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Skill usage

  • Try to keep your  True Grit stacks up by attacking minions, for free damage mitigation.
  • During the laning phase,  Buckshot is a strong harassment ability, but will quickly drain mana if used constantly.
  • Using  Buckshot on caster minions will kill them in a single cast at higher ranks, even without damage items.
    • Graves can push and farm a lane easily by using  Buckshot. However,  Smokescreen should be reserved due to its relatively low damage, and high utility.
  • For a high damage combo, throw a  Smokescreen on your target, close the gap with  Quickdraw, and fire a close-range  Buckshot.
  • The sight reduction of  Smokescreen has great utility, along with the AoE slow.
    •  Smokescreen can be used to juke your enemies and allow  Graves to make decisive choices when either chasing or escaping.
    • It can be used to set up a gank, because the target will not be able to see any incoming champions.
    • A  Smokescreen can be a strong deterrent for an oncoming enemy team.
    •  Smokescreen greatly diminishes the utility of an enemy champion that relies on ranged unit-targeted spells, such as  Cassiopeia or  Annie because vision of their target is required to cast these spells.
  •  Graves's  Quickdraw can be used to dash through thin terrain. This allows  Graves to be very mobile and can benefit him in chases and escapes.
  • Try to use  Collateral Damage at the beginning of a teamfight when your enemies are grouped together, allowing you to hit multiple targets.
  • When the champion against you has a blink (e.g.  Ezreal), and he attempts to engage you, throw a  Smokescreen to where he blinked, and quickly dash away leaving your opponent visionless.
  • By using smart cast, you can cast  Buckshot and  Quickdraw together in such a way that you dash back while shooting the three bullets of  Buckshot in front of you. Use this combo to finish off enemies with low health and make a quick escape.

Build usage

  • Due to the high AD ratios on  Buckshot and  Collateral Damage, stacking items that provide AD is a great way to increase Graves' damage output. Infinity Edge and/or The Bloodthirster are both excellent items on  Graves.
    • Similarly, building armor penetration items like The Black Cleaver and Last Whisper can greatly increase his damage output from the said skills as they deal physical damage. The former is more useful for Graves as it not only grants him a bit of durability due to his short range, but also gives armor shred debuff in his AoE skills that is beneficial to your entire team.
  • Due to the fact that  Graves has only his  Smokescreen to slow enemies, Frozen Mallet (or Iceborn Gauntlet) gives him a high utility, but it sacrifices his damage potential.
  • Cooldown reduction and attack speed can significantly reduce  Quickdraw's downtime.
  • Despite being listed as a default recommended offensive item, Blade of the Ruined King is an ill-advised item to rush on  Graves since Graves have relatively high AD scaling skills and the item does not give enough AD.
    • However, it synergizes well with  Quickdraw as it will help reduce the CD of the said ability thanks to the built in attack speed. Players should take this item into consideration as a situational item when dealing with tanks buildings lots of health after building enough AD and armor penetration with its passive and active.

Recommended builds

Summoner's Rift
Starting Doran's Blade item Health Potion item Warding Totem item
Essential Berserker's Greaves item The Bloodthirster item Phantom Dancer item
Offensive Last Whisper item Infinity Edge item Runaan's Hurricane item Blade of the Ruined King item
Defensive Guardian Angel item Mercurial Scimitar item
Consumables Health Potion item Sight Ward item
The Howling Abyss
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Blade item2 Health Potion item2
Essential Berserker's Greaves item Sanguine Blade item Runaan's Hurricane item
Offensive Infinity Edge item Phantom Dancer item Last Whisper item Entropy item
Defensive Mercurial Scimitar item Banshee's Veil item
Consumables Health Potion item
The Crystal Scar
Starting Boots of Speed item Prospector's Blade item Health Potion item2
Essential Berserker's Greaves item Sanguine Blade item Wicked Hatchet item
Offensive Lord Van Damm's Pillager item Phantom Dancer item Last Whisper item Entropy item
Defensive Guardian Angel item Dervish Blade item Frozen Mallet item
Consumables Health Potion item
The Twisted Treeline
Starting Doran's Blade item Boots of Speed item
Essential Berserker's Greaves item Phantom Dancer item Lord Van Damm's Pillager item
Offensive Last Whisper item Sanguine Blade item Runaan's Hurricane item
Defensive Dervish Blade item Banshee's Veil item
Consumables Health Potion item

Countering

  • One of  Graves' strengths is his burst. Try to avoid his high burst and take advantage of his high cooldowns during the early game.
    • Also note that  Graves' auto attack is fairly short (525 range), use this as your advantage by playing poke based ADCs ( Ezreal and  Caitlyn).
  • Consider investing in early armor to mitigate his damage at early game.
  • Try to spread your team out, to minimize the damage from  Collateral Damage.
  • Quickly move out of  Graves's  Smokescreen. The debuff only last when you are inside the AoE.
    • Also, save your spells until outside of  Smokescreen as the vision loss can lead to the loss of your target.
    • If you are a champion that plans to cast a supportive ability on an ally, considering staying close to the ally so that  Smokescreen cannot stop you from seeing them and thus casting onto them.
  • Avoid extended skirmishes with  Graves as he gains armor and magic resistance as the battle rages on from  True Grit. The bonus armor and magic resist can change an expected kill to a close call.

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