Nasus is the underdog of League of Legends. His skill set, one of the easiest to use, requires a bit of patience and strategy to build up to for him to be efficient.
Normally, there’s a champion spotlight video in this spot. However, Riot has not yet made one for Nasus. This, even after a visual update, several skins, and even more years.
All You Need To Know About Nasus And His Abilities
We’ll dive right into his abilities. On a serious note, don’t dive a Nasus. It’s not something that will end well for you. Especially if he’s going the tank route.
Nasus drains his foe’s spiritual energy, giving him bonus Life Steal.
Nasus’s next basic attack will deal 30/50/70/90/110 (+100% Attack Damage) (+300)physical damage. Siphoning Strike permanently gains 3 damage if it kills an enemy. This bonus is doubled against Champions, large minions and large monsters.
Nasus ages target champion over 5 seconds, slowing their Movement Speed by 35%, increasing to 47/59/71/83/95% over the duration. The target’s Attack Speed is reduced by half the amount.
Nasus unleashes a spirit flame at a target location, dealing 55/95/135/175/215 (+60% Ability Power) magic damage. For the next 5 seconds, enemies in the area have their Armor reduced by 15/20/25/30/35% and are dealt an additional 11/19/27/35/43 (+12% Ability Power) magic damage each second.
Fury of the Sands
Nasus becomes empowered in the sandstorm for 15 seconds, increasing his maximum Health by 300/450/600 and Armor and Magic Resistance by 15/35/55.
While the storm rages, he deals 3/4/5 (+1% Ability Power)% of nearby enemies’ maximum Health each second as magic damage (240 damage max per second), gains an additional 1/2/3 Armor and Magic Resistance each second, and Siphoning Strike has a 50% reduced cooldown.
Playing As Nasus
Nasus’ main goal in the early game is to farm, farm some more, and farm even more. But, he’s not just farming without purpose.
A good Nasus player saves the last hit for Siphoning Strike. The more stacks a Nasus has the more powerful he becomes.
For those players who want to know how to counter Nasus, a good start is to prevent him from farming and stacking his Siphoning Strike. Here’s what happens when you let Nasus get too many stacks.
Although, even if you use a good Nasus counter, a good player using him can come up with a workaround. But this is welcomed to make gameplay more interesting (exit stage left all Master Yi players).
Your best chance of survival is a good team, using a champion who counters Nasus, and building/using a good strategy from the get-go.
There’s a pretty good list of Nasus counters as well as the general tips and tricks available on the internet for you to use to formulate a strategy for facing Nasus.