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Akali Build Guide by KajiKumihoAkukei

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Kaji's Akali Dominating Top and Mid ~ The Fist of Shadow

By KajiKumihoAkukei | Updated on November 10, 2018
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Krokoxim (1) | November 12, 2018 1:12pm
Great guide!
I really like your view on Grasp Akali! I have been using it top quite a few games now and it feels amazing!
Good job man!
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Fruxo (7) | November 10, 2018 3:19am
Awesome guide, i really like it! :)

My questions:

1. Is it hard to carry games at times? or is it kinda easy most of the times?

2. Have you ever faced a matchup that was really hard? If so, what did you do in order to win against this matchup?

3. What are your best tips and tricks for new players looking to play Akali
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KajiKumihoAkukei (114) | November 10, 2018 4:39am
Thanks bro, I am glad you liked it! :)

To answer your questions:

1. As Akali once you get your Gunblade carrying a game becomes very natural.
At times it can be hard to carry though. If you receive a lot of ganks from the enemy jungler and you fall behind or if all your other lanes are doing poorly.
The good thing about Akali is that she is great at creating her own leads. You don't need your jungler because of you own ability to outplay and outdamage your opponent.
The last patch was prettt helpful as well. Akali's early game damage was nerfed a little but her scaling in to the late game became better.

2. I haven't encountered too many hard match-ups so far. There are difficult match-ups for sure, but none are really unwinable! What you need to do if you are in a hard match-up is play safe until you have at least a hextech revolver and are able to deal some serious damage or ask for ganks.
Another option in hard match-ups is simple: roam to get your kills in other lanes!

3. Play at least a few normal games on her to embrace her unique play-style. If you are new to the champion buy doran's shield first for the increased lane sustain and it might be useful to buy a bilgewatter cutlass first because the lifesteal will be more forgiving on you if you make a mistake or take a bad trade.
Before going in to ranked: learn how her shroud works in every aspect (you can find that in the guide). It helps to try it in training mode for like 5 minutes to get the basics!
But the biggest tip is: don't be afraid to make the plays!

I hope this covers most of your questions. Feel free to ask if you have more!

Have fun discovering one of my all time favorite champs!
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hadbre (10) | November 8, 2018 1:23pm
I love your guide, though I think that long sword is a batter item to start than dark seal or doran's shield- with it your build path is easier, it makes sure you can take cutlass at your first back, you have enough dmg, no sustain problems.
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KajiKumihoAkukei (114) | November 10, 2018 1:16am
Hey man, thanks for the comment.
I can see where you are going with the Long Sword start. Personally I prefer to buy a Hextech Revolver first as it will help you with the burst. But that's more of a personal preference. Your idea is also perfectly viable!
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hadbre (10) | November 10, 2018 10:08am
No problem m8, just know that taking cutlass doesn't lower your burst enough for it to be too noticeable, you probably won't even see the difference, you will be 1-shoting with almost no counterplay anyways :)
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Sideshow Bob (1) | August 2, 2018 12:09am
Awesome guide!
The first game I played on new Akali I didn't use any guide and it was horrible.
Then I read your guide and understood how she worked a lot better!
Thanks for writing a great guide man!
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KajiKumihoAkukei (114) | August 2, 2018 12:28am
Thank you!
Really appreciate the comment.
Happy to hear that you were able to improve your game-play on Akali because of my guide.
That's why we write guides! ^^
Hopefully I will be able to play some Akali myself later today, expect to see some updates to the guide afterwards! :D
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Pettro33 | August 1, 2018 3:24am
Amazing guide! One question tho:

Is it better to go starter item as Dark Seal or Doran's Shield? I saw a guide saying that starter item should be that, so I am not sure. Would you help me out with that? Thanks! owo
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KajiKumihoAkukei (114) | August 1, 2018 3:33am
Personaly I take The Dark Seal almost every game.
It will give you more than enough sustain combined with your q Five Point Strike.
I guess that it is more a preference.
But my recommendation is 100% The Dark Seal!
The only situation I would prefer Doran's Shield is when you go top and are in a very tough match-up!
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Pettro33 | August 1, 2018 3:35am
Alrighty, I will trust you! Thanks again for making this guide! ♥
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ClashofLeagues (2) | August 1, 2018 1:38am
Love the guide man!
It has everything I needed to know before picking up the new Akali!
The ability sequence is really nice.
Good job man!
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KajiKumihoAkukei (114) | August 1, 2018 1:41am
Thanks for the comment my friend!
I am glad you liked it so much!
The more I get to play new bae, the more extensive the guide will become!
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