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Akali Top - Ninjas work alone [6.7]

Neltarionsama Last updated on June 2, 2016
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CpUChiP | November 13, 2016 1:39pm
ok after playing the new akali for a while i noticed shes a hardcounter now or totaly countered and unplayable... not enouth sustain for difficult match ups and no kill potential when unfed. your meaning?
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CpUChiP | November 9, 2016 10:30am
LOVE that new Akali eraly game though!!! but mag pen is now a must have cause you wont have enought spellvamp to get out if they survive. And they will buy mr 100%
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CpUChiP | November 7, 2016 6:02am
so... Akali has no Spellvamp anymore. Does anybody know if the cd of her new pasive gets reduced by cdr? the new blink from shround and pink ward change is super sexy imo.
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CpUChiP | September 22, 2016 12:44pm
man your comment from July 2, 2016 6:57pm about maw was awesome, even though it is a lot of practice to be patient and just E and AA. Never had that problem again thx mate
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Wax469 (2) | August 23, 2016 3:49pm

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CpUChiP | November 9, 2016 1:36pm
you mate i dont know if someone allready told you or if you noticed that your own. Look at your ult, right after it akali is about to make an autoattack but you cancle it with e. that mf would be dead even faster when yo unot cancle that aa keep an eye out for that ;) happy killing
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CpUChiP | June 30, 2016 2:58am
hey guys, i had a game where i was pretty fed. i build a standart funblade, nashors, Abysal cause enemy had some mr but not that much. then they all came back with a hexdrinker into maw later on. A 3 9 rivin killed me with no aford. The adc of them, 2 4 i guess, killed me and was on 300 hp after that. I was like 16 5... is there someway i could counter this maw? or do i just need more hp in such a game where 4 enemy have maw? I felt like realy useless, no one dies to me what they are suposed to do, insteed i died in every 1v1!!! i was like i dont get the world anymore never experienced something like this before.
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Neltarionsama (3) | July 2, 2016 6:57pm
CpUChiP wrote:
hey guys, i had a game where i was pretty fed. i build a standart funblade, nashors, Abysal cause enemy had some mr but not that much. then they all came back with a hexdrinker into maw later on. A 3 9 rivin killed me with no aford. The adc of them, 2 4 i guess, killed me and was on 300 hp after that. I was like 16 5... is there someway i could counter this maw? or do i just need more hp in such a game where 4 enemy have maw? I felt like realy useless, no one dies to me what they are suposed to do, insteed i died in every 1v1!!! i was like i dont get the world anymore never experienced something like this before.


Hi there fellow ninja.

I will start with some general advice and turn this into a wall of text as I go deeper on AAs. (Important aspect of duels)
  • 1st If they have Maws you will probably not burst them in one [R Q AA E gunblade R] combo unless you went full yolo build (Gunblade, Deathcap, Nashor, Void staff)

I can hardly believe Akali would lose a 1vs1 to an adc besides vayne or draven (they do absurd damages when fed)
Meanwhile, with Riven it's possible to lose duels if played badly due to her having a stun and a knock up both of which can cancel an R from you (if timed correctly) and deni dmg and spellvamp. (The b*tch also has a shield that scales with AD)

All that being said if you were indeed ahead on gold and lost it must have been a big misplay from you.

  • 2nd If the enemy team is building a lot of Maws it means they are mostly AD.
So just get some Armor and HP to survive long enough for a 2nd combo (especially if they can stun you before you can burst them) or buy a void staff if you are very ahead on kills. (to keep one shotting)


Don't forget to buy Elixirs.

Not being at full build doesn't mean you shouldn't buy elixirs.

As soon as I have 2 or 3 items I start buying them.

Wrath just increases your DMG and survivability by tons.

If someone is bursting you down in 1 stun you should get an iron elixir instead. (Tenacity and max HP to prevent the burst)

In general Akali is a beast in duels if you can avoid being CC-ed.

  • Lastly - if you are fighting someone with a Maw consider doing this:
    (To be noted that you must have E maxed out first for short CD)

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Use a lot of R and Q+AA and Gunblade to get them down on HP and pop their Maw shield.
Then spam E and AA. Save your energy before that by not using E initially.
Once the Maw shield is up stop casting the other spells and just AA then E, AA then E and they should die.


Maw kicks in when they are about 400 HP so if you do physical dmg with 2xAA and 2xE you should burst them unless they are life stealing for a lot.


Always let Akali finish her AA cast before pressing E!



When you start an AA as soon as you see their Health bar take dmg you press E (to cancel the rest of the animation) while you are casting E your AA reset is coming off CD.

Notes: E has 0.35 sec cast time. Spells cast times are not interruptable. Meaning that even if you get CC-ed if you started the cast before that it will finish. It can be stopped only if the champion dies. Nothing else interrupts spellcasts. (That is why you see Ezreal ULT while being stunned. His ULT cast time is 1 sec but it's not a channel spell.

Things of note about AAs in general:

- Akali has a -0.1 AA delay (this is different for every champion) - This is the time the champion takes to register an Attack command once in range of the target and start the AA cast.

- Once the AA cast is started unless interrupted by CC or you issuing another command to Akali (which will overwrite the current AA cast command) you will do DMG once the AA cast finishes.
Keep in mind that AA cast finishes as soon as the target receives DMG!
Anything after that is called AA backswing (For Akali depending on your Attack speed it's somewhere after/near the end of the swing with the Kama and slightly before she pulls the kama back towards herself)
AA backswing is the useless AA cast animation part that can be canceled and you can issue other commands instead of standing and doing nothing while the AA reset is coming off CD. (Every time you successfully cancel that backswing right after DMG you earn about 0.1 sec to do something else)

- even if the target hitbox gets out of AA range (125 with Akali) during the AA cast they still take DMG if you finish AA cast. (Hence all the Flash and get killed by AA after funny moments)

- Thanks to the negative AA delay on Akali if your AA is off Cooldown and you are in range AA cast starts immediately!

- Akali AA cast is about 0.2 sec long (before it registers DMG and then another 0.1 sec backswing animation)

- 2nd AA cast from Akali is issued as soon as AA is off cooldown if Akali is in range of the target (AA cooldown depends on your Attack speed)



To sum it up:

Once an AA cast is finished and the AA goes on cooldown your champion will continue the backswing animation and after that she will just sit and not move until AA is off CD unless you have issued other commands or the AA target hitbox has left your AA range. (then the champion will follow until it can start casting another AA)
That is why attack moving is important. Especially when chasing!

Example:

If your AA cast is finished and Teemo is running away, why would you wait untill he is out of AA range to start chasing him? If you started moving in the same direction as him the moment AA did dmg to him and went on a CD you would be saving around 0.03 sec (time between him leaving AA range and your Cast finishing) where you can start moving in his direction instead of him getting out of range and then Akali moving.
That 0.03 sec when you have 350 MS (base MS) is 10 range.
Congratulations for canceling AA and not waiting for teemo to escape your AA range you gain 10 range on the chase which makes sure you will keep staying in range for your AA casts.

In duels every 0.1 sec counts. Make sure to cancel AA backswing but not interrupt your AAs! Nothing can be more painful than canceling an AA as Akali.

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Back to fighting Maw shielded enemies:



Generally, you can sneak an R (takes about 0.3 sec at melee range and you can buffer skills mid air) after the E (0.35sec) if you want to reposition or vamp. (This is based on a 1.5AA/sec attack speed or 0.66 sec Attack ~ 0.45 AA reset/CD.) but you want to be doing physical dmg once the enemy has Maw proc-ed and not magic so don't R unless you want to reposition (or vamp) as it will delay an AA (with about 0.1 sec).




Watch this fight:
(akali vs leona and then akali vs akali)
I want you to watch the video at 27:25 (can't embed it in the post with the timecode link for some reason)
IMPORTANT! before watching that click on the cog (settings) of the youtube player and select 0.25 Speed (4 times slower) to see what they are doing. Akali (Silver Fang one) does dmg with her Kama the moment she finishes the hit and you can then cancel the animation of her pulling the kama back close to her body (backswing).

That Pie guy is doing a pretty good job at it considering his AS is quite fast. (It's harder to do backswing cancel when your AS is bigger but the benefits are the same. I don't want to explain that as it will take me an hour of typing and it matters less on Akali thanks to her negative AA delay.)


Generally keep in mind this:


Q - Cast time animation is about 0.2 sec. Projectile leaving your model is basically the cast time or wind up. If you get stunned before the first 0.05 sec (wind up) it does not happen. The rest 0.15 sec is actually useless animation.
It can be fully buffered (thrown) in the middle of R and does not interrupt AA autocue if cast mid air but if you cast it from max range it will travel and mark the target slower than you would land and AA (because of that slow projectile speed) So make sure to cast Q when you are very near the target
W - Cast time is about 0.2 sec ( can be mostly buffered in the middle of R but don't do that ****. You need dmg not smoke)

E - Cast time is about 0.35 sec ( You can cancel the last ~0.15 sec with a R but nothing else (this is a proper spellcast that completely ignores CC and any commands from you once started. It will interrupt an AA cast if you press it in the middle of attacking so be careful.) If you buffered it during an R you cancel about 0.15 of it as well by issuing a different command in the middle of it's animation.) I am not a 100% sure how exactly this works but the game considers that Akali is immobile and casting even if she is in the middle of her dash but there is some minimum limit of being fixed in a point for the spell to finish cast. (You can buffer E while being knock backed as well so I guess it's a displacement imunity of the cast time thing or something.)

R - Cast time is the travel time (It's coded as movement dash and not a spell cast time. It can be interrupted with CC and the DMG won't be calculated if this happens.
For instance if Riven knock you up with her 3rd Q while running away from you. (You ulted her from behind) Even if you passed by her model no DMG from your dash will be registered if you get CC-ed before completely finishing the dash. (even if you were 1 range away from landing point)
You can buffer other skills or AAs in the air but you can't actually finish them mid air as they require your champion to be anchored at a location for a moment except for your Q.
Any buffered abilities will cast as usual upon landing (W and E will interrupt AA que) but will actually have interuptable useless animation a bit sooner and you can cancel it with a new command saving some time. This is best felt on her E since it shaves off a lot of the cast time but is not as efficient as simply Q buffer + instant AA. So you do that **** only if you are aiming at physical dmg.

A very good use of the buffer is the hydra active - It can be done mid-air like your Q and it won't delay AA on landing (it interrupts AAs otherwise).

I hope this advice helps in future duels.
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CpUChiP | June 9, 2016 1:06pm
what about nautilus? tread him like irelia or something? i never faced him anywhere before xD
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Neltarionsama (3) | June 4, 2016 10:47pm
Good news! 6.12 PBE changes:

Cutlass and gunblade will be 150 gold cheaper now!
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evilshado | June 4, 2016 10:05am
Hi! i was just thinking about replacing nashors with wits end, since the item just got buffed and it just seems better overall, way more on hit dmg, more mr and mr leach, and like 10% less as for a cheaper item. I havent tried it yet but on paper it sounds much better than nashors
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Neltarionsama (3) | June 4, 2016 12:56pm
The thing about Wit's End is that it gives you no AP which is bad, it also scales worse than nashor and has a warming up time for the MR steal which essentially means it's only viable if you are going tank. Then you have the problem of it being heavily outclassed by other defensive offensive items. Abyss, Zhonya, Rylai, Titan hydra....

So, in the end it's not a good item for Akali unless you are facing Corki + 4 AP champions and building it, Maw, Visage and Veil for the 300 MR negating all their damage.

Just look at them:

Nashor has no warm up and 4200 gold in stats that scales further with AP.

Wit's end has a 5 hit Warm up and starts from 2720 to end at 4100.

Trust me it's not viable. Saving that 500 gold from the cheaper Wit's you can only buy 20 AP and it will still be glaringly behind Nashor especially as a 2nd item. (you will already have 100 AP with gunblade + runes so nashor value from buying it will be 4600 gold in stats which means it will already be better than fully stacked wit's end in gold value and left over gold)

Wit's end is a WarWick item and some range champions that max attack speed for on hit effects can also use it (teemo, kog and etc.)
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evilshado | June 4, 2016 4:47pm
haha forgot wits end doesnt give ap. ty for the fast response :3
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HoontarTheGreat | May 30, 2016 10:08pm

Your guide is amazing :D
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CpUChiP | May 22, 2016 4:05pm
can you add Ilioa? the tentacle girl? i feel like in a bad hentai to play against her T_T
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HoontarTheGreat | May 30, 2016 10:31pm
CpUChiP wrote:
can you add Ilioa? the tentacle girl? i feel like in a bad hentai to play against her T_T
I was hoping for an Illaoi too, But I'm assuming it's sort of like fighting a Mundo, get shroud second, stay in it, poke at her with Q, hextech and nashors first - or armguard, then get a gank at level 6
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Neltarionsama (3) | June 2, 2016 12:10pm
Sorry dudes, haven't played much against Ilioa recently. She got buffed to hell in 6.11 but the main thing is to dodge the tentacles. It's a pure skill matchup but what Hontar said is what you should do. (If she buys armor try killing her with gunblade only)

If she ults, dash on a minion or flash away as it's pointless to try and burst her.

Every tentacle that hits you heals her for 5% max HP and hurts like hell.
It's just impossible to kill her in her ult.
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Neltarionsama (3) | May 18, 2016 1:31pm

F R E E L O


That is a nice win strike you got there xD

Wish I could still do these. Haven't won more than 5 games in a row for months.
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chrisyoungyi | May 17, 2016 11:44am
F R E E L O
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Neltarionsama (3) | April 24, 2016 9:07pm
Wax469 wrote:

I put together a video, using the items for this guide.
Check it out.


Slightly too comical but good job. In a few fights it nicely showcased how useful CDR is (you stuck to them like glue instead of having to wait 1-2 sec between dashes)
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Wax469 (2) | April 24, 2016 1:55pm
I put together a video, using the items for this guide.
Check it out.
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Neltarionsama (3) | April 23, 2016 10:54pm
CpUChiP wrote:

how do you feel about the upcoming changes to the revolver still an early item? no spellvamp seems to me like skip that revolver for something more valuable for the eraly game.

but that guid is so amazing with all the math and tips and tricks I made this acc just to talk with you


I won't jump the gun here (actually, that is the base of my guide - rush the gunblade :D lol ) but once revolver starts providing you with extra burst it may actually be even more valuable.

Need to play it to check it so I will reserve final judgement for then but here are my thoughts on this:

All in potential grows a lot (extra ~100 DMG to lvl 6 combo) when you buy the revolver now.
Revolver is also cheaper (1050 Gold) so you can get it and a:
* HP regen bead for the low but constant HP regen and possible Zrot portal/Banshee veil later.
* Refillable potion - use the item for sustain after early trades until you no longer need it and sell it later (50 gold lost and you can sell it as soon as you are at the fountain and a 100 gold away from gunblade).

Before you had to choose between:
* get more sustain and better short combo bursts with the revolver and trade with enemy a few times to wear them down, then try to kill them.
* get less sustain in cutlass but more sustained damage and go for an all in with the active.

Now it's all in with both item (actually cutlass is the sustain one but also gives all in potential)

This would be healthy for Akali's early game in my opinion. Once you hit 6 you need to spring into action and murder people. This change will promote it.

Slight adjustment of masteries to get some extra sustain in lane might be needed (or buying a spectre cow/raptor cloak first) may be the option.

Still I think it will be better.

P.S. I am worried about Guinsoo changes. It will die as anything before 4th-5th item.

The item will be broken in late game (last item) if you stack it. Akali magic damage from passive is On hit effect and phantom hit is mighty scary on her once she has 250AD and 600AP. We are talking about an extra ~270 Magic DMG every 2nd AA. This will also boost Nashor synergy (50% more use in Nashors passive which is 675 Gold initial on hit efficiency of the item further increased by 375 for every 100 AP.) In raw damage - where you did 110 extra AA dmg with Nashor now every 2nd attack you do 220DMG.

This, gentlemen, is a ton of stats in gold value and something that will be my dream build.
Stacking it will be hard but the payoff is brutally overpowered.


All in all, Guinsoo will be useless early but probably the best late game item.
(Towers won't know what hit em.)

I know this and bring it to your attention because I jungled Akali with devourer a few times just to see how powerful that would turn out to be.
The problem was that Akali was very bad in the jungle and stacking it was taking ages.
Meanwhile, if you rushed AS (and you had to so you can stack devourer) you couldn't do anything useful until 2nd item and were underpowered the first 25 min of the game.
Generally a bad idea.

Well, no longer will phantom hit be denied to us!
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CpUChiP | April 23, 2016 3:46pm
how do you feel about the upcoming changes to the revolver still an early item? no spellvamp seems to me like skip that revolver for something more valuable for the eraly game.

but that guid is so amazing with all the math and tips and tricks i made this acc just to talk with you
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Neltarionsama (3) | April 22, 2016 12:13pm
Velkamit wrote:

Also, do you notice Q not procing from auto attacks?

Check out the updated Unique skills section. Q has a very slow missile speed which causes it not to mark targets on time for the AAs sometimes.
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Wax469 (2) | April 20, 2016 2:39pm
This guide got me multiple pentas, and the other team asking why im playing a noob champ. all my champs are noob champs with guides that help me like this. XD
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Velkamit | April 16, 2016 10:26pm
Also, do you notice Q not procing from auto attacks?
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Velkamit | April 16, 2016 4:48pm
I just tried out the following:

CDR boots, Nashars, Rabidons, Deathsdance.


It was amazing.
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Neltarionsama (3) | April 14, 2016 8:38am
Velkamit wrote:

and do you feel about Tank akali - Sunfire, Titanic hydra, spirit visage.

It's good but very situational. I would not build tank Akali vs Darius, Maokai, Voli or Trundle (defenetly not against Trundle). Visage and Sunfire are good situational items but hydra is not really that great unless you are going full tank with at least 300HP in all your items.
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makubexkunx3 | April 13, 2016 9:50pm
Best guide to Akali players!!
i vote this guide is super complete :)
thx for all the time you expend on it :D
sry for my bad eng jaja xD
I recently buyend Akali and is a very great champ :)
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Velkamit | April 13, 2016 3:01pm
and do you feel about Tank akali - Sunfire, Titanic hydra, spirit visage.
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Caixeiro | April 13, 2016 4:19am
dam great, thanks
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MannerlessNG | April 12, 2016 5:33am




When you pick up Akali the first things you need to learn are how to CS even under tower (any champion really) and how to manage your energy.

Don't shroud unless you have to and don't E too much unless you are hitting at least 2 champions with it (or a lot of minions for the vamp).
Learning Akali is mostly about learning her laneing phase against different opponents.
You should know how much damage you do and how much damage they do to you.
After a few games against a champion, you will have understanding of when they are stronger in trades and when you can actually out trade them. For instance with Riven level 1-3 you don't want to trade but at lvl 4-5 you do. Then at lvl 6 you don't if she has ult and same gold as you.
Keep in mind what summoners your opponent has. If they take ignite or exhaust call your jungler and punish them for it but don't fight them alone.
Once you get the hang of it, you will know how to tower dive and brutally snowball if you manage to get ahead.

As for videos, I mentioned this but I am not very mechanically sound and just abused my understanding of power spikes to snowball games. The struggle is real for me ever since I made it to diamond and I have some horrible games.
I will see what I can do about recording videos but don't expect anything just yet.

Akali can feel very useless if the enemy team has a stronger duelist and their team has a lot of stuns in a teamfight. With these games, you generally have to pick your moment when to dive the backline very well (preferably with a flang) or you will end up not doing anything. Some teams won't give you that opportunity but up to Plat you shouldn't face too much trouble.


I can understand what you're saying. In regards to videos, I'm not necessarily asking you to become RedKind and post every single game you win with, sometimes some things present themselves as a good moment to use for teaching or showing specific points you find important.

Akali certainly feels weird at first, and it is true as the games have become more and more, there are times when I am completely WTFwrecking and other times when I question the very viability of the champ herself.

The one consistent thing with her is the early game struggle, but I have to admit, I have learned to usually do well here and even do things to champions I have no right to touch so early. It is clear to me you're commitment and love for this champion is extreme, and like all very well made and proud guides, I try to take as much as I can.

Obviously time and practice will make her better in my hands, but if you ever do get around to adding more or recording, do let me know, I would be happy to see anything, not just glory shots of which there are many on YT as it is.

Also, you could please add some info regarding the "hard" match ups and not just the easy ones, and it is here I and likely others need help the most.

Thanks again :)
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Neltarionsama (3) | April 12, 2016 12:13am

Wanted to pick up Akali for so dan long and i finally managed to do so the other week. I have had some really good and decent games with her and this guide is the basis to why, but I have also had some opposite games too, where I felt completely worthless and unable to ever change that fact.

Right now I am a noob, not just with Akali but in many areas of the game, as I am sub 30 and don't have the runes you suggest in full. I can see myself playing her a lot, and she is very entertaining and effective, much more worth the IP than I every thought possible.

I build situationally a lot of the time, like you said to, but my question for you is this: As a pretty new Akali player, what areas should I focus on the most to grow better with her?

Thank you again for one of the most comprehensive and deep guides I have ever seen in any game ever. And also, could you set up some videos of you're Akali plays at some point? I watch many on YT but their dated and few.

~G



When you pick up Akali the first things you need to learn are how to CS even under tower (any champion really) and how to manage your energy.

Don't shroud unless you have to and don't E too much unless you are hitting at least 2 champions with it (or a lot of minions for the vamp).
Learning Akali is mostly about learning her laneing phase against different opponents.
You should know how much damage you do and how much damage they do to you.
After a few games against a champion, you will have understanding of when they are stronger in trades and when you can actually out trade them. For instance with Riven level 1-3 you don't want to trade but at lvl 4-5 you do. Then at lvl 6 you don't if she has ult and same gold as you.
Keep in mind what summoners your opponent has. If they take ignite or exhaust call your jungler and punish them for it but don't fight them alone.
Once you get the hang of it, you will know how to tower dive and brutally snowball if you manage to get ahead.

As for videos, I mentioned this but I am not very mechanically sound and just abused my understanding of power spikes to snowball games. The struggle is real for me ever since I made it to diamond and I have some horrible games.
I will see what I can do about recording videos but don't expect anything just yet.

Akali can feel very useless if the enemy team has a stronger duelist and their team has a lot of stuns in a teamfight. With these games, you generally have to pick your moment when to dive the backline very well (preferably with a flang) or you will end up not doing anything. Some teams won't give you that opportunity but up to Plat you shouldn't face too much trouble.
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MannerlessNG | April 10, 2016 3:01am
Wanted to pick up Akali for so dan long and i finally managed to do so the other week. I have had some really good and decent games with her and this guide is the basis to why, but I have also had some opposite games too, where I felt completely worthless and unable to ever change that fact.

Right now I am a noob, not just with Akali but in many areas of the game, as I am sub 30 and don't have the runes you suggest in full. I can see myself playing her a lot, and she is very entertaining and effective, much more worth the IP than I every thought possible.

I build situationally a lot of the time, like you said to, but my question for you is this: As a pretty new Akali player, what areas should I focus on the most to grow better with her?

Thank you again for one of the most comprehensive and deep guides I have ever seen in any game ever. And also, could you set up some videos of you're Akali plays at some point? I watch many on YT but their dated and few.

~G
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Velkamit | April 9, 2016 7:55am
Hey man, love this guide. I've always been a natural with akali and your guide just upped my game so much.

Question about masteries if you don't mind, you say you think deathfire is the best but you use thunderlords more?

I looked up your user name also to see if you had any replays up, id love to see a video of a full game if it wouldn't inconvenience you to make one.
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Neltarionsama (3) | April 7, 2016 11:05am
CpUChiP wrote:

awesome dude, i killed her so hardly! thank you very much. Some tipps vs illaio?

Avoid the tentacles.... Seriously if she ults disengage. Even if she is 100 hp the moment you get hit by a tentacle she heals for 5% of her max HP. If she hits you with 4 of them thats 20% HP heal.
Getting hit by her E is brutal because it will force you to trade or take free damage so try to stay behind your minion and dodge tentacles. The only time you should start trades without your jungler is right after she misses her E.

Gennerally very hard lane and i hate ialoi cause she goes full tank and still do absurd damage.

You can either go sunfire or gunblade 1st item then the other as 2nd after that nashor
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CpUChiP | April 7, 2016 8:47am
awesome dude, i killed her so hardly! thank you very much. Some tipps vs illaio?
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Neltarionsama (3) | March 28, 2016 12:42pm
CpUChiP wrote:

i really need help against poppy >.< shes such a hard counter in my eyes... how to deal with her? i mean i could trade her out in a very long run, but one mistake and im stombed

Simple really. Make no mistakes.

Poppy can snowball hard if she gets gold advantage but should be an easy lane to be honest.

Keep her Q marked and don't let her stun you in a wall. Farm till 6 and don't trade with her unless you are close to your tower and can detonate marks from shroud.

Once you have 6 Q mark her and when she is not close to walls and you have Q off CD dash on her. Detonate Q mark her with another.
If she activates her dash block shroud immediately and sidestep her slow. If she doesn't activate the dash cancel but hits with the slow immediately, dash behind her to avoid the 2nd damage (care for walls). After the double Q proc you just retreat and kill some minions to fill up your HP. Then go in for a second time and finish her. (care for junglers)

The only way poppy can out trade you is for her to charge you any time you try to mark her them slow and activate her dash canceler. The problem with this is that it's very mana demanding so is she abuses it you just need to weather it.

Start cloth armor + pots. Rush gunblade if she doesn't poke you to hard but get an armguard if she is poking you. (with above mentioned uncounterable)


I haven't really lost against poppy without jungler ganks so just suck it up and learn to avoid her stuns and don't get hit with the explosion of her slow. (Besides she is getting nerfed next patch :D ) This denies most of her damage (she gets bonus damage on shoving you in the wall and the explosion hurts a lot more than the initial strike.)
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CpUChiP | March 28, 2016 6:25am
i really need help against poppy >.< shes such a hard counter in my eyes... how to deal with her? i mean i could trade her out in a very long run, but one mistake and im stombed
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CpUChiP | March 26, 2016 3:29pm
that guide i love it. BUT!!!!! plz change the enemy section, stuff like Tryn is weaker then you pre lvl 6 made me go dieing lvl 1 :D maybe add something like his hits will really hurt so only trade when shroud and dont trade far from tower cause his autoattacks hrut as well oO i got cought of guard with his pure dmg. had the same one on anothere enemy.

edit: can it be that he just had 4 crits like you mentiond oO i litteraly died in 5 hits
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Crepic (2) | March 25, 2016 4:01pm
If ANYBODY says this guide is bad.. then show them this. https://gyazo.com/161b45fdcb7a322650e261e10adfa8ff
Honestly.
Thank you.
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p4ncakeTim | March 18, 2016 8:15pm
Literally made an account on this website to thank you for this amazing guide. I suck at this game but this super comprehensive guide and build is so great, I've studied it and now my akali is ballin. thanks dude!
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I main this champion | February 28, 2016 12:36pm
Holy cow... this build has gotten me so many wins. I was especially surprised with the choice of boot enchantments, but I've gotten some insane plays teleporting in to clean up a fight with that move speed bonus. As an aspiring akali main, (I still have a long way to go) I'd really like to have a video reference of the spinning leaf hurricane. I've tried it in custom games where I was full build against a bot, but I can't seem to execute it as fast as I'd like. Would you mind posting a vid of you or someone else executing this combo?

Thanks so much for this guide, it's my favorite way of playing akali by far!
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Neltarionsama (3) | February 21, 2016 10:38am
Ralimak wrote:

I am interested in your thoughts on using Duskblade of Draktharr with Akali. It seems like it could be very effective when fighting tanks, as well as providing a lot of extra damage (and 12% more spell vamp from the passive). Would it be good as a "go-to" item, or just a potential situational build?


I haven't really builded it more than once.
It honestly didn't feel impressive as you can't control when it procs which means you need to be selective in your target instead of catching the first guy thats out of position.

Half the time the active is wasted and it has such a long cooldown considering all your other skills don't.

The AD and MS are nice but i really wouldn't get it as anything other than replacement for boots at a very long game.

If riot buffs the item with an actual selection of when to place the death mark then it will be viable 4th 5th or 6th item.
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Ralimak | February 20, 2016 10:02pm
I am interested in your thoughts on using Duskblade of Draktharr with Akali. It seems like it could be very effective when fighting tanks, as well as providing a lot of extra damage (and 12% more spell vamp from the passive). Would it be good as a "go-to" item, or just a potential situational build?
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toxic snowballer | February 11, 2016 8:20am
OMGGGG you updated it as to say what to start with the matchups!! ILOVEYOU :D:D thank you so much this will help big time

much love
-Malaza
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CpUChiP | February 10, 2016 5:25am
the new item? like zeds ult for akali! when shal lwe buy it, early on or mid game?
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Neltarionsama (3) | February 8, 2016 1:34am

How big of a buff is the 400 increased speed for Akali R and Q energy buff? Upcoming patch 6.3

Just learned about this today from a friend.
The Q energy change will mean you can max E first (troll the enemy if they get MR early)
It will also probably make the black cleaver akali more viable.

The R speed change just means that at max range instead of dashing for 0.47 sec you will dash for 0.39 which is big. (Less reaction time for the enemy) Still since i have no access to pbe they need to roll it out first.
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toxic snowballer | February 6, 2016 11:17am
How big of a buff is the 400 increased speed for Akali R and Q energy buff? Upcoming patch 6.3
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Neltarionsama (3) | February 6, 2016 2:35am


PS: Actually i have a question: What do you think of Dark seal or cull as an starting item?

Best Regards,

Finn


Dark seal is for champions who don't plan to die. Playing Akali that is unavoidable so I rarely buy the item. Cull is really greedy but it can work if you have an easy farm lane but then again why buy cull and sell it and not just get a long sword so you are not restricted in build path until you do 100 minions?
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finnvincible | February 3, 2016 4:05pm
Holy Sh*t i have over 200 games with akali. Mostly playing mid. After reading this guide, i feel like i am entering a new world of playing akali. I just didn't consider the itemization like that and never for example built Nashors or Maw. This puts things on a whole new level. Thank you some much for this guide. You opened my eyes for a new way to play akali. I was Silver 2 in Season 5. Now i am looking for Gold.

PS: Actually i have a question: What do you think of Dark seal or cull as an starting item?

Best Regards,

Finn
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CpUChiP | February 2, 2016 1:33am
can you add poppy to the treat section plz? and maybe a ban section for the new builder. This guid is just the thing i needed to skyrocked my Akali! Before it i was killing but dieing now im kind of immortal, but mass cc and bad things happen to me

I have Add to add people are allways like omg your build xD they cant understand nashors awesomeness on Akali
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toxic snowballer | January 14, 2016 8:10am
I've fallen in love with akali recently and have been following this guide from the get-go, many thanks for that.

Will you be updating this guide for season 6, patch 1?

Also, a suggestion that would greatly help: for matchup descriptions can you also reccommend what item to start in the description? Like vs a volibear do i start boots + pots or cloth armor + pots?

Great guide, Thank you!

-Malaza
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XvYunoGasaivX | January 13, 2016 5:57am
Hey, when exactly do I buy Nashor's Tooth? 2nd item? And by the way great guide! +1!
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Neltarionsama (3) | January 10, 2016 11:18pm
Flat AD/AP and armor. Buying the runes may take a while.
Alternatively if you have hybrid penetration marks/quints use them until you get the scaling runes.
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LEGALIZE FEED | January 10, 2016 7:14am
If I don't have the ip to buy the scaling runes, what should I use while I'm getting the ip to buy the scaling runes?
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Localhorst127 | January 7, 2016 5:02am
Very nice guide! I have tried the build several times and was not disappointed.
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mofat | January 2, 2016 10:46pm
where'd the matchup info go?
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Crunchy Wartaco (1) | December 25, 2015 10:03am
What a great guide. That poem incredible, lol. Upvote. Nothing to critique
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PattaDatt | December 23, 2015 1:24pm
Omg this Akali guide is amazing! +1 to you.
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Neltarionsama (3) | December 23, 2015 11:48am
CDR and AS make the good akali players (who already have the decision making and mechanics down) a lot better. Simply cause you can do so much more when your abilities come off CD faster and even if you postion badly you can recover unless stunned and bursted.
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Ryonnsan | December 22, 2015 3:27pm
As a main Akali who has played her for over 800 games, I found that this guide has interesting item build. Nashor? Trinity? Wow.. ok then, lets give it a try in a normal game.

Result? OUTSTANDING!
I jumped into the center of enemy team, and spin spin spin spin spin like a hurricane.
I didnt die. They all were dead. And this happened twice!

Next, I tried this in ranked games.
Gosh.. the split push ability. One of my victories was due to me split pushing alone, back door and breaking nexus due to the Nashor Tooth

+1
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manuelmenezes | December 22, 2015 4:56am
Nice build and nice math. I like you taking acount the numbers in fact, that is the real thing.

Its a 1+
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Elunda | December 2, 2015 5:06am
Really insane dmg and fun to play build. Never played with full dmg runes but this build is worth a try for anyone :)
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Neltarionsama (3) | November 30, 2015 11:53am
Does someone pay you to comment?

Dude been 3 weeks and only comments are from you xD
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WiKKdZeAL | November 29, 2015 11:36pm
I played another game top with this build and I killed the enemy mid Akali who was fed and went full AP in a 1v1 lol.
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Neltarionsama (3) | November 13, 2015 8:58pm
It took me a lot of time to get out of the dump when they removed the E proc of Q. (This ruined my KDA for atleast 50 games)

Akali is simply not the APC assassin anymore and needs to be a hybrid dmg hyper sustain bruiser now.
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WiKKdZeAL | November 13, 2015 8:52pm
I just tried out this build in a normal game because I had to go top and oh my god, the splitpush is so good, I took down so many towers and they literally go down in 4-5 hits. Amazing guide. The CDR from the items makes your E cooldown so low, especially when it's max rank and the Trinity Force and Nashor's Tooth allow you to 1v1 tankier enemies which is really nice. It would be cool if you could add more matchups like Yasuo and Zed though. We won against a fed Yasuo because they didn't try to stop my splitpush lmao but this build is really good and I like it a lot, I really like what the enemies say when they see me buy Nashor's and Trinity Force. I hope more people find your guide and read it and play it, it truly deserves more people.