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League of Legends Build Guide Author Nominty nom

Yorick uses the Nercronomican

Nominty nom Last updated on July 17, 2011
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Ability Sequence

Ability Key Q
Ability Key W
Ability Key E
Ability Key R

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Brute Force
Improved Rally

Offense: 9

Strength of Spirit
Veteran's Scars

Defense: 0

Expanded Mind
Mystical Vision
Presence of the Master

Utility: 21

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Chapter 1

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Thanks to Searz for the awesome guide format! You can find it here.

I will not go through what the abilities do. It can easily be learned by reading the ability tooltips and simply using the spell.

Mouse-over any items or abilities to see their tooltip.


(for any abbreviations you don't understand)

*I honestly don't know if i should put this in the humorous guide type or not...I'm going to decide not to because this guide is still viable if you, just don't take any offense to the jokes they are just jokes but still read them cause they might be helpful. ;D


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What and why

Yorick is truly an off-tank/initiator with a ranged slow,movement increase to chase and life steal to keep you alive throughout the fight he fits the role perfectly. I focus my build on what makes him so strong his passive, Unholy Covenant with CDR, health and AD. This helps your minions do more damage and and take more survive longer. I take CDR because you should have as many of your ghouls out as possible in fights to increase the amount of damage you do and the amount you can take.

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Some nubs out there are thinking "Whoa Whoa Whoa Whoa Whoa Whoa Whoa Whoa Whoa why not go into the defensive tree on a off-tank?" and after reading that I also bet some of you thought about the batman glass joke from family guy(I would have embed a video of that scene but the only good ones that i could find were on non-supporting here is a link instead Alright now back to what this is all about, i dont see a point in going into the defensive tree on yorick because as long as you have 1 minion out your taking 5% reduced damage and thts 1% better then Tenacity so its smarter to go cooldowns to keep your ghouls out more to increase your reduced damage. Those same nubs are thinking,"Why go into archaic knowledge when none of his abilities stack with AP?" and i'll tell them why, this site was made for learning how to play LoL, right? Yes, it was and so I will be their teacher, but I'll be that one that answers your questions in a tone off voice that makes you feel dumb and give you weird looks after. Now my little nubbins i get it because, if you read the abilities like i told you to in the introduction you would see that Omen of Famine and Omen of Pestilence both do magic damage. So it is important to get some Mpen so you do more damage.

Additional Routes to take on your Yorick journey

Going 11/0/19 (skip to around 4min and pause to see what he chooses don't listen to anything else he says though, phreak didn't seem all enthused about doing this spotlight he was probably still bummed out after US lost at Dreamhack)isn't to bad but id rather have reduced summoner spell cooldowns over 4 points ArP.

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Reccomended Rune Set

Greater Mark of Desolation Greater Mark of Desolation
ArP runes are the best on any physical damage champion if you don't believe me? check out Searz charts here.
Greater Seal of Clarity
MP5 per lvl should be taken because spamming your skills is pretty awesome and it helps because yorick is really mana dependent. Like seriously mana is like crack to him.
Greater Glyph of Celerity
MORE SPAMMING!!! SPAM THOSE SKILLS!!!! SPAM THEM HARD, OH YEAAAHHH!! spam those skills to harass, farm and to keep your passive awesomeness alive.
Greater Quintessence of Desolation Greater Quintessence of Desolation
More ArP runes, very vital to damage output throughout the game.

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Summoner Spells

DAT FLASH. Literally the best summoner spell in the game imo.
great for chasing, escaping and uhhh uhhh ummmmmm BLINKING OVER WALLS.
I recommend to always get this on yorick.

Great for initiating and escaping. Oh god i can hear those voices
again think its the nubs and their saying"why get ghost when
Omen of War gives MS?" alright nubsters,
well omen of war only gives you ms after your hit and if you cant get
to them then you not gonna get that ms increase are ya? and what
if your real low health and you running away your not going to want
to turn around to hit your pursuer are you? (i actually did this a
couple of times when i first played yorick and died)

Adds more CC to your arsenal'o'awesomeness.
if your going to get this make sure get rid
of that useless Archmage's Savvy and get Cripple which
will more help disable your target. Use on the
carry in team fights.

Yorick has no dots to kill off runners safely.
Get ingnite if this really grinds your gears.

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Skill Sequence

W > E > Q > E > E > R > E > Q > E > Q > R > Q > Q > W > W > R > W > W

I get Omen of Pestilence first to check the brush because face checking is for noobs.

Getting all three of you main spells first is important because the more you can have more ghouls out increasing your passive's effectiveness.

maxing Omen of Famine is great for keeping you in lane longer which will give you more gold and help you level faster.

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Possible builds

Recommended build 1 sequence.

if you want more ArP go Last Whisper or The Black Cleaver for your last item instead of Youmuu's Ghostblade.
You will be sacrificing CrC and CDR if you do this though plus ghostblade's trusty active.

I prefer the first build, it makes you more tanky so you can do your job better.The second build gives less health and mr but reaches max cooldowns and gives more attack damage and mana. If the enemy team had more Magic damage then physical the consider getting Banshee's Veil before Atma's Impaler

If you know your gonna go The second build change your Seals of clarity to Seals of Replenishment and your Glyphs of celerity to Glyphs of Focus

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Starting Items

Doran's Blade
Increases health and damage for you and your ghouls. sell when needed, sell before hilosopher's Stone.

Philosopher's stone
Philosopher's Stone
Gives HP5 and MP5 to help to stay in lane longer plus GP5 so the longer you stay the more gold you get. Overall great item to have at all times but sell when needed.

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Core Items

Mercury's Treads
One word...Tenacity.

Trinity Force
Great Items for Yorick, gives so many stats boosts
and the only on going to wast is the AP.

Atma's Impaler
CrC Armor and damage depending on how much health
you have all rolled up into one delicious item.
Amazing Off-tank item.

Youmuu's Ghostblade
ArP, CDR, CrC, AD, Delicious active, nuff said.

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Preferred Items

Warmog's Armor

Banshee's Veil
More MR, Mana, and health are all good. Plus the Spell
Shield is good at protecting your family jewels when initiating.

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Other viable items

Why do you think its good? WELL YOUR WRONG
Also gives more AD.

Spirit Visage
Helps Bring you to the CDR cap. Increases
the healing on your Omen of Famine to 57.5%
from 50% which is very nice.

The Black Cleaver
Straight ArP isn't to important on Yorick
because none of his spells are doing physcal
damage besides omen of war and that is a on
hit spell so it doesn't matter anyway.
(IDK if the ghouls take from your ArP or not
because it doesn't say anything in the
passive description...but i would have to
think they are taking from you Mpen when
the are basic attacking and just using you
AD since they are your spells but im
not sure.) Attack Speed AD are nice.

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Laning Phase

DON'T EVER FACE CHECK THE BRUSH USE Omen of Pestilence INSTEAD and obviously spam all day every day to farm and harass. You don't always have to farm with you skills though only to this if getting zoned or if you know you won't be able to get that last hit in time. What being zoned you say nibbins? well watch this video and it should tell you everything. Shurelia is a great teacher i used this when i first started playing and it increased my play drastically. The best thing about zoning with yorick is that his minions have their own little temporary zones and it makes pushing way easier. Try to use this to your advantage. But try not to extend into dangerous zones, just harass.

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You are the of off-tank/initiator in teams fights with that role you should be the first one into battle and should be using you CC to get the enemy team close. using ghost or you ghost blade active before initiating is a good idea. try to slow there team so your team can catch up and do work. Also try to aim for there main damage dealers i.e. AP and AD carries. Either cast Omen of Death on yourself when initiating or on your ad carry once the fight starts.

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Tips and tricks

sometimes if you need a little more MS to get away from someone in a lane hit a minion with Omen of War real fast to increase your MS.

The combo i use when engaging is R > W > E > Q then just use them again to keep your passive working. To more easilydo this combo you can open up your key bindings and go down to smart cast and on spell 2 make it w and on spell 3 make it e this will help you use you combo faster and keep you more aware of what is happening around you.
What this does is immediately places the spell wherever your cursor is, so there is no need for that second mouse click. I find this to be very useful but if you can't quite get it just hit reset all in key bindings. You can also place your r on the forth smart spell cast slot.

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Closing statements

Thanks for reading my guide and YOUR WELCOME.

Also check other my other builds that i made for some of my favorite champs. There are no guides for them, but you can still find them under my profile. I Used them for my personal use for awhile and they are all very good. I will make guides for the ones with the highest Ratings. please comment on them too some might need revamping.