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Wukong Statistics for KirbyN64

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

Value
Average
Games Played
4
6
Win %
75
46
Kills
12.5
6.7
Assists
9.8
6.6
Deaths
9.0
6.3
KA:D Ratio
2.5
2.1
Gold Earned
15.4K
11.6K
Creep Score
154.0
125.1
Average
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Summoner Spells Back to Top

So, here are your choices:


Go for Flash+Ignite for a Close Match Up / A Match Up you can secure kills early.
Go for Flash+TP for tank match ups / if you get countered.

This HIGHLY depends on your mood. There was a time where i got used into getting Ignite top every game because i was afraid my enemy laner would take it, but as soon i got better on laning with TP to oversustain the enemy laner, i'm now mostly using TP.

This, and the fact you HAVE to win your lane if you take ignite or else you got a free flaming on your team and you'll have to mute them all (Not that it counts to everyone, but it does happen)

There is ONE match up where i like taking it because most of the time the enemy laner will also get it: Irelia.
And god knows how annoying it is to be pressured by Irelia only because she got ignite.

This may vary from elos to elos, normally people on lower elo are more fond to use TP and as soon as you get to higher plat and diamond some people will bring ignite and try to hardcarry snowballing their lane. I'll try to give some tips on laning against ignite enemies, so read it below =P

So here the TLDR: take Ignite if you're confortable on the match-up / if you're on a good mood of wrecking your lane.
Take TP if you don't wanna be too risky. You're gonna end up wrecking your lane anyway....

New Runes Back to Top

Masteries Back to Top

Another long explanation, now for Masteries:

There are 3 types of Masteries we might take for Wukong: Thunderlord, Fervor of Battle or Strength of Ages.

Here's when you gonna use them:

Thunderlords for whenever you're laning against someone squishy/bruiser or whenever you have little windows of trade, so you have to do the most amount of damage in that specific time: Riven, Kennen, Jax, or Fiora for Example.

There are also cases where you DON'T wanna go for long trades, like Darius, Olaf, TK (If you find any) etc

Go for Fervor whenever the enemy is tanky or has an ability that may cancel your burst and deny the extra damage of TL. Another good go is when you're laning against someone that have higher cooldowns than you, and you'll need to abuse this windows where you have your combo up and he doesnt. Some examples are Poppy, Garen, Jayce, Irelia.

Don't worry, i'll try to give more tips about this on match ups section below.

For when to use SoA: well, it's going to be removed forever on Pre-Season. On higher elo it's a good pick because the 300 HP is good for anyone, on lower elos your TL will help ALOT with ganking. Using SoA on lane is a no brainer though.

Grasp of Undying is "Ok", but it just don't work well because you're not building tank and your base HP is low.

Abilities Back to Top

E
Q
W
E
E
R
E
Q
E
Q
R
Q
Q
W
W
R
W
W
Passive
Q
2
8
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12
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W
3
14
15
17
18
E
1
4
5
7
9
R
6
11
16
monkeykingpassive.png - Passive: To be pretty honest, this passive is straight up bad. Is not like the little extra AD/MR you get with it is something to be praised for. It's ok and should be better if it's scailed with levels / changed for literally ANYTHING else.

monkeykingdoubleattack.png - Q : This is a Auto-Attack reset and a range boost for your next auto. This also reduces a % of enemy's Armor. If you can, this is better used BEFORE you combo, so it does a little more damage. A good tip is to press "Q" before using "E" into an enemy (Or press it midair) and Wukong will automaticaly use Q as soon E finishs up. If you have your ult, wait for Q to hit the enemy before ulting or you're gonna miss a BIG chunk of damage on enemy.


The correct combo is W -> Pre Cast Q -> E -> Wait for Q to Hit -> R
However, this will let the enemy have a very little window when he can flash away. But going for W -> E -> R probably won't kill anyone unless you're really fed. 

Plus: taking a flash from someone is always good. (As long you don't ult after they already flashed)

monkeykingdecoy.png - W: Might sound simple, but it has some good stuff into it. Here is the stuff: or lanephase, you might always hold on till your W is up so you can avoid retaliation from enemy laner / lose minions aggro.

On jungle, use this after your E attack buff ends so it might tank the creeps for your until your next rotation of skills. (The correct use is to use it and go to the other side of the creep, and optimaly wait for the creep to start the attack animation before using it, so it might tank 2 to 3 attacks for you)

This is also a great juking tool and your best choice to escape a fight after you unleashed your whole damage.

monkeykingnimbus.png - E: This is one of the best abilities in the whole game. It's a very useful gapcloser with a very good amount of damage and hits 3 targets. You should max it for the reliable damage, lower cooldown and more killing potential.

Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    Lets be honest here: since this item showed up, there's no better start for someone that will need HP and Mana at toplane. After taking damage, run a potion before trading back for the extra magic damage on corruption. Remembering to run a pot before going for a trade is something you'll need to get used to, but will separate you from a poor skilled top laner.

Core Items

    Black Cleaver is THE item made for Wukong. As you're usually facing some tanky laners, this is trully awesome. Gives you some AD, HP and shred on enemy Armor. This is also very great because it procs the shred on your ult, so hiting the enemies a few seconds with your ult is a huge help to your ADC for the rest of the fight. Make this item first on every single game you go. (Unless you need an Executioners Call or Hexdrinker first, i'll explain later)
    Will assure anyone you try to kill is 110% dead. Also gives you alot of good stats. Go for it for the 2nd item if you're snowballing or 3rd item if the game is somewhat tied. Remember to use your combo properly and using your Q before ulting to proc it.
    TBH i didn't like this item too much before. It won't help much into duels because you're usually using it to reach people and you won't be using much of your AA in any fights. But it helps you ALOT into taking down turrets and gives you alot of good stats, plus it helps you into reaching their backline. Go for it on your second item if you're on a 'even' game or third if you're snowballing.
    Go for Malmortius as your 2nd item if the enemy APC is making trouble. Rushing Hexdrinker as your first item versus AP Laners is always recomended. Skip Malmortius for a while after build Hexdrinker and go for Black Cleaver -> Yoomus and then finish it. (Or finish it as soon as you start seeying the enemy APC as a problem)
    Go for Merc whenever the enemy team has some good form of CC, you're facing an AP toplaner or you're facing an laner that plays around a CC ability. Go for Tabi whenever the enemy AD is hitting hard. Enemies with empowered autos also tends to get very sad to see this on your inventory. Go for Mobi whenever you notice you're on *that* team, and understand you'll need to keep roaming the whole early-game. Switch Mobi for something more useful as soon as your team starts grouping.
    Go for GA for your 4th - 5th item. If you die using it, buy a Banshee's Veil until your GA cooldown is up again. Going for Veil on AP Nuke champions is also nice. (Morgana, Karma, Blitzcrank and any other champion that plays around 1-2 abilities to do damage / Champions that might spoil your initiation like Veigar or Syndra also asks for it)

Situational Items

    Facing an AP toplaner? Go for it as your first item. Won't get you so much damage, but it will pretty much wins the lane alone for you. As i said before, don't finish it before making at least a Black Cleaver or you won't do much around either.
    The most cost-effective way to bring tears of hate into Swain/Fiora/Mundo players. Rush it with no fear whenever the enemy is out sustaining you. Bringing one to lane on your first back will heavily hit enemy's ability to sustain with potion as well, so is double good for us. Same as Hex though: after buying it, go for Black Cleaver and finish it as soon as you feel you need it done.
    There are lane matchups where you don't wanna be there, i know. Sometimes you'll need to make a ZZrot (Versus Singed, for example) knowing it's not very effective because the voidlings do damage based on the users total HP, which you won't have much. (But you still gonna do it, because yes.)

Matchups Back to Top

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

  • Aatrox
    Easy
  • Akali
    Medium
  • Cho'Gath
    Hard
  • Darius
    Hard
  • Dr. Mundo
    Medium
  • Ekko
    Medium
  • Fiora
    Hard
  • Fizz
    Easy
  • Gangplank
    Medium
  • Garen
    Easy
  • Gnar
    Easy
  • Illaoi
    Hard
  • Irelia
    Medium
  • Jax
    Easy
  • Jayce
    Hard
  • Kayle
    Medium
  • Kennen
    Medium
  • Kled
    Medium
  • Lissandra
    Medium
  • Malphite
    Easy

VS

Aatrox

Easy

From the few i faced, was a pretty easy match up. Aatrox is such a cool character, but pretty weak ingame. You might want to rush Executioners Calling to nuke his sustain. If you manage to lose to him in lane, he won't be able to do much (even if his too ahead.) because Riot hates him and it's very hard to win with him.... 

VS

Akali

Medium

Very few players use her top, but you're pretty much able to deal with her pre and post 6. Be aware of her trading potential as soon as she finishes her hextech gunblade (If you're able to make her use it's gunblade on your clone, then your pretty much done for). Going for an early hexdrinker is a very safe way to win this lane.

VS

Cho'Gath

Hard

Not gonna lie: a good Chogath will make your life a living hell. His overpowered silence duration is a problem for all you do. Try not dying pre-6 and going for an all-in as soon as he ults a minion (Flash for it if necessary/ and he's not near his turret to make the kill happen and get less pressure in lane)

Going for an early Veil will help you a bit (At least escaping it's silence), ask for jungle help if you need / aren't confortable with it killing it yourself.

VS

Darius

Hard

There is a problem with Darius: he deals SO much damage to you, and seems to take so little....

There are ways to win against one, but heavily depends on how well you seize the small windows of his cooldowns.


Most people will take Darius to counter you, if so, you might have a chance if you have the half of the skill i have with WK.

Try evading trades when your Thunderlord is not up an check out for his Keystone Mastery to better trades. 

Last tip: if he goes for tank itens, you have a real chance of winning this lane. (However, if he goes for Black Cleaver, then you're done for.)

Ask for your junglers help and avoid picking Wukong against him.

VS

Dr. Mundo

Medium

Few people take Mundo nowadays, but i've seen some good Mundos... and God. it's hard.
He have an unreasonable quantity of damage on his E (He gets more AD the lower he is), so trading against him pre-6 is not nice for you. (Or at least trade him after he uses his E on minions or something else)

Go for an early Executioners Call and take Fervor as your Thunderlord will only tickle him.

If you get at least one kill on him, your lane will be somewhat easy.

VS

Ekko

Medium

With the new Season, we won't be seeying him too much on top anymore.
Anyway, it's somewhat of a even lane. Try going for him on short trades and avoid his Q as much as you can. 

And yeah, go for Thunderlord because you don't wanna extend your fights against him getting his passive to proc continuously.

VS

Fiora

Hard

I HATE this champion.
There are 3 things you NEED to understand to face her.

First: avoid facing her level 1 on small trades, she wins those.


Second: as soon as she gets Riposte, she may cancel your ENTIRE combo by simply pressing a button, so you might wanna go near her and using your Q to bait her W.

If she doesn't have her W, then it's another history until 6.
Another very important thing: if she hits you with her W, you'll get cancer your your attack speed and movement speed. It's REALLY annoying and can both prevent you from escaping a bad trade or save her from your agressive flash to finish her up.

As you can see, the problem on this lane is that a single mistake and you're done under your tower getting towerdove until the rest of the game.

Third: as you both hits 6 her ult has a MASSIVE heal that you can't ignore. She will probably also go for Tiamat + Vamp Scepter, so rushing that Executioner Call is really a good idea.

Another good tip is to 'hug a wall' whenever she ults you, so she can't hit all the 4 spots and open the healing.

Ah, another good advise: if she Riposte your ult, you're gonna get stunned. Nice, isn't it?

Worse case scenario: you waste your entire combo on her W and gets a bonus stun.
Good case scenario: get 1 or 2 kills and don't understimate her dueling abilities for the rest of the game. Making a Randuins/Frozen Heart will help for a defensive item.

VS

Fizz

Easy

I faced good Fizz before and i personally think it's quite easy. Early Hexdrink helps alot. You might wanna go for Drakatharr before Black Cleaver on this one because it will proc while he's untargetable and most of the time it will be the damage you need to finish him up before he lands on the ground.

VS

Gangplank

Medium

No one uses it anymore, a good OTP GP will give you trouble (not by killing you, but being able to reach mid/late game without getting killed by you)

You HAVE to kill him 1-2 times before mid/late game, going 0/0 is definitely a loss on this match up.

You probably won't find these good GP on your games (Or any GP, TBH), but if you find, you'll easily know.

Don't underestimate his orange healing power when towerdiving him.... seriously.

VS

Garen

Easy

Go for Fervor of Battle, pre-cast your Q before using your E to avoid getting silenced after your E: If you manage to be able to use your W to get away before he hit's your with his Q, nice. If don't, then you should take a little damage. 

You might go for extended trades with FoB against him, your ult will do more in lane and in teamfights and his ult will only become a problem if you manage to become the villain (Which is somewhat hard)

If this happens, play safe until someone else becomes the villain.

VS

Gnar

Easy

Gnar was really nerfed though these last patches, it was a easy match up and now it's even easier. His E has a big cooldown: abuse it. Avoid facing him on Mega because he gets too tanky.

VS

Illaoi

Hard

This champion is PURE cancer. Don't ask your junglers help or she may be able to kill you both.

Try to avoid her E as much as you can, and never, NEVER, NEVER, fight her when she's ulted. You might be 3/0 and she would still win the duel. Wait for her ult to end before retaliating.


If you're unlucky enough to find a good Illaoi: RIP.

VS

Irelia

Medium

Personally, i would recomend you to take Ignite on this one. If she takes ignite and you don't, she will pressure the lane too much and will eventually find a way to kill you.

The early trades are very good for Wukong. Respect her stun and avoid towerdiving her/hitting her near her turret: her stun duration is just too long for god sake rito, fix that shit.

I lost about 2 games for not respecting her stun and getting 3 shots from her turret at Level 4. I paid too much for that mistake and i want your to understand and avoid it.

If you don't get hit too much by turret, you're gonna have a good lane.

Thunderlords or Fervor are good for this match up.

VS

Jax

Easy

I faced some Jaxes and i think it's a somewhat easy lane.


Here is the tip: avoid using your pre-casted Q+E combo because most Jaxes will use his E as soon as you attack him.

IF he uses his E, use your decoy and back off until it's over. You'll have a good window to strike him now.

If he's smart he will run toward your back running path when you're invisible, if he does so, walk to the sides or even go toward his turret: avoid that E and you're gonna have a easy peasy lane.

Getting a Hexdrinker on 3rd/2nd item is good because Jax deals alot of AP damage (W, Passive on R) , it will be a very good buy.

And oh... avoiding the 3rd strike after he gets 6 is also nice. As soon as he uses it, go for him for a better trade.

VS

Jayce

Hard

Understand something: Jayce now is a very powerfull early game champion. Respect his early game and avoid trades on lane at all costs.

Good Jayces will ONLY try to fight after hitting a Q+E combo, and keep running whenever you try to approach after he misses.

Bad/Medium Jayces will try to trade regardless of hitting the combo. Even so, he's an overloaded champion that will probably deal more damage than you do.

Ask for Jungle Help or avoid conflict until teamfights. You'll do more than him and will be able to start fights before he pokes too much.

VS

Kayle

Medium

Kayle is a ticking time bomb.


Avoid getting chunked at Level 1 and strike her whenever her E is down with your full combo.

When both get 6, you might use your W to avoid the time she get's invulnerable.

Try to rush the game as soon as you can. Late game she's a monster.

VS

Kennen

Medium

Rush an Early Hexdrinker and keep an eye for his passive.


Going for Fervor is better on this Match Up because after he uses all his cooldowns, you can abuse him and chunk him more with another rotation.

If you go for Thunderlords, everytime you go for him both of you will proc the TL extra damage, and you'll end up taking more damage than him.

When both get 6, if you manage to use your full combo and ult before he stuns you, your ult will still damage him while you're stunned, and then he'll hardly win any trade.

On teamfights you do more or less the same thing. As for your support to make an Iron Solari to mitigate his damage.

VS

Kled

Medium

TBH, never faced one. But i may assume it should be somewhat hard.

VS

Lissandra

Medium

Same as Kennen. Go for fervor, early Hexdrink and "Versus AP" runes. Avoid her Q the most you can and try to ult before she ults you so the damage will still hit her.

If she's smart, she will ult herself (IF she's used to self-casting, because if she tries to click herself, most of the time you'll be on top of her, so....)

Is somewhat of a easy lane.

VS

Malphite

Easy

Go for Fervor of Battle, "Versus AP" Runes and rush Black Cleaver ASAP.
Hexdrinker will assure you don't die no matter what 1x1.

A good second/third item is Drakatharr: it deals a % of the damage you already did, so it's very effective versus tanks.

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