Tristana Build Guide by Sarinna

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League of Legends Build Guide Author Sarinna

Super Mario Tristana (AP Build)

Sarinna Last updated on January 17, 2012
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Ability Sequence

Ability Key Q
Ability Key W
Ability Key E
Ability Key R

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Offense: 21

Honor Guard

Defense: 9

Strength of Spirit

Utility: 0

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Hello, I'm Sarinna, nice to meet you! Hope you like my guide! I'll make a brief introduction explaining some things.

I really like her style as AP but there are somethings you should know: She's NOT like the AD tristana. With Rod of Ages, she's not as squich, but she depends a lot on her burst damage. I'll give a full explanation ahead.

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Tristana is a really fun champion. First, she has her Rocket Jump, a really good gap-closing. Second, she is pretty effective at harrasing, considering she is ranged, and her Explosive Shot is pretty good for that, be the active or passive. And last but not least, her ulti can deal a HUGE damage, and if you get feed, it can burst about 1200 even if the enemy has 50 magic resist. You can pretty much destroy AD carries, or any squich character. But what i personally like the most is the fact that her Rocket Jump makes her a really good ganker and tower diver.

- Good Tower Diver
- Good Harasser
- Great Burst Damage on her Ultimate
- She carries a ****ing cannon!!!

- Mana Hungry
- Squish early game
- Has high cooldowns and depends on basically 2 skills for damage early game damage

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There are many other masteries options, I think that's a really personal choice. But one thing is important: veteran's Scar. Tristana is pretty squich until she get's her Rod of Ages, so it helps a lot early game. I don't really know what to say here, there aren't that many alternatives. Some people like getting Mana Masteries. It works too, but I prefer to get Itens to compensate for that.

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There are many Runes options. I personally recomend the ones above, but there are other that work as well.

Why Greater Glyph of Scaling Ability Power instead of Greater Glyph of Ability Power?
It's simple. Tristana has null base AP, so the Greater Glyph of Scaling Ability Power compensates that from mid to late game, and about level 6, both runes will be even. But it's a question of taste, both work well.

Why not defensive Runes?
Those work too, but i personally like to play more agressive, and i think tristana is really mana hungry, so i get greater seal of replenishment. But defense is also important, so these runes also work well for her: Greater Seal of Armor, greater seal of vitality, Greater Glyph of Magic Resist, Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist.

I'm lacking mana! What do i do?
Get Greater Glyph of Scaling Mana Regeneration. They help a lot, and with greater seal of replenishment, your mana will go up before you notice it even went down.

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One really important thing is to learn to buy situational itens. I will only show the obvious, and how will it fit.

Why 2 Doran's Ring?
You need the extra AP, Health and mana regeneration of at least 1. The second one helps a lot too, but if you are lanning with an agressive champion who has stun, you will be getting early kills, so rush your Mejai's Soulstealer.

Why not Hextech Gunblade?
It's a really good item, but it's EXPENSIVE! The price is just too much, especially because it would be useful to sustain in lane, but by the time you afford it, the lanes will be all messed up already. 3600 for 70 AP it's not enough. But some players like it, and if you get a good amount of stacks on the Mejai's Soulstealer, it may be good.

If you are:

Getting Harassed a lot
You can rush the Rod of Ages first or buy lots of potions. If you don't think that's enough, you can get a philosopher's stone instead of your second doran's ring, it will pay for itself after about 15 minutes. I don't recomend getting Life Steal or a vampire's scepter, she deals low physical damage early game, and you are forced to push the lane. Somepeople like to buy Hextech Revolver. I think it works, but it's kind of expesive and tristana will only heal a good amount in her Rocket Jump or her ultimate Buster Shot, so i don't think that's reliable.

The other team has a lot of CC
Change your sorceres shoes for a mercury tread's or buy a Moonflair Spellblade. Both are really good itens, but never get both (tenacy does not stack).

I died early game! What do i do?
Don't buy your Mejai's Soulstealer. You feed the oponent, so don't count on not dying, though Flash and Rocket Jump help a lot. Rush your Rod of Ages.

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Summoner Spells

I personally prefer Ignite and Flash because you get a lot more mobility and your burst damage increases a lot, but these can work as well:

Get this if no one on your team has it. It's really god for countering tower divers, or just killing and running.

New Players can get this. It's a good spell for chasing, ganking and running away.

I don't personally recomend this, because your cooldowns are long, so even if you need to heal, it won't be enough for you too kill the enemy if your burst didn't do enough damage. But it can be useful to prevent deaths and to keep you from recalling so much, specially to new Tristana user's.

It's a really good spell, specially for Tristana because she has little sustain on lane. That way, you can go back, heal and come back pretty fast. If you go middle, I recommend this one.

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Burst Damage

Your burst damage depends on your level and ability power, mostly. Here i'll comment on her skills.

That's her main skill. It's and excellent gap-closing, tower diving, damaging and running-like-a-little-kid skill. I'll introduce here how to use it:

Rocket Jump
NEVER jump in front of your enemy, unless he's coming at you with blood in his eyes. Most players as they see what are you doing will step backwards, and that's were you get them. You should jump on top of your enemy, behind him or were he's running to. The magic trick after level 6 is this: Let them push the lane. When you are closer to the tower, jump behind the enemy and use your Buster Shot him to your tower. If your Burst wasn't enough, your tower will do the rest. But don't expect to get more than 1 ou 2 kills like that per game.

Really useful skill. It deals about 200 damage when you are level 6 with the active.

Explosive Shot
Your main Harassing skill. Your burst is normally not enough to burst someone down from full life, so this should do the trick. The fact that you are ranged also helps a lot. You don't need to harass only from the active skill, try last hitting minions close to your enemy and they will get damaged.

A really good skill for AD carry tristana, which isn't our case. Max this out last because you will only use it to break towers or when you get your Sheen.

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Notes and Overall

I'm still working on this build, i'm kind of lazy to finish the guide, so i'll leave it at that for now. Please comment to help! I did really well on games with this build, but i still have a lot to improve!

Thanks for everything!