Lee Sin Build Guide by KooFs

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League of Legends Build Guide Author KooFs

Lee sin the blind solo top... wait where is top?

KooFs Last updated on October 14, 2012
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Ability Sequence

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

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Offense: 21

Honor Guard

Defense: 9

Strength of Spirit

Utility: 0

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Hello welcome to my guide,this will show how to play Lee Sin as a solo top off tank.
I have been playing Lee Sin for a bit and i can truly see how fun he is on solo top.What it takes to solo top Lee Sin is quick thinking and risk taking, and maybe stupid thinking.
Lee Sin is one of the funnest champions in league of legends and he is extremely mobile.

This is my second guide/build you can take a look at my Kennen build Here

Playing top as lee sin is not so great if you don't know how to play him i didn't want to jungle him so i went top and i got my butt kicked because i was really bad with him after about 100+ games i was doing really well with him.

most of the match ups on top is going to take skill and when to go in and out of battle it wont be a problem if you follow this guide

I have carryed games in ranked with lee sin and normals so i can say you can use this for ranked im 15xx elo w/e you call it gold blah blah /h1].

My youtube channel come check it out here

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Some music for the Reader



Chill music

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Pros / Cons

+Can Get away from ganks pretty easy if done well.
+extremely mobile
+Great damage threw the whole game
+Has great burst with his skills and good auto attack damage
+If his ult is done well i can disable some people for a split second or you can kick them to your team ect.
+Has energy..Gg!
-A bit squishy before your Frozen Mallet
-if you cant hit your Sonic Wave / Resonating Strike, you can have a hard time doing damage
-You need good positioning to play him well.

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Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist

Greater Mark of Attack Damage

Greater Quintessence of Attack Damage

Greater Seal of Armor
Lets break down the runes, Greater Seal of Armor theses are the best for top lanes and pretty much a good rune overall and most of the top lanes are AD.

Greater Mark of Attack Damage is really great early game damage rune.

Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist this is a great glyph mr per lv helps from the ap mid if your ganking them and you dont get Mr till later on.

Greater Quintessence of Attack Damage More flat ad this is a great quint there is nothing really that good for Lee Sin so i get theses and there great

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I wont talk about everything but i will talk about some of the things i took

Why did you take Sorcery ? Well because you dont need Sunder or Lethality so i was like cd is great why not?

Why did we take Havoc because theres nothing else to take and i think this is a great mastery.

Why are we getting Durability and Veteran's Scars because Lee Sin does not have enough hp at the start so we're getting both of them.

Anything else you want to talk about comment and i will answer.

You can also go 9-21-0 i will talk about it below

i was watching Link115's stream and i saw him playing Lee Sin and he went 9-21-0
so i tryed it and i like it going this will not effect the build at all here is the masteries below.


The things i like about going this is you can trade off alot more and the movement speed for you having 70% hp or more is great

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Summoner Spells

PREFERRED:Great top lane spell and it could get you the kill on top who knows?

PREFERRED: This is your back up escape spell if you cant Safeguard / Iron Will away or you can use it to pick a kill.

A other spell combo

The SilSol combo aka number one or two in solo/duo ranked atm

Looked him up on lolking and i noticed he only takes Heal, Ignite on everyone jungle support adc mid top anything he takes it crazy.



Running this has its pros and cons see below at the video to see them and i will talk about it below the video.
Other spells you can take. i dont use these ever

: I see jungle Lee Sin take this but i can see if this is useful but.

: only if were Nasus farm farm farm only reason you would want to take this is if you're going to stay at top till the 30min mark and have a untouched tower and not help your team.

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Skill Sequence

Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18

You want to be maxing your W Safeguard / Iron Will because it gives life steal/spell vamp and a shield it gives you alot of sustain on top and you want this as your number one skill

Other things you can do is max your Q forTONS OF DAMAGE i use to do this and i can say you have to play super aggressive and you have to hit them with Sonic Wave and can be hard if your new to him

You can leave Safeguard / Iron Will at lv 3 and start to max Sonic Wave but this would feel weird so this is why i favor maxing one skill first you dont want to mix up your skills just stick to one skill then to the next one.

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Skill Explanations and how to use them to the fullest

After Lee Sin uses an ability, his next 2 autoattacks within 3 seconds gain 40% attack speed and return 15 energy each. This means try to hit between skills OR YOU WILL RUN OUT OF ENERGY!.

His QSonic Wave/Resonating Strike : Lee Sin shoots a wave of sound in a line, dealing physical damage to the first enemy it encounters and revealing it for 3 seconds. If Sonic Wave hits, Lee Sin can cast Resonating Strike within the next 3 seconds.
Lee Sin dashes to the enemy revealed by Sonic Wave, dealing a base amount of damage plus 8% of their missing health as physical damage. Monsters take a maximum of 400 damage.

+ Great for harassing does great damage.
+Can check a bush with it to see if anyone is in there.
+If you hit someone like Evelynn when there in stealth you can reveal them.

HIS WSafeguard/Iron Will
Lee Sin dashes to target ally (or himself) shielding them both. After casting Safeguard Lee Sin can then cast Iron Will granting himself extra Life-Steal, Spell-vamp and Armor.

+Great escaping a gank use a creep as a thing to dash to.
+Gives you alot of sustain with the bonus armor/life steal, and spell vamp
+Can shield someone from dying
+Can go threw walls if there is a ally or ward over it.

HIS ETempest/Cripple

Lee Sin smashes the ground dealing AoE damage and revealing enemies hit for 4 seconds. If an enemy is revealed by Tempest Lee Sin may then cast Cripple to slow their Movement and Attack Speed for 4 seconds. Movement and Attack Speed recover gradually over the duration.

+Does magic damage great for someone who has no MR
+This is a aoe slow so if there running away you can catch up with them.
+Benefits from the spell vamp from Safeguard / Iron Will and can give back alot of hp.
+Also slows the attack speed someone give you trouble like Xin Zhao put a few points into this and your all good.

HIS RDragon's Rage
Lee Sin roundhouse kicks enemy champion knocking them back and dealing huge physical damage. Any enemies the target collides with take damage and get knockd into the air.

+Has a 2.0 ad ratio so it does alot of damage
+Great back up escape spell kick them back.
+ can knock up enemy team mates and do damage to them.
+Can steal buffs like blue and baron i will show a video of me doing so.

How to use them effectively

Here is some clips on how to use Safeguard / Iron Will
/league-of-legends/ability/safeguard-iron-will-371 Also you can see me doing a combo where i tag Yorick with Sonic Wave then i Dragon's Rage then active Sonic Wave again this combo does alot of damage. Remember use Safeguard / Iron Will on a creep or on your jungler then slow them its really good.

LoL replay is not working for older replays jacking baron with Dragon's Rage is hard so i will upload the video when lol replay is fixed.

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Item Sequence

Health Potion

Health Potion

Health Potion

Cloth Armor

Madred's Razors

Wriggle's Lantern

Mercury's Treads

Ruby Crystal

So your starting off with Boots of Speed and three Health Potion's you want to be mobile,on your next trip back to base you want to have at least a Madred's Razors or even a Wriggle's Lantern,don't forget to buy a Sight ward buy at least one i buy two just because i want to save the Wriggle's Lantern's ward to save me jumping over walls ect.
Your next back to base you should have enough for Mercury's Treads and if you get a kill a Phage reason on getting theses items because your building a Frozen Mallet and gives that little bit of hp and tenacity for cc reduction.
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Giant's Belt

Frozen Mallet

Aegis of the Legion
Now this should be about 20mins or so into the game maybe more dont worry just stick to the plan, build a Hexdrinker if you want more hp you can buy Giant's Belt first but i feel that i fall off on the MR side and i get stomped by ap carrys its up to you how you pick this then after Hexdrinker and Giant's Belt get a Frozen Mallet this item is really great its like having red buff all the time late game and it slows attack speeds of people like adcs who need attack speed.Next item on the list is Ruby Crystal/ Aegis of the Legion now your going to say what da fak, this item is great for your team and gives a little bit of ad =D and has a low price if theres a better item out there to replace this please comment and i will look into it.
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The Bloodthirster
Now its theses bad boys it should be late game and your like k bro what now grab Maw of Malmortius for 1900 gold this item is great MR + AD + a shield great item,Now grab The Bloodthirster gives alot of ad and life steal this is one of the best items for Lee Sin if you want to fight about it sure leave a comment and we will talk about it.


This item is great on Lee Sin life steal+armor and AD AND A WARD i have alot of love for this item the ward this item gives has saved me alot dont skip this please.

This item gives you the Health you need so badly as Lee Sin started to build this over Warmog's Armor/ Atma's Impaler and i really liked it the slow + attack speed slow is great its like having red 100% of the time and no one is getting away from you.

Theses are great for the MR and tenacity nothing really to say but there boss.

Now your going to say why is this a core item? well because this is your main MR and most of the times i wont be able to finish it at the end of the game you can not skip this item for the love of god please dont.


:i really started to get this item when i get first blood or when im ahead of the person on top i get two Doran's Blade's after i build theses i go right back into my build right into Wriggle's Lantern.A other good example is i build this when im facing a Yorick top, and Wriggle's Lantern i can 1 v 1 him no problem after that the life steal is too much for him poor guy =/.

:This item makes lee sin do so much damage the only con for this is you have to rush this item and you have to be getting fed or you wont be tanky enough for mid game and thats really bad if your not.But if you do get this item build a right into Warmog's Armor for the health.

A other great item on Lee Sin Cool down+ AD+ Armor pen.Dont really get this item because the follow up with this item feels weird for me and i would have to switch my whole build just for this item.I would only get this item if im doing super good.

/ :Theses items feel right for Lee Sin but i feel that after the nerfs on Atma's Impaler it does not give enough AD for you to do anything, dont get me wrong atmogs is still strong but the money you have to dump into theses items make a giant hole in your pocket, but you could go Warmog's Armor after Wriggle's Lantern.

This is a other follow up item after the double Doran's Blade's i only go The Bloodthirster if im super fed and mid game you just fly right threw it, Its more stable then going Trinity Force in my mind.

: I only buy theses when im fighting a good Riven theses boots just break Riven a high elo Riven player told me it breaks her (he's in the 1900+ elo if you wanted to know).This is not a insta win boots but it reduces the damage by alot.

Situational Items

if theres a double ap team comp or mid is just fed pick this up after Frozen Mallet.

if there running heavy AD or bot fed great item its just 2k gold.

ADC giving you hard times? Build this bad boy to slow him/her and get that little bastard.


/ : Cloth Armor 5 Health Potion's i never run this but i can see you getting it if theres double top or maybe you dont have the right runes.

: i can see people getting this item like sometimes Riven's grab it when im top and i have a little bit of a problem but not that bad.This starting item is risky but you can try run that kill lane with this so GL if your going to try this.

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Match ups on top.... where is top anyway?

EZ: this is pretty much a EZ match up if you follow what i say.

Medium:Might be a challenge but dont worry i will try my best to give out tips

Total bull sh%^t HARD:Your going to have a hard time even if you main Lee Sin. example of total bull sh%^t Hard is like your playing starcraft 2 and you have a medivac with 5 marines and a ghost with a nuke this is like a wet sock compared to the other team and he has 50 marines 15 tanks,theres still that chance you can get that super lucky nuke off who nows? its like this match up you have a chance but its slim.

Going from A-Z


This match up is pretty much EZ for Lee Sin lets talk about how we beat her do the normal things last hit get to lv 3 when she pops her Twilight Shroud use Tempest so you can see her and hit her or a creep twice then slow her then if you can Sonic Wave then use Safeguard / Iron Will and life steal/spell vamp back the missing hp shes not a problem at all trust me.

Medium-Total bull sh%^t Hard

My god hate playing Cho'Gath top its pretty much a lame lane he cant kill you and you cant kill him only things that make this match up Total bull sh%^t is that he has a knock up/slow and a 2/3 second silence if i remember and if he lands theses two skills on you when the jungler is ganking say dam i need a ward around. lv 6-8 you should make your move Cho'Gath's will be at your tower being like OH yea im tanky you cant do poop to me douch bag thing so you want the jungler to come gank him and even mid should come you use every thing on him and it should be a sure kill because he is pretty slow. also before you try this buy your things


This guy is a pain if you like to trade off alot dont do this just sit back land your Sonic Wave on him then active it then right as you hit him Safeguard / Iron Will to a creep can be hard to do at times but it will poke him down with out you taking damage your first item might want to be a Heart of Gold then build into two Doran's Blade's the extra hp will help from his ult. Then just follow the build from there.If your kind of new to Lee Sin do not try to solo him trust me it has back fired on me alot of times (release week Darius was a pain learned it the hard way) ask for the jungler to gank if your jungler is going to die from his bleeding remember SHIELD HIM WITH Safeguard / Iron Will.

To beat him keep poking him then as for a gank then after that kill you should be ahead you should never stay back when you have less then 300-400 hp.


She can be a pain at times the way to counter her is Tempest get this to lv 2 or 3 to slow her attack speed and movement then put on Safeguard / Iron Will active the other part of Safeguard / Iron Will then trade off with her when she is slowed it will be a one sided battle when your Safeguard / Iron Will is at lv 3 or 4 the armor and slow on her is pretty bad for her she rely's on her attack speed also.Bait her Riposte with Tempest get close to her then when she puts it up Tempest then hit a few creeps slow her then after Riposte is gone hit her Sonic Wave ect this is like a Xin Zhao match up but less rushing and knock ups. the key to winning is slowing her attack speed with Tempest

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Proof that this works in RANKED AND NORMAL elo 1400-1500

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The end credits update log ect

Well this is the end i hope my guide was useful and enjoy the video below