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Illaoi Build Guide by SoulKnight96
[8.13]Personal Tips/Build for Beginner Illaoi players
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Threats & Synergies
she was nerfed hard in 7.14, but still a Very annoying lane really hard just all round very annoying to deal with, try to shut her down early with some ganks from jungler otherwise she will snowball and make your life hell. fighting her late game is no joke she will shred you and your back line if you can catch her out in a 1v3 do it because otherwise she will kill your team.
BAN IT. Try to bait out her ult. But be warned this lane is very VERY hard for you. if you can survive lane then try to pick off people when Kayle is at base or in another lane fighting around her is so risky for you. But this is a 99% Illaoi ban. you cant risk her being on the enemy team.
Illaoi can Proxy Farm just as easily as singed can. Just farm and kill his team you are way more useful in a teamfight. if you chase you lose. Singed is not worth a ban but he is top2-3 in the most annoying for you.
Not much to say here just be cearful he is tough and very tanky if he starts with a sunfire/iceborn start then know you can 1v1 him if you have cleaver/Deaths Dance. But dont underestimate a Sions damage he will kill you and you will be baffled.You are more useful in a team fight but make sure to stop him from getting to your backline or a fight is lost.
Very annoying lane, He will build full dmg and his blind stops your W from procing tentacles. His all in and gank potential are through the roof if you get ganked you die. in this matchup i try to back as soon as possible and buy pink wards.
Beat him early or the game is lost just like kayle this guy will crap on you after 6 do the same thing as with kayle unless he is splitpushing 24/7. allot of times illaoi can carry a fight while trynda is split pushing buy a ZZ rot if this hapens and plop it top lane he will either go bot or be forced to teamfight. once his ult is down you can kill him 100%. But i advise banning him you just cant carry vs a trynda late game he can go right past you and kill your backline with ease.
This bird is not a fun time he will hurt you like hell and heal everything you do if you are not cearful, In this situation rushing deaths dance is a good option just keep safe and dont let your guard down take to many snare Q combos and your health bar is gone. his teamfight is allot stronger than yours so abuse this fact if he is not grouped you can peel for a carry to kill him.
Tough lane if he is playing passive just abuse him if he comes in for his Passive Burn and E him. you can catch out a unsuspecting GP player with a massive one shot combo at 6 and his ult will not save him. hell if he does use ult on you tell your team because its all smiles if that happens.
This little shit is annoying, make sure to abuse his crap lane phase dont be afraid to combo him early he will die and he will fall behind super hard, let him get items before you and your life becomes a living hell. Abuse him if he misses his Q or waist his E to jump in. Gnar who uses his E to poke you pre 6 is a Gnar who Disrespects Illaoi kill that little bitch.
Tough lane for Illaoi to abuse as his combo will beat your every time, just pull his spirit and respect his dmg early, in team fights he will try to go all in on your carrys zone his team off and leave him stranded by himself. But if you get ahead just abuse the fact you can out trade him post 6.
Just a nasty champion out scales you and punishes you for missing E very hard just make sure to abuse his bad lane phase or he will carry harder than you can.
Olaf is seeing some buffs to his ult but he will have to sacrafice tank stats for more dmg, this will do nothing other than help illaoi into him. He will be a free lane most of the time as he needs to go in. just respect him and use your ult wisely.
new cho is busted respect this champion now he is no free lane anymore.
Just morde, you out heal him out damage him and out sustain him in fights, he cant beat you unless you make allot of mistakes. Abuse his Q cooldown and run away if he uses his ult on you.
Easy lane builds full tank, but whats really nice if Mao normally goes ROA you can abuse this because he has very little in trading with you if he goes ROA just abuse him and youll get a kill pre 6 no problem.
Annoying lane respect his W and abuse when its off cooldown but oterwise keep your distance you have no gap closer and no way to run, call for ganks and try to abuse his lane the best you can.
easy lane all round just abuse her when she tries to go in, if she used E to go in just ult her she has no escape for another good 4-5 seconds, late game be cearfula nd protect your back line against this evil evil champ. vs you alone she loses every time.
slippery but not hard at all if you play it right dodge her stun and she really has nothing left to deal with you her ult inset enough
Tank akali is easy to deal with for illaoi but can be annoying in lane early. abuse her pre gunblade lack of damage and always rush visage/deadmans vs her.
easy lane just push like hell if he ults and he will fall behind if he is even one level behind you all in him and he will die even under turret, he cant do anything untill he gets his core items.
ap shaco is a pain in the ass to deal with just play safe and DO NOT go in on him ever. Bait him out and abuse him for over extending he does nothing late game to you just go for his backline and he cant stop you. get a second item visage and its plain sailing.
abuse people who play this into illaoi.
another easy lane easy to bully and in a very bad place right now he is very weak in lane.
before malp was the easiest now this guy is a whole new level he cant do jack shit in lane against you, you out damage out heal and out last him in every sense of the words. just keep on top of him at all times and he will tilt off the planet,
(allot stronger in 7.12) she is easy because if she ults you, you kill her every single time. Just bait out her ult and counter ult her. if she catches you out of posistion thats when issue arise but otherwise its a free lane for farming.
Easy lane bully him and he wont do anything stop him from farming and he wont do anything. just use Q to zone him off minnions(try not to hit minions while doing this) he can be ganks with ease pre6 so call for help and land your E for a free kill. late game you beat him 100% you should never be behind a mundo if you are then be weary of his dmg but otherwise go for his backline.
Loses to you in lane and will not scale better than you, play the game out and its usually a free win just make sure to play safe and ward up into him because he will be crying for ganks.
Yorick is a tough lane a skilled yorick will punish you but a low elo yorick will just E you every time he has minnions. if you see a yorick just Q and never spawn minnions be very cearful he is either a moron or a very good player. call for ganks and try to chunk his hp down or he will just heal and demolish you if he gets a gank.
Honestly he is played so much in the jungle as a counter to tanks but he is still a great counter to tanks top, illaoi is not a tank and his ult is virtually useless vs you.
hard enough lane abuse his mana usage in skirmishes. if you see him low on mana go in on his team he will be caught off guard with his tail between his legs.
tough rush visage and play safe his team fight is strong but you have a far better impact later into the game. abuse his lane phase once his Q is down go in if you miss your E just back off and bide your time. never never feed a rumble or its going to be a bad time for you.
Just abuse him early before he gets his iceborn/frozen heart. He has a garbage lane and in this situation just push push push, get early vision wards and play passive in lane. Or do the opposite and freeze the wave and call for a lvl3 gank he will die without a doubt a bad nasus wont lvl his slow at lvl3 a good one will its a good way to check.
tough lane but darius is a 50/50 he will either kill you early and snowball or you will kill him and then he does nothing for the rest of the lane.
he is good at countering you in team fights he disrupts you later into the game and can casue issues. so make sure you shut him down early and keep him behind he really strugles to CS vs illaoi just keep preassure on him and E him whenever he goes to CS.
tank ekko is so easy before lvl6 for illaoi even after 6 he cant go in he cant do anything to you he CS terrible under the turret so just buy some pink wards and he is out of the game.
Tough little shit repect his damage early and do not under estimate his all in potential, if his ult is down abuse him he will have no way to kill you or counter atk your ult.
semi annoying lane he can waist some time on your ult if he eats you and he is very good at setting up early ganks, respect his early damage and abuse him if he over extends.
easy lane normally gragus top goes ROA into full tank if he does just abuse him like you would a maokai, however he can hit you out of your ult zone with his ult/belly flop so respect him but know you can easily beat a gragus.
Tough lane he can sustain through allot of damage once he gets his DD, buse his auto atks and go all in when you feel like he has low enough mana.
Very strong early respect his lvl1-3 damage and lose some farm. After lvl6 tho abuse this little pussy all game long he has no way to trade with you.
A nasty lane to be honest if he has storm raiders be very cearful he can come in burst you weve around your E and run away without taking any damage. Respect his combo and if he wiasts W abuse its long cooldown.
Fizz is so bad at the moment and illaoi can just abuse him so hard when he tries to proc his magic crit. a well timed ult from you can shut fizz down indefinitely
very annoying lane dont see her much top anyone but in the off chanse you are against her respect the lvl6 damage spike she gets. if she is going ROA then abuse her but otherwise if you see her going Hourglass first save your ult till you 100% know its down.
Garen has become more of a skarner pick, in the sense that if you see him the player is prob trying to climb in a cheesy fashion. most Garens i see are intellectually sound and will beat you. Moving him up for this reason his mini buff made him allot stronger into illaoi.
Very very annoying lane she is slippary and annoying to catch and even if you catch her she can take out your tentacles so fast it doesent even matter, poke her with Q and stay away from her if you get ganked its almost 100% a kill for her so play safe. late game you can NOT fight her she will kill you with ease like most ADC will so respect her and get help from your team.
Surprisingly one of the easiet lanes for illaoi she hits through his passive and make sure to W a minion beside him and not panth himself. E hits through his passive aswell all round easy and you out scale him to boot.
To be honest she might seem easy like malp or naut but he is very very annoying her ult is on a almost the same CD as your own and you cant do much without it to tanks she hits you away and thats a free kill for you gone. just play around her and try not to waist your ult vs her it will happen allot its just poppy man.
Donger is another annoying one get a gank focus his turrets and go in. never go in if his turrets are up it will seem like he is unkillable and thats because he most of the time is. so just play passive and dont be stupid, you dont get allot of kills onto donger just farm up you are far more useful out of lane.
Ad nidalee top is a spicy pick ive been seeing allot recently and it hurts quite a bit resepct her damage and only fight her if you manage to lane E never otherwise her dmg is surprisingly high and she is super tanky mid game. be safe.
Free lane enough said. W passive does not work on your tentacles and you genuinely will Always win this lane.
With new changes i think cled is allot stronger of a champion and needs to be respected in 7.12. try to win early and abuse his lack of early mobility without mount.
he is strong and he can survive most post lvl10 trades with you. abuse his weak early game and try to kill him pre 6 if you dont it would be allot more harder than if you did kill him a few times. in the case that you dont then peel for your team skip death dance get iceborn and just be a tank because he will annihilate your backline.
Dodgy ultimate and very mobile illaoi weakness play safe and dont waist ult he is just a bad target focus someone else in team fights as you cant kill him alone. he cant kill you either but still its a waist of time.
after his rework he isent hard at all in lane he is very bad now just be weary of ganks he is super easy to gank for.
not as annoying as he used to be, and remember your Q can go past his windwall abuse this allot, but be weary your E can not abuse his windwall. he is a very tough lane respect him.
very tough lane his sustain is very annoying and he will easily knock you out of your ult and kill you with the insane amount of CC he has for being an auto champ. get ninja tabi and Steraks ASAP.
FUCK THIS BEAR. one of the most frustrating off meta picks his damage is so high for a guy who builds none he is so damn tanky and can easily sustain through your ult dmg. respect him and roam to get kills he is no joke.
Very very annoying his sustain is insane just abuse his high mana usage and remember he builds visage like first item so you should be able to kill him at lvl2-3/ his team fight is not great you are better.
Annoying lane as she can CC you to waist time on your ult, easily smash through your armor and then dash away like nothing happened Her Q also interupts your W and puts it on a cooldown so be safe and remember your all in at 6 is allot stronger than hers.
Just because Aatrox is not good right now does not mean he doesent counter you. he still counters illaoi hard and can punish her for going all in like a fiora can. just play safe and dont underestimate his passive.
Fuck this snake she slows she silences you and can freeze you she is one of Illaois worst nightmares mid or top lane just play safe around Cass.
This is like singed he can kite you but if he tries to fight you he will lose. ive beaten fed udyrs 1v1 while behind on illaoi dont try to without your ult but with ult you can kill any udyr no matter how fed he is.
New urgod is no joke he can shit on you early and abuse the hell out of you and punish you so hard worse than any other champion can abuse you illaoi excells at being at low hp all fight long and come out with more hp than she went in with. urgot stops illaoi doing this. respect his ult and call for early ganks to preasure him off his cleaver.
AP ekko is a Problem however allot more so than tank ekko Respect his damage or he will all in you and kill you fast and just ult away. he is sneaky and cant get right out of your ult.
She Can kite you to kingdom come and late game she melts you before you can even lifesteal. End early or rely on team mates to win vs a good vayne.
Very annoying to deal with she can shove you away from her team and waist your ult entirely she is a nightmare to deal with, try to catch her by herself while she is warding or hope that her ult is down.
Fuck this champion she is a little nightmare, she can kite you, ruins your all ins and can keep someone alive long enough to kill you. BE so careful vs her.
Another annoying adc who can kite you so easily and can shut you down even in a 1v1, miss your e and you might as well just run away.
very easy pre 6 lane he cant do shit to you to be honest rush an early mercs/deadmans after a cleaver and punish this kid.
he excels at short trades. no one is better at short trades in the game than illaoi, he really is hard countered by you just respect his early damage and poke him out.
Easily one of the worst champions to play against for illaoi, you lose almost every game if he focuses you. get mercs and deaths dance early for even a chance to win.
(old bio leaving it here)I Love Illaoi she got me to Silver 1 last season and i know yeah silver im garbage right, but no i think my opinion on this champion can help others find out how strong she really is i added allot of notes and points to why i think the things i do and i hope you guys will like what i have to say, everything i put in notes is my own words and what i think nothing is copied hence why the guide is so shoddy. But i hope it at least will help some of you to learn her and become a better Illaoi player.
The Vs Champion section is 100% my own opinion i did not look at any stats or anything these are purely my own experiences taken into effect and expressed in the places i think the fall into. Most of them are based around top lane but some are based around the champions in general like Vayne Lulu etc
Q - Tentacle Smash: Your main source of damage/poke and sustain. this is a grate wave clear tool and pair it with Death's Dance and you have some serious lane sustain
W - Harsh Lesson: This is so so important in a fight it will slam all your wall tentacles within the radius down onto the target area, It is SO strong and will win you most of your fights if you position beside a tentacle.
E - Test of Spirit: This is your skill shot, this ability is so vital to why Illaoi is so good in a lane. It is a massive mini game to harass the enemy laner off farming, max this first to have an edge if someone trys to all in you.
During a fight, don't focus on the soul, focus the champion, if they start running away, go ahead and finish off their soul so your tentacles will do the rest of the work.
R - Leap of Faith: Your ult allows you to almost 1v1 anyone that unsuspecting of Illaois damage punish them for trying to fight you and remember the more enemy's that are around you the more tentacles that it will spawn.
Main Runes and why i think they are best right now.
Kleptomancy is so good because it procs on your E spirit and the W consistently procs the klepto.
Biscuit Delivery is very nice to have as illaoi it allows you to be greedy and go Doran's Blade more often.
Magical Footwear very useful for illaoi she does not need boots early and getting her a discount on those Ninja Tabi is really great.
Cosmic Insight 45% cdr is just amazing to have on illaoi her kit is so cooldown reliant and having the extra bit is just wonderful to have late game.
Secondary Runes and why i have put up 4 options instead of 2.
Sudden Impact you gain it instantly after you use your W its just a sweet burst of dmg ontop of your already serious amount.
Ravenous Hunter this is self explanatory illaoi snowballs so hard with early kills and her kit is built around lifesteal, this rune gives you the best of both worlds and the intensive to trade early to snowball.
Bone Plating very strong right now into poke lanes and helps you in a lvl6 all in, nothing wrong with going resolve secondary.
Conditioning you cant stack resists early this helps you get some of those sweet stats at 10min pairs nicely with the Magical Footwear you should have.
Black Cleaver is your core item every game, it is so vital to why illaoi is the tank killer it just makes her disgusting to trade with. you literally can not fight an illaoi as a tank who has her cleaver spike.
Death's Dance Im sorry for not stressing how important this item is. This item is on par with Sterak's Gage and Black Cleaver i would only say get this first if you feel confidant in snowballing without the Black Cleaver passive's.
Sterak's Gage is allot of the time second to Black cleaver if not more important, it gives you a massive shield and a butt load of extra damage on your Harsh Lesson during a team fight.
Good items and why
Thornmail Such a strong item in this meta i love it into any ad lane, starting with a bramble early is so worth it.
Guardian Angel is very luxury its not needed but if yo are ahead it can cause some serious issues for the enemy team, it should be gotten as a last item every game now.
Spirit Visage is such a important item for illaoi to get even if the enemy team has 1ap, it literally makes her Q one of the most potent skills in the game. you never have to worry about taking poke when you have this item you just heal everything back from one wave.
Executioner's Calling is so important early into picks like Swain Fiora Warwick Vladimir Upgrade into Mortal Reminder after you get your core Black Cleaver boots and Sterak's Gage or Death's Dance
Easy to learn
Decent Lane Phase
Strong Mid game
Great Vs Tanks
Great Wave Clear
Awful Vs ADC champs Caitlyn/ Vayne/ Quinn
Major Mana issues early
Hard counterd by allot of champs
Hard to master
Can be focused down by a good team
High E cooldown can be punished allot
Easy to avoid brunt of her Ult dmg
Falls off late game
She goes well with champs like Karma/ Lulu the most for obvious reasons i have stomped so many fights because of my Lulu shielding me i would have died if she dident, Karma Can speed you up so you can keep dunking fools and her shield helps so much with you getting back your much needed Hp from lifesteal.
Illaoi also goes well with Sejuani/ Nautilus/ Blitzcrank they make up for her lack of cc and hand her champions on a plate
My favorite junglers to be with are Elise/ Vi/ Amumu by far. do not pick Illaoi into a team comp without slows/hard cc or engage she is a follow up engage not a starting.
finally she does well with Brand/ Gangplank(Her wife GP ofc.)/ Fizz because they disrupt the enemy team into scattering into different directions and this is what Illaoi wants follow the easy target or the carry and ping to focus them if they stray away from the team.
If someone does not respect your damage punish them and if you get a kill roam to bot lane every time if you are post lvl6, you have massive double kill potential if you get lucky take dragon and Teleport back top.
Laners you should not roam against are Tryndamere/ Nasus/ Jayce/ Jax never roam vs these as they can shred your turret and snowball with first turret gold so hard. Roam mid if they have an immobile champ and remember you CAN fight a jungler who is behind so keep wards deep in his jungle and abuse him if you see him low.
Now back to Teleport its almost a must you really need it imho to save your lane if you are roaming or to go from splitting top to splitting bot instantly. Illaoi wants to 1v2 to split pushing is great and Teleport helps with this allot. If you are very new to illaoi i advise taking Teleport/ Flash and playing safe
Now for a hard lane like Kayle/ Tryndamere/ Swain these are a little more complected what i like to do is go in to melee creeps and basic them if they start to agro on you use Harsh Lesson to last hit a minion and run away, you will get about 3 creeps a wave if you are luck vs a Kayle she is so hard in lane for you to deal with. so what i like to do aswell is get an early double damage items and i just start one hitting the waves with Tentacle Smash.
06/05/2017 - Tweaked some item priority and tweaked the Vs champions page around the new build.
08/07/2017 - tweaked vs champ section and moved around some items,
03/08/2017 - Updated Vs champ page and items,
06/09/2017 - Changed some Vs champ descriptions, Removed some filler builds
01/03/2018 - Updated the Vs match ups section the best i could seeing its popularity,
07/03/2018 - updated some more Vs match ups, and updated introduction please read <3