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Runes: Precision Focus

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Lethal Tempo
Legend: Bloodline
Coup de Grace

Magical Footwear
Approach Velocity

+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+6 Armor


1 2
Defensive / Standard Lane
LoL Summoner Spell: Flash


LoL Summoner Spell: Heal


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Champion Build Guide

Ashes to Ashes

By jhoijhoi

Who am I? Why Ashe?
Greetings MOBAFire! I'm jhoijhoi, a casual League player who has been playing Ashe since Season One in 2009, making 2020 the 11th year of playing League. Ashe was the first champion I unlocked and I have played hundreds of games as her through every Season, multiple Elos and Game Modes. I'm Level 7 Mastery of Ashe, with over 100 000 points. I play League sporadically, whenever I have time, so while I cannot claim to know the flavour of the month picks, bans and buys, I do know my Ashe.

Ashe was my go-to ADC in ranked or normals. She is team composition dependent and can be super powerful in global comps. Ashe’s greatest asset is her ability to initiate ganks, skirmishes and teamfights with Enchanted Crystal Arrow, but this comes at the cost of low mobility and few defensive abilities. These pitfalls are what I seek to address with runes, summoner spells and items when I play.

Ashe's Strengths
+ Can initiate fights at range
+ Frost Shot allows you to easily kite and chase
+ Volley provides waveclear and poke
+ Strong level 1 with Frost Shot and Volley
+ Crits grant extra slow on AAs
+ Long autoattack range

Ashe can abuse an autoattack range advantage over most marksmen and poke safely with Volley. Proper positioning for Volley and timing on Ranger's Focus-empowered autoattacks grants Ashe a powerful early game. Ashe's initiations with Enchanted Crystal Arrow turn teamfights around. Overall, Ashe has a fairly straightforward set of abilities and a responsive autoattack, making her a good choice for players new to the marksman role. I highly recommend starting with her as her kit gives you a great understanding of map awareness due to Hawkshot and ECA combo + her lack of innate escapes makes you more conscious of the environment around you.

Ashe's Weaknesses
- No escape mechanism and low mobility/movement speed
- Ranger's Focus needs to be stacked up
- Low damage output without abilities
- Volley can be blocked by minions or tanks
- Enchanted Crystal Arrow can be dodged or blocked, and has a low skill floor, but high skill ceiling

Ashe’s low mobility and lack of escape mechanisms, only further exacerbated by her squishiness, are her biggest weaknesses. Where many marksmen have abilities to reposition themselves, Ashe must rely only on slows to keep assassins and bruisers away. Heavily reliant on farm and items, she relies on auto-attacks to kill enemy champions, not abilities. Ashe’s combos are predictable, making it difficult to surprise or outplay opponents. Landing Enchanted Crystal Arrow requires skill: it can win games or be completely useless.

Guide Contents
This is a Marksman Ashe guide for duo-bot lane, Summoner's Rift . This guide will cover runes, summoner spells, ability sequencing and ADC tactics and gameplay. Items will be discussed in-depth, as will the potential competition bot lane. In short, this guide aims to cover as much as possible about playing Ashe bot lane.

Good luck of the Fields of Justice, Summoners!

Ashe’s Allies & Foes
Ashe synergises well with some champions and is countered by others. Below is a brief guide of which types of champions would be ideal in your team composition, and the types of champions who can prove difficult opponents for Ashe on the Fields of Justice.

Ashe relies on landing Enchanted Crystal Arrow to catch someone out of position. Any champion who can capitalise on a long range stun + slow on the surrounding enemies is a good pick with Ashe. Compared to other AD carries like Graves, Corki or Draven, Ashe has little to no burst damage as she relies more on chasing and kiting her foes with Frost Shot and harassing with Volley (and dealing sustained damage with Ranger's Focus), thus Ashe is best off with a support who can help protect her in lane and help her reach the power spike of level 6 without being punished too hard.

Ashe can be countered in many different ways. Any sort of CC or multiple CC that disrupts Ashe OR her allies protecting her is a good counter. Junglers and top laners who can bypass Ashe's line of protection spell trouble for Ashe, such as Irelia, Jax, Olaf, Singed, Shen; they can get to Ashe and then displace her/damage her. Supports who can negate the effect of ECA (like Tahm Kench's Devour) are a frustrating match-up and I can't count the number of times Yasuo has wall'd me.

Get Out of Jail Free Cards
Summoner Spells are extra abilities that give you various advantages in game. Marksmen traditionally pick Summoner Spells that have a wide range of utility. Other than the two primary picks below, Ashe could also take Cleanse if against team compositions with tonnes of CC. Though, if you do find yourself in a game without Cleanse and you desperately need it, you can purchase a Quicksilver Sash.
Flash is vital on Ashe in order to stay alive in early engages and late game team fights as it is an incredible positioning tool. It has a myriad of uses: create a gap between you and a bruiser or assassin; dodge dangerous CC spells; retreat over walls; secure kills. Frankly, without Flash, Ashe is vulnerable, so play cautiously when the spell is on cooldown. Replace this with Ghost if you are not yet summoner level 12.

Heal is a strong defensive summoner spell to take on Marksman due to its low cooldown and added utility in the form of a short-duration speed buff. Heal can also be used to bait out your opponents. Since Heal affects both you and one other champion, it’s quite powerful in 2v2 bot lanes and retains its efficiency in team fights.

In team comps where mobility is key, Teleport runs the gauntlet in winning games - if your whole team can get to the fight every 6 minutes, you have the upperhand. Veteran League players will fondly remember the Ashe Enchanted Crystal Arrow up midlane and TP to turret, whaling on the enemy Caitlyn. Today, TP is used more often to aide allies, as opposed to solo plays.

Supports can often be seen taking Heal if they spec Revitalize, meaning their shields and heals are stronger. Due to Heal's drawbacks of being 50% less effective if a summoner has been Healed recently, it's not wise to grab Heal on both ADC and support. Exhaust gives you the incredible control of crippling your opponent early, middle or late game. It can be used to escape situations, protect yourself or allies, or initiate.

Customising Your Laning Experience
Runes can completely synergise with your champion and customisation is better than ever. You can choose to focus on covering areas of weakness, maximising areas of strength or increasing the utility of items/mechanics in the game. In addition to the bonus hard stats of adaptive damage (AD/AP), flat health, magic resist and armour, you can pick a primary and secondary tree with valuable rune effects. Below are some rune choices that suit Ashe.

Recommended Pathways

Ashe's primary role as a marksman is to deal damage via Volley and Ranger's Focus-infused auto-attacks. Increased attack speed and projectile animation with Lethal Tempo and/or Legend: Alacrity maximises last hitting potential in lane and stacks Ranger's Focus faster. Sustain in lane (and throughout the game) is important and Fleet Footwork, Legend: Bloodline and Overheal will allow you to more easily maintain a healthy status assuming you takedown an enemy champion (assists count). Speaking of takedowns, Triumph allows you to make riskier plays, as you're rewarded with a health restore and gold bounty per takedown. Coup de Grace is great for dealing more damage to lower health enemies, in addition to gaining extra AD per takedown.

The Sorcery tree has some interesting runes, and although you may automatically associate "sorcery" to casters, there are points to be spent here that will increase an ADC's DPS. Arcane Comet forces your opponent to dodge another source of damage and is easy to proc with Volley. Scorch is applied also by Volley and thus can hit both enemies bot lane. Manaflow Band is perfect for Ashe's constant casting of Volley and even Ranger's Focus, but most importantly enabling more ECAs throughout the game due to increased mana regen late game. Transcendence means gaining an extra 10% increased CDR by level 10 resulting in a reduced cooldown of your ultimate, Enchanted Crystal Arrow, which can turn the tides of the game. If you hit the CDR cap, the extra CDR becomes AD, so furthers Ashe's damage. Keeping you relevant throughout the game, Gathering Storm builds your AD up steadily.

Approach Velocity means you can ult someone from base and then run to where they're sitting stunned or (more likely), ult someone in lane and close the gap and stick to them as they try and escape. The bonus movement speed will also proc on any enemy you slow with Volley or an auto-attack. Biscuit Delivery is a neat way of staying sustained in lane and is effectively worth 4x 50g (cost of Health Potions) + bonus mana and max mana increases. Lastly, Magical Footwear is a free 300g item at 10 minutes (or even earlier if you get any kills or assists before then).

Alternative Pathways

Cheap Shot is perfect for Ashe, giving her bonus true damage every 4 seconds, dependant on whether the enemy has been slowed prior. In other words, auto-attack once (or Volley) and then auto-attack again to gain some chip damage. This is a potent rune early game, as late game you're only dealing 30 extra true damage every 4 seconds. Relentless Hunter grants you permanent extra movement speed out of combat, meaning you can get around the map much quicker if you get kills or assists.

Marksmen are renowned for being somewhat squishy early game. Ashe is especially vulnerable due to lacking an escape mechanism. To beef up our ADC and improve her overall survivability, you could spec some points here. Top up your early-game survivability with Second Wind which gives you a little bit of health regen after getting damaged by an enemy or Bone Plating, which lessens the damage of enemy's consecutive attacks after their initial assault. The only other rune I'd be tempted to run in this tree is Demolish, which gives you a chance to smack the enemy bot lane every 45 seconds if they're keeping you under tower.

Flat Stats

In addition to the runes with bonuses, you can select three flat stats and Ashe benefits from Attack Speed, CDR and Adaptive Damage. Attack speed will result in easier last hitting and stacking of Ranger's Focus. Flat adaptive damage means more damage to creeps and champions. Flat armour is useful against the auto-attacks of the enemy ADC and support, as well as physical damage abilities (like Nasus Siphoning Strike for example). Lastly, CDR allows for more ECAs, which increase Ashe's offensive and defensive capabilities.

Ability Skilling Order


Frost Shot
Frost Shot is Ashe's passive. It grants Ashe an on-hit slow that is more powerful as she levels up, and changes how she critically strikes. Instead of a % chance to crit, she deals 10% + her crit chance (times 1.5 with IE) additional damage to targets affected by Frost Shot. For example, if you had an Infinity Edge and no other critical strike items, your attacks would deal 10% +(20%*1.5) = 40% more damage on every attack after frost shot is applied.
Ranger’s Focus
Ranger's Focus grants Ashe stacks of Focus with each basic attack. When she has 4 stacks of Focus, she can activate this skill. Consuming all stacks of Focus grants a boost of attack speed and additional damage for 4 seconds. Her attacks become a flurry of arrows, applying on-hit attacks only once, but on-attack effects multiple times. This is your primary sustained offensive steroid and should be maxed second.
Volley is a cone AoE ability that deals physical damage and applies Frost Shot. The cooldown lowers significantly with level along with a minor damage increase. The arrows of this ability can only deal damage once to a target, but can hit a target multiple times, so a large target such as Cho’Gath can block Volley for his teammates. This should be maxed first.
Hawkshot is an ability to reveals parts of the map despite fog of war. It should be maxed last since the cooldown reduction is not significant. It does have a travel time as it traverses the map, but reveals everything along the way temporarily, and has global range. When using Hawkshot, aim to cover the whole map unless you need lingering vision of a certain area, such as when identifying key locations in the jungle to grant vision and thus knowledge of the enemy jungler’s route - this information can prevent lanes from being ganked and save lives. It is important to grab Hawkshot 2nd as Ashe is extremely vulnerable pre-6 and a likely target for ganks.
Enchanted Crystal Arrow
Enchanted Crystal Arrow is a skill-shot stun that can travel map-wide. The further you are from the target, the longer the duration of the stun - this mechanic essentially rewards Ashe players who can time and aim ECA across great distances. Please do note that landing map-wide stuns requires practice. Max ECA as soon as possible for the damage and lowered cooldown.

Item Specs Breakdown

Early Game Items
On Spawn
Standard starting items to buy on any ADC on Summoner's Rift. Warding Totem grants you vision bot lane; learn to juggle warding brush with your support. When your ward or your support's ward dies, ping it and replace it or place a new one somewhere else. There will be times when there is no vision due to imperfect timing, but if you learn to juggle who's placing a ward when, you have better vision bot lane. After level 9 swap it out for a Farsight Alteration. Doran's Blade increases your damage, boosts your health and gives you sustain via life steal. Attacking minions or enemies in lane, when equipped with a Doran's Blade will result in small amounts of health regen. Alternatively, you could purchase Cull if you're confident with your last hitting capabilities. Doran's Shield gives you more health regen, especially after taking damage, which will allow you to heal passively after trades. The first Health Potion can be used in many different scenarios early game.
Early Core Items - DAMAGE
Ideally, recall when you can afford BF Sword. That’s not to say you should aim to remain in lane until then - if you are on low health and getting zoned, that’s a key time to recall. B. F. Sword will increase the damage of your auto attack Frost Shot, Ranger's Focus and Volley. If you are low on cash (forced to recall early or missing significant amounts of last hits), pick up another Doran's Blade and/or Boots of Speed. Consider how much cash you have left - keep a Health Potion in your inventory until you leave bot lane.
Early Core Items - SUSTAIN
With bruisers everywhere, sustain is king. Bilgewater grants you a slight attach damage boost (increasing damage of Frost Shot, Ranger's Focus and Volley), but it's the life steal and active slow that will help you trade in lane. The building components are cheap and the item path is useful. Boots are integral to moving between base, lane, jungle and river. Recurve Bow grants you a sizable step towards the attack speed you need to deal more damage per second, due also to the extra 15 damage per hit.
Early Core Items - CDR
If aiming for an Essence Reaver right off the bat, you'll find Caulfield's is a great early game item for damage and some early CDR. Building out of relatively cheap and easy purchases of two Long Swords, it's a suitable purchase if you can't afford a BF Sword straight off the bat, and it allows more ults in lane before ER is bought.

Upgrading Early Game Items
Zeal Upgrades
Ashe performs through auto-attacking. One way to amp your auto-attack damage on Ashe is through critical strike and attack speed. Infinity Edge and Runaan's Hurricane ensure that she crits on half of her auto attacks. Runaan's gives Ashe strong waveclear due to its ability to hit multiple targets and on-hit damage. In terms of teamfights, Runaan's also distributes on-hits (such as Ashe's Frost Shot). You should upgrade your boots after or during the purchase of your first big item. In addition to (or alternatively to) Runaan's, Phantom Dancer is an amazing crit and movement speed item on Ashe. Keep it in mind for a late game option. Similar to Hurricane, Statikk Shiv grants Ashe a lot of split-pushing power as it's lightning charge does 65% bonus damage to minions. At level 18 it deals 160 magic damage per lightning proc, which you could potentially get off multiple times in a fight. Rapid Firecannon is useful primarily for extending Ashe's range by 35% on an energized attack - meaning you can smack a target for extra magic damage from a longer distance. Seeing pros pick Trinity Force on Ashe reminds me of the good ole 3 Trinity Force Poppy games, funded by Philo Stones, but of course TF grants Ashe so many buffs that it's no wonder its popularity has surged - it's a great attack speed option and also grants excellent CDR in small obtainable purchases.
Boots Upgrades
Berserker's Greaves provide marksmen with attack speed and movement speed. However, due to buffs in lethality, and the higher occurrence of physical damage bruisers Ninja Tabi have become a popular pick to counter armour penetration items. Any sort of armour is immediately effective against physical damage, so as an ADC laning against another physical damage dealer, Tabi can be a sensible choice. Mercury's Treads are recommended against heavy CC and AP teams - although you lose out on the damage potential of Serker's, you aid your survivability with the tenacity.
BF Sword Upgrades
As Ashe is picked quite often for her engage potential with Enchanted Crystal Arrow, Essence Reaver's can mean more skirmishes and spamming of abilities after using Ashe's ult. In solo queue it can be difficult to communicate with your team and your engages with ECA can make or break a fight. When your allies don't follow through, your ECAs are wasted. When your allies do follow through, your ECAs are gamechangers. More ECAs means more gamechanging moments - more ECAs can be achieved through purchasing ER. Infinity Edge grants true damage based on critical strike damage, as well as doubling your chance to critically strike. Ashe performs through auto-attacking. One way to amp your auto-attack damage on Ashe is through critical strike and attack speed. Infinity Edge and Runaan's Hurricane ensure that she crits on half of her auto attacks.
Life Steal
Bloodthirster is an offensive AND defensive pick; it grants you a shield on attack that absorbs more damage the higher level you are, and gives you a significant boost in life steal. Mid game the Vampiric Scepter component is enough to keep you healthy. Quicksilver Sash into Mercurial Scimitar, like BT, serves as an offensive and defensive item: it grants life steal, damage, magic resistance and a Cleanse that removes most debuffs. Blade of the Ruined King is useful against health-stacking enemies. Its active slow is as good as Ashe's Frost Shot at level 12 - but what is useful is the instant health heal upon using the active. BotRK can be very strong, as it provides a nice amount of everything an ADC needs. Not to mention that empowered Q Ranger's Focus applies BotRK's 8% current health damage for each arrow of flurry.
Armour Penetration
You're not going to need Last Whisper or it’s upgrades early game. Build it when it becomes necessary. Lord Dominik's Regards is a armour resistance buster, granting you more damage against champions who are stacking armour, but cutting through 35% of it. Mortal Reminder inflicts Grievous Wounds, which reduces all instances of healing and regen by 40%, perfect if against a health-steal or health-heal heavy comp (think Vladimir, Soraka, Nasus, Sona, Warwick etc). Black Cleaver's armour shred is applied instantly to the target with one shot of Ranger's Focus. Black Cleaver is more effective against non-armour stacking opponents than Last Whisper items. Never buy a LW upgrade and BC at the same time - the effects together are not effective use of gold.

Late Game Buys
Other Survivability Options
Besides Mercurial Scimitar, you could grab GA or Maw. Buy a defensive item that best counters your biggest weakness. Maw of Malmortius protects you against tonnes of magic damage (giving you a shield that absorbs damage) and also temporary extra spell vamp and lifesteal. On top of that, you gain some flat MR, damage and CDR - an overall nice item. Guardian Angel is an item favoured for it's flat flat armour defense and AD B. F. Sword boost built from easily obtainable components. It is bought for its unique passive that causes you to revive upon death, which can give you or your team the extra time needed to finish a fight or flee. Not to mention the awesome once-off active hourglass Stopwatch if used before the final item is complete.
Trinket Upgrades
Ashe has great map vision with Hawkshot. This does not mean she should forsake the utility of her trinket. Farsight Alteration will greatly increase your team's sustained vision of the map, granting vision at a huge range instantaneously and leaving a 1HP ward for ongoing vision. It is very useful for scouting brush before entering it, and for checking Dragon and Baron to make sure they’re not being taken by the enemy team.
Elixirs are a temporary power spike. If you’re looking for a boost in damage for the next teamfight, or if the game drags on long enough for you to become full build, purchase an Elixir of Wrath. Keep in mind that elixirs only last 3 minutes and cost 500g, so you need to weigh the benefits of spending 500g when it might delay your full build (obviously no longer matters at full build). Elixir of Wrath grants you an attack damage buff and 15% damage dealt returned as HP for 3 minutes.

Loading Screen

As the game is loading, check to see what you'll be up against. In the above image, you can see that I'll be facing Kalista+ Bard bot lane, that mid will be a match up of Cassiopeia and Riven, top lane is Vladimir vs Alistar and the junglers are Jax and Lee Sin. Simply knowing where each champion will be informs you of what could occur bot lane. Is there a Karthus? Watch out for when he reaches level 6 and don't let yourself get low. Was that a jungle Rengar? He's got a lot of burst and favours lane ganks through brush. Mainly though, take the time to look at who'll be bot lane.

Before Minions Spawn

As soon as the game starts, purchase your Doran's Blade, Health Potion and Warding Totem from the shop. Allocate your first skill point into Volley. Head to the strongest jungle buff closest to bot lane; if you're on Blue Side you'll be walking to Red Buff - if you're on Purple Side, you'll be walking to Blue Buff. Blue Side typically hangs around the brush surrounding Red, or in the tri-brush joining river to jungle bot lane. Purple Side hangs just on the edge of the river/entrance to allied jungle in front of Dragon. What you're doing is providing vision for your team - when you are standing in these areas, you are guarding your jungler and giving him advanced warning of an invade.

Minions will spawn before jungle camps, but it'll take some time for them to reach the lane so no experience or gold is lost if you hang around the jungle in the first 2 minutes of the game. Thus, you and your support should help the jungler get the camp's health (Blue or Red) down low. The jungler will typically Smite the camp to last hit. Help with only a few auto attacks (~3) and a Volley before heading to lane. Make sure you don’t stay too long and miss a minion or two in lane!

Getting to Lane & CSing

Regardless if you're on Purple side, don't walk through brush or river to get to lane; if on Blue side, you may have to walk through tri-brush, but use caution and don’t walk through river to lane. In general, try and take the safe route there, taking into account the information on the screen (can you see enemy bot lane?). Once you get to the lane, you have two options:

1. Harass the enemy with a Frost Shot-infused auto and/or Volley
2. Last hitting (CSing)

If the enemy is within range, tag them an auto. As Ashe's auto-attacks apply a slow, she is rewarded greatly for harassing enemies. If they're not in range (or behind minions so a Volley would be ineffective), start auto-attacking the minions, but ensure you get the last hit when the creep is on low health. Landing the killing blow on an enemy minion or neutral monster not only awards you Experience and Gold, vital towards buying items and levelling up, but also allows you to farm safely without unintentionally pushing your lane. When you auto-attack your lane without deliberation you tend to kill your minions faster than the enemy team (unless they also do the same thing). This can lead to you pushing the lane towards the enemy tower, which isn't necessarily safe if you don't have vision of the enemy team. Last hitting as the ADC is incredibly important. At the beginning of the game, you want to kill as many minions as possible, as early as possible.

Exceptions to the rule: If your support has a Relic Shield charge up, allow them to last hit the siege (these start spawning on wave 3) or melee minions, as they grant more gold. Communicate with your support before laning phase as to what minions they want to last hit with the Relic, tell them to ping which ones they want to take and when they ping them let them have it.

Level 1: Volley & Rushing Level 2
The first few minutes in lane are essential. Both sides will be competing to get to level 2 first, as this is a considerable power spike for many duo lanes - the ADC traditionally gains access to two damage abilities and the support will now have two CCs or a sustain. To get to level 2, you need to auto-attack the minions as much as possible to speed up the experience gain (ensuring you get the last hits also, for the gold). Ashe's all-in at level 2 isn't the best, so if the enemy ADC successfully pushes the lane and gets to level 2 first, back up and be wary as this is a crucial time where the enemy will attempt to push their level advantage.

Ashe's level 1 ability does a lot of AoE damage. Volley is Ashe’s primary damage ability, her form of waveclear and her harass tool. Volley’s range exceeds Ashe’s autoattack range, so it can be used to poke more safely from a distance. However, remember that Ashe has a relatively low mana pool and poor mana regeneration, so don't spam Volley too often and keep your mana bar at a minimum of 60 mana (though preferably 100). Keep in mind that Volley can be blocked by minions, monsters and champions. Lastly, multiple Volley arrows cannot hit the same target. In the picture above you can see how far Volley reaches and how the arrows separate in distance the further they travel.
Level 1: Frost Shot - Kiting & Orb Walking vs Auto’ing
Let’s take a second here to talk about the difference between auto-attacks and targeted attacks and how orb walking and kiting go hand-in-hand. Orb walking refers to attacking something, moving, attacking and then moving - rinse and repeat. Specifically, attacking and then immediately moving; this cancels the full attack animation. Ashe's attack animation consists of drawing back the bow, firing and winding down. By moving straight away after the arrow hits the target, Ashe does not complete her full animation, meaning she does not have the wind-down animation that prevents her from another attack. Animation cancelling/orb-walking is different to auto-attacking, as auto’ing refers to right clicking a target and letting the command continue indefinitely, that is Ashe will continue to attack automatically (hence auto-attack) and complete a full cycle of her attack animation each time.

What's all this got to do with Frost Shot? Ashe's passive, Frost Shot, applies a slow to her auto-attacks, making Ashe the Queen of Kiting. In general, kiting refers to attacking an enemy with ranged attacks or abilities while maintaining a safe distance via orb walking when pursuing/chasing (offensive) or fleeing (defensive). Kiting originated from the analogy of flying a kite, where the attacking champion (the person) holds the target (the kite) at a safe distance (the string). This feat is often performed by ranged champions against enemy melee champions. While kiting, the ranged champion makes use of their superior range, mobility and/or CC to damage the enemy champion without taking damage themselves.
Level 2: Ranger’s Focus

Ranger's Focus is Ashe's Q ability. Put simply, it's a steroid that you can access after you gain 4 stacks through auto-attacking. When activated at four stacks, Ashe gains an attack speed boost and increased damage for her autos. Stacks are gained by auto-attacks only.

In the below video you can see me use a combination of Volley and Ranger's Focus to kill bot lane and the ganking Rengar just as we were hitting Level 3. Pay attention to how I'm constantly moving to keep up/ahead of the enemy and use Heal to assist my ally.

Scratch Damage & Minion Aggro

The above gives you an indication of the ranges of ADCs at level 18, without taking into account abilities or items. Generally, it is easier for Ashe to poke opponents of shorter ranges. So how to poke? An ADC will always move towards a low health minion to get the last hit. You can abuse this mechanic by waiting for the enemy ADC to go in to last hit, and hit them with an auto-attack. When the enemy ADC fires a projectile, they will not be able to fire another one until the last hit is complete, meaning this is the safest time for you to get in some scratch damage. A natural response to being attacked is to back away from the source of the damage, hence missing CS. If you keep this scratch damage up, the enemy ADC will get lower and lower in health, and you'll establish lane dominance.

Keep in mind that you will be at risk of receiving scratch damage too. When one of the enemy minions is low and you're going in for the last hit, he will auto you. To avoid this from happening, try and position yourself behind allied minions and some distance from the enemies. This will not always be possible, but try and minimise the risk of being hurt. If you are tagged with scratch damage, kill the minion and then auto-attack the enemy. Use Volley straight away to prevent the enemies from being able to retaliate. If the support goes in on you, tag them with a Frost Shot imbued auto-attack and walk backwards, out of their range.

So the theory of scratch damage is not a technique that exists in isolation from the rest of the game. In the lane with you are enemy minions who will switch their focus to you when you attack their allies. Early game 12-25 damage doesn't sound like much, but turn that into a whole wave of minions autoing you and you've lost half your health by not paying attention. To quantify minion aggro: 6 melee minions = 3 caster minions (the ranged ones) = 1 cannon minion = the equivalent of a Pickaxe of damage. With this knowledge, you can attempt to position yourself in locations that cause as little minion aggro to yourself as possible, but maximum minion aggro to the enemy, so when they retaliate, 4-6 minions will rain fire on them.

Take for example, the below video. Caitlyn gets greedy and sacrifices herself to take down my support, Brand. Doing so, she walks directly into/past enemy minions that deal a lot of damage to her. Watch also how, despite being 2v1 and with Exhaust, I know I can get these two kills - I know that my minions will back me up.

Level 3: Hawkshot

Once you hit level 3: allocate a point into Hawkshot. Hawkshot functions primarily as a tool for gaining vision in lane bushes and checking the river or tribush for the enemy jungler. Some junglers have the capacity to gank at level 2/3, but most will have cleared the jungle once and recalled to buy an upgraded jungle item.

Hawkshot's long cooldown make it less than ideal for general map vision, so use it only if you need vision of the target area immediately. You can use Hawkshot to reveal an area of the map ahead of your support (or another teammate) that wants to place a ward there. Checking the area with Hawkshot first reduces the likelihood of your teammate getting caught and killed trying to ward. You can also use Hawkshot to check enemy jungle camps to check their progress. Below is an image of some of the common Hawkshot paths I aim for, with the revealed camps listed. In general, I try to provide as much information to my team as possible. If they know that Blue and Wolves are gone on enemy side, that narrows down the places where the jungler can be.

User Interface
So far I've covered a few aspects of gameplay that I'd like to discuss a little further with this chapter about tacit knowledge; the stuff you inherently pick up as you play the game, but when pointed out seem so obvious, despite how much they impact on your gameplay.

::Bounty Count:: This indicator will give you an at-a-glance understanding of how fed the enemy champion is. This is now visible when you press TAB and shows you how much gold will be rewarded upon shutdown.

::Champion Level& Experience:: As per the level 2 rush, watching the experience gain of your enemies is an absolute necessity bot lane. Knowing your opponent and when they unlock their power spikes is key to a steadier laning experience.

::Health Bar:: Look very closely at the bar. You'll notice that there are little blocks inside. Each block represents 100 HP. While all health bars are the same size, the little blocks are different and tell you how much health the champion is actually on.

::Mana (or Resource) Bar:: Watch yours, your ally's and the enemy's. Ally has no mana? Don't rely on them for cc/damage/healing/shielding in a fight. Enemy ADC has no mana? Now they can't utilise any escape or cc abilities. You have no mana? The enemy will see this and may try to engage on you.

::Cooldowns:: Take note of when summoner spells or abilities are on cool down. If enemy Janna's shield has just disappeared, attack, as it won't be up for another 10 seconds. Exhaust just been used? It's down for 210 seconds. Inform your jungler when the enemy bot lane uses summoner spells.

Level 6: ECA & Early-Mid Game

If you do not hit level 6 first, be very cautious of the enemy bot lane. Like the level 2 power spike, level 6 is when ultimates are unlocked, ranging from AoE stuns to damage amplification to global heals. As you are in a duo lane, top and mid lane have most likely already hit 6, so you have to have a lot of respect for potential interference from other lanes. Solo laners reach level 6 around the time duo laners are level 4. This is because Experience is split between nearby champions, so solo laners get a lot more experience than each of the duo laners. So keep an eye out and if bot lane gets level 6 before you do, back right off to a safe distance from your opponents. You want to be a proactive player and reactive player - by this I mean you want to be able to predict plays and then react if they do happen. Put yourself in your opponent's shoes and guess what they would do - see yourself on low health? Guess what, the enemy sees that too. Anticipating trouble means you can force a fight to go the way you want - don't let yourself ever fight under their terms if you can help it.

If you hit 6 first (or if you've backed up into a favourable position that is on your terms), be ready to engage. Skill a point into Enchanted Crystal Arrow and aim your cursor at the target who you’ve determined is the most valuable to disable. For instance, against a Soraka lane, killing Soraka is more beneficial as it allows you then to zone the enemy ADC, not just that, but Soraka can only heal allies, no herself. However, consider Janna - ulting Janna will not result in a kill, as once out of the stun, Janna will shield the ADC, not herself. You need to be prepared to capitalise on your stun landing - this means knowing your support can follow up with more CC and damage, and actually following up your engage with Volley and auto attacks.

How do you aim ECA? It is a skillshot, so it relies a lot on your prediction skills and whether the enemy team has vision of you/whether you're telegraphing your your intent to ECA. In fact, ECA is often more successful if fired in the opponent's Fog of War. I want to talk a little about landing ECA. You're playing Ashe and you will feel a lot of pressure to land your ults. In fact, the chat will be alive with "Ashe has ult, let's go" or "Ashe, ult!". Firstly, don't just shoot blindly into the fog of war. Analyse the field, and as airy-fairy as this sounds, follow your instincts. Hesitating on firing an Ashe arrow can cost you the teamfight. In a worst case scenario, you score a field goal with your arrow, best case scenario you hit the target. Once you get a feel for how long it takes ECA to travel across certain distances, the ability to time and successfully hit targets will feel natural to you, it just takes practice. Please be aware that champions have multiple methods of evading ECA, so if an ally lands CC, you need to follow up immediately.

If your ECA doesn't hit a target, clear the current minion wave and recall. A quick way to clear a minion wave is to use Volley on as many minions as possible and push up to the enemy tower, so your minions are also destroyed. Recalling after using your ult is a safe option, as you're far more vulnerable when ECA is on cooldown. Ideally, that was your first recall and now you have a few nice items ( B. F. Sword or Pickaxe + Boots of Speed). Your ability to last hit will now be easier, due to increased damage, so if you've been last hitting poorly, now's the time to make up. The enemy ADC will also have a few items, so be wary of that - for instance, as soon as Vayne builds Bilgewater Cutlass she becomes a lot more of a threat, lethal - or consider a Draven with a BF Sword and empowered Q.

Jungle Ganks & You
The jungler can opt to snowball top or mid, or go bottom lane. Often getting a kill bot is difficult for a jungler due to the disengage and healing abilities of the support (the odds of winning a 2v1 fight is better than that of a 3v2); all dependant on the lane, of course. If you are bot with a Janna, and the enemy is Kalista + Blitzcrank, it’s likely that a gank from your Elise could result in Kalista getting double buffs - this is only one example of when an allied jungler won’t swing by. However, keep your eyes open - just because allied jungle hasn't swung past bot doesn't mean the enemy jungler won't. Also, don't forget that midlane or toplane are often champions who can visit your lane.

Reacting to a gank? Being aggressive in lane often means you are pushed to the enemy tower, leaving you susceptible to ganks. Suppose you've been ganked, despite Hawkshot and Warding Totems; use Enchanted Crystal Arrow to disengage if needed (ECA is vital to laning, as it’s hard to stay in lane without it), followed by Volley (this is also the procedure for starting a coordinated gank). If you are successfully ganked and start losing your lane, don't despair; it is now the time to ask for help. Sometimes your jungler can camp your lane and put some pressure on the enemies, or your mid lane can come and gank a few times. Before you ask, assess the situation. By pressing TAB you may notice that mid lane is being snowballed by the jungler, so it’d be more favourable if they continued to do that and ignore your lane. If you've lost lane, that means the enemy bot lane is stronger than you - this is not an ideal circumstance for a jungle with little items and valuable buffs to gank. If worst comes to worst and your tower is about to die, let the tower fall and try and recover under your Tier Two Turret.

In the below video I'm top lane versus a Senna. She started acting a little more aggressive and I felt a gank coming on. Hecarim emerged soon after and I had to blow Flash and Heal to get away. Allied Mundo arrived and we turned the gank around.

Jungle Farming
Depending on whether you are on Purple or Blue side, you can grab Gromp/Krugs on your way to lane or during waves if you have been zoned away from the lane too much; killing jungle camps gives you an increase in experience and gold, meaning you will hit levels faster. Practise this in a custom game with a friend before trying it yourself in a normal, to gauge the amount of damage you/your support can take. Once you have some lifesteal, you can tank the minions yourself. As Ashe is ranged, you can stand is certain positions where the monster won't be able to reach you, but will keep trying to get to you, meaning you actually take no damage - practising in a custom game will reveal these spots to you.

In general, do not attempt to farm jungle minions when the enemy lane is pushed to your tower and your support is with you - jungle minions take longer to kill and can soak up a lot of time as well as damaging you/your support and meanwhile, your tower is being chipped. (Not to mention that your jungler needs to the farm) An exception to this rule is if you are in a 1v2 lane (for whatever reason, your support is roaming or died etc) and you will get tower dived if you are alone under tower - it's safer to farm the jungle until your support returns. While lane minions are better, dying is worse! As you progress through the game, and leave your lane, jungle farming becomes more and more important; the extra gold and experience can mean everything in a teamfight.

Team Objective: Dragon
Around about now you should be taking/have taken Dragon as a team. If you're bot lane, push the wave to the enemy tower to ensure they're preoccupied with the minions. Ensure the ramp to Dragon is warded, or any other entry/exit points that are of concern. Only attempt Dragon if your Jungler has Smite, elsewise risk it being stolen by the enemy team. Keep in mind if your jungler has called you to come help with dragon it is okay to leave the minion wave regardless of how much gold/experience you may lose; Dragon is very important objective for your team you want to help your jungler get it whenever you can!

In the below video Dragon has spawned and as we had successfully taken the previous Dragon and Ornn was bot, I thought we could go for it again. Unfortunately, we didn't have our jungler and the area was warded. I did try to pull Dragon out, but Ornn wasn't on the same page. Basically though, the main thing I wanted to show in this clip is don't give up!

Positioning & Targeting
Where you stand and who you attack during a teamfight can make or break a game. You are an ADC, thus you are squishy and susceptible to being targeted. As such, the enemies that are going to be closest to you are those that are tanky enough to get close. These champions include junglers such as Maokai, top laners like Irelia, tanky mids like Swain, hard engagers like Malphite or Morgana and assassins like LeBlanc and Zed. Realistically, you ain't getting anywhere close to what you may consider a “priority target”, so just fire away at whatever is feasible. Try to remain behind your team (your team will naturally be your first line of defense), but shoot anything that's close to you. There's no such thing as a "wrong target" (besides Rammus, who is always the wrong target); unless you have the opportunity to target someone squishy, you're going to need to take down their front line first. To clarify, take down the biggest immediate threat to you. What does that mean?

1. Are they on your face and dealing damage? If yes, this is who you should be targeting.
2. Are they primarily CC with no damage? If yes, you should be ignoring them.
3. Are they the closest target and it’s not safe to go after anyone else? If yes, target them.

Compositional Awareness - Champions & Items
This melds with the above. In addition to sticking behind your team so they can peel easier for you, you need to keep in mind, at all times, the enemy team composition in terms of champions and items.

CHAMPIONS: Champion picks will dictate who to target, who to avoid and how to position yourself in a teamfight. For instance, if they have an Amumu, Malphite, Morgana - anyone with multi-target AoE CC - do not clump up with your team. If they have a Lee Sin, Tristana, Miss Fortune - just standing behind allies is a chance for these champions to hurt you. Lastly, Zilean - ensure that if you're targeting a low health enemy, that they have not been Zilean ulted.

Items: Press TAB to view an overall summary of ally and enemy purchases, summoner spells, CS and KDA. Having a working knowledge of the items the enemy has will improve your teamfighting. Enemy Lissandra has a Zhonya's Hourglass? Now you know she'll be untargetable twice in the upcoming teamfight. Janna has a Mikael's Crucible? Okay, so now that she's used it to Cleanse your Enchanted Crystal Arrow from her ADC, it's on cooldown for 3 minutes - ideally wait for your ECA to be back up and engage again. Someone has a Thornmail and they are constantly on your face? Looks like you need to ramp up your life steal, or buy some MR.


Ashe is a great initiator if an enemy champion lets themselves become out of position - or even when you're a long way from the fight, you can contribute. Fire your Enchanted Crystal Arrow - aim for a place that has a high chance of hitting someone, the important part is that it needs to hit, not who it hits. If they're grouped up, the AoE slow will hit them all, effectively CCing them anyway. And if you've hit a tank - all the better, now he can't CC your team.

Once your ECA has landed, wait for your team to follow up with some more CC, then go in yourself. Spam Volley from a distance. As per the above section, positioning, start auto-attacking whatever enemy champion is closest. Of course if there is a lower health enemy, you can try to get them down first, but there are several factors to consider:

1) Are they a threat? If the low health enemy is a support who has used all their offensive/defensive abilities and is merely fleeing the fight, don't be fooled into chasing them for the kill. You are the ADC. YOU deal the consistent damage over time the teamfight requires. If you go off chasing a non-threatening target when the rest of your team is engaged in battle, you're going to have a bad time in chat ("wtf noob ashe where were u in teamfite¿") AND lose the teamfight.

2) Do they have resistances? This is a common thing to see during teamfights. The enemy tank gets low, so everyone focuses him. Hint - that's what they want. Sometimes people get carried away trying to kill a low health enemy, even going to the effort of flashing after them or whatever. Stop doing that. Be intelligent. Yes, eliminating an enemy to make it 5v4 is great - but not at the cost of letting the rest of the enemy team whale on you. The time it takes for you to kill a low health tank with resistances is actually LONGER than the time it'd take for you to switch focus and nail the enemy support/adc/mid.

3) Can they beat you? The last thing to consider before going off to take down a low health enemy. Low health means nothing on Zed, Evelynn, Sion, Aatrox - certain champions are renowned for being able to duel at low health. Keep this in mind. [/td][/table][/columns]

Ashes to Ashes
by jhoijhoi

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Special thanks to PsiGuard, utopus, Roxil, Warlemming and Patchness.

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... And that’s all she wrote!
Whelp, that's about it. The rest is up to you. I hope that you enjoyed reading my 9th iteration of this guide. I really enjoyed updating this guide for Season 9. It's come a long way since my first ever guide many years ago.

Please feel free to leave a comment or question in the discussion section of this guide, or personal message me. I'll respond as soon as possible.

While I am continuously updating the content of my Ashe guide and my Guide to Making a Guide, I will not be updating or writing any new guides. Thanks for reading Ashes to Ashes and supporting me for all these years!

Good luck of the Fields of Justice, Summoners!

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