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League of Legends Build Guide Author Satzmann666

Mean Mage Morgana [S4] In-depth MID/SUPPORT guide

Satzmann666 Last updated on April 28, 2014

Team 1

Ability Sequence

1
7
8
10
12
Ability Key Q
2
3
5
9
13
Ability Key W
4
14
15
17
18
Ability Key E
6
11
16
Ability Key R

Masteries

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1/
Havoc
 
 

Offense: 21

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tenacious
 
 

Defense: 6

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bandit
Intelligence
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wanderer
 
 

Utility: 3


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Introduction




Thanks to Searz for the awesome guide format! You can find it here.

Hi my name is ... actually irrelevant. Im known as Satzmann666 (or Threshmeister to some ppl) and this is my very first guide so ill try to make it as complex and badass as possible. I mained support role since i joined ranked games 7 months ago and i soon realised how hard it is to carry from support role.

Morgana became my mid lane ticket to gold and higher basically the first game i played her especially for her safe and rewarding gameplay. As mid laner or support she brings great utility to the team as well as nice damage and her ultimate Soul Shackles is undoubtfully one of the best ultimates for teamfights. I hope you will enjoy playing her (if you dont enjoy her already) just as i do.

My guide should give you reasonable idea on what runes, masteries, summoner spells, skill distributions, items and tactics you should be using and has divided sections for either MID LANE or SUPPORT Morgana.

If you think something in my guide is untrue, find a mistake, or just disagree with a certain item, point in masteries or rune please let me know in comments rather then downvote whole guide without a single word and leave.


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Pros / Cons



PROS
  • One of the safest (if not the safest) picks for mid lane
  • Dark Binding is longest snare in whole game (3 seconds)
  • "Ungankable" and "uncounterable" if played well
  • Strong farmer with great passive sustain with Soul Siphon
  • Amazing teamfight potential
  • Fits almost any team composition
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CONS


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Masteries



MID LANE

Masteries
4/4
1/1
3/3
1/1
3/3
3/3
1/1
3/3
1/1
1/1
2/2
2/2
2/3
3/3

I use the same set of masteries for almost all AP carries with only few exceptions. The 21 in offense is self-explanatory, 6 is enough for me in defense and 3 points in Meditation give some nice sustain boost.

The possible changes would be trading 3 points in Meditation for 1 more point in Veteran Scars , 1 point in Juggernaut and 1 point in Oppression .



SUPPORT

Masteries
4/4
1/1
3/3
1/1
3/3
3/3
1/1
1/1
3/3
2/3
1/1
1/1
2/3
1/1
3/3

These might offend some orthodox supports (OMG no points in defense tree, why dont you take Wanderer and blah blah ...).
Well I play supports really aggressively so these fit me the best and with these your dmg output as support when playing offensively in early game should be higher than your ADCs. Other thing is that Morgana is extremely universal support so you can play her as aggressive AP like i do, utility tank with 0/21/9 and different build, or any kind of hybrid masteries and builds you want.
If you seek more standart support masteries including Wanderer you could go with these 0/9/21,

Masteries
1/2
2/2
2/2
3/3
1/1
1/1
3/3
1/1
3/3
1/1
3/3
1/1
1/1
3/3
1/1
2/3
1/1

or these 9/0/21.

Masteries
4/4
1/1
3/3
1/1
1/1
3/3
1/1
3/3
1/1
3/3
1/1
1/1
3/3
1/1
2/3
1/1


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Runes




I dont really like giving advices on runes since everyone tailores those to fit their own playstyle so feel free to try anything and see if its working.

MID LANE

Runes

Greater Quintessence of Ability Power
3

Greater Mark of Magic Penetration
9

Greater Seal of Armor
4

Greater Seal of Scaling Mana Regeneration
5

Greater Glyph of Magic Resist
4

Greater Glyph of Scaling Ability Power
5

3x Greater Quintessence of Ability Power is sort of must have on most AP mids as well as 9x Greater Mark of Magic Penetration. Seals and Glyphs are really up to your imagination, just keep in mind that Morgana is AP champion and critical damage is not really useful on her :)
I use these same runes onSUPPORT Morgana simply because i have only 2 rune pages yet (I know its lame :))


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Summoner spells




FLASH
Nothing to explain really, you will need this to escape from ganks when Black Shield fails, jump over walls, get near to enemy team to perform Soul Shackles or get away after you use it to engage. Flash is a must have on Morgana.


IGNITE
Great spell for securing kills after you use full combo, try to save it for the moment you know its going to kill the target.



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GHOST
In case you dont have Flash yet, good for sticking to your enemies when you use Soul Shackles.



EXHAUST
As a SUPPORT take this when you are facing any scary AA (attackspeed) based ADC like Jinx, Sivir, Draven. Otherwise i usually take Ignite on support too.


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Abilities





Passive - SOUL SIPHON

This is what makes Morgana excelent laner. Combined with Doran's Ring and easy low mana expensive farming with Tormented Soil it gives incredible sustain.
Tips and tricks:
  • Can save your life when you have ignite on you just by hitting as much minions as possible with Tormented Soil.

Q - DARK BINDING

Longest snare in game. Its kinda tricky to hit and needs some practice, but this ability will sure make your enemies cry "Nerf Morgana" in many games.
Tips and tricks:
  • Put a Tormented Soil under snared enemy champions to make extra dmg.
  • It deals enough dmg to steal buffs or even dragon when enemy jungler is not around to Smite it.

W - TORMENTED SOIL

One of the best farming skills in whole League. On lvl 3 it can kill all 3 caster minions and after you get your first AP items melee minions as well. As support use this to heal of minions.
Tips and tricks:
  • Use it wisely since it can easily overpush your lane and lure enemy jungler to babysit your lane.
  • With Tormented Soil feel free to take your, or even enemy wraiths for extra gold.

E - BLACK SHIELD

A unique friendly cast shield that blocks CC for 5 seconds or until depleted. Srsly can this champion be any more OP?? :3
Tips and tricks:
  • If you know enemy is going to focus a certain carry on your team shield him (unless he is Olaf), otherwise use it on yourself to be safer while performing Soul Shackles=> Zhonya's Hourglass combo.
  • Binding a self cast key for Black Shield can improve your reaction times while laning.

R - SOUL SHACKLES

Second and maybe even stronger CC in Morganas arsenal. Use it to hit as many enemies and stun as many of them in teamfights. When laning call for gank or try to engage on your own and chain Soul Shackles with Dark Binding for great disable and guaranteed kill.
Tips and tricks:
  • Enemies like Vladimir or Fizz cant escape this by simply going untargettable, they need to physicaly escape the range.
  • Combined with Dark Binding makes one enemy champion unable to move for hardly believable 4,5 seconds.
  • PRO TIP Use this to scout for stealthed or somehow else hidden enemy champs. When any enemy champion is in range it turns available.


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Skill Sequence



MID LANE

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

This is my usual skill sequence when playing Morgana mid. Take Dark Binding on lvl 1 to help your jungler with first buff (stand in a max range from Golem or Lizard and fire Q on 1:54 to help your jungler and not lose any CS). You could take Tormented Soil first when facing heavy pushing mid laner, but usually Dark Binding is better choice.

You can as well grab Black Shield on level 3 or even 2 to feel safer from ganks (in case enemy team has for example Amumu in jungle or Ahri with charm up on mid lane), just keep in mind that with this build you need 3 points in Tormented Soil ASAP to farm caster minions like a boss with single spell.



SUPPORT

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

As support you dont farm, but you need as much utility as possible so Tormented Soil aside and on level 1 take either Dark Binding against a squishy support like Sona, Janna, Annie, etc, or Black Shield against tanky supports who usualy have hook, pull or any other kind of annoying CC ( Blitzcrank, Thresh, Leona).

Maxing out later strongly depends on how are you doing on lane. If you are doing good and enemy jungler isnt giving you much trouble you can max Dark Binding faster and if you are getting ganked often and your lane is doing bad max Black Shield faster to lower its CD and make it more useful. In most games 2 or 3 points in Black Shield is enough and i would recommend maxing Dark Binding for bindblowing (hehe) 3 seconds snare.


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More info on items



MID LANE


CORE ITEM

ZHONYAS HOURGLASS

A must have item for Morgana. It simply works too well with your ultimate not to get it. Against AD mids such as Zed or Talon rush this item first since it gives armor and AP, against AP mids delay it after Athene's Unholy Grail, because you wont profit from armor and have lower sustain.
Tips and tricks:



ITEMS YOU WILL MOST LIKELY BUILD

ATHENES UNHOLY GRAIL

Extra mana sustain, MR against AP harras, AP for more dmg and nice 20% CDR. When facing a AP mid laner Morgana benefits from every single stat of this item a lot so make sure to have it ASAP.
Tips and tricks:
  • With this item feel free to leave blue buff to your jungler if he needs it (like Kha'Zix or Amumu do). In case you have both blue buff and this item you can spam your abilities to overpush your lane and make your opponent burn mana => recall, so you can roam to other lanes or push the turret.

RYLAIS CRYSTAL SCEPTER

This item might look weird in my build, but it gives you HP that gets effective immediately due to MR from Athene's Unholy Grail and armor from Zhonya's Hourglass, more AP and extra utility to slow multiple enemies with Tormented Soil and Soul Shackles. If you fancy more kill potential you can get Deathfire Grasp but remember you need to survive before your teamfight combo is complete and this item can help you a lot with it.
Tips and tricks:
  • All enemies hit by Soul Shackles will be additionaly slowed by this item. Use it to your advantage and try to follow them since its going to be even easier.

RABADONS DEATHCAP

+120 and +30% AP. Nothing more to say really, this item is not called Infinity Edge of AP champions for nothing.
Tips and tricks:
  • Get it after at least 2 AP items to make 30% AP bonus as useful as possible.

VOID STAFF

Just like Last Whisper, only for AP and not AD carries. This will multiply all magic damage you do so you will deal almost true damage to carries and eat through MR on tanks.
Tips and tricks:
  • It is not a good idea to rush this item, since its effectivness grows with amount of AP you already have.



OTHER POSSIBLE ITEMS

ABYSSAL SCEPTER

In case there are more AP champions with reasonable dmg on your team build this item instead of Void Staff if noone else does.
Tips and tricks:
  • You should be the one to get it since you use your ultimate at the middle of enemy team in fights => you affect most of them with MR shred aura.

LIANDRYS TORMENT

A replace for Void Staff that deals % of HP as dmg overtime i lately built couple times and it was actually pretty good. Makes your Dark Binding hurt as hell and your Soul Shackles becomes even more teamfight wrecker. You can still go for Void Staff or Abyssal Scepter but if you give this item a try you wont regret it.
Tips and tricks:
  • Its passive deals HP% DOT so its good to build against tanky HP builders.

FROZEN HEART

Against a full AD team get this instead of Athene's Unholy Grail. 400 mana wont give you same mana sustain, but extra armor will make you more AD ressilient instead and make you a scary teamfighter because of the attack speed shred aura.
Tips and tricks:
  • Just like with Abyssal Scepter, get it if noone else does and do your best to make as much enemies as possible suffer from its passive.

WILL OF THE ANCIENTS

This is one of the least built items in game whatsoever (not like Ohmwrecker but still not really common item in game) and it seems even more aud building it on Morgana who already has a passive spellvamp, but it works and with 40% spellvamp (20% Soul Siphon and 20% Will of the Ancients) your HP will be regenerating like a magic.
Tips and tricks:
  • Build it as one of last items for extreme surprise surviability.



SMURFING OR COMPLETELY MAD

MEJAIS SOULSTEALER

In case you are owning enemy team, dont need lets say Rylai's Crystal Scepter and need more AP you can take this, but its more of a troll item so not really a wise choice.
Tips and tricks:
  • Get lot of kills and assist.
  • Dont die.




SUPPORT


CORE ITEMS

ZHONYAS HOURGLASS

Just like on MID, works well with your ultimate in fights. Get Cloth Armor or even Seeker's Armguard early to be able to trade better with enemy ADC without being killed, but dont rush it instead of wards or gold income items. If you have any extra gold from assists or champion kills and already have wards slowly build this as your first AP item.
Tips and tricks:
  • With Seeker's Armguard try to get at least some lasthits to stack armor and AP when your ADC is away from lane or cant reach a certain minion.

TALISMAN OF ASCENSION

On Morgana the most useful gold income item (in my opinion, check lower for Frost Queen's Claim), its active is great for chasing (after you use Soul Shackles) or escaping. Gives you CDR, extra gold/nearby dying minion and both HP and mana regen.
Tips and tricks:

RUBY SIGHTSTONE

Must have on any support. As soon as you get this and Greater Vision Totem you can place all wards you can possibly have on map after season 4 changes (3 stealth and 1 vision).
Extra HP give you nice tankyness for trades.
Tips and tricks:



OTHER POSSIBLE ITEMS

FROST QUEENS CLAIM

Building this item opens up for even more aggressive and harras-ish way of Morgana as support. The slow is nice, tho i preffer MS boost from Talisman of Ascension but thats just personal opinion. This on the other hand gives you AP therefore more scaled dmg and thats never bad right?
Tips and tricks:
  • Use Tormented Soil to pickpocket + bandit gold from both enemy support and ADC in lane for biggest gold income.

LOCKET OF THE IRON SOLARI

Used to be called a core support item, but to be honest you wont build this every game. Get it for more teamfight utility and dont forget to use its active.
One Locket of the Iron Solari per team is enough so dont build it if your jungler already did.
Tips and tricks:
  • Never forget to use its active.

RYLAIS CRYSTAL SCEPTER

Just like on AP mid.
Gives you extra tankyness, more utility and AP for reasonable price.
Tips and tricks:
  • All enemies hit by Soul Shackles will be slowed at the same moment by this item. Use it to your advantage and try to follow them since its going to be easier.

MIKAELS CRUCIBLE

Good item against heavy CC team to save your carry from certain death even better than with Black Shield alone.
Compensates for no friendly castable heal in your kit.
Tips and tricks:

DEATHFIRE GRASP

I actualy buy this item on support more often than on mid lane Morgana, simply because it just doesent fit my mid lane build. Apart from sweet 120 AP its useful for taking down tanks faster and boosting magic dmg to certain target for short period of time.
Get it in late game rather than mid game and bind it to key 1 or 3 possibly setting it to smartcast.
Tips and tricks:
  • Dont use its active as kill secure unles its only thing able to kill your enemy for 2 reasons: You waste half of its potential and support should never secure kills.

MORELLONOMICON

I have to thank NorthernRedStar for reminding me of this item.
Useful utility AP item for supports like Morgana, Annie or Sona who benefit from all its stats (AP, mana regen, CDR) well. Grievous wounds are extremely effective tool against lifesteal, spellvamp or champion healing abilities.
Tips and tricks:



"WHAT THE HELL ... YOU SHOULD BE SUPPORT MAN"

RABADONS DEATHCAP

+120 and +30% AP. Only thing i can say here ... "Screw utility, lets kill someone"
Tips and tricks:
  • This should be your last item in case you want to do most dmg in teamfights. Your teammates might not like you for building this on support :D.

MEJAIS SOULSTEALER

Whole rift trembles from how bold you are, enemies desperatly try to focus your golden statue and die one by one. Couple fights later you finaly get the last needed assist and glorious number 20 appears over this item in your inventory. Now you are INVINCIBLE (sorry Kayle).
Or you fail horribly and your gold wont be effectively spent :D.
Tips and tricks:
  • Get lot of assist (or even kills).
  • Dont die.


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Laning phase



MID LANE

FARMING
When laning as Morgana your main goal should be your farm => lasthitting minions and farming with Tormented Soil.
In S4 lasthitting minions as AP mid became easier due to Arcane Blade so dont waste mana and try to farm as much minions as possible with autoattacks. After you put 3rd point into Tormented Soil farm caster minions from each wave with it and AA the melee ones. Id say that if you get 5 minions per wave => 60 - 70 CS on 10 minutes its good farm, but usualy you consider anything higher than your opponents CS a good farm.
If know how to do so freeze your lane and zone your opponent so he gets less minions (remember you can ignore some harras due to your Soul Siphon. If he goes too far from his turret safe area call for a gank and get a easy kill.
You can use your Dark Binding to secure lasthits on siege (cannon) minions, but keep in mind that if you have it on CD you are much more vulnerable for engage from your opponent and his jungler.

GANKS
Morgana is sometimes called a "ungankable" mid laner and its not far from truth. If you have fast enough reaction times you can Black Shield yourself as soon as you see enemy jungler, fire Dark Binding in his or mid laners face and run under your turret. If this fails you still have Flash to get away without dying.
On the other hand Morgana is great at setting up ganks with Dark Binding and Soul Shackles when enemy pushes too far, when your jungler is comming for gank ping where enemy placed a trinket ward, position yourself well and either wait for your jungler to engage or (if you are sure to hit) fire Dark Binding followed with Tormented Soil or use your Soul Shackles => Dark Binding => Tormented Soil (=> Ignite) combo to get a kill.
Same combo is what you use when you engage on your own, but remember you are Morgana and your primar task is not to 1v1 enemy laner.

ROAMING
Its not Morganas strongest role but if everything goes well: you overfarm your opponent, push minions to his turret, poke him out of lane or even kill him its time to help out your teammates on other lanes (if they need it).
Ask about wards and go. Make sure the lane you are about to gank knows you are on your way, engage with either surprise Dark Binding from unwarded bush or ( Flash =>) Soul Shackles => Dark Binding => Tormented Soil and always try to leave the kills to the lane you are helping to maintain ballance in your teams kills.
When facing any champion with good roaming ability Fizz, Ahri, Akali always call ss/mia after you dont see them for longer than 5 seconds and if you know which way they went alert that lane and try to safely follow them.

OBJECTIVES
Its not champion kills that wins games, but objectives (turrets, inhibitors, dragon, baron) so try to take control over those. From a certain point of game (6 minutes) have Dragon warded all the time and Baron (15 minutes) as well. In early game if you get a chance (enemy jungler dead or low and recalling, enemy bot lane dead, etc) kill Dragon for extra global gold to get in lead.
As Morgana when taking either of boss monsters stand out of the pit using your Tormented Soil and autoattacks to help and possibly have your Dark Binding ready for anyone who would try to come and steal it (or use it to help with boss if your team wants to rush it).
With outer mid lane turret it is more about your minions, when your opponent goes back push hard and make your minions damage the turret. When its low push it by yourself or call for a gank, get enemy from lane and push the turret with your jungler.



SUPPORT

FARMING
As support DONT FARM (so obvious :D), but focus by all means on helping your ADCs farm.
So poke enemy ADC and support with Dark Binding and autoattacks for some nice dmg and extra money from Bandit , Black Shield any incomming CC and zone out enemy ADC from farm if you can.

GANKS
You should have wards in river or (and) in tri-bush to see enemy jungler soon enough to retreat, but if something goes wrong and you get ganked you have to do the same procedure as on mid lane: Black Shield your carry or self depending who is in danger of being CCed (if the danger is same for both shield your carry ofc), fire Dark Binding into a enemy junglers/ADCs face and run under your turret.
When your junglers is about to gank, ping where you think (or know) enemy support placed wards, and fire a well aimed and timed Dark Binding or perform the already mentioned ( Flash =>) Soul Shackles => Dark Binding => Tormented Soil (=> Ignite) combo.

OBJECTIVES
Your key role at securing Dragon and Baron is keeping vision (and timers if jungler doesent) on them.
Dragon should be warded after 6:00 in game or so and has 6 minutes respawn time.
Baron should be warded after 15:00 in game or so and has 7 minutes respawn time.
When taking either of them stand out of the pit, use Tormented Soil and autoattacks to help with boss and possibly have Dark Binding ready for anyone who would try to come and steal it.
As for turrets simply help with your autoattacks and use Tormented Soil on enemy minions so they die and dont kill yours.


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Teamfights



MID LANE

and SUPPORT

Morgana in teamfights should behave the same regardles on her role in team.
You try to hit any enemy carry with Dark Binding followed with Tormented Soil, Black Shield your engaging tank (unless he is Olaf again :D), or yourself or any other CC focused carry and hit as many enemies possible with Soul Shackles => Zhonya's Hourglass combo. If you have Deathfire Grasp use it first on enemies most scary champion since it makes any subsequent magic damage hurt more.
After your golden 2,5 seconds end repeat Dark Binding => Tormented Soil combo into a nearest stunned carry and use Ignite for best teamfight performance.
Remember that Zhonya's Hourglass makes you unable to move so be careful with it. If you want to stun as many enemy champions as possible, first try to follow them and if they focus you use Zhonya's Hourglass to punish them for doing so.


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Champion matchups




MID LANE


In this chapter ill try to describe all matchups you can encounter as Morgana on MID LANE and later SUPPORT matchups too.


This guy has raised some respectable popularity in late S3 and early S4 and is now one of the most picked mid laners so i think its best to start with him. Gragas has just as Morgana both good sustain and strong farming. His Barrel Roll is scary harras tool but with Boots of Speed its not that hard to evade it (somewhat same as Ziggs Bouncing Bomb). Gragas has one huge downfall when facing Morgana and that is fact he is melee champion. Deny his AA farm while you farm with Tormented Soil, when he engages with Body Slam just fire a Dark Binding in his face and after lvl 6 have Black Shield ready for Explosive Cask. One more tip, when he uses Body Slam as gap closer and you succesfully snare him shield yourself and engage with Soul Shackles since he has no other escape tool (only Flash maybe).



This might be one of hardest AP matchups for Morgana but still not impossible to play and go even or win it. Farm as safely as you can, dont engage only safe harras with Dark Binding=> Tormented Soil combo before lvl 6. On lvl 6 its crucial that you shield her silence + all in combo. Call for a gank if you feel under pressure and you should be able to kill her with any jungler if you do your combo right. As i say this is hard matchup that can go either way.



Bomb rat whos only real counter are Boots of Speed and fast reaction times. Dodge his bombs and make him run oom while you still overfarm him and spellvamp all his harras back with lots of spare mana. You can easily make him overpush lane and make himself vulnerable for gank without losing much CS. Warn your team when he turns lvl 6 because of his Mega Inferno Bomb and call ss when he might be sending it to bot or top lane.



People tend to say any AD mid lane champion (like Zed) counters Morgana, but thats far from true. AD mids only counter one aspect of Morgana gameplay and thats the fact Black Shield only blocks magic dmg. On the other hand Soul Siphon can still heal back most of the enemy harras, you can still Dark Binding and Tormented Soil enemy laner, and you will still have great farm and exceptional sustain. As goes for Zed in particular all you have to do is Soul Shackles and Dark Binding in his face when he ults you ... if he does that under turret or on low HP its GG for him since the CC lock will hold him in a place for ages. Its really as simple as that. Plus you will have a reason to rush Zhonya's Hourglass as a first item and can teamfight hard sooner.

other matchups comming soon


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Summary

I personally think its not so bad for a first guide and hope its going to be any helpful for those who seek knowledge on how to play champions. Ill update champion matchups and bonus-breaking the meta sections soon just not now (im tired of writing and need to play a bit :D).
Id like to thank Searz again for the guide template that helped me understand coding a lot and Riot for making such a great champion i could write a guide for.
Dont be afraid of the amount of text since every single word has its meaning.

Thanks for the 25000+ views it largely exceeded my expectations and therefore i promised to myself ill do more "sane" in depth guides ... stay tuned because things are about to get real with our most favourite Runeterras musician Sona soon.
Feel free to comment in any language you want, but ill only answer those in English and Czech because im a racist f**kabish ;).


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