Gragas Build Guide

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Gragas is an AP caster with a strong laning phase and high burst damage. Since Gragas is a melee champion he can be susceptible to being harassed and bullied in lane in the early levels. However, what makes Gragas so strong is that his passive [img=skills/gragas/p.png] helps him regain health and his [img=skills/gragas/w.png] reduces incoming damage by a percent - this helps negate a lot of the early harass he will take in lane. At the same time, Gragas actually has amazing all-in potential at level 3 onward. The damage reduction and attack damage steroid of [img=skills/gragas/w.png] combined with the damage and slow of [img=skills/gragas/e.png] as well as the damage and attack speed debuff of [img=skills/gragas/q.png] means that he can often look to all-in enemy champions at level 3 onward. Once Gragas has access to his ultimate he has even more all-in potential on the enemy mid laner. Another one of Gragas' strengths is the fact that he's considered to be a versatile mid laner. What this means is that he's able to play a farming style where he looks to take wraiths and wolves in between waves or a roaming style where he looks to gank side lanes or an aggressive style where he looks to try and kill the enemy mid laner. This is something unique to Gragas as most champions have to limit themselves to one type of play style. In team fights it's all about landing your ultimate on the carries - doing damage to them and pushing them out of the fight or into your team to quickly burst them down. [title]Pros[/title] [.]A safe laner because of the sustain from his [img=skills/gragas/p.png] and the damage reduction from his [img=skills/gragas/w.png] [.]Great team fight AOE that can turn fights into his favor [.]Great choice against squishy champions because of his high burst [.]Can safely lane farming with his [img=skills/gragas/q.png] [.]Has great wave clearing and wraith/wolf clearing [.]Amazing roam/mobility with his E [title]Cons[/title] [.]Melee which opens him up to a lot of harass in lane [.]Reliant on landing skill shots to do well [.]Using his ultimate incorrectly can cause you to lose team fights [.]Often forced to farm with his [img=skills/gragas/q.png] which can cause him to lag behind in farm early on [.]Can be difficult to reach high priority targets without overextending yourself [.]Almost completely reliant on using his ultimate properly late game or else he's relatively useless

[center][big]E+Flash Combo[/big][/center] [center][img=http://i.imgur.com/WjNc6h6.gif][/center] This is the [img=skills/gragas/e.png] + [img=summoners/flash.png] combo. You cast your [img=skills/gragas/e.png] and then [img=summoners/flash.png] before your [img=skills/gragas/e.png] is finished casting. You will apply the [img=skills/gragas/e.png] damage and slow to the new location that you flashed to. Use this to close more distance and secure kills on enemies. You can also use it to dodge a skill that would interrupt your [img=skills/gragas/e.png]. [center][big]E+Q Combo[/big][/center] [center][img=http://i.imgur.com/gScwjwT.gif][/center] In this combo you're casting your [img=skills/gragas/q.png] while using [img=skills/gragas/e.png]. This will sort of hide the [img=skills/gragas/q.png] and make it harder for the opponent to dodge and anticipate. [center][big]E+W Combo[/big][/center] [center][img=http://i.imgur.com/VanWRJF.gif][/center] This is a simple combo, but is very important to use. You cast your [img=skills/gragas/w.png] while casting [img=skills/gragas/e.png]. This will combine the two cast animations, meaning that you will reduce the amount of time that you're unable to move/attack. This is important when doing Wraiths/Wolves. Cast your [img=skills/gragas/e.png] into them and then [img=skills/gragas/w.png] immediately so that you minimize the amount of time it takes to kill them. Can also be useful when roaming around the map as you won't have to stand still to cast [img=skills/gragas/w.png] and allow you to get to where you're going faster while still having [img=skills/gragas/w.png] enabled. [center][big]Q+R Combo[/big][/center] [center][img=http://i.imgur.com/3LAGz1T.gif][/center] This is a standard burst combo that you want to look to use. You cast your [img=skills/gragas/q.png] first and then cast [img=skills/gragas/r.png] and activate your [img=skills/gragas/q.png] as soon as [img=skills/gragas/r.png] lands. This will stack both abilities and increase your burst damage. Can be great to use in team fights to quickly burst down the enemy carries.

At level 1 you will want to focus on last hitting. If you're against a champion with a lot of harass at level 1 you might have to keep your distance and farm with your [img=skills/gragas/q.png]. Otherwise, you can use your [img=skills/gragas/q.png] to harass the enemy by timing it with every time they go to last hit a minion. However, be careful of pushing the lane. You will want to try to hit level 2 first. If you do hit level 2 first then look to all-in the enemy by skilling into [img=skills/gragas/e.png] immediately and going aggressive. If you both hit level 2 at the same time or the enemy hit level 2 first then skill into [img=skills/gragas/w.png] and continue to farm passively while looking to harass with your [img=skills/gragas/q.png]. Once you're level 3 you begin to have huge all-in potential. Make sure your [img=skills/gragas/w.png] is active before you engage though. You will win most fights at level 3 if you have full health. From levels 3-5 you will look to harass down the enemy with your [img=skills/gragas/q.png] and look for opportunities to land your [img=skills/gragas/e.png] on the opponent in an attempt to all-in them and kill them.

Once you hit level 6 onward you will have three main choices to make. Do I try to kill the opposing mid laner? Do I take wraiths/wolves in between waves? Or do I look to gank side lanes in between waves? Answering these questions successfully is the mark of a good mid laner. Try to kill the lane opponent if you feel like you will have a very high success rate in doing so (for example, his flash is down or he's a squishy champion with no escape). Always be paying attention to the side lanes - specifically bot lane. You have the most kill potential on bot lane as they're usually squishy champions and you will be able to take dragon after if you do successfully gank them. Look to push the wave as soon as it arrives in lane and then while the opponent is pinned at his tower picking up farm he will lose vision of you. This is when you want to gank. Look at the side lanes and see if they're overextended. Keep in mind if they're pushed to their tower you still might be able to tower dive them if they're low on health. As you move towards a lane to gank it always have your camera on them paying attention to their body language. If they begin to retreat it's likely warded so don't waste your time - instead head back to your lane. If you feel you don't have kill potential on mid lane and that it isn't possible to gank side lanes then you should be taking wraiths/wolves in between waves. Do this by immediately clearing the minion wave as soon as it arrives in lane and then using the timing window that creates to farm your jungle's wraiths or wolves - depending on which one is up at the time.

Late game you have to decide whether your team is stronger or weaker than the enemy. If you're stronger then you want to pressure objectives as a team and look to team fight. If you're weaker you want to try to utilize picks by catching one of the enemies by themselves. Gragas is good at both team fighting and trying to make picks - so adapt to the state of the game you're in. At this point in the game you want to do your best to acquire vision control. What that means is you want to purchase a pink ward and the Greater Lens trinket. You want to start clearing the enemy's vision so that they are forced into face checking brushes and will lack information on where you are. If you're very fed then pay attention to the side lanes. Late game the side lanes are in a constant state of being pushed back and forth. You can sneak into a brush close to a side lane when the wave is being pushed to the enemy's tower. Then when the enemy sends one of their carries to pick up the farm you can come out of the brush and assassinate them. This is one of many tactics you can utilize in the late game to try and make picks on the enemy.

In team fights you usually want to save your ultimate for the \"back line\" - the enemy AP and AD carries. Ideally you want to land your [img=skills/gragas/q.png] into [img=skills/gragas/r.png] combo to maximize your damage. If a team fight breaks out it's usually best to use your [img=skills/gragas/r.png] in such a way that it pushes the carries away from the fight. This will essentially mean the enemy carries are now half health and are too far from the fight to output any damage. Then your team will simply focus down the enemy's \"front line\" (tanks/bruisers) together. An alternative would be to use your [img=skills/gragas/r.png] to push one of the carries into your team so you can all quickly burst him down, but this is much harder to do. Always be careful of using your [img=skills/gragas/e.png] in team fights as it's your main escape tool. Only ever [img=skills/gragas/e.png] when you're confident you won't be focused down. You also want to utilize your [img=items/zhonyas-hourglass.png] in team fights to dodge high damage abilities or to force the enemy to re-focus targets if they're diving you. A common mistake people make with [img=items/zhonyas-hourglass.png] is that they use it when they're extremely low on health. All this usually does is get you killed as soon as you pop out of invulnerability. It's much better to use it when you have a lot of health to dodge high damage skill shots or crowd control so that when you come out of invulnerability you won't just get immediately killed.

[center][big]Blue Side[/big][/center] [center][img=http://i.imgur.com/E4yU0Xv.jpg][/center] 1 - This is a typical spot to ward on the top side. You will want to put a trinket or green ward around this area. This will cover the \"ramp\" a key choke point most junglers and mid laners will have to go through if they want to rotate towards the top side of the map. 2 - This is a more aggressive ward and is known as the \"wraith ward\". Arguably one of the best warding spots in the game. By having vision of when their jungler does wraiths you relieve pressure off the map and allow your teammates to play more aggressive in their lanes since they won't have to worry about being ganked. You will also be able to see where the jungler goes after he finishes wraiths, which creates a ton of opportunities such as counter-ganking him, timing a dragon or buff steal if he heads top, and can save your teammates from being ganked since you will know where the jungler is heading. 3 - This is the small \"island\" brush just below the ramp in the river. You will want to purchase a pink ward and put it here ASAP. This will cover the ramp area which is a key choke point junglers and mid laners will rotate through to gank bot lane or invade your red. By putting a pink ward in the brush often the enemy will walk past it without checking the brush. This will result in the ward surviving for a very long time - making it a very efficient purchase. 4 - This is a passive place to put your pink ward. It's in the brush just above your red buff. You will want to put your pink ward here when you feel that a pink ward in spot 3 will be cleared out too fast. [center][big]Purple Side[/big][/center] [center][img=http://i.imgur.com/6kP3UNr.jpg][/center] 1 - This is the small \"island\" brush just below the ramp in the river. You will want to purchase a pink ward and put it here ASAP. This will cover the ramp area which is a key choke point junglers and mid laners will rotate through to gank bot lane or invade your red. By putting a pink ward in the brush often the enemy will walk past it without checking the brush. This will result in the ward surviving for a very long time - making it a very efficient purchase. 2 - This is a passive place to put your pink ward. It's known as the \"banana brush\" because in earlier seasons it was in the shape of a banana. You will want to put your pink ward here when you feel that a pink ward in spot 1 will be cleared out too fast. 3 - This is a more aggressive ward and is known as the \"wraith ward\". Arguably one of the best warding spots in the game. By having vision of when their jungler does wraiths you relieve pressure off the map and allow your teammates to play more aggressive in their lanes since they won't have to worry about being ganked. You will also be able to see where the jungler goes after he finishes wraiths, which creates a ton of opportunities such as counter-ganking him, timing a dragon or buff steal if he heads top, and can save your teammates from being ganked since you will know where the jungler is heading. 4 - This is a typical spot to ward on the top side. You will want to put a trinket or green ward around this area. This will cover the \"ramp\" a key choke point most junglers and mid laners will have to go through if they want to rotate towards the top side of the map.

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