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League of Legends Build Guide Author CpT DiSNeYLaND

Riding the Wave - Support Nami

CpT DiSNeYLaND Last updated on December 18, 2012

Ability Sequence

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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.



Masteries

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Executioner
 
 

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Introduction - Who, Why, and What

Who
Hello everyone, I'm CpT DiSNeYLaND and welcome to my first guide "Riding the Wave - Support Nami". I welcome any and all feedback, though if negative, please let me know why so I may improve this guide, and my ability to write future guides.
Why Nami?
Nami brings quite a bit to the table, first of all she can shes able to lock up multiple enemies with her Aqua Prison allowing her teammates to dish out damage. Ebb and Flow giver her a heal with decent range, and with proper timing and ally/enemy placement can heal or damage two targets. It also allows her to poke from a substantial distance. While Tidecallers blessing allows you to buff allies damage. However Tidal Wave is the game changer, a long range knock-up and slow can easily disrupt enemies and give your team an edge
What will the guide go over?
This guide will go over strategy for using her abilities, choosing runes, masteries and items that will allow you to keep you, your team alive, help them secure kills, and win teamfights.




And a big thanks to Jhoihjoi for her guide Making a Guide, dividers, and answering any questions I asked her. Literally couldn't have done this without her and her guide!

Now with that out of the way, lets get to it.


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Pros and Cons

Pros


+ Lots of Crowd Control for engaging/disengaging
+ Ebb and Flow can be used to heal/damage multiple targets
+ Long poke/heal range when Ebb and Flow is used right
+ Able to speed up ally movement to chase/flee
+ Able to buff allies attacks
+ She's a Mermaid!
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Cons


- Quite squishy early on
- Ebb and Flow can eat up your mana very fast
- Aqua Prison can be difficult to land
- Weak if caught alone
- Often focused


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Ability Break Down

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_ Surging Tides{Passive}: Any spell used on an Ally increases their move speed. The boost can help an ally chase down an enemy, or escape a pursuer. When combined with Tidal Wave you can grant your entire team the boost.
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_ Aqua Prison {Q}: With practice the utility granted by Aqua Prison is huge. Though the projectile isn't very quick when compared to Lux or Morgana's binds, it's lobbing motion allows you to chose where you want it to land, preventing it from being blocked by enemy minions. Once you learn how quickly it moves and how people usually react to it you'll be able to land it most of the time, or at the very least keep the enemy on their toes.
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Tips and Tricks
  • Use it to check the bush for enemies, if it hits an enemy they are lifted from the bush, quite literally, and you get vision of them for the duration of the stun
  • If it hit allies it applies Surging Tides allowing you to speed up a group of allies at a single time.
  • Can easily stop a group of pursuers chasing you or an ally
  • Is very easily landed on enemies after they've been hit by slows such as your Tidal Wave or a basic attack enchanted with Tidecaller's Blessing
  • When stunned makes for an easy target for Pickpocket
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_ Ebb and Flow {W}: Ebb and Flow is a chain heal/damage ability. It can be chained to either heal two allies and attack one enemy, or heal one ally and attack two enemies, but can't hit the same target twice.
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Tips and Tricks
  • Can be jumped off an ally for a long range poke, or jump off of an enemy for a long range heal
  • When combined with Surging Tides and Rylai's Crystal Scepter the speed for your ally, and slow for the enemy can easily help close a gap for a kill.
  • Try to take advantage of the bouncing as often as you can to get the most healing/damage for your mana
  • Keep in mind that Ebb and Flow targets the closest ally/enemy to bounce to, ignoring those in range who have already been hit.
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_ Tidecaller's Blessing {E}: Add's attack damage and a slow for 5 seconds or 3 basic attacks. But doesn't deal damage to Towers, Inhibs, and the Nexus. At level 5 when combined with a fast attacking ADC can deal a decent chunk of damage quickly. Can be applied to allies and yourself.
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Tips and Tricks
  • Can be applied to yourself to slow an enemy from the bush allowing your carry to close the gap.
  • Can be used right after Aqua Prison to slow them right after the stun has passed
  • If used on ADC not only will they slow the enemy and do bonus damage, they will gain the movespeed from Surging Tides to help them close the gap that much easier
  • Can be used purely for the Surging Tides application to speed you or an ally up when heading back to the fight, or to speed up a weakened ally to get themselves clear of danger.
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_ Tidal Wave {R}: A potential game changer when used right. Knocks up enemies and applies a considerable slow Can stop the entire enemy team in their tracks making them easy targets for other CC from you and your team, or give you and your allies a chance to close a gap and engage in a battle in your favor, or set multiple allies up with an easy escape if things turn sour.
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Tips and Tricks
  • Can apply Surging Tides to your entire team at once if aimed and timed properly, but usually not a good idea to use purely for the speed bonus
  • Can be used to delay enemies allowing your allies to close the gap and secure some kills.
  • Easily dodged if fired straight up a lane, but when it hits both your allies and any enemies, your team can easily close the gap and cinch some kills.
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Masteries

Defensive Masteries

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---- Summoner's Resolve : We take this to increase our health every level when we take Heal, its not a huge amount but with Durability it adds up. Replace this with Summoner's Wrath if your taking exhaust instead. If you went for double mobility with Flash and Teleport place the point where you like, personally I'd put it towards Scout for a short bonus to your wards.

Durability : Like mentioned before hand, more health per level, and more health is never a bad thing. This stacked with the bonus from Summoner's Resolve +-- Heal makes for a total of 198, not a bad bonus at all.

Hardiness : Gives you a bit of extra armor for dealing with the enemy carry's harass, not a huge amount, but its better than nothing. Replace with Resistance if facing an AP Carry bot, such as Ahri.

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Utility Masteries

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---- Summoner's Insight : Short and simple we take this to improve our cooldowns, cast time, or effects of Flash, - Teleport,-and/or- Clairvoyance respectively
Meditation : Improves our mana regen/5 seconds, the more we can use our abilities, the better we'll be able to support our team.
Expanded Mind : Quite literally the same reason we take Meditation , more mana, more supporting.
Artificer : Allows us to use ability items more often, this is great for items like Shard of True Ice and Mikael's Crucible.
Greed : One of the go-to support masteries, grants you an additional 2 gold/10 seconds, which is important seeing as you won't be getting much, if any, farm early game.
Wealth : Improves you intial gold at start of the game, allowing you to buy that extra little bit, be it a ward, or an extra couple of potions.
Pickpocket : A aggressive poking supports dream. 3 Gold every time you hit an enemy with your basic attack. Works well if you land Aqua Prison and can drop a quick attack on the enemy carry or support.
Biscuiteer : One of the most bizarre masteries in the tree since the Season 3 update. Gives you a cookie that restores a small amount of health and mana. It's not a huge amount but it definitely helps. We mainly take this to get access to Explorer
Explorer : A great new mastery added in the Season 3 update, a free 60 second ward. Though it has a short duration, its great for helping the jungle watch for invades at the start, or you can drop it for your carry when you go back to watch for ganks untill you get back with more wards.
Intelligence : Improves your cooldowns allowing you to use your abilities more often to support your team.
Nimble : 3% extra move speed, helps you move around the map that bit faster, helping you dodge skillshots, and get back to your team after going back to your base.

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My Recomendation

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These are key masteies that Nami should grab, it allows her to stay in lane to support her team. Extra mana and mana regen allows her to stay in lane longer, while the item cooldown mastery allows her to keep her items ready for the next team fight. While the gold related masteries allows her to generate a good amount of gold while letting her carry keep the farm.

Note: These are simply the masteries I use, and believe work well. These are not set in stone, feel free to experiment and if you think you have a way that will work better, feel free to let me know!
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Summoner Spells

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Flash is taken by almost every player in LoL. It has incredible utility, hence its popularity. You can use it to close a gap to secure a kill or save a teammate, jump a bush or wall to escape pursuers, jump into the middle of a group of enemies to use a ultimate (Not with Nami but some champs). Its an extremely powerful tool, for both offense and defence. spAce
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spAce Teleport is a great spell, but often unused due to Flash's utility and use as an escape for champs without one. Teleport allows you to go back to your base and jump right back into the action. Alternatively it can be used to quickly jump to another lane to assist an ally in a tough situation. It can also be used to get out of a sticky situation, to another lane or back to base, unlike recall it can only be interrupted by death and stuns/displacement, unlike Recall which any damage cancels it. spAce
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spAce Heal is often neglected by supports with healing abilities like Nami's Ebb and Flow. However since the Season 3 update Heal has become much more viable since it's full effect is given no matter who uses it. It offers a possible team-wide heal in an instant, great as an extra boost in the middle of a teamfight, or to give you and your allies a boost when you have to back off. spAce
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spAce Exhaust is a great spell for any lane, reducing an enemy's move speed, attack speed, and all damage they deal. The damage reduction is often overlooked when using the skill, and its often used just for its slow. Using this skill on an enemy ADC can effectively shut them down for 2.5 seconds, both in regards to moving and attacking, allowing your team to jump on them and quickly wipe them out. spAce
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These 3 spells are also viable choices, though not taking nearly as often.
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Clairvoyance is a very viable spell, though not taken nearly enough, it grants vision of an area, and with the bonus from Summoner's Insight it locks vision any champions seen for the full 5 seconds, regardless if they stay in the AoE of the spell. Great for checking bushes for enemies, or you can take a gamble and drop on the enemy jungle to see if you can get a location on them. spAce
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Cleanse is a very situational spell. Removing all disables (except suppression), enemy summoner spells, and debuff's, and reduces all subsequint CC, spells, and debuffs by 65% for 3 seconds (4 with Summoner's Resolve . Very helpful against a CC heavy team, but can potentially be replaced by Quicksilver sash, which removes non-CC effects. While Mikael's Crucible is effectively cleanse, minus the CC reduction, but can be used on teammates. spAce
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Barrier has now come out of custom games to grace us with it's presence. Barrier grants an average shield for 2 seconds. It's main usage is an extra burst of defense when running and you see an attack incoming ( Karthus, Ashe, and Lux's ultimates come to mind). Not a terrible spell, but also very situational, and often not worth replacing one of your other spells.
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Runes

Quality Quints

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Greater Quintessence of Gold
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Greater Quintessence of Cooldown Reduction
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Greater Quintessence of Movement Speed
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Greater Quintessence of Experience
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--- Greater Quintessence of Gold: Basically the go to Quint for many supports, the role itself lacks in the farm the other roles get, this helps make up for it by granting you a total of 3 gold/10 seconds on top of the mastery Greed totals at 5 gold/10 seconds which will add up fast.
Greater Quintessence of Cooldown Reduction: Another Quint taken by some supports and some APC mid champions. The more often you can cast your abilities the more often you can keep your allies healed/buffed, and poke your enemies with damage/debuffs. Though taking these will reduce your income flow compared to Greater Quintessence of Gold
Greater Quintessence of Movement Speed: A Quint great on any champion regardless of the lane they're in, the faster you move the easier it is to chase and run, and the faster you can get back to your lane after returning to base, or get to another lane to lend them your aid.
Greater Quintessence of Experience: Allows you to level up faster than the enemy by gaining more experience. The larger the level gap between you and your enemies the easier it will be to establish an advantage.
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Gracious Glyphs

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Greater Glyph of Magic Resist
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Greater Glyph of Cooldown Reduction
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Greater Glyph of Armor
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--- Greater Glyph of Armor: Gives you an armor boost right from the get go, a must for whenever your against a ADC who plays aggressively and enjoys poking you and your teammate.
Greater Glyph of Magic Resist: Gives you a magic resist boos right from the get go. A must when fighting a APC instead of an ADC, also good to take these mixed with armor so you have some defence against both magic and physical attacks.
Greater Glyph of Cooldown Reduction: Gives you extra CDR that will aid you for the entirety of the match. As said before, the more often you can use your abilities to support, the better you will do.
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Solid Seals

Runes

Greater Seal of Gold
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Greater Seal of Scaling Mana Regeneration
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Greater Seal of Scaling Mana
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Greater Seal of Armor
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--- Greater Seal of Gold: A common Seal you'll find on many supports, granting an additional 2.25 gold/10 seconds, even further increasing your flow of income, reducing the need for taking farm.
Greater Seal of Armor: A good Seal for any champion facing physical damage. These like the Glyph and Quint are great to have against an enemy champion who pokes a lot with physical damage. The more armor you got the more durable you will be.
Greater Seal of Scaling Mana Regeneration/ Greater Seal of Scaling Mana: Both of these Seals are great, the more often you can use your abilities to support your team the better off you'll be. I recommend these over the flat Seals because the bonus ends up being almost 3 times as much with the scaled Seals.
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Merciless Marks

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Greater Mark of Armor
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Greater Mark of Scaling Mana
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--- Greater Mark of Armor: A good Mark for any champion facing physical damage. These like the Glyph, Seal and Quint are great to have against an enemy champion who pokes a lot with physical damage. The more armor you got the more durable you will be.
Greater Mark of Scaling Mana: Increases the your mana per level granting you an additional 190 mana at level 18, enough for to cast both Aqua Prison and Ebb and Flow
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Note: Runes are like Masteries, they are in no way set in stone. Feel free to experiment and find a setup that works with your play style.


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Skill Sequence

Ability Sequence
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I've been asked in game if I level up Aqua Prison or Tidecaller's Blessing first. Generally I find it depends on the situation and who I'm facing. If its enemies with escape mechanisms or gap clossers,such as Kha'Zix, Ezreal, or Blitzcrank, I recommend Aqua Prison it can allow you to stop them long enough for you and your carry to either close the gap and deal some damage, or escape a gank, pull, or jump. If facing characters who have high mobility such as Vayne I usually go with Tidecaller's Blessing, use it on yourself and land a basic attack to reduce her mobility with the slow, and deal some extra damage, or drop on your carry and give them the speed boost as well so they can close the gap even further.
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Initiation with Nami

When going in with your team knowing when and how to use your abilities can end up being the difference between a win or a loss in a team fight.
Using Tidecaller's Blessing on your Tank when they initiate will give them a speed boost to close the gap, and a slow to use on the enemy ADC, or APC.
Ebb and Flow is a huge part of your arsenal, you will have to make the judgement call on whether you want 2 shots of health, or damage, but when in doubt, use two heals.
Aqua Prison is to be saved for stunning isolated enemies or runners so your team can descend on them, or to stopping enemies when they go to chase you or your allies.
Use Tidal Wave at your own judgement, be it to stop a group of enemies chasing allies, or in a teamfight your winning to aid your allies to chase down the enemies.


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Purchasing Guide

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Survivable AP Support

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AP Item Effect Support
Shard of True Ice
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Aura Support
Shurelya's Reverie

Note:Now these are just item's that I found work well with Nami,obviously like any champion there's huge diversity as to how you can build a champion, both in regards to personal play style, and the situational nature of each different game., especially after the Season 3 update. If you disagree or find a way you think works better, let me know and I will take it into consideration. I won't be going over the "Aura Item" build in this guide, purely because I personally am not a fan of it and it is not the focus of this guide.
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Item Effect Nami

spze Ionian Boots of Lucidity Great boots for many champs. Not much to say that I haven't said. The more often you can use your abilities the more you'll be able to support your team.
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spze Rod of Ages. Untill Nami I never thought about RoA on a support character, however once I tried it, it became part of my base support build for every champ. Once built and charged, it provides you with decent AP, health, and mana, all of which helps you stay in lane longer with your team allowing you to spend more time supporting and less walking back to the battle after recharging yourself at base.
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Shard of True Ice spze Shard of True Ice. A great item for just about any support. Giving you a bit of AP, a mana regen aura, and GP/5. The true use of this item is the blizzard you can apply on an ally champion or minion slowing nearby enemies. Great to apply to your Tank when engaging, or on a passing minions wave when running from pursuers.
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spze Runic Bulwark. A great upgrade to the often used Aegis of the Legion. Giving you more more health and more magic resist for you and your team, the upgrade can be put off if you find yourself strapped for cash during the game.
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spze Ruby Sightstone. The Sightstones are one of the best new items for supports in the Season 3 update. Giving you 300 health, and 5 free sight wards, with a limit of 3 placed at a time. Lets you replace buying wards and gives you a bit of survivablity as a bonus.
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spze Mikael's Crucible. A great item added in the Season 3 update. Not only does it up your magic resist, mana, and mana regen, it effectively gives you the Cleanse ability to use on you or an ally in a sticky situation while also healing them for a decent amount of health.
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AP Survivable Nami

spze Mecury's Treads. Personally I prefer Ionian Boots of Lucidity, the CDR allows you to use your abilities more often to support your team with CC and healing. However against a CC heavy team Mecury's Treads are a must have for the Tenacity and the MR is a nice little boost as well.
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spze Rod of Ages. Untill Nami I never thought about RoA on a support character, however once I tried it, it became part of my base support build for every champ. Once built and charged, it provides you with decent AP, health, and mana, all of which helps you stay in lane longer with your team allowing you to spend more time supporting and less walking back to the battle after recharging yourself at base.
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spze Ruby Sightstone. The Sightstones are one of the best new items for supports in the Season 3 update. Giving you 300 health, and 5 free sight wards, with a limit of 3 placed at a time. Lets you replace buying wards and gives you a bit of survivablity as a bonus.
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spze Rylai's Crystal Scepter. One of my personal favorite items to take with Nami. If used with Ebb and Flow to bounce on two allies and a enemy will slow the enemy, and apply Surging Tides on your allies (or yourself) allowing them/you to close the gap to grab another kill, or escape a situation turned bad. The extra 500 health also adds a decent boost to your survivablity.
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spze Abyssal Scepter. Grants you a decent chunk of AP while improving you survivablity against magic damage while reducing nearby enemies magic resist at the same time.
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spze Zhonya's Hourglass. Gives you another nice boost to your AP and a decent armor boost giving extra survivabilty against physical damage. The active on this is often forgotten in the midst of battle though it can save lives. Because Nami has no abilities that require her to be right in the thick of things you may not use it as often as other champs such as Morgana or Fiddlesticks but when an enemy such as Katarina, Amumu,or Nunu jump in and drop their ults it can save your life if used properly.
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Situational Replacement Items

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Note:None of the items above are set in stone, they are simply recommendations and to be changed as the situation calls for it, if you find yourself focused more survivabilty is likely in order.
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spze Zhonya's Hourglass. A great item made of pure survivability. Giving you a spellsheild with a 45 second refresh time, with the bonus of a modest health and mana boost. A great choice against a bursty or CC heavy team.
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spze Guardian Angel. A useful item, defence against both magical and physical damage though you're shouldn't be in the middle of a fight so it's passive may not see much use. Though not a terrible item, I'd recommend Banshee's Veil over this.
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spze Will of the Ancients. A great item on a team with lots of ability usage or a AP heavy team. Not a terrible buy even if only you and your APC are making use of it. A great buy if supporting a APC in bottom lane.
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spze Ohmwrecker. Another great item added in Season 3. Allows your team to dive a turret and shut it down for 2.5 seconds when activated while also adding armor, health, and mana for more survivabilty/sustain.
Note: I've yet to test this item in early game to see it's viability. Any opinions/knowledge/experience that you have is very welcome.
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The End

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Thats it! The end! I hope you enjoyed this guide and find it useful. Hopefully it helps you keep your team alive and secure some wins. If not let me know so I can make it better!
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Once again this is my first guide, so any and all comments, both positive and negative, are appreciated. I just ask that any complaints/issues brought up are constructive so I can improve the guide and my ability to potentially make future ones.
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Once I have found/made them I will attach further strategy videos/images as soon as I have the time to do so.
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And a second big thank you to jhoijhoi for her guide on making a guide, line divider's, and some formatting questions I asked. Everything looks much better thanks to her.


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Changelog and To-do List

Changelog


16/12/2012 - Guide Published


To-do List


Test viability of earlygame Ohmwrecker
Add counter picks
Add good/bad lane partners


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