Lee Sin Build Guide by TimeMuffin
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Lee Sin Build
Offensive Items (optional)
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.
I’ve been learning the Jungle role for most of the time I’ve been playing; something intrigued me about appearing from a shrouded brush and attacking an un-aware enemy. For the first season I played, (which would be the second season) ranked was my enemy and my persistent bane to play; however changing my attitude and my will to improve made my most recent season standing an adjustment for the best. Keeping a consistent positive energy and attitude in your ranked games will surely increase your performance of play – that’s what I recommend – and that’s what I currently follow; nevertheless you've heard enough about me and would like to know what this guide is going to revolve around. I’m sure you could’ve guessed it’s going to be about the Lee Sin The Blind Monk.
Lee Sin is my favorite and most played champion, I hope my expertise will allow at least the lower leveled players to climb with his super-aggressive play-style.
On a different note, LoL Replay isn't working with this patch currently so I can't add these videos: team-fighting, tips and tricks and ganks. I will update the guide as soon as I fix it, but anyway enjoy the guide.
Feel free to listen to some chill music while you read:
Pros / Cons
- Strong early-game
- Strong dueling potential
- Good ganks
- Easy counter-jungling
- High mobility
- Weak transition into late-game
- Not an amazing team-fighter
- High skill cap
Greater Quintessence of Attack Damage
Greater Mark of Attack Damage
Greater Seal of Armor
Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist
Greater Glyph of Magic Resist
I’m not an expert on masteries and runes – I don’t go to deep into it and don’t possess mathematical prowess, I just learn from experience. This goes the same for builds so; if you ever want to discuss it with me, feel free.
Your second main item should be Sightstone, it’s complete preference whether you want to complete this before or after Spirit of the Ancient Golem; but any way in which you do it, this item is enormously useful. Sightstone is very cheap, gives health, and allows you to have the mobility to roam around the map.
Randuin's Omen is the item you need to pick up if they have a very fed ADC or they have multiple ad’s and you need the armour.
Spirit Visage is an amazing item currently, it’s cost-efficient, provides good magic resist, tankiness and has a pretty decent passive to enhance your Iron Will. Buy when you need some magic resist.
Last Whisper would be the only damage item I would consider on Lee – it’s good to pick up when their tank line is diving in on your carries and you need to get through their defences or when you just need a little bit more damage. If you don’t fulfil your tank role before you purchase this item, then make sure you accomplish that first.
Locket of the Iron Solari would be a core buy before it's nerf, but now I don't think it's vital. It's still a good item, it helps with your transition into late-game because you're able to support your team on another level. I would buy it if they have a lot of AOE damage or my support hasn't bought it in late-game. Prioritize core items before this however.
Blade of the Ruined King isn't really an amazing item on Lee - he doesn't benefit from the attack speed largely because of his passive as it already grants him this stat; the active is nice but has been nerfed as of recent and isn't as strong. Lee Sin synergises best with attack damage items because of the benefit it provides to his Sonic Wave and Dragon's Rage. Buy this when they have large amounts of health and you need damage.
Maw of Malmortius could strictly be classed as both an offensive and defensive item; it gives attack damage and a passive which will increase your damage as your health bar drops; it also gives magic resistance and a shield which will block magic damage. It's a very balanced item, and is good to buy when you need a mixture of damage and durability against magic damage.
Ravenous Hydra synergises massively with Lee Sin when played in the top lane (since he's you're meant to grab a lot of damage when playing him top); however in the jungle it's risky. Ravenous Hydra is very expensive, it costs a lot for just a damage item, when you're meant to be a bruiser in the first place; but it does work well with his kit and dueling. I don't really suggest to pick this item up - only when you're very far ahead and you want to split-push a lot. It also has a Pickaxe in the recipe, so you could change your mind at any time and build another type of offensive item.
The Bloodthirster I recommend for newer Lee Sin players - simply because you don't have to worry about the active in Ravenous Hydra, they're basically the same item with slight variations, so I would only cover the same reasons if I were to elaborate on this.
The Black Cleaver is an alternative choice to Last Whisper. I normally would buy this for the same reasons as Last Whisper; but more so if I decide to get a The Brutalizer during the early game. The Black Cleaver is very expensive; whereas Last Whisper is not. They do the same job, but The Black Cleaver provides a little more in the way of: health and cooldown reduction. Buy this if you got The Brutalizer early.
Frozen Mallet isn’t an item I would buy, it’s my personal preference; but I see a lot of Lee players picking this up; the main reason is because of its utility; but the main reason I don’t buy it is because of its cost. It’s extremely cost-inefficient, the stats it provides is just not worth that amount of money. It will require some further testing, but from the amount of games I’ve played with it, I don’t suggest it.
Sunfire Cape is a good item to pick up around mid-game; however there are many better choices as a tanky option in late-game. It grants moderate armour, some health and a fair passive. It will lose it's utility a little later, buy when you have the money kicking around - it's quite cheap.
For boots, most of the time you want to pick up Ninja Tabi – because you have Spirit of the Ancient Golem and that grants tenacity, so you won’t need to purchase Mercury's Treads. If you feel you need to roam more than you should, then buy Boots of Mobility – it’s a very situational pick, but once you have that eye for it, then it will profit you greatly.
How Does he Fit Within the Meta?
When to pick Lee Sin
Tips & Tricks
Dragon's Rage Combo 1:
Dragon's Rage Combo 2:
Dragon's Rage Combo 3:
Dragon's Rage Combo 4:
Iron Will + Smite:
Using this video, you can see all the available combos performed by me; so you can see for yourself how they're executed. Use the annotations in the video to view the video appropriately
Conclusion (are you needing help with jungling?)
I will update this guide when I can, and perhaps add more chapters etc. Feel free to ask me questions I will provide as much feedback as I can. All the videos featured in this guide are from my YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/anirazor which mainly provides League of Legends jungle guides, so subscribe if you're interested in that sort of stuff. You can also find me on my social media here:
If you're a beginner, or you just need a re-cap, check out this video:
Also check out my Lee Sin montage from my silver days:
Thanks for reading! Credits to Jhoihoi for helping me out with coding and Shizukani for the awesome line dividers.
04/10/2013 - Updated the items sections with offensive item tab
05/10/2013 - Added a video to the Tips and Tricks section
05/10/2013 - Changed description and various other related pieces referring to Sunfire Cape