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Neeko Build Guide by Fryla

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Fryla's Neeko Mid ~ Stayin' Alive

By Fryla | Updated on December 18, 2018

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Runes:

Domination
Electrocute
Taste of Blood
Eyeball Collection
Ingenious Hunter

Sorcery
Transcendence
Gathering Storm
Bonus:

+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+8 Magic Resist

Spells:

LoL Summoner Spell: Flash

Flash

LoL Summoner Spell: Ignite

Ignite

Champion Build Guide

Fryla's Neeko Mid ~ Stayin' Alive

By Fryla
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Hi there! Welcome to my Neeko Mid Guide. My name is Fryla and I've been playing League since late Season 6.
I have played a lot of support champs and while Neeko makes a great damage support, I think she is best played in the midlane. She does a ton of damage but tends to be quite squishy and easily gets one-shot. That's why this build focuses on somewhat more sustain Neeko to keep our little lesbian chameleon alive a bit longer.

Neeko is a trickster burst mage who can disguise herself as any champion on your team with her passive Inherent Glamour. This makes her perfect for roaming and confusing the enemy team.


Domination


Electrocute is quite easy to trigger on a burst mage such as Neeko and does consistent damage throughout the game. While Dark Harvest can be a strong pick, it is not advisable in a solo lane.
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Taste of Blood to give you some sustain by being able to heal every 20 seconds. Neeko can also make use of Sudden Impact becase of her Shapesplitter's invisibility, but I find Taste of Blood works better.
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I think that on a burst mage your objective is to do as much damage as possible in one quick moment. Therefore having more AP from Eyeball Collection will benefit you more than two warding options.
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While there are some good options on this line of runes, I've chosen Ingenious Hunter because I use Zhonya's Hourglass in my core build. Having all 5 stacks on this rune reduces your Zhonya's cooldown from 120 seconds to 72 seconds, making it available in almost all teamfights.

Sorcery


I use Transcendence since you only get 10% CDR from items with this build. With 20% CDR and max Ingenious Hunter stacks, your Pop Blossom and Zhonya's Hourglass are both on a 72 second cooldown. ...
The average time of a game of League lies around 30 minutes. Gathering Storm is a rune that will only increase your damage the longer the game goes on and will therefore consistently do more damage than Scorch.



... Offence: +10 Adaptive Power

... Flex: +10 Adaptive Power

... Defence: +6 Magic Resist




Neeko's main damage skill is her Q, Blooming Burst so you'll want start with that. Getting E, Tangle-Barbs on level 2 makes sure you can root the enemy in place while you throw your Q on them for maximum damage. Shapesplitter is necessary on level 3 for the passive bonus magic damage and movement speed on the third auto attack hit, as well as to confuse the enemy and block certain skill shots (e.g. Ahri's Charm).

You max Q, Blooming Burst first, to do some damage. E, Tangle-Barbs second, to increase the root duration. And W, Shapesplitter lastly, for some extra movement speed to engage/disengage.
Of course upgrade your ultimate, Pop Blossom whenever you can (at level 6, 11, 16) to do some big ball damage and make your enemies cry :).

As a midlaner you will almost always start with Doran's Ring. A little bit of health and ability power to start you off and some mana regen which will let you poke your enemy more often.

Since this build focuses on getting enough sustain so that you won't get one-shot, we start off with Rod of Ages for our health and mana needs. You will want to build this item first because it needs 10 minutes to reach its full potential.

Neeko's base movement speed is not the greatest so Sorcerer's Shoes is almost always necessary as secondary item. It helps you kite, roam and do that extra bit of damage with 18 Magic Penetration.

Zhonya's Hourglass is amazing on Neeko as you can use it while you're casting your ultimate Pop Blossom. Since you need to stand quite literally in the middle of the enemy team to make full use of your Pop Blossom, this item will definitely help you survive.

Morellonomicon will top you off with some more health, ability power and magic penetration. Always get Oblivion Orb first since that is the most powerful part of an unfinished Morellonomicon.

Getting Rabadon's Deathcap as your 4th item will give you a large ability power increase. Rabadon's Deathcap is vital on AP champtions such as Neeko, especially since she has high ability power ratios on her skills.

To finish, you can get Void Staff to make sure that you can still burst down enemies that started building magic resist. Since it is quite an expensive item for basically only magic penetration, you might want to check if the enemy really has that much magic resist to warrant getting Void Staff.

Spellbinder is a good item to finish your build with if you don't need the magic penetration. 10% extra movement speed never hurts but an extra 120 AP does. Plus the active that lets you burst another 80 AP and 50% movement speed for 4 seconds is perfect in terms of an engage with your Pop Blossom.


  • When using your passive Inherent Glamour to disguise as a teammate, the first part where you start the animation your ultimate Pop Blossom will be hidden to the enemy team.
  • You can also use the short invisibility of your W Shapesplitter to hide the first part of your ultimate Pop Blossom.
  • When using your W Shapesplitter, your clone will run in a straight line and won't fool most players. You can try to trick the enemy by making your clone run along a corner so the movement is less static.
  • If you use your W Shapesplitter a couple of times to disengage from a fight by sending your clone towards the enemy while running back yourself, you can try to surprise the enemy by doing the exact opposite to engage.



Neeko is a dynamic, fun to play champion that is not too difficult to pick up, but has almost endless potential if you're willing to put in the hours. There is not one true build for Neeko, but this is the one I prefer and wished to share with you guys, I hope you found it useful!

If you have any questions about this guide, about Neeko in general, or wish to share your experience with this build, please leave a comment <3
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