Mordekaiser Build Guide

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Mordekaiser, We Sold Our Soul For Rock'N'Roll

written by DawnOfSinz

Mordekaiser Build

Table of Contents

  • Introduction

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    Welcome Summoners

    This is my very first guide with my all time favorite champion Mordekaiser, please feel free to comment and criticize on my guide. The more the better.
    Published on 1st September 2011.
    Unnecessary advertisments are not welcomed.

  • Pros / Cons

    - Easy Farmer
    - Harasses Easy
    - Nuker
    - Pusher
    - Tanky
    - Game Breaker
    - Lane partners have a very hard farm due to your Mace of Spades and Siphon of Destruction which is why you should always take a solo lane or team with a non item dependent lane partner
    - Doesnt have any crow control moves
    - Easily harassed early level (1-3)

  • Patches

    Iron Man
    Generation changed to 30% at all levels from 25/27/30% Shield generation is only half as effective versus minions.

    Author's Comments:
    With this nerf Morde has a harder time staying in lane if harassed and he has a harder time tanking while jungling. Not really a big nerf just makes him more balanced early game.

  • Abilities

    Iron Man
    Skill Description:
    25% of the damage dealt from ability is converted in to a temporary shield. Maximum
    shield strength is 650 health, and the minimum is 140. The shield decays by 3% per second.

    Authors Comments:
    One of the most useful and unique passives in the game, it gives you a shield depending on how much damage you do with your ability power. More Ap more shield more tank.. It is always a good idea to build your shield before going into fights like spamming skills

    Mace of Spades
    Skill Description:
    On next hit, Mordekaiser swings his mace with such force that it echos out, striking up to 3 additional nearby targets, dealing his attack damage plus bonus damage. If the target is alone, the bonus damage is doubled. It also has a better ratio with attack compared to ap if you ever want to get Atk it wont go to waste.

    Authors Comments
    This skill is a great nuke and gives plenty of shield for Iron Man. It also stacks with Lich Banes so trust me it will hurt like hell.
    Consider using this in a few situations
    - When you want to start up your Iron Man to shield you up
    - When Creeping Death is gone and your shield from Iron Man is falling apart
    - Hits Harder in a 1 on 1 fight

    - Stacks with Lich Bane

    [spell=Creeping Death]
    Unleashes a protective cloud of metal shards to surround an ally, increasing armor and magic resistance and dealing magic damage per second to enemies in the cloud.

    Authors Comments:
    Personally one of my favorite skills for mordekaiser. It gives Armor and Magic Resistant and a aoe area dps. It will Constantly make your Iron Man Shield you from any damage. So go near an enemy and have fun watching their hp rot away.

    Siphon of Destruction
    Mordekaiser damages enemies in a cone in front of him, dealing magic damage. For each unit hit, Mordekaiser's shield absorbs additional health.

    Authors Comments:
    Amazing farming and harassing skill. Probably one of your most Painful skills and it has a 6 second cool down which means its easily spamable.(Excluding Runes and Masterys) Also can be used to brush check. Never face check a brush because it will cause you death.

    Children of the Grave
    If the target dies while cursed, their soul is enslaved and will follow Mordekaiser for 30 seconds. Mordekaiser gains 20% of their ability power and attack damage, and the pet's stats are enhanced.

    Authors Comments:
    This skill is probably the most important skill when you're using Mordekaiser. It gives you a slow heal while having the enemy slowly lose their health and on to top it of if you kill the enemy you get to use their soul to kill people Instantly making a 5 on 5 a 6 on 4. Hold Alt and right click to use the slave to do your bidding. Do not aim this skill on a Ap mage because you can have way more benefits from killing a Dps with this skill.

  • Quick Reference

    Tanky Mage
    Early Game
    [item_icon=Force of Nature]

    Mid Game

    Late Game

    Ap Off Tank
    Early Game
    Mid Game

    Late Game
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    Tanky Support Core
    Early Game

    Mid Game

    Late Game
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    Greater Mark of Insight
    Greater Seal of Vitality/ Greater Seal of Resilience
    Greater Glyph of Shielding/ Greater Glyph of Focus
    Greater Quintessence of Insight/ Greater Quintessence of Potency/ Greater Quintessence of Swiftness

  • Items

    Tanky Mage Core
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    I prefer to start off with Regrowth Pendant and 1 Health Potion so you can straight away and upgrade it to [item=Force of Nature] but you can always get Doran's Shield if you think starting with Regrowth Pendant is to squishy.When you get back to base always buy another Regrowth Pendant or Negatron Cloak if your having a tough time against a mage before buying Boots of Speed and if possible an Elixir of Brilliance. I always feel that having a tankier item to stay in lanes longer is better then having the boots to kill because you can just simply Ghost and easily tank tower and kill them if you are planning to turret dive. Complete Sorcerer's Shoes and [item=Force of Nature] plus an Elixir of Brilliance for extra damage. Get out there and start ganking, pushing or killing because just with Sorcerer's Shoes you hurt like hell and can kill pretty easily. Afterwards you can get either Rabadon's Deathcap for more Spell Damage or get either Thornmail if their high on dps, Sunfire Cape for more Aoe damage/pushing or Randuin's Omen for the slow if you ever need one. Late game you can get Void Staff for more Mpen or Lich Bane for Nuke Damage with Mace of Spades and more movement speed.

    Ap Off Tank
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    This build is the common built i see in most of the Mordekaisers i encounter. 1st off get  Regrowth Pendant and 1 Health Potion or Doran's Shield. Then rush Hextech Revolver. One flaw about this build that you cant spam skills that hard until you get the Revolver for the Spell vamp unless you get Regeneration runes. Get Hextech Gunblade then finish you're Sorcerer's Shoes. Then you can either get Rylai's Crystal Scepter or Thornmail. This build is well suited for experienced Morde players who can farm Gunblade fast. 

    Tanky Support Core
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    As usual get Regrowth Pendant and 1 Health Potion or Doran's Shield or [item=Rejuvenation Bead. You can either get Randuin's Omen first or Rylai's Crystal Scepter after Sorcerer's Shoes. These items solves your lack of health and a Cc. This built is more towards to support for me because you dont have that much Ap.

  • Items Order

    Tanky Mage
    Regrowth Pendant and 1 Health Potion or Doran's Shield
    Sorcerer's Shoes and [item=Force of Nature]
    Rabadon's Deathcap or Needlessly Large Rod + Abyssal Scepter or Thornmail
    Finish Rabadon's Deathcap or you can get just Needlessly Large Rod first.
    Ap Off Tank
    Regrowth Pendant and 1 Health Potion or Doran's Shield
    Hextech Gunblade and Sorcerer's Shoes
    Rylai's Crystal Scepter or Thornmail

    Tanky Support
    Regrowth Pendant and 1 Health Potion or Doran's Shield or Rejuvenation Bead
    Randuin's Omen and Rylai's Crystal Scepter

    Elixir of Brilliance Always get this if you have extra Gold

  • Items: Get or not to get?

    - Sorcerer's Shoes It gives you even more Mpen which is why when you get these Shoes your Skills hurt considerably more.

    - Regrowth Pendant Your skills use Hp to constantly use them so you need health regeneration which is why Regrowth Pendant is essential while playing Mordekaiser.

    - [item=Force of Nature] This is a really good item for Mordekaiser because of the health regeneration. This item has save me a million times when my shield is up it regenerates my hp and makes me even harder to kill.

    - Hextech Gunblade Since patch V1.0.0.127  Gunblades atk and spell vamp has been reduced significantly. I'm not saying that its completely not useful now but its just a waste of gold to buy it for the hefty price of 3625g considering you're more of a Ap Champion then a hybrid.

    - Will of the Ancients 1525 gold cheaper then Gunblades and has a 30 Ap aura and 5% more life steal compared to Gunblades. Looking for a cheaper way to sustain health in lanes i suggest getting this.

    - Warmog's Armor Never really liked this item. Sure it gives you 1370 health and 45 health regen which makes you a hell lot more tankier early game but you just don't have enough Armor/Magic Resistance late game. Never ever buy this late game because it is very useless by then.
    - Rabadon's Deathcap The best Ap item in the game. Makes your Iron Man shield up faster and makes all you're spells hurt like hell.

    - Randuin's Omen Very useful against melee dps auto-atker's like Xin Zhao and Jax with its 20% chance of slowing the movement speed and attack speed of nearby units by 35%. Not only that you can activate it to have the same debuffs for 2 seconds +0.5 seconds for every 100 Armor and Magic Resistance you have which means this item has a great combo with Creeping Death which gives you more Armor and Mr. 

    - Abyssal Scepter Mr not enough? Get this cause it gives you more Mr and more Ap to make your shield up faster and you dont need to waste spending 400g on Sapphire Crystal for Banshee's Veil. You also get an aura that reduces Mr by 20 so hell yeah More Ap more Mr and More Mr Reduction? Worth it.

    - Deathfire Grasp Great Synenergy with the only down side to it is the 390g wasted on buying the Meki Pendant but it is a really great item nonetheless. 30% life killer and a 30% ulti making the enemy die so fast they wont even know what hit them.

    - Lich Bane Nuke damage with more Movement speed for chasing and a little Mr boost. Still a waste of 400g for that Sapphire but the extra Ap you get is pretty decent as well.

    - Sunfire Cape Sunfire makes you noticeable in team fights because the damage it stacks with [spell_icon=Creeping Death] is amazing. Extra 40 presence magic damage to stack with the 80 you already have and it gives you 45 Armor.

    - Rylai's Crystal Scepter Morde doesnt have any form of CC what so ever. So getting Rylai's makes all your skills have a slow and a huge boost of ap and health.

    - Great item to use when you have a slave, when you're about to die use it then you can use your slave to attack them while you are safely inside your yellow shield . Having good timing with this item will turn the tables around.

    - Elixir of Brilliance Elixir of Brilliance I really love this item. Gives you a lot of damage for 250g? amazing item. I would get these when i have extra gold to spend when im at base to buy items. Usually when i finish getting an item. You would probably only get 2/4 the whole game i suppose unless the game is dragging too long. Warning over buying this item will ruin your item farm.

  • Skill Builds


    Depending on how you like your skills but i prefer maxing [spell=Creeping Death] before getting Mace of Spades and maxing Siphon of Destruction first is a must. For playing the Ap Off Tank though it is recommended to get Mace of Spades before Siphon of Destruction.

  • Runes and Masteries

    Greater Mark of Insight
    Greater Seal of Vitality or Greater Seal of Resilience
    Greater Glyph of Shielding or Greater Glyph of Focus
    Greater Quintessence of Insight or 1x Greater Quintessence of Potency or 1x Greater Quintessence of Swiftness
    I prefer using 3x Mpen but you can always op with 1x Ms or 1x Ap.

    Tanky Mage and Ap Off Tank
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    I use these masteries as my main Mordekaiser masteries while using a more Ap but still tanky Mordekaiser. As you can see it has a movement speed mastery for chasing. Skill cooldown reduction mastery to spam your skills more often and a summoner spell cool down reduction mastery which gives you more reduction for you ignite and ghost which means you can do your Ignite Children of the Grave combo more and you can Chase more often with Ghost. Since you can chase more it gives you even less reasons to buy Rylais Crystal Scepter or Hextech Gunblade.

    Tanky Support
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    These masteries I use for a more Tank/Support Mordekaiser. Well I don’t really need to explain this because most tanks use a 21 on Defense. But you cant be forgetting the Mpen on Offense. You can do any variation of your own 21 on defense but this is how I like to use it.

  • Summoner Spells

    Ghost and Ignite is a must for any good Morde player.

    Ghost Makes you a far better chaser compared to Flash. On the other hand that it stacks with items like [item=Force of Nature] and  Lich Bane for even more movement speed.

    Ignite Ignite is very painful stacked with your Ultimate Children of the Grave. A faster kill with Mordekaiser is always a good thing.

    Other Spells
    - Flash Some might prefer flash over ghost but for Mordekaiser i prefer ghost because you can chase far better compared to flash. If you want to get flash i would suggest using the Tanky Support built rather then the Tanky Mage.

    - Exhaust I dont really like getting exhaust for Mordekaiser because when i use him i would always target the main Dps on their team so i can get a better slave to kill with and usually their Dps are soft ones but high damaging. Compared to ignite i guess i prefer killing faster then having a slow.

  • Counter Picks

    Basically most of the hard matchups you will have while using Mordekaiser and ways to overcome these Champions.

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    Annie,I really have a hard time solo lane against this particular Champion. As I said before Mordekaiser has a really tough time at level 1 to 4 since he doesn’t have enough damage yet. While Annie with her Disintegrate you better be careful with it cause she can dish out more damage then you can. Try not to get your health to low with Annie because once your health reaches below 50% or so she can simply use her ultimate Summon: Tibbers stuns and kill you as easy as that. My suggestion against her is to just farm safely taking last hits with Siphon of Destruction until you are high leveled enough to dish out true pain.

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    Laning with Cho is very difficult. He has 2 Cc's Rupture and Feral Scream. Harassing him is also not another options with his passive Carnivore. He probably is the one aiming and killing you with Feast. What do you do against this Terror of the Void? Kill him last. Its not worth aiming someone who has 2 or 3 times more Hp then those soft Dps our there. In lane against Cho Gath play smarter then him dodge his stuns and farm till you're damn fat before planning to take him on.

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    Garen has a huge advantage over Mordekaiser with his Decisive Strike which can silence your spells which will render you completely vulnerable without Iron Man and Judgment to shred your health apart and to top it off instantly killing you and making you useless with Demacian Justice. You have to be really cautious with him and I suggest not to use your Children of the Grave on him since he has really fast movement speed unless of course you have a teammate to stop him. Try to activate Mace of Spades, [spell=Creeping Death] and lastly using Siphon of Destruction before he silences you so you can have more survivability against him or another easier way to counter Garen is to get .

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    Most Yi players dont really give me a hard time. But the rare Ap ones are just plain annoying. I Repeat Do Not Use Your Children of the Grave on a Ap Yi. Do not get fooled with him being low with life because he can Meditate which heals him slowly and gives him a Huge Armor and Magic resistance boost. Not having a slave for your ultimate is probably one of the worst situations out there.

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    Always aim Xz first in any team fights. Hes very difficult to kill because of his skills [spell=Tireless Warrior] and Battle Cry. If you're thinking of taking him down solo you better make sure you have at least a Thornmail

    External ImageWarwick like Garen is probably another counter to Morde. He has a lot of healing skills thus making it harder to kill him. Because of his healing skills it would be wise not to use you're ulti on him. With him around you will probably be the first one to get ganked and die with his Infinite Duress. Get a Quicksilver Sash to cancel his ulti.

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    Zillean is probably the most annoying Champion you will face. With his ultimate Chrono Shift he will make your ultimate Children of the Grave useless. Try to make him to use he’s ultimate before using yours.

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    Long range Dps – You shouldn’t have a problem with these Champion’s on your lane but I doubt you will be able to harass them because of their long range and safe play style. My suggestions against them are try to harass them when your Iron Man is around more then half the bar since their only method of harassing you is with probably one activate skill and normal attacking you.

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