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[ 7.24 ] Think Beyond One Lifetime (In-Depth Matchups)

7daysko Last updated on December 10, 2017
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Anivia MID

Anivia Build

Sorcery
LoL Path: Sorcery
LoL Rune: Arcane Comet
Arcane Comet
LoL Rune: Nullifying Orb
Nullifying Orb
LoL Rune: Celerity
Celerity
LoL Rune: Scorch
Scorch

Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Cheap Shot
Cheap Shot
LoL Rune: Ravenous Hunter
Ravenous Hunter
Bonus:

+15 Attack Damage or +25 Ability Power (Adaptive)

Ability Sequence

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Ability Key Q
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Ability Key W
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Ability Key E
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Ability Key R


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Teemo His blind is useless, his movement speed is futile. If he gets caught, he's dead.
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Introduction

Hello, fellow players! I am 7daysko, and I welcome you to my humble guide on Anivia. While I've attempted a guide once more in the past, this is my first "true" guide, so please excuse any rookie mistakes. I've been playing League since late 2010 and currently, I am ranked Platinum I on EUNE.

With this guide, I aim to help the player grasp Anivia's sometimes complex mechanics, while also recommending a solid build that covers for most of Anivia's problems, essentially turning Anivia into a force to be reckoned with. Whether you're looking to have some fun or trying to climb up the dreaded Ranked ladder, this guide is for you. Below, you'll find all you need to know about Anivia's strengths, weaknesses, match-ups and more!


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About Anivia


LORE

"I am the fury of the blizzard, the bite of the wind, and the cold of the ice. I am the Freljord."
-- Anivia

Anivia is a being of the coldest winter, a mystical embodiment of ice magic, and an ancient protector of the Freljord. She commands all the power and fury of the land itself, calling the snow and bitter wind to defend her home from those who would harm it. A benevolent but mysterious creature, Anivia is eternally bound to keep vigil over the Freljord through life, death, and rebirth.

Anivia is as much a part of the Freljord as the never-ending frost. Long before mortals had ever set foot on the land's frigid tundra, she had lived countless lifetimes and died as many deaths. The beginnings and ends of her eternal cycle always heralded great change, from the calming of raging storms to the ebb and flow of ice ages. It is said that when the cryophoenix dies, an era ends; and when she is reborn, a new era begins.

Though Anivia's past lifetimes have faded from her memory, she knows her purpose: she must protect the Freljord at all costs.

When she was last reborn, Anivia witnessed the rise of a mighty and united human tribe. She guarded their lands with pride as they prospered, but such unity could not last forever. The great tribe fractured into three, and after that upheaval, Anivia watched the people of the Freljord become embroiled in battle. As she strove to calm the turmoil tearing her home apart, Anivia began to sense a greater threat: an ancient evil growing deep within the earth. To her horror, she felt the pure magic of the ice itself become blackened and corrupt. Like blood in water, darkness crept into the Freljord. With her destiny so tied to the power of the land, Anivia knew if such evil took root in her home, that same darkness would find its way into her heart. She could no longer remain a mere guardian - the cryophoenix had to act.

Anivia soon discovered an ally in Ashe, the Frost Archer. Ashe too believed in unification as an end to the Freljord's perpetual strife, and Anivia offered the tribal leader her aid. Now, with war on the horizon, Anivia prepares to fight for peace, but she knows the inevitable truth of her destiny. One day, evil will rise from the ice, and she must destroy it - no matter the cost.



Anivia is a late-game burst mage. By playing safe early and eventually outscaling most of her opponents, Anivia has huge carrying potential as she provides her team with heavy damage, an AoE CC and ultimate, and a very helpful engage/disengage tool that can change the tide of every team fight.


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Pros / Cons


Pros

+ Incredible Burst
+ Enemies don't expect your damage most of the time, letting their guard down
+ AoE Ulti with a convenient slow debuff
+ Your Crystallize offers unmatched utility, and can change the tide of battle
+ Rebirth fully heals you if ignored by the enemy team, making it a superior Guardian Angel
+ Very fun to play
+ Exceptional at teamfights
+ Can destroy the entire enemy team if not focused hard.
+ Her Crystallize is the best Flash burner in the game!
+ Very low CD on your ulti, unlike most mages.
Cons

+ REALLY vulnerable to CC
- Missing your Flash Frost or misplacing your Glacial Storm punishes you severely.
- Frostbite, your main source of damage, depends heavily on landing your other abilities
- Flash Frost is possibly the slowest skill-shot in the game
- Your ulti can be interrupted by most forms of CC, putting it in full cooldown.
- Weak Early Game; farming can also be challenging.
- Crystallize is very hard to master and, if misplaced, can kill your entire team
- No "real" escape other than Crystallize or using CC on enemies
- Hard to master




In general:
  • Anivia is a burst mage that truly shines in teamfights. Her kit offers amazing crowd control and can turn teamfights around with incredible damage and kiting potential. The nature of her Frostbite, which deals DOUBLE damage to targets recently stunned by Flash Frost or recently damaged by a fully formed Glacial Storm alone, helps you remove carries from the fight in a heartbeat.

  • Unfortunately though, Anivia is fragile and easy to shut down. She is really weak to CC, has no reliable escape, and is severely punished in case she misses any of her abilities. The hardest part of Anivia to master is definetely her Crystallize, which has the potential to make or break a fight. In general, her laning phase isn't optimal against the majority of her match-ups, and if you are not careful, you could fall behind very easily, putting yourself and your team at a disadvantage.


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Abilities

Rebirth (Passive)
RANGE: -
COST: No Cost
COOLDOWN: 240
This is Anivia's signature ability. Upon taking lethal damage, Anivia will transform into a targetable egg, regaining all her health, but being unable to move or cast spells. After 6 seconds, Anivia will be reborn with the same amount of HP that her egg had left.

Spoiler: Click to view



Flash Frost (Q)
RANGE: 1100
COST: 80/90/100/110/120
COOLDOWN: 12/11/10/9/8
By far the slowest skill-shot in the game, Flash Frost has two stages. Upon casting, Anivia sends a projectile that passes through minions and champions without being blocked upon initial contact damaging and slowing all enemies hit. Upon recasting, the projectile explodes on a small radius, damaging and stunning all enemies caught in the blast for 1.1-1.5 seconds depending on level. It also applies the chilling debuff on all enemies hit by either the slow or the stun (more on that on the Frostbite section).

Spoiler: Click to view



Crystallize (W)
RANGE: 1000
COST: 70
COOLDOWN: 17
A spell that makes Anivia a very fun champion to play. In theory, Crystallize is Anivia's "escape" spell along with Flash Frost. However, it's so much more than that! Also known as the "Flash Killer", this gem can be used to block an enemy's path, block an ally's path (nothing quite as good as playing with friends), trap enemies in your Glacial Storm and set up an easy stun when used to surprise enemies attempting to dodge Flash Frost.

Spoiler: Click to view



Frostbite (E)
RANGE: 600
COST: 50/60/70/80/90
COOLDOWN: 4
This is your main trading tool. It is known for giving Anivia the ability to delete champions from the game, given the right circumstances. By circumstances, I mean the fact that Frostbite will only deal double damage if you've either recently stunned an enemy with Flash Frost or if an enemy is standing inside a fully formed Glacial Storm.

Spoiler: Click to view



Glacial Storm (R)
RANGE: 750
COST: 75 + 40/50/60/s
COOLDOWN: 6
Your comfy ultimate. With a criminally low CD compared to other mid laners and a very helpful AoE damage and slow, this spell is full of utility. Upon casting, a small, well, Glacial Storm starts forming. After 1.5 seconds it reaches maximum size and deals 300% damage to all enemies caught inside, while also applying the chilling debuff to all enemies caught inside. A lot of people (especially in lower elos) tend to underestimate Glacial Storm and stay in it for long periods of time. It never ends well.

Spoiler: Click to view


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Runes

RUNES REFORGED


Here comes Season 8. The most significant change was the implementation of the new rune system, and the removal of the old masteries and runes (after a whopping 7 years!). That being said, as I play more and more games on Anivia, I'll eventually experiment with all rune combinations (even crazier ones). The runes featured in my guide are the best runes I can come up with in theory, but don't take everything for granted. After all, this new system is all about experimentation!




A look at paths and what they mean for Anivia
  • Anivia doesn't benefit as much as other champions (mainly those who build Trinity Force), but there are still some small buffs to her kit overall. For one, starting S8, Anivia has gotten more HP and more HP per level to compensate for the common HP seals found in old Anivia runepages. This is very much a buff.

    Anivia, as with all mages. also benefits from the lack of Magic Resist early in the game.




SORCERY


Sorcery is a good rune path for Anivia as it offers many benefits similar to those previously found in the Cunning tree.



Arcane Comet: The keystone I take most of the time. Summon Aery helps poke enemies down, but its damage isn't nearly as much as Arcane Comet (it's also getting nerfed in 7.23) and Scorch helps make up for the extra poke. Keep in mind that Arcane Comet can be dodged. It's almost impossible not to hit a comet since Anivia has a stun and a slow that make sure it hits, but champions like Yasuo or Ekko can just dash away. Arcane Comet is also better for Anivia than Electrocute since you can lower its cooldown with your Glacial Storm instead of wait for 55 seconds.


Summon Aery: It can't be dodged unlike Arcane Comet, however it offers much lower damage and after recent nerfs [7.23], it isn't as valuable to you as it used to be since its poke damage isn't enough to give you lane dominance. Scorch is a very good alternative to this however.


The Ultimate Hat: A very useful rune. You can stack this up in less than a minute after getting level 6, giving you more room to breathe, but for Anivia's already low cooldown ultimate, it doesn't have a huge impact on your gameplay.


Manaflow Band: You get to save a lot of mana in lane, but it doesn't make a big difference. Its refund part doesn't work well with your ulti at all either. If you often have mana problems in-lane or in lower elos perhaps, you can pick this up instead of Nullifying Orb. Just make sure you use Q,W or E to proc it.


Nullifying Orb: While it seems a little underwhelming at first, this rune is actually a life-saver. It helps you stay safe during your early game (which is invaluable for Anivia) and it gives you a slight advantage for close skirmishes. It doesn't help much later in the game or if you're against a mid-laner like Yasuo or Lucian, but it offers great protection against your opponent (Keep in mind, Zed's passive deals magic damage so it's really useful against him as well).


Celerity: This is a very strong keystone. Absolute Focus gives you more AP, especially when you opt for no extra movement speed at all, but it requires strict conditions and the extra survivability Celerity's MS offers is precious for Anivia (it almost equals to the MS of 3 Quints!)


Gathering Storm: A very strong run, but a very situational keystone as well. It's a gamble; will your game last long enough to make Gathering Storm useful? Keep in mind, it doesn't help your laning phase at all (enables after 10 minutes) and most games end at around 30 mins, which is where the problem lies. This rune starts making a big difference after 30 minutes into the game, so it's a better idea to opt for Scorch instead.


Scorch: This is basically a nerfed version of Deathfire Touch , the difference being DFT had no cooldown and scaled with AP/AD, making it insanely strong late-game. However, DFT doesn't exist anymore, and after the nerf of Aery, Scorch stands as one of the most useful laning keystones for Anivia.


DOMINATION

We will take Domination as a secondary path, as its runes boost your damage and survivability.



Cheap Shot: This rune synergizes perfectly with Anivia's kit and even though it comes with a cooldown, it gives you some room to breath during the laning phase, as you're more of a threat than before.


Ravenous Hunter: My personal favourite rune from the Domination tree, this synergizes so well with Catalyst of Aeons's unique passive. It heals you for a % of the damage you've dealt, and the healing increases with every unique champion you've killed. Combine that with Rod of Ages or Hextech GLP-800 and you're looking at some serious sustain.





OTHER VIABLE RUNE PATHS

Some pretty viable paths you can take for extra survivability, utility or even damage.

- You can take Domination as your main path, mainly for the Electrocute keystone (if you like Arcane Comet because it is similar to Thunderlord's Decree , this is even better).

- The entire Inspiration path is very interesting because of the runes found below. I believe this to be the best alternative for its utility and sustain.


Glacial Augment: It synergizes very well with Hextech GLP-800 and it makes hitting your abilities much easier. It's true that slows are a somewhat wasted CC on Anivia because of her Glacial Storm, but it can potentially keep a target slowed for a long long time. Great utility keystone.


Kleptomancy: By far the most fun keystone currently. Autoattacking champions after using an ability gives you extra gold and there's also a chance it's going to give you a consumable as well. The consumable can be anything from Control Wards to Elixirs and Mana potions (!). The extra gold is very useful for Anivia as you can rush Rod of Ages and Hextech GLP-800 so much faster, especially when combined with Future's Market.


Future's Market: This might not seem like much of an essential, but it allows you to buy key items like Tear of the Goddess and Rod of Ages so much faster. This means a lot for your mid-game, especially if you're going for RoA.


Perfect Timing: You get a free Stopwatch. You can normally get a Stopwatch from the shop with 600 gold so this is extremely useful against champions like Zed, since you can rush Zhonya's Hourglass much faster than before.


Minion Dematerializer: A very interesting rune. It might seem a bit useless, but it actually helps your wave clear tremendously as you can use the Dematerializers on the caster, melee and cannon minions to gain permanent extra damage against that minion type. It also slightly helps with farming under turret.


Approach Velocity: It's basically a ZZ'Rot, but for movement impaired champions. Gives you a lot of survivability in teamfights and also boosts your dueling potential against enemies caught in the Glacial Storm.


- Likewise, the Resolve path also has some great runes for survivability when you take it as secondary;


Overgrowth: This is actually very useful as Anivia focuses on farming for much of the early-mid game. Your waveclear with Glacial Storm also works pretty well with this rune.



Conditioning: Another strong survivability rune. You get a defense boost 10 minutes into the game. This is very useful when you're playing against a team with a lot of assassins, and it also synergizes very well with ZZ'Rot, since it increases your armor and magic resist by 5%. It makes Anivia a much tougher nut overall


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Summoner Spells

IDEAL

These summoner spells are useful against all enemy team comps and offer Anivia great utility throughout the entire game.


GHOST: Ghost is a great spell for mages like Anivia. It gives you the ability to reposition very quickly in a fight, and it helps you survive enemy ganks. Its cooldown is much shorter than Flash as well, so you won't have to rely on that for a quick escape.


TELEPORT: All around, Teleport is a very useful spell for both you and your team. If you're forced out of lane, you can return to base to heal or buy items and then teleport back to your lane, so you won't miss any minions. You can also teleport to an allied ward or tower, to help your team with a teamfight or a gank, quickly outnumbering your opponents. It's also my preffered choice for Anivia, as you're constantly up against enemies with better roam in this meta.


(STRONGLY RECOMMENDED) FLASH: A spell of unmatched utility, Flash can be used to engage, disengage, and secure objectives. It is essential for Anivia, as it covers her lack of escapes, giving the player some much needed safety. It's also useful for picking off an enemy carry by getting Anivia close enough to perform her combo (use this at your own risk, it doesn't make Flash Frost any faster!).





SITUATIONAL

These spells are also very useful, but they aren't always worth picking up as some of them don't scale that well in the late-game ( Ignite and Barrier) while others are only good in certain situations ( Cleanse).


IGNITE: Ignite has always been a good choice if you're looking to secure early kills. It's also a great pick if the enemy team has champions that can mitigate a lot of damage through healing, like Vladimir and Maokai, without having to buy Morellonomicon.


BARRIER: A good defensive summoner spell all around. It counters an enemy Ignite, and it also offers great protection against burst damage, especially from assassins. Keep in mind though, its shield only lasts for 2 seconds, which means the enemy (especially if they're ahead) could ignore you while the shield is up, and finish you off when the effect wears off.


EXHAUST: Very useful against all-in assassins like Zed. Its movement speed slow can also help you land your Flash Frost with relative ease.



CLEANSE: Cleanse is very useful in situations where getting stunned means certain death. When enemy comps rely on chaining CC, this can be a lifesaver.


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Items

STARTING ITEMS

These are your item options at the start of every game. Everything else should probably be considered sub-optimal for Anivia

DORAN'S RING: Possibly the best start for Anivia. It provides health, damage, mana regen and a perfect early game passive. It covers a lot of your early game weaknesses and also leaves enough gold for 2 Health Potions.


THE DARK SEAL: A pretty interesting item. It gives you flat mana instead of mana regen, unlike Doran's and it also gives you some extra lane sustain to make up for its lack of health. Worth considering against some tough DoT lanes. This item is inferior to Doran's Ring for Anivia in some ways, but it encourages roaming around the map. If that's what you're going for, you can consider this. With that being said, make sure to pick Teleport as it gives you huge roam potential. Always take this with Refillable Potion for the best sustain during the laning phase.

SAPPHIRE CRYSTAL: Feeling brave? This start is meant to allow you a Tear + Catalyst on your first back, but you'll sacrifice A LOT of mana sustain for it. If you are having huge doubts about a lane where you eventually outscale your opponent, this helps as it gives you an earlier Rod of Ages. It's rarely a useful start however, unless you know what you are getting yourself into. The 3 Health Potions can be swapped with the Refillable Potion.



EARLY ITEMS

You should always prioritize these items in a game, as they are important for finalizing your core.

TEAR OF THE GODDESS: This is a very essential item for Anivia as it refunds some of your mana back, in addition to broadening your mana pool with each spell cast. Since it's an item that takes quite some time to stack, it should be top priority on your first back.


CATALYST OF AEONS: This is your second most important item. It builds into either a Rod of Ages or a Hextech GLP-800. If you go for RoA, you should rush the item as soon as possible as it requires 10 minutes to fully stack. GLP doesn't need stacking at all, so you can always squeeze a Lost Chapter in between for that extra sustain.


STOPWATCH : Even though it builds into situational items, the Stopwatch is actually extremely useful on its own. You get instant stasis and even though the stopwstch can only be used once per game, it is very useful for 600 gold. It also makes it harder for annoying assassins like Zed to snowball, as Stopwatch counters the engage with his ultimate (just one stasis can make a huge difference in some games).



CONTROL WARD: You want to pick this up as often as possible. You can use this to set-up some easy ganks, defend yourself from enemy ganks, scout an objective for enemy wards etc. It is very useful and it saves lives.




CORE ITEMS

These are items that synergize perfectly with Anivia and you'll find yourself having these items in almost every game, as their utility is unmatched.

ROD OF AGES: This is the item you'll want to rush first. It takes a while to stack so you never really get an instant powerspike from it, but this doesn't make it a bad item. Quite the opposite, it offers large quantities of health, mana and ability power. This is the best item for a squishy and mana hungry mage like Anivia.



But what about Hextech GLP-800? It offers an active and a mid game powerspike!
  • There really is no "best" option, but let's crack both down. First there's Rod of Ages. 10 minutes after purchase, it gives you 500 HP, 400 Mana and 100 Ability Power, which is more than enough for a single item, but many will argue that you are much weaker than you would have been and you risk giving the enemies a lead in this 10 minute window. That's where Hextech GLP-800 comes in. It offers 300 HP, 400 Mana and 80 Ability Power, which is worse than RoA, but it also comes with an active that slows enemies in cone and deals 200-300 damage. What's the difference you might ask. GLP requires no time to stack and all of its stats are instant, meaning you'll be more powerful than an Anivia who's built RoA early-game, but weaker in the late-game.

    With that being said, it's ideal to pick Rod of Ages when your opponent counters you and you'll have a hard time killing them at all or when you need that extra tankiness. Hextech GLP-800 shines most when you're up against an easy opponent, when you've snowballed hard or when you want to focus a lot on roaming. Keep in mind though, after you pick GLP you can't change your mind and buy RoA if the game enters its later stages, as the game will most likely end before RoA surpasses GLP's stats.


ARCHANGEL'S STAFF: The upgrade to Tear of the Goddess. This is an absolute essential as its passives directly benefit your mana pool and sustain. You are also rewarded with a large amount of Ability Power based on your mana. Anivia needs to be able to sustain her ultimate for as long as possible during teamfights, either to zone enemies out of the fight or to deal damage, and Archangel's Staff is the perfect item for this.



What about Morellonomicon? It gives a lot of mana/mana sustain as well. How about both?
  • I believe Morellonomicon is very unsuitable for Anivia and thus I consider it situational. Here is why; Morello, similarly to the Hextech GLP-800 vs. Rod of Ages question, gives you some pretty good stats instantly. However, Archangel's Staff completely outscales Morellonomicon's damage with its 3% Mana to AP passive. In fact, you don't need to fully stack Tear of the Goddess to get more damage than Morello. In addition, Archangel's constantly refunds 25% of mana spent, which is very important for Anivia. Morello also "refunds" Mana spent, but only if you get a kill. This reduces your flexibility in a fight, since you'll always have to keep an eye on your Mana. Morello's additional 20% CDR is a pretty neat stat, but Anivia doesn't need the cooldown reduction nearly as much.

    Buying both is also sub-optimal since it's not worth getting Morello instead of say, Void Staff or ZZ'Rot, especially considering its cost efficiency. If the enemy team has a Soraka or Janna however, it can sometimes be very beneficial to pick up Morellonomicon since the AoE Grievous Wounds debuff reduces the enemy's sustain significantly. If you're up against someone like Vladimir, Ignite is a better option since it counters him without having to spend nearly 3000 gold.


RABADON'S DEATHCAP: This item doesn't need much of an explanation. It offers a huge damage powerspike since it offers the highest Ability Power in the game. Since items like Archangel's Staff eventually outscale its stats, Rabadon's unique passive also makes sure your total Ability Power is increased by 35%, making it pretty cost-efficient by mid-game. When snowballed, buying the item third makes you impossible to deal with in 1v1 or even 1v2 situations. However, it's sometimes worth delaying in favor of Liandry's Torment or Zz'Rot Portal.



SITUATIONAL ITEMS

These items are generally strong, but they might not be worth building. Always build the items below depending on the situation you're in.

LIANDRY'S TORMENT: A very powerful mid/late-game item. It synergizes so well with your Glacial Storm's slow since its damage doubles against slowed enemies. It's often beneficial to buy the Haunting Guise early without finishing Liandry's Torment until later, as it offers some nice stats. Due to its unique passive, this item works very well against HP focused champions like Vladimir and Cho'Gath. However, this item's magic pene isn't strong enough against a team with a lot of magic resist.


In that case...


VOID STAFF: A really strong item against tanky teams. It ignores quite the amount of the enemy's magic resist. You should always build this if more than 2 people are buying heavy Magic Resist ( Adaptive Helm, Spirit Visage, Locket of the Iron Solari etc...). Unlike Liandry's, it doesn't come with a neat passive, but it makes your damage more consistent and reliable.



ZZ'ROT PORTAL: A great item for many reasons. It offers some very good defensive stats and a great passive that gives you extra movement speed as you walk near turrets and portals. Both of these help Anivia survive sticky situations and also allow you to deal much more damage before having to back out of a fight. Its active is also great for slow-pushing a lane. In general, if you need neither Zhonya's nor Banshee's, this item is the perfect alternative as it gives both Armor and Magic Resist. You can always buy both of course.


ZHONYA'S HOURGLASS: A good defensive item whose active helps you survive delayed damage effects from champions like Zed, Ziggs, Karthus, Zyra etc. It is also useful for baiting opponents into wasting their spells (or even ultimates) on you, making themselves vulnerable in the process (for example, if Talon uses his ultimate and leap to kill you, going into stasis not only negates all of the damage, but it also puts him inside your team's backline with no way of escaping.) You should always pick this up against Zed and Fizz and Karthus.


BANSHEE'S VEIL: Yet another defensive/damage item hybrid. In addition to its Ability Power and Magic Resist, it also comes with a pretty neat spell shield that recharges every 40 seconds (provided you don't get hit within that timeframe). You should pick this up to counter engages like Unstoppable Force and Enchanted Crystal Arrow or stuns/snares that could get you focused down and killed like Light Binding and Dark Binding



* Creating a balanced build for Anivia
  • I strongly encourage experimentation, and even though Anivia's core mostly revolves around the idea of building mana, there's many items to choose from. While I've voiced my opinion for items like Hextech GLP-800 or Zz'Rot Portal, my experience with an item can be different than yours. You might hate ZZ'Rot because it is completely defense oriented, for example. You'll never know until you try. That's why I encourage you to experiment with many item combinations, as there's many ways of building Anivia efficiently. Find what item suits your playstyle best. If you lean towards GLP instead of RoA, that's perfectly fine (Hell, Froggen does too)!

    That being said, you'll want to balance the build accordingly. When sacrificing HP and AP with GLP, you should consider taking an early Liandry's Torment or Zz'Rot Portal for the extra HP or defense respectively, for example. If going for an offensive oriented build, picking up Banshee's Veil or Zhonya's Hourglass helps you dish out some extra damage while still maintaining a light defense just in case. If you're more of a defense kind of guy, picking up a Zz'Rot Portal alongside your Zhonya's will ensure you're hard to eliminate! Another thing to consider is game stages. You don't want a build that focuses entirely on the early game. You'll powerspike sooner, sure, but you're wasting some of Anivia's potential.

    Tl;dr - You should never consider every situation equal. Your damage won't mean much if you don't get the opportunity to deal any of it. Play smart and build depending on the matchup, this is the key to success with Anivia in the current meta. And remember to have fun, because that's what the game is about (I mean, I've tried Anivia ADC and it isn't all that bad honestly).


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Playing Anivia

EARLY GAME

The early game or the laning phase is the phase where you focus on farming and gaining small advantages over your lane opponent.

Anivia is one of those champions that struggle a lot in the lane. Anivia requires a large mana pool due to her high mana costs and then nature of her Glacial Storm, This requires you to prioritize mana items like Tear of the Goddess, meaning you won't be doing as much damage early on as mages who prioritize damage due to their kit ( Viktor is a good example). It isn't impossible to get an early 1v1 kill in the lane of course, since your damage output after level 3 completely eclipses that of most mages. However, you should always prioritize farming, as Anivia's core is pretty expensive and you'll want to finish it as soon as possible.

That doesn't mean AFK farming of course. When you're in lane, you should always poke your opponent with your huge AA range whenever the opportunity shows itself. A Q+E combo also works great. For maximum effectiveness, try poking the opponent when they go for a lasthit, as there's a small window where the opponent can't fight back unless they lose the creep to run away or retaliate. I almost always go for a poke when the enemy is busy killing a cannon minion, as it gives lots of gold and many people would rather get poked than lose it. By poking the enemy laner, you are applying important pressure on him, and you might eventually force them out of lane.

If they stay in the lane instead of going back to base, you should then attempt to keep your opponent zoned out constantly. You can achieve this by staying between him and his caster minions. If he gets too close in order to farm or receive the XP, go for the kill. You should always be careful however, as zoning the opponent requires you to over-extend most of the time, making you vulnerable to an enemy gank. Which brings me to my next point, warding.

Warding is very important during the laning phase as it gives you all sorts of advantages. For one, you can defend yourself from a potential gank as a well placed ward will reveal the enemy jungler's whereabouts. In addition, a well placed deep Control Ward can remove pressure from your team,. For example, bot-lane can go for a favorable trade and force the opponents out of lane if your ward spotted the enemy jungler roaming around top-lane. They know that they needn't worry for enemy back-up, allowing them to play more aggressive. Don't forget that tracking the enemy jungler also means you can coordinate with your team to take side-lane turrets or other objectives safely. You should always buy Control Wards when you have spare gold.


MID GAME

In this stage of the game, most players have their ultimates ready and often focus on roaming around the map looking for objectives and picks, as well as teamfights.

During the mid-game, there's a couple things you can do. First, if you've gotten any kind of advantage over the opponent from your laning phase, you should look to share that advantage with your teammates by roaming. Anivia isn't the best roamer in the world, but saying that her ganks are oppressive is an understatement. She has a stun, a slow, a wall and an ability that deals chunks of HP every couple of seconds. If the enemy has pushed an ally to their turret, it's always worth paying their lane a visit for an almost guaranteed kill.

Everytime you roam, you should keep an eye on the enemy mid-laner, as he could follow your roam and potentially outplay you. That's why it's best to push your lane (doesn't take long with Anivia's waveclear) when you're about to roam. That way, the opponent will take some time to follow, as they'll have to clear the minion wave first. If they decide to follow immediately, they will lose gold and XP.

If the enemy is roaming and you're still in the lane, you should always notify your teammates multiple times through pings (fun fact - the question mark ping isn't for being toxic) and through chat. Sometimes, pushing the lane and trying to take the enemy mid-turret down is better than counter-roaming, as the first helps keep the pressure up for the enemy team.
You must evaluate the situation and choose what the best course of action would be. If you have Teleport, you could push the lane and teleport to whichever lane the opponent is roaming to for a counter-gank and a possible surprise attack.


Finally, during the mid-game, you'll succesfully finish your core and start dealing damage effectively. This is where Anivia's teamfight capabilities start to show. Since small fights break out often during this stage of the game (mostly over dragon or turrets) and the opponents will mostly try to push an advantage, you should always be aware of the map and give information to your teammates about the enemies' whereabouts. Why is this your job? Because as a mid-laner you should always look out for the rest of the team regardless of what champion you're playing. You should always consider the option that your teammates don't have great map awareness and try to fill that gap for them.

Avoid getting caught at all costs, as your damage is very important for your team in case a fight breaks out. Keep on buying control wards whenever you have space in your invertory. You should also consider switching to Farsight Alteration after 20 mins.


LATE GAME

The final stage of the game. Most players have full builds, and the gold difference doesn't matter anymore. Losing a teamfight here often means losing the game. Not all games reach this stage.

In this stage of the game, you should focus on a couple of things. Once again, vision control is extremely important, especially now that dying can cost you the game. You should always look for opportunities to take objectives and pick enemy champions. Normally you'd have to move as a team, but this is rarely possible in SoloQ or Normals, unless you're a team of 5. That's why you should keep an eye out for your allies and save them whenever possible if they get caught.

And now for the most important part of the late-game, teamfighting. In teamfights the most important thing when playing as Anivia is positioning. You must position yourself in a way where you'll be able to sustain Glacial Storm without being interrupted. While the most important targets are the AD and AP carries, you should never risk your life to get to them, unless you are absolutely sure you'll land the killing blow, your Rebirth is up and your team is there to back you up. That being said, you should never pass a chance where the enemy carry tries to facecheck/walks near a bush you are in. At this point in the game, your full combo can kill them almost instantly, without them ever having the chance to fight back, which in turn gives you a significant advantage.
Also, you should avoid bringing the fight to the enemy team if possible, since you end up being positioned dangerously. If they bring the fight to you however, you should take advantage of the narrow spaces in the jungle, not only to kite more effectively, but to use your AoE to its outmost potential.

If your team happens to lose a teamfight and you're forced to protect your base, you should try to slow the siege asmuch as possible with your Glacial Storm or Crystallize. If the enemy team moves towards Baron instead, you should never contest it alone unless you are playing on the Red side of the map, in which case you can Glacial Storm + Crystallize from behind the pit and hopefully pick up a kill, or the baron himself.

Finally, as a side note, if your team has won a fight, and can close the game, you shouldn't bother with the baron, the dragon, the bot-lane outer turret or any of that. I can't stretch this enough I've won as many games as I've lost due to bad shotcalling. The late-game is all about capitalizing on your enemies' mistakes, and the longer the game gets, the bigger the possibility of your team making a mistake becomes. You should always focus on ending the game as soon as possible.


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In-Depth Matchups

CHAMPIONS ARE LISTED ALPHABETICALLY
It should be noted that, in all cases, you are to prioritize farming over kills, unless you are given a kill on a silver platter/are up against a very easy matchup.

Ahri



Lane Difficulty: 5/10
In General: Skill Matchup
Spoiler: Click to view



Akali



Lane Difficulty: 2/10~6/10
In General: Favours You Hard Pre-6
Spoiler: Click to view



Annie



Lane Difficulty: 6/10
In General: Favours Her Slightly
Spoiler: Click to view



Aurelion Sol



Lane Difficulty: 3/10
In General: Favours You Hard
Spoiler: Click to view



Azir



Lane Difficulty: 4/10~9/10
In General: Heavily Depends on his Skill
Spoiler: Click to view



Brand



Lane Difficulty: 4/10
In General: Favours You
Spoiler: Click to view



Heimerdinger



Lane Difficulty: 2/10
In General: Favours You Hard
Spoiler: Click to view



Karthus



Lane Difficulty: 2/10
In General: Favours You Hard
Spoiler: Click to view




Kassadin



Lane Difficulty: 9/10
In General: Favours Him Hard
Spoiler: Click to view




LeBlanc



Lane Difficulty: 5/10
In General: Skill Matchup
Spoiler: Click to view



Teemo



Lane Difficulty: 1/10
In General: He Should Have Dodged
Spoiler: Click to view



Twisted Fate



Lane Difficulty: 6/10
In General: Skill Matchup
Spoiler: Click to view



Yasuo



Lane Difficulty: 8/10
In General: Favours Him Hard
Spoiler: Click to view



Zed



Lane Difficulty: 2/10~5/10 (Post 6)
In General: Favours You
Spoiler: Click to view




Zoe



Lane Difficulty: 4/10
In General: Favours You Slightly
Spoiler: Click to view


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Conclusion

So that's it. What did you think? Hope you learned something from this guide and had as much fun reading it as I had making it. Feel free to let me know whether you liked it or not, any feedback is appreciated.

If you have any questions, ask away in the comments, and if you liked this guide, make sure to leave a like, it really helps. I'll also be adding more matchups with time.

Most of all, thanks for reading and have fun in the Rift!


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Changelog

[10/12/2017] Twisted Fate has been added to the "In-Depth Matchups" section. A support build has also been added.
[08/12/2017] Brand, LeBlanc, Heimerdinger and Teemo have been added to the "In-Depth Matchups" section.
[30/11/2017] Yasuo, Zed and Zoe have been added to the "In-Depth Matchups" section.
[21/11/2017] Recommended Runes have been changed. Added in-depth analysis for Scorch, Manaflow Band and Nullifying Orb.
[08/11/2017] Goodbye to the Legacy Runes and Masteries. Updated the Guide for S8.
[01/11/2017] Added an ARAM build, fixed some errors.
[22/10/2017] Azir and Aurelion Sol added to "Matchups" section.
[16/10/2017] Guide Published