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League of Legends Build Guide Author Morzanoth

HOW TO JUNGLE WITH FIDDLESTICKS (7.24)

Morzanoth Last updated on December 6, 2017
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Jungle Fiddlesticks

Fiddlesticks Build

Sorcery
LoL Path: Sorcery
LoL Rune: Arcane Comet
Arcane Comet
LoL Rune: The Ultimate Hat
The Ultimate Hat
LoL Rune: Transcendence
Transcendence
LoL Rune: Scorch
Scorch

Inspiration
LoL Path: Inspiration
LoL Rune: Perfect Timing
Perfect Timing
LoL Rune: Cosmic Insight
Cosmic Insight
Bonus:

+15 Attack Damage or +25 Ability Power (Adaptive)

Ability Sequence

4
8
10
12
13
Ability Key Q
1
3
5
7
9
Ability Key W
2
14
15
17
18
Ability Key E
6
11
16
Ability Key R


Threats to Fiddlesticks with this build

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Threat Champion Notes
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Elise Can Stop most your drain with her cacoon but if you can get the drop on her its a dead spider most of the time
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Ivern A very nice match up for fiddle. You should win this match up most times after level 6 and you scale much better.
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Updates

Working on adding in an Abilities section that will provide some of my thoughts on my choices. Will also be adding in a section which will track changes in the patch that affect Fiddle.. Please do leave a comment with stuff you would like to see added or with any questions you may have. Goodluck and enjoy :D


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About Myself

Hey Guys, the name is Morzanoth. This is the first guild I've made. I hope you find it helpful.
A little about myself. I first started playing league towards the end of season 4. In season 5 I started out in silver 5 and ended in silver 2. I have played many games in low elo and I feel this can help some what. I have also started a blog so check that out for more jungling tips ^_^ If you have any questions, add Morzanoth on EUW and ill be happy to try help you as much as I can. Please leave a like if you found the guild useful, it does help me a little. Otherwise enjoy, and goodluck.


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Summoners spells

Smite is your essential damage spell when jungling and is take with all junglers.

I recommend Flash for quick escapes over walls or to help you keep up with enemies escaping from your Crow Storm or who are out of range of Dark Wind


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Runes

Please do understand that these are my personal preference when playing, this is not necessarily the best setup for you or for the champion in general. That being said I hope you find this page helpful ^^

Sorcery


Arcane Comet Aery is a viable key stone rune to take but I personally favor arcane comet. It scales better with the more AP you have and it has the potential to hit multiple targets. It is also almost a guaranteed hit once a target is feared and can really help in small skirmishes.

The Ultimate Hat Fiddle's most powerful tool is his ultimate. It has a really long cooldown even at max rank which makes CDR an important stat on him. This allows you to get 15% additional CDR on your ult which really enhances your potential in a game.

Transcendence Despite Fiddle's need for CDR, many of his core items lack CDR as a stat. Transcendence helps with his because at 10 min you will gain 10% cdr for free. This allows you to path into more aggressive items earlier. Additionally if you do overcap on CDR you can gain even more AP.

Scorch Scorch can be a really nice poke tool early in the game, but once resistances apply the damage isn't actually too noticeable. Waterwalking and Gathering Storm are viable options but I personally am not a fan of them on him.

Inspiration
Perfect Timing A free zhonya's early in the game means you can try some risky plays and still get out alive. It also has the added benefit of making your second item even cheaper since Zhonya's is a key item on Fiddle. If you get ahead this will help you snowball since you are effectively gaining 600 golds worth of value (That's 2 kills!!!)

Cosmic Insight This is still something i'm playing around with but as a second rune I think Cosmic Insight provides the most from this tree for Fiddlesticks. It give's you a wide range of CDR which is applied to almost every cooldown in the game. This can be very useful and with the current set up it should be possible to get a 60% cooldown on your Ult.


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Items

So this is probably your most common smite and enchantment you will be getting on fiddle. The AP, the movement speed and the passive are all needed on fiddle if you are going to go a high damage build. The chilling smite can be used to slow people while draining them or for that swag "smitesicute"

So I personally love the movement speed these bad boys give along with runic echoes. It just allows you to move around the map more efficiently and helps you get in range of most fleeing targets.

This item I would say is the most crucial item on fiddle. The CDR it now gives is essential on fiddle. The active is nice as well though only really needed when you get focussed. Most people tend to run from an ulting fiddle so only really use it if people start going for you.

The amount of MR it offers is nice and the passive MR reduction is very useful as you need to be close to do a lot of damage.

Now this is your standard AP buy if you basically like dealing a lot of damage. Not much to say about it. If you are ahead id same maybe consider this as a 3rd item but more often than not you get this as a 4th.

If they start stacking mr and have a support with a Locket of the Iron Solari get this. It's your best late game option that helps deal with tanks if you go the full AP build.

so this is an item I used to buy back when Enchantment: Runeglaive was still around. The reason being, since you got no use from the empowered auto attack from Runeglaive, you'd get more use out of the passive burn while draining camps. It's a nice buy when you are going for the off-tank fiddle build as it allows you to stack a massive amount of HP with it's passive. Note!!!!!!!!! NOT highly recommended but provides a tanky alternative as mentioned before.

This is a nice buy if you need some HP to survive burst champs and the passive slow gives you amazing sticking power and some extra cc in teamfights all the while giving you a nice chunk of AP.

So you'd only buy this item if you are going to use the off-tank build for fiddle. Rylai's is a must with this item as they compliment each other. The penetration and the % damage helps take down tanky teams.

MR,HP and some cdr with a passive that buffs your healing. A really nice buy if you need more magic resist.

This is a situational buy, the stats it gives are nice buy you probably use it more for the passive. Movement speed is an underrated stat on most champs and on fiddle it allows you to reposition and get flanks on enemy teams. The auto attack that follows provides a nice little slow... and hey, extra cc is nice to have :D

So if you decide to take fiddle into the mid lane this is generally your first item. It gives you 20% cdr which is very useful on fiddle as well as much needed mana regen.

You mainly buy this for some surprise burst and a nice gap closer in its active. It also gives a nice amount of HP for a bit of tankiness.

Generally you buy this if a game goes really late to replace your runic echoes as it gives more AP and a bit more damage that you might need. Or if you are mid lane you get this as probably a 3rd item as it still gives some much needed stats.

IT gives a nice hit of AP and the MR it now gives just stops you getting one shot before you can do anything. The passive spell shield allows you to channel your ult with little fear of being interrupted. Buy it for the active mostly.

If you are going tank and then enemy have a lot of auto attack reliant champions get this. A lot of armor and the passive does a lot in fights.


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Gameplay

As Fiddlesticks, it is extremely easy to jungle thanks to drain, however, Fiddlestick's basic attacks do not do a lot of damage. The point of this build is to reduce your cool downs as much as possible so you can occasionally go on the offensive.

When playing Fiddlesticks, your first target should always be the Ancient Golem, which can be located in the bottom left jungle for Blue team and top right jungle for red team. As a Jungler, your main objective is to clear out the jungle as quick as possible and to place wards in enemy territory for vision control. Fiddlesticks is not the ideal choice for vision control as he is not very fast, but he is an exceptional ganker. Even at low levels with the Ancient Golems buff, Fiddlesticks is capable of killing any lane opponent at lvl 3.

At lvl 6 when you have Crow Storm (R), I suggest looking for a lane to gank. Ensure you have enough mana or the golem buff, as Fiddlesticks is quite mana hungry. Use Crow Storm to initiate a fight, and terrify your main target with your Q so you can get as much damage done with you R. you can then Silence your opponents with your E and then Drain them with W. BE WARNED!!!! Do not start the silence/drain combo too early. If your opponent has a crowd control ability (Like Alister) they can end your drain early and you'd probably end up dying. If there is no Crowd control, I recommend saving your E for when your enemies are running away, its long range and bounce allows for effective last hitting.


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Jungling in depth

Your general jungle route is Blue, wolves, Red. After this you have 3 options. You can gank either bot lane/top lane (depending on your side) or mid lane, you can continue jungling or go back to base. Try to rush your level 6 as fast as possible as it's your strongest ganking tool and the damage is pretty good too. Try get some defensive vision early.

While clearing a camp you need to check the map. See which lanes are pushed up and which might need some help. If you notice an enemy laner pushing a turret and your laner is backing/dead and you are nearby LEAVE your camp and go hold the lane (well if you almost killed the large monster finish that then hold lane). When holding lanes you need to be careful. Generally fiddle doesnt have HP issues ( and if you are having problems with HP please think hard about how that happens), but he is very squishy. The whole idea of holding lane is to soak up any exp that could have been lost if no one was around when the minions died, so risking your life for a little bit of gold may not be the best idea.


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When/How to Initiate

When playing Fiddlesticks, knowing when to jump into a fight is key to your success. Once Fidllesticks has his Ultimate, your engage paths are almost unlimited. When engaging, try channel your Ultimate from behind a wall, this will allow you to catch your opponents off guard.

As Fiddlesticks, your main objective in team fights is to focus on catching the most enemies in your Ultimate, preferably the high damage squishy carries. Fiddle is generally one of the last to engage, but your timing is important. With a Zhonya's Hourglass, your engage is a lot safer and enables you to jump in a bit earlier. Without it, you need to be very careful as you are very squishy and easily killed.

Let your tank engage a team fight, following closely behind. When the enemies start bunching, start channeling your ultimate. Aim to land as close to your target as possible, immediately terrifying them to activate your passive. In the jungle, this is a lot easier as you can easily engage over walls. If they start focusing you, use your Zhonya's Hourglass, your ultimate will continue even though you are in stasis. At this time, you have 2 thinks to think about, SURVIVAL and DISRUPTION. Giving away kills can turn a seemingly easy win into a crushing defeat, so try escape ASAP if you think you are in danger, but stay in the area to help pick off anyone left. If you think it is save, use your W(Drain) and continue fighting, BE WARY ON CROWD CONTROL . Depending on where your team fight is(in the jungle or in a lane), disruption is one of you primary objectives. Using Dark Wind (E), you can silence most of your enemies and Terrify(Q) for general disruption. Despite both only lasting for a short duration, they can make a major difference in a team fight. Using Terrify and Dark Wind on the enemy Carry(Such as Miss Fortune or Katarina) could allow your team to burst them down or allow your team to kill their team mates, and with you Enhanced Cooldown Reduction, you should be able you keep them busy for a while.

Another really interesting thing I discovered is that Fiddle is really obnoxious to fight as a melee champion. Fiddle's passive give's him movement speed after standing still or channeling an ability for 1.5 sec. Furthermore his Q fear lasts 1.25 seconds at rank 1. This means that if you try and trade with him he can literally silence and fear you. Cast drain on you, healing whatever damage you did, and then you will not be able to catch him since he will gain a movement speed burst. This also means he is really annoying to run away from when he has red buff.


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Capability

Generally when people play Fiddlesticks, they save their Ultimate for team fights as it does tonnes of damage. I, however, recommend using to your discretion. Fiddlestciks is (although some wont believe it) one of the best 1 vs 1 champs there is. If you manage to catch your opponent is a crow storm, you can assassinate High priority targets with ease, even if you are at a lower level. But, there are some champs who excel at taking down fiddlesticks solo, like Udyr. Be very careful of who you chose to fight.