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League of Legends Build Guide Author C9Sneaky

Pew Pew, Bang Bang

C9Sneaky Last updated on February 12, 2015
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Ability Sequence

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

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Offense: 21

Legendary Guardian

Defense: 9


Utility: 0

Threats to Lucian with this build

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Threat Champion Notes
Sivir You dumpster Sivir basically all game. The only counter play she can have is spell shielding your Piercing Light(Q). Laning Phase: Use your Q whenever you can on her and auto attack her after. Just be aware of her Boomerang Blade(Q) and you win all trades. If she catches you in a spot where you can't dodge both portions of her Q use your E to sidestep yourself into a better position. You can counter her even harder by using your Ardent Blast(W) and then ultimate to stay out of her auto attack range while still being able to chase her.
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Hi, I am Sneaky from the team Cloud 9 and here's my guide on how to play Lucian :D. Lucian is a really strong laner and a good team fighter. At the moment he wins most lane matchups and snowballs the game from there. He basically covers the ground of staying out of range of danger while being able to damage the enemy.

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Pros & Cons

+ Strong Laning Phase
+ Good team fighter
+ Gap closer and escape
+ High Damage

- Ult damage is lower than auto attacks
- No utility
- Low range

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This is a standard setup for ADCs using the most efficient runes available. Attack Speed quints and AD marks give you a strong mix of early stats and are really efficient compared to other runes. Armor seals are good because you'll be taking a lot of physical damage from minions and autoattacks early game. I run full magic resist to mitigate harass from their support.

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21/9/0 with Expose Weakness is a must on Lucian since you can proc it so easily and it increases your own damage. Spell Weaving and Blade Weaving are better than Frenzy / Warlord because of how easily you can activate them. Frenzy is a very weak mastery when you're buying Trinity Force so I recommend against it. The rest is pretty obvious in what's most effective.

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Skill Sequence

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

Early levels is Q > E > Q > W since W is pretty useless and only wastes your mana. Spamming your Q already costs enough mana, so if you skill W you'll be inclined to use that as well which is not good.

Overall the skill order is R > Q > W > E. The E level scaling is pretty bad since it only gives you once second off and W gives you more damage plus the extra second off!

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(Passive) Lightslinger
Double auto attack that procs off of all abilities. Does less to champions and more to minions. This can also crit.

(Q) Piercing Light
Cooldown: 9/8/7/6/5 seconds
Piercing Light is used mainly to deal damage to enemies in a line. You can also use Lucian’s Q to farm and deal damage to the enemy at the same time. A big part of winning the lane with Lucian is aiming this at the creeps to hit the enemy behind them. You can get it to hit the enemy champion behind them for free damage without any retaliation. Follow up Qs with an auto attack on the enemy for great damage.

(W) Ardent Blaze
Cooldown: 14/13/12/11/10 seconds
Ardent Blaze is used to chase or get away from enemies as its main utility. It also procs your passive which can be combined with auto attacks for sustained burst damage. You can use Ardent Blaze, then ultimate on the enemy to chase/catch up from a really far distance.

(E) Relentless Pursuit
Cooldown: 18/17/16/15/14 seconds
Use Relentless Pursuit to chase, start a fight, dodge a skillshot, jump over walls, or run away. This gets refreshed as you weave your auto attacks with your passive.

(R) The Culling
Cooldown: 100/75/50 seconds
Basically the only time you should use your ultimate is when you’re out of range for auto attacks, if turning/stopping for an auto would kill you, or if you want to get the Lightslinger proc. At all points in the game, Lucian’s ultimate does less damage than auto attacking and using your abilities. You can also cast Ardent Blaze right before your ultimate to get a speed boost for chasing or running.

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(Early Game)
So to start with you buy Doran's Blade > Health Potion > Warding Totem.
Your first ideal buy will be:

600+ Gold - B. F. Sword + 2 Health Potions, 1 Mana Potion
1400+ Gold - The Brutalizer + 2 Health Potions
1250- Gold - 2 Long Swords and a Boots of Speed, 2 Health Potions, 1 Mana Potion
800+ Gold - 2 Long Sword, 3 Health Potions, 1 Mana Potion

Basically with every back you'll want 2-3 health pots depending on how much harass you're taking and then 1 mana pot every time.

(Mid Game)
-If you can afford the B. F. Sword, go for Infinity Edge always.
-Next item is either a Statikk Shiv or Youmuu's Ghostblade
-You can also get a hold off on completing your Ghostblade and start your Infinity's Edge after the Brutalizer if you can't buy a B.F Sword on your first buy.

As for boots it differs depeending on your second item. CDR boots if you go Ghostblade since since you will be able to stack the CDR. Berserker's if you are going Shiv to get more auto attacks off and procs. Your 3rd item should almost always be Last Whisper unless the enemy team has no armor.

(Late Game)
Past this is just whatever you didn't build from this list. Unless you're getting crushed by magic damage in which case if the damage you're taking is cleanse-able then build Mercurial Scimitar. If it's not then buy Banshee's Veil.

At full build when you have 2k gold, sell your boots for Zephyr. It's always worth it ^_^.

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How to play Lucian

(Early Game)
In laning phase you want to try and use your Piercing Light (Q) on the enemy through the creeps as much as possible. Every time you Q, follow it up with an auto attack for huge damage. Try to back off immediately after so the enemy can't return with damage of their own. Try not to spam Ardent Blaze (W) at all unless you use it to win a trade or finish an enemy off.

(Mid Game)
You should mainly use your Relentless Pursuit (E) to go backwards unless the enemy is really low or out of range, and you can finish them off by going forwards with it. A good usage on enemies that are alone or are guaranteed to lose a fight is to E in first to get in range then weave your spells and finish them off. This guarantees that your E will be up again after Q and W weaving.

Push out whatever lane you're in as much as possible and group with your team. This will usually catch a lot of people off guard and get you free kills.

(Late Game)
Late game is where you become a monster. The enemy team has to dive you but has an extremely hard time actually finishing you off. You can use The Culling (R) to zone off the enemy team from objectives (mainly turrets). Try to remember that as long as you live, you basically win the fight. You'll want to be grouped as much as you can at this stage.

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