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Kog'Maw Champion Spotlight06:49

Kog'Maw Champion Spotlight

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Playing As Kog'Maw Kog'Maw
Playing Against Kog'Maw Kog'Maw


Ability Usage
Mastery Usage
  • Fervor of Battle mastery 2016.png Fervor of Battle is one of the best keystones to use as ADC Kog'Maw. While it has been made an weaker option as it no longer gives on-hit physical damage, and instead it gives raw AD, it still increases his overall DPS, especially if you plan to build crit.
  • Stormraider's Surge mastery 2016.png Stormraider's Surge allows Kog'Maw to stay a safe distance away from enemies during teamfights. If the enemy team charges at him Kog'Maw can use the extra movement speed to orb-walk backwards and keep opponents in range of his W while being able to stay out of harms way. At the same time it helps for chasing down enemies so that Kog'Maw can finish them off with his Living Artillery.png Living Artillery
Item Usage
  • Guinsoo's Rageblade item.png Guinsoo's Rageblade is an essential item to build on Kog'Maw as his Bio-Arcane Barrage.png Bio-Arcane Barrage is one of the strongest on hit effects in the game, and Rageblade allows every other auto to trigger this effect twice. The bonus AP would normally be useless on an ADC, however all of Kog'Maw's abilites have AP scalings which makes this item one of the first items that Kog'Maw normally builds.
  • Blade of the Ruined King item.png Blade of the Ruined King is peharps the best item to get on ADC Kog'Maw as it gives him everything he wants. Attack speed, AD, lifesteal, and an on-hit effect that deals physical damage based on the enemy's current health, which has synergy with Bio-Arcane Barrage.png Bio-Arcane Barrage since it deals magic damage based on their max health. Once Kog'Maw finish this item, it becomes incredibly difficult for the enemy to itemize against him, as he deals a lot of hybrid damage.
  • Wit's End item.png Wit's End is sometimes built as a first item due to the fact that Kog'Maw struggles heavily against high poke enemy laners. The extra magic resist allows him to survive longer in lane, and the passive allows his Bio-Arcane Barrage.png Bio-Arcane Barrage to deal more even into the late game as the on hit effect applies as Magic Damage.
  • Trinity Force item.png Trinity Force is an okay item to get on Kog'Maw Kog'Maw. It gives him attack speed, cooldown reduction, attack damage, and other stats which are useful on him. The passive of Sheen item.png Sheen is escpecially useful on him because he can proc it every few seconds using his Living Artillery.png Living Artillery.
  • Generally speaking, itemizing defensively against Kog'Maw is hard. He is geared towards killing tanks with his hybrid damage, damage based on max health, and ability to shred enemy's resistances with his Caustic Spittle.png Caustic Spittle.
  • He is also surprisingly hard to outduel as a DPS champion unless you can disable him from auto-attacking, because the same tools that allow Kog'Maw to kill tanks are the same tools that allow him to outduel champions like enemy ADCs. However, unlike Vayne Vayne (which is another ADC with tank-killing capabilities and high dueling potential) Kog'Maw does not have mobility and his only self-peel ability (Void Ooze.png Void Ooze) is very weak.
    • For this reason it is recommended to use assassins or burst mages. Assassins like Kha'Zix Kha'Zix, Zed Zed, Katarina Katarina, Rengar Rengar, or Fizz Fizz are the bane of Kog'Maw, as they can burst him down before he can even put any sort of damage. They have the mobility needed to reach Kog'Maw and outplay him as they please. Burst mages like Syndra Syndra, Veigar Veigar, or Viktor Viktor can also kill Kog'Maw very quickly; they tend to not be mobile but they have the range advantage.
      • Keep in mind that it is exactly because of Kog'Maw's extreme vulnerability to burst damage, that he tends to be paired with enchanter supports like Lulu Lulu or Janna Janna, which are counters to the aforementioned assassins and burst mages, as they can prevent Kog'Maw from being bursted to begin with. Keep that in mind when counterpicking Kog'Maw.
    • Kog'Maw is also very vulnerable to CC, especially displacements. Despite being a tank, Malphite Malphite works very well for that reason: Unstoppable Force.png Unstoppable Force can knockup Kog and lock him down to allow his teammates to kill Kog. Ground Slam.png Ground Slam can heavily cripple Kog'Maw as he is extremely reliant on auto-attacks. Champions like Lee Sin Lee Sin and Alistar Alistar Dragon's Rage.png also have Pulverize.png knockups or Headbutt.png knockbacks that can cripple Kog'Maw.
    • Alternatively you can prey on Kog'Maw's weak early game. Without items, Kog'Maw can easily fall behind. He also lacks waveclear (without items like Runaan's Hurricane item.png Runaan's Hurricane or Statikk Shiv item.png Statikk Shiv) and utility. If he can't deal enough damage, he is useless. It is a viable strategy to camp Kog'Maw with strong early game junglers like the aforementioned Lee Sin Lee Sin or with early game ADCs/supports like Blitzcrank Blitzcrank, which can zone Kog'Maw from farming as he has no way to escape if he gets grabbed.
    • Some ADCs are still capable of dealing with Kog'Maw. For example, Draven Draven can two-shot Kog'Maw before the latter can kill him. Twitch Twitch can come invisible and use his Spray and Pray.png Spray and Pray to kill Kog'Maw in seconds without him being able to respond. Vayne Vayne is capable of dueling Kog'Maw if she can use her Tumble.png Tumble to burst down Kog, or if she can Condemn.png Condemn him into a wall.
    • Camille Camille in particular is extremely dangerous to Kog'Maw during the late game, as she can lock down him and prevent him from escaping, leaving him extremely vulnerable. If he is not paired with champions that can knockback Camille, he is doomed.
  • AP Kog'Maw is different because instead of being an hypercarry with extreme sustained damage capable of taking out even hypertanks, he instead plays as an artillery mage, like Xerath Xerath or Ziggs Ziggs; his job is to deal heavy amounts of damage from a distance where enemies can't reach him. However, like ADC Kog'Maw, AP Kog'Maw is very vulnerable to hard engage and to assassins.
    • AP Kog'Maw is also a lot less capable of dealing with tanks, as he rarely builds attack speed (Nashor's Tooth item.png Nashor's Tooth is a rare item to build on AP Kog'Maw). Also, because he focus entirely on his magic damage and deals no physical damage at all, it is safer to itemize against him. Build magic resistance items like Spirit Visage item.png Spirit Visage or Maw of Malmortius item.png Maw of Malmortius.