“Recommended: Standard Runes & Ignite
Tips: Block his W with your W. His E stops your E so be patient and use at close range or after he uses it. Passive shield Q poke.”
“Just like Galio, Gragas has a nasty combo which can throw you off from your escape route, however, you can also use this to your advantage simply by flashing into his ultimate to send you flying in the opposite direction (over a wall, into your tower) but play it safe into his (Q) > (R) > (E) combo. Which is often set up by leaving his (Q) down for the full duration followed by his (R) as you draw near, while he (E)'s into his (Q) where he has planned to send you. It's very useful to build some magic resistance to help deal with such burst. You can use your (Q) to prevent his empowered damage from his (W) activation.”
“He is easy to fight but he can also stop you from auto attacking quite easily and keep poking you with barrels so he can be a pain. Also most of the people that will be playing Gragas tend to main him so that will also make things a bit more difficult. The way I tend to beat Gragas is stack up passive and look for level 1-2 fights because he won’t have all of his abilities that help him trade back. He is generally pretty strong at level 3 due to his high base damage. You can also juke out his Q and E easily while trading with him. It is quite easy to outplay him but you have to be careful with how easy it is for him to disengage from you after chunking you heavily. So, I’d recommend only fighting him if you have minions set up to juke him out so you don’t have to worry about him bursting you and disengaging. Be careful when committing as if you miss anything he can easily run you down so make sure you hit your abilities/have passive stacked before going for an all in.
“Gragas top is actually fairly strong early laning so be careful, although not many people play this champion top lane anymore a gragas main is scary early game, once you have a bit of magic resist and HP items as well as your W max though this matchup becomes very easy since he doesn't have the burst to kill you and you can win long trades as well.”
“Champion is a stonewall. There is hardly an opportunity where you can kill Gragas. He just has too much cc/ and an ultimate that can knock you away. Easy to survive and just stack up and teamfight later. In teamfights focus on enemy backline and ignore gragas. He simply exists to be annoying and provide cc for the team.”
“Really annoying since if you try to jump on him he will just E on you and negate your jump aswell as stun you briefly so he can proc his Phase Rush and run away. Just farm and try not to fall for his bait's as he can set up for ganks quite well with his E and ult.”
“You won't run into lane Gragas very often, but if you do it's a pretty even matchup, maybe slightly favoring Gragas. If you charge your Q in front of him he'll easily just E into you and do his combo. Try to stand behind your minons when you Q so he can't just stun you every time. You can also cancel his dash your your Q (as long as you charged for at least 1 second). This will end up being a boring matchup with neither dying unless jungle interferes.”
“Gragas poke is annoying early game, and his range is slightly longer than yours.
Stay in E range of Gragas because his Q range is longer than yours, and his Q hurts you a lot.
Stand behind minions in this matchup so he can't E you as easily.
What I like to do is E Gragas when I'm behind minions, and then Gragas will E me back right after, but since vault is so fast and pushes you back to your original position, you will actually force him to E the minions in front of you.
This is really helpful to beat Gragas becasue if he misses his E, he is vulnerable.
His E is 4 secondsl onger than your E CD, so it is huge to bait it. However, if he lands E, the CD does refresh back quicker, so keep that in mind.
Post 6, use Galeforce + E to dodge his abilities and to also make his R put you in a place he doesnt want.
If you anticipate Gragas R, E him first because your E animation is so fast.
This will shoot you in a place Gragas doesn't want to hit you since he Rs in a certain angle to launch you to a certain place.
If you E first, his R can actually push you to safety, depending on the circumstance of course.”
“Counter with your W his R
Use your R when he use jump .”
“Take Conqueror or Grasp of the Undying. This lane is a sustain war, except you win because you don't use mana. Take D-shield and take trades every time he walks up and force him to use mana. If he builds tank it's real easy, just farm the lane out and use him as a bomb in teamfights. If he builds ap it's harder because he does a ton of damage and he kites you really hard with Everfrost and Phase rush. ”