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League of Legends S12: Gangplank Top Build Guide

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League of Legends S12: Gangplank Top Build Guide

Find out all you need to know to build Gangplank Top in League of Legends Season 12, including runes, items, and skill order.

League of Legends S12: Gangplank Top Build Guide

From runes to items, gameplay tips amd more, we've put together a guide to help you master playing Gangplank in the toplane in League of Legends.

Be mindful that there are several ways to build and play a champion, and you'll need to be adaptable as the game and the enemy team progress.

That said, this guide is a good starting point to helping you get to grips with the champion and making an impact in your games.


Gangplank Rune Choices - League of Legends
Gangplank Rune Choices

Core Items

Trinity Force

3333 Gold

The Collector

3000 Gold


Trinity Force is a good all-round item in the toplane, offering plenty of damage potential. 

The Collector adds to this, alongside a handy execute that can generate more gold for Gangplank. 

Other good items include Mortal Reminder, Sterak's Gage, and Lord Dominik's Regards.

Starting Item & Boots

Corrupting Potion

500 Gold

Ionian Boots of Lucidity

950 Gold

Skill Order

While your choices may differ according to how the game progresses, the typical Gangplank skill priority is:

R > Q > E > W

Summoner Spells

These are the summoner spells most typically taken by Gangplank in this role. Naturally, this may change depending on match-ups.

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A toplane duelist, Gangplank is particularly fragile. You'll want to play passively, zoning your opponent with your Powder Kegs and poking as much as possible. He has a high skillcap, but if played well and once he's reached his power spike, he can often bully lanes. 

  • Level 1 - Take Q - Parrrley, for early-game poke.
  • Level 2 - Take E - Powder Keg, so you can lay your barrels and begin to zone your lane opponent. 
  • First Back - Start working towards your Trinity Force.

Tips & Tricks

  • The trick to playing Gangplank well is chaining your Powder Kegs - destroy the first with Parrrley to reach distant enemies. 
  • Placing a Powder Keg in a bush and starting the chain from there is a good way to surprise your opponent. 
  • Only champions can hit Powder Kegs. You can quickly reduce it to 1HP with an auto as soon as it appears, for quick damage.
  • When it comes to upgrading your ult, start with Death's Daughter, then opt for Raise Morale, and finally Fire at Will.
  • If you place two Powder Kegs, it's possible to detonate the first and place a third which will be triggered by the chain. This takes a lot of practice and needs to be precise. 
  • Even more complicated to master, the phantom barrel consists of placing one barrel, detonating it with Parrrley at maximum range, then placing a second barrel to be triggered instantly by the explosion. 


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