Introduction (The basics)
Hi! I'm Hungarian so my English isn't the best, but i'm trying to make myself clear! This is my very first guide to introduce my favourite champion!
AD - Attack Damage, AP - Ability Power, AS - Attack Speed, CC - stun, slow, fear, etc.
My main build is the first one for solo top, so I introduce that one:
I know you miss the AP or AD items. Why? They are horribly expensive and they do not fit on Irelia well:) I'm going to detail it in the items section.
Different Ways to build Irelia
You can see 3 different Irelia builds with different skill and item sequences.
First build: IRELITANK
I have a lot of success with this. Your main lane is Solo top. Farm a lot with only last hits, and harass the enemy player with W. When you have ult, just nuke down your opponent. If you are countered, ask for ganks and dont push your lane hard.
Irelitank build is a wise choice if your team is squishy and needs an anti-carry initiator in teamfights. The build contains massive movement speed increasing tools like Zephyr and Trinity Force. Items after that provides a lot of health, resistances and aura. You still do "Tons of Damage" with only one true Offensive item: Trinity Force. (Maybe you can buy an Atma's Impaler for last item if the enemy team is AD dominant).
Second build: CARRIREILA:
This build is more about damage, aggressivity and utility/movement which is very good in laning, 3v3 and Dominion. This is for advanced Irelia players. You need some feed, farm to have success with this build! You are a bit squishy so your team needs an other initiator/tank (I mean Sejuani Malphite or Amumu etc.). In this build, we want a very strong champion in early game too. For this paying style I found the best early item: The Brutalizer. It will be discussed later why this item is so good in this build.
CarrIrelia's secret is in this item build: You have early high attack damage,( The Brutalizer+ Phage) after that you start to build some AS: Trinity Force Zephyr Youmuu's Ghostblade or/and Wit's End. Insane hybrid damage output with these! I see youmuu's in a very few irelia build, but it synergizes so well with Hiten Style. For last item you can pick Maw of Malmortius if the enemy is AP dependant, Runic Bulwark if your team haven't built it yet, Infinity Edge if you want to kick some ***es hard, Guardian Angel, if you need more overall survivability and Randuin's Omen if the enemy team is AD dominant.
Third build: JUNGLIRELIA: This one is my basic jungle build, with attack speed and late game tankiness. She is not the best and fastest jungler but very good ganker with the gap-closer and slowing/stunning skill.
There are so many other possibilities to build Her. I tried a lot of them and i found that 3 is the best. You may change some of the tanky items, depends on the enemy team.
For last, I show you an OP lategame build. Only effective when the game is long. The build is very expensive, but the strongest ad-tanky build I have ever built. This is Critelia:
with this you have 68% Crit chance, about 3200Hp, 190 bonus AD, armpen, CD reduction... Etc... just insane. I think this build will never be the best in S3, but can be good when fed as hell and wanna' troll the hell out of the enemy team.
You ask why these items? Hmm?:)
As I said I don't really like much AD or AP increasing on Irelia. You don't benefit from them effectively. To make heavy AD or AP Irelia, is expensive and not worth for you.
Now let's see my items:
MY S3 CORE:
Doran's gadgets? Maybe! You have to be tough in the solo lane especially when the enemy team don't have a jungler, so not a bad choice getting a Doran's Shield first, but I think better start with:
: and 3 Health Potion gives you great mobility and survivability to farm well, and escape from ganks. Very good against a melee opponent, who doesn't have any hard ranged harass, and good against skillshots.
If your Opponent is a hard ranged AD harasser like Pantheon, consider getting:
15 bonus armor is (maybe) the most important thing you need in very early game against a heavy AD opponent. (Mandatory against Pantheon, Riven and Renekton). Just lasthit minions with auto attack or Bladesurge and run away or immediately or stun the enemy if you are in danger. Just never push, because without Boots of Speed you are slow as hell, and can be ganked easily. On low Hp, just def under tower, Hiten Style and pots heal you up instead of an early recall. You can use your ultimate on a minion wave to heal you up too. Activating Hiten Style helps you last hitting under tower too.
Grants you the basic Hp and Mana regen in early game. This is a good thing, but there are better options for advanced players.
Heart of gold: I miss this thing but don't worry, there are so much other good choices.
Solves early game mana problems, grants some AP which is never bad. But the best thing is the passive. It makes your Bladesurge]] even deadly! Try to keep proccing it with Transcendent Blades.
Shoes are needed for all champions. I buy this if I need that early tenacity or magic resist. For example, if you face with Shen top, take these. Don't take Zephyr if you have these already, take Wits end for example. This item stacks with your passive making Irelia almost immune to CC!!! These are your only chance to survive and do well in teamfights. Consider getting a Ninja Tabi instead if the enemy is mostly AD, and take Zephyr for the tenacity.
The best item on Irelia!!! The most important is the passive: This is a Sheen with increased effect, and slows enemies on hit, making them impossible to run away from your bloody kisses:) You may take Frozen Mallet or Iceborn gauntlets instead, some people like it but in my opinion, Trinity Force is a must have.
: This thing is made for Irelia. Insanely cost efficient to her, I buy it almost every game.
: Anti-AP Irelia item. Very good mid game, but lategame not that effective, so you may change it. Maw of Malmortius is way better, but much more expensive. Choose...
you may try build "Fratmog" ( Frozen Mallet Warmog's Armor Atma's Impaler) when your team lacks of CC.
Favourite mid/lategame items:
In lategame, you can sell your Philosopher's Stone if you have, or buy:
. very nice item with strong hp and mana regen. Gives a minighost on use for your team, which helps in crowd control, initiating and escaping. If your support Haven't taken it yet, consider taking it, but never will be the best choice.
is extremely nice!! The best way to counter AD champions, gives area slow on use! Very very effective in lategame teamfights! I think it's a better option on Irelia than Frozen Heart, because of the massive health bonus and that much mana don't needed. Maybe good combinating them if your enemy has a fed AD carry as hell, but I don't recommend that.
I don't really like this item on Irelia, but rarely it is needed. Very good against AD champions with high AS, or on-hit attacks! Master Yi Tryndamere Nocturne Gangplank etc. It's VERY effective against them. They almost kill themself, when hitting you! It is countered by lifesteal.
OP item... was an OP item..., I don't have to say anything. Other option is Banshee's Veil, which can be good against Karthus or heavy CC.
I only buy this if the enemy is AP dominant. Nice choice against Karthus, and Burst cannons like Veigar and LeBlanc. Love this item and always will be a good choice for Irelia.
You say it is not an OP item, but OP on Irelia. Magic resist and Hp bonus makes her more tenacious in battle. More tenacity-->More lifetime-->More dmg. It's easy:) This item grants 20% increased heal effects and regeneration on you, so it makes Hiten Style, Transcendent Blades and your regenerations even better:) With High resistances, enough hp, very good damage you will nearly impossible to be killed by enemies, because you heal up yourself again, and again...:)
And that CD reduction helps you to rotate more effective in lategame:)
This is a cheap item again:)) 2200g. Nothing for this:)
Anyways, I have to mention, this item is the best for Warwick, Yorick, Dr. Mundo and Volibear.
Against Rammus, Malphite and if you are fed soo much and the enemy take tons of armor. The new The Black Cleaver is a better Option for Irelia. Think of Transcendent Blades applies armor penetration debuff on the whole enemy team, interesting... and considering.
It fits better on tanks or on some support champion, not really on you, but it grants moderate bonuses for your team, and it has decent price! Take this for 5-6th item, if your team haven't picked it yet.
Definitely love this item. Using the active while Hiten Style is active... huh:D
Against enemies with lots of health: Cho'Gath, Vladimir, Volibear, Dr. Mundo etc. For AS irelia/JunglIrelia, but I think it's a waste of an item slot... not bad, but there are better choices. This item is definitely made for Warwick.
Now the last item slot. My all-time favourite last item is:
I do not need to explain why I think:)))
You will be even brave and you will make easy killing blows!
If the game goes well, and you have a lot of health (about 3000+) you can get:
: Grants Insane stats for low price.
After that, Don't forget the ELIXIRS!!!!
Start with Hunter's Machete and 5x Health Potion, max Hiten Style and go for:
if want to build tanky, or icon=Spirit of the ancient golem size=32, if you want to be an offtank: lots of damage damage, or armor and health. Anyways, it helps you to kill monsters with increased effectiveness. It helps your entire team in killing the Dragon or Baron. Look at the price: 2400g. Very Cost efficient and easy to get and it's bonuses are huge. You can sell it if you have 6 items, and take Runic Bulwark instead for example...
- Build created 05 08 2011
- Item changes 06 23 2011
- Build finished 06 29 2011
- Detailed guide for the second build possibility 10 07 2011
- Third build (Jungling) 02 19 2012
- Big build update 09 30 2012
- S3 update 12 09 2012