League of Legends roundtable - Is Nautilus worth buying?

Every few weeks, Riot Games launches a new champion for League of Legends, and the community immediately erupts into endless debate. Some will always think that anything new is overpowered, while others will complain that the new Champions need massive buffs in order to compete with the older ones that players have already mastered. We feel like ending that debate, one Champion at a time, and we'll be tackling every new champion alongside our good friends at PCGamer to help you decide whether or not the new Champions are worth buying.

This week, we take on Nautilus, the Titan of the Depths. How does he work? How does he compare to other tanks? Find out in the video above.

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  • Nightwalker11 - February 24, 2012 11:56 p.m.

    AS far as I have seen, he fits only as Duo Bot into the supporting role.
  • rjjones - February 19, 2012 4:57 a.m.

    From how I've observed him being played so far, it seems that if you want to have a lot of assists, a really hard time getting kills, and always being late to team fights, then get Nautilus. I honestly don't know why they released him so soon after Ziggs anyway. ReCaptcha: "Honeywai Pencil" lol
  • FemJesse - February 19, 2012 4 p.m.

    I don't have a problem with them releasing him after Ziggs, as they fill completely different roles in the current meta game. I have a problem with them releasing him after Sejuani, who is generally better at everything Nautilus does than Nautilus is. Here are the negatives to Nautilus: - Nautilus is highly susceptible to enemy counter-jungle because of slow clearing - Mana costs of his skills are too high, making it impossible to "stay in the jungle" and gank when there IS an opportune time (aka if your allies overpushed around the 3-5 minute mark, you will be waiting several minutes before you're able to gank again and often miss the next opportunity due to.. - Slow base movespeed/lack of a dash/gap-closer, Being a jungler, you're forced to take Smite so you have to decide whether you want the ghost for chasing and escaping or take flash to have some semblance of initiation, a bad choice to have to make when there are faster jungle clearing tanks that have built in movespeed/gap closers for initiation (Rammus, Sejuani, Shyvana to an extent) I'm willing to bet that many of the commenters below play solely against bots, in which case it is fine that Nautilus lacks an initiation skill because bots tend to overpush and get caught off guard where as in any ELO above 1250 players tend to buy wards and have better map awareness. In player versus player you're playing against the other player's reaction time, so if Rammus comes rolling down the river, his movespeed buff will often compensate for the fact that he was spotted by a ward and he may still manage to squeeze in a kill. This does not run true with Nautilus who, when spotted, gives the enemy team plenty of time to react and reposition.
  • Limbo - February 18, 2012 5:38 p.m.

    I would agree with this. Kind of a weaker champion. Whenever I play with one, he doesn't seem to make much of a difference in the game. Definitely not the traditional tank. In that way he's sort of like Mundo; just a giant meat shield that never dies but doesn't really do anything either. I may have not just not seen a good one yet. I haven't played as him myself though, so he might be a fun champ.
  • FemJesse - February 19, 2012 4:10 p.m.

    I have seen people do well with him, but he is pigeonholed into the jungle and have never lost a game against a Nautilus who was not in the jungle (top or bot support Naut). I have, however, lost games where our Nautilus was counter-jungled by enemy junglers. He does not fit into the current meta at all. He's fun to play against bots, but that's about it.
  • RacoonHail - February 18, 2012 4:02 p.m.

    I have to say he seems to be a bit of an odd tank to have on your team. Does not fit in the traditional support -> tank role, nor can he really solo top lane due to a lack of sustain (would just get steam rolled by irellia, or yorick for example) so he has to jungle, but unlike Sejuani he is not very fast at clearing the jungle and I think he would struggle if counter-jungled. I have to agree with the decision, he currently does not fit within the current LoL meta and when compared to Sejuani seems completely pointless. And having played beside him, he struggles to keep attention in team fights since he doesn't do enough to justify attacking. I would say he looks like he could absolutely wreck in a Dominion match, where causing that much chaos can win those quick and dirty fights.
  • rballa2 - February 18, 2012 1:23 p.m.

    Where ams TalkRadar?
  • gondarpwns - February 18, 2012 9:32 a.m.

    Played a game w/ friend he went 16-0. My thoughts overall are that hes good. Considering being slow go surge n exhaust..... whos slow now?
  • luke-david-murray - February 19, 2012 12:06 p.m.

    how do you mod mw3
  • Thundercleese - February 17, 2012 11:08 p.m.

    Tanks are supposed to initiate, be disruptive (protect your carry or keep the enemy carry in range)and take damage. Between his Q, ult and flash you shouldn't really have much problem initiating. Nautilus just takes a little practice to really get him to shine.
  • StoneDreadnaught - February 17, 2012 10:52 p.m.

    I bought Nautilus Day 1 and I have had nothing but fun with him. Yes, it can be annoying when his initiate ability tags a minion, but that's with any character that has a skill shot, really. I am totally behind him being too slow to jungle, and if they fixed Dredge Line so that it worked more like Rocket Fist, I'd be even happier. For now, at least in the way I build him, he's very difficult to kill, and I can initiate a teamfight just fine. Granted it took a dozen games to so to do it, but I got a good handle on him.
  • ncurry2 - February 17, 2012 9:23 p.m.

    Very informative. I didn't realize Sejuani was so well received. I'm definitely liking the LoL love though. Do you ever play with fans?
  • FemJesse - February 17, 2012 7:54 p.m.

    I completely agree with this. He's too slow to get around the jungle, too slow to gank. The lack of initiation really kills this hero for me. Especially compared to Sejuani's superior jungle clearing, initiation skill, and ability to stick to them and cc as they run.

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