Talon Build Guide by RagingSpartan
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Not Updated For Current Season
This is not a finished guide by any means. Several updates with item alternatives and explanations/tutorials will be coming when I have more time to devote to the guide, as I need the the time to study for finals.
Added in runes, masteries, and item explanations up to core.
Updated runes, masteries, item purchase order. New updates to come within the next week or two.
Hello everyone, it's RagingSpartan here, ready to teach you the ins and outs of Talon, a champion with some of the most incredible burst damage in the game. Talon is also amazingly adept at escaping unfavorable situations with his ultimate, Shadow Assault, allowing you to burst down enemies and get out before they know what happened. He is also fun to play, in my opinion.
(Video to come at a later date)
Without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the information you need to dominate any opponent that stands in your way.
For runes, I usually opt for a strong early game and rely on early kills and farms to roam and carry in the mid-late game.
For marks, I think it's best to go with flat AD for better early game farming and harassing.
For seals, I would choose flat mana regen for easier farming and harassing, and for making quick escapes with my ultimate if I don't manage to kill my target.
For glyphs, I recommend flat MR for better trading and protection against your mid-lane, AP carry opponent.
Pros and Cons
Amazing Burst Damage
Decent AoE Harass
Can silence high-damage AP carries
Susceptible to CC (even with ult)
Relies heavily on farms and early kills
Hard to master (but fun when you do)
Escapes can be countered by stealth detection
Gets focused in teamfights
Boots of Speed + Health Potion x3
A boots + 3 pot start will allow you to dodge enemy skillshots, chase, escape, and makes recovering from trades and enemy ganks much easier.
The Brutalizer, Mercury's Treads, and The Bloodthirster
Explanation: Outdated as of 12-24-12 (Will be updated soon)
Personally, I believe this is the best core for a Talon player. For one, Avarice Blade is a relatively cheap item and will pay for itself by the early mid-game, while giving you a decent amount of crit chance and building into Youmuu's Ghostblade. After that The Brutalizer will give you a nice AD boost and a good amount of armor penetration for shredding down those squishy, and even tanky, enemies. Mercury's Treads will help you out with additional movement speed and magic resist, while also granting some Tenacity , which will help against enemy CC. Finally, you get the icing on the cake with The Bloodthirster. This bad-boy gives you a massive amount AD,and the most a single item can offer, non-crit, with 30+ stacks. All of that AD allows you to burst down enemy carries no-problem. You also get a good deal of lifesteal, which allows you to trade more effectively and sustain yourself in lane. What more could you ask for?