(Note: English is not my native language, so don't hate on any grammar mistakes, please. I am not perfect.)

Hello fellow readers, UsoppThePotato here, and today I want to talk about CorkiSquare Corki.

He is a champion that has been everywhere between seen every game and never seen at all. When the Trinity Force item Trinity Force got buffed a while ago he became a huge threat because of the great synergy. However, since then he disappeared again. The change to his Q (higher range, but becoming a missile skillshot) and the nerf to his ult (2s cooldown, can't be reduced) were too much to be able to stay as threatening as other marksmen.

I really like playing Corki, and I was looking over his spells to see if there's a way to still be a powerhouse. And then I realized that his Gatling Gun Gatling Gun is a really powerful spell, especially when combined with a The Black Cleaver item Black Cleaver. This is what it does:

ACTIVE: Corki activates his gatling gun, spraying bullets in a 35° cone in front of him for 4 seconds. Enemies inside the cone take physical damage and have their armor reduced by a stacking amount every 0.5 seconds they remain in the gunfire.

That made me think about something.

Corki as a top lane bruiser.

With the current meta of top lane tanks (ShyvanaSquare ShyvanaDr. MundoSquare Dr. Mundo and RenektonSquare Renekton facing each other on top lane to find out who is most overpowered) it can actually work. The E armor shred is really damn powerful, especially when combined with items/runes. On top lane you can get much closer to the enemy than you can on bot lane, therefore you can max your E first to maximize the effect of it. After getting a Black Cleaver you can easily trade with them, because when they engage on you all you have to do is press E and watch their armor melt. By playing a bruiser build you can engage teamfights with your W and use your E to make all enemies armor melt away(Your Marksman will be happy to deal much more damage!).

Example(finished) build:

Doran's Shield item Doran's Shield(will be sold later)->The Black Cleaver item The Black Cleaver->Mercury's Treads item Mercury's Treads->Trinity Force item Trinity Force->Randuin's Omen item Randuin's Omen->Banshee's Veil item Banshee's Veil->Blade of the Ruined King item Blade of the Ruined King

Explanation: Step by Step

  • Doran's Shield item Doran's Shield: Basic starting item. HP, basic attack damage reduction and HP/5 are really nice stats to have. Start with this and a Health Potion item Health Potion.
  • The Black Cleaver item The Black Cleaver: Really a must-have item. it gives AD, some HP and CDR, which is nice, but the % armor reduction works with your E! Pick this item up and watch the enemy melt!
  • Mercury's Treads item Mercury's Treads: Tenacity is a great stat to have if you play the initiator role(which you do as top lane Corki)! Situationally you might want to replace this item with Ninja Tabi item Ninja Tabi against AD-heavy teams or if you have trouble on your lane.
  • Trinity Force item Trinity Force: Arguably this is Corki's signature item. It really gives everything you want as Corki. AD, HP, Mana, some AP, movement speed, and the lovely passive that makes your first basic attack after casting a spell deal 200% of your base AD as bonus damage. Combined with the E and The Black Cleaver this thing will make your basic attacks become little nukes.
  • Randuin's Omen item Randuin's Omen and Banshee's Veil item Banshee's Veil: Great items for bruiser Corki. They give you HP and resistances, and the Randuin's active makes your engages more powerful than they are anyways. I prefer Banshee's Veil over Spirit Visage item Spirit Visage because the passive is really nice to have, especially if you manage to absorb something big with it.
  • Blade of the Ruined King item Blade of the Ruined King Gives you life steal and AS, as well as % physical damage on your basic attacks. Just like with the Triforce, combined with The Black Cleaver and your E this will deal huge damage! The active can be really damn awesome as well, as it deals decent damage and steals movement speed form your enemy, which can be used both offensively and defensively.

I played top lane Corki in ranked games, and for now I have 6 wins and 0 losses with it, with an average KDA of 3.2/1.

Last words

When I first tried top lane Corki I was really hoping that it will work out just as well as I theorized. And then I was totally amazed, because it is really damn awesome! You should try it, as he works wonders against the top lane tank meta.

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