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Talon Build Guide by flovust

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League of Legends Build Guide Author flovust

Talon - Desmond Miles

flovust Last updated on August 25, 2011
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Ability Sequence

5
14
15
17
18
Ability Key Q
2
3
7
9
12
Ability Key W
1
4
8
10
13
Ability Key E
6
11
16
Ability Key R





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

 
 
 
 
 
4/
Sorcery
Alacrity
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3/
Brute Force
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3/
Lethality
Improved Rally
 
 
 
 
 
 
1/
Havoc
 
 

Offense: 21

 
 
 
 
 
Strength of Spirit
4/
Evasion
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Veteran's Scars
Willpower
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ardor
Reinforce
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tenacity
 
 

Defense: 9

 
 
 
 
 
Awareness
Expanded Mind
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Quickness
Blink of an Eye
 
 
 
 
 
Intelligence
Mystical Vision
 
 
 
 
 
 
Presence of the Master
 
 

Utility: 0


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Introduction

Hi this is my first ever guide for League of Legends, and I would like to do it first with Talon, as assassins are my favourite type of champions, such as Akali, Im gonna show you guys how I build Talon in a way that still has burst and real GOOD survivability. This is my build with Wu Kong as well, people always tell me "NO DONT PLAY WK, HE'S USELESS!" well obviously people build him with just pure dmg and no survivability, and hence dead does not equal dps... am I right?

When you play Talon in ranked, make sure you tell your team your taking SOLO TOP. If you dont... ask if someone would play with you bot. If not, dont play Talon.

Theres one thing I hate most when duo dps bot, is that you will have to compete for CS, IF YOU DO DECIDE TO DUO DPS LANE BOT GET HEART OF GOLD OR PHILO (just get one gp5 not 2)
An unfarmed Talon is useless. Hence why people always say that is bad, needs to be solotop like all bruisers.

Anyways, I will show you what runes to get, items, and why I max E after W.


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Pros / Cons

PROS


Amazing Burst damage
Easy to get kills
Silence!
Extremely Fun
And obviously.... assassins creed...

CONS


If not built as a bruiser, Talon is very squishy
Cooldowns are kind of long, vulnerable to ganks if you dont ward your lane.
CC's will be a problem
Must engage at the right time for team fights otherwise you just might blow up if you dont build bruiser tanky way.


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Runes

There are two routes you could go with runes.
The way I play AD is to be very aggressive early game (obviously to only champions you think you can take..)

FIRST: My recommended early game rune aggressiveness
9 x Greater mark of strength
Greater seal of defense9 x Greater seal of defense OR Greater seal of Resilience
9 x Greater glyph of Shielding OR Greater glyph of Warding
3 x Greater quintessence of fortitude
OR
3 x Greater quintessence of strength
OR
Greater quintessence of Desolation3 x Greater quintessence of desolation

WHY? I like to have flat AD runes for the burst.. and it scales with all of Talons skills. Most especially (W) and (Ult)

SECOND: This is the armor pen route when going against... say a Chogath, Irelia or Jarvan IV
Greater mark of Desolation9 x Greater mark of Desolation
Greater seal of defense9 x Greater seal of defense OR Greater seal of Resilience
9 x Greater glyph of Shielding OR Greater glyph of Warding
3 x Greater quintessence of fortitude
OR
3 x Greater quintessence of strength
OR
Greater quintessence of Desolation3 x Greater quintessence of desolation

Why? When going against bruisers, they will always have alot of armor, having ArP will help you lane better against them, and still stay toe to toe even while playing aggressively


SUMMARY:

It is mostly a preference of your own play style. I would suggest trying out A one game and B next game to see which help you win early dominance.


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Summoner Spells

REQUIRED
This is a must, it allows him to have more utility and really shine in 1v1 situations even more so then he already does. Could also be used defensively and or aggresively to secure a kill! Exhaust is really good against any AD carry, and also against a burst AP hero.
I personally always get flash, just cause of its utility, may it be used defensively and or aggressively to initiate a gank and what not.

OTHER
Ignite is also good, just like exhaust but this is more of a selfish type of spell, I prefer getting exhaust when I play AD heroes because of its utility.
Decent, I would only get this if I went full tank, but I would get flash 9 out of 10 times over ghost with Talon.


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Masteries

I build Talon, 21/9/0 as normal bruisers usually do.

Offense:21
well get the standard 21, dont get attack speed as it wont really benefit you much..
Talon is not an AS hero, he is a BURST assassin hero..

Defense:9
I go with the defense tree, as most melee heroes require armor and MR to survive, if you dont, then once you engage you will be like paper to the opposing team.
Either you go 3/3 Magic resist, 3/3 armor and 3/4 dodge
OR
2/3 MR, 2/3 armor, 4/4 dodge, and 1 nimbleness -- Again.. it is personal preference.


YOU COULD ALSO GO THE 21/0/9 route
However, you would get health/mana regen (which tbh isnt really helpful once you get your force of nature, and the fact that Talon doesnt really need much mana).
In my opinion I'd try to avoid this route unless you think you have mana problems.


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Skill Sequence/Skill information/Combo

Mercy Passive: MERCY
Talon's auto-attacks deal additional damage to a target that is under the influence of any crowd control effect.
Basically, if your target is cc'd then have fun dealing extra damage on your attacks on them.

Q: NOXIAN DIPLOMACY
Talon viciously stabs his enemy, dealing heavy physical damage and causing them to leave a blood trail that Talon can use to track them.
This will put a bleed effect on your target for a short time and while your target is bleedin, you can see him on the map. This is also a good burst damage skill, however I prefer to max E first, ill explain when I get to cutthroat.

W: RAKE
Talon fans out three blades in front of him that quickly return to him, dealing damage and slowing any target hit in either direction.
This is Talons bread and butter, this will be your prioritized skill and should enable you to kill your opponent with ease! Its like sivirs boomerang, but in a shorter range, however this adds a 20% slow! and while he is slowed your passive will increase your auto-attacks!

Cutthroat E: CUTTHROAT
Talon leaps behind his target and silences them for a short duration, amplifying the damage of any of his follow up attacks and abilities.
You will blink to your target and silence him. HOWEVER, you amplify the damage of your next spell! like rake, and if you have sheen aswell it will stack! BURST GG?!?
Combo: Cutthroat> +>auto-attack >>

R: SHADOW ASSAULT
Talon enters stealth for a short duration, gaining a movement speed boost and sending blades that deal damage to all enemies in their path flying in every direction. Once the blades reach a certain distance, they pause and form a circle. When Talon reappears from stealth, the blades return to him, once again dealing damage to any opponent they pass through.
You go in stealth, your blades will surround you in a medium range radius, and you gain move speed, after a few seconds it will collapse onto you and deal damage to anything it hits. (including anything that got hit by the extrating, and the contracting)

PRIORITY and WHY?
R Obviously this is your ult and it will do alot of damage/ can also be used defensively and has a relatively short cooldown!

W Bread and butter, slows target and does extreme amount of burst!

ECutthroat Silences, and AMPLIFIES YOUR NEXT SPELL, and if you have ... its pretty much goodbye to your target specially in early levels.

Q Good amount of burst, and will put an ignite type of effect(bleed)

COMMON COMBO's!
Cutthroat> +>auto-attack >>
I will add a video on these... for now Ill leave this section for now.


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Items

STARTING ITEMS:


A) and 3x
This is standard, and will help you survive the lane longer and stay aggressive.

B)
If you play passive then this is the item for you.

C)
If you like to be passive aggressive this will help you maintain a bit, as it provides armor and Health regen

D) and a -> Philosopher's stone
If you were stubborn enough to play Talon bot.......... smh


CORE ITEMS:



- OPTIONAL CORE ITEM


BOOTS


- if they have alot of CC and magic dmg
- if they have alot of AD attackers
- if you want more move speed coz youre a fckin assassin.
- attack speed if youre a pu$$y


STANDARD ITEMS:





AGAINST HEAVY AP: AFTER CORE ITEMS


AND OR if you have a healer in your team


AGAINST HEAVY AD: AFTER CORE ITEMS


(only if they have a attack speed stacking AD carry) AND OR


SITUATIONAL ITEMS:


this item is really OP is not a core item, but it is amazing!
THIS ITEM IS UNDERRATED. MUST GET IF THEY HAVE

SUMMARY:


Basically just build the core, and after the core build according to opposing team.
If you have the core and just want to go glass cannon from there, build 3 or 3 for dmg and lifesteal. (I wouldnt reccomend glasscannon unless you are like 10/0/x)


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Early Game

Ill post a video on this soon!


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Mid Game

Ill post a video on this soon!


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Late Game

Ill post a video on this soon!


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Warding!!!!!!!!!

Theres another thing I hate about playing ranked games, its when your team mates blame you for their deaths for not calling MIA.

If your laning top PLEASE BUY A WARD FOR YOUR LANE!!! put it in the bush in the river or just a tad bit further near dragon!
WARDS WILL SAVE LIVES!!!

I cant stress this enough! Wards are your friend! Please buy them.


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Farming

Ill add video soon, But basically your W will help you farm.

Also using Shadow assault to farm is ok, but make sure you are not about to get ganked and make sure you account for 4 other enemies on your minimap if you decide to farm with R. It has a relatively short cooldown about 1 min.