Ask a Nasus Main - Completed
SirhcEz is a Master level Nasus player who has played over a thousand games on the Curator of the Sands since Season 3. When he’s not farming stacks top lane, he enjoys singing and playing music, sometimes for his stream viewers!
We caught up with him to learn more about how he got into the game, how to farm stacks, and other quick tips for ruling top lane as Nasus.
He’ll also be hanging out with us for the next couple of hours to answer your Nasus questions, so ask him anything in the comments!
UPDATE - This AMA is officially closed! Thanks for all of the great questions and a big thank you to SirhcEz for hanging out!
How did you get into League of Legends? How long have you been playing?
I’ve been playing since the DOTA days, so when League and HoN came out. I decided to go with League since it was free, and I’ve been playing since S1.
Where does your Summoner name come from?
‘SirhcEz’ is my name backwards, ‘Chris Ez.’ I originally wanted the name ‘SirhcE,’ but it was already taken so I added a ‘Z’ at the end, cause why not.
What got you hooked on playing Nasus?
I’ve been playing Nasus since S3. There’s just something about stacking and doing a lot of damage to other champions/buildings that got me addicted to him. The occasional 1k stacks and 1 shotting squishies are always fun to do also :)
Who is your go-to champion if Nasus gets banned?
Singed or Taric top (but the re-work might make him unplayable on top lane). I was pretty good with the old Poppy, but I haven’t really learned the new Poppy yet. I stopped playing as Garen since Mana Pots’ removal. Kappa.
If you could describe Nasus’ playstyle in a sentence, what would it be?
Farm stacks and split push.
What are Nasus’ easiest matchups? What are his toughest?
I feel like Nasus does well against champions that can’t bully too hard in lane nor get free stacks, i.e. Maokai, Malphite, Shen, Zac, Nautilus. It is circumstantial though because people have different playstyles. Some are also more aggressive than others.
The toughest match-ups for me are: Quinn, Vayne, Pantheon, Teemo, Darius, and Olaf.
What is Nasus’ main job in lane? What about Teamfights?
Nasus’s main job in lane is to farm those stacks! I try to cap my CDR as soon as possible so that my Q is always off cooldown in order to get those stacks.
What’s teamfighting? Nasus needs to split push and put pressure on the map. In the 0.01% you need to teamfight, focus withering the ADC or melee champs that rely on attack speed, such as Irelia and Xin. If you’ve been stacking well, your Q should deal a lot of damage to the squishies.
If someone is playing Nasus for the first time, what is the most important thing to bear in mind?
Play really passive in lane and get as many stacks as possible. Build tanky/CDR as soon as possible so that it’s hard for the enemy laner to kill you, and you can stack the wave. Split push and open the GATES!!
Do you aim for a certain number of stacks? How many does Nasus need before he can start dominating duels?
I usually try to get around 300 stacks before I start trying to shove lanes and take towers. 250-300+ stacks is usually enough for me to start dominating the enemy lane, but it really depends on who you are up against.
Nasus is a great split pusher. How do you strike a balance between pressuring your own objective and joining the team for an objective?
The way I play Nasus is that I rarely join teamfights. I’m always trying to create pressure and opening the gates. However, if the enemy is at our inhib and I’m barely at the first tower, I will recall to help my team defend.
What’s your favorite Nasus skin?
Infernal and Riot Nasus.
What’s the craziest play you have pulled off as Nasus?
The first play that comes to mind was when my team and I were behind 20 kills, and the enemy team was pushing to our nexus. I decided to go for an all-or-nothing play, and teleport top and push hard. We ended up losing both our nexus towers but I out-pushed, and got the last hit on the enemy nexus before the enemy team could finish our nexus.
Thanks for taking the time to chat with us! If readers want to reach out, where can they find you?
I stream nearly every day. They can always talk to me on the chat, or message me on Facebook and Twitch!
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