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League of Legends Build Guide Author eaglet

Better Nerf Irelia

eaglet Last updated on May 21, 2013
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Ability Sequence

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

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Offense: 9

Honor Guard

Defense: 21


Utility: 0

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Hello there one and all I am Totalamazment and I am here to talk you through playing my favorite champion Irelia. first off we need an idol someone who play a champ who we strive to emulate and be as good as my choice is Wickd I started play Irelia shortly after a friend of mine (Chronotis)

While searching for content on Irelia so i could play to the best of my abilities i stumbled upon Wickd (here is a video of Wickd playing Irelia ) I was extremely impressed and entertained so I learnt what I could from him.

After we have a passion for a champ we feel the need to play them and that is when we can truly learn the champ and through however many chapters i publish and however many you read I hope you love Irelia as much as i do and you find this guide to be of some use to you.

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My choice for runes is very centered on laning the standard seals and glyphs need no explanation I'm sure. The flat attack damage reds I like as it allows for early fights and easier farm I know that scaling reds give 21.06 AD at level 18 where scaling give 8.55 throughout all levels it is at level 8 when scaling overtake flats and this should be enough time for a kill or two so i think that flats out-value the scaling.

Mixed Quints this is something I've been playing allot of recently, it is very good for ranked play as I find it usually ends up a camp fest against Irelia this extra little bit of sustain will help you so much to be less vulnerable to ganks and out trade you're lane opponent and when coupled with Hiten Style and vampiric scepter you have your insane sustain.

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Although with such a defensive build it would be easy to reason a 21/9/0 mastery page to make up for the lack of damage BUT Irelia s damage comes from her kit she doesn't need more damage she is more then capable of "instagibbing" the enemy ADC as long as she is not killed trying to get to them this generally takes her into the middle of the enemy team where defender is most useful and unless properly focused Irelia will get out alive.

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What role does Irelia serve?

Irelia is a great addition to any team her amazing burst coupled with her great sustain allows her to jump past the front line straight to the enemy ADC and after turn your attention to any survivors.

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When to ignite

I personally initiate a fight i know i can win with ignite to gain the 5 ad and ap and therein giving me a distinct advantage during the fight

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The fourth pot

For the top lane there is an extra long leash of how far from the fountain you can stand and still buy items find the furthest you can be and wait for enough money to buy pot number 4 and still make it to lane without missing a cs or get to the nearest buff in time to help the jungler take it

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Altering your starting Item

I find that the boots and pots are the best starting items with few exceptions for example when I play against someone like Mordekaiser or Fizz I know there is not much I can do to stop them dealing allot of magic damage so i start with a Null-magic Mantel.

If i find myself against a Renekton or riven who both have high AD burst potential and movement spells I will run cloth with 5 pots. So a good way to choose your starting item is against someone with skill shots e.g Ezreal take boots against someone with gap closers and AD e.g riven take cloth and against no skill high AP e.g mordekaiser take Null-Magic

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Maximizing Transcendent Blades potential

Using Transcendent Blades well, will make your Irelia plays 10x better when fighting in laning phase ALWAYS make sure your ult gets the enemy champion and as many minions as possible even if you actively have to change position for it, the extra life you will gain for it is incredible.

When being chased remember to shoot the Transcendent Blades out the extra life might just save you.

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The Lane Fights


When Being initiated on for a 1v1
Activate Hiten Style and use the ignite (the ignite will give you 5 AD and AP and deal substantial damage in itself) The Hiten will improve your ""Life Steal"" and add true damage.
If at that point they decide to run hit the Equilibrium Strike and continue to attack Bladesurge when out of auto attack range and pick it up with the Transcendent Blades.
If they decide to fight get in a position where you can Transcendent Blades through the champ and as many minions as you can with this play style you should never lose a fight.

When being initiated on for a 1v2 against you

Pretend you didn't see the jungeler in the river bush alert your team instantly of his arrival
try to bait the fight the goal of this is for them to dive you fight for a little bit till you just above half health then retreat the first to dive you stun Hiten ignite just throw all your damage at him hopefully you just got a kill by being ganked

When you initiate the 1v1

when your jungler ganks
well hey your irelia you dont need gank tell your jungler to camp bot and mid but if you insist try to bait a fight in which you slightly lose so you can stun with E (jungler joins in)activate hiten and when the enemy flashes jump on with bladesurge.