LeBlanc Build Guide by DutchWolf114
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True Support (TM) LeBlanc
+11 Attack Damage or +18 Ability Power, Adaptive
Default final build
Threats to LeBlanc with this build
|Janna||She can disengage us. But our cooldowns are a lot shorter. Piece of cake.|
First: about this guide - it's quick & dirty
|Let me preface this by saying this guide is primarily intended for support mains that want to have some fun. For that reason, I'm going to assume that, as a support, you know the basics of warding, laning, etc. Admittely it would be fun to do a comprehensive write up about the support role using LeBlanc supp as an example, but that's not what this is. I might get around to doing that using Ashe support, but right now I just don't have the time.|
So what are we gonna talk about? We'll have a short discussion about the mindset of playing off-meta supports and then we'll go through some LB specific gameplay. That's it, quick & dirty.
GL;HF and see you on the Rift :)
PS. If you just want to know the build and start playing (or, you know, if you got autofilled and panic picked), scroll back up. Got all the items, abilities, etc. explained in the notes. Give that a read and you should be good to go.
Before we go into anything about LeBlanc support, I want to give a quick background about how & why I play LB supp. First things first, I don't actually play LB on my main account. The account I play her on, CHAOS Pyro NL, is my "smurf". Originally, I started this account to play with friends that had not reached level 30 yet (since a level 10 with a Gold V premade makes for pretty terrible matchmaking). Later on when all the noobies I knew had either quit or reached level 30, I used the account to practice the roles I rarely play (at the time I was ADC main with support as secondary, so I rarely got to play anthing else).
Eventually I got bored with this and started to play weird off-meta stuff to see what I could get away with. Since I was an ADC main at the time this led to a few interesting (and very succesful) games as Ahri, Lux and Bard ADC. Or Taric jungle. Or AP Pantheon mid. What can I say, Bronze V is a wonderful place. I think I switched to maining support in season 5. Because I enjoyed that very much (and fill at the time always meant you ended up sup) I also started "maining" it on my smurf. More fun ensued, in the form of a.o. Pantheon, Yasuo and Illaoi support. For me, the fun was not the winning, but taking...well any champ tbh...and trying to make them work as a support. That is to say, I tried come up with a "support-y" build, didn't ks, ward properly etc. With this mindset you end up with an off-tanky Yasuo that uses his Steel Tempest knock-up and Last Breath mainly for the CC and his Wind Wall to shield his carry. The basic philosophy was that, as a support, I intended to enable my team to make the plays by providing vision, peel and CC. This tomfoolery resulted in maining Ashe support for quite a while (I build her as a tanky cc & vision machine at the time), untill I finnaly switched to LeBlanc.
Now, in line with the supportive mindset, there was of course no way I was going to go with this kind of "trash":
This "Full AP + Eye of the Watchers" setup is basically playing LeBlanc mid in botlane. Don't get me wrong, if you are a confused mid main who got autofilled bot and panic-picked LeBlanc this is definetly the way to go as it will be closer to your comfort zone to just do the assassin thing. If that's you, stop reading this guide and...well you know what to do, so get out of here, they are about to remake by now. But for us True Support MainsTM it's just not right. The way I build LB is my answer to the simple question "how can I make this champion's kit work in a support role". Of course this is not the only way to build LB support, but this is my way and it works for me (most of the time):
That's quite enough pretentious rambling on my part, let's have a quick look at the support LeBlanc playstyle and call it a day.
So like I said, we're gonna skip all the where to ward, how to trade, etc stuff and just focus on what makes LB work as a support. In a nutshell, we're mobile, have some CC and deal a bit of damage (if you don't know what CC is, you are in the wrong place). Those are the key elements of LB's kit and stats we need to exploit.
So, obviously most of our mobility comes from our W - Distortion. Now, in my opinion, this is one of the most fun abilities of the game. It's very versatile and jumping back to your distortion pad to dodge an ability (or after stealing blue/drake/etc) is sooooo statisfying.
|As support we use this ability for 3 main purposes: 1) positioning, 2) baiting & 3) uncopulating yourself. This in itself is not that different from the LB mid playstyle to be honest. The main difference lies in the positioning. While a LB mid will position to get a kill, we position either to get our Ethereal Chains on someone or for warding/vision purposes. That's pretty much it. The great thing about this extra mobility for a support is that it allows us to put down wards relatively safely, whereas most regular supports might have a problem actually reaching some spots unmolested we can dash in and out and Bob's your uncle. When warding it is good practice to try and use Distortion as far from the place we want to ward as possible, walking the last bit. This way if distorting back puts the greatest possible distance between us and the enemy. Just don't do this is we suspect they know we're coming. If they know (such as in case of a contested baron ward), minimizing our time spent in the "hot zone" is better (i.e. distort right on the edge of warding range and back out immediately). As for baiting and uncopulating (copulating is a nice word for a 4 letter word that starts with F, do the math), simply distort away when they try to kill you/do whatever it is you tried to bait. I personally prefer to use the return Distortion for this, but sometimes that's not up to us.
Might as well use the "mobility" header to briefly mention Mimic. Obviously our ult allows for another Distortion, but that's not really the mobility I'm talking about. Mimic's hologram can also be seen as a form of "mobility". Since it is global it allows us to influence fight everywhere on the map. We can use this to help teammates by temporarily putting the enemy off balance, or try to influence their decision-making. Example: if our toplaner gets ganked, spawn hologram top to make it a appear like a 2v2. Although they will quickly discover it's a bluff, that .5 second they need to make that decision can make all the difference. Few simple guidelines: try to be out of sight, try to make it beleiveable, try to spawn it out of their vision (e.g. in bush or fog). So much for mobility.
Damage & CC
I'm grouping these together because it's all relatively straightforward. Ethereal Chains is our main CC, rooting a single target 1.5 seconds after connecting for 1.5 seconds. For good measure we can use a Mimic'd E to apply a second root (or root a second target). Rylai's Crystal Scepter is our secondary, soft CC applying a slow (20%/1second) as a spell effect. This is applied by all abilities as well as Redemption. Of course, all our stuff does damage as well (quite a decent amount actually, LB has insane scalings), but that's just an added bonus. Shatter Orb can do massive damage on a marked target, even with our low-AP build, but that's not its main purpose in LB support. In fights we try to use our Q either to apply a Rylai's slow, pop a Banshee's Veil, Black Shield, etc. or secure a kill. Besides this we can use the Distortion, Sigil of Malice, Shatter Orb combo for waveclear when defending / depushing.
If you are reading this: thanks for going all the way through, please leave a like if you liked or a comment if you have any suggestions. I hope it has been obvious that I'm being half-serious in this guide. Let me put it this way: you can play this and have some great games, but I don't know if it's the best way, it's just my way. Whatever you take away from this don't let it be that LeBlanc is a god-tier support, because she isn't. I'm currently using my second account to see how long I can get away with picking LB regardless of teamcomp or match-up at the time of writing it has gotten me from Silver V to Silver II, with the occasional Ashe support thrown in when the Deceiver was banned or picked away from me. My goal for this season is to try and equal my main account (which is Gold V atm), we'll see how it goes.
That all being said, it's time to head out to the Rift and have fun,
Thanks for reading,
Silver III - 21 jun 2017
Silver II - 26 jun 2017
Season 7 Final rank
GOLD V! - 06 nov 2017