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Ahri Build Guide by BicBee
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+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
Ability Order MAX Q --> W --> E
Threats & Synergies
Try to always keep TF under tower or at least pushed to discourage his roaming. Ward heavy as you're the aggressor in lane and will get ganked. Very rarely can he solo you in lane. Every time he throws down blue/red card to CS immediately step in to harass. Don't stay near minions so he has to choose to spend mana to harass you or to CS. Good TFs will ult to lanes after backing making it hard for you to predict/stop/follow him. Beware of that.
Wait out Velkoz stacks before fighting. Play around minions to avoid getting hit by his geometry. You should be able to win against him pretty easily. Usually Velkoz will put the knock up close to him if you're going forward for a kill. Save a charge of ult to avoid his knock up if you can't predict.
Step forward to avoid her E. If she uses E on you then she will have a tough time CSing. Stay away from minions and make her choose to harass or to CS. Make sure to dodge binding by saving a charge of ult for it and dodge to side or sidestep if you got quick feet. Easy all in if her binding is on cooldown. You can still use your abilities when she roots you (except ult)
AA or W Malz to get rid of his passive shield before landing other skills onto him. You can 1 shot his voidlings with your Q. It'll significantly stop his push. Make sure to stay away from the minion that has malefic vision on it as it'll bounce to you when it dies. As soon as he uses his silence you can all in him pretty easily. DONT DIVE HIM.
Stay away from minions. Ziggs is the strongest when long range. He's the weakest in close range so step forward if you want to harass and bully him. Push lane if you can and roam. Good Ziggs value farm more than solo kills in lane and will just stay safe until they get items for team fights. If your top/bot lane is low post 6 there's a good chance that Ziggs will step out of lane to try and ult them.
Stay away from minions and other people when Brand ults because it'll bounce. It's hard to predict when and where he'll use his W (circle thing) so if you're having a hard time stay away from the minions and make him choose to CS with the skill or harass. Wait till 6 if you want to solo him. Shoving lane and roaming would be a good option as well.
Bully hard pre 6. Post 6 Ahri can't out run Diana's burst with her ultimate especially if Diana lands Q onto you first because of delay in Ahri's ultimate charges. If Diana lands Q after 6 immediately back off and wait till the Q wears off so she can't ult you twice. If she goes in be careful of her knock up. Diana will usually use E after going in. When Diana ults you up close she will always appear behind you so keep that in mind for charms. Buy early magic null into banshees (replace Zhonya) if having a hard time.
Bully Fizz hard before lv 3. Freeze it under your tower to be able to harass him hard and make him lose CS. Once his E is on cool down you win trade. Save charm for AFTER he jumps because if he dodges your charm you will lose trade hard and can even get killed. After he jumps Fizz will usually land left or right to try and dodge charm. Watch out for his Q minion to ult. Ult speed is slow so dodge backwards diagonally gives you more time to dodge ult.
Poke him down lv 1-2 with AA and Q whenever he goes to CS. At level 3 is when Zed will typically have his shadow and you'll have to give a bit more respect to his range. His shadow is on a 15 second CD early on so make sure to abuse that time frame. After level 6 is when it's a skill match up. Zed will appear opposite of the direction he ulted you from. This can be tricky to time and land charm. After Zed ults he usually will look to throw Q so try and dodge it. If you're having a hard time just complete Zhonya's first item.
Hard to predict her Q. Whenever she misses E is good time to go in and harass/fight. If you're having a hard time look to build magic null into banshees (replaces Zhonyas). She won't be able to 1 shot you if you have early MR.
Never fight/trade when Akali is invisible. Dodge her shuriken because that's her gap closer. Very crucial to have charm up if you don't have ultimate and vice versa.
Wait till Kassadin uses Q on minions before using your abilities to avoid his magic shield. Try to freeze under turret to deny farm. Your CS is very important in this matchup because Ahri beats Kass in laning, but loses as the game progresses.
You die if you miss charm. Stay away from daggers on floor.She will usually jump when you are between her and her dagger while walking towards her. Look to land charms on the daggers and when she's ulting.
Look for fights when her W (grounded pool) is on CD. Her weakest range is up close between her and her pool. Stay away from minions to make her choose CS or harass. She stuns you easily if you ult towards her so ult side to side.
Stay away from her when she has stun (white swirls around her). If you're in auto attack range you're too close. You can freely trade with her when her stun isn't up (every 4th skill gives her stun). Poke her from long range with Q. If she walks towards you chances are she's looking to engage so look to retreat.
LB likes to Q then W. Her Q is at a longer range than her W so her jump will be predictable as long as you don't stand too close (AA range). Bait LB by letting her Q you, when she tries to step into W range charm her mid flight and Q. When she W towards you Q towards where her marker is. After LB jumps step to the side to dodge chains. LB's W is on a long CD early on around 10s so punish her after she W. LB has problems CSing under turret early on so look to shove.
Stay away from minions to make him choose CS or harass. Stay away from Karth's dead body. Rush early Zhonya's for his ult if he's strong. Ward path to his blue to catch him if you can.
All about how well you dodge Ori's ball. She has around 5s CD on her Q so look to harass her after she moves her ball. She will usually walk forward when she wants to Q you unless you're too close. Look to engage with ult when she has sent her ball out.
Stay away from minion waves. Look to AA his shield and W to harass. Don't throw abilities out too fast because there's a chance he will block with his wall. His wall is around 18s CD so abuse that.
Build early Morellos. Don't fight him when his bar is red. His W (pool) has around 15s CD. Try to engage hard to make him use W when your jungler is ganking.
You beat him early if you're able to avoid his cage. He will use cage when you're about to get ganked or when you're engaging him. Later on Veigar will be able to 1 shot Ahri. Getting banshees (replace Zhonya) vs Veigar would be ideal if you're having trouble.
Don't stand behind minions. She can out push you so careful of her roams. Back off when she uses E (claw) as you're most likely getting engaged on. Aim at where she E's because she will most likely teleport there. You can fight her after she uses E (15s CD). Look to take Cleanse in this match up to cleanse her ult. It is very rare that Liss will be able to solo kill Ahri.
His ult makes it incredibly easy to land skill shots on enemy team.
Chain your charm with his hook and it most likely will be a kill.
Her black shield keeps you from being CC'd in team fights if you choose to go deep. Her binding is solid 2s at level 1. Lots of time to land charm.
Loads of CC for you to follow up on with charm.
His ult makes it very easy to land your skills on enemy inside.
P4P best CC champion in the game.
Hard for Eve to land consistently. When she does double charm OP.
Champion Build Guide
Who is this guy?
I am BicBee hailing from the North American region. One of my main roles is mid lane and I specialize in assassins and mage champions. I've been playing League of Legends on and off since Season 3. I've peaked at Plat 1, 2-0 in series before I got reverse swept by Diamond. I remember using Mobafire guides when I first started playing League and they've been a great help. I'm hoping that my guides can do the same for the new generation of League of Legends players! I also make YouTube videos for fun so definitely check them out. Here is my latest video for Ahri.
Whenever Ahri's spells hit a champion 2 times within a short period, she gains movement speed.
*This is usually proc'd by Q front and back or by W.
Ahri throws out an orb that deals magic damage out and true damage on the way back. Depending on how many champions/minions you hit you will get a stack for each. Upon reaching 9 stacks you will be able to heal for each enemy hit by the orb.
*Aim for max range Q's to easily apply true damage portion
*Use Q sparingly early on because it does very little dmg and makes it hard to CS
*Try to Q full waves with 9 stacks for sustain / during fights
Ahri releases 3 fox fires that lock onto a target. Priority of target is by whoever is charmed, whoever Ahri last auto attacked, and whoever is closest. Additional fox fire hits on the same target increases the damage by 30%.
*Win early trades by AA then W immediately after follow by Q or another AA --> Electrocute
*Fox fire always prioritizes champions > minions
*Fox fire procs your passive
Ahri blows out a kiss that damages and charms enemies making them walk towards her harmlessly. Ahri's abilities do 20% more damage on a charmed enemy for the next 5 seconds.
*E and then immediately flash to cancel animation for instant charm
*Against assassins this ability needs to be used wisely or you will die in lane
*Back off when charm is on CD
Ahri dashes forward and fires up to 3 energy bolts that can hit 3 different champions/minions. Prioritizes champions and can only hit an enemy once.
*R is used to reposition (to hit back end Q), catch, or escape
*1 sec CD inbetween each charge of ultimate
Zed will always appear opposite of where he ulted from. This can be tricky for a lot of people so I'll show you 3 ways to outplay Zed's ult from hardest to easiest. *You will die from Zed's ult if you have a shuriken on top of your head.
1) Charm where Zed will land after ult. The cheapest and hardest way to deal with Zed's ult
2) E --> Flash (Charm behind you and flash immediately) This will charm Zed 100% of the time no matter where he ults you from. The only problem with this is the timing. If you flash too early you'll miss. If you flash too late he can dodge it.
3) Zhonya lasts for 2.5s. Zed's ult lasts for 3s. You need to Zhonya a little bit after Zed ulted. If you do it too early he will be able to kill you still.
LB dashes forward in a straight line if she's trying to hit you from max range
LB's Q is longer range than her W
If LB lands Q on you and continues to walk forward it means she is going to W in
Aim your Q at where her dash marker is
Ignite her if you can to differentiate from her clone. In this case I was able to tell because of the tower shot
*Every 2 waves will be cannon wave, it's best to back when canon wave is coming so you don't lose ton of CS
*AA ranged minions before you Q wave to CS easier
*You can 1 shot range minions with Q at level 9 (max points in Q)
*Pay attention to your minions that are low, enemy will try and CS, that's the time when you want to poke them
*Ward side of river that your jungler is on and play around that side
*Warding chickens can let you steal chickens with Q and spot jungler
*Always pay attention to your jungler lv 2-3 and help them take scuttle at river
*Look or walk towards a different target than the one you want to aim for
*Throw Q out to cut off a direction before you E if target is dodging too much
*Get as close as you SAFELY can (auto attack range) to land easier skill shots
(works well vs someone over dodging)
*Aim for targets that have no escapes or are less mobile
*Wait for the middle of enemy's auto attack animation or skill cast animation to throw your skill shot (they won't be able to move)
*Catch enemies from over the wall if possible
*Pick angles where enemies are clumped or standing behind each other to maximize Q damage
*Save charm for enemy's aggressive engages
*Engage and catch if you can kill or else you should peel if ADC is fed
*Don't fight when charm or ultimate is on CD
This is the best start in the game and what I would go almost every time. You can go Dark seal 3 pots if you want more sustain (build path is still same whichever one you choose).
FIRST BACK IF RICH (1300G)
1300g is the magic number that you should aim for on your first back. Getting Lost Chapter is your first power spike and solves any mana issues you would have during laning phase. The 10% CD is also very nice.
IF YOURE POOR(LESS THAN 1300G)
If you had to back early before 1300g then getting another Dorans with Boots is what you're going to aim for. It won't be as good as having Lost Chapter, but it is still powerful enough for you to harass with. The extra AP also helps you with CSing as well. You will be looking to sell your Dorans later on when your item slots are getting full.
VS AD MID OR AD HEAVY
This is a good early buy against AD mids like Zed, Yasuo, Talon, Jayce,etc. It's difficult for them to kill you after buying Seekers. You will want to build this early on because it loses it's usefulness after they get lethality items. If you're up against Zed and he's not really good then you can be a bit greedy and just buy the stopwatch to prevent death from his ult and build more damage items instead. You will generally want to finish into Zhonyas, but when is entirely up to you. Sometimes you can get away with finishing Ludens first while just having the stopwatch which serves as a Zhonya until used. Other times you will have to rush it as first item before anything else.
WHEN AHEAD LIKE A BIG BOSS
Ludens is your first big item that you want to complete. It helps with wave clear while helping you reach 10% CD. By the time you finish this item you should be level 10 as well meaning you will have 30% CD total because of Transcendence. You usually finish boots after Ludens, but that's not always the case. Sometimes it's better to buy damage items like large rod or blasting wand if the enemy team only have tier 1 boots. Or if the enemy team isn't mobile (no dash, blinks, gap closers, etc). Deathcap is a great rush if you're able to get the gold for it. It allows you to start one shotting people or being able to secure dragon/tower by chunking people so hard they have to back. Sometimes if I can't complete my 3rd item I like to get a stopwatch because it allows me to be more aggressive and make plays whether I'm ahead or behind.
IF YOU'RE MIDDLE CLASS OR BORDERLINE LOWER CLASS
If you're even, behind, or up against a bunch of heals then this is what you want to build. When building Morellos if you have less than 1600g then you should buy blasting wand first.
IF THEY'RE TOO TANKY
If enemy team is buying lots of MR and have lots of HP then this is the path you want to go. Liandrys > Morellos if healing isn't that big of a factor. Liandrys helps you shred HP and is very useful during sieges or when you're taking towers because of torment. Madness from Liandrys allows you to keep poking while steadily increasing your damage up to 10%. Voidstaff shreds MR not HP so that's the key difference between buying Liandrys or Voidstaff first. Build paths are similar so you can decide. Voidstaff is cheaper, but Liandrys provides additional HP. You will want both eventually if enemy team is too tanky, but usually you can get by with having Liandrys or Voidstaff as a 3rd item while getting Deathcap as a 4th and then getting whichever you didn't build as a 5th.
You're going to want to get either one of these in almost every game. DON'T get both because it limits your value for damage. Which item is dependent on situation. If you're up against a Zed/Fizz who keeps killing you then you want Zhonya. If you're up against Syndra/Veigar who keeps one shotting you then you want Banshees. When to build these is also up to you. If you're more of a team fighter and like to get in and out of fights then you want to build these fairly early on maybe as a 3rd or 4th item. If you're able to avoid being targetted in most fights and like to sit back then it's more beneficial to get these as 6th items.
FOR FRESH AHRIS
This is a good item for newer Ahri players who have a tough time hitting skill shots. Simply start off the engage or disengage with R or W to proc the slow then throw your skill shots. You don't generally get this item anymore on Ahri because of better items that have more value like Liandries or Morellos, but if you do decide to get this item then you would be replacing either Liandries or Morellos with it.