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Lucian General Guide by LegendaryOstrich

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[8.18] Best Lucian NA's BEST Lucian Guide [In-depth]

By LegendaryOstrich | Updated on September 24, 2018
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Press the Attack
Legend: Alacrity
Coup de Grace

Nullifying Orb
Absolute Focus
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"1v1 Me Lucian and I'll show you why I'm the best in North America&quo

I take All Challengers🔫

Hello Friends and Fellow Players, and welcome to my Lucian Guide here on Mobafire. My name is Sunjiv and I'm a Masters AD Player who was crowned Best Lucian in NA and 12th Best in the World by lolskill. Proof is here: This Guide is for primarily ADC Lucian however i'll do a Mid Lane Section on Lucian soon.

I first fell love this champion after seeing my long time friend play a few games with him. Soon I decided to pick up the champion myself and after playing him for so many year just the sheer feeling you have when you correctly weave in auto in-between abilities and using your e successfully with your passive, canceling animations and totally outplaying your enemy players. Just getting that Penta because you played so well. I live for that and I would love to share some of my knowledge with you all.
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Why to Play Amazing Champ and why Not

If you're a 1 trick lucian player, this section doesn't concern you as we instalock this champion regardless XD

For some players picking lucian into everything and anything doesn't matter. However for those who do these are some reasons as to why you pick lucian and reason you do not.

Pros 😄

-Can Dodge skills with high mobility
-Easy to Position/Re-Position in fights
-Very Fun/Rewarding When Mastered
-Wins most Lanes/ Lane Bully
-Doesn't Fall off/ Still Relevant in later stages of games

Cons ☹️

-Low Range
-Not Hyper Carry
-Hard to Play Effectively
-Not a "tank buster" Like Kai'sa or Vayne
-When behind extremely hard to come back into the game
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Hitting an enemy champion with 3 consecutive basic attacks deals 40-180 bonus adaptive damage (based on level) and makes them vulnerable, increasing the damage they take by 8-12% from all sources for 6 seconds.

Press the Attack is always the best rune because of Lucian's passive giving him 2 auto attacks. Your ideal trade situation would be Q autoauto e autoauto. Use your full rotation on someone and proc PTA which would make them take extra damage as well as amplify your damage AND your teams damage. Its abusable and should be taken alone based on that fact.
Takedowns restore 12% of your missing health and grant an additional 20 gold.

Triumph heals 12% of your missing HP on TAKEDOWNS not just kills so even assists. This helps you keep going in fights as you can recover 60% of your missing hp in a fight if you don't die in total. (Obviously not at once just in total recover of your hp at the time you get the hp recovery) it also gives you an extra 20g which adds up in every game, especially very bloody ones which can help you get your main items quickly.
Gain 3% attack speed plus an additional 1.5% for every Legend stack (max 10 stacks).

Honestly this is what every ad usually takes. I take it cause I rather have more autos than more lifesteal in most cases. You can take bloodline I personally think its just preference. If you take bloodline you'll be losing aand a bit so if your like Chally or something you'll notice it but not by much.
Deal 7% more damage to champions who have less than 40% health.

Additionally, takedowns on champions grant an adaptive bonus of 9 Attack Damage or 15 Ability Power for 10 seconds.

I rather take coup because Cut Down is only vs 4-5 Man Tank team and Last Stand is if I'm at a low HP standpoint which i really try my best not to be. Coup gives me flat % vs champions at a little bit less than half hp which I know I can do being an ADC. Also every take down gives me that little bit of AD that helps during close fights and with truimp, its 12% missing hp + 9AD. Works wonders botlane lane 2v2 and teamfights.
When you take magic damage that would reduce your health below 30%, gain a shield that absorbs 40-120 magic damage based on level (+ 10% AP) (+ 15% bonus AD) for 4 seconds.

Cooldown: 60 seconds

Personally I take this cause I don't wanna be blown up by an akail,diana,fizz etc etc. The Bonus AD ratio is great in later stages of the game so if i get a hex drinker or anything it really just negates all the damage and i can continue to be an ADC and not get 1 shot by AP Damage.

While above 70% health, gain an adaptive bonus of 3-24 attack damage or 5-40 ability power (based on level).

Absolute Focus is great because it actually gives more ad than anything in this teir. More than celerity and its not worth to take Trandence since unlike champs like riven or Fiora, you dont need 40% CDR to be effective since after you use your combo you'll have your dash up at 20%. It's better to take the AD as most of your spells and autos use AD more than the CDR.
Every 10 minutes, gain AP or AD, adaptive.

10 min: + 8 AP or 5 AD
20 min: + 24 AP or 14 AD
30 min: + 48 AP or 29 AD
40 min: + 80 AP or 48 AD
50 min: + 120 AP or 72 AD
60 min: + 168 AP or 101 AD

You'll rarely see me take this because most of my games I think personally dont go past 30 Minutes to make this rune useful to me. But If your vs a scaling champion like Kaisa, vayne or your games are extremely long like 30-40+ Minutes usually, you can take this rune. It's not bad at all its very good i just personally don't take it cause my games end in like 20-30 minutes.
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Items make or break alot of champions. These are some items that make Lucian great and why you go them on him.

40 Attack Damage
25% Attack Speed
12% Life Steal

UNIQUE Passive: Deals 8% of the target's current Health (minimum 15 damage) in bonus physical damage on hit (max 60 damage vs. minions and monsters).

UNIQUE Active: Deals 100 magic damage and steals 25% of the target's Movement Speed for 3 seconds (90 second cooldown).

This Item has AD, LS, AS, and a passive that does 8% Current Health damage as extra damage. Its great as a first item on lucian because it gives everything lucian wants but CDR. AD+AS for his autos Abilites, Lifesteal for laning phase and during fights. And BoTRK's passive procs on both lucians autos which means your doing 16% of someones current HP per passive proc. With PTA this is alot of frontloaded + sustained damage your doing to one target. B.F Sword does give the same amount of ad, but it doesnt give you extra stats. PLus the active to help kite/chase. All in all great item.
40 Attack Damage
20% Cooldown Reduction
400 Health

UNIQUE Passive: Dealing physical damage to an enemy champion reduces their armor by 4% for 6 seconds. This effect stacks up to 6 times for a maximum of 24% armor reduction.

UNIQUE Passive: Rage: Dealing physical damage grants 20 Movement Speed for 2 seconds. Killing any unit or receiving an assist on a champion that has any amount of Black Cleaver armor shred grants 60 Movement Speed for 2 seconds instead.

Another item that gives everything lucian wants. AD, HP, CDR, and Armor Shred. This items helps lucian shred any and all armor pre 20 minutes which is little to none. Your 2 auto passive, q and ulti with e auto reset make it EXTREMELY easy to stack cleaver. This item also gives Lucian the ability to if used correctly, get his dash back after 1 rotation which is huge. Also a little bit of health is nice cause the more health you have harder you are to kill. Only for 3k Gold? I'll take it.
45% Attack Speed
30% Critical Strike Chance
5% Movement Speed

UNIQUE Passive: Spectral Waltz: While within 500 units of an enemy champion you can see, you gain 7% movement speed and pass through units.

UNIQUE Passive: Lament: Basic attacking a champion causes them to deal 12% less damage to you for 10 seconds. Can only be active on one champion at a time.

Phantom Dancer is what I like going because of how overloaded it is. I suggest people go rapid fire if they really hate lucians low range and can't use him correctly because 500 range is pretty trash and extremely punishing if you don't know what your doing. PD for 100 Gold less gives 15% MORE attack speed and a damage reduction passive while giving you 12% MS toward enemy champions. In my opinion this beats out other zeal item once you get the hang on lucain because youll be dashing over teamfights and the range won't matter unless it's twitch or caitlyn type champ.
70 Attack Damage

UNIQUE Passive: Doubles your critical strike chance.

UNIQUE Passive: 10% of critical strike damage is converted to true damage.

Pretty straight forward. Basically gives you conquer permantly everytime you crit as well as double your crit chance. Lucian at the end of the day is still an AD. So crit is important.


60 Attack Damage
35% Attack Speed

UNIQUE Passive: If you haven't attacked for 2.31-0.38 seconds (based on bonus attack speed), gain Storm's Edge.

Storm's Edge: Your next basic attack critically strikes for 140-200% (at 0-30% crit chance) damage and grants 10% bonus movement speed for 1.75 seconds.

I'm still testing this myself but I like it if im going full crit. This is a huge crit AD powerspike which does alot of damage because of the 100% crit on ur first auto. Ever since they buffed his Q and they extra 20 AD actually helps. But the 100% Crit doesn't work with both your autos for an FYI. It's good for a full crit Lucian but i still prefer blade.
75 Attack Damage
20% Cooldown Reduction
300 Mana

UNIQUE Passive: Basic attacks restore 1% of missing mana

UNIQUE Passive: After you cast your ultimate, your next basic attack within 10 seconds grants Essence Flare for 8 seconds (30 second cooldown).

Essence Flare: Grants 30% attack speed and causes basic attacks to refund 20% of your remaining non-ultimate cooldowns.

This item. My love hate relationship. I use to go it first Season 6 and 7 because Manaless Lucian with 30% CDR with 2 Items was great. After the rework this item was Riot's way of saying "here's your buff lucian!" it was great because sometimes i wouldn't even channel full culling then proceed to wipe out everyone with just my abilites. It was great. Then I got used to it and they nerfed it so I can't really find a place for it anywhere in my build. Sometimes i'll do it 6th item if i don't need a defensive item because I don't see anywhere in my build where I'd need it that badly. It's not bad, I just don't ulti first anymore because I save it so the active is being wasted. If you want you can use it. Great for 1v5ing. Just look at Jax and Renekton abuse it!
80 Attack Damage
10% Cooldown Reduction

UNIQUE Passive: Dealing physical damage heals for 15% of the damage dealt (33% effectiveness for multi-target effects).

UNIQUE Passive: 30% of the damage you take is instead turned into a bleed for 5 seconds.

Great Item for Lucian because of the High amount of Raw AD and the 10% CDR and Physvamp. The reason i don't build this every game however is because I don't need true damage ticking on me when they have no burst damage. It's even worse with DoT on the enemy team since you have 2 DoTs and if you can't life steal you die. Even with hard poke, if you can't life steal no point to take it unless vs crazy burst.
80 Attack Damage

UNIQUE Passive: Your life steal overheals you, granting a bloody shield that absorbs up to 50 - 350 damage (based on champion level). This shield decays when out of combat for 25 seconds.

UNIQUE Passive: +20% Lifesteal.

This Item is great just like death dance however the reason you take it is different. Bloodthirster is regular lifesteal. 20% with a Shield. Take it with Overheal and you get a nice shield that helps you in your teamfights thats more sustained than burst. Also if you can Auto alot it helps a crazy amount more than DD. I rarley take it though because no CD + No attack speed. Once again depending on the game and depending on the style you play it might be better.

55 Attack Damage
10% Cooldown Reduction
50 Magic Resistance

UNIQUE Passive: Lifeline: If you would take magic damage that would leave you at less than 30% of your maximum Health, you first gain a shield which absorbs 350 magic damage for 5 seconds. 90 second cooldown.

UNIQUE Passive: Lifegrip: When Lifeline triggers, you gain 20 attack damage, as well as 10% spell vamp and 10% lifesteal until you leave combat.

The Anti Burst/Mage Item. Pretty straight forward. Just Buy it vs a fed rumble, fizz, diana, akail. Or any AP one shot thats happening to you. With Nullifying Orb its pretty bonkers when it procs giving you the shield, 20+ AD 10% Spellvamp and 10% LS making you extremely dangeous when low.
50 Attack Damage
10% Life Steal
35 Magic Resistance

UNIQUE Active: Remove all crowd control debuffs from your champion and grants 50% movement speed for 1 second (90 second cooldown).

Straight Forward. Buy vs Lock on CC that will kill you. Ex. Lissandra Maokai W. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE BUY VS MALZAHAR. Remember also if your really skilled at using QSS, you can stop things like vi ulti, lee sin kick and that will really save you and look really cool!
40 Armor
40 Attack Damage

UNIQUE Passive: Upon taking lethal damage, restore 50% of base health and 30% of maximum mana after 4 seconds of stasis (300 second cooldown).

Buy this when your 1v9ing your game or your extremely fed and when you team will 100% lose because your not alive. Remember that everytime you die, it gets harder to carry so use good judgement when you get it as you only get 40 AD from it.
40 Attack Damage

UNIQUE Passive: Last Whisper: Physical damage ignores 35% of the target's total armor (applies before armor penetration).
40 Attack Damage

UNIQUE Passive: Executioner: Physical damage inflicts Grievous Wounds on enemy champions for 5 seconds (Grievous Wounds reduces all healing received and regeneration rates by 40%).

UNIQUE Passive: Last Whisper: Physical damage ignores 25% of the target's total armor (applies before armor penetration).

Build the first Last whisper 4th Item when the enemy tanks (3-4) Are only building Armor and you need to kill them. ASAP. Its probably one of those game youd wish you went conq. So just pay attendion to builds before you build your 4th item.

Build the 2nd Last whisper as a 5th/6th Item. But haveas a 3rd item vs Swain,Mundo,Maokai,Vlad. Champs that have absurd amount healing if left unchecked
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