How To Play Corki In League Of Legends
Last Updated: November 7, 2021
Do you want to play an ADC who deals BOTH physical and magic damage? Do you like playing caster ADCs but are intimidated by their advanced mechanics? Then we have the champion for you. In this guide, we’ll show you everything you need to know to get you started playing Corki, the Daring Bombardier.
Corki is a very interesting champion. He is an ADC but deals physical damage as well as magic damage. Although he is a bit weak early on, he becomes a beast in the late game. He has insane DPS potential that can easily take out the squishy carries of the enemy team. Let’s take a closer look at what makes Corki such a strong champion.
Corki’s kit is pretty straightforward and requires no complicated mechanics to execute perfectly. He has a great mix of burst and DPS so he’ll be powerful once he hits his power spikes. Thanks to his abilities, he also has a great team fighting presence.
Passive – Hextech Munitions
Hextech Shrapnel Shells
Corki’s basic attack deals 20% physical damage and 80% magical damage.
After an initial 5 minutes, The Package arrives near the fountain. Picking it up temporarily grants 40% out of combat Movement Speed and upgrades Valkyrie into Special Delivery. The Package reloads 2.5 minutes after being delivered.
Corki’s passive has two parts. The first one is the biggest reason why it’s so hard to itemize defensive items when against him. The second part gives Corki an overall boost to his presence during team fights by upgrading his W ability, Valkyrie.
Q – Phosphorus Bomb
Corki lobs a bomb, dealing magic damage to enemies in the target area. In addition, the blast reveals the area and champions hit by the blast for 6 seconds (does not reveal stealth).
This is one of Corki’s burst abilities and his primary means of wave clear. Nothing too special about it. You aim at an enemy and throw a bomb that deals AoE damage.
W – Valkyrie
Active: Corki flies a short distance, dealing magic damage per second to enemies in the fire left along his path.
Special Delivery: Corki flies a great distance, dropping bombs that knock aside enemies and leave a burning trail for 5 seconds. The trail slows enemies by 90% and burns them for magic damage for 2 seconds, and enemies directly hit are also knocked aside.
On its own, Valkyrie is mostly used as a gap closer or an escape tool. But when combined with The Package, it becomes a very disruptive ability during team fights. It’s kind of a mini Rumble ult in terms of its usage and effects. Overall, a great ability and handy for a lot of situations.
E – Gatling Gun
Corki’s gatling gun fires in front of him for 4 seconds, dealing half physical, half magic damage, and reducing Armor and Magic Resist per second. The Armor and Magic Resist reductions stack and last 2 seconds.
The biggest reason why Corki has insane DPS. This ability absolutely shreds your opponent’s resistance and increases your damage to them. No matter how stacked your opponent’s defenses are, they’ll be sure to feel every hit you give them in the late game.
R – Missile Barrage
Corki fires a missile that explodes at the first it hits, dealing magic damage to all nearby enemies. Corki can store up to 7 missiles, and every 3rd missile will be a Big One, dealing 100% increased damage.
Corki’s ultimate is great for poking down enemies. When combined with spellblade items, your DPS skyrockets by a huge margin. Missile Barrage plus an empowered auto attack can deal a ton of damage especially to squishy targets.
Runes and Item Builds
For items, Corki is focused on increasing his damage output. You may be thinking that because of his passive, you’ll need to buy some magic items. You don’t have to worry about that since your basic attacks will automatically be dealing magic damage and physical damage even if you don’t have any magic items.
Corki has two options for starter items. If you feel like you’re going against a champion that you can go even with, you should start with a Doran’s Blade for its damage, health, and sustain. This allows you to play a little aggressive in the early game. However, if you’re against a matchup that swings in the opponent’s favor, your starting item should be Cull. This will essentially have you playing safe and focusing on farming until you get enough items to square up against your opponent.
For Mythic Items, Corki also has two great choices. The best choice would be Immortal Shieldbow. This addresses everything Corki needs from survivability to attack speed to overall damage. It has a great passive that enhances lifesteal and helps Corki survive other burst champions. The second choice would be Trinity Force. Although not as popular with him in the current meta, Trinity Force is still a great item for Corki purely because of the spellblade passive. If you’re ahead and feel like you could use more damage, feel free to take Trinity Force over Immortal Shieldbow.
After buying your Mythic Item, the next item you should purchase are boots. Now, you might be thinking that since Corki is an ADC you’ll automatically go for Berserker’s Greaves, right? No, in this case, you should be going for Sorcerer’s Shoes since it increases the magic damage from your basic attacks. Next, go for Essence Reaver for the spellblade passive, additional damage, and mana restoration. Keep in mind that you should only go for Essence Reaver if you took Immortal Shieldbow. If you went with Trinity Force, the spellblade from that item and Essence Reaver wouldn’t stack so you would be better off with another viable item on Corki. Next, you should finish up your Manamune for additional damage and more mana to use on your abilities. Finish off your build with Infinity Edge for more damage and Guardian Angel for damage and more survivability.
Other Viable Items
There are plenty of viable items that you can use on Corki. Like we’ve mentioned before, if you went with TriForce as your Mythic Item, you should replace Essence Reaver as one of your core items. A great replacement would be Wit’s End. Since Corki is usually used in the mid lane, you’ll find yourself matching up against mages. The magic resist from Wit’s End combined with its bonus on hit damage goes a long way in helping you win your lane against a mage. Rapid Firecannon is another good item that increases your overall DPS and synergizes with the keystone Fleet Footwork, which you’ll be taking 90% of the time. Bloodthirster is also a great item to replace Essence Reaver with since it also gives you Critical Strike Chance along with some damage and lifesteal. Mortal Reminder and Lord Dominik’s Regard are great items as well if the enemy has a lot of heal and high health champions.
For runes, your best choice for a keystone is Fleet Footwork from the Precision tree. This gives you some much needed sustain in the early game. Next, take Presence of Mind for the mana regeneration, Legend: Bloodline for the lifesteal, and Coup de Grace for the additional damage. For secondaries, take Magical Footwear for the free boots and Biscuit Delivery for some more sustain. Both are from the Inspiration tree. For rune shards, take Attack Speed, Adaptive Force, and either Magic Resist or Armor depending on your matchup.
- Phosphorus Bomb can be used to reveal enemy units that are hiding in a brush or covered by the fog of war. Use it wisely so you wouldn’t end up dying after face checking hidden areas.
- Valkyrie is a great escape tool and can go through thin walls of terrain. Just be careful as it can’t go through thicker walls and you might end up getting stuck.
- For summoner spells, go with Flash and Barrier. Exhaust and Cleanse can be good alternatives for Barrier as well depending on your matchup.
So there you have it! That’s all you need to know about playing Corki in League of Legends. Be sure to check back with us again for more awesome guides on your favorite games. Have fun and we’ll see you on the Rift!