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League of Legends Build Guide Author Satzmann666

Mean Mage Morgana [S5 updated] In-depth MID/SUPPORT guide

Satzmann666 Last updated on June 28, 2015

Team 1

Ability Sequence

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

Masteries

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1/
Havoc
 
 

Offense: 21

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Legendary Guardian
 
 

Defense: 6

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bandit
Intelligence
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wanderer
 
 

Utility: 3



Threats to Morgana with this build

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Threat Champion Notes
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Lux In a direct matchup you do almost everything she does but better ... MUCH better. Your Q is on the same cooldown but hurts much more, your W gives you stronger waveclear, your shield makes her look like a babytoy. You farm all day while she has mana issues and basically you can all in whenever you like to if you hit Q which is easy against Lux. Overall: When 2 try to do the same thing its not the same thing.
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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 games like that.

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 and SUPPORT Morgana.

If you think anything 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/root in whole game (3 seconds)
  • Almost "ungankable" and "uncounterable" if played well
  • Strong farmer with great passive sustain Soul Siphon
  • Amazing teamfight potential
  • Can both engage and disengage fights
  • Fairly easy mechanics for a utility mage
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CONS
  • Dark Binding can be hard to hit = unreliable CC
  • Does not have high kill potential on her own especially in earlygame
  • Needs Zhonya's Hourglass to be really effective in teamfights
  • Black Shield does not block physical damage
  • Bad at 1v1 without Soul Shackles
  • Low mobility
  • Possible ban target, especially because of her strenght as (SUPPORT)


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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
3/3
1/1
3/3
1/1
1/1
1/1
1/1
3/3
1/1

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 really high. 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 you want.
If you seek more standart support masteries including points in defense tree go with these 0/9/21,

Masteries
2/2
2/2
1/1
3/3
1/1
3/3
3/3
3/3
1/1
3/3
1/1
1/1
1/1
1/1
3/3
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 Health
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.


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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 combo, or get away after you use it to engage. Flash is a must have on Morgana.


IGNITE
Great spell for securing kills, 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, but having at least one Exhaust in every game on team is almost mandatory.


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Abilities





Passive - SOUL SIPHON

10/20/25 Spell vamp. It boosts your HP sustain both in lane and fights.
Tips and tricks:
  • Can save your life when you have ignite or any other DOT (damage over-time) on you just by hitting as much minions as possible with Tormented Soil.

Q - DARK BINDING

Longest snare and longest non ultimate immobilizing CC in game (i found only Enchanted Crystal Arrow longer). Its a long range projectile skillshot that is kinda tricky to hit, but very useful in many situations.
Tips and tricks:
  • Put a Tormented Soil under snared enemy champion to deal extra dmg.
  • It deals enough dmg to steal jungle objectives, if enemy jungler is not around to Smite it, or managed to miss.

W - TORMENTED SOIL

Great farming tool and one of the reasons why is Morgana so safe in lane. On rank 3 it can kill all 3 caster minions and after you get your first AP items melee minions as well. As support use it to proc your Spellthief's Edge or heal from minions.
Tips and tricks:
  • Usualy you only need one cast of Tormented Soil per minion wave to keep enough mana sustain.
  • 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 and magic damage for 5 seconds, or until depleted.
Tips and tricks:
  • If you know enemy is going to focus a certain carry on your team shield him (unless he is Olaf), otherwise you can use it on yourself to be safe from enemy CC 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

This is your AOE nuke with slow on activation and another nuke and stun if you manage to stick to enemies hit. Use it (obviously) to hit as many enemies and stun as many of them in teamfights. In best scenario you can chain Soul Shackles with Dark Binding for great disable and guaranteed kill.
Tips and tricks:
  • Enemies like Vladimir or Fizz cant escape second tick 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 Useful to scout for enemies in unwarded brush or stealth. When any enemy champion, even if you cant see him, 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. I go for Tormented Soil to have safe level 1 farm and max it to 3 after i put 1 point in both Dark Binding and Black Shield.
You can as well grab Black Shield on level 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 supports with hook, pull or any other kind of annoying CC on level 1 ( Blitzcrank, Thresh).

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 put some extra points in Black Shield 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, 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.
Tips and tricks:

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 need to survive before your teamfight combo is complete, this item can help you a lot with that.
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.

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 and get Liandry's Torment instead of Rylai's Crystal Scepter.
Tips and tricks:
  • Its passive deals HP% DOT so its good to build against tanky HP stackers such as Dr. Mundo or Cho'Gath.

OTHER POSSIBLE ITEMS

ABYSSAL SCEPTER

In case there are more AP champions or you need more MR build this item instead of Void Staff. On your own Void Staff will boost your dmg more, but it leaves you more vulnerable whereas Abyssal Scepter offers a defensive stat.
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.

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.
Replacement for Liandry's Torment in magic pen item slot.
Tips and tricks:
  • It is not a good idea to rush this item, since its effectiveness grows with amount of AP you already have and does not give you anything apart from the dmg boost.



ICEBORN GAUNTLET

Against a full AD team get this instead of Athene's Unholy Grail. 500 mana wont give you same mana sustain, but extra armor will make you more AD ressilient instead and spellblade slow will enhance your utility.

RANDUINS OMEN

Other possible item against heavy AD team, AOE slow active comes in handy when combined with Soul Shackles.
Tips and tricks:
  • Only build such heavy tank items when your team has enough damage to compensate for yours.



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.

FROST QUEENS CLAIM

Building this item opens up for a aggressive and poke oriented way of Morgana as support. The slow is nice, and it gives you unlike Talisman of Ascension AP therefore more scaled dmg.
Tips and tricks:
  • Use Tormented Soil to pickpocket + bandit gold from both enemy support and ADC in lane for biggest gold income.

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

TALISMAN OF ASCENSION

Used to love it, but after I gave more chances to its blue brother (or sister?? dunno) I just changed my mind and I rarely play the Talisman way anymore. The speed boost is cool in team that lacks mobility but your CC should compensate for that.
Tips and tricks:

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:

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 is 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:
  • In case you are being really wealthy this is your usual go-to item for maximizing your dmg output. More AP you have, more extra AP you get ... easy math.

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. As soon as you get rank 3 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 innate spell vamp from Soul Siphon).
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 the enemy laner and his jungler.

GANKS
Morgana is sometimes called a "ungankable" mid laner and its not far from truth. You farm safely using Tormented Soil and dont need to go too far away from your turret, and even if you do, you can still Black Shield yourself in a bad situation, fire Dark Binding in enemy junglers or mid laners face and run under your turret. When being dived your best chance is to Black Shield yourself, throw all you have on enemy who is being focused by turret and run.
If everything else fails you should still have Flash to get away.
On the other hand Morgana is great at setting up ganks with Dark Binding and Soul Shackles. If your jungler is comming for gank, position yourself so you can hit 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 engaging on your own.

ROAMING
Morgana might not seem like a spectacular champion for roaming due to low mobility, but if needed you can still greatly help out your teammates on other lanes.
Make sure the lane you are about to roam to knows about your intentions and go in with either surprise Dark Binding from unwarded bush or ( Flash =>) Soul Shackles => Dark Binding => Tormented Soil.
When facing any notorious roam champion 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) rally your team for Dragon.
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).



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.


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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.
After your golden 2,5 seconds end, repeat Dark Binding => Tormented Soil combo into a nearest stunned carry and try to reposition so enemy team cant kill you after stun goes off.
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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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.

And its already over 330k views. Probably because Morgs got so popular lately. About the upcoming guides, I had a huge delay because i had to work alot lately so I didn't get to PC often, but now because its school again i finaly have some time and promised Sona guide is already work in progress.

Feel free to comment in any language you want, but ill only answer those in English and Czech because im a racist f**kabish ;).