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Irelia Build Guide by JustSad42

Top [12.23] Rank 6 GrandMaster Top Irelia Matchups Comprehensive Guide

Top [12.23] Rank 6 GrandMaster Top Irelia Matchups Comprehensive Guide

Updated on December 10, 2022
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Runes: Normal

1 2
Presence of Mind
Legend: Bloodline
Last Stand


+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+6 Armor


1 2
Good Fundamentals
LoL Summoner Spell: Flash


LoL Summoner Spell: Teleport


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Champion Build Guide

[12.23] Rank 6 GrandMaster Top Irelia Matchups Comprehensive Guide

By JustSad42
How To Use Guide
I've written 10 thousand words about different Irelia matchups and that's where the meat of the guide is. Before any game, look at the notes for each matchup + the correct item set + runeset.
If you have any questions, come over to the Discord or Stream and ask. I'm always more than happy to help someone improve and become a better version of themselves.
Hey guys, my name is Sad and I'm a GrandMaster top laner. I've been able to hit GM while OTPing Fiora in season 11, and 3rd most played Irelia in season 12.

I've also hit Rank 6 on Irelia (even though those websites don't count for that much since I'm mechanically bad on Irelia so I have to compensate with matchup knowledge)

I've played a lot of different styles of top lane, the weakside low economy tank top lanes, the resource blackholes selfish solo-carry top laners and eveything in between. I've also played a lot of Irelia's best and worst matchups from both sides and found ways for counterplay from both sides, giving me a unique insight into some matchups you might find to be unlosable or unwinnable.

This is my LolPros if you ever want to see how I'm doing in Soloq
Irelia's Fantasy
Irelia's fantasy is built around a few things
    1. Heavy outplay potential against multiple enemies
    2. Kiting your enemies with your movement, essentially dancing around them, and getting rewarded for breaking your Q button.
    3. An insanely strong mid-late game champion that can outplay opponents and rip through enemies in a teamfight.
    4. A side laner that forces the enemy team to send at least 2 or more people to deal with her or she'll just kill the enemy sidelaner.
    5. An early skirmisher that can easily snowball if played well
    High skill ceiling
    1. No matchup is ever truly unwinnable or unplayable
    2. You can cheese a lot of kills early even though you're a scaling champion
    3. You're good in skirmishes
    4. You're good in splitpush
    5. You have a very high skill ceiling
    6. You're always useful even when behind compared to other champions
    7. You're a tankbuster that can always shred frontline.
    8. You have insane healing
    9. You have insane outplay potential

    1. You're very weak into hard CC since you need to AA/Q to heal.
    2. You're very weak into poke
    3. You can never 5v5 teamfight pre 3-4 items unless you have good engage.
    4. Due to your outplay potential, it's hard to consistently judge the outcome of a fight
    5. You need to constantly relearn matchups since the higher you climb and the better your opponent becomes, the more differently you're forced to play the matchup to win it.
1. Know this fact: You can only splitpush. Teamfighting on Irelia, unless you have good engage that you can follow up on, is very difficult. I would not recommend teamfighting on Irelia unless you have 3 items. Keep sidelaning till you get your third item and then you can teamfight.
2. Look at the matchup notes for each champion so you can easily get the quick rundown on how to play the matchup.
3. Play the correct runeset/items according to the matchup.
4. Come ask me questions on stream about how you can improve your gameplay/play better around various different matchups/ lane rotations/ macro, etc... I'm more than happy to answer your questions whenever and however many questions you have.

Hop onto Discord and ask me whatever you want.
At the end of the day, nothing can beat watching and asking questions of someone who plays the champion at a high level.
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