Build Guide by Olat
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Masteries are in Util for Mana Regen.
Runes: Mana Regen / Magic Pen / Crit Chance
Mana Regen to go with your Masteries to help out. We all know spamming Living Artillery gets costly. And some times it is needed to supress or push back or to get a kill.
Magic Pen should be explanatory, that + the items you get a good Magic Pen % to make sure your Artillery Hurts.
Void Ooze is your #1 Farm tool, get it lvled fast. Mana cost does get costly but at lvl 3-4 with some items. 1 is all you need to farm minions.
Bio Arcane: Important for Longer Range to get those Kills Easier.
Caustic: I get it at lvl 3 just for the Passive and an extra attack IF Needed.
LA: LAWLVOMIT BOMB. Nuff Said.
Items are mainly for AP. The spotlight on Kog'maw had a hyrbid build. I tried it and I think it just wasnt hitting as hard as I wanted. This is more the ultimate glass cannon. You will be squishy as a water balloon, but you bring the hurt.
Boots: Personally, I went with boots +3, right after I got my Tears. Kog'maw is squishy as can be. I took Cleanse plus Boots +3 for those hero's that have the CC. Cleanse and Run. If you drop Void ooze infront of you, you dont get the dmg, but you dont have to stop turn around shoot and then turn back around to continue running. It will save your life.
If you dont like Boots +3 then go for Merc Treads.
Item Build #2
Saphire Health / Mana pot
Boots +1 (Upgraded to your choice later)
Archangel (Rush this item to get the bonus mana as fast as possible)
Alot of people will probably suggest Maej's, but to me TBH Kog'Maw doesnt have the staying power to stay alive. And lets be real, a few good ganks and thats back to zilch. Id rather spend my hard earned money on something that doesnt rely on me not dying. Ontop of that his Cooldowns are not long at all. Especially with good Mana Regen and a good mana pool. You can Spam your Ult till the cow's come home. Just remember to take that 6 sec break every now and then.
Protip's from my winning streak as Kog'Maw. Just FYI im only lvl 16 and Ive been playing for a few days. Ive learned alot and ive gotten quite good at Kog'Maw. So if some of my tricks dont work in the higher up lvls, im sorry. But for me I'm rocking the house as Kog'Maw.
#1. People think hiding by a tower keeps them safe... They haven't fought Kog'maw yet.... Make them run back to the tower and drop them Living Art's on their head.
#2. Run at an Enemy spitting Void Ooze, then Popping your Bio Arcane, this gives increased range and lets you hit fleeing Enemies alot easier.
#3. Some one got the gank on you and cleanse is down. You know your gunna die, but his passive "Icathian Suprise" will get the last laugh. Drop Ooze on him, drop as MANY Artillery's ontop of your self as possible. Dont run. Just Auto Shoot and Artillery. Give it your all. When you die, hes gunna be seriously hurt. Now its time for payback. With your ticking bomb of Kogmaw Chase him down, hell hold onto his hand and then say goodbye. KABOOM. You die, he dies. You dont mess with the Maw.
#4. When a player finally learns that a tower isn't safe. Hes gunna run farther back to the empty spot between both towers, that high grass right there in the middle, is just oppurtunity just waiting for your to answer the door.
#5. KogMaw is a great Solo Mid Champ. Play it safe, until you get your Ult.. Then when you chase them down, they will Flee to their tower and let them! Wait for them to Recall. Most players Open the Item Shop as they recall so they can buy items the instant they land, and get back into the fight... Once you see Recall start.. Artillery Him until your OOM. He will drop before he knows what hits him.
#6. Not sure if its a bug or not but Kog'Maw's Ult reaches about an INCH past the Blue Spell Reach Diagram in game. Use that to your advantage.
Thats it for now. Thank you reading and I hope you enjoy the Build / Guide.
**Edit: Added Soulstealer last as a Optional Item, if you can get those early kills it would be worth it. Also added Rylai's Health / AP / Snare, I think would server better then Lichbane, since I dont relay on my Autoattack much.**