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Dec 11, 2013

Let's Talk Rammus...Why Is He OP?


I'd like for you all to meet Rammus. He's a ninja of few words, and his favorite movie is The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. (R.I.P. Paul Walker). He has the HIGHEST win rate of all junglers on the rift, but for some reason people still haven't accepted the fact that he's insanely good...

Let's Talk Rammus

Advantages to Rammus
  • Super fast moving ganks; 
  • High mobility means more ganks faster; 
  • Strong single target CC; 
  • High base damage mitigation on skills;
  • Damage scales with tankiness; 
  • Natural tank, especially against AD carries; 
Disadvantages to Rammus
  • "Low" late game damage; 
  • No AOE CC; 
  • Gap closer can be stopped by creeps; 
  • Slow jungle clear speed; 

Rammus' Strengths In the Current Meta

In a meta where even mid laners want to be marksmen and champions like Riven, Nasus, and Jax reign supreme, this heavily armored armadillo can stack full armor and HP. This means that his passive and defensive ball curl bonuses are maximized higher than ever before

Not only that, but here are some more points to consider:
  1. Champions like Kha'zix, Ahri, Graves, Zed, and Jayce have been nerfed out of popularity; this means he forces flashes with ease against popular champions with low or no escapes; 
  2. The current state of homeguard and powerball give him a HUGE amount of ganking and jungling uptime, higher than any jungler. Even if he's unsuccessful and loses a lot of health on a failed gank he doesn't fall behind; and
  3. People are trying harder to take down early turrets, but aren't warding to compensate...Rammus excels at taking down overextended targets. Even an ultra-fed marksmen will go down when he's CC'ed for 3 seconds straight.

Common Complaints About Rammus

1. "No Pros Play Rammus"
2. "Rammus is Easily Counter Jungled"
3. "Rammus is Weak Late Game"

1. No Pros Play Rammus 

2. Rammus is Easily Counter Jungled

Riot gave everyone in the game a free ward, combine that with a real ward, and your team will be in for an early first blood and a free enemy blue buff. If not, you're down 75 gold...not a big deal. He doesn't have a difficult time staying alive in camps anyway, unless you decided to start with powerball lvl 1 and get taunt level 2 for some obscure reason.

For those of you that say solo queue players probably won't help you, realize this: they probably won't help you ward, but if they see an idiot Lee Sin standing in a warded bush lvl 2 with a blue buff, there's no AP mid who's not willing to leave his lane to get it.

Look at this idiot...

3. Rammus is Weak Late Game

Believe it or not, some junglers aren't meant for dealing damage late game, and are instead used to soak damage and to peel for carries. Luckily, Rammus fits both these roles perfectly. While he might not have the damage to take down a tank by himself, he can easily smash a squishy or catch an enemy off-guard late game with his insane movespeed.

This means that when the 60 second death timers roll around, the first person Rammus catches with his homeguard + boots of mobility combo is going to be the target of a lot of rage. Combined with the fact that his combo is one of the fastest engages from the longest range in the game (okay Nocturne you win this time), the chances of someone getting caught out are pretty darn high.

Possible Future Threats to His OP Status

  • Nerfs to any of his abilities or stats; 
  • Nerf to homeguard; 
  • Shift to higher mobility champions; 
  • Double AP meta shift; 
  • Higher ward coverage; 
  • Stronger counterjunglers; 
  • Changes in minion aggro AI;


Just look at this win rate, higher than Taric? Something definitely extraordinary about this champion...

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  1. 150 Rammus games average kda 7/2/14. Pick this champion if you just want a win.
    70% Win rate.

  2. SSJSuntasticDecember 12, 2013

    That's a pretty insane win rate you got there LiamThe!

  3. MellowthreatDecember 12, 2013

    I completely agree. Ive played him about 20 times straight (i play the occasional taric inbetween) and of 20 games as rammus jungle ive won 18 times. These are mostly non-ranked because i wanted to master him but wow...hes ridiculous. Give me teammates with half a brain to follow in and it is always a kill. Also it always seems that the enemy team is predominantly AD which rammus users love to see lol. If youre trying to win above everything else, dont play a jungler besides rammus.

  4. Rammus just fucking boring, if you are a solo lane he can usually just run to you, leaving you 3 cases scenarios :
    1. you hide behind creeps & die eventually
    2. you get hit by his Q and the small knockup leaves him enough time to chain with his taunt, in that time the enemy solo ('specially mid) can very easily lethal you.
    3. you flash before his Q hit, but now comes the fun, flash doesn't matter against rammus, which leads us to 2. again (and that's about the biggest problem).

  5. I started playing League in August of this year, I played my first ranked match on November 1st; In ten day, I was able to reach Gold I playing Rammus as my main. I firmly agree with LiamThe, pick Rammus if you want to win. Be warned, you may find yourself losing early game to counter junglers, but don't fret, Rammus shines in mid to late game team-fight scenarios because of his taunt.

    47 Rammus matches; 66% win rate 4.4/1 KDA

    Average match - 5.5/3.9/11.8

  6. Update:

    Nekminnut getting nerfed :((((((((

  7. I think, maybe this is the best blog ever.

  8. Personally, I find that rammus is a monstrocity of a CC tank/jungler, but he gets boring time to time. Yeah sure I moved up elos with him, but he's boring >.> no outplays or anything like that

  9. I'd disagree about no outplays - the flash powerballs are great and devastating, escpecially when the flash is over a wall.

  10. Ah, I guess you are half right, but repetition OP. He can even 1v1 adcs with thornmail. That's why I loved him in the first place. Did you know that he goes on all fours when you hit his W?

  11. I just went 13/0/26 with Rammus. I think it's really fun running into a 4v1, killing the adc, the noob yi, and then escaping.

  12. Jester SeraphAugust 05, 2014

    This article is a little out of date. Mind updating it more for the recent but still rather similar changes and new reasons why he's even more OP?

  13. not really sure when these stats were taken but as of right now, amumu has the highest win rate in the entire game. almost 1% more than rammus in normal que and just over 1% in ranked. so i fail to see why rammus is ranked above amumu in jungle. I would also say that amumu is better at ganks that what rammus is. amumu at level 6 is a scary sight with two stuns, and a low cooldown on his bandage toss that has a stupid far range.

  14. This post is outdated, as this was posted in December of 2013. Amumu has the highest win rate in general yes.

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