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YORICK BUILD GUIDE: The French Yorick [S3] by Gunze

by Gunze (last updated over a year ago)

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Greater Mark of Attack Damage(+8.55 attack damage)
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Greater Seal of Armor( +12.69 armor)
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Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist( +1.35 magic resist per level (24.3 at champion level 18))
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Greater Quintessence of Attack Damage( +6.75 attack damage)
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Introduction

Hi everyone ! My name is Gunze, from EU-West. I’m a solotop player who was and still is at 2k Elo during S2-3. I’d like to show you a few things in this guide about my favorite champion : Yorick. He’s really underplayed and brought a lot of things to the game during the season 2.

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Season 2 stats with Yorick :

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Why Yorick ?

Why should you learn how to play Yorick ?

Because his laning phase is so strong it allows you to crush your opponent, he doesn’t have any hard counter (which makes him a safe first pick), you can play him on any of the three lanes and his late game is nice as well (thanks to his ult).

PROS :

- Great laning phase, maybe the best
- He can be played in any lane
- Good champ for 2v1’s
- Strong sustain
- Good damage
- One of the best ultimates of the game
- Better than many bruisers late game on
- Few good tricks to do with his gouls
- Member of the Pentakill band

CONS :

- No escape
- You’ll be flamed by people for "playing a retarded champ"
- Can be camped in order to allow his opponent on lane to snowball
- Bad ganks
- Burns a lot of mana

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S3 Update

As you know ( I HOPE ! ) S3 is coming !

Why is this update cool for Yorick ?

First, he benefits of a free upgrade of Manamume : Manamuramanarunama ( Really Riot, why so much "A"‘s ? ). I will talk more deeply about this item in the dedicated chapter.

The has been nerfed, the is more expensive. It's not an important nerf, although it affects Yorick. The thing is, we now have a new item to build from : , which gives damage and a big slow, perfect for the most annoying bruiser around the world !

is a new starter item for Yorick. It is great since it gives you HP/Mana, and you can use it during all the early/mid game. Definitely one of the best investment you can do. He's also cheap, which allows you to start with ++,or+. Your early game will be stronger and safer.

got nerfed. He now grants you less mana, which isn’t cool for . It isn’t a huge nerf either, but it still is one. You will now build first anyway.

is dead. R.I.P man, you were good, but we have better starts in replacement now. Have fun with the Innervating Locket, and tell him me and Udyr still love him.


One of the biggest changes is the jungle, it is now harder and doesn’t allow the starter. Jungle harder, no at the beginning : less ganks, and ganks less strong. That is perfect for Yorick, who’s really ganks-sensitive and is bad at it as well. It will allow you to be safer in your lane and to rape your opponent even harder!

Masteries

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Classic 9/21, you don't really need extra mana from 9/0/21 or something like that with my build. I personally think 21/9 is greedy, because Yorick is fragile early on (Riven for example, which you can get raped/crushed against).

I take in offensive :
- 1 in Summoner's Wrath, best choice because you will take and .
- 3 in Sorcery, for Cdr and spam a little more often your ghouls. It's really better than 3 points in Fury.
- 4 in Deadliness, for more AD, always nice for Yorick.
- 1 in Weapon Expertise, for Armor Penetration, you will deal more damage with your basic attacks and your .

I don't grab Magic Penetration, because your damage will mostly be physical at the end, and people will rarely build any Mres against you anyway, and the AP are less usefull than AD.

Runes

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Marks :

- AD are the best choice, because it gives you more damage than armor/magic penetration. You will also get more sustain from it

Seals :

- Armor, because you're an offtank, which means you have to be tanky, and Health Runes are not as effective as armor runes.

Glyphs :

- Magic resist per level, to get more tanky in mid/late game.
- Flat Magic resist if you're against an AP champ.
- In both cases, you can pick one AD flat rune, to win one AD point, it’s cool.

Quintessences :

- AD, same reasons as Marks.
- Health, if you’re against someone that you expect to rush you early on.
- Armor, if’re against an AD assassin like Riven/Pantheon.
- HP/Regen, if you expect a long-termed laning phase.
- Movespeed can be very nice, allows you to chase more easily.
- Magic resist, if you’re scared of ennemy team’s mid laner.

Summoner Spells



Explanation:



is better than , because Yorick is a close range fighter. won’t help you as much as . Of course, is still a great summoner, and maybe you should consider to pick it against junglers like Lee Sin or Xin Zhao. Although I often pick it because it sometimes saves me of a tragic ending during a bad move, is generally better.

helps you to get kills and is necessary against some high regen solotops. With , dive is easier than it is with , although it is still good in order to play safely.

can be nice, but I think it is better to grab if you don’t wanna be CC’d.

is a great summoner, but not on Yorick. He already has a strong laning phase and his ganks are weak anyway. You better pick something else.

and can help you in laning phase, but not as much as . If you want a defensive summoner, go for .

Skills

Passive: Unholy Covenant
Yorick's basic attacks deal 5% more damage and Yorick takes 5% reduced damage for each summon that is active. Meanwhile, Yorick's ghouls have 35% of Yorick's Attack Damage and Health.

Explanation:

Good passive, helps you being more powerful. Nice synergy with Warmog/Atma.




Q: Omen of War
Yorick's next attack will deal 30/35/40/45/50 (+120% of attack damage) physical damage and summon a Spectral Ghoul for up to 5 seconds.

The Spectral Ghoul deals 8/16/24/32/40 additional damage per hit and moves 15/20/25/30/35% faster. While the ghoul is active, Yorick moves 15/20/25/30/35% faster as well.

Cooldown 7/6.5/6/5.5/5 seconds

Cost 40 mana


Explanation:

Your main damage source in late game, remember that this ghoul also gives you a speed buff, use it on a minion to chase if you can't reach your biatch.





W: Omen of Pestilence
Yorick summons a Decaying Ghoul that arrives with a violent explosion, dealing 60/95/130/165/200 (+100% of ability power) magic damage and slowing nearby enemies by 20/25/30/35/40% for 1.5 seconds. While the Decaying Ghoul remains alive, nearby enemies continue to be slowed by 10/12.5/15/17.5/20% for up to 5 seconds.

Cooldown 12 seconds

Cost 40/45/50/55/60 mana

Range 500


Explanation:

DAT SLOW ! Very good spell, you will be a pain in the ass of AD/AP carry in TF with this ghoul !


E: Omen of Famine
Yorick deals 55/85/115/145/175 (+100% of attack damage) magic damage and heals for up to 40% of the damage dealt. A Ravenous Ghoul is summoned behind his target, which heals Yorick for the damage it deals and lasts up to 5 seconds.

Cooldown 10/9/8/7/6 seconds

Cost 55/60/65/70/75 mana

Range 550


Explanation:

Give you your power laning phase with high regen and good damage.





R: Omen of Death
Yorick conjures a revenant in the image of a target allied champion. Revenants deal 45/60/75% of target ally's Attack Damage. If his ally dies while its revenant is alive, the revenant sacrifices itself to reanimate them.

Cooldown 120/105/90 seconds

Cost 100 mana

Range 700


Explanation:

Use it to dive, on your AD carry during a TF or on the boy who’s about to die. A well used ultimate can give you the game.

Skill order

You will up first , after and for finish .

Of course you will take everytime you can.

is your best skill in lanes, by his damage and regen. At level one for invade you can take . But be carefull when you use in lane, early push is dangerous.

Sometimes you can up faster, for punish close ranged who disrespect you like without any tanky stuff and runes/masteries.

Item build

Use it to dive, on your AD carry during a TF or on the boy who’s about to die. A well used ultimate can give you the game.
90% of people will only read this chapter :D ! Try to scroll down further after :D

Right now with the S3, I think you have three starter options with Yorick :

- + +
- +
- + +


Why ?

Yorick has huge mana issues, and pretty much like an alcoholic needs his booze, you need your mana. gives you 360HP and 180Mana. Good but not enough.

The second choice with offers two advantages :

- mana regen
- can be upgraded, not a consumable item

You will have faster or , and your laning phase will be more annoying for your opponent (more mana regen = more spam !).

The third path is safer. You won't have but you get more potions and two sight wards . If you're top and their jungler is agressive, this option could be better (Lee Sin, Xin Zhao for example). I don't think you really need so much potions, but it's an assurance to be fine.

I personally like the first option.

Any other starter ?

Sure there are more ways to start, but I think they're all less effective.

is not really designed for you, even against Nidalee or Jayce, the other starters grant you more power and defensive stats.
is an item who can be nice if you know your jungler well and want to be a little cheesy. But I think +because you have some sustain with the pots, and you can upgrade the sword into something good.
+ is less optimized, you will gain 25 movespeed, which isn‘t a big deal for Yorick.
+ is less good than , because you will have less mana and health due to the miss of

Early core stuff :

After you have to choice your first core items, I usually do :

-
- AND

Theses items will allow you to spam like a retard, and win everything. If you're a beginner with Yorick or playing against an AD caster like Pantheon or Kha'Zix you can grab or one (instead of Chalice if you don't have enough gold). I don't always take versus AD champ, but it's a really nice item and can give you enough Mres with for the mid game.

Now you have to upgrade your into .

You will have more AD, which is a great thing, plus this item will grow over time into or Manamuramanatalanarama for me @___@.

This upgrade works well with Yorick, you need the AD in order to deal more damage, and the mana bonus and active synergizes well with you.

Now, you will start to teamfight and you have to be even stronger !


Two items to get here :

- into
-

In most of my game, I take first, but just adapt to your opponents. If they play with an AD mid, AD top, AD carry bot, AD jungle, don't use your brain too much, take faster ! Same deal if they're AP instead with .

Why instead of ? Have a look at the next chapter to get an answer, right now we’re getting into the late game items part!

You’re now strong with HP, Armor, Magic resist, Cd and AD. What else ? Well, it’s now the time where you have to adapt your build to a specific situation

One of the best items you can build now is . Great item if the AD carry hurts a lot and if nobody in your team has it already. Cdr, armor, mana, pretty fine for you, has everything you need.

If someone already has this item, you obviously don’t wanna ask him to sell it, but try to pick , instead. With the S3, this item became crazy, it will make you nearly impossible to kite for any AD, because if they attack you, they will be slowed. The active helps you a lot to do your job (Protect your team’s AD carry and/or annoy theirs) and grants you the HP you lack with my build. Also take not that it gives you 2 slows, which brings you to 4 all in all.

is cool if their AP hurts too much, and gives you mana and health, which you both need. The passive is nice, but not that great.

can be used if your team needs more damage against an AP team. Nothing special to be said, this item is expensive for what it is, although it is cool.

is a new item, and is, in my opinion, better than , because his active is really GREAT against strong cc teams, plus you're not ranged, which means it’ll also confer you a buff speed. Nice, even though it is expensive as well.

What about tiers 3 boots ?

I think it's bad for Yorick to use gold to upgrade boots before he's fully stuffed. They're all nice, but I think I prefer over the other choices, because your skills will always get procs on the passive. In a specific case, I like to take +3 boots earlier : when the opponent pushes the base I often pick , huge benefits in order to defend.


At the end, your build will look like this at the beginning of the late game :



Late game :



Other items for Yorick

I just showed you a classic build, that’ll work pretty much every game you play. But a few other items can also be nice sometimes.

is really great if you’re against someone who doesn't build any resist. With Cdr, you will be able to use your ghouls more often (which means more damage, and more specifically more MAGIC damage) and your basic attacks with your Q will hurt a lot. I often use it versus Cho'Gath.

, the upgrade of the Brutalizer, can be nice for Yorick, but not as great as he can be for any other bruiser. You could get it, although it is, in my opinion, kind of a waste, since is good enough by itself.

can be nice, because it grants you stats you clearly need and a powerful per level-buff, which synergizes well with Yorick’s heavy regen. However, it is still a little bit expensive, and rushing is probably not the best thing you want to do.

instead of . It's a great item for Yorick. I used to be an adventurer and to love this item, but then I took a BroFist to my... knee. I will do a chapter about Trinity vs Iceborn Gauntlet later.

, great to get more damage and sustain. is a bit less effective in my opinion.

will allow you to deal more damage against heavy armored champions, but I think it's also too expensive for Yorick. Indeed, your end game is good because of your ultimate, tankyness and the fact that you’re annoying, not only your damage. Plus at this point, people tend to get which shreds the armor and makes this item dispensable, even though it’s still ok.

, good defensive stats, if nobody in your team gets it, you can do it.

, you already have or ,which means you’re already slowing people, plus you might also get Even though it might work, I think this is a waste of money.

is actually cool, with your regen and However, the combo with less powerful than it used to be, although it is still greta for you and your ghouls. I just think some items are better on Yorick, because they also grant him CDR. Riot will maybe up this item, stay tuned!

versus Heavy AD comps.

Trinity VERSUS Iceborn Gauntlet !



In the last version of my guide, I mentioned this :

" Why ? Because you can spam like a retard, and always have his passive ! Give you few mana/HP ( always good, +2 DMG WITH MANAMUNE OP ), AS/AD/AP ( nice for more damage ) and speed buff ( very nice for Yorick who doesn't have gap closer ! ) "

And it's still true. is kinda nice for Yorick but now we have a new challenger !



Right, you’ll lose some damage, but you will get something huge instead : a freaking perma slow. You can slow anything until it dies, which is even more annoying than a stun (or almost). It also deals a bit of AoE damage. The mana and CDR bonuses make this item great, because at the end, you won't lose that much damage, and the AP bonus will still be used by your . It also gives you some tankyness.

In conclusion, I really think is better than . My only regret ist hat we can’t use them both efficiently.

Early

If you go for first blood, get your slow first ! Soft cc + free "cv".

Little tip to help your jungler : you can tank the creeps for a little while and use your at red/blue buff. You will get your health back anyway, and it's not a big loss of mana. Also the minion will attack your which is a nice support for your jungler!

Don’t forget to last hit, don't try to harass too much before you hit your level 2. Once you get it, wait for your opponent to come close to you, and rollface a little + auto attacks him. Enjoy your damage. Remember that in early game, even though you have a good substain, your resistances are weak, so be careful and don't commit too much.

Also be careful when you push, since you don't have any good escape (only a slow/little MoveSpeed buff ). SPECIAL PRO TIP VERSUS LEE SIN ! He will try to Q your pretty face, try to protect yourself with your ghouls !

Harass, harass, harass, remember to get as much autoshots as you can ! Your grants you vision in bushes to harass/prevent ganks.

Mid Game

Mid game has come, and at this point, you should already have got one or two kills, and tons of creeps ! You have your Manamume + Tabi + Spirit Visage, be careful about the objectives : towers, drake, red/blue. You have a great pushing power, so just use it ! Push push push, take red, push push push, go mid for a gank, push push push, go for drake !

Wards are really important during mid game, remember ! Always get one ward at baron/drake, ward your lane, and maybe even the buffs ! Don't forget to get precise timers, 10s is enough in order to kill a drake.

Little trick, you can use your to protect you or one of your teammates from or any skill shot. It might save your game!

Ask your jungler for any easy dive you might get on top, and start to snowball if you get the opportunity to do so.

Late Game

Rush the ennemy AP/AD carry, ulti your AD carry or a boy who’s near the death point, and enjoy.

Yorick is really hard to kill, you can easily tank two ennemies or even more, use i tat your advantage !

With your high regen skills, try to do loooooooooong fights, which allows you to regen on random jungle creeps and to comeback !

Baron is important, but not essential : if you’re having an easy game, why would you take the risk to do a Baron attempt? You don't need it ! If the ennemy team is about to get it, don't try a random suicide steal, let your jungler do it. You will fail 85% of the time anyway, and baron + random kills can ruin/throw a game ( towers, inib, buffs... ). Just turtle like a Guile ( with his music as well ), stay together, wait, punish solo players/stupid dives.

Solotop match up !

Sometimes people will go top with Blitz. If this does happen, just punish the fool like a boss, don't be greedy and try a stupid tower dive : grab, stun, silence, speed buff and passive are great tools to bait you!

Easy lane, even though you can't kill him. Push push push, and if he goes for you can try to takes + or to punish him.

Easy, always harass him, he doesn’t have any sustain ! Just be careful with stupid chases, he has a freaking nice escape !

Just be careful about his crazy damage, but play aggressive, he doesn’t have any poke or sustain ! Your slow + speed are better than his.

Easy matchup, he needs his health in order to push you back. Just dodge his Q, and harass him with your auto attacks. He has some sort of reverse sustain.

Just chill before your level 2 and then harass. Dodge his skillshots, don't eat useless poke ( the bush is your friend !). Be careful when you dive, his blink combined with his high damage output can be really boring.

Easy, just be careful early on with her crazy damage output. Always pick up Ninja Tabis.

Easy, stay close of your creeps, don't try early 1v1, his passive + damage and slow will kill you.

Be cool, early harass, don't let him get his life back, and just outfarm him. Don't try greedy dives, his ultimate is amazing ! By the way, don't worry, you will be more useful in teamfights, just slow him during those and everything will be fine!

You can crush her, always try to trade, and after every trade, regen a little (one or two ghouls here and there).

EASY ! You're one of the best counters to Jarvan, he will waste his mana faster than you, and he doesn't have any regen.

Just be careful when you're low life, and everything will be ok. When you see his stun ready coming, just back :)

Yorick is actually my best counter to Jayce, with Jarvan IV. He can't nothing versus you, just to be carefull to any ganks, he can snowball pretty fast.

Easy matchup, if you lose it you clearly messed something up. I remember a game where I played versus Guardsman Bob, and totally raped his Kayle. He couldn't do anything.

Easy, harass harass, and use your ghouls to tank his skillshots. AD or AP, you will win anyway. Be really careful about with his stuns though, especially if he’s played AD!

Kha'Zix is an assassin. His regen with his second spell is pretty expensive in mana and not great for healing. He gets crazy damage, but I have a little tips for counter his passive , use your on the bush who he's goind to be, for save the vision and cancel his passive. He's not hard to kill Kha'Zix.

He can handle you if he maxes his shield, but you can outfarm him really heavily. Lee Sin falls off in mid/end game, more than you do, which means you don’t have to kill him ( but if you can, GO GO GO GO ! )

Easy

Malphite is solid, but you can kill, thanks to your spells dealing MAGIC damage. Try not letting him time for his passive to refresh ! If he goes for AP (Dorans for example), you can try same shit than for Cho'Gath for crush him !


Don't pick Yorick versus him, since he’s really hard to crush and will be better than you in end game. Ask for a gank, and after it succeeded, you’ll be able to rape him.

Easy, be carefull about his level 6 and his crazy damage ! Slow her, run, harass, ??? PROFIT ! But you can have trouble versus very very very good Nidalee, but really good Nidalee.

Cool, dodge his Q and harass. Don't try too much trade, crazy damage !

Cloth Armor + 5 potions, try Armor Quints, outfarm him, and once you did it kill him. Easy !

Easy, be careful about his ultimate/Q which’ll kill your ghouls ! Don't try to fight at the begin.

He was really cool versus Yorick before his nerf, because his substain was really high and his roar could kill your ghouls fast, but now he's only the shadow of his former self and you will dominate him.

Easy, maybe boots can be a good choice here. Trade with her one time, dodge the next, trade, dodge, trade... Boring matchup, but still an easy one. Be really carefull in early game, look his stuff, if she starts with Doran's Blade or Red Potion, avoid every fight. Generaly you want to fight versus Riven if she waste his Dash and two Q for touch you, because she will only have one Q and his stun. Fight during his coldown and go back. The essential point of this match-up is to force Riven to waste his spells and fight after, she's not supposed to hit you direcly.

Be careful, he has good damage and AoE (which is bad for your ghouls). Grab Chalice ! It's not an easy matchup, but you can win it !

Spam spam spam spam

Spam spam spam, and be careful when she rushes you, she can kill your ghouls with her AoE and outdamage you. Crush her early on.

SPAM MORE ! If he chases you, just remember to use your on a creep for run faster.

Remember ? SPAAAAAAAAAAAAAM, don't try to dive greedy, his ultimate and slow is boooooooooring !

Just spam, slow him when he wants to rush you, and spam spam spam, don't forget to auto attack ! Try to outfarm him :)

Easy ! Be careful sometimes with his blind, you can't Q him if you're blinded !

Don't pick Yorick, Trundle is kinda nice against you ! You can't outdamage him (his Q is kinda amazing) and regen with your ghouls :( ! His ultimate grants him more trading power :/ It's like Jax vs Nasus, he can't kill you, but he will be stronger than you (plus Trundle has a really nice mid game).

Easy, just don't waste your mana when he uses his debuff, your damage will be too low.

Easy, just don't stay low life versus him, even if you have your ultimate. He can silence you, kill you, run back, and /dance on your dead body.

is a new champion, I didn't play many times versus her. But you won't have big problems, in my opinion she's weak and his shield can't tank your harass. His damage are burst, be a little carefull, with his CC she can kill you. Don't go for long trade, his is good.

I think Yorick is the best counter to Vladimir, you just have to spam him early :)

He will try to grab you, slow him, run, and after attacking him, regen... Don't forget his passive. And don't go for long trades, Volibear is really underestimated but he can crush you if you're not careful enough.

He can hold you with Wriggle, so just push and outfarm him. He will have some troubles to farm undertower.

Easy, but be careful about his crazy damage, he can burst you and brain you after it. You will crush him in early game.

Dafuq, dat damage ! Let the storm fall, and after spam spam spam spam... If he dashes on you, you can try to dodge his third strike by using and you will be faster than him.

Go ranked ! No seriously, try Chalice/Tabi Ninja to be more tanky than him and punish him if he rushes Manamune (Bruta can be your friend !)

is not too hard to be versus, because his harass is not very high for a bruiser like you, easy to regen. His damage with his ultimate are heavy, but you will grab early armor.

As you see, you will win a lot of matchups, but be carefull about jungle ! Only one way to be more safe : * over 9000, and don't forget if you can buy them !

Yorick mid ?

 You're a mid killer. Push push harass harass ward ward, crush the ennemy mid laner, take blue, snowball ! If the ennemy team just has one AP, the game will be easy :) Because you will dominate your lane.

You're good against AP champs and mid laners in general, because it's hard to dodge your ghouls here (no near bush, they have to take all the damages from the attacks from the goulhs), and a lot of AP‘s don‘t have any good ability to kill your ghouls, or they will lose some mana, more than you, and the mid laners don't have good substain at the begin. In addition, many mid laners have skillshot like Charm of Ahri or Spears of Nidalee, you can use your ghouls (especially ) like a shield.

You’re also too tanky to die against a faceroll lvl 6 (like ), because you will grab fast Mrest and you have heavy regen with .

, for example, can be totally crushed and be kept under her turret, because like many AP she doesn't have enough substain for hold your harass and generaly AP are weaker because they won't go in defensive masteries and/or runes.

At this moment, we can see physical bruiser like , , or going mid. You were already nice versus them top, you still nice at mid.

Other point, the mid lane is safer than top lane because it's harder to gank well, it's pretty cool for Yorick who is really gank-sentive and you will abuse of this by pushing, for kept them under turret like I said for Evelynn, it's not as easy to farm under turret for AP like is for a solotop (because the AD's runes). For prevent gank you can use your for checking bush, behind the wall.

You won't be able to gank like every lane after pushing, it's the bad point for Yorick mid, he's not great for gank top and bot by his low CC (only one slow) and the Yorick's damages are not burst, and not really high. Unfortunaly, you can use your only on a minion or ennemi, you won't come fast for ganking. But the opponent mid laner won't leave his tower exept for back, pretty nice versus mid laners who love to gank like , or .

You will be closer to drake than the top lane Yorick, try to force it as often you can, when their mid laners go back or is low life/mana. You can tank the Drake a little with your heavy regen and your passive, don't let the jungle takes all the damages. For tanking the damage, you just have to be more closer (you can click behind the drake and stop to move when you're closer). It works for all the buffs and Nashor too.

You can take Wraiths from the jungle without any problems, but I prefer to keep harassing the mid and as you may already know the junglers are often under level and farm than the laners, in addition to the difficult to gank your lane who will be push or the laner zoned. If you do the wraights of the ennemi jungle, you can have very bad time if the jungler is here, you didn't have good escape and at the begin you're not very tanky. But you're really good for jungle invade with your jungle or contrary for help if they're in your own jungle.

In general case, you will have blue buff who with Cdr and mana regen will help you more to dominate hard your lane.

Just don't forget to ward.

I think it is, at the moment, the best way to play Yorick, it's really stronK.

Mid match-up


Pretty easy, her regen isn’t really high, and you can tank her with your ghouls. She won't be able to gank either.


Like her early game sustain isn’t enough to deal with your harass. Just be careful when she hits lvl 6, she’ll start dealing some good damage. She also farms nicely under her turret, thanks to .You can easily crush her during the early game. Try to pick a few to kill her whenever she uses .


Really easy, you just have to dodge her even though you’ll outdamage her anyway if you eat it. You can push her, since it is hard for Anivia to farm under turret, but you can zone her as well. Just don't be greedy because of her passive .


She has some good damage and burst, but as usual, your sustain is high enough and you won’t die at level 6 from her rollface combo. allows some good basic attacks, don't ignore it.


He's like Annie, with more damage and less tankyness. As with Ahri, you can use your ghouls to tank and avoid the stun. He's really fragile, you can crush him early on.


Cassiopeia gets a really high output damage, but no regen. You should maybe start with more potions than usual if you’re learning how to play Yorick. Every time she fails her , you can harass her freely.


Diana is close ranged, and with her nerf, she's really easy to outplay. Be careful if you dive, she’s still really tanky for an AP mid champion, and has a nice damage output.


Her gameplay is based on her main harass tool, You can easily regen with your though. Little tip : she can jump on your ghouls, so don't give her a way to escape with your own abilities !


You're one of her best counter : you will totally outsustain her and her abilities. You will push her under the mid turret, which’ll also prevent any gank on the other lanes. Try to kill her early on, she's weak before her 6th lvl, and even after.


Easy, he’s squishy and has nothing to escape from your slow Don’t underestimate his fear (which is a little bit random). Be careful with his drain, if he uses his skill from long range, just walk away. Like Anivia, it's not easy for him to farm under turret, but it's really easy for you to zone him.


Fizz has some strong damage, and a nice escape, but he's close ranged. You just have to be careful about his heavy damage and healing reduction, but you can and have to zone him early on and then start to snowball.


It's hard to kill Galio, because he will takes some Mres, and your and (your basic harass) are magic damage. He has a nice pushing powerand a powerful skill that allows him to regen on your Ghouls' attacks. But you can abuse of your early game power to dominate and zone him. You could even consider maxxing your to punish him whenever he comes close and tries to get a last hit.


Really easy, just zone him, and be careful when he's 6 : don’t stay low life on the lane.


He doesn't have any effective tool to kill you, his harass can be dodged and you will sustain it anyway. Zone him and try to kill him as soon as possible, without dying from his or .


His harass won't be very effective against you, his only annoying skill is his silence. He's hard to kill after level 6, but can easily be killed and zoned before.


Always harass her when she comes close to get a CS, use your to do so. You will zone her without any problem.


You just have to be careful of her great damage, plus you have to pressure her, else she’ll start ganking other lanes. You can use your on creeps to regen, since you must stay high life somehow.


You can use your ghouls to protect you from , but you will need two ghouls, or one coupled with a minion. Try to zone her, although she will be hard to kill because of her long range.


Zone him, he doesn’t have any escape, he can easily be outplayed. Be careful of his painful burst once he reaches lvl 6 though.


Easy, his damage combo has too much cooldown on it, which allows you to regen. Just don't try to dive him if his .


Just be careful about her CC, even though you can use your for tank her


Easier than AD Nidalee, you just have to use your for tank her . Don't walk on stupid traps, you can check bushes with your .


Zone her, and try to dodge her ball. It's not hard to play against an Orianna, just don’t get harassed too much by her basic attacks at the beginning.


Ryze is not really tanky at the beginning, and you will regen everytime he will try to you : you will win every trade. You can snowball easily.


Your damage is high enough to break his shield, and his burst is not heavy enough to kill you. Just regen and punish him every time he wants to last hit. Don't let him roam.


Little harder, because he gets some good harass (and a slow and a stun), and when he hits lvl 6 he can regen as well. Abuse of your early game power, since his mana costs won’t allow him to trade with you so long.


She doesn’t have a great range. Take advantage of it, and zone her. Her only escape is just a little bump, you can try to slow her to hit her with your .


You're really strong against him, spam your ghouls and zone him. Punish every time he uses his Gold Card.


You're strong in early game, he's weak in early game, he's strong against AP dealers, you're not an AP dealers, just crush him fast.


Maybe the only AP who can trade with you without any big issue because of his shield. You’re still a little stronger though.


You're the best counter to Vladimir in my opinion, he can’t do anything in a mathup against you. Be careful when you dive, because his ultimate and his can bait you hard.


He will harass you really hard, do the same, you will win the trade thanks to your regen and mana costs (that are not as big as his).


His can deal heavy damage, but it costs a lot of mana. Trade everytime you can, he will run out of mana faster than you.


She can farm well, so try to zone her. Be careful about her passive .

Yorick support

Yorick can be a nice support. Your ultimate will still be strong, as well as your harass. The thing is, since you’re fragile early on, some supports like Leona or Taric with an aggressive AD carry may focus you and crush your face. Consider taking Armor Quints if this happens often. You won’t hit that many Q’s, which means you could go for Magic Penetration runes. For the masteries, grab some gold generation tools in the Utility tree, and as much resistances as possible in the Defensive one.

Don’t forget that your ghouls can check bushes, which is really cool to counter a ninja gank if you’re not carrying any ward (however, this is risky, because your enemies can catch you while you do it with a good gap closers and solid reflexes).

Don’t forget you’ll push your lane with your ghouls, which means you should always carry some wards, and use them on the river near the drake pit and on the access of your jungle, in order to prevent ganks and invades.

Like every support, you won’t farm a lot, even if you can jungle/hold your lane a bit sometimes, which makes gold items essential : philostone stone is a must-have (you won’t really need extra AP or the item that’s built from Kage’s pick). Once you got it and if you’re somehow fed, you could pick up a Frozen Heart, if nobody else in your team is about to build it. Also consider a Frozen Fist for the slow it grants. End up your build with a Spirit Visage. You will get some CDR from it, which is pretty cool for your ultimate. If you’re not fed enough, you should go for an Aegis and his upgrade. You can consider buying an Iron Solari too. Keep one empty slot for some wards.

Don’t forget to protect your AD carry from the skillshots with your W. Pick up classic summoners for a support: Exhaust and Flash. Heal could be nice too, but you need one solid escape tool.

Since Yorick is really independent, which means you can play him with pretty much any AD carry.

Yorick 1v2

Yorick can handle a lane against an AD carry and a Support alone pretty nicely. Even though your early game is nice, you still have to deal with your mana problems. When you drop out of mana, you can start to cry and your opponents will start outfarming/outplaying you. In order to help you, you could ask your jungler or a few mates to help you doing blue at level 1. If you’re on the wrong side of the map (blue is not close to your lane), you could consider taking Teleport to get back, buy a few potions or a ward and teleport to your lane.

Yorick might be the best 1v2 champion with blue in this game, even though you have to stay alert against aggressive lanes like Leona/Corki, who can be really annoying and can crush you.

I like to play Yorick 1v2 against lanes with theses supports: Janna, Soraka, Sona, Nami, Kayle, Morgana or Nidalee, because they don’t have any strong CC, which means you’ll be able to spam your ghouls without getting one shot. Don’t forget to ward, since it is really easy to do 1v3 dives.

Little tips with your W and wards

You can do some little tricks like ward jumping or "ghouls jumping". Even if you're not in range, the game will allow you to put it behind a wall. Take advantage of it!

For example, you suspect the ennemy jungler to stay in the top tribush, but it's something like Warwick lvl 6 with red? You can check it with your , but he will jump on your face and kill you. Maybe not the best deal. But, fortunately, I have a safer way to ensure nobody is taking his lunch on your bush. Just cast your ghoul behind the wall, and while coming back to you, she will check the bush as well ! Good girl !

Few images for you :

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Another tip, just for you, is called ward jumping. Same shit, except you do it with wards (little bit harder) :

For ward your bush :

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[http://image.noelshack.com/fichiers/2012/52/1356617935-league-of-legends-2012-12-27-15-12-36-04.png]

Riot please, go create this skin !

[http://i41.servimg.com/u/f41/11/51/49/89/yorick11.jpg]

I need this skin @__@

Work in progress

I currently still have things to add to this guide, like a few matchups to do, so I will try to keep it updated !

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My english ?

Since English isn’t my native language and I’m pretty bad at it, any help would be appreciated ! :D And if you unfortunately don't understand one or several sentences ( I'm soooooo baaaaaad at English, and even my French can be hard to understand sometimes ! ), just tell it to me, I won't take it wrong and be sad :)

I just want to say THANK YOU TEKARO, who helped me to correct my guide !

[http://www.lolreport.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Yorick.jpg]

Comments

June 18, 2013 - 08:15 AM #1

This guide is awesome, I just want to say, don't try yorick against tryndamere... It's not just easy.. If you harass him with ghosts he will just auto attack them, and fill his Q..

June 13, 2013 - 02:08 PM #2

As i Yorick player i disagree at one point. Xin Zhao is a solid counter to Yorick with his massive dmg and knock up that keeps you from hitting him, but otherwise a great guide (i personally like the frozen mallet because of the hp and dmg combo, Yorick is an op bruiser)

May 29, 2013 - 05:18 PM #3

小碰友, I just did a game versus Riven with Yorick, and I won my lane. You just have to avoid fight expect if she has used 2/3 spells. I will add some clues for this match-up !

March 18, 2013 - 08:49 AM #4

how can yorick lane easily with riven?

riven's Q can move as long as the flash and has short CD,and the mana gona be a big problem before you back home the first time

March 15, 2013 - 06:38 AM #5

So... yorick has an easy time against all but 3? o_O

February 20, 2013 - 10:14 AM #6

ty LZMieczu, Benwa and 7h3l04D :)



For the captain's boots, it's pretty expensive to buy, I prefere to walk faster than my ghouls, my aa with Muranamenanenama hits really hard!



Bruce Lane, I just don't understand xD

February 20, 2013 - 12:18 AM #7

I went 13/3/9 when i played Gravedigger first time, If someone wants to play yorick, you player need to know, this is a piece of very solid guide!!

February 18, 2013 - 01:27 PM #8

Hey hEllo!!!!!!!!

i am a total player of lol all day long and all day long lol and lol all day long....

so much experience, that could be write in a book of total a half BILLION words of TOTAL experience...

and then sudden...you...

a yorick...o ayorick of one thousand and more than one thaousand word....

so much yorick?

so m

uch

YORUIC>?









what are you? you think of some expeirence and then just scrol down an d scroll dooown and still SO

MUCH YORICK? IS YORCIK BEST N??? NO!!!!

A rbaadons kiid can easy eliminate yorick player... disabled of ulti because..guess what???

DEAD YORICK???!!! YES>... he thinks he can easily dig up the dead... BUT IF YORICK DIES...no gravidegger... just dead...







OVERUSE WORDS FOR YORICK >... what isthis????

write an example of yorcik akgfainst rabadonsk kids....

yorick always every scenarito aslways YORICK lose this war...

February 10, 2013 - 05:35 AM #9

Anyone notice that muramana procs off the ult ghost?

February 3, 2013 - 04:18 PM #10

As a Yorick player, i approve. My only suggestion is try the Captain's Boots tier 3 upgrade. It works on his ghouls!

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