Olaf Build Guide by Curaga
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A lot of the misconceptions of how to build ola has been lately annoying me. While there are many ways to do so, a lot of them do not end well. Believe me, I have tried them all. The only way you can show his potential, is by building him tanky DPS. Not pure dps, (You're dead in seconds) and not pure tank. (Unless your team composition needs it)
The runes I take are armor pen marks, flat armor seals, flat MR glyphs, and flat health quints. You can switch out the health quints for armor pen but I personally like health more. These runes allow me to keep my sustain in a team fight with a decent amount of starting armor and MR as well *** keep taking those armor builders down.
I take 21/0/9 for the damage, CDR, attack speed, and Crit chance. You can also go 0/21/9 if you want the health and armor and MR. but I take my standards because its what I do best with.
Items is my MOST ANNOYING THING I EVER ENCOUNTER. Whenever Olaf is free, some random kiddo has take him and FEEDDD. How does he feed you ask? His build was as slow as HELL. if you basically go one item after another with Olaf your dead. You can't come back from it. Its a certain risk.
As you saw, my items are already shown but I also provide alternatives
You can switch frozen for Warmogs
You can switch Wriggles for blood thirster (Though I really hate it)
You can switch Youmuu with Bloodrazor or black cleaver.
You can switch atmas for any other item you may want. DPS or tanky, it doesnt matter.
KEY POINT: NEVER EVER SWITCH OUT 2 LIFESTEAL ITEMS, IT WILL HURT YOU. In case you dont now what Im talking about, its Starks and Wriggles or Bloodthirster.
Normally, I take solo top with Olaf but sometimes you just have to take a partner.
BAsically any support that doesnt take your last hits are fine. Or a non item dependant tank or disruptive person. In some cases Xin Zhao works at fine.
These guys will make you as angry as hell early game. Since the dominance people have over you is already annoying, this adds to it.
Pantheon, Hes gonna stun, q , e and then Boom, Half health. Simple as that
Teemo, Blinding dart = GG for you.
Caitlyn, nobody really likes laning with Cait, but sometimes it will kill you.
Yorick, The only person I cant win early game. Best bet, last hit at tower. He WILL kill you at least one or twice. Hes bound to do that to OLaf players.
Ryze, Potential menace if he gets that farm he needs.
Any other high sustain and high harass will get you down.
Whats up with Olaf anyways?
Will pick up early champion kills
Strong all game
He has a BROLAF skin and is a viking
Tough recover from failure
Tough laning process
Strength starts early/mid game
Fighting carries and running away
This focuses around ALL powerful carries. e.g. Tryndamere and caitlyn
Fight process = Exhaust, and then chase/fight
Fight process 2 = Pop vicious and Ult, congrats to the winner. Usually its you.
IF it ever comes to having to run. (God Forbid) Your stuck with two options, Ghost and ult or stay and fight and do as much damages as you can. Ultimately, You are forced to fight. NEVER FEAR! LIFESTEAL IS HERE! Unfortunately lifesteal cannot always save you. Good luck.
FINALLY ITS OVER
Hopefully you took something from this guide and perfected Olaf, (Or not.) Overall, Olaf is my favorite champion to play and be one of he most devastating champions I have seen.
Good luck to you all and I hope the number of bad olaf players decreases.