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Build Guide by KnightDreamer
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Why My Guide
I have used the other Nasus guides on mobafire and found that none of them suited my style of play. Yes, players have particular styles of play. If two players are put in the same position with same heroes, items and the like, they will make different choices. This guide suits me and hopefully aids you on your journey to having a viable Nasus build.
My above build has Large base health and a decent showing in damage output. What does it not have? Armor and negation. If you find yourself focused, you MUST build some negation. You are a off-tank/dps that has to get in the middle of the fights to be useful. Please build accordingly (look at item section).
Mercury's Treads + Sheen + Warmog's Armor + Atma's Impaler
Seriously, you MUST use your brain. Look at their team makeup at loading screen or look at who is carrying their team on scoreboard. Pick your items accordingly. Do not flame me because you did not purchase anti-carry items.
Tanking VS Casters
Force of Nature
Tanking VS Physical DPS
Your Damage Output
Trinity Force (in the above build)
Atma's Impaler (in the above build)
Aegis of the Legion (Very useful early game before Warmog's Armor)
Teleport / Ghost
I have chosen Teleport over Exhaust because I play a lot of solo Ranked games. I can not depend on my teammates because I do not personally know them. If I know the group of guys then I will probably go...
Exhaust / Ghost
Just be sure to change the masteries accordingly.
I also am an advocate of Nasus being in a 1v1 lane. This will provide you with ample opportunity to build your Siphoning Strike. When and if you are the subject of a gank, you have a decent set of skills to sustain your life. Wither the attacker and Ghost yourself back to safety.
I like 1v1 Nasus but i do NOT think he is a center lane starting champion. That is usually held by your dps (damage per second) carry ( Ashe..ect).
Do not only last hit with Siphoning Strike. You will find yourself short on funds if that is the case. Do your normal last hitting (not hitting minion till it will kill them) but pop Siphoning Strike when its up for the last hit. Dont walk around with it glowing but activate it on your last hitting swing.
Nasus level 6 ultimate is not very impressive. It will not make a huge difference like other champion's ultimates. If you do not find a way to make a clear and easy kill with it ( Wither target/ Spirit Fire/ Siphon Strike / Fury of the Sands) then i advice you to use it to pick up a easy blue buff. Just pop Fury of the Sands, Spirit Fire/ Siphon Strike the bad boy and last hit his goons with Siphoning Strike and you will be doing dandy. Have fun spamming Spirit Fire. Once you reach level 11 and have your upgraded ultimate then enjoy the power it gives you.
In team fights, Place your Wither on their DPS carry! It reduces his movement speed AND his attack speed. If you opted for Exhaust then place it on their DPS carry after Wither has worn out or shutdown another DPS carry with it. This will greatly help your team in team fights.
Place Spirit Fire in team fights. It reduces the armor of their players allowing your DPS carry to flay those insolent adversaries.