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Irelia Build Guide by Eriosunx

Middle (11.23) Eriosun's MASTER TIER Complete & Updated Irelia

Middle (11.23) Eriosun's MASTER TIER Complete & Updated Irelia

Updated on November 25, 2021
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Runes: PRE-12 TEMPO

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Precision
Lethal Tempo
Triumph
Legend: Alacrity
Last Stand

Resolve
Second Wind
Unflinching
Bonus:

+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+15-140 HP (lvls 1-18)

Spells:

1 2 3
FLASH IGNITE
LoL Summoner Spell: Flash

Flash

LoL Summoner Spell: Ignite

Ignite

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Items

STARTERS
•DORAN'S SWORD +1 POT WHEN PLAYING WITHOUT INSPIRATION
•CORRUPTING WHEN PLAYING WITH WARP TONIC (INSPIRATION TREE)
•DORAN SHIELD WHEN FACING HEAVY POKE MATCHUPS THAT WE CANT TRADE LEVEL 1
DONT FORGET YOUR BOOTS!
•WHEN FACING AUTOATTACK-BASED CHAMPS
•WHEN FACING AP CHAMPS + A LOT OF CCs
•WHEN GOING FOR NO CDR ITEMS
S11 BEST BUILDS
•BOTRK+SUNDERER VERY VERSATILE AND BUILDABLE IN EVERY SITUATION, INSANE SNOWBALL POTENTIAL AND TANKINESS
•ALL-PURPOSE - CONSISTENT OVERALL - SWAP WITS / DD'S ORDER DEPENDING ON WHO DEALS THE MOST DAMAGE IN THE ENEMY TEAM , ALSO GOING CONDITIONING WHILE RUNNING THIS BUILD IS IDEAL!
•BOTRK+SHIELDBOW (MR ADAPTATION) WHEN FACING A LOT OF AP-BASED CHAMPS
•BOTRK+TRINITY WHEN THE GAME IS GOING TO HAVE A LOT OF 5V5 FIGHTS
•BOTRK+GARGOYLE NECESSARY WHEN YOU DONT HAVE FRONTLINE AND YOU ARE THE ONLY WAY TO ENGAGE A TEAMFIGHT (CLOSE IT WITH ANY TANK ITEM YOU NEED BASED ON ENEMY COMP) RECCOMEND PLAYING WITH CONDITIONING!
UTILITY / SUTIATIONAL KEY ITEMS
•TANK/ARMOR SHREDDER
•VS HEAVY-BURST AP DAMAGE [DONT BUY IT IF YOU HAVE SHIELDBOW]
•LAST TEAMFIGHT OPTION

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Champion Build Guide

(11.23) Eriosun's MASTER TIER Complete & Updated Irelia

By Eriosunx
Heeeey, welcome to my " IRELIA MIDLANE GUIDE". Im an Italian Diamond Katarina main and as second pick I usually play Irelia midlane.
I started playing in middle Season9 and peaked Diamond I in early Season10.
I know it sounds weird but, hold on, it wasnt my first experience on MOBA games.
I played DOTA 2 for years! So when switching to League of Legends I was still in my environment.
As I said , I come from Dota2, and in Dota details and game knowledge is a MUST.
That's why I decided to make a guide, I really like to speculate on the game details and share with you guys my experiences and knowledge.
I really hope this guide will help you out and answer some of the questions that playing Irelia in the midlane raised in your minds.

So, with all that being said, hope you enjoyed the guide, I will do my best to keep it updated and make sure noone will be missing out on new builds and playstyles.

Here's my stream, If you are interested you can pass by and say Hi
I stream almost every day and you can find me
:HERE

Im also trying to make some videos im posting a lot of MATCHUP-GUIDES go check them out if you want , for now I edit them myself, you can find the channel:HERE
PROS
Insanely good at farming, easy to get high CS/m
Strong Early/Mid-game
Good mobility on waves
High mechanical skill-roof
Rewarding when played correctly
Double role flexibility Mid-Toplane
CONS
Very hard to master mechanically
Falls off Late-game
Sensible to Crowd Controls
Low Mobility without waves
Low-Skillshot Accuracy gets punished
Hard to Itemize due to the many options
•ITEMIZATION
Itemization on Irelia is very important, more important than most of the champions that have pretty standard builds.
As Irelia we have infact a lot of options regarding mythics and core items!
Its very important to have an overall knowledge of what we need in order to be the strongest player on the map every game and have the tools to solocarry games.

•BEST FIRST ITEMS


•Blade Of The Ruined King
Usually Blade of the Ruined King is the most common and valuable first item
Rushing Blade of the Ruined King allows us to have an insane spike when we close the item and also it's built with Vampiric Scepter wich gives us insane sustain early levels and solo-kill potential.
•Goredrinker
Another good first item is also the Goredrinker.
I usually go Goredrinker in harder matchups, where the enemy midlaner has a lot of damage early-game and could easily kill us like Yone , Yasuo , Fizz , Talon.
Rushing Goredrinker in these scenarios will make sure we will be almost unkillable by giving up a bit of sustain but gaining A LOT OF HPS!.
Also with Goredrinker rush if we get ahead even 2v1 will be way easy to pull-off due to the AOE Healing as Active of the Mythic and the high Hps it gives us. Will be harder for the enemies to brust you down in a 2v1 scenario.
Hypotetically speaking Goredrinker rush if played correctly is stronger than Blade of the Ruined King in the correct situations of course!


•MYTHIC SELECTION


•Goredrinker
Goredrinker good as first item rush when needing 2v1 potential and higher HPS to not get shutted down early levels. A must buy when facing a lot of Meeles as well.
•Trinity Force
Trinity Force good option when we need RAW DAMAGE and we are facing a lot of squishy champs.
•Divine Sunderer
Divine Sunderer insanely strong when facing a lot of tanks and high hps champs, thanks to the Sunderer's passive we will heal more the more hp the enemy has and we will be able to deal damage trough armor and magic resist since the Mythic passive provides us ARMOR AND MAGIC PENETRATION IN %.
•Immortal Shieldbow
Immortal Shieldbow as last but not least is a great option when hard snowballing and is usually the option when we wanna go for the highest DPS build on Irelia. Its important to avoid going Shieldbow when facing AD-Assasins that can build Serpent's Fang and easily counter our shield.
While going Immortal Shieldbow its important to build ON-HIT EFFECTS ITEMS in order to maximize our DAMAGE OUTPUT , as second items I really like to go Guinsoo's Rageblade --> Wit's End maximizing my DPS as much as I can.
Trust me you will be impressed by how much damage can Irelia deal with this build.
Also while going for this build its important to go for Ionian Boots of Lucidity since we are not building any core item that gives us CDR.
Of course if they have a lot of CCs and we really cant overcome them Mercury's Treads is a must in any case.
•11.14 CHANGES
Irelia's Defiant Dance will now block both AP and AD incoming damage and will deal more damage when released at full charge , It's now an option to go for W-Max , so we will leave Bladesurge and Flawless Duet to level 1 and max out our Defiant Dance.

Bladesurge animation is longer and slower , doesnt really affect much the gameplay
Flawless Duet cannot be casted while stunned or during Defiant Dance anymore
and will have the same cast speed in any angle we will throw it
Ionian Fervor is now 4 stacks instead of 5 , will be easier to stack up but it's a bit weaker early game
Irelia's base stats are lowered , but health grow scales better , Irelia will be tankier later in the game
Vanguard's Edge has now a passive that lower's Bladesurge's cooldown by 0.5/1.5/2.5 based on Vanguard's Edge ranking before the CDR.
I will now test the champion out properly and tell you guys how it feels.
From the stats only feels like she will be stronger mid/early-late game, wich will be great since Irelia's biggest weakness is the late-phases of the games where she becomes very weak.
Lets see how it goes! As always let me know if you find new builds I'll be glad to test them out and talk about it in the comments!

ALL THE COMBOS IN THE TIPS N TRICKS ARE STILL VIABLE BESIDE THE Flawless Duet THAT WILL NOW HAVE THE SAME CAST-SPEED AT ANY ANGLE!




Irelia GENERAL TIPS




•WAVE MANAGEMENT
Irelia is a really strong midlaner in the right situations, in many matchups you will have full control of the lane-state and the waves.
This is why we need to abuse as much as we can our strenght and not push the lane for no reason unless you have to give priority to your jungler or bounce the wave.
Wave can be "bounced" by slowpushing the first wave and then hard-shoving the second wave under enemy tower, this will allow the waves to fix close to our turret and give two options to the enemy midlaner , 1- walk up and die 2- call jungler and fix the wave.
Nevertheless pulling up FREEZES after the second wave lets us avoid getting ganked and deny a lot of resources from enemy midlaner.
Also Irelia is easily gankable since we have to go all-in in order to do anything due to the nature of the champion we are playing, so in the right situations
FREEZING THE WAVE is crucial. Freezing is also important for pulling-off solokills since Irelia needs a lot of "space" in the lane to properly deal damage.

•LEVEL 1 Bladesurge START
As we already said, Irelia is crazy strong in the midlane against certain matchups.
At level 1 we can pressure the enemy midlaner by using our Bladesurge on a minion that can be executed and AUTOING the enemy midlaner that is going for a last-hit.
This kind of pressure can open up scenarios where we can have FULL-STACKS of Ionian Fervor and we can OUTLANE the enemy midlaner at level 1 or even solokill him! (works best with CORRUPTING+WARP TONIC due to the bonus movement speed when you drink a potion allowing you to chase down at level 1)

•LEVEL 1 Flawless Duet START
Irelia is crazy strong midlane but not in every matchup.
For example, if you have a Darius mid, how do you cs? This is where E Flawless Duet helps us.
Instead of going Bladesurge START we can go Flawless Duet START and lasthit a few minions with our Flawless Duet while also being able to stop Darius or any other level 1 hard matchup from
running us down!


•AUTO + Bladesurge + AUTO
Irelia's Bladesurge works as an AUTO-RESET , remeber to AUTO before every Q to maximize our DPS.






Irelia BASIC TRICKS




Vanguard's Edge+ Flash
You can buffer your Vanguard's Edge and Flash after the cast animation, is the most common and practical combo when you have to join teamfights.


Flawless Duet+ Vanguard's Edge+ Flash
As we already said you can buffer your Vanguard's Edge
You can combine that combo adding the first Flawless Duet behind you and then going in.
You will find yourself in the middle of the fight with the champions you hitted with your Vanguard's Edge marked and the 2nd Flawless Duet ready to go to reset the marks.
When doing this combo you wanna make sure you take the marks out before using your 2nd Flawless Duet to ensure the highest damage-output possible!


Flawless Duet+ Bladesurge gapclose+ Flawless Duet+ Bladesurge
This combo will alow you to make easy picks on the map.
Works best in side-lanes where someone will be there to take the farm.
Make sure you throw your first Flawless Duet when you are out of vison.
Leave your first Flawless Duet behind and use your Bladesurge to gapclose in rage to land your second Flawless Duet.
Its important to reset your Bladesurge while gaplosing with it if possilbe.
The combo could work also without resetting your Bladesurge on the gapclose but It could be a bit more risky to take a pick having your Bladesurge on cooldown.
Irelia LANING-PHASE BASICS




•DO NOT PUSH LEVEL 1 CARELESSLY:
Having the control of the lane its important, pushing for no reason level 1 will eventually lead to the lack of kill-potential early levels since Irelia needs a good amount of "space" in the lane to pull-off solokills


•ABUSE YOUR CHAMPION'S STRENGHT:
Irelia's best positive side in my opinion is the advantage she has in the most matchups in the midlane.
This is why I usually like to play her mid in the 11.21 patch
So, Its important to know your champion's limits and not always but most of the times look for solo-kills opportunities.
Taking early lead is foundamental on this champion in order to snowball and take over the game


•LEVEL 6 DIVING AND DAMAGE OUT-PUT KNOWLEDGE:
As we already said Irelia has a high mechanical roof and its very rewarding getting as close as possible to the "roof".
With good mechanics and damage-output knowledge we can easily pull-off good towerdives if we are ahead and able to do so of course.
What im trying to say is that I found worth it diving the enemy lander while making him lose a huge wave, keeping the level advantage I gained trough out the laning-phase and then later taking over completely the lane.


•MOBILITY AWARENESS:
Irelia's Bladesurge is an insane ability, we can all agree with that and the mechanic that allows you to reset it when executing an enemy target with is very important.
With "Mobility Awareness" Im talking about the ability to "set-up" minions for the Bladesurge reset while fighting near an enemy wave.
Setting up minions can be done with basics attacks or most commonly with Defiant Dance will open up out-play opportunities letting us dash trough minions to dodge spells or reposition our selves
Irelia TEAMFIGHT BASICS




•WHEN TO ENGAGE:
Unless we are running a "tanky" build, engaging first is not always the best option on Irelia.
For example if the enemy team has Malzahar, Lissandra or any other hard-ccs, unless we are going for some sustain and health based build Irelia is not that tanky, sometimes while learning Irelia I found myself forcing a lot of fights with Flash + Vanguard's Edge and constantly dying before casing a single Bladesurge reset.
So I just tought that reminding you this could help you out!


•BE AWARE OF THE CROWD CONTROLS:
As we already said, Crowd Controls are Irelia's cryptonite.
This is why I want you guys to focus on the enemy composition and "think forward", analyzing what kind of Crowd Controls they have and keeping them in mind will allow you to react faster to them!


•CAREFULL AT YOUR Bladesurge!:
Resetting your Bladesurge is foundamental in order to use Irelia's full potential.
Remember that if you get stunned while dashing with Bladesurge on a Marked enemy or executable minion
your Bladesurge WILL NOT RESET.
This could easily shut you down while teamfighting


•TARGET SHIFTING/PRIORITY TATGETING:
Target shifting is pretty important while teamfighting as Irelia since we have enough damage to completely annihilate enemy squishy targets.
Target shifting comes in handy when having to play teamfights "Front to Back".
The best way to do it in my opinion is to Mark the enemy frontline with Vanguard's Edge but before doing that placing the first Flawless Duet behind you, then proceed to approach the fight resetting your Bladesurge on the frontliners marked, at that point the high-dps/priority targets will start focusing you and that's the time to pull out your second Flawless Duet on them.
The second Flawless Duet if done correctly will probably arrive from two screens away so the targets will not have enough time to react to it.
Once we have stunned and market the priority target our work should be done!
THANKS FOR PASSING BY, I REALLY HOPE YOU WILL FIND THIS GUIDE USEFULL

LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT IT AND IF YOU HAVE ANY BUILD SUGGESTION!

ALSO FEEL FREE TO PASS BY MY STREAM IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS I'LL BE GLAD TO ANSWER THEM!
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