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Anivia Build Guide by Dorryza

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League of Legends Build Guide Author Dorryza

Let's Soar- A Comprehensive Anivia Guide

Dorryza Last updated on March 11, 2016
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Ability Sequence

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





Not Updated For Current Season

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.



Masteries

Fury
 
 
5/
Sorcery
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Vampirism
 
 
5/
Natural Talent
 
 
 
 
 
Bounty Hunter
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Oppressor
 
 
 
 
 
Battering Blows
 
 
Piercing Thoughts
 
 
 
 

Ferocity: 12

Wanderer
 
 
5/
Savagery
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Merciless
 
 
5/
Meditation
 
 
 
 
 
Bandit
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Dangerous Game
 
 
 
 
 
5/
Precision
 
 
Intelligence
 
 
 
 

Cunning: 18

Recovery
 
 
Unyielding
 
 
 
 
 
Explorer
Tough Skin
 
 
 
 
 
Runic Armor
 
 
Veteran's Scars
 
 
 
 
 
Insight
Perseverance
 
 
 
 
 
Swiftness
 
 
Legendary Guardian
 
 
 
 

Resolve: 0



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Karthus Low range means easy q's, and he can't beat your e+r harass.
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Introduction

Hello everyone- Welcome to my Anivia Guide.

Anivia is a utility mage best when soaring above Mid lane and is a late game monster. She specializes in locking down opponents with her 3 full forms of CC so that both she and her teammates can blast them down. However, Anivia is one of the highest skillcap champions to play, and as such, may not be for everyone.

Who Am I?


I'm Dorryza, a Diamond player on NA. I enjoy playing primarily mid, but I also like ADC. I got where I am mostly by playing Anivia, and seeing as I love my ice birdie so much, I thought I might share how I play her with everyone else here on Mobafire.

Pros and Cons



So Why Birdie?
  • Great Utility with three full forms of CC
  • Amazing Damage, especially in mid and late game
  • Decently Tanky
  • High Auto Attack Range
  • Nigh-infinite Waveclear with Glacial Storm
  • Game-changing Abilities such as Crystallize
  • Rebirth is quite possibly the best passive in the game

Why Not Birdie?
  • Low Mobility
  • Weak Pre-6 due to reliance on the hard-to-hit Flash Frost
  • Obscene Mana Costs due to her Ult
  • Crystallize can Backfire if used incorrectly
  • Damage relies on comboes
  • Hard to CS with due to a clunky auto attack animation


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Summoner Spells

The Big Two:


Flash is essential for Anivia. For a champion with no movement abilities and the lowest movement speed in the entire game, the ability to suddenly re-position is priceless. Try to avoid using it in lane if you can, as jungler will camp you if you use it too early.



Ignite is great for a burst mage like Anivia. Sometimes, you need that tiny little edge for a bit more damage to an enemy, and Ignite is a nice finisher. It even halves healing so you don't need to worry about that last HP pot in the middle of the fight! Nice!
That being said, it isn't as essential as Flash is- therefore, if you're going to change up summoner spells, get rid of Ignite first.

Other Viable Options:


Heal is now super-strong after the rework. It can give you that extra bit of HP to win a fight, or a nice burst of speed to get out of a tight spot. However, a lot of its power is the fact that it can also help an ally. Also, most mid laners carry Ignite, halving its effectiveness. Therefore, if I was to choose another defensive summoner, I would choose-



Barrier gives you a pretty significant shield. It's nice because it can "overflow" your HP bar- if you're about to get nuked terribly, but are still full HP, such as if Syndra is about to use her Unleashed Power, Barrier will help you, while Heal won't. Heal also gets affected by Grievous Wounds, which halves all healing, inflicted by Ignite, which most Mid Laners carry. It has better base stats in general. Lastly, Barrier is on a shorter cooldown.



Teleport is viable for Anivia. What she does is simply annihilate the minions with Glacial Storm and then teleport to a lane (usually bot lane) in hopes of getting a kill. Anivia's TP ganks are actually pretty strong- she has some great CC, nice damage, and the wall can be used to help your allies close the gap. Lastly, if you cast teleport and get Rebirth'd, your egg will still teleport. Hilarious when that Zed engages on you!



In case you need to keep that extreme damage-dealer down but you can't stun them reliably. I can see Exhaust being viable against mobile champions such as Zed or Yasuo where it's pretty obvious when they're going to do damage, but you just can't stun those slippery bastards.



You know that mobility problem that I was talking about? Ghost is capable of fixing that. I would still hesitate to take it, however, seeing as other spells (primarily Heal) can do much of what Ghost does, while still helping in other departments. Honestly, the only reason it makes it up to the "kinda viable" list is because Anivia is so gut-wrenchingly slow.


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Runes

Anivia is versatile enough to make several different types of runes viable in their own way.

In-depth Rune Analysis:



Marks

In-Depth Mark Analysis


Seals

In-Depth Seal Analysis


Glyphs

In-Depth Glyph Analysis


Quintessences

In-Depth Quintessence Analysis


Oh, just give me the runes already

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Masteries

I use a standard AP caster page for Anivia.

Masteries
5/5
1/1
5/5
1/1
5/5
1/1
5/5
1/1
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Mastery Explainations


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Spells

Rebirth

The most hilarious, and quite possibly the strongest, passive in the game, Rebirth has a long cooldown but is completely worth it. Essentially, if you drop to 0 HP, you turn into an egg. Then, if it survives for the next 6 seconds, you are revived with the amount of HP that the egg had left. It's great for surviving that last tick of ignite after a heated battle in mid lane, or baiting an enemy turret-dive. Your opponents also have a hard choice in a teamfight- do they burst you down twice, completely ignore you, or burst you down once, chase the ADC, and then deal with a full-health, angry bird?
Advanced Rebirth Notes:



Flash Frost

Flash Frost is Anivia's stun. It is a line skillshot that can be detonated at any time for extra damage and a stun. While it has the dubious honor of being the slowest skillshot in the entire game, it does have a large radius, high range, CC, and ludicrous damage when leveled.
Advanced Frost Flash Notes:


Crystallize

Anivia's "play-making" skill, using Crystallize instantly spawns a wall whose size depends on level. The intricacies of this spell are far too varied for me to be able to explain in this short area and Crystallize warrants a section of its own. So, check it out by scrolling down or clicking me!

Frostbite

Her main damage spell, Frostbite is fairly straightforward. At first glance, it seems relatively average- Mediocre range, targeted, hits like wet tissue paper. However, if you use it after you debuff an opponent with Chill by pegging them with Glacial Storm or Flash Frost, its damage suddenly doubles. As a result, you should pretty much always use this ability along with another one- never use it alone.
Advanced Frostbite Notes:

Glacial Storm

This is it. Anivia's waveclear button. It's what sets up most of those double damage Frostbites. It's one of the lowest CD ults in the game. It's also the sole reason why Anivia is the most mana hungry champ in the entire game. What Glacial Storm does is create a circular zone. Enemies within that zone have their attack speeds and movement speeds slowed, and also take damage while they remain in that zone. Starting it has some up-front mana costs, and it can be maintained for as long as you have the mana for it, or until you stop casting it (either toggled off, move too far away, or CC'd).
Advanced Glacial Storm Notes:


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Skill Sequence

Your general skill order is >>>

There are two main level paths for Anivia.

The main level path is:

Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Getting a second level in Flash Frost instead of one level in Crystallize at level four really helps in trading. You want to level up Frostbite first, as it'll be your main damage spell the moment you hit level 6. Get one rank in Crystallize at level 8 to ensure that you can both help your team in mid-game with CC, as well as giving you additional kill potential with forcing your opponents into a Flash Frost, or keeping them in Glacial Storm.

On the other hand, if you're against a relatively immobile but long range mage such as Lux or Xerath, you can get Crystallize at level 4. You wouldn't be able to hit them easily with just Flash Frost due to how far away they are- however, using Crystallize to force them into a guaranteed Flash Frost is a combo that does a lot of damage, yet is extremely hard to react to. As such, the level sequence in this case is:
Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18

Note that these level-up paths are not set in stone. A early level in Crystallize can ruin a Fizz who used both his teleports to dive you under tower, and an extra level in Flash Frost can provide just that extra bit of damage damage to win trades against that Ziggs. It's quite simply, personal preference.


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Crystallize


Accidentally clicked on me? Done with this section? Click here to return to the "Skills" section!

This one spell is what both makes Anivia one of the hardest champions in the game, as well as what makes Anivia Anivia. It's an ability whose versatility is almost unmatched, and I'll be talking about Crystallize in four different sections:
Note that in this section, I have some color coded lines, arrows, and circles in my pictures.
Blue ---->s indicate the direction in which I use Flash Frost.
Red ---->s show where my opponents are planning on walking.
Green -~~->s show my opponents' new pathing after Crystallize.
And Orange Circles show the approximate area where Flash Frost hits my opponents.


Engages:


Forces:


Pathing in LoL works in a very specific way; the computer analyzes the shortest distance between Point A (yourself) and Point B (your destination) constantly- if it decides that a different route is better, it corrects to that route instantaneously by human standards. Since Crystallize creates an impassible wall that changes the optimal route from Point A to Point B, you can abuse pathing and use Crystallize to make your opponent go in a direction which they don't expect, typically right into one of your spells, like the hard to hit Flash Frost. This is called a force.

Forces


Catches:


Every level of Crystallize can fully block off many jungle paths, and higher ranks can also block off a significant portion of the lane. This allows you to use Crystallize to block off the retreat of an out-of-position enemy, either starting a fight (or a slaughter, if you catch a lone Kog'Maw), or finishing one off by not allowing the last few survivors of a fight to flee. This differs from a force because you're not walling with the intention of hitting a spell, but stopping their retreat, which allows you (and oftentimes, teammates) to catch up and kill the out-of-position opponent. This type of wall is called a catch.

Catches


Disengages:


No team or person will play perfectly 100% of the time, and there will be times when you/the tattered remnants of your team will be fleeing for your lives against five angry full-health enemies. As Anivia, you could slow them with Glacial Storm and stun them with Flash Frost. Or, you could force them to walk around a gigantic ice wall!

Disengages


Peels:


In the middle of a fight/duel, you will occasionally have someone (typically melee) running towards someone you typically don't want them to reach, like a fleeing low-health team member, or that ubersquishy Kog'Maw. Oftentimes, a well-placed Crystallize will stop them right in their tracks, allowing that low person to escape, or that Kog'Maw to spit on everything without interruption and roflstomp entire enemy teams.

The line between a disengage and a peel is thin, but generally speaking, a disengage is when you want the fight to stop, while a peel wants the fight to continue, but with additional time/distance for the person that is being peeled to refresh cooldowns or auto attack more, respectively.

Peels


Other/Misc:


The Basics:

  • Use already-existing terrain to your advantage! Especially applicable to Level one Crystallize, but still relevant at later ranks, using wall in conjunction with terrain features such as the little gap between outer/inner turrets and the wall, that protrusion at river into mid lane, and narrow jungle paths just makes Crystallize be more effective.
  • Level one Crystallize can be used to effectively block off most jungle paths and entrances.
  • Be warned that using Crystallize to fully wall-off jungle creeps such as Blue Buff is no longer effective. While partially blocking their pathing to create additional time is still a viable strategy, due to the new patience system, fully walling off creeps simply means that they will start regenerating HP likely before you can kill them.
  • Crystallize can be used to give vision. Let wall face-check bushes for you!
  • Wall also does exactly one true damage to an enemy if put right on them. While this can give long range assists, it can also accidentally proc. tower aggro. Plan accordingly.
  • Crystallize is capable of interrupting channels such as Death Lotus, Requiem, or Destiny.
  • ***NEW*** Her wall now interacts with abilities that check with terrain. Basically, you can use Crystallize to combo with Vayne's Condemn, Poppy's Heroic Charge, Bard's Cosmic Binding, and Gnar's ult (heave thing) GNAR!.

Advanced Tips:

  • One of the most effective walls is "The Pincer"- where you try to get as close to a horizontal wall as you can get. This is extremely effective because it forces an opponent to backtrack instead of just walking sideways.
    Example:
    The Pincer
  • As Crystallize does take up space, targets that you place it on will be slightly displaced. If you're fast enough, you can use this to push enemies into slow-moving skillshots like Aqua Prison, or even into the fish for Chum the Waters!.
  • If your target is just past the max range of the wall, consider using the wall at an angle. It won't be as effective as a flat wall, but it might just slow down your opponent enough for you to get in range for a Glacial Storm or Flash Frost.
  • A properly timed Crystallize can stop most dashes. If you activate the wall AFTER the dash begins, the dash does not clear the wall. Confirmed with Jarvan IV's Dragon Strike+ Demacian Standard combo, Vault Breaker, 90 Caliber Net, and even Bandage Toss. Theorized but not confirmed with abilities like Pounce, Leap Strike, or Rocket Jump.
  • A properly timed and placed wall can even interrupt both Sion's ultimate (as he slams into the wall instead of you), as well as Bard and his friends mid- Magical Journey!

The difference between a decent Anivia and an amazing one is how they utilize their walls. Don't be discouraged if you mess up the first couple of times- it does take a lot of practice before you get it right.


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Items

The Standard Start:

The Doran's Ring provides a nice health and AP boost, allowing for more effective trading early game. It also gives flat mana regen along with that useful passive, ensuring that Anivia does not run out of mana during early game. Seeing as it provides almost anything a mage needs during laning phase, this will be what you buy the majority of the time. Make sure to get health potions for sustain within the lane. And don't forget about your free trinket ward!



Alternate Starts:


The Cloth Armor start allows you to rush Seeker's Armguard or Ninja Tabi against those pesky AD laners. Do remember, however, that starting this isn't necessarily optimal- you lose out on a lot of potential mana regen and other combat stats. This choice is mainly for very defensive, passive play, where you're worried less about winning lane and more about simply not dying. Don't forget to get as many Health Potions as you can, as well as your trinkets.



The Boots of Speed start is viable against skillshot-heavy champions such as Lux. The boots provide additional movespeed as to ensure better dodging of skillshots. Make sure to grab four Health Potions as well.


Early Core:

catalyst the protector
Catalyst the Protector helps scratch that mana itch that Anivia has. It provides nice stats, and has a great passive that helps you stay in lane even under heavy pressure. With the changes to Chalice of Harmony, this should now always be bought first.



Despite the changes, Chalice of Harmony is still a great item for Anivia. Extra mana regen is great, and the MR is wonderful for trades, but the real kicker is the mana regen passive. At first glance, the passive is decidedly mediocre, but its effectiveness increases based on mana pool, and Catalyst/RoA will increase the mana pool.

Don't worry about the lack of offensive stats- Anivia, while scaling really well, also has extremely high base damage. Don't forget, also, to grab Boots of Speed if you haven't yet, as well as wards. Kills are huge, and why would you feed one to your enemy just because you were too stingy to buy a pink and plop it down in the river?



Other possible early game items:

Seeker's Armguard is rather situational for Anivia- early game, she needs as much mana as she can get her hands on, and this doesn't give her any. It is, however, extremely efficient if you can charge it up, meaning that this is very viable against AD mids like Zed or Talon.



I want to love Tear of the Goddess, I really do. But I just can't. "But wait!", you cry. "Doesn't Glacial Storm charge up Tear of the Goddess really well?"
Not really, unfortunately. The problem is that Anivia expends her mana in short bursts, and due to the cooldown on the passive, that's not very effective at charging the item up. You'll get maybe 2 stacks per wave, while almost anyone else who grabs tear will get much more.
That being said, it's still viable if you can stack it up in peace against a relatively easy match-up, as Seraph's Embrace is a great item. The problem lies in getting there.


Mid Game Core:

Rod of Ages is just perfect for Anivia. Everything that it provides is extremely useful to her- the health is great because she's relatively close-range, and it even beefs up her egg; the mana is mandatory; and the AP is great for an AP mid like her. Its passive also gives you great sustain within lane. Due to the nature of the item (it gets stronger the longer it's in the game), if you're going to get it, you want to buy it as early as possible. However, if you're ahead, you could skip it to get more damage faster.



Despite the nerf, Athene's Unholy Grail remains mandatory in almost all situations for Anivia. The MR helps keep her from being bursted down, while the AP gives her some nice damage. However, the real gems lie in the passives, which are great for keeping her mana high during sustained teamfights, as well as in long sieges. The Mana Font unique passive, as mentioned above, also gets more effective based on mana pool, which is increased by RoA. Could there be a more perfect item?



You should also have Sorcerer's Shoes by now. The magic Penetration is great, and the movespeed is nice for both dodging and getting to (and fleeing from) teamfights. However, this is much more situational- there are games when I get boots before Athene's Unholy Grail, and games when I get it after finishing Rabadon's Deathcap. However, there will be certain match-ups (such as Veigar) where you'll want to grab Mercury's Treads instead.



If an AP caster doesn't have Rabadon's Deathcap, (s)he's doing something wrong. It provides not only a huge boost of AP, but also amplifies your existing AP. After getting this, your damage should skyrocket.


Late Game Offensive Items:

A must have- Void Staff provides not only a decent amount of AP, but also a huge amount of %Magic Penetration. It's just the thing to deal with those pesky MR-stacking enemies in the late game.



This item feels made for Anivia. A bit more tankiness, some extra AP, some magic penetration for that much more damage- and that amazing %hp burn. The burn that does double damage if the target is slowed. Did we mention that Glacial Storm is a large AOE slow that Anivia excels at keeping enemies in?


Late Game Defensive Items:

Not only does Zhonya's Hourglass provide a very respectable amount of AP, but it also gives armor for survivability, and that great activate. It's like Trollpole, but you don't feel dirty just for playing Fizz. A win/win if I ever saw one.



Unfortunately, the mana got removed from Banshee's Veil, but the shield is still gamebreaking. The extra health and MR are also amazing for a bird that has to be on the front lines constantly. Consider buying against people like LeBlanc or Akali.



What's better than one revive passive? Two revive passives! Guardian Angel's revive can make and break games, and forcing enemies to kill the bird three times in a row is really hard to do- especially if you have some angry teammates raring for revenge. Consider this if you're getting focused down.

Other:


Boots Enchantments:


As a slow bird, you need every bit of movespeed you can get your claws on, and this helps significantly with your mobility problem. With the removal of the Homeguards enchantment, this should be the only realistically viable boots enchantment.


Warding and Trinkets:


This will typically be the trinket that you start out with, as well as the trinket that you stick with as the game goes on. As it is now the only source of wards, barring the Sightstone, it's typically required in laning phase in order to help stave off early game jungle ganks, as well as to help gain map control in mid and late game.



This particular totem choice is rather situational. You typically want to get this only when a troublesome member of the enemy team has stealth. Consider this against enemies such as Akali or Talon.



Serving much of the purpose of old Vision Wards, the Farsight Alteration is best used to either maintain control of an area that you can lock down, or get vision of something far away you need to see right now (such as Baron Nashor). When it comes to the vision wars that teams oftentimes fight, however, the plain old Warding Totem, by virtue of stealth, is oftentimes a greater investment, as it requires an enemy to expend either a Vision Ward or one of the detection trinkets to destroy it (assuming they can even find it), as opposed to any member of the enemy team simply walking up and hitting it. Situationally useful, but you should never have more than one on a team.



Because of the changes to the warding and trinket system in the new season, in early and mid game, it will be impossible for the trinket alone to cover both sides of mid lane, not to mention the multiple entrances for each side. Therefore, ensuring that a pink ward is placed at any given time (past the first back, that is), has become absolutely essential.

Good places for Vision Wards are the little bush in the middle of the river on each side of the lane. If those spots are being regularly cleared by the enemy mid laner or jungler, consider placing it slightly farther back- in the small section of brush closer to your side of the map, or the bushes directly to the sides of mid lane. You can then use the Warding Totem to make sure the other side of the jungle is also in sight.

It should also be noted that these are also very useful against characters that use stealth, like Talon or Akali. [


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Early Game Play

I classify "Early Game" as levels 1-6, when everyone just stays in their lanes and glares at each other from their respective towers. Anivia's goal in early game is to CS better than your opponent, gain levels, and not die- if you're handed a kill on a silver platter, take it by all means, but that's not what you're here for. This is because, pre-6, Anivia is actually quite weak. While a Flash Frost+ Frostbite combo does do a large amount of damage early game, Flash Frost is relatively easy to dodge, leaving you completely helpless to enemy harass or all-ins.

However, just CSing is also hard too, because Anivia's auto attack not only does little damage, but is also slow, both in the particle (though Riot buffed this a bit), and also in the animation.

But it's not all bad. A slow projectile speed, along with an absurdly high auto attack range ( Annie is the only standard mid to outrange Anivia) makes auto attack harass a breeze, as you can attack, and immediately retreat, negating creep aggro and, if you're feeling gutsy, turret aggro. It's also hard for opponents to retaliate, as if they walk directly towards you to counterattack, they just eat a Flash Frost+ Frostbite combo to the face.

Therefore, your best bet is to harass your opponents with auto attacks. Keep in mind that if you have to choose between harrassing them once or getting a minion, the minion takes priority, as Anivia is one of the hardest-scaling AP mids in the game. If your opponent is being predictable and going forward for a minion, and you can hit a Flash Frost, be sure to hit them with a Frostbite as well as an auto attack to maximize your damage before falling back- just be careful that you're not being baited by a mobile champion that can take advantage of you like Fizz or Zed by dodging your q and going to town on you.

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Mid Game Play

I classify Mid game as the time when everyone stays in their lane most of the time, but occassionally roams/rotates. It tends to be level 6-11ish. This part of the game is one of Anivia's strongest.

Access to waveclear means that she can push the lane hard when your lane partner leaves. Blue buff and mana items mean that you can farm Raptors for extra gold with impunity, while being able to buy boots allows you to roam decently. You also have your core combo of Frostbite+ Glacial Storm, which is a guaranteed hit, high-damage nuke that's up every 8 or so seconds.

This portion of the game results in many haphazard, running teamfights, and Anivia excels at this. She an lock down an area and not let anyone join the teamfight, or use Crystallize and catch an unorganized team member off guard. Also, the unpredictability of the teamfights highlights yet another one of her benefits- her ult is always up, in stark contrast to most other mids' ults, which often have cooldowns of over one minute. More teammates also means more bodies to stand bodyguard in front of your egg.

However, not everything is perfect. Additional enemies means that an exposed egg will die every time. Your low, low mobility will mean that you could get caught out easily, or chased down at the tail end of a losing teamfight. Other enemies have greater sheer nuking power with higher cooldown ultimates. And mana will become a precious commodity to you- try to get Blue buff from your jungler every time it's up, because you need it to clear waves and fight effectively, at least until your mana items kick in.


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Late Game Play

Late game is when people stop really caring about lanes and start roaming in teams with the intention of getting kills or objectives. At this point in the game, Anivia is a downright powerhouse and I would venture to say that she is the hardest AP Carry in the game.

Right now, you have three main jobs, in varying order:

  • Kill enemies, especially squishies like ADCs or Mids
  • Peel for yourself and your ADC
  • Catch out enemies, allowing your team to pounce on them, and then forcing a 4v5 fight.

The order of this differs based on the team that you have, the team that your opponents have, and the relative farm of all parties involved. For example, if you're 0/4 but your fed Kog'Maw is 10/2, you're going to want to focus completely on peeling for him. On the other hand, if your 0/7 Lucian gets caught by Skarner yet again, you're going for the exposed Jinx instead of saving him.

Similarly, if your enemies are extremely mobile- say, Kassadin and Ezreal- you shouldn't focus so much on catching them with Crystallize, because they'll just Riftwalk or Arcane Shift over it, respectively. On the other hand, if they're relatively immobile, such as Kog'Maw or Brand, catching them out with wall will either force a flash, give your team a free kill, or force a unfavorable teamfight for the enemy.

Because of Anivia's great AP scaling (a full 1 AP:damage ratio for both Flash Frost and Frostbite), she's putting out some ludicrous damage. Her Crystallize can catch out people with ease, even in lane, due to how large it is- and those people tend to die when there's 5 angry team members whaling on them. Flash Frost, while slow, does have a rather long range and explosion radius- Stunning an enemy ADC at max range can be done if they come up to CS or harass at a bad time, and can result in a favorable engagement for your team.

Remember that Anivia's CC is just as strong, if not stronger, than her raw damage output. Landing a stun on the enemy ADC is a full second of them not attacking, which could be essential in a teamfight. Separating an enemy team with Crystallize within a teamfight can be devastatingly effective. And try to make sure that your Glacial Storm affects as many people as possible, for as long as possible- its damage is nice, but the attack speed and movement speed slow are essential for both peeling that pesky Jax off your fleeing Kog'Maw, or making sure you win that DPS fight against that enemy Jinx.


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FAQ

Q) Why Greater Seal of Scaling Mana Regeneration?
A) I personally like the Greater Seal of Scaling Mana Regeneration because it provides a huge boost to Anivia's mana pool, which really increases her versitility. While admittedly, she doesn't really need it when she has blue buff, since the duration lasts less than the respawn timer, you end up with a 2-3 minute window of vulnerability- more if your opponents kill you, are good at denying you blue, or your jungler is being greedy. These seals help make that window of vulnerability a little less vulnerable.

That being said- this is only my personal preference. If you don't like it, you are free to play Anivia your own way.


Q) Isn't Athene's Unholy Grail terrible now?
A) Yes, Athene's Unholy Grail is terrible- at its previous role, being the singular mana item that most mid laners bought to forget that mana was a resource. Before, it scaled off of mana regen, which Athene's itself increases in addition to the base mana regen of the champion. But now, the passive scales off of total mana, which normally isn't changed in standard mid laners. However, Anivia almost always buys an item that increases mana pool, in addition to Athene's itself.


Q) What about Morellonomicon?
A) Due to the way itemization works for most AP casters now, Morellonomicon is simply the most efficient item. It gives a significant chunk of stats for a reasonable amount of gold, isn't reliant on the size of your mana pool like Athene's Unholy Grail, and doesn't take 20 minutes to stack up like Seraph's Embrace. However, it's not as effective for Anivia.
This is because Anivia almost always buys two mana items, rather than only one like the majority of AP mid laners. And although the stats on Morellonomicon are nice, the two passives on Athene's Unholy Grail both scale up in power relative to the size of the mana pool, making them much stronger. As a result, I feel that Athene's does edge out Morellonomicon for Anivia.


Q) What about Tear of the Goddess and Archangel's Staff?
A} I don't like TotG on Anivia for the sole reason that it's rather hard to stack up on her. Champions that thrive on Tear (think Ezreal, Karthus, or Cassiopeia) use their abilities constantly throughout the wave, while Anivia just dumps a pool of mana once every 30 seconds and is done with it. The result is that those champs get ~5 stacks a wave, while Anivia gets only 2, and it's much harder for her to stack it up. I prefer Rod of Ages to Seraph's Embrace anyways- the sustain from Catalyst the Protector is great for early game Anivia, and you don't have to wait 30 minutes to actually get your full gold's worth.

While I do acknowledge that under ideal circumstances (close to base, have Blue Buff, not participating in a siege etc.), Seraph's Embrace can beat out Athene's Unholy Grail, Athene's is not only better early/mid game, but is also much more versatile. You're essentially trading some amount of AP for stability and certainty, and that's a trade-off worth making imho.


Q) Greater Quintessence of Movement Speed vs. Greater Quintessence of Ability Power?
A) The best answer I can give here is simply, "it depends". Both quints are so powerful in their respective ways, and personal preference is a large factor. In general, a good rule of thumb would be that movespeed quints are preferable against skillshot opponents (such as Lux), while ability power quints are better against opponents with easier to dodge and/or targeted abilities (such as Ryze).


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Champion Match-ups

6/10
Ahri

3/10
Akali

8/10
Annie

4/10
Brand

5/10
Cassiopeia

3/10
OR
7/10
Diana

3/10
Ekko

3/10
Evelynn

6/10
Fiora

9/10
Fizz

1/10
Karthus

7.5/10
Kassadin

3.5/10
Katarina

3/10
Kayle

7.5/10
Leblanc

3/10
Lissandra

4/10
Lux

6/10
Malzahar

6/10
Orianna

3/10
Ryze

6.5/10
Syndra

6/10
Talon

3/10
Twisted Fate

7.5/10
Yasuo

6/10
Xerath

8/10
Zed

5/10
Ziggs


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Conclusions

I hope you enjoyed my (admittedly absurdly long) Anivia guide. I hope you learned a bit about how to play my favorite Ice Birdie.

The To-Do List: Champion Match-ups, Synergies, a warding guide, a full Crystallize section, and Pwetty Pitures!

A couple of things to keep in mind:

  • This is how I like to play Anivia. Everyone may have personal preferences or differences.
  • There's always the chance I got something wrong. Feel free to tell me in either a PM, in game chat, or in the comments section below.
  • This is my first guide, so I would love feedback. Doesn't matter whether it's positive or constructive, every bit counts!
  • If you liked the guide, a great way to say it would be with an upvote or with a comment.
  • Above all- Bird is the Word.

Thanks for reading, and here's to hoping you soar to victory!


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Change Log

7/21- Guide Published!
7/22- Assorted edits and Clarifications. Also, Title change as it was pointed out that I was totally ripping off the title of the top guide >_< (sorry whomever wrote that)
Also champ match-ups from Ahri-Malzahar.
7/23- Additional assorted edits and fixes. Also added Champion match-ups from Orianna-Talon.
7/25- Updated cheat sheet, even more random edits/fixes. Champion match-ups from Twisted Fate-Ziggs added. Also, turned on C2V because it looked like everyone was doing it.
7/26- Finished and Published Crystallize section. Removed most of Crystallize in the Skills section to compensate. Even more random edits and fixes.
Added "Comprehensive" to Guide title due to finishing of Crystallize section.
7/30- Slight changes to reflect Patch 4.13
8/2- Fixed a minor formatting mishap. More minor errors and edits.
8/4- Fixed an out-of-place header.
8/8- Added more a bit more BBCode. Random edits
8/9- Large overhaul of guide based of the review from the Scouts de Mobafire (Thanks so much, Vynertje, GrandmasterD, and Janitsu!). If you want all the changes, just look at the comments section. Notably, Runes/Masteries have been changed significantly.
8/13- just realized some idiot mistakes. That's what I get for editing at 2AM, I guess.
8/25- some really really embarrassing typos.
9/4- it's really kind of surprising the kind of things you catch. More little errors
9/8- Even more little errors
9/12- Reworded some parts of the items sections, specifically the TotG section.
9/16- fixed a bit of broken coding
9/19- added in the patch change about terrain-checking abilities (Vayne, Poppy, Gnar)
11/15- I'm back! Finally completed overhaul of guide due to feedback from Meiyjhe (thanks for the review, by the way! I appreciate it a lot!) Namely, aesthetic and formatting things that weren't quite working before.
Also rewrote the Talon and Cassiopeia champion match-ups, considering their significant ability changes.
11/17- fixed a bit of cruddy spacing
11/20- more spacing fixes. Formatting is hard.
2/18/15- fixed some bugs, updated some out-of-date information about items and champions, added an Athene's/Morellonomicon portion to the FAQ due to the Season 5 changes.
3/2- assorted fixes, added trinkets, added rules to help separate different areas (notably in the item and summoner spell sections).
3/6- fixed some spelling/grammar errors, mainly in the matchups section.
3/16- found some outdated information, added other intricacies about Crystallize, added some interactions with Bard
6/25- added to the Athene's vs. Seraph's portion of the FAQ. I'll try to get in an Ekko match-up soon, but I haven't actually played against him enough to be comfortable giving advice against him.
11/25- Updated for Season 6! Changed masteries, the warding section, and added a (decidedly late) Ekko section!
2/4/2016- Fixed some broken hyperlinks in the Ekko section
2/17- Forgot to remove the Homeguards part in the items section >_<
3/9- Fixed some inconsistencies I missed due to the season change.
3/12- Fixed some masteries mix-ups.