The curator of sands
August 12th, 2022 ⸱ 19 min read
Hello, reader. I am a League of Legends player. I love playing top, but on ranks, i mostly use
I play on EUNE with the name "MadAxeron". here is my guide. (this is an old guide. It is better to take the known usual build. But look a bit on the guide. You may get a thing or two.) Nasus
A description about Nasus
Nasus is actaully a low-elo champion. The lower your rank, the higher chance to win the game. Only because he isn't given much attention as given on low ranks. When you rise up, it is harder to play as him. I don't say that you cannot play on high elo, but you get more focused and being bullied, so they will not let you stack. A champion with low mobility skills, but he can slow others. If you play your cards right, you will be afeared beast on late game.
On early game, he is really weak and he can be killed by most of the enemies on 1 vs 1
He is really dependent on his in order to make some damage. Siphoning Strike
He has no mobility, so it is hard to chase someone, especially when the enemy uses dashes or immobolize abilities.
As long you get higher on elo, the enemies are gonna focus on you, more, so you don't get enough stacks.
Obviously, this is the recent famous rune build for
. I can explain why these are necessary and also for alternative paths. Nasus
- Usual runes
- Spells changer
- Good ol' grasp.
First of all, can be great for extra health and movement speed. It can be useful when you need a bit of health and to move away from an enemy's ability. it helps.
could be nice against tanks, but it is useful only when you are quick enough. You don't need it much, since you have your
. But taking it, it shall make a great amount of damage on one champion. Spirit Fire
As about , attack speed isn't much useful to you. maybe in early game, but still not necessary.
was a good rune for
. It can be used when you have to fight for more time than you should, especially against tanks or champions with max health. you could try it, if you want to, but on early game, you cannot do much with it. especially against strong champions. Nasus
can be useful for 1 vs 1, especially when you want to survive after the enemy uses on you. but you have to finish him before he finishes you. and extra gold can come in handy.
can be actually useful too with
, but it takes effect only when you are max health. Nasus
It can be a great rune for
especially when he spends a lot of mana. It is recommended to take it, only if you do NOT want to take . Nasus
is really helpful, since one of
's problems is his mobility. It can be handy when you are getting stunned all the time. and believe me, you will get mostly stunned in game. you need tenacity. Nasus
isn't such useful. Like we said, attack speed doesn't matter much for that champion.
is really good, but you already have life steal, thanks with his passive
is perfect, so you can mostly keep going, even with low hp. a great rune for surviving and fighting.
is enough. no need for that. Siphoning Strike
that's a nope. Hardly you will find someone who has much more max health than you.
For your secondary path with resolve, a can be great against champions that poke you. Or even effects like
. Toxic Shot
is great too for... tenacity too. what else? you need it.
the rune stat shards can be scale CDR cause you need cooldown and the rest could be armor. unless you play against ap champion, so replace one shard with magic resistance.
As for the alternative trees, here are some ideas. First, you get the Inspiration tree and this rune build includes the . Since your summoner spells will be and , you can change it when someone is on cooldown for which is very useful for a top laner, especially for a champion like
. Other than that, you can be more creative. Use your fantasy for how the other spells can help youand surprise your enemies. Nasus
is highly recommended on the second category. free boots and a bit extra movement speed.
is a big no. Even if you have the strategy for using it, you will replace the flash slot with another spell with . and it isn't worth using this, instead of .
The same goes for . it is a one-time thing, and you cannot use it for sale cause you gain no coins, or neither you can use it for a recommended item.
is a great help and also highly recommended on the third category. The others are a waste of rune.
Actually, isn't a real waste, but personally, i don't want to be in a debt and get a fee.
As about , no. Not even worth it.
For the last category, you can use for decreasing your cooldowns. That's just perfect. but, you can use something alternative.
great for chasing. It synergizes well with
isn't really recommended, but very handy. it synergises well with since you get free
. But to maximize it's effect, take as your starting item.
Total Biscuit of Everlasting Will
As about the secondary path and shards, are mostly the same. But I can use more detail on the next page.
Good Ol' Grasp
The next rune page is with a nice rune. It is mostly recommended if you are a beginner, or you love trades. But you should not take it against ranged champions. It is a great rune for trades, since you gain health and max health. But you must be near the champion to take effect, since you need to hit him and gain health.
And if you are thinking to change this Resolve keystone with something else, you better be joking.
Because is totally useless. You cannot immobolise a champion as
. Even the game itself change this rune automatically with . Nasus
As about , no. you are in top lane. You will be alone. Deal with it.
is undoubtely, a great keystone for the second category. It helps you destroy turrets, as a turret destroyer. The reason why this rune isn't on the other pages's secondary path, it's because you mostly need the other runes. And really, how much you need to destroy a turret?
it's useful on teamfights only. To you, it's a waste.
you can only gain shield from other champions. so just stick with .
For the rest Resolve options, it includes the other runes where you use Resove as secondary path.
For that, you need mostly the . you become more tanky on mid-late game. It also scales pretty well with .
for this grasp page isn't really necessary. but if you play against a champion that it's attacks or abilities can make you lose health for a period of time like
or Darius , do not hesitate to take it. Teemo
do not leave it behind, either. It can be quiet useful, too. Especially in sudden fights.
is still useful, because of it's tenacity. But you can clearly use something else.
makes you more tanky. you can be a max health creature, which is pretty good.
helps you since you already have life steal. But on my personal opinion, you should stick with the other two keystones.
as about the secondary path, Inspiration is recommended with and . these are for me, most useful.
Shards are mostly the same. Nothing to change. Except for the magic resistance part.
Summoner Spells (Loadout)
and is what I mostly use. I need mobility, for sure. Surely, is on the list. But you can use your spells, however you like them. Anything other summoner spell than those three, are unnecessary.
These are the two recommended skill paths. Of course you need to max your
since it is the main ability that can make you dangerous. After that, you may choose whichever you want. Your Siphoning Strike can make them slower and slower, and on max level, they are almost rooted. And your Wither can make your attacks more deadly. Spirit Fire
But in case you have an enemy, that doesn't let you get close enough on your minions, better take
as first skill. Spirit Fire
- Primary skill path
- Secondary skill path
These are the items you mostly need in your game. But let's take a closer look.
You start with because of course you need a defensive starting item. If you can get yourself 1100 coins, that's great. Since you can come back and take which is a really important item for
, since it makes your Nasus much stronger. And then you get to get extra mana. You need it in a situation like this. In case you are using the rune , you don't need the item. Instead, take . If you have plus 300 coins, take the . Siphoning Strike
shall be your main item, because it can make you a damaging champion. Since it has , you are gonna be a strong puppy. But this item alone, won't help. so make sure to stack your
for more damage. This mythic item provides you also health and cooldown. Surely helpful. Siphoning Strike
For the next one, you better get . A high source of armor and magic resist and some ability haste. You need to become more tanky so you can handle more fights. And the active shield is a little gift for fights against multiple champions.
is the third one you need. An item with plenty of health and attack damage. It's passive shield, sychronises pretty well with . You get shields out of nowhere.
are popular for
since those are a bit cheaper and it provides ability haste. Nasus
better use it when you have heavy ad opponents. Or better if your enemies are only ad champions.
An old popular boot for our beloved dog, since it provides tenacity. But if your enemy has no ap champions, I would say to not take it.
So, let's start with . When season 12 came with this items, it is highly recommended if you need mana for a tank champion. Gaining health is really necessary. If you want this, better make sure to take the early, so you can quickly get the
is the only tank item that provides grieving wounds. And those can change the effort of the game, since it makes your enemies gain less health. It is recommended to build it when your enemies gain high amount of health. But you need to build it as last item. Only the item is necessary to take it on early/mid game, since for more grieving wounds, you mus immobolize the enemy. Complete your as your last item.
is a great item, especially against heavy ap champions. If you need magic resist, surely take this, since it highly increases your healing effects. Including life steal.
can be quite popular for
since one of his best roles is to splitpush. But in need to buy it, you must trust your own team, to hold back the enemy team. Because with this item, it's uselesss in teamfights. So, if you need to be in teamfights (And believe me, there would be times that you must teamfight), you should not take this item. Nasus
is a bit overrated item for
nowadays. Sure, it makes you gain mana and armor, but you also need health to move on. And if you need to take magic resist, it won't be nice to have this around as your second item. But you can take it, if your enemy team are mostly using attack speed. Nasus
is a great item against heavy ad champions. Better take it, only if you don't need .
is a defensive champion when you start the game. Your personal goal is to collect as many stacks of Nasus as you can. a normal minion can give you 3 stacks when you kill with this ability. Better focus on large minions, cause it will give you 12 stacks. If you can finish your enemies with your ability, that's a bonus to you. Siphoning Strike
you are pretty weak and you can be killed by almost everyone on lvl 1. But that's the sacrifice, because you will grow stronger in the game. Do not roam, just play safe. If you can learn how to freeze lane or make minions come to you, that's a good thing. Because your opponent will try to do the same, or they will punish you for getting too close. You may even to collect minions from a far, with your Nasus . Don't waste it often, though. You can easily lose your mana. That's why you will need to get the item or the rune . My point is play safe and farm. If your jungler can come and help you, that's great. 2 or 3 success ganks, and you will not fear much. Spirit Fire
This category is mostly the same, cause there won't be much difference. If you feel strong, you can split push fast or even get into team fights. Preferably, you should have the two items and , and as about stacks, you need to get the minutes of your game, multiplying by 200. For example, on your 15 minutes, you shall need 300 stacks. for your 20 minutes, you shall need 400 stacks. And these are the limits. Of course there would be games that you cannot gain such amount of stacks (even I personally cannot get much in few games), but the trick is to stack when you get the chance and hope your team can hold them back.
Sometimes, it is hard to win a 5vs5 fight and that's understandable. No matter the stacks you have gained or the items you got. In that case, a good chance is to split push. In mid/late game, you can do 1vs1, but usually, more than 1 enemy will chase you. if the enemy team are fighting 4vs5, push and destroy turrets. If your team can hold back your enemies, you can mostly split push and let the enemy team to chase you when they get there. You can make them lose time. can be a huge help in that case, but in this case, you have to ONLY split push. Because if an ally comes to you, or even in teamfights, this item is a waste of space.
Matchups and Synergies
Match up can be really tough when you play as
. Almost everyone can kill you on early game. So stay patient. Nasus
Better pray for your jungler to come. This champion can kill you easily with his passive
. Even if he knows how to handle the minion waves, you cannot stack. If he isn't that agressive, you can handle him. Hemorrhage
He isn't a real threat, if you ask me. Sure, he can beat you easily on early, but you won't have much problem stacking. His passive
should not bother you, since you cannot immobolize. After taking , you can beat him. (If he isn't fed, of course.) Goes Where He Pleases
Annoying, for sure. With a combo Q + E, he can manipulate you. But not hard to beat. His
is a bit weaker when he uses it on multiple enemies. So getting in allied minions, may come in handy. Just farm and when you get a bit stronger, punish him a bit. Judgment
Not sure why it exists on top, but better be careful. Especially his
. gain more damage, and you can kill those with one Q. Be careful, so his combo does not get you. H-28 G Evolution Turret
The tentacle lady can be really tough. Watch your six, because her
can be really painful, if it gets you. You can use minions to hide behind them, though. After all, you won't have a problem. But if that ability gets you, don't even bother to fight, cause you are gonna lose. Test of Spirit
Most Jax players do not use easily their abilities until level 3. Not a tough matchup, if you ask me, but never underestimate him. With his
he can make you lose the fight. Counter Strike
She is a late game champion, just like you. You can easily farm, but if she attacks you, attack back. Not sure you can 1vs1 her before level 6, though. But better take advantage of her early stage and gain stacks, cause after level 6, she can poke you.
A tough rock and hard to catch, especially with his
. He will easily poke you. Better make sure to freeze lane and keep the enemy minions come closer, so you won't get ganked. And you cannot escape easily when he uses Seismic Shard Unstoppable Force
If you need a gank, your jungler surely must come before level 6. Unless you can survive inside his
or if your jungler can 1vs1 him. And his Realm of Death is really strong. Better be in between minions to get less damage. Obliterate
He is really hard to take him down. Better be patient and avoid his combo. Other than that, he is not much a threat.
Your brother is thirsty for your blood. His combo E1 + W + Q + E2 can be a great trade for him. so, stay back. You can have a fair fight on mid game.
She trades too and pokes you well with her abilities. Don't get comfortable around her. Gain stacks when you get the chance, and you can take her down.
This champion can also be a bully. He must not get in between you and your minions, to avoid his stun on his
unless he wants to beat you. Facebreaker
Mostly Singed players, are gonna proxy your lane. That's good for you too, because you can farm alone and gain stacks. if it is possible, talk with your jungler, to attack him. It's a free kill on early game. But on mid/late game, don't bother to chase him. Acually, never chase a Singed.
A strong bully and a gigantic pain for top laners, recently. He may even can fight 1 vs 2 on early game. Stay patient and farm. If you can control your minions, much better. But stay patient against him.
That little dancing demon was and still is a problem for Nasus players. You can take him down with 2 ganks from your jungler before level 6. After that, though, you need to take for his mushrooms. When you gain enough stacks and items, you can take him down.
You may not notice it, but after some point, he is a huge threat. He is one of the few champions that can take you down on 1vs1 on late game. When he uses his
, you need to run away until it wears off. Then you can turn the tables. If you even can drag him out of his Subjugate , that's a bonus. Frozen Domain
You can farm easily. When he gets too comfortable to you, use your
and go away. Until he is calmed and you can farm again. Do not get cocky, though, if you cannot handle another 5 seconds of him cause of his Wither . But, I believe that won't be an issue, unless you get under his tower. Undying Rage
A curse on top lane. All of us can agree on that. A real bully and she can poke you. If you manage to gain some gold and some stacks (cause sooner or later, you will), you can giver her a taste of her own medicine. Of course, better be careful not to feed her, cause God help you and your team. When you gain your , some boots, a bit of health and an amount of stacks, you have a chance. When she makes a mistake, use your
, chase her with and better not get too close to walls, so she will not stun you with her Wither Condemn
A tough match, but easily to stack when you are against him. Sure, he can poke you and dash very easily, but soon enough, he won't be match of a threat. But make sure you dodge his airborne, so you won't get ult, because you may leave your
on the fight. Last Breath
That's all I wanted to share about that champion. This is actually the first guide I ever made, but I suppose it will do. Of course I will come by and edit, if something new happens. I hope that guide helped you, and remember.
Have a GG.