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Irelia Build Guide by Eriosunx

Middle (13.23) Eriosun's Master Tier Complete Irelia Guide - Season 13 [UPDATED]

Middle (13.23) Eriosun's Master Tier Complete Irelia Guide - Season 13 [UPDATED]

Updated on November 21, 2023
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Runes: FAV RUNE SET, WORKS WITH ANY BUILD

1 2 3 4
Precision
Conqueror
Presence of Mind
Legend: Alacrity
Last Stand

Inspiration
Cosmic Insight
Biscuit Delivery
Bonus:

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

Spells:

1 2 3
FLASH TP
LoL Summoner Spell: Flash

Flash

LoL Summoner Spell: Teleport

Teleport

Items

STARTERS
•VS SAFE LANERS
•DORAN'S SWORD +1 POT WHEN PLAYING WITHOUT INSPIRATION
•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
UTILITY / SUTIATIONAL KEY ITEMS
•TANK/ARMOR SHREDDER
•VS HEAVY-BURST AP DAMAGE [DONT BUY IT IF YOU HAVE SHIELDBOW]
•LAST TEAMFIGHT OPTION

Threats & Synergies

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Champion Build Guide

(13.23) Eriosun's Master Tier Complete Irelia Guide - Season 13 [UPDATED]

By Eriosunx
Heeeey, welcome to my " IRELIA MIDLANE GUIDE". Im an Italian Master 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

PROS
🟢 Insanely good at farming
🟢 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
🔴 Hard to Itemize
𝘾𝙊𝙉𝙌𝙐𝙀𝙍𝙊𝙍
Conqueror resemlbes the "standard" keystone for Irelia and provides both sustained damage and healing, allowing us to be consistently strong from the early-game until the late stages of the game! It has also an insane synergy with Irelia's overall kit, since she is an insane bruiser and can easily stack it in teamfights with her Vanguard's Edge spiking up her damage and sustain! I really advise to Irelia's new approachers to just stick with Conqueror and learn first the damage-out put and champion limits with it before switching to other keystones!

𝙇𝙀𝙏𝙃𝘼𝙇 𝙏𝙀𝙈𝙋𝙊
In season 12 the Lethal Tempo has been reworked and is now a great option on bruisers that play around auto-attacks like Irelia. Lethal Tempo will grant us bonus attack speed and at full stacks also bonus attack range. It synergizes well with Irelia since her kit evolves also around auto-attacks, also the bonus range feels very nice on her since she has already a huge base attack-range by herself, so adding it up makes the effect even stronger! The biggest downside in my opinion is that in laning-phase we will lack a lot of damage compared to Conqueror or Press the Attack, but it scales better for mid/late-game scenarios!



𝙋𝙍𝙀𝙎𝙎 𝙏𝙃𝙀 𝘼𝙏𝙏𝘼𝘾𝙆
Press the Attack is also another insane keystone for Irelia, is not very common but utilized in the right situations can be game changing! I often utilize it while playing against squishy but high-damage comps so my goal in that game is to delete everyone on my sight as fast as possible before they can burst me down. This is where Press the Attack becomes insanely strong! Be aware of avoiding this keystone if laning against tanky champions, while instead its perfect to face for example champions like Orianna, Viktor, Syndra...I also reccomed going for Trinity Force as mythic while playing with this keystone as its the highest burst-output mythic that Irelia can build!
𝙅𝘼𝙆'𝙎𝙃𝙊, 𝙏𝙃𝙀 𝙋𝙍𝙊𝙏𝙀𝘼𝙉
Jak'Sho, The Protean is a very consistent option, since it will give us both ARMOR and MAGIC-RESIST. This will allow Jak'Sho to be conssitent overall, in almost any situation. The mythic passive is insanely strong, and works good with champions like Irelia, that can prolongue fights, with disengaging and sustaining on targets allowing the users to easily stack the item's passive getting the best out of it!

𝙂𝙊𝙍𝙀𝘿𝙍𝙄𝙉𝙆𝙀𝙍
Goredrinker is strong as usual, a very consistent Mythic item that can be rushed as second item. Goredrinker is insanely strong due both to the passive and active part of the item. The passive gives us cooldown reduction, wich is huge on Irelia and also Omnivamp, wich is also an insanely good stat for the champion's kit. The active part of the item instead, is very strong while facing meele champions due to it's range, this is why Goredrinker is insanely good while facing a lot of meele champions, giving us an easier angle to proc our item's active ability. The active is an AOE-Circle slice, that will heal us based on how many champion's we've hitted and will also deal damage.

𝙎𝙏𝙍𝙄𝘿𝙀𝘽𝙍𝙀𝘼𝙆𝙀𝙍
becomes a great option when facinhg a lot of enemy champions utilizing movement speed items like Stormazor or Galeforce for example, also Ghost is very utilized lately from ADCs. To avoid finding your self perma kited and being unable to pick someone farming in the side-lane or in team fights, Stridebreaker is a great option and 2nd Item, since it's also been buffed. Give it a try!

𝙂𝙐𝙄𝙉𝙎𝙊𝙊'𝙎 𝙍𝘼𝙂𝙀𝘽𝙇𝘼𝘿𝙀
Guinsoo's Rageblade 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 go Blade of the Ruined King into Wit's End its important to build ON-HIT EFFECTS ITEMS in order to maximize our DAMAGE OUTPUT
𝘽𝙇𝘼𝘿𝙀 𝙊𝙁 𝙏𝙃𝙀 𝙍𝙐𝙄𝙉𝙀𝘿 𝙆𝙄𝙉𝙂
is and will be (think forever)🤣 the best and only option as first item on Irelia. This item gives us all we need early-game to stomp the lane and snowball. Just rush this every game, sooner you close it, faster you scale!

𝙒𝙄𝙏'𝙎 𝙀𝙉𝘿
great option as 2nd item, it's perfect while facing at least 2 AP champions, preferably Mid & Jungle, since we will fight them from the start of the game till the end, but even if the enemy comp doesn't have a lot of AP damage, Wit's End is still a good option if we are snowballing and we wanna spike up our damage output, since the AD + ON-HIT PASSIVE + AS are a really big deal.

𝙎𝙏𝙀𝙍𝘼𝙆'𝙎 𝙂𝘼𝙂𝙀
works best as 3rd item, right aftre Mythic, in comps with heavy stun and crowd controls. Sterak's Gage provides both AD , HP, and a sweet little passive, that allows us to get a Shield and Tenacity once triggered.

𝙁𝙍𝙊𝙕𝙀𝙉 𝙃𝙀𝘼𝙍𝙏
is a very consistent and gold efficient option for Irelia since she has a lot of mana problems and is likely to get focus in fights, due to her meele nature and all-in champion. Frozen Heart is then very cheap but really usefull when facing a lot of auto-based champions.


𝙍𝘼𝙉𝘿𝙐𝙄𝙉'𝙎 𝙊𝙈𝙀𝙉
is a good option when we are facing A LOT OF AD-DPS CHAMPIONS and we really need the bonus HP. Usually Frozen Heart will do the work(Heart and Randuin have same unique passive, you can't buy them togheter), but there are some games, for example when we don't have any engagers/frontline, that we need the bonus HP to engage a fight or tank a bit more for the team.[/b]

𝙁𝙊𝙍𝘾𝙀 𝙊𝙁 𝙉𝘼𝙏𝙐𝙍𝙀
is an insane item when we are facing A LOT OF AP CHAMPIONS THAT DEAL PER-TICK DAMAGE, like champions that build Liandry's Anguish or Demonic Embrace, since the tick-per-second damage will instanlty stack Force of Nature's passive to full in matter of seconds, but also just to counter normal AP Damage the item is literally perfect, giving us movement speed, lots of magic resist, and HP.

𝘿𝙀𝘼𝙏𝙃'𝙎 𝘿𝘼𝙉𝘾𝙀
Wanna 1v9? This is the best 4th Item for you! Death's Dance is isanely strong if we are ahead. The passive allows us to HEAL HP BACK after killing an enemy. Irelia doesn't have very high AD RATIOS and Death's Dance healing works on that, but combined with Triumph the healing really amplifies our 1v9 potential! ALso with the Unique passive IGNORE PAIN - We can mitigate the incoming damage and avoid getting onetapped from both MAGICAL & PHYSICAL DAMAGE.

𝙂𝙐𝘼𝙍𝘿𝙄𝘼𝙉 𝘼𝙉𝙂𝙀𝙇
Is a good option as last item. Guardian Angel allows us to take risky engages in the lategame fights, where one mistake decides the outcome of the entire lobby. Make sure to buy it if the game is getting very hard, and you need a little bit of backup.
𝙐𝙏𝙄𝙇𝙄𝙕𝙀 𝙔𝙊𝙐𝙍 𝙎𝙏𝙍𝙀𝙉𝙂𝙃𝙏
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.


𝘼𝙐𝙏𝙊 𝙍𝙀𝙎𝙀𝙏 𝙄𝙈𝙋𝙊𝙍𝙏𝘼𝙉𝘾𝙀
Most of our damage comes from the basic attacks, this is why is very important to learn and master this mechanic in order the be a deadly Irelia on the Summoner's Rift. Irelia's Bladesurge works as an AUTO-RESET , remeber to AUTO before every Q to maximize our DPS.


𝙇𝙀𝙑𝙀𝙇 𝟭 𝙎𝙏𝙍𝙀𝙉𝙂𝙃𝙏
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)


𝙁𝙇𝘼𝙒𝙇𝙀𝙎𝙎 𝘿𝙐𝙀𝙏 𝙇𝙀𝙑𝙀𝙇 𝟭
Irelia is crazy strong midlane but not in every matchup. For example, if you have a Darius mid, how do you lasdt-hit? This is where Flawless Duet helps us. Instead of going Bladesurge for the level 1, we can go Flawless Duet and lasthit a few minions with our Flawless Duet while also being able to stop Darius or any other level 1 hard matchup fromrunning us down!
𝙇𝙀𝙑𝙀𝙇 𝟭 𝘽𝙀𝙃𝘼𝙑𝙄𝙊𝙍
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.


𝙋𝙍𝙀𝙎𝙎𝙐𝙍𝙀 𝙊𝙉!
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 & 𝙏𝙊𝙒𝙀𝙍 𝘿𝙄𝙑𝙀𝙎
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.
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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!


𝙁𝙄𝙂𝙃𝙏 𝘼𝙒𝘼𝙍𝙀𝙉𝙀𝙎𝙎
As we already said, Crowd Controls are Irelia's Kryptonite. 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!


𝘽𝙇𝘼𝘿𝙀𝙎𝙐𝙍𝙂𝙀 𝙄𝙎𝙎𝙐𝙀
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 𝙏𝘼𝙍𝙂𝙀𝙏𝙄𝙉𝙂
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!
𝙐𝙇𝙏𝙄𝙈𝘼𝙏𝙀 𝘽𝙐𝙁𝙁𝙀𝙍 + 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.


𝙃𝙄𝘿𝘿𝙀𝙉 𝙀 + 𝙂𝘼𝙋-𝘾𝙇𝙊𝙎𝙀
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!


𝙃𝙄𝘿𝘿𝙀𝙉 𝙀 + 𝙌 𝙂𝘼𝙋-𝘾𝙇𝙊𝙎𝙀 𝙊𝙉 𝙒𝘼𝙑𝙀
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.
𝙏𝙃𝘼𝙉𝙆 𝙔𝙊𝙐 𝙁𝙊𝙍 𝘽𝙀𝙄𝙉𝙂 𝙃𝙀𝙍𝙀
𝙒𝙀'𝙑𝙀 𝘼𝙍𝙍𝙄𝙑𝙀𝘿 𝙏𝙊 𝙏𝙃𝙀 𝙀𝙉𝘿 𝙊𝙁 𝙏𝙃𝙀 𝙂𝙐𝙄𝘿𝙀, 𝙄 𝙒𝙄𝙇𝙇, 𝙇𝙄𝙆𝙀 𝘼𝙇𝙇 𝙏𝙃𝙀 𝙊𝙏𝙃𝙀𝙍 𝙂𝙐𝙄𝘿𝙀𝙎, 𝙈𝘼𝙆𝙀 𝙎𝙐𝙍𝙀 𝙏𝙊 𝙇𝙀𝙏 𝙔𝙊𝙐 𝙆𝙉𝙊𝙒 𝙀𝙑𝙀𝙍𝙔 𝙉𝙀𝙒 𝘽𝙐𝙄𝙇𝘿, 𝙈𝙀𝙏𝘼 𝘼𝙉𝘿 𝙋𝙇𝘼𝙔𝙎𝙏𝙔𝙇𝙀, 𝙐𝙋𝘿𝘼𝙏𝙄𝙉𝙂 𝙏𝙃𝙀 𝙂𝙐𝙄𝘿𝙀 𝙀𝙑𝙀𝙍𝙔 𝙏𝙄𝙈𝙀 𝙏𝙃𝙀𝙍𝙀'𝙎 𝙎𝙊𝙈𝙀𝙏𝙃𝙄𝙉𝙂 𝙉𝙀𝙒. 𝙄 𝙃𝙊𝙋𝙀 𝙔𝙊𝙐 𝙀𝙉𝙅𝙊𝙔𝙀𝘿 𝙏𝙃𝙀 𝘾𝙊𝙉𝙏𝙀𝙉𝙏 𝘼𝙉𝘿 𝙏𝙃𝘼𝙏 𝙄𝙏 𝙒𝙄𝙇𝙇 𝘽𝙀 𝙐𝙎𝙀𝙁𝙐𝙇𝙇 𝙄𝙉 𝙔𝙊𝙐𝙍 𝙂𝘼𝙈𝙀𝙎. 𝙂𝙊𝙊𝘿 𝙇𝙐𝘾𝙆 𝙒𝙄𝙏𝙃 𝙔𝙊𝙐𝙍C 𝙂𝘼𝙈𝙀𝙎 𝙆𝙄𝙉𝙂/𝙌𝙐𝙀𝙀𝙉
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