Lux Build Guide by SirToastsalot
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I’ve been using Mobafire since February 2011 but this is rally the first time that I’ve posted a guide because I feel that no guide on here has truly nailed how Lux should be played. I’ve gone through a lot of the Lux guides and I can’t seem to find any that everyone can agree on. Some people say more CDR some people say that you need more AP, some say Lichbane, some say Lichbane is worthless. Personally this is the build that I use that works for me both in Ranked and unranked gameplay.
I’ve played many games as Lux and she was the first champion that I played that I truly enjoyed playing as and I always seemed to melt people’s faces off.
Thanks to Searz for the awesome guide format! You can find it here. I snagged this from him and he really deserves credit for it.
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If there are any abbreviations in here that you don't uderstand.
What and Why
So my Lux build is built for Mid to Late game dominance and for a passive early game. With Lux you can’t be on the front lines or the one who initiates team fights however Lux has an awesome early game harrasment and even late game you can spam her lazer(Plus by spamming it you get to her to yeall "DEMACIA!!!" all the time and instill fear into your opponents) and harrass the other team ever 24 seconds other teams before team fights even initiate.
With my build I focus getting some early AP but until the AA and Rabadon’s are completed you won’t be doing a ton of damage. With lux being a good farmer you should be able to get both of those quickly.
The other items in my build focus on adding more burst damage into her combos and then I have several situational items depending on how the other team is building and if any particular champion on the enemy champion is destroying you.
Personally, with the new masteries the base CDR of 10% that you can get purely from masteries is awesome. I like the 9-0-21 scheme because of the added CDR and you stuill get the base Magic Pen that is needed with any AP carry. I prefer having the base 10% CDR over the Addition AP mainly because the 24 second CD on her Laser is awesome to have late game and with this uide you get almost 40% CDR without blue buff late game.
Alternativly if you want some more power You can use this one
This skill tree is better if you prefer to build a little more CDR in your build and want some more AP earlier on.
Honestly Either of these skill tree works very well with Lux, one relies less on blue buff and the other has slightly more power.
This one offers some more AP but less CDR. (Not as big of a deal anymore with the new CDR items.)
Q > E> E> Q > E > R > E > Q > E > Q > R > Q > W > W > W > R > W > W
Q > E > E > W > E > R > E > Q > E > Q > R > Q > Q > W > W > R > W > W
For skill paths I think that it is important that you build up Lux’s best farming and harassment skill with her W. After building her W I usually max her Q next because you need the extra damage from it for the mid game. Obviously you want to put a point in her ult every time you can. The reason I don’t put anything in your shield until the later levels is that I feel that early levels it doesn’t shield you very much and your AP isn’t high enough to make it very viable.
The reason that I do have that second path is that with a couple champions that have damage over time abilities then it can help absorb a lot of the damage from those but against champions main skills it doesn’t make a huge difference.
So these are the two main builds I use with Lux. Which one I go with depends entirely on the opposing team. I know that I have difficulty staying alive against certain champions so I tend to use the first build against those teams and also I believe that is better for ranked play. It focus’s a little more on CDR rather than pure damage. Both the Void Staff and the Banshee are both situational items with that build but I’ll get into it more later.
The second build is usually the one I use in standard play. To be honest getting and keeping stacks with Lux is really pretty easy. Every time you shield an ally and they get a kill you get a stack or you can get some kills from ganking with your laser from about halfway down the river. So the second build only uses the soulstealer for the CDR but it also allows you to get the most AP too.
So I recommend starting with the first build because it is the one that has reliable CDR(meaning it doesn't depends on the stacks or have the elixer or blue buff) and I would recommend using that one in ranked play also over the second build. The second build I recommend if you are very comfortable with your ability as lux to stay alive. Trust me I know that once you start taking down half the enemy's health with one ult they will focus you so it can be difficult to stay alive. I use the second build purely in non-ranked matches when I am sure that I can keep myself from dying against their teams. (Champions you should never use the second build for are meele champions who can close the gap quickly and then tear you apar I.E. Xin Zhao or Jarvan are two people who can just destroy a lux.)
Other Useable Items
So Laning with Lux is fairly straight forward, only use your Q if you are sure you can hit the enemy with it other wise its just a mana burner. For your first couple levels focus purely on last hitting the creeps, throw your E towards your enemy if your mana is full but other wise just gather up the creep kills until you can buy either your soulstealer or the Tear. When you get enough gold for that(or even enough for your 1st boots) burn your mana and try to get the opponent to back or at least push your minions to their tower so you can back buy and get back with out losing too much gold/exp. Once you have your tear(should be lvl 4 or 5) ue your E to harass the enemy and hit the Mage minions in the backAt lvl 3 you can hit all 3 back minions and use your passive you have 2 shot each 1 of them and at lvl 5 you can 1 shot them normally. Attempt to hit the enemy with your E and Q when you can just to keep them low on HP then when you hit lvl 6 try to land your combo of your Q then instantly throw your Ult, it’s a guaranteed hit and if you know your damage you will get the kill on them every time.
When you are just harassing and not going for the kill what you should attempt to do with Lux is if you can get them with yur Q, throw your E on top of them, get an auto attack in then detonate your E and get another auto attack in. That combo willl drain their health pretty fast if you can land it 3 or 4 times.
When ever your opponent mid backs you can venture about halfway down the river to try to pick off one of the bottom lanes with your ult if they are low on HP, it takes practice to land her ult but if you can learn how to aim it well you can snipe kids all day long.
With Lux your role is to harass the other team as much as you can before the team fight starts and when it does start stay alive. With your W if you can cast it right you can double shield all your allies every time you throw it and you’ll start racking up the assists too. The other thing with Lux is when your have maxed your ult don’t be afraid to spam it. If you can get blue buff you have themax 40% CDR and you can fire your ult every 24seconds. Even without blue buff, between the 15% CDr from runes and masteries, the 15% from either Ionian or Mejai’s, and then 8% from a blue elixer, you still have38% CDR, so don’t be afraid to throw the ult in. Don’t only use it to pick enemies off when their running away, use it often, it makes all the difference.
Late game it is even more important that you stay alive. Death at this point means a 50 second respawn time. If you do finish your build be sure to buy the Elixers starting with the Blue one. Other wise be sure to stick with your team, keep baron warded, always try to have blue buff, ask your jungler if you can have it because as lux no one else should get the blue buff at all if your team comp ins't 5 AP carrys.
The this with Late game Lux is that with Lich Bane and the ammount of AP that you get with her you can 3 shot a tower from full health. Just cast a W on yourself hi the tower, back out, rinse and repeat and that tower will drop.
The biggest thing to remember with Lux is that you must stay alive, dying doesn’t help you and if you die your team loses a support character and a huge nuke. You need to learn to land her skill shots especially her Q because it will save you from many ganks and if an enemy is chasing, sometimes with correct placement of skills you can even kill yourpursuer.
The biggest this with running is throw your Q when they are close enough that ita aguareented hit but beforethey can use abilities on you(like a stun from panth or Xin spear charge) and then throw your E to slow them(Only detonate it when they are about to exit it). With those you can hurt them quite a bit and then you can get the kill.
Another very helpful trick with Lux’s Q is to try to lure then in tower range and trap them there so the tower can get 2 or 3 attacks in.
So alright I hope that this guide helps you with playing Lux and learning how to use effectively but if anyone has suggestions please put them in the comments and I’ll work on adding whatever you have suggested into the guide and I’ll do my best to respond to comments that you post on here.