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[11.13] Kewllkiddo's Diamond Leona Guide - The Stronk Sun La
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+ Great Peel
+ Good engage
+ Great dueling potential
+ Great playmaking ability
+ Very Tanky
+ Great vs Squishy targets
Leona has one of the greatest engages in League of Legends. Her Solar Flare is one of the greatest AOE slows and stuns that exists. You want to play around her excellent dive potential to kill the enemy carries and peel your ADC when necessary. In the current meta Leona is nearly un-killable and she provides amazing CC (crowd control). Try to use her early strength to snowball your ADC then roam around the map and pick up kills for your other laners.
- Easy to dodge her E
- Ult can be difficult to lane sometimes
- Very punishable early game
- struggles vs Enchanters
- Not great from behind
When falling behind as Leona the game becomes very difficult to play. Especially when the enemy team has some enchanters. When against unfavorable matchups such as Lulu or Ivern you will want to try and pick the enemy team off instead of relying on team fights. You will find a lot more success with this playstyle in these matchups so keep this in mind! When fighting champions such as Lulu in early laning phase, try to get level 2 first and go for a all in! this is your best shot at winning lane. For if you force some summoners out of your opponents you can keep on threatening an engage.
When leashing your jungle always give him a stun on the buff he is starting, followed by a couple auto attacks. This will assure that he is happy with you and might give you a gank! After this your goal is to save your Relic Shield stacks until the second wave that comes in. The moment the second wave crashes, try to rush for level 2 by killing the melee minions and look for a quick level 2 all in. Leona has a very strong level 2 all in, so you want to make use of this to win your lane if posssible. If you are duo try to queue up with an aggressive kill lane ADC player.
After your level 2 trade all in, look to keep the pressure on your opponent. Make sure they are scared to walk up to farm, and try to freeze the wave with your adc for maximum effectiveness.
If your ADC ever backs and there is no reason for you to shop yet, go ahead and roam around the map. If you see a potential gank mid go for it, you have excellent ganking potential as Leona
Flash is a must every time you play Leona, trying to substitute this for anything else is troll
Ignite is the ideal summoner 90 percent of the time. Ignite gives you high kill pressure in lane, counters Heal , and gives you an edge to most tanks which you are very strong against.
Exhaust is occasionally a good idea. Generally if you feel you need to take exhaust in a lane as Leona you probably shouldn't be playing her anyways. Much like Rell Leona is looking for aggressive all in's and kills in lane to snowball. Try to take full advantage of this and use Ignite most of the time. You won't regret it.
INNATE: Leona's abilities mark enemies hit with Sunlight for 1.5 seconds. Subsequent applications of Sunlight will refresh its duration.
Damage dealt to marked enemies by allied Champion icon.png champions (excluding Leona) consumes Sunlight to deal 25 − 144 (based on level) bonus magic damage.
This passive is fantastic for it provides ADC's with high kill pressure even more kill pressure, it boosts their damage quite a bit in the early stages, and makes all in's easy when paired with your CC.
Q: Shield of Daybreak
ACTIVE: Leona illuminates her shield, causing her next basic attack within 6 seconds to have a 0.25-second cast time, gain Range icon.png 50 bonus range, deal bonus magic damage and Stun icon.png stun the target for 1 second.
BONUS MAGIC DAMAGE:
10 / 35 / 60 / 85 / 110 (+ 30% AP) this also resets Leona's basic attack timer.
Leona can use her Q at early levels to secure kills and also combo CC chain with her ult. If you land your E on an opponent followed by your Q, you are guaranteed a stun with your ultimate.
ACTIVE: Leona radiates a solar eclipse around herself for 3 seconds, gaining Armor icon.png bonus armor and Magic resistance icon.png bonus magic resistance and taking Damage reduction icon.png reduced pre-mitigation damage from every instance of damage, up to a maximum of 50% reduction.
FLAT DAMAGE REDUCTION:
8 / 12 / 16 / 20 / 24
20 / 25 / 30 / 35 / 40 (+ 20% bonus armor)
BONUS MAGIC RESISTANCE:
20 / 25 / 30 / 35 / 40 (+ 20% bonus magic resistance)
The eclipse then detonates after the duration, dealing magic damage to all nearby enemies and granting Leona Eclipse's damage reduction and bonus resistances for an additional 3 seconds if she hits an enemy.
60 / 95 / 130 / 165 / 200 (+ 40% AP)
Leona's Eclipse ability provides a great deal of damage and resistances. You want to be using this whenever you are either taking damage from enemies or you can proc it on multiple opponents in team fights. As you can see this ability provides amazing resistances.
E: Zenith Blade
ACTIVE: Leona projects a solar image of her sword in the target direction, dealing magic damage to all enemies hit.
50 / 90 / 130 / 170 / 210 (+ 40% AP)
If she hits at least one enemy champion, she will dash 225 units behind the last one struck within 3000 range and Root icon.png root them for 0.5 seconds.
Leona is unable to move or attack while Zenith Blade is in flight.
Zenith Blade applies Sunlight to every unit it passes through. So if possible try to hit multiple enemies!
R: Solar Flare
ACTIVE: Leona calls down a beam of solar energy to the target location which Sight icon.png reveals the surrounding area and strikes after a 0.625-second delay, dealing magic damage to all enemies struck. The area remains Sight icon.png revealed for another 3 seconds.
100 / 175 / 250 (+ 80% AP)
Enemies hit are Slow icon.png slowed by 80% for 1.5 seconds, and are also Stun icon.png stunned for the same duration if they are hit by the epicenter.
This ability is amazing for team fighting, try your best to stun and slow multiple enemies or catch out their carries with this ability, if you can chain cc this ability with your other CC you pretty much guarantee to net your team some kills.
Why do we build these items on Leona?
Locket of the Iron Solari is built because it provides all the defensive stats Leona needs as well as amazing utility for your ally's. Its a far better option then Shurelya's Battlesong for you already have all the engage you could possibly need with your abilities.
Zeke's Convergence is built because its amazing passive, which as of patch 10.25 has been buffed once again. The bonus damage you provide when designated to your accomplice is incredibly high, because you have so many avenues to proc this items ability its a must buy.
Knight's Vow is an amazing item when your ADC is at risk of being assasinated or the enemy team is extremely far ahead. You should consider knights vow when you are behind or if the enemy team has a fed carry. This item is extremely under rated and can potentially save games. Consider buying this over Zeke's Convergence if needed. Play it by ear, and build accordingly.
Dead Man's Plate is an amazing buy vs heavy AD compositions. It provides Leona with much needed movement speed and high hit points and armor. If you are ever facing an entire AD team buy this.
Force of Nature is great against heavy AP team comps. Similar to Dead Man's Plate Force of Nature provides Leona with high movement speed while in combat, it allows you move around the map and provide more utility to your team.
Frozen Heart is a fantastic item to counter heavy ad comps who are also very auto attack reliant. consider this item vs Lucian mid or vayne top Frozen Heart has an amazing unique passive don't underestimate the power of this item in the right games. It can make the difference between life and death in many different situations.
Warmog's Armor is a fantastic choice when all you want is to be extra beefy. The health regen passive essentially makes it so you never have to back. Consider this item on Leona as a last item in most games. You just need to assure you are above the 3000 HP mark, after purchasing the item to make use of the unique passive which provides 5% max health regen per second. Crazy strong right?
As of right now, I believe these are the most strong items in the game for Leona, this may change in the future though. So I will be watching over what players are doing with a hawk eye and meticulously updating this as things change!
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