Rammus Counters: How To Counter Pick Rammus

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Rammus is a tanky champion that does well in the jungle or a support role. His skill set makes him one of the most resilient tanks in League of Legends. In this article, we discuss how to effectively counter Rammus.

Best Rammus Counters

  • Trundle
  • Rek’Sai
  • Soraka
  • Vi
  • Morgana
  • Shyvana
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Rammus Counter Picks

Now that you know who counters Rammus, you can finally counter pick Rammus in any matchup. Let’s take you through some tips on how to use a few of these champions who are counters to Rammus. After, there is a general section explaining how to use any LoL champion as counters for Rammus. After all, if you know how to play against Rammus, you can play safely and effectively to defeat Rammus in a lane.

Trundle

As Trundle, wait till Rammus uses his W and then ult him. You will steal a huge amount of resistances and become near unkillable.

Vi

Rammus is a poor duelist and Vi is a good duelist, his jungle clear is also very slow compared to Vi’s jungle clear and he tends to spend lots of time ganking other lanes most of the time.

Vi’s W pierces armor. Rammus’ kit is based on building armor and forcing his target to auto attack him. Also if you find him rolling towards your team to engage, try to get in front of him with a Q. This hard counters his engage.

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Guardian of the Sands Rammus

Tips For Playing Against Rammus

  • Try not to target Rammus if he has his Defensive Curl on – as he will take much less damage, and he’ll also return some damage back to you.
  • Try to stand amongst creeps to avoid getting knocked-back by Rammus’s Powerball.
  • Most Rammus players build heavy armor. This will make him vulnerable to AP damage.
  • Taking cleanse or buying a Quicksilver Sash will let you immediately cure Rammus’ taunt.
  • Remember that Rammus’ ultimate does area of effect damage and a lot of it. Be sure to get out of range when he uses it.
  • Be careful when attacking Rammus while his Defensive Ball Curl is active. The damage you deal may be your own undoing, especially if you are a basic attack based champion such as TryndamereVayne, or Yasuo.
  • Try to purchase Tenacity items early to reduce the duration of his taunt from his Puncturing Taunt.
    • A champion like Irelia who has natural Tenacity can be useful against Rammus due to the large number of allies he usually has with him whenever he engages.
    • Be careful, for even with fully-stacked-Ionian Fervor levels of tenacity, Puncturing Taunt will last for up to over a second.
  • Try casting a slow or stun when he uses Powerball so that way Rammus cannot initiate with his full combo by using Puncturing TauntDefensive Ball Curl and Tremors straight after hitting a target with Powerball.
    • Be aware that crowd control abilities will not stop Rammus’ Powerball while it is active, but will slow/stun/snare him in place, allowing you to potentially dodge the attack.
  • Rammus is an excellent COUNTER TO ALL AD CARRIES due to his Defensive Ball Curl and tendency to build high armor. It is wise to have a mage or a hybrid champion (e.g. Jax or Akali) take him down.
  • Building armor penetration items like Lord Dominik’s Regards and The Black Cleaver will reduce the effectiveness of his armor, allowing you to deal more damage to him.
    • The Black Cleaver is especially effective against Rammus, as it reduces his armor, thus reducing the AD he gains from his passive and the bonus damage from his Defensive Ball Curl.
    • Due to his taunt, it may not be a good idea to duel him as a mage unless you can kite him.
  • If  Rammus is building AP don’t let your guard down, Powerball and Tremors have great AP ratios and low cooldowns.
  • Although picking AP champions can make Rammus less effective by forcing him to build magic resistance in addition to armor, be wary of picking too many AP champions, as the enemy can pick champions like Veigar and Galio to counter that.
  • Quicksilver Sash is an excellent item against Rammus. Not only this item get rid of his taunt, but it also has magic resistance to reduce the magic damage that Rammus does with his abilities.
  • Apart from AP champions, AD champions who have abilities that deal magic or true damage, such as Cho’GathDarius, and Vel’Koz can be good options against Rammus, as armor is a less effective option to deal with them.
  • One of Rammus biggest strengths as a jungler is his strong ability to gank lanes thanks to his Powerball and Puncturing Taunt. However, as with most tank junglers, he is an extremely poor duelist. Consider playing junglers that excel in counter-jungling and dueling such as EliseXin ZhaoEvelynn, ShacoVi, and Lee Sin.
    • His jungle wave clear is also very slow as well, and he’ll most likely spend his time ganking lanes than farming. As such, farm-based junglers should have no problems against Rammus.
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Molten Rammus

By using the champions who counter Rammus and the LoL Rammus counter tips above, you can now develop a strategy to help you, as a summoner, become an effective counter to Rammus players.

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