Gangplank – The Saltwater Scourge
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Gangplank, the Saltwater Scourge
“I was cutting throats and sinking Noxian war galleys when you were still pissing your britches, boy. You don’t want to take me on.”
As unpredictable as he is brutal, the dethroned reaver king known as Gangplank is feared far and wide. Where he goes, death and ruin follow, and such is his infamy and reputation that the merest sight of his black sails on the horizon causes panic among even the hardiest crew.
Having grown rich preying upon the trade routes of the Twelve Seas, Gangplank has made himself many powerful enemies. In Ionia, he incurred the wrath of the deadly Order of Shadow after ransacking the Temple of the Jagged Knife, and it is said that the Grand General of Noxus himself has sworn to see Gangplank torn asunder after the pirate stole the Leviathan, Swain’s personal warship and the pride of the Noxian fleet.
While Gangplank has incurred the wrath of many, none have yet been able to bring him to justice, despite assassins, bounty hunters, and entire armadas being sent after him. He takes grim pleasure in the ever-increasing rewards posted for his head, and makes sure to nail them to the Bounty Board in Bilgewater for all to see whenever he returns to port, his ships heavy with loot.
In recent times, Gangplank has been brought down by the machinations of the bounty hunter Miss Fortune. His ship was destroyed with all of Bilgewater watching, killing his crew and shattering his aura of invincibility. Now that they have seen he is vulnerable, the gangs of Bilgewater have risen up, fighting amongst themselves to claim dominion over the port city.
Despite receiving horrific injuries in the explosion, Gangplank survived. Sporting a multitude of fresh scars, and with a newly crafted metal arm to replace his amputated limb, he is now determined to rebuild his strength, reclaim what he sees as rightfully his – and to ruthlessly punish all those who turned against him.
The massive Noxian war captain shuddered and dropped his axe as Gangplank rammed his cutlass deep into the man’s gut. Blood bubbled from the warrior’s tattooed lips as he mouthed an unheard curse.
Gangplank pulled his blade free with a sneer and shoved the dying man to the deck. He collapsed in a clatter of heavy armor, his blood mingling with the seawater sloshing across the war galley’s foredeck. The black-painted hull of Gangplank’s ship loomed above, the two vessels locked together with boarding grapples and lines.
Gangplank’s black and gold teeth gritted in suppressed pain – the Noxian had almost bested him. Nevertheless, he refused to let his crew see his weakness, forcing his lips into a wicked smile.
Wind and rain whipping at him, he turned to survey the rest of the Noxians. He’d issued a blood-challenge to the enemy captain, and now that he’d won, their will to fight evaporated.
“This ship is now mine,” Gangplank roared, loud enough to be heard over the driving gale. “Does anyone else have anything to say on the matter?”
One of the Noxians, a huge warrior with blood-cult tattoos upon his face and garbed in spiked armor glared at Gangplank.
“We are sons of Noxus,” he bellowed. “We would all gladly die before we let our ship be taken by the likes of you!”
Gangplank frowned, then shrugged. “Fair enough,” he said, and turned away. Gangplank favored his crew with a vicious smile.
“Kill them all,” he roared. “And burn their ship to the waterline!”
Trial by Fire
INNATE: Every few seconds, Gangplank’s melee strike will set his opponent on fire.
(Target Range: 625, Cost: 40 Mana, Cooldown: 5, Physical Damage: 20/45/70/95/120 (+100% AD), Plunder: 2/3/4/5/6 Gold, Plunder: 4/5/6/7/8 Silver Serpents)ACTIVE:
Fires a bullet that deals 20/45/70/95/120 (
+100% Attack Damage
) physical damage (can crit and applies on-hit effects).If Parrrley kills the target, Gangplank plunders 3/4/5/6/7 bonus Gold and
at the shop to upgrade Cannon Barrage).
(Cost: 80/90/100/110/120 Mana, Cooldown: 22/20/18/16/14, Heal: 50/75/100/125/150 (+90% AP) (+ 15% missing health)ACTIVE: Gangplank consumes a large quantity of citrus fruit, curing all disabling effects and healing him for 50/75/100/125/150
(+90% Ability Power)
15% of his missing Health
(Target Range: 1000, Cost: 1 Charge, Recharge Time: 18/16/14/12/10PASSIVE: Gangplank stores a charge of periodically, up to a maximum of 3 stored at once.ACTIVE: Gangplank places a at the target location for 60 seconds.
(Target Range: Global, Effect Radius: 600, Inner Radius: 200, Cost: 100 Mana, Cooldown: 180/160/140, Magic Damage Per Cluster: 105/180/255 (+30% AP), Magic Damage Per Wave: 35/60/85(+ 10% AP),Total Magic Damage: 420/720/1020(+120% AP), Maximum Total Damage with Fire at Will and Death’s Daughter: 735/1260/1785 (+210% AP)ACTIVE:
Signals Gangplank’s ship to fire 0 waves of cannonballs at an area over 8 seconds. Each wave deals 35/60/85
(+10% Ability Power)
magic damage and slows enemies by 30% for 0.5 seconds.
Collect Silver Serpents with Parrrley to upgrade in the shop.
- (Q) Parrrley can be both use to poke enemy champions or focus on using it to last hit and gain gold. But since you’ll mostly build on items that triggers additional gold income, you can use it to not only harass the enemy champion but gain gold as well.
- Be mindful that you just can’t freely harass an enemy champion as you please to gain gold. Some match-ups might not be in your favor so you can always opt to focus on farming minions than harassing enemy champions.
- Gangplank can easily clear waves with his (E) Powder Keg so you can opt for a split-push if things look dire with teamfights. This will allow your teammates to win teamfights as some of the enemy champions might come to you to defend.
- You can abuse his Trial by Fire (Passive) by synergizing it with his (E) Powder Keg as attacking his (E) Powder Keg refreshes Trial by Fire (Passive)‘s cooldown.
Runes & Masteries
Flash – Flash is the only escape and mobility skill for Gangplank so take this every time you choose to play the hero.
Trinity Force – Trinity Force grants Gangplank strong lane harass against his lane opponent. It gives good Attack Damage, Attack Speed and bonus mana stats, and makes Gangplank’s auto attacks do bonus damage after he casts a skill. It also synergizes well with (Q) Parrrley, his main damaging and spammable skill.
Youmuu’s Ghostblade – Since Gangplank doesn’t have a reliable escape mechanism outside of Flash and (W) Remove Scurvy, Youmuu’s Ghostblade is a good item for him. It gives good bonus damage, lethality and movement speed. Its item skill also grants Gangplank bonus movement speed which comes in handy when he’s being ganked, or when he is chasing a low-health enemy.
Infinity Edge – Gangplank’s main damaging skill is (Q) Parrrley which applies on-hit effects. Given that once he gets his core items rolling, he can spam (Q) Parrrley to deal sustained damage against enemies. Moreover, Infinity Edge increases his damage output significantly, thanks to its high Attack Damage – it can also deal critical damage to enemies.
Full Item Build
Full Item Build
Lord Dominik’s Regards
Mercury’s Treads – This boots upgrade further increases Gangplank’s survivability. Given that his (W) Remove Scurvy is the only skill that covers crowd control, having Mercury’s Treads helps him get rid of those pesky disables faster.
Lord Dominik’s Regards – For enemies who stack health items, get Lord Dominik’s Regards. This item gives Gangplank good Attack Damage stats. Moreover, getting this item increases his damage against tanks, since its damage scales against the enemies’ health.
Sterak’s Gage – A good defensive item, Sterak’s Gage gives Gangplank good health and Attack Damage stats. More importantly, it gives him a shield whenever his health reaches a certain threshold.
Dead Man’s Plate
Maw of Malmortius
Dead Man’s Plate – Dead Man’s Plate is a good defensive item to get for Gangplank. It gives decent armor and health stats, and its slow can proc with (Q) Parrrley to further slow enemies.
Guardian Angel – Guardian Angel is another good defensive item for Gangplank. This item gives good bonus Attack Damage and resurrects him should he incur lethal damage.
Maw of Malmortius – Maw of Malmortius is a good item to get when your enemy team’s damage revolves around magic damage. Moreover, it gives good Attack Damage and magic resistance to its wielder, as well as a shield that mitigates magic damage.
Ninja Tabi – A standard alternative to Mercury’s Treads, Ninja Tabi gives good coverage against enemy champions who deal physical damage and rely on auto attacks.
- Gangplank has limited mobility. Take advantage of this by ganking his lane often to delay him from getting his items.
- Gangplank’s (W) Remove Scurvy is a very powerful anti CC spell. Try to bait his (W) Remove Scurvy before trying to cast all of your CC onto him to ensure that he doesn’t remove them all at once.
- When Gangplank casts (E) Powder Keg, do your best to destroy it to screw up Gangplank’s damage output.
- Be wary of (R) Cannon Barrage as it can be casted globally and try to hold your mobility spells as you can be targeted upon by his ult at any moment’s notice.
- Pantheon – Pantheon can trade blows as his passive can block some of Gangplank’s harass with his (Q) Parrrley and can even close the gap as he plants his barrels which he can both disable Gangplank and destroy the barrel.
- Fiora – Fiora can easily destroy Gangplank’s barrels with her mobility. In fact, she can even counter his (Q) Parrrley with her (W) Riposte.