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Irelia - Dashing up the Ladder in Season 8

remotenightowl Last updated on November 9, 2017
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Cheat Sheet

Irelia Build

LoL Path: Precision
LoL Rune: Press the Attack
Press the Attack
LoL Rune: Triumph
LoL Rune: Legend: Alacrity
Legend: Alacrity
LoL Rune: Coup de Grace
Coup de Grace

LoL Path: Resolve
LoL Rune: Demolish
LoL Rune: Second Wind
Second Wind

+18% Attack Speed

Ability Sequence

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

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What's up guys!? First off I want to thank you for taking the time to check out your quintessential guide for Irelia in Season 7. Irelia is a great Top Laner and tanky style champion that has a lot of damage output and can really carry a game, especially when ahead. As an Irelia main I can honestly say she is a ton of fun to play, but also very easy with a decent skill cap, so learning her will be a lot of fun. Remember, as I say with all of my guides, it is up to you as the player to learn and obtain the skills needed to learn this champion, and this guide is only meant to supplement you with the tools needed to learn Irelia. So without any further introduction let's get started. Also here is a video guide on my YouTube channel to follow along with, Cheers!

YouTube Guide:

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- So, for your items.

- Damage

- Trinity Force

- This will always be your core damage item every game, and you will build this first. CDR, Attack Speed, and Physical Damage are all needed for Irelia to work.

- Secondary Damage items

- Blade of the Ruined King

- Attack Speed, life steal and Physical damage are all great for Irelia. Only Build this if you are against a team with 3 AD champions or more.

- Wit's End

- Attack Speed, MR, MR Steal, and Magic Damage on hit are perfect against AP heavy teams. Build this only if you are against 3 AP of more Champions.

- Sterak's Gage

- Increased Base AD stat, HP, and Shield passive is great for a tankier Irelia. Build this only if your team needs a True Tank Irelia. FYI the Base AD increase stat boost boosts the damage from the Sheen proc of your Trinity Force.

- Remember, of these 3 items you only build one (1) with Trinity Force being your primary damage item and then the second damage item being situational.

- Armor

- Ninja Tabi for situational armor boots. Your Primary armor items will be Frozen Heart and Guardian Angel. Get Guardian Angel for the revive passive, and Frozen Heart for the CDR, Mana, Armor and Attack Speed reduction Aura.

- Magic Resist

- Mercury's Treads for situational MR boots. Your primary MR items will be Spirit Visage and Guardian Angel. Get Spirit Visage for the HP and healing buff passive. Guardian Angel, again for the revive passive. And Wit's End will be a situational MR item as well as a damage item.

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Build Order

- So, for your build

- Against AD Top

- Rush Trinity Force, then Situational Boots followed by Frozen Heart. If your ahead get your secondary Damage item then Guardian Angel and finally Spirit Visage. If your behind or your team needs you tankier earlier, then get Spirit Visage after Frozen Heart, followed by your Second damage item and Guardian Angel last.

- Against AP Top

- Rush Trinity Force followed by situational Boots. If the opposing team is 3 AP or higher, immediately go into Wit's End 3rd. If they are 2 AP or lower, then get Frozen Heart 3rd before Wit's End. Because Wit's End provides up to 65 MR, you can for go the Spirit Visage until last and get Guardian Angel 5th.

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Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist

Greater Seal of Armor

Greater Mark of Attack Speed

Greater Quintessence of Attack Speed

- I want to explain Runes and skip the Mastery, as that is self explanatory in the note I left for it. Simply put, Flar Armor yellow's for early game durability. Scaling MR Blues for dealing with late game mages. Then Attack Speed Reds and Quintessences because Irelia is an auto attack reliant champion.

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Leveling Abilities

Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18

- I'll be as straight forward as possible. Against melee champions start Equilibrium Strike to stun them and walk away from lvl. 1 trades easily. Against ranged champions start Bladesurge so you can get some farm and avoid some poke a little bit more easily. At lvl. 2 take either Bladesurge or Equilibrium Strike depending on which ability you started. At lvl. 3 take Hiten Style and max this by lvl. 9 as this is your primary damage ability. Typically you want to max Bladesurge second because with Trinity Force and Frozen Heart you have a 40% CDR Build so this allows you to go URF mode with your Bladesurge and not have to worry about resets as much and you can stick to targets a lot easier. You then max Equilibrium Strike last however, if you feel like you need that scaling stun rather than the Bladesurge you can max that second. For me however, I just stick with Bladesurge max second in almost all situations. And as always, Transcendent Blades at lvls. 6, 11, and 16.

- ( Bladesurge is an auto attack reset, keep that in mind)

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Ability Combos

- Equilibrium Strike -> Hiten Style -> *AA -> Bladesurge

- This is Irelia's primary damage combo. Remember to auto attack as much as possible before you use your Bladesurge when the enemy is running away. This is used for heavy lane trading or if you happen to get right next to an enemy without using your Bladesurge.

- Bladesurge -> Equilibrium Strike -> Hiten Style -> *AA -> Bladesurge

- So with this combo, you Bladesurge to a low HP minion next to then enemy then do the same combo as above. By doing this your Bladesurge will reset it's Cooldown and then you can Bladesurge again because it will be available right away. Remember you can chain this between minions if a bunch of them are low health to get the reset and get next to you enemy at the same time.

- Bladesurge -> Equilibrium Strike -> Hiten Style -> *AA -> Transcendent Blades -> Bladesurge

- Your primary kill combo. Same as above however your Transcendent Blades will be active while you are attacking your opponent. While firing your Transcendent Blades you can still auto attack simultaneously so you can engage on your opponent and hammer the **** out of your R key to get it off as fast as possible.

- One quick note, all of your abilities proc Sheen from Trinity Force, and this can kill towers faster. So for example, Activate Hiten Style, AA the tower for extra damage, wait 1.5 seconds for the cooldown, use Equilibrium Strike on a nearby enemy minion, AA the tower for extra damage again. If there are no enemies around while your Transcendent Blades is up and your confident you wont get ganked, you can use that for 4 Sheen procs. First Transcendent Blades cast, AA then wait 1.5 seconds for Sheen cooldown, Second Transcendent Blades cast, AA then wait 1.5 seconds for Sheen cooldown, etc.

*AA = Autoattack

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- Pros

- Very Tanky, can deal damage and take it as well
- Sticks to the back line very well
- 2 heals from her Hiten Style and Transcendent Blades
- Bladesurge dash resets on kill for potentially high movement and agility
- Semi-high skill cap but easy to pick up and learn

- Cons

- Doesn't scale well if behind
- Lack of CC/ Equilibrium Strike stun is dependent upon how low Irelia's HP is compared to enemy
- Can be kited easily
- Weak/Needs items to scale against champions like Renekton and Trundle

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- As a tanky champion you also have massive kill potential. Your job is to stick to the back line of the enemy team and either kill the carry/carries or peel them off for your team so they can kill the enemy's front line and then clean up for you. When you get to mid/late game you will have 40% CDR and a 3.2 cooldown on your Bladesurge so you can just instantly Bladesurge full HP targets to engage and not have to worry about getting a reset on the ability. The more you snowball in a game however, the more likely it is you'll kill these targets and walk out alive. Also don't forget to keep an eye out for minions to Bladesurge to in a fight or to initiate a fight if you see the opportunity for a Bladesurge reset. Take it and go for it.

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Again, as an Irelia main I can honestly say she is a great champion with a mix of tankyness and damage that can hard carry a game if mastered. Having over 300k mastery points with this champion I was able to utilize her to get to Platinum in Season 6 and still have her in my champion pool to climb to higher ELO's this coming season. Remember, it is up to you as the player to learn this champion for yourself and only use this guide as a supplement to your learning her. Anyway guys I hope you enjoyed going through this guide and good luck in Season 7. Cheers!