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Nunu Season 8

EpicDan01 Last updated on July 6, 2018
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The Yeti Knows The Way

Nunu Build

LoL Path: Resolve
LoL Rune: Guardian
LoL Rune: Font of Life
Font of Life
LoL Rune: Conditioning
LoL Rune: Revitalize

LoL Path: Precision
LoL Rune: Triumph
LoL Rune: Legend: Alacrity
Legend: Alacrity

+15-135 Health (at levels 1-18) and +9% attack speed

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Ability Sequence

Ability Key Q
Ability Key W
Ability Key E
Ability Key R

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It is a good idea to duo queue with a good ADC/on-hit player as my take on Nunu is more supportive and team reliant than other builds. However, that's not to say that playing solo won't work, as Nunu provides enough support and utility to your team that it is hard for them to fail when you play right.

Nunu has received a slight nerf recently due to his impact in funnel team compositions, but it's not too drastic and doesn't hinder his capabilities that much. The update also added AP scalings to his W, however I still think that Nunu as more of a tanky support is the best possible build for the team.

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Early Game

Early in the game, you want to be able to quickly clear your jungle to apply pressure on the map either through ganking or counter-jungling. Start at your bottom-side buff and request a leash from your allies to speed up your clear even further.

Preferably, you should be counter jungling and taking away as many resources from the enemy jungler as possible. Keep using Blood Boil as you walk around to clear as quickly as possible. Save your Q for when your passive is up to maximise damage.

Try to avoid using Ice Blast on monsters unless you have blue buff, as it's low cooldown and high mana cost can force you to go OoM early, which prevents you from further farming.
If your lanes are pushed in, look to gank for them. Top Lane is easiest to gank as you can Ice Blast the single target and Blood Boil your laner. Do not force a gank though, as Nunu has low damage without Absolute Zero and can struggle securing a kill quickly.

You should always look for an early Drake kill; you can solo it with three levels in Consume. Be wary of their bot lane or jungler approaching you. Place a ward behind the Drake pit if you are Red Team, or in the narrow gap to their blue buff if you are Blue Team. You may want to buy a control ward to place in the dragon pit to ensure that the enemy does not have vision of you. Make sure that both your mid and bot lane have enough lane pressure to push in the enemy laners to prevent them from roaming over to you while you are killing the dragon, as early game Nunu is not very tanky and prone to getting killed with the combined damage of an enemy and the dragon. Save your Smite until the end so you can nuke the Drake in case of a potential steal, unless you are confident no one will steal it or you are low on hp. You can do roughly 1200 true damage early game with a Consume + Smite; this means you should secure the Drake every time.

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Mid Game

As laning starts to finish and grouping occurs, you have more opportunities for your ultimate Absolute Zero. Try to bait out CC before using it, and almost every type of Crowd Control in the game will cancel it, reducing the crucial movement slow and damage. Your ultimate will almost always force a Flash. Keep your slow zone for as long as possible - you are a supportive jungler, not an offensive one. Allow your allies to get kills if possible.

Try to steal jungle camps whenever possible, especially gromp and their red and blue buffs as well as Nunu can quickly kill these with his large single target damage. Deprive the enemy jungler of as much experience and gold as possible to limit their influence on the map. Always look to gank lanes to help your allies as well, and siege enemy turrets quickly using Blood Boil on your ally and using Consume's on hit effect on the turret. This will open up the map to you and allow you to more safely counter-jungle and take objectives.

Look to take Rift Herald as well as the second Drake. As your ganking potential is limited, you should strive to secure EVERY epic monster for your team. If you have recently killed their top laner/jungler, ask your top laner to help you kill the Rift Herald. Give the buff to them, as it will help them more. A cool interaction is that Nunu can actually Blood Boil the Rift Herald to help it reach turrets more quickly and increase it's attack speed, so look to do this if possible.

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Late Game

By this point you will be incredibly tanky. Look for Baron whenever possible. In teamfights, always Blood Boil your ADC / APC. Bind Knights Vow to this ally and try to protect them as much as possible as they are your win condition. Use Absolute Zero around choke points if possible to limit their escapes and force Flash. Absorb as much damage as possible (including CC, as you will have more opportunities to cast your ultimate without it being cancelled).

Locket of the Iron Solari and Redemption are great to provide your teammates with heals and shields ( Locket of the Iron Solari now scales with bonus health, enhancing it's shield due to Nunu's high bonus health). You can also purchase Knight's Vow to defend your carry even further. You are very offensively limited besides your ultimate. Always look to Ice Blast their carry and focus them to remove them from the fight early and reduce their attack speed and therefore damage output.

Try to get towers and inhibitors; your Blood Boil can buff you allies and let you take these objectives a lot quicker. Always look to pressure lanes by building waves along with super minions. This gives you more opportunities to take Baron and close the game out as the enemies will be constantly forced to split and clear waves.

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Good Synergy:
Kog'Maw, Tristana, Twitch, Azir, Kayle, Varus, Karthus etc.
These champions rely on auto-attacking and on-hit effects to deal most of their damage, so Nunu can greatly increase their potential through Blood Boil's attack speed and Font of Life's healing. The movement speed of Blood Boil helps their positioning to dodge skillshots and chase enemies. These champions will typically deal the most damage on your team, and as such need protecting. Any champion that builds Rageblade will greatly appreciate Nunu buffing them.

Bad Synergy:
Jhin, Miss Fortune, Ezreal
These ADC's rely on abilities to deal most of their damage, and typically do not auto-attack a lot. This means that Blood Boil will not be very beneficial to them, and they will not receive much healing from Font of Life. It is generally best to avoid picking Nunu if your team picks one of these ADC's unless you have another person on your team playing an auto attack heavy champion.