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Kog'Maw Statistics for Appoh

Author's performance with Kog'Maw compared to the ranked average.

Value
Average
Games Played
43
4
Win %
51
46
Kills
7.7
6.7
Assists
7.7
6.7
Deaths
7.3
6.2
KA:D Ratio
2.1
2.2
Gold Earned
12.9K
12.1K
Creep Score
197.8
191.2
Average

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Summoner Spells Back to Top

3.png4.png VS Assassins
7.png4.png VS Champs without ignite/grievous wounds
21.png4.png VS Anyone (Typically my go to)
6.png4.png VS Skillshot oriented champs
1.png4.png VS Heavy CC

New Runes Back to Top

Masteries Back to Top

6361.png Stormraider's is the more popular choice and it is very good for self peel, chasing, and just in general makes up for kog's very slow movespeed. Combo'd with stuff like 3285.pngluden's and 3116.pngrylai's this makes for kog'maw having more dominance movement speed wise.

6362.png Thunderlord's is my preference and is the riskier option of the two, I often use the extra mana regen and feast to allow for more survivability. This makes for some insane burst and a much better bullying potential in lane. 3285.png luden's applies a point of dmg so all u need to proc thunderlord's is 2 abilities which can help when you miss a spell.

Abilities Back to Top

W
Q
E
E
E
R
E
Q
E
Q
R
Q
Q
W
W
R
W
W
Passive
Q
2
8
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W
1
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18
E
3
4
5
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R
6
11
16

I start with kogmawbioarcanebarrage.png as this allows me to poke the enemy and farm much more effectively and safely in lane, you are not that good level 1 but this is your safest bet to dealing damage.

I go for kogmawq.png next as this helps me get the farm with the attack speed and basic use of the ability, again your focus this early is farming as safe as you can and being able to sustain in lane, avoid getting cheesed early by staying back and farming

The reason I don't put a point into kogmawvoidooze.png until level 3 is because of the mana cost, this ability will push the wave too fast making you vulnerable to a gank, you also will be burning through mana much faster taking this so u end up having to back sooner than u should.

HOWEVER you should put a point into kogmawvoidooze.png earlier on if you are going to get ganked or worried about a gank, it's also a safe bet vs melee assassins such as akali, kat, talon and zed as if they try to all in you early u can slow and auto from safety, however try to avoid using this skill early unless it's a desperate situation, once you get your 3070.png tear you shouldn't have to worry as much

Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    Starting Items
    Pick up more helping items
    Pick up early

Core Items

    Core Early Buys
    Typical Fully Finished Build

Situational Items

    Boots options
    If behind get a safe item
2033.png This should almost always be your start, it's the safest bet and gives you all the sustain you need
1082.png This is the best next item, it combos really well and if you play safe like you should be this will end up being well worth the gold
1056.png For the safest route pick up this in addition to the other 2 starting items, it will gives you amazing sustain and early game stats, however if you have gotten a kill or have an advantage you can skip this
3070.png This should be picked up on your first or 2nd back depending on the gold you have
3020.png Next rush your boots, this helps you keep at a distance and also the magic pen is a good boost to damage, once you finish this you are going to focus on your damage items

Mid Game:

If you are behind get one of these, zhonya if enemy is heavy ad, and banshee's if the enemy is heavy ap:
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If the game is going normal decide between one of the two, Luden's is my preference as it gives you a bigger damage spike and the movement speed feels more consistent than the slow as you have a built in slow and most of your threats can dash or hop to you and the slow therefore feels useless.
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3003.png Next finish archangel's and eventually you will stack it to 3040.png seraph's

Late Game:

3135.png3089.png Finish these as your 4th and 5th item, you should not delay these to 5th and 6th unless you are behind, the spike these give are too important to avoid, if you are behind and need the extra safe item that's ok but avoid doing so if you can.

Finish off your build with another safe item such as 3157.png3102.png3116.png
You can also finish it off with more offense if you feel you can 3151.png3100.png

Items to consider would be
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On Hit AP kog can work but imo is not as good as regular adc kog or ap kog, ROA is great for scaling but I typically find that the utility of rylais and ludens outshines ROA, feel free to mess around with it and see what works best for your playstyle. Triforce works quite well if you want a hybrid build, go a standard build of starting items > Tear > Boots > Triforce > Seraphs > Void > Rabadon's > BotRK. This will give you decent move speed with triforce while still dishing out a lot of dmg with your abilities, it's a fun build that is still viable.

Matchups Back to Top

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

  • Ahri
    Medium
  • Akali
    Hard
  • Anivia
    Medium
  • Annie
    Medium
  • Azir
    Medium
  • Brand
    Medium
  • Cassiopeia
    Hard
  • Corki
    Medium
  • Diana
    Hard
  • Ekko
    Hard
  • Fizz
    Hard
  • Karthus
    Easy
  • Kassadin
    Hard
  • Katarina
    Medium
  • LeBlanc
    Hard
  • Lissandra
    Easy
  • Lux
    Medium
  • Malzahar
    Hard
  • Morgana
    Hard
  • Orianna
    Medium
  • Syndra
    Hard
  • Taliyah
    Easy
  • Talon
    Hard
  • Twisted Fate
    Easy
  • Varus
    Easy
  • Veigar
    Easy
  • Viktor
    Medium
  • Vladimir
    Medium
  • Xerath
    Easy
  • Zed
    Hard
  • Ziggs
    Easy

VS

Ahri

Medium

VS

Akali

Hard

VS

Anivia

Medium

Anivia is actually quite hard but is manageable with good placement, play safe and don't give her any opportunities to block u off, taking cleanse will help make this lane much easier. you can still do a lot of damage, try to fight her when she has her abilities on cooldown

VS

Annie

Medium

VS

Azir

Medium

VS

Brand

Medium

VS

Cassiopeia

Hard

Her early harass is very hard to deal with, she's also very slippery making it easy for her to dodge all of your abilities

VS

Corki

Medium

VS

Diana

Hard

you should definitely take thunderlord's vs her and play very aggressive early, possibly taking 2 points in w early on to keep up the harass, after lvl 6 you're going to lose fights, getting an early banshee's is best

VS

Ekko

Hard

His kit just allows for a very easy engage and he can melt you. take w and e early on and use thunderlord's, heavy harass on him early is best, you want to shit him down before lvl 6 or else you will be forced to build defensively, he will also roam a lot, make sure you warn your team

VS

Fizz

Hard

Best way to play this is to play passive aggressive, when he tries to all in you step back and use all of your abilities, the slow from your e should prevent him from getting too close if he used his e to get onto you, if you play near your tower you should be safe, make sure you do damage to him after he tries to all in you. if you let him dominate lane too much you will be ruined once he hits 6

VS

Karthus

Easy

This is a farm lane, with your range you can easily kill him, your kits are kind of similar but you have the burst advantage, if you avoid his q's you should easily win the lane

VS

Kassadin

Hard

with an MR shield and a blink on a short cd, he is very hard to beat, i recommend going with a hybrid or ad route as your abilities will not be as effective, take an early triforce and try to stay alive, ask for ganks early so you don't get rolled over

VS

Katarina

Medium

now typically I'd say this is a hard matchup HOWEVER it's important to know the potentials here, taking a zhonyas early can counter her ulti, they also have to be very aggressive early to get farm, with your sustain and early items you should be able to win most trades, just make sure you don't stand on her daggers.

VS

LeBlanc

Hard

Her kit is very hard to deal with, the way I've been able to beat her in the past is by being aggressive early and hoping for an early kill, if you don't have the opportunity play extremely passive and don't let her have a chance

VS

Lissandra

Easy

VS

Lux

Medium

VS

Malzahar

Hard

His R is just simply too powerful against little ol kog'maw, nothing more needs to be said, I suggest play someone else mid or play Kog as far back and as passive as you can

VS

Morgana

Hard

VS

Orianna

Medium

VS

Syndra

Hard

After level 6 she can just 1 shot you. Best bet is shutting her down early and playing passive after 6

VS

Taliyah

Easy

you have better poke, sit behind your minions and throw an e and an r when you can. taking ghost should help you avoid her w.

VS

Talon

Hard

take exhaust and save it for when you really need it. try to poke as much as you can, go heavy burst with a zhonyas and you have a chance

VS

Twisted Fate

Easy

you out range him with poke, don't be too scared to make trades early on.

VS

Varus

Easy

Early game if he gets too close you can land a standard q > e > w auto attack and you should typically out trade him, just don't extend your trades, get three hits for thunderlord's and then back off, the longer the fight the better he will do

VS

Veigar

Easy

In lane you can bully him easily, just don't let him get you in the trap, taking heal or barrier is best.

VS

Viktor

Medium

VS

Vladimir

Medium

This is all based off early game, get a 3165.png morellonomicon after tear, poke him really early but after first back your chances get a lot worse, just play safe and treat it as a farm lane at that point. 

VS

Xerath

Easy

You are basically Xerath but better

VS

Zed

Hard

take exhaust, do all the damage you can from a safe distance, take zhonyas when you can. Try your best to dodge his abilities.

VS

Ziggs

Easy

This can actually be kind of tricky but typically ziggs wont give you any trouble so just farm and take your trades safely.

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