SEASON 12 Kami Challenger Graves Jungle Guide
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Runes: Graves runes
+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+15-140 HP (lvls 1-18)
Ability Order Skill order for Graves
Threats & Synergies
This match up is Kha Zix favored which means you need to respect Kha Zix in 1v1 after lvl 6 since his burst damage is higher than yours and his ulti makes him invisible so you can´t autoattack him. I recommend trying to fight him pre 6 and try to kite him out
This match up is Graves favored, because you are able to E, lee sin´s Q. The only problem is that it´s difficult to kill lee sin 1v1 because of his high mobility. I recommend invading some of his camps in the early game and gain an early lead and focus on objectives such as drake and rift herald etc.
This match up is slightly xin favored, though you can win as Graves into Xin Zhao. You can win against xin zhao early 1v1 by kiting him with your E and fleet footwork movementspeed. The only problem is that you can´t execute Xin Zhao with your ulti since Xin can just ulti and block all of your damage so you need to ulti Xin Zhao in melee range to guarantee your ulti to damage him
This match up is actually 50-50. You can win this match up by kiting nocturne properly with E R and fleet footwork movementspeed and if that´s not enough, you can buy a Quick silversash to remove nocturne´s fear and then you should be able to fight him 1v1 even after 6 as long that you are either even or you as the graves player are ahead.
This match up is slightly Graves favored since your burst damage is higher than Kindreds. If kindred uses ulti, walk into it and wait with your Q and AA untill the ulti has healed both of you, if you execute this properly you should always be able to 1v1 Kindred as long as you are either even or you as the graves player slightly ahead. Tip: You can go press the attack into Kindred.
This match up is Graves favored, try to fight master yi early pre 6 and gain and exp and gold lead over him so you are able to fight him after lvl 6 aswell. Tip try to hold onto your W untill Master yi uses his Q (Alpha strike) on you and put down your w on top him there. Then you should be able to win the 1v1 against him.
This match up is Graves favored. You can always 1v1 Camille as long as you dodge her E (hook shot) with your E. Try to hold onto your E untill she uses hers, as long as you execute this properly you should always be able to 1v1 Camille as long as you are either even or a head as the graves player.
This match up is Graves favored. You should always be able to 1v1 Kayn as long as you are not staying next to a wall so he can surprise you with his E and that you always dodge either his Q or W with your E. Tip try to hold onto your W untill after he used R on you.
This match up is slightly Graves favored. You should ways dodge nidalee´s spear with your E. As long as you do this, you should never lose 1v1 to her, the only problem is her high mobility makes it difficult to kill her 1v1 aswell. But it´s okay to be even in the early to mid game against nidalee since graves scales better than nidalee.
This match up is Eve favored. The best thing you can do is to try to contest camps in the early game and try to avoid Eve later into the game. I recommend buying merc treads and hexdrinker > maw of malmortious quite early in the mid game.
This match up is Jax favored. Jax can E all of your auto attacks and make sure you do no damage to him. I recommend starting on the opposite side of the map and try to avoid Jax through out the game, untill you gain a lead either exp lead, gold lead or team advantage
This match up is Wukong favored. Wukong has a higher burst damage than you which makes it hard to win 1v1 against him as Graves. I recommend starting on the opposite side of the map and only try to 1v1 Wukong when ever you have a lead over him. I also recommend goin for deaths dance since that will remove a bit of his high burst damage.
This match up is Graves favored. You can always 1v1 Taliyah and contest Taliyahs camps aslong as you dodge her E or Q with your E. If you are behind you can buy Hexdrinker and you should still be able to 1v1 her as long as she is not miles ahead of you.
This match up is Graves favored. Jarvan´s main sorce of damage is his E + Q + AA combo and you can dodge that with your E. You should always be able to 1v1 Jarvan as Graves.
This match up is Graves favored. You can easy 1v1 Seju since Seju is only a tank with cc and no damage. As soon as you get black cleaver, seju should be no problem for you as Graves.
This match up is 50-50. If you are good at kiting you should be able to win 1v1 against Trundle pre 6.
This match up is Udyr favored. It is almost impossible to 1v1 udyr as Graves So I recommend starting on the opposite side of the map and try to gain a lead as a team and avoid fighting Udyr.
This match up is Graves favored. You should always be able to 1v1 rengar in the early game. Try to contest his jungle camps whenever you have smite. Avoid fighting near bushes since this will Rengar an advantage over you.
Haven´t played this match up much but from the few games I have played against Hecarim as Graves I feel like this match up is Graves favored. (Will be updated whenever I have played more against Hecarim as Graves)
This match up is Graves favored. You can always dodge some of Gragas damage with your E which means you should always be able to 1v1 Gragas in the early game.
Haven´t played this match up (will be updated whenever I have played against Amumu as Graves)
This match up is Graves favored. Against Warwick you want to kite Warwick from healing from you with his Q and don´t waste/blow your Q AA and R on him whenever Warwick has his E on him since this reduces the ammount of damage he takes. Tip don´t go into melee range since this will make Warwick able to heal of you and fear you.
This match up is Graves favored. I recommend buying Deaths dance agaisnt shaco to remove some of his burst damage, I also recommend getting oracle lense so you can track down Shaco while he is invisible in his Q.
This match up is Graves favored. Kite Dr. Mundo in the early with fleetfootwork movement speed and E to dodge his Q. Get executioners calling fairly early into the game to reduce Dr. Mundos healing on his R, then you should be good to go and easily fight Dr. Mundo 1v1.
Haven´t played this match up much, but as long as you can dodge Vi Q with your E and kite her from Auto attacking you with her E by using your E or fleetfootwork movement speed you should be good to go and easily 1v1 Vi at all stages of the game.
This match up is Rammus favored. There is not much you can do against Rammus since he will build armor and you are not able to kite him unless there are minions there to block him while he is rolling in his Q. I recommend trying to fight him either really early to the game or after you got black cleaver and maybe even a last whisper.
This match up is Graves favored. You should be able to always fight Zac at all stages of the game because he is just a tank with a little bit of cc and pretty much got no cc. Try to invade him early and contest some of his camps. Respect his cc though and respect priority on lanes since this might be the difference between surviving and doing a succesfull invade or dieing and giving the enemy team a free kill.
This match up is Aatrox favored. There is not much you can do to win against Aatrox 1v1 except trying to dodge his Q with your E and side stepping the rest of his 3x q´s. I recommend starting on the opposite side of the map and not fight Aatrox by yourself.
This match up is slightly Graves favored. Aslong as you can kite Shyvana you should be able to win the 1v1´s against Shyvana.
Haven´t played this match up much. Will be updated as soon as I have played this match up more.
This match up is Pantheon favored. I recommend starting on the opposite side of the map and not fight Pantheon by yourself, since his passive can block your auto attacks and he has point and click stun which makes Pantheon hard to kite as Graves.
This match up is Graves favored. You should always be able to fight twitch 1v1 as long as you find him. Try to track him down and contest his camps. Oracle lense is a good item against his stealth mode in Q so you are able to track his pathing.
This match up is actually 50-50 you are always able to fight Skarner 1v1 the problem is that Skarner often gets help from his team and there is not much you can do against all of his cc. I recommend trying to 1v1 him early but make sure that he is by himself. I also recommend by quick silversash to remove his ulti cc.
Haven´t played this match up much. Will be updated whenever more games has been played against Reksai as Graves.
This match up is Graves favored as long as you can kite and dodge Olaf´s axes with your E.
Haven´t played this match up enough to rate Ekko vs Graves match up. Will be updated whenever more games has been played.
This match up is Poppy favored. There is not much you can do against Poppy´s W. Tip: Don´t stay besides walls since poppy can push you into them and stun you.
Not enough games played to rate this match up yet.
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- I have been playing league of legends since season 5
- season 5: Riven/Irelia two trick, peak platinum 1
- season 6: Kha Zix One Trick Pony, 500 games, peak diamond 4
- season 7: Kha, Hecarim & skarner main Peak Diamond 2
- season 8: 50% winrate with Graves, 60 games peak master tier on EUW
- Season 9: 2x Grandmaster peaked 345 LP on EUW didn´t play Graves all that much
- Season 10: Challenger Graves & kha zix main
- Season 11: Grandmaster 400 LP
- Season 12: Challenger 600 LP
Graves is a solid mid tier jungle pick but if you have good mechanics can easily be better and you can now actually carry on graves jungle again
Strong soloQ jungler
Always good no matter what your team comp is
Good healthy clear always full hp as long as you kite jungle camps properly
Good carry potential
Fun champion - fun kit
One of the few ranged junglers that actually works
Good at 1v1
Insanly good at kiting
Good at taking scuttle
Brings nothing to a team wombo combo
Weak vs peel comps
Weak vs long range comps
Fleetfootwork is good with shieldbow graves since shieldbow will give you insane amount of healing and with fleet footwork on top you will get even more healing and slight movement speed buff
Overheal is good since when you go fleet you go shieldbow and bloodthirster which procs overheal super easily and has great synergy
Legend Alacrity is good with graves since this build focuses on auto attacking a lot and getting constant stacks and resets on your so you can auto attack even more but if enemy has heavy cc you should go Tenacity instead of alacrity only go alacrity vs no cc or minimal cc
Last stand is good with graves since last stand will be procced when you use Goredrinker which means you will do more damage while on low hp with that bonus damage you will then hopefully be able to win the fight.
Zombie ward is great for Graves since we rush Umbral because we run zombie ward in our runes and umbral is a cheap legendary items which gives us early quick powerspike that we should abuse to play aggresive in enemy jungle
Treassure hunter Treassure hunterSince we play aggresive on Graves in the early game due to the fact that we are ranged we will go Treassure Hunter to snowball even harder whenever we get a kill
You will start with emberknife and sweeper without potions due to the fact that graves has such a healthy he clear he doesn´t need potion for his first clear.
Fleetfootwork will heal you the small amount of damage you take since you are ranged you just kite the camps while taking minimal damage.
By not going potions you save 150g which means you can get to your serrated dirk even faster at 950g rather than 1100g
This is a strategy that Bo/Zyb who plays for Vitality invented and he is currently rank 1 on EUW with over 70% win rate on Graves.
This guide is heavily inspired by Bo´s Graves playstyle and build.
Umbral glaive should be rushed because we run zombie ward in our runes and umbral is a cheap legendary items which gives us early quick powerspike that we should abuse to play aggresive in enemy jungle
Goredrinker should be bought second item because we rush Umbral with zombie ward and goredrinker is good for staying alive and since we stack ability haste in this build it´s not uncommon to use goredrinker 2-3 times in a team fight once ability haste has been stacked
Plated steelcaps vs full ad comps otherwise mercs always because we already get armor from graves e stacks
Black Cleaver 4th item pretty much always because the armor pen on Graves feels really nice on top of the ability haste which mainly will be used for being able to your E off cooldown each time you get 2 auto´s off
It will ofc also be nice with stacked ability haste for your Q and R but it´s mainly for your E resets
The 5th and 6th item are either Frozen Heart Maw or Chempunk Chainsword
Frozen heart against heavy ad/aa based champions
Maw against heavy ap/burst damage
Chempunk Chainsword if no one on your team has antiheal and enemy team has a lot of healing you have to buy it (typically supports in the current meta will get antiheal )
Start on red buff
Go to your Raptors focus the big raptor with auto attacks and use Q on all the raptors
After Raptors go to Wolves, if you haven´t used smite yet, then smite wolves
After Wolves then go to blue and auto attack a couple of times while you kite the blue towards Gromp, then auto attack Gromp, and do blue + gromp at the same time and smite the Gromp to finish it off and then kite the blue buff down towards scuttle.
This is how you wanna clear on Graves preferably every game.
This clear is really hard to pull off so I suggest going into practice pool and practice it a few times since if you screw up the blue + gromp clear at the same time you will lose a lot of time on your pathing and lose a lot of tempo especially vs 6 camp full clearing junglers that are currently in the meta.
This means you won´t have smite for the scuttle crab, but you don´t need smite on Graves to kill scuttle since your passive will knock back the scuttle crab, which removes it´s shield, which makes it a lot easier to kill.
If enemy jungler comes to contest you on the scuttle look if you have prio on your nearby laners, if you have prio you can still go for the scuttle but play it slow, if you don´t have prio then let enemy jungler get the scuttle and you try and get the other scuttle.
After scuttle you can just reset for serrated dirk if nothing happens on the map
Always kite the jungle camps
Always auto a jungle camp once and then e immediately after your first auto attack to gain a stack on your E passive and gain an extra auto attack
Always kite towards the next jungle champ
Smite Krugs or Wolves
Your passive knocks back jungle camps which makes scuttle crab go from having 60 armor and magic recist to only be having 10 armor and magic recist which makes scuttle really easy to kill as Graves
A super important for graves jungle and his clearing is to stack up his E passive you do this by constantly doing damage this refreshes the current amount of stacks you have on your E passive and you gain another stack by using E it can be stacked up to 8 times
Each stack gives bonus armor
Try to gank when you have red buff, since red buff provides extra damage and a little slow on auto attacks aswell.
If your laner has no cc try to walk up behind the enemy and start auto attacking, you can start using your w on top of the enemy if needed. Wait with your until the enemy either uses their dash or flash and then E after them to always be in range to auto attack the enemy
Remember you can always finish your opponent with your R after they used flash
With this graves build you wanna play kind a like an ADC, in the backline behind your frontline but you still always wanna be in range to auto attack someone.
You wanna try and hit as many ranged champions with your W since if you smokescreen them they will have a really hard time doing damage while in the smokescreen so they will have to run out of the smokescreen first before they will start doing damage again.
You also wanna keep your E stacks up all the time for the extra armor in teamfights.
You do that by constantly auto attacking someone and using your E to get another stack.
You wanna use your ultimate to snipe someone in the enemy backline and blow them up.
You can use your Q on both frontline and backline, just use it on whoever you are in range for to be honest.
And then just kite the enemies around with your E W R and movementspeed from fleet footwork.
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