Talon Build Guide by Belmerrick
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Pros / Cons
-good damage mid/late game
-good harassment abilities
-great turret diver/chaser (be careful when chasing)
-decent CD on abilities
-opponents say "we got this.... oh ****!"
-very squishy early game/no healing/survivability abilities except for ult
-lack of manna/manna regen
-a burst champion much like Brand, "ok used all my abilities now auto attack ftw..."
To start with i'm going to let you know that this is my first build that i have made and mainly because i absolutely love talon, i will also let you know that i play Talon much different than the other guides that i have read. How i play talon is not so much as a "killer" but a "kill maker" meaning i will happily go in and burst a champ down to 1/4 health and let someone else take the kill because A) it is a team game and B)a kill is a kill. I will go in more detail in my other sections about how i do this and trust me when you're looking at a a score of 5/1/17 you don't care who gets the kills really.
Their Guides VS My Guide
Now from teh guides of Talon that I've seen every one of them have said basically "talon is squishy early game (true), he has great burst damage (true), good harassment ability (true), good CD o abilities (true) and if you don't focus all your abilities on one person you are useless and fail (/sigh, not entirely true).
The way i play Talon is similar to the other guides but with two different tactics because i have different goals. Like i said above my goal is to do as much burst damage to someone so that another player can get the kill (2v1, 2v2 mainly) but when it starts getting to team fights (3,4,5v3,4,5) i want to cause as much burst damage to as many people as i can and it is extremely simple (explained in more detail in skill sequence). Also talon is an excellent turret diver to kill weakened champs because of his abilities.
For this guide you probably wont get too many kills/kill assists as Talon until you reach level 6 and get your ult but after that getting them will be extremely easy with a competent team (which is sometimes hard to find)
To initiate a 2v1/2v2 (try to avoid the 1v2's) you will open with Noxian Diplomacy and Cutthroat combo on a champ that you think the silence will affect the most or is generally squishier/threat (healer/squishy carry etc). Then i generally only use Rake and hit them both and Ignite if my partner hasn't killed them/they start to run with low health (note: popping Ignite even if they aren't going to die from it is good because while it's on CD you get a extra AD from the mastery tree). usually this is enough to get 1-2 kills/assists because they usually drop to 1/2-1/4 health from me alone. When team fights are initiated do the same initial sequence, Noxian Diplomacy and Cutthroat combo on a champ that you think the silence will affect the most or is generally squishier/threat (healer/squishy carry etc.) THEN pop your ult Shadow Assault note: some maneuvering might be required to maximize it's damage. THEN use Rake on as many people as you can and by then try to lay Ignite on any fleeing/weakened champs and usually Noxian Diplomacy is up by then so use it on a weaker champ as well and Rake approx 2 seconds after that. Blue/red buffs are also very handy especially the blue for manna/CD reasons.
Now you might be wondering why i have chosen some items opposed to others and i will explain why i chose them.
Most of the guides for talon say to grab Ionian Boots of Lucidity for teh CD reduction but since talon already has a good CD on abilities i went for Mercury's Treads for the survivability in general which i found really helped.
Always get Phage first because the extra 10% damage when a target is slowed really helps getting kills early on.
Now the main Weapon taht may confuse people is Tiamat, now remember what the point of my build is... do as much damage to as many champions as i can and Tiamat+ Noxian Diplomacy=ohhh ya.... not to mention all the other auto attacks that talon does splashing onto other champs if they are close enough is fantastic and it really helps farm minions faster as well. and i believe all other weapons are straight foreword and obvious why they were picked.
Do not follow this guide blindly... if the other team is stacking AP or AD get some armor/magic resist items instead.