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Irelia guide by Wickd

The_Real_Wickd Last updated on February 13, 2018
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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: Iron Skin
Iron Skin
LoL Rune: Second Wind
Second Wind

+9% Attack Speed and +15-135 Health (at levels 1-18)

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Ability Sequence

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

-Table of Contents-
Gameplay and Extra
Hello Mobafire!

I am Mike aka Wickd. I've been playing this game since beta.
I have been Challenger every season, peaked rank 1 world, played professionally for 6-7 years and
I've been to Worlds twice.

Recently I started making guides again. The last one was Maokai which can be found here “Highlight Link” and I want to consistently make new guides.
After I retired from professional play I started doing educational content on my stream and youtube channel, now I would like to use the knowledge I gathered over the years to share with you guys, in the form of guides.
If you find my content helpful and consider supporting me you could always drop by my Twitch and Youtube channel or if neither is something for you, you can always help me out by supporting me on Patreon, and together we will decide what kind of content I will be focusing the majority of time on.
As for Match ups, this guide is going to be continuously updated and the match ups are going to get added through Youtube videos/Twitch vods.
In addition to that, Patreons will decide the match up Videos that will be added to this guide the more time passes.
Irelia is a champion that benefits greatly from Flash. Being able to engage on your opponents with a nicely timed Flash Equilibrium Strike is one of the things that made Irelia strong.
Irelia need’s Teleport to be able to survive most laning phases. Her early laning phase is quite weak and without the help of teleport she will simply get bullied into being useless. Teleport is the saviour that Irelia needs to survive that tough period of her life.

Precision & Resolve

Press the Attack
Press the Attack: Irelia needs the Attack Speed from precision and it’s the only Rune viable on her. Hopefully in the future they will tweak other runes to make more sense on her.

Triumph: This rune was nerfed by 3% in patch 7.24, but I still think it’s just good enough to make the cut over presence of mind. Irelia often ends up in fights that are very close and Triumph might save you from dying to creeps after killing your opponent or be of help in 1 versus 2 fights.

Legend: Alacrity
Legend: Alacrity: Attack Speed is an essential stat on Irelia and this rune provides just that. The other two choices doesn’t make much sense as she doesn’t really need Tenacity due to her in build Tenacity in her passive and I think the lifesteal rune is underpowered on Melee champions.

Coup De Grace
Coup de Grace: You could play around with this rune and choose the other two from time to time, but 9 bonus Attack Damage after killing your first targets in teamfights makes me choose Coup de Grace as number 1. However there isn’t much of a difference balance wise between the 3 so you can tweak it to your liking.


Iron Skin

Second Wind
Iron Skin: During the Laning Phase Irelia will constantly be fighting her opponent and ends up taking a lot of Physical Damage from her enemy and the minions. Iron Skin helps to keep her just a little tankier against that. Also Irelia is a weak laner which means that while she’s getting beating around in lane a lot of junglers might be closeby looking for a dive. With Iron Skin you have a higher chance of survival and a possible good outcome if they choose to dive.

Second Wind: I also choose this rune mostly for the Laning Phase due to Irelia being one of the weaker laners in the laning phase. Second Wind’s healing is going to keep you healthy whenever you take damage from your opponents.
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Ionian Fervor
Irelia’s passive gives you a little bit of Crowd Control reduction, but honestly it’s extremely weak nowdays and in my opinion it’s barely a passive. You shouldn’t think about this one because it’s just clutter information.
Irelia’s bread and butter. There’s a lot of different combinations that you can make with Blade Surge. Will later update a youtube video for this section alone since it’s so important and difficult to show via text only.
Hiten Style
Straight forward ability. Activate it to deal more damage, but one aspect that most people forget is that it also heals more. It’s good to use in the laning phase if you want more healing even tho you aren’t going to damage the opponent
Equilibrium Strike
It’s a bit tricky to use optimally because sometimes it slows and other times it stuns based on the enemies % health. The best tip I can give regarding this one is in the beginning of the laning phase to let the enemy hit you first and afterwards stun and hit back. Makes them take a lot of damage from creeps.
Transcendent Blades
One of the highest AD Scaling abilities in the game. You see a lot of Irelia’s go full AD and this ability is the only reason that is close to viable. Use your ultimate to get minions low allowing you to Dash through them, Use it to snipe enemies far away or use it as a tool to heal by hitting the enemy champion and minions at the same time.
Starting Items
Corrupting Potion
Doran's Shield
Doran's Blade
Corrupting Potion: The core starting Item for Irelia. It’s good in all situations and if you don’t know her that well simply stick with Corrupting Potion
Doran's Shield: A great item against damage over time abilities for example Darius, Singed, Teemo and the likes of those. Also a decent item if you have to play safe throughout the laning phase.
Doran's Blade: Only buy Doran’s blade as first item if you have an insanely easy laning phase. It’s a good item to take your lead a little further, but Irelia rarely have good match ups.
First Back
Doran's Blade
Doran's Blade: If you have to back early due to being smashed in the lane you can buy Doran's Blade, but else refrain from doing so. It’s not a great early buy and it’s much better to get the bigger items so you can get a quicker Trinity Force
Sheen: The item to get in kill lanes when you are facing a squishy champion. Nothing does more burst than a Sheen.
Phage: Great for chasing down enemies or staying alive so buy this in difficult match ups or matchups where you feel that a little movement speed can let you keep chopping at your opponents.
Stinger: Great item against tanks for example it’s the go to Item versus Maokai, but mostly you want to refrain from buying Stinger
Core Items
Trinity Force
Titanic Hydra
Trinity Force: Irelia’s bread and butter. Always buy Trinity Force first for over 9000 damage.
Titanic Hydra: Almost always the second best item for Irelia due to the push power. Irelia wants to constantly push out lanes and roam as you can’t really split push anymore so the faster you push the better.
Ninja Tabi
Mercury’s Treads
Berserker’s Greaves
Ninja Tabi: Honestly not much to say. Buy it against a lot of auto attackers or if you have to split push versus a heavy AD champion.
Mercury's Treads: Opposite of Ninja Tabi’s. Buy Mercs against enemy AP champions with a lot of stuns.
Berserker's Greaves: This is a funny one. From what I know Berserkers have the highest win ratio of all boots on Irelia, and it’s most likely due to them being used very nichely. It’s in my opinion the best boots against low CC compositions IF you win the 1v1 splits hard.
Alternative Items
Sterak's Gage
I would recommend you getting this Item right after Trinity Force if you are facing champions with a lot of % health damage. If that’s not the situation Sterak’s is a third or fourth item that you get when snowballing.
Guardian Angel
Similar to Steraks Guardian’s Angel is an item you want to get as 3rd or 4th. It’s actually incredibly underrated and one of the best items on Irelia. I would argue that Irelia is one of the champions that can utilize GA the most due to her kit. Great for buying when you lack engage and you have to do the job.
Randuin's Omen
Buy this item only if the enemy team have 2+ crit champions OR if they have one that is extremely fed.
Spirit Visage
is a fantastic fourth or fifth item on Irelia due to how much healing Spirit Visage gives her and you will often need a magic resist item. Spirit Visage is the best one unless you go for Maw Of Malmortius which you rarely do nowadays due to Sterak’s.
Blade of the Ruined King
I almost never buy this item and it’s something I would only do in specific match ups for example against a Gnar.
Duskblade of Draktharr
It’s a fun and good item to have if you are snowballing out of control and you want a little more damage to take it to the next step. If you aren’t snowballing don’t buy it.
Buy this item for it’s counter healing measure. Overall it’s not the best item on Irelia and you only want it if you need it for the 1v1 or against non crit high attack speed AD Carries for example Kog’Maw
Laning Phase
Laning phase: At level 1 you have to make a decision to either skill Q or E. I will suggest you to take Q if you want to push the lane into the enemy tower and skill E if your choice is to freeze. The way you want to trade with E is to let them hit you one time with an auto attack and afterwards you E stun them, launch an auto attack and step back. This way you will make him take a lot of creep damage and mostly win the trades.
Roaming: Irelia doesn’t have a very strong laning phase, but luckily she’s very mobile and roaming is one of her strong suits. Everytime you push in the lane you would want to look towards the mid lane and see if there’s a gank opportunity. Also whenever you base you should look bottom and look if there’s a potential to kill the opponents as you don’t want to stay in your laning phase. However you mainly want to roam bottom whenever your TP is up unless it’s free kills or if you are losing the lane hard.
Mid/Late Game
Irelia’s mid and late game is quite similar. Basically all you do is good wave managements and you aim to push in side waves to the enemy tower and afterwards you roam. VERY rarely do you want to go for the tower. I see so many players make the mistake of trying to kill the tower, but in most games that’s the biggest mistake you can do. Simply push the enemy creeps into or towards the enemy tower and roam into the enemy jungle/Mid and get vision or gank. You need to constantly be looking to make plays with Irelia or you won’t make her worth playing.