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By Ryan 'Morello' Scott [1]

Greeting Summoners!

We wanted to give a sneak-peak into Yorick's gameplay in a quick mini-update.

Yorick Yorick is our first champion that utilizes the Unholy Covenant.png creation and use of summoned minions. All of Yorick's spells have varying immediate effects, but each leaves behind a different minion of the appropriate type. For example, Omen of Pestilence.png Omen of Pestilence creates an AOE explosion at the target location that does damage and slows, and leaves behind a Omen of Pestilence.png Decaying Ghoul. This ghoul will then slow targets adjacent to it during its lifespan. All Ghouls have a constantly draining life bar that limits their lifespan to a short duration, and enemies attacking them will shorten it even more.

Yorick isn't some frail, weak Necromancer that just commands minions though - he's a burly fighter who can dish out punishment on his own. This was done primarily to make his play more consistent (as frail summoners typically have really binary PvP gameplay on if their minions are up or not). Yorick can get into a fight and go toe-to-toe with enemies while commanding an ever-changing army of undead Ghouls.

Omen of Death.png Omen of Death is his trademark Omen of Death.png ultimate that brings players back from the dead to exact Vengeance. Yorick can use this Omen of Death.png Omen on an ally, which creates a revenant of that champion. If that champion is killed while the revenant exists, then the target gains temporary undeath, coming back from the dead at full life which drains on its own rapidly. After the risen ally runs out of health again, they collapse once more.

We really hope you enjoy our new master of undeath in the upcoming patch!

Champion Spotlight
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Yorick Champion Spotlight

Recommended Items
Summoner's Rift
Starting Sapphire Crystal item Refillable Potion item Warding Totem item
Early Tear of the Goddess item Phage item Boots of Speed item
Essential Manamune item Mercury&#039;s Treads item The Black Cleaver item
Offensive Maw of Malmortius item Youmuu&#039;s Ghostblade item Trinity Force item
Defensive Frozen Heart item Dead Man&#039;s Plate item Zz&#039;Rot Portal item
Consumables Health Potion item Vision Ward item Elixir of Iron item
Summoner's Rift (Jungler)
Starting Hunter&#039;s Talisman item Health Potion item3 Warding Totem item
Early Skirmisher&#039;s Sabre item Tear of the Goddess item Boots of Speed item
Essential Skirmisher&#039;s Sabre (Warrior) item Mercury&#039;s Treads item Manamune item
Offensive Trinity Force item Sterak&#039;s Gage item Maw of Malmortius item
Defensive Frozen Heart item Dead Man&#039;s Plate item Spirit Visage item
Consumables Health Potion item Vision Ward item Elixir of Iron item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Tear of the Goddess item Health Potion item2
Early Pickaxe item Boots of Speed item
Essential Manamune item Ninja Tabi item
Offensive Trinity Force item Maw of Malmortius item Iceborn Gauntlet item
Defensive Frozen Heart item Dead Man&#039;s Plate item Spirit Visage item
Consumables Health Potion item Refillable Potion item Elixir of Iron item
Twisted Treeline (Jungler)
Starting Item
Consumables Item
Howling Abyss
Starting Doran&#039;s Shield item Tear of the Goddess item Health Potion item4
Essential Manamune item Frozen Heart item Mercury&#039;s Treads item
Offensive Trinity Force item Maw of Malmortius item The Bloodthirster item
Defensive Spirit Visage item Dead Man&#039;s Plate item Locket of the Iron Solari item
Consumables Oracle&#039;s Extract item Health Potion item Elixir of Wrath item


Playing As Yorick Yorick
Playing Against Yorick Yorick
  • You can use summoner spell Smite.png Smite on Yorick's minions to immediately negate their effects.
  • When Yorick uses his ultimate on an ally, it may be easier to kill the revenant before focusing back on the target who would otherwise revive.
  • The amount of health restored by Omen of Famine.png Omen of Famine is based on the actual damage dealt, so magic resistance will lower its effectiveness.


Ability Usage
  • Omen of War.png Omen of War resets Yorick Yorick's auto-attack timer, much like Nasus Nasus' Siphoning Strike.png Siphoning Strike. For this reason it is better to cast it immediately after an auto-attack for increased damage output.
  • Try to keep an Omen of War.png Omen of War ghoul alive as often as possible, as it gives a significant movement speed boost.
  • Omen of Pestilence.png Omen of Pestilence and Omen of Famine.png Omen of Famine give Yorick Yorick reasonable burst, but they are not his primary source of damage.
  • A well timed Omen of Pestilence.png Omen of Pestilence can block skillshots such as Blitzcrank Blitzcrank's Rocket Grab.png Rocket Grab, Lee Sin Lee Sin's Sonic Wave.png Sonic Wave or Morgana Morgana's Dark Binding.png Dark Binding, or to explode Teemo Teemo's Noxious Trap.png Noxious Trap without being damaged. It is also important to keep in mind that when fighting against an enemy Maokai Maokai who throws a Sapling Toss.png Sapling, you should immediately run away and spawn your Omen of Pestilence.png Omen of Pestilence on it.
  • Using Omen of Pestilence.png Omen of Pestilence near a turret, when no enemy champions or minions are nearby, will cause the ghoul to attack the turret. This can increase Yorick Yorick's pushing power as it will deal a portion of Yorick Yorick's attack damage to the turret and increase his damage output while the ghoul is alive.
  • Be careful when using his abilities near towers, as the ghouls auto-chase and attack nearby champions, causing unintentional tower-aggro.
  • You can use Omen of Pestilence.png Omen of Pestilence through walls and to check brushes. The ghoul can also destroy traps such as Shaco Shaco's Jack In The Box.png Jack In The Box and Teemo Teemo's Noxious Trap.png Noxious Trap.
  • Putting some early points in Omen of Famine.png Omen of Famine allows Yorick Yorick to stay in the lane for a long time.
  • Allies can Teleport.png Teleport to your ghouls. This can help set up ganks.
  • Yorick Yorick is an exceptional solo laner. He can use his ghouls for zoning as a deterrent against enemy champs to keep them from last-hitting minions and to keep them out of experience range. His ghouls also allow him to gain minion kills and experience without having to put himself in immediate danger.
    • Alternatively, Yorick Yorick can jungle as his ghouls add significantly to his damage output and damage resistance.
  • Omen of Famine.png Omen of Famine has the highest mana cost and lowest damage output of Yorick Yorick's abilities and thus is best used only when regaining health and survivability are priority and when mana is not low.
    • This also makes Yorick Yorick a great sustainer in lane allowing him to be able to force the enemy laner to recall while Yorick Yorick is able to stay in lane with his Omen of Famine.png Omen of Famine.
  • With good timing, Omen of Death.png Omen of Death grants you an additional temporary ally as well as giving one of your allies a brief life after death. This is because the re-animation effect gives full health even if the revenant is near death.
    • By targeting one of your high damage dealers or the carry, you can turn a fight into a 6v5.
    • If you ult your carry and the enemy takes them down, then the carry is given a second opportunity to destroy the enemies.
      • If you ult an ally that is channeling an ability, and they die while under the effects of Omen of Death.png Omen of Death, they will continue to channel that ability, too.
    • On the other hand, targeting a tank will provide a good meat shield to take tower hits.
Mastery Usage
Item Usage
  • Yorick Yorick is primarily built as a tanky DPS. His ghouls provide good buffs to help him deal significant damage even while itemizing for both damage and survivability.
  • Stacking health on Yorick Yorick solely for the survivability of his ghouls is a bad idea. His ghouls only gain a portion of his health and they lose yet another of it every second, regardless of how high their health is.
    • However, building health is a good idea to up the survivability of Yorick Yorick himself, as he is a melee DPS champion without a method of quickly closing the gap between himself and his target.
  • Yorick Yorick should buy an item with mana and/or mana regeneration early on.
    • A Manamune item.png Manamune offers a lot of flat mana and converts it into attack damage. If you do not need more defensive power early on, this Item can work very well.
      • Yorick mana problems do not weaken late game, staying out of your base for a long time will consume your mana quickly. Instead, keeping Manamune item.png Manamune will allow its transformation into Muramana item.png Muramana, offering even more attack damage and Shock, allowing you and Omen of Famine.png Omen of Famine to hit very hard. Also Shock will proc whenever one of your ghouls attacks an enemy making it a very strong item for Yorick.
    • A Chalice of Harmony item.png Chalice of Harmony leaves you with a lot more money than a Manamune item.png Manamune, allowing you to pick up items according to your situation earlier. By itself, Chalice of Harmony item.png Chalice of Harmony already gives a bit of magic resistance, so it works especially well against magic damage. The disadvantages are that it doesn't allow you to spam ghouls quite as much as with Manamune item.png Manamune and you have to sell it at some point, thus losing a bit of gold. Chalice of Harmony item.png Chalice of Harmony can now be upgraded to Athene&#039;s Unholy Grail item.png Athene's Unholy Grail, giving more magic resist, mana regen, returning mana upon kills/assists, as well as adding ability power, (which makes Omen of Pestilence.png Omen of Pestilence hit very hard) and some cooldown reduction. This item is better used if you enjoy constant ability casts, as it provides CDR that Manamune item.png Manamune lacks and allows much devastating harassment with Omen of Pestilence.png Omen of Pestilence
    • Glacial Shroud item.png Glacial Shroud is a good item for early mana too. The armor increases your survivability and the cooldown reduction increases your damage. This option requires you to conserve your mana yet it doesn't lose value nor has to be sold.
    • A popular trend among Yorick Yorick players, is to load Yorick with tons of offensive masteries and build tank mana items early on, stacking armor or magic resist depending on their lane opponent, then going back on offense items after getting a few core defense items, foregoing Manamune item.png Manamune and instead focusing on improving lane sustainability, damage trading, and tower diving capability.
  • Ionian Boots of Lucidity item.png Ionian Boots of Lucidity allow him to use his abilities more often; however, Omen of War.png Omen of War and Omen of Famine.png Omen of Famine are already on low enough cooldowns that the ghouls they produce should be alive more often than not. Unlike Mordekaiser Mordekaiser who also lacks an escape method or gap closer, the Furor item.png Furor enchantment is much better for Yorick due to his ghouls' attacks applying single target spell effects every hit, allowing you to proc the Furor item.png Furor enchantment during entire fights.
  • Getting some magic penetration can be useful on Yorick Yorick as both his Omen of Famine.png Omen of Famine and Omen of Pestilence.png Omen of Pestilence deal magic damage.
  • Sheen item.png Sheen, or Trinity Force item.png Trinity Force have great synergy with Yorick Yorick, as well as giving him much needed stats. Iceborn Gauntlet item.png Iceborn Gauntlet is also great item for Yorick (arguably better than Trinity Force item.png Trinity Force), as it provides the spellblade buff, armor, mana, and cooldown reduction, which all are essential on Yorick. Despite his ghouls' attacks applying single target spell effects they will not proc the Spellblade passive on Sheen item.png Sheen items, possibly for balancing purposes.
  • Armor penetration does apply to his ghouls, meaning that you can take runes and masteries for your ghouls as well as Yorick Yorick himself. The Black Cleaver item.png The Black Cleaver can shred an opponent's armor very quickly as it procs whenever you deal physical damage, which Yorick's ghouls deal.
  • Getting supportive items like Face of the Mountain item.png Face of the Mountain or Aegis of the Legion item.png Aegis of the Legion is a good choice on Yorick Yorick if you plan to fulfill a supportive tank role.
  • Aegis of the Legion item.png Aegis of the Legion is a strong item if you are losing as it gives a lot of survivability for your team.
  • Spirit Visage item.png Spirit Visage will offer even more sustain should you opt to build it. It also provides CDR, health regeneration, and magic resistance.
  • Be careful when using skillshots as his Omen of Pestilence.png Omen of Pestilence can pop an incoming projectile.
  • Take a great care when dueling Yorick Yorick. His 1v1 capabilities are high due to his ghouls. Since they make for most of Yorick Yorick's damage, a champion that can destroy them instantly is an excellent option against Yorick Yorick.
    • Master Yi Master Yi can use Alpha Strike.png Alpha Strike to instantly destroy the ghouls when they are summoned. Also, he himself has a heal, and thanks to his build path, Master Yi Master Yi is one of the few champions on the game who can match Yorick Yorick's dueling potential.
    • Volibear Volibear can use Majestic Roar.png Majestic Roar to fear Yorick Yorick's ghouls, and his passive gives him enough sustain to win duels against Yorick Yorick.
    • Although Malzahar Malzahar has no health sustain, he can use Malefic Visions.png Malefic Visions on the ghouls. Thanks to them losing health over time, it makes easier for Malefic Visions.png Malefic Visions to pass to another ghoul. This makes Malzahar regain a lot of mana over them. Malzahar Malzahar is also ranged, so it's harder for Yorick to harass him.
    • The passive of both Statikk Shiv item.png Statikk Shiv and Luden&#039;s Echo item.png Luden's Echo can chain off Yorick Yorick’s ghouls, making their lifespan shorter, ergo reducing his tankiness.
    • If you are a melee champion, Ravenous Hydra item.png Ravenous Hydra's splash damage makes easy to kill Yorick Yorick's ghouls at same time. This item also provides sustain, although it may not be enough to compete with Yorick Yorick's sustain.
  • The amount of healing Yorick Yorick receives from Omen of Famine.png Omen of Famine depends mostly on the initial magic damage dealt by the spell. Buying magic resist can greatly reduce the heal Yorick Yorick gets from the spell.
  • When he uses his Omen of Death.png Omen of Death, consider killing the revenant first rather than the champion it mimics as the revenant is weaker than the original champion.
  • Be careful when a champ is revived by Omen of Death.png Omen of Death, they know they will die anyways so they will go all out to kill you, even tower dive, try to CC the revived champion until its duration is over
  • When being chased by his ghouls, you can avoid them like escaping from creeps (i.e. quickly run into the nearest brush then press S key to stop attacking)
  • It can be a good strategy to buy two Vampiric Scepter item.png Vampiric Scepters in order to get a lot of sustain - enough to stand Yorick Yorick's harass.
  • Although Yorick Yorick's early game harass and sustain is potent, he is not naturally tanky. The fact that Yorick Yorick is forced to buy items that early game give him no tankyness at all, coupled with the fact he has no escapes, means that Yorick Yorick starts to lose effectiveness when the laning phase is over. He is also vulnerable to ganks, so calling for help will be the bane of Yorick Yorick.


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