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Demacia's Wings: r/QuinnMains' Guide To Quinn and Valor!

QuinnMains Last updated on June 24, 2017
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Introduction

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Welcome to r/QuinnMains' guide to Quinn. My name is AnonimooseUser or 'Moose and I am the writer of this guide. "But Moose, how can you be the writer if this is a community guide?!" Well, I am the person who collects all the data from the community and then puts it all into writing here! This means that instead of portraying my opinion, this guide reflects the collective opinions of everyone from the community. It covers everything you need to know about this champion including items, runes, masteries and playstyles. This guide is designed both for beginner Quinn players and veterans alike. Although it is a bit long, keep in mind that it is quite detailed and covers four different roles. I hope you enjoy reading it and I wish you all the best in your future games with Quinn and Valor: Demacia's Wings.

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Pros/Cons

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Pros


+ Fun and unique champion.
+ Can be dominant/oppressive in lane.
+ Insane mobility and map pressure.
+ Good burst and dueling potential.
+ Great for SoloQ.
+ Versatile: can be played in 4 positions using multiple different playstyles.
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Quinn is a very fun and unique champion to play due to her kit being quite unique and special (particularly her Vault). She can be very dominant and oppressive in lane due to her range and kit, which is good for skirmishes and duels. This allows her to get fed. Due to her ult, she can then roam around the map and snowball. Quinn can have huge burst without relying on a long CD ability. She has a smooth transition from her strong early game to an even stronger mid game. These things make her great for SoloQ. Her ult gives her a lot of map pressure and pick potential. Quinn is also a very versatile champ; she can be played in four different lanes using a bunch of different playstyles.



Quinn does come with her fair share of weaknesses though. She is quite squishy and vulnerable to CC, which means she must build some defensive items or she will be shut-down easily. Her short auto attack range means she can often be picked out of position. These things make her a weak team-fighter. Picking Quinn can also harm your team comp (no tank top, no AP mid, no CC as Jungler, no long range as ADC). Utilising her ult to it's full potential is also quite hard (as it's not a combat ult).
Cons


- Squishy.
- Low attack range.
- Vulnerable to CC.
- Poor team-fighting.
- Can be harmful to team comp.


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Spells

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Flash
Flash is hands down the strongest and most common Summoner Spell. It is taken on almost every single champion. It's useful in a lot of situations such as dodging skillshots/CC, escaping over walls, chasing enemies, juking and more. There isn't really any reason why you wouldn't take it.


Ignite
Taking Ignite will give you extra kill pressure and will make your early game even stronger. This is the summoner spell you take if you want to be aggressive in lane and get fed/snowball. It also helps against enemies with a lot of healing as it applies Grevious Wounds.

Exhaust
Exhaust is a more defensive alternative to Ignite. It is commonly taken against enemies which could 1v1 us and win, for example a Pantheon. It is also helpful against enemies with a lot of mobility. Exhaust can also be used in an offensive manner, something which is often overlooked.

Teleport
Sometimes getting to a location right away is essential and your ultimate isn't enough. Teleport allows for even greater map pressure. It can be taken when against tanks (as Ignite and Exhaust are usually less effective) or against enemies with global ultimates ( Shen). Top-lane only.

Ghost
Ghost can be taken in addition to Flash when against tanks( Ignite and Exhaust are usually less effective in those situations). It helps with kiting, chasing, evading ganks, dodging abilities and posistioning in teamfights.

Heal
Heal is the go-to spell for ADCs to take. It's healing will not only benefit you but also your Support or later on, your team. It also gives you a burst of movement speed. Together, these things could be what turns a fight in your favour or allows you to survive/escape from an unfavourable situation.

Smite
Smite is an essential Summoner Spell for Junglers. Without Smite you will find it very hard to clear camps and take/contest objectives like Dragon or Baron. Additionally, it is necessary in order to build your Jungle item. You simply cannot function as a Jungler without it.


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Runes

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Runes are probably the most tricky subject to agree on over at r/QuinnMains. There are so many different combinations and sometimes the differences between them are tiny. Personal preferences also play a part. Because of all these things, there isn't one rune page that is simply the best. There are many different rune pages that you could take when playing Quinn. What runes you take is closely linked with what role you are playing, what build you are using and what Keystone you should take. Below I will explain each rune page.



Full Lethality
- 9x Greater Mark of Lethality
- 9x Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist
- 9x Greater Seal of Armor
- 3x Greater Quintessence of Lethality
The Full Lethality rune page is most effective against teams with little or no tanks. Whilst weaker than AD early game, lethality kicks in around the same time as you complete your first time (which in this case should be a lethality item such as Duskblade of Draktharr). They give you a better mid and late game than AD. However, they do have some drawbacks. Due to the lack of AD and AS, your early game trades will be weaker. You will also find CSing to be harder. Remember, only take this rune page against squishy enemies!



This rune page still has plenty of lethality but it also has some AS and a bit of AD. This reduces the drawbacks that the Full Lethality rune page has. Your early game and CSing still won't be as good as with the AS-AD rune page, but they will be better than with Full Lethality. Once again this rune page is most effect against squishy targets, but could work against semi-tanky enemies too.
Lethality vs AP
- 9x Greater Mark of Lethality
- 9x Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist
- 9x Greater Seal of Armor
- 2x Greater Quintessence of Attack Speed
- 1x Greater Quintessence of Attack Damage



Lethality vs AD
- 9x Greater Mark of Lethality
- 9x Greater Glyph of Attack Speed
- 9x Greater Seal of Armor
- 3x Greater Quintessence of Attack Damage
This rune page should only be taken if the enemy team is all or mostly AD. Since it features no MR, it will leave you vulnerable to AP (which is why it's usually taken top and not mid). If the enemy team has very little or no AP, the MR Glyphs are unnecessary and are therefore replaced by AS Glyphs. This leaves our Quints open which means we can also take AD. This rune page has very little of the drawbacks of the Full Lethality page as it features both AS and AD whilst keeping all the benefits of lethality.



This is a fairly standard rune page used by a lot of champions. It offers a mix of both AD and AS, which results in a very strong early game and easy CSing. This can be taken instead of the other pages if the enemy team is tanky or simply due to preference. Whilst you won't have as much burst in the mid game as with lethality, AS-AD is still a well-rounded rune page.
AS-AD
- 9x Greater Mark of Attack Damage
- 9x Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist
- 9x Greater Seal of Armor
- 3x Greater Quintessence of Attack Speed


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Masteries

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What Keystone you take is closely linked with what role you are playing, what build you are using and what runes you will take.

Keystones


Thunderlord's Decree is a great Keystone for Quinn. It gives her good damage throughout the whole game (although it scales off a bit late-game) and makes her skirmishes - Quinn's specialty - even stronger. In the early game, two Harrier marks in quick succession will deal a ton of damage when combined with TLD. It makes Quinn's early game very strong. In the mid/late game, TLD will proc upon performing your normal combo and will add more damage to your burst. This is why it's good when playing Quinn as an assassin and it's also why we take in when the enemy is squishy. TLD is recommended when playing in the mid-lane. This is because mid-lane is shorter and therefore it is harder to stack FoB. TLD is also better jungle as the burst damage is more beneficial during ganks than the sustained damage from FoB.

Stormraider's Surge is an alternative to TLD. Using Stormraider's isn't as straightforward as the other two Keystones and requires practise, which is why we only recommend it for experienced Quinn players. You will need to learn when it will proc so that you can plan ahead. Additionally watch out that you don't overchase and take too much minion aggro. Stormraider's has lots of uses such as helping to chase, kite, escape, or gank. It is very useful in teamfights, allowing you to dodge skillshots and re-posistion easily. It allows you to escape after an assasination and also enables you to make riskier plays. Its cooldown is very short. Although Stormraider's doesn't directly add damage to your combos, the extra MS and slow resist will help you stick to your enemies, allowing you to keep attacking and chasing. Finally, the MS will help when fighting enemies such as Irelia or Olaf.

Fervor of Battle is your third option, only taken in DPS builds such as the Anti-Tank build. Although it is not as strong early game (unless you go all-in), it out-scales TLD in the mid-late game. Quinn doesn't have much difficulty getting the stacks and it helps take down those pesky tanks or when kiting. This mastery is even better when ADC, as your support will protect you and provide CC whilst you get stacks. FoB is a good choice when top or bot-lane, but not mid (the lane is shorter, so it's harder to get fully stacked before the enemy retreats). It's also not that good jungle as you won't stack it fast enough during ganks. Finally, It is also great when against a tanky team, as it gives you good sustained damage.


Ferocity

Quinn is a ranged auto-attack champion. A lot of her damage comes from auto-attacks and proccing Harrier. The little extra damage on her abilities doesn't justify taking Sorcery . So Fury is the better option.

Feast gives you better sustain and helps to stay in lane longer. Fresh Blood makes your poke and harass even stronger. Both options can be taken according to preference or matchup.

Vampirism will give you more sustain in lane whilst Natural Talent will give you a bit more AD, making your early game a slightly stronger. Both options can be taken according to preference or matchup.

Double-Edged Sword is usually the best choice as the damage is available right from the start. However, Bounty Hunter is still an option, especially if you roam a lot (midlane!). Battle Trance is only an option in DPS builds.

Quinn is an AD champion. I think you can guess why Armor Penetration is more beneficial to her than Magic Penetration...


Cunning
Savagery helps to clear jungle camps and to CS. Wanderer is a bit useless because our ult is already all the MS we need for our roams.
If you're jungling, get Runic Affinity . If you're bot-lane take Secret Stash . If your're top or mid, take Assassin as the extra damage is more beneficial.
The increased damage from Merciless is more important to Quinn than the mana regen from Meditation .
Greenfather's Gift could be taken but it requires a certain amount of skill in order to use it to it's max potential. Dangerous Game is the safest choice here.
CDR isn't an essential stat on Quinn. You get all the CDR you need from your items. The penetration from Precision is much more useful.


Resolve

In certain matchups, having the reduced Summoner Spell CD from Insight is immensely valuable. Most top-laners take this mastery and being able to match their Flash CD can be very important. Additionally, it allows you to play more aggressively as your Summoner CDs are shorter. However, we never put more than 12 points into this tree.

Quinn is a squishy champion who doesn't really buy a lot of armour or magic resist. Therefore the bonus % armour and MR from Unyielding is less useful than the HP recovery you get from Recovery

Quinn already has all the OOC MS she needs from her ultimate and her aggresive playstyle means that she is rarely farming near her own tower. Therefore the best mastery to take here is Tough Skin .

Veteran's Scars will give you a bit more HP, which could be quite significant in the first few levels. It is more effective and reliable than the increased shield and health restoring effects you get from Runic Armor .

If you are not getting Insight here, then you shouldn't be going into the Resolve tree in the first place. The Summoner Spell CD reduction from Insight is the main reason to go into the Resolve tree, so the choice here should be pretty obvious.


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Abilities

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Passive: Harrier

Valor periodically marks an enemy. Using a basic attack consumes the mark, dealing bonus physical damage.



Valor marks an enemy as Vulnerable for four seconds. If you attack the Vulnerable enemy you will deal bonus physical damage. Enemies hit by Vault or the primary enemy hit by Blinding Assault will also be marked as Vulnerable. Harrier is disabled during Behind Enemy Lines ( Quinn's ultimate) and for 8 seconds after the mark ends. This cooldown is reduced by critical strike chance.


Tips n' Tricks
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Q: Blinding Assault

Quinn commands Valor to fly forward in a line, stopping at the first enemy hit and marking them as Vulnerable whilst also dealing AoE damage. If the first enemy hit is a Champion, Valor applies Nearsight, significantly reducing their vision range for 1.5 seconds. If the first enemy struck is a monster, it cannot attack for two seconds.

This is a skill-shot that might decide the outcome of a duel or skirmish. It is the ability you should max first (apart from your ultimate). It scales with your AD and deals a nice chunk of damage. The damage is dealt as an AoE but only the first enemy hit is marked and in the case of a champion, given Nearsight (if it's a jungle monster, it will be unable to attack for two seconds). Nearsight removes allied vision and reduces their vision radius to 300 for 1.5 seconds. This basically means that unless you're standing right next to them, they won't be able to see you. This allows Quinn to duel certain champions and for some cool outplays and even jukes.

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W: Heightened Senses

Passive: Attacking a Vulnerable target increases Quinn's Movement Speed and Attack Speed for 2 seconds.
Active: Valor reveals the surrounding area for 2 seconds.



This ability is good for scouting in many situations, such as when you’re expecting a gank, invading the enemy jungle or contesting dragon/baron. Note that enemies can see the spell effect of Heightened Senses's active portion, even if they do not have vision of you. It has a rather long cooldown, so think carefully before using this ability. The MS and AS steroid you get from proccing Harrier is excellent, giving you extra DPS and allowing you to kite or chase effectively.

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E: Vault

Quinn dashes to an enemy, dealing physical damage, slowing them by 50% which decays over 2 seconds, knocking them up for 0.25 seconds and marking them as Vulnerable. Upon reaching the target she jumps off and lands near her maximum attack range away from the target.

This is arguably one of the most fun abilities in the game. There are lots of things that it can be used for (look in the Spoiler). Vault can be used to cross small patches of terrain, dodge abilites, dodge skillshots or even interrupt dashes. Check out the 'Advanced Tactics' chapter for more information.

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R: Behind Enemy Lines

After channeling for 2 seconds, Quinn calls upon Valor to assist her. Together they gain bonus Movement Speed equal to up to 130% of their TOTAL Movement Speed. If Quinn takes damage while channeling, the ability is put on a 3 second cooldown. Taking damage from Turrets, Monsters or Champions will cancel the ult, whereas all other forms of damage will slow Quinn and Valor temporarily. Reactivating this ability or using any sort of attack will also cancel the effect. When Behind Enemy Lines is cancelled, Skystrike activates and deals 100% of Quinn's AD in an area around her.

This is another ability that is super fun! This ability defines Quinn and makes her who she is: a unique and fun Champion! You should always put a point into this when you can. Valor arrives, picks Quinn up and and flies her around. You can achieve amazing speeds with this ability, because it takes your TOTAL Movement Speed and multiplies it. This ability has no cooldown unless the channel was interrupted. In this case, it goes on a 3-second cooldown. Taking Turret/Champion/Monster damage, reactivating the ability or using any sort of attack will cancel the ult and perform Skystrike, which deals damage in an AoE. Taking Minion damage while in ult will temporarily slow you instead.

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Combos

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Below you will find some common combos that you might use. Keep in mind that these are not set in stones and different situations will not only require different combos, but they will also need to be modified and changed to suit the current situation. This might mean adding more auto-attacks, doing less auto-attacks, saving certain abilities for later etc.

Lane Harass
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This is a typical combo that you might use in lane to harass your opponent. You start by auto-attacking the enemy to proc your passive Harrier mark. The enemy will usually then try to back away to avoid further harass. You use your Vault to close the distance between you and jump over any minions which might be in the way. You then once again proc Harrier. Now that there are no minions in the way, you can use Blinding Assault and proc the final Harrier mark. Here is a video of this combo in action.

In the above example I use Vault before Blinding Assault. This is because using Vault first allows me to 'jump over' any minions which might be in the way. Then I have a clear shot for Blinding Assault. However, in cases where the enemy might retaliate rather than retreat (for example a Yasuo or Riven), it is sometimes better to use Blinding Assault first and hold on to our Vault so we can use it as a dis-engage or a dash cancel. Finally, you can add some more auto-attacks in between Harrier marks or at the end of the combo for more damage.
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Maximum DPS
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This combo is designed to get the maximum possible DPS it can. You begin the combo by using an AA whilst ulting. This will cancel your ult and perform Skystrike. Your passive Harrier will show up and you proc it with another AA. Now you have a choice. For truly max. DPS, you carry on auto-attacking for 2 more seconds (in order to use the AS steroid from our W passive). However, you can skip the extra auto's and go straight into Blinding Assault. This will once again activate Harrier and once again you have to make a choice about how many AA you want to include. Next, use Vault and for the third time proc Harrier.

This combo should only be used against tanky enemies. It uses all three Harrier marks in order to increase the damage output. You can adjust this combo by adding or removing auto's after procing your Harrier marks.
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Assasination Combo
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This combo is the one you will probably use when assassinating people who are alone (for example the enemy ADC). You begin the combo by using Blinding Assault out of your ultimate. This will cancel your ult and perform Skystrike as well as applying Harrier to the enemy. You proceed by consuming the Harrier mark. Next you Vault and once again proc the subsequent Harrier mark. If for some strange reason the enemy is still alive (they have GA or Sterak's for example) then you can also proc your passive Harrier in order to finish them off.

You can wait a bit before using Vault to see if the enemy uses Flash or some sort of dash; if they do, you can then Vault to keep chasing. Alternatively, you can swap Vault and Blinding Assault: generally this is not a good idea, but sometimes Vaulting first is necessary (for example there is a huge minion wave in the way and if you tried going around it, the enemy could escape).
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Burst Combo
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This combo should only be used when far ahead of your enemy and only against squishies. It is also good when you want to minimise your assassination time (either the target is very dangerous or the enemy team is close by). You begin by using your Vault straight out of your ultimate. Usually this is a bad thing to do, but in this instance we are so fed that we can be a bit reckless. Using Vault will cancel your ultimate, perform Skystrike and apply Harrier to the enemy. We don't proc the mark (you could if you want to, it's optional) and instead use our Blinding Assault. If the enemy is still alive, just proc the subsequent Harrier mark to finish them off. DO NOT attempt this combo against tankier enemies.


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Items

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Below you fill find various items that Quinn commonly buys. If an item is not listed on here, it is either too situational or simply not good. For information on what items should be brought together aka 'Builds', look at the top of the guide or at the section underneath this one. The combination if items you build is very important: some items are better brought early, some better late, some have good synergy whilst other's don't.

Starting Items

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Doran's Blade is the optimal starting item for Quinn. It gives you a bit of health and AD as well as 3% life steal. This will help you with early trades and with sustain.

Long Sword is an alternative starting item. It gives a bit more AD then Doran's Blade but less HP and sustain. However, it builds into a lot of useful items, resulting in a quicker power-spike.

Refillable Potion can be taken alongside Long Sword for extra sustain in the laning phase.

Hunter's Machete is the optimal starting item for Jungle Quinn. The 10% lifesteal it provides you is more beneficial than the mana regen and slower heal from Hunter's Talisman. It gives us a healthy first clear.

Health Potion is your main source of sustain. Take as many of these at the start of the game as you can. You can also buy more when you back, especially if you're losing lane or against a tough opponent (or having a tough time in the jungle).

Warding Totem is the recommended trinket. It will give you an early warning of any incoming ganks and it provides your team with vision of the enemy and their movement around the map. However, you can swap this out for one of the other trinkets later on in the game depending on preference.


Core/Damage Items
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Blade of the Ruined King is a good first item as it provides a mix of useful stats such as AD, AS and lifesteal in addition to having a good build path. It is typically built first in DPS-focused builds. The early lifesteal is really useful in lane, providing a ton of sustain in combination with Doran's Blade and masteries. It's active is helpful when chasing/escaping and it's passive adds more damage against high-HP enemies.

Youmuu's Ghostblade is a great first item due to its cheap price and nice build path. It offers you a good mix of AD and Lethality, which combine together to give you decent burst. The 10% CDR is also useful and probably all the CDR you will need. What separates this item from the lethality items is its active (as well as its price), which allows for chasing, running, dodging skillshots and easier kiting.

Duskblade of Draktharr provides the best burst out of the three lethality items: despite offering less lethality than Youmuu's Ghostblade, its passive does a lot of damage and it has a bit more AD. Duskblade can work on its own, but it works best when combined with other lethality items and/or lethality runes due to its passive scaling with lethality. It also offers some OOC MS. It's second passive, Blackout, is also extremely useful, helping your roams and giving you powerful vision control.

Edge of Night is the third and final lethality item. Just like its siblings, it gives a good amount of AD and lethality (and therefore burst). However, it also gives you 35 MR and a spell-shield active. This makes it a great item against AP champions with CC or heavy damage abilities. It allows you to assassinate people without being CC'ed straight away, for example a Lux. It's also very slot effective as you get good damage and burst as well as the 'defensive' stats and passive from one item.

Infinity Edge is only strong when combined with crit and AS. If you have IE and a Zeal item, your damage increases significantly. You will have 50% crit and increased damage on crits, as well as decent AD and good AS. This is why IE is a 'must-have' item in builds that also include a Zeal item. It gives you a powerful boost in your damage output.

Essence Reaver is only really taken in the Crit build, as it doesn't really fit into other builds. The mana regen is kinda bad but the rest of the stats are good: a hefty 70 AD, 20% Crit and up to 30% CDR! Having this much CDR will put Harrier on a very low cooldown, which results in more frequent Harrier marks. More Harrier marks means more damage as well as more uptime on the MS and AS steroid from proccing them. This results in a quite a large increase in DPS and synergises well with the DPS nature of the Crit Build.

Skirmisher's Sabre is the best jungle item to take. Stalker's Blade and Tracker's Knife are both decent and can be taken based on preference, but Skirmisher's is overall better, as Quinn really benefits from its dueling potential.

Warrior is the best choice. It offers good early game damage which can then be used to snowball. The other enchantments don't fit Quinn's playstyle.


Attack Speed Items
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Statikk Shiv is your default Zeal item. Take it if you want additional burst as well as waveclear (for more efficient splitpushing) from its passive. This item is very cheap and provides some good stats. It has good synergy with IE.

Phantom Dancer is the alternative to Shiv. Take this if you're going to be duelling people a lot, if the enemy has a lot of mobility (like Yasuo) or if you prefer a DPS-orientated playstyle/build. The extra movement speed and no unit collision make this great for kiting and chasing people whilst the damage reduction helps to win duels. The extra AS and kiting ability means this item is great for DPS builds. It also has great synergy with IE.

Rapid Firecannon is an AS item that is only really viable in the Triple Lethality build. Out of the three Zeal items, RFC works best without a complimentary IE. This makes it more suited for the 3xLethality build than the other Zeal items. Apart from being cheap, It fills the gap in our AS whilst providing additional burst. The extra range you gain also has it's uses, while it's passive helps with sieging towers.

Trinity Force is a situational AS item that is used in the Triple Lethality build. It is an alternate to RFC. Like RFC, Triforce doesn't need IE to be effective and can act as a standalone item. Triforce is quite expensive but it offers some nice stats. It provides much-needed AS in the Triple Lethality build whilst adding onto our burst with the Spellblade passive. It also gives us a mix of other stats like AD, CDR and HP (plus some mana and MS).


Boots
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Berserker's Greaves are your default and optimal boots. The extra AS will increase your damage output. These boots can be taken in any situation and can be taken instead of any of the other 3, as they will always be useful.

Ninja Tabi could be taken when against a team that is very reliant on auto attacks, for example Master Yi or Fiora.

Mercury's Treads could be taken when the enemy team has lots of heavy CC such as Morgana or Leona.

Boots of Swiftness can be taken when there are a lot of slows on the enemy team.


Lifesteal Items
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Bloodthirster is the best lifesteal item for DPS builds due to it's large lifesteal and the shield. The shield itself is pretty neat, but the main advantages of this item over the others is the 20% lifesteal and the 75 AD. BT isn't as good for assassin builds as you won't be AAing as much.

Mercurial Scimitar is another lifesteal option. Although it only gives 10% lifesteal, it also gives you 35 MR and great active. The active is the main reason you might want to take this item, especially if the enemy team has a lot of CC or some CC whist must be avoided at all costs.

Death's Dance is the final lifesteal option. It has the best build path out of the three and is also the cheapest (but not by much). DD gives the same AD as BT but less lifesteal. However, it also has 10% CDR which is always nice and the bleed effect increases Quinn's duelling potential (which is why DD works great with PD).


Anti-Tank Items
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Lord Dominik's Regards is your default item against tanks. We usually get this item 5th or 6th (since it penetrates bonus armor). It helps us to take down the enemy frontline.

Mortal Reminder is an alternative to LDR. We take it when the enemy has a lot of health regen, for example a Vladimir or a Swain. Usually you want to pick up Executioner's Calling earlier in the game and then upgrade to Mortal Reminder in the late game.

Black Cleaver is the third option when it comes to dealing with tanks. The main differences between BC and a LW item is that BC needs to be stacked first, it works on total armor rather than bonus armor and that it offers armor reduction rather than armor penetration. This means it takes a bit longer to get going (especially if there are multiple tanks) but it also means that it's also somewhat effective against squishies and that the rest of the team can also benefit from its armor reduction. Apart from this, BC offers good AD and 20% CDR which is quite a bit. The HP makes you a bit more tanky and the passive helps with kiting tanks. This item work really well with AS and Fervor.


Defensive Items
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Guardian Angel is a very good defensive item against AD. It is very cheap and gives both armor and AD, so it has some offensive power too. Additionally, it's passive is immensely useful. It will stop assassins from bursting you down and it also stops you from getting focused in teamfights (or gives you a second chance if you do get focused). However, it is important that you use the passive correctly: your positioning in fights must be so that if you die, your team is close by to help out. A drawback of GA is that the passive has a 5 min CD. This item is best against assassins with long CDs and in teamfights.

Maw of Malmortius gives decent MR, good AD, a bit of CDR and a nice passive. The passive shield scales with bonus MR, so Maw goes well with Mercurial Scimitar and Edge of Night. Take this if you are against an AP-heavy team or against AP assassins and you prefer the shorter CD.

Sterak's Gage is another good defensive choice. Although the shield isn't as good as the revive from GA, it is still fairly good at keeping you alive. The shield also scales with HP, so this item goes well with The Black Cleaver. The passive also has a much shorter CD than GA's passive and Sterak's also gives you some AD, whilst GA is purely defensive. This item is better than GA if your going to need the shield often or if your going to be splitpushing a lot.


Builds

First things first: you should NOT be building exactly the same thing every single game. Just because we suggested a full build doesn't make that the best build. Instead, you should adapt your build based on what the enemy is building. For example, if the enemy team has lots of AP then you might want to consider taking Mercurial Scimitar instead of The Bloodthirster as your lifesteal item.

Second thing, you should always include either some lifesteal or a defensive item in your builds. If you build pure damage with no defense or lifesteal at all, you will find that you die very quickly. Quinn has a low AA range and is fairly squishy: she needs some form of defense!

At the top of the guide we have provided you with several different builds. Each of these builds has their own strengths and weaknesses and each of them fill a different role or playstyle. Below I will explain each build.
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Lethality-Crit Build (Top/Mid)
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This build can work with both Thunderlord's Decree or Stormraider's Surge . You can use any of the suggested rune pages. You can max both Vault or Heightened Senses after Blinding Assault. This build has a good early game, a good mid game and a good late game. It offers a good mixture of burst and sustained DPS. It is best against squishy teams but it can also deal with offtanks.

Your first item is either Youmuu's Ghostblade, Duskblade of Draktharr or Edge of Night. The mixture of AD and lethality provides Quinn with a very strong early game and make CSing easier. Lethality items also have very good actives and passives. If you want you can take two lethality items; this gives you more burst and mid game power but delays your DPS. After our core items we want a source of AS which in this build is provided by a Zeal item (either Shiv or PD). Zeal items also provides us with Crit and their own respective passives. Now we have both AD and AS, which increases our damage. You can take any viable boots with this build. Since we have a Zeal item, we also want to get IE at some point in our build as it synergises well with Zeal items and it will multiply our damage. We have two (or one if you took two lethality items before) item slots left, which we save for situational items. There are three types of situational items we could get: lifesteal items, defensive items and Anti-Tank items. You will need to pick two of these categories. Usually you will take a lifesteal item and finish the build off with an Anti-Tank item, but it depends on your situation. You can also pick up a second lethality item if you only took one before. Once you are full build, you can sell your first lethality item and get either Essence Reaver or Phantom Dancer if you want a more late-game DPS build. Additionally, or alternatively, you can sell your boots and get a second Zeal item.INVISIBLE TEXT
Triple Lethality (Top/Mid)
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This build can work with both Thunderlord's Decree and Stormraider's Surge . You can use any of the suggested rune pages for your runes. Max Vault after Blinding Assault. It has a good early game, a very strong mid game and a good late game. This build is really strong against squishy teams with no more than one tank. It has a huge amount of burst, but very little sustained damage. It is best used by 'Assassin' Quinns.

This build also starts with a lethality item. However, we don't get an AS item second; instead, we buy the other two lethality items. Buying all three lethality items will give us a large amount of AD and lethality, which gives us a lot of burst. Each lethality item also has a very good active and passive, all of which aid us in assassinating the enemy. A Quinn with Triple Lethality is a very strong assassin, with both the damage and the tools necessary to take out the target. This build lacks AS so taking Berserker's Greaves as your boots is recommended. After completing your lethality core, you can buy situationally. You could take an AS item such as Rapid Firecannon or Trinity Force, which will round out your build with AS. If you do not get an AS item, then lifesteal items will be less efficient with this build, as it is not designed for sustained damage; however, if you got one of the aforementioned AS items then getting a lifesteal item such as Mercurial Scimitar is an option. Your other options are a defensive item (which will help survive assassinations) or an Anti-Tank item (which will help deal with tanks slightly, particularly if you got an AS item too).
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Anti-Tank Build (Top)
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This build only works with Fervor of Battle . The runes for this build are AS-AD. Max Heightened Senses after Blinding Assault. This build has a good early game, a good mid game and a strong late game. It is designed to maximise our effectiveness against multiple tanks and supertanks such as Poppy or Malphite. If offers good sustained DPS but not a lot of burst. It has a 'DPS' Quinn playstyle associated with it.

Blade of the Ruined King is our first item in our build. It provides us with a good mix of AD and AS, as well as lifesteal which is really great both in lane and in the mid/late game. it's passive will help us deal with tanks. For boots get Berserker's Greaves for additional AS to stack Fervor and more passive damage from BotRK. Then we build a %ArPen item in order to be able to kill tanks effective. Lord Dominik's Regards, Mortal Reminder and The Black Cleaver are all possible options. After our %ArPen item we build Phantom Dancer for even more AS as well as Crit and kiting. Typically Quinn only gets one AS item, as that is usually enough to satisfy her needs. However, this build synergises really well with AS due to Fervor and BotRK (and BC is you decide to get it) and its sustained DPS playstyle. This is why the build contains two AS items (excluding boots). After we have completed our Zeal item, we get IE which will provide a big boost in our damage. We finish the build with either another lifesteal item or with a defensive item.
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Crit Build (ADC/Top)
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This build works with all three Keystones, but Fervor of Battle is best. The recommended runes for this build are AS-AD runes. Max Heightened Senses after Blinding Assault. The Crit Build has a good early game, a good mid game and an excellent late game. It can be taken against any type of enemy. It provides us with huge sustained damage but a a poor burst. It uses a 'DPS' playstyle.

Our first item is Blade of the Ruined King, which provides us with all the stats we need in the early game and more; we get AS, AD and lifesteal! For our boots we take Berserker's Greaves. Next we want to build a Zeal item for its AS and Crit (either Statikk Shiv or Phantom Dancer). Afterwards we build IE to boost our damage. After we have completed these core items, we build situationally. If we are ahead in gold, we can afford to buy Essence Reaver which will give us a huge boost in our damage: you will have 70% Crit (which decreases your Harrier cooldown, which results in more uptime on your steroid and therefore more MS and AS), increased damage on your Crit, a ton of AS and a lot of AD as well as CDR AND lifesteal + BotRK passive + other useful passives and actives. This gives you a huge amount of sustained damage. However, ER is an expensive item and getting it might not be an option (until later at least). The other categories for situational items are: defensive lifesteal and Anti-Tank. Since we already have lifesteal from BotRK, it is less important. Usually an Anti-Tank item like Lord Dominik's Regards is a good choice. Finally late game you can sell boots and get a second Zeal item or ER.

Why a different build for botlane? Some people prefer to use the Lethality-Crit or Triple Lethality Builds instead of the Crit Build. However, botlane is a 2v2 and Quinn's kill potential in a 2v2 is lower than in a solo lane. Therefore, taking lethality as a first item is less beneficial as we can't really abuse it's early game power. Additionally, roaming as an ADC is more risky as you miss out on a lot of CS and risk your tower more (the enemy ADC can push the wave quickly). Therefore, the Crit Build focuses less on early game power - which we can't abuse properly as ADC Quinn - and instead aims to provide us the best mid/late game sustained damage. This fits in with our role as ADC.

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Warrior-Crit (Jungle)
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This build can work with both Thunderlord's Decree and Stormraider's Surge . The recommended runes for this build are AS-AD. This build has a good early game, a good mid game and a good late game. It works against any team. It is an adaptation of the Lethality-Crit build for the jungle. It is really cheap but packs a punch.

Our first item will be our Jungler item. Skirmisher's Sabre is the best choice, although others can be taken depending on preference. We take Enchantment: Warrior for the AD; the other enchantments don't really work with Quinn. Our Jungler item is our source of early game power and AD. After it we get a Zeal item for AS: both Statikk Shiv and Phantom Dancer are good options. Pick any of the viable boots as they all work with this build. Since we have a Zeal item, we also want to get IE at some point in our build as it synergises well with Zeal items and it will multiply our damage. We have two item slots left, which we save for situational items. There are three types of situational items we could get: lifesteal items, defensive items and Anti-Tank items. You will need to pick two of these categories. Usually you will take a lifesteal item and finish the build off with an Anti-Tank item, but it depends on your situation. Once you are full build, you can sell boots and get a second Zeal item.
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Warrior-NotCrit (Jungle)
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This build can work with both Thunderlord's Decree and Stormraider's Surge . The recommended runes for this build are AS-AD. This build has a good early game, a good mid game and an OKlate game. It provides you with some initial burst due to the lethality item but then mostly focuses on follow-up damage in the form of BotRK and Cleaver. It works best against squishy teams with one or no tanks. It uses a hybrid playstyle.

Our first item is once again Skirmisher's Sabre - Warrior. After that we get a lethality item as it is a good powerspike and provides us with burst and utility in the form of their passives/actives. For boots, Berserker's Greaves are recommended as standard. After that you have a choice. You can either go straight into your AS item, which in this case is Blade of the Ruined King or you can get The Black Cleaver first and then build BotRK. If you build BC first, you will be delaying your AS item. However, BC provides HP and CDR which make you more slippery. It's passive will also help with dealing with tanks. If you didn't get BC before BotRK you can do so after, or choose a different item if the situation calls for it. A lifesteal item is usually not necessarily in this build as BotRK already provides lifesteal, but it is an option.


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Early Game

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Below you will find an example of how you might act in the game. The important thing to remember here is that this is just an example! Not one game will be the same as another and therefore your actions will also differ. How you play your lane/jungle will depend on many factors such as your/enemy team composition, lane opponent, how confident you are with the champion and many, many others. So take the following as a general guideline and as always, adapt it to your current situation! If you're new to Quinn, or if you're not confident about how to play against the enemy laner, or even if the enemy laner has a good early game, then you're obviously are going to have to adapt to that and probably play a bit safer than normal. If you want the information quick and dirty, read the summary at the end of each section.
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The early game is when most of the laners stay in their lane. Once people start going to other lanes and taking objectives such as towers or dragon, then the early game is over.

Top


As Quinn top, you will frequently be up against a melee champion. This gives you an advantage: not only can you farm your creeps from a safe distance, but you can also harass the enemy without putting too much at risk. However, there are two important things to note here:
  • You must balance harassing the enemy with farming. If you just farm, then you are wasting your advantage. If you harass too much, you will miss out on CS and put yourself at a disadvantage. Striking a good balance is critical!
  • Attacking the enemy will draw minion aggro onto you (the enemy minions will start attacking you instead of your minions). Minion aggro hurts and early game it can even kill you. After harassing the enemy, walk into a bush. Because the enemy minions lose sight of you, they'll go back to attacking your minions and you'll lose the aggro.
A good strategy is to wait in the top-lane bushes until the enemy laner comes. You walk out of the bush, proc Harrier, then E/Q (depending on which you got first) and then proc the second Harrier. Quinn's level 1 is really strong and by doing this, you can get the enemy laner to half HP straight away. This combo is even more powerful if you have TLD. Here is an example of Quinn's level one power. Getting to level two before your opponent is also a huge advantage. You will now have access to two abilities ( Blinding Assault and Vault) and three potential Harrier marks. You should try to harass and possibly even secure a kill during this period. However, be careful because some champions also have a strong level two.

Before level 6, you want to farm, harass and eventually kill the enemy. However, once you reach level 6 and unlock your ultimate, your objectives change. Quinn has a non-combat ultimate. Apart from getting to lane quicker, your ult will be pretty much useless in lane. So...don't stay in lane! Behind Enemy Lines is designed to be used for roaming. So use it! Because roaming is so important, there is a whole chapter dedicated to it below. Go there to find out about roaming.

To summarize:
  • Use your level one to poke down the enemy.
  • Try to get level two first and then use that advantage to get some good damage off on the enemy or even secure a kill
  • Focus on farming and harassing the enemy
  • If they are low from your harass, go for the kill
  • Once you get your ultimate, roam!

Mid

As before use your strong level one to get some poke down and try to get level two before your opponent and then use that level gap to your advantage. Harassing the enemy isn't as important as it is in top lane because most mid-laners are ranged too, so you don't have that advantage over them. Additionally, mid-lane matchups are typically a lot harder than top-lane, so you have to be more careful. That being said, you still want to trade with the enemy in favourable situations. In the early game as Quinn mid, you want to focus on farming and a bit of harass. However, most of the time you want to focus on getting your ultimate as quickly as possible. The best reason for going mid is that you are in the center of the map and you can therefore roam to both top-lane and bot-lane. You can also help your Jungler invade both sides of the jungle. Roaming is of the utmost importance when playing Quinn mid and it should be your main objective. For more information on roaming, look at the chapter below, which is dedicated to it. Whilst roaming is the name of the game when mid, don't forget about keeping your CS up! It's a common mistakes that Quinn players make. Finally, try to defend your tower as best as you can. Mid tower is an important objective and since most mid-laners have good waveclear, you need to be careful not to give up your tower too easily.

To summarize:
  • Use your level one to poke down the enemy.
  • Try to get level two first and then abuse that advantage.
  • Farm and get some harass on the enemy if you can.
  • Once you get your ultimate, roam like crazy!
  • Don't neglect CSing and don't give up your tower too easily!

ADC

With most matchups, Quinn actually has the ability to bully early. The damage from Harrier marks can out-DPS a lot of other marksman. This should allow you to get a lead, which you can then transfer into a continued steamroll. This is why it's important to try and get level two first: it provides a great opportunity to get first blood and snowball from there. In lane, it is essential that you land your Blinding Assault on the enemy ADC in order to win trades: missing Q means no damage, no blind and no Harrier. If you don't manage to get kills early game, you can still make an impact mid/late game if you keep up with farm. A late-game Crit Quinn is very powerful. Crit Quinn takes longer to reach her potential, but once she does reach it, she can do incredible amounts of damage. However, without the expensive items Crit Quinn needs, you are weak and won't be able to help your team win. Hence farming up on Quinn botlane is more important than roaming and getting early kills. You can still roam (especially if you have a roaming support) but just make sure that you don't lose too much CS when you do. You also have to take into account what kind of support you have and what kind of support the enemy has; some supports are aggressive and good for engaging whilst others may be more passive.

To summarize:
  • Try to get level two first.
  • Adapt your playstyle to suit the supports.
  • Use your Harrier marks to out-damage the enemy and get an early lead, which allows you to snowball.
  • Hitting your Blinding Assault when trading is the key to winning trades.
  • Make sure you keep up in terms of CS.
  • ADC Crit Quinn is very strong mid/late game when she has her items, but if she doesn't have them and she falls behind, you will find it difficult to make an impact, let alone catch up and complete your build.

Jungle

As the Jungler, you will either want to start wherever your bot-lane is for the best possible leash or blue (the mana-regen from blue buff is really helpful. Additionally, wolves and gromp and are lot easier to take then raptors and krugs). In what order you take the camps is based on how well you can kite, on what the game situation is like and your own preferences. Therefore, we cannot provide you with any jungle routes: just experiment and see what works for you! When clearing camps, it is essential that you kite the monsters. Some monsters are easier to kite than others. Try to keep out of their range but be careful not to stray too far away; if the patience bar drops to 0, the monster will quickly regain health and walk back to its camp. Use Blinding Assault to blind the big monster. You can also use Vault to stop it for a second and create distance. Here is an example of how you should be clearing camps.

Quinn has a very strong early game; if you can, try to gank before level 6. Look for people who are pushed up or low on health. An early gank like this will usually result in a kill or a Flash. If the enemy is playing safe, you could consider invading the enemy's jungle, but it really depends on who the enemy jungler is. If no opportunities present themselves, just farm until you get level 6.

After getting level 6, your ganks become a lot easier. Just fly into any lane and the enemies are guaranteed to Flash as soon as they see Valor flying at them. However, make sure you also keep up your farm. When ganking, consider what abilities the enemy has, whether they have summoners spells available, if the bushes are warded etc. Read the roaming section, as roaming and ganking are very similar.

To summarize:
  • Start with your bot-lane or blue buff.
  • Kite the monsters but don't let the patience bar drop to 0!
  • Use Krug passive, Q blind and your E to help you clear camps easier.
  • Try to use your early game power in an early gank or invade.
  • Farm until 6 and unlock your ultimate; ganks will now be quite easy.


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Mid Game

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In the mid game, people leave their lane to go take objectives such as dragon or towers. This is also the stage in the game where team-fighting and small skirmishes take place. In the mid game, you have two options: Team-fighting(/Skirmishing) and Split-pushing. You should be doing a mixture of both with rotations in between, but the balance between the two may change depending on your game situation. The most important goal of the midlane is to transfer your early lead into objectives. If your team has had a bad start, the mid game is also your chance to make a comeback.

Split-pushing


Split-pushing is when you go to a lane and push the enemy minion wave. This usually happens whilst everyone else is engaged somewhere else. Quinn is a great split-pusher. She can easily clear waves with Blinding Assault (and Statikk Shiv if you got it). Quinn's abilities make her a good duelist, which is helpful in case you run into an enemy champion. Finally, her ultimate allows her to travel around the map quickly, so you can apply a lot of pressure. One second you may be pushing top-lane, the next you're back with your team. Split-pushing keeps your towers safe (even if the enemy team aces you, if all the lanes are pushed up, the enemy team won't be able to take down many towers), denies the enemy farm (because you are pushing your minions towards the enemy tower, which will kill them), gives you money (from killing enemy minions) and gives your team objectives as well as global gold (from destroying towers). However, split-pushing isn't always the best option. There's no point pushing top-lane if the enemy team is taking down your Nexus towers. If you're going to split-push, make sure your team is capable of defending 4v5. Also, if you're ADC, keep in mind that your team depends on you to, well, be the ADC. You are the one who is supposed to stay at the back and deal out damage. If you're not there in team-fights, your team might lose them (and then flame you for it). Think carefully before going to split-push. And always ward the area around the lane you are pushing. This gives you just enough time to channel your ult and escape. Here is a pretty good video on splitpushing.

Team-fighting

Team-fighting is...well, fighting with your team...duh! If split-pushing isn't an option, than team-fighting is what you should be doing. It allows your team to get kills as well as objectives. That last bit is really important; there should always be a Baron, tower or dragon at the end of a team-fight (assuming you won it). It is objectives that win games, not kills. This is why it is crucial to keep your lanes pushed up: once you ace the enemy, you will be in a great position to take down several towers. However, Quinn's team-fighting isn't that great. You have two options in team-fights. You can either try to use your ult to flank the enemy and burst down a squishy. Or, you can stay at the back of your team, protecting your carries and dealing out damage (this is especially important if you are the carry). It is essential that you land your Q in team-fights, as it is the only ability that also benefits your team (apart from W, but that isn't a combat ability). If you manage to land your Q on the enemy ADC during a fight, then it is a great opportunity to take them out. Also make sure you focus the correct person in team-fights. There's no point in attacking the 4000 HP Dr. Mundo if the enemy Jinx is standing behind him, shooting rockets in your face. Bad focus in team-fights is one of the most common reasons for losing them.

Both options, if successful, should result in you taking objectives. If things go well, you might even be able to end the game at this point (for example, if your team has built up a large lead and has taken down multiple objectives). If not, however, then prepare yourself for the late game.

To summarize:
  • In the mid game, you will either be doing a mixture of split-pushing and team-fighting with rotations in between.
  • There are times where split-pushing is better, but there are also times when team-fighting is the way to go. You must decide what balance of the two to aim for.
  • Make sure you use wards when split-pushing.
  • In team-fights, either assassinate their carries or stay in the back and deal damage.
  • After team-fights look to take objectives!


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Late Game

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Late game is usually somewhere around 40 minutes and onward. Some games will end before you get to the late game, but not all. At this point in the game you will be approaching full build. You should have taken down several towers and dragons, maybe even a Baron. This is the point in the game where you should be actively looking to take down the Nexus and finish the game. However, if you're behind, it's best to defend against the enemy and wait for them to make a mistake or for someone to get caught out. This presents an opportunity to get objectives and perhaps even end the game. Remember, the longer the game goes on, the longer the death timers get. Being able to catch their ADC out of position might result in 50 seconds of 4v5, which could then lead to an ace. If this happens, you have about 50 seconds to end the game, which is plenty of time. While waiting for an opportunity, stick together and don't stray too far away on your own, as you will be an easy pick for the fed enemy team.

On the other hand, you want to avoid this situation when your team is ahead of the enemy team. Make sure you are not caught out of position yourself. A silly mistake might be the end of the game for you and your team. Instead, you want to focus on sieging towers. Your team is ahead, so unless you have a poor team-fighting composition, you should win team-fights. If the enemy has a lot of wave-clear and you are finding sieging hard, take Baron. Contesting it will be a risky move for the enemy team. However, you are also at risk of Baron being stolen from you, so always try to take it when the enemy is defending or dead. Baron is a great way to close down the game.

If both teams are about the same in terms of strength, then you have to wait for an opportunity. If you don't make mistakes, you can't lose. But in order to win, you have to use the mistakes of your enemies (Sun Tzu's Art of War).

To summarize:
  • If behind, defend and look for opportunities created by the enemy making mistakes. Keep your lanes pushed up and look for picks (e.g. the enemy ADC is farming your jungle alone). Catch someone out of position, fight 4v5 and then end the game.
  • If ahead, siege towers, take Baron or look for picks (which should be easy as you should be in control of the map). Don't make stupid mistakes.
  • If equal in power, ensure you don't make silly mistakes whilst waiting for the enemy to make one.


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Roaming

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Roaming is a huge part of Quinn's playstyle. It is important that you know when and how to roam.

First of all, why do we roam? Is roaming necessary? Well, yes it is! Quinn has a non-combat ultimate. It won't help you win lane. In fact, it's pretty much useless in lane. So... don't stay in lane! If you do, you will be wasting the immense map pressure your ultimate gives you. As Quinn you need to roam! But what is the point of roaming? Well, roaming is how you win the game. Winning lane is great, but it won't win you the game. Roaming will. Why win just your own lane, when you could be winning all three?! By roaming you take the advantage you got by winning your own lane and spread it to the other lanes. This ensures that your whole team gets ahead, not just you. You can help your teammates out, get kills for your team and take objectives.

There are several things you should do and consider before roaming. First of all, make sure your minion wave is pushed up. This ensures that you lose the smallest number of CS possible and that the enemy laner cannot follow you; if they do, they will lose CS themselves. There is no point in roaming when the enemy laner is taking down your tower.
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Secondly, analyse the situation. Let's pretend your top and you want to roam to mid. Your mid-laner is Ahri, theirs is a Zed. Consider the following: Is Zed pushed up? Has he warded? Does he have ult? Does he have Flash? Has he used his shadow already or could he use it to escape the potential gank? What about Ahri, does she have ult? Has she used her Charm yet? And what about the enemy jungler? Is s/he waiting somewhere near, hoping to gank your Ahri? Could the 2v1 suddenly turn into a 2v2? All of these things are important and you should quickly consider them all before roaming.

Artist: Hichiyan The most important thing about roaming is timing. Arriving too early or too late can result in your roam being a failure. If you roam too early, you will have to wait for the correct opportunity. This gives your enemies time to realize you're missing and for the enemy top-laner to clear the wave and follow you. On the other hand, if you roam too late you might miss the opportunity; the enemy Zed might kill your Ahri and escape before you arrive, resulting in you wasting your time.

Think about how the roam will benefit you and your team. There should be a clear goal or objective at the end of your roam, be it a kill (or two), a tower or a dragon. Otherwise your roam will be inefficient and not worthy.

Also, remember that roaming doesn't have to be to other lanes. You can also roam and invade the enemy's jungle. If you ward their buff and you see they are taking it, then consider trying to steal it and perhaps even get a kill. Roaming the enemy jungle also allows you to set up deep wards, which increases your team's safety as you know where the enemy jungler is. However, be wary because if your enemy laner follows you, you might become trapped in their jungle and end up giving them a free kill. Keep track of where all your enemies are when invading. Roaming the enemy jungle is riskier then roaming mid lane, because you're still going to be 1v1'ing someone instead of a 2v1 in mid-lane. Only do it if you're ahead or if you're sure you can get a kill (or ask your Jungler to come with you).

Here is an example of a good roam (credit to whoever made the video):


There are several things to notice in this video. Firstly, the Quinn pushes up the minion wave. This ensures she loses less CS, her tower isn't in danger and also that Riven can't follow Quinn without losing CS herself and risking her own tower. Next, the Quinn moves out of Riven's vision and ults: this ensures that the enemy has no warning of her incoming roam. Whilst on her way to mid, the Nocturne signals that the bush is warded by the enemy Kassadin. They take the longer route and avoid the bush with the ward. They kill the enemy Kassadin and save the Taric from a possible tower-dive from Lee Sin. The video ended there, but their next step would be to take an objective such as dragon or mid tower. The roam was very well executed and followed all the correct steps. This is how you should roam.


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Advanced Tactics

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This chapter will cover some more advanced strategies and tactics that Quinn can use. The first one isn't actually that complicated, so focus on mastering it first; it's a quite important technique!

Dashes and blinks

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This section covers the interaction between Vault and blinks/dashes. First we will look at using Vault to follow blinks and dashes. if you use Vault on someone just before they use a dash or a blink, Quinn will follow the target until she collides with them. This means that you can use Vault to follow the target's dash or blink. This works with any dash or blink, for example Flash, Zed's Living Shadow or Kha'Zix's Leap. This is particularly useful if the enemy goes over a wall, as you will follow them without having to blow Flash. In order to pull this off, you need a bit of prediction, a bit of skill and a bit of luck. Your timing must also be correct; if you do it too early, you might cancel their dash, which we will learn about next (which isn't too bad) but if you do it too late they will be out of range. Here are some examples:
Now, let's look at using Vault to interrupt dashes and negate their damage. This only works against dashes, not against blinks! Being able to reliably cancel dashes can be a huge advantage and can lead to some cool outplays like stopping Lee Sin's Resonating Strike or Pantheon's Aegis of Zeonia. Since Vault knocks the enemy up, it will also interrupt most dashes and sometimes even negate their damage! Once again, this requires a bit of prediction but it's mostly skill and reactions. The timing is once again pretty important. Some dashes are slower and longer range than others and therefore easier to cancel, whilst others are much harder. To cancel a dash, simply use Vault on them as they dash towards you. You will collide with them about halfway, interrupt their dash (sometimes negating the damage) and then vault off. You can also cancel dashes that are away from you, for example stopping a Kha'Zix from using Leap or a Tristana from using Rocket Jump. The idea behind this is a combination of a dash follow and a dash cancel. The important thing is that Quinn most collide with the enemy just after the dash starts; if you do it too early, it will have no effect on the dash whilst if you do it too late, you will either follow the dash or just be out of range. Note that not all dashes can be cancelled. Here is a short compilation of some dash cancels:



Vault-Flash
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The Vault-Flash technique is a bit more complex than cancelling dashes. Although it is rarely used, it can be a live-saver in some situations and allows for some cool plays! Here's how it works. You USE Vault on an enemy and wait until Quinn collides with them and starts to vault off. At that moment, you Flash in a direction of your choice. This sounds simple, but it's a bit harder to carry out. You want to Flash as soon as you hit the enemy; that way your Flash will cover the most distance. If you Flash before Quinn collides with the enemy, Vault will do no damage and you won't knock-up the enemy (but Harrier will still be applied); this is what happens in the second example. Vault-Flash is used to get out of a sticky situation or to cover more distance. Below are two videos of the Vault-Flash in action:


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Common Mistakes

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Here is a list of common mistakes that you should try to avoid whilst playing Quinn!


Don't cancel your auto-attacks, especially right after using Vault. Quinn's auto-attacks are fairly easy to cancel, especially Harrier ones. After Vaulting, wait a fraction of a second before popping the subsequent Harrier mark. This is because it's quite common to accidentally cancel your auto-attack after Vault, which wastes the Harrier mark that is applied to your target (enemies tend to back off when Valor has marked them, so you might not get another auto-attack in before they run away). Additionally, if you auto-attack before the Harrier mark fully forms, the auto won't consume the mark.

Make sure you balance harassing the enemy with maintaining good CS. On one side, you don't want to be missing out on CS and gold, but on the other hand you don't want to play too passive (especially in the top-lane, where your ranged autos are a big advantage over the standard melee top-laner). You have to strike a balance between those two things.

Equally try to maintain a good balance between CSing in lane and roaming. It is very common for Quinn players to spend too much time roaming and therefore fall behind in terms of XP and CS, as well as possible endangering your tower. Your roams should be efficient and hopefully end with an objective being taken.
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Try not to use Vault as an engage, especially from Valor form. Firstly, it makes it easy for the enemy to land skillshots such as Ahri's Charm. Secondly, you might need to use your Vault as a disengage or as a gapcloser. Finally, it's better to use the speed from your ult to close the distance to your enemy and then when they use some kind of dash/disengage, you will still be able to Vault to them and keep on chasing. Here is a good example of why you should wait before using your E.

Save your Vault! It has so many useful applications such as negating dashes and abilities, creating distance, as a pseudo-gapcloser, cancelling channeled abilites and crossing terrain! SAVE IT!

As Quinn, you're generally going to be pushed up to the enemy's tower (especially in top). If this is true, make sure you have wards set up and good vision of the area, because their Jungler is likely to come gank you.

If you get an advantage over your lane opponents, use it! Roam to other lanes and try to get the other lanes fed too (so don't just take all the kills for yourself).

If you land your Blinding Assault, don't waste the blind by staying inside the radius. Use Vault or the speed boost from Harrier to get out of the radius!

Finally, be careful when you use your abilities. In some match-ups its fine to spam them, but in others you want to save them for when the enemy engages (for example saving your Vault when laning against a Riven).


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Matchups

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Below you will find matchups for Quinn. We will be adding more matchups on a weekly basis, so if the matchup you are looking for is not here yet, don't fret! Currently the matchups are in the order we did them, but once we have more of them we will sort them alphabetically.

One thing you will notice is that we haven't given matchups any real difficulty ratings. We feel that these ratings can be ambiguous, misleading and sometimes do more harm then good. Additionally, you will find that we try to refrain from recommending items, keystones and runes . This is very important. When building your items, you should almost never itemise just against your lane opponent. You should always look at the bigger picture. Whilst your lane opponent might affect what items you buy, it should by no means by the sole deciding factor. Itemising is a complicated process where lots of variables come into play. Hence we have decided not to recommend any specific builds for any matchup.


Darius

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Darius is melee. Use your range advantage to harass him and deny him CS as much as possible.

Knowing the range of Darius’ grab and being able to avoid it/bait it out is a huge advantage in this matchup.

Be cautious if he builds Phage / The Black Cleaver. He could use the movement speed from killing a minion to get on top of you.

Getting boots earlier than normal is really helpful, as being able to successfully kite Darius is a big part of winning the lane. The steroid from proccing Harrier is especially useful for this.

If you are having trouble vs Darius you could consider taking Flash & Ghost. However, Ghost is by no means necessary.

If the Darius takes Flash + Ghost and Stormraider's Surge , the matchup becomes trickier (this is where taking Ghost could’ve really helped). Saving your Vault to disengage becomes even more important in this scenario. Try not to push the wave brainlessly as he could pop Ghost and SRS and use the movement speed to outmanoeuvre you. Try to punish him for not taking Teleport by forcing bad back timings and by making plays across the map.

Darius’ TP plays can be quite effective, so be mindful of his Teleport CD when making plays botlane/around dragon.

Save your Vault to disengage after he uses his grab. However, if you are comfortable with the matchup you can still trade with your Vault; just make sure to step a bit backwards after the Vault animation so he can’t grab you whilst you are mid-auto. If he doesn’t attempt to do that, the slow from Vault should be enough to get back into AA range and proc Harrier.

If you time it right you can avoid getting hit by the head of his axe by Vaulting him. Handle hits don’t heal Darius or apply his passive. However, be careful as that leaves you exposed to getting punished by his grab or slow.

Darius’ W, Crippling Strike, increases his auto-attack range and also applies a slow. Be cautious of this, as he could use the slow to reposition in such a way that makes Vaulting off him unfavourable (aka he walks behind you). It also allows him to stack his passive on you easier.

Going into the Resolve tree in order to get the Insight mastery (which reduces your Summoner Spell CD) could be an option. Most top laners have this mastery and the difference in Flash cooldowns could be what gets Darius a kill.

If you time it right, Vault can be used to cancel Darius' ultimate. Blinding Assault can do so too. However, you should not be saving your abilities just for this purpose. You will often need to use your skills at other times and even if they are off-CD, cancelling his ultimate isn't reliable. Finally, the CD of his ult is refunded so it's only a very brief respite.

”If you don't make mistakes, Darius is never going to win the 1 v 1. If you misposition... get ready for the ****.“ MCrossS, 2017

Great video for the Darius matchup: Matchup Mechanics: Darius.

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Pantheon
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The first thing to know about this matchup is that despite what you might think, it’s winnable. Because of its notorious reputation, a lot of people go into the matchup with the mindset “I’ve already lost”. This is not the way to go about it!

A lot of people use a very defensive playstyle against Pantheon. Whilst this playstyle may work, we believe a different playstyle is more suited. The best way to describe this playstyle is “counter-aggressive”. Essentially, we acknowledge Pantheon’s upper hand in the lane, but at the same time we refuse to give up and fight him every inch of the way. We try to punish him for his aggression but without necessarily being over-aggressive ourselves.

We recommend taking Vampirism and Feast in your masteries to help deal with Pantheon’s poke. Thunderlord's Decree is the recommenced Keystone as it goes hand-in-hand with our “counter-aggressive” playstyle.

For summoners, take Flash and either Ignite or Exhaust. Ignite gives you greater kill pressure in lane. Meanwhile, Exhaust is better if you fall behind. It is also more useful if your Jungler ganks and benefits your team as well as you.

For starting items, Long Sword + 3 Health Potions will give you optimal damage and sustain. However taking Doran's Shield is an option.

Level one, Quinn can actually go even with Pantheon. Wait in the bushes and when Pantheon shows up, go Harrier> Vault> Harrier. This will do a lot of damage as well as proc Thunderlord's Decree with minimal risk to you.

The #1 rule for this matchup is to not allow Pantheon to spear you for free. Pantheon’s Q, Spear Shot range is greater than our auto-attack range, so if you are going to fight back you will need to walk towards Pantheon rather than running away (and most likely getting speared anyway). Use Blinding Assault+ Harrier to trade with his spears if possible.

Being able to reliably cancel Pantheon’s jump and stun is a huge advantage in this lane as it cuts a significant portion of his damage. We highly recommend learning to do this. Don’t use Vault to harass unless you are certain his jump is on CD.

In the event that he does land W ( Aegis of Zeonia) on you and you want to trade back, auto-attack him before using Vault; this will get rid of his passive (which he will have gotten from his W).

In most matchups Quinn’s harass consists mostly of Harrier marks, either passive ones or ones from abilities. In the Pantheon matchup, we can’t harass him with Harrier due to his Q range being greater than our AA range. Instead, we use our Blinding Assault to harass him instead. Blinding Assault does AoE damage so you can use it to poke through minions as long as Pantheon is standing close to them (and being melee, he most likely will be).

If you time your attacks and position at the correct distance, you can take down Pantheon’s passive - Aegis Protection- as he goes in to CS. This opens up opportunities for trades. Another usual bit of information is that cannon minions will remove Pantheon’s passive.

Learn the general CD of Pantheon’s spears and try to keep track of it in lane. If you know his spear is on CD, that gives you the opportunity to harass/trade with him.

Remember that Quinn will outscale Pantheon, so going even or even slightly behind is a perfectly acceptable outcome to the matchup.
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Yasuo
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Yasuo’s level one is weaker than Quinn’s since he needs both his Q ( Steel Tempest)and E ( Sweeping Blade) to be effective. Harass him and punish him for going in to CS.

Try to poke down Yasuo’s passive shield whenever you can, for example when he goes in to CS. This will help tilt any future trades in your favour.

Try to save Vault to disengage rather than using it aggressively.

Try not to stand too close to minions so that he can’t get on top of you easily. When engaging Yasuo try to move away from your minions so that he can’t use his mobility so much.

Try to keep count of his whirlwind stacks and be cautious when he has his whirlwind up, as he might look to engage on you. Dodge any ranged whirlwinds if possible.

The best time to engage on Yasuo is when his shield and Wind Wall are down. Wind Wall has quite a long CD, giving you a good opportunity to trade or all-in. Try to force him to use it and then once your abilities are off CD, engage on him.

Try to predict his dashes and Blinding Assault him mid-dash so that he can’t block it with his Wind Wall.

When running away from Yasuo be aware of any incoming ally minion waves that he could use to catch-up to you.

You can cancel Yasuo’s dash with Vault, putting it on an internal CD (on yourself). This is high-risk high-reward, as he will most likely be going for an E>Q knock-up combo. If you Vault too late, you will get knocked-up during your Vault animation and it will be put on CD, leaving you without any escape.

Don’t get too cocky if you manage to get a kill or two early. Whilst they will definitely help to even out the odds, Yasuo has a lot of tools to stay safe and once he gets some items, will still be a big threat.

Exhaust isn’t necessarily the way to go, reason being that Yasuo can always wait it out by using Wind Wall or by dashing away and then re-engaging later.

Yasuo’s ultimate Last Breath refreshes his passive shield. Be mindful of this, especially if you are going to Ignite him.
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Riven
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If you are having trouble with the matchup, try to save your Vault as a disengage, in particular to cancel Riven's 3rd Q ( Broken Wings). Being able to cancel the 3rd Q is a huge advantage.

However, if you are comfortable with the matchup then feel free to use Vault to harass; just be ready to kite back with Blinding Assault and Harrier marks if she tries to engage. Also be wary of doing this if Riven has ult and could potentially turn on you (especially if your Exhaust is on CD).

Going into the Resolve tree for the Insight mastery is an option; more uptime on Flash and Exhaust means more safety and therefore more opportunities to play aggressive.

Exhaust is a very strong Summoner Spell in this matchup. It allow you to play aggressively without having to worry about Riven all-ining you

Be mindful of Riven's XP as she approaches level 6. She could try to all in you.

Try to keep track of when Riven’s ultimate - Blade of the Exile - is on CD. Without her ultimate, Riven loses a lot of her kill pressure.

Remember, if Riven ults and goes all-in, you don’t have to fight it out. Try to disengage with Vault and kite back using the MS from Harrier marks, and then re-engage on her once her ultimate is down.

Once Riven has engaged on you and used her abilities, she doesn’t have much left. After you have disengaged and kited back, make sure to keep chasing and autoing her as she backs away. Punish her for her aggressiveness.

After using Vault, Riven will most likely use her E, Valor, to defend herself against the incoming Harrier proc. Just walk towards her whilst the shield fades and then unload the rest of your combo.

Although she is melee, Riven has a lot of mobility due to her Q and E. Be careful of her large 'threat/initiation' zone, in particular when it comes to ganks.

A mind-game tactic is cancelling your passive Harrier in the last second. This could bait out Riven’s shield and open her up to trades.

If you ever get in a bad situation with Riven, try to save Flash for dodging Wind Slash.

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Renekton
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Try to zone Renekton away from minions so that he can’t generate his Fury.

If you cancel his first dash with Vault before it hits you or a minion, then he won’t be able to reactivate it for a second time.

If you get ahead enough that he can’t kill you even if you don’t Vault, save it in case he dashes out so you can keep chasing him and secure a kill.

If he is far enough that he has to use both dashes to get to you, save your Vault for his second dash and then chase him down.

If he can reach you in one dash, Vault it as soon as he uses his first dash (try to cancel it if possible). Make sure to walk back a little after the animation and then proc Harrier (so that you create more distance in anticipation of his second dash).

After Renekton has used both his dashes he has no disengage, so make sure to kite him and get as many autos off as possible.

Ignite is the recommended Summoner Spell. It is very hard to Exhaust Renekton’s burst and Ignite gives you more kill pressure.

Renekton needs all 3 of his abilities to pose a threat to you. Bully him early to build a HP advantage that you can then use to stay in control of the lane.

Ward the enemy jungle in order to have good vision of the enemy jungler. This gives you more freedom in lane to play aggressive and pressure Renekton.

If you have good vision, you could try shoving the wave into his tower. This draws Jungle pressure away from your team, makes it easier for you to harass Renekton (make sure to punish him for every CS he tries to take) and also forces him to use his abilities to farm (and since Renekton needs all of his abilities up in order to deal with you, it also stops him from engaging). However, it also allows him to build up his Fury and makes you vulnerable to ganks, so be cautious of doing this (not recommended if you struggle with this lane).

The vast majority of Renektons will build The Black Cleaver first item. Watch out for the movement speed they get for killing minions as they could use it to get close to you.
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Fiora
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Ignite is the recommended summoner spell here. Fiora has a gap closer - Lunge - that has its CD reduced if it hits and true damage, so the damage reduction and slow from Exhaust is less valuable than the kill pressure you get from Ignite. Additionally, Ignite will cut the healing Fiora gets from proccing Vitals and her ultimate, Grand Challenge. However don't use Ignite when she is in her Riposte animation; it will be blocked!

Try to learn and keep track of the cooldown of her Riposte (24s on rank 1 opposed to 12s on Quinn’s Vault).

If she uses Riposte as you Vault her, you will get stunned. If she uses Riposte after you use Vault, step to the side to avoid the slow and to prevent her from blocking your Harrier/ Thunderlord's Decree (similar to the Riven matchup, you could try baiting her Riposte by cancelling your Harrier auto attack).

You can also do the same thing with Blinding Assault: after using it, walk with her a little bit to see if she would try to anticipate your Harrier auto and Riposte it. If she does, that gives you a free Vault to follow up with.

In this matchup, you could either play really safe and never Vault her aggressively or you could still be aggressive with Vault but risk getting stunned by her Riposte.

If you choose to use your Vault offensively (which is recommended), try to vary your combos to make it harder for Fiora to predict when you will Vault. Additionally, you could try Vaulting from bushes to make it harder for her to react to it.

Continuing from the previous point, don’t use Vault directly out of Behind Enemy Lines: it’s too predictable.

You can reset her passive's ( Duelist's Dance) Vital mark on you by walking out of her range. Watch out for any marks facing her that she could easily proc.

A little trick you could do is hugging a wall when she ults you (if you have no way of getting out. That way she won't be able to proc all the Vitals).

Cancelling Fiora’s Lunge is very hard and it won’t stop the damage, so it’s not worth trying as Vault can be used more effectively in a different way. Also she can use Riposte during the Lunge animation!

Fiora’s E, Bladework is a lot of her stickyness and damage. If you see her waste it, use that opportunity for a favourable trade.

Ninja Tabi could be an option, if there are other members of the enemy team relying on autoing a lot.

Always keep the wave frozen if Fiora give you the chance to do so. She has no wave clear without Tiamat, so it's hard for her to reset the wave.

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Shen
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Shen’s waveclear is very poor, so you can easily push him under his tower and make him lose CS. This enables you to roam and put pressure elsewhere on the map. If Shen decides to use ult, he will either miss CS or risk you destroying his tower. Shen will also become very tanky, so it’s better to pressure the map than try to get kills of him.

Don’t attack him whilst he is in the protective zone from his W, Spirit's Refuge. You won’t do any damage but will still draw minion aggro. Additionally, it will consume any Harrier marks but won’t deal the damage.

If Shen suddenly walks out of your vision, he could be preparing to ult an ally. Use your Heightened Senses to reveal him. You can then cancel his ultimate - Stand United - with your Vault.

Be careful when harassing him under his tower; he could taunt you with Shadow Dash and you could take tower aggro.

Save your Vault so you can disengage after he taunts you. Then retaliate.

All of Shen’s abilities have quite long CD. Harass him when they are down.

Be aware of where is Spirit Blade is and avoid getting hit by it when he recalls it using Twilight Assault.

You can cancel the dash of his taunt, but you will still get taunted.


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Conclusion

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Overall, Quinn is an extremely fun champion to play. She has a very unique kit and is great for SoloQ. Hopefully, this guide has helped you in some way. If you have any questions, queries, suggestions or feedback just write a comment and I will do my best to respond. I would appreciate any upvotes and if you downvote, I would be grateful if you left a comment saying why, so I can take your opinion into account and consider making changes. In the future I will continue to maintain and improve this guide. I would also like to thank everyone from r/QuinnMains for their help and support (especially u/Serene_Skies and u/Saixos) as well as jhoijhoi for her 'Making A Guide' guide. I would also like to thank everyone who gave me feedback or reviewed my guide. Once again thank you for reading this guide and I wish you all the best in your future games with Quinn and Valor: Demacia's Wings.

Happy Soaring
-AnonimooseUser (aka Moose) and the rest of r/QuinnMains


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