Hecarim Build Guide

Top lane Hecarim, the underrated pony (4.21 patch)

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So today I was browsing reddit and someone asked why was Hecarim seeing a rise in popularity in the toplane, I answered to him and people wanted to see a guide to see how Hecarim is played in the toplane. So here it is. I won't go into details for his jungle, there are other guides for this, and I'm not an expert. So I'm a french player, ranked diamond V at the end of the season 4 thanks to mainly tryndamere and rengar. I however saw some hecarim played on a lane and gave it a shot on a high plat low diam account and I found out Hecarim top was actually a really good pick. Waiting for next season to push my limits. His advantages : -Monstruous level 1 cheese, if you stack your Q 2 times and all in your enemy this is a lot of damage output, plus your Q doesn't take creep aggro. -Does decent against basically every melee match up if played well -Rushing homeguards with teleport allows for MAXIMUM map control, which isn't common as a toplaner. You'll basically be a jungler who ganks, but with more items -Can act as a good initiate if your team lacks one -Good duelist against ad carries, he sticks really well with a triforce and his E His weaknesses -Ranged toplaners. Lissandra, Gnar, come to mind, they'll give you a hard time, if you E on them they will just go away and kite you like a baby -Really mana dependent, even if the next buffs will help him in this field, don't waste your mana, trade wisely and don't go oom or you won't be able to E away once ganked. -Has to push lanes to trade since his Q deals AOE damage, has to push lane to sustain since you need to deal damage to heal from W, you get it, you'll be pushing most of the time so be wary of ganks. Please check the two runes pages, there are two schools of Hecarim, those who run AD and those who run AR PEN (I run AD but ARPEN can be better, it would be bad to miss the pros and cons).

Take advantage of his early trading by stacking Q on minions, and then trade with your opponent. Last hit every CS. Ward up and don't E aggressively unless you know where their jungler is. Rush triforce if ahead, FH if not so ahead. Homeguards are a good pick up to roam down lanes early on

Group with your team for objectives and engage when there is a good opportunity. Shove your toplane asap and run down middle, or splitpush if your TP is up. You should have triforce/FH/tier 3 boots by now so you're really good, just find good picks, kill them, and snowball to victory.

You're the initiator, try to flank from behind with teleport + homeguards, otherwise E + Ghost and ult in this shit, you're a man, no seriously don't go too far, or you'll get insta bursted when not really fed. Stick to their carries and deathmatch them.

You're the initiator, try to flank from behind with teleport + homeguards, otherwise E + Ghost and ult in this shit, you're a man, no seriously don't go too far, or you'll get insta bursted when not really fed. Stick to their carries and deathmatch them.

This guide still has a lot of work in progress, but you should know how Hecarim top works. I'll maybe record some games at the start of season 5 and post them here, to clear up things and give insights. Thanks for reading and stomp these kids with the horse. He deserves it.

French player. I play on EUW and finished season 4 diamond 5 by playing mostly trynd/reng/singed. I started playing hec a month ago by seeing it in korean solo queue, I tried it on smurfs and it worked well, even in low diamond. I'm waiting for next season to start to climb the ladder with hecarim (hoping he won't get nerfed) and I'll post videos of my games here. Feel free to add me in game Nonomadsoul.

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