Leona Build Guide by GetConnected69
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Hello summoners , I'm BuB Diamond I on EUNE Server and this Leona's guide will be an awesome tool to begin carring games with a support ! You can play aggresive as leona at bottom and for sure if you win the lane before you hit 6lvl , you will dominate the lane after 6! When you see that you have an advantage try to freeze lane with your ADc , doing that will outfarm the enemy ADc! Keep an eye on the enemy last hitting , when she/he reach the range to land a hit to take a cs ping for the engage and smash him/her down! This will be helpful for your adc to fed up and carry the whole game!
For the runes I'm using:
Flat Armor Marks x9 = 8.2 Armor
Flat Armor Seals x9 = 9 Armor: These runes are very effective at mitigating physical damage. They are mandatory as a support because you will be taking physical damage from the enemy AD, the enemy support, and creeps in lane.
Flat Health Glyphs x9 = 19 Health
Flat Health Quintessences x1 = 26 Health
Percent Health Quintessences x2 = 3% maximum Health : Health works especially well on Leona for quintessences and glyphs because she already has such a huge resist steroid with W that makes each point of health you get that much more valuable. Your main role on your team is to initiate fights, tank, and lock down targets, all of which are easier to do when you are more beefy.
(Note: percent health quintessences are one of the best runes of the late game , try them on other tank champ for example nautilus , malphite , sejuani , and other good tanks!)
There are many different possible mastery setups for Leona. Personally I think the utility tree is currently really good for supports, so I generally take 0-9-21 masteries. I sacrifice some extra tankiness for other things like gold income here. Other possible mastery setups are 0-21-9, 9-21-0, 9-12-9 and basically any combination of the defensive tree and utility tree. Try different things and find out what works for you.
For Summoner Spells , I am using Ignite for bullying the enemy bottom lane. You can play exhaust as well if they have assasins in their team ( zed , fizz , le blanc )
For the items , I am trying to build tones of Health for taking the aggro from the turrets , tank teamfighs , tank the trades of the bottom (2v2) but as you can see , I love the Cooldown Reduction on Leona , she is really annoying at 40%cd for the enemies , her Q goes pretty low at cd , E too , so she can chase down all of the enemies ! Anyway , follow the order of my items and I am pretty sure you will win games :) !
Ranked play ! Its depends on your own skills too , but anyway I will recommend you what you must do to win a game with Leona! Firstly you are the support so you are the one who call for engage or not! Take care of this , because your teamates rely on you at pinging! When you see that your enemy dont have a good position , ping for him , locked him down with E Q and then use your R correctly at the enemy assasin! By this way , you are playing your role very well , because you stun one person , your teamates killed him , and then you locked up the assasin with your ulti , protecting your adc and apc , but let them kill him easily too ! So you carried that fight ! At the bottom lane , before 6 , you can engage very well but its not so safe without your ultimate , your R is one of the most important tool to win the bottom lane , so if you want , play defensive until your R come!
Pros / Cons
Advantages : Leona is a pretty good tank/cc/support champion , she can carry a game , if she plays correcly , she is awesome at engaging and she is a good playmaker too!
Disadvantages : Her E can be collapsed , so at the bottom lane , for example Janna or Thresh can cancel her E and poke her down , she will not die , but she took unneccesary dmg though, if the enemies know how to outplay a good leona , you can play defensive until your jungler land a gank ( you can help jungler land a gank by putting wards , pink wards , and lens the wards)! Ones you kill someone at bottom , you will beging to dominate , but as i said! PLAY DEFENSVILY IF YOU CANT HOLD YOUR LANE
Well , it depends on your teamates , your division , and other possible sources.
In the solo queue , try to be polite with your teamate , and give them courage you try harder , pinging , chatting is a good way to communicate with your teamates ! You are the support , so you have the calls on your mind !
In the ranked team , your teamate knows you , know how you play , so they can keep up with you , so its easier to win a game , you are already polite with them you communicate well so.. :)
Green - Lane-safety wards
Aqua - General map vision wards
Yellow - Dragon/Baron control wards.
Red - Counter-jungle wards
Blue - Buff-defense wards
Purple - Late-game wards