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Jungle Amumu Secrets - League of Legends
The Loneliest Threat
Amumu is a terror in the jungle; often banned, often carries. But sadly it seems many people miss out on some details of playing Amumu. This guide won't focus on builds, I'll simply highlight them, but you can find them anywhere and really your build should reflect both the champion's strengths as well as your own play style. It's not one size fits all.
The Basics: Runes
Run with whatever works for you; I prefer:
- Quints: Flat +26 HP
- Seals: Flat +1 Armor
- Gylphs: Scaling Magic Resist +.16 per Level
- Marks: Flat +.87 Magic Penetration
Move speed quintessences are also a viable option but generally I would not swap magic resist for ability power as I don't often buy many items with magic resist. However, that's not to say it's not possible.
The Basics: Items
You can vary it however you see fit; I adjust to have more AP if I get more kills, and more tank if I get more assists. My general path:
- Hunter's Machete +2 pots
- Ranger's Trailblazer + Boots
- Upgrade to Boots of Mobility
- Upgrade to Ranger's Trailblazer + Cinderhulk
- Frozen Heart
- Abyssal Scepter
- Some combination of:
Zz'Rot Portal (Great for end-game counter-pushing)
Rylai's Crystal Scepter
Iceborn Gauntlet (Possible as replacement to Frozen Heart in specific circumstances)
Just adapt to the game, if you're the only tank don't get much AP; if there are 2 tanks and a bruiser, definitely get some. If you're getting kills get AP, but if you're the only tank, get items that benefit the team in other ways like Zz'Rot or Righteous Glory.
The Basics: Masteries
The highlighted masteries from below are what really makes Amumu's early jungle thrive. Many Amumu's beleive they can't finish a jungle route and gank; so they often recall after 1 buff or both, wasting time and potentially giving up first blood in the process.
Other minor changes are understandable, but don't jeopardize your ability to gank after finishing your first jungle route.
Follow this route properly and you'll be able to gank afterwards. You may have to wait a few seconds for your smite to be up to finish Golems at step 6.
Of course, you hopefully get a leash from your allies and you smite Gromp immediately for the poison.
The key is to stay under 25% HP. Due to second wind, you'll barely be reducing any HP as all your regeneration is multiplied (Including potions! Only use them when you're very low) plus the bonus regeneration on the jungle item. You'll be healing nearly 10 hp per second and can sit comfortably with less than 25% HP for a while.
Definitely be sure to be under 25% HP when you smite Red Buff for the bonus heal!
Take note of Amumu's tantrum; pull Buffs away and don't kill sub-minions until the end. When hit, Tantrum reduces its cooldown by 0.5 seconds, let the small minions stay alive ot keep reducing your cooldown and you'll take less damage in the end, and go faster. Pull the buff away. Additionally, on spot #4 I use Tantrum when I'm in range of the Crimson Raptor and 1 sub minion, making sure not to hit the other 2, for this same reason.
Basic attack first, then tantrum before the enemies attack. Remember your passive reduces their magic resistance, so basic attack first so your Tantrum does more damage. But be sure to quickly use Tantrum as to get the cooldown reduction.
- Run into lane, don't use Bandage.
Bandage can be dodged. It's better to run in and use your ultimate, then your bandage can't be dodged (though you still might want to save it depending on your team's burst abilities and their distance to safety).
- If they flash out, then use bandage.
- Again, try to basic attack before you Tantrum.
- Pay attention to what lanes are pushing, and time it so you arrive when it's pushed.
- Smart casting. Do it. You have to.
- And of course communicate with your team. A gank is pointless if your team isn't doing their part.
Good luck! With this info and some practice, you will be well on your way to your own Amumu play style and be able to dominate the laning phase where Amumu often struggles the most so that team fights are a piece of cake. But not for Amumu, he get's no cake.