Ezreal Build Guide by Waffster

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League of Legends Build Guide Author Waffster

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Waffster Last updated on June 17, 2013
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Build 1 (Cheat Sheet)

Champion Build: Ezreal

Health 1790
Health Regen 15.4
Mana 1299
Mana Regen 24.7
Armor 88
Magic Resist 42.06
Dodge 0
Tenacity 0
Movement Speed 375
Gold Bonus 0
Attack Damage 139.85
Attack Speed 0.999
Crit Chance 0.93%S
Crit Damage 0%
Ability Power 0
Life Steal 0%
Spell Vamp 0
Armor Penetration 7.68
Magic Penetration 0
Cooldown Reduction 10%


Recommended Runes



Ability Sequence

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





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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

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1/
Executioner
 
 

Offense: 26

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Honor Guard
 
 

Defense: 0

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pickpocket
Intelligence
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nimble
 
 

Utility: 4

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Who am i?

Well i am a gold player Who was in season 2 at the elo of 200.Which is just terrible if you look at it now.I practiced and played a lot of adc through 200 to 1700 mostly consisting of .I love this champion


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Introduction

Haha No need for a map! This guide here will show you how to play blue ezreal Well And climb you through soloq.

Hello i am Waffster team captain of CarryUsWhileWeKs and main ad for the team. I have been playing ezreal since season 2. I started off 200 elo in season 2.Worked my way up with hard dedication playing my favirote adc's and got up to now 1700.
Well here we go on our journey.Enjoy!


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Pros / Cons

Pros:
High damage late game
Can kite very well
Good escape
Mobile
Long range spells
Safest ad
Consistant damage throughout the whole game


Cons:
Hard to master
Must hit skill shots
Can lose lane easy
Low damage early game untill getting core


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Item Explenation

I usually start with a long sword + 2 potions because Ezreal's abilities scale on ad. Also, it allows me to cs with ease and helps me win trades. My playstyle is very aggressive so I have to have the upper hand to go all in.
Dorans blade start is as much viable as the long sword route. It's extremely strong, however, it may not be the best decision against long ranged champions that counter Ezreal in lane (Caitlin, Draven, etc). However, it is an amazing starting item for any ADC who looks forward to forcing a level 2 fight against their counterparts

Why no Doran Blades Waffster? I used to get one or two dorans on Ezreal in season 1 and 2. But now with the new S3 patch, I can get the damage from the long sword which is the prerequisite of Vampiric Scepter >> BT.

I rush Bloodthirsters depending on how much gold I have when I initially back from the lane. On the first back, you should have at least enough to get a Vampiric Scepter and boots + health potions. If I stay in lane for longer and have enough money for a BF sword, then I would buy it and proceed to rush BT w/o upgraded boots. Berserker Grieves is not as good on Ezreal than other AD carries because Ezreal can get the 20% attack speed increase by hitting his skills easily.

After building BT and upgraded boots, You want to build your tear in the middle of this and look to upgrade it to manamume along with A gauntlet.
Now, it is your choice to build Guardian Angels or Last Whisperer at this point. If you want to play a little more defensively, go buy a GA then LW. If you realize that the enemy team is not focusing you, go build a LW then GA. That simple.

The last item, Blade of the ruined king, can be replaced with another item of your choice like Mercurial Scimitar. However, Trinity Force and Infinity Edge directly makes use of your crit masteries [Lethality and Frenzy].

At the end of your build, upgrade your Cdr boots w/ Furor. This helps Ezreal kite his opponents and is extremely useful for AD carries in general.


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Blue ezreal:Yes or no?

Blue Ezreal has been popular for a while now and has gained increased popularity over the past few months. It has its pros and cons but is too important to ignore, so here are my two cents on it.

Blue Ezreal is pretty weak until he finally gets the Muramana upgrade.
This is because:
Forced to spend 700 on Tear instead of damage
No major damage items until Manamune purchase (unless you consider the ElderLizard a major item)
No lifesteal until later on

However, if you survive the early/mid game and finally get the Muramana upgrade, Ezreal's damage spikes like no other. Blue Ez gets rid of Ezreal's mana problems (assuming that you only activate Muramana during team fights). Also, IBG provides Ezreal with tons of utility because of the AOE slow.
The build provides 35%+ CDR which helps both his damage output and escapability <Is that a word?

IMO, Blue Ezreal should have 21-9-0 masteries since there's no need to have mana regeneration. Rather, put 9 into the defensive tree to compensate for the lack of lifesteal early on.

Thoughts on Spirit of the Elder Lizard:
Spirit of the Elder Lizard is a good item on Ezreal because it increases the damage on all of his spells along with his auto attacks. Also, it brings an intimidation factor since the burn effect is the same as the Red buff.
HOWEVER, DO NOT PURCHASE THIS ITEM IF YOU ARE BEHIND. Please.
It's not that critical. If you are behind, just focus on farming your tear and build an extra Doran's Blade. You can even build a Bloodthirster after your Tear purchase. (I know that's "cheating" but #420yoloswag)

Blue Ezreal is extremely dependent on poking before engaging. Most often, you will lose the 1v1 with your counterpart unless 1) they suck 2) you don't poke them before engaging 3) you are way ahead.

It's all personal preference. Personally, I use the "blue ezreal" route but I like to mix things up here and ther


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Laning phase

Blue Ezreal has been popular for a while now and has gained increased popularity over the past few months. It has its pros and cons but is too important to ignore, so here are my two cents on it.

Blue Ezreal is pretty weak until he finally gets the Muramana upgrade.
This is because:
Forced to spend 700 on Tear instead of damage
No major damage items until Manamune purchase (unless you consider the ElderLizard a major item)
No lifesteal until later on

However, if you survive the early/mid game and finally get the Muramana upgrade, Ezreal's damage spikes like no other. Blue Ez gets rid of Ezreal's mana problems (assuming that you only activate Muramana during team fights). Also, IBG provides Ezreal with tons of utility because of the AOE slow.
The build provides 35%+ CDR which helps both his damage output and escapability <Is that a word?

IMO, Blue Ezreal should have 21-9-0 masteries since there's no need to have mana regeneration. Rather, put 9 into the defensive tree to compensate for the lack of lifesteal early on.

Thoughts on Spirit of the Elder Lizard:
Spirit of the Elder Lizard is a good item on Ezreal because it increases the damage on all of his spells along with his auto attacks. Also, it brings an intimidation factor since the burn effect is the same as the Red buff.
HOWEVER, DO NOT PURCHASE THIS ITEM IF YOU ARE BEHIND. Please.
It's not that critical. If you are behind, just focus on farming your tear and build an extra Doran's Blade. You can even build a Bloodthirster after your Tear purchase. (I know that's "cheating" but #420yoloswag)

Blue Ezreal is extremely dependent on poking before engaging. Most often, you will lose the 1v1 with your counterpart unless 1) they suck 2) you don't poke them before engaging 3) you are way ahead.

It's all personal preference. Personally, I still use the "Tons of Damage" route but I like to mix things up here and ther


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Mid game

~20-30 minutes


This is your time to shine! Ezreal's midgame is freakishly amazing and fun since you can burst champions down. You should have at least a Bloodthirster and a Guardian's Angel or coming close to finishing them. Coordinate your team to take objectives and stay with your team. If everyone is still laning and trying to farm, make sure that there are enough wards on the map to ensure your safety. Buy wards when you have spare gold to help out the team. Be a good guy/girl. I will usually have the enemy's bot tower down and help my AP carry push their tower down as well (if it's not down already) to focus on objectives. Coordinate ganks and look to catch the other team off guard.

What I tend to do a lot is to solo the enemy AD carry like a ninja. If the AD carry is trying to farm his lane and the dude potential is low, I would hide in a bush near them and wait. Once you have a clear and close shot of the AD carry, Trueshot Barrage [R] > Mystic Shot [Q] > Arcane Shift [E] > Essense Flux [W] > Auto attacks should be able to burst/kill him in around 2-3 seconds if not less.
Remember to use you Arcane Shift before your Mystic Shot hit's the champion since you will get the cooldown reduction! And remember to move after your auto attacks to close the gap between you two.


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What if i get behind

Oh shoot, I lost my lane and I feel like I tickle my opponents


It's really easy to fall behind if you don't stay focused or even easier if your support is not in sync with you. When Ezreal falls behind, it sucks because his late game isn't the best. The rule of thumb for AD carries is to build glass cannon if you're behind and pray that your skills are good enough to survive in teamfights. This means to skip GA and go for LW after "Tons of Damage" [tri]. Vice-versa, if you're fed and ahead, build GA after your Tri-Force since your damage output is already high compared to everyone else.

When you lose lane, all you can do is farm. Just go back into your lane, ward, and continue to cs defensively. In an average game, you should have around 80+cs for every 10 minutes. Sometimes you will have more and sometimes you will have less. If you have less than that, you better have some kills to compensate...

1 champion kill = 20cs [approx.]


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Team Work

Team fighting with Ezreal is relatively the same with other AD carries. Stay behind your tanks and try not to get caught. If the enemy bruisers jump on you, Arcane shift away and kite them with your Q and auto attacks. Ezreal is particularly good at kiting since his Mystic Shot can proc Phage off your Trinity Force.
I like to start off teamfights with my ultimate since it gives me a massive attack speed buff. Remember to use your Essence Flux on your allies and to use your Mystic shot inbetween your auto attacks. Also, move after every auto attack. This helps you gain better positioning and is crucial for every AD carry player to do.

Note that Ezreal scales off after the mid-game stage. Unless you're fed, Ezreal's damage output will become lower than other hyper-carries like KogMaw, Vayne, and Draven the later in the game it gets.


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Lane matchups

-This lane is very hard his q early game damage will stomp you so stay back and wait for ganks and farm with Mystic Shot

-This lane is the same as draven,She can just auto you and q you.stay back and farm with Mystic Shot

-This lane is quite easy you Just need to stay out of Volley range and Mystic Shot whenever you can.

-This lane is quite hard due to caits long range she can just auto attack you every time you go for a cs so stay back and Mystic Shot creeps and her when you can going in at 6 with Trueshot Barrage

-This lane is so difficult cause his burst is just huge. Buckshot Does so much to you early game.try to farm it out for late game.

-This lanes actually hard and easy depending on how you play it.You need to poke her a lot before she gets Silver Bolts.


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Good supports

is extremely good with Ezreal because of her insane poke damage and the sustainability she brings to the table. Both Ezreal and Sona are poke champions in lane and can completely bully low ranged ADCs out of lane [IE. Vayne]. Her ult synergizes with Ezreal's Trueshot Barrage amazingly and is overall a good support.



I love . She synergizes with Ezreal like bread and butter. She bring infinite CC to the table and is capable of tanking... unlike Sona. However she doesn't have sustainability but overall, she's in it to win it. This is a kiil lane. However, don't always follow your support in solo queue because sometimes people are stupid and don't know how to play support.



is amazing and broken. He adds a scary presence to the team and is extremely good in lane due to his hook. Also, his lantern greatly increases the chances of a successful gank. If you overextend, Thresh can offer you a saving grace with a fun lantern roller coaster. His utility is off the charts as he offers: Pulls, knock-backs, slows, and a shield.



is a hit or miss. That's all I will say on this champion.



is also a good support for Ezreal because she makes lanes easy. Her ult will save you and she sets up kills really nicely. Her large array of skills is a plus. I also heard that Ezreal loves the color purple.


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Skill explenation

Explanation:

Ezreal's passive is pretty straightforward. Hitting a target with any of his 4 abilities increases his attack speed for 6 seconds and refreshes with each ability hit (stacks 5 times). Ezreal uses this to its max potential later in the game since you have to be conscience of your mana during the laning phase. This also stacks with his ultimate. For example, if you hit 5 things with your ultimate, you gain 50% attack speed for 6 seconds.




Q: Mystic Shot


Explanation:

Max this first since it the logical thing to do. Mystic shot is a low cost, long range skill shot that gives him a great harassing ability [on-hit effects apply]. This makes Ezreal strong since you can cast this in between auto attacks which maximizes his damage and allows you to cs in lane (esp. under the tower).
It also reduces all of Ezreal's cooldowns (except summoners) by 1 second if it hits an enemy. This can help Ezreal kite and ultimately escape from people because it reduces the cooldown on his escape skill, Arcane Shift. It also significantly reduces the cooldown on his ultimate, Trueshot Barrage, for teamfights or to clear minion waves.
You can also facecheck with this skill since it makes a "ching" sound if it his an enemy. So if the Dude Potential is high, do it.




W: Essence Flux


Explanation:

If this can go through creeps to hit multiple champions, why not max this out before Mystic shot?
First of all, this was nerfed a couple months back. It used to be imba because it slowed enemy attack speeds but it doesn't do that anymore.
Essence Flux shouldn't be maxed first because it costs way too much mana to spam in lane. It cannot be used on creeps so it is not as effective in lane as Ezreal's Q.
Some people max this second because the attack speed boost but I choose to max Essense Flux last because one point in this already increases your allies' attack speeds by 20%. I basically only use this skill for attack speed in fights. The more people you hit, the more attack speed you gain because of your passive. So one point in this will suffice.

I'll explain more in the Arcane Shift section below.




E: Arcane Shift


Explanation:

This skill is like a better version of flash. It saves lives and can also be used offensively to better position yourself in both teamfights and 1v1 situations. You can Arcane Shift over almost every wall on the map and makes Ezreal extremely mobile. I choose to max this second because it reduces the cooldown and increases the damage dealt. At rank 5, the cd is 11 seconds - 1 second x enemies hit with Ezreal's Q. It is important for this skill to have a low cooldown because it allows you to use this skill multiple times in teamfights. Also, it serves as a gap closer so that you can catch that one champion with one more hit til' death.




R: Trueshot Barrage


Explanation:

Pew, pew, BOOOOOOOOM HEADSHOT. Ezreal's ultimate is a straight-line nuke that goes through all enemies in its path. The most satisfying feeling is killing a champion or stealing baron/dragon/buffs with this skill since you have to time it perfectly. It is a global ult which means that there is no limit on it's range. Using this ult to its full potential requires a LOT of practice of timing and precision (since you have to predict the champion's speed/distance traveled while considering how long it would take this ability to meet them at a certain spot). Trueshot Barrage also helps clear out minion waves and is a strong tool for pushing.
In teamfights, you should be able to hit at LEAST 3 enemy champions with this skill. I prefer to use it in the beginning of teamfights because of the attack speed it gives (passive).


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Spells

This is what i usually take because with the runes and masteries i take this helps with early kills and ezreal is such a mobile champ that if your playing correctly you wont need barrier.
I take these when they have a very high burst comp.


No need for this ezreal is to mobile.


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Runes

Oh man, there are so many different runes. WHYY?
After a ton of trial and error, I found this combination to work the best for me. I'll only explain my choices on the marks and quints because flat armor and mr runes for seals and glyphs are pretty standard for almost all AD carries.

Since a lot of Ezreal's overall damage comes from a mixture of his auto attacks and abilities, going all in on damage or armor penetration runes is not the way to go. So I chose to fuse the two together for a perfect harmony of damage and armor pen. Flat AD quints works really well because armor penetration quints was recently nerfed while the flat AD quints remained constant. Armor Pen marks were also nerfed a little bit in season three but not enough to not reject them completely. I chose to use 6 of them with 2 other flat AD marks [not nerfed]. This gives me an easier time csing in lane while being able to damage other champions who are naturally tanky IE. Graves & Taric.

Ezreal feels a little weak without armor penetration. Sooooo ya.

Now here's the interesting rune, .93% crit chance mark [Malice]. This one rune can win you your lane and/or trades. There are a handful of times where I would crit the other AD carry in lane early on and then proceed to go all in and kill him. In the chance where he doesn't die, now he is forced to play defensively for a bit and it just makes life for me a lot happier :)


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Masteries

I use 26-0-4 because Ezreal's abilities are what makes him powerful. All of his abilities scales off ability power and 3/4 of them are skillshots. He is very cooldown dependent and that 3% cooldown masteries have saved my life many times (by Arcane Shifting away). My mastery choices helps my Ezreal to cs easier while dealing heavy damage to my enemies. He is also very mana dependent and the 3 points in Meditation helps a bunch... especially during the laning phase. I don't spend my points in the defense tree because Ezreal should not have trouble csing because of his long range ability, Mystic Shot [Q]. And plus, you shouldn't be in the frontline in fights as well.

Arcane Knowledge [8% Magic Pen] is a must since the majority of Ezreal's spells deal magic damage. Also, it can be the factor that just barely gets you the successful Trueshot Barrage 420noscope snipe. It's honestly the best feeling ever.Blue Ezreal
Blue Ezreal should have 21-9-0 masteries since there's no need to have mana regeneration. Rather, put 9 into the defensive tree to compensate for the lack of lifesteal early on.


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Final comments/Conclusion

Conclusion


Playing a good Ezreal requires a lot of practice since he's all about skillshots and kiting. He's not an AD carry that an average player can just pick up instantly. But playing games with him will improve your overall skill on LoL because of the amount of skillshots he utilizes.

I hope you liked my guide and I hope that your skill will improve because of it.
In the future, I'll add a commentary on a game playing Ezreal.

This is my first guide so please like and give me your input. I want to know your opinions as well and feel free to ask me any questions that you may have. Thanks a bunch guys! <3

"It's all skill" -Ezreal

Good luck summoners-Waffster