Gragas Build Guide

Fatty Drunk

Uploader Hauntzer
Updated 9 months ago
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Runes
  • 9
    Greater Mark of Attack Damage (+0.95 attack damage)
  • 9
    Greater Seal of Scaling Health (+1.33 health per level (+24 at champion level 18))
  • 3
    Greater Quintessence of Ability Power (+4.95 ability power)
  • 3
    Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist (+0.16 magic resist per level (+3 at champion level 18))
  • 6
    Greater Glyph of Scaling Cooldown Reduction (-0.09% cooldowns per level (-1.67% at champion level 18))
Masteries
12 Ferocity
0/ 5
5/ 5
0/ 1
1/ 1
0/ 1
0/ 5
5/ 5
0/ 1
1/ 1
0/ 5
0/ 5
0/ 1
0/ 1
0/ 1
0 Cunning
0/ 5
0/ 5
0/ 1
0/ 1
0/ 1
0/ 5
0/ 5
0/ 1
0/ 1
0/ 5
0/ 5
0/ 1
0/ 1
0/ 1
18 Resolve
5/ 5
0/ 5
0/ 1
1/ 1
5/ 5
0/ 5
1/ 1
0/ 1
5/ 5
0/ 5
1/ 1
0/ 1
0/ 1
Skill Order
Q W E R
Barrel Roll
Drunken Rage
Body Slam
Explosive Cask
1 1 1 1
2 2 2 2
3 3 3 3
4 4 4 4
5 5 5 5
6 6 6 6
7 7 7 7
8 8 8 8
9 9 9 9
10 10 10 10
11 11 11 11
12 12 12 12
13 13 13 13
14 14 14 14
15 15 15 15
16 16 16 16
17 17 17 17
18 18 18 18

Gragas is a beefy teamfight initiator who excels in singling out and killing enemy targets. Most of his power lies within some of the best engage tools in the game with his Ultimate and E, and he is extremely reliant on finding the perfect engage with them. Failure to find a proper engage with Gragas usually ends with him being an easily kited meat shield, making him a very difficult champion to play well consistently.

The nature of Gragas’ strengths mean that he is extremely good at skirmishing and teamfights. He has the ability to engage or disengage any fight with his ultimate, and his E + Flash allows him to get up close and smash an enemy carry. However, his laning phase isn’t very strong as he has low damage and pressure compared to most other top laners. Your role as Gragas isn’t to straight up tank a 5v5 fight constantly, but more to split up the enemy team by isolating and destroying the enemy carry.

Medium

  1. His passive at early levels is really strong for trading
  2. If you start E level 1, you can start early trades, but you have to make sure his 3-hit passive doesn’t go off or you’ll lose the trade
  3. He has a lot of pressure in lane since his waveclear is better than yours
  • You’ll probably end up farming under tower a lot
  1. You’ll want to go -> and do your best to get decent trades
  2. The best way to play the matchup is to look for plays and benefit from those
  3. You’ll have much more impact than an Ekko in teamfights since you have a much stronger initiation
  • However, if the Ekko finds his way to your backline and kills someone you’re in trouble. This is a highly possible scenario that you should be really careful of

  1. A lot of opportunity for both sides to outplay each other
  • She can W your E
    • You can ult her backwards into your tower/team since she’s low mobility
  1. In lane, the scariest thing about Poppy is her ranged auto, since there’s no way for you to trade back
  • You want to make sure this ranged attack hits a creep by waiting for her to make the decision between getting a last hit off or going in to attack you
  • Wait until her shield wears off before trading
  1. Stay away from walls
  • She can interrupt your E by putting her W on and charging you
  1. You have a pretty major power spike when you get since she can’t get as much MR as you can stack Armour
  2. Play off , , and W
  3. She will eventually outscale you, but you will always have the advantage of a better engage

  1. You win quite easily early game
  • If you are going even, he’ll start to overpower you 1v1 once he gets Tear + Rod of Ages
  • During this early game pressure him as hard as possible using E + W
  1. Ryze is very easily ganked if you land your spells properly
  2. He scales very hard past you though, and you never want to be split pushing against him
  3. Your main advantage over him out of lane is during teamfights, where you will be providing enough utility and engage to prevent him from ever getting his full dps potential off

  1. Your best chance to beat him is level 1-3
  • You will outtrade and outsustain him and force him out of lane
  • Be careful of getting ganked if you’re playing this aggressively
  1. If you get a on your first back, you can keep playing aggressively
  2. He’s pretty easy to gank early
  • If you can get a advantage, you can it to dive bot without his interference
  1. Mid to late game ganking him is useless as he’s not going to die
  2. Around level 5, Maokai can start instantly clearing the wave. At this point you have three options
  • Sacrifice CS to make plays around the map
  • Farm under tower and lose pressure on the map
  • Force him out of lane by constantly trading (make sure you get CS while doing so)

  1. You always out trade him in early lane phase
  2. His lack of mobility will let you pressure him super hard
  3. You can get Sheen first to bully him out
  4. He’s easily ganked especially post-level 6
  5. Be careful of getting ganked because Nautilus still has a lot of capability to lock you down with the enemy jungler

It is important to reiterate that W + + is one of your strongest trading tools in lane. You should try to poke and farm with your Q, and its large AoE should allow you to get some free damage onto the enemy while pushing the wave at the same time. Post-6, it’s pretty easily to all in the opponent laner if they try to harass you 1v1 while you’re under your tower. If they miss their abilities, you can ult them into your tower, then Q -> W -> E -> Q onto them (cast the Q first where they’re at to charge it, then keep them there with E) and chase them down.

Be careful of ganks when you use your E to trade; even though the E cooldown is reduced on hits, it is very possible for whoever is ganking you to block your escape path by standing behind you. If you do have to escape a gank, your ultimate is really good as you can just knock the enemies away from you.

As Gragas, you always want to be the aggressor by finding an opportunity to isolate carries with your Ultimate. A good way to do so is by using your E -> , onto them, and then splitting up the enemy team with your ult while simultaneously knocking the enemy carry into your team. However, if you misplace your ultimate, there is a good chance the enemy will take their chance to teamfight you.

If you do have a good ultimate and start a teamfight you want, you need to immediately make a decision to peel or dive the backline. Generally speaking, you’ll end up going for the backline, but if the enemy front line is extremely overextended, you should peel them off your carries instead (who in turn should be doing their very best to kill said front line).

You should never have to fight the enemy team if you don’t want to. You can always place your ultimate to stop the enemy from engaging. Again, you have to make sure you don’t miss, or else the enemy team will be successful at finding their fight, and your team will be one ultimate short from the start.

Gragas is a very difficult champion to master. Not only do you have to learn his matchups, you have to also learn how to chain his skills properly and master the many angles his ultimate can create. Furthermore, you have to do all this and be able to identify what fights to take and how to start them. Don’t be discouraged if you have a string of bad games, but always try to understand what you do wrong in a lost game, and try to fix it in future ones.

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