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League of Legends Build Guide Author Kyle Campbell

Gangplank Comprehensive 6.17 - *Updated 25 August, 2016*

Kyle Campbell Last updated on June 30, 2015
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Balance/Tank/CDR/Crit/Solo top

[VS]

ARAM/TT/Dom/AP/Jungle

Ability Sequence

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Ability Key Q
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Ability Key W
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Ability Key E
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Ability Key R





Not Updated For Current Season

The masteries shown here are not yet updated for the current season, the guide author needs to set up the new masteries. As such, they will be different than the masteries you see in-game.



Masteries

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Havoc
 
 

Offense: 21

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Legendary Guardian
 
 

Defense: 9

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bandit
Intelligence
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wanderer
 
 

Utility: 0



Threats to Gangplank with this build

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Threat Champion Notes
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Teemo A great counter for LoL's greatest rodent problem, Q from range, blinding dart wont save him.
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Nasus Your W counters his W, your Q has greater range than his Q. Harass with Q and save your E and Ult for when your ready to finish him.
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Introduction

This is a comprehensive guide to GP, its not the 1st guide I've made but it will be the 1st one that I publish. If you find it more useful than the others then feel free to thumbs it up.

That said, lets get down to business. The point behind this guide is to take all of the various ways people build GP and put them under 1 all encompassing guide. Ive heard some people mention a support build, but I have not seen 1, and frankly without the ability to shield or heal teammates, I don't really think its fair to assign that title. However, if you know of a good support build guide, or have one of your own let me know and I'll try it out, and if it goes well then I'll try to work it in.


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Why so many Builds?

Simply put, he is every bit as deadly with high crit as he is high dmg, or armor penn, or CDR, or jungling, or AP, or even as an off-tank. Frankly this was as condensed as I could make it considering the options available.

So from left to right as you see it on your screen the order is:



Balance - best overall design in my opinion, hearty, high crit, high dmg, and enough mana and cdr to keep pelting your enemy.

Tank - It's a tank build, do I really need to explain this to you? If so then go Warmog's Armor, Righteous Fury, or Frozen Mallet with Thornmail, Randuin's Omen, or Frozen Heart.

CDR - High mana, and CDR, this works great because at 40% CDR, Manamune has the same cooldown as Parrrley. The dmg passive on top of the rest will leave you at just shy of 300 ad. This is a fun build if you're good with your Ult, and staying in every team fight.

Crit - This is a commonly played version, simply because it makes Parrrley ridiculously powerful. You normally see that most of your trolls and noobies like this build, but can not play well with him. I can attest that this build is phenomenal in the right hands, it's just that unskilled players tend to give it a bad reputation.

Solo Top - This one is designed both for sustainability, and recovery. A small sacrifice in defensive mastery for some utility and the use of Teleport allow you to recall without risk, and re-secure top very easily if you're taken down. Aside from the Mastery it builds a lot like balance, but the order focuses more evenly on offense and defense at the same time. Throw in a Manamune], and use a Guardian Angel over Banshee's Veil, and there should be no reason top should ever fall.

Jungle - It's a jungle build, need I say more. Stalker's Blade - Juggernaut or Skirmisher's Sabre - Warrior, Utility Mastery, and Murder and Mayhem abound.

AP - Obviously a fun troll build, still VERY viable surprisingly. Just don't forget your heal, your ult, or Deathfire Grasp's Active, they will make or break a fight using this build.

Dominion - Obviously this is made with CDR in mind. Everything happens faster on the Crystal Scar, be sure you can keep up with the flow of the fight. I find that Garrison is a great summoner spell in conjunction with Cannon Barrage. It makes for a GREAT defensive line for towers that are just out of reach. I used scaling Armor Greater Seal of Scaling Armor on Dominion only because you get to 18 so fast that you shouldn't be punished too hard for the slightly reduced armor, and you will have more Armor than you would with flat runes at lvl 10.

Twisted Treeline - This build is made for maximizing damage output for the remake using the new Twisted Treeline gear, and the newly available Barrier Spell that has been so popular in proving grounds, and the classic approach to effective gangplank play. Like always you want to harass early game with Parrrley and then support teammates by keeping the enemies bogged down with Grog Soaked Blade and Cannon Barrage while speeding your team along using Raise Morale. Naturally, crit and high dmg are your friend.

ARAM - This build is made for early level survival, instead of stacking 2 points in Parrrley and 1 in Raise Morale. Put 1 point in each skill so that you have a full suite of skills for the first few minutes of gameplay. You may miss out on one of those last hits, but you'll thank me when an OP Reckoning or Death Sentence put you in for a serious hurting. Aside from that simple fix, as always, playing smart is much more likely to save you than my guide will.


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Pros / Cons

Pros


+ Has VERY diverse build options from the same base.
+ One of the hardest hitting level 1 spells.
+ His Parrrley adds melee on-hit effects.
+ Remove Scurvy Removes all movement debuffs.
+ Cannon Barrage is also a Cross Map/LARGE AOE slow Ultimate.
+ Did I mention hes a freakin PIRATE!!!

Cons


- Balancing between crit with everything else lol.
- Tends to get focused in team fights.
- Remove Scurvy has a pretty long Cooldown.
- Short range on Parrrley .


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Runes, Masteries & Skills - Quick Guide

The Basics


The basic rundown per build, I wrote this in for those of you who already know how to play gangplank, and just want the build info without all the reading.


Balance

Runes

Greater Mark of Attack Damage
9

Greater Seal of Armor
9

Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist
9

Greater Quintessence of Critical Damage
3

Masteries
4/
4/
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3/
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Ability Sequence
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Tank

Runes

Greater Mark of Lethality
9

Greater Seal of Armor
9

Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist
9

Greater Quintessence of Health
3

Masteries
4/
1/
3/
1/
2/
1/
2/
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Ability Sequence
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CDR

Runes

Greater Mark of Lethality
9

Greater Seal of Attack Speed
9

Greater Glyph of Scaling Cooldown Reduction
9

Greater Quintessence of Critical Damage
3

Masteries
4/
4/
3/
1/
1/
3/
3/
1/
1/
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Crit

Runes

Greater Mark of Critical Chance
9

Greater Seal of Attack Speed
9

Greater Glyph of Scaling Cooldown Reduction
9

Greater Quintessence of Critical Damage
3

Masteries
4/
4/
3/
1/
1/
3/
3/
1/
1/
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Ability Sequence
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Solo Top

Runes

Greater Mark of Lethality
9

Greater Seal of Armor
9

Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist
9

Greater Quintessence of Lethality
3

Masteries
4/
1/
3/
1/
2/
2/
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3/
1/
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Ability Sequence
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ARAM

Runes

Greater Mark of Lethality
9

Greater Seal of Armor
9

Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist
9

Greater Quintessence of Lethality
3

Masteries
4/
4/
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3/
1/
3/
3/
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Ability Sequence
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Twisted Treeline

Runes

Greater Mark of Magic Penetration
9

Greater Seal of Scaling Mana Regeneration
9

Greater Glyph of Scaling Cooldown Reduction
9

Greater Quintessence of Magic Penetration
3

Masteries
4/
4/
1/
3/
1/
1/
3/
2/
1/
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Dominion

Runes

Greater Mark of Lethality
9

Greater Seal of Attack Speed
9

Greater Glyph of Scaling Cooldown Reduction
9

Greater Quintessence of Critical Damage
3

Masteries
4/
4/
3/
1/
3/
3/
1/
1/
1/
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Ability Sequence
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AP

Runes

Greater Mark of Attack Speed
9

Greater Seal of Armor
9

Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist
9

Greater Quintessence of Critical Damage
9

Masteries
4/
1/
3/
1/
3/
3/
1/
3/
1/
1/
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Ability Sequence
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Jungle

Runes

Greater Mark of Lethality
9

Greater Seal of Attack Speed
9

Greater Glyph of Scaling Cooldown Reduction
9

Greater Quintessence of Critical Damage
3

Masteries
4/
4/
1/
3/
1/
1/
3/
1/
1/
1/
1/
2/
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3/
1/
1/

Ability Sequence
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Runes

Balance

Runes

Greater Mark of Attack Damage
9

Greater Seal of Armor
9

Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist
9

Greater Quintessence of Critical Damage
3

Greater Mark of Attack Damage will give you a good head start early game, while 3 Greater Quintessence of Critical Damage are a great way to stack a little more dmg onto Parrrley and your auto attack. The stand defence seals and glyphs will add a great deal of sustain for the early game.
Tank
Runes

Greater Mark of Lethality
9

Greater Seal of Armor
9

Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist
9

Greater Quintessence of Health
3

Adding greater mark of armor penetration is a great way to piss off the competition late game, and the Greater Quintessence of Health will help you to stay alive a little longer early game while you build into your tankier items. With this build its not a bad idea to go with a gold per 5 item or 2 for greater sustain. If you do, I would recommend Avarice Blade simply because it can be built into a higher tier item that works great with Gangplank.

CDR
Runes

Greater Mark of Lethality
9

Greater Seal of Attack Speed
9

Greater Glyph of Scaling Cooldown Reduction
9

Greater Quintessence of Critical Damage
3

This build is made for constant harass, Greater Glyph of Scaling Cooldown Reduction is a great way to churn out Parrrley quickly and repeatedly. This build is best served on bot with a either a tank or a support that can keep you up and in the fight for as long as possilbe. It is great for keeping the enemies pushed to their turret, forcing them to starve for minion farm. This is also probably your best 2nd choice for soloing top because it allows you to constantly poke any would be tower divers, and the Greater Seal of Attack Speed will let you get at least 1-2 more hits on them and slow them to a crawl, at which point the tower will do all the work for you. If you feel the need to take your CDR to the full 40% then you would do well to trade in Manamune for a Youmuu's Ghostblade.

Crit
Runes

Greater Mark of Critical Chance
9

Greater Seal of Attack Speed
9

Greater Glyph of Scaling Cooldown Reduction
9

Greater Quintessence of Critical Damage
3

This build is hands down, one of the most brutal early game builds out there. With Greater Mark of Critical Chance and a Brawler's Gloves you get 16% crit right out of the gate. At 10 minutes you should have close to 2000 gold (even if you haven't killed any champs yet), and by that time you should have spent it on an Avarice Blade (800) and Zeal (1000). These items in combination with the runes will give you 36% crit by the 10 minute mark, and it only gets easier from there. This build sacrifices your Greater Seal of Armor so be careful on how far you extend for a cheap poke, they might poke back.

Solo Top
Runes

Greater Mark of Lethality
9

Greater Seal of Armor
9

Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist
9

Greater Quintessence of Lethality
3

This build is a lot of fun. You get your run of the mill defensive runes Greater Seal of Armor and Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist. The armor penetration is good for putting some early game hurt on your enemy, but honestly Greater Mark of Attack Damage is just as good because of the way Parrrley works. If the enemy team has a jungle/counter jungle, be sure to ward the river and keep an eye on the mini-map and chat for mias.

Jungle
Runes

Greater Mark of Lethality
9

Greater Seal of Armor
9

Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist
9

Greater Quintessence of Lethality
3

Just like every other AD Carry your going with greater mark of armor penetration, Greater Seal of Armor, Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist, and greater quintessence of armor penetration. This is the basic needs of any AD jungler. Of coarse run with Stalker's blade - juggernaut and smite, with all the right jungle masteries. Beyond that you're ability to gank is based on your skill and timing. I recommend the traditional blue route, it helps with mana regen and lets you get to a higher level before finally getting back to the solo top to either relieve or gank.

AP
Runes

Greater Mark of Magic Penetration
9

Greater Seal of Scaling Mana Regeneration
9

Greater Glyph of Scaling Cooldown Reduction
9

Greater Quintessence of Magic Penetration
3

Let's be honest, it's not as good as others, but it is fun as hell. Grab Greater Mark of Magic Penetration and Greater Quintessence of Magic Penetration for late game damage from your ultimate. These can also be traded in for ( Greater Mark of Scaling Ability Power and Greater Quintessence of Scaling Ability Power) or ( Greater Mark of Ability Power and Greater Quintessence of Ability Power) for a direct damage increase. It doesnt hurt to grab a couple ad offensive items early game, simply for the damage of Parrrley early game before you get to Cannon Barrage You will also need Greater Seal of Scaling Mana Regeneration and Greater Glyph of Scaling Cooldown Reduction for the mana and CDR because you WILL be using Remove Scurvy a little more often with this build, so keep that in mind when pushing, because you do not have any defensive runes here.

Dominion
Runes

Greater Mark of Lethality
9

Greater Seal of Attack Speed
9

Greater Glyph of Scaling Cooldown Reduction
9

Greater Quintessence of Critical Damage
3

The runes for this build are normal AD carry. greater mark of armor penetration, Greater Seal of Scaling Armor, Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist, and greater quintessence of armor penetration it wouldn't be a bad idea to trade the desolation quints in for Greater Quintessence of Critical Damage for the damage bonus, but I don't think it will make too much of a difference in such a short game. I recommend Greater Seal of Scaling Armor over Greater Seal of Armor because you start at lvl 3 and get to lvl 10 within the first 5-7 minutes of the fight, after which the armor per lvl pays off more. CDR is very important in Dominion, but not at the cost of defense. Starting at level 3 with 1300 gold is a great way to skip past all the early game niceties and go straight for the throat, your enemy knows this too, so shielding is an absolute necessity.


Twisted Treeline
Runes

Greater Mark of Attack Speed
9

Greater Seal of Armor
9

Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist
9

Greater Quintessence of Critical Damage
9

A pretty common build, a ton of dmg, and the means to dish it out quickly. Everything you need for a game on the Twisted Treeline. Greater Mark of Attack Speed will allow you to stack up Grog Soaked Blade a hair faster and help to pin down some of the faster moving champions.


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Masteries

Balance

Masteries
1/
3/
4/
4/
1/
1/
3/
3/
1/
3/
3/
3/
This page is pretty cut and dry. This is not a build for ganking, it is made for TEAM play. You'll have plenty of early game dmg output with your Parrrley and much greater sustainability late game. This build works well in ranked games mostly due to its sustainability. Anyone who's played GP knows that late game is a pain because you are almost always focused in team fights. This blend gives you the means to get out of tough spots, so long as you're smart enough to avoid them when their obvious.

Tank
Masteries
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3/
4/
4/
1/
3/
1/
3/
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I posted this as a deliberate build though I must say, if you want to tank, do it with an actual tank. All the same though, the build works, its not about to trump dedicated tanks such as Rammus, Volibear, or Malphite, but it will certainly make squishy assassins think twice before trying to focus you down.

CDR
Masteries
1/
3/
4/
4/
1/
1/
3/
3/
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1/
1/
3/
4/
1/
Despite the fact that this is a CDR build you will not be using any CDR masteries. Those will be handles by your items and runes. I recommend 21-9-0 because you will be leaving Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist behind for Greater Glyph of Scaling Cooldown Reduction. So it would be wise to put those other 9 point into the defense tree, over the offense tree. All the same this build does have room for a little more CDR so if you want to go 25-5-0, putting the last 4 into Sorcery be my guest.

Crit
Masteries
1/
3/
4/
4/
1/
3/
1/
3/
1/
3/
3/
3/
As the name "crit" suggests, this build should be all about the offense. I put 9 points in the defense tree and focused everything else on Offensive AD mastery, making sure to pickup Lethality , Weapon Expertise , and Havoc .

Solo Top
Masteries
1/
3/
4/
4/
1/
1/
3/
3/
1/
1/
3/
4/
1/
Ok so solo top is pretty cut and dry, solid offensive mastery tree, with a bit in utility for Good Hands . I go ahead and pick up Runic Affinity here, this is good because if you're soloing top, you can expect company from enemy ganks, and if you can steal a red or a blue from an enemy, then you might as well keep it for a while.

Jungle
Masteries
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3/
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1/
3/
3/
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This one runs about the same mastery as solo-top, but you pick up Improved Recall over Summoner's Insight for the early game back to base trips. Honestly you could put that point wherever you like, the .5 seconds saved is pretty unnoticeable, I'm just impatient.

AP
Masteries
1/
4/
4/
1/
3/
4/
4/
1/
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Pretty much the exact opposite of all the other builds, here you're shooting straight down the right side of the offense tree instead of the left. On the utility tree you're only doing 2 points in Good Hands , and then putting points in Expanded Mind and Meditation . This is really needed so don't ignore it, you will be using remove scurvy a bit more with this built, so you need the added mana/mana regen.

Dominion
Masteries
1/
3/
4/
4/
1/
3/
1/
3/
3/
1/
1/
4/
Here is another mastery tree similar to all the rest. The AD offense, with Good Hands , and Swiftness . I drop Runic Affinity and a couple points off of Good Hands and add them to Havoc for this one. You dont really spend that much time dead in dominion, so 1 point is enough. The bonus damage from Havoc though is too great to pass up in such short, fast-paced fights
Twisted Treeline
Masteries
1/
3/
4/
4/
1/
3/
1/
3/
3/
1/
1/
3/
4/
1/
This is similar to the solo top build, it gives you a bit of sustain, and a lot of dmg output, just the way a gangplank should be. There is no movement speed bonus in this, so if you find that your enemies just keep outrunning you as soon as they get close to dying, grab a couple extra levels of Raise Morale early to help with the chase.


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Skill Sequence

With virtually every Gangplank build you're going to max Parrrley 1st, then Raise Morale and finally Remove Scurvy. Getting you're ults at their proper levels of coarse. Even if you're doing an AP build, you bread and butter remains to be Parrrley. That in mind, max it, then max the others according to what best suits you're needs. If you're up against a CC heavy team, it's not necessarily a bad idea to max Remove Scurvy 2nd. After all staying alive, in lane, and farming can make a huge difference late game.

Balance

Ability Sequence
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For balance I max Parrrley 1st, then Raise Morale, picking up 1 point in [[remove scurvy at lvl 4, and then maxing it at 14.

Tank
Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Runs the same as balance, if the enemy notices you're trying to build him as an off-tank, they may start giving you priority in ganks, if this is the case, a couple points in Remove Scurvy early game, may be needed.

CDR
Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Runs the same as balance, again if they start focusing you down put a couple more in Remove Scurvy and call it a day.

Crit
Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Runs the same as balance, if they start focusing you down on crit plank, I actually wouldn't recommend switching points to Remove Scurvy, instead focus on your build, play it safe, and if possible, try to end laning phase early for some early game kills. This is a snow ball build, so the sooner you can start, the better.

Solo Top
Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Runs the same as balance, here I would definitely recommend extra points in Remove Scurvy if you're suffering too much dmg up top, especially if the enemy team doesn't have a jungler. If you end up trapped against the tower and losing creep farm as a result, then grab a gold/5 item instead of worrying about trying to farm with Raise Morale.

Jungle
Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Here you're going to switch your lvl 1 & 2 spells, and switch your lvl 3 & 4 spells, then build just like balance. You want raise moral for that 1st fight against blue, Parrrley simply wont do enough damage at lvl 1 to finish the golems. However if you have someone willing to give you one helluva leash, you could get away with just sticking to the balance build order.

AP
Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
He're your actually putting a few more points in Remove Scurvy early game than you will anything else. The reason for this is the fact that Parrrley will simply not put out enough damage. It is extremely important that you survive to mid game for an AP build, because without some decent farm, you're not going to be doing enough damage to help the team at all.

Dominion
Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Again, just like balance. You'll start the game at lvl 3 anyway, so you'll have Raise Morale if you go top with the team, or Parrrley if you go bot.
Twisted Treeline
Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Surprise surprise, it's just like balance. Focus on a single enemy at a time in early game, and try to get 1st blood, it will help if you plan to faceroll the other team.


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Items

For the Best AD, Gangplank can be Anything and Everything.



Early Game


- This and a couple of Health Potion can help you stay in lane a little longer early game.

- This is a great item because it can build into 1 of 3 AMAZING early game items.

One of these 5, depending on who you will be up against.



These are great for the simple fact that they all work with Parrrley, Sheen and Avarice Blade come with a damage bonus, and Phage with it's updated Rage passive allows you to close ground quickly. A few other options would be Hexdrinker, or The Brutalizer for some situational uses.


For Damage



There are a few ways to do this:

The Tanky Way



This is an obvious build for any ad carry that has to get in close to do their damage.


The Straight AD way



A little more damage, a little less survivability.

The Critplank Way



Here you're buying pretty much anything with crit. This is more useful for poking with Parrrley

Utility and Sustained Dmg



The first part is obviously a breakdown of trinity force into each of the better counterparts. Phantom Dancer (for single target damage) and Statikk Shiv (for multi-target damage), both items also give great passives as well as bonus crit to Parrrley. Adding a frozen mallet will obviously benefit the tankplank build, lending to Parrrley's bonuses, especially after the changes made to Phage. Also you will get a nice bump in Armor and CDR from Iceborn Gauntlet. The con to this of coarse is the fact that it only leaves you with room for 3 more items, and 1 of them will need to be boots. If you don't care about the dmg bonus from Sheen, then you can always trade it in for the Maw of Malmortius, which is a much better Sustain Item in my opinion.

Balanced Opponent Team



A good balance of offense and defense.
Warmog's Armor - A great tip to stay alive, have more health than your enemy at the end of a fight.
Trinity Force - Solid offensive item, built from the ground up in small increments, a great way to keep the enemy back, and a hodgepodge of great passives.
Infinity Edge - Because a ridiculous amount of damage simply wasn't enough, it needed to be padded with even more from the unique crit dmg bonus.
Guardian Angel - Great damage mitigation for both types, and a passive that's to die for, after all you only live once...or twice. Okay enough puns.

AD Heavy Opponent Team



This is pretty straight forward.
Thornmail returns a good chunk of their damage back to them. This is great for putting a dent in their carry, even if you're being focused down.
Frozen Heart is a great way to get fantastic CDR and add to your mana pool, and what most people dont seem to realize is that it ties with the highest armor item in the game, Thornmail.
Randuin's Omen is a great counter to any auto-attacking team, however it seems to be far more effective against melee than it does against ranged, and of coarse there's the active that slows everyone within range.
Iceborn Gauntlet Is a fantastic way to add a little bonus damage and slow to you pool. If you're going tanky, this item may even trump Frozen Mallet, I will be experimenting with this greatly in the weeks to come.

AP Heavy Opponent Team



Honestly I think these are probably the only one's worth considering.
Spirit Visage - A great benefit to any champion with a healing spell, even it it's self healing. Great magic resist, and 10% CDR make this my top pick.
Banshee's Veil - Great magic resist, and adds a nice touch of hp and mana to assist in both taking dmg, and letting you deal it a little more. The passive is a great life saver, especially if their team is weak on initiators.
Maw of Malmortius - The base component Hexdrinker comes with the Magic Shield passive already, making it one of the better "component" passives out there. An AP soaking shield, and a dmg increase bonus. This is one of the best counters to someone who gets focused down in team fights. To be clear though, this o