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League of Legends Build Guide Author KooFs

Lee sin the blind solo top... wait where is top?

KooFs Last updated on April 1, 2013
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Ability Sequence

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

Not Updated For Current Season

The masteries shown here are not yet updated for the current season, the guide author needs to set up the new masteries. As such, they will be different than the masteries you see in-game.



Offense: 9

Honor Guard

Defense: 21


Utility: 0

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i will be updating this slowly but this build is pretty much still viable even after the safe guard nerf

Hello welcome to my guide,this will show how to play Lee Sin as a solo top off tank.
I have been playing Lee Sin for a bit and i can truly see how fun he is on solo top.What it takes to solo top Lee Sin is quick thinking and risk taking, and maybe stupid thinking.
Lee Sin is one of the funnest champions in league of legends and he is extremely mobile.

This is my second guide/build you can take a look at my Kennen build Here

Playing top as lee sin is not so great if you don't know how to play him i didn't want to jungle him so i went top and i got my butt kicked because i was really bad with him after about 100+ games i was doing really well with him.

most of the match ups on top is going to take skill and when to go in and out of battle it wont be a problem if you follow this guide

I have carryed games in ranked with lee sin and normals so i can say you can use this for ranked /h1].

My youtube channel come check it out here

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Some music for the Reader



Chill music

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Pros / Cons

+Can Get away from ganks pretty easy if done well.
+extremely mobile
+Great damage threw the whole game
+Has great burst with his skills and good auto attack damage
+If his ult is done well i can disable some people for a split second or you can kick them to your team ect.
+Has energy..Gg!
-A bit squishy before your Frozen Mallet
-if you cant hit your Sonic Wave / Resonating Strike, you can have a hard time doing damage
-You need good positioning to play him well.

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Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist

Greater Mark of Attack Damage

Greater Quintessence of Attack Damage

Greater Seal of Armor
Lets break down the runes, Greater Seal of Armor theses are the best for top lanes and pretty much a good rune overall and most of the top lanes are AD.

Greater Mark of Attack Damage is really great early game damage rune.

Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist this is a great glyph mr per lv helps from the ap mid if your ganking them and you dont get Mr till later on.

Greater Quintessence of Attack Damage More flat ad this is a great quint there is nothing really that good for Lee Sin so i get theses and there great

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I wont talk about everything but i will talk about some of the things i took

This is the standard 9-21-0 masteries so you could go 21-9-0 but i stopped going that way after the safe guard nerf.

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Summoner Spells

PREFERRED:Great top lane spell and it could get you the kill on top who knows?

PREFERRED: This is your back up escape spell if you cant Safeguard / Iron Will away or you can use it to pick a kill.

A other spell combo

The SilSol combo aka number one or two in solo/duo ranked atm

Looked him up on lolking and i noticed he only takes Heal, Ignite on everyone jungle support adc mid top anything he takes it crazy.



Running this has its pros and cons see below at the video to see them and i will talk about it below the video.
Other spells you can take. i dont use these ever

: I see jungle Lee Sin take this but i can see if this is useful but.

: only if were Nasus farm farm farm only reason you would want to take this is if you're going to stay at top till the 30min mark and have a untouched tower and not help your team.

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Skill Sequence

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

You want to be maxing your W Safeguard / Iron Will because it gives life steal/spell vamp and a shield it gives you alot of sustain on top and you want this as your number one skill

Other things you can do is max your Q forTONS OF DAMAGE i use to do this and i can say you have to play super aggressive and you have to hit them with Sonic Wave and can be hard if your new to him

You can leave Safeguard / Iron Will at lv 3 and start to max Sonic Wave but this would feel weird so this is why i favor maxing one skill first you dont want to mix up your skills just stick to one skill then to the next one.

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Skill Explanations and how to use them to the fullest

After Lee Sin uses an ability, his next 2 autoattacks within 3 seconds gain 40% attack speed and return 15 energy each. This means try to hit between skills OR YOU WILL RUN OUT OF ENERGY!.

His QSonic Wave/Resonating Strike : Lee Sin shoots a wave of sound in a line, dealing physical damage to the first enemy it encounters and revealing it for 3 seconds. If Sonic Wave hits, Lee Sin can cast Resonating Strike within the next 3 seconds.
Lee Sin dashes to the enemy revealed by Sonic Wave, dealing a base amount of damage plus 8% of their missing health as physical damage. Monsters take a maximum of 400 damage.

+ Great for harassing does great damage.
+Can check a bush with it to see if anyone is in there.
+If you hit someone like Evelynn when there in stealth you can reveal them.

HIS WSafeguard/Iron Will
Lee Sin dashes to target ally (or himself) shielding them both. After casting Safeguard Lee Sin can then cast Iron Will granting himself extra Life-Steal, Spell-vamp and Armor.

+Great escaping a gank use a creep as a thing to dash to.
+Gives you alot of sustain with life steal, and spell vamp
+Can shield someone from dying
+Can go threw walls if there is a ally or ward over it.

Sadly they took away the armor =/

HIS ETempest/Cripple

Lee Sin smashes the ground dealing AoE damage and revealing enemies hit for 4 seconds. If an enemy is revealed by Tempest Lee Sin may then cast Cripple to slow their Movement and Attack Speed for 4 seconds. Movement and Attack Speed recover gradually over the duration.

+Does magic damage great for someone who has no MR
+This is a aoe slow so if there running away you can catch up with them.
+Benefits from the spell vamp from Safeguard / Iron Will and can give back alot of hp.
+Also slows the attack speed someone give you trouble like Xin Zhao put a few points into this and your all good.

HIS RDragon's Rage
Lee Sin roundhouse kicks enemy champion knocking them back and dealing huge physical damage. Any enemies the target collides with take damage and get knockd into the air.

+Has a 2.0 ad ratio so it does alot of damage
+Great back up escape spell kick them back.
+ can knock up enemy team mates and do damage to them.
+Can steal buffs like blue and baron i will show a video of me doing so.

How to use them effectively

Here is some clips on how to use Safeguard / Iron Will
/league-of-legends/ability/safeguard-iron-will-371 Also you can see me doing a combo where i tag Yorick with Sonic Wave then i Dragon's Rage then active Sonic Wave again this combo does alot of damage. Remember use Safeguard / Iron Will on a creep or on your jungler then slow them its really good.

LoL replay is not working for older replays jacking baron with Dragon's Rage is hard so i will upload the video when lol replay is fixed.

This will show me using Dragon's Rage to kick someone into my team and winning the game.

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Item Sequence

Health Potion

Health Potion

Health Potion

Cloth Armor

Madred's Razors

Wriggle's Lantern

Mercury's Treads

Ruby Crystal

So your starting off with Boots of Speed and three Health Potion's you want to be mobile,on your next trip back to base you want to have at least a Madred's Razors or even a Wriggle's Lantern,don't forget to buy a Sight ward buy at least one i buy two just because i want to save the Wriggle's Lantern's ward to save me jumping over walls ect.
Your next back to base you should have enough for Mercury's Treads and if you get a kill a Phage reason on getting theses items because your building a Frozen Mallet and gives that little bit of hp and tenacity for cc reduction.
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Giant's Belt

Frozen Mallet

Aegis of the Legion
Now this should be about 20mins or so into the game maybe more dont worry just stick to the plan, build a Hexdrinker if you want more hp you can buy Giant's Belt first but i feel that i fall off on the MR side and i get stomped by ap carrys its up to you how you pick this then after Hexdrinker and Giant's Belt get a Frozen Mallet this item is really great its like having red buff all the time late game and it slows attack speeds of people like adcs who need attack speed.Next item on the list is Ruby Crystal/ Aegis of the Legion now your going to say what da fak, this item is great for your team and gives a little bit of ad =D and has a low price if theres a better item out there to replace this please comment and i will look into it.
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The Bloodthirster
Now its theses bad boys it should be late game and your like k bro what now grab Maw of Malmortius for 1900 gold this item is great MR + AD + a shield great item,Now grab The Bloodthirster gives alot of ad and life steal this is one of the best items for Lee Sin if you want to fight about it sure leave a comment and we will talk about it.


This item is great on Lee Sin life steal+armor and AD AND A WARD i have alot of love for this item the ward this item gives has saved me alot dont skip this please.

This item gives you the Health you need so badly as Lee Sin started to build this over Warmog's Armor/ Atma's Impaler and i really liked it the slow is great its like having red 100% of the time and no one is getting away from you.

Theses are great for the MR and tenacity nothing really to say but there boss.

Now your going to say why is this a core item? well because this is your main MR and most of the times i wont be able to finish it at the end of the game you can not skip this item for the love of god please dont.


:i started to look at this item really good and i noticed this is a item where you can push a whole wave with just about 2-3 autos and one E and the aoe damage in teamfights are great this item keeps Lee Sin from falling off late game in my mind get this item and Last Whisper and you will be doing alot of damage but remember you have to build tanky before getting Last Whisper.

:This item makes lee sin do so much damage the only con for this is you have to rush this item and you have to be getting fed or you wont be tanky enough for mid game and thats really bad if your not.But if you do get this item build a right into Warmog's Armor for the health.

A other great item on Lee Sin Cool down+ AD+ Armor pen.Dont really get this item because the follow up with this item feels weird for me and i would have to switch my whole build just for this item.I would only get this item if im doing super good.

/ :Theses items feel right for Lee Sin but i feel that after the nerfs on Atma's Impaler it does not give enough AD for you to do anything, dont get me wrong atmogs is still strong but the money you have to dump into theses items make a giant hole in your pocket, but you could go Warmog's Armor after Wriggle's Lantern.

:people have stopped buying this item on Lee Sin because the damage meta is out of league right now and its tank tank health why no armor MR? But this item is really good for Lee Sin i get this if im fed

: I buy this when im super behind and or theres a ad mid this is a good buy and great for Riven

Situational Items

if there running heavy AD or bot fed great item its just 2k gold.

ADC giving you hard times? Build this bad boy to slow him/her and get that little bastard.


/ : Cloth Armor 5 Health Potion's i run this when its maybe a heavy ad champion top like Riven or Fiora even zed if you think you need it go for it.

/sight ward: 9 Health Potion's and to sight ward's some people start with this and it is viable and really great on people who dont have mana


:Please dont buy this item on Lee Sin i hate it when people even buy this on top laners now its a season 2 item we have to move on and forget it, its no longer good on him after the life steal was taken away but its great for adcs/people who auto attack alot.

:This is a pretty bad item for Lee Sin i know its league of the ruined king but its not what Lee Sin needs for the cost do not buy this its not worth it you could buy a BT and be doing way more damage.

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Match ups on top.... where is top anyway?

EZ: this is pretty much a EZ match up if you follow what i say.

Medium:Might be a challenge but dont worry i will try my best to give out tips

Total bull sh%^t HARD:Your going to have a hard time even if you main Lee Sin. example of total bull sh%^t Hard is like your playing starcraft 2 and you have a medivac with 5 marines and a ghost with a nuke this is like a wet sock compared to the other team and he has 50 marines 15 tanks,theres still that chance you can get that super lucky nuke off who nows? its like this match up you have a chance but its slim.

Going from A-Z


This match up is pretty much EZ for Lee Sin lets talk about how we beat her do the normal things last hit get to lv 3 when she pops her Twilight Shroud use Tempest so you can see her and hit her or a creep twice then slow her then if you can Sonic Wave then use Safeguard / Iron Will and life steal/spell vamp back the missing hp shes not a problem at all trust me.

Medium-Total bull sh%^t Hard

My god hate playing Cho'Gath top its pretty much a lame lane he cant kill you and you cant kill him only things that make this match up Total bull sh%^t is that he has a knock up/slow and a 2/3 second silence if i remember and if he lands theses two skills on you when the jungler is ganking say dam i need a ward around. lv 6-8 you should make your move Cho'Gath's will be at your tower being like OH yea im tanky you cant do poop to me douch bag thing so you want the jungler to come gank him and even mid should come you use every thing on him and it should be a sure kill because he is pretty slow. also before you try this buy your things


This guy is a pain if you like to trade off alot dont do this just sit back land your Sonic Wave on him then active it then right as you hit him Safeguard / Iron Will away.Dont take Darius lightly wrong moves can make this lane a living hell for example say im 400 hp and he is 400 hp you could go all in and QQR Ignite Safeguard / Iron Will away but on the other hand you could get Q'ed auto W'ed auto R thats 5 stacks on you in about 2 seconds this is a big high risk and reward thing,IF you do give a kill to him im going to say this The lane will become a living hell but theres still a way to beat him build Sunfire Cape if you want damage OR you can build my most favorite team item Randuin's Omen this bad boy gives you stats that will be useful in lane and in teamfights and sticking on the adc.things to do is be as annoying to him at level 7-9 is when you want to make your move your Safeguard / Iron Will will heal you quite a bit now so its time to open the flood gates and blow him away by trading dont forget to ward.

Skill order to max: Safeguard / Iron Will(first) Tempest(second) Sonic Wave(third) you can max what ever you want i max his E now because the aoe spellvamp is pretty useful and this does magic makes you heal alot if your clearing a wave and hitting him.

Do not stay at your tower when you below 300-400 hp its dumb and runs a risk of dying


She can be a pain at times the way to counter her is Tempest get this to lv 2 or 3 to slow her attack speed and movement then put on Safeguard / Iron Will active the other part of Safeguard / Iron Will then trade off with her when she is slowed it will be a one sided battle when your Safeguard / Iron Will is at lv 3 or 4 the armor and slow on her is pretty bad for her she rely's on her attack speed also.Bait her Riposte with Tempest get close to her then when she puts it up Tempest then hit a few creeps slow her then after Riposte is gone hit her Sonic Wave ect this is like a Xin Zhao match up but less rushing and knock ups. the key to winning is slowing her attack speed with Tempest

This match up is pretty much all skill and life steal.she does alot of damage early levels and has alot more sustain then you. Things not to do is, she has a skill that does true damage its named Hiten Style you will hear a sound it will go PING or TING PLEASE DO NOT FIGHT HER WHEN THIS IS UP! it will be up for 6 seconds so just back off and go right back in when its down.First off you can start with Cloth Armor5 Health Potion's or the standard Boots of Speed 3 Health Potion's, do not take her lightly shes really strong just like you so things to do is to Safeguard / Iron Will auto Tempest auto slow attack speed then if you can land a Sonic Wave if your trading should be even if you play right and not take too much creep damage.I like to build Randuin's Omen early because of the armor and HP it gives and the slow/attack speed debuff when they attack you also its a great team item you can rush this,this is the turning point where you can pick to build a bit of damage or go full tank if you want to build tank build a early Aegis of the Legion btw pretty much we dont give a F about Irelia at this point LOL.if your going to build a bit of damage build a Ravenous Hydra this item is great for Lee Sin some might call you a troll but trust me the aoe is sweet for team fights and split pushing its a two for one deal =D

Will add more when i have time

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Proof that this works in RANKED AND NORMAL

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The end credits update log ect

Well this is the end i hope my guide was useful and enjoy the video below

3/31/13-Updated Irelia match up zzz
3/29/13-updated Darius match up
3/26/13- i updated some of the items and other things been busy.
10/30-Added a video of me using Dragon's Rage and fixed a few things.
11/16-added Irelia match up ~~