Lee Sin Build Guide by Uberchancey
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Lee Sin Mid
Lee Sin Build
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Hello my name is Uberchancey, I am a Silver 5 player on NA, looking to share with you a secret gem of mine; Lee Sin Mid. At first many are skeptical of why you would want him in the mid lane, as was I, until you try him out. His W can dodge skillshots with a minimal amount of practice, and this is good because skillshots are everywhere on AP mids. His E is good for damage in engages and for clearing waves. Finally, what makes Lee Sin mid work: his Q. Q on to them, E them, punch 'em a few times and first blood is yours. I present to you my brief guide on how to play Lee in the mid lane.
Cheese mids are mid laners that are unexpected/non-meta. Usually most cheese mids are typically found in the top lane (eg. Wukong, Pantheon, Riven) or in the jungle (eg. Lee Sin, Kha'Zix, Master Yi). Most are AD-Fighter type champions. The idea is to surprise/catch out your opponent because they don't understand the matchup.
Attack Damage reds are basically the only good option; always take these.
Armor yellows are good against an AD laner.
Health yellows are good against an AP laner
Flat Magic Resist blues are mandatory against an AP opponent; even if your enemy laner isn't they are still good for roaming.
Maxing Q first is basically the only viable option, as no other ability gives you the same utility as it does, whether you are building tank or bruiser. Max W second if you are building tank or if you are even/behind, getting the cooldown on your W reduced is surprisingly useful. Max E second if you are snowballing hard, because W does not provide any damage, just utility. If you buy a sightstone I would strongly reccomend maxing W to match for great ward-hopping potential.
Pros / Cons
Good Early Game
Can Shut Down Carries If Fed
Can Make The Enemy Mid Laner Useless
Can Build Asassin or Tank
Lose Lane=Lose Game
Ult Can Be Detrimental If Used Incorrectly
Not Great Against Other Cheese/Assassin Mids
Assuming you started Sonic Wave you should start off by poking them down with your Q. In some matchups you may need to hold it back to last hit. I wouldn't reccomend engaging until you get level 2 or 3.
At level 2 you start to get a power peak because you your Tempest, so you should capitalize this through calculated aggression it is unlikely you will be able to secure a kill without a jungle gank or a miracle.
It's go time. Level three is Lee Sin's power peak, and he can duel most AP Mids at this point. Lee can duel some assassins, but be careful (Remember: Calculated Aggression) A good trick is to jump to the front of your creep wave and then Sonic Wave onto them.
This is sort of the top of the slope for Lee Sin if you do not have any kills or are down a few kills I would strongly recommend building tanky. However, if you do have a few kills, things are about to get interesting for you. Try a few InSec* plays and maybe push the wave and roam around a bit.
*InSec is to Sonic Wave to someone, put a ward behind them, Safeguard to that ward, and then using Dragon's Rage to knock them into your team. Practice these in custom games.
I am doubting that Lee Mid could have many applications in ranked play, as any mid laner who knows the game well will play safe and outscale you endgame. However in bronze/silver elo it is fine, but you will probably get hated on for breaking the meta in ranked.