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Skill usage

  •  Omen of War resets the attack timer, much like  Nasus's  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 ghoul alive as often as possible, as it gives a significant movement speed boost.
  •  Omen of Pestilence and  Omen of Famine give  Yorick reasonable burst, but they are not his primary source of damage.
  • A well timed  Omen of Pestilence can block skillshots such as  Blitzcrank's  Rocket Grab,  Lee Sin's  Sonic Wave or  Morgana's  Dark Binding, or to explode  Teemo's  Noxious Trap without being damaged. It is also important to keep in mind that when fighting against an enemy  Maokai who throws a  Sapling, you should immediately run away and spawn your  Omen of Pestilence on it.
  • Using  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's pushing power as it will deal 35% of Yorick's attack damage to the turret and increase his damage output by 5% 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 through walls and to check brushes. The ghoul can also destroy traps such as  Shaco's  Jack In The Box and  Teemo's  Noxious Trap.
  • Putting some early points in  Omen of Famine allows  Yorick to stay in the lane for a long time.
  • Allies can Teleport to your ghouls. This can help set up ganks.
  •  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 can jungle as his ghouls add significantly to his damage output and damage resistance.
  •  Omen of Famine has the highest mana cost and lowest damage output of  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 a great sustainer in lane allowing him to be able to force the enemy laner to recall while  Yorick is able to stay in lane with his  Omen of Famine.
  • With good timing,  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, 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.

Build usage

  •  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 solely for the survivability of his ghouls is a bad idea. His ghouls only gain 35% of his health and they lose 20% of it every second, regardless of how high their health is.
    • However, building health is a good idea to up the survivability of  Yorick himself, as he is a melee DPS champion without a method of quickly closing the gap between himself and his target.
    • When building health, it's a good idea to build Atma's Impaler to gain extra attack damage for Yorick and his ghouls.
  •  Yorick should buy an item with mana and/or mana regeneration early on.
    • A 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 will allow its evolution to Muramana offering even more attack damage and a powerful active, allowing you and   Omen of Famine  to hit very hard.
    • A Chalice of Harmony leaves you with a lot more money than a Manamune, allowing you to pick up Items according to your situation earlier. By itself, 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 and you have to sell it at some point, thus losing a bit of gold. Chalice of Harmony can now be upgraded to 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 hit very hard)  and some cooldown reduction. This item is better used  if you enjoy constant ability casts, as it provides CDR that Manamune lacks  and allows much devastating harassment with  Omen of Pestilence
    • Ancient Coin can work too, but most of the time the Mana regeneration it gives is not enough. The Health regeneration is also not needed, as  Yorick has a lot of sustain with his  Omen of Famine.
    • 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 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 and instead focusing on improving lane sustainability, damage trading, and tower diving capability.
  • Ionian Boots of Lucidity allow him to use his abilities more often; however,  Omen of War and  Omen of Famine are already on low enough cooldowns that the ghouls they produce should be alive more often than not.
  • Getting some magic penetration can be useful on  Yorick as both his  Omen of Famine and  Omen of Pestilence deal magic damage.
  • Sheen, or Trinity Force have great synergy with  Yorick, as well as giving him much needed stats. Iceborn Gauntlet is also great item for Yorick (arguably better than Trinity Force), as it provides the spellblade buff, armor, mana, and cooldown reduction, which all are essential on Yorick.
  • Getting at least some crit chance is a good idea, as the 5% bonus damage per ghoul from  Unholy Covenant applies to the critical strike damage as well.
  • Armor penetration does apply to his ghouls, meaning that you can take runes and masteries for your ghouls as well as  Yorick himself.
  • Getting supportive items like Zeke's Herald or Aegis of the Legion is a good choice on  Yorick if you plan to fulfill a supportive tank role.
  • Aegis of the Legion is a strong item if you are losing as it gives a lot of survivability for your team.
  • Spell vamp gives a boost to  Yorick's  Omen of Famine and  Omen of Pestilence, however, itemizing for spell vamp isn't viable - it's expensive and works only with the initial cast of  Omen of Famine and  Omen of Pestilence.

Recommended builds

Summoner's Rift
Starting Doran's Shield item Health Potion item
Essential Mercury's Treads item Spirit Visage item Tear of the Goddess item
Offensive Manamune item Trinity Force item Ohmwrecker item
Defensive Iceborn Gauntlet item Warmog's Armor item Frozen Heart item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item Sight Ward item
The Howling Abyss
Starting Boots of Speed item Tear of the Goddess item Health Potion item3 Mana Potion item3
Essential Mercury's Treads item Manamune item Glacial Shroud item
Offensive Trinity Force item Atma's Impaler item Iceborn Gauntlet item
Defensive Spirit Visage item Warmog's Armor item Frozen Heart item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Crystal Scar
Starting Boots of Speed item Prospector's Blade item Health Potion item2
Essential Mercury's Treads item Sheen item Spirit Visage item
Offensive Manamune item Trinity Force item Iceborn Gauntlet item
Defensive Atma's Impaler item Frozen Heart item Sunfire Cape item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Twisted Treeline
Starting Doran's Shield item Boots of Speed item
Essential Mercury's Treads item Sheen item Spirit Visage item
Offensive Manamune item Trinity Force item Iceborn Gauntlet item
Defensive Atma's Impaler item Frozen Heart item Overlord's Bloodmail item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item

Countering

  • Be careful when using skillshots as his  Omen of Pestilence can pop an incoming projectile.
  • Take a great care when engaging  Yorick 1v1. His 1v1 capabilities are high due to his ghouls.
  • The active of  Statikk Shiv can chain off Yorick’s ghouls, making their lifespan shorter, ergo reducing his tankiness.
  • The amount of healing he receives from  Omen of Famine depends mostly on the initial magic damage dealt by the spell. Buying magic resist can greatly reduce the heal  Yorick gets from the spell.
  • When he uses his  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, 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 Scepters in order to get a lot of sustain - enough to stand  Yorick's harass.

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