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Anivia Build Guide by Gale Breeze

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League of Legends Build Guide Author Gale Breeze

*A n i v i a* Cryopheonix Guide

Gale Breeze Last updated on July 15, 2013
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Ability Sequence

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Ability Key Q
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Ability Key W
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Ability Key E
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Ability Key R





Not Updated For Current Season

The masteries shown here are not yet updated for the current season, the guide author needs to set up the new masteries. As such, they will be different than the masteries you see in-game.



Masteries

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1/
Executioner
 
 

Offense: 21

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Honor Guard
 
 

Defense: 0

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pickpocket
Intelligence
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nimble
 
 

Utility: 9


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Update Log

10/07/2013
//. Fixed a problem with Masteries selection.
//. Fixed a problem with Summoner Spells selection.
//. Minor text corrections.

11/07/2013
//. Additions to pro/con list

13/07/2013
//. Added highlighting to key points in Pro/con


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Introduction

Introducing! ANIVIA.
This guide has been made to demonstrate why i think Anivia is one of the greatest champions out. She is not only my main champion used, but my most loved on League of Legends :)


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Welcome to my guide!

Welcome to my all purpose Anivia domination reference guide :D
Hey guys Gale Breeze here bringing you my first ever Moba guide! I was a regular player on the NA servers under the name Breeze but now i reside in the ever so much closer to home Oceanic server :) SPECIAL THANKS: Credits to jhoijhoi for the how to guide, which you can find here. I personally would rather not put a description of why each particular Mastery is valid, I read through so many guides on a day to week basis; and in my opinion the Mastery comments are just unneccessary, ill put it in just for show though. :) I hope you enjoy this guide! Constructive feedback would be amazing :)


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Perfect Pros and Complicated Cons

Pros

+ Easy Farming
+ Great CC
+ Has a Wall
+ Second life with Rebirth
+ Low CD on Glacial Storm
+ High Damage
Anivia has some really great Pros! Her Crystallize can be a great resource when escaping or blocking off a route. Anivias' passive Rebirth grants a sneaky second life if your egg survives an 8 second revive. Glacial Storms low CD is great in combo with Frostbite. Soooo much CC! A slow, stun and a wall!


Cons

- Farm Slow until 6
- Very Mana Hungry
- Squishy
- Very Slow Movement
- Get walked over by champions that close gaps
- Crystallize Placement Crucial
- No Solid Escape
Anivias' main flaw early game is that she is very very very Mana hungry, you have to be very mana conscious unless you have BLUE BUFF. Anivias' slow movement speed makes escaping ganks near god impossible (unless you're a freaking ninja). Farming is quite hard until you have your Glacial Storm.


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Masteries

Masteries

Masteries
1/5
3/1
4/5
3/1
1/1
3/1
1/1
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1/
1/5
3/1
3/5
1/1
1/1
When i play Anivia I like to take a 21/0/9 approach to the masteries. In the offence tree i try to take three points in Sorcery for some extra CDR, i also take Summoner's Wrath and Mental Force for a great hit of additional ability power, which helps immensely early game. Under the Utility tree i run three points in Meditation (+3 Magic Regen) to help stay in lane early game, as well as Artificer (15% CDR on item spells) for spells like Zhonya's Hourglass' active. Finally i take the one point in Runic Affinity for the additional 20% time on the available buffs.


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Summoner Spells

Summoner Spells

Flash: Flash, the ultimate initiator or escape tool. ALWAYS a must have. This spell can get you out of any sticky situation. Ignite: Ignite is really usefull for finishing off that last bit of health off an escaping enemy. It also does wonders to negate the effects of healing spells ( Master Yi, Swain. Clarity: I don't usually take Clarity ever. But if you find yourself spamming abilities and you mana consumption/management isn't very good, this might be a good choice for you.

Other Possible Spells

These 3 can be used, but not overly recommended for Anivia


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Items

Item Explanations

I choose ROA for the great boost of mana and health, providing more sustain in lane. Bonuses are granted per minute after purchase.
I mainly get Athenes for the mana regen and a nice hit of CDR which helps to keep up your Crystallize and Flash Frost.
Self explanatory! Great hit of AP! and don't forget it's passive of an extra 30% of your AP.
Being a very squishy champion from start to finish, the additional armor as well as its' high AP really help you take and deal damage. Zhonya's Hourglasss' active helps a lot when the pressure is on and you need to survive.
Later in the game when people start building magic resist, Void Staff just denys them that pleasure.
I choose these shoes based on the fact they give you early game magic penetration as well as your standard tier 2 boots for speed.
Guardian angel is a great item to take later in the game when you think you could do with an extra piece of survivability, in sync with you're passive Rebirth you'll be sure to destroy those who cross you.


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Runes

Runes

Runes

Greater Mark of Magic Penetration
9

Greater Seal of Armor
9

Greater Glyph of Ability Power
9

Greater Quintessence of Movement Speed
3


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Abilities

Rebirth
Upon dying, Anivia will revert into an egg and will get an armor and magic resistance modifier of -40 / -25 / -10 / +5 / +20. If the egg can survive for six seconds, she is reborn with the same percentage of health that her egg had left. This can only happen once every four minutes regardless of cooldown reduction.

Rebirth is a magical passive, much like Aatrox or Zacs passives, she can revive after death after a small delay. This can come very useful into baiting target into turrets or claiming kills.

Flash Frost
Anivia summons a shard of ice that flies on a line. The shard will deal 60 / 90 / 120 / 150 / 180 (+50% of ability power) damage, slowing movement by 20% for 3 seconds to anyone in its path. The shard will detonate when reaching its max range or if the ability is activated again. When the shard explodes it will deal 60 / 90 / 120 / 150 / 180 (+50% of ability power) magic damage to all enemies nearby, stunning them for 1 second. The magic damage done by both the shard and the detonation is the same and both will apply the "chilled" debuff on enemies hit for 3 seconds.

This is our main source of poke before level 6. It also gives us a slow or a stun if it detonates after going through our target. It also applies chill which can be utilised for additional damage from Frostbite.

Crystallize
Anivia summons an impenetrable wall of ice 400 / 500 / 600 / 700 / 800 units wide, blocking all movement. The wall lasts for 5 seconds before it melts.

This is Anivias' signature ability. This wall can be used to block enemys from attacking your team, seperating a team fight; it can be used to block off portions of the jungle or redirect your target into your abilitys path.

Frostbite
Anivia blasts her target with a freezing wind, dealing 55 / 85 / 115 / 145 / 175 (+50% of ability power) magic damage. If the target has been chilled, they take double damage.

Frostbite does double damage if activated on a target affected by chill. By late game this ability turns into your main source of damage in synergy with Glacial Storm.

Glacial Storm
Anivia calls forth a driving rain of ice and hail, dealing 80 / 120 / 160 (+25% of ability power) magic damage per second, slowing their movement and attack speed by 20% for 1 second, and chilling them. Costs 40/50/60 mana per second while the storm is active.

Your ult is an amazing AEO slow. This is your main farming tool early game. It also applies chill which can be used to double Frostbites damage. If you land a Crystallize inside your Glacial Storm then throwing Flash Frost and finishing with Frostbite, you can do some series damage.


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Ability Tips




Rebirth:
Tips and Tricks
  • Try to lure your target towards your turret before you die.
  • Make sure you don't drop your Rebirth out in the open where you have no chance to revive.



Flash Frost:

You're going to want to max out Flash Frost after Frostbite and before Crystallize.
Tips and Tricks
  • Try to re-activate Flash Frost after it sails through your target for extra damage and a stun.
  • This ability applies Chill so combine this with Frostbite for a full effect.
  • Use this to poke your target early game before you have your Glacial Storm.



Crystallize:

You're going to want to max out Crystallize after Flash Frost and before Glacial Storm.
Tips and Tricks
  • Remember that your wall can be used to completely block off paths in the jungle, so it is a great escape/ initiate.
  • Crystallize can be used to seperate a team fight to gain the upper hand, it can really turn the tide of a game.
  • Make sure to combine your wall with your other abilitys to make sure noone escapes you, keep in mind a missplaced wall can kill your teammates.



Frostbite:

You're going to want to max out Frostbite before Flash Frost
Tips and Tricks
  • Using this ability on a target that is affected with chill will do additional damage and continue a combo circuit.
  • You can place this on an enemy and quickly place your Glacial Storm to apply chill and take quick massive damage.
  • This ability is quite weak without the help of the rest of your combo, so don't rely on it by itself.



Glacial Storm:

You're going to want to take points in Glacial Storm whenever it is available at 6, 11 and 16
Tips and Tricks
  • The slow on this ability can be used to escape or inflict damage on your enemy, try to drop down your wall while they're inside to keep them there for a long time.
  • Glacial Storm]] has a very low CD so don't be hesitant to use it when you can combo with Frostbite.
  • Using your ult can clear minion waves in absolutely no time at all.


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Ability Sequence

Ability Sequence Order

Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
> > >
I like to level up my Frostbite first because thats where our early game damage comes from, syncing chill with your frostbite doesn massive amounts of damage early game, sure to knock your lane rival back to base. I max Flash Frost second because i like the damage off the re-activation on a target, it assures early game domination. Crystallize is leveled third out of the Q W E abilities, just due to the fact you dont really need it until later in the game, plus the mana costs and CD are just insane. And of course Glacial Storm is maxed accordingly to the level 6, 11 and 16 rank ups.


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Ability Combos


Remember that Flash Frost doubles its damage if it passes through your target then re activated (It will automatically deal a second wave of damage when it reaches it's max range)

If a target is chilled by either your Flash Frost or Glacial Storm activating Frostbite will deal double damage to the target. (Some other champions abilitys synergise with Anivias' E. ( Ashe, Sejuani.)



Flash Frost + Frostbite

Crystallize + Flash Frost + Frostbite

Glacial Storm + Frostbite

Auto Attack + Glacial Storm + Frostbite + Crystallize + Flash Frost + Frostbite

Get the most out of Crystallize by trapping your targets in your Glacial Storm for the longest possible time. You will always have the time to lay down a Flash Frost and finish with your double damage Frostbite.


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Gameplay

Level 1-3

The first few levels when playing Anivia are really easy to poke your target back while you claim your farm with ease. You would have started off with 2x Faerie Charms as well as 2x Health Potions. It's very easy to play to aggressive with Anivia and lose mana, but if you moderate what abilitys you use, initiating a Flash Frost- Frostbite combo can tear down your enemys without hassle.

Level 3-6

At this point you would be hoping the cash would be steadily trickling into your pocket, just enough to hopefully buy your Chalice of Harmony as well as a set of Boots of Speed. It would be conceivable that you have taken a kill in this time and making considerable progress in your farm. I never stress too much about getting an amazing farm early game with Anivia because once you have your Glacial Storm things really start to sky rocket.

Level 6-9

At level 6 you have just secured your first point into your ult Glacial Storm, which means the madness of your farm and the intensity of your combo has just become godlike.
At these levels you should be buying Catalyst the protector and your tier 2 Sorcerer's Shoes. It's very easy to clear your minion waves during this time and be able to assist the other lanes if you're quite ahead of your own. If you can get blue buff, do it.

Level 9-11

At this stage in the game I always hope to have enough money to secure some of the high profile items in my build including Rod of Ages and Athene's Unholy Grail. If you have done well in the game you would have secured a few kills by now, and over the next few levels you will just get stronger and stronger. If you have done very well work towards building your Rabadon's Deathcap.

Level 11+

Later in the game you would have wanted to of finished your deathcap as well as a Void Staff if you find yourself needing a bit more magic penetration. I always find myself securing my last item in my build for either Zhonya's Hourglass or Guardian Angel. One of these items coupled with Anivias passive can give you devestating late game survivability and will give your team better chances at success.


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Farming

Farming with Anivia


Farming with Anivia isn't much different than farming with any other champion! As long as you keep up your last hitting and win your trades with your laning partner and make sure not to get ganked you'll be fine. Anivias' full farming capacity can't be reached until level 6 when you have your Glacial Storm, at this point you can drop your ult on a fresh minion wave and watch your CS go up.

I'd suggest warding your mid bushes to lower the risk of getting ganked, keep your Flash Frost handy when things seem too quiet, it's pass through stun can save your life.


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Team Fights

Anivia in Team Fights

  • Stay behind your teammates and attack from a distance to make sure you don't take fatal damage.
  • Your Crystallize can and should be used to block enemys escape routes, protect your teammates from dying, and of course splitting up the enemy team to turn the tides of a battle.
  • Placing down Glacial Storm will help slow down fleeing enemys, as well as securing yourself more damage and an overall higher fight presence during fights.
  • If it comes to retreating, drop your Glacial Storm to apply slow to pursuing enemys, as well as throwing back your Flash Frost to stun so you and/or your teammates can escape.
  • If you have Ashe, Sejuani or any champions that may apply chill/frost to enemys, take advantage of that by using your Frostbite if you're finding yourself low on mana, or cooldowns are present.


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Champion Matchups

Matchups for Anivia




Synergys

Ashe
Sejuani
Nunu
Trundle
Jarvan IV


Ashes' attacks apply a frost which can be used to Anivias advantage with her Frostbite.
Sejuanis' attacks also apply a frost which can be taken advantage of.
Nunus' incredible AOE slow and nuke ult Absolute Zero can be a great fighting ground for anivias combo, particularly blocking enemys slow walk to freedom with Crystallize.
Trundles' Pillar of Ice can be a great addition to disrupting the field and splitting up enemys during team fights, creating a giant slowing barrier.
Jarvans' Cataclysm is an amazing place to drop your Glacial Storm later in the game. Deal tons of damage while the enemy can't escape, when the walls drop and they run; you drop another wall on them.

Good Against

Ryze
Veigar
Ahri



When it comes to laning with ryze, the only thing you have to be aware of is his Rune Prison, but then again you're not going to be close enough for him to use it. Just keep back and poke him to retreat or a kill.
Veigar is an easy champion to lane against due to his low range casts and skill shots. As long as you keep back from him, he is a very easy champion to burst down from a distance early game. Just don't get caught by his nuke combo.
The only difficulty when laning against an Ahri player is her Charm- Orb of Deception combo. If you stay behind your minions and away from her cast range, her multiple skill shots won't touch you. Even after she has her Spirit Rush ult, just stay back and remember your passive can make her waste her skills then you can go in for the kill.








Bad Against

Kassadin
Morgana
Vladimir
Lux


Kassadin is extremely hard to lane against when playing Anivia, his combination of Null Sphere to silence you and Riftwalk to blink to you or escape. Be cautious, he can burst you down if you play sloppy.
Morganas Dark Binding can be a real pain when you're trying to farm, she can hit you pretty hard and secure her stun when it comes to getting ganked. Her Black Shield can also be used to negate the effects of your stuns and slows.
Vladimir can get annoying when he spams Transfusion to keep absorbing health, it can potentially keep him in lane longer than you. Vladimir can also sink into his Sanguine Pool if things get to rough which can deny you kills.
Lux is just all round annoying. Her Light Binding is very frustrating when it hits. Just make sure you don't get hit by her skill shots and you'll be right. After level 6 Luxs' ult Final Spark can be devestating if you are sitting on low health.


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Conclusion

THANKYOU FOR READING


This concludes my guide on my fave champion Anivia, she can be difficult to master, but once you have fluency with her combos' your set :)

I'd like to thankyou all for checking out my guide on Anivia.
Constructive feedback would be amazing :)

I'll surely keep this guide updated, and hopefully ill make more soon :)

Please don't downvote if you don't like it... just tell me what you had a problem with and ill excel to fix my flaws :)

THANKYOU ALL :) <3