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League of Legends Build Guide Author Rys Aberdeen

Ahriilly Good Guide to Normals and Ranked

Rys Aberdeen Last updated on December 17, 2011
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Team 1

Ability Sequence

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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

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Offense: 21

 
 
 
 
 
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Utility: 1


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OOPS PUBLISHED EARLY PLEASE IGNORE

I accidentally hit publish, please ignore this guide for now.


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Introduction

// Ahri is the character I have been wishing would be released since I started to play league but never fully realized how much - until now. Foxy, Provocative, and OP. Now the first two are synonyms but the last is not and I did that for a reason. Juxtaposition, to place emphasis on the fact that she is OP. If you remember Fizz she is actually a very similar champion but with a larger burst and a more effective escape. I largely look forward to posting some videos of how to use her abilities effectively and the potential they create. She has been out long enough for me to play a few ranked games and figure out the meta. While spell vamp is great for pubstomping its much less effective in ranked 5v5 or 3v3 as you will be focused the most of your teammates and if the enemy team sees you build spell vamp, they will Ignite lock you. Now enough rambling Im forgetting there is more to life than writing mindlessly for English class (summatives this weekend) so I'll just type up the rest of this guide. Enjoy!

// I build her as an AP Assassin. Rabadon's Deathcap

// I find this build to be the most effective in overcoming you low health throughout the game and maximizing your burst potential.


This build will offer:
  • A 1500 Elo player’s advice on ranked play
  • An aesthetically pleasing guide
  • Some good in-depth information

Special thanks to:

Apotheosis - For the warding section, Check out Your Tryndamere Resource, by Apotheosis!
JhoiJhoi - For the line dividers. Check out her Guide to Making Guides


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Pros/Cons

Pros / Cons

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+ Extremely overpowered at the moment
+ Amazing burst damage without very little delay on casting spells
+ Good mobility with Ultimate makes for a great turret diver
+ Being a champ that must remain close to the targets she is perfect for Lich Bane
+ A ranged taunt...
+ Cute.
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- Very low base health all game
- Until lvl 6 has no escape mech unless you take a utility summoner spell such as Flash or Ghost
- Weak harass early game because of short range, fox fire will target minions
- While she can initiate with Charm she must enter after the enemy team has blown CC
- Naruto in disguise
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// She is very similar to Fizz in my opinion because she deals burst damage in a similar way and needs to be within a short range of her opponent. She also has CC similar to Chum the Waters and her ultimate is similar to Playful / Trickster. She excels in dealing burst damage from close range. She can also use her charm to initiate teamfights. Once a team fight begins, however she must blend with her team and only go in to finish kills once you feel confident that you can outburst the enemies before they kill you.

// You can see that many cons that I listed do not really apply to late game. Her burst damage coupled with the sustained damage she offers late game is second to none and if you play her right, there is no need for spell vamp or extra health to play effectively and help your team. Simply activate your abilities when enemy team is low and proceed to dance around them till they die.


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Base Stats

Damage 50 (+3 / per level)
Health 380 (+80 / per level)
Mana 230 (+50 / per level)
Move Speed 305
Armor 11 (+3.5 / per level)
Spell Block 30 (+0 / per level)
Health Regen 1.1 (+0.12 / per level)
Mana Regen 1.25 (+0.12 / per level)


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Summoner Spells

Recommended Summoner Spells

// These summoner spells should be your common picks because I think that they fit Ahri best. This is just my opinion and thus I also have a list of viable summoner spells that I will also explain to you after I explain to you what the recommended summoner spells are and why they should be common picks.




sp Exhaust: This spell will save peoples lives and win ganks. It may save you or it may save a teammate but it really comes in handy. It lowers damage output and Movement speed, which helps you to solo an enemy, or keep your team safe during a teamfight. It will also give some good CC during ganks. The fact that this ability can only target one enemy and only allows you to neutralize a target for 2 seconds is quite useful In a 1v1 situation. Normally you should only enter if the enemy is around 50% but if you have Exhaust you can go in if theyre about 65%. With little sustained CC Charm having something to follow charm up with can prove very useful. sp


sp Ignite: This is a great addition to early game burst damage. Any time an enemy is able to escape your range is not safe yet. Not to mention early game mana may be more of an issue than expected and when it comes to finishing a chase kill, sometimes, whether due to mobility or simply going OOM. Also adds to burst damage overall and will also give the psychological advantage of fear. If an enemy sees their health depleting while flashing red from the ignite it is much more difficult to decide to attack an opponent. This works in your favor because despite Ahri's insane burst damage, if the enemy turned to attack you before they died, they could deal a fair amount of damage. Ignite is a spell that is situational and should always be taken against a healing team. Generally though its personal preference and can be switched or Exhaust or Flash.
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Viable Summoner Spells


// This is a list of summoner spells which I find viable on Volibear, however I do not find myself using them very often.





sp Ghost: This is a very useful spell on really any champ in general. What is good about using it on Ahri you can catch any enemy and CC/Finish them off for your team. Also can be used to escape sketchy situations after your ultimate is on CD. No cons here really, honestly I have no preference in terms of a utility summoner spell. sp


sp Flash: This spell is great for ganking and escaping. Good summoner. Once Spirit Rush is on CD Ahri has no real escape mechs. Ghost will help you outrun enemies but you are still vulnerable while in thier range. Flash will allow you make a complete escape by going through a wall. It can also be used to pull off successful early game turret dives. The problem here is the CD. It is perhaps the longest of all summoner spells or at least feels like it with also very little uses on Ahri. When iniating it adds no bonus, when DPS'ing it add no bonus, only in escape will it be helpful. sp


sp Cleanse: Good summoner as CC usually means death in a ranked game. Docent see much use because of its lack of utility but I would recommend dropping an aggressive summoner spell in most situations if you can tell the enemy team is composed of hard CC champions like Sion. They spell certain death for Ahri. sp


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Masteries

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I take 21 points inoffence and 9 in defence for a few important reasons. The early game damage from offensive masteries and 6% bonus on low health targets is very good on Ahri. Not only does Mental Force and Blast give AP to Ahri's four ratios (one on each ability) you will gain the ability (or perk) Executioner . This is crucial to Ahri due to the nature of her playstyle. Considering most of your kills will be carried out on targets below 50% HP the 6% bonus damage on targets below 30% will be very helpful. As a personal preference I take Exhaust and Ignite to help me take early game lane control and secure kills. As such Summoner's Wrath gives me the greatest returns for a skill point. Havoc is more of a transition perk to allow us access to the higher level masteries available. As an AP assasin you cannot really go wrong with 21 points in the offence tree. To those who are partial to utility, consider the fact that the spell vamp and mobility will mean nothing without the offensive power to back them up. Hardiness gives strong early game survivability against minion aggro and enemy auto attacks, whether they are Lux or Tryndamere. Resistance Offers more of a late game advantage against AP carries who will try to stop you from casting spells by killing you before you can click. Personally I find Vigor a nececitty in the lane. Especailly when I start with 3 pots, my constant health regen discourages the opponents harass and allows me to continue staying in range of my opponent without getting forced out of lane.

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This is an alternate route I sometimes take. I like to take this in normal game when I feel I can dominate my lane without the added survivability and I need more mana. Strong choice with spell vamp quints adding up to around 7% spell vamp at the start and the bonus mana regen is quite invaluable in lane, especially when combined with her passive Essence Theft. Also if you find yourself in need of blue buff often Runic Affinity works wonders.


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Runes

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Greater Mark of Attack Speed
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  • Flat Ability Power Quints: With four ability power ratios and a weaker early game, these are a standard on most casters. I find that harassing without these runes actually puts you at a disadvantage because the damage you do will usually be healed up and as most other players will take these quints if you exchange harass in mid, you will end up with lower health.
  • Flat Magic Penetration Marks: In a build that mostly lacks in magic penetration you would be surprised how much these will increase damage, both late game and early. With only about 50 MR most champions will be able to resist roughly 30% of your damage (I will put chart with exact values in the items section)
  • Flat Armor Seals: In order to be able to stay and harass your opponent early game, you will need some flat armor. Its not so much of a choice considering Ahri must be in melee range to deal most of her damage leaving her susceptible to melee attacks.
  • Flat MR Glyphs : Standard laning runes. Going mid means chances are you will be against another AP. This will greatly improve your laning phase allowing you to exchange harass effectively and save your pots.
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Alternate Runes

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  • Spell Vamp Quints : These runes are great in normal games. Whether you want early game sustain or simply have greater effectiveness in 1v1 situations, spell vamp is always a strong choice. I only dont reccomend it for ranked in the case you are getting Ignite locked and all the gold you use on spell vamp is effectively halfed.
  • Move Speed Quints : As a champ that needs to keep in range and be able to escape, Ahri really benefits from move speed quints. I dont reccomend them as a top pick because you will lose out in stats and laning power, however if you feel that you are stong enough to go head to head with most opponents, feel free to pick these up.
  • Flat Magic Penetration Quints : These runes pay off great late game. I know that Orb of Deception deals true damage however the magic pen will greatly improve all your other spells. In a chart Ill show in the item section you will see how greatly these benefit you, especially late game.
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  • CDR/Lvl Glyphs : These glyphs will allow you to proc soul eater more often, harass more with Orb of Deception and generally deal more damage. The CDR on your ultimate is always nice but these drop off somewhat late game where it is your burst damage that will become more important.
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  • Flat Mana/5 Seals greater seal of replenishment : With little sustain early game it can be tempting to spam abilities in hope of proccing Essence Theft however often this will leave you mana starved. Instead of going for survivability with flat armor, it is completely viable to take mana regen and simple rely more heavily on your passive.
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Skills




Soul Eater: // Ahri gains a charge of Soul Eater whenever one of her spells hits an enemy (max: 3 charges per spell). Upon reaching 9 charges, Ahri's next spell has 35% Spell Vamp. Not really a game breaker. Can be used to exchange harass without taking damage and offers some basic sustain at the game start.





Orb of Deception: // Ahri sends out her orb, dealing 40/65/90/115/140 (+0.33) magic damage, and pulls it back dealing 40/65/90/115/140 (+0.33) True damage. Cost 60/65/70/75/80 Mana. Range 880.

Tips and Tricks


  • // An early point is key for harass because it is the only ability that can path through minions
  • // True damage will greatly increase in effectiveness late game, so use on tanks if needed
  • // Hard to hit both ways so best comboed with Charm
  • // Max this second for best DPS
  • // Does not lose damage based on number of targets hit
  • // You can move and have it hit all targets on your way back, meaning once you toss it out you can reposition to hit all members of the enemy team.






Fox-Fire: // Ahri releases three fox-fires, which after a short delay lock on and attack nearby enemies. Ahri releases three fox-fires. After a short delay they lock on to nearby enemies (prioritizes champions), dealing 40/70/100/130/160 (+0.38) magic damage. Additional fox-fires that hit the same target deal 50% damage [max damage: 80/140/200/260/320 (+0.75)]. Cost 60 Mana. Range 800.


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  • // Best overall source of damage, especially in a team fight.
  • // Good for use in conjunction with Soul Eater
  • // Will target minions first making it very difficult to land in lane
  • // Best used in combination with Charm to land all three orbs as well as Orb of Deception
  • // Remember this spell gives mobility, you can cast it without any channeling time or delay so its great to activate while chasing because you wont lose distance at all. You can also use this to your advantage when avoiding enemy aggro, simply run close to enemies while dashing with spirit dash to maintain maximum mobility and damage.





Charm: // Ahri blows a kiss dealing 60/90/120/150/180 (+0.35) magic damage and charming the first enemy it hits, causing them to walk harmlessly towards her for 1/1.25/1.5/1.75/2 second(s).Cost 50/65/80/95/110 Mana. Range 975.


Tips and Tricks


  • // Great for initiation, because of its long range and the fact that it draws enemies near, you can initiate with this, allow your tank to blow his hard CC then have this off CD by the time you are executing your combo
  • // Try to land this whenever possible because it will allow you to land your other abilities more easily
  • // Easier to land this skillshot from a bush
  • // In 3v3, take this first when ganking the bottom bush or middle bushes.
  • // Initiate a turret dive with this to draw your enemy away from their turret a bit
  • // Try to draw you enemy into your minions early game for some massive damage.





Spirit Rush : // Ahri dashes forward and fires essence bolts at 3 nearby enemies (prioritizes champions), dealing 100/140/180 (+0.3) magic damage. Spirit Rush can be cast up to three times within 10 seconds before going on cooldown. Cost 100 Mana. Range 450.


Tips and Tricks


  • // Can go through walls very easily
  • // Dont activate one after the other ASAP because orbs take time to discharge
  • // Can be used to take down low health targets while avoiding taking damage from them by dashing around rapidly.
  • // Cooldown is very short so dont be afraid to use it as an escape
  • // Try to keep distance with this ability
  • // Turret dive like a boss with the dashes and Charm


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Skilling Sequence

AP

Ability Sequence
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I prefer to take an early point in Orb of Deception because otherwise its impossible to harass in the early laning phase (or at least difficult). I follow with a point in my other two spells should I be given the opportunity to land a combo. I generally max Fox-Fire first because the overall damage given is the highest. When the damage debuff applied against one target is applied, it offers the most overall damage. Also it gives me mobility when I cast so I dont have to leave myself vulnerable channelling for even a second. Second I like to max Q Orb of Deception because as the game goes and people build MR, the true damage will become more and more useful. Charm is a GREAT spell but it does not increase very much as it gains levels and so one point in it is usually enough. I max it last.


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Starting Items

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  • Doran's Ring: The fact is lets face it, your squishier than a baby teemo. If you try to go in and harass , chances are minions will take down faster than your opponent. Not only does this item help you keep you alive, it keeps you from falling behind. Without mana and harass your opponent will shut you out and stop you from getting your MUCH needed gold. With dorans you can ensure early harass and then ensure lane control through your great utility.
  • Boots of Speed : These will help you gank, land your auto attacks in the early lane and overall be able to have a greater presence. If you take these early, the Health Potions are a great boost to survivability. Also many people are afraid of Ahri early game because of her absolutely amazing burst potential. Unfortunatley it is rather difficult to land but we can offset some of this difficulty with boots. By having greater speed it becomes possible to harass the enemy if they insist on staying out of reach. Boots are pretty much standard in any early game situation. I save sorcerers shoes, ionian boots, etc. for mid game though.
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Mid Game Items

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  • Rod of Ages: What bothers me about any burst champ is the lack of survivability. If your going to throw yourself at the enemy and get in range, then hope they wont focus you, it gets old fast. Rod of Ages is great for mana issues when regen is not enough. It also gives you the illusion of tankiness as well as great AP. Get this early and it becomes the gift that keeps on giving. From early to late, it remains useful all game. Also Catalyst catalyst the protector is your only means of early game sustain unless you go the Hextech Revolver route.
  • Will of the ancients: works amazingly well with Ahri's spell vamp passive;, giving a total of 55% spell vamp whenever procs, with a 25% permanent increase in spell vamp for all spells at any time. It also gives a great 50AP flat bonus to Ahri and applies a 25% spell vamp and 30 AP bonus to any ally in your vicinity.
  • Lich Bane: You can take Rabadon's first to maximize damage but I could not believe the damage I was doing when I first got this. As a champion who must remain close to enemies regardless, I found I was proccing this constantly and gaining at least a 30% boost in sustained damage. It does scale off AP though so I only get it first if RoA is fully charged. Otherwise it is better to buy Rabadons or at least part of it before getting Lich.
  • Merc Treads : If you feel constantly targeted or at least dying to CC you may want these. Tou are forced to put yourself in more danger constantly because In order to keep up your DPS you will have to stay within attack range of the enemies. Merc treads are a somewhat last resort choice in the case that your team is not supporting you at all.
  • Ionian boots of lucidity : With so little spell pen I really don't recommend this. Look at the armour and MR chart and you'll notice how important spell pen really is. Still it I suppose its viable on a pure nuke build as the reduced CD's would increase your DPS drastically. The CDR on all abilities would be roughly 2 for each adding to a 6 reduced CDR per ability round. With little time I cant vouch completely for these though.
  • Sorcerer's Shoes : Big Damage increase. With little magic pen your damage is severely hindered. Check out this chart to see the amount of damage reduced by MR. Anyway movespeed is always useful in teamfights and map control and you can see how much the magic pen helps. Ionian boots are also good. I dont know this really comes down to personal preference. If you focus on Q though magic pen may not be as effective.
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Late Game Items

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  • Rabadon's Deathcap: God mode - On. This is your late game damage and marks the late game for you. Once you have this item your urchin dash should be merkin your opponents not to mention your trickster and magical auto attacks. Theres not much to say for this item except that you need it. Well no, you want it. It means you can kill your opponents and laugh while theyre trying to figure out where you came from.
  • Rylai's Crystal Scepter: Honestly, I'm not a big fan of this item but late game is situational and should you find yourself in need of health, this is going to be the best choice. It synergizes with all of your abilities and so theres no reason not to take it. Mind you once your in late game its situational whether you want damage, health or resist. If I'm against someone with lots of true damage Ill go health but if they are all AD, take thornmail or Zhonya's Hourglass. If all depends what you need at this point.
  • Zhonya's Hourglass : This is your situational armor. If you are getting focused, not necessarily DYING, especially by AD champions you should pick this up. Granted you should be hard to target but this is your go to item for resist because it synergizes the best. Sometimes I'd take a thornmail but your not an easy target so normally I don't.
  • Abyssal Scepter: Greeeeat Stuff. I take this all the time. This is your situational MR but I get it anyway. Remember the Magic Pen chart I showed you? It does that, but for all of your teammates as well! (Provided your near them) This is a great late game survivability option that keeps up your damage and benefits your team to boot.
  • Deathfire Grasp: This item came to my attention later because I figured, hey, Ahri is a burst mobility champ that needs all the AP she can get. How wrong I was. As a burst champ you dont want more AP, you want to kill the enemy in less than a second. Deathfire allows you to do just that. By initiating with this you put the enemy a great disadvantage. One rotation followed by an ulti should be enough to bring down any enemy from 100%. Course you can always chase them through walls if you see fit - for the lolz. Basically this is a necessity against tanky enemies who you cannot seem to bring past 33%.
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Morello's Vs Deathfire

I personally only ever take deathfire grasp for CDR. Heres why.

Morello's Evil Tome
Fiendish Codex (1275) + Blasting Wand (860) + Recipe (215) = 2350
+75 ability power
+12 mana regeneration per 5
UNIQUE Passive: 15% cooldown reduction

Deathfire Grasp
Kage's Lucky Pick (765) + Fiendish Codex (1275) + Recipe (600) = 2610
+60 Ability Power
+10 Mana Regen per 5 Sec
UNIQUE Passive: 15% cooldown reduction
UNIQUE Active: Deals magic damage to target champion equal to 30% of their current health (+3.5% per 100 Ability Power) with a miminum of 200 damage. 1 minute cooldown.

These two items are very similar except for a few KEY points. The difference is a 260 gold price increase on Deathfire Grasp for 15 Less AP, 2 Less mana regen, same DCR, BUT an active that will do aroudn 30% of the opponents health in burst damage

And that price difference is almost negligible when you consider that Kage's Lucky Pick gives 5 gold/10 seconds as a passive and is uber cheap, meaning you can get it early on and within 8 minutes 40 seconds the price difference is made up.


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Early Game Tactics

Laning

Especially in mid lane you want to be somewhat passive farming gold but harassing just enough to stop your opponent from being cocky. Ahri's AP ratios leave much to be desired and as such you want to simply focus on farming minions for gold. It is not worth ganking other lanes and risking death, farm, xp etc for an extra 100g obtainable from a few minions. Orb of Deception is great for last hitting multiple minions at the same time as poking the opponent. Whenever your Essence Theft procs I recommend lining up a shot which will hit as many enemy units as possible. Try not to ruin your last hits by overusing your spells though, your main focus is your gold farm and you want to conserve your mana incase you need a gank or to escape.

Judge your opponent early on, gauge their skill and decide how aggressive you want to be from there. Certain champions like are very easy to be aggressive with before they hit level 6, so always bear this in mind. Also bear in mind than many other AP mids have a lot more damaging spells at their use when compared with yours, for the most part has one set combo which he will only use on you when he feels you are most vulnerable, so try not to be overaggressive with enemy champions who have a lot more by way of damage to offer. However, certain champions don't follow this rule, take for example Brand, most brands use his Pillar of Flame to farm minions, so after this is a perfect time to get a good combo in on him.
Ganking

When your jungler comes up to gank open up with to allow the jungler due time to make their entrance. Whilst doing this lay down a , preferably with on proc. If the gank looks good, rush in with and and go for the kill. When being ganked quickly assess your best course of action. You will usually have some form of CC coming your way, so judge who is going to be doing that and use to leave them incapacitated whilst you flee with , unless you can simply walk away.

For example imagine you are laning against Veigar and Rammus comes to gank Powerballing into lane. You have all your spells up and you see Rammus rolling towards you. Following this, he will stun you and taunt you whilst Veigar nukes you, resulting in your death. However, you also know that Veigar has his stun which could easily be just as deadly.
Knowing you can spirit dash away from Rammus, send your Charm to CC Veigar as his stun is unavoidable even if you dash out of it. Incapacitated, Veigar will be unable to cast any spells for a minimum of 1.5 seconds minimum depending on how many points you have invested in and you will flee successfully. Judgement of who is the bigger threat is crucial when escaping a gank.


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Mid-Late Game Tactics

Solo Kills
If you feel aggressive and strong, you can take a single target, initiate with Charm and follow this up with a Orb of Deception, once the effect of the charm wears off, chase them with spirit dash whilst using Fox-Fire. Bear in mind Ahri is a very squishy champion and you are better off picking off an already weakened champion rather than picking a fight with an enemy champion on full health, unless it's somelike like a super squishy underfarmed teemo.

Team Fights

Ahri's role is the AP mage, therefore you do not initiate PHYSICALLY into the fight. This means you shouldnt run in first, you because you will probably get killed. If your team is looking for a fight, always wait for the tank/tanky bruiser to initiate before doing anything. Of course, this doesn't mean stand idle, poke at the enemy with when possible but don't rush in. That said, a good onto an enemy squishy is an acceptable initiation and the only type of initiation Ahri is good for.

In a teamfight shoot your into the fray whenever you can. If a target becomes out of place, use your to taunt them into your team for an easy kill. If they escape chase with whilst activating .
If you are pulled into the enemy team or are caught out of place, use your whilst escaping with . If you cannot return to your team, escape using through any nearby terrain and retreat or return, which ever is safest.

Enemies Under Their Tower

If the enemy is under a tower, look to a squishy target into the team for an easy kill.
However, do not use this ability JUST to lull squishies into your team, if they have a or Volibear for example, save this incase you see them looking to flip someone into the turret. An enemy can easily be taken out, tank or not, if your team are prepared and have built correctly. the enemy into you as mentioned above and kill them quickly. From there on out it's a case of cleaning up the squishes from under their tower.

Enemies At Your Tower

Pretty much the same concept as above, lure in enemies into turret range with , nuke them down and wait for the tank to initiate, or if the enemy is completely stupid, rinse and repeat this tactic for free kills.

Stealing Baron

in, out. If you miss, run. If you get it, run. The enemy team will be looking to hunt you down cos they will be mad as hell. If your team are nearby looking for a fight come back in when it looks clear. The enemy will be low from the Baron fight so look to join in once a kill or two has gone on the enemy if only a few team members are present. If your whole team is present, look to join in asap as the enemy will be low anyway and you may pick up some kills/assists.


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Playing 3v3

Well,sinsorderstosknowshowstosplaysVolibears3v3syouswillsneedstosknowshows3v3sworkssperiod.
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Map Control:
Becausesthesmapsisssossmallsandstheresis onlys3splayers thereswillsbesa lot of ganking and therefore map control all but wins the game for you. Knowing when the enemy at the top is coming bot to gank will save your lives and probably keep the game from snowballing away from you which happens so easily on this map. Also buff control is hugely important. With less people on the team both sides will usually be evenly matched because most of the time the whole team of 3 people will stick together which isnt that hard. Having a buff will give you the extra edge which will cause you to win the first teamfight. From there on it becomes easier and easier to kill the enemy as well as control the jungle.

Getting Gold:
Here its all about First Blood, Ganks, Dragon and Turrets. Each stage offers you a way to gauge how far ahead or behind your team is. There will be practically no solo kills here because chasing is incredibly stupid with enemy teammates so close by and people usually do not overextend until they are winning. If they do they will usually just head into the jungle for a bit and take the buffs. If you miss out on one of the listed forms on acquiring money its not a big deal however remember: GOLD WINS TEAMFIGHTS. Apart from certain OP champs everyone is pretty balanced and because no one will make stupid mistakes here, remember almost all the kills will be from teamfights, even a gank can turn into a teamfight here and half the time an overextended enemy is bait for his other two teammates. This basically means you will not get kills unless you have more gold. I know this may sound silly and applies more to late game than early however it is true and this helps me express the importance of dragon and turret pushes. DO NOT GIVE THESE UP. You need turrets and dragon here to be able to win the game, its not simply about team placement and focusing the squishies, you need better stats to win here most of the time.

Laning:
Laning here is somewhat passive and somewhat not. Early laning phase should be renamed early ganking phase. Its the only time you will be able to succesfully fight the enemies in 3v2 or 3v1 without things turning into a teamfight, usually. This is the one exception to the gold rule which says you need dragon or turrets before starting a teamfight to ensure your victory. Careful during the lane phase because although you may be harassing your opponent and they are getting low if you try to finish the kills chances are they will run away and if you chase, their team will come for a free kill. This is why I mean it can sometimes be passive. This is not to say dont harass your opponent in lane, Im just saying dont be an idiot and chase them past half for the kill.

Now for Volibear.
As Volibear it is definitely preferable to take the jungle. Because of the nature of 3v3 however, it is viable to take bottom lane. Going bot with a strong CC partner like Annie or Alistar will almost definitely land you both some early kills. The lanes are tighter here and there are less minions. This means that to last hit you will have to be more aggresive. If you end up losing your lane you will be denyed completely or die very soon. Luckily it means harassing is easier because there are less minions. Catch your opponent offguard when the minions have dwindled for the best results. Make sure to watch the map. Gank whenever it is humanly possible. The early laning phase will pass quickly and make sure you do not have to go back more than once but dont worry too much about farming. At lvl 6 your team is going to want to rush dragon. Make sure it is counter warded first, as otherwise you will end up losing a teamfight. Once this is over the two teams will basically end up taking turns pusing lanes and fighting for jungle control. Getting an early sheen will definitely help you win the early jungle fights. What to do at this point is simply push lanes with a partner if possible and take jungle creeps whenever you can. You shine mid-game however because of you ultimate. This will allow you to initiate a 2v2 gank very easily or even a 1v2. Simply open with your fling and CC the target. If you find yourself in a fullout brawl - fight it. With your ultimate and CC your team should have the advantage. The trick is using your amazing mid game damage to win your ganks and push turrets. The gold from these will help you snowball into your items and continue to carry late game. If you are losing these, not to worry, simply play more defensively and continue to control dragon. Volibear is amazing in teamfights here because there will be less CC, you will get focused, you will deal damage and you have AoE damage. As a tanky bruiser with AoE damage and CC you are effectively OP on this map. Just focus on your teammates survival while dealing damage. Basically a few teamfights will decide the game here. These teamfights are usually decided by team gold, e.g dragon control and turret pushes. Make sure to use your mid game potential to gank and get your team fed. Otherwise you will drop off late game and be unable to survive or deal as much damage.

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Warding

This section is taken from Apotheosis Guide to Tryn with his permission of course :)

Warding is way too over looked by many teams. I'm going to show you how to ward correctly, or at least how my team and I ward. The ward possibilities are obviously endless for 5s. These are the primary areas that you and your team will be warding each and every game.


Order of priority; Use Sight Ward and Vision Ward where necessary:

Baron/Dragon Wards:
However you decide to set these up with your team, whether it be orderly among the team or supports only buy wards, make sure these are always laid out! Baron and Dragon are what we're primarily keeping an eye on here. Early in the match it's not as important obviously, however, you still need to know whether top, mid, or bot will be set up for a gank when enemy laners/junglers are wandering about. These early kills can help the enemy sculpt the rest of the match and land a victory. We don't want to be allowing the enemy to kill either Baron or Dragon. That's a good chunk of gold that will distribute among their team, not to mention Baron's handy buff. Again, don't overlook these wards!

Note: I would recommend using Vision Ward for these locations, especially Baron mid-late game. If not Vision Ward, then make sure someone, usually the tank, has Oracle's Elixir for discovering enemy wards.

Self Privacy Wards:
There's orange points at top, mid, and bot hiding locations. I would hope that your entire team would try to ward the areas entitled to them. These wards are not entirely important, however, they are lifesavers. Junglers and wandering laners will use these bushes to set up for early kills. If you're pushing your lane, then it would be a good idea to ward the bush(s) that is closet to you.

Team Privacy Wards:
These are crucial wards to put out when the match can go either way by eliminating possible ambushes when pushing minions or entering your own jungle.

Game Changing Wards:
Of course all of the wards posted on the map are capable of changing the outcome of a game, but these wards are placed in a location that both teams will always drift by. Reasons to go through the wards (for both teams): Getting to Baron and dragon, changing lanes, shifting from allied jungle to the enemy's jungle (either by self or team) to steal mobs/buffs, shifting as a team to gank the enemy team, etc. If you just have a ward on either Baron and/or dragon, you can still miss the enemy slipping by into your jungle never knowing it. This allows enemies to set up ganks. Therefore, these wards change the outcome of a game because you know whats coming.

Invading Wards:
I thought it was appropriate to name these wards in this manner because you can enter their bushes knowing whether they're there or not before you attempt to set up a gank. The enemy usually walks through these bushes hoping to freely enter their jungle for experience/gold and/or buffs.

Buff Wards:
Monitor your's and enemy's buffs with these wards. Good to set in your own jungle if they start playing dirty and snatching buffs early game from your jungle. These wards are primarily for the junglers of each team.


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Conclusion/Scores (Send Yours In!)

Thanks for reading!
By the way this is just the start! I haven't had much time however I plan on adding much more in-depth sections depending on how the guide is received.

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