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Yorick Build Guide by kingkang2
Yorick - The Goon Squad Splitpusher (Work in Progress)By kingkang2 | Updated on March 31, 2019
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+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
Ability Order Abilities
Threats & Synergies
Jax is one of the hardest matchups if the Jax knows what he's doing. He can jump out of the rape cage, block your Q damage and the goon squad damage with his E. Always ban this champion if your team doesn't.
High mobility, mixed damage, the shroud. Really tough matchup. Ban this champ if your team banned Jax already.
True damage, Mobility. Yorick can win this matchup since Yorick doesn't have a hard CC ability that Fiora can use against you. Farm well, hit 6, mess her up.
Irelia's Q can oneshot all of your ghoulings. She has to be pretty skilled since the ghoul hitbox is pretty small and messing up a Q on a minion will put her Q on cooldown. If you notice this, get on her and get a favorable trade or kill. She is mobile, but not as bad to lane against compared to other champions. Hit 6 and the lane becomes very easy to win.
Beat her early. Yorick's level 3 power spike is amazing against her. She has nothing to get out of your rape cage, so get an early flash or kill with it.
Don't let him win early, hit 6, get armor, win.
This is mostly a skill matchup. Post 6, you beat her.
Darius is one of the easiest matchups in the game. Just play safe levels 1-3, and if he's running ignite, play even safer. Hit 6, and run him down. Darius needs a lead to win the lane. Deny him this lead and he won't be able to escape the rape cage.
This matchup depends on how good the Illaoi is at hitting E's, and how good you are at dodging E's.
Has no way to escape the rape cage, use your Q auto attack reset to kill barrels, beware of poke early. Besides that, easy lane.
Much like Darius, don't let him win in the early levels. Play like a Nasus, get some armor, hit 6, win.
Get an Executioner's Calling, pressure him early. As long as you have a lead on Nasus, he can't do much to you. He might mess you up late game, but don't let it get there.
Tough lane. Play like a Nasus early and hold off on summoning ghoulings until he jumps on you. Get armor and hit 6 and you will win the 1v1s as long as he is not crazy ahead.
Play safe early, get armor, win at 6. What sucks is that she decides when she wants to fight you because of her million dashes to escape a fight. Not too bad of a matchup.
Renekton has an oppressive early game. He wins trades by going in, doing his little combo, and going out. Play safe and ask for your jungler's help. Hit 6 and trading gets a lot easier if Renekton doesn't have a lead.
Pretty much all tanks don't stand a chance against Yorick except during the very early game. Just keep farming, get items, and let conqueror do the work.
Champion Build Guide
- Amazing dueling power post 6
- Destroys towers quickly
- Can clear waves quickly
- Can solo Rift Herald
- Splitpushing monster
- 1v1, 2v1, 3v1 Ability
- Scales well into the mid-late game
- Relatively easy to play
- Early levels can be tough in certain matchups
- Lots of CC can really hold down Yorick
- Team needs to know how to play the splitpush game
- Fairly immobile
- No hard CC (besides the wall, but that can be dashed out of)
- Quite difficult to master and control the Maiden's movements (gotta keep her out of danger)
As Yorick, you need to play the early game differently depending on the matchup. Yorick has some really awful matchups out there, and good players will punish Yoricks inability to properly trade without level 3. In tough matchups, play like a Nasus would and focus on ghoul stacks with D-Shovel. Yorick's level 3 powerspike is pretty good, so trade when you have to and keep focusing on farm for that Triforce.
Yorick's true powerspike is after hitting level 6. Yorick can summon the Maiden and pretty much 1v1 any champion with ease and wave clearing becomes so easy. What's great about Yorick, is that he has so many options post 6.
What I do most games is I push the Wave into tower constantly and look to invade the enemy jungle. Steal away their camps, kill them if they want to fight. Yorick with Maiden can decimate jungle camps, and killing the monsters with Maiden will spawn more ghoulings, allowing you to kill camps even faster. Just make sure you have proper vision around you, and beware of the top laner and mid laner closing in on you while you steal camps. Focus mostly on taking scuttle or camps close to top lane, so you can quickly rotate back to lane to catch the minions. Doing this basically starves their jungler, forces the enemies to respond to you thereby increasing the pressure you are exerting on the map, and gives your lane opponent an non-interactive lane in which they have to choose to either respond to you or focus on farming under turret.
If it's post 10 minutes, I have my Maiden up, and I either have my jungler near top or I see the enemy jungler near bot, I look to do a quick rift herald. Yorick's auto attacks do percent health damage to rift herald, so soloing it is a breeze. Take it, send it top, find a way to force them to back, and get some free plate money or even first tower.
By this point in the game, you should AT LEAST have your completed Triforce, upgraded boots, and some pieces for your next item. Your goal as Yorick is to Pressure the map. The general rule of thumb is to pressure the side of the map opposite to the objective that you want. Mountain Drakes synergize really well with Yorick's tower taking ability, so lets say you want that Mountain Drake. Splitpush toplane and draw the attention of the enemy. Pull them towards you so that your team can easily take that dragon. If you think you can 2v1, go ahead. 3v1s are pretty tough, so just trap them in your wall and run away if they send that many to you. If they only send one to you, that is a sign of disrespect. Start chipping away on that tower when you can without dying.
Once Baron's up post 20 minutes, that will most likely be the objective of contention. Split bottom lane and draw the enemy towards you. For example, lets say both teams are eyeing Baron. Go bottom lane and start pushing hard with the Goon Squad. Keep some wards in the jungle, and if no one comes for you, Great! Keep getting towers. If they come for you, Great! Your team has a much better chance at getting Baron. Use Yorick and the Goon Squad's amazing dueling potential to fight off whoever comes to stop your agenda.
Keep putting on the pressure, be smart about the fights you pick while splitting, don't die stupidly. The art of splitpushing is fairly complex and difficult to master since it is very situational. I recommend watching NEACE's videos on splitpushing in order to gain a better understanding of splitpushing. As a top laner, it's definitely something you should have under your belt.