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Akali Build Guide by xSagi

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By xSagi | Updated on November 14, 2020

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Runes: standard runes

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Presence of Mind
Legend: Tenacity
Coup de Grace

Taste of Blood
Ravenous Hunter

+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+6 Armor


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LoL Summoner Spell: Teleport


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[IN DEPTH] Diamond EUW akali otp full guide

By xSagi


-high mobility.
-high burst.
-2v1 potential.
-decent safety.
-execution ult.
-hybrid scaling.
-high outplay potential.


-easy to fall behind with.
-hard to master and reach a level u can carry with and influence games.
-falls in late game.
-low objectives damage (can't really do something with baron etc).
-get hard counter by cc.
-melee champ.
ITEMS Back to Top


Doran's Shield - losing matchup/poke champ.

Doran's Ring - standard.

Long Sword - confident, early kill pressure, rushing Hextech Gunblade.

Mejai's Soulstealer - smurfing/confident u won't die.

Hextech Gunblade - always first item.

Zhonya's Hourglass - always unless they have 5 ap, if it's a tough ad matchup ( Kled, Renekton, etc.) u can rush Seeker's Armguard before Gunblade and complete it after.

Rabadon's Deathcap - usually built when u ahead/need the extra dmg and not any defensive stat or pen, 4-6 item not earlier.

Lich Bane - only when fed and has Electrocute(can be a replacement for boots after full build).

Liandry's Anguish - everytime u have Conqueror or Fleet Footwork.

Morellonomicon - if u against a squishy team u start with oblvion orb and finish it last item, if u need anti heal rush it after Hextech Gunblade / or if it's not that needed u can complete after Zhonya's Hourglass.

Spellbinder - I never build it but if u ahead and want the extra burst it's a nice item just time the active well.

Rylai's Crystal Scepter - again, I don't build this item but if u feel like u need the slowness because u getting kited a lot, go for it.

Void Staff - whenever people stack magic resist on the enemy team.

Death's Dance - if u started the early mid-game fed and u cant play the late game cuz u keep getting one-shotted by the enemy team then buy it, really situational.

Guardian Angel - against 4-5 ad-team last item.

Maw of Malmortius - against hard cc and burst ap champs that have a huge amount of burst ( Zoe, Syndra, Ahri, Vel'Koz, etc) and u have a hard time dealing with (not only 1).

Banshee's Veil - usually better than Maw of Malmortius but less efficient vs high burst, u can build both if it's a full ap team.

Sorcerer's Shoes - best option go for it 90% of the time unless one of the following \/.

Mercury's Treads against a high amount of cc, can also be an option if u fed against an ap team and don't wanna buy Banshee's Veil.

Ninja Tabi 3-5 auto attackers and u don't have any lead / insecure vs 3-5 ad champs team / full ad enemy team and u wanna build ap item instead of Guardian Angel
BUILD PATH Back to Top
u always wanna rush Hextech Gunblade unless you're against a losing ad matchup then u wanna go [Seeker's Armguard into Hextech Gunblade and complete it into Zhonya's Hourglass.
in a standard build, u wanna go Hextech Gunblade into tier 2 boots, and then u got 3 options
1. Seeker's Armguard heavy ad
2. Oblivion Orb vs squishy / healing team
3. Liandry's Anguish with Conqueror or Fleet Footwork

for the 4-6 slots, u gotta build situationally according to the item situationally description in the chapter above
RUNES Back to Top



Conqueror - the best keystone for Akali atm.

Electrocute - confident matchup/ squishy team.

Fleet Footwork - Insecure/hard poke matchup


Presence of Mind - most have akali isnt playable without

Legend: Tenacity - vs decent amount cc team and not buying merc treads.

Legend: Alacrity - my favorite cause u can farm better, combo faster, get turrets faster which means u can sideline better.

Coup de Grace - best one for Akali for assassination and execution.

Cut Down - vs 3-5 tanks.

Last Stand - sustain top matchups with Conqueror.

Taste of Blood - best option for Domination tree.

Eyeball Collection - best option on Electrocute page.

Ravenous Hunter - stacks really well with Hextech Gunblade and Conqueror heal and the best option for Akali.

Bone Plating - i only take it into Sett and Renekton.

Second Wind - into poke matchups (if u go fleet, possible with conq but Domination is better).

Unflinching - really good rune for Akali if, take it into hard cc teams or as an exchange for Legend: Tenacity if u go resolve secondary.

Overgrowth - good for scaling and if u don't need the extra tenacity.

Revitalize - there are better options but can be good with Conqueror, Fleet Footwork and Hextech Gunblade heals.

Minion Dematerializer - I really like this rune as secondary for Conqueror after the q damage nerfs so I can still one-shot backline, even though Domination is better.

Perfect Timing - in addition to Minion Dematerializer so u can have more progress towards Zhonya's Hourglass

note: never get something other than Presence of Mind as secondary to Electrocute, u most include this tree in ur rune page
MATCHUPS Back to Top


dealing with tough matchups as Akali can be really hard.

if your goal is to get better as an Akali player u need to learn all the matchups and how to did with the tough ones.


Kled can reveal u in ur shroud, he's really tanky and able to out sustain and abuse ur low armor to burst u and run u down if he hits his Beartrap on a Rope / Pocket Pistol at the laning phase. don't use the second part of Perfect Execution if he still has his Skaarl the Cowardly Lizard, try to kill his using the first part of your Perfect Execution and normal abilities and use the second part to burst him without his Skaarl the Cowardly Lizard. rushing Seeker's Armguard is a good option.


Leblanc can be really frustrating to deal with, she can reveal you in shroud, she can outburst you and dodge your skillshots using her Distortion, usually, if she hits her Ethereal Chains she wins the fight if she misses u win the fight, try to punish her when she to farm with her Distortion and hit your Shuriken Flip but be careful to not reactivate it if she can just use it to go back under turret.


really tough matchup stay safe until LVL 3 give up farm if needed because he can always just dash into u press w and chunk most of ur hp, take bone plating and rush seekers armguard, try to trade with getting hit by his empowered Cull the Meek, if you're under 80% when he has 6 he will probably be able to dive u with his ult so be careful and use your Twilight Shroud to try to outplay him under turret.



Yasuo is an Akali favor matchup. a lot of Akali players having troubles with this one for some reason, here are some tips for dealing with him.
1. trade heavily LVL 1 and notice he's XP so he won't get LVL 2 before u and run u down.
2. you can go all in LVL 3 if u hit ur e, the best way to hit e is to wait for him to dash on a minion to hit u with he's q and throw it on him.
3. don't use qs in an obvious way so he won't wind wall it.
4. don't throw abilities without thinking because he can dodge it easily dashing to a minion.
5. if u having a hard time fighting him just wait to 6 and full health combo him with ult u will always win that fight.


Katarina is a straight up skill matchup, u win LVL 1-3, don't get caught LVL behind on levels 1-3, bait her to e into a dagger, and e her right after she does, save one of ur mobility abilities to leave her ult (r1, r2, e1).


Zed is another skill matchup. don't get hit by his w-e-q combo, activate shroud when he ult u and ult him back, try to bully him pre 6.

more will be added in the future.
TIPS & TRICKS Back to Top
1. you can use abilities while casting the second part of Shuriken Flip.

2. if u in a close fight and u need more dmg try to use e1 passive and then e2.

3. u can use ur Shuriken Flip backward to surprise hit with your Five Point Strike or just to chase someone, there are some walls u can go through as well.

4. your Five Point Strike at max range slow people for a short duration.

5. don't use Twilight Shroud in a long sustain fight until u have used the same or more than the energy it recovers in order to maximize the amount of Five Point Strike u can use.
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