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Mordekaiser Statistics for TwTvTastyPotatox

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

Value
Average
Games Played
530
6
Win %
58
40
Kills
6.7
5.5
Assists
6.8
5.9
Deaths
4.6
7.5
KA:D Ratio
3.0
1.5
Gold Earned
11.7K
11.3K
Creep Score
160.9
155.7
Average
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Summoner Spells Back to Top

Reasoning behind summoning spells: 


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Lets you avoid ganks, finish off enemies, and makes you less predictable. There is no better alternative




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Take this if you are jungle



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Probably should take this if you are top lane


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When playing mid lane choose between ignite, and exhaust. I personally prefer exhaust. - TastypotatoX

When playing bot lane, take exhaust if you support is taking ignite. If your support is taking ignite, take exhaust. I prefer taking exhaust and my support ignite so I can peel myself.  

New Runes Back to Top

Sorcery is the best primary page for Mordekaiser right now. Until phase rush gets buffs we choose between aery and comet. Aery is more consistent so we choose aery.


For tier 1 runes Nullifying orb is best. Magical hat is also decent but I never really have a problem with my ult not being up. 

For tier 2 celerity is the best. It gives us a bit more mobility and a small damage boost. 

For tier 3 you can choose between scorch or gathering storm. I prefer gathering storm since games usually go past 30 minutes. 

The yellow tree right now is best as a secondary. Coup de grace helps you kill targets and triumph helps you snowball better. 




For bot lane you want maximum mobility. So you need phase rush. We take absolute focus because it makes you do more damage early. Helps you take dragon fater and push as well. 

Abilities Back to Top

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

Order of skills for each lane

TOP START: W > Q > E MAX W - Kumakaider
TOP START: E > Q > W  MAX W with deathfire touch vs Jax/Pantheon only. - Kumakaider
MID START: W > E > Q MAX W - Tastypotatox
JUNGLE START WITH LEASH: W > Q > E > MAX E then Q - Tastypotatox
JUNGLE START NO LEASH: Q > E > W > MAX E then Q - Tastypotatox
BOT LANE START: E > W > Q MAX W - Tastypotatox


Iron Man
Iron Man

Mordekaiser shields himself for 25% of the damage dealt by his abilities, halved to 12.5% against enemy minion and capped at 25% maximum health.

After a 1.5 second delay, Iron Man's shield decays at a rate of 1.5% base health per second down to a minimum of 「 6.25% maximum health 」.


Passive: This allows Mordekaiser to successfully trade versus enemies and survive in teamfights. Try not to fight people without your skills up because you are quite squishy without your shield. Remember the shield stops decaying at 6.25% maximum health.  

Mace of Spades
COST: 20 / 23 / 26 / 29 / 32 HEALTH
 
COOLDOWN: 10 / 8.5 / 7 / 5.5 / 4
Mace of Spades

ACTIVE: Mordekaiser's next three basic attacks deal bonus magic damage. The final strike does 2 times the bonus damage of the previous strikes.


Mace of Spades resets Mordekaiser's autoattack timer.


This is Mordekaiser's Q. This is also the ability you will score many of your kills with. The first two hits deal some  nice damage with the third dealing big damage and will most likely activate stormraiders. With stormraiders activated you will be able to chase down your enemy for the kill. This move does not work unfortunately but works on minions and monsters. 

We max this skill second because the scaling on AD increases with level and deals more damae than his E ability.

Harvester of Sorrow
RANGE: 1000 / 250 / 125
 
COST: 25 / 35 / 45 / 55 / 65 HEALTH
 
COOLDOWN: 12 / 11 / 10 / 9 / 8
Harvester of Sorrow

PASSIVE: Mordekaiser gains bonus experience when killing a minion near allies equal to 50% of the experience he lost due to them being there, which totals at 82.6 / 71.73 / 66.3 / 63.04 / 60.87% of the minion's experience bounty.

ACTIVE - FIRST CAST: Mordekaiser targets an allied champion or minion and for the next 4 seconds they gain 75 bonus movement speed while moving towards each other, which lingers for 1.5 seconds. When near enough to each other, each deal magic damage in an area of effect around themselves every second for the duration (melee and caster minions have a smaller AoE). Harvester of Sorrow ends ifMordekaiser or his ally dies.


For the next 4 seconds, Mordekaiser can reactivate Harvester of Sorrow to end its primary effects and trigger a secondary effect, which triggers automatically at the end of the duration. If activated while no allies are nearby, Mordekaiser will highlight an area around him and can reactivate the ability as normal. The first ally to come in range will automatically gain the effect, too.

ACTIVE - SECOND CAST: Mordekaiser constricts the area, dealing magic damage to all enemies near himself and his ally as well as healing himself and his ally for the same amount, from up to 2 enemies hit in their respective areas. Healing is reduced to 25% when harvesting minions.





This is a very confusing spell to new Mordekaiser players but is also his most important spell so you need to be able to master using it. I will try to describe the best I can in words on the various uses of this spell. It deals damage over time, heals you for nearby enemies, and deals damage when you reactivate it. It also gives you mobility towards the unit you use your W on. 

We max W first because it helps us trade damage, and heal for a great ammount in lane allowing us to win trades in lane. 

Use 1: Trade damage in lane

1. Wait until enemy laner walks up to kill a minion. 
2. Activate W on a nearby minion WITH THE MOST HP SO IT DOESNT DIE
3. Walk up to your enemy and your W will start to deal magic damage over time. 
4. make sure when the duration ends the W "Pops" while the enemy is inside the circle so you heal from them. 

Use 2: healing yourself in lane (YOU CAN ALSO HEAL ALLIES WITH THE SAME STEPS)

1. If top lane walk to krugs / Gromp. If Mid Lane walk to raptors or wolves
2. Activate W on yourself
3. make sure at least 2 of the monsters (with the exception of gromp) are within your circle
4. Re activate W for a nice heal
5. Walk away from camp and enjoy your health pool.

Use 3: securing kills on enemies (you can also farm minions at range with the same steps)

1. Activate W on ally
2. Make sure enemy is within circle of ally
3. Re activate W for the kill

Use 4: Mobility

1. Activate W on minion or ally in the direction you want to travel
2. Walk twords W'ed ally unit
3. enjoy increased mobility


Siphon of Destruction
RANGE: 675
COST: 24 / 36 / 48 / 60 / 72 HEALTH 
COOLDOWN: 6 / 5.75 / 5.5 / 5.25 / 5
Siphon of Destruction

ACTIVE: Mordekaiser deals magic damage to all enemies in a cone in the target direction.


For each enemy champion hit, Mordekaiser generates a bonus percentage of his Iron Man.png Iron Man shield.




This is Mordekaiser's E ability. You want to use this to farm minions as well as harass champions at range. It gives you more shield for how many champions you hit with it. Not much to say about this skill. 

We max this skill last because it deals very little damage and getting more %shield based on number of champions hit does not help at all in lane.


Children of the Grave
RANGE: 650 / 1125 / Global
 
COOLDOWN: 120 / 105 / 90
Children of the Grave

PASSIVE - Dragon Force.png DRAGON FORCE: Mordekaiser's basic attacks and abilities curse the Dragon Dragon for 10 seconds.

Enslaving the Dragon Dragon activates Dragon Force.png Dragon Force, granting the Dragon Dragonincreased range and modified movement speed, and disables Children of the Gravewhile it remains active, killing Mordekaiser's current ghost.


ACTIVE: Mordekaiser curses the target enemy champion, dealing them magic damage and healing for 100% the damage done. He then applies a three times stronger effects to the target again over the next 10 seconds.


If Mordekaiser's team scores a takedown on a cursed enemy, he temporarily enslaves their soul as a controllable ghost that gains 100% of Mordekaiser's bonus AD as bonus AD and 15% of Mordekaiser's maximum health as bonus maximum health. While the ghost is active, Mordekaiser gains 25% of target's bonus health, which does not enhance the ghost's bonuses, and 30% of target's AP.



This is Mordekaiser's second hardest ability to use. Micromanaging the Dragon, or ghost is very hard and takes practice. 

Taking Dragon is a very large priority for Mordekaiser because you get to control the dragon. It can tank towers, deal massive damage, and If you have rank 2 ultimate you can even solo baron. YES YOU CAN SOLO BARON WITH DRAGON LATER IN THE GAME. 

In teamfights you want to use this on someone who will give you great benefit but you also want to make sure that person will die. Ulting an ADC and them not dying is a waste of your ultimate. YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU WILL GET  A GHOST IT GIVES YOU GOOD COMBAT STATS

Some champions that make nice ghosts:

Jhin if he has 1 bullet in the chamber because he always crits
Udyr in bear stance becomes a stun bot
Braum becomes a stun bot
vayne for her true damage passive
Gnar for his 3 hit slow and he can also transform as a ghost into mega gnar.
Anivia can tank towers well because you will get her egg as a ghost if the ghost dies. 

Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    Take this Mid top
    Take this bot lane

Core Items

    Everything beyond starting items is situational. I will put some example builds here and will display the items in order I buy them. Read item descriptions and watch some of my youtube matchups to get a better idea of items.
    Bot core rylais > sorc > liandrys > void > rabadons > Guardian angel / banshees
    Mid Top lane core is ludens > sorc > rylais > liandrys. Can also buy banshees if you need MR. Buy seekers and ninja tabi first vs AD champions.
    ONLY GO THIS BUILD ON BOT LANE AND IF YOUR TEAM HAS A TON OF CC. This is the ultimate dps build but you blow up fast. use with extreme caution!!! Gunblade > sorc > nashers > lichbane > void > rabadons

Situational Items

    people are bursting you
    massive DPS increase
    movespeed and damage
    big tanks in your face
    Big tanks in your face
    versus AD assassins
    you got 8-10 stacks on dark seal and are going to carry
    you got mejais to 20+ stacks and want to 1v5 carry
    YOu Need Magic Resist
    You need armor
    YOu need pushing power
    You are mega fed and can't afford to die

 
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We buy seekers armguard FIRST when we need early defense and offense against champions who are primarily AD because it gives you a good mix of armor and AP to win lane. For example champions I would buy this item against include 238.png 91.png 62.png 58.png 78.png there are other I will buy it against but those are just examples. However, if you are winning lane hard sometimes I will skip this item. I would not buy it against a weak laner such as 75.png because he does not fight you early. In this case you can skip buying this item altogether. Many times I will not upgrade this into Zhonyas unless I feel I really need it.



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This is very strong on Mordekaiser. I always buy this as my second or third item. The AP is nice, the Health is nice, the health also gives you more maximum shield, but the most important part is the SLOW. If you ult someone they will be PERMA SLOWED for 8 seconds. This item gives you so much more kill potential on people because once again you have no innate CC or Mobility. Most of the time once you complete this item you will win lane if you are already not winning. buy this 100% of your games. 

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I buy this item as if I need extra defense. If I am winning hard and not afraid of dying I will build this later in the game. This item is great on Mordekaiser because it gives HP a nice shield, and it gives 30% more BASE AD. Mordekaiser is a really large base AD already so this item synergies very well with him.


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This item is surprisingly awesome on Mordekaiser. It gives AP, Attack Speed, an on hit damage effect, and gives cooldown reduction. The Attack Speed is nice because it makes getting all 3 of your Qs off easier. The On hit magic damage is nice because mordekaiser auto attacks quite a bit with his Q anyway. And the Cooldown reduction is nice to use your spells more. I buy this when I need a big DPS increase

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I normally buy this most games after the abyssal nerfs.

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If the enemy has big tanks and you need % HP get this item. Also works really well with Rylais and your ultimate since you always slow with all your abilities. 

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Only buy this item if you have 8-10 stacks on dark seal and you are confident you can carry the game. If you die with this item its all over. But if you stay alive you can 1v5 carry. I buy this 30% of games games.

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Not a fan of this item but it works


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Are you carrying your team hard? Are you the only one fed on your team? If you die in a fight is your team going to lose the fight? If you answered yes to those questions you need to buy this item. This will ensure you can fight again if you die so you can continue to carry your team. It also gives decent armor and boosts your AD a bit 

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This Item I complete first when I am bot lane. This item is amazing on Mordekaiser. It is 133% gold efficient without the active. You can use everything on this item and the active's damage is pretty large. 
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This item is best to complete early vs match-ups with high mobility and kite oriented. With this item your lack of mobility is removed almost entirely and all you have to do is ult someone when low and walk around to promise yourself a ghost. Very good for people who hide under tower as well. - Kumakaider

Matchups Back to Top

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

  • Aatrox
    Easy
  • Ahri
    Hard
  • Akali
    Easy
  • Alistar
    Hard
  • Anivia
    Hard
  • Annie
    Medium
  • Ashe
    Easy
  • Aurelion Sol
    Hard
  • Azir
    Hard
  • Bard
    Hard
  • Blitzcrank
    Easy
  • Brand
    Easy
  • Braum
    Medium
  • Caitlyn
    Hard
  • Cassiopeia
    Medium
  • Cho'Gath
    Easy
  • Darius
    Medium
  • Diana
    Easy
  • Dr. Mundo
    Easy
  • Draven
    Easy
  • Ekko
    Hard
  • Ezreal
    Medium
  • Fiora
    Hard
  • Fizz
    Easy
  • Galio
    Easy
  • Gangplank
    Hard
  • Garen
    Easy
  • Gnar
    Hard
  • Graves
    Hard
  • Hecarim
    Medium
  • Illaoi
    Hard
  • Irelia
    Hard
  • Janna
    Hard
  • Jax
    Hard
  • Jayce
    Medium
  • Jhin
    Hard
  • Jinx
    Easy
  • Kalista
    Hard
  • Karma
    Easy
  • Karthus
    Easy
  • Kassadin
    Easy
  • Katarina
    Easy
  • Kayle
    Medium
  • Kennen
    Hard
  • Kog'Maw
    Easy
  • LeBlanc
    Easy
  • Leona
    Medium
  • Lissandra
    Medium
  • Lucian
    Medium
  • Lulu
    Hard
  • Lux
    Hard
  • Malphite
    Easy
  • Master Yi
    Hard
  • Miss Fortune
    Easy
  • Morgana
    Hard
  • Nami
    Easy
  • Nasus
    Medium
  • Pantheon
    Easy
  • Poppy
    Medium
  • Quinn
    Hard
  • Rammus
    Medium
  • Renekton
    Medium
  • Rengar
    Easy
  • Riven
    Medium
  • Rumble
    Easy
  • Ryze
    Medium
  • Shen
    Hard
  • Singed
    Medium
  • Sion
    Medium
  • Tahm Kench
    Hard
  • Talon
    Easy
  • Trundle
    Medium
  • Tryndamere
    Hard
  • Twisted Fate
    Hard
  • Vladimir
    Medium
  • Yasuo
    Easy
  • Zed
    Medium
  • Zyra
    Hard

VS

Aatrox

Easy

VS

Ahri

Hard

Ahri is very mobile and can keep her distance from you. I have not been able to win this matchup yet. I would recommend not picking mordekaiser into ahri. Farm side camps and roam if you can.

VS

Akali

Easy

VS

Alistar

Hard

VS

Anivia

Hard

This is a farm lane for both of you. Since you are a melee champion with no gap closer, you will just have a farm battle. Try to deny her blue buff and in between waves try to farm raptors / wolves to get  a gold lead on her. Remember to roam when you can. 

VS

Annie

Medium

VS

Ashe

Easy

VS

Aurelion Sol

Hard

VS

Azir

Hard

VS

Bard

Hard

VS

Blitzcrank

Easy

VS

Brand

Easy

VS

Braum

Medium

VS

Caitlyn

Hard

VS

Cassiopeia

Medium

VS

Cho'Gath

Easy

Cho gath is a pretty easy matchup. Just watch out for his vorpalspikes.png vorp[al spikes while he farms as they go through minions. Try to predict where he will use his Q and dodge it because without it he is easy prey. Also if you can proc your stormraiders it makes dodging his Q very easy.


What this Champion gives you as a Ghost: Vorpal Spikes on auto attack

VS

Darius

Medium

Darius can be easy or hard. He will not expect your damage and most of his bleed can be mitigated with proper management of your shield. Try to fake going to kill a minion so he will waste his Q. Once his Q is down you can farm at melee range. Try to keep harassing him with your E when you can. If he pull you in use your W and Q and if you think you can out trade him go for the kill. Remember if you get 5 bleed stacks on you YOU WILL LOSE ALL FIGHTS. So if he is about to get 5 stacks run. Also if you get pulled and you need to run try to activate stormraiders surge by using your Q and then just walk away.


What this Champion gives you as a Ghost: Bleed Stacks on auto attack

VS

Diana

Easy

VS

Dr. Mundo

Easy

Dr. Mundo is a weak laner. You should have no trouble zoning him from farm. But without CC you will have a hard time killing him unless he goes aggressive. Try to take his tower fast and roam around instead of having a farm battle with him top lane.

VS

Draven

Easy

VS

Ekko

Hard

I have not played versus ekko too much but when I did it was not so bad. You mostly need to keep track of his ult at level 6 because if his ghost is on top of you he might all in you. Most of the time he can't break your shield unless he gets 3 stacks on you so try to dodge his Q if you can.


What this Champion gives you as a Ghost: Passive ekko stacks on auto attack

VS

Ezreal

Medium

VS

Fiora

Hard

AFK in base wait for nerf 


No but seriously this champ needs a nerf. She does too much sustained damage and her parry makes it very hard to hit your 3rd Q. She has more mobility and damage than you do and since you are melee she can harass you with her Q well. Do not pick mordekaiser into this. 

VS

Fizz

Easy

VS

Galio

Easy

VS

Gangplank

Hard

But unfortunately you have little kill potential on him because he is very mobile and you have no way to catch him. So you need to take tower fast and roam and make plays. 


What this Champion gives you as a Ghost: his passive true damage on auto attack

VS

Garen

Easy

Garen is not hard as long as you know when to use your skills. You need to use all your skills before you get silenced. So if he is running at you use E and W a minion and then press Q all before he silences you and you should be able to win the trade. 

VS

Gnar

Hard

VS

Graves

Hard

Hard top lane matchup but soon he won't be played here anymore because he will be nerfed. Just play scared and don't try to kill him ever. use your E to farm safe and wait for junggle ganks. 

VS

Hecarim

Medium

Difficult early because he has range on you but gets easier after the first back because he can't break your shield. Avoid fighting him while his hecarimw.png is active and you should be okay. 

VS

Illaoi

Hard

Very hard matchup for mordekaiser. Pretty much you just need to play passive because you can't 1v1 fight her after she has her ult. Her ult just deals way too much damage and she heals way too much. You will never win 1v1 and if your jungler ganks she deals even more damage and sometimes can 2v1. SO tell your jungler to not come top and just farm and outscale her. Try to make plays around the map. 

VS

Irelia

Hard

Irelia is easy early but once she gets her Triforce you lose. She deals way too much sustained damage and has sustain in lane, coupled with sustain from her ult. I would not recommend picking mordekaiser into irelia. Ask for jungler ganks so you can get ahead and snowball the lead in your favor.

VS

Janna

Hard

VS

Jax

Hard

Similar matchup to Irelia, he is easy early but once he gets one item its over for you. He deals too much sustained damage and his E can block your Q. Ask for jungle ganks early and you can snowball against him. If you don't get a kill early this matchup is hard because he deals both AD and AP and its hard to itemize against him.



What this Champion gives you as a Ghost: 3 hits will deal magic damage because of Jax's ult on auto attack

VS

Jayce

Medium

Difficult to snowball because he is a ranged champion. This is just a farm lane. Dont get hit by his E Q combo and just try to make TP plays and outscale him.

VS

Jhin

Hard

VS

Jinx

Easy

VS

Kalista

Hard

VS

Karma

Easy

VS

Karthus

Easy

Very easy lane. He pretty much can't kill you. I would rush Rylies here and then swiftness. You should be able to just roll over him even if he walls you with those 2 items. 

VS

Kassadin

Easy

Easy matchup because he is melee and he can't break your shield. Kassadin struggles to farm under tower so you can push him in early or you can just freeze and deny him farm that way too. Make sure you ward well when he is 6 so your team doesn't die from his roams. 

VS

Katarina

Easy

VS

Kayle

Medium

hard to snowball this lane because she is ranged. Click on her and you can see how long until her kayleE.png runs out. Once it is about to run out you can use your W to push the lane / beat her up. Remember she will kayleR.png your 3rd Q so try to save it until it runs out.

VS

Kennen

Hard

VS

Kog'Maw

Easy

VS

LeBlanc

Easy

VS

Leona

Medium

VS

Lissandra

Medium

VS

Lucian

Medium

VS

Lulu

Hard

VS

Lux

Hard

VS

Malphite

Easy

VS

Master Yi

Hard

VS

Miss Fortune

Easy

VS

Morgana

Hard

VS

Nami

Easy

VS

Nasus

Medium

VS

Pantheon

Easy

VS

Poppy

Medium

VS

Quinn

Hard

VS

Rammus

Medium

VS

Renekton

Medium

VS

Rengar

Easy

VS

Riven

Medium

This can be easy or hard depending on your positioning. Level 1 you can win with your W. Level 2 you must take Q because she will try to all in you. You can still win this but do not try to farm unless your W is up. evel 3 you can still win. Remember that at level 6 she will all in you ASAP so if you are level 5 and she is about to be 6 back off until you level up. 

VS

Rumble

Easy

VS

Ryze

Medium

VS

Shen

Hard

VS

Singed

Medium

VS

Sion

Medium

VS

Tahm Kench

Hard

VS

Talon

Easy

VS

Trundle

Medium

VS

Tryndamere

Hard

VS

Twisted Fate

Hard

VS

Vladimir

Medium

VS

Yasuo

Easy

VS

Zed

Medium

VS

Zyra

Hard

How to Play Mordekaiser TOP / MID Back to Top

Early game:


Mordekaiser is very weak levels 1-3 so you should avoid fighting for the most part. At level 3 you can start trading well. Remember Mordekaiser can very easily die to ganks, so you want to play cautiously and ward at around 2:40 in both mid and top lane. If you need to heal in lane, walk to krugs/gromp in top or raptors / wolves in mid lane and pop your W for a nice heal. Try to get good at farming with auto attacks so you do not push the lane too much because you will be open to getting ganked. If you do get ganked and you know you can't go back to your tower walk into your own creep wave, use your W, and try to kill the JUNGLER. The jungler will most likely be more squishy than the laner. Remember to pop your W on both for a big heal. Many times you can 2v1 if you play it correctly. 

AS Top lane: Look to use TP to gank bot lane, or join dragon fights

As mid lane: Generally I use my spells to shove the wave as hard as i can, then either farm a jungle camp, or roam to another lane. 

Mid Game:

Dragon is the most important objective for mordekaiser. With the dragon you can guarantee you take down a tower. Also if you have level 2 ult and 2 damage items you can SOLO BARON. Just let the dragon tank all the damage and tell your team go push mid. (remember to buy a pink ward! )

In team fights try to get an ADC ghost, or some other champion whos ghost will help you in fights. The most important thing with your ult is to make sure you get a ghost because if you do not, you miss a lot of stats you would get. Even if you have to ult a support, as long as you get the ghost it is worth it. 

Late Game:

You need to end the game before 40 minutes. After that mordekaiser kinda falls off because he has to build some tank items to survive in fights. Remember, if you can get dragon, that will lead to baron / towers and that is a huge way to win the game. If yo ucan take dragon, you can easily win fights with Mordekaiser. Late game you want to ult and get any ghost you can, even if it is the support. Just ult the first person that is going to die unless you can flash kill one of their carries. Remember pinks help end games. Always have a pink ward on you unless you need to use the 6th item slot. Upgrade your trinket to the blue one as well.

Bot Lane Mordekaiser Back to Top

First of all, I do not recommend bot lane Mordekaiser to anyone. You might ask "but you got master playing Morde bot why would you not recommend it?" 


Answer: Its hard. Its REALLY HARD. You have to have excellent communication with your support, so you need a duo buddy. Also you need the correct support. You need a support that can lock people down and keep them from moving since Mordekaiser is melee and immobile. I recommend any melee support. You  also will get flamed... A LOT escpecially in lower elos. I've had countless times where my own team banned Mordekaiser or trolled me because I said I wanted to play bot lane Mordekaiser. 


If you do decide to play Mordekaiser bot, as I said above make sure you have a duo buddy, you are using voice comms, and your buddy is playing a melee support. Blitzcrank, Thresh, Alistar are probably my favorite 3 to use. Trundle, Braum, Taric, nautilus, leona, work as well.  

Okay so you got your duo, you got your support, you are following my builds. But now you need to learn the playstyle. The playstyle is very different from other lanes. You are beyond useless until level 3. You need to minimize the poke you take and play passive at all costs until you are level 3 and have 1 point in each skill. After that you can fight. Generally go for the more squishy target when you fight but remember exhaust and CC from the enemy team is going to cripple you. It takes a lot of practice to perfect. If you need to see the playstyle just watch my stream or VODs. 

Ask your jungler to help you take dragon so you can push down bot or mid towers. Dragons are the most important objective for bottom lane mordekaiser since you traditionally use a ranged carry to bust down towers. For Mordekaiser however, you need to use the dragon ghost to take turrets. 



Good luck my friends

Micromanaging your Ghost / Dragon Back to Top

Managing your Pet (Dragon or Ghost) is a very important skill for Mordekaiser players to be proficient at. 



HOW TO SOLO BARON WITH MORDEKAISER: Get 2 Damage items, Level 2 Ultimate, and Take Dragon.                     >>>>HAVE A PINK WARD<<<<<<<<<<

 

How to control your Pet: 
  • Method 1: You can press R (your Ult key) on the map and your Pet will move to the location, attack a minion or champion, or hit a tower. 
  • Method 2: You can press and HOLD the ALT button and then RIGHT click to issue commands to your Pet.
I personally use the R key but I have heard from others using Alt + Right click is more responsive. 



Tips for using Ghosts:
  • Ghost's attacks will apply a short rylies slow of you have the item
  • if you get a dragon ghost you can have it tank the rift herald and walk around and hit the eye and solo rift herald
  • Ghosts damage will grant you shield so if you can get a high auto attack damage ghost you will have more shield
  • Ghosts have a leash range unlike the dragon and will eventually teleport to you if they get too far from you.
  • Ghosts that have on hit effects will apply (deadmans plate, static shiv, vayne's true damage, gnar transformations, and even steraks gauge)
  • Yorik can Ult your ghost to make a second ghost YES YOU CAN HAVE 2 VAYNE GHOSTS ON YOUR TEAM OP
Tips for using Dragon:
  • Dragon's attacks will apply a short rylies slow of you have the item
  • Dragon's attacks will grant you shield
  • Dragon, unlike ghosts, does NOT have a leash range. Sometimes if you get the dragon early in the game you can send your dragon to push with your bot lane while going back to defend top. Just make sure the dragon does not start walking towards top lane. 
  • Dragon is very tanky, it can tank baron, or towers very well
  • Dragon deals a lot of damage and can zone the back line very well in teamfights
  • Dragon does a lot of damage to towers. You should always look to push down a tower somewhere on the map if you get dragon
  • with Rylies and abyssal scepter/seekers armguard you can solo baron with level2

SUBSCRIBE AND WATCH FULL LENGTH MASTER TIER GAMES AND MATCHUPS Back to Top

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WARDS WARDS WARDS Back to Top

The biggest problem I had when I first started playing Mordekaiser was DYING ALL THE TIME TO JUNGLE GANKS. And if this was a problem for me, it is going to be a problem for you as well. 


The enmy jungler is going to look at your team and see oh, they have a MORDEKAISER, a champion with ZERO escapes and ZERO mobility. They are going to look to CAMP YOUR LANE. 


To avoid rage quitting the game from being camped you need to learn to BUY PINK WARDS and USE YOUR YELLOW TRINKET. If you do not have wards in your lane you need to play as if the jungler is about to gank you at all times.


IN TOP LANE:

Every time you recall to base make sure you have 1 pink ward on you at all times. It helps you survive ganks, take rift herald, take dragons, and clear enemy laners wards. You want to put it in either the river bush, or the tribush, whichever is closer to your tower and make sure to use your yellow trinket in the other bush to make sure you will only get ganked if they come through lane. 

IN MID LANE:

Ward one of the two (top or bottom) river bushes and stick to the OTHER side of the lane. That way you do not need to ward both sides. You should be safe enough but make sure to not get baited if the enemy runs to the non warded bush. I recommend using your pink ward in the bush in FRONT OF RED BUFF, its a nice ward because it will save either your top, or bot lane from mid lane and jungler ganks. 

Again, How To Use Mordekaiser's W Ability Back to Top

I am making this its own section because I feel some of you will not read the abilities description and unlike other champions where you can just play and figure it out, Mordekaiser's W is not  so easy to understand. 

This is a very confusing spell to new Mordekaiser players but is also his most important spell so you need to be able to master using it. I will try to describe the best I can in words on the various uses of this spell. It deals damage over time, heals you for nearby enemies, and deals damage when you reactivate it. It also gives you mobility towards the unit you use your W on. 

We max W first because it helps us trade damage, and heal for a great amount in lane allowing us to win trades in lane. 

Use 1: Trade damage in lane

1. Wait until enemy laner walks up to kill a minion. 
2. Activate W on a nearby minion WITH THE MOST HP SO IT DOESNT DIE
3. Walk up to your enemy and your W will start to deal magic damage over time. 
4. make sure when the duration ends the W "Pops" while the enemy is inside the circle so you heal from them. 

Use 2: healing yourself in lane (YOU CAN ALSO HEAL ALLIES WITH THE SAME STEPS)

1. If top lane walk to krugs / Gromp. If Mid Lane walk to raptors or wolves
2. Activate W on yourself
3. make sure at least 2 of the monsters (with the exception of gromp) are within your circle
4. Re activate W for a nice heal
5. Walk away from camp and enjoy your health pool.

Use 3: securing kills on enemies

1. Activate W on ally 
2. Make sure enemy is within circle of ally
3. Re activate W for the kill

Use 4: Mobility

1. Activate W on minion or ally in the direction you want to travel
2. Walk towards W'ed ally unit
3. enjoy increased mobility

Use 5: Farming minions at range

1. Activate W on ally minion
2. Make sure enemy minion is within circle of ally minion
3. Re activate W for the kill on the minion


In a teamfight knowing how to use his W properly is very important. Sometimes you need to heal a front line tank really fast so you will quickly press W and then W again for a heal. Sometimes you want to let the W deal damage over time. Sometimes you need to W your ADC so you can go peel for them. Try experimenting with all the above techniques. With some practice your teamfights will become a lot better.

Pros and Cons Back to Top

Pros:

Can beat most melee champions
Off tank
Can solo baron with level 2 uilt, dragon, and 2 damage items
Big Damage
Can heal your team or self with W
Getting a good ghost with your ult can change games
Getting dragon will most likely secure you taking down a tower
Not many people play Mordekaiser so your enemy will not know how to play against you
The Q sound effects are so satisfying! 


Cons
No CC
No Mobility spells
Easy to gank
Melee
Fall off after about 40 minutes since his Q damage takes a while to pull off and he has to build some tank items.
Struggles vs ranged champions

Master Tier Confirmed Back to Top

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#1 Mordekaiser World Confirmed Back to Top

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About the Author Back to Top

Hello friends! My name is Andrew. I am a third year at the University of Cincinnati studying Industrial Management. I am a student athlete and I play for the school's League of Legends team. I also stream all my games. Currently, I ended season 5 with 4 accounts in Diamond III. I ended season 6 hitting master 240LP as my peak. My peak in season 7 has been 299LP challenger.  My favorite champions are Mordekaiser, Yorick, and Sion . 


My streams link is: http://www.twitch.tv/tastypotatox 

Check out my Top lane Tahm Kench guide at: http://www.lolking.net/guides/360390
Check out my Sion guide at: http://www.lolking.net/guides/322851


Thank you for reading my guide and I hope you found it helpful!  
If you feel anything should be further explained, or you want something added just let me know in the comments!

Best of luck out there in the Fields of Justice! See you on the Rift!!   

My Stream, Watch Me And Learn To Be A Better Mordekaiser Back to Top

The best way to improve is to watch high level streams of people who main the champion you want to play. The reasoning is because you can learn every matchup and learn build paths against certain matchups that may not be in guides. I watched Boxerpete and fwii and played 100s of games of Tryndamere before I could play him at a diamond level. 
 
I am by no means the best but I was in the top 200 people in NA for a while. Also at this rank I need to play what my team needs so  I can't play Mordekaiser every game. But I will answer questions and take into consideration what you want to see me play.

I play Mordekaiser, Sion, Yorick, so if you want to see those follow my stream!


My streams link is: http://www.twitch.tv/tastypotatox 


I don't have a set time that I stream because I am a college student. 
Also there is a donation button if you are feeling generous :3

Thank you again everyone for reading :D

Changelog Back to Top

2-7-2018 
  • Updated for season 8. Morde sucks ATM will update again next patch.

7-8-2017
  • Updated some items and wording.
5-6-2017
  • Updated items a bit for the mid season 7 patch
4-30-2017 
  • KumaKaider starts updating guide for top lane

12-31-2016
  • Complete guide overhaul. Updated most sections.
11-28-16
  • Updated summoners, runes, masteries, builds. Probably more to come with rylais nerfs next patch
8-22-16 
  • Updated summoners. Removed teleport. Added cleanse. Removed ignite. Went through most champs and gave them a difficulty to lane versus. Not added details because takes too long. Updated item builds. will explain in depth later update. 

6-21-2016
  • Updated stuff for jungle and some runes
5-10-2016 
  • 6.9 BIG UPDATE on runes and items. Also added section where you can find replays of me on youtube. Adding jungle section and bot lane section eventually

4-3-2016
  • Updated runes
  • I GOT MASTER BITCHES
  • Updated mastery pages (added 2nd page)
  • updated items
  • updated ghost section to tell how to solo rift herald
  • working on ADC mordekaiser and jungle mordekaiser sections
2-27-2016
  • Added how to solo baron video in Managing pet's section
  • Updated items a bit I favor gunblade more now
  • GUIDE IS NOW FEATURED

2-20-2016
  • Item thought process updated in author's notes
  • More Champion matchups updated

2-19-2016
  • Abilities updated to explain why stuff is maxed. 
  • Clarified why I take runes
  • Added some reasoning for masteries
  • Added section about managing your Pet Dragon / Ghost
  • Added Section reinforcing how to properly use Mordekaiser's W
  • Added WARDS WARDS WARDS section

2-18-2016 
  • Guide Created 

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