Urgot Build Guide by Asothin
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Top, Mid & Adc
Instead of Iceborn
Not Updated For Current Season
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Threats to Urgot with this build
|Cassiopeia||Same as Brand and Anivia low health and mobility farm her.|
|Karthus||Very easy match up. Low health and mobility. Farm him.|
|Lux||Very easy. Low health and mobility. Farm her.|
|Morgana||E>Q>Q>Q and win.|
|Rumble||Easy match up. E>Q>Q>Q and ult when he ults.|
|Ryze||He has very little mobility which makes it easy for you to land your E. The only thing he can do is root and poke. Be wary of ganks however.|
|Sion||Low mobility and no sustain. Perfect. You can easily use his ult against him and being able to slow his passive stops him from killing you after.|
|Syndra||No mobility or health. Try to ult her before she ults you to negate most of the damage. E>Q>Q>Q and happy days.|
|Twisted Fate||Quite squishy and no mobility (other than his ult which doesn't really help him with much other than escaping your lane). E>Q>Q>Q combo as normal and win. You can even cancel his ult with your own.|
|Veigar||E>Q>Q>Q and win.|
RIP - The Final 'True' Urgot Guide Update - A Farewell From the Creator
Due to the Urgot rework hitting the PBE this guide will no longer be maintained. I've been updating this guide for over 2 years now, which I originally created at 24th of February 2015. However, with the new change, what made Urgot the most enjoyable character for me to play will be gone as they are radically changing his playstyle. I almost feel betrayed in a sense. I couldn't care less about what Urgot is thematically, which is the route Riot has chosen to pursue rather than his gameplay, of which nothing remains. Maybe except his new Q, but even that only resembles his E with its name and nothing else besides that.
I feel for all the players that lost a spark at one point or another due to a champion rework. It wasn't the first time it has happened to me either. I used to play Xerath a lot for example, but his change completely killed the character for me. But at no point have I found a character as fun to play as Urgot, and now he is being taken away because 'his kit and lore didn't match', which is complete bull****. He was in a good spot and in my opinion had very clear strengths and weaknesses. I suppose you could employ the argument that the change is for the benefit of the majority over minority but that argument is dumb when he literally wasn't hurting anybody in just existing, and for the people that found something in that character that they didn't in the others will now have no choice but for that experience to be lost to time.
Rant time over. Farewell.
NEW Updated Guide
Whilst most sections remained mostly unchanged with only small reiterations to some of the information to better match the new patches, the build path has changed considerably to better adapt to the current meta. Whilst other builds maybe viable (such as rushing Yoummus or building Essence Reaver, building Urgot as a bruiser is by far the most beneficial in terms of team fighting, defense and killing squishes.
Please note that the bruiser build is best utilised in top lane. It is just as strong in mid lane and bot lane, however, maybe more challenging depending on the match up.
Also no changes have been made to the match up section of the guide. It does need some cleaning up and reformulating as certain match up descriptions aren't up to par.
Urgot's Basics - Quick Ability Overview
New to Urgot?
Reading this while not familiar with Urgot's mechanics will be quite beneficial. His play style is best utilised in the role of a poke/lane bully with a strong mid game to late game. What he lacks in mobility, in return gives him a shield and damage reduciton. He is heavily reliant on landing his skill shots, primarily his E, in order to trade effectively and do most of his damage.
Positives and Negatives
Knowing Urgot's strengths and weaknesses if vital in being able to play successfully and appropriately against certain match ups.
|Strong Poke||Early Game Mana Issues|
|Strong Armor Pen||No Escape/Low Mobility|
|Spammable Abilities||Lack of Sustain|
|Many Farming Choices||Short AA Range|
In short he can dish out large amounts of damage by penetrating through armor and poke from a far with his E and Q. In the event of loosing lane he can still farm with Acid Hunter after acquiring tear.
However, he will have a lot of mana issues early on so buying mana items is a requirement. Due to his lack of escape over extending with him with no vision will result in a flash or death. Due to lack of sustain and short AA range opens him up to enemy harass. Since he is skill shot reliant enemies with high mobility and/or sustain are the most challenging to play against.
Barrier - Defensive Spell
Teleport - Utility Spell
Exhaust - Offensive Spell
Ignite - Conditional Spell
Ability Leveling Order
Starting with Acid Hunter is essential as its his main means of trading and farming.
The second ability that should be chosen is Noxian Corrosive Charge in 90% of the cases. The only time it is more beneficial to take Terror Capacitor first is in case of a really bad match-up in which they have a lot of mobility (resulting in them dodging the Noxian Corrosive Charge); a shield which applies a slow effect to AA's would be much more useful in pinning them down.
If the lane opponent has no mobility putting 2 point into Acid Hunter before getting Terror Capacitor for extra damage can be a viable option as long as the E lands.
Maxing Acid Hunter first is a requirement for maximum damage in team fights and trades as well as putting a point in to Hyper-Kinetic Position Reverser whenever possible for grater CC range and higher damage reduction. Depending on the match Urgot has an option to max either his defensive ( Terror Capacitor) or offensive ( Noxian Corrosive Charge).
See lane match ups if unsure about maxing order. If the order isn't stated stick to default.
When choosing between flat damage and penetration it is important to keep in mind, that penetration will be more potent on increasing Q damage since it isn't 100% AD scaling. However, Urgot is a ranged champion therefore he also has his ranged AA. When laning it is beneficial to trade with both his Q and AA during the CD for maximum damage making the attack damage rune better in that regard. However, the armor pen/lethality is more beneficial late game and is a little stronger if the trades are composed of only his E and Q combo. Lastly farming is a lot easier with attack damage runes over armor pen. It is beneficial to keep in mind that the benefits of lethality become a lot stronger with enemy level and surpasses the old armor penetration system especially late game when the enemy reaches level 18.
Similarly to the marks opting for either one has its own benefits. With the recent changes to armor penetration into lethality it is more beneficial to take more of it as it scales with enemy level making it more potent mid-late game. It is much stronger than the old armor pen in that regard. However until the enemies hit a certain level (around level 6) it will not be as strong as the old armor pen and flat AD making his early game slightly weaker. The scaling is however worth it in the long run.
It is completely dependent on the match up which runes will prove to be more beneficial. When choosing which seals to pick there are 4 choices. Health, Scaling Health, Armor and Scaling Armor. To begin with picking Health over Armor will be beneficial against any matchup as it is not limited to AD or AP and it also allows to rush Iceborn Gauntlet before The Black Cleaver. However, Armor seals on the other hand will allow for better trades against AD champions. Finally the Scaling runes. They work in the same way as their non scaling counterparts however, they create a much greater risk during the early game due to the lack of stats. They are rewarding during the late game however with the increased overall defence.
Glyph wise, the choice is either Magic Resist or Scaling Magic Resist. Flat Magic Resists is mainly beneficial against AP bully champions such as Rumble who can spam their abilities. Normally it takes time for AP champions to do damage as they need items to do so. Therefore most of the time it is better to get scaling magic resist. By the time they start doing damage, the magic resist will scale to about the same amount as with the flat mr runes. Another possibility are CDR runes, however, they become quite redundant after acquiring the first couple of items and also sacrifice the defensive capability of magic resist runes.
Trading and Burst - Thunderlord's Decree
Going into the cunning tree and picking up Thunderlord's allows for better trading potential during the laning phase and allows for bursting enemy carries during the late game. Follow the mastery set up visible on top of this page for maximum trading and damage. Keystones however can be traded for more defensive options such as the Assassin for Secret Stash for more lane sustain or Merciless for Meditation for more mana sustain. This is however purely optional and may very depending on matchup. Whilst merciless allows for a stronger late game the meditation helps with some of the mana issues prior to purchasing tear. Aside from Intelligence and Thunderlord's choose masteries to one's liking.
Late Game DPS - Deathfire Touch
The Deathfire Touch mastery will allow for better damage over time in comparison to Thunderlord's and will be more beneficial against tanks and bruisers however, is fairly weak during the early and mid game making it a situational pick. It also does not offer as much burst as Thunderlord's does during the late game. The main deciding factor is the role he will be filling in a team fight. If it is peel having more DPS can be more beneficial. If it is engaging on to the enemy back line and tearing it down then Deathfire Touch won't be as potent.
What To Rush (Items)
Corrupting Potion or Sapphire Crystal
Tear of the Goddess
The Black Cleaver
Iceborn Gauntlet/Trinity Force
Edge of Night
Final Choice (Items)
Sterak's Gage, Randuin's Omen, Adaptive Helm, Guardian Angel or Gargoyle Stoneplate
Standard Urgot Combo
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This is the standard Urgot combo. This will make Acid Hunters lockon and also reduce the targets armor. The best time to execute this is when the enemy tries to go for a last hit. It is quite useful to use a Terror Capacitor after landing a successful Noxian Corrosive Charge so that they won't be able to get out of your range due to the Acid Hunter slowing on hit. (Only do this once Tear of the Goddess is acquired as it is rather mana costly to do).
>>> AA >>> >>> >>> >>>
This combo is good against mobility champions. This will slow the target prior to using Noxian Corrosive Charge making it easier to land. This can also be used on non mobility champions making it even easier to hit them but will in effect make the slow last less time in comparison to the DOT as well as alerting the enemy of a trade.
>>> >>> >>> >>> >>>
This combo is best executed during an all in in the laning phase or as an initiation to a team fight. It provides Urgot with defensive stats as well as causes the enemy to be repositioned. This can be quite devastating for enemy carries.
>>> >>> AA >>> >>> >>> AA
This combo only applies with either Trinity Force or Iceborn Gauntlet. With this combo it is possible to fill in the gap for when the Acid Hunter is on cooldown to send in a strong AA. Apply to each combo, AA after 2 shots of Acid Hunter apart from the first Q shot. That is roughly how long it takes for the spellblade cooldown at 40% CDR to refresh although it can be still viable to AA in between each Q shot it won't be able to proc spell blade each time. In case of 0 CDR% feel free to AA in between each hit. This should only apply early game to mid game.
Ultimate and Team Fighting
In laning phase use Hyper-Kinetic Position Reverser to stop the enemy from engaging as well as to counter certain ults, or when going for the ultimate combo. Squishy targets will most likely not survive that even if they flash (as long as Noxian Corrosive Charge is landed).
When Being Ganked
It is also quite useful when being ganked. If the enemy comes from behind it is possible to switch with them and getting to safety. Even if they come directly from the side if their champion has a close range CC it might be worth using Hyper-Kinetic Position Reverser for the bonus resistance stats and in order to slow the enemy. Alternatively opting for an outplay is possible especially if the enemy is attempting to turret dive.
In order to correctly use Hyper-Kinetic Position Reverser in team fights focus the highest damaging target in order to avoid getting hit by their attacks and to catch them out for the team. After repositioning focus either the other carry or the person ulted. It is most beneficial to ult the target towards the center of ones team so that they can kill him fairly quickly. This makes it a lot easier to take out other important targets before the damage reduction buff runs out. Due to the damage reduction and AoE fear on his ultimate it is possible to initiate for you team but in case of lack of any followup will most likely result in death.
Match History Summoner's Rift Normal (OLD)
This is a very old match history of mine when I first started playing Urgot. Since then Urgot has received considerable buffs and is even stronger with the mastery and items changes/additions.