Talon Humor Guide by Temzilla
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Talon's earliest memories are the darkness of Noxus' underground passages and the reassuring steel of a blade. He remembers no family, warmth, or kindness. Instead, the clink of stolen gold and the security of a wall at his back are all the kinship he has ever craved. Kept alive only by his quick wits and deft thievery, Talon scraped out a living in the seedy underbelly of Noxus. His mastery of the blade quickly marked him as a threat, and Noxian guilds sent assassins to him with a demand: join their ranks or be killed. He left the bodies of his pursuers dumped in Noxus' moat as his response.
The assassination attempts grew increasingly dangerous until one assailant met Talon blade-for-blade in a match of strength. To his surprise, Talon was disarmed and facing down his executioner's sword when the assassin revealed himself to be General Du Couteau. The General offered Talon the choice between death at his hand, or life as an agent of the Noxian High Command. Talon chose life, on the condition that his service was to Du Couteau alone, for the only type of orders he could respect were from one he could not defeat. Talon remained in the shadows, carrying out secret missions on Du Couteau's orders that took him from the frigid lands of Freljord to the inner sanctums of Bandle City. When the general vanished, Talon considered reclaiming his freedom, but he had gained immense respect for Du Couteau after years in his service. He became obsessed with tracking down the general's whereabouts. Talon's suspicions led him to the doors of the Institute of War, where he joined the League of Legends in order to find those responsible for Du Couteau's disappearance.
''The three deadliest blademasters in all of Valoran are bound to the house of Du Couteau: my father, myself, and Talon. Challenge us, if you dare.'' - Katarina Du Couteau
You are probably thinking, "Wtf bro? That build is ******ed..."
Talon's scaling however, is also ******ed.
This is a TERRIBLE way to build this champion, but until i find someone who can live through his combo with this built, i don't see any reason to not build him this way.
3k Malphite with 150 armor? Dead.
Ulti+W = Dead guy late game.
The only drawbacks to talon that i can see are his lack of escapes.
Gank him early and he's pretty useless.
Greater Mark of Attack Damage for AD
Greater Quintessence of Attack Damage for AD
Greater Seal of Armor to help with his fairly poor laning phase against other AD until you get Last Whisper.
Greater Glyph of Magic Resist to help with his fairly poor laning phase against mages until you get Last Whisper
Pretty simple stuff.
Pretty standard, balls deep AD champion, 21/0/9, dodge or Strength of Spirit isn't as beneficial as exp and buff duration IMO.
21/9/0 works, so does 30/0/0.
Just make sure you're getting 21/x/x.
Best damage item to stack with bloodthirsters for non-crit AD scaling champions.
The Bloodthirster man, it's release pantheon all over again.
Just stack these babies till you have 5 slots filled.
As noted on page 2 by DuffTime, the CDR, attack damage, critical strike chance, and active make this an all around good "AD Caster" item.
These let you pull off that crazy **** where you flash over a wall at the last second after getting out of a stun!
Really man! They are really cool looking, and we don't auto attack so the only other option is CDR boots, and those look silly.
R>E>W>Q if you don't plan to farm very much, and plan on just last hitting the waves down.
Nothing too fancy here if your last hitting is bad, or you have a lane enemy you can't trade with, get three skills by level 3, then max R>W>E>Q.
The reason that i max E before Q is because E silence lasts longer, and allows you to win bigger trades.
With a few B. F. Swords, or even The Bloodthirsters, you will be killing entire minion waves with W.
Essentially, with maxed W, you're one of the best, if not the best farmer in the game.
Oh who am i kidding, Morganna es #1.
Seriously guys, this guy is most likely going to be nerfed, so get out there and one shot people while you still can! :D
Keep in mind, i posted this guide in the humor section, but this is an extremely effective build because of Talon's ridiculous scaling on all of his abilities.
This guy is like the AD version of LeBlanc, but with a SCARY late game.
Counter Play, and Tips.
Playing As: Talon
- Noxian Diplomacy (Q) synergizes well with Cutthroat (E), you can activate your Q before using E in order to set up a nice burst combo with little opportunity to return the trade because of the silence.
- Shadow Assault (R) is a good escape tool, but is also able to deal MASSIVE damage to a group of targets, careful use of his ultimate can be extremely rewarding.
-Splitting your damage between several targets instead of focusing your abilities on a single target can leave you helpless with no cooldowns available.
Playing Against: Talon
-All of Talon's damage is physical, build Armor early to counter his early burst damage. Health will become necessary eventually.
-Talon is reliant on Shadow Assault as an escape, after using it, he is very vulnerable to ganks and softer cc.
-Talon has no way to sustain himself in lane, if you can win trades with him, you can send him back to base very quickly.
Things to note:
- Cutthroat can only target enemy units, unlike Leap Strike or Shunpo.
- Cutthroat doesn't automatically attempt to auto attack the target.
- Shadow Assault deals damage twice, keep this in mind, be quick about attacking if the enemy is about to escape, be patient if the enemy is foolish enough to bring more victims.
- Rake works with your passive, if possible, use it to have your second Q(Q causes the auto attack swing timer to reset.) do more damage, I.E. E>Q>W>Q as a combo.