Threats to Diana with this build
|Karthus||Probably the easiest matchup. He has low-mobility, squishy, and his slow doesn't do anything against your combo.|
|Diana||You read this guide, so you win (obviously)!|
Hello everyone! My name is Oontzie and I am an avid Diana player. I thought I should make a guide on how I play Diana, and other ways I've seen her done too! This guide is open for improvement, so any tips or advice you wish to share will always be appreciated!
Pros / Cons
|+ High damage
+ Flexible playstyle
+ Easy farming
+ Low CDs
|Whether you go Assassin Diana or AP/Def. Diana, you'll have an amazing amount of damage output. Your passive makes it easy to farm early, and your other abilities allow for easy wave clear later on. Her ability allows you to gank other lanes and for some cool escapes.|
|- Vulnerable before 6
- Low mana pool
- Reliant on landing Q for damage output and ult resets
- Low amount of CC
- Questionable teamfighting
|Diana pre-6 is very weak. Don't expect to get any kills before this. Since her R is her only mobility spell, she's very vulnerable to ganks early on. Her low mana pools also makes it so you pretty much have to back after a kill or 2.|
Depending on your playstyle and/or team comp, your masteries will change.
Bursty Assassin Diana:
Sorcery is your standard first masterie for any AP laner. Feast allows sustain in lane, but can be swapped out for Double-Edged Sword if you want more of a damage output. I choose Natural Talent over Vampirism since you are going to be an assassin and shouldn't fight for too long.
Savagery helps with farming, but you can swap this out for Wanderer if you trust your farming skills and want to roam more. I recommend sticking with Secret Stash since it does restore mana and helps with sustain in lane again, but Assassin is still a good mastery if you want more damage. Merciless is great since Diana will usually be able to get someone low in lane, but I recommend Meditation if you're going against an unfavourable lane in which you have to use Crescent Strike to farm. Precision is IMO better to take than Intelligence , but you can swap between the two depending on your style. Thunderlord's Decree is the best way to get your burst out.
On this page, I chose Vampirism over Natural Talent since you are going for a more fighter style Diana, and will be trying to stay alive as much as possible during fights. It also provides lane sustain along with Feast. Fury gives you more attack speed, which is good because with AP/Tank, you're relying more on your passive than anything else for damage.
The Resolve tree is pretty flexible except for a couple things. Runic Armor helps with your Pale Cascade, and increases the heal coming from Vampirism . Courage of the Colossus is probably your best keystone, since Grasp of the Undying got nerfed, and Strength of the Ages got removed.
Another thing, your goal is to survive dives and teamfights as Diana, so any early resistances will be needed.
When and Why:
Bursty Assassin Diana:
This is one of Diana's core items due to Hextech Revolver giving great early damage, and the item itself giving you some health, and another dash to get in range for an Q-R Combo.
Pretty self explanatory. Give MR, while also boosting your magic damage and gives you CDR.
Zhonya's is pretty much a core item on any magic damage dealer. It gives you armor, CDR, and the active is good. (Just a tip, if your caught out, try to time the Zhonyas with your cooldowns on your abilities.)
Little known fact, Rabadon's Deathcap is actually gold efficient at 60 AP! Anywho, this item gives a massive power spike to Diana when she gets it. I'd suggest getting this as a 3rd or 4th item.
Pretty self-explanatory too. Give massive magic pen, good for late game.
This is a MUST on AP/Def. Diana. You want to get this as a first item to get the stacks as soon as possible. It gives her good health, AP, and Mana.
As I said before, this build focuses more on your passive than your abilities, and Nashor's Tooth allows you to proc your passive more often.
The spike in AP really helps in mid-game. Rush this again 3rd or 4th item.
Iceborn allows you to get tanky stats, while the sheen passive also allows you to get more damage off when weaving your abilities in. The passive also makes you more sticky.
Defensive stats + free revive every 5 minutes.
Ability Sequence Order
|Her Q, Crescent Strike, is her main damage output. Its passive also allows for Lunar Rush's cooldown to be reset, and maxing this ability first allows more resets more quickly. Her W, Pale Cascade gives her a shield for sustain, but also deals aoe damage and is good for both harass and staying safe in lane. Her E, Moonfall is a great AOE slow and knock-up, but costs a lot of mana and has very little use early on.|
Ignite is good if you want to go aggressive or if your going against laners who have some sort of healing ability. Good if you want that early kill pressure, but I personally never take it.
Teleport on the other hand gives you global map pressure, and allows you to back early. All around a better summoner since you can already guarantee an early kill with your early burst damage.
How to use abilities/spells
If you're facing another melee champion, you can also auto minions twice, and while they're walking up to minions, auto attack them to get your passive off, use W, and Q, but be warned this is very mana costly.
When level 5, you can back early for a Doran's Ring, Total Biscuit of Rejuvenation, and Boots of Speed, and then use Teleport to get back into lane. This will get you back to full health and mana, and give you more AP for your burst.
Mid/late game farming
Diana's Q also reveals all non-invisible units. You can use this to check brush, check the fog-of-war, or keep an enemy revealed while chasing.
Diana's E is a knock up. This is great for canceling channels like Katarina's Death Lotus. It also bring enemies into you, so use it for enemies trying to escape. Also, because it is a knock up, you can use it to help trigger Yasuo's Last Breath. It also procs Courage of the Colossus , which can help during dives or at the start of fights.
If you dive turret, remember you can also use your ult on minions to get out of turret range after.
This is your basic burst combo. Before performing this though you want to charge up 2 auto attacks, so your 3rd auto attack will be on them. A tip also, when you use your Q, and you know it'll land, use your ult immediately. It'll reset immediately.
This is your Lich Bane combo. Identical to your basic combo, but weaves in more AA between spells for higher damage output.
Diana can also initiate fights with her Q>R>E combo. You want to Q and Ult into the middle of their team, and slow them with your E. You usually only want to do this if you have Zhonya's Hourglass so you can activate that after so you're not focused down immediately.
With AP/Tank, when you initiate, try to make sure to kite between autos, and not stack shields. You don't need to E immediately, and it's actually better to fight, and use E when they run/you need another shield.
When ganking a lane with some sort of dash (Lucian's dash, Tristana's rocket jump, ect..), try to save your ult for after they use their dash. If you get close enough to them, you can actually cancel their dash with your E ability.
I hope to see more Diana's out there!
Thank you for reading my guide, and any feedback is appreciated.