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One Stone At A Time! Taliyah S10 [All Roles!]

By Silverman43 | Updated on September 4, 2020
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  • LoL Champion: Taliyah
    Mid/Top/Bot Taliyah
  • LoL Champion: Taliyah
    Jungle Taliyah
  • LoL Champion: Taliyah
    Support Taliyah

Runes: Domination + Precision

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Domination
Dark Harvest
Taste of Blood
Eyeball Collection
Ravenous Hunter

Precision
Presence of Mind
Coup de Grace
Bonus:

+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+8 Magic Resist

Spells:

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Standard Midlane (Aggressive)
LoL Summoner Spell: Flash

Flash

LoL Summoner Spell: Ignite

Ignite

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Champion Build Guide

One Stone At A Time! Taliyah S10 [All Roles!]

By Silverman43






Hello everyone!
I am Silverman43, jungle main from EUW and guide writer on Mobafire since 2017. Welcome to my Taliyah guide! After the changes to her kit during season 8, she became viable in the jungle, so I picked her up and eventually fell in love with this unique champion. In this guide I'll be teaching how to play Taliyah, not only for in the jungle, but in all 5 roles! Next to the champion-specific info, you can also find a lot of info about general game concepts that are useful for whatever champion you play. Let's get into it!

Some abbreviations I use in this guide:



+ High burst damage - Falls off lategame
+ Great playmaking potential - Heavily relies on landing skillshots
+ Fantastic roams and ganks with Rock Surfing and Weaver's Wall - Can quickly run out of mana without blue buff or secondary mana item
+ Strong early game - Weaver's Wall is (almost) useless in combat
+ Counters mobility with Seismic Shove and Unraveled Earth when executed well - Squishy and lacks defensive tools
+ Unique and fun kit and playstyle with low pick/ban rate




Flash
The best offensive and the best defensive spell in one. It's a get out of jail spell, or an extra gap closer when you need to chase a low-health target. Flash is mandatory on almost every champion and Taliyah is no exception, no matter which role you play.


Ignite
Ignite is a good choice on Taliyah. The free true damage further helps you exploit Taliyah's good early game. For midlane Taliyah it's the most common summoner spell together with Flash. It's also a good choice when you play as support with a strong early ADC, like Lucian or Draven. Ignite also inflicts grievous wounds, what means it's a great choice against (self-)healers like Swain, Vladimir or Soraka, as grievous wounds reduce healing effects.


Smite
Always take this when jungling. You need it to be able to buy jungle items and you can cast it on monsters to deal some true damage (depending on level) and restore some health. When you upgrade your jungle item into either Stalker's Blade or Skirmisher's Sabre you can also cast Smite on enemy champions, stealing MS or dealing extra true damage to them while reducing their damage to you respectively.


Heal
The fact that this spell heals both you and an ally makes it the perfect choice for botlane (APC) Taliyah. It can also be picked midlane for a little advantage during roams and ganks and while skirmishing together with your jungler. Heal also gives a small MS boost, which can help to hit Threaded Volley.


Teleport
When playing toplane, this will often be your 2nd summonerspell besides Flash. Use it to get back to your lane fast, as toplane is longer than midlane and having to back at a bad timing can mean the loss of a lot of exp and gold. You can also use Teleport to gank bot, which is very strong with Taliyah's Seismic Shove and Weaver's Wall.


Barrier
Barrier is kinda the more selfish equivalent of Heal. It is most often used in harder midlane matchups, where the enemy laner has the power to burst you down. Casting Barrier grants you a shield in order to increase your chances of survival.


Cleanse
This is a niche summoner spell for midlane or sometimes botlane. It enables you to break free from the effects of CC (except for supression and airborn), which can sometimes mean the difference between life or death. It's super useful against Zoe's Sleepy Trouble Bubble or Lissandra's Frozen Tomb. It's also worth considering when the enemy jungler has a lot of hard CC, think of Sejuani.


Exhaust
Target an enemy champion to slow them and reduce their damage for 2.5s. Exhaust might be a good idea if you're playing midlane against an AD opponent with high burst like a Zed. It should also be taken as a support in certain cases. This might be when the enemy botlane has high kill pressure, like a Lucian - Alistar botlane who are strong early and are able to go all-in pre-6.



Taliyah is a burst-mage without consistent CC. That's why Domination is her most common primary rune path. It allows you to increase your burst even further and it offers all-round good options for Taliyah.



Damaging enemy champions below half HP with Dark Harvest deals bonus damage and harvests a soul. Then the keystone goes on cooldown. The bonus damage scales with AP/AD and the amount of souls you have harvested, so it scales infinitely. When you gain a takedown, Dark Harvest's cooldown also resets, meaning that you can use it multiple times in teamfights. In my opinion, it is the most reliable keystone on Taliyah. It can be activated just by doing damage, so with any spell or an AA. It also scales great and helps with Taliyah's lesser late game, but it has the disadvantage that it's weaker early and requires you to be aggressive to gain souls.
Electrocute is the less risky alternative to Dark Harvest. It's a lot stronger early than Dark Harvest, but it falls off late game. You can only use it once or twice during a teamfight so you should be careful not to waste it on their tanky frontline. Instead of just dealing damage once, to proc Electrocute you have to damage a target with 3 different damage sources. But luckily, this isn't too hard on Taliyah. A rotation of all your basic abilities activates it already.



After impairing the movement of an enemy champion, the next damage you deal to them will contain some bonus true damage thanks to Cheap Shot. It's decent on Taliyah who can activate it with Seismic Shove's knock up and Unraveled Earth's slow. If you build Rylai's Crystal Scepter, it will be even easier to activate it. Take this if you want extra burst damage.
Taste of Blood is simple but useful. You'll heal a bit when you damage an enemy champion every 20 seconds. Take this when you want to play a little more defensive in lane. It pairs nicely with Threaded Volley poke and add some highly valuable sustain to Taliyah.



A nice rune for some extra AP. Champion kills, assists and ward takedowns grant permanent AP (or AD) up to 20 AP. Upon Completion, you get another 10 AP. Zombie Ward or Ghost Poro are solid options as well, but Eyeball Collection is often the easiest of the 3 to fully stack.



Ravenous Hunter grants 1,5% free spell vamp. Additionally, unique takedowns grant even more spell vamp, up to 14%. This is really nice on Taliyah, who has no form of sustain in her kit. Threaded Volley profits optimally from it, as it counts as a single target spell, so it gets the full 14% spell vamp (when fully stacked), instead of only 1/3 healing from AoE abilities like Seismic Shove and Unraveled Earth. Whether you play her in lane or in the jungle, this rune is always worth to pick.
It has the same concept as Ravenous Hunter; get unique takedowns to gain a bonus. From Relentless Hunter you'll gain MS out of combat. It makes Taliyah the ultimate roamer together with Rock Surfing. Whether you pick this or Ravenous Hunter is up to your personal preference, although I think the sustain from Ravenous Hunter is too valuable for lane or jungle Taliyah to pass up on. Support Taliyah can optimally make use of it though.



Taliyah is squishy champion without defensive tools or escape mechanisms. Her CC also isn't always reliable. Getting ganked can often result in death. That's where Sorcery comes in handy.



For those who don't like the purely offensive Domination keystones, there is Phase Rush. Hitting an enemy champion with 3 separate abilities or attacks grants extra MS and slow resistance for a few seconds. This can be used both offensively and defensively. It can help to fully hit Threaded Volley and it can help you get out of danger. It gives some protection against ganks, which can be really welcome as Taliyah's kit lacks defensive tools.



Of the 3 choices in this row, Manaflow Band is easily the most useful one. Hitting an enemy champion every once in while permanently grants bonus mana. This goes up to 250 and from then on it restores some of your mana every few seconds. Perfect to counter Taliyah's high mana costs.



Transcendence gives Taliyah 10% CDR once you reach level 10. Additionally, any excessive CDR you have gets converted into AP. Taliyah doesn't necessarily need the CDR, but being able to cast spells more often is always welcome.
A simple, but decent rune. Absolute Focus grants Taliyah AP (scaling with level) while she is above 70% HP. Take it for even more burst damage, especially useful on jungle Taliyah.



I absolutely love this rune. It gives you extra AP, with the amount scaling immensely over the course of the game. It can help you to play out a lead further, but it can also form the base of a comeback when playing from behind. It's especially good on Taliyah to help her with her weaker late game.
As an alternative to Gathering Storm for jungle Taliyah (or for anyone who fully wants to commit to roaming), there is Waterwalking for those who prefer some more power early on. While in the river, you'll gain extra MS and AP. This means you'll roam faster through the river and taking objectives will be easier.



For those who don't like the more traditional rune setups, there is Inspiration with the Glacial Augment setup. I believe Domination and Sorcery are still stronger on Taliyah, but Glacial Augment can be an effective way to hit Seismic Shove more and offer more utility. This can especially be useful in the support role.



Tired of missing Seismic Shove? Or maybe you just want more utility. In those cases you might like Glacial Augment. Basic attacks slow enemy champions and item actives with a slow effect create an icy trail on the ground which slows all enemies in the zone. If you want to go this rune, you'll want to build Hextech GLP-800 and Twin Shadows as both actives activate Glacial Augment. Cons are that this rune will only be of optimal use after getting those items and you might lack some damage without Dark Harvest or Electrocute.



Like I mentioned before, Inspiration is at its best as support. This means that you'll have a lower gold income than usual, but Magical Footwear can help that issue a little. You'll get free boots after 12 minutes, but each takedown speeds this up with 45s. The boots you'll receive also grant 10 extra MS.
After 14 minutes you'll gain a Stopwatch. Each takedown speed this up with 2 minutes. Like a normal Stopwatch, the item has a one time use active that puts you into stasis. It can be a life saver against assassins, especially for a squishy mage like Taliyah.



Every 3 minutes you'll get a free Total Biscuit of Everlasting Will that restores 10% of your missing HP and mana, up to an amount of 4. Consuming or selling a biscuit also permanently increases your mana by 50. A good choice, especially in a heavy poke lane to sustain you through laning phase.



Cosmic Insight increases the maximum CDR you can have with 5%, up to a maximum of 45% while also giving 5% extra CDR. Additionally, you'll also gain 5% CDR on item actives (also on trinkets) and on summoner spells. This is always helpful. Lower cooldowns are always welcome.
This rune synergizes super well with Glacial Augment. You'll get extra MS towards enemies with impaired movement. This bonus is doubled towards enemies you have impaired yourself. It isn't a necessary rune, but it's an effective way to catch mobile opponents.



Precision offers some advantages in combat. It has some runes that complement Taliyah really well. The best thing of it is that these Precision runes stay relevant through the whole course of the game. It's one of the best secondary paths on Taliyah and you can't really go wrong with picking this.



Takedowns restore 20% of your maximum mana and permanently increase it by 100 up to 500. As Taliyah can quickly run out of mana, this is super useful. You'll never run out of mana during a teamfight thanks to Presence of Mind!



Ah, good ol' reliable Coup de Grace. You deal 8% more damage to enemies under 40% of their HP. Noting complex, but useful. Perfect to make your burst hit even harder.



Taliyah doesn't have the best late game. That's where Sorcery comes in handy. This rune tree improves you during the later stages of the game. It can also help you to turn the tide in a losing game.



] Transcendence gives Taliyah 10% CDR once you reach level 10. Additionally, any excessive CDR you have gets converted into AP. Taliyah doesn't necessarily need the CDR, but being able to cast spells more often is always welcome.
A simple, but decent rune. Absolute Focus grants Taliyah AP (scaling with level) while she is above 70% HP. Take it for even more burst damage. The extra AP early on is also really useful for jungle Taliyah's first clear. This is one of the main reasons why I slightly prefer Sorcery over Precision secondary for jungle Taliyah.



I absolutely love this rune. It gives you extra AP, with the amount scaling immensely over the course of the game. It can help you to play out a lead further, but it can also form the base of a comeback when playing from behind. It's especially good on Taliyah to help her with her weaker late game.



Inspiration secondary is really useful for a defensive setup. It's at its best when you're laning in a hard matchup. There are more viable Inspiration runes on Taliyah than the 2 I cover here, but the others are more situational. This is setup is the most common and often the most reliable.



Every 3 minutes you'll get a free Total Biscuit of Everlasting Will that restores 10% of your missing HP and mana, up to an amount of 4. Consuming or selling a biscuit also permanently increases your mana by 50. A good choice, especially in a heavy poke lane to sustain you through laning phase.
After 14 minutes you'll gain a Stopwatch. Each takedown speed this up with 2 minutes. Like a normal Stopwatch, the item has a one time use active that puts you into stasis. It can be a life saver against assassins, especially for a squishy mage like Taliyah.



Potions or a Total Biscuit of Everlasting Will grant half of its HP and mana immediately, but you can't consume them again until the effect wears off. Additionally, while under the effect of a potion or biscuit, you'll gain 5% bonus MS. To fully benefit from this rune, you should take it in combination with Biscuit Delivery and start with Corrupting Potion. Then you got a lot of sustain to survive laning phase.



If you went with Sorcery or Inspiration as your primary path, Domination is still a great choice as secondary path with many runes that complement Taliyah well.



Taste of Blood is simple but useful. You'll heal a bit when you damage an enemy champion every 20 seconds. Take this when you want to play a little more defensive in lane. It pairs nicely with Threaded Volley poke and add some highly valuable sustain to Taliyah.
After impairing the movement of an enemy champion, the next damage you deal to them will contain some bonus true damage thanks to Cheap Shot. It's decent on Taliyah who can activate it with Seismic Shove's knock up and Unraveled Earth's slow. If you build Rylai's Crystal Scepter, it will be even easier to activate it. Take this if you want extra burst damage.



Ravenous Hunter grants 1,5% free spell vamp. Additionally, unique takedowns grant even more spell vamp, up to 14%. This is really nice on Taliyah, who has no form of sustain in her kit. Threaded Volley profits optimally from it, as it counts as a single target spell, so it gets the full 14% spell vamp (when fully stacked), instead of only 1/3 healing from AoE abilities like Seismic Shove and Unraveled Earth. Whether you play her in lane or in the jungle, this rune is always worth to pick.
It has the same concept as Ravenous Hunter; get unique takedowns to gain a bonus. From Relentless Hunter you'll gain MS out of combat. It makes Taliyah the ultimate roamer together with Rock Surfing. Whether you pick this or Ravenous Hunter is up to your personal preference, although I think the sustain from Ravenous Hunter is too valuable for lane or jungle Taliyah to pass up on. Support Taliyah can optimally make use of it though.
Again, same concept as Ravenous Hunter and Relentless Hunter. For this one, unique takedowns grant active item CDR, including trinkets. In most cases, this isn't that great on Taliyah. But that completely changes when you play with Glacial Augment. Reduced CDR on Hextech GLP-800 and Twin Shadows means more slows and more use of Glacial Augment!




While playing Taliyah midlane, toplane or botlane (APC), there are quite some different rune setups to choose from. You can take domination primary, with either Dark Harvest for weaker early, but hard scaling burst damage or Electrocute for more reliable, but weaker late burst damage. As secondary path there is Precision for an exta advantage in combat, Sorcery to scale better into late game or Inspiration to provide a safer laning phase. You can also opt for Sorcery with Phase Rush as primary path if you prefer something safer (against ganks). Then you can again choose between Precision for an exta advantage in combat and Inspiration to provide a safer laning phase, but also Domination for a mix between damage and sustain or completely sustain.


Jungle Taliyah only really benefits from Domination's burst. You can still choose between Dark Harvest for weaker early, but hard scaling burst damage and Electrocute for more reliable, but weaker late burst damage. As secondary path I recommend Sorcery to enhance your burst and scale better, but Precision can be taken instead if you want to be better in sustained fights.


As support Taliyah you can once again opt for Domination primary with Dark Harvest for weaker early, but hard scaling burst damage or Electrocute for more reliable, but weaker late burst damage. As secondary path there is Precision for an exta advantage in combat or Sorcery to scale better into late game. An utility oriented alternative in the form of Inspiration with glacial augment can also be taken. In that case, take Domination secondary for the CDR on item actives as it synergizes extremely well with Glacial Augment.



From the first row, you'll want to take the AP in almost all cases. the scaling CDR isn't that great, especially not on a burst mage like Taliyah. The AS can be taken when going jungle, as it really helps with kiting and clearing camps early on.

From the second row, the AP is probably the only choice you want to consider. As a mage, you'll want to maximize your damage.

For the last row, you can take the MR or armor according to your lane opponent. However, against balanced teams with mixed damage the extra HP can often be more useful in the long run.




Taliyah gains up to 20% − 45% (based on level) bonus movement speed, which builds up over 1 second if she had been near terrain or structures for at least 0.4 seconds and decays by the same amount if out of range for at least 0.8 seconds.

Entering combat or casting an ability puts Rock Surfing on a 2 second cooldown that is continuously refreshed while remaining in combat.


Rock Surfing is one of the defining aspects of Taliyah. It's nothing game-changing, but it does enhance her roams a lot. You don't have to worry too much about it, but being conscious about what path you are using to roam can save you some valuable seconds.

Tips

  • While walking to lane, hug the walls. Don't walk straight through the middle of the lane, but walk to the sides. Rock Surfing will make sure you'll get there faster, so you'll lose out on less gold and exp by recalling.
  • The same thing counts for roams and ganks. Always hug the walls while moving. In the river for example, you can walk surf the whole distance from mid to top/bot with Rock Surfing active.




Taliyah unleashes 5 stone shards in quick succession in the target direction over 1.5 seconds, dealing 70 / 95 / 120 / 145 / 170 (+45% of ability power) magic damage to the first target hit. Enemies hit by multiple stone shards take 50% damage beyond the first.

Taliyah can move and cast other abilities while launching stone shards. After launching the third stone shard she's also able to basic attack.

Casting Threaded Volley creates an area of Worked Ground 450 units radius wide around Taliyah that lasts 45 seconds. While on Worked Ground, Taliyah only hurls one stone shard upon casting Threaded Volley and reduces its mana cost to 1.

Cooldown: 7/6/5/4/3s
Mana cost: 50/60/70/80/90 (1 while on Worked Ground)


As this is your main damage ability, we'll want to max it first. It's quite spammable with its low cooldown, but you shouldn't overuse it as you'll run out of mana quickly. Luckily, casting Threaded Volley creates Worked Ground in a circle where you are standing. You won't be able to hurl 5 rocks, but only one. As a compensation, the mana cost is reduced to only 1. Consistently landing your Threaded Volley is key in order to deal damage with Taliyah.

Tips

  • This spell on its own isn't that great for farming, due to the reduced damage against targets you have hit before and the high mana cost. That's where Worked Ground comes into play. That one single rock does the full damage and costs (almost) nothing. This makes it ideal for farming. You should always play around Worked Ground in lane. Use the full Threaded Volley for poke/all-in or if you need to push really fast. For farming, use the Worked Ground.
  • Remember you can move and cast other abilities while throwing your rocks. You can also AA after throwing the third rock. Use this to your advantage to deal as much damage as fast as possible. This makes it also quite easy to kite with Threaded Volley.




Taliyah marks a target location and selects a direction. After 1 second, the ground erupts, dealing 60 / 80 / 100 / 120 / 140 (+40% of ability power) magic damage to all enemies hit and and knocking them up in the chosen direction for 1 second.

Cooldown: 16/15/14/13/12s
Mana cost: 70/80/90/100/110


Seismic Shove is probably the hardest part in Taliyah's kit. It is your only form of (reliable) hard CC, so hitting it can mean the difference between living or dying. You can knock enemies in all directions, so it can either be used to catch people, or peel for yourself or a teammate. Leveling up this ability, doesn't come with many benefits. Only the damage increases a bit and the quite long cooldown doesn't lower that much, so you'll want to max it last.

Tips

  • You can knock enemies over your Weaver's Wall if they stand close enough to the wall. Check out the combo section for a video example.
  • When going in on an enemy, it might be better to hold onto Seismic Shove instead of engaging with it. Unraveled Earth slows them a little and they will probably move away from your Threaded Volley, so it might be easier to predict their movement and successfully land Seismic Shove.




Taliyah scatters 18 boulders onto the ground before her, dealing 50 / 75 / 100 / 125 / 150 (+40% of ability power) magic damage to all enemies hit.

The boulders remain for 4 seconds, slowing all enemies within the area by 20% (+4% per 100 AP). At the end of their duration, all remaining boulders explode, dealing Unraveled Earth's initial damage once more.

Enemies who dash over or are knocked through Unraveled Earth's boulders cause them to detonate instantly, each dealing 50 / 60 / 70 / 80 / 90 (+30% of ability power) magic damage, reduced by 15% per boulder hit, up to 45%.

Cooldown: 16/14/12/10/8s
Mana cost: 90/95/100/105/110


This is what makes Taliyah decent against champions with mobility. Unraveled Earth slows, deals damage and deals damage again to enemies dashing or knocked up through the rocks. Next to Threaded Volley, this will be one of your main damage spells, also helping with waveclear. Max Unraveled Earth second, as the damage scales nicely and the cooldown goes down a lot by maxing it.

Tips

  • The most obvious way to detonate the rocks earlier is by knocking an enemy through it with Seismic Shove. This can deal a surprisingly high amount of burst damage and many enemies will disrespect it.




Taliyah briefly channels before summoning a massive wall of spiraling rock that tears through the Rift in a target direction and lasts for 5 seconds. Taliyah can reactivate Weaver's Wall while channeling to ride atop the wall as it emerges. Taking damage or inputting a move command in any direction will cut her ride short. If recast after the wall has reached its maximum range, Taliyah manually destroys it.

Cooldown: 180/150/120s
Mana cost: 100


Weaver's Wall gives Taliyah insane playmaking, roam and gank potential. There are many possibilities. The most common use is to gank a lane by cutting off their escape path while arriving as a stylish rocksurfer. Also don't forget you can opt to surf the wall or not. Sometimes the presence of the wall alone is enough to do the job without putting yourself in danger. Put a point in it whenever you can. By maxing it, the cooldown decreases a lot and even better; the range increases.

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Standard Combo


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This is the most common combo you can do with Taliyah. You'll start with Unraveled Earth, which will damage and slow the enemy. This makes it easier to then hit Seismic Shove. Throw in Threaded Volley and some auto attacks to complete the combo.



Fast Standard Combo


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This one is really similar to the standard combo, but the difference here is that you'll cast Seismic Shove before Unraveled Earth, but in a fast succession. This will make it harder for your opponent to react, because by suddenly hitting Seismic Shove you can basically immediately hit all your other spells. The main con is that it's harder to hit, as you won't have the slow from Unraveled Earth to help you hit Seismic Shove.



Fast Electrocute Poke


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This is mainly meant for those who take Electrocute. An AA followed by a single rock from Threaded Volley and another AA activates Electrocute quite easily without putting yourself in to much risk by using Seismic Shove and Unraveled Earth.



Heavy Electrocute Poke


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It's almost identical to the previous combo, with the difference being that you'll trade speed for damage. You can AA followed by the full Threaded Volley and after throwing the third rock, you can AA again to activate Electrocute.



Wall Self Peel


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You don't want to experience it, but sometimes you may find yourself in melee range of an enemy, while Seismic Shove is on cooldown. There might be a way to at least buy yourself some time. Start with Unraveled Earth and cast almost simultaneously Weaver's Wall. The enemy will be knocked back and will trigger Unraveled Earth, causing him to also take a bit of damage. You can then AA once to activate Electrocute.



Wallsurfing Gank


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This is an example of how you can use Weaver's Wall to gank. Cast Weaver's Wall in a way that it'll close as many escape routes for the enemy as possible and then recast to surf on the wall. Once you've arrived, you can then proceed with a standard combo.



Advanced wall gank


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Sometimes your gank with Weaver's Wall might not go as according to plan or the enemy Flashes over it on their way to safety. Luckily a skilled Taliyah can work around it. When your wall is close enough to the target, you can knock him over the wall to the other side with Seismic Shove. Then you can just burst him with a standard combo like you would normally do.





Note that there isn't a general build. Each game is different, so adapt your build to your opponents. I will show you Taliyah's best items and when to buy them.




This is Taliyah's standard starting item. It gives a little HP, AP and some mana regen. Your auto attacks will also deal a little more damage to minions, making it easier to CS and wave clear early on.

You'll have another 100 gold after buying the 400 gold Doran's Ring. I recommend buying 2 Health Potions with it to offer some much needed sustain.
Corrupting Potion holds 3 charges, which can be consumed to regen some HP and mana. Additionally, you'll deal a little extra damage for a few seconds, making this item a great choice if you need a lot of sustain. It's also cost efficient, refilling every time you go back to base. Take it against opponents that will poke you a lot, like Xerath and Ziggs.


Taliyah has a decent amount of AoE damage, allowing her to benefit a lot from the drain effect from Hunter's Talisman. The passive mana regen is also great on her. Hunter's Talisman is a much better choice than Hunter's Machete as Taliyah is a mage and won't auto attack that much.

3 Health Potion's are another possibility, especially for first-time Taliyah junglers, as it gives you more early sustain than Refillable Potion. I just prefer Refillable Potion as it's useful through the whole game.


Every once in a while, damaging an enemy champion or tower grants you some gold while close to an ally. This means you'll want to poke the enemy whenever it's up with Threaded Volley. After collecting 500 gold with this passive, the item will transform into Frostfang, offering some better stats.

With your remaining gold you should buy 2 Health Potions. The potions help you stay in lane longer. You don't want to leave your ADC alone for too long.




Luden's Echo will most often be your first item. The high amount of AP, mana and CDR are everything you need to waveclear and be successful during skirmishes. It also has a passive that charges by moving and casting spells. When it's fully charged, your next ability will deal bonus damage to the target and some other nearby enemies. It's enhances your burst damage a ton.
Hextech GLP-800 offers almost exactly the same stats as Luden's Echo, but it is significantly cheaper. This doesn't have a bursty passive like Luden's Echo, but it has an active that deals damage and slows enemies hit. This is like the utility equivalent of Luden's Echo. It can help you to hit your abilities while also being useful for teammates. Whether you choose Luden's Echo or Hextech GLP-800 is entirely up personal preference.

After Luden's Echo or Hextech GLP-800 you'll want to get Oblivion Orb, which is a great early component item with HP, AP and magic penetration. Out of it you can then build Morellonomicon, which is an all round great item stat wise. Additionally, dealing magic damage inflicts enemies with grievous wounds, which reduces their healing. Nowadays healing is in about every game, with Conqueror being common and many champions having a form of healing in their kit.


The Standard enchantment on every jungling mage. The stats (AP, CDR and mana) aren't bad for the price and it has basically the same passive as Luden's Echo, but it does bonus damage to monsters, making your clears much easier.

After Stalker's Blade - Runic Echoes you'll want to get Oblivion Orb, which is a great early component item with HP, AP and magic penetration. Out of it you can then build Morellonomicon, which is an all round great item stat wise. Additionally, dealing magic damage inflicts enemies with grievous wounds, which reduces their healing. Nowadays healing is in about every game, with Conqueror being common and many champions having a form of healing in their kit.


This is the full upgrade of Spellthief's Edge and the core item in any build for support Taliyah. By collecting gold with Spellthief's Edge, your item will eventually transform into Frostfang and later into Shard of True Ice, granting better stats. It allows you to place up to 3 stealth wards at a time, super valuable for a support who is supposed to maintain vision control.

As transforming Spellthief's Edge into Shard of True Ice does not cost you any gold, you can spend it on Luden's Echo like you would do as a laner instead. The high amount of AP, mana and CDR are everything you need to waveclear and be successful during skirmishes. It also has a passive that charges by moving and casting spells. When it's fully charged, your next ability will deal bonus damage to the target and some other nearby enemies. It's enhances your burst damage a ton.
Hextech GLP-800 offers almost exactly the same stats as Luden's Echo, but it is significantly cheaper. This doesn't have a bursty passive like Luden's Echo, but it has an active that deals damage and slows enemies hit. This is like the utility equivalent of Luden's Echo. It can help you to hit your abilities while also being useful for teammates, really useful botlane. Whether you choose Luden's Echo or Hextech GLP-800 is entirely up personal preference. This item is a must buy when you take Glacial Augment though, as its active activates the keystone.




It does have 2 passive effects next to its good stats (AP and HP). First of all, you'll deal more damage the longer you are in combat. Secondly, your spells burn enemies for a % of their max HP. The burn damage is increased against enemies that have their movement impaired. It's a great item to buy when you're up against tanky opponents that you can't burst down quickly. This will help a lot during sustained fights. Another tip: you can maximally benefit from the burn damage when paired with Rylai's Crystal Scepter or Glacial Augment to keep their movement impaired.

Rylai's Crystal Scepter can be a really useful item to have. It's rather cheap, offers a decent amount of AP and HP AND gives your damaging abilities a slow. Because of how spammable Threaded Volley is, you can almost permanently slow an opponent. As long as you hit your rocks of course. You might want to get this when the enemy team got a lot of mobility ( Hecarim, Wukong, Pyke, Irelia...)

Void Staff is another option of the enemy team buys a lot of magic resist. The AP and magic penetration will make your spells hit harder, but it might leave you squishy if bought early on.

Rabadon's Deathcap is fantastic on any mage, granting you a whopping 120 AP, while also increasing your total AP by 40%. It is expensive though and like Void Staff it doesn't grant any survivability. You should always consider building this as a 5th or 6th item because of the insane augmentation of your damage.

Twin Shadows allows you to 'search and destroy' opponents through its active effect. It sends out ghosts that seek out enemies and slow them upon contact. It can be bought when the enemy team is really slippery and hard to catch otherwise. If you go Glacial Augment, you should definitely build this one as it synergizes with the keystone.

If you chose not to go with Morellonomicon as a core item, you might still want to pick it up later on for the grievous wounds it offer, helping a lot against self-healing champions/healers.




While the stats (AP, HP and mana) all seem nice on Taliyah, it doesn't offer as much burst as Hextech GLP-800 or Luden's Echo and it requires 10 minutes to reach its full potential. Even though you might not want to get it as one of your first items, it's still useful. Especially with Eternity passive that grants you mana by taking damage and HP by spending mana. I often build this when the game is going on for a long time already. It gives you a little better late game. The extra mana is really needed to not run out of mana super fast and the survivability is a nice bonus.

Zhonya's Hourglass can always be useful. The active gives you the possibility to make outplays or save yourself. The stats aren't bad either with AP, armor and CDR. It's handy to have when the enemy got a problematic assassin (especially if the assassin is AD). If they jump on you, activate Zhonya's Hourglass and let your team handle the assassin.

Banshee's Veil offers a spellshield passive which blocks the first enemy ability. But it only recharges after taking no champion damage for 40s. It also has some good stats with AP, CDR and MR. You can build it when there is an AP enemy with high burst damage.




Simply the best boots for Taliyah (or for about any mage in general). 18 Magic penetration significantly increases your damage.

Buy these boots when the enemy team is fully AD or when you really need some extra survivability against an AD threat.

Buy these boots against full AP teams or against heavy CC comps as it reduces the duration of CC with 30%. It's also a good choice against a serious AP threat.

Even though Taliyah already has high MS out of combat with Rock Surfing, some extra doesn't hurt right? I don't recommend it for a laner or jungler as they will need the combat stats from the other boots. But as a support you're usually not supposed to the main damage dealer, so picking up these boots can work in order to roam quicker and help teammates faster.




First of all, when talking about laning phase, you obviously think of 1v1/2v2, attacking towers and farming. While farming minions might not seem as complex at first, it can be pretty tricky to learn all the small nuances of the art of wave management. I'm gonna be honest, I am no specialist either, but I can teach some of the basics. For more information about the subject, I recommend you go check out this page from Mobalytics.






The first main use of wave management is known as freezing. It means that you'll be holding the wave close to your own turret, in order to be safer in harder matchups. You can freeze the wave by only last-hitting the minions and letting your opponent push, until the wave reaches the position you want it to stay. This is where it gets tricky. In order to maintain the freeze, you'll have to damage the minions as much as your opponent does. Damage the enemy minions too hard and the wave will push. Deal less damage to the wave than your opponent and the wave will move under your turret and you will lose CS because of that.
Pros

+ Safe positioning close to tower.
+ Enemies have to overextend, leaving them vulnerable to ganks.
+ Possibility to zone enemies with the threat of engaging them under your tower. If there are not many enemy minions under your turret and the enemy overextends, you might be able to catch him with Seismic Shove while killing the last minions with Unraveled Earth and Threaded Volley so he'll get turret aggro.
Cons

- Getting low while freezing the wave means you are in an ideal position for the enemy jungler to dive you.
- The enemy laner has the opportunity to roam.
- Enemies with good waveclear can easily break your freeze.

When to freeze: You generally want to freeze the wave if you are weaker in the early game than your opponent(s) to allow you to safely farm without getting killed. For example, against a Renekton toplane who is strong early and has the ability to kill you solo. As a midlaner, it might be safer to freeze against a slippery melee assassin like Katarina. By doing this you will reduce her kill potential. Remember to ping and ward though so she can't succesfully roam. For botlane and support Taliyah, I'll use the example of Taliyah + Senna vs Lucian + Leona. Both enemies have a good early game, so freezing the wave allows you or Senna to farm and scale safely without immediately getting engaged on by the Leona.






The other main use of wave management is pushing your wave. It's easy to do, as you just have to damage the minions as much as possible (don't forget to last-hit) in order to push the wave. Taliyah can push fairly well if you use Unraveled Earth + Seismic Shove and Threaded Volley to finish the minions off, but doing so costs a lot of mana, so push wisely. Pushing the wave is the best decision in matchups where you have little kill pressure. Instead you'll push the wave to open up on other opportunities like roaming and getting deep wards in the enemy jungle. You'll also always want to push the wave before you back, to reduce the chance your opponent is able to push the wave under your tower so you lose CS before you are back in lane.
Pros

+ More control of the topside of the map.
+ Creates the opportunity to roam and gank.
+ Possibility to get turret platings.
Cons

- Pushing the wave and staying in lane leaves you vulnerable to ganks. Make sure to always ward.
- Much less kill pressure and it's very likely you won't get any ganks.
- Playing too aggressive while pushing under the enemy tower can result in your death. Especially dangerous against enemies with a lot of CC.

When to push: You generally want to push the wave if you are stronger than your lane opponent(s), when you don't have kill pressure or simply because you want to roam and gank, which is very likely as Taliyah. For example, Nasus is weak early and won't be much of a threat while stacking, but he'll still have enough sustain to be safe from you. So you push the wave and you might be able to gank mid while Nasus is farming. Pushing a Nasus under his turret is also great as he will have a harder job last-hitting minions with Siphoning Strike. For midlane, let's take Taliyah vs Veigar. Again, Veigar is weak early game, but he will have to last-hit minions with Baleful Strike to stack AP. Pushing the wave makes it harder for him to stack and you can gank other lanes in the meantime. Another example, now for botlane and support Taliyah. You play together with a Senna against Tristana + Soraka. Tristana is a safe champion with her Rocket Jump, while Soraka makes her laning phase even safer. Pushing the wave is a good option as you probably won't be able to go all-in on them, but Senna and you might still be able to poke them under their turret. An extra advantage is that Tristana isn't the best at farming under turret due to her Explosive Charge passive.




Trading is, like most will already know, the exchange of damage between champions. In many cases, this isn't even with the intention of killing your opponent(s). Trading can happen in all lanes, but is more frequent in the toplane, because most champions there are made for sustained damage and they are usually tanky enough to not die after one trade. Midlane is full of squishy champions with high burst damage. While trading occurs there often, it might more often result in all-in. As a botlaner or support, it's more often all or nothing. Two champions focussing the same opponent can kill them way faster. The champions in the botlane are squishy in most cases too, so extended trades can easily lead to a kill or two.
Taliyah usually trades with Threaded Volley, often combined with auto attacks (to activate Electrocute if you took it). In more sustained trades, you'll often use a rotation of all your basic abilities, a standard combo. (More info can be found in the combo section.)
Trading also depends on your lane opponent(s), but knowing how and when to trade is even more important. Here are some general rules:
  • Minions shouldn't be underestimated. Attacking a champion draws minion aggro, so fighting while there are more enemy minions than allied minions is a bad idea and will make you lose the trade. In reverse, looking for a trade while there are remarkably more allied minions significantly increases your chances at a good trade.
  • You should analyze your opponents: what are there main trading tools? Which ability is the most dangerous for me? When the opponent uses one of those important abilities, you have a small window with an advantage. This is a good moment to trade.
  • Besides knowing major damage spells, having an idea of your opponent's base stats can also really help to estimate how the trade will go. I mean that when you know if a champion is strong early or late, you'll have an idea when you should trade or not. For example, Taliyah is strong early but weaker late. Early trades against a Kassadin who is weaker early but becomes a late game monster, should be taken advantage of.
  • With Electrocute you will be able to play a little more aggressive than when you take Dark Harvest because of its strength in the early to midgame.




Taliyah has decent damage at level 1 with Threaded Volley, so when you see the opportunity to poke, go for it. However, Threaded Volley can easily be dodged by hiding behind minions, so sometimes it might be better to wait for level 3 to play more aggressively, as Unraveled Earth and Seismic Shove provide the setup to hit Threaded Volley. Early on in lane it isn't necessary to go for solo kills, although it can be done if you see the right opportunity. Farming is still key. You can also roam from level 3 on, but only do so when it's safe, the wave is pushed and you are sure you can get a takedown (or major summoner spells) out of the roam.

When you reach level 6, you should first of all be careful. Your midlane opponent, usually a mage or assassin, will have unlocked a high damage ultimate ( Zed's Death Mark, Syndra's Unleashed Power, Veigar's Primordial Burst...) in many cases. Taliyah's Weaver's Wall in comparison, is almost useless in combat so proceed with caution. It does mean that you have fully unlocked your unmatched roaming potential though. Farming will still be really important, but you should often look to push the wave and roam. Gank toplane or botlane, assist your jungler with an objective or set up some vision.

Late game, keep on farming up, possibly in side lanes, but mainly look to teamfight. Taliyah falls off in later stages of the game, but she is still a high damage-dealing APC. Being present in a teamfight can often change the outcome of the fight. You got the tools to peel or catch enemies out of position with Seismic Shove and being successful in doing so can be game changing. You and your team shouldn't randomly fight though. Prioritize objectives, baron nashor , dragon , turret and inhibitor . And of course the nexus :p. Remember that you can also cut off enemies from objectives with Weaver's Wall.


The playstyle of toplane Taliyah isn't that different from midlane Taliyah, but in most cases you won't have as much impact on the game as if you were playing mid. Your main objective early on will still be farming up as much as you can. In terms of fighting, your focus will be more on safely poking with Threaded Volley and auto attacks instead of going all-in because of toplane being the home of tankier champions. Using and missing all your abilities can be punished harshly, because many opponents will have CC and mobility and will be able to kill you. You will also have to ward often to protect yourself from ganks. Being a long lane, toplane is more vulnerable to ganks than midlane. If your trinket is on cooldown and you don't have a Control Ward left, play safer and pay attention to the map. If you see the enemy jungler at botside of the map and the enemy midlaner is in lane, you don't have to worry much and you can play more aggressive.

Roaming will be a bit harder and can be punished quite hard if timed badly. If the enemy toplaner has Ignite or when his Teleport is on cooldown, it's possible to do. The safest moment is when the enemy has backed or has been killed. Then you'll push the wave and head midlane. Alternatively you can gank bot with Teleport if the enemies are overextending. Once you get Weaver's Wall it will get easier and you can midlane faster and easier.

Later on, keep on farming as much as possible and once the enemy toplane turret is destroyed you can play more around your team on the rest of the map. Focus objectives and go for teamfights. Make sure to keep on catching waves when you can to protect your turret and earn some gold. Also hold onto your Teleport when you can to stop an enemy splitpusher.


As a botlane APC, you will literally be one of the carries of your team. To get to the point of dealing huge amounts of damage for your team, you'll need to farm. A lot. And get some kills too if you can. In the duo lane, you will be focusing on CSing, while your support (preferably a hard engage support like Leona, Nautilus...) will be looking for opportunities to go in or simply support you through the laning phase. Do not hesitate to engage by yourself with Seismic Shove if an enemy is out of position. You should also help your support with warding. Your whole team will benefit from some extra wards.

During the mid game, when you start to get some items, look to farm even more while, trying to take down the enemy tower. Be ready to fight for the dragon whenever it's up as it is a really important objective. If a dragon is taken and the botlane turret is down, you might want to lane swap with your toplaner. This means you and your support will be able to put a lot of pressure on the enemy toplaner in a 2v1, eventually get turret and the rift herald . However, in soloqueue this can be hard to make it work as it requires the toplaner to play safe in the meantime while being botlane 1v2.

Late game isn't really different from midlane or toplane Taliyah. You will be needed during teamfights as you are probably one of the main damage dealers. Between fights and taking objectives you will also be catching waves in the side lanes.


During laning phase as a support, you'll want to poke often with Threaded Volley to generate gold with Spellthief's Edge. The easies way to do this is by playing around the bushes. It will be harder for them to predict you actions, unless they ward it, meaning that they will have less vision somewhere else. If you see an enemy out of position, don't hesitate to go ham. Taliyah's early game is pretty good. But don't forget to ward, as playing too aggressively might get you some unwanted attention from the enemy jungler. Your playstyle also partially depends on the ADC you are appointed to. When your ADC has a strong early game, like Draven, Lucian or Miss Fortune, you might more often want to look for opportunities to engage and all-in. If you are playing against long range champions and are getting poked a lot, for example by Caitlyn + Vel'Koz, then you might just try to survive and wait for opportunities to roam or get a gank.

You can also roam a lot as a support of course, but be careful in your timings. A good time to roam is when the enemy botlane duo has backed, or when you killed them or even right after recalling yourself; instead of walking back to lane you can head mid and gank. Once you get Weaver's Wall it will get even easier. Also keep on warding, but not only for your own lane. You should try to get as much vision as possible on the entire bottom half of the map.

Like with the other roles, late game is time for you to teamfight and get objectives, but you might still want to play a more supportive role, peeling for your main carries or engaging with Weaver's Wall. By then you will of course be able to provide a lot of vision with Shard of True Ice'sstealth wards, Control Wards and Oracle Lens. Getting wards around objectives will be super important to claim that victory.









The first Jungle camp consists of one monster, called the gromp . It has high AS, but it decays over 5s. Because of the high AS, you want to kite it so gromp can only attack you once before having to move again. This means you'll be able to trade one AA for one AA. It's one of the camps that grants a higher amount of gold and exp. It's quite tanky and there isn't much room to kite it properly, so for Taliyah it's one of the hardest camps. You will usually only kill it when you are level 3 or above.

The next camp is the murk wolf camp. It contains one bigger wolf and two smaller wolves. With Taliyah's AoE damage, you want to focus the bigger wolf first in order to leech as much HP from the smaller wolves with Hunter's Talisman as possible.

The crimson raptor camp is easy for Taliyah once you got all your basic abilities available. While taking this camp, focus the biggest and tankiest raptor first. A trick to abuse Hunter's Talisman for extra healing is to hit all raptors with Unraveled Earth and then move to the red brambleback without killing the crimson raptor camp. You will regen more than the raptors will damage you.

The ancient krug camp is definitely a special camp. At first sight it only contains two monsters: a big and a smaller one. However, once you kill them, they split into 2 smaller monsters. The big monster can split twice, the smaller one only once. It is one of camps that provides the highest exp and gold of the non-epic monsters. You should try to kite it as much as possible, but when it isn't possible, you can position yourself so the large krug stands between you and the smaller krug. This ensures you only get hit by the large monster.

The last of the medium monsters, the rift scuttler is a passive monster that roams both sides of the river when it first spawns. After the initial two rift scuttler s have been killed, only one at a time will respawn at a random side. The rift scuttler takes additional damage after it has been affected by hard CC, like Taliyah's Seismic Shove. Killing this monster restores some of your HP and mana, while also forming a MS granting zone in the river that also grants vision.

The blue sentinel is one of the most important non-epic monsters. The killer of this golem gets the crest of insight . This buff, better known as "blue buff", grants extra mana/energy regen and CDR. The monster itself isn't hard to kill, but it is quite tanky. It is quite easy to kite it though. And once you get some items, you can often kill it without taking damage. For a mage like Taliyah, the mana regen and CDR from crest of insight is really valuable.

Just like the blue sentinel , the red brambleback grants a buff to the one who kills it. crest of cinders is usually referred to as "red buff" and makes your auto attacks slow champions while also dealing some extra damage over time. Additionally, you'll have some extra HP regen. Later on, you should give it to the ADC or another AA based champions as they benefit the most from the on-hit slow and burn damage from crest of cinders while Taliyah won't need it as much later on.



One of the most valuable jungle monsters is the dragon . Situated at the lower side of the map, they can appear in 4 different elemental forms, each giving an unique buff to your whole team. The first 2 dragon types that spawn are random and are always of a different type, but after the second dragon is defeated, only dragons of a third type that hasn't appeared yet spawns. Additionally, the map transforms into an elemental rift, matching the third and following dragons . After either team has defeated 4 dragons , they'll gain a powerful dragon soul. From that point on, only the elder dragon will spawn.


The first elemental dragon type is the cloud drake . It is fast and has high DPS against single targets. Upon killing it, your team gains extra CDR on their ultimate ability, which is decent on Taliyah, fantastic on for example Malphite, Ornn, Brand..., but not so good on shapeshifter champions like Elise and Jayce.

The cloud rift contains air currents on the map that speed up nearby champions. Useful if you have to escape or dodge skillshots.

The Cloud Dragon Soul grants permanent extra MS and after casting your ultimate, you'll gain an extra burst of MS.


The infernal drake is considered the most valuable elemental dragon by many players. Combat wise, it's probably the most all round dragon type. Note it deals AoE damage. As bonus effect upon killing it, it increases your AD and AP with a percentage. Early game, it isn't really noticeable, but late game it can really make a difference.

The Infernal Rift comes with the destruction of several walls and brushes. No big things to note here, although this might be a small buff to champions without gapclosers through walls.

The Infernal Dragon Soul makes your next damaging attack or ability every few seconds explode, dealing some damage to the target and nearby enemies, scaling with AP, AD and bonus HP. A strong combat tool, great for a mage like Taliyah.


The ocean drake deals slowing single target damage. The slow on its attacks makes it dangerous in some cases; as it will trouble you if you have to escape. The buff it grants restores some of your missing HP both in and out of combat.

The Ocean rift brings life, making brushes larger and possibly spawning the Honeyfruit plant in the jungle.

The Ocean Dragon Soul grants you a regeneration effect affecting both HP and mana after damaging an enemy.


The mountain drake is the most tanky elemental dragon , making it more time consuming to kill one. Its attacks are AoE and despite its low AS, the attacks hit hard. Its elemental buff gives your team an extra percentage MR and armor, which is always nice to have, especially when your team got some tanks.

The Mountain Rift creates additional walls. The creation of more choke points can be in both in your advantage and in your disadvantage as some abilities like Unstoppable Force, Pop Blossom or Solar Flare become really scary with little space.

The Mountain Dragon Soul gives your team a shield scaling with AP, AD and bonus HP after not taking damage for 5s. It's a huge advantage in teamfights, just like The Infernal Dragon Soul.

Like mentioned before, the elder dragon only spawns after one team has claimed a Dragon Soul. It is stronger than any elemental dragon , but the reward for killing one is even better. It grants a buff that burns enemies after damaging them, but the biggest part is that it executes enemies below 20% of their HP. That is really strong and can turn a game around if the team that is behind somehow manages to get it.



The rift herald spawns in the pit at the upper side of the map. It is quite tanky, but it can be defeated easily by prioritizing the eye at its back. Auto attacking the eye will chunk its HP. When killed, the rift herald drops the Eye of the Herald. It can only be taken by the team that killed it and it despawns after 20s if not picked up by then. Eye of the Herald will replace your trinket for 4 minutes. You can then use it to summon the rift herald , who now fights for your team and pushes the nearest lane. It is a strong sieging tool, but it is still vulnerable at its eye on the back, while being less tanky than at first.
The rift herald can respawn once before baron nashor takes its place.

baron nashor is the strongest and most valuable neutral monster in the game. Due to how tanky it is, you'll need multiple teammates to even stand a chance against it. At least one frontliner and an ADC should help you with taking it. Upon killing this monster, your living team members get the hand of baron buff. This buff grants bonus AD and AP, while also empowering nearby minions. Ideal for when your team is ahead and is able to contest baron nashor without issues, but you can't really finish the game due to high waveclear on the enemy team.



There are 3 types of plants on the rift. They can all be found in the jungle or in the river. They can be destroyed to grant some (small) bonuses.



The first type of plant is the Honeyfruit. These plants spawn at the river and can be destroyed to spawn some fruit on the ground. These fruits can be picked up to restore some HP and mana. Note that these fruits also slow you while consuming them, so taking them while escaping can be risky.

Next comes Scryer's Bloom. These blue plants can be found at the edge of the jungle, near the river. Destroying them reveals a wide area in a cone. This can be used to reveal wards or to get a look at objectives when your team doesn't have any wards there.

The last plant is known as a Blast Cone. They appear deeper into the jungle. Destroying them knocks away all nearby units. It can be used to hop over walls, for example from your own jungle into the dragon or baron nashor pit. It can also be used in clutch situations when you have to flee.




Jungle Pathing in this meta can be different from game to game. You will have to react and adapt to the situation quickly. Some starts will be hard, where the enemy cheeses you and steals buffs, or even worse, kills you. Again an example of how important wards are in this game. Let's say you are playing vs a champ like Shaco. That guy will counterjungle you in 95% of the cases. So you and your team ward your jungle. You see Shaco at your own red, but instead of trying to stop him, you invade Shaco's jungle and you steal his red in return. Another thing is the rift scuttler . They give a lot of EXP and gold, so you want to take them asap before the enemy jungler takes them. If you know exactly where the enemy jungler started, you can probably take at least one crab without issues. But if you know it could be contested by someone with a good early game like Lee Sin or Elise, you can better just leave it if there is no allied laner available to help you. You won't lose a game by missing a crab. So now let's get over to the pathing itself.




You should always path towards the side of the map where you want to create pressure. If you want to gank top or mid or invade the topside of the enemy jungler, you should start botside.

If you are blue side, start with a leash (if possible) at your red brambleback . Continue with the ancient krug s camp and eventually the crimson raptor camp. By then you will have reached level 3. Before heading to the topside of the map, you can try to gank mid if you see an opportunity. Otherwise go take the blue sentinel and the topside rift scuttler if it's still available. Then you can choose between keeping on farming your jungle, ganking top/mid or invading the enemy jungle.

If you are red side, get the blue sentinel first followed by murk wolves . Then you should get the red brambleback , but it might be wise to use Unraveled Earth once on the crimson raptor camp to regen some HP with Hunter's Talisman. Afterwards you can really clear the crimson raptor camp to reach level 3. Then you can choose between keeping on farming your jungle, ganking top/mid or invading the enemy jungle.




If you want to get something done on the bottom half of the map, you should start toplane instead.

If you are red side, that means starting at the blue sentinel . Then you'll get the murk wolves and eventually use Unraveled Earth once on the crimson raptor camp to regen some HP with Hunter's Talisman. Next comes the red brambleback , after which you can get the crimson raptor s to get level 3. Then you can choose between keeping on farming your jungle, ganking bot/mid or invading the enemy jungle.

If you are red side, you'll start with the red brambleback , then the ancient krug camp and the crimson raptor s. By then you will be level 3, allowing you to gank mid if possible before going botside. Then should take the blue sentinel and the botside rift scuttler if it's still available. Then you can choose between keeping on farming your jungle, ganking bot/mid or invading the enemy jungle.



Now I want to show some little, but important things every jungler needs to know.



Taxing is a mechanic laners hate, but it's necessarily for junglers. Taxing means taking a few minions from a lane after a succesful gank. This is necessary because the jungler spent time ganking a lane while he could also have continued farming his jungle. That's why you want to take a few minions to compensate the gold you could have earned while farming. If you got the kill from the gank, take a few caster minions. If the laner got the kill, you can take some melee minions too. Don't take the cannon minions as most laners will get mad at you. Even though that doesn't matter much you don't want another flaming teammate.


Another thing to do after ganking a lane is pushing the lane. This grants the allied laner(s) the time to back, while the opponent(s) will lose gold and exp because minions will die under their tower. Additionally, your ally won't lose much minions due to the wave being far from his tower.


Holding a lane because the laner has died/recalled is a job you should be happy to do as it grants a lot of gold and exp for little effort. You should only do it when the wave is close to the allied tower, as the laner will lose some minions to the tower anyways. Only last hit so the laner to keep the amount of minions the laner misses as low as possible.





First of all, to those who are new to League, there are 3 types of wards. These Totems grant vision on the map and are the key to winning games.



Warding Totem, the yellow trinket, is a stealthed ward that reveals the nearby area for 90-120s* and you gain 1 charge every 240-120s*. (*Depends average champion level.) It's available from the start of the game.

The red, visible wards can take 4 hits from enemy champions before they are destroyed. These wards cost 75 gold, but it can reveal other nearby wards and stealthed enemies or traps like Noxious Trap. You can only have 1 control ward placed on the map at a time, but you can carry up to 2 as long as you can buy them. You should place them in bushes in most cases, as they are visible and will be destroyed quickly if left in open sight.

The last type of ward, Farsight Alteration, is a fragile ward wich takes only 1 hit to destroy. It can only be bought from level 9 on and replaces Warding Totem or Oracle Lens. These wards are visible, but they don't count towards a ward limit and they can last forever. The most interesting about this trinket is that you can place it from a distance. You can just stand near your blue or red buff and ward baron/dragon pit for example.

Oracle Lens isn't a ward, but it reveals the area around you, revealing stealthed enemies, wards and traps, like a Control Ward. It is free and available at level 1, but I don't recommend taking this at the start. During the early game wards have higher cooldowns and their duration is shorter. This results in there being less wards overall.


Here I'm going to show you the most common warding locations for all roles. Like you can see in the images below, for toplane, midlane, botlane and support I focus on laning phase. Later on in the game, when people start to roam and group, you'll be warding as much as possible from the whole map instead of only your own lane. For jungle, you'll be able to place wards over the whole map during the whole game, so looking at the jungle warding map will also give you info on how to ward objectives and the jungle during the late game for any role.





In the toplane, your main concern will be protecting yourself against ganks from the enemy jungler, while also clearing enemy vision to give your own jungler a chance to gank your lane. Besides your own lane, you are also the main team member in charge of controlling the upper side of the map, including the rift herald / Baron nashor pit and the adjacent jungle. When your jungler is getting counterjungled frequently, help him ward the allied jungle. It is a team game after all and if you want a jungler to help and gank your lane, you must help him in return when needed. When it's safe; your lane opponent just backed, mid is pushed in and your allied jungler is near, you might want to place a deeper ward in the enemy jungle. Information is key. Revealing the location of the enemy jungler opens up a lot of opportunities for your whole team. You or your midlaner might be saved from ganks, especially against junglers with stealth ( Evelynn or Twitch) or global ganks ( Pantheon or Nocturne). Your team might be able to secure a free dragon with the enemy jungler being at the other side of the map. Your jungler might be able to counterjungle at the other side of the map. The possibilities are almost endless.





As a midlaner, your first concern will also be protecting yourself from ganks though warding. But you will have more freedom than the toplaner, so you can basically ward where needed. If your lane opponent is also strong at roaming like Talon, Katarina or Twisted Fate then you might want to ward the river or any other path they might take to roam. Vice versa, you should deny enemy vision from the path you want to use for roaming. When the game is going well, you can place some wards deeper into the enemy jungle. The faster you spot him, the more time you have to react. Information benefits your whole team and wins games. Sometimes your own jungler might have a hard game against invading enemies, so you can help him ward the entrances of the jungle to protect him. And of course you can also help with objective control of dragon , rift herald or baron nashor .





Protecting botlane is similar to toplane, but usually more intense. Supports are the main vision providers in a team and they will buy many Control Wards (if they know what they are doing at least), so you can expect your wards to get revealed and destroyed often. Warding and denying vision is not only the support's responsibility though. The ADC (or APC if you are playing Taliyah) should also contribute to vision. Your team will be thankful.

As a support, once you advance in your gold quest and you get access to Frostfang's stealth wards, you will be able to provide even more vision. The moment you get your Frostfang is also the ideal moment to get Oracle Lens to clear as much enemy vision as possible too. As botlane carry, it might be wise to help as much as possible using your Warding Totem. From level 9 on you should switch to Farsight Alteration as it allows you to place wards without having to facecheck and risking getting killed. You don't have to focus too much on Control Wards as the carry, but if you have some spare 75 gold, really consider buying a ward.

Besides your own lane, you'll also have the task to control the lower side of the map, protecting the jungle, river and most importantly, dragon pit. Like I explained for toplane and midlane, the botlaner and support might have to ward the allied jungle to help your jungler or in the enemy jungle to keep track of the enemy jungler.

Last but not least, against certain supports like Bard, Pyke or Thresh, you'll have to make sure the river is warded as they are quite likely to roam to midlane. If you aren't able to followup in time, your midlaner might at least be warned in time.





I divided the wards on this map in 3 categories, objective/river control, jungle control and lane control. It is more of a general warding map, but with junglers being able to roam early, they have the most opportunities to ward at these locations. For the other roles, they will have to ward at these spots too, especially the objective and jungle control spots, but it will be later on in the game when everyone has left their lane and starts to group to get objectives.

So for the river and objective wards, they can be used to get vision of rift scuttler s early, dragon and rift herald / baron nashor and just general vision of a common used path.

A ward in the river is always useful. It can warn your team for ganks, give away the position of the enemy jungler or show enemies on their way towards an objective.

Objective wards are obviously oriented towards controlling the dragon and rift herald / baron nashor pits. These objectives are super valuable, so you don't want to give them up for free simply because you lacked vision of it so you had no chance to contest it. Against some champions you'll have to ward even more and/or earlier. A Shyvana will always try to get dragon s because of her passive and she is able to solo them quite early in the game. A Warwick is even able to solo them at level 3.
When you just killed (almost) the whole enemy team, you won't necessarily have to check for enemy vision in the pits with Control Wards or Oracle Lens. But at any other moment it is wise to use these tools to reveal and destroy enemy wards, otherwise the enemy jungler could steal it. For the same reason it is smart to ward the edge of the adjacent enemy jungle, so you are at least prepared for a possible smite battle.

Finally, lane controlling wards are used to help allied laners when they find themselves getting camped by the enemy jungler, when their wards got cleared immediately by a lane bully/the enemy jungler or simply when they don't buy wards themselves (*sigh*). To make it short, you protect lanes by helping them ward. Note that this is only worth to do when the concerned laner is frequently pushing the wave under the enemy tower, thus leaving him vulnerable to ganks.





So first of all: what is a gank? Most players know this already, so this is for the newer players.
When someone is laning, so 1v1 top/mid or 2v2 bot, and 1 or more others walk into the lane to create an advantage in numbers. This is called a gank. A jungler will be ganking his lanes frequently (unless you are playing a very farming oriented jungler) to get kills or pressure the opponent. Laners are able too gank too, but this will happen less frequently, especially early, but not less rewarding!
Not every gank will gain you a kill or a turret, but when they have to use a summoner spell like Flash to escape, it's good too. Keep track of those summoner spells. Let's say you gank an immobile champion like Vel'Koz. He escapes by using his Flash. If you gank him again before he regains his spell, you are almost guaranteed of a kill because he has no escape.

Sometimes it can be better to leave a kill for a teammate. Some champions, especially assassins, are very snowball oriented and need their kills to not fall off. Some think they NEED to get those kills and some will even flame you when you get the kill instead. But it doesn't matter that much. You won't lose a game from taking a kill instead of the midlaner or ADC. Remember that a kill grants gold to all team members involved in it.

Some lanes will be easier to gank than others. The easiest way to gank is when you are voice chatting with a friend and he can set up for you by starting a fight, or freezing his lane under his turret.
Most of the time top is the easiest lane to gank, because it's a long lane and toplaners tend to have at least some soft CC. Mid is a shorter lane with assassins being harder to gank as they have gapclosers. But some mages like Ryze and Orianna have some CC as well to set up ganks. Bot lane is the hardest lane to gank. It's a long lane, but it's 2v2. 3v2 is harder than 2v1 and most supports can peel for their carry. Some engage supports can make ganking easy. Think about Nautilus and Blitzcrank with a succesful grab. When bot is an adc + mage sup like Lulu or Janna, you will have to engage yourself.

Be careful with ganking a lane that is behind. Some champions can 1v2 easily when ahead. (Those damn Darius and Illaoi...)





Ill start with ganking as a jungler. But these gank paths can be used by everyone, no matter which role you are playing. On the map you can see 3 colors, each representing a specific kind of gank.

The first one, a "flank gank", is the most common gank and here represented by the yellow arrows. It's pretty simple: when an enemy laner pushes the wave and he is further from the enemy turret than from the allied turret, then you might be able to just walk up to the target from the river. Then you can position yourself between the target and the escape path towards the enemy turret. The enemy will either have to use Flash and/or gapcloser(s) to have a chance to escape, or he will have to fight, which you should be able to win easily, considering it's a 2v1. If you have the luxury to do so, you can wait before casting your abilities until the target wasted a valuable gapcloser or Flash. Then it shouldn't be too hard to hit Seismic Shove, considering you have Unraveled Earth to slow down the target.

The second type of gank is a bit riskier. It's a tower dive, represented by the blue arrows. A tower dive isn't something you should do super often, but rather in certain situations. Choose your targets carefully. A Tryndamere with ult up is something you should avoid at all cost, because of him being literally invincible, while an Ornn might be able to avoid you and CC you long enough for the turret to kill you. Only do it when the target is really low and you are able to burst him fast, while being able to escape. Don't do it when the enemy jungler is near as it might result in him getting 1 or 2 easy kills.
A towerdive can be easy to execute if you play it smart together with certain champions like Kayn or Elise who are able to drop target aggro. They go in first, get targeted by the turret and at the moment they are about to die, they get out and let the turret target you.

The last type of gank is called a lane gank and is shown by the red arrows. It is quite uncommon, especially in low elo. Knowing this trick can result in some easy kills against surprised opponents.
Normally, when your allies have pushed in a lane, it might seem ungankable. Instead, it only opens up new opportunities. You can simply walk into their lane from behind and hide in one of the bushes (only executable top/bot). If your laner(s) is/are smart enough to stop pushing, you might have the chance to find yourself right in front of the enemies.
Let's say you got a ward deep into the enemy jungle. You see the enemy jungler at his blue sentinel . You are blue team, so the enemy jungler is botside, while your allied botlane keeps on pushing hard. While unseen, you walk into one of the of the bushes botlane, while the enemy jungler obviously is coming next. This allows you to easily countergank while they won't expect you at all.

One of the benefits of playing Taliyah is that you can gank using Weaver's Wall. It's at its best as a tool to cut off the routes of your enemies in the blink of an eye. The white arrows on the map show examples on how to aim your wall to cut off paths. Usually, you'll want to surf the wall and get into battle yourself, but sometimes it might be risky and then the sole presence of the wall might be enough to grant your teammates a kill.






For toplane, you won't have many occasions to roam and gank in comparison with midlane or support, but that only means efficiency is really important. Taliyah is still a more than capable roamer, so don't hesitate to go for it. The best opportunities to gank are after your lane opponent is dead or backed. Then you push your lane, allowing you to leave your lane without losing too much minions.

You are able to gank midlane with a traditional flank. Simple but effective. Additionally, you can also use Weaver's Wall to cut the enemy off from their turret. Some possible wall paths are indicated in white on the map.



Alternatively, you can go for a Teleport gank botlane. When the enemy botlane pushes hard, you might have the opportunity to Teleport to a ward between their position and the turret. Eventually, your opponents will be stuck between you and your allied botlane. Doing this can be really rewarding, but it can leave your toplane vulnerable. After your Teleport gank, you should back as soon as possible and return to your own lane. Your lane opponent might have been able to get turret plating's, or worse, your whole tower. Again, timing is key and the reward will be higher when you do it when your lane opponent just backed and he has no Teleport himself.






Midlane is the easiest solo lane to roam from. That's why Taliyah is most common in this lane. When the enemy laner has backed, when you killed him or he is roaming himself, then you can push the lane and roam to toplane or botlane. You can just come through the river and flank the target(s), but of course you can also use Weaver's Wall (indicated in white). Your ultimate can also be really useful to follow up on a roaming enemy midlaner.

Remember, while roaming, hug the walls to get the bonus MS from Rock Surfing. The faster you roam and eventually return, the less gold and exp you will lose from minions.






Roaming is more important for a support than for the ADC or APC, but it can be done by both. Most of the time the botlane carry should focus on farming though. That's why I will be focusing on the support role here, but as a botlane carry player you can also use the pathing on the map. The ADC/APC should only start roaming after taking down the enemy botlane turret.

So similar to toplane, you can gank mid from botlane effectively. The only con as support is that you still have to take care of your ADC/APC too. Before you roam you should ask yourself if your ADC is able to farm safe when he is alone botlane. When you just killed the enemy botlane or they just recalled, the answer is obviously yes. In other cases, when both teams are in lane, the answer may vary. An enemy Nautilus + Lucian might hard engage and kill your immobile Jhin when left alone. When playing against a Soraka + Ashe together with a much more mobile Ezreal instead, it is a lot safer and you should roam. They have no way to go all-in, except for maybe post-6 when Ashe has her Enchanted Crystal Arrow.

Alternatively, you can completely avoid this problem by ganking after backing, instead of just walking back to botlane. this is shown on the map with the red lines beside the yellow lines from a traditional flank from bot to mid. Like always, Weaver's Wall can be used during the gank to prevent the target from escaping. This is indicated by the white arrows.



What you do after a succesful gank is probably as important as the gank itself. Laners want to back in order to regain their HP and mana, while also getting an item advantage with the extra gold they just got. It's important that everyone involved in the gank helps pushing the minion wave under the enemy tower. If you are able to get turret plating's or even the whole turret, you can stay a little longer before backing. The reason for pushing the wave is that the enemy laner will lose minions to the turret and thus will be set behind, while also granting your allies the time to get back into lane without missing much minions. You should also look to get the dragon or rift herald if they are up and if it's safe enough.





Taliyah is a good teamfighter. She is a high-damage dealing mage with great burst damage. However, she isn't the best teamfighter either. She lacks reliable AoE damage to be as effective as let's say Kassadin, Lissandra, Lux... She can still be really strong during big fights when played correctly though. But smart target selection is required.

Teamfighting isn't as straightforward as it might seem. Champions have a different roles during teamfights. ADC's and APC's like Taliyah obviously are the main damage dealers during teamfights, but to do so, one must engage first of all. Champions fit for this role are mainly tanks or fighters with some CC. And when the fight has started, the damage dealing carries need to stay alive at all costs, which can be hard due to enemy divers like Irelia or Hecarim or assassins like Akali. Supports or CC-heavy tanks are usually the right fit for peeling.

Taliyah is versatile enough to be used for both peeling and engaging next to being a damage dealer. Choosing which role to play in teamfights depends on the composition of your team and in less measure the composition of the enemy team.






Looking at the teamcomps, your allied team already has a strong engage and frontline with Jarvan IV and Leona. Jax will join into the fray as fast as possible. However, the enemy Katarina and Hecarim might be able to slip past them to dive and kill the backline; the Ashe. That's why it might be better to stay more in the back together with Ashe. Together you'll be less vulnerable for the enemy divers and with the CC of your frontliners you will both be able to dish out a lot of damage for free. And if a diver manages to come through, you can peel for Ashe and yourself with Seismic Shove or Weaver's Wall when really needed.






To keep it simple, I kept the same enemy team, but with a changed allied team. In this case, most of your team is quite squishy. Maokai is the only reliable frontliner. The Maokai stays behind to peel as the backline would be quite squishy and vulnerable otherwise. Together with Soraka he should be able to peel for the Lucian. But by peeling alone you won't win a teamfight and if there is no engage Zed will have a much harder time pulling his damage off. Miss Fortune and Zyra are able to deal high AoE damage while staying safe in the back. If your team can't reach and fight them up close, they will just wipe out your team. Luckily, Taliyah is able to engage herself. You can opt to engage straight ahead, but Taliyah is still a squishy mage so that isn't the best idea in most cases. The goal is to wait for an opportunity where you can cut off 1 or 2 enemies from their team (preferably carries) with a flank using Weaver's Wall. In order to increase your chance of success, you should try to stay out of enemy vision until you see the right opportunity to ult. These kind of plays can be hard and risky to pull off, but succeeding can be really rewarding!





Thank you for making it this far and reading this Taliyah guide! I hope you enjoyed it and maybe learned a thing or two. If you have any questions, remarks, feedback, criticism... please leave a comment. I'll do my best to answer any questions as soon as possible. All the support helps me to further improve my guides. And if you found this guide helpful, feel free to give it an upvote :).

Also special thanks to @ Katasandra for her fantastic Table Coding Guide and her advice!

You can also check out my Maokai guide if you want to learn how to play the best tree on the rift (sorry Ivern :p)!



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