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Olaf Champion Spotlight

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Summoner's Rift
Starting Corrupting Potion item Warding Totem item
Early Boots of Speed item Caulfield's Warhammer item Phage item
Essential Boots of Swiftness item Spirit Visage item The Black Cleaver item
Offensive Ravenous Hydra item Maw of Malmortius item Righteous Glory item
Defensive Dead Man's Plate item Randuin's Omen item Guardian Angel item
Consumables Health Potion item Control Ward item Elixir of Iron item
Summoner's Rift (Jungler)
Starting Hunter's Talisman item Refillable Potion item
Early Stalker's Blade item Boots of Speed item Bami's Cinder item
Essential Stalker's Blade (Cinderhulk) item Ionian Boots of Lucidity item Spirit Visage item
Offensive Ravenous Hydra item Maw of Malmortius item Righteous Glory item
Defensive Dead Man's Plate item Randuin's Omen item Guardian Angel item
Consumables Health Potion item Control Ward item Elixir of Iron item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Shield item Health Potion item2
Essential Boots of Swiftness item The Black Cleaver item Spirit Visage item
Offensive Ravenous Hydra item Maw of Malmortius item Righteous Glory item
Defensive Dead Man's Plate item Banshee's Veil item Randuin's Omen item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Iron item
Twisted Treeline (Jungler)
Starting Hunter's Talisman item Doran's Blade item Health Potion item
Essential Boots of Swiftness item The Black Cleaver item Spirit Visage item
Offensive Ravenous Hydra item Maw of Malmortius item Righteous Glory item
Defensive Dead Man's Plate item Banshee's Veil item Randuin's Omen item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Iron item
Howling Abyss
Starting Guardian's Horn item Boots of Speed item Refillable Potion item
Essential Dead Man's Plate item The Black Cleaver item Ninja Tabi item
Offensive Ravenous Hydra item Righteous Glory item Maw of Malmortius item
Defensive Spirit Visage item Randuin's Omen item Banshee's Veil item
Consumables Oracle's Extract item Corrupting Potion item Elixir of Iron item

Tips

Playing As OlafSquare Olaf
Playing Against OlafSquare Olaf
  • OlafSquare Olaf becomes more dangerous the lower life he is. Save your disables to finish him off.
  • Preventing OlafSquare Olaf from reaching his axe will minimize the amount of harassment he can cause in the laning phase.
  • OlafSquare Olaf has reduced defenses from damage during Ragnarok Ragnarok, despite being immune to disables. If you can't escape from OlafSquare Olaf during Ragnarok Ragnarok, try focusing your damage on him with your teammates.

Tricks

Ability Usage
  • Because of Berserker Rage Berserker Rage's effect and Undertow Undertow, OlafSquare Olaf is one of the fastest junglers in League. Undertow Undertow allows him to gank effectively, and the combination of Vicious Strikes Vicious Strikes and Berserker Rage Berserker Rage let him both sustain his health throughout the early game and effectively take on and defeat most other junglers.
  • Undertow Undertow is a versatile ability and offers many different utilities to OlafSquare Olaf:
    • It is a very useful ability for chasing because of its own cooldown reduction (if you can pick it up while chasing). Throwing your axe where you are likely to chase your opponent lets you refresh its cooldown much quicker and increases its slow uptime.
    • It is an effective harassment ability. While many skillshots are consumed upon hitting the first target, or will lose effectiveness as they do,Undertow Undertow will travel straight through all enemies it hits for full damage. At early levels, however, recklessly spamming it will swiftly leave OlafSquare Olaf without mana.
    • It will remove the fog of war in a large area around where it is thrown for a very brief duration, making it useful for checking bushes.
  • Although OlafSquare Olaf's sustained damage output isn't very powerful during early game, his burst is surprisingly strong as his Reckless Swing Reckless Swing deals a significant amount of true damage which cannot be mitigated by any means. With a few ranks invested in the ability it can devastate the health of most squishier champions during mid-game.
    • If you have not invested in significant HP or health sustain as you level it, it can also fairly quickly devastate the health of OlafSquare Olaf himself if you are not careful with its usage. With this in mind, it can often be unwise to abuse this during a duel, as OlafSquare Olaf may potentially wind up helping to kill himself.
  • OlafSquare Olaf can combine Berserker Rage Berserker Rage, Vicious Strikes Vicious Strikes, and Ragnarok Ragnarok at low life to become deceptively tanky. This makes him a great duelist, as he can take on most champions even at low health. When combined with items and spells such as Randuin's Omen item Randuin's Omen and Exhaust Exhaust, he can become formidably hard to kill.
  • In lane Reckless Swing Reckless Swing has a higher range than OlafSquare Olaf's basic attack range, this allows you to poke with it.
  • Ragnarok Ragnarok provides complete immunity to all forms of CC, and largely defines OlafSquare Olaf's playstyle during the later stages of the game. It can be used either to initiate a battle, to improve his fighting ability midway through one, or to make an emergency retreat if the situation starts to become disadvantageous.
    • OlafSquare Olaf's most common and effective role during late-game teamfights is to function as a bulky assassin. Upon the commencing of a pitched teamfight, OlafSquare Olaf can activate Ragnarok Ragnarok and dive straight through the frontline of the enemy team, singling out the opposing AD carry. Because of the complete CC immunity that Ragnarok Ragnarok affords him, he becomes extremely difficult for the opposing team to peel away. Even if OlafSquare Olaf is unsuccessful in slaying his target, the threat he poses is often enough to drive them completely out of the teamfight in their attempts to avoid him, drastically reducing the enemy's team's damage output.
    • OlafSquare Olaf is also a very useful peeler himself, operating to safeguard his own carry from the opposing team. His ability to chain-slow enemies with Undertow Undertow and the excellent damage output from Reckless Swing Reckless Swing can make it extremely difficult for enemy champions to safely attack the carry without risking being kited and killed.
Mastery Usage
Item Usage
  • OlafSquare Olaf naturally receives armor and magic resistance from the passive effect of Ragnarok Ragnarok. Because of this, it takes more effort to kill him, therefore stacking health on him is a very common build path.
    • Consider Warmog's Armor item Warmog's Armor or Frozen Mallet item Frozen Mallet if a build with one sole health item is desired. Frozen Mallet item Frozen Mallet is one of the most useful items for OlafSquare Olaf, as in addition to the large amount of health it has, it slows any opponents he autoattacks, giving him a much more reliable form of crowd control than his Undertow Undertow. However, if the player is confident with their ability to consistently land axes on a fleeing opponent, then Frozen Mallet item Frozen Mallet can be substituted for a Warmog's Armor item Warmog's Armor for its much greater health and survivability boost.
  • Titanic Hydra item Titanic Hydra is an excellent option for Olaf because he will usually stack a lot of health late game, making Titanic Hydra item Titanic Hydra's Cleave passive very attractive. Olaf does not need the lifesteal from Ravenous Hydra item Ravenous Hydra because he can already gain lifesteal with his Vicious Strikes Vicious Strikes. However, purchasing Titanic Hydra item Titanic Hydra during the early game is not recommended as you need some health to make this item's passive (and active) worthwhile.
  • Righteous Glory item Righteous Glory is especially useful for OlafSquare Olaf giving him health, mana and an active that grants him and his allies movement speed for a few seconds and heavily Slow icon slows all enemies near him for one second at the end of the duration. In combination with Mercury's Treads item Mercury's Treads or the Juggernaut item Cinderhulk enchantment, Randuin's Omen item Randuin's Omen and Ghost Ghost, OlafSquare Olaf becomes extremely difficult to stop and will most likely need to be focused down before he kills his target.
  • When OlafSquare Olaf does not have Ragnarok Ragnarok or Undertow Undertow available for use, he can be extremely vulnerable to kiting. A Randuin's Omen item Randuin's Omen greatly reduces the effectiveness of this tactic and also offers a considerable amount of health and a useful active slow which OlafSquare Olaf greatly appreciates.
    • Dead Man's Plate item Dead Man's Plate can be considered an alternative to Randuin's Omen item Randuin's Omen in a more offensive oriented build, as it also provides movement speed, situational damage and sticking power from the Dreadnought passive. However, it is recommended to build at least one AD item component such as Phage item Phage or Hexdrinker item Hexdrinker before completing Dead Man's Plate item Dead Man's Plate, to ensure that Olaf can actually deal enough burst damage once he gets to his target.
  • Spirit Visage item Spirit Visage is one of the best items Olaf can purchase. It synergizes with Vicious Strikes Vicious Strikes, increasing the sustain that is already increased by the ability itself even more, not to mention any lifesteal item that Olaf is likely to purchase. The cooldown reduction is also a great asset to Olaf. Due to these reasons, this item is nearly essential for Olaf, except when there are no AP champions on the enemy team.
    • Olaf does not need Banshee's Veil item Banshee's Veil that much because Ragnarok Ragnarok makes him immune to nearly every crowd control he would want to block with this item. However, it should still be considered if there is an important damaging spell that Olaf should block.
  • Some form of life steal or health regeneration is advised when dealing damage with Reckless Swing Reckless Swing to negate the health cost. An early Vampiric Scepter item Vampiric Scepter can be sufficient for sustaining his health and removes the need to quickly level Vicious Strikes Vicious Strikes. Later on, it can be upgraded into The Bloodthirster item The Bloodthirster for a highly offensive, with the life steal stacking with Vicious Strikes Vicious Strikes. A more utility-oriented upgrade can be found in Bilgewater Cutlass item Bilgewater Cutlass into Blade of the Ruined King item Blade of the Ruined King - both offer extremely useful active slows and the latter additionally hastens OlafSquare Olaf, making him almost completely impossible to outrun with Ragnarok Ragnarok active.
  • It is important to note that Blade of the Ruined King item Blade of the Ruined King deals damage based on the enemy's current health. Generally, enemies want to stack health to mitigate the effects from the true damage dealt by Reckless Swing Reckless Swing, but since Blade of the Ruined King item Blade of the Ruined King counters this, there are very few things in terms of defense that enemies can do to mitigate Olaf's damage with this item. However, if offers lower raw AD, therefore less damage with both Undertow Undertow and Reckless Swing Reckless Swing itself. The extra attack speed and the active from Ragnarok Ragnarok should compensate for that, however.
  • A Maw of Malmortius item Maw of Malmortius synergizes incomparably well with OlafSquare Olaf's kit - the passive attack damage boost as his health drops increases his DPS exponentially when combined with Berserker Rage Berserker Rage, and the magic damage shield lets him stay at low health more safely.
  • Cooldown reduction synergizes well with Undertow Undertow. With a maximum 40% cooldown reduction, the cooldown on Undertow Undertow is a mere 0.3 seconds after picking up the axe, as the flat cooldown reduction from picking up the axe becomes even more effective. For the sole purpose of maintaining the slow of Undertow Undertow, assuming that the axe is retrieved within 2.5 seconds of throwing it, 12.5% cooldown reduction is all that is needed for the target to be permanently slowed.
    • Heavy cooldown reduction also greatly benefits his Reckless Swing Reckless Swing - with access to at least 284 true damage nuke on a 4.8 second cooldown at level 9, OlafSquare Olaf has excellent damage output from it alone, allowing him to dedicate the rest of his build towards improving his defenses and tanking ability.
  • OlafSquare Olaf has no dash ability, so augmenting his mobility with early boots upgrade often proves to be very effective.
  • A Frozen Heart item Frozen Heart can greatly augment OlafSquare Olaf's carry-killing power by cutting their attack speed by 15%, in addition to its very useful armor and cooldown reduction bonuses.
  • Olaf does not need armor penetration. When choosing between flat damage and armor penetration, it is better to go for flat attack damage because his main target is the AD carry with low armor and the true damage from Reckless Swing Reckless Swing deals decent damage to tanks. Undertow Undertow also benefits from flat damage. If the enemy team is especially heavily armored, The Black Cleaver item The Black Cleaver is still a reasonable purchase though as Undertow Undertow spam and basic attacks can quickly shred the entire enemy team's armor.
Countering
  • If your team plans on killing OlafSquare Olaf, fully commit in doing so. Leaving the job-half done will make him even more dangerous due to Berserker Rage Berserker Rage and he is likely to simply life steal all the damage your team did to him.
  • Undertow Undertow is a slow projectile, meaning that you can dodge the spell easily.
    • You can deny OlafSquare Olaf from spamming Undertow Undertow by keeping him from picking up the axe that the spell left in the path.
    • In a similar vein, making significant course changes while OlafSquare Olaf is chasing you will prevent him from picking up his axe and continuing to close the distance on you.
  • Save your CC while OlafSquare Olaf is using Ragnarok Ragnarok. It removes and negates any CC cast on him while it is active.
    • OlafSquare Olaf's Ragnarok Ragnarok also gives him bonus armor and magic resistance. However, when activated, the passive bonus is lost and he gains a lot of AD to boost his damage. It might be wiser to try and burst him before the buff duration is over.
    • As OlafSquare Olaf is immune to any forms of CC placed upon him, the most effective forms of keeping him away are self-displacement abilities such as Arcane Shift Arcane Shift and player-created terrain such as Cataclysm Cataclysm. You should try to save these abilities for when he uses Ragnarok Ragnarok to make him waste the duration.
  • Keep OlafSquare Olaf from reaching your team. His high auto attack damage and high lifesteal from Vicious Strikes Vicious Strikes can easily take out most of your team with full HP if OlafSquare Olaf is left overlooked.

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