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Graves Statistics for OwenSeven

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

Value
Average
Games Played
156
8
Win %
52
42
Kills
8.2
6.2
Assists
6.1
6.8
Deaths
6.7
6.5
KA:D Ratio
2.1
2.0
Gold Earned
12.9K
12.2K
Creep Score
79.8
99.9
Average
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Summoner Spells Back to Top

Flash - 4.png


Basically, there is only one alterinative to FLash for Graves jungle and that is Ghost. It can be decent, but flash allows for aggressive plays like flashing up to someone and Q gravesclustershot.png on someone against a wall or being able to flash into a R graveschargeshot.pngto pick someone off.

Smite - 11.png

So smite is mandatory now to jungle with securing objectives and sustain in the jungle. 

New Runes Back to Top

Masteries Back to Top

So Strength of the Ages or Thunderlords

The general pro vs cons of the two are:

Thunderlords is better for straight up damage and bursting people. It can secure kills you wouldn't have gotten otherwise.

Strength of the Ages is sustain based and gives free Health. It can save you and help you stay in fights longer.

So why SOTA?

Basically, if you were to play competitively I would use thunderlords because you can trust your team to help you out and the extra damage with armor pen is great.

However, we are talking about solo queue where you can only rely on yourself. So SOTA plus the generous passive undefined.png can really be great and allows you to survive longer and in turn get off more damage. 

Abilities Back to Top

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

So this is the standard. You can start E undefined.png as well if you want to begin stacking that passive in the jungle, but generally this is the route you will go and will serve you the best. There's not much variation worth exploring anyways.

Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    Standard Starting Items

Core Items

    CORE Items you will have in 80% of games
    Choose 1

Situational Items

    Really good against armor, 1 close range shot can get max stacks on someone.
    Good replacement against full AD if you don't need Maw.
    Bloodthirster can save you from getting bursted and death's dance is better in extended fights for a lot more healing.

Jungle Item

So basically you will always go warrior1412.png1408.png. Either one is good, red helps with dueling and extra damage. Poacher is good for keeping vision,

Core Items

In pretty much every game you will want those 3. If they have any significant amount of AP then maw 3156.png is fantastic. Phanton Dancer 3046.png is insane on graves allowing you to duel and deal a ton of damage in fights. 

3142.png - A great replacement for maw against full AD
3071.png - Great armor pen item if they have any significant amount of armor. 
3072.png/3812.png - Described above

Matchups Back to Top

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

  • Amumu
    Easy
  • Aurelion Sol
    Medium
  • Ekko
    Easy
  • Elise
    Medium
  • Gragas
    Medium
  • Graves
    Hard
  • Jarvan IV
    Easy
  • Kindred
    Easy
  • Pantheon
    Easy
  • Rek'Sai
    Medium
  • Skarner
    Hard
  • Warwick
    Easy
  • Zac
    Medium

VS

Amumu

Easy

VS

Aurelion Sol

Medium

His activated W range is further then your auto/q range so he has the ability to zone you from fights easily if you aren't aggressive or strong enough to brute force it.

VS

Ekko

Easy

Very weak in the jungle early and can easily abuse his telegraphed movements.

VS

Elise

Medium

Pretty even match-up. Requires you to dodge eliseE.pngcocoon with your Egravesmove.png so don't use it aggressively.

VS

Gragas

Medium

Try to avoid early trades as he will often stall long enough with CC for his team to show up.

VS

Graves

Hard

Best champion in the game. Impossible.

VS

Jarvan IV

Easy

Really weak after clearing and his ULTjarvanivcataclysm.png sets you up for easy End of the line (Q) gravesclustershot.png.

VS

Kindred

Easy

She is outclassed by grave's damage and clear speed.

VS

Pantheon

Easy

VS

Rek'Sai

Medium

Too tanky to fight early and heals a lot by burrowing with fury. No one really wins fights unless fed or team shows up.

VS

Skarner

Hard

Skarner is just too tanky early and can duel you with his ministuns long enough for allies on his team to show up. He also is quicker with his passive the pillars and just is too hard to fight.

VS

Warwick

Easy

VS

Zac

Medium

Tips Back to Top

So basically on graves there's a couple unique parts of his kit that isn't obvious without putting some games on him.


E -> AA

So there is a "bug/feature" with graves E currently where you can cancel the animation on an auto attack and then fire another auto instantly. unfortunately there is no way to actually reproduce this other then just luck. The best you can do is time your E right as the first shot goes off. Here is an example.a049db7ff3f3baab52fa9e90b0f5ce20.gif

Ultimate Knockback Cancel

So now this is completely doable and all it takes is just learning the combo. When you R you are now knocked back a short distance which can be helpful in certain situations, but for the most part it is only going to hurt you if you're ganking. So you can cancel this with a simple combo. 

The combo is to AA -> UlT -> E (Forward) and you will Fire an auto attack then ult and E straight after which will cancel the animation. Here is a Gif of it happening. It does NOT matter what you auto attack on first.


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here is a video teaching the combo: 

(Credit to KerghamMMO)

A video guide Back to Top

So recently a challenger Graves player put out a really fantastic guide on Graves and how to play him along with how to build him. It's an hour long, but completely worth it if you want to play Graves. It's by Akaadian who is a great jungler and streams at: Twitch.Tv/Akaadian

More Info Back to Top

If you're looking for more information then check our reddit.com/r/gravesmains 



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