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Lee Sin Build Guide by Unawesomeness

Jungle Lee Sin-Jungleborn

Jungle Lee Sin-Jungleborn

Updated on May 1, 2021
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MitoLBush | February 10, 2021 2:30am
Is this still good for this season?
Unawesomeness (4) | February 12, 2021 3:33pm
Hello MitoLBush.

I use this build in all of my games as Lee Sin, and it works swimmingly for me. I believe that the Goredrinker/ Conqueror build is not as good because it throws away a lot of the strengths that Lee Sin has. That build is about going into the middle of a team and staying in, extended trades, and staying healthy during that. That has never been Lee Sin's niche.

Lee Sin is a utility ganking jungler that enters and exits fights quickly, picking a target and ccing them and hopefully killing them. Lee Sin isn't an assassin like Kha'Zix or Rengar or others, but Lee Sin is able to put out lethal amounts of damage to squishy targets and then escape quickly.

However, almost any build with Lee Sin can be effective if you have good knowledge of your champion and a team that can follow you up.
LeeSingaMain | February 14, 2020 10:58pm
Hello friend,

I believe you are the best Lee Singa in the world. Could you say to me the way to defeat olaf? He has axe, they throw hard.

Unawesomeness (4) | February 12, 2021 3:02pm
Hello! Thanks for the compliment, it means a lot!

Olaf can be a hard matchup for Lee Sin because Olaf generally is somewhat tanky and can neutralize Dragon's Rage's knockback with his ultimate Ragnarok. This means that as the Lee Sin player you have to play around that ability. This could mean holding it for after he uses it and it wears off, or catching him unawares and kicking him before he has a chance to block the knockback. It could also mean that you ignore the Olaf in team fights, and go for someone else on the enemy team. That might mean kicking a different tank into the enemy team, or making a play on one of their damage dealers and killing them or kicking them into your team.

In early skirmishes, you want to try to dodge all of Olaf's Undertows by keeping moving, and using the shield Safeguard to block damage from his Reckless Swing because that is true damage, so it's the best to block with a shield as it doesn't get reduced by resistances. You can't outlast Olaf in any fight. Although Lee Sin has built in healing through his Iron Will, Olaf has more potential for living through a fight, because Vicious Strikes gives him extra healing and Life Steal based off of his missing health, and Olaf's passive Berserker Rage gives him extra attack speed based off of his missing health. For both of these reasons, you have to kill Olaf quickly, and save Resonating Strike for the execute.

In short, you have to dodge his axes, and kill him quickly. If you can't do that, play on the opposite side of the map from Olaf. When you can't do that, focus on killing the other people on the enemy team and providing shields and peeling for your carries.
Megaknight (2) | November 11, 2018 3:18pm
This guide is great!
How do you think lee sin would go against really tanky champs?
Unawesomeness (4) | November 13, 2018 6:05pm
Thanks man! I really appreciate it.

Lee Sin is really good in the early game against most champions that are really tanky, such as Sejuani, Amumu, Zac, Maokai, and others. He does struggle against champions that are offtanks, such as Udyr and Shyvana because they tend to itemize some damage early, and in general can outfight Lee Sin. He does struggle in big teamfights against tanky champions, because he can't do enough damage to deal with them, and can't out tank them. If Lee Sin is able to effectively counter jungle and push the tanky champs behind, that is ideal, because it will minimize the time between Lee Sin falling off for late game, and the tanks coming into full fruition for late game, which is ideal, because that leaves more time for plays where you can be doing tons of damage for fights.

You can think of it like if you have a full AD team against a team with tanks and mixed damage. The full AD team has to win early, because later in the game the tanks will be able to itemize armor and the carries will outdamage the carries on the full AD team. That problem is especially prevalent if the AD team has an ADC like Jhin or Miss Fortune that won't necessarily melt tanks as well as some alternatives.

Hopefully that was helpful, and actually answers your question. :)
Meta Creator (6) | February 1, 2018 6:33pm
Well done for your guide bro! But I just have a question: don’t you think that Lee Sin is a very weak jungler? I feel like he’s not very effective during ganks + teamfights and has low damage + hp. I really want to have the opinion of a Lee Sin main to know if it’s just my point of view or not.
Unawesomeness (4) | February 1, 2018 8:31pm
It's easy to feel like Lee Sin is a very weak champion, because he is considered a really high skill cap champion, meaning that it takes a lot of work to be able to use him to his most effective. However, Lee Sin is generally considered one of the best junglers, because he is very consistently in the meta, and is almost always able to be picked and do good. He isn't an assassin like Kha'Zix or Shaco, and he isn't a tank like Maokai or Zac. Lee Sin's main claim to fame is his ability to make plays.

His teamfights are completely centered around this. During team fights you need to always have your ultimate available. you should either be kicking the enemy's tanks away from your carries, or kicking the enemy's carries into your team so that they die immediately. While Lee Sin doesn't have a large base health or enough scaling to be effective at doing damage or taking damage during teamfights, he does a great job of allowing his teammates to do well during those fights.

On the other hand, Lee Sin has a very strong early game. Since his abilities don't scale super hard, meaning that leveling them up doesn't give him a lot of extra strength, however, this means that at the lowest level his spells are very strong. This means that when Lee Sin goes to gank in the early game the ganks are very effective, because he can outmaneuver the enemy, and out damage most enemies.

Lee Sin is also very strong in the early game because he has a relatively safe clear. When he is clearing the jungle, Safeguard and Iron Will help him not take a large amount of damage from the camps. That alongside his large base damages allows him to be pretty safe while clearing the jungle, and that let's him gank early, which we already talked about being a strong suit of his.

Hopefully this was helpful to you. In this current meta, Lee Sin isn't at his strongest, and there are junglers that will outshine him, but if you are a practiced Lee Sin, you should still be able to do better than them. If you want to see how Lee Sin could be used effectively at ganking or in teamfights, watch Foxdroplol on youtube, or vods of lcs games where they have picked Lee Sin. I would even go so far as to say to watch the end of the game that Meteos is famous for playing Lee Sin in; He did famously bad, but near the end he landed a kick that won his team the game during a teamfight.
Meta Creator (6) | February 1, 2018 8:37pm
Thank you for answering that fast! I see that he has a lot of potential and was just asking that because I don't see him often in LCS / LCK. <3
HouYi (1) | July 7, 2017 12:26pm
Nice Build! But could u tell me hoe did u make the "threats to Lee Sin"? I'll appreciate that very much! Thnx!
Unawesomeness (4) | July 7, 2017 9:18pm
Thanks! To make your counter options on a guide you need to go to the spot that you would add items or masteries to your champion, among those options is "VS. CHAMPIONS" and it will let you choose a champion to be compared to yours, and you can choose a difficulty, and add a description. Hope that helped! :)
HouYi (1) | July 8, 2017 2:44am
Thank you very much! I appreciate that!
Adentoros (3) | September 19, 2016 2:20pm
Great guide! One thing though, there's an additional way to Insec someone using flash that gets rid of almost all window of outplay for them. To do this you ult them, then whilst the ult is casting you flash to the opposite side of where you want them to go. This means that if you flash behind them and kick, people with fast reflexes can't flash the other way.
Unawesomeness (4) | September 25, 2016 6:49pm
Thanks! I didn't realize it wasn't on there. Guess I mistook the 3rd point for the kick-flash. I'll add it on!
Adentoros (3) | September 26, 2016 9:16am
NP ^_^
Unawesomeness (4) | December 30, 2015 12:17pm
ilitre wrote:

i cant kill blue in 2lvl. who doing it?????

Without potting and with a point in e at level two, you can't do it, but if you pot you can easily. A point in e at level two is wrong, so I fixed that, and it should be easier now.
ilitre | December 29, 2015 11:08am
bad guid man.... wtf... i cant kill blue in 2lvl. who doing it?????
New flip flops | December 2, 2015 7:06am
Very good guide:)
OnlyArion (1) | November 20, 2015 11:46am
Is it that clever to build Randuin's first? Lee Sin is really early game heavy and depends on early kills etc. So isn't some dammage smarter?
OnlyArion (1) | November 20, 2015 11:46am
Is it that clever to build Randuin's first? Lee Sin is really early game heavy and depends on early kills etc. So isn't some dammage smarter?
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