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League of Legends Build Guide Author sessarya

Diana, The way of the moon ( AP Laning guide )

sessarya Last updated on November 13, 2012
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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.



Offense: 21

Honor Guard

Defense: 0

Strength of Spirit

Utility: 9

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Hello fellow summoners, i am Sessarya and this is my very first guide on mobafire. I have been playing quite some time now and i have to confess this isnt the 1st time it crossed my mind to make a guide. Troughout my time during LoL i have been playing all kinds of different champions. I can say i am a relative good player when it comes to playing with akali, she was the 2nd champion i bought and leveled all the way from 5 till 30 with her and beyond. Now this akali v2 has been released i have been playing quite some games with her and the build i use seems to be smashing teams in half. I think i have THE diana build when it comes to laning with her and quick kills. This is my personal opinion and if u decide to downvote i'd like you to leave a comment so i can improve my work, i hope u all enjoy it and can use it for your own personal smashing

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Pros / Cons


+Great basic movement speed
+Low cooldowns on skills
+Mana sufficient
+Great 1v1 champion ( can counter Darius )
+Tanky due Pale Cascade and this build
+Gap closing ulti, great range


-Can be squishy early game
-Vulnerable to CC if not build right
-Can be hard to escape if skills are not used right

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As far as the masteries goes, they are pretty basic build for an AP.

Offense Tree:
Summoner's Wrath : While ignite is on Cd u gain 5 AP and AD.
Mental Force : For the extra AP
Sorcery : For the extra CD reduction, as we all know CD reduction is always nice to have ^^.
Arcane Knowledge : 10% more Magic penetration = more damage.
Havoc : Damage increased by 1.5%.
Blast : 18 AP at lvl 18.
Archmage : 5% increased AP, the more AP you get the more you will benefit from this.
Executioner : Do i have to explain?

Utility Tree:

Summoner's Insight : Reducing Cd on flash, very nice to get that gank or get away from being killed.
Expanded Mind : The extra mana is quite usefull
Swiftness : We are an assasin, we want to be fast! With boots lv1 boots this gives 377 movement speed, which is awesome.
Runic Affinity : This gives more time on your buffs, which you will need. Red if you dont have Rylai's Crystal Scepter yet and blue if you are roaming.

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Summoner Spells

Using Ignite and Flash as summoners spells.

Using Ignite helps u get your enemy down faster, preventing from healing alot and to get that last pice of health off while there getting "safe" under there tower. Overall Ignite is amazing spell to have. Obviously Summoner's wraith goes with it.

Flash is just a great spell for any situation, it helps u getting safe by flashing over a wall, getting close enough for that last hit or just to get out of a teamfight when focused and rush back in when they focused someone else. I find myself using Flash to gap close and use Lunar Rush right after to close a massive gap really fast.

I can't see any other viable spells to use instead, maybe Exhaust but personally i rather have Ignite. Just my way of playing.

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Skill prio

The priority of the use of your skill depent on the situation. Ill give you some examples.

Pre-6 Crescent Strike is a great harrasment tool and hits like a truck. Because it hits in a curve u can use it to last hit mobs and get a hit on a champion. Hard to avoid when you are in a brush.
When reaching lv6 u can easely harass with Crescent Strike -> Pale Cascade-> Lunar Rush. This is a great combo to deal a decent amount of damage, push them back. If your with a Taric or Ashe u can use Moonfall to let them CC them and get that kill.

If enemy's Flash away while u wanna engage your combo the situation and skill prio gets different. You should Lunar Rush them and Moonfall right after, this will get them near u so u can deal an extra amount of damage or get that kill secured, heres the rotation.

Crescent Strike-> Pale Cascade-> Lunar Rush-> enemy uses Flash -> Lunar Rush-> Moonfall You can see Lunar Rush gets used twice in this rotation, this is due the reset on Lunar Rush if used on targets afflicted by moonlight. This is done if your Crescent Strike hits.

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Tips & Tricks

-You can use Crescent Strike to check brushes as it gives sight over enemies being hit by it.
-You can use Crescent Strike over a wall and Lunar Rush on the enemy champion to catch up or to get fast to your Blue & Red buff.
-If you use Lunar Rush smart with Crescent Strike it enables you to use your ulti 3 times with 5-6seconds.

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Starting Items

I start with these as it enables me to have a great starting movement speed to harass easely and get away before they reach me. Also the potions gives me longer lane sustain. Fighting vs a Vayne, Ezreal, Caitlyn, Heimerdinger or any pusher/harasser will always make u lose health due there skills that have a high chance of hitting you.

Early Game

Build these as soon as u have the funds for it, i recommend getting Giant's Belt before completing your boots into Mercury's Treads. This gives you that tanky feeling and the enemy WILL be afraid to face you due your high amount of health. Build Mercury's Treads right after and go for Rylai's Crystal Scepter when completing your boots, this gives you a high amount of health and its slow effect is really nice to have.

Mid Game

These are your core items, Rabadon's Deathcap will give you a high amount of ability power but also increases your TOTAL ability power by 30%, plus an additional 5% of your Archmage mastery. Then Lich Bane will be become one of your main damage tools as it will proc every 2seconds when u use an ability, it will hit for 100% of your ability power on your next basic attack. You will love this item when u experience its power.

End game

If the game persists this long then Nashor's Tooth will give you alot of attack speed to help to proc your passive Moonsilver Blade and will give you a fair amount of ability power aswell. The CD reduction will also provide to you use Lunar Rush and Moonfall even faster. Only imagine that every 2 second your Lich Bane will deal insane of damage and every 3rd strike your Moonsilver Blade will proc and deal another insane amount of damage. Alot of ppl recommend Frozen Heart or Banshee's Veil as last item but in my opinion i rather use Zhonya's Hourglass. This will give you a high amount of ability power, 50 additional armor to get more tanky and an effect which can safe your life in teamfights. I recommend this item only if the enemy team has alot of melee champions. If there is a LeBlanc, Annie, Brand, Xerath or any other caster that is doing well i recommend getting Banshee's Veil over Zhonya's Hourglass

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Heres the proof this builds works, really well.

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End note.

I hope you liked my guide and it will help you perfect your gameplay with Diana. Remeber this was my 1st guide so dont be to hard on me, if you have any comments or critisism please leave them behind so i can learn from it so i can adjust the guide. Suggestions are always welcome, i will be watching this page regurlay to answer questions or read into it.

Kind regards,