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Lee Sin, The Blind Bruiser (Top)

oconnorevxn Last updated on January 3, 2013
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Ability Sequence

Ability Key Q
Ability Key W
Ability Key E
Ability Key R

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The masteries shown here are not yet updated for the current season, the guide author needs to set up the new masteries. As such, they will be different than the masteries you see in-game.



Offense: 9

Honor Guard

Defense: 21


Utility: 0

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Hellurs, this is my first mobafire guide and I hope that you use it and get good results out of it as I have. I started playing Lee Sin a while ago and found out how fun he is to play. He is one of my favorite champs to play, along with Xin Zhao and Ezreal. You can't not have fun with him unless you feed or something. Lee Sin is a bruiser who excels in the early game.

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About Lee Sin

Lee Sin is a very mobile champion with ability to get in, do heavy damage, and get out safely. He runs on an energy system similar to the ninjas, Shen Akali Kennen and Zed. He is from Ionia, similar to them.


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+ High mobility
+ Strong early & mid game
+ Unstoppable when you master him
+ Roundhouse kick

- Hard to master
- Falls off late game
- Common pick
- He's blind

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Greater Mark of Armor Penetration

Greater Seal of Armor

Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist

Greater Quintessence of Attack Damage

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Tier 1 CDR over attack speed because Flurry gives the attack speed you need.

Tier 2 Attack damage per level because you're not AP.

Tier 3 Armor penetration because penetration. Goes with Last Whisper and The Black Cleaver

Tier 4 N/A

Tier 5 N/A

Tier 6 N/A


Tier 1 Health per level to help you early game.

Tier 2 3 in Armor and 1 in MR because it's most likely an AD top laner.

Tier 3 I use everything in tier 3, reducing damage from champions, effectiveness of slows, +30 health, and damage taken from turrets because you're most likely in the front line.

Tier 4 Reduce damage from champions so it'll take the AD carry a couple more autos to kill you. Duration of CC because it stacks with Tenacity, and 1 point to increase max health by 1.5%.

Tier 5 Reduce damage from crits for their Ezreal, Draven, etc.

Tier 6 Reduces damage taken from all for more survivability.

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Lee Sin is different from most champions in the fact that he has 7 abilities, like Jayce Nidalee and Elise. Learn to use the abilities to their full extent and you will be a great Lee Sin player.

After Lee Sin uses an ability, his next 2 basic attacks within 3 seconds gain 40% Attack Speed and return 15 energy each.

Lee Sin's passive, use it to full extent. Try to use it when fighting to avoid running out of energy, landing that auto may get you out of a sticky situation or be the reason you landed the kill.

Sonic Wave/Resonating Strike (Q)
Sonic Wave: Lee Sin projects a discordant wave of sound to locate his enemies, dealing 50 / 80 / 110 / 140 / 170 (+0.9 per bonus attack damage) physical damage to the first enemy it encounters and revealing them for 3 seconds. If Sonic Wave hits, Lee Sin can cast Resonating Strike within the next 3 seconds.

Resonating Strike (30 energy): Lee Sin dashes to the enemy hit by Sonic Wave, dealing 50 / 80 / 110 / 140 / 170 (+0.9 per bonus attack damage) physical damage plus 8% of their missing health as physical damage.

I normally max this first as it is his main source of damage. You can use it to check bushes from a distance as it reveals stealthed units.

Tips and Tricks
  • You can use it to harass in lane.
  • You can use it to farm if your lane opponent won't let you.
  • Be sure to auto attack twice after Resonating Strike to regain energy.

Safeguard/Iron Will (W)
Safeguard: Lee Sin rushes towards a target ally, shielding them both for 40 / 80 / 120 / 160 / 200 (+80% of ability power) for the next 5 seconds. After using Safeguard, Lee Sin can cast Iron Will for the next 3 seconds.

Iron Will (30 energy): Lee Sin's intense training allows him to thrive in battle. For 5 seconds, Lee Sin gains 5 / 9 / 13 / 17 / 21 % lifesteal and spell vamp. He also gains 10 / 15 / 20 / 25 / 30 armor.

This is Lee Sin's escape tool. I normally max this last, but you can max it second if your lane opponent is crushing you.

Tips and Tricks
  • Keep a ward on you or nearby, you can Safeguard to them
  • Be sure to auto attack after Iron will, you will regain energy for the first 2 autos and lifesteal any missing health.

Tempest/Cripple (E)
Tempest: Lee Sin smashes the ground sending out a shockwave that deals 60 / 95 / 130 / 165 / 200 (+1.0 per bonus attack damage) magic damage and reveals enemy units hit for 4 seconds. If Tempest hits an enemy, Lee Sin can cast cripple for the next 3 seconds.

Cripple (30 energy): Lee Sin cripples nearby enemies revealed by Tempest, reducing their Movement and Attack Speed by 30 / 37.5 / 45 / 52.5 / 60 % for 4 seconds. Movement and Attack Speed recover gradually over the duration.

Lee Sin's second form of damage. Tempest / Cripple is also a slow, so take advatange of it.

Tips and Tricks

Dragon's Rage (R)
Lee Sin performs a powerful roundhouse kick launching his target back 1200 units, dealing 200 / 400 / 600 (+2.0 per bonus attack damage) physical damage to the target and any enemies they collide with. Enemies the target collides with are knocked into the air for a short duration.

This ultimate is too good. It does tons of damage and knocks back and knocks up. This should be the last part of your combo.
(combos will be explained later)

Tips and Tricks
  • Use it as a killing blow.
  • Use it to knock back a chasing enemy into their team.

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Summoner Spells

Summoner Spells

Flash: Pretty much anyone could use this effictively but it's also great when Safeguard / Iron Will is on cooldown and you're running from Singed.
Ignite: So you can finish off low health targets that have Flashed to their tower.
Exhaust: Also good, I just prefer Ignite. Use to slow, for your jungler to come and help finish them. Your Tempest / Cripple should be enough but if you don't feel it is then this will help greatly.

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When in the Lane Phase your harass is in Sonic Wave / Resonating Strike and Tempest / Cripple. Try to last hit with basic attacks like normal. If you use skills while getting cs be sure to auto attack after each skill so Flurry replenishes your energy.

If you're in the middle of the lane and you're getting ganked you'll need that energy to Safeguard / Iron Will to a nearby minion.

If you have opponents like Jayce or Teemo you might have to use Sonic Wave / Resonating Strike to last hit to avoid getting AA'd and taking damage from Toxic Shot.
(Lane opponents will be covered in another section.)

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Item Sequence

Mercury's Treads

Frozen Mallet

The Black Cleaver

Maw of Malmortius

Atma's Impaler

Last Whisper

  • : Tenacity to reduce CC and MR to take less from an AP burst.
  • : Slows from your AA's help chasing, lots of health.
  • : Armor pen and armor reduction.
  • : Gives decent AD, AD for % of missing HP, and MR + AP shield.
  • : Gives yourself armor + AD for all the HP you have.
  • : Never enough armor pen in late game.

These items are also viable:

  • : This item is good for MR and can be used to replace Maw of Malmortius.
  • : I still prefer Frozen Mallet but this gets you a little tankier and you get a health regen passive.
  • : This is okay, i still prefer Frozen Mallet but it's up to you. If you're doing well and getting fed you can take this instead for more damage.
  • : Not what I would normally use because I prefer to be tankier for my team so I can be part of the frontline but if you have a tank jungler this should be fine instead of Atma's Impaler.

    If any enchantment, get Furor if winning or Homeguard if losing.

    Be sure to always keep wards so you can Safeguard / Iron Will to them.

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Lee Sin has many different combos with his 7 abilities.

  1. Land Sonic Wave and follow up with Tempest / Cripple into Dragon's Rage.
  2. Walk up and start with Tempest / Cripple, then after they Flash follow up with Sonic Wave / Resonating Strike then Dragon's Rage.
  3. Start with Sonic Wave, Use Dragon's Rage to kick them away then follow up with Resonating strike and Tempest / Cripple.
  4. If you cant catch your target with Sonic Wave / Resonating Strike You can place a ward a short distance in front of you then Safeguard / Iron Will followed by a Tempest / Cripple then Dragon's Rage into another Sonic Wave / Resonating Strike.

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Match ups

You're top lane so I won't put every champion here.

Easier Lanes

Akali Tempest / Cripple when she is stealth, not too hard to kill.

Wukong Same as Akali, but follow up with your combo.

Jayce Your Sonic Wave / Resonating Strike into Tempest / Cripple should take him down pretty easy.

Teemo Stay near bushes, blinding dart can't hit if he can't see you.

Kha'Zix Tempest / Cripple when he goes stealth, Sonic Wave / Resonating Strike and Dragon's Rage plus Ignite and a couple autos should finish him.

Rengar Same as Kha'Zix.

I'm not saying these lanes are very easy but they should be easier than the ones under. Still don't underestimate them. Many of these are the Stealth champions, because you can easily reveal them with Tempest / Cripple or Sonic Wave / Resonating Strike

Medium Lanes

Rumble Stay away from his Flamespitter and dodge his Electro - Harpoon and land your combos.

Jarvan IV Shut him down before he gets tanky as hell.

Mordekaiser Stay away from him when he has Creeping Death on himself or you will eat his damage and don't forget about Iron Man.

Olaf Never underestimate him, when he is low be sure ignite is ready and you're sure you can go in for the kill. Ask for jungler if this guy gives you problems. Try to win lane before he gets tanky.

Shen Constantly harass him , don't get taunted cause it's normally the sign of a gank. Harass him until he's low then finish with one more full combo.

Vladimir Bait his Sanguine Pool and then try to fight him. Make sure ignite is ready.

These lanes are not as hard but not as easy, according to my history against them.

Harder Lanes

Darius Decimate will shred you to pieces early game if you decide to fight him and fighting him at 6 is a pretty dumb idea. Play passively.

Renekton His stun will give him enough time to rip you apart. I recommend passive play and help from a jungler.

Garen Similar to Darius, Decisive Strike's silence and Judgement will destroy you and when he hits 6 dont get low or he'll tower dive with Demacian Justice.

Pantheon Be careful for his W -> E -> Q combo cause it'll hurt pretty badly if he knows what he's doing. He'll block your autos so try for help from a jungler.

Jax Similar to Renekton, his stun will give him enough time to get you really low and if you can't Safeguard / Iron Will to safety you might be dead.

Cho'Gath Just like Darius and Garen, he can dive you pretty easy at 6 with Feast if you get low.

Riven Stuns. They're your worst enemy so don't get caught in these. Similar to Jax, Irelia, Pantheon, Renekton.

Yorick His ghouls will block Sonic Wave / Resonating Strike which makes this a hard lane. Farm as much as possible then ask for a gank to shut him down.

Irelia Same as Riven, Jax, etc. Don't let her AA you for true damage.

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Thanks for reading my Lee Sin guide. I'll be working on some more, for Xin Zhao, Ezreal, Vayne, and Zed.

Galactic Pilgrim Lee Sin by ~narm

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1/3/2013 - Date Published.