Welcome to the Q-stacker, late game, dog from hell, Nasus. This guide is meant to be a detailed beginner's guide to Nasus and not meant to be a diamond ranked guide, although I want to make it as close as I can. Nasus is a top lane DPS tank champion, relying on sustain from his kit and winning 1 on 1 trades to zone out and out farm the opponent. A seemingly simple champion in terms of his kit, but in my opinion he requires the player to be well polished in the basics.
The early game of Nasus means pre-4. During this short amount of time, you will only be focusing on last hitting minions for Q-stacks exclusively. Ofcourse as straightforward as it sounds, you can be a little clever with the early game. This separates a good Nasus and a bad one that farms all game. Your secondary goal of the early game is to bait out harass from your lane opponent. This means walking close to them and letting them auto or hit you with damage, causing minion aggro that will chip them away as they walk out of that range. Doing this will eat their HP little by little and you will ultimately push them out of lane with a few well placed Q-bombs and autos from you. Just remember to use more Q's to get stacks and heal rather than harass. Once you get to 4, you should have 2 points in your Q. This is the time you should get a gank set and attempt to kill or push your lane opponent, and then the tower will be yours to smash. Early items you should have at 4: [img=items/glacial-shroud.png] / [img=items/kindlegem.png]
Mid game is a tricky one. You will mainly focus on supporting other lanes by pushing them and applying lane pressure. You want to only do this when you have team-mates that will commit to pushing, if not you will stay top and farm. [b] FARM AND NOT PUSH[/b] - Push the lane as little as possible - Only last hit with Q when minions are low unless you are in a hurry for stacks (>100 stacks/10 min) then one shot them with Q's - Always buy wards when you can to ward river or nearest bush - Go back whenever you can build your next item. Each item along the build tree of all the items listed are 100% effective (so no saving up if you can buy) - Watch the map often because Nasus is not mobile enough to always roam Ofcourse like all mid games, play with the team and use that teleport to jump into team fights from top whenever they happen. Usually the enemy team baits a fight with your team as you are top lane. So bait them into a fight instead and jump in when the team fully commits to a fight. This requires constant warding and map awareness. Nasus cannot engage or disengage at a moments notice like many champions, so warding is crucial. Mid Game items you should buy first: [img=items/spirit-visage.png][img=items/sheen.png][img=items/giants-belt.png][img=items/sightstone.png][img=items/mercurys-treads.png]
During the late game you will become the champion deleting demon that is Nasus. At 25 minutes, 270 - 330 stacks should be on your Q and you should be able to apply lane pressure with your team like no tomorrow. Do not roam solo with Nasus, always push with your team and push the lane far enough that the enemy team will have to engage you to stop your tower smashing Q-bombs. Bait a team fight and watch as you delete the enemy 1 by one. However never chase unless your team can afford you leaving for it. Coordinate with your team often so they can CC priority targets you are going to engage on. Simply every fight should follow these steps ideally: 1) You are following up after gap closer or similar engagement CC skills 2) Land [img=skills/nasus/e.png] where the engage will be [b]OR[/b] Land an [img=skills/nasus/w.png] when hunting for picks 3) [img=skills/nasus/q.png] on target 4) Cast [img=skills/nasus/w.png] priority target you or your team will engage on 5) [img=skills/nasus/q.png] nearest priority target (since you lack gap closures, you will change targets often in team fights) Use [img=skills/nasus/r.png] when: - Taking tower aggro for dives - When enemy engages and commits on you - When you are in the middle of the fight trading hits and you are > 50%
Nasus is an overall tank champion, so prioritize tank items and building your Sheen ([img=items/sheen.png]) when you can afford damage. You should not worry about damage as that will increase automatically given you farm when you can throughout the entire game. It is because Nasus is straightforward with a simple kit that makes him a very difficult champion to use when outplaying your opponents. You have many disadvantages against many lane opponents, however you have more impact on the overall game stat (lane pressure, objectives, etc).