Using Quickdraw to get into range and delivering a point blank Buckshot can do lots of damage.
Smoke Screen can be used both to escape and to set up a kill.
Gwen's Hallowed Mist shroud will only follow her once, after that it will dissipate when she leaves.
Gwen needs to attack a few times to set up her damage, so try to get the jump on her.
Gwen must hit something to recast her Ultimate, try to evade her between casts.
The stats shown here emphasize several significant Graves vs. Gwen matchup stats that may help us understand the differences between these two champions. As an example, Graves’s KDA ratio ([kills + assists] / deaths) of NaN is more than Gwen’s ratio of NaN, highlighting that Graves may be more central to his team's team fighting effectiveness than Gwen..
Graves often has a slightly larger longest kill spree than his matchup does. Typically, he takes less damage than Gwen. This is usually reflective of differing health capacities, but it can also illustrate that the champion with increased health has less agility and thus is unable to escape additional damage when engaged or poked.
Both League champs are great champions. Both champs have their strengths, weaknesses, and counters. In League's current meta, Graves usually wins when taking on Gwen, with a 51.2% win rate. As a result, Graves makes a good counter to Gwen.
While Graves does have a higher win rate than Gwen, when they face off with one another, Graves also has a lower learning curve that makes him a less time consuming character to pick up and master. You still need to be cautious when picking Graves into Gwen.
Moreover, Graves has only a small amount of utility and CC, a similar amount to Gwen. This often makes her just as valuable during teamfights, especially when trying to counter champions with a lot of burst damage.
While there is not one best champion overall in League of Legends, in Graves vs Gwen matchups, Graves is the better champ with a higher win rate, less champion complexity, and a similar amount of utility to help out your allied champions during team fights.
Graves is a decent counter to Gwen. Focus your actions on keeping up your CS and clearing objectives. If you can do that, you should hold your own as Graves against Gwen.
If you would like to truly master Graves to counter Gwen during both the lane and mid / late game phases of League of Legends, you should continue reading to learn a few extra tricks and insights into this matchup. If you listen to the build and tips displayed above, you will increase your win rate by a lot and be that much closer to League of Legends pro players.
Graves typically accumulates less CS relative to Gwen. Champs who on average don't acquire much CS usualy don't require much CS to be valuable teammates, such as support champions. They are capable of scaling properly off of their skills, stats, and first items alone. Yet, champions with large amounts of CS, such as hyper-carries, typically have to have several high cost items to be effective. In either case, try to exceed the numbers reported here to do well.
The best items to prioritize in your Graves versus Gwen build consist of Eclipse, Lord Dominik's Regards, and Maw of Malmortius. When Graves combined at least these three items in his build, he did a lot better when fighting Gwen than with many other typical item sets. In fact, Graves had an average winrate of 51.2% when playing against Gwen with this build.
To have the greatest probability of beating Gwen as Graves, Graves players should use the Fleet Footwork, Triumph, Legend: Alacrity, Coup de Grace, Magical Footwear, and Cosmic Insight runes from the Precision and Inspiration rune sets. Out of all the rune builds that we analyzed for Graves vs Gwen counterpicks, this composite of runes yielded the greatest win rate. Moreover, these runes gave a 51.2% win rate overall.
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