Hello and welcome to this "New AD Kog'Maw" guide, After playing da beast and checking other guides, I thought I'd make my own.
So, why is it "New" ? Cause of that :
Release Notes v18.104.22.168
* Caustic Spittle has been remade and now grants:
* Passive: increases attack Speed by 10/15/20/25/30%
* Active: deals 60/110/160/210/260 damage and reduces the target's armor by 5/10/15/20/25 for 4 seconds
* Bio-Arcane Barrage cooldown reduced to 15 from 20
* Void Ooze cooldown reduced to 12 from 13
You want to look at the Caustic Spittle part mainly, aswell as the Bio-Arcane barrage part.
The new changes make AP kog maw some kind of lame, boring, leeching, (complete with whatever u want) hero.
Kog Maw became similar very to Ezreal but is alot more usefull end game. So I this guide, I'll show you how to rip apart those boring undying Mordekaisers and anything else that caused you troubles with other heroes.
| Icathian Surprise
| This is mainly a rage relief, But there are 2 ways to make this very useful :
1 : If someone kills you but is really low HP, well you stick to him and blow him apart. This works for First Blood, If you suceed with this, the game gives you the kill first.
2 : Sometimes, some assassin bast*** will kill you before you can enter a team fight, whatever, just rush in and blow in the middle on their weak heroes, that might help your team a little :)
| Caustic Spittle
| This skill is now very interesting. It still does a nice damage burst on a single target, but also gives a very good attack speed bonus as passive. You don't really care about the armor reduction.
| Bio-Arcane Barrage
| This is you main DPS skill, everytime you need a burst, use this and watch the health bars drop.
| Void Ooze
| With the new kog maw, this skill became less important, the damages are not really needed as you should never really enter a teamfight, but yet it can prove itself usefull to slow down ennemies who are running after you or your mates.
| Living Artillery
| Never spam too much unless really needed, or if you have the golem buff, With the build I give in this guide, the damages of this skill will not be heavy but its still a very good harass on weak heroes, to finish running folks and to search herbs !
This is a very offensive skilling order, you can get 1 point in Void Ooze at level 5 for some survivability if you feel the need.
I max out the attack speed first, This is alot more usefull than the Void ooze spam to farm creeps, auto attack means not waste of mana and is perfect with Bio-Arcane Barrage.
Masteries + Runes
Here are my masteries :
Not much to be discussed here..
For runes I go Attack speed with :
3x Greater Quintessence of Alacrity
9x Greater Mark of Alacrity
9x Greater Seal of Alacrity
9x Greater Glyph of Alacrity
The choice is simple, the more attack speed you have the more damages you will do with your mardred and your Bio-Arcane Barrage. With Caustic Spittle level 1 you get around 0.9 atk.speed wich is a very good start for creeps farming.
I pick Ghost and Clarity, Kog maw is weak and needs help fleeing, and clarity in order to never fall out of mana.
I start my game with a Vampiric Scepter
When I reach enough gold I back and take Berserker's Greaves
Then, it depends on what you face. Multiple evil armor tanks ? go Last Whisper
If not rush [item=Madred's Bloodrazor]. In both cases, you NEED madred so make it the sooner possible
After that I go for Infinity Edge starting with B. F. Sword
By the time you finish this, the game should have ended, if not, search for more damages, like The Black Cleaver
Get to work
Now, we'll see how to play This AD kog.
First off, Lets check when to pick our hero, In ranked games, You don't choose your hero because you enjoy him, but because he will be doing good agaisnt the other heroes or help your mates.
Kog maw is a must have when you face multiple heavy armor heroes, aswell as HP stacking tanks.
The combined damages of your Bio-arcane barrage, Madred, lizard buff and your base damage will shred apart everything.
But do not take kog if there is a hard set of assassin-like heroes in front of you like akali, katarina, TF and cie, they'll cut you in half before you can react.
When you are ingame, you can choose any lane, middle, solo, duo, whatever, your attack speed will let you farm easily.
The bad part is when it comes to getting ganked, you are really weak, any Warwick ult will nearly kill you, so wards are a good choice to prevent that.
In early game :
Last hit creeps with your auto-attack, hit the ennemy if they come close enough, when you need a little more push power, use bio-arcane barrage and focus on a target, his HP will drop fast and he will have to back.
Middle game : Be super carefull on the ganks, if there are assassins, they will come for you !
You can now harass very nicely with your ult and your (BAB bio arcane blabla). The more points you put in BAB, the more range you will get, use it often but never drain your mana out !
End game : Now your team with gather and there will be team fights. Your have multiple roles there:
- Void Ooze to slow down ennemies, to chase or flee
- Check herbs with your ult
When the team fight occurs, Place yourself in order to Shoot Through the tree lines, Your BAB will allow you to hit anything from far, and you will not risk entering the fight. Pick any target and just watch the health bars melt, then spam your ult on low HP running folks.