Talon Build Guide by Vab206
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I could start out with the cliche intro that Riot gives (aka. background story) but i wont bore you... This guide is simply my spin on talon. It suits my play style better then any other guide ive looked at (if theres one similar then forgive me). I hope that if you try this guide that you can see that certain things commonly believed about talon are false and he is indeed one of the best champions in the league if played and built properly.
For the record. i am not lvl 30 on my account, everything that i have entered in past lvl 24 is purely a foresight on how i will build him.
Yes, i dont build my Talon with a defensive item, i feel like between my summoner spells and his ult and silence that if i choose the right fights to get into then i have no problem being the last one to leave.
I go with AP Marks, MP5/level Seals, CDR Glyphs, and AS Quints. The reason behind this for me is simple really. AP for damage, MP5/level to keep using rake, CDR glyphs for max CDR at lvl 18, and AS Quints to give me a little more tower damage when the time comes.
Ive tried talon with armor and MR runes and for me it leaves much to be desired in terms of freedom to use your skills to harass with and still having enough mana to get the job done when the time comes.
Like i said, everything past level 24 is purely a foresight, the reason i pick greed is because this is an expensive champ to build up to greatness. Other then that i feel like it is a pretty cookie cutter mastery build.
In terms of items, I've tried talon countless ways starting off. I'm talking boots and pots, blade, dagger and pots, scepter... Still the best start that i seem to get is with a Doran's Blade. You have a little more mobility with boots and not to mention freedom to take some damage with the pots. But, with the blade you get more survivability and you get a little more bite early game.
Usually by the time i have to B i have enough money to buy boots (plain boots, not upgraded), 3 pots, and a long sword. I feel like this gives me more speed, freedom and overall damage.
The second time i buy i will either buy boots or upgrade to a brutalizer, or both if i have the gold for it. Its really situational if you don't. If there's ranged in your lane i recommend the boots, if melee i recommend the brutalizer. It's what works for me.
Next thing i buy is a B.F. Sword. You will really notice a lot of difference once you get back to your lane. If i can i will wait until i am able to buy the sword and scepter, especially if i am doing well. the only time i have ever been in a situation where i could straight up buy a bloodthirster on my 3rd trip back i had just got a penta-kill.
After the Bloodthirster get Sheen. You will have one item slot left and i reccomend getting a Cloak of Agility for the crit. After that i ususally replace my doran's with a B.F. Sword and save up 1350 for Infinity Edge.
Note... if you feel like you are too slow and need more survivability then skip the IE and go for T-Force. You still get a considerable damage bonus with it. I personally hardly ever get to purchase a Tforce.
More then likely your not going to get the 5 item build that i have up. The reason i leave the 6th item open is because Honestly ive only been able to get it one time and i got a last whisper. That game i could 5 hit an AP Morde... Were talking 1300 Crits with Noxian Diplomacy.
The reason i skill the way that i do is purely for harassment and farming purposes. usually by the time i am level 9-10 i have bloodthirster and you can just rake a wave of creeps and itll just take a couple swings to kill the melee creeps.
Ive tried builds that skill noxian diplomacy up first but what you gain in damage is simply not worth it for me compared to what you lose in harassment capability.
A good thing to remember is that you can count your rake as an extra attack at levels 1-4, when you look at it this way it makes it a lot easier to farm early game.
Use your rake to harass, also use it when you have tower position on their upcoming wave of creeps to slow them and maintain tower positioning. When the time comes to lay waste to your foe, simply press E+W+Q. If your level 6 and he tries to run, then press R and run after him.
Flash and Exhaust. If you want to be a little more portable then trade for Teleport, but imo those are the only 3 viable spells for talon since he already has a bleed.
I play talon as a complete burst assassin, I feel like for my playstyle that he is too hindered by different rune choices. It's simply my opinion and has a lot to do with my playstyle. Im not saying hes easy, ive failed with him countless games until i figured out something that didnt build too slowly and still gave me enough killing power throughout the game.
I'll try to upload some youtube vids when i get some footage of some good games to show my playstyle and whatnot. Everyone does things different and this is just my spin on Talon, hope you like it. If you do then comment and upvote it!