Malmortious' Talon Mid Guide
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|Ashe||Every ADC in general , but Ashe tends to be extremely squishy and has no escapes , unlike Kalista with her kiting or Ezreal with his blink.|
Welcome to my first guide ^^
Talon is my main from pretty much when I started playing , so that would be more than 4 years ago , but I took long breaks in between.
I'm currently the 7th Talon in EUNE and have over 350k mastery points on Talon , so I believe I'm quite experienced with him and after his rework I decided I'd make a guide.
Talon's spells Wound enemy champions and epic monsters , stacking up to 3 times. When Talon attacks a champion with 3 stacks of Wound they bleed for heavy damage over time.
Talon stabs a target unit. If they are within melee range , this attack does critical damage. If they are outside melee range , Talon will leap at his target before stabbing them. Talon refunds some health and cooldown if this ability kills the target.
Talon sends out a volley of daggers that then return back to him , dealing physical damage every time it passes through an enemy. The returning blades deal bonus damage and slow units hit.
Talon vaults over any terrain or structure , up to a max distance. This ability has a low cooldown , but puts the used terrain on a long cooldown.
Talon disperses a ring of blades and becomes Invisible while gaining additional Movement Speed. When Talon emerges from Invisibility , the blades converge on his location. Each time the blades move , Shadow Assault deals physical damage to enemies hit by at least one blade.
I chose Rake as my first ability for early Area of Effect damage + CS. It's also a very good peel and slow.
Noxian Diplomacy second because it's one of your main sources of damage , and also your opener , along with Shadow Assault.
Assassin's Path third for escape potential in case of early ganks or tower dives.
Flash - Probably the best Summoner Spell in the game. You can use it in your combos and for escapes , invaluable to Talon.
Ignite - Securing kills earlier in the game or just more burst late game.
Other spells are a bit lackluster on Talon.
Pros / Cons
-Very high burst damage
-High mobility and map presence
-Invisibility from Shadow Assault
-A lot of escape potential
-Rather good split-push
-High mana costs
-Vulnerable to CC and peel
As Talon you have plenty of ways to engage an enemy champion.
Here are the ones I use :
1) Shadow Assault> Noxian Diplomacy> Rake>Auto Attack for Blade's End + Ignite if necessary
1') Shadow Assault> Flash> Noxian Diplomacy> Rake>Auto Attack for Blade's End + Ignite if necessary
2)(Surprise Attack) Assassin's Path over terrain > 1) or 1')
3) Rake> Noxian Diplomacy>Auto Attack for Blade's End > Shadow Assault if the target can escape or didn't die and has very low health and other spells are on CD
4)(If target is very squishy and has no sustain , you choose the order of Q and W depending on situation) Noxian Diplomacy / Rake > Rake / Noxian Diplomacy > Auto Attack for Blade's End
Early Game - Laning Phase
Talon has a harder early game because of his rather high mana costs , but if you can get kills early that's not going to be a problem later.
If you go Rake as I advised , you can do some very nice trades at level 1 , by using Rake and hitting the target 2 times and then auto attack - this will proc Thunderlord's Decree .
At level 2 , if you followed my ability sequence , will be a big powerspike. Even though Talon has high mana costs , his early game is extremely good , for a simple reason : you can all in on people at level 2.
Firstly , you should start by using Rake for the slow and for 2 ticks on your passive. Then Noxian Diplomacy for third tick , auto attack to activate the bleed from Blade's End and Ignite , also proccing Thunderlord's Decree . Your target should now be dead.
If you manage to get fed or have a good number of kills until late game you're just going to keep getting more. A fed Talon is a scary Talon :P
If you do that even tanks will be afraid of you , from my experience it's very hard to get you killed , unless you mess up or they focus you fast.
In teamfights , you should focus on assassinating high priority targets , like the enemy Mid laner , ADC or Jungler. (Only if the Jungler is some kind of assassin and is not tanky , otherwise do not focus that)
Also , you should never initiate teamfights with Shadow Assault , they will back and when you come off invisibility they will CC you and kill you. (Worth mentioning to also never initiate teamfights with anything , not only ulti. You should wait for your Tank/Tanks that can engage)
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