[PATCH 13.23] Fuzzmonkey's LeBlanc Guide - Always win lane 100%
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Runes: Electrocute with mana sustain
+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+8 Magic Resist
+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+8 Magic Resist
+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+8 Magic Resist
Threats & Synergies
More of skill matchup. Don't get hit by charms and you should be ok.
Should be a certain win. Just go in whenever his Pick a Card (W) is down.
Quite a hard matchup since he can deny your (Q + W) burst in laning phase. Land chains at level 6 and you can kill him from there onwards. Try and get your jungler to gank as many times as possible early game, since Kassadin will start to get pretty annoying to deal with once he gets his crown mythic. Just make sure you can snowball off of him before he gets out of control.
Mainly a skill match up, save at least 1 distortion for the level 6 just so you can get away from him if he ults you. Go hard on him early game too.
Another skill based match up, but you can go hard on her early game as long as you avoid passive daggers. Chains work well on Katarina.
Ryze is a bit tricky since he has had his recent change. His waveclear is now extremely good and his trade potential is good too, even early game. The only thing I would suggest is make quick trades against him. Try to dodge his Q when you do chain though so you avoid a bit of his damage.
Skill/reaction match up for Syndra. If she E's your W when you're going in for her. She'll beat you, otherwise if she wastes her E, go hard on her.
This match up is mainly based on reactions but LeBlanc does still struggle against Galio because he is an anti-mage champion. If Galio can taunt Leblanc when she W's in, he will win the trades. If Galio can't do this, you should be able to get a free trade onto him if you dodge his charge.
Yasuo is a decent matchup for LB but it can work in favour for Yasuo if he plays it well. Bait windwalls out with Q/autos. Land chains on him(very important). If he windwalls your chains, you'll be forced to dash or flash away. Edit: In patch 9.3 Crit items were changed and have made Yasuo even stronger especially with the new Phantom Dancer. I would suggest trying your best to snowball/killing him as many times possible early before he gets his Phanton Dancer then start roaming as you will not be able to kill him once he get's PD.
With Akali's rework she acts a little bit like Zed, try your best to all in pre 6 and kill her (tilt her too). After 6 just make sure you save at least one distortion to get away from her. Also, avoid her E when you W into her (like Ahri charm mechanics) otherwise you will most likely lose a lot of the trades.
Not really hard, he might poke you early but as soon as he uses his Q on you, walk up to him and start dealing damage. Don't let him get away with abusing his Q on you.
Cassiopeia is a ok match up. The only problem is, once you've gone in, you really need to commit for the kill otherwise she will out DPS you. Reason for this is when you go in with your W, Cassio can then place her W on your W image and will ground you. So, if you ended up going back on your W, this will allow her to get an easy Q-E spam on you. Either wait for her W to go on cooldown or all in her.
Ekko is pretty easy for Leblanc. Just make sure you don't get caught in his W stun and you should come out better in all your trades. Locking him down with chains at level 6 will also stop him from being able to use his ult too.
Fizz is ok match up for Leblanc. If she can dodge fizz's E's and Q's with her W's and chain Fizz up without letting Fizz get on top of her then Leblanc should have no problem with this match up. Be careful at level 6 though and save your W's for when he uses his ult, you don't want to get caught by Fizz's shark.
Use W on minions, if you need to stop him from clearing waves. You can also use this as your gap closer too if positioned correctly. Try to Q/auto attack his shield passive before going in for combos. Don't go in at 6 if he has his minions up, he will most likely one shot you with a full rotations of abilities + R if so. If you're getting focused A LOT ask your support to build Mikael's Crucible for you.
Aurelion isn't really a hard match up for Leblanc at all. His trades are week compared to hers. Most Aurelion Sol players will be shoving you in under turret constantly. Just find an opening to all in him and the lane should be free.
Very annoying match up, pushes you in constantly with her W. Uses her Black Shield for your Q+W combo. And can also CC with her Q which is bad for any assassin. Would recommend asking for ganks with this match up
From what I've experienced this is quite an easy match up. Always chain first so that if he pools it'll still root him and you can apply the rest of your combo when he comes up. Don't let him harass you with his enhanced passive damage (always back off when he has a full red bar). Always take ignite against Vladimir.
Weird match up. If you can avoid being hit by her sleep ability then you avoid most of her damage. Problem is, if you let her use summoners on you this will turn the tide of the 1v1 very quick. Avoid fighting her when she has a summoner/item on her and dodge her E. If you hit your chains up close to her past level 6 this can restrict her from getting out of range when she decides to use her R blink ability.
I would highly suggest you get her egg off early as soon as possible (maybe with a jungle gank too). She will use Q-stun when you go in with your W so do your best to dodge. You will be using a full combo to kill her pre-6 and post-6. You won't have any extra damage to kill her egg. Also her waveclear is extremely hard to match up against post-6 once she gets her ultimate. Try get your jungler to gank as soon as possible so you can get the early snowball.
Mainly a skill match up. Dodge her root, you'll get the better trade. Hit your chain you'll get the better trade. Don't burst her when she uses her W (shield) otherwise she'll negate most of your damage. Don't start trading with her until level 3 since she has more damage due to her passive.
Diana is a bit of a nasty match up since she can deny your burst with her W. Try bait this out with your Q. At level 6 make sure she never gets a Q on you, otherwise she'll follow up with E and it's very hard to get away from her since she can also deny your W with her E. Look for open spaces when her W is on cooldown.
Leblanc struggles a little bit since her revert. With Brand he can ult you and it will bounce between you and your passive clone(once he gets you low enough), so make sure to steer your clone away from yourself to avoid the bounce damage. Other than that, avoid his Q stun and you should be able to deal with him.
He can make even trades with you if you don't dodge at least one of his W's, since he needs to hit both and a Q to proc his passive. Try waiting until his W is down before making trades, this should make it a lot easier. Watch out for his level 6 and don't even bother trying to all in him until his W or Q is down or unless you plan on using your W to escape him.
Veigar is pretty easy to lane against, you just don't want to get caught in his cage otherwise he'll be able to trade with you. You will win almost every trade avoiding all of his abilities until late game where he'll just press R on you. Try avoid this too...
Dodge her E stun and you can pretty much all in her. Make sure you don't initiate on her when she has 4 stacks of her passive and conqueror (fully stacked) otherwise she'll easily out trade you.
Dodge his E and this match up is pretty easy early game, you might take some trades every now and then when you W in but other than that, be extremely aggressive early game. Always take ignite for this match up like you would against Vladimir. Level 6 would be a good time to have your ignite up so that he doesn't heal off minions when he uses his ultimate.
Work around when he has turrets near him. If he doesn't go in for trades, other than that don't go near him and just farm as best you can against him. At level 6 will be your best all in opportunity, make sure you hit everything. Biggest thing about the match up is to not let him hit you with the stun grenade, this will pretty much kill you if all 3 of his turrets then hit you after. Other than that, just play it safe and wait for him to use his cooldowns.
Not extremely hard but be a little careful of trading. Just don't go in when she has her passive up (the stun) and make sure you don't use all of your burst whilst she has her E up. Also be careful at level 6, try and bait her tibbers if possible by using W to go near her and come straight back out. A lot of Annie's will fall for this.
Dodge his E and you should win all trades since it's quite hard for him to hit all his other abilities. When level 6, try and bait his ult with your W placement this is an easy way of getting him to waste his ult.
Try to avoid using W on top of her past level 3, otherwise this means she'll be able to get a full combo off on you. If you get the level 2 first, you'll be able to do this. At level 6, I'd recommend using chains to kills her and throwing in the Q whenever possible. She'll most likely ult herself when low which means you'll then be able to go in for her when you have your CD's up. If you go to all in her towards mid/late game, make sure you do it from a distance so she can't ult you. Edit: Since Aftershock Lissandra became so popular, it's now nearly impossible for you to trade with her unless you keep your distance from her W. Try and work around tihs by dashing towards her so that your not within her W range and pulling off some E+Q combo's.
Try and avoid using your burst combo's on her whilst she has her E up, as she will then be able to Q.W and constantly beat you down with auto's. When you each hit level 6, try to force her to use her ultimate whilst you have W'ed in to her, this means you can instantly W back out when she uses it meaning an easy kill for you. Hitting your chains is pretty crucial at this point too, just to make sure you get some damage off onto her whilst trying to bait her ult.
Karthus comes as an extremely easy match up for Leblanc since he struggles to hit many abilities on her at all. Leblanc just has to hit full combo's and dodge all of Karthus' Q's and she straight up wins.
Quite a hard matchup, best thing to do is to bait his E, and try to all in him without getting into his W ranged so he can heal again. Make sure you ignite him at the start of the all-in.
Neeko is a pretty easy match up since avoiding her E just leaves her completely vulnerable. Even after level 6, baiting her ult is pretty simple since you can W back to avoid the damage + CC. Constantly poke her at all levels and she will not be able to respond to your damage if she can't hit her enhanced E.
Not an extremely hard match up, but can be a little tricky to kill during early laning phase if he can time his Q shield well with your burst attack. I'd recommend using a lot of extended chain combo's during laning phase whilst dodging his W and adding auto attacks in for more damage since he has high cooldowns as well. After level 6, your all in is stronger and his ult is pretty useless if you can bait it out with a W return.
Very very easy match up if you can dodge all of his Q's. He will most likely use his W to keep distance between you and him when you go in with your W. But if you manage to get your chain onto him whilst going in to him you should be able to out-trade him no matter what. Rinse and repeat. Same at level 6, using your chains will keep him from going anywhere.
Xerath can be pretty stressful to play against since it's very hard to get close to him. I would highly suggest buying boots first against him so you can avoid his skillshots. I would also recommend using double chains against him too since he is immobile and all you need to do is keep dodging whilst adding autos to the combo. Try to all him at every opportunity early game using your W as close to him as possible with your E+Q combo, since when he gets items, he'll be waveclearing pretty fast and you'll be using your mana on clearing minions rather than going in for him. Remember to call for ganks on an overextend Xerath.
Since Taliyah's AOE nerf on her Q she has been a lot more easier to kill and not get poked by her so often, the only thing you need to avoid when playing against her is her W+E combo. If you can avoid this she is extremely vulnerable and can be killed with ease. Waveclear is also not a problem since her Q is only a single target damage ability.
Not a lot of people play Zilean mid but he can be killed multiple times during laning phase if you hit your chains. Reason being is, he can only choose to speed up or double bomb, most will choose to speed up so that they can dodge your chain. Again, this leaves them vulnerable and you're able to make multiple burst combo's on him. After level 6, try your best to use your chains to slowly kill him since he will ult to come back. If you kill him whilst he ults, rinse and repeat the combo's until you kill him.
Aatrox seems to be more of a skill match up if anything. Dodge his enhanced Q spots and keep him chained up so he can't get close to you. From level 6 onwards this match up will get easier once you build a morellonomicon.
Quite a hard match-up since she does out trade you pretty easily and has multiple dashes to dodge your chain. I would suggest using double chains to keep your distance from her and calling your jungler to help you snowball off her too.
Problem with Yone is he is extremely mobile after 6 since he tehinically has 3 dashes, and his all in better than yours. The only way to counter is by using your chain when he E's in WHILST W'ing away so that he can't get onto you. Wait for your cooldowns to come back up then initiate onto him since his cooldowns are longer. Do the same at level 6 but, use both dashes to get away from him. Also, trade with him whilst his W is down so you don't end up damaging his shield.
Extremely hard to out-trade because of his passive. I'd highly recommend keeping an eye on his auto attack timing, try and get a quick Q+W on him before he manages to get his passive shield off. Level 6 is somewhat the same procedure, quick trades but with using your ult as well. Use your chain defensively against Akshan to stop him from all-in'ing you. You can also use your clone to block his ult too.
Try to avoid dashing into her at all (Vex's passive gives her enhanced auto damage + fear whenever a champion near her dashes/blinks). Whenever she has her Fear passive up she'll combo it with her W to negate your W, also negating damage due to the shield she gets too. Try to wait for her to use a fear ability before you want to use W on her. Your best bet is to just try and use your chains with Q combo to do damage to her (this also applies past level 6 too). Use your W to get away from her if needed.
Really not a threat in lane, avoid getting hit by his waveclear (Q) and just all him whenever you can. He will mainly use his missiles at level 6 to waveclear, so use your W to gap close when going for an all in. This might take a couple of rotations to fully kill him.
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Since I started playing League I wanted to find a type of assassin which could do it all, and LeBlanc had multiple reasons as to why I wanted to start maining her:
+ High mobility
+ Insane burst damage
+ Easy escapes (JUKES!)
+ Decent waveclear (yes, even after revert)
+ High snowball potential
+ EXTREMELY FUN TO LEARN
- Auto attack animation makes it hard to farm
- Falls behind if not farmed up well
- Extremely high skill cap
- Hard to carry with
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Since LeBlanc is aggressive in lane, you should take Ignite so you're able to snowball easier, roam and help your team mates. You pretty much always want to take Flash as well. Since the revert, LeBlanc was originally better taking Teleport but, because she lost some of her split push potential, it's now better to apply more kill pressure on your opponent with Ignite.
This summoner is not so bad if you are unable to apply kill pressure on your opponent during laning phase. If you're decent at making Teleport plays with previous experience, this can also be another reason to take it. Otherwise, as stated above I would almost (90% of the time) take Ignite.
Probably the next best summoner spell after Teleport but only take this if you're really not comfortable around hard CC champions. With the likes of Sejuani, Rammus, Skarner and Amumu in the jungle this summoner can be useful. Also against mid laners such as, Veigar, Morgana and even Twisted Fate it could potentially help you if you're struggling.
I wouldn't really take this summoner but, if you're really uncomfortable against match ups like Zed, Syndra, Katarina and other high burst assassins then Exhaust can work. But, over the kill pressure you have in lane with Ignite it's completely up to you about how you feel with the particular match up.
Barrier could work in the same way Exhaust is used, but in most circumstances Exhaust just does a better job at cutting the damage that assassins dish out. Personally, none of these summoners have a significant use with LeBlanc. You would potentially be negating a lot of your kill pressure/roaming potential if you were to take one of these. I would highly suggest sticking to one of the above summoners which I have given a reason for taking.
Domination - Primary Tree
|Same with practically any assassin Electrocute will be your bread and butter rune on LeBlanc. With this rune, you will need to hit all of your pre-6 abilites in order for it to proc. At level 2 you will need to add an auto attack after hitting a successful Q + W combo for Electrocute to proc. As long as you hit 3 of your abilities you should do enough damage to either one shot someone or get them extremely low. Please bear in mind that Ethereal Chains only adds one stack to your Electrocute even when you proc your root on the target.|
|This is definitely the best choice of rune for LeBlanc. With the guaranteed cooldown on Distortion, you will be able to get the extra magic penetration every time you initiate on to your opponent.|
|Since LeBlanc's mobility is so effective for roaming and helping round the map, this rune is perfect for her. Once she has been able to fully stack it off of all the Solo and assisted kills, she will gain bonus AP damage to help her for the mid to late game.|
|This rune will now be the best rune for LeBlanc because of the love it's been getting recently. LeBlanc has always had a low ultimate cooldown compared to other assassin's. Using this rune reduces the cooldown even more which is insane. At rank 3 Mimic with 5 stacks on Ultimate Hunter, this will give you 31 ultimate haste. In simple terms, your ultimate will be on an incredible 10-15 second cooldown (depending on your items). Multiple ult's in one fight!|
Sorcery - Secondary Tree
|LeBlanc is a lane bully and needs as much extra mana she can get to help with clearing waves and killing her opponent. An extra permanent 250 mana (once fully stacked) will provide LeBlanc with another free full combo.|
|Likewise with Ultimate Hunter, having all of your abilities on a low cooldown just makes LeBlanc a killing + juke machine. With Transcendence you have a very low cooldown on Distortion and other basic abilities especially once maxed at level 9. This will make roaming a lot quicker and more damage output in teamfights. PLUS, more jukes!|
In the higher elo's and pro play, wards are a must and most will buy one every time they back. So, you will start to notice that a lot of people will switch out Eyeball Collection for Zombie Ward. Another reason is because you won't be acquiring as many kills in the higher elo's, so fully stacking Eyeball Collection probably won't happen the majority of the time.
You can also swap out the Sorcery tree for the Inspiration tree. If you're really not comfortable against certain champions, you can take extra sustain by using the Time Warp Tonic + Biscuit Delivery combo. This will make sure you can stay in lane longer and take extra poke from enemy champions. Again, only take this if you really think you can't survive against a certain match up, since Transcendence + Manaflow Band combo is extremely good for going into the late laning phase - mid game.
As mentioned above, you pretty much always want to max Distortion> Sigil of Malice> Ethereal Chains. This is because her Distortion is reverted and now deals massive damage and provides mobility, the perfect assassin ability. Next is Sigil of Malice since this will be where you get your burst from due to the mark damage on her Q. As always, Ethereal Chains will be the last to max since you're not always guaranteed to hit a chain whereas your Q and W are much easier to hit. Laning phase is also difficult to hit chains as well, especially if your opponent is standing behind minions all the time.
This is LeBlanc's original passive. When LeBlanc falls below 40% maximum health, she becomes stealthed for 1 second and creates a clone of herself, which lasts for 8 seconds or until killed.
To cut to the chase, this is LeBlanc's way of saying "guess which one I am". When LeBlanc is stealthed, this means she is totally invisible (cannot be revealed by a Control Ward). Once unstealthed both you and a clone will be running. This is now your chance to try and 'juke' the opponent(s). You will be able to control the clone with ALT+Right click, but won't be able to control your actual LeBlanc until you let go of the ALT key. So if you're attempting an effective juke, make sure that you have already started to position your actual LeBlanc before you start controlling your clone.
LeBlanc projects an orb at the target enemy that deals magic damage and marks them for 3.5 seconds.
LeBlanc's next damaging ability against the marked target will consume the mark to deal them the same damage again.
Sigil of Malice deals 10 − 146 (based on level) bonus damage against minions and refunds 100% of its mana cost and 30% of remaining cooldown if either part of the ability kills a target.
This is LeBlanc's bread and butter ability. Any other ability that is used within the 3.5 seconds of the sigil being on the target, will detonate the sigil and do Sigil of Malice mark damage + the ability used damage. It's also your farming tool. When a minion is low health, you can last hit it with this ability. You will get 100% of the mana back and 30% cooldown reduction off your next Q.
Every time that you do go in to damage your opponent, try to make sure that there is a sigil on your target before using another ability, this will refund 30% cooldown of the last Q used. This is extremely beneficial, and can lead to 1v2's going in your favour if you manage to burst down the 1st target quickly.
LeBlanc dashes to the target location, dealing magic damage to all nearby enemies upon arrival and leaving a return pad at the cast location for 4 seconds. Distortion can be recast after 0.2 seconds of the dash ending for the pad's duration.
LeBlanc's mobility + lots of damage spell. This can be used in multiple ways but must always be used with caution, as this could be casted at the wrong time and get you into a lot of trouble. Positioning correctly with this spell during skirmishes/team fights can scare your opponents and give them very little time to react to your 'assassination potential'.
Use your Distortion to jump over walls to surprise your enemies and use it to get away from your opponents too if you seem to get caught in a bad position.
Remember that since this ability now has big base damage, it will also be your source for waveclearing. With the new Luden's Tempest this has made LeBlanc's waveclear a hell of a lot easier because of the base damage revert + the Luden's Tempest passive damage. So make sure to utilise this combination to maximize ability efficiency.
LeBlanc flings an illusory chain in the target direction that deals magic damage to the first enemy it hits and forms a tether between LeBlanc and the target for 1.5 seconds, during which they are revealed.
If the tether is not broken by the end of its duration, the target is dealt magic damage and is rooted for 1.5 seconds, during which they are revealed.
This is LeBlanc's only form of CC and is the hardest ability to hit. Hitting your chains is crucial and can be the difference between you saving yourself and getting yourself killed if missed. Likewise for getting a kill too.
Your Ethereal Chains are also a way to lock down targets that try to get to your carries. It can also help lock down priority targets as well for your team to finish off if you don't have any other abilities up. Once connecting a chain, chucking in a Sigil of Malice before the chain roots will add a massive amount of burst the to target.
LeBlanc casts a mimicked version of her most recently used basic ability, applying the same effects and dealing modified magic damage.
MIMIC: SIGIL OF MALICE: Deals modified damage and double damage upon triggering the mark.
MIMIC: DISTORTION: Deals modified damage.
MIMIC: ETHEREAL CHAINS: Deals modified damage and double damage after the tether lasts its full duration.
Her ultimate ability can be used in so many different ways depending on the situation.
Always bear in mind what ability you used last just in case you accidently use the wrong Mimic ability and end up putting yourself in a bad situation.
Using the Mimic version of your Sigil of Malice will add a lot of burst damage to the next normal ability used. This can also be used to surprise the enemy too, since the mark damage on the ult version of your Sigil of Malice in empowered as well.
A Mimic version of your Distortion is mainly used for either escape or getting to the back line to kill a carry. Sometimes if you see the enemy team grouping up extremely close together, you can double Distortion on top of them to deal a lot of damage for your team to then finish off. This is risky and will leave you vulnerable with no escape and can get you killed. This can depend if you used it from over a wall or not.
I particularly only use the Mimic version of Ethereal Chains if I am looking to lock someone/multiple targets down. Since LeBlanc specialises in single target damage it's very unlikely that this version of Mimic would be used. Again, this can be situational and depending on if the enemy team are running a 'protect the carry composition', running a lot of tanks or even multiple gapcloser champions, such as Elise, Camille and many more.
Early game items
|As with most mages/AP assassin's Doran's Ring is the standard starting item as it gives AP, HP and mana every second (doubled for 10 seconds if you're in combat). If you plan on playing aggro and you're not exactly against a match-up where you're going to take bad trades, then take this (see match ups at the top of this page).|
|This has always been an option if you think you're going to struggle against your lane opponent or, take too much poke from them without being able to trade efficiently. Corrupting Potion will help you sustain most of the laning phase, and will probably require you to back only a few times. A lot more people have been taking Corrupting Potion since the domination and sorcery rune tree nerfs. Personally, I take Corrupting Potion over Doran's Ring since LeBlanc has had some nice mana buffs to her abilities. Also, you won't ever have to buy a potion again, since it auto refills when returning to base.|
|This again is a very good item to get if you ever have a spare 150g on an early back, if you decide to go with a Doran's Ring start. It refreshes every time you go back to base and it means you never have to buy Health Potion's again. I would not recommend buying this past the 12+ minute mark though. Don't be afraid to sell any leftover Health Potion's that are in your inventory just to buy this.|
|Extremely good purchase on your first back. Gives more AP, more HP and more AP when you get kills/assists. Get this if you have 350g spare on your first back.|
|The core of all items. It gives a lot of AP, lots of mana, +20 ability haste and +6 flat magic penetration. Plus, Riot added 2 new passives since it's a mythic purchase. You now get an additional 5 magic penetration per legendary item that you buy ( Rabadon's Deathcap and Void Staff as examples of these), and 15% bonus movement speed after using an ability when the item is fully charged, which can really help tighten the gap between you and your enemy. Also, you get ludens echo splash cooldown when using abilities against champs, so quicker up-time for waveclear! Quick fact - after your 2nd item purchase + boots, you will have a total of flat 29 magic penetration (+6 more with sudden impact rune) which is extremely good doing true damage to targets with low MR early game.|
|These boots are a great early purchase since they have flat magic penetration. Mixing these with the mythic passive of Luden's Tempest and the passive from Shadowflame, will give you more flat magic penetration for the early-mid game where most people don't buy magic resist, and will allow you to do near true damage because of the how much MR you are taking off your enemy.|
|It's mostly going to be your go to 2nd item now. The only time you'll replace this item is for Shadowflame (Read more on the item description Shadowflame below). If they build early magic resist, buy a Void Staff. This item gives a massive amount of AP (with 40 more on the passive), a 5% move speed buff and +30 ability haste which will help EXTREMELY with LeBlanc's cooldowns. Overall, an excellent choice for an item if the enemy team are looking tanky.|
You will benefit fully from this item if the enemy team are squishy. The reason for this is, you only gain the +20 flat mnagic pen. passive once the target has hit 1000 hp or, the target has recently been affected by a shield. In most instances, the jungler + top will build MR + health which means you'll most likely build a Void Staff 2nd. You can still build a Cosmic Drive and still do roughly the same amount of damage through shields then you can with Shadowflame.
It's situational but TL:DR - Shadowflame agsinst squishy teams, Cosmic Drive against beefy teams.
|This will be either your 3rd or 4th item as of now. With the recent nerfs to it, you will need an earlier power spike to dominate the mid game. The only time you will ever buy this later on in the game, is if you need to buy a Void Staff 3rd since the enemy decide to build magic resist.|
|As mentioned above, this should almost definitely be built every single game too since +45% magic penetration is still very strong. You don't have to build this straight after Rabadon's Deathcap if the enemy team is not stacking Magic resist. Feel free to purchase this item later.|
|As defensive as it gets to be honest. It doesn't have to just be built because the enemy team is full AD but it can really save your life too with only a 2 minute cooldown. It can negate things like Karthus's Requiem, Syndra's Unleashed Power, Veigar's Primordial Burst and Fizz's Chum the Waters. I don't recommend building this early unless you are really struggling in lane against an AD mid laner like Zed, Talon etc. I would still say that purchasing this item even towards late game is still worth - it could save your life.|
|Since this item has now lost it's early magic penetration, this item will now 100% be a 2nd buy if the enemy has lots of healing. Enemy champions like Vladimir, Soraka, Aatrox (or any champ that has a self-heal mechanism) will be enough for you to buy this item after Luden's Tempest. This will decrease the amount of healing from them when going into mid-late game team fights.|
|This is a great item if you're afraid of being bursted down yourself i.e Fizz, Syndra. Banshee's Veil is well-known for it's spellshield passive which blocks a single ability which could potentially save your life if your opponent wasn't able to get their full combo off on you. It works great against CC champs like Sejuani, Elise, Zac, heck even Blitzcrank as it can stop one major ability which CC you to death.|
|If you are really fed and are snowballing you can get this item after you've finished your Luden's Tempest. Just be a little cautious when jumping into enemies that you don't die. Losing 10 stacks a death isn't nice.|
As provided in the combo video above, the main combo's you'll be using pre- 6 are your Sigil of Malice > Distortion combo at level 2 and Distortion(towards your target) > Ethereal Chains > Sigil of Malice with 2-3 auto's whilst your chain is attached before you then return to your original position.
Until LeBlanc gets her Luden's Tempest wave clearing is quite hard, so you're not going to be able to roam unless you push faster than your opponent. When you do manage to get a wave pushed faster than your opponent, keep in mind that there are 3 things you can do. Ward up somewhere in their jungle to get some vision on where their jungle could be, roam to other lanes to help out or go back and buy.
If you think you're being ganked or are at risk of being ganked, ALWAYS save your Distortion and don't use until you know where the jungler is. This way you'll save yourself from having to use any summoner spells.
The best thing about LeBlanc when team fighting is being able to jump in and out without getting touched at all. This will separate the good LeBlanc's from the bad LeBlanc's. Keep practicing the combo's that I've put in the combo's video above.
Patience is key with LeBlanc. If a team fight is about to erupt, don't be afraid to hide and wait behind your team mates or behind a wall. You want to wait for the perfect moment until you find a carry that's out of position so you can go in for the kill. When the time is right, jump out onto your opponent with one of the combo's (depending on your position) and do as much damage/one shot. Your objective is to get in, kill a carry, and get out. Remember if you're not able to pick off anyone you are pretty useless as LeBlanc and will need to farm to catch up.
Always keep and eye on your Distortion pads too when you're looking to return to them. Make sure that there are no nearby enemies that can get onto you otherwise you'll most likely ping yourself back into a death trap.
Due to changes with LeBlanc's Q. You can now reduce the cooldown of her Sigil of Malice and Mimic Sigil of Malice (QR) by 30% if you manage to kill someone with it. This includes both using Q to directly finish someone off or, proccing the sigil to burst someone to death. This applies for both her standard Q and ultimate Q. This can be extremely beneficial in a 1v2 scenerio i.e splitting, and you need the extra cooldown to deal with the 2nd enemy. You can engage on the squishiest target, blow them up, stall for a bit and engage on the 2nd target when appropriate.
As explained in the combo's video above, Ethereal Chains to stop tanks/gap closers getting onto your carries can be a effective way to play a team fight too. If you really are struggling to get onto an enemy carry use this technique instead, this way you'll be helping the team out anyway.
Another important thing is the moment leading up to team fights. Purchasing a Control Ward and setting it up where an enemy champion could walk up to kill it is a great way of picking someone off. At this point you've already won the team fight since you've now made it a 5v4. Go for an objective if there is one available on the map i.e Baron/Dragon/towers/inhibitors.
If you have any questions please feel free to post them here and I'll get back to them as soon as possible.
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18/04/2018 - LeBlanc got disabled on first day of 'mini-revert' (LUL). Added Galio, Yasuo, Akali and Azir to match ups. Corrected a few spelling/grammer mistakes.
19/04/2018 - Added Cassiopeia, Ekko and Fizz to match ups. Added Hextech Rocketbelt to the items chapter (as requested by you guys on stream).
22/04/2018 - Added Aurelion Sol, Morgana and Malzahar to match ups. Also added a little bit of the Kassadin match up too.
25/04/2018 - Added Everfrost under situational items as requested. Also added Zoe and Vladimir to match ups.
01/05/2018 - Added Lux, Anivia and Diana to match ups.
08/05/2018 - Updated Doran's Ring and Lost Chapter because of the 8.9 changes. Will be deciding soon on the the ultimate hat rune change since I've heard it's getting removed in 8.10. Will update closer to the time though.
31/05/2018 - Updated the Runes section. Replaced Relentless Hunter with Ultimate Hunter. Replaced The Ultimate Hat with Scorch. Also added Gathering Storm as an alternative rune.
Also added Brand, Talon, Irelia and Veigar to match ups.
03/06/2018 - Added Swain and Heimerdinger to match ups.
02/07/2018 - Added Annie and Vel'Koz to match ups.
08/07/2018 - Added Lissandra to match ups.
19/07/2018 - Added Orianna to match ups. ALSO HIT 1 MILLION TOTAL VIEWS ON THIS GUIDE. Thank you all so much for the support, this is incredible for me! Love you all <3
13/08/2018 - Added Karthus to match ups. Also put difficulty level up on Fizz (to 6) because of the instant damage revert on his W. This will make it a little harder for LeBlanc to dodge. Will require more reaction time.
30/08/2018 - Added Corrupting Potion to early game items section. Added more alternative runes due to patch 8.16 domination/sorcery rune nerfs, including a Time Warp Tonic and Biscuit Delivery break down. Also added in Minion Dematerializer as an alternative rune option.
10/10/18 - Going to start adding my Youtube highlights to the "Why Leblanc?" section of this guide, just to give you a little view of what I'm like on stream :)
13/10/2018 - Updated a few bits to do with runes, and adjusted some of the notes on the items at the top of the page.
7/11/2018 - Leblanc W got nerfed, yes you will still max it as always. Time warp tonic got nerfed but I don't think this will change much at all. Will be keeping an eye on it and see how it progresses. Incoming preseason, maybe a lot of upcoming changes to the guide. Also changed the Akali match up since her rework.
19/11/2018 - Changed stuff about the Morellonomicon purchase. Corrected a few more grammar mistakes. More changes to match ups, since I've now had plenty of experience against some of these champions. Added another little note about the Time Warp Tonic rune change in patch 8.22.
5/12/2018 - Updated rune pages (at the top), added 3 pages altogether with an explanation to all of them and why you should take each of them. 1 of them will suit your playstyle to the particular match-up your against. As per written under the Rune chapter, I will be adding all updates to the rune section at the top of this guide instead of in the rune chapter in the middle of the guide, since most people will see the top part first in the guide anyway. If you still have any questions about runes etc. please don't hesitate to contact me.
10/01/2019 - Updated the core build and added oblivion orb since a few people were getting confused. Probably going to do another big update to this guide in 9.2 since there was a rumour that oblivion orb was getting nerfed, plus a few harder champ match-ups (mostly aftershock midlaners) are getting nerfed too.
21/02/2019 - Changed and edited a couple of the matchup difficulties since aftershock and some of the adc item changes. Some of these updates include - Lissandra, Yasuo, Akali and more...
25/02/2019 - Changed the description on the runes. I mostly run Electrocute + Inspiration now (the first rune page on this guide) due to the sustain to gives. I heard a lot of people running +10% attack speed rune. The reason I don't like running this is because, you're already losing +15 ap from Doran's Ring so having a bit of AP can help in lane.
21/04/2019 - No changes to Leblanc's build since last update, nor runes.
Added a bunch of match-ups as requested from you guys. Match-ups include: Sylas, Neeko, Viktor, Ziggs, Xerath, Taliyah and Zilean. Let me know if you want anymore! :)
10/05/2019 - Updated a couple of the rune notes to suit Leblanc's current state. No change in what you should take though. Inspiration is still top preferred rune page.
19/05/2019 - Updated the 'About Me' section to be more relevant to the present time.
10/06/2019 - Added Aatrox to match-ups.
21/06/2019 - Added Qiyana to match-ups. If there is any other match-ups that you guys want me to add, let me know!
29/07/2019 - Added my Youtube channel to the guide too if anyone is interested in videos.
14/08/2019 - Changed Morellonomicon purchase description and added Oblivion Orb to the core items. Also Leblanc's Q got reverted back to 0.4 AP ratio! :)
18/12/2019 - Updated the Ryze match-up. Quite a threat now since his changes. Written a description in the 'threats' tab as to what you can kind of do to counter him.
04/03/2020 - Updated a bunch of match-ups to suit todays meta. Also updated Morellonomicon and Oblivion Orb in the "Items" section.
09/10/20 - Added Yone to the match ups with detailed description. Updated Oblivion Orb details on when to buy. PLEASE CHECK THIS. Will be doing a full updated for when the new items come out :)
11/10/2020 - Updated the whole of the ITEM CHAPTER (including descriptions as to why you should buy the items) and item set up at the top of the page since, we now have the new item update for Season 11. Changed the runes around a little bit at the top of the page.
17/03/2021 - Updated the majority of the rune chapter of this guide (deleted a lot of old stuff from Season 8). Certain items have been updated like Doran's Ring, Corrupting Potion, Morellonomicon, Cosmic Drive, Mejai's Soulstealer, Liandry's Anguish, Luden's Tempest and a couple of other items. The will be around about 3-4 buffs for Leblanc next patch as well, so I will be updating this very soon to reflect them.
17/03/2021 - She got a W buff today! Lower mana for late game. Since she's had all her abilities lowered in mana this should make it easier for her to split and fight without losing so much. And indirect buffs too, including Rabadon's Deathcap cheaper buy, and Luden's Tempest gets a new passive. See above for details.
4/11/2021 - Added Vex and Akshan to match-ups.
18/11/2021 - Added Shadowflame to situational items and changed a bunch of the reason to "buy" certain items in the item section of this guide. This is due to some AP items getting buffed or nerfed.
23/11/2021 - Added Corki to match-ups... Sorry didn't realise he wasn't in there.
05/06/22 - Added more item paths, Leblanc is kinda out of meta at the moment, so she's struggling :(
02/09/2022 - We're somewhat back in the meta (I guess lol)... I've been getting a lot of questions regarding which one to build as 2nd item, Cosmic Drive or Shadowflame. I've added this all into the item descriptions now since it is situational, but very easy to identify. Go take a look! :D
09/02/2023 - Leblanc got buffed today! Buffs for high expertise Leblanc players. Throw more abilities in lane ;)
08/03/2023 - HUGE buffs for beginner Leblanc players. Check out the laning phase chapter of the guide for how to use her new and improved Sigil of Malice. New explantion for the ability, under the ability chapter of the guide.
Also added more infomation about how and when to build Cosmic Drive. This item was pretty good on Leblanc now it's actually VERY good.
TL:DR for this - Build Shadowflame 2nd against squishy teams with minimal MR. Build cosmic for teams that aren't so squishy, 2nd (if the enemy have no MR) or last (if the enemy have MR)
I've also added a paragraph for team fighting, which goes about how to use her new Q too. This can be both beneficial for teamfights and whenever you decide to split as LeBlanc.