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Gameplay

By Average Gatsby [1]

Greetings Summoners!

We wanted to take this opportunity to preview some of the gameplay on our newest ranged DPS champion: Graves Graves, the Outlaw.

This rough-and-tumble gunman uses a massive, hextech double-barreled shotgun to rain down death from a distance and punish any foolish varmints that get too close. For example, Buckshot.png Buckshot shoots three quick shrapnel bursts in a cone in front of him. Unlike other multi-missile spells, however, all three Buckshot rounds can all hit the same target (although each individual projectile will deal slightly reduced damage).

Graves is also able to make it uncomfortable for foes to fight at his optimal range by throwing out Smoke Screen.png Smokescreen to limit enemy vision and slow them in an area, while Quickdraw.png Quickdraw lets him dash in for a quick shotgun blast or escape danger as needed. In this way he can control his positioning to set up maximum damage Buckshot.png Buckshots.

Finally, Graves can use Collateral Damage.png Collateral Damage to unleash a skill shot that nukes the first target it hits, spreading a cone of damage behind its target to hit anybody yellow enough to hide behind the tanks. While the single-target use is simple, properly utilizing the cone is what will separate the good Graves players from the great ones.

Our goal with Graves was to make a ranged DPS that had some incentive to get up close or make enemies think twice before getting in your face. While it's completely possible to play Graves as a standard max-range carry, this dichotomy makes for skill differential without adding a high barrier to entry (or any hefty, paragraph-long tooltips). Whether trying to maximize the close-up damage of Buckshot.png Buckshot, or setting up the 1-2 punch of Collateral Damage.png Collateral Damage, we're excited to add a champion with True Grit.png True Grit to the ranged DPS lineup.

Champion Spotlight
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Graves Champion Spotlight

Recommended Items
Summoner's Rift
Starting Doran&#039;s Blade item Health Potion item Warding Totem item
Early Boots of Speed item B. F. Sword item Zeal item
Essential Berserker&#039;s Greaves item Essence Reaver item Statikk Shiv item
Offensive The Bloodthirster item Lord Dominik&#039;s Regards item Infinity Edge item
Situational Mercurial Scimitar item Death&#039;s Dance item Guardian Angel item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Wrath item Vision Ward item
Howling Abyss
Starting Doran&#039;s Blade item Vampiric Scepter item Health Potion item
Essential The Bloodthirster item Statikk Shiv item Berserker&#039;s Greaves item
Offensive Infinity Edge item Phantom Dancer item Lord Dominik&#039;s Regards item
Defensive Mercurial Scimitar item Banshee&#039;s Veil 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
Early Berserker&#039;s Greaves item Wicked Hatchet item Zeal item
Essential Lord Van Damm&#039;s Pillager item Statikk Shiv item Lord Dominik&#039;s Regards item
Offensive Sanguine Blade item Maw of Malmortius item Youmuu&#039;s Ghostblade item
Situational Mortal Reminder item Death&#039;s Dance item Guardian Angel item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Wrath item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Doran&#039;s Blade item Boots of Speed item Health Potion item2
Early Wicked Hatchet item Zeal item Pickaxe item
Essential Lord Van Damm&#039;s Pillager item Berserker&#039;s Greaves item Phantom Dancer item
Offensive Death&#039;s Dance item Sanguine Blade item Maw of Malmortius item
Situational Lord Dominik&#039;s Regards item Mortal Reminder item Banshee&#039;s Veil item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Wrath item

Tips

Playing As Graves Graves
  • Smoke Screen.png Smokescreen can be used both to escape and to set up a kill.
  • Using Quickdraw.png Quickdraw to get into range and delivering a point blank New Destiny.png Buckshot can do lots of damage.
Playing Against Graves Graves
  • Graves deals mostly physical damage so Armor is an effective counter.
  • Leaving the Smoke Screen.png Smokescreen's area of effect removes the harmful effect immediately.

Tricks

Ability Usage
Item Usage
Countering

References

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