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Lucian Build Guide by ELOSANTA

ADC challenger

[10.19] Rank 1 Lucian in-depth Guide

By ELOSANTA | Updated on September 20, 2020
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Runes:

Precision
Press the Attack
Triumph
Legend: Alacrity
Coup de Grace

Inspiration
Magical Footwear
Biscuit Delivery
Bonus:

+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+6 Armor

Spells:

SUMMONER SPELLS
LoL Summoner Spell: Flash

Flash

LoL Summoner Spell: Heal

Heal

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ADC Role
Ranked #19 in
ADC Role
Win 49%
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[10.19] Rank 1 Lucian in-depth Guide

By ELOSANTA
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I go by the name ELOSANTA and I have mained ADC since Season 3.

Lucian is one of my favorite champions and I have played him a lot. Statistically I have been the 3rd best Lucian at one point in Season 8.

As well as had some play making moments in Professional play

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I stream on twitch and I played semi-professionaly. I started playing league back in Season 3 and have mained ADC since then.

I have peaked Rank 8 with 929 LP in early season 9.

I stream almost everyday on my Twitch so if you have any questions or want to learn a thing or two you can go HERE or can just ask me directly in my Discord

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Abilities






Lucian - the Purifier
Primary - ADC, Secondary - TOP, MID

Synergy: Supports that go for long trades.
Jungler ganking potential: Almost none, relies on support.
Speciality: Duelist

How to build Lucian? The current highest winrate build for Lucian is going Blade of the Ruined King into any Boots of Speed , whether it would be Berserker's Greaves or Ninja Tabi or even Mercury's Treads against a lot of AP into Essence Reaver. This build is extremely powerful, as the winrate over all regions for Lucian for as of this patch is quite low at 49%, but this build has a winrate of 54% in over 60,000 matches. The winrate goes up even more - people who finish their fourth item Rapid Firecannon or Infinity Edge have a winrate of a staggering 58% in over 40,000 games!
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Berserker's Greaves > ATTACK SPEED
The best item to get for early attack speed is Berserker's Greaves. This item is extremely good on Lucian since it pairs well with your Press the Attack rune. Buying Berserker's Greaves early on will get you some dueling potential and movement speed.

Ninja Tabi > ARMOR
There are games where you might be too behind to get your core items, so you cannot build any defensive items, like Phantom Dancer or Maw of Malmortius so opt out for taking Ninja Tabi as a safe defensive item.
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INFINITY EDGE
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RAPID FIRECANNON
Infinity Edge is a very good item to pick up when you are extremely ahead to insert your leads into the game. If you are not ahead it's better to pick up Infinity Edge as your fifth item, and take a Zeal item as your fourth item. Rapid Firecannon is your general item to buy if game is going smooth, you aren't super ahead and don't want the domination from Infinity Edge , if you are behind consider taking Phantom Dancer instead of Rapid Firecannon as it will give you more survivability. Remember, if you buy Phantom Dancer you can't buy Maw of Malmortius later on, since they use the same passive.
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PROS

+ Great at dueling
+ Very mobile
+ Consistant damage
+ Clears waves fast
+ Strong at every elo
+ Lane bully

Lucian is a very fun champion to play. He is strong early and very mobile. Lucian can make plays on his own, independent of his support. He can singlehandedly carry mid game skirmishes which dictate a major part of the game. Press the Attack is very easy to proc on Lucian which makes him synergize with many supports well and short trades favor him very well.
CONS

- Hard to master
- Short range
- High mana costs
- Squishy
- Weak to hard CC
- Falls off late game.

Lucian has a very tough time coming back into the game when he is behind. This makes playing him more difficult. He has short range so he has to use his mobility tools to get in range, which makes him vulnerable to hard lockdown spells. Lucian isn't a hyper carry and cant win the game alone. Lucian falls off late game as well, so ending games early is a must for him.
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Hard matchups:



In the laning phase the only way for Lucian to win against Draven is to rely on ganks or outplaying, the only other way around this is to have a support who can hard cc Draven while Lucian gets off his entire combo plus passive shots. Also after level 6 and when Draven gets Bloodthirster, Draven's damage output becomes much larger than that of Lucian's so always play safe against him.

Cassiopeia can lock down Lucian easily with her Miasma and she out damages Lucian in almost all stages of the game, pre 6 you can duel her if you dodge her Noxious Blast, post 6 avoid all duels unless engaging with team.

Ashe is another hard matchup for Lucian, she outranges him pretty hard and the new Ashe CC makes it even harder for Lucian to get close in range where he wants to be to duel Ashe.

Even matchups



if Ezreal pokes Lucian down pre-fight and manages to dodge Lucians Piercing Light in fights, then Ezreal wins flat out. If Lucian manages to dodge poke and blows Ezreal's Arcane Shift before he uses Piercing Light then Lucian wins flat out.

Kog'Maw is not a big problem for Lucian in the early game, as Kog'Maw hasn't ramped up his attack speed by then. Matchup is in Lucian favor pre 6, post 6 mostly losing matchup unless your support can dictate the lane. Late game avoid him at all costs as he is a demolishing machine late game.

If you as Lucian has an engage/catch support like Leona or Thresh, Lucian can win this matchup easily. You just have to dare to play offensive. If Caitlyn has a poke support, it's gonna be a lot harder. As long as you are inside your range of her, you have a lot more dps.

Walk/ Relentless Pursuit into range, use passive, Ardent Blaze her for speed, use Lightslinger, Piercing Light, use Lightslinger, then another Relentless Pursuit.

Poke supports tend to be squishy, so if you deal damage to them before they deal to you, you might force them to play passively

Vayne can dodge Lucian's Piercing Light with her Tumble. She can also stop Lucian's ult with her Condemn. A good Vayne can easily win, but a good Lucian is also strong. Should be a good fight, but Vayne has the advantage.

Jhin is a pretty easy matchup since Lucian has high DPS damage, while Jhin is more of a Poke-y champion in the laning phase. Stay on Jhin and don't let him get away with short duels.

Lucian outdamages Kai'Sa early on, but once Kai'Sa gets her evolutions she is pretty much unbeattable in duels, unless you have a winning support avoid dueling her after her Icathian Rain evolution (upgrades at level 8-10)

This champion has zero to none escape abilities so you can easily deal with him during laning phase with your Relentless Pursuit

Easy matchups



The key to beat Senna is longer trades during laning phase so try to pick fights on higher health. Also make sure to dodge her stun with your Relentless Pursuit since the ability moves slow and has a big indicator.

Twitch loses to Lucian pretty hard, just like Sivir he wants to farm for his items, which a lane bully like Lucian excels at stopping. Engage / trade early on to make it hard for Twitch to farm for his items.

This match up is not as complicated as it may seem. All you really got to do is watch out for her feathers while laning, you can also dodge them with your Relentless Pursuit. Once you dodged it she should be an easy kill.

All in Tristana once she uses either her Explosive Charge or Rocket Jump. Once you get a small lead you will beat her at all times throughout the game.

Pretty basic lane, Sivir aims to farm early game for her 3 item power spikes so abuse that by constantly harassing her and engaging in small duels / trades.

Its a really easy matchup since her range is short like yours. Your all in deals way more than hers so dont be afraid to fight her during laning phase. You can dodge her Bullet Time aswell with your Relentless Pursuit so make sure you don't waste your Relentless Pursuit before going into a fight.

A good Lucian player shouldn't lose this match. All of Varus abilities can be dodged using Relentless Pursuit. If the Lucian player is experienced he should win, now this match is not impossible for Varus to win the matchup because he could time his skills after Lucian uses his Relentless Pursuit so as Lucian you have to know when to use your Relentless Pursuit. Lucian's Relentless Pursuit is 18 second cool down at level 1 and Varus' Piercing Arrow is 16 seconds so if you use it to dodge something be aware that his arrow comes off cool down first. Varus' Hail of Arrows is also another thing Lucian can outplay with his Relentless Pursuit, at level 1 Varus' Hail of Arrows is a 18 second cool down which is equal to Lucian's Relentless Pursuit. Unless Varus is engaging pre level 6 if he is just using it to poke it's not worth a dash because Varus can follow with a Piercing Arrow while you're running away. After Varus has level 6 save your dash for his Chain of Corruption. Read his body language since it is a short range if we walks up be ready to dash away.

Jinx is weak to Lucian's burst and mobility (to dodge Zap!/ Super Mega Death Rocket!), but the match up is down to supports.

Lucian dominates Kalista in lane and is a very easy match up. Don't be afraid to dash into her with your Relentless Pursuit in the laning phase since your damage output is much higher than Kalista's in the early to mid game.
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[10.19] Rank 1 Lucian in-depth Guide
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