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Akali - So many noobs.

By Periphetes | Updated on April 21, 2011

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The Kinkou are the self-appointed keepers of Ionia’s sacred balance. The order’s loyal acolytes walk the spirit and material realms, mediating conflicts between them and, when necessary, intervening by force. Born among their ranks was Akali, daughter of Mayym Jhomen Tethi, the renowned Fist of Shadow. Mayym and her partner Tahno raised their daughter within the Kinkou Order, under the watchful leadership of Great Master Kusho, the Eye of Twilight. Whenever her parents were called away, other members of the order stepped in as Akali’s surrogate family. Kennen, the Heart of the Tempest, spent many hours with the young girl, teaching her shuriken techniques, and emphasizing speed and agility over strength. Akali was a precocious child, and soaked up the knowledge like a sponge. It became clear to all that she would follow her parents’ path—along with the Great Master’s son and appointed successor Shen, she would lead a new generation dedicated to preserving Ionia’s balance. But balance can be fleeting. The order found itself divided. A wayward acolyte named Zed returned, and clashed violently with Kusho, wresting power in a bloody coup. Akali fled into the eastern mountains along with Mayym, Shen, Kennen, and a handful of other acolytes. Sadly, Tahno was not among them. Zed’s transformation of the Kinkou into the merciless Order of Shadow was almost complete. But, as the new Eye of Twilight, Shen intended to rebuild what had been lost. They would return to the Kinkou’s three fundamental philosophies: the pure impartiality of Watching the Stars, the passage of judgment in Coursing the Sun, and the elimination of imbalance by Pruning the Tree. Even though they were now few, they would train neophytes to restore and grow their numbers once more. When Akali came of age at fourteen, she formally entered her Kinkou training, determined to succeed her mother as the new Fist of Shadow. She was a prodigious fighter, and mastered the kama and kunai—a handheld sickle and throwing dagger. Though she did not possess the magical abilities of many of her fellow acolytes, she proved to all she was worthy of the title, in time allowing her mother to step down and help mentor the younger neophytes. But Akali’s soul was restless, and her eyes were open. Though the Kinkou and the Order of Shadow had come to an uneasy accord in the wake of the Noxian invasion of Ionia, she saw that her homeland continued to suffer. She questioned whether they were truly fulfilling their purpose. Pruning the Tree was meant to eliminate those who threatened the sacred balance... yet Shen would always urge restraint. He was holding her back. All the mantras and meditations could quiet her spirit, but such platitudes would not defeat their adversaries. Her youthful precociousness turned to outright disobedience. She argued with Shen, she defied him, and she took down Ionia’s enemies her way. In front of the whole order, she declared the impotence of the Kinkou, all its talk of spiritual balance and patience accomplishing little. Ionians were dying in the material realm, and that was the realm Akali would defend. She was trained as an assassin. She was going to be an assassin. She did not need the order anymore. Shen let her go without a fight, knowing this was a path that Akali must walk alone. Perhaps that path would bring her back one day, but that would be for her to decide. 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Spells:

LoL Summoner Spell: Ignite

Ignite

LoL Summoner Spell: Clairvoyance

Clairvoyance

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Introduction

This is build is designed to give Akali nearly identical damage to the all-out offensive builds, but adds TONS of survivability and support. Survivability and support are critical in ranked matches, not so much in normals where all you want is kills and don't care if you lose. Clairvoyance is the keystone here. With a 38 second cooldown and 10 second duration you can literally spam it and keep your non-warding low-elo teams alive.

Why Clairvoyance on Akali you ask? Simple, my dear. Akali barely benefits from any mastery trees or summoner spells in general. In addition, Ghost and Flash, the 'best' summoner spells in the game, do not synergize well with Twilight Shroud or Shadow Dance. This makes Akali particularly a better candidate for odd summoner setups.

My items are optimized to give the maximum DPS possible without being pure damage.

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Pros / Cons

Pros:
-INCREDIBLE support for the lesser-aware players you may end up carrying.
-Good survivability, enough to get in, kill carries, and get out, rather than sacrificing.
-Safer farming
-Can save you ward money

Cons:
-Not perfect on damage, but ends up doing plenty
-Can't kill tanks until endgame, if they stack MR
-Requires you to be a map aware player so you know where to Clairvoyance and when
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Summoner Spells

For summoner spells, I use Clairvoyance and ignite. Clairvoyance is the obvious one, for preventing gank situations (bye bye needing ghost to pop). I prefer ignite as my second spell, mostly for tank burning, but this is really open to player preference.

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The key to this build's success and the only thing keeping your early game afloat.

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My preferential choice, as it is really necessary for early game kills and still works great all throughout. Ignite does help a TON before you get to Rylai's, seals some kills you couldn't get normally on tanks, etc. A lot of the other spells could work just as well if they fit you better, though.

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Can work if you prefer it, since Rylai's takes a while to build. This would probably be best if you are low summoner level.

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Another good option if you don't like ignite, it adds to your support power when you can teleport to save feeders and possibly reverse gank. More useful at moderate pre-30 summoner levels, but definately viable AT 30.

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Another good option, adds a little survivability, just for "that one time" when you had no minion to shadow dance to.

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Again, good option if you want it. Helps a little in teamfights with your mobility.
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Unique Skills

There are a couple things you will need to get used to doing with this build which you have probably never done before. Clairvoyance takes some getting used to, but if you are a good player most of the use comes naturally.

- Clairvoyance IS YOUR EXTRA ESCAPE MECHANISM. YOU MUST PROTECT YOURSELF WITH IT.

-Use Clairvoyance on dragon or baron if you suspect they are doing it. Lots of good things can happen as a result, such as scaring them off the monster.

-Use Clairvoyance on ANY bush you think the enemy team can/should be in before facechecking.

-You can pop Clairvoyance during chases for free LoS to Shadow Dance

- Clairvoyance the enemy fountain at the start of the game to see where they are going and what items they are getting. This won't work at high rating.

-Help your other lanes with the level 1 facechecking by popping CV instead, and then maybe they won't die to Garen in that bush.
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Gameplay Tactics

I won't get into typical Akali play, as it has been covered MANY times before on other guides here. I will go over the most important goals though:

-Kill squishy dps first always, even if the positioning is more difficult (just don't suicide, go after an engage). Your role is to kill enemy carries, and after that your job is mostly done as Akali.

-Clairvoyance to gain information. This the point of having it.

-Kill as many minions as possible.

-Die as little as possible, including at the expense of a kill or two. You'll get your chance later. This tip applies more to teamfights than laning.
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Items

STANDARD BUILD:

This starts you with the 10% spell vamp passive and adds hp surv. Very standard.


I rush these because you get almost exactly the same damage increase as Hextech Revolver, but you trade 15% spell vamp for the movespeed (which really increases damage and survivability potential MORE)


Another standard early-mid akali item.


This is where I start to deviate from ordinary Akali builds. Instead of rushing straight into AP stacking, I build up the backbone of the character. This feeds your enemies less gold plus gives you more farming time. At this point in the game, it will typically give you the health buffer needed to land kills as well.


Standard Akali item, rushed for the control and support to synergize with the rest of this build.

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Non-standard mid-game item. Ordinarily you would only want this on Vladimir or an AoE champion, but we use it to help kill carries who decided to get mercury treads. Alternatively you can get a Void Staff here if at least 4 of your enemies are going to use a single MR item.


Standard bulky AP item.


This is the strongest component of Lich Bane, so get it first.


Adds another 100% AP scaling attack to your combos, which were not much higher than that per skill before. This is a key item if your enemies rushed MR, as it deals physical damage.


Endgame polish. You could replace this with a defensive item if you want, but my games never last to this item.

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4 PHYSICAL ENEMIES, NO ENEMY AP ASSASSIN:









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