Nami Build Guide by Hanjaro
[9.22] Hanjaro's Nami Supporting your way to Challenger.By Hanjaro | Updated on November 15, 2019
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+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
Threats & Synergies
The drowned fisherman is a big threat to our fish, if you don't dodge his hook or he lands a stun on you, you'll be blowing a summoner and potentially getting killed. He is hard to poke due to his passive.
Like most immobile, squishy enchanters, hook champions are their worst nightmare. If you dodge his Q, you can take advantage of poking him down in that window.
Like most immobile, squishy enchanters, hook champions are their worst nightmare. If you dodge his Q, you can take advantage of poking him down in that window, but be aware of his Flay.
Leona is scary due to her base tankiness and high damage combo, along with a lot of CC on short cooldowns. You can poke her down early, but be careful of her all-in level 2.
Brand can do a lot of damage, in a short time, and generally more than you can heal up. He can kill you in one combo, so play passive and dodge his abilities the best you can.
Lux has a higher range than you, and with her shield being one of the strongest in the game, can out trade you if she lands a root. Dodge her abilities, poke her when they're on cooldown, ask for a gank.
Like Lux, he has a higher range than you, and he can counter-engage on you if you're trying to poke him down. Try and dodge his abilities to the best you can and you'll negate a lot of his damage threat.
Try and stay out of her Q range, and keep poking her down while healing yourself with ebb and flow. She has high mana costs, and she's very squishy. Generally an even match.
Karma and Nami are pretty similar damage and sustain wise, but she has higher movement speed on her shield, and massive damage if she empowers her Q.
Bard can do a lot of damage, and heal the damage you do, he's very good at roaming as well so you might get caught offguard - but you can all-in on their ADC if you keep vision control of him.
You outtrade and out damage Soraka in the early laning phase. Dodge her Q, and keep poking and you should shut her down pretty easily.
Coupled with your E, Jhin's 4th shot is extremely potent, you can also CC people for a long time with your Q and Jhin's root.
Xayah isn't very mobile, but with Nami she is generally unstoppable. She can position her E and root the enemy easier when you have them suspended with your Q.
Lucian can get 2 of your empowered AA's - your E - at once, due to his passive.
Ashe slows, and with your E slow, the enemy is pretty much rooted in place. You enable Ashe to be mobile, which without Nami, she isn't.
Draven has very high burst, increased by your E - if you can lock down an enemy with Q, it's generally a free kill.
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She's got a bit of everything, and she's generally a good blind pick.
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The reasoning behind Ignite is that it gives you a lot of extra pressure in lane, and furthermore adds a 40% healing reduction.
Exhaust is used when there are high damage threats on the enemy team, such as Zed, Kayn, Draven etc
It gives you an extra chance at escaping with the damage reduction, as well as the slow it provides. The damage reduction can be used to negate all in damage, from something like a Zed's Death Mark.
|Summon Aery is very easy to proc with Nami, giving her and her allies extra sustain and shielding, and is also used to proc Ardent Censer. Currently the best rune for Nami to take.|
|Manaflow Band is the only viable rune in this column for Nami, it helps with your mana regen - which can quickly ramp up when you're consistently casting Ebb and Flow, as it's a very mana intensive ability.|
|Celerity increases Nami's movement speed, which has good synergy with Surging Tides, helping her ward quickly and efficiently, getting a quicker engage and making a clutch escape.|
Once again, focusing on an early lead in laning phase, Scorch is your go to rune. It helps give your ADC a wide berth around minions by poking down the opposition. It's one of the best options in this row.
Gathering Storm is a good option as well, but it focuses more on post 20 minutes - if you have carries such as Ryze, Vayne and Kassadin, who scale high into late game, you might want to consider taking this over Scorch.
|Biscuit Delivery is a great rune for sustain. It restores 10% of your missing health and mana, and increases your maximum mana by 50 anytime you consume or sell a biscuit. This is a great rune if you are facing a poke heavy opposition, and it also synergizes well with Manaflow Band.|
|Cosmic Insight helps to increase the amount of spells you can get out, useful for a support with a heal in her kit. It grants 5% CD, increases your CD cap to 45%, as well as reduces the cool down of both active items and summoner spells by 5%. It's not hard to overcap on CDR, so the extra is not wasted and converted to AP.|
|A good choice if facing heavy engage comps, or bursty assassins. Can help you live if you get caught out mid - late game.|
|Revitalize is another main reason for taking Resolve, it increases all our shielding and healing by 5%, and increases the heal on our Ebb and Flow when our target is below 40% hp, by an extra 10%.|
Boots of Mobility > MOVEMENT SPEED
These are the cheapest boots in the game, but often the most useful - especially on a support, and has good synergy with Surging Tides, enabling Nami to roam efficiently.
Mercury's Treads > TENACITY/AP RESIST
If the enemy team has a lot of CC, or a lot of AP damage, you can trade Mobi's out for these. They offer +25 magic resist, along with reducing the effect of stuns, slows, taunts, fears, silences, blinds and immobilizes by 30%.
Ninja Tabi's > ARMOR
If the enemy team has a lot of physical damage threats, and you're the primary front line, or need some extra survivability, Ninja Tabi's are the way to go, offering 20 armor, and reducing incoming basic attacks by 12%.
Athene's Unholy Grail > DAMAGE/UTILITY/CDR/SUSTAIN
Nami focuses on using her Ebb and Flow for damage as well as healing, making Athene's Unholy Grail a core item as you can build the stacks fast with the chunk damage your Q does, adding a nice chunk of extra healing into Nami's already potent heal. She can potentially change the outcome of a teamfight, and sustaining your team, while chunking down the enemy team as it bounces. You gain CDR and extra AP, giving you a little more damage.
Redemption > CDR/HP+MANA REGEN/SUSTAIN
Redemption offers an aoe heal in an area, adding an aoe health sustain for her allies, increasing Nami's aoe healing potential. It also offers HP and Mana regen, meaning you can stay in the fights longer, recall less, and you can help out even while dead. It also offers an extra 10% shielding power, which synergizes with your Summon Aery.
Ardent Censer > DAMAGE/UTILITY/CDR
If you have a team comp that relies heavily on fast auto attacks such as Vayne, Kindred, Quinn etc. Ardent Censer is a great pickup to maximize your carries damage output while shielding them, it also offers you a bit more burst, a small bonus to your movement speed which helps roam to ward as you're generally not buying boots, mana sustain and 10% CDR.
Mikael's Crucible > SURVIVABILITY/CDR/UTILITY
A good pick when facing an enemy team with hard CC that you need to Cleanse on allies, such as Impale, Dark Binding, Cocoon etc and grants bonus movement speed for 2s after successfully cleansing an ability.
Increases your Mana and HP regeneration, and 20% shielding power - good synergy with Summon Aery.
Locket of the Iron Solari > UTILITY/DAMAGE
With Locket of the Iron Solari, you gain 30 armor and 60 magic resist, increasing your overall tankiness, while providing a shield to your allies upon use - using +20% of your maximum health, which Redemption increases.
Morellonomicon > DAMAGE/UTILITY/SURVIVABILITY
If the enemy team has a lot of healing such as a Soraka or Sona, you may want to rush Morellonomicon for the grievous wounds passive it applies. You gain 70 AP to add onto your damage, magic penetration which can help burst through tank threats with AP resist. This is a very niche pick on Nami as you generally want to leave it for the carries to get.
Surging Tides (Passive)
||INNATE: All allied champions touched by any of Nami's abilities gain 60 (+ 20% AP) bonus movement speed for 1.5 seconds, doubled when touched by Tidal Wave.|
Aqua Prison (Q)
EFFECT RADIUS: 280 (300)
COST: 60 mana
COOLDOWN: 12 / 11 / 10 / 9 /8
|ACTIVE: Nami sends a bubble towards the targeted area, dealing magic damage to all enemies hit, revealing them, and suspending them for 1.5 seconds.|
Ebb and Flow (W)
TARGET RANGE: 725
EFFECT RADIUS: 725
COST: 70 / 85 / 100 / 115 / 130
ACTIVE: Nami unleashes a stream of water onto the target champion or herself, which then bounces to nearby unaffected champions, up to twice, alternating between enemies, allies and herself.
Ebb and Flow heals allies and deals magic damage to enemies, with each bounce being 85% (+ 7.5% per 100 AP) as effective as the previous one.
Tidecaller's Blessing (E)
TARGET RANGE: 800
COST: 55 / 60 / 65 / 70 / 75 mana
ACTIVE: Nami blesses the target allied champion, or herself, for 6 seconds, causing her target's next three basic attacks to each deal bonus magic damage and slow their target for 1 second.
- The enhanced attacks will apply other on-hit effects and can critically strike as normal.
- Tidecaller's Blessing's bonus damage has no effect on structures.
- You can proc Summon Aery with Tidecaller's Blessing, so if your other abilities are on cooldown, you can use this to give a small shield to your ally.
- Use Tidecaller's Blessing before an Aqua Prison if you're finding it hard to land.
Tidal Wave (R)
TARGET RANGE: 2750
COOLDOWN: 120 / 110 / 100
Nami summons a tidal wave that surges forth, dealing magic damage to all units it hits, knocking them up for 0.5 seconds and then slowing them for 2 − 4 (based on distance traveled) seconds.
You're most likely going to want to take Ebb and Flow first, unless you're in imminent danger during an invade and need the cc of Aqua Prison.
Nami's laning phase is very safe, using Ebb and Flow to poke down the opposing enemies, and healing back up after a trade.
You can help push the wave with Aqua Prison, and Tidecaller's Blessing on your ADC giving them extra damage. At level 6, you can generally go for an all-in - blowing some, if not all, summoners, and hopefully coming out with at least one kill. Engage with your Tidal Wave from brush, into a guaranteed Aqua Prison on the knock-up. Keeping yourself, your ADC and any gankers topped up and healthy with your Ebb and Flow.
Outside of laning phase, you're going to want to be setting up a lot of Warding Totem wards around objectives, such as Baron Nashor and the drakes. If your team is ahead, and it is safe to do so, you can set up deep vision in the enemies jungle, allowing yourself and your team to get important picks, that allow you to take the previously mentioned objectives.
You want to mostly take your focus from poke to utility during this stage of the game, even when ahead. You will want to focus peeling your ADC or main damage threat with Aqua Prison, or using it on multiple enemies to incapacitate them. Keep your team healthy with Ebb and Flow, and you can disrupt a teamfight, and enemy channels, with Tidal Wave. It's long range offers you a safe distance to cast it from, slows longer based on the distance travelled, and with Surging Tides procced on yourself, you can follow up with an Aqua Prison quickly.
You can use Ebb and Flow bounced off of enemies for extra damage, but the heal on your allies will be less effective.
The main thing to be aware of, is making sure your teams threats stay alive, while removing, or zoning, the enemy teams threats.
Control Ward's are a staple part of any support, both to deny your enemies vision, and to provide your team extra vision. You should make sure to buy one at least every time you back, preferably to have 2 on you at all times.
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