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Leona Build Guide by OddOwl

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4 Fun Leona Jungle Guide (8.24)

By OddOwl | Updated on December 13, 2018
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Runes: Electrocute (Standard)

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Relentless Hunter


+10% Attack Speed
+6 Armor
+15-90 HP (lvls 1-18)


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LoL Summoner Spell: Ghost


LoL Summoner Spell: Smite


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4 Fun Leona Jungle Guide (8.24)

By OddOwl
Hello my name is OddOwl.
I'm currently a diamond 4 player on EUW. I have not been able to take League of Legends serious the last couple of seasons because the balance has been so messed up.
How I have fun in League nowadays is to experiment and play Champions in roles they aren't supposed to be played at and try builds which may or may not work out very well. That basically means that I only play non-meta champions and try to make them work to the best of my ability. Right now that happens to be Leona in the jungle. I myself have been surprised at how well it has worked out and a friend of mine encouraged me to write a guide about it. So here we go, I hope you enjoy it.

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Early Game Back to Top
Early game as Leona is pretty simple. You always want to start red buff, regardless of which site you are on. The only exception is if the toplaner doesn't want to leash for you. After the red buff you should immediately walk towards a lane and make your first gank. Choose the lane that has the best kill potential. Don't be afraid to use your ghost in the first gank, even if it doesn't secure you a kill (which it will most of the time) the cooldown will be up much faster than the enemies flash.
After the gank you want to secure your second buff. Take a crab on the way if you are sure it's still there. Get your level 3 and look for another gank. Always choose the lane with the opponent that has the lowest mobility, or a lane in which you have a teammate with reliable cc. Ideally you should have secured two kills after hitting level 3.
At your first back you want to buy a Tiamat. If you don't have enough gold buy Hunter's Talism and as many components as you can. Don't finish your smite/jungle item until you have bought a Tiamat. Keep ganking lanes with low mobility and people who have used summoners and don't forget to secure crabs if you can and a few camps along the way.
If you are up against a strong jungler try to keep track of him and make plays/farm on the opposite side of the map. Your 1 vs 1 potential is very low until level 6. Keep in mind that even if your 1 vs 1 isn't great you shouldn't shy away from 2 vs 2's. A lot of Leonas damage is locked in her passive. Having a teammate there to proc it for you can make all the difference.
Mid/Late game Back to Top
During later stages of the game you want to focus on the person in your team who can carry, unless the early game went so well that you can turn into the carry yourself. Try to stay on his/her side of the map and make plays around them. Take towers, dragon and get vision together with them and always keep an eye open for opponent who are out of position. Leona's ult has a surprisingly long range and short cooldown. You should not be afraid to use it. A lot of your success will hinge on split second decision making. Identify opportunities and calculate4 the risk. Even if you make a bad/average engage it can still turn out to your favor provided that you landed your cc on priority targets.

I fee like Leona is a champion that doesn't need to secure baron to get a victory. If you are able to continuously pick of targets and win fights for your team you can destroy the enemie's base that way. Of course getting a Baron makes the game a lot easier but it's not a requirement if you are having a good game.
Make sure that you adjust your item build every game according to the enemie's champions. Your only Core item's are Cinderhulk and Titanic Hydra. Everything after that is optional.
Tips and Tricks. Back to Top
Make sure to always use your Q as an auto reset in the jungle.
Use it as an auto reset during ganks only if the enemy champion doesn't have flash or is cc locked. If the enemy champion has flash or high mobility use your Q instantly after your E. Don't greed out for the extra auto.
If the enemy champion is pushing you might be able to save your E. Use Ghost and Q to run up to them and save your E for when they flash or try to get away.
To get the most out of your jungle clear once you have Tiamat do the following: Auto->Q->auto>tiamat->W. Try the combo with the practice tool if you need to. It should be smooth fast if you do it right. Always use W at the end of the combo to get the most from the resistance bonus it provides. Using it early is a waste because the creature will be stunned by your Q.
When doing Dragon/Baron you should wait until your teammate has proced your passive until you use your next ability. You passive doesn't stack, it only refreshes the duration. Allowing your ally to proc every passive after an ability will decrease the time it takes to take down the objective.
Be aware of which boots the enemies are buying. If they buy merc treads you have to be faster about chaining your cc.
Keep track of enemy flashes, specially during the early game. It's fundamental for your success and snowball potential.
Don't force bad/risky ganks if you can't find a good opportunity. Leona is no hypercarry but she scales surprisingly well with items and you can farm at a decent rate once you get tiamat.
Always buy a pink ward if it gets cleared. Especially if you are against a strong early game jungler. It's important that you don't run into him/her blindly. Early game is the most important part of the game for Leona.
Closing Words Back to Top
This is my first guide I have ever created for League. Any constructive feedback is appreciated. I might update the gate after patches and expand it, if it gets popular enough.
I hope you had fun reading it and may the sun be with you.

OddOwl out.
League of Legends Build Guide Author OddOwl
OddOwl Leona Guide
4 Fun Leona Jungle Guide (8.24)
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