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Gangplank Statistics for TaylorCakeSwift

Author's performance with Gangplank compared to the ranked average.

Value
Average
Games Played
52
6
Win %
54
40
Kills
9.5
4.4
Assists
8.2
6.8
Deaths
7.3
5.6
KA:D Ratio
2.4
2.0
Gold Earned
16.3K
12.2K
Creep Score
238.6
189.8
Average
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Summoner Spells Back to Top

4.png - This is pretty much a universal summoner on gangplank.

12.png - I take this at top lane or when I feel like I'll be backing a lot in lane.

3.png - My favorite summoner in mid lane, it's better than ignite when you're baiting and it helps against duels with champions with good all in.

14.png - I took this on accident a couple times midlane, it's ok, i think exhaust is way better


New Runes Back to Top

Masteries Back to Top

Ferocity-12

Sorcery- Let's your abilities do more damage, pretty self explanatory since GP uses his parley.png and raisemorale.png very often.

Double edged sword - I take this because it let's you do more damage to carry, feast can help you in the early game but isn't very good late game.

Natural Talent - Gangplank scales off both the AP and AD well so it's better than vampirism where the vamp isn't very noticeable

Oppressor - More consistent than bounty hunter which relies on you to get kills to do damage. raisemorale.png and cannonbarrage.png give slow huge slows which is good for oppressor.

Cunning-18

Savagery- helps you cs, especially if you take full armor pen runes.

Biscuits- I like them for the early game, assassin is also fine.

Merciless- Gives execute damage, especially good withcannonbarrage.png when you need to finish off low enemies.

Bandit- parley.png procs it, it's half a cs, it's amazing.

Precision - I like it for pen because armor pen is good on GP, It's preference, Intelligence is really good too since you always end up getting 45% CDR.

Thunderlords- Amazing with your ult for kill stealing.
 

Abilities Back to Top

Q
E
W
Q
Q
R
Q
E
Q
E
R
E
E
W
W
R
W
W
Passive
Q
1
4
5
7
9
W
3
14
15
17
18
E
2
8
10
12
13
R
6
11
16

Trial by Fire


Trial By Fire.PNG

Helps you chase people down and does crazy damage because it's true damage and scales off 100% bonus AD.
You wanna use this to it's fullest when trading and make sure to abuse the movement speed and keg reset.
  • Only off of Basic attacks
  • Resets when you destroy a Barrel
  • Super Speedy

Parrrley

Parrrley.PNG

Gangplanks main ability, use it to trade, farm, poke, everything. Always max this first.

  • Procs on hit effect (Sheen,Phage,Etc.)
  • Gives extra gold and silver serpents if you kill something.
  • If you explode a barrel with Q, you get the gold and silver serpents of everything killed.

Remove Scurvy

Oranges.PNG

Heals for a flat amount plus missing health. Removes all CC.

  • Really good for baiting
  • Heals more the lower your health
  • Extremely valuable late game for sustain
  • Doesn't remove special debuffs (Zed ult, Fizz ult)
  • Must time correctly for some CC (Vi ult, Nautilus ult)

Powder Keg

Powder Keg.PNG

Extremely powerful AOE Damage. Chaining barrels is essential to being good at Gangplank, you want to maximize the space between the barrels by making the overlap as small as possible. I'll have a section just for barrels.

Cannon Barrage

Cannon Barage.PNG

Huge AOE magic damage ult that's easy to hit, but hard to position well
  • Can be used to secure kills
  • Death's Daughter for Burst (I usually get this first)
  • Fire at will is good for team fights and more consistent damage (I get this first if we're teamfighting a lot more early)
  • Raise Morale gives pretty good move speed and chase.(I get this last)
  • Procs thunderlords on first wave

Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    Good sustain and health, I get this most of the time
    Earlier trinity force, good sustain for hard matchups
    I get this if I know i'll just be farming hard. You can get it first if it's a hard farm lane. If I'm behind and want to play passive, I'll buy this item on my first back

Core Items

    This is what i get every game
    This is the 50/50 build, extremely good into tanks, squishy but lots of damage, PD instead of Shiv is also good, I run this build most of the time.
    This is the PenPlank build, you have extremely powerful mid game but weaker late game, good against squishy teams
    I've seen some people run this, I'm not a huge fan, but it's decent for split pushing

Situational Items

    You can one of these instead of a LW item if you think the enemy team is squishy enough
    Good if you want to get tanky
    Take this instead of Lord Dominik's if they have a lot of heals
    If the game drags out, I'll get ER for CDR and damage
    This can be fun sometimes
    I like Death's Daughter > Fire at Will > Raise Morale most of the time.
    These are ok if you run 10% cooldown runes

Matchups Back to Top

Click on a champion below to see the author's notes on that particular matchup.

  • Aatrox
    Easy
  • Ahri
    Medium
  • Akali
    Medium
  • Annie
    Hard
  • Azir
    Hard
  • Brand
    Medium
  • Cho'Gath
    Medium
  • Darius
    Hard
  • Ekko
    Hard
  • Fiora
    Medium
  • Fizz
    Easy
  • Garen
    Medium
  • Illaoi
    Medium
  • Irelia
    Medium
  • Jarvan IV
    Medium
  • Jax
    Medium
  • Karma
    Medium
  • Karthus
    Easy
  • Kassadin
    Easy
  • Katarina
    Medium
  • Kayle
    Medium
  • Kennen
    Medium
  • LeBlanc
    Medium
  • Lissandra
    Hard
  • Lucian
    Hard
  • Lulu
    Medium
  • Lux
    Medium
  • Malphite
    Easy
  • Malzahar
    Easy
  • Maokai
    Medium
  • Nasus
    Easy
  • Nautilus
    Medium
  • Olaf
    Hard
  • Pantheon
    Hard
  • Poppy
    Easy
  • Quinn
    Hard
  • Renekton
    Medium
  • Riven
    Medium
  • Ryze
    Easy
  • Shen
    Medium
  • Sion
    Medium
  • Syndra
    Medium
  • Taliyah
    Medium
  • Talon
    Medium
  • Teemo
    Easy
  • Tryndamere
    Medium
  • Twisted Fate
    Easy
  • Veigar
    Easy
  • Vel'Koz
    Hard
  • Viktor
    Medium
  • Wukong
    Easy
  • Xerath
    Medium
  • Yasuo
    Medium
  • Ziggs
    Hard
  • Zilean
    Easy
  • Zyra
    Medium

VS

Aatrox

Easy

You can poke him down and win lane easily as long as you play around his aatroxE.pngE and aatroxW.pngW

VS

Ahri

Medium

This matchup is super annoying, she'll push you in early and you'll never catch her once she has ult, you might want to save cannonbarrage.png for when she cant ahritumble.png away unless she's extremely low health. You want to removescurvy.png her ahriseduce.png and make sure to dodge her ahriorbofdeception.png whenever you can. Once you start landing raisemorale.png on her and they do damage, you can win the fight if you dodge her abilities well, but the duel is in her favor.


Things to Note:
- If you removescurvy.png her ahriseduce.png, you don't take the increased damage
-Lots of ahri's like to build morello so be careful of the grevious wounds.

VS

Akali

Medium

You can poke her down with parley.png and trade pretty well early game, but once she hits 6, be careful of her burst unless you're extremely far ahead of her. Whenever she walk up to akalimota.pngQ, you can probably parley.png her

VS

Annie

Hard

Her extreme burst is really strong and she can use her disintegrate.png just as much as you can use parley.png. If you can 3.png her combo and removescurvy.png her stun, you might be able to win.

VS

Azir

Hard

His early game isnt as good as it used to be so you can harass him pretty well. His azirW.png can knock out your barrels from 800 range so it can be really annoying, his late game is really good still.

He'll be pressuring you early game and pushing you into turret constantly, be wary of his roams

VS

Brand

Medium

If you can dodge his brandfissure.png and brandblaze.png you can out trade him. He's squishy so if you land a good raisemorale.png combo, he'll most likely be chunked.

VS

Cho'Gath

Medium

You can't really kill him and he can't really kill you unless he gets fed, if you keep taking his rupture.png and feralscream.png you'll get bursted by his feast.pngult. you can keep parley.png him for the bandit proc which is free gold.

VS

Darius

Hard

Yeah, he's gonna mollywhop you because you cant removescurvy.png his pulldariusaxegrabcone.png, you just wanna farm with after level 2 parley.png. Level 1, spam q on him while csing well and dodging q's, level 2, you can try to take barrel and poke him down some more. Don't get into melee range otherwise he might kill you, especially if he took ignite.


Things to Note: 
-Mortal Reminder is good against him, especially if he gets spirit visage.
-try to dodge his Q as much as you can level 1 and poke him.
-Steraks and PD are pretty good here, build 50/50
-Save flash for when his dariusaxegrabcone.pngE is down.

VS

Ekko

Hard

Top lane, he'll build tank and be hard to kill but he won't be killing you unless you walk up.


Mid lane, he'll continuously Q ekkoQ.png the wave and push the wave super fast, once you get trinity, the wave because easier because you can clear wave. He has really high damage and can dive well due to his ult ekkoR.png

VS

Fiora

Medium

She's like GP in that she has a bad early game and good late game, but she has better all in so you wanna poke her down before you fight. If she uses her parry fiorariposte.png , make sure you dont explode your raisemorale.png. There's no point in using your removescurvy.png on the fioraflurry.pngE slow because the cast time will make you get hit by the 2nd crit anyways, just use it to heal.

VS

Fizz

Easy

Take 3.png and exhaust him whenever he all ins you, try not to fight if your exhaust is down. You destroy him early game (levels 1-3) so use that to your advantage.


Things to Note:
-You can't removescurvy.png his fizzmarinerdoom.png off
-His fizzseastonepassive.png no longer gives grevious wounds but most fizzes take 14.png so make sure to time your heal correctly

VS

Garen

Medium

He has good wave clear and he's hard to kill but its hard to kill you because you can slow him with raisemorale.png and run away with the passive movespeed. Make sure to poke him with Qparley.png often so his passive doesn't go off, I like to get lord dominiks because he gets very tanky. Mortal Reminder isn't very good because if you do physical damage, he stops healing anyways. Don't be afraid to use removescurvy.png early so he doesn't garenjustice.png you

VS

Illaoi

Medium

You can dodge most of her abilities but it's hard to so I guess it's kind of a skill matchup, You want to poke her down with q but also focus on cs'ing because you can't all in her. If you're her vessel, just make sure to dodge the spawning tentacles. 


Things to note:

-Since this is probably a top lane matchup, don't be afraid to TP back into lane
-Don't all in her because illaoiR.png ult does stupid damage
- If she's not in lane, clear her tentacles.
- If you get hit by tentacles, she heals, so make sure to dodge them.

VS

Irelia

Medium
This matchup is very similar to the Darius matchup. This is one of those matchups where you might be able to kill her early if you play it correctly. After level 3, til the end of laning phase, be careful because her all in is disgusting. Use parley.png frequently and save your removescurvy.png for when she uses ireliaequilibriumstrike.png, don't fight if she has ireliatranscendentblades.png. If you make it out of lane without getting crushed, you'll outscale her

Things to Note: 
- You can tell if she takes W level 2 if her blade shines.
-Taking removescurvy.png level 2 is fine if you're chunked level 1.

VS

Jarvan IV

Medium

He does a lot of damage so you need to be careful, if he builds full damage he can probably insta you with a jarvanivdemacianstandard.pngjarvanivdragonstrike.png combo with jarvanivcataclysm.png ult. His mana costs are really high early so you can punish him for using his abilities too much. His passive auto attack does a lot of damage so you want to be careful of that

VS

Jax

Medium

Some Jax like to take jaxcounterstrike.png E first, tank the minions and cheese you, be careful for that. If he took jaxempowertwo.pngW first, you can just q him to death because he'll never touch you. It's quite a snowbally lane because whoever gets the first kill can destroy the other. You don't want to have long fights with him because that's where he's best at, just poke him down with parley.png and raisemorale.png. Once he gets 6, his jaxrelentlessassault.png  is on a 80 second cooldown so you want to fight when it's down. If you get behind, he'll just dive you everytime his ult is up so you need to make sure you don't play too greedy. If you guys are even, you just waveclear faster than him making it a farm lane.

VS

Karma

Medium

She does a surprising amount of damage so you need to be careful, she's hard to kill because her karmaspiritbond.pngW heals and her karmasoulshield.pngE speeds her up, later in the game she becomes more utility and less damage so you can kill her. Her early game is better than yours so play safe until you get sheen and use your cannonbarrage.png to help other lanes.

VS

Karthus

Easy

He's slow and squishy, landing barrels is pretty easy

VS

Kassadin

Easy

He trades pretty well with you but you win almost all fights as as long as you use your removescurvy.png and 3.png

VS

Katarina

Medium

You dont have cc to stop her so her ult is a problem. you want to removescurvy.png before she gets her deathlotus.png or 14.png off because it has grievous wounds. You do a lot of damage to her with raisemorale.png and parley.png. she'll push in wave using bouncingblades.pngQ so you want to avoid standing near minions to dodge bouncingblades.png.

VS

Kayle

Medium

You chunk her with raisemorale.png but her kayleR.png makes it so you cant 1 vs 1 her late game unless you bait it out

VS

Kennen

Medium

He doesn't do that much damage but he can poke you down pretty well, use raisemorale.png to poke him down and removescurvy.png his stun

VS

LeBlanc

Medium

Leblanc can insta you if she gets fed so you want to stop her from roaming and getting fed if possible. She's going to try and poke you down level one so make sure you parley.png her back. Level 2, you can place a barrel on yourself to make sure you're safe from her W. Use your removescurvy.png to keep her from bursting you

VS

Lissandra

Hard

She has pretty good range and has too much CC for your removescurvy.png, if you step up to far, you're most likely dead

VS

Lucian

Hard

This is a cheese pick that relies on snowball, the lucian will always take 4.png3.png and he will try to go ham at level 1 and 2 to poke you out of lane, it's pretty strong

VS

Lulu

Medium

She pokes you down which can be annoying but the luluq.pngQ is slow so it's easy to dodge, her early game will destroy you so you might want to consider taking  Mana crystal and pots

VS

Lux

Medium
removescurvy.png the luxlightbinding.png and make sure she doesnt proc passive after she lands an ability oherwise thunderlords also procs. Her luxlightstrikekugel.png is hard to dodge but if you make her choose between minions and you it becomes more manageable 

VS

Malphite

Easy

I start cull in this lane, he can't kill you and you can't kill him, Last whisper is good here

VS

Malzahar

Easy

He'll push in the wave all day and possibly roam but he'll never kill you because you can removescurvy.png his alzaharnethergrasp.png

VS

Maokai

Medium

It's like the Malphite match up but you can kill him before resistances and he can kill you. Don't place raisemorale.png randomly because then his passive will help him heal. You can start cull if you think he won't kill you

VS

Nasus

Easy

This is a farm lane, you can poke him down, you can start cull, Mortal reminder is good so he doesn't lifesteal.

VS

Nautilus

Medium

Nautilus has damage, but as long you poke him down with parley.png, you win. removescurvy.png doesnt work on knockups.

VS

Olaf

Hard

This guy will run after you forever, even if you get an early lead or poke him down, he can still 1 vs 1 you

VS

Pantheon

Hard

This guy will spam his pantheon_throw.png and pop corrupting til youre forced to back or play under turret. Just play super safe early game, your raisemorale.png goes through his passive block so use that to your advantage. If he took 14.png, be extra careful.

VS

Poppy

Easy

She's really good at dueling but you can removescurvy.png her poppyheroiccharge.png stun. When you get stunned and removescurvy.png it, make sure to move so you don't get hit with the 2nd proc of her poppydevastatingblow.pngQ. Spam Q and you can win fairly easily.

VS

Quinn

Hard

I played this once and I got destroyed, I'll update if I figure something out.

VS

Renekton

Medium

If you poke him down with parley.png, he'll heal it up with renektoncleave.png. You want to make sure he doesn't get level 2 way before you otherwise he'll all in you. Make sure theres distance so he doesn't use renektonsliceanddice.png twice to close distance. If he doesn't snowball off you he'll end up being weak later

VS

Riven

Medium

She can most likely 1 vs 1 you at any point in the game until 5-6 items or unless you're extremely far ahead of her. Level 1, spam parley.png on her so she gets low and uses potions. If she took rivenfeint.png first, still spam parley.png because it has half the cooldown of her rivenfeint.png, you can't fight her after about level 2 unless you have a big advantage.

VS

Ryze

Easy

Stand behind minions so he can't overload.png you. If you poke him down with parley.png, he'll be forced to use pots because he doesn't have sustain, his runeprison.png is on a long cooldown so you can just removescurvy.png and all in him if he goes in. If you don't poke him down before going all in, you might lose.

VS

Shen

Medium

Shen is pretty good in the 1 vs 1 because of shenvorpalstar.pngQ and shenshadowdash.pngE but if you play around his shenfeint.png you'll be ok. you also have global pressure because of cannonbarrage.png so if he teleports just push lane or follow

VS

Sion

Medium

Dodge his crypticgaze.pngQ and try not to fight if he armor breaks you with enrage.pngE, you wanna kill his shielddeathscaressfull.png because it does pretty good damage

VS

Syndra

Medium

She can kite and poke pretty well so be careful when chasing her. Your raisemorale.png do a lot of damage to her so try to poke her down with that.

VS

Taliyah

Medium

This is a snowbally lane where whoever gets the lead just crushes the other. She can push you in very early and her taliyahQ.png is up super often. Make sure not to get hit with her taliyahW.pngtaliyahE.png W E combo because it will chunk you. You can fight her mid game if you poke her down or land a raisemorale.png

VS

Talon

Medium

If he gets fed he'll just insta you, make sure to have a pink to counter his talonshadowassault.png

VS

Teemo

Easy

His blindblindingdart.png doesn't make your parley.png miss so you can still win trades. He'll constantly try to harass you, just trade back and use raisemorale.png to outdamage him, a sweeper might be good to get rid ofbantamtrap.png and then blue later when you start grouping

VS

Tryndamere

Medium

You can fight him early but after he gets ultundyingrage.png you can't kill him without baiting it first.

VS

Twisted Fate

Easy

you can removescurvy.png his stunpickacard.png, his wildcards.png is easy to dodge and you can push lane and use cannonbarrage.png when he uses destiny.png

VS

Veigar

Easy

You can removescurvy.png his one hard ccveigareventhorizon.png, make sure you punish him for being immobile with raisemorale.png. Maw might be good if he is able to kill you with a veigarbalefulstrike.png veigarprimordialburst.pngQ R combo

VS

Vel'Koz

Hard

You can't removescurvy.png his velkozE.pngE or velkozR.pngR so you want to trade with him and poke him with parley.png, stand near minions so you dont get hit with his velkozQ.pngQ and make sure to walk out of the velkozW.pngW so you don't get hit with the 2nd proc.

VS

Viktor

Medium

It's hard for him to kill you unless you just eat his viktordeathray.pngE. You outscale him so just farm the best you can early. He'll constantly push up the lane forcing you to cs under turret. Once he hits level 7, his wave clear with viktordeathray.png becomes insane. You outscale him so just farm up.

VS

Wukong

Easy

VS

Xerath

Medium

he'll try to poke you down but his skillshots are pretty easy to dodge and he's squishy and immobile, especially when using his xeratharcanebarragewrapper.pngR. Use your raisemorale.png on him to chunk him. If he ults and you know where he is, you can use cannonbarrage.png to kill him if he's about 25% hp

VS

Yasuo

Medium

Skill matchup which relies on you using removescurvy.png to get out of his yasuoR.png, positioning your barrels well and making sure not to use parley.png on his yasuoW.png. If you use your parley.png to pop his shield before you fight him. Yasuo's usually do either really well or really bad so if your jungler ganks him you should be able to dominate him.

VS

Ziggs

Hard

I hate this matchup because he has super long range, poke, and he pushes the wave up. Ask your jungler for help because he is susceptible to ganks.

VS

Zilean

Easy

It's hard for him to kill you and it's hard for you to kill him, just farm up because mid-late game you chunk him for over half of his health.

VS

Zyra

Medium

Her zyraE.pngzyraQ.png E Q combo does a lot of damage if she gets her plants down, if you removescurvy.png the zyraE.pngE, you can most likely dodge the plant and zyraQ.pngQ. Make sure to trade back because she's one of the squishiest champions in the game and has no form of sustain.

How to use Barrels Back to Top

raisemorale.png - Powder Keg (E)


  • This ability is what does most of 41.png damage mid to late game besides the occasional parley.png.
  • Powder Keg doesn't use mana so the only thing holding you back is cooldown which is why you get 40% (45% if you prefer the intelligence mastery).
  • You can shoot the barrel before it is on 1 hp because of the travel time of the parley.png
  • You only have 3 and are on a fairly long recharge time until late game so be smart when using them.

Combos

1+1 Barrel Combo

I rarely use this one but it has some uses because it is unexpected
  1. Place a barrel
  2. parley.png the barrel
  3. as the parley.png projectile is traveling, place another barrel

2 Barrel Combo

This is probably the most common combo used. Good for poke.
  1. Place a barrel
  2. Place another barrel
  3. parley.png the first barrel placed

2+1 Barrel Combo

I use this when im looking to go in/teamfight or if I want to try and poke the backline.
  1. Setup a 2 Barrel Combo
  2. Stand between the 2 barrels
  3. parley.png the first barrel
  4. As the projectile/barrel is exploding, place a 3rd barrel for more range

Early Game (WIP) Back to Top

I'll work on this section later.

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