Yorick Build Guide

Bury Your Foes with the Gravedigger (S5 Top/Jungle)

Updated 1 year ago
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Hello, I am x2WiN formerly known as ThomasTerminator. I have been playing League since the Hecarim patch (around the middle of Season 2). I am the top laner for Xenious, a gaming team on the rise to the top. Yorick has been one of my favorite champions since around Season 3 and there's so many things this season that I have discovered to make him a greater force in this current tanky top lane meta. Yorick is a high sustain, unique champion who can toy with his opponents using his arsenal of ghouls to cause his terror. I play him as either a beefy tank or a force to be reckoned with due to a build that consists of a ton of damage. Feel free to give feedback~ :) [big]Help! I just locked in Yorick in Solo-Q and don't have time to read the guide fully! What do I do?[/big] 1. AD Mark/Quints, Armor seals, Scaling MR Glyphs 2. 9/21/0 Masteries if you're going top, 9/0/21 if you're going jungle 3. Rush [img=items/tear-of-the-goddess.png] 4. Core: [img=items/mercurys-treads.png][img=items/manamune.png][img=items/randuins-omen.png] 5. Last few items: [img=items/spirit-visage.png][img=items/frozen-fist.png][img=items/warmogs-armor.png] Will be updating this with S5 stats soon! Stats from Season 4: [img=http://i.imgur.com/zyvzM4Z.png] [img=http://i.imgur.com/pgoGohz.png]

(7/20/15) - Added Match-ups for Gnar, Dr. Mundo, Nautilus and Rammus (7/5/15) Finally got around to update for Season 5! (8/1/14) - Added Build orders for all builds (7/28/14) - Updated item build (Essence Reaver replaces Bloodthirster) - Bloodthirster now situational item (7/8/14) -Added Match-up for Ryze (7/7/14) - Added Match-up for Akali (7/5/14) - Almost to Silver I :D Been boucing in and out of Silver 1 and 2 - Added Match-up for Nidalee (due to gameplay rework) (6/17/14) - Added Match-ups for Rumble and Malphite (6/5/14) - Promoted to Silver II! :D - Added match-up for Rengar (6/4/14) - Updated jungle paths in the Early Game section - Cleaned up a few Match-ups - Updated Match-up for Volibear (5/31/14) - Added more Situational Items - Added match-up for Teemo - Updated match-up for Riven (5/28/14) - Promoted to Silver III! :D - Updated Season stats and Yorick stats - Added match-ups for Elise and Nunu (5/23/14) - Updated Champion Match-up for Renekton - Added match-up for Volibear - Added Executioner's Calling and Blade of the Ruined King as Situational Items (5/21/14) - Added my current ranked stats to the Introduction Chapter (5/20/14) - Updated Champion Match-up for Pantheon - Added match-ups for Warwick, Jarvan IV, Wukong and Aatrox (5/18/14) - I've been promoted to Silver IV! Yay~ :D - Added match-ups for Amumu and Master Yi (5/16/14) - Added match-ups for Pantheon and Hecarim - Switched Hydra for Bloodthirster (Hydra is now Situational) - Made some grammar/spelling errors. (5/15/14) - Added Match-ups for Shen and Lee Sin (5/14/14) -Guide Updates have it's own tab now - Added Match-ups for Riven, Evelynn, Vi, and Nocturne - Added more Situational Items (5/13/14) - Initial release

As with every champion, Yorick has many strengths, but also has some weaknesses to balance that out: Pros: - No direct counter in the jungle (Very safe pick) - Sustain outclasses most champions - Counters some of the more popular top lane champions (i.e Jax, Jayce, Shen, etc) - King of \"Protect the [insert late game hyper carry\" team comps - Not a lot of people have ever fought Yorick, or even knew that he existed. - Has a skin that makes him look like Slash from Guns n' Roses - Is part of a metal band that's about to release their first album - He's a gravedigger Cons: - Ganks are kinda lackluster at early ranks - Very squishy at early ranks - Can be item dependent - No real escape abilities and can be easily ganked - Has the ability to hand [img=champ/nasus.png] free stacks on his [img=skills/nasus/q.png] - Doesn't fit with many team comps - Doesn't have that many skins

Timing your ult as Yorick can make or break you as a player. It's mandatory that you know some good times and bad times to ult. [big]Good times to ult: [/big] - When trying to complete Dragon early. Why? Because having two Yoricks attacking Dragon is better than one. Your revenant can also tank it for you. - When your hyper carry is close to death. Why? Well, if they die in the middle of a teamfight and the enemy team is low enough, your carry can easily pick them off before your ult wears off. - When you're having a duel with someone and you think another Yorick can help them. Why? This kinda obvious, but dying sucks. If you can take out Jax with the assistance of your revenant, then do so. Just hope that no one on his team comes up to finish you off afterwards. - Pushing a lane and you need an extra hand. Why? Well, Yorick's [img=skills/yorick/r.png] works kinda like [img=champ/mordekaiser.png]'s [img=skills/mordekaiser/r.png]. You can split-push easily using your Revenant and it can tank some of the damage for you while you destroy your objective. It's a pretty neat ult if you know how to use it. [big]Worst Times to Ult [/big] -Ulting yourself in teamfights when you're not fed. Why? You'll be useless. If you go tanky, you might not have enough damage to kill your intended target. If you go damage and aren't fed, the enemy will just eat you alive...again. - Ulting someone at full health. Why? Well, your ult works like Zilean's ult. If your target doesn't die within the time your ult is on them, your ult goes away. Therefore, you wasted your ult. Usually, no one really drops from full health unless there's a 5 man gank or something.

No matter what side you're on, I recommend starting at Gromp, and getting blue buff first, since you'll need the mana and cooldown reduction to throw out all your ghouls. Then go to Red buff once you finish blue, then Krugs. If you haven't been counter-jungled yet, then go back, get your [img=items/rangers-trailblazer.png] and start ganking lanes. (Jungle road map coming soon!) [big]Ganking[/big] Big things for when you're ganking: 1. Always be at least half health. 2. Start the gank with your [img=skills/yorick/w.png]. The initial slow is pretty devastating and it continues to slow as your ghoul chases your opponent (which is why we max W first, since the slow increases as you level it up).

Top Lane: Early game can be hard for you. Unless you're conserving mana (which means not zoning your enemy from farming, which is what Yorick is good at doing), you will have mana issues kinda like how [img=champ/jayce.png] or [img=champ/ryze.png] does before you get your [img=items/tear-of-the-goddess.png]. Farm up and try to get your Tear as soon as possible. Don't worry, things will get better for you. Jungle: Without blue buff, you'll have a little bit of mana issues, but your main focus is to at least get some jungle camps under your belt and get your tear (and at be on your way for your jungle item).

Top Lane: Mid game is arguably your strongest point in the game. If you're carrying, you'll shred your enemies like cheese with your burst and sustained damage. Small skirmishes happen and you'll be able mow down your foes with your ghouls. As a tank, your potential is the best here, as you can deal quite a bit of damage while your enemies are only at their core builds. Jungle: Mid game, you want to focus down on securing objectives and protect your towers. If you're more damage oriented, then farm up in the jungle a bit and help your team out. Keep in communication with your teammates (even if you have a small hatred for them).

Top Lane: If you're a tank, you might start to fall off late game UNLESS you have someone on your team that is worth ulting during teamfights. Focus on peeling for your carries and keep your sustain and slows on your enemies. With a damage oriented build, you'll be capable of taking out your enemies easily since you have the sustain and the burst damage to delete the enemy's carries. Be aware that you're a bit squishy with a more damage oriented build. You're not invincible. Jungle: Late game jungling is almost the same as late game top lane. Peel and sustain and deal a ton of damage.

Although Yorick doesn't fit into many team comps like most top laners and junglers, he fits very well in the \"Protect the ____\" team comps, where you protect your hyper carry. IMO, he's probably the best champion for that kind of team comp. Protect your carry and sustain off the enemy's ADC. Land your slow and just start focusing down their squishies. If your carry gets low and is near death, be selfless and ult the ADC. Your team will thank you for doing so if he/she is fed.

Yorick can be a fun champion and be a good team asset if you find the right team comp for him that can utilize his full potential. If you have any suggestions (such as more champion match-ups), please leave a comment and I'll gladly give my insider look on that champion against Yorick. My IGN (NA) is x2WiN. Thank you for reading this guide and hopefully I've given you some help in your future games as Yorick~

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