Yorick, the Gravedigger Guide by Enryuu

Hello everyone! Enryuu here to bring you another League of Legends champion guide.  Yorick is a tanky DPS champion and Riot Games’ take on the necromancers archetype.  Yorick is a neat mix of caster meets melee tanky dps.  However, unlike Rumble who is similar in some regards, Yorick’s abilities scale completely off AD and is a pusher.  Yorick is a great champion for lane dominance especially in a solo lane, due to his abilities and lane sustainability.  Anyways enough of the chit chat and onto the guide.

Champion Spotlight:

Champion Spotlight of Yorick provided by Phreak of Riot Games.

Abilities/Passive:

Unholy Covenant
Yorick’s takes 5% reduced damage and his basic attacks deal 5% more damage for each summon that is active. Meanwhile, Yorick’s ghouls have 35% of Yorick’s Attack Damage and Health.
Omen of War
Yorick’s next attack will deal bonus physical damage and summon a Spectral Ghoul that deals additional damage and moves faster than Yorick’s other ghouls. While the Spectral Ghoul is alive, Yorick moves faster as well.
Omen of Pestilence
Yorick summons a Decaying Ghoul that arrives with a violent explosion, dealing damage and slowing nearby enemies. While the Decaying Ghoul remains alive, nearby enemies continue to be slowed.
Omen of Famine
Yorick steals life from his target and summons a Ravenous Ghoul that heals Yorick for the damage it deals.
Omen of Death
Yorick conjures a revenant in the image of one of his allies. If his ally dies while its revenant is alive, the revenant sacrifices itself to reanimate them and give them time to enact vengeance.

Runes:

These are the runes that I am currently using for Yorick.  I run Physical Damage Marks as this allows me to take advantage of Yorick’s early game harassment and makes last hitting easier.  All of Yorick’s abilities are magic damage and scale off of attack damage so increasing that earlier makes him that much more deadly.  I grab Armor and Magic Resist for Seals and Glyphs so that Yorick is tanky in lane so as to not feel incredibly squishy as well from the enemy’s harass.  For Quintessences I use Movement Speed as this helps chase enemies down as well as run away a bit easier with or without Yorick’s Q ability up.

Masteries:

The masteries that I use for Yorick are the standard 21/0/9 build for DPS as runes cover any form of tankiness that is needed for him in the lane for the most part.  Also this beefs up his lane harass by grabbing some abilities in the Offensive Tree, as well as, experience gain and sustainability from the Utility Tree.

Summoner Spells:

Flash/Ignite

Flash is a great gap closer and escape tool, making it a necessity on Yorick.  Another viable option is Ghost but you already have a built in Ghost with Yorick’s ability Omen of War.  Ignite is great for the laning phase as well as the late game for its healing debuff and picking up early game kills.  Yorick is all about harassing the opposing player and making them pay for overextending for minion kills during the laning phase.  Having ignite on hand makes this even more true by allowing you to pick up some early kills when people think they can go toe to toe with you.

Skill Order/Priority:

Skill Order 1-6:

E>W>E>Q>E>R

or

W>E>E>Q>W>R

The skill order here depends on how you laning phase is progressing.  If you are being harassed quite frequently then level up E more or first.  Otherwise you can split your skill points between E and W to increase your slow utility if you are not being harassed as much, therefore not requiring much lane sustainability.

Priority:

R>E>W>Q – Lane harass heavy lane

R>W>E>Q – Offensive laning for utilty

Items:

This is the end game item build you should try to shoot for.  Start off with a Meki Pendant and 2x Health Potions.  This will give you lane sustainability in both mana and in health if you need to use the Health Potions.  After recalling the first time you should have enough for Tear of the Goddess and Boots.  After that you should farm and use your abilities to get as much extra mana as possible so that on the next recall you can buy Manamune and have some decent attack damage.  Next depending on how the game is going and how well you are farming and doing, you should buy Phage and start building Trinity Force otherwise you should grab Negatron Cloak or Chain Vest depending on what is needed more.  After that you want to finish up Atmas Impaler or Banshee’s Veil if you need resistances more.  However, if you need more health over resistances then rush for Warmog’s in order to farm it up in preparation for Atmas Impaler.

Laning:

During the laning phase as Yorick you want to harass as much as possible.  Constantly you should be spamming your E and W abilities on the opposing champion(s).  Make sure not to spam too often as you can easily run out of mana using these two abilities.  However, you should be using it when the opponent tries to go for a last hit or gets to close to you.  This will not only annoy them and push your lane, but you will also deny the opposing champion from being able to get any money unless they are very good at last hitting by the tower.  In doing so you have be very careful not to get ganked by buying wards whether you are in a solo lane or duo lane.  If you are soloing and have a jungle, solo top lane so you can farm as much as possible and deny the opposing team’s top solo lane.  As long as you harass and use your E and W abilities properly, you should be able to either kill that champion depending how smart they are at calculating your damage output or deny them experience and money.  Another thing to note when playing Yorick is if they opposing champion wasted their flash then know when to jump on top of that opportunity if they overextend with your W and Q abilities.  This will allow you to not only catch up to them with your Q but also keep them slowed with your W so you will get an easy kill.  Also if you know that you are going to lose a 1v1 fight then don’t be afraid to put your ultimate on yourself to add another copy of yourself, in order to increase your damage output and secure the kill.  When it comes to the late game the best thing to do with Yorick is to either ult yourself and take on people with your ultimate or put it on your carry.  This will allow you or your carry to come back if they die and probably kill one or two people.  Otherwise, then that for team fights you want to go in and try to take out their squishy champions such as their carries.  You want to be constantly on them and make sure your ghouls are constantly up so as to take advantage of your passive.  This will allow you to take reduced damage and deal extra damage.

Jungling:

This is how you can jungle as Yorick, this guide is credited to Stonewall008.

Conclusion:

In conclusion, Yorick is a fun champion to play and is a interesting take on the Necromancer archetype.  Yorick is great for those players that like to play tanky DPS but also like to be a champion that likes to get into the action.  Yorick doesn’t bring a lot of CC to the team but still brings a good amount of utility by being able to deny farm from the opponents he faces in his lane.  Therefore, if you like Necromancer in general and enjoy having a champion that is revolved around spamming abilities, then, Yorick is your go to champion.

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