Morgana Build Guide by LunarVortex
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+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+8 Magic Resist
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+8 Magic Resist
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+8 Magic Resist
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+8 Magic Resist
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+8 Magic Resist
Ability Order Default
Threats & Synergies
While your E is great to deny her E, you need to time it well or she will simply break it before charming you. Thanks to her ult and the movement speed boost on her W, she can also dodge your Q and get out of your R with ease. Consider buying an early Verdant Barrier in lane if you struggle.
She shouldn't have much kill pressure on you when playing correctly, however, she can also avoid your Q and R rather easily. Don't waste your Q or she will run you down. Hold it until you need it and make it count.
She outranges and outdamages you at any point in the game. When you ult, she will either just turn and burst you down or put distance between you and herself with her W. Try to coordinate ganks with your jungler early on. Abuse her weak pre-6 by shoving her under tower and invading the enemy jungler together with your jungler.
The annoying part about Annie is that you cannot really react to her R-stun, so you need to respect it a lot. Outside of that, the matchup is fine. She can't really get away from you once you ult. Time your E well to prevent her from breaking the shield before stunning. If she gets an early kill, consider buying an early Verdant Barrier in lane to reduce her further kill pressure. Be aware that Tibbers can block your Q.
In lane against him you are more than fine, so he's gonna do what he does and shove the wave and then run off and gank your botlane. Run TP so you can follow and countergank him. Always have a Control Ward in the river and spam-ping your botlane QUICKLY when he starts flying off.
He outranges and outdamages you at any point in the game. He also has ways to dodge your Q and get out of your R. You also cannot really stop him from scaling through the roof. Your only saving grace in this matchup is that you can put him in really bad situations by predicting and spellshielding his R when he tries to insec you. Be very wary of him trying to R you into his jungler.
His poke is very annoying, but his lack of mobility also makes him vulnerable to your kit. Make sure not to waste your E on poke unless you're absolutely sure you won't need it otherwise.
Her constant DPS is just too much for you and your high cooldowns on Q and E. She can run you down at will and also has ways to dodge your Q and get out of your R with her Q movement speed and also Phase Rush (if she uses that over Conquerer). The second you miss your Q, you die. Try to predict her R because otherwise she will simply break your shield before using it. Call your jungler for help as soon as she starts to play aggressive and hope that she overextends. Be aware of her 1v2 potential at lvl 6 and afterwards though.
Very easy matchup for obvious reasons. He's very straightforward and cannot really play around your Q and E.
Just like you, he has rather high mana costs and cooldowns. If he ever uses his W for no reason during the laning phase, run him down with ult. Try to coordinate with your jungler to abuse him early and punish him for picking Corki outside of proplay. He will, however, outscale you, so be aware that you're on a timer.
Don't waste your Q or she might run you down and force you to ult. Try to spellshield her ult. If you fail to do so, start ulting yourself and chain it with your Q if she stays inside it.
His rather high cooldowns at the start of the game make him an easy lane opponent for you. Spellshield his stun and save your Q for when he uses E on you during the early levels. Try to match his push by putting your W down often because Morgana sucks at lasthitting under tower. In teamfights, shield whoever he is trying to burst and then Q him before he can ult out so your team can burst him down.
Sololane Ezreal can be very annoying for you. Not only can he kite you rather easily, he can also run you down with Qs and autoattacks after dodging your Q. Keep in mind that his E cooldown is very high early on. Turn on him if he ever uses it offensively. If he does it a lot, let your jungler iknow.
While she is usually not played as a midlaner, I'm including her here because she is a pretty bad match-up for Morgana. She will easily outdamage you and just run you down at any point in the game, she can dodge most of your Qs and you can never ult when near her because it's extremely easy for her to time her parry for the second instance of your ult.
He has plenty of ways to outplay you and dodge everything you do and he can simply oneshot you at level 6. This can be helped by going Spellbook and cycling through defensive summoner spells. If he ever loses interest in you and switches his attention to your botlane, keep a Control Ward in the river at all times and spam-ping your botlane every time he roams. Buying an early Verdant Barrier can significantly reduce his kill pressure on you.
Your spellshield counters his entire kit pretty hard. He is also an easy Q target because of how telegraphed his dash is. He will try to push you in and roam. Warn your botlane in advance. Try to be wherever he tries to go and countergank him since your Q and E shut him down rather hard.
He outdamages you and can remove your Q/R with his W. He will simply run you down. Try to coordinate with your jungler and shut him down during his W cooldown.
Your W is great for clearing turrets and your E is great for blocking his stun. Time your E well so he doesn't break it before his stun. The worst that can happen to you in this matchup is that he forces you to lasthit under tower.
You usually don't have enough damage to 1v1 her even if you otherwise outplay her, but you can heavily shut her down in teamfights. Be patient with your Q. Be aware that she can get out of your R if there's targets for her to Q on. Consider getting an early Oblivion Orb to reduce her healing and maintain your kill pressure on her at least for the laning phase.
He hurts. Try to not miss your Q (duh). If you do, he will run you down. Play safe while it is on cooldown. Thankfully, nobody plays this guy. Buy an early Seeker's Armguard if necessary.
Pretty much impossible for you to actually kill him, so he will simply outscale you for free. Your only chance here is to coordinate with your jungler and try to put him behind early.
Her mobility and DPS is nearly impossible for you to deal with if she's good. Call your jungler for help. Keep a control ward in the river and spamping your sidelanes when she roams, if she gets a kill, it's over.
Kayle is rather vulnerable due to your Qs due to her lack of mobility, however, there comes a point in every game against her where she just snowballs/scales away from you and you can no longer go near her without being torn to pieces before your R even goes off. Abuse her lack of mobility and early game power by calling your jungler to camp her and never let her get into the game.
Annoying, but her high cooldowns make this match-up bearable. Try to not be too predictable with your Qs. Keep shoving the wave and ask her in all-chat if she's having fun lasthitting under tower. In teamfights, try to spot her early and babysit your ADC. If you hit a Q on her, your team can almost certainly kill her instantly. Get an early Verdant Barrier to reduce her kill pressure if necessary.
She has very high cooldowns, her kit is rather predictable and doesn't work well against yours. You can deny her cc pretty hard if you time your spellshield correctly. Your Q prevents her from reactivating her E.
His high constant damage output and high mobility make him a dangerous lane opponent. Consider buying an early Seeker's Armguard. Don't be predictable with your Q, you need to hit it.
You can easily spellshield her Q and she also has no mobility to dodge your Q or get out of your R. Her range and poke in lane can be annoying, consider buying boots very early to make dodging her poke easier.
A single tick from your W is enough to remove his passive. Keep that in mind when trying to cc him. Try to match his push with your W so you don't have to lasthit under tower (you both suck at doing that early on). His voidlings can be annoying since they can block your Q, and you might not be able to spellshield his ult since you have to predict it and can't simply react to it. Consider buying a QSS is he keeps ulting you every fight.
Who plays Morgana Midlane?
Her poke is annoying in the first few levels, but after that, you win hard. Her kit is super straight forward. Spellshield her E. If you don't react in time or don't have it ready, simply wait for her to ult and then spellshield that. Whenever she ults is also a good opportunity for you to land your Q since she has to stay still for a moment.
He can spellshield your Q and/or R, constantly push you under tower, outdamage you, outroam you and ult you every time you step away from your tower. This match-up is an absolute nightmare (hah get it). In the mid- and lategame, try to bait him into stupid engages and lock him down after he uses his spellshield. Buy an early Seeker's Armguard if necessary. Your W does NOT consume his Spellshield.
She wins trades hard if she's playing with Phase Rush, and also outscales you. Don't waste your spellshield on her poke when she has ult up. She is very immobile and easy to collapse on, so call your jungler for help.
Very annoying early due to his high damage output. He falls off a cliff after the laning phase, so survive it without falling too far behind and you're good to go. Spellshielding his stun should be easy since he has no magic damage to break your shield in advance. Be aware that he might just start perma-roaming bot if he cannot kill you. Buy an early Seeker's Armguard if necessary.
He doesn't have much kill potential on you if you don't mess up your spellshield. You can kill him rather easily while his E is on cooldown. He will most likely just leave you alone and roam botlane over and over again, keep a Control Ward in the river at all times. Buy an early Seeker's Armguard if necessary.
While you can technically spellshield her stuns easily, her low cooldowns, good waveclear and high mobility make her difficult to deal with. Keep a Control Ward on the map at all times to reduce her roam potential. Buy an early Seeker's Armguard if necessary.
His empowered W breaks shields (yes, even magic damage shields) BEFORE it applies the stun, making it impossible to spellshield. Buy an early Seeker's Armguard, respect his strong early game a lot and wait for him to fall off. Give up farm if necessary.
He outdamages you and you cannot really kill him in a 1v1 at any point, but he is also a very easy Q target since he literally just runs at you. Try to match his push so you don't have to lasthit under tower.
Ryze's laning phase is pretty bad, he will struggle mana a lot, and he also cannot really dodge your Q. However, he will outscale you significantly, so try to not drag the game out too much. Abuse his weak laning phase with your jungler and then help them take dragons and heralds to accelerate the game.
Seraphine's laning phase is very weak. A bit like Morgana, except her waveclear is worse. However, just like you, she will start shining in skirmishes and teamfights. Coordinate ganks with your jungler to abuse her lack of mobility.
His E is pretty easy to spellshield with how telegraphed it is. If he's close enough, he might try to Q you right before his E hits you to break your spellshield, be aware of that and time it well. In teamfights, zone him and prevent him from getting good value out of his ultimate with your Q and R.
Running exhaust is an option here to shut him down throughout the game. Play around his E cooldown and try to spellshield it. He gets amazing value out of stealing your ult. Get an early Oblivion Orb.
Make sure to time your spellshield very well so that she doesn't break it before attempting to stun you. If you fail at doing so, she can oneshot you. Get early boots to make dodging her skillshots easier. Most junglers can easily gank and kill her if you spellshield he E onto your jungler. Get an early Verdant Barrier.
Respect his early game damage. In the midgame, don't get caught out of position by him. Get an early Seeker's Armguard and keep a Control Ward on the map at all times to make his botlane roams harder.
Trist mid can be a pain in the ass. If you ever waste your Q, she will all-in you and at least chunk you out of lane heavily. You also cannot really prevent her from constantly shoving and taking some platings. Coordinate ganks with your jungler.
His kit is very straight forward and spellshielding his gold card in clutch situations should not be a problem. However, be aware that his W has a much lower cooldown than your E. He will try to bully you whenever your E is down. Try to keep the wave pushed and ward the places he usually ults from. Be aware that his ult has a casttime of 1.5 seconds and your Q has a very slow travel time, so you need to be very quick if you want to cancel his ult with Q.
His kit is very straight forward and his cage is super easy to spellshield. He is also an easy Q target. Be aware of his burst damage with ult though.
Vel'Koz outranges and outdamages you by a lot. NEVER waste your E on his Q and W poke when he has E and R ready, try to dodge it instead. Buy early boots to make dodging easier. You can catch him offguard and Q him while he's ulting someone else.
Viktor will look to abuse your high cooldowns and zone you whenever your Q is down. Buy early boots to make dodging easier and coordinate with your jungler to shut him down as he is rather immobile.
Vladimir is generally not a huge problem for you in lane, however, he will outscale you and there's not a whole lot you can do about it. Try to abuse his high W cooldown with your jungler and then take objectives together to close out the game quickly. Buy an early Oblivion Orb.
His poke is very annoying to deal with, but once you're close to him, he's in trouble. He's very squishy and has no ways of dodging your Q or getting out of your ult. Time your E well to spellshield his stun when running him down. Buy early boots to make dodging easier.
The Yasuo matchup is surprisingly easy. He has no magic damage to break your shield and he can only get out of your R if there's targets to dash on nearby. Don't try to Q him if his Windwall is ready, instead, start the fight with ult, wait for the ult to stun him, then melee range Q him. Exhaust makes this matchup a lot easier. In teamfights, prevent him from doing anything with your E. Shut him down with Q and R as soon as he goes in. His best bet here is to sidelane instead because you make teamfights too difficult for him.
He is very mobile and has a lot of consistent DPS. Your best bet is to team up on him with multiple people and "camp" his E shadow in fights for an easy Q or R as soon as he goes back. If he tries to fight you 1v1, try to disengage, you usually cannot win.
Get Seeker's Armguard very quickly and try to kill him together with your jungler after he uses his W to trade. Spamping your sidelanes when he starts to roam.
His poke is annoying but that's about it. Try to match his push with your W to prevent him from damaging your tower too much. Get early boots to dodge his poke.
The Zoe matchup is a mixed bag. You counter her E pretty hard, but she can simply run you down with her passive, short ranged Qs and her W. Whenever she ults, try to aim your Q at her initial position to hit her when she returns to it. Get an early Verdant Barrier.
Amumu + Morgana is a nice mid/jungle duo as you can both set eachother up nicely with your cc. Just be aware that you are both dealing magic damage, so the enemy mid and jungle can get some nice value out of some early MR.
You two will work great together as long as you don't mess up eachother's ults. His midlane roams will be pretty effective as you can just chain cc for ages.
While the Caitlyn would probably prefer to have you on her lane as a support rather than in the midlane, you two still work together well in skirmishes and teamfights. Your Qs are amazing setup for her traps. As long as she is in range and can walk up to place a trap, hitting a Q on a squishy is basically a guaranteed kill.
While your cc works great together, neither of you wants the enemy to build any MR and Morgana also does not have a lot of early game map pressure to back up Elise's aggressive playstyle.
Your teamfighting and skirmishing together is great since you can force enemies out of her ult with your ult. You can also build Ardent for her if she's absolutely popping off and you do not have an enchanter support on your team. However, Morgana does not have the necessary early game map presence to grant Kindred easy access to marked camps.
Time to hand out afk warnings together.
While he won't be able to help you at all with your hard matchups, you can build Ardent for him if you don't have an enchanter support on your team to make him even more oppressive during the mid- and lategame along with your blackshield.
Your cc chains are great and his midlane roams will be devastating.
Nunu & Willump
Great cc synergy. Your blackshield also makes it easier for him to stay in range for his E and can prevent enemies from stopping his ult early. His ult makes it very hard for people to get out of yours.
Amazing cc chains.
Good cc chains. His ult can also enable you to play more aggressive with your own ult in teamfights.
Good cc chains. His ult also opens a window for you to play insanely aggressive with your own ult.
Amazing cc chains. His midlane roams will be great. His ult also makes it so much harder for people to get out of yours.
Your E helps Twitch out a lot. You can also build Ardent for him if your team does not have an enchanter support.
Great cc chains.
★ About this Guide ★
★ Pros & Cons ★
★ Summoner Spells ★
★ Skill Sequence ★
★ Items ★
★ Mid Game ★
★ Late Game ★
★ Summary ★
★ Future Plans ★
★ Credits ★
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https://euw.op.gg/summoner/userName=LunarVortex (practice account)
I randomly tried Morgana in the Midlane at the start of Season 10 for the fun of it and instantly fell in love with the champion. I love her Fallen Angel theme, her lore, her kit, her skins, basically everything.
If you have any questions, constructive feedback, tips (both for playing Morgana and for writing guides), ideas or anything else like that, feel free to send a friend request to 'LunarVortex' on EUW. I always love just hearing from other Morgana players, especially from those that play her in unusual roles.
First, this is by no means a perfect Morgana guide and I am certainly not a perfect player. While reaching Diamond means that I probably know a thing or two about the game, it also means that I am still very far away from the best players. There's a lot of players out there who are much better than me - both at playing Morgana and at playing the game in general. I am not claiming that this is the Morgana bible or anything like that. I am writing this guide to provide an introduction and a starting point to Midlane Morgana for casual and average players. The point of this guide is to provide you with the necessary tools to pick up this really cool champion, get familiar with it, and act as a basis for you so you can start having fun playing this champion and get better at it on your own.
Second, I want to emphasize that I do not consider Morgana a top tier midlaner. If you are looking for a FOTM pick you can stomp Solo/Duo and climb the ranks with immediately, this might not be the right guide for you. Instead, this is a guide for all those who like to have fun with picks that might be a little rare or unusual but still playable. Picks that can definitely work, but make everyone else in the lobby go 'Huh? That's a thing?'. Morgana has some very clear and severe weaknesses as a midlaner. There's a reason why you do not see her much in sololanes at higher levels of play. That does not mean that you cannot ever play ranked matches with her, but rather, that you might have to put in more effort and practice to reach the same results with this pick than you would with a meta champion.
+ strong AP scalings
+ good utility
+ oppressive when ahead
+ very versatile build
+ can farm and break freezes safely
+ enemies won't know the match-up
Morgana is capable of dealing a surprising amount of damage when built full AP. People are so used to seeing her as a support that you will be constantly underestimated. Despite not knowing the match-up, many opponents will be extremely cocky, try to dive you, try to 1v1 you, and fail because they do not expect your damage. She can also adapt to different situations well. For instance, if your lane is not going well but you have a hypercarry that might carry the game, you can still opt into a more support oriented build with items like Ardent Censer. Finally, Morgana can also be insanely oppressive when ahead to the point where you can easily 100-0 any squishy target with Dark Binding + Tormented Shadow + Soul Shackles.
- bad trading in lane
- high mana costs
- very reliant on hitting Q
- many hard match-ups
- bad first few levels
- highest DPS ability is stationary
Morgana's biggest weakness as a midlaner is the laning phase. Her long cooldowns and high mana costs make it very hard to properly trade with many meta midlaners. You will often find yourself getting outtraded even when playing correctly and it's easy to fall behind once your enemy realizes how long your cooldowns are and punishes you accordingly. A single missed Dark Binding often results in having to burn your Black Shield for nothing, which often means surrendering any lane pressure for the next 20+ seconds. Finally, Morgana is also very vulnerable to assassins that have ways to avoid Dark Binding, such as Zed or Fizz.
|Arcane Comet||Sorcery - Arcane Comet is probably the best 'allrounder' keystone rune for midlane Morgana. It deals high base damage, has good AP scalings, doesn't require you to do anything special to make use of it (just play the game as you normally would) and generally works in almost all situations. On top of that, it is located inside the Sorcery tree, which also contains many powerful minor runes. Your W will consistently reduce Arcane Comet's cooldown, resulting in a lot of total damage dealt. It also has the upside of being able to deal AoE damage and hit multiple enemies during teamfights. On the other hand, it's main downside is that it can be dodged, especially when activated with your W instead of your Q.|
|Summon Aery||Sorcery - Summon Aery deals less damage than Arcane Comet overall and can also not deal AoE damage, but it comes with a few upsides as well. First of all, it cannot miss. Second, and most importantly, it can be activated with your autoattacks, meaning you can use it without spending any mana. This is especially beneficial for consistent poke during the laning phase against melee opponents. It will also bolster your supportive capabilities, providing a shield to allies when you E them. Just like Arcane Comet, it has the benefit of being on the Sorcery tree, which holds some of the strongest minor runes for Morgana.|
|Dark Harvest||Domination - Dark Harvest is a very risky rune that has the potential to deal the most damage out of all keystones, but it does have multiple downsides: By default, it deals notably less damage than Arcane Comet and needs quite a few stacks to pull ahead. It also cannot be activated against enemies above 50% HP, so you need to deal damage to enemies first before being able to use it. This is especially crucial in lane where, in certain matchups, you will not able to get your opponent low enough, rendering your keystone useless for the entirity of the laning phase. It also locks you into the Domination tree, which is generally inferior to Sorcery or Inspiration in terms of minor runes for midlane Morgana. I would recommend only using this keystone if you are very confident you will snowball, and only if you are playing against squishy teams. When using this rune, you should also combine it with snowball-heavy items, such as Luden's Tempest and Mejai's Soulstealer for a quick and strong two item powerspike.|
|Unsealed Spellbook||Inspiration - Unsealed Spellbook is a utility-heavy keystone that is much stronger than it's playrate might suggest. People tend to avoid this rune because they find it awkward to use, but it can be extremely powerful in the right hands. Due to it's pro-active nature, playing with Unsealed Spellbook requires some practice and you will probably take a while to get used to it. It requires you to think ahead in time and figure out which summoner spells you will need, in advance. When done right, you will often have access to the exact summoner spells you need in any given situation, making you very hard to fight for your opponents. Even at higher levels of play, enemies will often lose track of which summoner spells you have available, making you very unpredictable for them and allowing you to bait them into towerdives or unfavorable fights.|
|Glacial Augment||Inspiration - Glacial Augment lost a lot of it's former power with the removal of Twin Shadows during the season 11 preseason. However, it's still playable as long as you combine it with Everfrost. Due to Everfrost's very low cooldown, especially when combined with Cosmic Insight and Ingenious Hunter, you will be able to activate this quite often, allowing you to control large areas of space during teamfights. Keep in mind that it also allows you to slow with autoattacks, making your Q and Ult easier to use.|
|Nullifying Orb||Sorcery - Nullifying Orb is a very niche rune. It can be used against teams with a lot of magic damage burst from champions with high mobility, such as Fizz or LeBlanc. Since it's on the same row as Manaflow Band, you should only pick it if absolutely necessary.|
|Manaflow Band||Sorcery - Manaflow Band is a nice little rune that helps with midlane Morgana's mana issues. It's also very easy to activate with your W. Simply place your W in a way that it will also hit the enemy champion when using it for waveclear, if possible. It's on the same row as the niche/situational runes Nullifying Orb and Nimbus Cloak.|
|Nimbus Cloak||Sorcery - Nimbus Cloak is another very niche rune. It does have some decent synergy with summoner spells like Flash or Heal, allowing you to get into amazing Ult positions very quickly. However, since it's on the same row as Manaflow Band, you should only pick this if you're absolutely sure and live for those big montage Ults, or when you're already using at least one other mana related minor rune.|
|Trans-cendence||Sorcery - There isn't much to be said about Transcendence, other than that it's a very decent allrounder rune. You can almost never go wrong picking this. Reduced cooldowns on your Q and E especially are always good. It does share a spot with Absolute Focus, which can be used in niche scenarios.|
|Absolute Focus||Sorcery - Absolute Focus can be used in matches where you have reason to believe that you will spend a lot of time above 70% HP, like when playing against teams that can only play out teamfights front-to-back and have very little immediate backline access. In that case, this rune can net you a lot of damage due to Morgana's high AP scalings. However, since it shares a spot with Transcendence, you should only use it if you're sure that you will achieve a high uptime on it throughout the match.|
|Sorch||Sorcery - Scorch is a nice rune that will add quite a bit of damage during the early- and midgame. It's also very easy to active for you, thanks to your W. It does share a spot with Gathering Storm, which can be used for more lategame power instead.|
|Gathering Storm||Sorcery - Gathering Storm is a strong lategame-oriented rune that works well for Morgana due to her high AP scalings. It shares a spot with Scorch, which can be used for more early- to midgame power instead.|
|Hextech Flash-traption||Inspiration - Hextech Flashtraption is a very cheesy rune that can be used for surprise flanks and Ult plays, if that's your style. However, it requires a lot of work and clever thinking on your part to be useful. It shares a slot with Magical Footwear and Perfect Timing.|
|Magical Footwear||Inspiration - Magical Footwear is a simple rune. It provides you free rank 1 boots that are worth 300 gold and also increases your movement speed by 10, which is worth another 120 gold. So, effectively, this rune saves you 420 gold, allowing you to reach your item powerspikes quicker. However, it takes some time to become active and before that, you are not able to buy any kind of boots. This can hurt you a lot in matchups where you need to dodge a lot of skillshots and usualy want to buy boots early, such as Xerath or Vel'Koz. Avoid picking it in those matchups. It shares a slot with Hextech Flashtraption and Perfect Timing.|
|Perfect Timing||Inspiration - Perfect Timing is similar to Magical Footwear in the way that it saves you some gold since it gives you a free component that then builds into one of your most common items, Zhonya's Hourglass. Do note however, that it only contributes 250 gold towards Zhonya's Hourglass, even though a Stopwatch normally costs 600 gold. Because of this, it gives you 170 less free gold than Magical Footwear, but it also gives you a one-time-use Stopwatch that can save your life when used correctly. It shares a slot with Hextech Flashtraption and Magical Footwear.|
|Minion Dematerial-izer||Inspiration - Minion Dematerializer is a rather complicated minor rune that requires some thinking on your part to be useful. Each individual Minion Dematerializer can either be used to empower your waveclear against a certain type of minion for the rest of the game, OR to quickly shove a cannon wave when necessary, for example when the enemy midlaner has just recalled and you want to crash your cannon wave into their tower to make them miss the cannon. With the 10.25 nerf to Morgana's W damage, she lost the ability to clear caster minions with one full W at certain points, most importantly at levels 5 and 6. Using one Minion Dematerializer on a caster minion early on will "revert" this nerf in terms of waveclear. It shares a slot with Biscuit Delivery.|
|Biscuit Delivery||Inspiration - Biscuit Delivery is a nice rune in matchups where you might want some extra HP and/or mana, like against champions that have much stronger trading than you (like Orianna) or can poke you a lot (like Vel'Koz). However, even in other matchups, you can pretty much never go wrong picking this rune. It shares a slot with Minion Dematerializer.|
|Cosmic Insight||Inspiration - Cosmic Insight is a simple rune that's almost always nice to have, because reduced summoner spell cooldown is always good. Reduced item cooldown is also great, if you buy any items that have some form of cooldown, obviously. Do note that with season 11, item haste now also reduces the cooldown of passive items, not just active items. Luden's Tempest and Everfrost both benefit from this rune, whereas Liandry's Anguish does not. Cosmic Insight shares a slot with Approach Velocity.|
|Approach Velocity||Inspiration - Approach Velocity is a very niche rune. Similar to Nimbus Cloak, it can make it easier for you to get into Ult position, especially after hitting someone with your Q. I would only ever pick this if the responsibility to start fights falls on you because your allies' champions have no ways of doing so. It shares a slot with Cosmic Insight.|
|Cheap Shot||Domination - Cheap Shot is a rune that synergizes well with Morgana's kit and adds a nice bit of damage. It is especially useful when you are using Everfrost. It shares a slot with Taste of Blood.|
|Taste of Blood||Domination - Taste of Blood is a niche rune can be used for extra sustain in poke- or trade-heavy matchups. Most of the time, you won't need this. It shares a slot with Cheap Shot.|
|Ghost Poro||Domination - Ghost Poro can provide a nice bit of extra vision and ability power, as long as you place a lot of wards (which you should). If you struggle with warding, it will take too long to stack and won't be worth taking. It shares a slot with Eyeball Collection.|
|Eyeball Collection||Domination - Eyeball Collection can provide some extra ability power. Unless there's absolutely nothing going on, it usually stacks faster than Ghost Poro which it shares a slot with. However, it obviously won't give you any extra vision.|
|Ingenious Hunter||Domination - Ingenious Hunter is a very underrated rune. Since the season 11 preseason changes, it also reduces the cooldown of passive item abilities, not just active ones. It's not unusual for Morgana to have 2 items that benefit from this, mostly Luden's Tempest/ Everfrost and Zhonya's Hourglass, sometimes even more. Do NOT pick this rune if your mythic item is going to be Liandry's Anguish. It shares a slot with Ultimate Hunter.|
|Ultimate Hunter||Domination - Ultimate Hunter is surprisingly decent on midlane Morgana, due to her powerful and versatile ultimate with a 140% AP scaling (70% per instance of damage). However, if you're a passive player and spend a lot of time with your Ult ready, this is not worth taking. It shares a slot with Ingenious Hunter.|
|Presence of Mind||Precision - Presence of Mind is nice rune that helps a bit with Morgana's high mana costs, especially during teamfights. However, it's generally not a rune that would dictate whether you're going for Precision or not. Most of the time, this is just a "filler" rune for when you are taking Precision anyway for Coup de Grace or Cut Down.|
|Legend: Tenacity||Precision - While Legend: Tenacity is nice to have against teams with a lot of cc, most of the time you'd be taking this as a "filler" rune for when you are taking Precision anyway for Coup de Grace or Cut Down and need a second rune to fill up the remanining slot, similar to Presence of Mind.|
|Coup de Grace||Precision - Coup de Grace can add a nice bit of damage. It works especially well together with Dark Harvest when trying to snowball against squishy enemies. It can also be used to help executing certain enemy champions that get more dangerous at low health, such as Olaf. It shares a slot with Cut Down.|
|Cut Down||Precision - Cut Down has been rather underrated for the longest time, often ignored by players in favor of Coup de Grace. However, it will net you a good amount of damage against teams with a lot of HP. Works well together with Liandry's Anguish when playing against tanky teams. It shares a slot with Coup de Grace.|
|Font of Life||Resolve - Font of Life synergizes well with Morgana's kit, especially when building Everfrost. However, since it scales with your HP, and you usually won't be building a lot of that, the healing that comes from it is rather insignificant. Most of the time, you'd be taking this rune as a "filler" rune when opting into Resolve for Bone Plating. The only time you'd use this as something other than a filler rune is when you plan on going with the "MoonStaff" build ( Moonstone Renewer + Staff of Flowing Water) anyway, since it will help you achieve a higher uptime on the buff.|
|Bone Plating||Resolve - Bone Plating is a "last resort" type of rune that can be taken to ensure your survival in matchups where the general safety of your kit is not enough, most notably Fizz. It should only be taken against champs that want to kill you in a single attempt and have no ways of activating and thus wasting your Bone Plating before going in.|
|Overgrowth||Resolve - Overgrowth is another filler rune that you usually only take when you opt into Resolve for Bone Plating and have a slot left. It's a bit of extra HP, that's it. Revitalize, which it shares a slot with, is usually better, unless there's little to no magic damage on the enemy team.|
|Revitalize||Resolve - Revitalize is yet another filler rune that you usually only take when you opt into Resolve for Bone Plating and have a slot left. It helps you negate a bit of extra damage with your E and prevents it from breaking too early. It shares a slot with Overgrowth. If there's little to no magic damage on the enemy team, take that instead. The only exception to the above is when you're using the "MoonStaff" build ( Moonstone Renewer + Staff of Flowing Water). In that case, this rune is almost mandatory.|
When to pick:
Flash is absolutely mandatory for Midlane Morgana in every possible situation. It's also easily the strongest summoner spell in the game. Take Flash every match.
How to use:
Flash is extremely versatile and can be used in a variety of different situations. It can be used to chase or escape enemies. It can be used to traverse terrain in creative ways, like blinking through walls. It can also be used in combination with Morgana's abilities, as explained below.
Flash and Soul Siphon:
Flash will very rarely be used together with your passive ability, Soul Siphon. The only case where this would make sense is flashing into range of some neutral or enemy unit to damage it with your abilities if a harmful damage-over-time effect would otherwise kill you, like flashing towards a jungle camp and placing your Tormented Shadow on it shortly before you would otherwise die to a DoT. This is an extremely rare case and will almost never happen to you in an actual match, but I'm including it here for completeness sake.
Flash and Dark Binding:
Flash can reposition yourself before throwing out your Dark Binding to reach an enemy that is otherwise out of range or hidden behind other units. When trying to bind a very mobile enemy, instead of throwing out Dark Binding from far away and giving them plenty of time to dodge, you can also close the distance with Flash and attempt to bind them from close up to surprise them and reduce the time they have to react to it. However, keep in mind that you cannot combo Dark Binding + Flash in the same way Ahri for example can Charm + Flash. When using Dark Binding and then flashing right after, the binding will simply be cast from your original position.
Flash and Tormented Shadow:
You can however combo Tormented Shadow and Flash like that, meaning you can buffer Tormented Shadow to be cast at a position out of range and then flash into range for it to cast. This is rarely useful but can sometimes be used to finish off an escaping enemy with a single tick of Tormented Shadow and Luden's Tempest or any damage dealing runes.
Flash and Black Shield:
Black Shield can also be buffered, meaning you can combo Black Shield + Flash to come in clutch and safe an ally's life.
Flash and Soul Shackles:
Flash can also be used to reposition yourself for Soul Shackles, either before casting it, or after the cast to stay within tether range of escaping enemies to ensure the application of the ability's second part.
When to pick:
Teleport is an amazing and versatile summoner spell that can be used almost every match. You can almost never go wrong picking Teleport, however, there are certain cases and match-ups where Ignite, Barrier or Exhaust might be more useful (see below). Generally speaking, if you're not sure what to pick or you do not need any of the other options, go with Teleport (alongside Flash of course).
How to use:
As Morgana, early on in the game, you will often use your Teleport to get back to lane after taking bad trades, which can happen a lot against some of the meta midlaners. Having Teleport available can make it easier for you to find good recall timings, especially before dragon or herald fights, which can prevent you from giving up even more early game map pressure than you already do by picking Morgana in the midlane. With that beind said, don't hesitate to use your Teleport to counter enemy towerdives in sidelanes. Morgana is an extremely hard champion to towerdive due to her crowd control and her ability to slow down and stall out fights, so your presence can easily turn around a four man towerdive from the enemy team in the botlane.
During the later stages of the game, having Teleport ready can allow you to splitpush on the opposite of the map while an objective is up. That said, keep in mind that Morgana is usually not a very strong 1v1 champion unless you're extremely far ahead, so try to avoid confrontations with typical splitpush champions such as Irelia or Fiora. Don't "live" in the sidelane, only do this to quickly pick up big waves.
Teleport and Black Shield:
Teleporting takes 4 seconds and Black Shield lasts 5 seconds, meaning you can use Black Shield on yourself right before teleporting to protect yourself during the channel time and for up to one additional second after arrival. This can be very useful when teleporting into proximity of a champion like Ahri who might be looking to Charm you upon arrival.
When to pick:
Whenever you want that extra bit of damage for increased kill potential against vulnerable opponents. You should not pick it for the healing reduction part, simply buy an early Oblivion Orb if that's what you're going for.
When to pick:
Whenever you need a bit of extra survival. This is often the case against assassins or other champions with a lot of burst. Good examples would be Fizz or Talon. The cool thing about Barrier is that you can use it in advance and you don't have to target the enemy with it, unlike with Exhaust. It also has a very low cooldown (in comparison to other summoner spells) of 3 minutes, making it an amazing tool against champions who will be looking to kill you with their burst frequently.
Barrier and Black Shield:
Unfortunately, the shield provided by Barrier never takes priority over the shield provided by Black Shield, even when casted after, meaning you cannot use Barrier to prevent your Black Shield from breaking. If this was a thing, I'd probably run Barrier all the time. Riot pls.
When to pick:
Whenever you need a bit of extra safety against champions who are capable of dealing a lot of damage over a few seconds. Bonus points if they're also very mobile. Good examples are Yasuo, Sylas, Irelia or Akali. Unlike Barrier, Exhaust is usually not mandatory for the match-ups where you would use it and you can use Teleport or Ignite instead if you prefer that.
How to use:
Use it on an enemy champion trying to kill you, ideally right before they will deal a lot of damage to you. Yasuo when he is looking to ult you, Zed when he ults you, et cetera. The movement speed slow will also make it easier for you to fight back and hit them with your Dark Binding and Soul Shackles.
You can also use it to make sure a critical Dark Binding lands, or to keep a priority target inside your Soul Shackles in an important fight.
The ability max order of Midlane Morgana is pretty straight forward: Max your W - Tormented Shadow first, Q - Dark Binding second, and E - Black Shield last, while putting points into R - Soul Shackles whenever possible.
Soul Shackles should be skilled whenever possible because it is your ultimate and strongest ability and can be key in a variety of situations.
Tormented Shadow is your main damage dealing ability aswell as your main tool for waveclearing and sustain, which is why it should be maxed first. However, keep in mind that the manacost of this ability goes up significantly every time you put a point into it. Especially at higher ranks (3-5), you need to make sure to not waste this ability or use it for nothing unless you absolutely have the mana to do so.
Dark Binding should be maxed second since the root duration gets longer with each point you put into it, giving you more utility, safety and kill potential while also making it easier to keep enemies inside your Tormented Shadow for longer periods of time.
Black Shield should be maxed last since it does not provide any damage or crowd control. Putting points into it will increase it's shield size and reduce it's cooldown, which is very useful, but simply not as useful as maxing Tormented Shadow and Dark Binding.
Generally speaking, for Midlane Morgana, putting points into it is extremely useful for each of all four abilities. There's absolutely no ability that is "useless" to max by any means. Putting extra points into them is great for every single one, it's simply a matter of which is best.
The ideal skill sequence for the first 3 points can vary a lot depending on the midlane match-up, the junglers and whether either team is invading or not. Don't use your first skillpoint immediately, wait and see what happens so you can still skill Q quickly if there's an invade happening.
Definitely skill Q when your team plans to invade.
Starting with W, on the other hand, can be helpful to match the push of lane opponents that will be looking to shove the wave into your tower immediately, such as Ekko, Nunu, Aurelion Sol etc. In a case like that, do your best to match their push because you do not want to end up in a situation where you need to lasthit under your tower - Morgana is terrible at that. In a lane that you expect to be a complete farming fest without any sort of kill pressure, you can also skill W at level 1 and start using it to stack your Manaflow Band quickly (while also using it to match the enemy's degree of push).
Whether you want E on level 2 or 3 depends on whether there's anything important you might have to spellshield, obviously. This could be an early gank by a jungler that relies in cc to some extend, but also a lane opponent who plans to all-in you at level 2.
Basically, think about what your lane opponent will be trying to achieve during the early levels and make an informed decision on what to skill based on that. Also think about who the enemy jungler is, where they are most likely starting, whether there's any chance that they will level 2 gank you, level 3 gank you, et cetera.
In this section, I will cover the viable mythic items on Morgana and explain when to pick which one.
|Everfrost||While not quite as versatile as Hextech GLP-800 used to be, Everfrost is still a very solid choice. The slow effect is slower and has less range and width than that of GLP, which is why Everfrost isn't nearly as good for making picks and setting up your Dark Binding. However, it's very useful to keep people inside your W and Ultimate, and for defensive purposes. It really shines when the enemy team is very mobile (champs like Yasuo or Yone), or when they heavily rely on reaching you (think about champs like Udyr or Darius). Note that the active ability can also be used to remove spellshields from a target. I consider Everfrost the best default option currently.|
|Luden's Tempest||After several nerfs to this item, it's mostly a niche option now. It can still shine against squishy, immobile teams because the effect and the flatpen pushes you over the kill threshold for many squishy targets very quickly unless you're behind. Going Luden's Tempest into Horizon Focus or even Mejai's Soulstealer second grants you extremely high kill pressure against squishy targets if you hit your Q. It will rarely deal as much total damage as Liandry's Anguish over an entire teamfight, but the point of Luden's Tempest is to take out a single target at the start of a fight and create a lot of threat with your Qs. I recommend buying this as your mythic item against squishy teams that aren't overly mobile, when your team also doesn't have too much magic damage already.|
|Liandry's Anguish||Liandry's Anguish is a very strong item against tanky teams. The percentage health damage and the magic resistance reduction will help you melt through enemy frontlines. The bonus ability haste is also nice to have. You should buy this item against teams that are naturally tanky, or when your own team deals mostly magic damage and you expect the enemy team to buy a lot of MR.|
|Moonstone Renewer||Moonstone Renewer can be bought in niche cases. You should only buy it if you also plan on buying Staff of Flowing Water as your second item and have several teammates that can benefit from AP and movement speed. The idea behind this combination (often called "MoonStaff") is that your W helps you stay in combat, which then procs Moonstone Renewer a lot, and then the healing from Moonstone Renewer triggers the Staff of Flowing Water buff on nearby teammates and on yourself. If you can get a high uptime on this and have teammates that benefit from the buff, this can be a very strong, very gold efficient two item powerspike.|
In this section, I will talk about your legendary item options. None of them are absolutely mandatory. They all have certain situations where they shine, and it's important that you understand that in order to make the right decisions.
Possibly the most iconic item for Morgana, and for a good reason. Not only does it provide decent stats for an acceptable price, it also grants you access to a versatile active ability that synergizes well with Soul Shackles. Since activating this item does not break Soul Shackles' chains, it is a very good option to stay safe while you're waiting for the second part of your ultimate to happen. Just be aware that you obviously cannot move while in stasis, meaning it's relatively easy for enemies to get away from you during this time.
Zhonya's Hourglass can be a good fit in many matches, but sometimes, you just don't need it. If you rarely find yourself inside the enemy team and there's also very little physical damage threat in the enemy comp, you might want to skip this for something else.
|Cosmic Drive||Cosmic Drive is another interesting new item for Morgana. It doesn't provide the sheer amount of damage you'd get from other items, but it comes with a ton of ability haste. Like the more damage-oriented Horizon Focus, it's often a good pick when you don't urgently need any other specific item. It's smooth and forgiving build path also makes it easy to buy in most situations.|
|Morellonomicon is a decent buy if there's a lot of healing on the enemy team. However, in many cases, having just an Oblivion Orb will be enough until you reach teamfighting stage. Morellonomicon is especially useful against champions with healing that's particularly impactful when they're low health.|
|Chemtech Putrifier||Morellonomicon is generally stronger for you than Chemtech Putrifier when you need healing reduction. There's one exception however. When you're building Moonstone Renewer as your mythic item, Chemtech Putrifier gains a lot of value over Morellonomicon due to how it's 60% healing reduction is applied.|
|Void Staff||Void Staff provides a lot of value against targets with medium to high amounts of magic resist. The more MR the enemy team has, the more valuable this item will be over other choices. However, since almost all champions in the game consistently gain MR as they level up, it will be a very valuable item during the later stages of the game regardless most of the time. The build path also got improved significantly with season 11, making it a lot less awkward to buy.|
|Banshee's Veil||Banshee's Veil is a good item for when there's a lot of magic damage and/or a lot of critical, high impact abilities on the enemy team that you absolutely do not want to get hit by, especially those that are too fast for you to react to with a Black Shield. It is also generally very gold efficient vs double AP mid/jungle.|
|Mejai's Soulstealer||Mejai's Soulstealer is the feast or famine item in League of Legends. It can generate insane amounts of AP, especially when you consider it's low price, but just a single death can mean losing a lot of that value again. I consider it to be a bit less risky on Morgana than on many other champions because Tormented Shadow and Black Shield make it very easy for her to get takedowns without exposing herself to too much danger. However, you still shouldn't buy it unless you're confident and the enemy team has no easy ways to take those stacks off you quickly. If you are not sure how well you will be able to stack it and protect the stacks, consider buying a Dark Seal first and only upgrading it once you've reached 8-10 stacks. This item works great in combination with items that provide extra safety, like Zhonya's Hourglass or Banshee's Veil, to make losing the stacks less likely.|
|Horizon Focus||Horizon Focus is a very interesting item on midlane Morgana, capable of providing crazy amounts of damage. While it doesn't provide anything else, it can push you over the threshold of being able to 100-0 enemy carries rather quickly when ahead. It is triggered by any Q (regardless of range), W from over 700 range, and the second instance of your R. It increases ALL damage you deal to marked targets afterwards, including runes and other items. This means it even improves your DoTs from Liandry's Anguish or Demonic Embrace. It also gives vision on affected targets for 6 seconds. However, it also has two big downsides. The build path is very awkward. Often you just don't have enough gold at once during the early- and midgame to recall for a Needlessly Large Rod. It's gold efficiency is also very poor if you don't consider the passive.|
|Demonic Embrace||Demonic Embrace should be bought against teams with a lot of HP. Against moderately tanky teams, Liandry's Anguish will be enough most of the time. Demonic Embrace is the kind of item you'd want against 3-4 HP stacking enemies, or if the enemy team has 1-2 hypertanks keeping them in the game single-handedly. While the passives of this item are still strong against less tanky teams, the stats it provides (no haste and only 70 AP) are relatively poor, which is why I personally only get it in games where the passive will be amazing.|
|Rylai's Crystal Scepter||Rylai's Crystal Scepter is a very niche item that should only be bought in a single scenario: When there's a very mobile/fast enemy hypercarry tearing your team apart. Something like a lategame Vayne can be very hard to hit with your Q or R due to her stealth etc. With Rylai's Crystal Scepter, you can slow those types of champions with your W before attempting to Q them, or to simply allow your teammates to collapse on and focus the target easier.|
|Seraph's Embrace||Seraph's Embrace can be bought as a second or third item if you already bought a Tear of the Goddess during the early game and it's nearly full. Morgana usually doesn't need the mana from it, so you'd be buying it purely for it's insane amount of raw AP. Because it requires you to spend 400g on a Tear of the Goddess during the laning phase and because it effectively gives you nothing but pure AP, this is a very greedy buy and I don't recommend it unless you know what you're doing.|
You *can* buy Ardent Censer when your team's win-condition is an autoattack-based hypercarry and you don't already have an enchanter support on your team. If you have something like a Twitch or Master Yi on your team and they're popping off to the point where they will likely be your only hope, consider getting this item if nobody else already has one or will get one. Don't buy this if you have an enchanter support on your team already. Obviously this item also benefits from Moonstone Renewer, however, the synergy isn't as great as "MoonStaff" since you don't benefit a lot from Ardent Censer's buff yourself.
Without Moonstone Renewer, Ardent Censer is not that great for Morgana because of her E's high cooldown and because you ideally want to use it to prevent cc, not to boost someone. So it should only be bought in extreme scenarios. When doing so, try to time it just right to both prevent cc and boost your target, like using it on a Twitch when he's just about to open fire with his R from stealth.
|Rabadon's Deathcap||Rabadon's Deathcap is the item capable of providing the highest raw AP numbers in the game. It's a great pick on Morgana due to her high AP ratios. It also synergizes well with Gathering Storm and Mejai's Soulstealer. However, it is very expensive and the build path is extremely awkward due to it's lack of small steps, making it very hard to buy when behind. Usually, due to it's high price, you should only buy it as your last item.|
|Staff of Flowing Water||Staff of Flowing Water can be bought as your second item after Moonstone Renewer, if you have several teammates that would benefit from AP and movement speed. Do not buy this if that's not the case and/or you don't have Moonstone Renewer. The idea here is that your Moonstone Renewer will constantly trigger your Staff of Flowing Water on people around you, which in return also gives the buff to yourself. If you can achieve a high uptime on that, "MoonStaff" is actually a decent two item powerspike for an extremely low price.|
Start the game with a Doran's Ring and two Health Potions.
Try to pick up as much farm and experience as you can without exposing yourself to too much risk. Try to keep the minion wave somewhere near the middle of the lane. You absolutely don't want it inside your own tower since Morgana is not great at lasthitting under tower.
When using the Minion Dematerializer rune, use one of them on a caster minion as soon as they become available. This way, you can make sure that one full W will always be enough to fully kill them. The other two can be used on different types of minions to improve your overall waveclear further, or they can be saved for situations where you really need to shove a certain cannon wave quickly, for some reason. This can be helpful when the enemy midlaner recalls before a cannon wave and does not have Teleport. In that case, you can use a Minion Dematerializer on a cannon minion to shove the wave to get platings and hopefully make your lane opponent lose gold and exp.
You can look for trades during this phase if the enemy laner happens to walk into your Dark Binding, but mostly you will just be farming and chilling. In matchups against champions that want to get in your face, don't just throw your Dark Binding out on cooldown, save it for when you need it, or you will be punished for it.
When trading with the enemy laner, weave in a lot of autoattacks when possible since you usually have nothing better to do while waiting for your cooldowns to come back up, but be mindful of the minion aggro this will cause. Also do not use your Black Shield to shield some simple poke during those trades. It's usually not worth it due to it's high cooldown. Save it for when you get ganked or to shield yourself from any dangerous cc the enemy laner might try to chunk you with, such as Ahri's Charm, Syndra's Scatter the Weak or Zoe's Sleepy Trouble Bubble. In these cases, try to use it as late as possible to make it harder for the enemy to break it before the cc lands. Don't let them bluff and bait our your shield.
If your jungler ganks your lane, make sure to chain your cc together. If they have any kind of very easy-to-use cc such as Zac's Elastic Slingshot or Rammus' Frenzying Taunt, wait for them to use it first before you attempt to hit your Dark Binding for an almost guaranteed hit. Doing so will often result in a kill. If the enemy laner has some form of cc that they can use to prevent your melee jungler from closing the distance, consider using Black Shield to prevent the disengage and enable your jungler to get in melee range. Don't overextend too far during those ganks though, as you are still susceptible to counterganks since your 2v2 capabilities are limited, especially pre level 6.
Once you hit level 6 and gain access to Soul Shackles, the game becomes a lot easier. You now have enough damage to kill most lane opponents in a 1v1 if they make a mistake, such as blowing one of their key spells for nothing. If you have trouble hitting your Dark Binding when trying to go for a kill, you can now also start the fights by walking up to your enemy and instantly using Soul Shackles as long as they don't have any dash to get out of easily and then simply chain your Dark Binding to the end of Soul Shackles' stun. When going for these aggressive plays, be very mindful of enemy jungler ganks once again. You have little to no 1v2 capabilities as Morgana, you are not Cassiopeia. Only go for 1v1 kills when you know the enemy jungler (and the enemy support, if they like to roam) won't be close enough to join the fight.
If you are new to Midlane Morgana, chances are that you are stronger than you realize during this phase. She starts dealing a lot of damage with 1-2 items and Tormented Shadow maxed out. You can often take squishy enemies down to half HP with one Dark Binding + Tormented Shadow.
Don't forget to pick up cs through all of this. While Morgana is decently strong on 1-2 items, you still scale well into the lategame, so make sure to never stop farming. Pick up minion waves in sidelanes if nobody else is taking care of them. Take jungle camps whenever they're up and nobody else is taking them, you can kill most camps quickly without losing HP, thanks to Soul Siphon and Tormented Shadow.
You are extremely hard to dive for almost any enemy due to Dark Binding, Black Shield and Soul Shackles. Don't be afraid to defend towers even when slightly outnumbered, as long as your abilities are ready. Bonus points if you have a Stopwatch or Zhonya's Hourglass.
Always keep a Control Ward on the map and at least one more in your inventory during this phase of the game. As discussed in the item section, vision is extremely valuable for Morgana as it makes landing your Dark Binding significantly easier. Vision is also just great in general.
When skirmishing, either use your Dark Binding to stop enemy fighters, divers or assassins from reaching you and stay safe, or use it to lock down priority targets like enemy carries so your team can go and take care of them. Don't be afraid to go for one man ults during this stage of the game. While a 5 man montage worthy ult always looks great, it is often impractical during messy and chaotic midgame skirmishes and you're much better off just using Soul Shackles to burst down one or two important targets or to ensure your own safety.
Try to group with your team at all times now. You are not a splitpusher. You can catch sidelane waves if necessary if you have Teleport ready, but don't live in the sidelane like a Fiora would. Try to group with your team because, like I said above, a single good Q or E in a teamfight can decide the game.
Just like during the midgame, vision is still extremely important. Keep buying Control Wards as long as you have inventory space left and use them to build and deny vision, making your Dark Binding easier to hit.
How you want to use Soul Shackles during this phase of the game depends on the enemy team composition and on whether you have Zhonya's Hourglass. If they have a lot of burst damage and can blow up a squishy target quickly, going for huge teamfight ults can be too risky. Consider using it to ensure your and your ADC's safety against enemy assassins and divers instead. However, if the enemy team is not necessarily capable of instantly oneshotting you the second you go for a big ult, and especially if you have Zhonya's Hourglass, you can start looking for bigger ults on 3+ targets now, especially against lots of immobile champions and tanks.
Don't forget to keep your Tormented Shadow on the ground at all times since it will deal a significant amount of damage during this phase of the game. Reposition it when necessary.
Practice, practice, practice. Unlike some players, I do not believe that you have be "naturally made" for skillshots. The more you play champions with skillshots, the better you will get at hitting them. However, there are a few tips I can think of that go beyond just practicing:
1. Use vision to your advantage. If the enemy cannot see you while you're casting Dark Binding, that leaves them with less time to react.
2. Figure out a specific enemy player's dodge pattern. Many players always dodge skillshots in the same way. They have a preferred direction to dodge in, or maybe they like to stand still and "dodge" by making you think they're going to dodge when they aren't. Try to remember these patters and use it to your advantage.
3. Enemies close to a wall have less directions to dodge in. Pretty self-explanatory. Players in the middle of a wide open space have much more options when dodging than players who are sandwiched between a tower and a wall.
4. If the enemy you're trying to hit is very mobile and someone on your team has a CC ability that is much easier to land, wait for them to use it first.
5. Attempt to hit enemies when they are distracted. A Xerath or a Jhin using ult and trying to snipe your far away teammates often won't have his attention focused on you and might not see you coming while he's stationary.
6. Think about what an enemy is currently trying to do to correctly predict their path of movement. Where are they going? Why? Do they know where you are? Do they know you can see them? Et cetera.
7. Use the chaos of teamfights to your advantage. It's much harder for your enemies to spot out a single Dark Binding when their entire screen is currently filled with spells.
I hope this helps. Other than that, just practice.
You could check out the Morgana Mains subreddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/MorganaMains/) and the Morgana Mains Discord server (https://discord.gg/nEuTNE9) and talk to other Morgana players there to discuss and learn from them. You can also always send me a friend request on EUW to ask me any questions that you might have and I'll do my best to answer them.
Of course. I am just here to give recommendations. Maybe something else suits your own playstyle better. Actively thinking about what to build etc. and not just blindly following guides is always a good thing.
...... No. While Morgana is a relatively easy champion to pilot, she has significant weaknesses in sololanes and it takes some practice and also experience with match-ups to cover them.
Because I wanted to! I enjoy writing these kind of things and I saw that there wasn't many in-depth or up-to-date guides for Midlane Morgana on Mobafire at the time of me writing this. My intention behind this guide was to share what I've learned with Morgana with the casual and average playerbase. If you're something like Dia1 and higher, this guide is probably not for you. Sorry!
I'm not a native English speaker, I hope my English wasn't too terrible!
Please let me know if you have any kind of constructive feedback, both for the content of this guide as well as for the structure of the guide itself.
I hope that you've learned something from this guide and that I've inspired you to try out Midlane Morgana!
1. Keep making changes to the item and rune section as the season 11 meta continues to develop.
2. Create a more detailed matchup section with clear recommendations for runes, items and summoner spells.
3. Include video examples of many things in the guide.