Mathmatically Correct Yorick! - Season 12 Updated
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Runes: First Strike - Lethality
+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
Ability Order Q - W - E Max
Threats & Synergies
This champion is an okay matchup for Yorick. Dodge his Q's, buy executioners early. Maybe take ignite here if you're not confident in your ability.
I would put this as an even matchup, but for the lethality build this is a bit difficult. Don't allow her to poke you with Q as this will get you into kill percentage with her R. Poke her with E when you have ghouls upand first strike will do it's job. After level 6, if you haven't fed, she's not a problem. She can be killed easily when you have maiden up, the only reason I rank her as major is because the early game is especially difficult.
Akshan is quite a hard matchup for Yorick. If he takes ignite it'll be hard for you to succeed. His PTA is going to proc on you often and so you cannot walk up to the wave before you have prowlers. After, however, you can kill him. Take TP and Flash in this matchup, unless you think you can win, take TP and Ghost instead.
Camille used to be a major to extreme threat for Yorick. Well, not anymore. First Strike solves our problems here because we get a gold advantage in lane. She can't outdamage us when we get a prowlers and therefore we win the trades. Save your W for when she E's off the wall, and don't take unnecessary Q's from her.
You stomp her. The only way she'll be able to win this matchup is if she is Faker or quite possibly Dopa. You E her when you have ghouls and trap her, she can't do anything to you if you dance around her Q's.
You hear that? That's the sound of Gold generating in your pocket from FS. This matchup is extremely easy for you. Dodge his Q's and E when you have ghouls up, free money.
Darius is one that you should have trouble with. You can't walk up to the wave, he'll just kill you. You have to dance around him basically, taking Ghost here is required. Play safe and under tower until Prowlers spike and/or level 6.
You are even with Mundo when going Lethality. Even if he builds tank. Don't take cleavers from him and stay behind your wave. If he pressures you off you can wait till one of your powerspikes and kill him. Taking Ignite and Ghost here is really useful.
When it comes to Fiora, it depends on the player mostly. If the player is good at Fiora you won't be able to walk up to the wave, you must play under your tower. However if the player doesn't know how to play Fiora, you are able to capitalize on it by marking her with ghouls, baiting parry, and then when she Q's, use W. Maybe buy executioners depending if you're struggling with her healing or not.
Gangplank has been buffed multiple times and it still isn't enough to kill Yorick. Wait till Level 3 and then kill him. If you have ignite that's even better to prevent his W healing. If he gets fed however, say goodbye to your entire health bar in one barrel. (pepeSadge)
Garen is the same as Cho, it's free money. You can farm level 1, level 2 you can E him for more gold, and you should just win, especially because of prowlers buy later on. Level 6 for him is scary so make sure you aren't overextending or else you lose the trade. The reason I rank Garen higher than Cho is because Garen has more damage and is way tankier with more sustain, meaning it'll be harder to solo kill him, however it's still possible.
Gnar is a weird one. When he's mini, you can keep throwing E's at him till he dies. But as soon as he turns Mega you have to run. Unless you have prowlers I dont think there's a chance you kill him when he has Sunderer + Mega Form.
He's not too big of a problem. He cannot pressure you or damage you to the point of kill pressure. You get ghouls, E him, watch him run. Free gold!
With normal Yorick, this would be a Major or even Extreme matchup. However it doesn't matter that he's able to one shot the ghouls with one auto because you can do most of the damage in one burst anyways. Get Prowlers, maiden, destroy him.
Gwen is very difficult. Take Ignite + Ghost if you need to be able to solo kill. If not, take TP + Ghost. Play under tower and don't walk up until you have Prowlers with Maiden AND a big wave. If you get ahead early via her being dumb and/or a jungle gank, you can solo kill her easily from there. Just buy executioners while you're at it.
Depends on how hard he's pressuring you. But if we assume they know their champion, you have to play safe here. There's no realistic outcome where you solo kill him without help when he has knowledge of his champion. Prowlers with Maiden and you should be able to kill him.
Illaoi is terrible against Yorick. Take Ignite + Ghost or Ignite + TP and run her down. Level 2 all in, and level 3 all in. Level 6, make sure she doesn't leave her tower. If you end up not taking Ignite then buy executioners.
Ah yes, my permaban. Irelia gets rewarded for you hitting your E and she gets her passive stacks off your ghouls giving her more money. Need I say anything else? If you're not banning Tryndamere, this should be your permaban. If you have her in your game, play under tower and don't try to solo kill her, it doesn't work. Buy executioners and hope your jungler is good at the game.
Jax is a skill matchup. Level 2 if he all in's you, just E him and you win if you have ghouls. I would take ignite here but it's preference when it comes to this matchup. Level 6 and onwards, make sure you have executioners with Maiden and you win.
Jayce isn't a threat to you at all. His poke doesn't do enough damage to win against your all in. Just E him when you have ghouls up and trap him with W. He's squishy enough to one shot once you have prowlers.
Play under tower, she'll kill you otherwise. Wait till you have ghouls and maybe a serrated dirk. Then you can kill her with E and run her down. From there it shouldn't be too much of a challenge.
I should write an apology for anyone who has to go against Lethality Yorick as Kayle. Farm, E her, W her, kill her. Prowlers and you can one shot her.
Kennen doesn't do enough damage to solo kill you. However, he is extremely fast, which makes it hard for you to land your E. Wait until you have 6 and Prowlers. However if you don't want to wait just make sure you hit your E to solo kill him.
Kled is pretty rough when it comes to Lethality Yorick. He has amazing all in and therefore your all in cannot match his. Buy executioners and play under tower.
I've played this matchup and it's extremely horrible. Play under tower and hope that your jungler will gank is really the only thing you can do. You cannot walk up to the wave. Only push wave when he has recalled. With prowlers, if he's not fed, you can solo kill him. Helps to have maiden to kill him as well.
The poke is rough in this matchup, however if he gets no help from JG, you win from level 3 onwards. Make sure ghouls are up and E whenever you can. You can trap him to ensure maximum first strike gold as well.
I don't think people play him Top anymore but if they do, they lose to this build. Level 3 and onwards you win. Just don't go near bushes.
This one is a tricky one. You won't be building bruiser so you cannot fight him head on, you have to dance around him. Level 3 and 4 are your chances to kill him. Wait until he uses W, which will be on a high cooldown, and then all in him. In his ult, use W and make sure you DO NOT trap him inside the W. You must play ring around the rosie with him in his ult until you get out. Also make sure you don't spawn Maiden in his ult as she doesn't come back with you. Executioners is a good buy here.
He cannot play the game when you go lethality. Rush dirk and watch his health disappear from one E. All in would include Prowlers, E, W, Q, auto. Pressure him off CS while you're at it. Stand in the middle of your wave and don't allow him to walk up. Build a wave and then crash it under his tower, and while he tries to CS it, you can go invade the enemy's jungle, which I talk about later in the guide.
Olaf isn't a problem and you can kill him when you have level 6. Make sure you're CSing better than him and poking with E, don't let him get ahead in any way.
Ornn is tanky. That's really all. You can kill him Level 2 and 3. Then once you have Prowlers at 6, you can chunk him down off one E with prowlers usage.
Pantheon wins Levels 1 and 2. However on 3, if you have ghouls, you can all in and kill him quite easily. If he roams make sure your team knows about it.
Poppy does a lot of damage for being that tanky. Don't stand near walls. You win Level 3 and Level 6. Take Ignite with TP here. Also make sure she doesn't W your prowlers claw.
Quinn has a lot of poke but that's really it. Make sure you don't take poke early before level 3. You can E her when she overextends and run her down with ghouls. Level 6, you win easily.
This is a skill matchup. You have to E only when Renekton goes in on you, because he can Q ghouls if not. You have to dodge and weave with his all-ins. Taking Executioners and/or Ignite here is really useful and could help you in trades.
Rengar does a lot of damage early, however if you land E and W you can kill him relatively easily. If he roams you push towers, if not, you kill him while he's in lane. Make sure you ward bushes and once you hit Level 6, you can leverage your lead.
Riven isn't too difficult. Don't walk up level 1, she may kill you. Level 2-3 you can kill her or at least get major poke on her. Take Ignite or buy executioners here.
Don't walk up Level 1, kill him level 2-3. If unable, wait until Level 6 or Prowlers powerspike.
What is this guy doing in Top Lane? E and W him, free gold!
Sett is difficult for newer players. Bait out his E level one. Level 2-3 you can poke him. Do NOT get close to him or he will kill you. When trading, W him, then mark him, then dance around his E and W. Taking Ignite or executioners here is really helpful.
Shen is difficult. Don't walk up to the wave during levels 1-3. Level 6, you can start to kill him. If he uses R on someone, you can go ahead and shove wave into turret, putting you massively ahead of him,
He does a lot of damage if ahead. However in your lane, he won't ever be ahead. Here you want to kill him level 2-3. Level 3, you can trap him and therefore negate basically all his damage.
Sylas is a weird matchup for Yorick. Your ghouls block his E and you can E him to keep him off you. If he uses his E. you can W on top of yourself and walk out. If he steals your maiden it'll create his own ghouls. So try to kill him or get executioners before that happens. Taking Ignite here is nice.
Tahm is an even matchup. You're able to cage his W, you have % max health damage on your Maiden, and you have ghouls to protect you from Q.
You don't win level 1. Level 2 and 3 you can start to all in him but if he's bringing Lethal Tempo you will have a tough time trying to kill him without him killing you first. After getting Maiden with Prowlers, you should do enough burst damage to run him down and kill him.
Teemo is no threat at all to Yorick, we are quite possibly Teemo's hardest counter. When he blinds you, just land E and trap him, wait for ghouls to damage and when you're not blinded, you can Q auto him. Basically he's just free gold. Just don't take unnecessary poke early on.
Tryndamere is a permaban for a lot of people, and used to be mine until Irelia. You cannot contest him level 1, Level 2, you are allowed to poke him, and Level 3-18, he wins. But seriously, the outplay potential is quite minimal here. The only way you can outplay him is either wait for him to E onto you, in which you W him and get out, or he's stupid, tower dives you, and dies under tower because somehow his R ran out. Take executioners here and hope that he roams so you can take his turrets. Make sure you take TP + Ghost here.
Skill matchup. Don't walk up to the wave level 1, he most likely started E. If you get hit by the E you will lose 50% of your health for no reason. Wait until Prowlers + Maiden to do anything to him.
Vayne has a lot of poke. but if she all ins you, you win. She can't match your damage and will get bursted down. E, W, Q her and she dies. Level 1 you cannot walk up to the wave. Level 2-6 you can kill her pretty easily.
A lot of people underestimate Volibear's damage. He can burst you down faster than you can do to him. Farm level 1, poke with E level 2, all in Level 3. If the all in doesn't work, wait till you have executioners + prowlers + maiden.
Don't take early poke from him, Level 1 you don't win. Level 2 and onward you can poke with E and maybe chunk him down. Just be careful of his ult as he can use it to turn a losing fight into a kill. Rush executioners here or take Ignite.
Viego doesn't match Yorick in the slightest when it comes to damage. Level 2 you can kill him pretty easily. I'd take Ignite or go executioners just for his Q healing just in case.
Warwick wins levels 1-2. Level 3 you can trap him and dance around him with ghouls and E. Make sure you bring Ignite or executioners to this matchup. Level 6 with Prowlers you can burst him down pretty quick.
Skill matchup but Wukong favored until level 6. Play safe after level 3 because he has access to his full kit and you can get bursted pretty fast, I'd wait for Prowlers + Maiden here.
Yasuo can Q your ghouls and you all in one go. Don't walk up to the wave and play under tower. Bring Ignite or executioners if you're planning to solo kill him and also your W does nothing for you in this matchup.
Yone is harder than Yasuo. He has better levels 1-3 and can kill you much easier. Play under tower and don't overextend for anything. If he uses his E, that'll be your only opportunity to kill him since it's on a long cooldown early. Bring Ignite or executioners into this matchup.
He doesn't do damage to you and you can burst him down. Take Ignite or bring executioners if you want.
All Yorick needs is Yorick. Top lane is an island. Yorick is the king of that Island. Take turrets and win the lane, that's all you gotta do.
All Yorick needs is Yorick. Top lane is an island. Yorick is the king of that Island. Take turrets and win the lane, that's all you gotta do.
Champion Build Guide
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A bit about me:
I'm a casual player, however, I coach people in League too! I've coached clients from low elo (Ex. Iron) to high elo (Ex. Masters). I've been playing LoL for over a year now and have significantly improved since I mained Yorick for the first time.
I started playing Lethality Yorick around 5 months ago with a pretty wonky build since no one had come up with a full lethality build that had actually worked. The build was with Eclipse and I felt something was missing, so I started experimenting in Preseason with the First Strike rune. The rune helped a lot and paired with Prowler's Claw, it was just the kind of burst I needed, with the gold accumulation added.
Anyways, thanks for reading about me, and now let's get into the guide.
- Burst Playstyle
- Can one shot people with one E in less than a second
- Can 1v1 anyone you'd like in Mid-Late Game
- Can solo Baron
- Takes towers efficiently
- Can kill even the tankiest of people quickly
- MASSIVE gold generation (2k gold from First Strike per game)
- Maiden can 1v1 at level 11
- Keeps split-pushing identity
- Squishier than normal build
- Takes towers 15% slower
- Unable to use conq or grasp keystones
- Way too many bugs (Not limited to Lethality Yorick)
First Strike: First Strike is a rune that for the first 3 seconds, you get 10% extra damage and for the extra damage that you deal, you gain extra gold based on the value of the damage.
This is extremely useful when it comes to Yorick's kit, because we have a mark, and then ghouls. If we use Yorick's Mourning Mist to engage onto someone, it'll proc First Strike. Then, when the ghouls jump, the additive damage will occur, meaning however much damage the ghouls do, will be additively multiplied by 10%. This will then be rewarded to you in gold for the extra damage your ghouls did.
Combined with Prowler's Claw, for the additive 15% damage on dash, this damage will be immense and therefore you may one shot people with this build often.
Magical Footwear: Hexflash isn't ever useful on Yorick and Perfect Stopwatch isn't really either, unless you're laning against a Zed or something.
So here we take Magical Footwear for free boots. Not having to spend money on boots while also generating massive amounts of gold is pretty awesome.
Biscuit Delivery: We don't go Minion Dematerializer or Future's Market because we need the extra mana that Biscuit gives.
We take Biscuit Delivery so we can have sustain in the form of extra mana and health when needed. Since we poke a lot during laning phase, we're going to run through mana pretty quick and therefore we need to keep that mana coming from somewhere.
Approach Velocity: We take this over anything else for a good reason. Our Mourning Mist is our engage tool, and therefore we use it to slow our enemies and get ready to trap them with our W.
Here we take Approach Velocity because of the speed it gives towards impaired champions. When you pair this with your Mourning Mist we are able to catch up to anyone we need to, and with Ghost we can run them down extremely quick.
Triumph: This rune is a no brainer. The extra health it gives after a kill is super useful when we are so squishy and don't have much sustain.
Coup de Grace: This rune just allows us to one shot faster. (kek)
10% Attack Speed: For faster autos in trades and csing.
9 Adaptive Force: More AD = Faster kill.
6 Armor: Survivability in lane.
Prowler's Claw: This is the item that makes this build extremely fun. Prowler's Claw has a dash in which your damage is amplified by 15% for the next 3 seconds to that target after dashing to them.
This solves two things.
1. Yorick's Mobility
2. Yorick's damage output
Yorick isn't known for his one shotting, however he is with this build.
The reason we go Prowler's Claw here is because of it's synergy with the rune First Strike. They both are damage amplifiers and coupled with armor penetration and lethality, this build will one shot even a full build Dr.Mundo.
Ionian Boots of Lucidity: We go CDR boots here because the more our E is up the more we can poke our enemy laner. It allows us to keep our abilities up often and stay in the fight when you want to pick multiple people off.
Black Cleaver: We go Black Cleaver because it's a safe item for when you're ahead OR behind. This item has immense value when coupled with this build due to it's armor shred and health + AD.
Serylda's Grudge: We go Serylda's because our ghouls apply spell affects, such as slows. So with this item, our E and ghouls AND Maiden will all apply slows. This allows us to catch up with people even after we've exhausted everything.
The Collector: We go Collector for more lethality and the execution + the extra gold on The Collector's passive. However, this can be replaced with a different item such as Essence Reaver if you want a Sheen proc.
Ravenous Hydra: The last item on our build is Ravenous Hydra. The reason we go this item is for both:
This item provides omnivamp and therefore is amazing for sustain when we aren't as tanky as the normal build. The item also provides a Tiamat passive so we can farm much better.
There are so many possible variables in the laning phase that could happen that I can't possibly go over everything. So this will be basic things you need to know for playing the Early Game with this build.
If you need help with a certain matchup, go to the threats section on my guide.
At level one, Yorick is extremely weak. He doesn't win any matchups at level one and he even struggles to walk up to the wave in some matchups. Play safe during this time if you can. If you die early with this build, it's okay. This build is very good at playing from behind as you are ALWAYS a threat.
At level three, you have access to your entire kit. Lethality Yorick is focused on poking the enemy and not allowing them to play the game, this is not the case in some matchups but for most matchups, this will be true. What you should be doing here is as soon as you get 4 ghouls, if you're not holding the wave somewhere, you should be E'ing your opponent off the wave and pressuring them to their tower. You shouldn't be allowing someone to free farm if you have your graves dug.
At level six, you have access to Maiden and therefore you should be taking jungle camps, taking your top wave, and then harassing them under their tower by E'ing them over and over with ghouls. If you don't get a kill enventually then it's fine. But if you've done everything as stated, you've officially won the early game.
There are so many possible variables in the mid game that could happen that I can't possibly go over everything. So this will be basic things you need to know for playing the Mid Game with this build.
After 14 minutes, turret plating disappears. This is your time to shine. Your one shotting potential skyrockets from here.
Two things you have to stay away from:
- Fed ADCs
If you stay away from those two things, you're able to stay alive for as long as you want while also racking up a good amount of kills.
Pushing out top lane is priority number one. You don't want to stay in lane after laning phase is over because you're wasting time not killing the mid laner or farming jungle camps or farming your own laner. Make sure you take both towers and your wave is at inhibitor turret before roaming. This will give you enough time to react if your laner decides to push it out to your turret.
You want to be split-pushing either bot lane or mid lane with Maiden in either top lane or bot lane (if you are in mid/top), because at this point Maiden should be strong enough to push waves fast and you should be able to rack up a CS lead.
You may help your team with objectives but teamfighting is extremely dangerous with this build. You can get one shot easily if you get focused and if you're used to the bruiser buiild, this may be an adjustment.
If you've done everything as I've stated you're in the condition to win the game easily. Therefore there won't be a need for the Late Game part of this guide. However, if you've done something wrong or your team is getting team diffed, it seems you need to carry in the Late Game.
There are so many possible variables in the late game that could happen that I can't possibly go over everything. So this will be basic things you need to know for playing the Late Game with this build.
In the Late Game you have 3 choices:
1. You can split top with Maiden splitting bot.
2. You can split either bot or top with Maiden.
3. Help secure big objectives.
Number 1: If you're splitting top with Maiden splitting bot, there must be an objective timer within 1 minute of coming up. This allows you to apply pressure in the more opportune moment of the game. If they don't respond, you take inhib and maybe their nexus. If they do, it's a 4v4 instead of a 5v4, which you were never going to help the teamfight in the first place because you would get one shotted too quickly.
Number 2: If you're splitting bot or top with Maiden, you need to make sure that either your team is also pushing lanes, or that your team is teamfighting somewhere. This means that if you were to lose the teamfight, you don't lose completely, you will gain something in the form of towers or inhibitor or something like that.
Number 3: If you're helping to secure objectives then you're going to be teamfighting. It's inevitable. What you need to do is pick off the squishies in the teamfight without dying, which is a bit of a challenge. What I would do is send Maiden to either top or bot if you're about to teamfight so in case you lose, you don't lose much since they have to respond to Maiden push. (Maiden should be sent out 45-30 seconds prior to teamfight)
If you've done one of those three, I wish you luck in succeeding with this build, as it is a lot of fun in the late game. Being able to one shot people with an E is something to truly behold.
P.S. At full build you are able to solo Baron with this build, but not before full build.
- Maiden does do more damage based on Lethality
- Yorick still takes towers faster than anyone else even with this build
- Ghouls do more damage based on Lethality
- Sheen proc is not needed in this build due to heavy damage from ghouls
I hope this build goes mainstream and Yorick players all around the world start to use this, because it is truly a fun experience and it is viable too!
If you have any questions please let me know in the comments and I'll do my best to reply to you as soon as possible! This guide will stay updated and so will the matchups.
Before I end the guide, I would like to thank:
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