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Hi this is my first build ever, so go easy on me. I've played Akali for as long as i remember. And overtime I've gotten better and better at her. This build is an AP nuke Akali. I have a section for Hybrid Akali too. Both are great, but i could use a hand on my hybrid if anyone would mine giving me some tips.
-Amazing 1v1 Champ
-One of the best escapists
-Surprise burst at level 6
-Can't really do much 1-6
-Energy hungry early and mid game
-Very squishy until progress in build
-Gets targeted often
Now for runes Akali can be very flexible. You can rune out as an offensive Akali, defensive Akali, or even Utility of you want to. I rune based on the team im playing with. If your team has a lot of crowd control and is healthy, go offensive, or utility. If your team seems squishy and don't seem to be able to back you up, thats when i go defensive.
Offensive runes are basic. Not really needed, but if you want more hurt.
Your everyday AP offensive runes.
You have a couple different runes to choose from for defensive runes.
Heath runes for better survival early game.
Magic Resistance for other mages.
Great for chases and get-aways. Mixes well with Janna's passive and if your rolling Boots of Mobility.
Good if you want a level advantage early and mid game. mixes well with the Awareness Mastery and if you have solo lane. even better with Zilean's passive.
Cooldown Reduction runes for more output.
Now, I've had an interest in energy runes for some time now, and i never really used, or bought some. I have more interest in the energy per level runes, Greater Quintessence of Meditation and the Greater Glyphs of Lucidity.
Ok this build you follow as it says. you absolutely need your Rylai's Crystal Scepter and Lich Bane. if you think you can't get good stacks, then skip it. After lich bane, thats when the situational item should be bought. if the other team is rockin' lots of AP maybe a Banshee's Veil, If they doin' too much dmg, mb a Warmogs, or whatever you feel is needed.
Now, aside from simply giving you a build, masteries, and runes. I'll tell you how to play akali.
Now from level 1-6 you can be laid back and farm. Which i fine, because akali doesn't do much early game. at level two if you want to harass, do this combination. mark your target, shroud towards them, walk to them, release the mark, walk away. Now this combo is great for constant harass, but you have to choose your targets, and moments right. If they are in minion range, dont do it. If they are ready to strike you, back up. only hit them if you won't get more dmg in return
mid game id say level 6-16 at level 6 you can start doing some heavy dmg. now that you have your dash, you can release marks much easier. combo mark, dash, spin, shroud. Now you do a large dmg output without getting too much aggro. You can also start ganking at this time. so be open to that. When playing akali do not engage first in a team-fight! when going head first in a team fight, you get targeted and get unneeded dmg. wait for your tank to engage and then you can hop in. always focus who your team is focusing. since you do massive dmg you don't wanna spread dmg.
Late game is when i see most akalis lose touch. you want to keep up stacks. so don't be too eager to engage. only do it when you and your team is prepared.
Give me Tips!
now this is my first build. so i dont know all the little add-ons that make builds appealing, and so great. so give me tips on that, and even on my ap nuke akali build.