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Irelia Build Guide by Le Pro of d00m

AD Offtank Irelia--- Because Ionia is Underrated

AD Offtank Irelia--- Because Ionia is Underrated

Updated on November 21, 2013
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Choose Champion Build:

  • LoL Champion: Irelia
    Main build
  • LoL Champion: Irelia

Spells:

LoL Summoner Spell: Ignite

Ignite

LoL Summoner Spell: Flash

Flash

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Top Lane
Ranked #59 in
Top Lane
Win 49%
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Top Lane
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Intro

Hey guys! its me again, making my second guide on Mobafire, this time, it on Irelia!
OK, i never went over this in my last guide but i think i should now. Please excuse my low elo I'm Plat now! :) I enjoy writing guides to see what other people think of them, i also tend to improve myself making guides, any feedback is welcome! :3
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Dat Tri-force buff doe

Well as it seems for the time being Irelia is going to be broken as **** because of the Trifroce buff, go have fun raping every single ****ing lane including Renekton. Its a very happy day for us Irelia players, and may we thank Phreak for his evil plot to give us this amazing power, and may we forever hate Morello. In Irelia we trust, FREELO




ALL HAIL PHREAK, THE ALMIGHTY BUFFER OF TRIFORCE!
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Pros and cons

Pros
+ Very fun to play
+ Great sustain
+ Very tanky while still deadly when farmed
+ Can come from behind in any fight
----Irelia--
Cons
- Can become oom very fast
- Week without farm
- Item dependent
- Better Nerf Irelia...
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Summoner Spells


You will almost always want to take these. Ignite for extra damage and healing reduction, and Flash for securing kills, getting away, and doing tons of other things with it.


If you're going up against a strong pusher, you may want to grab Teleport, which is also useful for split pushing. Ghost is another escape spell, but i personally don't like it because you can still be slowed or cc'ed before you fully get away. If you're new to Irelia, Heal can help with survivability and escaping sticky situations.
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Runes





Greater mark of armor penetrationGreater mark of armor penetration


MARKS
Greater mark of armor penetration
Standard Runes here, Armor penetration is great for all stages of the game, ensuring that early armor wont completely shut you down. this works great with your Hiten Style as you can deal amazing damage to targets regardless of the amount of armor they are building. I also recommend Greater Mark of Attack Damage for better damage and Bladesurge farming.
Greater mark of armor penetration



SEALS
Again, Standard here. Almost 100% of the opponents you will face in top lane will be either AD, Hybrid, or constantly want to poke you with auto attacks. The only runes i would reccomend changing these out for are Greater Seal of Scaling Health.


GLYPHS
Ok, some people like to use Greater Glyph of Magic Resist (flat), but the way i see it, these runes become more effective then flat runes at about level 8-9, and you useualy wont be roaming down to mid until around levels 12-13, which compleatly defeats the purpose of having flat MR. you can still take flat Mr, bur I only use them when im facing an Ap top.

QUINTS
Standard here, and here is why: Some my ask, why not more armor penetration, but imagine this, you take both armor penetration marks and quints, YES, you will get more penetration, but if you dont have enough attack damage, you wont get nearly as much damage as you would half and half, as your max damage is low with only penetration.

Greater mark of armor penetrationGreater mark of armor penetration

Alternate Rune page

So ive been running this new page recently and i really like it. It allows you to get a lot of hitten style procs off and sustain through the alne very well, the problem is ap champions will be doing more damage if you dont take mr blues, so adjust accordingly.
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Masteries

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Skills


Here is my brief explanation of Irelias skills

Skill order: > > >


(Passive

I
O
N
I
A
N
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F
E
R
V
O
R



1.This is Basically Free Tenacity
But thats no excuse to not buy Mercury's Treads


2. Grows stronger the more
Champions are near Irelia
(useful in teamfights!)
spaaaaaaaaace

3. Extremely helpful
During ganks

4. The color of
Irelias energy sphere
will change color
I
O
N
I
A
N
~
F
E
R
V
O
R

(Q) Maxed 2nd after Hiten Style.
B
L
A
D
E
S
U
R
G
E




1.Great farming tool
if timed right


2. You can Quickly farm with it if
you have to push lane


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Dont highlight me!
Dont highlight me!
3.Refunds a small bit of mana and resets cooldown if you kill target


4. Great to dash onto carry/low opponents or
bait the use of a Flash




B
L
A
D
E
S
U
R
G
E

(W) Maxed First
H
I
T
E
N
~
S
T
Y
L
E

1. Provides Amazing Sistain
Space
2. Activating will Double Sustain
Space
3. Activating also applys True damage
to your auto attacks

4. Allows awesome trading because
of the Heal and true damage

Hi der
5. Combined with a Vampiric Scepter,
you can get 20+
lifesteal on every attack


6. I like to have an
even number of pro's
H
I
T
E
N
~
S
T
Y
L
E

(E) Maxed last, but can be maxed 2nd

E
Q
U
I
L
I
B
R
I
U
M
~
S
T
R
I
K
E


1. Awesome for chase's when
you need
a slow/stun.



2. Deals magic damage,
so we max it last.


3. Stuns enemy if they have a higher
health percentage.



4. Slows enemy if they have a lower
health percentage.
5. Use this if youe being chased and
they have more health then you.


6. Useing this along with your
ult can turn a fight around.


7. You can max this second, as
you would benefit from a better stun.


8. You can become a bully in lane if you
use this along with an auto attack.
E
Q
U
I
L
I
B
R
I
U
M
~
S
T
R
I
K
E

((R)Maxed whenever possible
T
R
A
N
C
E
N
D
A
N
T
~

B
L
A
D
E
S


1. Can be used 4 times in 1 casting

2. Has a VERY short cooldown so abuse it

3. You sap the life of targets
(More sustain! =D)


4. Be careful! it goes to where
your curser is at!


5.Blades can be dodged, but
are still effective!


6. Dont be afraid to use this
to clear large creep waves!


7. Useful to turn the
tables in a close fight.


8. use the long range
to kill low health oppenents


9. Along with Hiten Style,
you can have some of the best sustain.


10. Shooting this at chasers can
bring them low enough to kill.


T
R
A
N
C
E
N
D
A
N
T
~

B
L
A
D
E
S
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Items (my favorite)

Alright, this is where I will explain all my items to you, as well as listing some alternate items

Item Sequence

Mercury's Treads 1100
Trinity Force 3333
Randuin's Omen 2700
Blade of the Ruined King 3200
Guardian Angel 2800
Zephyr 2850




Best boots in the game Imo. Tenacity is just to good to miss out on. Being CC'ed? Mercury's Treads. Mages bursting you down? Mercury's Treads. You wanna have good looking boots? Mercury's Treads.

One of the best staring item's in the game. I personaly like to grab 2 of these on my First or Second back. Of corse we sell these later, but the health and attack damage they give along with the 5 health regained every auto attack its just too good to not grab. if you dont want to grab these, I reccomend grabbing Sheen before Wit's End to compensate for your lack of damage.

Wit's End is a great item for an assassin. Just think, 40% attack speed and bonus magic damage to your auto attacks. Now add 75 true damage from Hiten Style, and about 150 bonus damage from Trinity Force.. and you have got about 250 extra damage in on hit effects. the bonus MR is great as you should focus the ADC, which means the APC will most likely be throwing **** in your face.

Trinity Force is an amazing item. gives you TONS OF DAMAGE . but really, its just amazing. The Sheen proc will activate on your Bladesurge, making for a huge chunk of initial burst damage. The slow from Phage can also proc on Bladesurge, making for a huge portion of damage and effects on you dive. also, it gives you some ability power and attack damage to buff up every source of damage you have. if you dont get this, you can GTFO!
Alright, this is where your most likely going to be saying "Gee... i was going to upvote this but why Blade of the Ruined King? Here's my answer, Blade of the Ruined King gives 40 AD and 10% LS which isn't much, but here comes the kicker. 4% of the opponents current health and half of that bonus damage goes into the heal. Now, most people will have about 2300 health, usually more. 4% of 2300 is about 92, add that on to 40 ad, and that's 132 Ad in damage, with 42 LS onto your already huge amount of health recovered. Of course it wont always be this massive, because armor is an a$$. The slow is great for catching people, or healing yourself when both you and your opponent are low.

This item is just great for shutting down the enemy AD's and also gives the nice passive of a movement speed debuff. You'll find it super useful in your fights against the enemy AD carry. Make sure to learn the range of its active! Also, grabbing a Warden's Mail mid game can help when diving an enemy team.

I've come to love this item after playing a few games with it and now i almost see it as a better choice over Blade of the Ruined King if you need the damage. One of the best things about this item is that you can have your choice of boots because you will get tenacity from this. One thing that makes this item q little questionable to me is that your not getting any life-steal, something that Blade of the Ruined King gives you, which can be trouble in teamfights if you want to smash multiple people.

Do I really need to explain? makes you beefy, gives you a second life, looks awesome. This can save your face many times. You may want to sell this late game if you have already burned its revive, as you most likely wont get the revive charge back up and other items provide better utility and tankyness.

I'll expand a "Situatonal Items" Chapter later, but i have more important sections to work on right now.
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items (Tanky)

This Came to my attention because i realized many people enjoy building Irelia tanky, so i decided to make a section purely about tanky items.
Warmogs Armor
This mean green item has become one of the most popular items in S3. After penetration and armor were changed, heath has now become more cost efficent! What does this mean? it means that Resistances < Health so this item has become amazing. 1000 health and % hp regeneration make this a great choice if your having trouble with strong enemy damage
Sunfire Cape
This is one of the best tank items in the game. Its ability to make you almost invincible to Melee ADs is just... broken. In addition to the wonderful health and armor it gives you, You also get the awesome damage aura! being pushed? Sunfire Aegis will make it almost impossible for them to push if you use it right. Okay, with all these amazing stats there has to be a down fall right? Consider yourself warned. if you misuse this item, you will end up pushing your lane like a maniac without even attacking. this definitely has a learning curb, but i highly suggest learning how to use it.
Frozen Mallet
On almost any off tank this item is great. but i have a few probelms with it. First off, its quite expensive and you can get more health from Warmog's Armor and the ad it gives is puny. Secondly the only items you could swap it out for are Trinity Force or Randuin's Omen. both are big no-nos, trinity being massively core and randuins adding to your anti-carry potential, this makes me see it being "not worth it". Lastly, if you decide to grab this AND Trinity Force, then your wasting money due the fact that Trinity Force builds out of Phage, and its a huge red flag if you have 2 Phage-based items, because it just takes away from 1 item and get you just a little bit better passive on the other. Oh, and dont come crying to me saying "i didnt buy triforce so i didnt waste money with mallet but i fed!". like i said, trinity is core, you shouldnt take it out.
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Blade of the ruined king rush

VS +


So lately i have been seeing a lot of Irelia's rushing Blade of the Ruined King right away in lane, and i just want to share my thoughts on that. Personally, i think that Its better to go for a Bilgewater Cutlass followed by Trinity Force before then getting your Blade of the Ruined King and proceeding on to get further into your item build. The reasons that i would bypass a full bork and go for only a cutlass, is because it leaves you rather squishy and if the enemy builds armor your damage is going to be rather pitiful. Once you get your Bilgewater Cutlass, you cover all of your sustain and can proceed to build for the rest of your weakness's by building Trinity Force.
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Match-ups

This section will be compleated whenever i feel like working on it, i'll start with Aatrox and end with Zed going through all viable top laners.
5/10: a good Aatrox can be a bit of a problem, bur most Aatroxs are clueless and really dont now how to play him against an Irelia. For starters his sustain is pretty much even with yours, but he has to burn health to use his spells, so you out sustain him slightly. In a duel, try to fight him only when you have your Hiten Style activated so that you can heal faster then him. When trading with him, try to leave the fight when he has his Blood Price primed on the next attack, this leaves him with a lot of damage not used, and will win you the trade. Aside from that, dodge his Dark Flight and Blades of Torment. And be careful when he has his passive ready.

2/10 Easiest lane of your life, you compleatly eclipse all of her damage and out sustain her throught out the entire game. She has almost no pushing potential and she will barly be able to scratch you. Once she hits 6 she can become a little bit more of a problem, but you should be 100% fine.

6/10 Wow, someone who can match your sustain? Too bad you can out trade him. Now this can be kind of hard, he will get health, and that counters yout true damage, but it shouldnt be hard to simply farm up untill late game, if he misses his Rupture, all in him and freeze lane so he cant sustain back up, once you get Blade of the Ruined King you can wreck him.

7/10 He cant sustain at all, and thats literally your only advantage, his Crippling Strike will mess you up, and he has the ability to straight up demolish you throughout most of the lane, and once he hits 6 you better be ready because he goes from hitting like a truck to hitting like a train. Definitly consider building an early giants belt to avoid getting pubstomped.

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In lane... what do you do?

Alright, so your in lane, hopefully not agianst a Jax, so what do you do? There are a few answers do this which for the most part can all be done at the same time.
-Ward
-Farm creeps
-Dont push lane
-Push when laner is dead
-Call Mias/ss/mis
-Dont Overextend
-Be Happy
-Dont feed
-Trade Well

WIN THE ******* LANE



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Farming Expectations

Oh Hell No (-100)
100 is preatty bad, you most likely wont get far in the build and wont have the pure stomping power that Irelia can get. If your a level 30 and you get this, you must be high (joke). But honestly, Irelia has one of the best farming kits in the game, use that to your advantage. Even if your a lower level, getting past 100 should be about normal.
Meh (100-150)
Decent, but i would be much better to go higher. 150 is fine, you will have good killing power, get preaty far in your build, and get reasonably fed. Still, higher is better (Hue Hue Hue), for a lower level, your doing great, and keeping this up till 30 is awesome. For level 30's, this is preatty good, You will most likely get a decent elo (1300), and live a happy life.

YES!(150-200)
This is your goal, get 200 cs, win lane, win games, get a ranked team, win the world championship, give a bunch of credit to me... OK, getting 200 cs is great, you will win lane and games with this. a farmed Irelia can carry a team, so carry your team!



Milestones
10 Minutes By 10 minutes you should hope to have about 65-80 CS. you may be saying, "why so high if im aiming for 200?" here's the answer; early game there wont be much aggression, junglers will be trying to get there ganking skills and boots, no one will be roaming which means you can focus on last hitting rather then being overly cautious.
20 Minutes Once you hit the 20 minute mark hope you have about 150 farm. now, that's a little less then the 10 minute mark. but at this point you may have roamed down mid once or twice, gotten ganked a few times, as well as had your own jungler gank too, which means just less time to farm, and sometimes you may be forced to push.
40+ minutes Now this is where teamfights start. you will be fighting with your team to get objectives and push lanes. what does this mean? you wont get much farm, but i still expect you to get 200, you just have to be ready for those idle moments where there's always a wave of minions to go kill. Overall, just keep an open eye for waves of minions pushing up your lanes.
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Early game

Early game is Boring. All you should attempt to do is farm up yourself and not die early. Once you grab your Doran's Blade(s), you should look to either push your lane and check the Blue's blue buff, or try to start a fight if your opponent hasn't recalled to get his next items. remember to buy a sight ward and 1 or 2 Health Potions on your first recall.

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Middle game


Okay, this is where the fun starts. Hopefully you have your Wit's End and Trinity Force and starting on your Blade of the Ruined King. Now that you have some more power, look to make an aggresive push or come down to mid and help out with dragon. Somethings you may want to try to get done: 1. Push out top tower, as this helps your whole team in securing dragon and other lanes. Also look to gank bot or mid if your jungler is busy, this really takes stress off of them. The last thing you should look to do is check out the enemy buffs and see if you can grab them for your team.

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What to do in teamfights

In Team fights, your Goal is to smash the enemy adc/apc with your insane damage. one this has been achieved, take out the other carry, and any other high damage opponents.sadly, theres not much more to say, as i cant really explain anything else, watch some videos... Not that good... focus was off... but it adds some stuff to this section and shows some nice jukes.
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To Do

Add early mid and late game info
Add match ups section.
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Change log

1/21/2013-Released guide!
2/17/2013-Fixed a few grammar errors in the opening sections
5/3/2013- Added Zephyr
8/12/2013-Added a section about Blade of the Ruined King rush
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Conclusion

Irelia is a great champion, she has so much potential, i hope you enjoy reading this guide and playing Irelia. This guide is always under construction, it will never be fully finished. If you think i could change something, or see a typo or incorrect info, comment or send me a PM. happy winning summoners!

Also: Credits to jhoijhoi for her awesome template and dividers and lane safety picture.

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