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Amumu, The Sad Mummy
On the surface Amumu is a tank, eager to get hit to trigger his abilities and an expert on getting in close to his opponents and taking hits. But Amumu actually is an ability power hero, and you'll want to build him that way if you want to start playing this emo little dead guy.
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Playing as Amumu
The game's recommended build for Amumu actually isn't bad, but you'll want to go real heavy on ability power items to charge up the damage on your skills because that's where your damage output is. Pick up a Doran's Shield to start, and you'll definitely want to get the fastest boots available so you can chase people down (you won't even mind taking minion hits as you do, as it will get you ready for a Tantrum!) Rather than building him as a pure tank, you're going to want to look for items that will give you both health, mana, and ability points - Rod of Ages makes an excellent pick. Let's take a look at Amumu's skills and how to use them.
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By letting loose a bandage you can stun, damage, and bring yourself up close and personal to anyone you can successfully tag with your toilet paper. Luckily the skill is not hard to get the hang of, and you'll probably find yourself not missing much after just one game. You'll want to keep a good number of points in this skill as you advance, as it will be crucial to getting you in the middle of things to set up your ultimate and initiate combat for your team.
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Despair drains your mana while it does a straight % health damage to anyone around you, making this a very valuable and powerful skill despite it being very costly, especially in the early game. You won't have enough mana to turn this on when the game gets going, but it will become a real powerhouse later in the game when you've got a healthy mana pool and can utilize the skill's full value by using it with Bandage Toss and Curse of the Sad Mummy. It forces your foes to stay close as the aura ticks off huge chunks of their life.
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Tantrum pulls double duty by both protecting you from a small amount of damage as a passive, and being able to unleash a strong point blank area of effect nuke. The more you get hit, the quicker you can have another Tantrum so you'll want to be right in the center of the action in order to keep smashing Tantrum to kill minions (and champions!) quickly.
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Curse of the Sad Mummy
Amumu's ultimate skill is an excellent team skill and can often mean winning or losing a game by its execution. Amumu lets loose a point blank area of effect field that wraps up anything in range, disabling your opponents movements and attacks, all while dealing damage per second to them. With a little AP this skill goes a long way, and it's very easy to turn on Despair and then Bandage Toss yourself into the enemy's backfield and let this skill fly, thus allowing your team to have free reign on all of them if you don't kill them outright.
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Pulling it All Together
Amumu is a close combat, AP-driven hero that focuses on point blank area of effect skills and disabling his opponents for himself and his team. As Amumu, you'll be getting in close to the action at all times and loving it!
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