Yorick Build Guide by Lasoor
Lasoor's Guide to Yorick Shepherd of Souls - Season 9
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Threats & Synergies
[Top] Yorick and Darius are very closely matched. Yorick is considered a counter to Darius, however that doesn't make the match up easy. It is actually one of the hardest match ups Yorick gets in top lane, despite his advantage, because of how Darius players build and how a Darius main plays. Once Darius gets a grip on you all you can hope to do is run before you are killed. You can't out trade him at melee range, you will lose especially if Darius has his ultimate. The way to counter Darius is to kite him and push him out of lane with your mist, maiden, and ghouls. Once he is low enough you can look for opportunities to trap him and finish him off. Always go in-and-out with your Q to burst him down, never sit there auto attackin him. You win if he can't build enough stacks on you. Keep in mind rushing high health items in ideal for this match up as Darius does a lot of true damage.
[Top] Teemo easily hurts you, but once you got your ultimate you can easily kill him. You are considered a counter to teemo because you don't rely on your auto attacks to kill him and can generally take what he dishes out. Early game you should bide your time and take as little damage as possible. If you see an opportunity to get ghouls then take it because they will deal a lot of damage to poor little teemo.
[General] Yorick can beat Yasuo, but it relies on being the better player(Neither has inherent advantage and both can burst the other quickly). A skilled Yasuo can beat a less skilled Yorick easily. It is best to melee poke him constantly with your Q before you all in him. Don't all in him unless he is low health and you will usually want your ultimate.
[General] Tryndamere can beat Yorick easily. Everything about Yorick's strategy is countered by the fact that Tryndamere can get out of Yorick's traps, deal massive damage, and refuse to die. The best way to fight him is to kite him. You poke with your Q, keep him off you with your W and E, and use your ultimate to hurt him over time. Eventually he will lose if you can keep him off you. Never try to just slap fight him, you will lose.
[Top] Riven can hurt you a lot, but if you out smart her with your ultimate you will win. Yorick is all about melee kiting.
[General] His goal is getting his third auto off on you to knock you up. Once he does this you will die(in most cases). The ideal situation is when Xin Zhao has exhausted his E(gap closer). Once he uses this, simply walk away until his knockup ability times out. Then go back in and burst him to a pulp. Generally safest to use your ultimate against him as you are at half strength without minions. Xin Zhao can easily kill ghouls all at once while focusing you using his ultimate. So hug your maiden and make use of your outplay abilities.
[General] Lee Sin is dangerous to Yorick. Avoid him if possible. If you must fight him you can usually kill him with your ultimate, but Lee Sin normally has teammates with him especially if he is going in against a Yorick.
[Top] A skilled Fiora will crush you because how strong, fast, and defensive this champion is. There isn't enough you can do in time to win. She can gain an advantage on you faster than you can use your combo. If it is an unskilled Fiora it should be an easy win though, but don't count on it being unskilled especially in Ranked. Keep in mind she will be trying to hit you on the indicated sides shown on your character.
[Top] This is a very easy match up for Yorick assuming you are good at playing your champion. You can easily dodge Gangplank's abilities and if you build the split push build you will move fast enough to consistently kill Gangplank despite his speedups and slows.
[Top] Requires a lot of harassing to keep him from killing you. He wins most short-fights early game while you win the long fights. So try to dodge his skill shots and consistently poke him down.
[Top] Irelia is a direct counter to Yorick. Her high defensive abilities, high mobility, and high burst allows her to counter everything you do. She constantly will be jumping around making it difficult to land your mist. And once Irelia goes in on you she will win the trade. It is best to play defensively and try to freeze lane right before your tower so you have an escape.
[General] Udyr can't ever hope to be on the same level as Yorick. Assuming you know how to hit an Udyr with your mist he is as good as dead.
[Top] You do more damage than him, have more mobility, and similar if not better sustain. The main thing you lack that he has is natural tank-ability which is handled by your items. You are simply stronger than Nasus in every way when it comes to 1v1ing, team fighting, and split pushing. However if it is an AP Nasus you might have an issue, as AP Nasus can do a lot to you early on without being hit.
[Top] Focus on farming and she won't do much to you. You will win trades as long as you don't continue trying to fight while she is hiding in her smoke. Focus on farming and only go for the kill once Akali has around 25% HP left. You will likely still not get it though.
[Top] This is a very difficult match up simply because how much damage Singed can do and withstand. If Singed is really good, takes dark seal + health pots, stacks dark seals, and knows how to avoid your Maiden's targeting then you will have a tough time winning. I have only lost this match up one time, but the reason for that was because it was the one time I fought a true Singed main. Your Maiden's faulty targeting can easily get you killed when you should otherwise win.
[Top] Literally just have to dodge what he throws at you. Your ghouls will do the rest.
[Top] Nothing Garen can do to you. You out damage him, out sustain him, can CC him, and have minions to help you. You actually beat a Garen 1v1 even without any minions/pets. Which means Garen loses to you when you're at about half strength.
[General] The CC+Burst+Gap close is so quick that it leaves little room for out play. However if you manage to trap a Vi after she used her engage then you can quickly burst her to a pulp with help of your Maiden and ghouls.
|Pros and Cons||
Yorick is a underrated champion that in the right hands will be at his enemy's nexus before his enemy even remembers he exists. No, but in all seriousness this champion is one of the strongest split pushers especially if you build off of my split push build. The movement speed focus of my build allows you to easily escape multiple enemies or even outplay them to kill them while you are solo pushing a lane. Yorick's kit is focused on commanding minions who kill everything in sight for their master. He can have his Maiden of the Mist act as a general and push a lane for him without him even being there.
Yorick is strong all throughout the game both as a duelist and a team fighter. Thanks to his ultimate most people underestimate his strength. About 50% of Yorick's kit is focused around his minions, however the majority of players look at just Yorick when thinking about his damage potential while forgetting that his minions do the damage for him. While playing Yorick you will often see enemies run right past your maiden and focus you while the maiden damages them over time and gives you a damage buff on them. This results in you killing multiple enemies while often times at very low health.
This guide should give you the information on how to build and play Yorick needed for you to carry your games with him consistently.
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Here is the official League of Legends spot light video below. Watching it will give you a basic idea on how he works and how to utilize him in a game.
+ Very strong split pusher
+ Very strong team fighter
+ High tanking ability
+ High damaging ability
+ Capable of winning most 1v3 fights with ease
+ High farming speed
+ Can 1v1 any monster including Baron
+ Strong in face of kite
- Can't 1v5 unless fed :(
- His insane power makes you get carried away and die stupidly
- CC slows down his rampage
- Without his ultimate or ghouls he is weaker than many other fighter champions because that is about half his kit
- Weak against high damage fighters if they somehow manage to stick on him
|Flash is a standard choice for most champions. Great on Yorick for either escaping or doing a Flash + Last Rites combo to finish off enemies. You will almost always choose this and should always choose this if you're new to Yorick. It also helps you early game tower dive without dying.|
|Ghost isn't recommended on Yorick unless you are very skilled with him already. It will allow you to easily chase down enemies and hit them like a truck. They will be amazed at how fast you are if you build the split push build. No one will out run you or catch up to you. However, this isn't really needed. It is more of a luxury ability. Your kit and the items I say to build already make you fast and allow you to easily chase down targets.|
|You never get Ignite on Yorick. You don't need it because you can easily get kills without it. Your goal as Yorick is to split push and to do that effectively you need to take Teleport so you can quickly meet up with your teammates if they need you. Teleport also allows you to teleport to your minion waves and quickly take out enemy towers.|
|You always get this on Yorick. It is his core spell. He is primarily played a split pusher due to his extremely strong split pushing ability and because of this he needs Teleport to quickly move around the map. He is also a strong team fighter which means he may need to Teleport to his teammates and help them out.|
Gives you stronger lane sustain, more poke damage, and helps you build up your max HP.
Very strong on Yorick and there isn't really any replacement to it worth taking.
Lets you burst down towers, what's not to love about it? Alternative to this is Font of Life which will help your team a lot in team fights.
Anything that lets you scale into late game stronger is ideal on Yorick. This gives you more than the other choices.
More health for mass farming/split pushing is exactly what Yorick wants in life.
Helps you poke down your enemy's health so you can eventually all-in them.
Gives you much more laning sustain allowing you to spam your abilities constantly. The alternative to this is The Ultimate Hat which doesn't do nearly as much for you as other Yorick players seem to think. Every time you use your ultimate it reduces the ultimate's cooldown until max stacks. Only problem with that is on a champion like Yorick that makes no sense because Yorick's ultimate tends to survive a long time before going on cooldown in the first place, meaning you use his ultimate less on Yorick than with other champions. This thing is better on champions like Lux and Kassadin.
Shepherd of Souls
This is what makes Yorick who he is with help of Last Rites. Basically it places a grave on ground every time an enemy champion dies and every time a certain amount of enemy units die near him. It also allows both Yorick and his Maiden of the Mist to have 4 ghouls with them. If your ghouls stray too far they die. Basically with this you can spawn Maiden of the Mist in a lane and have her push it with a ghoul army while you are helping your team with your own ghoul army.
This is Yorick's sustain ability that doubles as his army conscription tool. Every time he last hits an enemy with this ability it places a grave. Once he has 3-4 graves he can activate this ability during its cooldown to call upon ghouls. Yorick gets 1 ghoul per grave. Last Rites also resets your auto attacks which gives you an extra hit on turrets and helps you quickly harm enemies. Every time you hit an enemy you are healed and if you are below half health the healing received is doubled.
This is how Yorick traps enemies or escapes from them. He creates a circular wall that allies can pass through which allows him to trap enemies to kill them, block paths, and protect himself from enemies. It can be destroyed if enemies hit it. This is what makes ganking Yorick very difficult along with Mourning Mist.
Eulogy of the Isles
This is your strongest ability by far. It creates the Maiden of the Mist who will push lanes for you, target enemies who attack you or are marked by Mourning Mist, and it allows you to deal more damage to its targets. The Maiden of the Mist also spawns ghouls every time an enemy champion, minion, or monster dies near it. With this ability you can solo 3 enemies and win with just a Trinity Force if they aren't smart enough to kill the Maiden quickly.
How Maiden Works
1) If Yorick is harmed and Maiden is nearby she will join Yorick in combat.
2) Maiden and all ghouls will target any enemy champion and large monsters you throw your E on.
3) Maiden summons ghouls every time an enemy minion dies, so killing minions quickly helps refill your ghouls in a battle or while taking a turret.
4) Maiden's target slowly takes damage and Yorick does 5 / 7.5 / 10% of target's max health in bonus magic damage consuming this function on first hit. This damage buff is reapplied every two seconds, so in combat you can generally burst people down easily without consistently hitting them(therefore, staying out of the line of fire). Which is why going on-hit Yorick is useless.
5) Maiden's attacks apply life steal for Yorick(heals Yorick), but do not apply on-hit effects or spell effects. (Somehow works with Death's Dance too)
6) Maiden's health scales off of Yorick's max health
7) Maiden's damage scales off of Yorick's AD
|This item will help you get more gold out of farming which is very good for Yorick. It gives you similar offensive stats as Doran's Blade just without the health. This item will provide some extra sustain in lane, but the primary purpose of it is to farm. You get this in any match up where you feel you can farm very efficiently because as Yorick your goal is to farm and push lanes. If you can get 100 CS within 12 - 15 minutes then you should get this item. Once at 100 CS you get 350 gold and you can also sell this item for some of its gold value back. You also get 1 additional gold for each minion you kill which means in total you get the cost of the item back + the gold you get for selling it. Doesn't sound like much, but it helps a lot and when you don't need the extra stats of Doran's Blade Reason to get: Are able to farm to 100 CS within 12 - 15 minutes easily|
|This gives you some added damage, health, and life steal. It's a great item for sustaining in your lane early game. I'd only recommend it on Yorick if you are up against an enemy you feel you can kill easily. In which case you'd take this to help kill them fast without dying. Reason to get: Want to abuse a weak enemy for kills|
This item is only for if you need to get 40% CDR in your build and the items you chose don't meet that requirement. This item should only be taken if you have 30%|
or less CDR in your other items combined. Reason to get: Need more CDR to reach 40%.
|This is your core item and you always get this on Yorick. It gives you a massive power spike and a little of everything you need. You will get AD, AS, CDR, Health, Mana, and lots of movement speed thanks to its passive. You also get massive burst damage after using an ability on your next basic attack. This item is required on Yorick. Reason to get: You are playing Yorick|
|This item you get when you are split pushing as Yorick. It gives you a lot of defensive stats, but most importantly it gives you movement speed while near turrets or Void Gates, and allows you to place Void Gates which produce Voidspawn to help you push lanes or freeze lanes. Very useful item. Reason to get: You are split pushing|
|This gives you added CDR, health, health regeneration, and magic resist. The main reason to get this is for its passive which increases all your healing effects. This makes the healing on your Last Rites stronger. You shouldn't get this item if the enemy doesn't use a lot of magic damage. Reason to get: Enemy uses magic damage and you want to increase the healing on Last Rites|
This item is great on Yorick as a last item pick because it helps you get to 40% CDR, gives you massive health, and allows you to heal rapidly while out of combat. Meaning with this item you can both aggressively split push and aggressively team fight and whenever you are low health you just back out and heal back to full health. Reason to get: Need a last item and have built a lot of health items. This item will allow you to rapidly heal while out of combat.|
Sunfire Aegis is only for if you are split pushing. Gives you defensive stats to keep you alive if attacked and most importantly it gives you constant AoE that helps you kill minions quickly. Reason to get: You are split pushing and need a defensive item.|
This item used to be a lot better on Yorick when its active gave you attack speed. With it you could destroy turrets rapidly, but now it is useful only for its movement speed. It gives you AD, CDR, and Lethality which is all good on Yorick, but the movement speed is the reason we take it. If you need a Ghost like ability then you can take this item. This also allows you to ignore movement collision. I'd only get this item when ahead though because when you are tied or behind you need defensive items. Reason to get: Need a movement speed buff ability
This is an item you get while ahead. It gives you a lot of extra sustain, damage, and a shield for over healing with life steal. You normally get this item with Death's Dance. Your focus with this item will be killing your enemies. Reason to get: Are ahead and want to quickly kill your enemies and also want to gain a shield for over healing.
Your goal early game is to farm as much as possible in your lane. If you push to the middle of the lane or past that then you should constantly have vision near the river so the enemy can't gank you. If you chose Doran's Blade then your goal will be killing the enemy quickly and multiple times so you can take down his tower. If you chose Cull then your goal is to farm as much as you can and rush 100 CS so you can get your gold boost.
You need to be rushing Trinity Force before anything else. You start with Sheen for the burst damage, CDR, and mana. This is the most optimal part to get early game. After Sheen you will normally get Phage so you can stick on to your enemy and kill him. This also gives you a huge buff to your health.
Once you have Trinity Force you can kill almost any champion in the game 1v1 easily. Your strategy will be basic attacking then using Last Rites right after. Once you do that you back off if the enemy is stronger than you. If the enemy is weaker you can keep basic attacking him. The way you kill stronger enemies is you use Last Rites as a poking tool. You go in to hit them with massive damage, back out, and repeat. You can use Mourning Mist and Dark Procession to keep the enemy off you or in one area. If you feel you can finish the enemy off then use Eulogy of the Isles after landing a Mourning Mist and rush the enemy for the kill.
Only time you should leave your lane is to either gank Mid lane or get Rift Herald. And ganking Mid lane should only be done if you're ahead and the enemy is playing safe. Usually you'll be able to kill the enemy Top laner quickly and take out their turret just with your Maiden of the Mist. Even once you get the first turret down you stay top lane to keep consistent pressure and prevent the enemy Top laner from roaming to get stronger. You must keep vision in the jungle near you so you see when the enemy comes to stop you. If his teammates try to cover his lane you must kill them to discourage them from messing with you again. You always want to punish your opponent for leaving lane the best you can. Kill turrets fast, kill anyone who covers lane, and in some cases if they group up to kill you just fight it and win. Normally I'm able to 1v3 by time I have my Trinity Force and Zz'Rot Portal. So if the enemy tries to kill me I just kill them. Even if you die in process it shows them that trying to stop you isn't possible. It scares them away from you and often times they stop going top entirely giving you a free lane and free access to their inhibitors.
If you can't 1v3 and the enemy tries to kill you then you can easily get away using Mourning Mist, Dark Procession, and Eulogy of the Isles. If they keep chasing you while your Maiden of the Mist hits them you should consistently go back in to use Last Rites on the person being targeted by the maiden so you can eventually kill him. Repeat this until all enemies are dead, you are low health, the enemies stopped chasing, or the enemies got smart and killed your maiden. This is how you 1v3 even if you shouldn't be able to. It's similar to how Singed can kill multiple enemies except Yorick is a lot stronger.
If you are building to team fight then after you take your first tower you start grouping with your team to help them. Then you only go top to keep it from being pushed to your turret.
Mid Game is when you start roaming more even when split pushing. Early Game you focus top lane, but Mid Game is when you focus all lanes. Every time you see a lane that lacks both enemies and allies you push it and try to take a turret. A great strategy is to bounce from top to bottom while your allies and enemies are fighting mid. The reason for this is it keeps your enemies constantly moving around the map to chase after you while you push lanes and waste their time. In the mean time your teammates should be pushing mid, taking dragon, taking baron, or doing something else considered useful.
If you chose to be a team fighter instead of a split pusher then your goal should be staying by your team and killing as many enemies as possible so you can rush down their lane and kill every tower. Normally the main issue with being a team fighter is you'll be the enemy's target and you're also facing a lot more than 3 enemies. 2 extra enemies means way more CC and damage coming your way. You also can't use your same strategies for fighting 1v3 when team fighting. When you team fight you have to keep your allies alive too, not just yourself. When you're solo pushing and enemy tries to stop you then you can just run away while dealing damage with your Maiden of the Mist and Last Rites until the enemies die. You can't do that in a team fight. If your enemy doesn't focus on you then take advantage of that to rush their back line and kill their carries quickly with your ghouls and Last Rites.
You should also be securing objectives like Baron and Dragon to make sure your team is able to stay ahead.
In the Late Game you slowly stop being as relevant in team fights. Your focus at this point is getting Baron and pushing lanes with it or split pushing. You need to make sure you defend any towers with your team and it is best to stay around your team so they don't mess up and all die. If you made it to the late game then chances are you either failed at split pushing or chose to be a team fighter and your team as a whole failed at pushing lanes.
At this point you need to focus on trying to kill all the enemies or most of them so you can get free turrets. Using objectives like Baron and Elder Dragon as bait can sometimes get you your much needed Ace. If your team is somehow losing team fights even with a Yorick then your only hope is to split push so your team can fight 4v3 or 4v2 instead of 5v5.
If you are losing in the Late Game then your priority should be defending objectives. Yorick is great at defending towers because he can throw his ghouls and Maiden of the Mist on to the enemy to deal lots of damage. He can also separate enemies with Dark Procession to help his team kill strong fighters or carries.
If you built for split pushing then your goal in team fights is to be highly aggressive. You will rush in with your team following up with you and focus down all the enemy high damage squishy champions such as mages, adcs, and assassins. You'll use Dark Procession to easily trap enemies and Mourning Mist to chase enemies and target your ghouls on enemies. If your team properly follows up with you then you should win almost every team fight due to your massive damage, zoning, and speed. You can catch up to enemies insanely fast to kill them. The only hope your enemy has with dealing with you is bursting you down, which won't be easy to do if you built defensive items. Yorick is a bruiser, he can take a lot of damage. It is best to back out while low health, especially if you have your Maiden of the Mist. Reason is you are more use to your team alive and with your Maiden of the Mist you can stay in the fight on the back lines and peel for your carries while low health until you get your health back up.
If you built to team fight then your focus should be peeling for your carries and killing the enemy front line which is normally tanks and fighters. You can deal massive damage to them and are a great asset to your team for keeping enemies off your carries by using Mourning Mist and Dark Procession.
That's it for my Yorick Shepherd of Souls guide. I hope you found it educational and I also hope you find success playing Yorick.
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