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Emperor of the sands AP mid
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Threats & Synergies
Yasuo is a strong pick against Azir, since he can close gaps extremely quickly, dodge your soldiers with his E and get to your squishy little Azir.
Although Xerath likes to keep his distance, Azir can close the gap quickly with his W->E combo, then W->Q and xerath is mostly dead.
W->E->W->Q will destroy lux, since when you get up and personal with her with your soldiers, she has not much of an answer. Her stuns don't work with soldiers, so you can disorient her.
He can dodge your soldiers and be non targetable for the duration of his dodge, so it's somewhat difficult to take him down. He also has a gap closer/dodge that can make your life harder.
Since you usually stay back, his ult won't hit you too often, or will be too effective.
My name is YoureDown, and I've decided to try out making a build for the champion Azir.
I've played some games with him, and I think I got the hang of him.
This build is an AP/AS build, and can achieve around 600 magic damage per soldier attack (up to 900 damage per attack with 3) with an attack speed of 1.2.
AP - Ability Power
CDR - Cooldown Reduction
AA - Auto Attack (mostly soldier attacks though)
AS - Attack Speed
A good spell for securing kills or reducing self healing.
Flash can be replaced with Ghost if you don;t have it or if you just really love ghost. I dont recommend though.
Ignite can be replaced with Exhaust for a little more survivability which is welcome on Azir.
The 'semi-active' ability can summon a sun disk turret on the remains of a destroyed turret, except for enemy inhibitor and nexus turrets. Kills by the sun disk give Azir XP and gold. This can be used to lock the enemy team inside their base by taking an inner turret, guarding your team during a siege on the enemy base, give teamfights extra damage, help defend your base, and so on and so forth.
Conquering Sands: Azir sends all of his soldiers towards a location (with a max distance from Azir), dealing damage and slowing the target for 1 second. This is your bread and butter ability. lots of damage and a good slow. Do remember that each extra soldier beyond 1 adds just 25% damage instead of doubling it.
Arise!: Azir summons a sand soldier that lasts for several seconds, when a soldier is summoned, and azir attacks a target inside the soldiers range, the soldier will attack instead. The soldiers' AS is the same as yours, and their damage is based on your AP. The soldiers are non targetable and don't exist as far as attacking them goes.
Shifting Sands: Azir dashes to one of his soldiers, dealing magic damage to enemies he passes through and knocking them up for 0.5 seconds. If Azir hits a champion, he will be shielded from damage for 4 seconds and stop. This skill can be really useful for initiating fights, running away, or dealing extra damage. IMPORTANT: aim at the soldier with your cursor when using this, as otherwise this is unreliable.
Emperor's Divide: Azir summons a wall of soldiers which charge forward, knocking back and damaging enemies. This ult can be really usefull when running away, during team fights, splitting the enemy team, or just to safeguard yourself from damage that could have hit you.
Rushing Rod of Ages: Rod of Ages is a great item, the sooner you can get it, the better.
Nashor's Tooth: 60 AP + 50 AS + 20 CDR (+25 AS bonus from passive) + unique passive = AWESOME
Rabadon's Deathcap: More AP means more damage with your soldiers. that +30% AP will be great towards the end game with more AP items.
Your standard greedy sequence. Total damage: 1 AA + Shifting Sands + 2 AA + Conquering Sands = 788+261%AP = A LOT
An escape sequence. Use W to place a soldier where you want to jump to, then press E (IMPORTANT aim at the soldier when pressing E or it won't be reliable)
A more defensive sequence, you stay in place while you send both your soldiers to attack. You can use Arise! a bit before you get in range of your Conquering Sands so that the enemy champion won't run away immediately.
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This sequence is safer than you think against melee champions. You do the greedy sequence but you drop in the ultimate to block the enemy champions from attacking you back, and also dealing some more damage that can get them killed. Use at your own risk against mages or marksmen.
Azir is a very very fun champion to play, but does require a high skill level, and has a steep learning curve.
I hope you found this guide useful and that you find Azir as fun and strong as I find him.