Threats to Janna with this build
|Nunu||Janna does well against Nunu. Your Q and R can interupt his ult and you can shield his E poke. Nothing you can't handle.|
Unlike with many other champions, there are quite a few perfectly viable rune pages for you to choose from. I'll start off my explaining my main page (armour marks, HP seals, AP glyphs and AP quints) and then I'll move on to explain a few other popular rune choices.
|As you are laning against a Marksman, some form of armour is necessary in runes. These marks will protect you against the auto-attacks and abilities of the enemy Marksman.|
|Health seals are pretty standard and a lot champions, support or otherwise. They'll make you more bulky and tougher to kill.|
|A bit of an odd choice, AP glyphs. These glyphs will enhance your shield and the damage your abilities do. They are an offensive choice, an alternative if you want to be more cautious are flat MR glyphs.|
|AP quints will boost your shield and increase the damage your abilities do, as well as increase the amount of health your allies gain from your ultimate.|
| Greater Mark of Attack Damage: This is a very good choice of marks for Janna as well. I generally play with these marks because they allow you to take the lane into your own hands. With these your auto-attack harass, especially when shielded, will deal a lot of damage in the early levels.
Greater Mark of Magic Penetration: These runes are a mediocre choice. Although Janna's abilities all deal magic damage, they don't really do a lot and so the magic pen is somewhat unhelpful until later on in the game when you start to build some AP.
| Greater Seal of Armor: This seal is the only alternative to Greater Seal of Health that you should consider. The health seals are stronger, but if you do not want to take armour in marks or in quints, you'll need to take armour somewhere, and this is the place. If you do take armour marks or armour quints, these are unncessary.
| Greater Glyph of Magic Resist: If you don't want to take the risk of having AP in glyphs and thus losing out on some defence, take magic resistance glyphs. More often than not, there will be a source of magic damage on the enemy bot lane, so these will protect you against their damage, as well as against the damage of the other enemy AP champions later on in the game.
Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist: If you're going to be against a bot lane that deals little to no magic damage, but still want the MR for later on in the game, take scaling magic resist glyphs, which are more potent than flats the longer the game goes on for.
| Greater Quintessence of Armor: A choice of quints if you want to be more careful and focus on not dying, as opposed to killing. Certain match-ups or certain enemy teams can justify choosing this quint over the AP one. Going up against a full AD team, for example.
|Flash is a necessity for you, as it is for most champions. You use it to escape, to chase and to reposition. Janna has a special combo that is worth mentioning, as well. If you Flash in front of your opponent, and use your ultimate, he will be knocked behind you. You can use this little trick to force an enemy under your turret, or away from their own turret, for example.|
|Exhaust is my second spell of choice. It's a very useful spell with the potential to turn any fight around. In bot lane, it's extremely valuable as you can completely shut down the enemy ADC using it, because they will be doing a lot less damage and have lowered AS. Another way to use it can be to simply walk up to the enemy ADC and exhaust him, effectively slowing him and catching him off guard. This can be a way to initiate a gank, but it may not always work out so be careful not to waste the spell attempting to engage in this manner.|
|TAILWIND||Tailwind increases the movement speed of all nearby allied champions by 8% while they are moving toward Janna.|
The passive synergises with your Zephyr passive and Mobility boots in a sense, because you're usually the fastest on your team and thus you'll always be ahead of your allies and so they'll get the Tailwind boost.
In general this is really good to help your team escape or kite, which synergises great with Janna's kit as she's all about peeling for her carry, and the movement speed will keep him safer as he tries to keep his distance from any enemies that wish to target him.
|HOWLING GALE||Janna summons a mighty whirlwind, which she can release to deal 60 / 85 / 110 / 135 / 160 (+35% of ability power) + 15 / 20 / 25 / 30 / 35 (+10% of ability power for each second it charges) magic damage to all targets in it's path, in addition to knocking them into the air for 0.5 seconds and an extra 0.25 seconds for each second charged. The damage done and distance traveled by the whirlwind also increases for each second it channels to a maximum of 3.|
There are many things to note about this very important ability. We'll start by talking about its one bad quality - the mana cost. At rank 5, Q costs 150 mana - which is 50 mana more than your .ultimate. So, it's very, very high! In order to avoid going oom because of your Q, use it only when necessary. Sometimes you'll see a Janna charge up her Q for 3 seconds (so it's max damage and max range) and aim it at the enemy ADC hoping it'll do a lot of damage. This is a very bad idea because 1. It'll be lucky if the ADC is in the same position as he was when you started channeling your Q, 2. if he is, Q's speed is very low and as it'll be travelling a large distance, the enemy ADC will have a lot of time to react and reposition in order to dodge your Q, 3. It doesn't really do that much damage at all unless you build AP. So focus on using your Q only when it's necessary!
So when's that? There are many uses to Q, but the two primary ones are: for engaging and for disengaging. The best way to engage with your Q is to channel it for only a short while. It'll still go a good distance, but it gives your enemy a smaller window of opportunity to dodge it or react to it at all. So once you've used your Q, you can use your slow or Exhaust and therefore control the enemy's movement for a long time. This gives your team/ADC a good chance at killing them.
When you're using your Q to disengage, you merely need to aim your Q at whoever is chasing you or attacking you. You need not and should not channel it for long, so it gives the enemy less of a chance of dodging it. You can use your Q to interrupt certain dashes - ones like Leona's Zenith Blade or Lee Sin's Resonating Strike. Mastering this mechanic is very important, and the best way to practice is by playing.
some notable Interruptable dashes
Janna's Q is very good with certain combinations. Most notably, her Q synergises immensely well with Yasuo's ultimate - Last Breath. In addition to this, though, she has great synergy with any AoE CC because she can help CC lock enemies as her Q is difficult or impossible to dodge when an enemy's movement is impaired. It works both ways, if you successfully Q one or more enemies, they won't be able to dodge, say, Glacial Prison.
|ZEPHYR||Passive: Increases Janna's movement speed by 9 / 11 / 13 / 15 / 17 (+10% of ability power) %, and allows her to move through units. Active: Janna launches her elemental at the target dealing 60 / 115 / 170 / 225 / 280 (+50% of ability power) magic damage, and slowing their movement speed by 24 / 28 / 32 / 36 / 40 (+16.67% of ability power) % (max 80 %) for 3 seconds. Janna loses the passive benefit while Zephyr is on cooldown.|
This is also a very good ability. The ability is targeted, which means it's impossible to dodge and impossible for you to miss. This also means it's a very powerful form of CC, because it's 100% reliable. However, it doesn't slow for much or do much damage until you start maxing it, and that happens only after laning phase unfortunately.
The movement speed you gain from this ability is invaluable. It's a huge boost which makes you a lot harder to catch, gives you an easier time warding, roaming and travelling to lane.
Whenever you use the abilitiy's active, you lose your passive. This doesn't matter when you're chasing someone and want to slow them, but when you are being chased you need to make a decision on whether you want to sacrifice your movement speed and risk slowing the enemy instead.
|EYE OF THE STORM||Janna shields her target, absorbing 80 / 120 / 160 / 200 / 240 (+70% of ability power) damage and buffs them, increasing their attack damage by 14 / 23 / 32 / 41 / 50 (+10% of ability power) for 5 seconds (can target Turrets) or until the shield is broken.|
|EYE OF THE STORM||
Laning phase is when your E is most valuable. It makes your ADC both stronger, safer and improves trades immensely. Firstly because your ADC will take less damage because of the absorption and then also because your ADC will be dealing more damage with his attacks and abilities because of the AD boost.
You can shield your ally champions, your towers and yourself. Shielding your allies has obvious benefits. Shielding the tower will give the tower damage absorption and potentially save it from the sieging enemies. You shield yourself when you're taking damage, in order to save yourself, but you may also shield yourself in order to boost your AD and then poke the enemy. This is of course only useful during laning phase. Although Janna is thought to have very low damage and very low AA damage, poking the enemy support with your E is very strong and should be done.
Basically you use to shield to either save someone or to increase their damage. In teamfights prioritise your shield to those who need it to survive and then to those who deal physical damage - your ADC or your AD top laner/mid laner/jungler. It's not very useful to shield your mage or yourself in teamfights, unless you need the damage absorption.
|MONSOON||Janna knocks surrounding enemies back 875 units and channels healing winds, restoring 100 / 150 / 200 (+50% of ability power) health to nearby allies each second for 3 seconds.|
This is a tricky ability because it can make or break a fight. Although it's a heal, and Janna's only one, its primarily used to disengage fights or peel enemies with the knock-back. The heal helps, if you're allowed to channel it, but it's very rarely used as a heal on its own.
As said, ability's primarily used to disengage unfavourable teamfights and peel off sticky assassins off of your ADC/ally/yourself. Whenever a threat pounces on you or your ally you can pop your ult and knock them back. You can also interrupt dashes in this abilities in the same fashion you would with your Q. Of course, if you can survive the pounce or save yourself with your Q/something else, save your ult for later! Don't be hasty because the CD is quite high.
It can be dangerous to use this ability because you have to be sure of where the enemy is going to fly off to. You can accidentally push an enemy into your ally or push a dying enemy into safety. But you can also push an enemy under your tower or into the clutches of your team.
It can also be dangerous using this ability mid teamfight or mid fight and channeling it for a long time; standing still for so long is just really risky and it makes you very vulnerable. Everyone loves a squishy support standing still in the middle of a skirmish.
|Your best ability. Ranking up Q will make it cost more mana, do more damage and lower its CD a little. The most important thing about your Q is the knock-up and so increasing the mana cost is a bad thing and increasing the damage is not helpful either.|
|W is the second ability you max. The slow gets noticeably stronger when you rank the ability up, as does the movemement speed. You get this ability at lvl 4 or lvl 3. You usually don't need the slow at lvl so it's perfectly all right to delay it by one lvl so that your E is stronger at lvl 3.|
|You max E because it's your most valuable ability. It's especially important because you'll be ranking this ability during lane phase, when it's most important.|
|As with most if not all other champions, you put your first rank in R at lvl 6, and rank it up whenever it's possible - lvl 11 and then 16.|
With Janna there are two starting items to consider. The first is Spellthief's Edge, which is my personal preference, and the second is Ancient Coin.
|SPELLTHIEF'S EDGE: 5 AP, 2G GEN, 25% MANA REGEN, UNIQUE PASSIVE
This item grants a few useful boosts as well as a unique passive which will reward you with gold when you poke the enemy ADC/support.
|ANCIENT COIN: 25% MANA REGEN, UNIQUE PASSIVE
This item grants fewer stats but gives you a unique form of sustain and gold whenever a minion nearby you dies, without you killing it. So as your ADC farms up, you will be given free gold and health!
|TOTAL BISCUIT OF REJUVENATION: +20 HP +10 MANA then +150HP 20 MANA/15 SECs
Improved "potions" you get by taking the Secret Stash mastery. If you didn't take this mastery, you'll get 3 regular HP pots. These will be used to sustain you during laning phase.
|WARDING TOTEM: 1-2 MIN WARD EVERY 2-3 MINS
This is the trinket you start games with. It'll be your only source of wards until you get Sightstone, which is your #1 priority. Alternate using this trinket with your ADC so there's never no vision bot lane.
The following items are part of your core. You will buy these items every game without exception, no matter who you're with or who you're against.
|SIGHTSTONE: 150 HP, 3X 150 SEC WARDS
Sightstone is the most important item to get as a support. You should prioritise this item over other items and get it as soon as you are able. Early game Sightstone will keep your lane safe with wards and later on in the game it'll give your team valuable spots of vision.
|SWEEPING LENS: REVEALS AND DISABLES WARDS AND TRAPS ON TARGETED AREA
Sweeping Lens is the trinket you exchange Warding Totem for. You do this as soon as you've finished your Sightstone and you keep this trinket until lvl 9. Use it to clear wards from tri-brush (to set up a gank), lane brush or Dragon (to deny them the opportunity to contest).
|FROSTFANG: 15 AP, 2G GEN, 100% MANA REGEN, UNIQUE PASSIVE
Frostfang is the upgrade to Spellthief's Edge so if you've started that item, Frostfang is your core. You get this item right after Sightstone. You gain more gold for poking, more AP and more mana regen.
|NOMAD'S MEDALLION: 50% HP REGEN, 50% MANA REGEN, UNIQUE PASSIVE
And if you started Ancient Coin, Nomad's Medallion is your core item and you get it right after Sightstone like you would Frostfang. It gives you more regen and some more gold.
|BOOTS OF SWIFTNESS: +60 MOV SPEED, SLOWING EFFECTS REDUCED
After getting Sightstone and your upgraded gold item, you should invest some gold into getting boots. My preferred choice are Boots of Swiftness because they synergise so well with your passives and they are very cheap. Ionian boots of Lucidity are also a good option.
At this point you need to pick items carefully. You mustn't be selfish with your buys, because that won't help you win the game. Buy items for your team. If you need MR, for example, you should opt for Locket of the Iron Solari instead of buying an item that helps only you. If your team is winning and you've won your lane, you can focus on building AP, thus making your shields, heal and CC stronger.
|FROST QUEEN'S CLAIM: 50 AP, 10% CDR, 2G GEN, 150% MANA REGEN, UNIQUE ACTIVE
The final upgrade to your gold item. Queen's Claim will give you even higher stats and it has a new unique active - Icy Ghosts. The active summons two icy ghosts which seek out nearby enemy champions. If the ghosts find somebody, they'll slow them by 40% for 4 seconds and reveal them. The slow is handy because it'll assist you when you're chasing or escaping but there's another important function which this active serves - scouting. If you're trekking onto territory where you don't have vision, popping this active will let you know if there is danger nearby. If the ghosts find someone you can escape in time (especially since they'll be slowed) and if they find nobody, you know you're safe and can venture forth.
|BANNER OF COMMAND: 60 AP, 10% CDR, 200 HP, 100% HP REGEN, 20 MR, UNIQUE AURA & ACTIVE
This item has tons of really useful stats and it's a good buy when you're ahead and playing vs a team that's mainly full of magic damage dealers. This is because the item's aura gives you and your allies MR and also because the active - Promote is very strong versus teams with many mages. Promote will enhance a targeted minion (you should target siege minions preferably), giving it more stats and immunity to magic damage.
|MORELLONOMICON: 100 AP, 20% CDR, 400 MANA, UNIQUE PASSIVE
Morellonomicon is an item which grants a good deal of AP and CDR. These two stats compliment Janna very well and make this item a good buy already. The passive is also pretty good - for every kill and assist 20% of your max mana is restores. Janna's the type of support that's able to net in a lot of assists so this passive suits her well.
Should things not be going so smoothly, you should pick a different route when it comes to item builds. What you build will depend on both your team and the enemy team. If the enemy consists of mainly physical damage dealers, you should build armour. If they're mainly magic damage dealers, build magic resistance. And there are also times that call for specific items - if you're against a heavy CC team or a heavy AoE damage dealing enemy team, for example. Whichever the case, these are items you should consider buying to increase your defence:
|FROZEN HEART: 90 ARMOUR, 20% CDR, 400 MANA, UNIQUE PASSIVE
Frozen Heart is the armour item of choice for Janna. There are other items that grant as much or more armour, but I find this one the best because all the other stats compliment Janna as well. The active reduces AS of nearby enemies and as such is most useful against enemies who rely on attack speed, for example Vayne or Jax.
|RANDUIN'S OMEN: 60 ARMOUR, 450 HP, UNIQUE PASSIVE, UNIQUE ACTIVE
Randuin's Omen is a great item because it increases both your health and armour. The passive is similar to the one of Frozen Heart and the active slows the movement speed of nearby enemies. The active can be very useful in teamfights when you're peeling enemies off yourself or your allies.
|LOCKET OF THE IRON SOLARI: 10% CDR, 400 HP, 100% HP REGEN, 20 MR, UNIQUE AURA, UNIQUE ACTIVE
Locket of the Iron Solari is one of the best items to get as a support. In addition to the powerful active which shields all nearby ally champions, the stats all complement Janna. It's an item best bought against enemy teams with a lot of magic damage or a lot of AoE abilities.
|RUBY SIGHTSTONE: 500 HP, ITEM ACTIVE CDR, EXTRA WARD
Ruby Sightstone is one of the upgrades for Sightstone. It gives you a ton of health, item active CDR (very helpful since most of your items have actibes) and an extra ward to store. Overall a very strong, and relatively cheap, item.
|EYE OF THE WATCHERS: 25 AP, 2G GEN, 200 HP, 150% MANA REGEN, UNIQUE PASSIVES
This is an item that combines Sightstone and Frostfang. It basically boosts all the stats from the two items and merges them into one, giving you an extra slot free. I don't recommend this item because Frost Queen's Claim is a such a strong item right now.
|EYE OF THE OASIS: 200 HP, 150% HP REGEN, 150% MANA REGEN, UNIQUE PASSIVES
An item very similar to Eye of the Watchers, except it's a combination of Nomad's Medallion and Sightstone. I don't recommend this item either because Talisman of Ascension, the upgrade to Nomad's medallion, has an extremely strong active that shouldn't be skipped out on.
Next to damage and defence is utility. Items which you buy primarily because of their actives, that generally also grant you useful stats.
|MIKAEL'S CRUCIBLE: 10% CDR, 35 MR, 100% MANA REGEN, UNIQUE ACTIVE
Mikael's Crucible is a really good item and I find myself building it nearly every game I play. In addition to the great stats, you receive an active which is similar to cleanse. You can use this item as just a heal if it's going to save someone's life, or you can use it for the cleanse function to remove a deadly stun, snare or hook from your ally or yourself.
|ARDENT CENSER: 40 AP, 10% CDR, 100% MANA REGEN, UNIQUE PASSIVE
Censer is an item which grants a lot of useful stats as well as a passive which enhances your shield and heal so that they grant allies on-hit damage and attack speed.
|ZEKE'S HARBINGER: 50 AP, 30 ARMOUR, 10% CDR, 250 MANA, UNIQUE ACTIVE
This is a very strong item at the moment. It gives Janna really good stats and a very useful active. The active connects you with an ally (use it in your ADC) and when you two are within eachother's range you build charges. You eventually reach 100 charges if you reman in range and then you and your ally gain crit chance and AP.
|TALISMAN OF ASCENSION: 10% CDR, 100% HP REGEN, 100% MANA REGEN, UNIQUE ACTIVE
Talisman of Ascension is an upgrade to Nomad's Medallion, so if you went with the Ancient Coin build path, this is an option for you. Although you receive good stats from this item, what's most important is the active - an AoE movement speed buff that lasts 3 seconds. This is very helpful for engaging or disengaging as a team, and you can also use it to reach objectives faster.
Now that you're done reading about that boring stuff, you can jump into the real fun part - reading large blocks of text. Although support is sometimes regarded as the 'easy' role, this is far from true. In fact, I'd argue support is one of the most difficult ones to play successfuly and there is so, so much for you to know. A lot of the knowledge you need to pull off a successful game is not restricted to just your role, or even just bot lane. For example, although as a support you don't last-hit or really farm, you need to know a lot about farming in order to help your Marksman control the minion wave and get as many last hits as possible. So lets start off with that, shall we?
|Controlling the minion wave is basically what it sounds like. You're meant to control the location of the minion wave. You can control it so that they're closer to your tower, to their tower, in the middle of the lane and so on. You control the minion wave so as to give your ADC an advantage and give the enemy ADC a disadvantage.
I'll discuss freezing, pushing, holding and last-hitting under towers.
Freezing the wave refers to controlling the wave so that it doesn't move from a certain location. For example, you can freeze the wave near your tower and then the wave won't venture off near the enemy's tower, thus the wave will remain in a safe area where your ADC can farm without having to worry about the enemy bot lane engaging or their jungler ganking you.
If your ADC is attempting to freeze the wave, you mustn't last-hit or attack any of the minions, lest you break the freeze.
Pushing a minion wave is the exact opposite of freezing it. When you and your ADC want to push a lane, you should attack the wave with your AAs and you can charge your Q in a direction that will hit all the minions. But you still have to be careful not to take any last-hits by accident - you're only damaging the minions for the ADC to kill off faster and push the wave.
An ideal time to push the wave is when the enemy laners have just recalled and you're about to recall. What does this accomplish? Pushing the minion wave down the lane will result in them eventually reaching the enemy tower and, hopefully, dying to it. With no laners nearby, the XP and gold will go to waste and your enemy will be at a disadvantage. This is also the safest time to push a lane because you're not at risk of being ganked.
Unlike with pushing, where you're assisting your ADC, this something you do on your own. Holding the minion wave means you're stopping the enemy minions from reaching your tower. You do this by basically body-blocking the wave until your own minion wave catches up, or your ADC does so he can kill all the minions. You're not meant to kill any of the minions, just distract them so they can't reach the tower and die to it - making your ADC lose valuable gold and experience. Your shield comes in handy here.
Once your minion wave comes to the rescue, you need not block the wave yourself anymore. This will, however, mean that your minion wave will now attack the enemy's minion wave. So as to lose as little gold as possible, last-hit minions close to death, but don't attack them otherwise so they can live as long as possible and hopefully get killed by your ADC later!
||Last-hitting under tower can be very tricky. Luckily, you don't have to do it! What a great role support is. You are still expected to help your ADC out though, so let's learn how.
Melee minions can take 3 tower shots before they die. Your ADC should let the tower hit the minion twice, then last-hit it. Therefore, when it comes to melee minions, you shouldn't assist in any way at all unless they're not at full HP when they reach the tower. In that case you'll need to try and help your ADC out with your AAs.
Caster minions will take two tower shots before they die. However, in order to get the last-hit your ADC needs to AA the caster minion twice after it has been shot by the tower. The tower's "auto-attack CD" is just under 1 second, and it doesn't give your ADC enough time to hit the minion twice before the towers attacks again. This means that with caster minions, until your ADC gets a BF Sword or something, you'll need to help. When the tower shoots the minion once, you should AA it and then your AD should. Another thing you could do is use your Q on just the caster minions when you're under the tower. Charge it for no time at all so it does the smallest amount of damage, and release it. That'll do just enough damage and help your ADC get the last-hits!
|Okay we're done with all that boring CS stuff and onto warding. Warding is one of the most importnat functions a support serves. No other member on your team (usually, anyway) is going to have a Sightstone and as such they will all be limited to carrying just a trinket ward if that at all. This means that the burden of warding falls upon your shoulders.
I guess the first thing I'm going to get into is the very purpose of warding. The purpose of warding is to grant your team vision. Vision equals opportunity and vision equals safety. If you've warded Dragon, you'll be able to see the enemy jungler or mid laner in an attempt to gank bot lane and you'll be able to retreat to safety.
If you see the enemy jungler at his red buff, you'll know it's safe for you to engage bot lane or even attempt to take the Dragon or the tower. And if you see the enemy jungler creeping into your jungle, you'll have an opportunity to catch him by surprise and kill him.
You should also keep big objectives such as Dragon and Baron/Rift Herald warded all the time so that you can potentially contest their attempt at taking the objective.
This little map will show you key warding locations in bot lane.
|Yellow dots represent
Trinket wards. You place these there before you get Sightstone. You'll only have 2 at your disposal and you should place one of them at the river (so you can spot ganks) and the other in one of the lane brush - whichever one the enemy support is lurking on. This will help you dodge skillshots and trade AAs.
Pink dots represent pink wards. If you buy pink wards, and it is encouraged, there are a few spots to place them. If you're ahead of the enemy bot lane, it's a smart idea to place it in Tri brush. If they try to clear it, you can engage a fight and win it if you're ahead or with your jungler. You can place a pink at Dragon while you're doing Dragon, and you can place a pink near Dragon so as to see the enemy mid laner if he wanders off from his lane.
Blue dots are Sightstone wards. They're placed a bit further from bot lane and will help you see the jungler if he's ever nearby bot lane. These wards will shut down all roams.
Now we'll delve into the actual playing of Janna. Janna is a support champion that excels at peeling and protecting her team and ADC. Her kit consists of 3 forms of CC and a unique shield which grants AD and absorbs damage.
Janna is widely regarded as a passive support. When people think passive, they think 'stand still, behind your farming ADC, spamming E'. This is not how you play Janna and in fact no support is supposed to stand behind assisting the AD from afar. But I would indeed consider Janna's playstyle to be a bit passive. Janna isn't a 'go in and kill' type of support, like for example Leona is, but even with the low damage output she has, she's perfectly capable of poking the enemy, trading with the support and securing kills.
|As we've previously mentioned, the shield is her bread and butter and it's one of the strongest abilities in bot lane. At level 1, this is the ability you'll have at your disposal. The best thing about the ability is how much it enhances trading. In bot lane, trades win lanes and with Janna you're bound to win most of your trades because Janna's ADC will do more damage to the enemy ADC and also take less damage.
Because of how impactful the shield is, you should always stick close-ish to your ADC and always be ready to pop your shield on him when it looks like he's about to exchange blows with the enemy ADC.
It can also be beneficial to use the shield on yourself but not just when you're in danger. You should utilise the shield to trade with the enemy support. It'll improve your trading just like it improves the trading of your ADC. You'll take little to no damage, but your AA will be enhanced and you'll be doing a lot more damage.
During the early stages of laning phase, I recommend that you utilise your AAs and poke the enemy support or ADC. When it comes to poking the ADC, the best time to poke is when they're killing a minion. If they've AAed a minion, their AA goes on a sort of cooldown and they can't retaliate if you attack them then. When it comes to the enemy support, using your shield and a ward you can continuously poke them while they're trying to hide in the brush. Poking the enemy support is a good idea because if they're low, they can't engage on your ADC. Furthermore, it makes it easier for you to engage if the enemy support is low on health.
|You go about engaging with Janna in several ways. The most straightforward engage is done by charging up your Q for half a second while being practically in melee range of the ADC. Being so close means you don't have to charge it for a long time - which gives the enemy less chance or none at all to dodge your incoming knock-up. I don't recommend trying to charge the Q from long distance. It seems like a good idea, but the longer the tornado travels, the more opportunity the enemy will have of evading it. Even if you charge it out of their vision, they'll be able to dodge it once it's in their vision range, since it's rather slow moving.|
|Another thing you can do is use your W - Zephyr. You can use it to either slow your enemy before you Q them - so that they have a smaller chance at dodging it, or you can use it after your Q, so they have a tougher chance at getting away after they've been knocked up.|
Before you get your Sightstone (so before your first or second back) you're generally safe-ish from jungle ganks as most junglers don't tend to gank bot lane before level 6. After level 6 you'll have your Sightstone and your ultimate, and it'll be pretty easy to deal with ganks. On the off chance that you are ganked before level 6, you still have a good chance at getting off safely if you use your skills properly to disengage the fight.
The most important thing to remember when being ganked is to remain calm and not panic. If you panic and use your abilities improperly, your chances of escaping shrink. When you get ganked, you must think fast but in a calm fashion and assess the situation. If the enemy has a dangerous dash, be ready to try to interrupt it with your Q, otherwise try to hit the Q on the most dangerous target, either the one that does the most damage or has the most CC. You need to watch out for skillshots, like if you're against a Morgana and are being ganked, be careful not to get hit by Dark Binding. Another thing you must pay attention to is the location of your ADC and be ready to peel for him and save him if you can.
|You disengage fights with your Q (the knock-up will temporarily stop your enemies from advancing), your W slow and with Exhaust. After lvl 6, you also have your ultimate which is incredibly good at disengaging. It's basically a no brainer on how to use it - when a threat is nearby you and you've exhausted your other resources, pop your ultimate when they're in range. If it's your ADC who is in trouble, come close to him and pop your ult.|
Around 15 minutes into the game, laning phase ends and you're thrown into mid game. It may happen earlier, sometimes even later, but generally mid game begins around the time the first tower(s) go down and the teams start leaving their lanes and grouping up more.
|When should you take the tower bot lane? Usually it's best to take it as soon as you are able. Taking the tower bot lane would mean that you'd be releasing pressure off of other lanes, because you'll become a higher priority on the enemy jungler's gank list. This sounds bad, but if you're being ganked a lot by the enemy jungler, it gives top lane and mid lane an advantage. In additon to that, you'll be giving a small sum of gold to everyone on your team. It may also be beneficial to delay taking the tower. If you're very ahead in lane and are getting fed, keeping the enemy tower alive will give you a higher chance at scoring more kills. Whenever you do take bot lane, the smartest next move for you to take is usually heading up to mid lane and sieging that tower there.|
Grouping around more and more will mean that teamfights are going to occur. Teamfights can be really messy and they can sometimes go either way. Your job is to disengage, peel and protect. You should always attempt to disengage unfavourable fights. If your team is even or behind the enemy team, for example, and the enemy team outnumbers you and engage, this is not a good time for your team to fight. Whatever attempts they make, you should try to counter.
|Peeling is forcing an enemy away from their target. For example, if in a teamfight an Irelia jumps on your ADC, you can peel her off by knocking her up or away, Exhausing her or slowing her. These things will keep the Irelia away from the ADC and will put her in a vulnerable situation as well. Janna is a great peeler and in teamfights it's smart to try to stick close to your ADC so that you're always available for peeling enemies off.|
Lastly I want to talk about which ADC does best with Janna. Overall Janna is compatible with just about any ADC. Some ADCs do better with more aggressive supports - Graves and Tristana, for example - but even these will do great in lane with a Janna. Thus I will merely list a few ADCs, ones that paired with Janna make an exceptional lane.
|Jinx is an immmobile long ranged ADC. Her Q has good synergy with your E as her Q will increase the range and damage of her auto attacks. This means that Janna and Jinx make for a great pokey lane. As she is immobile, Janna's disengage and peel go a long way and can help a Jinx stay alive throughout the game. Another bonus is that Jinx's abilities, with the exception of her E, scale with AD and will be enhanced by your shield.|
|Caitlyn is an ADC with exceptionally long range. Her AAs and abilities are greatly enhanced by your shield and together Janna and Caitlyn make for an extremely annoying poke lane. When Caitlyn's Headshot is ready, make sure you shield her to deal a ton of the damage to the enemy.|
|Ashe is somewhat similar to Jinx as they are both immobile ADCs who benefit greatly from Janna's protective kit. Ashe's strength is the CC she brings to the table, especially after 6. Janna and Ashe can keep an enemy impaired forever because of their numerous slows, the stun and knock-up. Furthermore, Janna's E makes Ashe's Q and crits very deadly.|
|Sivir too is an immobile ADC who makes for a good poke lane. Her Q coupled with your E will shred the enemy ADC and support. You'll also be able to push lanes down fast with Sivir due to your E and her ultimate.|
|Lastly I'd like to mention Vayne. Vayne's a late game ADC and has a pretty poor laning phase. This is where Janna comes in, a support who can babysit Vayne until she can stand on her own two feet. After laning phase, if Vayne is well farmed she becomes an absolute monster and you can make her even deadlier with your shield and peel.|
Of course, as I've mentioned before, Janna works well with every single ADC so you don't really need to worry about who has the highest synergy with her.
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