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Gameplay

We’re giving the dread pirate lord of Bilgewater a gameplay overhaul and a fresh coat of paint in time for the upcoming event. Along with a new kit that keeps the Silver Serpents.png ca-ching in the bank and adds some Powder Keg.png powder-ful new interactions between his abilities, we’ve spruced up his bio with a look into the man behind the Scourge of Twelve Seas myth. [1]

In-Lane

Gangplank Gangplank might be a murderous malevolent seamaster in Runeterra, but in-game, he’s opportunism in the (salted) flesh. We often reference windows of power, and Gangplank’s updated gameplay heavily rewards him for maximizing his. His passive, Trial by Fire.png Trial by Fire, hits like a warship’s ram in trades, with the true damage DoT capable of chunking meaty portions off his opponent’s health bar. With the accompanying Trial by Fire2 speed burst, he has the potential to stomp in and saunter out of quick duels.

Learning to play the Powder Keg.png Powder Keg minigame is crucial for both Gangplank and his opponents. He has higher range than other melee fighters, and a ton of potential burst damage with chained gunpowder cask explosions, but the key there is potential.

When Gangplank triggers the last hit on his cask, it explodes for substantial AoE damage, but even more significantly, it re-procs his Trial by Fire.png passive. Skilled Gangplank players will set up casks ahead of planned trades and skirmishes to maximize their burst. But careful counterplay will allow opposing champions to defuse the gunpowder cask with a last-hit of their own, denying Gangplank his explosion and sudden fire-stick stabbing.

Teamfighting

The updates to his gameplay pattern solidify Gangplank’s primary role as a potent split-pusher, as he can contribute meaningfully to a teamfight from across the map without needing to use a Teleport.png summoner spell to join the fray.

When split-pushing, Gangplank GP needs to be mindful of his surroundings, even more than someone like Shen Shen or Tryndamere Tryndamere, who have built-in Shadow Dash.png dashes or Spinning Slash.png spins that can put a solid wall between them and their pursuers. While Remove Scurvy.png Remove Scurvy keeps him relatively safe from individual crowd control, he won’t outrun most gap-closing enemies without using his Cannon Barrage.png ult unless he steals an opportunistic Trial by Fire.png passive proc.

In situations where split-pushing is weak and team-fighting the strongest option, Gangplank benefits from strategic planning and careful positioning of his Powder Keg.png Powder Kegs. In many cases, Remove Scurvy.png Remove Scurvy'll let him skirt the frontline and dive the squishies with a crit-loaded Parrrley.png Parrrley.

Depending on his build, Gangplank can tank damage and crowd control with his Remove Scurvy.png W, or look to pelt opponents with Parrrley.png Parrrley crits and powerful sustained melee DPS. By using the Silver Serpents.png Silver Serpents he earns with Parrrley.png Parrrley, he can upgrade Cannon Barrage.png Cannon Barrage. Depending on which upgrades you choose, Gangplank GP can help his friends make their Raise Morale item.png escape, attempt to Fire At Will item.png zone apart the enemy team, or Death&#039;s Daughter item.png concentrate fire on an unprotected target. Because the upgrades stack, you can even do all three over the course of a long enough game.

Champion Spotlight

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Recommended Items
Summoner's Rift
Starting Cull item Health Potion item Warding Totem item
Early Sheen item Phage item Boots of Speed item
Essential Trinity Force item Infinity Edge item
Offensive Youmuu&#039;s Ghostblade item Last Whisper item Essence Reaver item
Defensive Frozen Heart item Dead Man&#039;s Plate item Spirit Visage item
Situational Death&#039;s Daughter item Raise Morale item Fire At Will item
Consumables Health Potion item Refillable Potion item Vision Ward item Elixir of Wrath item
Howling Abyss
Starting Sheen item
Essential Trinity Force item Infinity Edge item Boots of Speed item
Offensive Essence Reaver item Youmuu&#039;s Ghostblade item Last Whisper item
Defensive Dead Man&#039;s Plate item Warmog&#039;s Armor item Spirit Visage item
Situational Death&#039;s Daughter item Raise Morale item Fire At Will item
Consumables Oracle&#039;s Extract item Health Potion item Elixir of Wrath item
Crystal Scar
Starting Boots of Speed item Prospector&#039;s Blade item Health Potion item3
Essential Ionian Boots of Lucidity item Sheen item
Offensive Trinity Force item Youmuu&#039;s Ghostblade item Maw of Malmortius item
Defensive Frozen Heart item Spirit Visage item Dead Man&#039;s Plate item
Situational Death&#039;s Daughter item Raise Morale item Fire At Will item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Wrath item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran&#039;s Blade item Health Potion item2
Essential Trinity Force item Spirit Visage item Ionian Boots of Lucidity item
Offensive The Black Cleaver item Youmuu&#039;s Ghostblade item
Defensive Randuin&#039;s Omen item Frozen Heart item Overlord&#039;s Bloodmail item
Situational Death&#039;s Daughter item Raise Morale item Fire At Will item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Wrath item

Tips

Playing As Gangplank Gangplank
Playing Against Gangplank Gangplank
  • Parrrley.png Parrrley does a high amount of physical damage. Items that grant Armor can help in an enemy Gangplank is doing well.
  • Once Gangplank reaches level 6, watch out for his global-range ultimate, Cannon Barrage.png Cannon Barrage!

Tricks

Ability Usage
Item Usage
Countering
  • Laning against Gangplank Gangplank can be a bit frustrating. Parrrley.png Parrrley has a fairly short cooldown and deals a lot of damage early if it crits. Starting with Cloth Armor item.png Cloth Armor + 5 Health Potion item.png Health Potions will give you a lot of sustain and damage reduction to deal with this.
  • Gangplank Gangplank's Remove Scurvy.png Remove Scurvy is very annoying to the casters that rely on crowd control to utilize their full combo. Save your hard crowd control until after he uses Remove Scurvy.png Remove Scurvy.
  • Although his early harassment is strong, Gangplank Gangplank is fairly squishy in laning phase. Putting an aggressive pressure on his lane will weaken his strong mid/late game.
    • Parrrley.png Parrrley does average damage early game, but it will become quite effective late game, once he has built crit chance or on-hits. Try making him build defensively instead of desirably towards offensive output.
  • Cannon Barrage.png Cannon Barrage has a huge AoE and global range. Quickly avoid the AoE if he uses it when you are escaping. Be aware of its potential to appear at any time/location.
  • Countering Gangplank Gangplank requires starving him of his farm, get an early advantage by pushing him out of the lane, and forcing him to play with more risk than he would usually like. Teams should also consider prioritizing him as a target for ganks and in team fights depending on his build and his allies.

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