Akali Build Guide by Crystalize2
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Oh hello. My name is Crystalize, and today I'm going to show you how I build and play my first main champion, Akali.
As a warning, this is my first guide. Please don't expect strategies used in high ELO ranked matches.
From the first game I played Akali I knew she was going to be my first mained champion. Her burst is second to none, and she has quite a few tricks to get away.
Shes often banned in ranked/draft (Again, if this changes in higher ELO, feel free to call me a noob since I haven't experienced it.) so I don't get to play her in anything other than blind pick, but I only play her solo mid. Sure she is a great solo top 1v2'er, but it's not really my playstyle. I've found that her mid is definitely stronger, leaving solo top open for a champ like Singed/ Garen/etc.
To most of my friends, my build is a bit unorthodox compared to most Akali players, however, it's always worked for me.
And please, feel free to vote and leave some feedback in the comments. I'd love to hear anyone who has input, questions or even hear from people who try it and have success. :D
Pros / Cons
Insanely high burst damage.
Twilight Shroud + Shadow Dance makes it easy to juke enemies.
Easy to last hit minions.
Is a flippin' ninja.
Often public enemy #1 (Enemy's focus target)
Players buying Oracle's Elixir or Vision Wards make Twilight Shroud useless.
MAXIMUM MINION FARMING AMAHGAWD
Exhaust is a common alternative for Flash. If you feel Shadow Dance is a adequate gap closer, you may wish to try Exhaust. Offensive uses include chasing down a running target, while defensive uses include lowering an enemy's damage output, and movement speed just long enough to get away.
Ghost, again, is an alternative for Flash. A lot of Flash Vs. Ghost arguments come down to preference. Combined with Shadow Dance you will be able to stay on a running target, while avoiding those evil minions and their demonic collision.
Teleport can be very useful for entering a teamfight from afar. Porting to friendly wards in TOP/BOT lane bushes can also make for an amazing surprise gank. I would only use this in premades where you know your teammates are reliable.
Greater Seal of Health. Purely for survivability early game.
Greater Seal of Armor Again, increased survivability. Can easily be exchanged to use pure Health seals, since you're more likely to see an AP solo mid than AD.
Greater Glyph of Ability Power 9 of these will grant you +8.9. Matched with:
Greater Quintessence of Ability Power will bring you up to a total of +24 bonus AP.
Mark of the Assassin[Q] This is your bread, but not the butter. After the latest Akali nerf, the projectile damage (as well as overall damage) was dropped a bit. This used to be an amazing ranged harass, making Akali mid nearly unstoppable. While that is no longer the case, it is still your number 1 source of damage.
Twilight Shroud [W] This will save your life. With the bonus MR and Armor, you should be using this to reduce as much unavoidable incoming damage as possible. This includes Karthus's Requiem, Caitlyn's Ace in the Hole and so on. It's also a key element to harassing without being harassed back. We'll go over many uses for this under the "Tricks" section of this guide.
Crescent Slash [E] This is a great farming tool. With a full build late game you can obliterate an entire minion wave. It's also great for last hits early game in mid on multiple low health minions.
Shadow Dance [R] This is the butter, that will go with your tasty bread. A gap closing, high AP damage ultimate with virtually no cooldown. Theres not much else to say about this badass ability. Lets go over rotation, shall we?
- Reason A: The AoE slow it will provide. Everything counts.
- Reason B: You will be harder to focus during teamfights. Learn to slow down your combo to dodge in and out of Twilight Shroud as much as possible.
One more thing.
*DON'T WORRY. MORE SECTIONS TO COME! :D *