Irelia Build Guide by hi im kmp
[11.2] kmp's Irelia guide (5 year experience)By hi im kmp | Updated on January 23, 2021
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Runes: [TOP] General 1
+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+15-90 HP (lvls 1-18)
Ability Order General skilltree
Threats & Synergies
Nunu & Willump
His W interrupts yours which is an interesting mechanic since your W can't be interrupted, but whatever.. His base damage is a lot stronger than yours. Buy Wit's End after Tiamat so you can fight him when you have passive. Don't die 'til then.
Her E is too strong, it interrupts your Q reset, her blind denies your auto and Q. Extremly hard to lane against, extremely strong character and she can get fed easily. Use W to reduce her burst, stack your passive to counterattack.
Another strong jungler in the early game with CC lockdown. Vision is the most important thing to have against junglers like him and track his pathing if you can. Try to deny jungle cs if you can.
Extremely powerful jungler, especially in the early game. He can ruin your entire laning and you can't do anything about it. Have vision control all over the place, track his pathing and back off when he's nearby (anywhere on top side..).
Dodge if you lane against Tahm..
Hard to lane against him, his Q steals your AD, so you can't win 1v1. Maybe if you have your passive ready.
He's too much for Irelia to handle. You can't win 1v1, 1v2 or 2v2. Maybe 2v1 if he can't reach you and you just Q back to secure the kill. In teamfights it's much easier tho. You just have to ignore him.
Extremely big threat since his E interrupts everything. Bait out his E, engage right after it expires. In teamfights his E cooldown is too low to actually wait it out, so you want to engage with your R 'til it runs out.
Pure CC jungler. If you see a Vi coming to you and you can't kill the enemy laner, you're probably dead everytime. If she's pressuring you, just lure the wave near your turret so you can farm at the very least.
Laning against the bear is hard actually.. He has 2 CC which breaks your Q reset, so try to stack your passive and go for long trades.
As a jungler, Warwick could be one of the biggest enemies of Irelia. Try to keep track of him and don't engage when he's nearby. Also back off when you're below 50% HP.
He's not really a big threat but his range is. If he doesn't come up to the wave, you can't do anything with him at all. Farm, dodge his Q's, look for roam.
This matchup is a nightmare.. All you wanna do is farming as much as you can, 'cuz if she's good, your chances of winning are 0. You'll probably outscale her if you can keep up with the gold and you can still roam or tp for kills/assists but you shouldn't fight her alone. If she makes a mistake, say used her parry, then that's the right time to go in, 'cuz you are stronger if she can't parry your damage/mark.
Can be an extremely hard matchup. Unfortunately, your Q doesn't oneshot his turrets, but using your W before you Q works totally fine. Try to kill him early using minions to jump onto, 'cuz you don't have the damage on your Q yet to use his turrets. If he gets a lead, you're out.
Too high base stats compared to Irelia's.. You can't compete with that. But he's useless in teamfights compared to you, so if you don't feed him, you'll be fine. You should only farm in the early game.
I never liked this champion nor the matchup. So.. if you play Irelia against this monster, try to kill him at lv2 'cuz he's like a Nasus. He'll outscale you in no time and you'll be useless against him, since he takes away your attack- and movementspeed.
Just a lane bully. Irritating but beatable after 6. Try not to die and get behind exp. Gold doesn't matter against him, you'll be stronger on 6.
Her W is bad for Irelia. You should go in for long trades with your passive. If she brought Aftershock, you should wait for 6 before engaging. Try not to die or get behind in exp and you'll be fine.
Champion Build Guide
My name is Viktor aka kmp (currently 21st if you wanna check out my OP.GG). The origin of my name in case you wonder, is literally 3 random characters next to eachother. Don't bother asking or figuring out what does it mean.
I've started playing League in S5 and I've been playing Irelia ever since. I've started my first season in gold with Irelia. I almost got to diamond in S8 and S9 (Platinum 1 was my highest rank unfortunately).
This guide isn't finished yet.I'm trying to add as many details as I can, so stay with me if you stopped by ;D
- More threats and synergies (I'm actually planing on adding every champ to both and explain them)
- Special matchups
- More precise laning phase
- More precise mid and late game
Most of this guide is about laning phase, so keep that in mind whilst reading my guide.
Against a champion with a handful of CC, take Legend: Tenacity instead.
Against a lane bully, take Legend: Bloodline instead.
: Bonus 9 adaptive force - Needed 'cuz Irelia doesn't have high base stats
: Can be changed to def, depending on the matchup
|Ionian Fervor is your main damage especially in the early/early-mid game. If you don't get a huge lead on the enemy team, start stacking your passive even before teamfights (use minions) otherwise you won't deal much damage.|
|The best ability in her kit is Bladesurge. It heals you, makes you more mobile, you can make small trades, bait abilities by jumping in and out, but most importantly Bladesurge deals the most damage in her kit apart from Ionian Fervor. Use it to engage, to escape or to heal, but you have to focus on getting those resets!|
|After the nerfs/buffs/adjusts to Defiant Dance, it became more of a useless ability in my opinion.. but you can always use it to reduce AD damage which is good since you should play Irelia on top :P (if you only want to stack Ionian Fervor it's a fine use too).|
|The only thing I can say about Flawless Duet is, if you miss and you don't have a lead, you'll probably lose the trade. Use Flawless Duet at it's max range, meaning, jump on minions as a gap closer to lengthen Flawless Duet.|
|The way I like to use Vanguard's Edge is either start the fight with it or use it right before I claim the kill. Other usage for this should be in teamfights when you can hit at least 2-3 people (don't waste it on only 1 if you don't need to..).|
|Usually you start building Trinity Force after Tiamat starting with Phage into Sheen. But in certain matchups where I don't need minions to Bladesurge to, I simply rush Phage so I can all-in whenever I want to, because the movementspeed and AD from Phage is enough in the early laning phase to kill someone with your Ionian Fervor active.|
|I'd say Tiamat is mostly a oneshot tool and it helps you spam Bladesurge. I used to think it can be skipped, but it really can not be. You don't have to upgrade it right away. Build HP if you are playing against a burstier team, then your upgrade should be Titanic Hydra, or build damage/sustain against a tankier team, then your upgrade should be Ravenous Hydra.|
Optional sustain items
|Sterak's Gage is by far the best item for bruisers in the game in my opinion. It gives you tons of HP and AD, pops a shield everytime you get a huge burst, gives tenacity everytime it pops.. Do I need to say more?|
Wit's End is an interesting item since it's rework. For Irelia, it's useful if you're playing against a heavy AP team, but unfortunately it loses usefulness against a full AD team even with it's OP healing
(I'd recommend buying Death's Dance for sustain in this case).
Death's Dance is an all time pick for me. I really like what it gives to you. Delayed damage and 33% healing from AA and abilities.. How could I say no to this?!
This is the best sustain item against burst.
Personally, I don't buy defense usually, but if I did, Spirit Visage would be my choice (if I'm not facing a full AD team).
It improves every income healing by 30% including runes and teammates stuffs eg. Redemption, Nami's Ebb and Flow or Soraka's Astral Infusion, Wish.
Optional tank items
|My personal preference is buying Guardian Angel right after Sterak's Gage simply because it gives you a much better pressure in teamfight (and more damage). Altough if I have a huge lead, I'm not buying defensive items, I'm going for damage and sustain so I can close up the game by myself.|
|This item is deprecated for Irelia in my opinion, but I still had to include it in the guide, because I love Dead Man's Plate. I feel like it's needed in some cases (after the 5 movementspeed nerf) when you need movementspeed to catch up to someone or to get away from it (also, the bonus 100 damage and slow implementation on-hit is pretty useful too).|
|Randuin's Omen is good against crit champs eg. Yasuo, Jinx, Xayah etc. If you're up against any of these champs buy Randuin's Omen right after Trinity Force. The active slow is good, it doesn't let the enemy to kite you (they have to burn Flash).|
|Thornmail is my all time pick, just like Sterak's Gage, if I want to get some armor. I think the Grievious wounds implementation and attack speed slow is so OP, the enemy doesn't stand a chance even if they're fed.|
|Sunfire Aegis is purely for tankiness. When you're lacking damage and you have to build tanky, Sunfire Aegis is a good choice (build Titanic Hydra first, so you don't lose damage that way).|
|Adaptive Helm is good against constant AP damage eg. Cassiopeia, Ryze, Teemo etc.|
Alright.. 2 quick tip to easily win/hold your lane:
- Farm with Bladesurge - It keeps Ionian Fervor stacked up, meaning, you have bonus on hit damage.
- Poke (with basic mostly) between every minion you take.
The basics of top lane is understanding the matchup. Meaning, you have to figure out what do you want to do in the first 5 minutes. Say you're laning against a Jax. You want to start with Flawless Duet 'cuz his lv1 is stronger because of his Counter Strike. That way, you can take CS from the first waves.
- As soon as you hit lv2, hit Flawless Duet and engage with Bladesurge. It should be a fix kill, but make sure you have Ionian Fervor fully stacked
- If you killed your opponent, push the wave or kill him again if he Teleports back (keep Ionian Fervor stacked up)
- If you didn't kill your opponent, pressure him with Ionian Fervor. Keep farming with Bladesurge so as soon as he comes to farm, you jump in and kill him
- Even easier and faster trades with Defiant Dance
- Keep up the pressure
- Try to freeze
- Pressure top
- Take Rift Herald
- Take the jungle
- Transfer your lead to the other lanes
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** These are only mechanical combos, autoattack and active items are excluded!!! **
Watch the Combo Tips and Tricks section of the guide!
Altough she can get behind on lane and when this happens:
- Focus on farming instead of trading, but keep stacking Ionian Fervor.
- Ask your jungler to be nearby and eventually try to gank
- Go for roams mostly, like scuttle fights and mid ganks or even bot ganks with Teleport
- Build sustain, such as Ravenous Hydra or Death's Dance or just Vampiric Scepter
- If your opponent leaves, split push
- If you just roamed mid / bot, push the lane as much as you can
Out of lane Irelia doesn't have a behind state. She can always win a teamfight with a single well-used Vanguard's Edge.
With a lead:
Without a lead:
Irelia has a lot of potentials in this state.