be a little safer, take ONE Greater Quintessence of Armor along with your armor seals. It'll greatly reduce their lane damage.
- Greater Mark of Magic Penetration: Another must have for runes. No other mark can compete here.
- Greater Glyph of Scaling Ability Power: Now this you can work with. If you find yourself laning against magic damage, sub these out for Greater Glyph of Magic Resist.
- Greater Seal of Armor: Great runes to get on Rumble. However, you can replace them with Greater Seal of Scaling Health if you are against a AP laner to help with your tankiness post-1st item.
If you manage to get a kill vs a Riven, Renekton, Darius, I would suggest buying a Chain Vest on your FIRST recall then proceed to buy your Liandry's Anguish. An early Chain Vest is DEVASTATING vs those champions. They will deal almost no damage to you with Scrap Shield.
If against AP champs, you ALWAYS RUSH THE Negatron Cloak --> Abyssal Mask. Again, Negatron first, NOT Blasting Wand. The early MR coupled with Scrap Shield is very strong.
You typically only need Liandry's Anguish and Rylai's Crystal Scepter. I merely added the other items for sub-par options that you can mess with.
I added Void Staff here, even though it's already a core item because it's dependent on when you get it. Rabadon's Deathcap IS NOT an essential item, but it is still very strong to get on Rumble later in the game.
There is another way to obtain level 2 AND help your jungler at the same time. Double jungling: ignorant junglers hate it, experienced junglers love it. Basically, you start on the Toad/Golem camp (OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE ADC) and tag team 2 camps with your jungler. DO NOT TAKE THE BIG MONSTER (Buffs/Toads/Big Golems). Just make sure you are in XP range. You can kill small monsters, it doesn't matter. The goal is to share XP and tank the damage for them, or shuffle it. By the time you finish the second camp, you'll both be level 2. From there, recall, and Teleport into lane. What makes this better for the jungler is that you will tank most of the damage making him strong enough to do a full clear and even gank. I don't suggest this unless you are duo with your jungler and have practiced it in normals first.
Anyone with hard CC is great for The Equalizer.
|Q: Is Rumble really THAT op?||// In the right hands, Rumble is OP. In inexperienced hands, he is, well, still strong, but not OP. It takes time to learn him, but once you have him down, he is extremely strong.|
|Q: Do I use Flamespitter to farm or harass?||// Excellent question, Flamespitter is a nice tool to have to help you last hit AND zone/harass at the same time. That's what makes it so strong. When you finally learn how to farm with Flamespitter active, that's when you tend to lose lane less and become a bigger threat. Sure, it's used to harass, but I found that I did better when I realized that its main function is to farm safely rather than harass. Change the mindset, it'll help. Plus when you are under tower, Flamespitter makes farming easy.|
|Q: Do you have Rumble commentaries that can explain in game?||// Yes, feel free to go to youtube.com/flexpointlol and proceed to "Top Lane Guides".|
|Q: When should I group?||// You typically want to group as soon as you take tower or when you finish Liandry's Anguish. If you finish Liandry's and still have top tower to take, you can still roam bot and throw out The Equalizer to try and scrap kills, and then Teleport back to top lane.|
|Q: Isn't Ignite better for a bully like Rumble?||// It is strong for Rumble in lane, and I would definitely suggest taking it against Vladimir and Swain, but in every other scenario, you want Teleport due to the shear amount of team fight presence you bring to the table. Obviously, you will hit level 6 before bot lane, so teleporting bot and using The Equalizer against the enemy bot lane who is level 5, will be extremely strong. Also, it's nice to take for objective control with the early dragons.|
Rumble vs. Cassio https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKEWJ6owbuk&list=PL4E-uH30UD0-Jyj3ekfCu4_kc7gK7gB7d&index=29
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I hope that this guide helps you. I put it a lot of hours and effort in this guide to help you, the viewer, learn this champ. You can go to my stream (twitch.tv/flexpointlol) and my youtube channel, (youtube.com/flexpointlol) and see first hand that my streams/vids are to EDUCATE. I was Bronze V, I know the struggle, so I can help you in your elo.
Again, Thank you very much for reading my guide.
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