Gragas’s Ultimate R is very good in team fights. It deals a lot of damage and can displace the whole enemy team.
He has good sustain in lane (compared to many other champions) with his W. This will allow him to look for trades more frequently and heal back after a trade.
His E can be used in conjunction with Flash to get surprise trades/engages off with the enemy. He can also use it to interrupt abilities and enemy dashes.
His Ultimate R can easily be dodged by enemies who have dashes or any movement tools.
If the enemy has good positioning in lane, it will be very difficult for you to engage or use your E in the lane. This is because your E can be blocked by minions if the target is not directly behind them.
Gragas’s Ultimate R is very easy to mess up. You may want to use it aggressively to knock someone forward but instead, knock them backwards.
0 - 15 min
Keep harassing and wave clearing with your Q in the lane. The goal will be to both land your poke and clear the wave at the same time.
Use your E with extreme caution in this lane, as the enemy will try to gank you if you're too pushed up. Ward around correctly before doing anything.
Once you get your Ultimate R, you should have a lot more effectiveness in dueling enemies. An excellent way to bait the enemy will be to first let the wave push, and then as they are about to all-in you, you use your Ultimate R on them and bring them within your tower range. Then you can E them and kill them. This should be pretty easy to perform, given the length of the lane.
15 - 25 min
You will want to ensure that you help your Jungler every chance you get. This is especially applicable when your Jungler is trying to take the Rift Herald or is invading the enemy jungle.
In a team fight, always try to separate an enemy from their team. Bonus points if the target is immobile and has no form of escape, as it would be a guaranteed kill.
Roam around a lot when possible and try to help your mid-laner out. If you can get them a lead, it will be sure that they will come to help you out sooner or later as well.
Peel for your carries during team fights to ensure that they can do their job of dealing consistent damage to the enemy. If you decide to all-in an enemy, just perform your all-in combo and return to your carries.
Try to work with your Jungler and get picks inside the enemy Jungle with your Ultimate R. Even picking off the enemy Support will grant your team a considerable advantage when it comes to vision placements.
Set death brushes when possible and use your Ultimate R to bring unsuspecting enemies close to you. This will let your team collapse on them and kill them.
Level 3 is a massive powerspike for Gragas as he can now look for full-blown all-ins on the enemy target. Positioning may cause some hindrance as his E can be interrupted by minions. Using the lane brushes or his Flash should quickly solve the problem.
Gragas' level 6 is a significant power spike because he can now displace key enemy targets during a gank or all-in. It can let him pick off the enemy backline should he decide to go for the full AP build. His main prowess will come during team fights, though, where he can separate the enemy carries and kill them.
Gragas' first item will give him a massive damage boost in the lane. However, it honestly depends on the build he is going for as well. If Gragas goes for the tank build, he will be surviving for much longer during team fights due to his first item while dealing reduced damage. Either way, he will be of significant importance to the team.
Once Gragas manages to get to level 11, he will have two points in his Ultimate R. This means that he can initiate fights and displace key enemy targets way more frequently.
At level 9, Gragas will have his first ability maxed out. This is really beneficial for him as the damage increase will really help him duel. This is especially true if Gragas is going for the full AP build.
During the mid-game, the enemy will be busy swapping lanes and setting vision. However, as a laner, he will use this ability to the fullest potential when fighting around clumped areas and neutral objectives.
Once Gragas gets to level 16, he will have his Ultimate R maxed out. It will give him a massive damage boost, and the low cooldown combined with the knockback will help him pick high-priority targets.
Gragas will either be highly tanky or a glass cannon dependent on landing his combo depending on the build. As a top laner, Gragas may go for a balanced or a tanky build, which makes him the main damage absorber and engager for the team.
His dash and Ultimate R make up for a significant amount of peel for his carries. Should he go for the tank build route, he will successfully absorb a lot of damage for his team while his team follows up on Gragas' engagement.
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