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Anivia Build Guide by Poliko13

Middle EUW Challenger Anivia otp s12 Guide

Middle EUW Challenger Anivia otp s12 Guide

Updated on January 10, 2023
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Runes: Basic runepage

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Cheap Shot
Eyeball Collection
Relentless Hunter

Presence of Mind
Legend: Tenacity

+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+15-140 HP (lvls 1-18)


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LoL Summoner Spell: Flash


LoL Summoner Spell: Ignite


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Champion Build Guide

EUW Challenger Anivia otp s12 Guide

By Poliko13
Hello there, my name is Poliko and I've been maining Anivia since season 3. I've reached my first challenger
in season 6 on eune server, rank15 eune in season 7 and then euw challenger in season 8,9,10 and peaked 771lp now
in season 11 always with Anivia as my most played champion.
After all these years I still love playing this champion and in this simple guide I want to share how I use Anivia to win games.
I also stream almost every day on Twitch so check it out if you have any Anivia related questions or just want to watch top tier Anivia gameplay!
Standard build path
First recall(s):

Item Sequence

Doran's Ring 400
Tear of the Goddess 400
Dark Seal 350
Boots 300

I always buy Tear of the Goddess on first recall, Dark Seal and Boots can be postponed for Lost Chapter or its components depending on how much gold i have on recall.

Early game:

Item Sequence

Doran's Ring 400
Tear of the Goddess 400
Dark Seal 350
Lost Chapter 1300
Sorcerer's Shoes 1100

Anivia is the slowest champion in the game so I really like getting Sorcerer's Shoes before Everfrost, but it's not a must. Often that early movement speed allows me to get in enemy's range and get kills that I otherwise wouldn't.

Everfrost finish + seraph/zhonya(stopwatch) + mejai(optional)

Item Sequence

Everfrost 2800
Seraph's Embrace 3000
Zhonya's Hourglass 3000
Mejai's Soulstealer 1600

Everfrost is always the first item to finish, but then it's situational order. Getting more ap if situational items not needed:

Item Sequence

Rabadon's Deathcap 3600
Void Staff 2800

At this point if I still have Mejai's Soulstealer there is only 1 item slot left. If enemy is building magic resist I'll go for Void Staff, if not, then it's Rabadon's Deathcap
Mejai's Soulstealer can be sold at any point if you have no stacks to get the other item, this item has great gold return on sell that's why it's so worth to go for it in most of the games.
12.10+ durability changes
After 12.10 durability patch and 12.10b Anivia hotfix nerf Everfost remains the best/most used mythic for anivia, but Liandry became very good second option and you should take it whenever enemy has tankier comps and/or they don't have any threats that can jump on you and kill you easily. Sometimes you get games where you need evefrost early but later on enemy becomes tanky/has a lot of health so demonic embrace is now a good situational item that you can add to your evefrost build.
With runes Electrocute also remains the main keystone that you should be running most of the games. Phaserush isn't that strong anymore because Anivia received big base damage E nerf and you simply have too weak base stats to make this runepage work most of the games, although I'm still gonna take it if enemy has slow scaling comp where liandry is gonna work really well. I also take phaserush every game specifically into Viktor matchup together with nimbus cloak and ignite because of how good the movement speed is to counter his W and R.
Situatonal Items
Here I'm gonna list all the situational items and why would I choose to buy them in game instead of my standard build.


Item Sequence

Crown of the Shattered Queen 2800

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Liandry's Anguish 3200

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Luden's Tempest 3200


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Horizon Focus 3000

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Morellonomicon 3000

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Banshee's Veil 2600

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Demonic Embrace 3000

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Winter's Approach 2600

Crown of the Shattered Queen In my opinion overrated item, but can be a good substitute for Everfrost when playing into assassins, especially when behind. I'd consider building this item into champions like: Talon, Qiyana, LeBlanc, Zed, Irelia, Akshan

Liandry's Anguish This item became very good 2nd mythic option after 12.10 durability patch. Whenever enemy doesn't have very agressive champions that can easily jump on you or if they simply have a lot of tanky champions Liandry can provide a lot of value for Anivia.

Luden's Tempest Another mythic that I'd hardly ever consider over Everfrost. Gives amazing burst but makes Anivia super squishy in exchange. Can be used if enemy has no champions that can easily kill me or if I have very good peel in my team.

Horizon Focus Currently I don't find myself buying this item ever, it doesn't give Anivia too much value and I don't think it's worth buying over other items.

Morellonomicon It's less convenient to get this item on Anivia compared to other mages, but sometimes we just have to. Buy Oblivion Orb after finishing mythic if enemy has a lot of healing and upgrade to morello when you don't need to buy anything else. It's ok to just sit on Oblivion Orb or you can just rush Everfrost Seraph's Embrace Morellonomicon as your 3 item core because of how cheap those items are or skip Seraph's Embrace completely and play tearless with morello and 2nd item.

Banshee's Veil I don't find myself buying this item often but it's just great when enemy is ap heavy. You can buy Verdant Barrier before finishing mythic when enemy has hard ap matchup and ap jungler, or just go for banshee as 2nd/3rd item option instead of Zhonya's Hourglass

Demonic Embrace Good situational item after 12.10 durability update. Can be used together with Everfrost vs champs that get tankier later into the game or together with Liandry and Phase Rush into super tanky comps.

Winter's Approach More creative item on Anivia and probably not something I wouldn't recommend if you just started learning Anivia. Can be used when you need that extra tankiness and your team has enough damage.

Combo examples
Here are some combo examples that you can practice (open spoilers for combo video):

Especially when running Electrocute and Ignite this is very strong "cheese" lvl2 combo that's often gonna catch enemy laner off guard. Of course can be used later on aswell, in any prolonged trade. Ignite somewhere in the middle, the sooner the more damage but your enemy will realise you actually have lethal angle:
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Very simple combo for fast burst, use your Q and E immediately after, so they land at the same time but E still deals double damage. Useful when you just want quick burst and not let your enemy trade back.
Add one auto to proc Electrocute/ Phase Rush
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In all the combos below you also try to weave in as many autos as you can

Use your wall to block enemy path for easy Q hit when they try to go around your W.
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Here you use your Q, then W to block enemy path in a way so they walk into your Q.
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Q+W+E Advanced version
Same sequence as previous combo, but here you use your W on top of enemy to displace the champion into your Q.
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Here are some combos with R where you try to hit your double damage E twice in one combo:

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After finishing Everfrost:

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Long combo with double Q and three double dmg E's versus tankier, slower opponent:
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After level 6 you can be quite creative with your spell usage and it all depends on how tanky or fast/mobile enemy is, you can practice combos i presented here, get some experience and then see what works for you.

Here is some real game combo example from my stream:
R into W to block/displace them back into ult > use E as soon as i have double damage > wait Q because enemy tries to predict Q dodge > use Q before he escapes ult > proc Predator for extra damage and to gapclose to hit another double dmg E and kill the target
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Wall usage
You can use your wall to interrupt channels like Teleport, recall , Realm Warp
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This is something people don't know about, but you can use your Crystallize next to turrets to block enitre minion wave from passing. This is super useful when you don't have enough vision/info on enemy to be able to safely walk up to the middle of the lane or if enemy laner is simply too strong to match him 1v1 in lane.
Using this wall trick you can pull enemy minion wave under your tower and safely last hit without any threat from enemy. Also can be useful with breaking freezes, if enemy laner has a freeze and you cannot really do much about it just use this wall trick on 1-2 waves and that's gonna be enough to fix your lane state.
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Dash blocking with Crystallize. This is definitely the hardest thing to master on Anivia and not something you should expect to pull off when just starting to play the champion. Giving blast cone clip as this is probably the easiest cancel you can practice on. Other "easy" dash cancels that come to mind are on Rek'Sai's, Zac's and Pantheon's dashes/jumps.
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General gameplay thoughts
Some general thoughts on my mindset and how i approach playing Anivia:
  • If you ask me for a single thing that makes a good Anivia player, it's patience. She has a lot of tough matchups and isn't really a full champion before level 6, although she is extremly powerful at punishing mistakes pretty much since level 2 (especially with Electrocute+ Ignite).

  • Most of the time your plan for early game should be last hitting minions and waiting for enemy to walk into your range or get ganked. Anivia has very high base damage on her Flash Frost and Frostbite so even a single combo can cost your enemy most of their hp. If your jungler has a stun or knockup and you can follow it up with your combo/cc chain it almost always guarantees in a kill.

  • Anivia is the slowest champion with no mobility so you have to be extremly careful when pushing your lane. Do it only if you have your jungler nearby or sufficient vision/knowledge where enemy jungler/support is.

  • After level six you have fast waveclear with Glacial Storm. If you get the wave quickly and enemy is stuck under his tower clearing his wave don't just midlessly try to push the tower. First look if you can make some deep vision, or help your jungler getting enemy camps or ganking a sidelane. That's why i run Relentless Hunter in my runes. Go for plates only if there isn't anything else to do on the map and you know you're safe.

  • As Anivia you want to stay mid as long as you can because of how good your waveclear is. If your bot has to go mid it's ok to go sides to clear waves, buy never try to be a splitpusher. Most of the time you just push the waves and try to join your team. If enemy tries to siege mid you always want to be there, with your Glacial Storm it's super hard for enemy to push towers so make sure you're there.

  • In mid-late game your job is to clear waves, secure whatever your team is doing and deny what enemy team is trying to do. Your team wants to do drake/nash? Push mid wave and join them. Once you're on the objective and enemy is looking to contest you can use Glacial Storm and Frostbite to damage objective and Crystallize with Flash Frost to zone enemy from approaching at the same time.
    Your team is sieging and has an engage? Be in range to follow up with cc chain/damage to kill the target.
    Enemy team is trying to engage? You can use your spells to peel the target or just zone enemy backline with Crystallize and make rest of enemy team unable to join in time to turn the fight in your favor.

Those are some generic cues for how in my opinion Anivia fundamentally should be played, but as you get more and more experienced and know limits of the champion you can become way more flexible/agressive with your playstyle.
More to come
I hope you enjoyed this simple guide that introduces you to Anivia's playstyle and Everfrost build that I use.

For now my plan was to cover all the basics you need to know to begin your journey with this amazing champion and in near future I want to develop this into more detailed in-depth guide that Anivia players on all levels can learn from.

If you still have more questions after reading this guide or just want to watch some high elo Anivia gameplay join me on my Twitch channel where I stream almost every evening EU time!

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