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League of Legends Build Guide Author Sephulchere

Akali: The late game killer

Sephulchere Last updated on November 21, 2013
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Chapter 1: Intro


Hello! Welcome to my first guide! Now, I understand what most of you are thinking: "Oh, this person is just level 22, so they don't know anything about her." Not true! Akali was the very first champion I bought. I was going into a blind purchase, and I was going to choose from either Akali, or Heimerdinger. I chose right. Over the course of 15 levels (Yes, I played lots of Co-op vs AI games back then), I have had terrible games, and others where I could 1v5 the entire enemy team. This guide is mostly directed towards experienced Akali players, but some players can pick up easily. I understand that I am a low level to write a guide, but if you would read up this guide and provide some feedback, It would be much appreciated.

Hello! Glad you're reading so far. I play on the NA Server, live in Canada, and am generally young to play League of Legends (But not saying). I started back in June of this year, and am not that experienced. However, I love playing this game, especially with friends.

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Chapter 2: Terminology


Leash: Helping your junglier kill their first jungle camp
Top: Top lane
Mid: Middle lane
Bot: Bottom lane
ADC: A champion that relies on auto-attacks to deal damage, such as Ashe, Jinx, or Caitlyn.
Cloth-5: When you start the game, you are given 475 gold. Cloth armour and 5 health potions are able to be bought.
AP: Ability Power
AD: Attack Damage
1v1: Summoner vs Summoner, no interference from other summoners
Back: Recall
Gank: To catch an opponent off guard. Usually happens when there is a jungler in game.
DC: Disconnect
CS: Creep score/Minions Killed

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Chapter 3: Skill Sequence

Mark of the Assassin is Akali's primary source of damage. It is a ranged ability. When activated, it sends a projectile unable to be intercepted by other enemies to an enemy, dealing magic damage. If Akali activates her E, or auto-attacks the enemy, the mark is popped, dealing magic damage.

Twilight Shroud is an extremely useful skill, and is one of the best utility skills in the game, in my opinion. Twilight Shroud causes Akali to place down a shroud of smoke, and makes her invisible as long as she doesn't attack/get attacked. She gets armour and magic resist, regardless of whether or not she is invisible.

Your skill sequence really depends on who you're fighting. However, I would strongly suggest maxing your Q as fast as possible, but take a point in your Crescent Slash to pop the Mark of the Assassin mark. Your Twilight Shroud is quite useful, but I suggest maxing it last. As always, max your Shadow Dance whenever you can, as all ultimates are game-changing. The sequence is all who you're fighting in lane, and each skill is differently used. If you're going top lane, take your Twilight Shroud first, but only one point. Then max Mark of the Assassin, taking one point in Crescent Slash at level 3. Then max Crescent Slash, taking Shadow Dance whenever you can. Finally, max Twilight Shroud.

Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18

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Chapter 4: Masteries

For masteries, I suggest going with a hybrid mastery tree, taking AP and AD, but focus on AD a bit more.

Mastery tree:

Key masteries:

Executioner is great for picking off targets at low health, Akali's primary role.

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Chapter 5: Pros/Cons


+ Adept at quick assassinations
+ Killer End-Game
+ Deadly if fed
+ Destroys squishy targets
Akali is a hard character to use, but if used correctly, can destroy the competition.

- Terrible early-game
- Can easily be countered
- Is easy to spot with Vision wards
- Needs some time to combo with Mark of the Assassin, Shadow Dance, and Crescent Slash.