Akali General Guide by malkieyor
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Introduction; How do I Akali right bro?
In this guide (which is my first :D) I'll be going over my item build to Akali, The fist of Shadow. Akali is my favourite mid laner as she brings a mix of tools to the table going from hard sustain damage to high mobility. Unlike most guides I'll be going in-depth about her mechanics and the items she will be using to do the best damage and to destroy them tanky tank tanks... Shen isn't going to be too happy about this.
Pros / Cons
+ Easy to learn
+ High Damage
+ High Mobility
+ Snowballs hard
- susceptible to falling behind
- hard to catch up when behind
- Problematic when comes to composition
- lack of teamwork potential besides Twilight Shroud
These runes are pretty standard for Akali but ill explain what they are anyhow.
Right so first off a lot of people say CDR or Cooldown Reduction is important to ALL assassins but it is a preference to say the least. If you want to go full CDR then take the 4 points in Sorcery and take them out of Mental Force but you shouldn't really do this.
Heres one you really need and its called Spellsword Why is it needed? hmm.. Passive maybe? Twin Disciplines is probably one of the coolest passives I've seen. The AP part which does magic damage (6% flat damage +1% more per 6 points of AP) stacks with Spellsword doing incredible damage, And think about it. Add in the Lich Bane with your Rabadon's Deathcap And wow... that's a lot of damage
These runes have been argued around but from being in over 300 games with Akali i'd say forget about placing AD Quints because some "High ELO" player said its good for survivability. Don't make me laugh... the AD side of Akali's passive Twin Disciplines is very small and hardly noticeable unless in a grouped up team fight.
These runes will let you do MORE damage, because more damage is goooooood.
If your looking for an explanation then here it is; Using the AP marks and quints will boost your AP up to a level where a Mark of the Assassin and a Crescent Slash will chunk them by 1/4 of there health. the glyphs and seals are standard for many champions
Greater Mark of Ability Power
Greater Seal of Armor
Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist
Greater Quintessence of Ability Power
Itemisation on Akali in the early game depends on 1 factor. "Who are you against?"
You might be asking yourself why I've asked you that but trust me, This will safe you a whole lot of worry
I have said in the guide you need 5x Health Potion and a Cloth Armor but why did I say this? Well this one is for if you are laning against an AD champion like Lee Sin or more commonly now Zed. Cloth Armor will help you against these champions poke and with the 5x Health Potion You can sustain yourself more (like I said earlier your Twin Disciplines AD passive isn't noticeable). But if your against an AP like Lissandra or Ahri then of course Cloth Armor isn't going to help what-so-ever. If your against these champions you have two choices, either Boots of Speed and 4x Health Potion or a Null-Magic Mantle and 2x Health Potion. I myself like to roll with the Boots of Speed and 4x Health Potion approach but if your getting out-laned hard then take the Null-Magic Mantle. Your first main item is a Sheen going into a Lich Bane But wait, Akali has no mana, Umm... Well that's a good debate but have you noticed what Lich Bane dones? the 50 damage + 75% of your AP, this is added to your MotA. EDIT: I've changed the Hextech Revolver on the cheat sheet to Hextech Gunblade, Why build it? pretty standard reason, the activation will make you do more damage and of course DE HEALS! Rabidon's Deathcap is a smart buy next as well, Moar AP is yummy. I believe you should get your boots now as maybe you've been running around slow as hell but that's your choice. A Zonaya's hourglass would be perfect because you WILL be focused and FINALLYYYYY, a Guardian Angel will round out your build.
Ignite and Flash are the best summoner spells for Akali.
an argument can be made to take Teleport in rated games but its all preference.
Need you ask?
Thank you so much for reading my guide, Please rate it and comment with any suggestions or complements. if you'd like to see me play please visit my stream at www.twitch.tv/malkieyorgaming and on youtube at www.youtube.com/user/malkieyorgaming