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Ninetales' Guide to Top Yorick in Season 9

By NinetalesOCE | Updated on March 8, 2019
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shnevan | March 15, 2019 10:40pm
Nooo, don't tell people how to beat us filthy Yasuo mains!
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Vapora Dark (565) | March 13, 2019 4:01am
LPP gang 😎
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DaSticks | March 14, 2019 12:17am
Guide god is here POG
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xMalcho (2) | February 27, 2019 10:57pm
Hello I liked your guide but wanted to ask you something.Why do you think Conqueror is better than Resolve tree, isn't is hard to proc it you have only q and e to activate it before 6 level ? Much love <3
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GameTheory345 (2) | March 17, 2019 12:38am
Unless I'm mistaken, your ghouls can also proc Conqueror.
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I_Am_Tuckle | February 1, 2019 10:24pm
Quick question on your yorick abilities path. I play top lane yorick and i've seen that you max W after your Q. My question is why does that ability need to be maxed before E? Knowing that a lot of aggro that yorick can dish out and the targeting he can do is with his E ability. Why not have that ability on a lower cooldown. I've seen that after dishing my W out properly i get my team to engage/or i engage 1v1 and get the job done. I don't see a need to have that ability come quicker than my E unless i need to disengage. What's your reasoning behind maxing W second. Thanks
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NinetalesOCE (2) | February 3, 2019 6:09am
Hey bud,

Generally when it comes to playing Yorick, Last Rites is 100% the first ability to level. The remainder is somewhat conditional, because Dark Procession can be extremely useful against selective opponents like Sion, Galio, Illaoi, Riven, Darius, Nasus and many more. If your opponent has a gap closer of some sort, then the extra levels into your Dark Procession will not do much outside come off cooldown quicker - generally the health is the reason you level it higher. If your opponent has no gap closer, then they get stuck inside the wall and are forced to waste their valuable attacks onto the wall to be freed or onto Yorick to win the trade. Either way, you win in that situation - which is why Dark Procession max second is so strong against specific champions.

Mourning Mist ranked up second can be useful since you can re-cast your spell again faster and the damage goes up nicely, but in reality, you're only going to be throwing out one Mourning Mist per rotation. You'll lead with Mourning Mist, trap them in Dark Procession, and then auto Last Rites with mist walkers raised. After that, you simply auto-attack them to death, it's unlikely you'll be able to follow up with another Mourning Mist throughout the entire trade.

Since you rely on having pre-set up graves to trade, the cooldown is irrelivant until you actually start fighting in a teamfight setting or taking on multiple people at once. And by the time this happens, you've invested some gold into cooldown reduction items which acts to lower the cooldown in supplement for rank not up the spell.

Whatever suits your playstyle the most, but generally do the following priority order if you're against an opponent which Dark Procession works well against: R > Q > W (3 points) > E > W (Remainder).

Otherwise, you'll just simply R > Q > E > W.

I hope that makes sense.
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Fruxo (44) | January 28, 2019 5:00am
Hey Ninetalesoce,

This is an awesome looking Yorick guide you have here !

I wonder, ever tried out Resolve with Grasp of the Undying and Precision/ Inspiration or Sorcery second? Those are some really nice runes that you can play when playing Yorick, (or so i've heard). Other then that, really nice guide. :)
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NinetalesOCE (2) | January 28, 2019 5:56am
Hey there!

A lot of people do enjoy taking Sorcery secondary, primarily because they gain access to Transcendence and Gathering Storm. While i agree they are good runes and have a good impact, they are conditional runes. They come into effect at least 10 minutes into the game, and the best way i like to think about it is you are never guaranteed a mid-game. You're only ever guaranteed an early game.

With this in mind, I used to invest into Sorcery for the old Celerity since it had a nice interaction with Yorick's Mourning Mist. Since the nerf, i don't feel the urge to take the Sorcery path anymore.

Inspiration secondary is an interesting one because while it does offer some nice things, it's just not the ones i overly appreciate. Minion Dematerializer is a great way to keep securing your lead in lane and secure every cannon, and Magical Footwear can provide you with the ability to spend 300 gold elsewhere. Simiarly, timewarp tonic can help your survivability when paired with a Corrupting Potion.

But all in all, your secondary path always comes down to your personal preference. It won't break your game and you won't lose because of it, so it's not in the same importance as your primary. Generally i'd just say choose whichever suits your playstyle the best.
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Fruxo (44) | January 28, 2019 8:59am
I see well that does make a lot of sense, the most of the players i have seen has always used Sorcery second so i generally just tought that was the main, but i guess not anymore.

Also you never really answered my main question which was if you have played Yorick with Resolve Grasp of the Undying and why you chose not to play with these runes.
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KuuHaKu_OtgmZ (36) | January 28, 2019 2:47am
Hey there!

Great work doing this guide, the amount of info it has almost made me begin playing as Yorick, you talk about him in such natural way that it's very clear to understand what you're saying. The only thing (well, actually one of two) that bothered me a bit was using the [center] tag everywhere, it kinda breaks the designs by making the alignment appear a bit off. The other thing that I mentioned is the red text, for some reason the color red makes the font become slightly distorted, so I'd either refrain from using pure red or bold it (not this, but this).

Anyway, great guide, keep working on it as it has a great potential. See ya!
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NinetalesOCE (2) | January 28, 2019 3:28am
Hey dude!

I really appreciate the reply. I had similar thoughts regarding the colour red and i was a bit worried about the centre-ing. I've gone and redone the parts that you brought up, hoping you'd give some feedback on how you feel about it now.

Cheers for the help, i really appreciate it.
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