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Skill usage

  • GangplankSquare.png Gangplank is an excellent fighter in 1v1 situations due to his high single target damage output and CC removal. Always look for players out of position.
  • Do not underestimate Parrrley.png Parrrley's gold bonus when used for farming instead of harassment in early game.
  • Remove Scurvy.png Remove Scurvy can allow him to stay in the lane for an extended period of time.
  • Remove Scurvy.png Remove Scurvy will cancel suppression e.g. Nether Grasp.png Nether Grasp and Infinite Duress.png Infinite Duress, though MalzaharSquare.png Malzahar's Nether Grasp.png Nether Grasp still does damage after the suppression is cancelled.
  • In a desperate laning situation, GangplankSquare.png Gangplank has a lot of ability to just stay in lane and farm as much as possible. Parrrley.png Parrrley's range and mana cost reduction upon last-hits allow GangplankSquare.png Gangplank to farm even with the enemy efforts to completely zone him, building gold per 10 items let him stay in the game despite the enemy controlling the lane, Cannon Barrage.png Cannon Barrage and Raise Morale.png Raise Morale can be used to quickly aid allies even if you are pushed to your turret, and Remove Scurvy.png Remove Scurvy sustains you against enemy harassment. This strategy would prefer maxing Raise Morale.png Raise Morale for the attack damage bonus to better allow you to last-hit under your turret, with Remove Scurvy.png Remove Scurvy as necessary to sustain and stay in lane. Leveling up Parrrley.png Parrrley first in this situation is unpreferable due to the mana cost increase while the gold bonus increase is less useful than simply casting Parrrley.png Parrrley again and gaining another last-hit, or having more attack damage from Raise Morale.png Raise Morale to gain more last-hits underneath the turret while Parrrley.png Parrrley can be on cooldown.
  • Raise Morale.png Raise Morale can be used defensively and offensively, to be able to move fast for both, and have extra damage for the latter.
  • GangplankSquare.png Gangplank's spells have considerable animation times. Take this into account when you plan on using Raise Morale.png Raise Morale or Remove Scurvy.png Remove Scurvy to escape a pursuer.
  • Use Raise Morale.png Raise Morale when pushing a tower. This can quickly give you and your allies the boost you need to take down buildings, effectively allowing you and your team to rush towers and your enemies not having enough time to defend it.
  • Cannon Barrage.png Cannon Barrage can be used across the map. You can help out in ganks/teamfights elsewhere, by assisting with the damage and massive AoE slow.
    • Paying attention to low health enemies on the map can land you a surprise kill with Cannon Barrage.png Cannon Barrage.
    • Try placing Cannon Barrage.png Cannon Barrage in the path of fleeing enemies to cut them off.
  • Cannon Barrage.png Cannon Barrage can save a turret surrounded by minions, with some luck.
  • Working as a team with other AoE abilities synergizes with your ultimate Cannon Barrage.png Cannon Barrage, such as NunuSquare.png Nunu's Absolute Zero.png Absolute Zero, RumbleSquare.png Rumble's The Equalizer.png The Equalizer, MissFortuneSquare.png Miss Fortune's Bullet Time.png Bullet Time, GalioSquare.png Galio's Idol of Durand.png Idol of Durand, JarvanIVSquare.png Jarvan IV's Cataclysm.png Cataclysm or ZiggsSquare.png Ziggs's Mega Inferno Bomb.png Mega Inferno Bomb.
  • The Rage passive granted by Phage item.png Phage or Trinity Force item.png Trinity Force will activate if Cannon Barrage.png Cannon Barrage damages an enemy, meaning that dropping Cannon Barrage.png Cannon Barrage into a teamfight early can help you arrive there faster.

Build usage

Recommended builds

Summoner's Rift
Starting Boots of Speed item Health Potion item4 Warding Totem item
Essential Avarice Blade item Tiamat item Ninja Tabi item
Offensive Statikk Shiv item Infinity Edge item Ravenous Hydra item
Defensive Warmog's Armor item Iceborn Gauntlet item Randuin's Omen item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item Sight Ward item
The Howling Abyss
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Shield item Doran's Blade item Health Potion item2
Essential Ionian Boots of Lucidity item Manamune item Trinity Force item
Offensive Statikk Shiv item Infinity Edge item Ravenous Hydra item
Defensive Frozen Mallet item Spirit Visage item Sunfire Cape item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Crystal Scar
Starting Boots of Speed item Prospector's Blade item Health Potion item2
Essential Ionian Boots of Lucidity item Phage item Ravenous Hydra item
Offensive Trinity Force item Entropy item Lord Van Damm's Pillager item Last Whisper item
Defensive Atma's Impaler item Frozen Mallet item Guardian Angel item Spirit Visage item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Twisted Treeline
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Blade item
Essential Phage item Mercury's Treads item Hexdrinker item
Offensive Trinity Force item Lord Van Damm's Pillager item The Black Cleaver item Wicked Hatchet item
Defensive Atma's Impaler item Maw of Malmortius item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item

Countering

  • Laning against GangplankSquare.png Gangplank can be a bit frustrating. Parrrley.png Parrrley has a fairly short cooldown and deals a lot of damage at early if it crits. Starting with Cloth Armor item.png Cloth Armor and 5 Health Potion item.png Health Potions will give you a lot of sustain and damage reduction to deal with this.
  • GangplankSquare.png 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.
    • Champions with multiple crowd control abilities, namely BlitzcrankSquare.png Blitzcrank, can significantly slow down GangplankSquare.png Gangplank, despite his Remove Scurvy.png Remove Scurvy. Since this ability only removes the current debuff, one can use a "soft" CC ability (such as a slow) to force him to use Remove Scurvy.png Remove Scurvy, then utilize their "hard" CC (such as a stun or suppress) to really begin harassing him. Also keep in mind that AOE or constantly-reapplied CC (such as YorickSquare.png Yorick's Omen of Pestilence.png Omen of Pestilence or MissFortuneSquare.png Miss Fortune's Make It Rain.png Make It Rain) are reapplied immediately after being removed, so with Remove Scurvy's cast time ends up actually taking longer to get past. Airborne CC (knockups/knockbacks, pulls) cannot be cleansed, so CC from Alistar, Aatrox, and Blitzcrank are not countered.
  • Although his early harassment is strong, GangplankSquare.png 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 GangplankSquare.png 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.
  • Being aware of his Remove Scurvy.png Remove Scurvy would give you an advantage if your kit has enough [CC] compared to the ability's fairly long cooldown. Casting a minor CC skill would force GangplankSquare.png Gangplank to use this ability and press your damage as much as possible within the interval of his Remove Scurvy.png Remove Scurvy.

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