Janna Build Guide by Jointed
[10.4] Blow Them Away - A Comprehensive Janna GuideBy Jointed | Updated on February 20, 2020
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Runes: Comet Runes
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+15-90 HP (lvls 1-18)
Ability Order W Max
Threats & Synergies
Leona has a lot of great all-in potential and damage. With a little practice, Janna can break her combo with Howling Gale and disengage. This lane is pretty punishable when you get a feel for her cooldowns. Watch out post-6, her damage sky rockets and can be a real problem for your carry.
Soraka is an enchanter support just like us. Poke the enemy carry for gold and procs on your Spell thief's. This lane will most likely go even. Focus on securing objectives and preventing ganks.
High kill risk alert. This match up is in our favor in the mid/late game. Stay safe early and deny any chance of his lane getting ahead.
This is a gold stacking lane. Abuse your support item to get fat stacks. Respect his all in combo, you will die. Play around his kill pressure early and you win mid to late.
Brand has ridiculously high DPS with a Stun. Play around his damage and poke carefully. You should out value him mid game unless he starts to snowball.
Zyra has great poke an all in damage. Avoid her snare and you go fairly even in poke. Avoid losing bush control. Zyra's all in at 6 is not like levels 1-5, respect 6.
Bard excels at damage, all in's and roaming, and he does all of these better than us. This lane is tricky to say the least. Communication with your team is the key, grab up lots of vision and focus objectives.
Braum is a man of steel with great engage and lock down (our natural enemy). Play this lane carefully and passively. Try to disengage any bad positioning. Play around mid game and objectives.
Karma is pretty oppressive early, its just as worth it to go [Coin+Aery]. Mid and late game swings more to our favor. It's a skill match up in lane.
Lulu is like you, but a little different. She has very high damage with Q and her passive. A good Lulu will out trade you early. This is still close to an even match up. Play around objectives.
Lux has turned into a fully fledged support. She will rush Ardent and Athene's...and not lose much damage. She has full potential to burst your lane and is a formidable challenge. Keep her cooldowns in mind and trade when you can
He is like a lot of other kill lanes. If he gets his rotation on you, you're not gonna have a good time. Play around his abilities and you can still stack your support item well. You will out value him mid to late if he doesn't have a profitable start.
Morgana is the anti fun lane; she is our Toby. She's stupid and sits there looking at us all lane. This is an even lane and you should rotate around objectives early. Respect her level 6, you will die if you get combo'd.
A true demon seed. She has great sustain...that is also her damage. Very oppressive and has unreal engage. Going to have to play this game smart. Macro play is your friend.
Nautilus puts people to sleep. He is a great engage tank that's sitting at the top of the meta game for good reason. If you get hooked its pretty much lights out. Don't give him an early lead.
Sona is basically built to give us a bad day. She will out poke you. She is very susceptible to ganks so freeze in the danger zone. mid to late game its about an even match up. If she's ahead it will be a very hard game.
This man can give you bad days. Respect the hook. Don't let him walk up to you, DISENGAGE. If he opens up with flay, you're probably dead bro. Poke him and his lane partner to get some early cash.
Kill threat alert. On average we die early against pyke so play carefully. We out value mid to late. Stack your thief's and get objectives.
We get a lot of free cash off of rakan. Do not let him out macro you, this is where you can lose the match up. Generally speaking it will be an easy lanning phase.
Our W has a very easy time hitting the carry in between creeps. Oppress the carry until they get forced out of lane. Do NOT sit idle in this lane.
While Neeko can rival our poke and all in damage early, she is just not up to par in mid to late game. Play the early safely and capitalize on their pick in the mid game.
Not a common match up, which makes it a rough one. He knows this match up WAY more than you do. Play cautious and pay attention to his cooldowns.
Fiddlesticks is pretty nasty in lane before 6 and just plain disgusting after 6. Do not give him a lead. Objectives can be hard to secure when Fiddlesticks is alive. Be extra cautious when securing ANYTHING.
Xerath has a pretty decent chance of killing us early but is just not a good pick for his team. Don't give him the advantage early and your team will be in a great spot.
Free. Gold. Stacks. Respect his ranges (which are smaller than yours) and you will dominate this lane. Put an F in chat.
My name is Randy, and this is my guide to Janna, a truly awesome support. I have been playing Janna since Season 3. I ranked high Diamond in Season's 3 through 5. I had dropped off of league during Season 6, but I am back!
The support role is the most underestimated role in League; especially in lower ELO. Support is by far the coolest position in League of Legends; you're basically a Super Hero. With the right mechanics and decision making, you can make your team immortal; unstoppable. Isn't that awesome!?
Janna has a lot of skill involved for such a simple kit. Almost all of her complexity comes in your decision making; when and where you use your kit. She is super fun to pick up and evolve your play! Thank you all for taking your time to read my guide! I spent quite a lot of time into making this, I hope you enjoy it! I present to you, my Guide, Theories and Builds to Janna, the best support out there.
Pros and Cons
+ High mobility
+ Lots of CC
+ Great out-play potential
+ Amazing disengage
+ Scales well
+ Easy to play
|Janna is amazingly easy to pick up. She is a relatively safe champion, which makes her feel very rewarding to play. She has a wide array of Shields, Peels, and Heals to keep her Carry and her Team healthy. Monsoon Has amazing counter play against Ultimates such as Death Lotus and Death Mark.|
- Easy to misuse Ult
- Safe play style
- Hard to master
- Lower Damage
- Needs team to perform
|Being a squishy champion, Janna can find it hard to trade in lane against certain opponents. It's very easy to fall into a play-style that is TOO safe, missing out on great opportunities. Her Kit used incorrectly can throw a fight single handedly. Learning how to trade, engage, and macro will decide how well you play Janna.|
|Tailwind (Passive): The extra movement speed from your passive is amazing for bringing your team to objectives such as dragon or baron or even just rotating for towers. This buff also comes in handy for disengaging.|
|Howling gale (Q): Howling Gale will be your #1 peel, engage, and disengage tool. While its start up distance is only 1000, it increases to almost double that in 3 seconds (1,750)! You should set up your Howling Gale's defensively; predicting where the enemy will be relative to your carry. Howling Gale is also extremely useful when zoning the enemy team off of objectives.|
|Zephyr (W): Zephyr is a great peeling ability. This ability slows the target by up to 40%-60% for Two Seconds!? That's practically worse than Wither! You know, besides Wither's attack speed reduction...but we wont talk about that. You'll also be hauling across the map with a 12%-14% movement speed buff. Use this ability to single out your target and combo with Howling Gale.|
|Eye of the Storm (E): Eye Of The Storm is Janna's iconic ability that provides an impressive shield as well as a fat AD buff to her target. This ability should be used cautiously, to not waste it's benefit. Although it has a 5 second duration, the shield decays rapidly during that time. You will max this second most of the time.|
|Monsoon (R): Monsoon is a great game changer. Unfortunately its like a prophecy from Star Wars about Anakin. You can absolutely save the day, or you could be looking like a Gold star member of the Red Cross to the enemy team. You can use this ability offensively and try to divide their team. Or you can use it defensively to group heal your team or counter gap closes on your carries.|
|Upgrading to Eye of the Watchers from Frostfang costs 950g for 1 extra ward use, 15 AP and 200 HP. Now I know this SOUNDS like a horrible deal, but that extra ward is worth it 100% of the time. Having that last ward at a critical moment can be the difference of winning and losing the game.|
|Ardent Censer is an item that needs no introductions. It's well known for a reason. What is not well known, is the on-hit damage and attack speed increase this item supplies is based on level. This means that this does NOT need to be the first item you buy. I recommend buying this second or third depending on your lane partner.|
|Athene's Unholy Grail grants a great amount of AP (50 AP by itself). Athene's Unholy Grail is great on Janna because she has 2 ways to proc its healing passive and can stack it to the max either of her 2 damaging skills. Alternate between doing damage and using this item's healing for the greatest benefit.|
|What's better than cross-map supporting? Redemption boosts our Healing and Shielding by 10%. Redemption has once again become a power house in Patch 7.12; boasting 300% benefit from Healing and Shielding power. The kicker is that this item can even be used after death, making Redemption extremely valuable. Place in the middle of fights for a boost in your teams trade potential, or use it to zone the enemies and limit their mobility.|
|Twin Shadows is a good option to build when your team lacks engage specifically. The ghosts it sends out have quite the range and can make the difference in the late game in catching out a champion late game.|
|Shurelya's Reverie is desired by almost every team. (With Athene's Unholy Grail, Shurelya's Reverie is worth 60 AP. 40% Movement speed for 3 seconds is an absolute game-changer whether it's used offensively or defensively.|
|Mejai's Soulstealer is a great item to grab while you're ahead. It is not hard to get and keep stacks on this item, and AP stacks very well on Janna. If you can get this item going, prioritize it.|
|Mikael's Crucible has been a powerhouse for Janna ever since patch [6.13], when they added 20% Healing and Shielding on. This item's active is an absolute game-changer. If you're not very good with item actives, I suggest you play some normal's to get the hang of it!|
Team fights are where we excel the most. After all, what's more fun than making the difference in a critical team fight? During team fights, you have a lot to identify about the situation before you can make good decisions. Now let's start off by thinking defensive:
Defensive Team Fighting
- Who are your carries?
When I say, "carry", I am referring to the person who is most critical to the success of the fight. This is NOT always your ADC. You need to identify your win condition. Who's doing the best? Who is dealing the most DPS? Is anyone's kit detrimental to winning the team fight? This could even be the front-line tank, if they are being focused.
- Who are their biggest threats?
Their biggest threat is not always the champion with the highest KDA. Who's the biggest threat to your win condition? What can you do to counter-play them? For an example: Their Vayne may be 12/1/2, but you may want to lock down their Soraka first, since she will be an easier target and keeps Vayne very healthy.
- Do you see all of them?
Where could they be? Where could we ward to give our team the BEST overall advantage to win the team fight? Fighting with limited information is like playing a game of Chess in the dark. Give you and your team the most information possible before engaging in any fights. We are Janna, we have a more than normal control over when our team engages.
- Who has the focus in the team fight?
Often, it can be beneficial to Eye Of The Storm your front line. Your shield will get more value on a target with more Armor and Magic Resist, giving your carries more time to launch their DPS. Always look to see the flow of the fight. Do not waste your Eye Of The Storm where it wont be used, or blow precious CC where it is not needed.
Who you shield and who you peel off will mean a great deal to the outcome of the team fight. keep in mind certain character's ultimates, especially AOE CC Wombo Champions like Orianna, Malphite, Amumu or Sona. Know what a composition can do, and position around it so you can help your team counter their synergy. With that in mind, lets think a bit more Offensive:
Offensive Team Fighting
- What are you fighting over?
What are you gaining from this fight beyond kills? What's next on the agenda? Inhibitors/Towers/Baron/Dragon? Have you communicated this with your team? Fighting without a secondary goal is still beneficial when you come out on top, but is wasted potential; a high risk low reward scenario. We are looking to steamroll.
- Are target objectives well warded?
As a support it is your duty to have any contested objectives warded as best as you can. This however, does not mean to suicide ward into their team. If you are the only one by the objective being contested, a simple ward over the wall will do. Warding is a TEAM ACTIVITY, so always have wards ready to go when you are roaming with the squad. Back often in the mid to late game.
- When to engage?
What? Janna Engage? Yes. If your map is well warded, you should always look to start fights that are disadvantageous to the enemy team. You should know when the enemy team is out numbered. Zephyr and Howling Gale are great tools to catch an enemy out and secure an objective.
- We just aced their team, what objective should we push?
If you aced their team, the most notable objectives you should be striving for are Inhibitor > Turret > baron > dragon . In certain situations this order will change. Basically Tower's and Inhibitors are the hardest objectives to secure. Most likely you will be able to secure a dragon or baron afterwards anyway.
Laning phase is the most important section of the game for Janna. The early game gives you the chance to not only build your ADC into a monster, but shut down TWO of the enemy team for mid game. There are a lot of things that you have to think about during lane phase:
Level 1, Janna's Attack Damage is 52 (which will hit about 35-ish with reductions), which may not seem like a lot, but most ADC's will have around 500 health. With Spellthief's Edge, you deal an ADDITIONAL 13 damage on top of this. Its unrealistic to think of dueling the ADC, but as chip damage this is a TON. Always auto attack when its safe for chip damage and to proc Spellthief's Edge.
It's important to note how much your abilities do damage wise. You always want to be looking for chances to poke and get stacks for your Spellthief's Edge. You also want to pick opportune times to poke, such as when the ADC goes to farm, or if the support goes to ward. If the enemy goes in to poke at the same time, it turns into a trade.
Trading will determine who gains lane dominance, or: Lane Priority. Your job is to trade with your ADC to make sure you don't get bullied out of lane. Janna packs massive damage with her auto attacks and Zephyr. Make sure to animation cancel these two early on ( Zephyr immediately after your auto attack launches).
If you do not know your ADC, you should look to defensively trade while you get a feel for them in lane. This means you trade damage when the enemy lane goes to poke your carry. Choosing to trade offensively (when you get poked) may lead to you being left in the dust by a solo queue ADC. So in that instance just disengage by either walking away or laying down a Howling Gale.
When you successfully Poke and Trade the enemy bot lane, but do not finish them off, you have the opportunity to Zone them. Zoning is done by being close enough to them that they cannot reach their Creeps without evoking your wrath. They are basically stuck in a worse situation than dying.
They have to give up Creeps and are in danger of dying either to a catch by you or a backdoor gank from your Jungler. Zoning can EASILY lead to a greater Gold Deficit than simply killing the enemy laners. Push this advantage as much as you can while it lasts, the further you get ahead the better.
Warding is one of the most important things you can do for you your team. What's better than peeling a jungle flawlessly and getting away from a gank? Not getting ganked in the first place (well maybe the first one's a little cooler). You give your lane opponents no mercy to your ADC's farming onslaught! Here is a few good examples of where to ward during lanning phase:
Red Circles: Control Ward's
Green Circles: Stealth Wards
Bottom Side Map
[*] Tri-Bush is an excellent place to control to keep them from knowing when your Jungle is coming to gank. Successful bottom lane ganks lead to Dragon 's. We like Dragon 's. Buy Control Ward's
[*] The bush up by middle is a HOT SPOT. This not only gives you limited vision on dragon but also lets you know far in advance if a Jungler is coming down river, AND will also help out your mid laner tremendously. Ward this if mid has not already.
[*] Warding next to their Blue Buff will be a fairly short-lived Control Ward, but will give amazing vision and insight to where their Jungler is. It may not only help your lane, but your Jungler as well.
[*] Both bushes in bot lane are great to ward with either your Warding Totem or Sightstone. This lets you and your ADC know whats going on in the lane, keeping you both safer to poke and all-in.
[*] Green warding your Tri-Bush is a lack-luster move, but better than nothing. It's better to use a Control Ward here.
[*] Keep vision on Dragon as much as you can. Try to estimate when their Jungler could take on dragon and keep it heavily warded during that time. This also helps avoid River ganks, which will be the most common gank on Bottom Side.
[*] Warding the Tri-Bush next to their tower will give limited insight on where the jungle is as well as counter some ganks from champions like Nocturne, Talon and Camille. Also great against Thresh
Top Side Map
[*] Again, Tri-Bush is an amazing place to ward. Unfortunately your Control Ward will be much more susceptible to clearing playing on Top Side. This ward helps you see when the Jungler is coming as well as zoning their Support from warding deeper than Tri-Bush.
[*] The bush up by middle is still a HOT SPOT. We are warding here for all of the reasons stated before. Ask your mid laner if they can ward this location.
[*] Control Warding your own Blue buff is a great move if your Jungle is getting counter Jungled a lot or you're getting tower-dove by early groups from champs like Talon or Katarina.
[*] Both bushes in bot lane are still great to ward with either your Warding Totem or Sightstone. The more vision the better your trades will go!
[*] Green warding your Tri-Bush is a way better move on Top Side. You should be looking to clear their Control Ward's as much as possible here.
[*] Keep vision on Dragon as much as you can! You are mainly only going to get ganked through river on Top Side, so keep it warded!
[*] You want to keep the Tri-Bush next to your tower warded for the same reasons you want your Blue Buff with a Control Ward. Keep those dive compositions off of your carry!
Well, that pretty much sums it up. I bid you well on your Janna adventures and implore you to keep practicing! Lets all aim for Diamond (or higher) together, we need more supports on the Rift!
Thank you so much for taking the time out to read through my Janna guide! If you have any questions, comments or concerns, PLEASE let me know and leave a comment in the discussion section! If you enjoyed this guide leave a like and comment anyway!
One more thing. If you guys are interested in making your own guides on your favorite champions, it's a MUST to read Jhoijhoi's Making a Guide walk through. I was brand new to Mobafire's guide creation and HTML coding alike. Jhoijhoi's guide is what inspired me to make my own, I could not have made this guide without them!
- Runes updated for the current season
- Items updated for the current season
- Champion match-ups added
- Ability information updated
- Summoner Spells updated
- Pros/Cons and TOC polished
- Item order and options changed to reflect buffs to Redemption and Locket of the Iron Solari
- Description updates for support items changed in Patch 7.12
- Color Legend added