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Olaf Build Guide by Aqua Dragon
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Hi! I’m Aqua Dragon. I ended Season 4 at Master 1 with AD Jungle Malzahar, among others
This build is part of a series of guides that is given a playstyle and then optimizes it. The guide does not give an opinion on whether the build is good/strong/viable/competitive, nor whether the playstyle is the optimal way to play a champion.
The guide only answers: regardless of strength, if you are playing X, how should you do it?
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This is not meant to be an exhaustive guide. It is meant to outline the basic principle, items, runes, and playstyle of Support Olaf. As such, I won't be delving into why certain customization choices were made. However, my hope is that I will have explained Support Olaf enough that my rationale will be a self-evident extension, and to also allow you to make personal customizations as well.
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- Powerful zoner, excelling at hit-and-run
- Potent sustain during laning
- Counters melee and anti-engage supports
- Tremendous number of free, scaling stats
- Requires little gold to stay relevant
- Strong diver or peeler
- Fares poorly against poke champions
- Difficulty against sustain-focused supports
- Poor synergy with longer-ranged ADCs
- Trouble against lanes with high movement speed
What you Laffin At
Olaf has a tremendous number of free stats in their kit. In totality, they are able to gain 80 attack damage, 70% movement speed, 30 armor, 30 magic resistance, 21% lifesteal, and 80% attack speed that additionally scales with health lost. Combining all these free bonuses with scaling runes makes it possible to stay relevant with little gold, the very definition of a support.
In particular, Support Olaf doesn't attempt an Undertow-spam play pattern, which requires too much mana for too little damage. Instead, the playstyle revolves around maximizing Reckless Swing first to harass enemies repeatedly after slowing them down with well-timed Undertows.
But going up to people's faces will naturally hurt. A lot. Support Olaf solves the pain of diving by tailoring runes, masteries, and the initial build order for strong health regeneration, which is amplified further because of the enhanced healing to all sources that is granted by Vicious Strikes. This amplifier works on health regeneration from runes, Feast in the masteries, and even the Relic Shield procs.
With strong harass and strong regeneration, Support Olaf is able to zone off opposing teams from CS, punishing them for thinking that getting gold would be easy.
What to build, you axe?
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After these cores, your damage is set. Continue by building the following situational items.
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The sheer number of offensive stats in the skills provides ample damage. Building any raw offensive items is a good way to regularly be killed with the low budget of a support.
You will find that sticking to enemies isn't usually an issue, hence the exclusion of items like Frozen Mallet.
Build the defensive items as situationally required. Don't be afraid to only build components at a time, as the components offer more raw defensive protection than the full upgrades usually will.
In the early game, your goals are to
- Look for chances to harass with Reckless Swing
- Heal up using the regeneration of Vicious Strikes
- Use the ult to hard-engage or hard-disengage a fight
Try to save Vicious Strikes for when you're about to get off a Relic Shield proc, as Vicious Strikes will amplify the healing.
Though you shouldn't use Undertow for raw harass, you should still look for chances to land its slow in order to do an easy followup with Reckless Swing and an autoattack.
Don't be afraid to activate Vicious Strikes even when not in combat or getting a Shield proc. The regeneration from the runes and masteries gets amplified as well, allowing for a quick recovery.
You can use Undertow to proc Relic Shield, in order to gain health from a safe range.
Your raw damage output with the ultimate is extremely high! When at 6, look for chances to ult and punish enemies that stay in lane with far too little health.
As the laning phase winds down, you will start taking on a standard Olaf role
- Roam to help teammates
- Look for picks while supplying vision
- When not searching for picks, group up
Putting in more than three points into Undertow is a bit excessive. With the cooldown reduction from Black Cleaver, you will already be able to toss an axe and immediately reduce its cooldown to effectively 0.
You are Olaf!
- Continue sticking with the team for fights
- Dive in after opposing ADC's to zone them out of the fight
- If diving isn't possible, peel for your carry
Or if you sense a chance to not be a wuss, continue making the enemies pay with the force of Ragnarok.
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