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Akali the Goddess of 3v3

Last updated on October 15, 2011
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Akali Build

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Middle Lane
Ranked #36 in
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Win 46%
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Ability Sequence

Ability Key Q
Ability Key W
Ability Key E
Ability Key R

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The masteries shown here are not yet updated for the current season, the guide author needs to set up the new masteries. As such, they will be different than the masteries you see in-game.


Brute Force
Improved Rally

Offense: 9

Strength of Spirit
Veteran's Scars

Defense: 21

Expanded Mind
Blink of an Eye
Mystical Vision
Presence of the Master

Utility: 0

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This is my first time writing a build for League of Legends so any constructive criticism is welcome. Akali is probably my favorite assassin if not my favorite character in League of Legends. In this guide i'm going to show you how I play Akali in the Twisted Treeline.

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Greater Mark of Insight x9 - Makes her abilities hit hard early game.

Greater Seal of Resilience x9 - Makes her a little less squishy against AD champs.

Greater Glyph of Warding x4 to make her a little less squishy against AP champs.

Greater Glyph of Potency x5
Greater Quintessence of Potency x3 These together activate that additional magic damage on hit from her passive.

These runes give Akali strong early game damage while providing some durability which you really need.

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I go with mostly defensive masteries and then some offensive. I picked these because they give her the maximum amount of ability power you can get through masteries while providing some additional durability.

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Summoner Spells

-Exhaust - An amazing CC and destroys AD champs. I would save this for when you go up against an AD champ unless you really need to CC down someone else.

-Ignite - Helps finish off enemies and adds to Akali's burst. UNF true damage X]

Other less useful summoner spells.

-Ghost - Movement speed increase and ignore unit collision. Great for chasing and making quick escapes

-Flash - Also great for chasing and making escapes. Can be used to travel through most walls and can help you backdoor.

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-Doran's Blade - Provides some health, lifesteal, and exactly enough attack damage to activate the spell vamp portion of her passive. The runes i chose with a doran's build is what I believe to be the strongest early game set up as Akali.

-Sorceror's Shoes - Spell Pen makes magic resist phase you a little bit less.

-Hextech Revolver - Decent amount of ability power but i picked this item early for the spell vamp which will help you stay in lane longer to help you get ahead in levels and gold.

-Rylai's Crystal Scepter - Health, ability power, and adds a slow to each of your abilities. This item makes it incredibly easy to chase down enemy champions and secure kills.

-Rabadon's Deathcap - Insane amount of Ability power this will make you hit ridiculously hard. Build as soon as you can and your enemies won't be able to handle your burst.

-Lichbane - Ability power, magic resist, and it adds aditional damage to your auto attacks equal to your ability power after you use a spell. This item improves Akali's burst even more while providing some durability.

-Hextech Gunblade - Attack damage, ability power, lifesteal, spell vamp and an on use for even more burst and some additional CC. This item is a hybrids best friend.

-Zhonya's Hourglass - This items provides ability power, armor, and an on use that makes you immune to damage and untargetable for 2 seconds. After your enemies see the burst that you're capable of they are very likely to focus you. Pop this and it gives you team a chance to do some damage to them while making them alot less likely to focus you.

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Situational items

Other good options for boots...
-Ionian Boots of Lucidity - Cooldown reduction is nice but Akali's abilities are already on fairly low cooldowns so i find it unnecessary.

-Mercury's Treads - If the enemy team has alot of CC. I find this unnecessary because you will be nuking down enemies before they get the chance to CC lock you.

-Boots of Swiftness - Improves Akali's already amazing ability to chase, but i find this unnecessary if you have control of the jungle because of the movement speed buff.

If your enemies are building magic resist...
-Abyssal Scepter - Some ability power, magic resist, and spell pen. Take this if they don't have too much Magic resist.

-Void Staff - If you enemies are stacking magic resist.

-Mejai's Soulstealer - Deffinately an amazing item for Akali but i only reccomend purchasing it if you are confident with your ability to maintain stacks.

Items to increase durability...

-Guardian's Angel - Armor and magic resist will make you more difficult to kill. If they do manage to kill you you will be revived as long as it's not on cooldown.

-Spirit Visage - cooldown reduction, magic resist, and improves your self healing.

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Skill Sequence

Max your Q first because this will be your main source of damage. Upgrade your ult every time you can.

Now you can either level your W or E. I always go with W but if you find it difficult to burst down your enemies it might be worth it to take a few ranks of E before upgrading your W more.

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Tricks of the Trade

Before engaging try to throw your Q and wait for the cooldown to reset. Then use your ult after your auto attack consume the Mark. Throw your Q again and auto attack.

Between your Q cooldowns you can use your W to reduce your incoming damage and go stealth till the cooldown resets.

Throw your W Behind a minion wave that is moving down the lane and step into it to cut your opponent off for your minion to sap their experience. This will help you get ahead in levels and can help you harass.

When taking down turrets and inhibitors you can use your E and W to get Lichbane procs to burst them down quicker. Akali can backdoor extremely easily by doing this.

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My choice of Runes, masteries, summoner spells, and items were picked to give Akali a strong early game to secure kills and help get you into the jungle before anyone can even have the chance to. I have found this strategy to be extremely effect and I can usually get 4-5 levels ahead of everyone else in the game. Thanks for reading and please don't rate until you've tried it i guarantee you won't be disappointed with the results. Also if you would like me to write builds on any other Champions feel free to make requests in the comments. I have had a lot of experience with nearly every champion released.