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Kog'Maw Build Guide by 1 dollar yo
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Threats & Synergies
Invade and kill. One of the weakest champions in the game.
You win duel under either 2 conditions. His stun is down. You can flash away the second his stun activates.
Remember when I said you can 1v1 any champion? I lied >.<
If You can smite him BEFORE his burst, you can win. Problem is his stealth. He will invade. Ask for wards, be careful when clearing scuttle bugs.
Duel will be very close. If you are losing the duel, attempt to burn his flash and revenge kill with your passive.
Nunu & Willump
Show him why no one plays Nunu jungle anymore and should start playing kog'maw jungle. (I'm only platinum 4 tho )
This is one of your best match ups. If you built full damage, you can 1v1 him at all points in the game and melt him in team fights.
If she is not fed, let her land a cacoon to bait her into a fight. Smite, ult, and kill.
His early clears suck worse than yours, and will roam the map extensively. Get Skirmisher's Sabre early and you will be safe from all invades and counterganks.
Her invades are very spooky =(. That's about the only perk of evelynn. If she's not fed by first 10 minutes she is completely irrelevent.
You beat her after Bloodrazer. She beats you after Zhonyas. You beat her after you get tanky.
He will invade your jungle. Have Challenging smite available at all times, do not use W to clear camps unless you know his location or clearing camps near towers.
He's not a jungler, but you are a land-slug. If your confident, try and dodge his hooks, otherwise just get a banshee's veil.
She is very easy to kill and gank, but do not attempt to duel unless you are way ahead or her ult is on cooldown.
I believe his fear takes around 2 seconds to activate. Good thing it doesn't take 2 seconds to kill him.
Well, this is probably the most annoying champion in the game. Whoever's more fed wins. If you smite him too late you will lose.
1v1 him if you have any advantage whatsoever or if he engages on you. Remember your passive? You will probably use it.
If he doesn't have any backup, duel him, you will be able to outdamage him after his pull and ultimate.
Oh look, today's weather is 99% chance of invade. You win duels after you get bloodrazer. However, if he catches you with W on cooldown you will lose.
Her invades are extremely annoying and dueling her is impossible. This combined with the fact that Nidalee ALWAYS gets fed somehow makes your life tough.
With the recent Trinity Buffs she now has an amazing 1v1. Do not duel her unless you have backup.
Just don't get caught by her when your low-health as she's much more mobile than you. In team fights she is no threat as she has no CC. Just nuke her.
Duel him any chance you get. Smite him and win.
He will invade. Only duel him if you W and Q ability is up.
Duel him anytime you get a chance. If you avoid his stun you will be guranteed to win duel. If not, then no big deal, kill him anyways.
Dodge his knock up and you will always win the duel.
Smite the monkey, not his clone. Win duel unless he's extremely fed.
You can out farm and out scale him. Farm until bloodrazer.
Not a jungler but very hard to gank correctly. If she is fed, you cannot 1v1 her for the remainder of the game.
Do not duel renekton if his fury-bar is almost maxed. Otherwise easy kill
CC is your worst nightmare. Extreme mobility + Hard CC = dead Kog'maw
Horrible if not fed.
He has a lot of CC making it very difficult to duel him, and his counterganks are amazing.
You will camp this lane, until he's worth less than a minion. Very easy kills.
His ultimate makes it impossible for you to nuke him. His hard CC will also make your team fight contributions plummet.
Free kill as long as he isn't fed. Duel him when your top laner goes back. You must camp the lane.
Extremely difficult champion for you to face. If he is good he will save his ultimate for you. If you get caught you are dead.
Tricky to duel. His damage output will depend on what he evolved first. You when if you have a Vision ward.
This is a very close duel. Take any advantage you can get. If she is good at dodging your ultimate you will have a much harder time.
Do NOT get hooked.
Duel him any chance you get. It doesn't even matter if he lands his barrels you still win. Late game avoid them at all costs.
Free Kill as long as she's not EXTREMELY FED. You honestly don't even have to avoid her tenticals if you smite her.
Way too much CC for you to handle by yourself.
His shield blocks a lot of your damage, not to mention he has a ton of CC.
Most of the time you can just flash away from his stun and 100-0 him from the spot if you get close enough.
A ton of CC. Try not to get caught. You can win 1v1 but not group fights.
Absolutely cancerous to deal with. His windwall blocks 100% of your damage in duels and in team fights.
Who's That Champion!?
Here is where Jungle Kog'maw fills the gaps nicely. Bloodrazer and Runaans is extremely potent combo. Jungling also allows you to accumulate gold faster, achieve better powerspikes, and is more interactive to play.
If you do well, your team will praise you, heck even the enemy team will admire your ingenuity, those that have threatened to report you will now be dazed in silence from having their minds blown.
If you do bad, everyone and their grandma will threaten to report you. You will be the scourge and scapegoat of the game. If you thought standard junglers had it bad enough by being flamed everyone, you sir, are in a whole different level of hell. Remember that top lane darius who gave first blood? Well don't be surprised if he blames you as the reason he is losing, all he will have to say is "kog'maw jungle, lol" and just like that, the roast begins.
Devourer Removal along with the attack speed hurts jungle Kog'maw bad. Before the nerfs, I could easily walk into bot lane and 1v2 the ADC and support, then duo baron at 20 minutes.
Bloodrazer Kog'maw also does not melt tanks very well compared to devourer, this is because bloodrazer shifts Kog'maws from AP heavy damage to AD heavy damage. Because armor is much easier to access than MR, you will do a lot less damage to squishies and tanks.
Learn to keep track of enemy Jungler cool downs.
Have smite and abilities available at all times when roaming.
If your top laner has heavy CC, camp that lane.
Sure you can build Bork or Wit's end next, but also note that 3 items is often the time that team fights start breaking out. If you can somehow get a dedicated full solo or Dynamic Q team to actually sacrifice themselves to peel for you, climbing to at least diamond should be a breeze.
If not, take the trade-off of damage for tank items. You will find that by building tanky, you have much more of a team fight presence, as the enemy mid lander can no longer kill you in 1 combo and you have much more room for mistakes.
Also please do keep in mind that you can also indirectly peel for your ADC by simply soaking up damage and CC. Full build Kog'maw is also an absolute monster when built tanky, as you outdamage everything in the game while being extremely difficult to burst down.
Your Leona is too busy going balls deep on the enemy ADC. Your Katarina is like a great white shark, circling its bleeding prey, only ever attacking when their almost dead. Your pet rock Malphite who's lane you've camped religiously hits R faster than he hits the surrender button.
Your Leona is too busy going balls deep on the enemy ADC. Your Katarina is like a great white shark, circling its bleeding prey and will gladly let everyone blow their damage and CC on you for a chance to go to PentaKill City. Your pet rock Malphite who's lane you've camped religiously hits R faster than he hits the surrender button.
DO not depend on your team mates for peel, also do not ask your team mates to peel for you. If your tema is inexperienced with the game "protect the Kog" you will most likely turn the team into a passive pushovers, depend on your positioning and damage to win team fights, this is a good practice, its best to get used to it.
Unless Your Team Looks Like This
Play as if you were a Master Yi
-ONLY GO IN AFTER HE ULTS. If you attack while he still has his ultimate, you will get ulted and then get jumped, most likely you will die before you get off any significant damage output.
-Re-read Malphite's post
-He can CC chain you for days. Wait until he blows his ult, then go in.
-For god sakes just dont get hooked
-If your full tank Reksai plays more passive then a Soraka or you Wukong doesn't want Blitzcrank to help him engage, you will have a hard time. Please, ask your tanks to be in front. Blitzcrank will priority grab you, and blow flash if he see's an opportunity. If you get grabbed you will pop like a balloon.
-I hope your team is smart enough to save CC for him, otherwise he will most likely just rush you when your team is low and get free kills.
(These are the main threats that I've noticed in games so far, I will update if i see another champion worth mentioning)