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League of Legends Build Guide Author Nazban

Irelia, AP Everyday, AP All the Way

Nazban Last updated on January 29, 2011
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Ability Sequence

Ability Key Q
Ability Key W
Ability Key E
Ability Key R

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The masteries shown here are not yet updated for the current season, the guide author needs to set up the new masteries. As such, they will be different than the masteries you see in-game.


Brute Force
Improved Rally

Offense: 21

Strength of Spirit
Veteran's Scars

Defense: 0

Expanded Mind
Blink of an Eye
Mystical Vision
Presence of the Master

Utility: 9

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This build is designed to reveal the devastating truth about Irelia's true power with AP.
Now please before you write down the items and runes or what have you, give the guide a quick read. I tried to make it very plain and simple so u dont have to spend an hour reading.

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Pros / Cons

-Can 1v1 anyone, early, mid & late game.
-VERY HIGH Burst damage.
-Very easy to initiate on a lone enemy.
-Kills anyone so quick you wont take much dmg at all.
-Great for hunting down anyone trying to run away after a team fight.
-Have your entire team and enemy team complimenting you.
-Tower diving is pretty easy

-Can also take damage but not as much as you would imagine.
-Very susceptible to CC.
-Can not initiate a team fight.
-Most of the time cannot take on more then two enemies at once.

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Now like I said plain and simple here, there are a couple routes you can take on building your items. The way I have it set for the main sequence is an all around build these next sequences will teach u what to get first and later on depending on how the game is going. As we all know 1 set of items will not relate to every single game you may play so you need to adapt.

If the game is going great, you have got 2+ kills and you think the other team is doing very bad. (This is the build I go all the time)

If the game is going normal you have not died or gotten a kill yet. (Recommended build)

If the game is going horrible and you are just getting wrecked.

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Greater Mark of Insight 0.95 Magic Pen Each A must for magic pen. It is a AP build after all.

Greater Seal of Clarity 1.8 Mana Per 5 Sec Each I have tried other type of runes in the seal slots but this seems to work the best for me. If you find a better rune for the seal slots please post with a reply thanks.

Greater Glyph of Focus 0.65% Cooldown Reduction Each This is a must for you are relying on your skills all the time.

Greater Quintessence of Insight 1.89 Magic Pen Each So far have not found any runes that will match these in the Quint slots. These 3 magic pen quints are key to insane damage.

Total Magic Pen: 14.22
Total CD Reduction: 5.85%
Total Mana Regen Per 5 Sec: 16.2

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Skill Sequence

Main Sequence:

(Auto attack once or twice if you have sheen then run back. Wait for cds and then do it again and anyone will die if they are hit twice with this main sequence)

Own anyone with one sequence:

(Make sure you get atleast one auto attack off to use sheen/lichs extra damage bonus for auto attacking) (If they live from this then you can use your bladesurge (charge attack) and auto attack or Equilibrium Strike them once.)

Basic Harassment Sequence:

(Get one auto attack off to use sheen/lich then run back.)

This is your main source of damage:

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Still testing the waters here on the masteries. One thing is for sure though you want at least 21 points into the offense tree because this is what makes her damage insane. as far as tank or utility I will let you guys decide. The way I look at it is irelia if you go full tank spec or a bit of tank spec you still tank damage as if you dident put one point into the defense tree.
Great source of AP
Great CD Reduction witch is needed on irelia. and unlocks the next mastery shown below.
Any AP Dealing champ needs this no mattter what. cant beat the 15% magic pen.
Attack speed is great for getting off that auto attack faster and getting away faster while they are stunned if you are using the sequences above.
5% Increased all damage, Need i say more?

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Summoner Spells

I have not found a need for any other spells or combination then these two summoner spells. It's like they were made for irelia.

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And thats it for now if you have any question suggestions or any criticism please dont be shy post your reply's. There is not many true AP builds for Irelia and I love playing a true ap build with her. It's different unique and it works very well.

Like I said this build will be short and very simple this is not for beginners unless you understand the item images etc and have a bit of knowledge of not running into situations were you will be ganked by 3 enemies and stuff like that.

This might be to simple so like i said please reply with any questions and I will reply and add them into the build. When I look at other builds I mainly take a quick glimpse at the build items, masteries, runes, pros-cons, sequences real quick so I did not see a need to put together a novel when ur just going to forget most of it in game. These are the basics and I feel its enough info to start wrecking with AP Irelia. Also practice makes perfect just because you are using a build does not make you invincible or have an upper hand on the enemy you need to practice and evolve as a better player over time.