Elise Build Guide by Fousek
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Asssasin / Offtank
Welcome, it is an honor to give you Elise, The Queen of Spiders!
Elise is an AP assasin/carry that can be used as a laner or jungler. I am interested only about junglers an supports so I will show you my jungler build. Elise can burst down her enemies one by one. I have also included a successful combo on how to quickly assassinate your enemies! Make sure to check that out as well to improve your gameplay with Elise.
PS: Don´t expect easy win with Elise she is very good only if you know well what to do.
Pros & Cons
+ She has high burst % damage
+ She can easily jump to her enemies with 2 gap closers
+ Good ganks since level 3
+ She can stay in jungle even without mana or health
+ Her low lvl jungling is not dangerous low HP game
+ Her spider form abilities do not cost any mana
+/- No big ultimate but 6 skills
- Takes some time to get used to
- Very vulnerable when her abilities are on cooldown
- Her late game teamfighting requires patience - hit that damn Cocoon on the right person.
- You need to have a good start to dominate late game
Masteries / Playstyle
You can argue how much DMG you can survive with your 9-21-0 tanky masteries and items. But IDGAF.
Elise is Assasin and maybe offtank. Current meta is about getting early advantage and big tanky late game juggernauts dealing quite a lot of DMG like Dr. Mundo, Olaf, Shyvana. Elise is not like them she won´t be able to outsustain these guys. You must burst them early and get advantage.
Use 21-9-0 get flat stats (Flat CDR, AD, AP), boost your % DMG with Executioner and Spell Weaving and of course like all Hybrids benefit from Devastating Strikes .
You´ll be able to get few kills/assists before they´ll even get ultimate.
The only thing to adjust is if you want to carry Early / Mid game Blade Weaving or help laners than get Expose Weakness .
If you are used to succeed early game and snowball with AP iteams you can take Arcane Blade
Elise is squishy on start but she has good clear and lifesteal with W in spider form.
I recommend these runes:
Greater Mark of Attack Speed for faster jungle clearing
Greater Seal of Armor for DMG reduction mainly from jungle monsters
Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist for some sustain for ganks on mid lane casters
Greater Glyph of Ability Power for more DMG from spells
Greater Quintessence of Ability Power for more DMG from spells
Another viable runes are
Greater Mark of Hybrid Penetration Greater Quintessence of Hybrid Penetration and good choice for glyphs are
Greater Glyph of Magic Resist against heavy AP team or more
Greater Glyph of Ability Power against heavy AD team.
Items are always situational, and you should pick different items as the game goes on. The items you use, depend on the enemy team and the score of the game.
Here are some alternative and situational items for Elise:
Boots of Mobility
If you think you need to gank often and different lanes.
Very good item against melee AD, mostly junglers and toplaners.
Rylai's Crystal Scepter
If your victims are runing away and you need to slow them this is great choice.
That active can bait enemy into a bad fight or just save your life.
A lot of AP.
Not exactly suited for Elise playstyle but strong item, CDR and AP are always usefull also synergise with your spiderlings. Makes her kinda fighter.
Locket of the Iron Solari
Support item giving all your teammates in range extra stats. Active is good against some Wombo combo ultimates or reseting assasins like Kha'Zix or Katarina
This is very good item for late game. Good stats and passive
Passive: Spider Swarm
Human Form: Elise's Human Form spells will ready a spiderling when cast on an enemy.
Spider Form: Elise summons her spiderlings to fight by her side. Spiderlings deal physical damage and take reduced damage from multi-target abilities.
Neurotoxin: Elise damages a target based on its current Health.
Venomous Bite: Elise lunges forward and bites her target, slowing them and dealing bonus damage based on how low its Health is.
Volatile Spiderling: Elise releases a venom-gorged spiderling that explodes when it nears a target.
Skittering Frenzy: Elise and her spiderlings gain Attack Speed and heal her on each attack.
Cocoon: Elise fires a skillshot that stuns the first enemy struck.
Rappel: On enemy cast: Elise and her spiderlings ascend high into the air and descend upon an enemy target. On ground cast: Elise and her spiderlings ascend high into the air, becoming untargetable for two seconds. Casting Rappel on a nearby enemy during this time will descend upon your target.
Spider Form: Elise transforms into a menacing spider with new abilities. While in Spider Form, Elise deals magic bonus damage on attack and has increased Movement Speed, Armor, and Magic Resistance. Each level of her ultimate allows Elise to summon an additional spiderling.
Human Form: Elise transforms into a human form with new abilities. Each level of her ultimate allows Elise to summon an additional spiderling.
Skill Sequence - Kill Combo
This is a combo for Elise. I've used it every time I played her. It is an amazing combo to finish your enemies. This is my explanation of it.
For doing perfect combo's you need to be FAST! Don't wait for your enemies to escape, be quick and perfect your combo as a true Assassin!
- Start out in HUMAN form.
- Land your stun E. - If successful you can quickly proceed to using your:
- W > Q - almost at the same time !
- Now Switch to your SPIDER form.
If your enemy flashed away use your E to jump on him and use your Q > W for the attack speed. Make sure to keep using basic attacks while your W is on.
At the end use again your Q. Remember, the less health your enemy has, the MORE damage you will do!
If your enemy is still alive, some of your cooldowns will go down soon so you can either:
- Use your Q again or
- Switch back to Human form and do the same combo
My prefered jungling route on Elise is:
Blue Golem with team help > Wolfs > Red Lizard > Gank Mid or Bot if it is not possible take closest camp Wraits or Golems.
You can start on Red Lizard > Wolfs > Blue Golem but I like CDR from Blue Golem
Anyway don't forget to use spider form while moving in jungle (bonus MS) and use human form skills W and Q then switch to spider.
You can use Volatile Spiderling to check brushes or grant your team vision. In addition, if there's someone in the brush, you can attack them.
Stay near the walls if you feel like you'll get ganked and/or attacked by enemy champion. When you Rappel in spider form near creeps or neutral monsters, you can jump to them without causing any damage to you.
I am sorry for missing BBcodes but I won´t be able to gallenge with long, colourfull Guides with pictures and videos. I just want to share my ideas about my favourite jungler.
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Thank you for your time of reading my Guide. Good luck and have fun ...
27/10/2012: Guide published!
28/10/2012: Added Tips and Situational Items.
28/10/2012: Few changes in description of items, jungling and combo
2/1/2014: Reworked and published for S4 PBE
2/2/2014: Minor update