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Nidalee solo top
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Please be aware this is my choice on how to play nidalee, if you disagree with things then feel free to state why but each to their own play style. Also take into account that I'm still not playing ranked matches and this is a build generated from draft games.
So without further ado I give you my guide....
Clarity The majority of players will tell you that this is a waste as it is 'useless' at late game, i disagee completely. Nidalee is an early-mid game champion who evolves to more of a support/poker to the late game. Clarity gives Nidalee a huge ammount of early game sustain thanks to her Primal Surge.
Greater Seal of Replenishment will give nidalee a steady income of mana along with her passive mp/5 and Doran's Ring.
- Go and help mid lane, if you teams champion is dont doing quiet as well as you'd of hoped or you just want a bit of extra money go and help them. Javelin Toss and Pounce give some great ganking prospects along with the bonus movement speed from just coming out of the bush.
- Annoy the enemy jungler by stealing one of their camps, which becomes very easy once you have your Lich Bane or even go and kill them.
This along with her attack speed buff from Primal Surge gives nidalee a unique ability to push towers extremely quickly.
Doran's Ring - always my first item pickup
- mp/5 = sustain
- health = less dieing
- ap = more DAMOOGE!
Ionian Boots of Lucidity - my preferred boots
- movement speed = why not?
- cdr = more heals, more dmg, more ganks :D
Lich Bane - nidalees main item
- movement speed = more ganks and less deaths
- mana = more sustain
- ap = more DAMOOGE!
- effect = huge source or damage for nidalee
Rabadon's Deathcap - great combo with Lich bane
- ap = hell of alot of DAMOOGE!
- effect = more ap i get.... the bigger bonus i get?
now for the choice, do you want Void Staff or Rylai's Crystal Scepter??
well to be honist it all depends on the team comp and how much magic resitance the opponents are getting...
on the one hand Void Staff is a huge damage boost and is about 1k gold cheaper than Rylai's Crystal Scepter however this gives bonus health and a slow effect based on magic damage (which alot of nidalee's is). It also depends on if your good at pre-trapping targets to get the -40% magic resistance debuff.
I tend to get both starting with Void Staff.
The last item i normally dont get chance to buy, but it replaces your Doran's Ring.
Here are some options:
- Rod of Ages
bonus mana, health and ap. who cna argue with that?
- Abyssal Mask
great debuff and bonus magic resistance
- Deathfire Grasp
awesome for killing tanky champions and gives extra cdr
- Rabadon's Deathcap
Other than these I don't really think there's anything I would take except maybe a AD item for the bonus damage on Takedown.
greater seal of replenishment the constant mana income is a great help early and mid game
Greater Seal of Ability Power and Greater Quintessence of Ability Power give you some insane hits with javelin toss at lvl 1-8 along with your masteries and magic pen runes.
Of cause there are many other options for nidalee as shes so adaptable but i feel these give a great balance to her damage and sustain.
This doesnt mean you should ignore cat form, If you are oom and clarity is on cooldown then try to target out-lying members of the enemy team (most likely the ap and ad carries) and do some damage then get out of there.
Have fun with Nidalee and may you get all the "SCOOP SHOT!"s you deserve. (Shout out to Hengest from TGN for the inspiration to start playing Nidalee and LoL in general).