Gragas is a magic damage-based champion with mobility, crowd control, damage, self-healing and tankiness. Gragas is ok in the early game but as the game gets into the mid/late game, you can pull off some nice combos to carry the team fights. One of the combos is by using Gragas's Body Slam (3rd Ability), once you hit his Body Slam you can use his Barrel Roll (1st Ability) and Explosive Cask (Ultimate) to deal a lot of damage.
Gragas can also be played in the mid lane, make sure to check the alternative build at the top of the page! The build with Gragas mid lane is a lot different. With mid lane Gragas, you want to go full damage so you can be a carry for your team. There is not really much else that is different in terms of playstyles.
Casting an ability restores health. This helps Gragas stay healthy in the laning phase especially when actively fighting. The passive works really well with Drunken Rage (2nd Ability) so not only do you heal a bit of health, but you also take reduced damage.
Gragas rolls a barrel to a target location that explodes upon re-casting or after a few seconds. Enemies hit take magic damage and are slowed for a few seconds. The damage and slow amount increase over the first few seconds, by up to 150%.
You mainly want to use this ability to poke down the enemy in the laning phase or to last hit minions if you don't feel comfortable walking up and hitting them directly.
Barrel Roll also reveals the area hit so if you are scared to check a brush because you think someone might be sitting in there, throw your barrel in to check before walking in.
When activated, Gragas does an animation and during this time, damage taken is reduced for a few seconds. Gragas cannot attack or cast spells during this ability so make sure you activate it early or in a safe place.
The next attack within a few seconds after drinking is empowered to splash nearby enemies for bonus magic damage. This empowered attack is effective when you want to quickly clear the minion wave because of the splash damage and when you want to engage.
This is your main engage and crowd control ability. Gragas charges forward, colliding with the first enemy hit to deal magic damage to nearby enemies. Enemies hit are also bumped backwards, stunning them for a second. Body Slam's cooldown is reduced by a few seconds if it successfully collides with an enemy.
You can combo Body Slam with Flash fairly easily. This allows your charge to go even further and you can surprise enemies most of the time. To do this combo correctly you need to use Body Slam and whilst you are in the charge animation use Flash and the animation will carry on after Flash or it will stop if you Flash onto an enemy.
Gragas hurls a barrel that explodes when it lands, dealing magic damage and knocking enemies away from the explosion's centre. Explosive Cask will make or break a teamfight. Make sure you manually aim your ultimate because sometimes you can knock enemies away from you to safety when you don't want to.
When used correctly, you can use your ultimate at the start of the fight to knock enemies towards you and then you can combo that with Body Slam (3rd Ability) to stun them followed by a Drunken Rage (2nd Ability) auto-attack to deal a lot of damage.
Gragas builds tanky items to help him survive. Sunfire Aegis is a great 1st item for Gragas. It gives him some extra health and most of the time Gragas will be in the face of the enemies using ability and auto-attacking, so you will be in combat a lot and be able to deal more damage with the Sunfire passive Immolate. Spirit Visage helps a lot and works really well with Gragas's passive Happy Hour allowing you to heal even more when using abilities.
With runes, we have:
When playing tank Gragas you can walk up and auto-attack enemy champions with ease and stack up this rune to get even more health to get even more durable.
Good way to get some extra ability power that can help at all stages of the game.
With Gragas, you will be in a lot of fights and trading a lot in the laning phase. Bone plating helps you take reduced damage and win out trades against your opponents.
A great rune for if Gragas gets low in the landing phase and need that extra bit of healing or mana and get some free money.
Gragas does quite well in the laning phase. You can use his Barrel Roll (1st Ability) to poke down the enemy and at the same time, it will also heal Gragas because of his passive Happy Hour. Once you hit level 3 you can look for a solo kill on the enemy. First, use your Drunken Rage (2nd Ability) to enhance your next auto attack then use Gragas's Body Slam (3rd Ability) to jump into the enemy and you can deal a lot of early game damage.
Gragas scales quite well into the late game in terms of both being tanky and dealing a lot of damage with his abilities. With Gragas, you always want to stay grouped with your team. Gragas has a lot of crowd control can be a front line tank that can help your team. When you are grouped with your team and about to have a team fight, the best thing you want to do is get to their backline where you can kill the enemies carries.
Overall Gragas can do a lot in the early game and punish the enemy champions if they step out of place. You can play very safe with him because of his passive and he has a big presence in team fights.
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