Our favorite dog in League of Legends is, of course, Nasus. He is a champion who keeps farming up until he reaches a certain amount of stacks, and then a miracle happens: he goes from a mini chihuahua to a Russian Ovcharka. These two phases are vastly different, and that is what makes this champion great. He can go from 0 to a 100 real quick.
On top of that, Nasus is one of the easiest League of Legends champions to learn, and he is currently A tier.
When should you play this build?
I highly recommend bringing this Nasus build to ranked, as it’s really strong, and even beginners can quickly get the hang of it. You are giving yourself a serious leg up with this build, as it has been tested and modified over time to optimize it in every way.
Winning aside, this is also a great build if you just want to have a little bit of fun. Once Nasus peaks, he begins to systematically destroy everyone around him, and it can be hilarious to watch enemy champions try to run away from you. The best part is that you can just trot down mid lane and not care about a single thing, while you get a penta.
And of course, because his mechanics are simple, you can learn the ropes with him. You will have the time and freedom to practice basic League of Legends stuff that you need to implement in your gameplay anyway, like warding, map awareness, and kiting.
If you want something more fun and but also more difficult, you can try Soraka on top as well.
What items does Nasus need?
- Trinity Force
- Spirit Visage
- Righteous Glory
Your core items are supposed to give you a little bit of everything you will need: movement speed, attack speed, health, and mana. Don’t forget to use the active ability of Righteous Glory, because it can help you catch up to enemies and kill them faster.
You can choose between Ninja Tabi and Mercury’s Treads when it comes to boots. Simply look at the enemy and decide whether they have more AP or AD, and build against that.
Once you have your core items, you need to start preparing for when you fall off the edge. Because you will. Nasus is great once he peaks, but that doesn’t last forever or even long enough. If the game isn’t finished on time, he will turn back into a lap dog. If the enemy is building AD, get yourself Thornmail and Randuin’s Omen. If they are building AP, buy Dead Man’s Plate and Adaptive Helm.
You could also be the jackass of the team and go all out damage. You can do that too, just make sure that you finish the game early enough. Frozen Heart and Sterak’s Gage are perfect options if you want to go this way.
Which runes does Nasus need?
In my humble opinion, Overgrowth is the best part of these runes. It permanently increases your max HP just by standing around dying minions, which you will be doing through the whole game anyway. If you want to get the most out of Nasus, you can spend the entire game of League of Legends just farming away and you will still come out on top.
When to switch it up
Now, this is where things get tricky. Nasus has plenty of counters that are statistically better than him and that have the ability to make the early game of League of Legends a living hell. But if you take a closer look, you will see a little problem with this situation – and it’s the good kind of problem. The champions that could hurt you the worst aren’t even part of the current meta. Volibear? Cassiopeia? Come on now.
Even if you end up laning against one of these champions, you can just start building against AD or AP, whichever they use.
How to play as Nasus
To be perfectly honest, all you need to do is farm. Last hit as many creeps as you can, and get those stacks rolling in by using your Siphoning Strike. Don’t worry about getting kills, asking for ganks or roaming to mid lane, those are for other top laners. Your only job is to stack up, because that is the biggest source of power you have.
Once the mid game starts, you can join your team and start taking objectives. Make sure that you participate in team fights and pushes, because your teammates need you to be there. You are their biggest and most powerful champion, so make sure that you respond to their requests for help.
Whenever they are just running around without any clear goal, you need to take initiative and start pushing one of the sides. Go alone, have your teleport ready, and focus on stacking instead of actually taking turrets.