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Skill usage

  •  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's gold bonus when used for farming instead of harassment in early game.
  •  Remove Scurvy can allow him to stay in the lane for an extended period of time.
  •  Remove Scurvy will cancel suppression e.g.  Nether Grasp and  Infinite Duress, though  Malzahar's  Nether Grasp still does damage after the suppression is cancelled.
  • In a desperate laning situation,  Gangplank has a lot of ability to just stay in lane and farm as much as possible.  Parrrley's range and mana cost reduction upon last-hits allow  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 and  Raise Morale can be used to quickly aid allies even if you are pushed to your turret, and  Remove Scurvy sustains you against enemy harassment. This strategy would prefer maxing  Raise Morale for the attack damage bonus to better allow you to last-hit under your turret, with  Remove Scurvy as necessary to sustain and stay in lane. Leveling up  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 again and gaining another last-hit, or having more attack damage from  Raise Morale to gain more last-hits underneath the turret while  Parrrley can be on cooldown.
  •  Raise Morale can be used defensively and offensively, to be able to move fast for both, and have extra damage for the latter.
  •  Gangplank's spells have considerable animation times. Take this into account when you plan on using  Raise Morale or  Remove Scurvy to escape a pursuer.
  • Use  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 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.
    • Try placing  Cannon Barrage in the path of fleeing enemies to cut them off.
  •  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, such as  Nunu's  Absolute Zero,  Rumble's  The Equalizer,  Miss Fortune's  Bullet Time,  Galio's  Idol of Durand,  Jarvan IV's  Cataclysm or  Ziggs's  Mega Inferno Bomb.
  • The Rage passive granted by Phage or Trinity Force will activate if  Cannon Barrage damages an enemy, meaning that dropping  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  Gangplank can be a bit frustrating.  Parrrley has a fairly short cooldown and deals a lot of damage at early if it crits. Starting with Cloth Armor and 5 Health Potions will give you a lot of sustain and damage reduction to deal with this.
  •  Gangplank's  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.
    • Champions with multiple crowd control abilities, namely  Blitzcrank, can significantly slow down  Gangplank, despite his  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, 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  Yorick's  Omen of Pestilence or  Miss Fortune's  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,  Gangplank is fairly squishy in laning phase. Putting an aggressive pressure on his lane will weaken his strong mid/late game.
    •  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 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 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 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 a  Gangplank to use this ability and press your damage as much as possible within the interval of his  Remove Scurvy

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