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Lux Build Guide by LuxTheGreyWarden

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[Pre-Season: Mid] Light 'Em Up (I'm on fiyaa): Luxeøn Style

By LuxTheGreyWarden | Updated on December 1, 2019
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Choose Champion Build:

  • LoL Champion: Lux
    Sorc-Lux <3
  • LoL Champion: Lux
    Dark (Harvest) Lux

Runes: Inspiration Secondary

1 2 3
Sorcery
Arcane Comet
Manaflow Band
Transcendence
Gathering Storm

Inspiration
Biscuit Delivery
Cosmic Insight
Bonus:

+1-10% CDR (lvls 1-18)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+8 Magic Resist

Spells:

1 2 3 4
Barrier
LoL Summoner Spell: Barrier

Barrier

LoL Summoner Spell: Flash

Flash

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Table of Contents:


General
Introduction
Examples from my experience
Conclusion
Credits
Changelog
Pre-Game
Sorcery Rune
Domination Rune
Summoner Spells
Pros and Cons
When is Lux a good choice?
Detailed Matchups
During Game
Lux's Abilities and When to Level Them
Combos
Itemization
Laning Phase
Teamfights
Lux Synergy

Introduction

Hi everyone! My name is Luxeøn, or Drew. I main Lux, and am a Diamond mid/support player.

Lux is such a unique and fun champion- I have been playing her ever since season 3, so I wanted to share the knowledge I have collected from my experience from playing as her. This guide includes both a mid lane and a support section!! I hope you enjoy my guide and please message me or comment if you have any questions! I'd be happy to address your questions or concerns :)
What is your favorite Lux element from her elemental skin?? Mine is storm and magma, with dark and ice not far behind! But they're all so so great :')

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I know I keep talking about streaming and I really want to SO bad, but I was on my University's Varsity team and I will be studying abroad in France this summer. However, when I come back, I will try to be more active and will hopefully stream so if you're interested in a future investment ;) feel free to follow me on twitch for way future updates: twitch.tv/luxeontv



Alright now that all of that is out of the way,
Here we go!



Examples from my experience

Before we actually start, I know that sometimes when people read something, they might want to know both the validification of the information, and the person who wrote it as well. To hopefully soothe those, I screenshotted matches I played as Lux recently in ranked! I try to keep this updated but it's not as important. I also have over 1m mastery points with her and she is the one who got me to diamond! She really does help me climb the ladder in ranked, even though she isn't one of the top picks in the mid lane.
April 5, 2017

July 12, 2017


Pros and Cons

Pros:
o She is easy to pick up!
o Vision from 2 abilities!
o HUGE ult range!
o Good poke!!
o Provides utility from her bind and slow, as well as her shield!
o Pretty good Crowd Control!
o Great in teamfights!
o Fun to play!
o Funniest laugh!
o Adorable skins (I own all lol)



Cons:
x Hard to master due to skillshots and positioning
x She's squishy
x Long cooldowns (besides her ultimate)
x High Mana Costs
x No escape besides her CC/flash
x Easily countered by Assassins
x She has some really HARD counters



Sorcery Rune

I really love Sorcery because of what it provides for Lux. Read below on which runes to take!!



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ARCANE COMET

Arcane Comet
This is the best rune for Lux here since it does quite a bit of damage and helps Lux a lot with her already strong poke and all in potential. The slow from her E helps with landing this and it's a 100% hit if you bind them!

SUMMON AERY

Summon Aery
Aery can be good in CERTAIN situations. I like to take it on melee matchups where I can proc it many times! It also really helps when you want to be a bit more supporty and have a stronger shield for your allies. Aery is also really helpful when you want to go for a lot of early poke and damage and end the game early. DO remember that comet scales WAY better and you should only take this rune for those very specific things, but comet is overall much better.

PHASE RUSH

Phase Rush
This is like the old Stormraider's, so I really don't recommend it at all. Lux needs the damage and the movement speed won't do her much good anyhow.

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MANAFLOW BAND

Manaflow Band
Lux has higher mana costs in general, so this rune can really help out. It gives 250 mana after fully stacking it and then gives lux 1% of her missing mana every 5s, which can be incredible in extended fights. It is rather weak early but once you get the man regen going, its sooo helpful, especially when blue buff isn't accessible to you all the time.

NULLIFYING ORB

Nullifying Orb
I really like this rune vs hard AP matchups like Fizz or LB that can all in you, any matchup you don't feel confident in, or if they have for example, and Ahri mid with an elise jungle. You will be wanting to take cleanse for their CC and then have this rune to help you survive as well! ONLY take this if you feel you will need it, but definitely take it if needed!!

NIMBUS CLOAK

Nimbus Cloak
I actually like the changes of this rune a lot, since you get movement speed for using your spells and Lux usually uses her spells for defensive purposes (barrier to shield damage, flash to flash away), making this even better since she is so immobile! Feel free to take this over manaflow if you maybe feel you won't need the mana or you need the movement speed for some extra getaway movement!

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TRANSCENDENCE

Transcendence
This rune is honestly amazing and so good for Lux. It’s perfect because Luden’s gives you 20%, this will give you 10%, and you’ll take 10% in your runes. That means if/when you buy a resistance item AND when you get blue buff, the extra CDR will be converted into AP (that’s an extra 40AP together!!)!! I recommend this rune always!

ABSOLUTE FOCUS

Absolute Focus
I know some people take this rune because it will help you one shot the back minions with your E a bit earlier on, but I personally don't think it's needed. It requires her to be above 70% health for it to even work, meaning if you're lower than that, you... can't one shot them until Ludens, which is the same if you take Transcendence. I prefer transcendence so I can have lower cooldowns/any excess CDR to be converted to AP, but if maybe need to play extra safe and need to one shot those minions earlier or want a bit more AP for burst, go for it!

CELERITY

Celerity
This rune does little to nothing for Lux. If you don’t want transcendence, I recommend Absolute Focus before this rune anyday.

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GATHERING STORM

Gathering Storm
This is the more dominant rune just because Lux has naturally bad waveclear, meaning there will be a lot of matchups where Lux won't be able to consistently poke the enemy champion because she will be needing to use her spells to waveclear. Having GS back you up to help scale into the mid-late game is key.

SCORCH

Scorch
I naturally like GS better due to the reasons above, but there will be matchups where you are able to constantly poke the enemy laner and you want to knock them out of lane so they can't scale. In this case, this rune works! If you pair this with Cheap Shot and comet/Aery, you will have some insane poke!

WATERWALKING

Waterwalking
Even if you are roaming, it doesn't exactly do enough to be worth it. Save this for junglers.

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Secondary Runes
There's a couple options for which runes you choose... For this guide, I recommend inspiration for most to all of games just because of how flexible and situational it can be (perfect timing for early Zhonyas, biscuits + corrupting for those hard/poke lanes, or just how strong cosmic is on Lux). Please do remember that your primary and secondary runes will not be the same every game, sometimes you will have to swap something out or take a different tree depending on the game. Choose what works based on the specific game.



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COSMIC INSIGHT

Cosmic Insight
This rune is INCREDIBLE and I try to take it every game. It increases your CDR cap to 45% and gives you 5% at the start of the game. The biggest debate for secondary runes is deciding if cosmic is better than taking domination for Ultimate Hunter in the domination tree (since Lux's ultimate is the MOST important part of her kit). Ultimate hunter has the capability of giving Lux up to 10s MAX assuming you get all of the stacks super early on in the game, which is very rare to happen, most games it will only give you a 3-4s less window vs cosmic. Cosmic is a lot more reliable since it gives you the 5% at level 1, as well as other small but cool bonuses like 5% on your summoner spells and active items (Zhonya's). I also like the secondary options in inspiration more! All in all, cosmic should be in mostly all of your games because of how versatile it is and how well it works with Lux.

BISCUIT DELIVERY

Biscuit Delivery
I love this option to pair with cosmic because it gives you a higher mana cap AND some good sustain in lane! If you really feel like it's going to be a very hard matchup or lane, take this rune and Time Warp Tonic, and then have Corrupting Potion as your starting item, but ONLY if needed!

PERFECT TIMING

Perfect Timing
It's a very good idea to take this when you're forced to get Zhonyas early on because not only does it make it 300g cheaper, you get a free stasis with it, AND it reduces the cooldown of Zhonyas by 15%! If you don't like these options, Magical Footwear isn't bad on Lux because you're normally looking to rush Luden's on her for that waveclear and should have it normally between 12-15m, meaning you'll get free boots along with it! Just remember not to take that rune if you need the early movement speed vs certain matchups!

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Precision:


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PRESENCE OF MIND

Presence of Mind
Unfortunately this doesn't give ult CDR anymore, but it can really help with your mana in those extended team fights, plus the 500 mana cap is helpful! I still like biscuits better because of the sustain in lane and it also gives you a mana cap as well, but this can be great if you want to take Nimbus Cloak or Nullifying Orb over Manaflow Band and feel you will need the extra mana to help with your mana control!

COUP DE GRACE

Coup de Grace
I really like this rune or the option of the rune below as well! You either get an option to make your burst do a bit more damage with this rune, or use cut down to help since Lux doesn't do well vs tanks. Either way, it's not a huge amount of damage but it will make a difference!

CUT DOWN

Cut Down
This is such a good replacement for Coup de Grace if you're vs tanks. Lux struggles vs tanks in general so having this available is really quite nice if needed.

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Domination:


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ULTIMATE HUNTER

Ultimate Hunter
I personally LOVE this rune since it can reduce your ultimate by a bit. However, it's less reliable than cosmic because it does take getting those stacks in order to ramp up and get the full percentage, aka why cosmic is better.

CHEAP SHOT

Cheap Shot
I love this rune because Lux is a pokey champion, so this adds to your poke! I also really love this rune because it's minimal damage but it does do TRUE damage, meaning that resistances can't do anything vs this rune. This gives a little more poke to add to her already decently strong poke.

TASTE OF BLOOD

Taste of Blood
The good thing about domination is that you can choose cheap shot when you want a bit more poke and damage, or this rune if you want a bit more health sustain since Lux doesn't really have any!

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Bonus Runes:


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OFFENSE
Cooldown Reduction
I personally prefer CDR in this slot because in a lot of games, I like to get damage items, aka I get 20% from Luden's and 10% from Transcendence, meaning this will help me cap out at 40%. Plus, once you get your Zhonyas/defensive item, that CDR will be converted to AP, as well as if you get blue buff!
FLEX
Adaptive AP
Adaptive AP is best here since you want some AP going into the game.
DEFENSE
Magic Resist
The standard is to take magic resist just due to going against mages in mid. Change this out for armor if you are vs an AD matchup.

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Domination Rune

I love Domination but the problem with it is the keystone. Electrocute doesn't proc well on Lux (rip 9.14 patch where it worked for like a day), and dark harvest is strong but takes a while to rack up and can be unreliable if you aren't constantly fighting and getting a lot of kills, on top of games not running longer than 20-30 minutes! However, read below on when it might be good to take this tree instead of Sorcery!



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DARK HARVEST

Dark Harvest
This is a really cool rune, but the problem with it is that it takes a bit to rack up and is more for late game, meanwhile most league games these days are 20-30 minutes. However, there are cases where this can be better. The first is if you are in lower elos. Lower elos fight a WHOLE lot more than higher, meaning you can get much more stacks. The second reason is dependent on the team comp. If you are against a mid laner who roams and fights a lot, this could be a good idea since you can get the stacks. Or, if your jungler is going to be invading a lot and you're going with him, free stacks. OR, if you can roam bot a lot, stacks! However, the problem is a lot of enemy mid laners will be pushing Lux into her tower for a lot of laning phase, meaning you might only have one or two stacks until teamfights and comet would do much more at this point.

ELECROCUTE

Electrocute
I wish this rune worked better on Lux because she is a burst mage and this does just that. However, the problem is you will only proc this when either you use your Q>auto>E>auto combo (look in my combo section below), or if you use your combo fully (Q>E>R). In lane, you would need to E>auto>auto in order to proc this, which is really difficult to do vs most mages, you want comet so you can keep poking them from afar.

PREDATOR

Predator
This also has a HUGE cooldown and is not recommended, as it doesn't do too much for Lux. It would be funny to see one fast *** Lux, take ghost for more memes.

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TASTE OF BLOOD

Taste of Blood
I personally prefer to take this over cheap shot in a lot of cases just because it gives health sustain that Lux doesn't normally have, besides if you buy health pots/potions or you have an ally that can heal. However, if you feel you won't need any health sustain, please do take cheap shot because it's small true damage that does add up!!

CHEAP SHOT

Cheap Shot
Lux has a slow and a bind, meaning this can be proc'd quite a bit, plus, it's only a 4s CD!! It adds a little more to your poke and it does true damage, which is really nice.

SUDDEN IMPACT

Sudden Impact
Not recommended because Lux doesn't have a leap/dash/etc. It does work with flash, but flash has a long cooldown, making this rune pretty useless.

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EYEBALL COLLECTION

Eyeball Collection
This rune gives you up to 30AP from kills/assists, making this the best option (plus the other two don't work on Lux).

ZOMBIE WARD

Zombie Ward
This can be ok but the problem is you don't get the red trinket and the only time you will be killing wards is if you are using a control ward and Lux doesn't have the BEST dominance in lane so it's not recommended. Plus, it's not consistent since it relies on ward kills for a bit of damage.

GHOST PORO

Ghost Poro
This is an adorable rune, but the problem with this rune is you need to be constantly putting wards down (like a support) in order to get the AP. You will want a blue trinket after level 9 and you won't be able to stack this up after that, making it not the best. If it stacked faster, this would be the preferred rune.

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ULTIMATE HUNTER

Ultimate Hunter
Lux's ultimate is the most important (and coolest) part of her kit, and this makes it available a lot faster! Plus the other runes are underwhelming so this rune trumps the others anyday.

RELENTLESS HUNTER

Relentless Hunter
This CAN be an alternative if maybe you want to roam a lot or want the out of combat MS to get to objectives and such faster, but I still recommend the shorter ultimate over this because Lux isn't much of a roamer like other champs (Talon, Qiyana, etc) are. If you want to roam a lot because you can't do anything in your lane, feel free to take this, but otherwise, take those shorter ultimates instead!!

INGENIOUS HUNTER

Ingenious Hunter
The only active item Lux buys is maybe a Zhonya's Hourglass, but even then, that doesn't make this rune worth it. Ravenous Hunter is also unfortunately only decent because she has all AOE spells, meaning the healing is reduced by 1/3.

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Secondary Runes
I recommend inspiration or sorcery, but precision also has its purpose. Read below on which runes you should take on what situations and when!!

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BISCUIT DELIVERY

Biscuit Delivery
This rune is really good because it gives you sustain in lane with your health and mana for the laning phase, and it also gives you a mana cap boost!! If you take biscuits but don't want cosmic or prefer more sustain, Time Warp Tonic with biscuits + getting a corrupting potion works WONDERS in lane!!

COSMIC INSIGHT

Cosmic Insight
I love to take this second because 5% seems like a small amount but Lux has higher costs in general, meaning the more CDR Lux has, the better off she is. This makes your cap go up to 45% total and you get 5% right at level 1. This is also small but it reduces your summoner spell cooldowns by 5%, meaning your flash and barrier/cleanse/etc will be up just a bit faster! As well as if you have any active items like Zhonyas.

PERFECT TIMING

Perfect Timing
I think this rune ONLY in certain circumstances! It's a very good idea to take this when you're forced to get Zhonyas early on because not only does it make it 300g cheaper, you get a free stasis with it, AND it reduces the cooldown of Zhonyas by 15%! However, ONLY take it if you need it please.

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TRANSCENDENCE

Transcendence
Transcendence is SO important since Lux relies on CDR in order for her spells to be up faster, aka catching people out, bursting enemies, or shielding allies. When we look at a standard build for Lux, Luden's gives 20% and you'll get 10% from your scaling runes, but you might not get Zhonya's until last item. This will ensure you have that 40%! The best part about this rune is that any extra CDR you get doesn't go to waste, it gets converted to AP! So when you buy that Zhonyas, you'll get an extra 20AP from it & when you have blue buff, there's another 20AP!! I love love this rune on Lux so much.

MANAFLOW BAND

Manaflow Band
Lux's mana can be an issue, even with the lower mana costs on her spells, and this really helps out with that!

NULLIFYING ORB

Nullifying Orb
This is actually a really strong rune to take when you are against a heavy AP based team or you have that hard LB/Fizz/etc matchup and need the shield to survive! If you don't like these runes, Gathering Storm is also strong if you want more of a scaling rune!

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PRESENCE OF MIND

Presence of Mind
Unfortunately, this doesn't give ult cdr anymore but it can be good if you want the mana. However, this rune works really well with people who buy tear and lux isn't one of those people, making it more preference based than meta based.

COUP DE GRACE

Coup de Grace
I also really recommend Precision because of this rune or the rune below. You either get an option to make your burst do a bit more damage with this rune, or use cut down to help since Lux doesn't do well vs tanks. Either way, it's not a huge amount of damage but it will mean a difference between if you can burst someone down or not.

CUT DOWN

Cut Down
This is such a good replacement for Coup de Grace if you're vs tanks. Lux struggles vs tanks in general so having this available is really quite nice if needed.

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Cooldown Reduction
I like CDR here just because it's so flexible. If you aren't taking transcendence/won't be getting the full CDR you need in your build, this helps. If you are taking transcendence, this helps early on with CDR and then turns into AP later on with that rune. I always recommend this!
FLEX
Adaptive AP
I think Adaptive AP works best here since you want some AP to start out with.
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Magic Resist
The standard is to take magic resist just due to going against mages in mid. Change this out for armor if you are vs an AD matchup.

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Summoner Spells

Barrier
This is the most important and most used spell I take. It has a relatively low cooldown and can save you from just about anything! It also mixes very well with your Prismatic Barrier! Lux NEEDS this shield sometimes versus assassins or bursty comps to save her. ALWAYS try to activate it when they are bursting you, not after their done. I see too many people use their barrier after the burst and try to maybe wait it out, but you're going to die and waste your barrier if you use it after. It's a relatively low cooldown so don't be afraid to use it when needed, but remember to be more defensive when it's not available.

Flash
This is the other important spell that YOU SHOULD TAKE 100% OF THE TIME!! If you need to take another summoner spell, replace barrier. Flash gives you so many opportunities to either escape, catch up to a champion, dodge spells, and more.

Cleanse
Cleanse is situational but is VERY important!! You only want to take it when you need it but when the enemy team has a lot of CC, this is NEEDED! For example, if they have a sejuani jungle and a TF mid, this should be taken! Also do note that if they have a lot of CC in general, it might be good to invest in mercury treads as your boot of choice along with this summoner spell.

Exhaust
Exhaust is a good spell versus assassins, like LeBlanc, Talon, Zed, Fizz, and so forth. Using this spell right BEFORE their combo is EXTREMELY important, so try to time it correctly! If you don't think you can time it correctly, take barrier instead.

Teleport
I personally like teleport in specific situations. It's great if you want more lane dominance since you can make the enemy miss a wave or two since you can teleport back instantly. I also like to take it when you're going vs someone who also takes teleport, that way you can match their teleport presence, whether that be back to lane or to another lane.

Heal
League is trying to ramp up healing reduction, so this SS isn't going to be nearly as good now. Its purpose in mid lane is mostly for 2v2's with your jungler for the advantage, so if you're looking for that, feel free to take it, but barrier has a shorter cooldown and is just naturally overall better since it can't be reduced with healing reduction like this rune can.

Ghost
I love this summoner spell. It's truly an amazing item for kiting, chasing, running away, getting to objectives, and so forth. However, it takes time to ramp up and is good if you need consistent movement for chasing/kiting, which is not what Lux needs. It seems good on paper, but is isn't very good overall.

Ignite
Ignite helps finish an enemy off, although I don't commonly take it because I shouldn't be in range to ignite someone frequently- especially since I can use my combo from further away. I actually don't recommend this summoner spell at all because it can teach you to constantly get close and if someone knows what they're doing, they can use that against you and you won't survive because Lux is way too squishy. The ONLY reason to even maybe take this rune is if you have a really good lane and want the lane pressure, or need healing reduction. But out of lane, you normally shouldn't be in range to ignite anyways.

Smite
Don't take this ever. This is important- I have seen people who take this on Lux and I ask them why. I know it's been known by some pros in the past to take smite and get the old runeglaive, but Enchantment: Runic Echoes is a dulled version if Luden's Echo and you won't be farming jungle monsters anyways. Take a more useful summoner spell.


Lux's Abilities and When to Level Them

First, let's look at what Lux actually does:


Illumination
Your next auto attack against enemies hit by your abilities take extra magic damage
Lux's offensive abilities mark all affected enemies with light energy for 6 seconds. Her basic attacks and Final Spark consume the mark, dealing 20-190 (based on level).




Light Binding
Roots and damages two enemy champions.
ACTIVE: Lux releases a sphere of light in a line that deals magic damage to the first two enemies hit and roots them for 2 seconds.



Prismatic Barrier
Shields yourself and your allies with Lux's wand on the way out and back.
ACTIVE: Lux shields herself and throws out her wand in a line, shielding allied champions in its path for 3 seconds. Lux's wand then returns to her, stacking the shield to all allied champions it passes through and herself.



Lucent Singularity
Slows and damages enemies in an AOE bubble.
ACTIVE: Lux sends an anomaly of twisted light to the target area, Slow icon slowing nearby enemies and granting sight of the area around it for up to 5 seconds.
SLOW: 25 / 30 / 35 / 40 / 45%
At the end of the duration or if Lucent Singularity is activated again, the singularity detonates, dealing magic damage to all enemies in the area.



Final Spark
Lux fires a laser that deals damage to anything in her path.
ACTIVE: After gathering energy for 0.5 seconds, Lux fires a giant laser in a line that deals magic damage to all enemies hit and briefly reveals them and the surrounding area. Final Spark triggers and refreshes Illumination if the enemy was damaged by Lux's other abilities.


Tips and Tricks

First off, lets talk about what to level first. Here is a chart that explains it:
Ability Sequence
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Maxing E for both farming and poking potential is key, and ALWAYS leveling up R at levels 6/11/16!! After, max Q and then get W last.

Now, let us get onto the abilities!


Illumination
Tips and Tricks
  • This will be a great way to poke in lane. Using your Lucent Singularity and an auto will set this off.
  • ONLY auto when it is safe. Never run at enemy champions trying to proc this.
  • Remember that your ultimate procs Illumination AND resets it! Use this to your advantage when using different combos for maximum damage


Light Binding
Tips and Tricks
  • Try to hit two people with your light binding!
  • Remember that it hits two people, so hitting a minion and an enemy champion is a good way to surprise the enemy with a binding!
  • Don't just throw this spell out, as your are very vulnerable without it. Level this after you finish leveling Lucent Singularity.
  • The only time I get this at level 1 is if I know we are going to invade. Even then, I wait until some action happens before leveling it. If I level it when I first start and the invade fails, I will have to accept that I will have Q at level 1 instead of E.


Prismatic Barrier
Tips and Tricks
  • Try to hit all of your allies with this spell in teamfights. If you don't hit them on the way out, try to position yourself to hit them with your wand on the way back!!
  • I level this at level 3 instead of 4 on certain occasions- mostly with assasins that can level 3 you. For example, it's good vs a LB because she can all in you at level 3. Same goes with fizz if you aren't poking him out of lane beforehand. Only get W at level 3 if you really need it but get it if you don't feel safe.
  • Always get 1 point in this at level 4, with no exceptions!! I will max this second if I feel I will need the stronger shield, but it's rare.


Lucent Singularity
Tips and Tricks
  • This is your main farming and poking tool. Level it up first.
  • Make sure to hit as many enemy champions with this. Also remember that it slows, so you do not have to immediately pop it.
  • It has a higher mana cost, so try not to spam it early game.
  • It gives vision, so using it in bushes is way better then facechecking.
  • With 40%CDR, it has a 4.8s cd, meaning you can keep your bubble there to slow them or zone for the full 5 seconds and then immediately throw another one!!


Final Spark
Tips and Tricks
  • Try to position yourself in teamfights to hit as many enemy champions as you can with this ability.
  • It has a low cooldown, so don't be afraid to use it!
  • This is my favorite ability because of the sniping potential it has. I have killed many people and stolen buffs/dragon/baron with this ability!
  • This ability now has a huge 1.0 AP scaling, meaning you want to get a lot of AP so her ultimate does more damage!


Combos

I made a couple videos to show how Lux's combos work!:



Lucent Singularity➛ Auto

-This is a common harass technique used in lane, but is also going to be used out of lane as well. A lot of times when the enemy goes in to last hit, this is a good time to use this combo. You are able to E>auto and then quickly run away without taking any damage in return. Notice how in the video, I threw my E and then IMMEDIATELY autod. Your auto can be in the air and then you pop it and your auto will hit right after, meaning it will still proc your passive. This is also a good zoning technique. When you throw your E out and it hits them, they will be more cautious because they do not want you to auto them and proc the passive. Use this to your advantage- but know your bounds as well. Do not try to auto them if they are able to throw their spells back or else you lost the trade and this can even get you killed if they have CC as well.


Light Binding➛Auto➛ Lucent Singularity➛Auto

-The combo ALSO works the same if you do: Light Binding Lucent Singularity➛Auto➛POP Lucent Singularity➛Auto. This is going to be another combo that will be used for trades, especially before level 6. Also notice how my Light Binding killed a minion, but was still able to hit Annie as well. As most won't pay attention to the second binding until it is too late, using your Light Binding to kill one minion and hit the enemy champion with the second binding works effectively!! This combo gets your MAXIMUM damage potential without your ult since you are able to proc your passive twice with both of your spells!
PLEASE WATCH OUT WHO YOU USE THIS ON! As Annie didn't have her ultimate and her range is very short, she was only able to get an auto off on me. If you are using this combo on someone like Ahri, BE WEARY! Your Light Binding is only a root, meaning spells can still be cast. It will not be worth it if Ahri is able to Charm you and use her combo back on you! If you want to do this vs those like Ahri, her charm hits the first person, so just have minions in front of you when you combo them and you should be good to go.


Light Binding Lucent Singularity Final Spark

-This clearly shows the standard way of bursting an enemy down. When using this combo, I press QER and then spam my E, since your E is able to be popped in the middle of you ulting! I use this combo when I am far away and want to burst someone from far away and not get autos in because either I am too far away or I don't want to get close in case they retaliate!

Light Binding➛Auto➛ Lucent Singularity Final Spark➛Auto

-This combo is going to be used frequently- when you are close enough to an enemy to auto them. The idea here is to Q them and then auto them really fast to get the passive proc off, and then E>R instantly after. Pop your E as you're ulting so your ult will trigger the second passive proc, and then auto them after you're done ulting for the third proc! This is an extremely important combo since it maximizes your FULL damage potential (aka getting all 3 passive procs on your spells), but it also requires you to be in auto attack range of the enemy. You don't want to use this combo when you are far away or else you will have to walk up to them to auto them after Q'ing and then by the time you use your E and R, they will not be in the binding anymore and can dodge it. This is especially important if they have Mercury's Treads since they will get out of your binding early, so you need to throw your spells out before they do so!


Light Binding Lucent Singularity Final Spark➛Auto➛POP Lucent Singularity➛Auto

-This was hard to pull off since dummys dont move and so I tried using a bot to demonstrate haha oops. This combo can be a bit tricky since it has its ups and downs. Some ups about this combo is that you get all 3 procs off and it maximizes your FULL damage! You can either pop your E immediately after ulting, or you can use your E as a slow to auto them a couple more times or for your allies to catch up to them if they aren’t dead already. If you do that, you still want to pop the E when they’re at the very edge of your E so your damage still goes through! However, you don’t want to use this combo in certain situations. For one, if you know they have flash, don’t do it! They will flash away right when they are out of your binding and won’t take the E damage! You also don’t want to do this if you know/think your combo will kill them because they can retailiate. For example, you use your combo on an Ahri, but then you don’t pop your E and auto her to kill her, so she uses her ultimate to DASH out of your E and then uses her spells back on you and kills you- and you can’t do anything about it since you just used all your spells and they are on cooldown. Only use this when you think you can't kill them without the extra autos from your passive and you know they can't retaliate or escape!


Light Binding➛DO NOT AUTO➛ Lucent Singularity

-This video is now the updated one, yay! As promised from the comment section of my guide, here is a redone version of this combo. I fixed the idea that the edge of Lux's E should be thrown at the edge of Annie's feet, like shown above. This makes it to where Annie would have to walk through the whole circle to even get to me, and by then, I have escaped because she is constantly slowed. Notice how I popped my E right when she was about to run off of it. This made the spell 100% effective. Not only did I have the slow to escape, but I popped it right before she ran off of it so the damage went off as well. If I had mana, I could have ulted her and maybe killed her as well :p You can use this when you are getting chased.


Lucent Singularity Final Spark

-I normally use this combo under tower, but it is also a very effective combo in places like dragon and baron- either if you want to ER a lot of people at once, or if you're on the other side trying to steal the objective. Putting your E with your R gives you more damage and late game actually out damages smite, meaning more potential to steal the baron! I also use this combo when something like an Unstoppable Force from Malphite is used in teamfights because E>R is VERY quick and you will be able to follow up his knock up with a ton of AoE damage. The trick is to throw out your E very quickly and then use your ultimate immediately after, and pop your E in the middle of you ulting (I basically E>R and then spam my E key until I see it pop lol but you can just press it twice and it'll pop right when it lands). Not only will you do tons of AOE damage to multiple targets but remember that your ultimate procs your passive! Popping your E before the ultimate fully channels will give you your maximum damage since your ult procs and refreshes your passive!


Light Binding Flash

-I have forgotten to add this combo to my guide for quite a while, but here it is! As you can see in this video, I did two test runs, one with throwing out my Q and then flashing, and the other flashing and then using Q. Looking at my first run, the goal here is to see that pressing Q first and THEN flashing is more ideal because it is faster and it gives the enemy less time to react. You want to Q first because Lux takes a second before throwing out her Q, so you want to start up the animation and then flash. When you flash IMMEDIATELY after, the game will take the range indicator as where you FLASHED at, not where you were when you first pressed Q, and that is how I was able to get in range by using flash. I added the second run in order to show you that flashing and then pressing Q is still possible in order to get in range, but it gives the enemy much more time to react, so we want to Q first if possible before flashing. Do note that you need to flash IMMEDIATELY after pressing Q- if you wait too long then it will not register your flash in time and the Q range will go from where you were when you pressed Q, not where your flashed position was. I recommend practicing this in the practice tool in order to get familiar with how the combo works before using it in games, but it's an insanely FUN and useful combo!! The Q>flash double bind and then following up with E and R and getting a double kill feels reaaaaallly nice!!



PS: I love Bjergsen to death, he's my favourite pro player, but don't combo like him ;) RIP BJERG

Itemization

Starting Items

x2
Doran's Ring + 2 Pots
This is the best way to start out. Doran's Ring gives you ability power, health, mana everytime a unit is killed, and base mana regen. This plus the two health pots should be enough sustain for you to get to level 6. The health is really good if you are against super bursty mid laners.


Corrupting Potion
This is a good alt start if they aren't an all in like a fizz with ignite where you might need the health and want more sustain instead.

First Back

It's hard to explain what exactly to buy because every situation is different and you'll always have a different amount of gold on your first back each game, but here are some ideas of what to buy and when.

1300G Buying a lost chapter is definitely the goal here! They upped the cost so this will be extremely hard to get early on, but if you can buy it on your first back, do it!! However, read below for other alternatives if you are unable to buy this on your first back!

350G With LC being 1300g now, this is an extremely good alternative. I buy this and a Refillable Potion for the sustain in lane. Even if you don't get Mejai's Soulstealer, this item gives REALLY good stats for how cheap it is and is sold for a good price. I usually just get this with a refillable and then whatever parts I can buy from LC or even boots with it before going back to lane.
450G Vs certain matchups (ex: LeBlanc), you might need to get some early magic resist. You can buy this either by itself or with other items (this + dark seal + refillable for 950G is a great buy if you have the gold) and it should help out a lot. You can later on upgrade it to a Banshee's Veil/ Mercury's Treads.
300G Movement speed can be important in certain matchups, so this can be a really good buy. Depending on how much gold you have, you can buy above items with the boots of speed!
150G I cannot fathom how important some type of sustain is. I personally always buy a refillable bc paired with Dark Seal, I pay 150G and get ~313 health per fill up with dark seal!! I've also had it where a fight starts and the health saved me from the last tick of an ignite or a spell! If you don't buy a refillable, at least have one health pot with you and if you find yourself buying a lot of health pots in games, remember that the refillable is a more cost effective buy!
75G Last but not least, NO EXCEPTIONS, buy one every back. I don't care if you're not the support. Vision is extremely important and having a control ward means one less place the jungler can gank you from + it gives your team better vision control of the map since control wards are limited to 1 per person.


Sample Builds

*Please remember that these example builds do NOT have to be the exact order you build them and rely on how each SPECIFIC game is going. I also have section below this on detail about each item and when it can be good to buy it. These are examples so do what you think is best or what the specific game calls for (ex: I might put Zhonyas in a place but they have a full AP team so you need Banshee's instead)*




Personal Fav Build
Pros: really good burst potential, will do the most damage with this build
Cons: No defensive item until maybe last or second to last item

When do I use this build? This is the build I use in most of my games. You want to rush Rabadon's straight after Luden's because Lux's AP scalings are crazy high, especially her ultimate, so getting Rabadon's will be a HUGE power boost for Lux. After that, it depends on the game. Morellos for healing/magic pen, void staff if they have a lot of MR, a defensive item if needed. I will explain below but PLEASE get Morellos before rabadons if they have healing and you need that healing reduction. I put Zhonyas last here because late game, it gives CDR and a huge life saver just in case you get caught out/you need to avoid burst/the enemy team tries to focus you, etc. If you don't like Zhonyas, you can always buy another alternative item (I really like Spellbinder because 120AP and the movement speed is so good on Lux, despite the fact that the active isn't the best on her!







VS Healing Enemies
Pros: Strong early MPEN from Morellos + Sorc boots, helps tremendously against healing comps
Cons: Sometimes Rabadon's cant be bought until way later, which is Lux's bread and butter item

When do I use this build? This build is basically the same as the one above, but the point of this build is to get Morellonomicon fast if you are versus a healing laner like Vladimir or Swain. Also note that this expands to other lanes as well, if they have a Nami or Soraka who can heal a lot and save their teammates, Morellos becomes even more valuable. This will cut their healing down with every spell you use on them for three seconds and will ensure you can kill them. Like any other build, feel free to get items at different times or swap out items for other items depending on the specific game!







Early Defensive Item
Pros: Early defensive item for survivability, full early CDR
Cons: Not as much damage without an early rabadons/even morellos.

When do I use this build? This build is really good when they have a really big AD threat (Zed especially), or even AP threat (which you would swap out Zhonya's for Banshee's Veil). This build I only recommend IF there is a huge threat who is constantly aiming for you, otherwise you should try to build damage. You will want to sit on lost chapter and rush that defensive item as fast as you can! After, you may upgrade to your mana item. I put Rabadons right after since you will be missing damage and want that huge AP boost and powerspike. However, if they do have a lot of healing, rush Morellos so you have both magic pen and the healing reduction. Remember to get Void BEFORE last item if they have a lot of MR.








Supportive Lux
Pros: Lux can act as more of a support in this role
Cons: MUCH less damage, have to rely on the team for damage

When do I use this build? This build is a bit tricky to show but let me explain... you have the option of using this build when your support is someone like thresh who isn't going to heal/shield the ADC and won't buy an ardent censer. Because Lux has a shield that can hit everyone, she works well with ardent by giving her whole team attack speed from ardent. This is especially important if you have, for example, an ADC with a Yi jungle and a Gnar top. I put only Ardent Censer as the supportive item you buy, but feel free to take an item out (like Ludens or morellos) to build Athenes as well if you want to be much more supportive! I still recommend getting Rabadon's after the supportive items because Lux's shield has an AP ratio, meaning more AP is not only more damage, but also a bigger shield!




All Item Choices

Above were just examples of builds (since there are so many possibilities now), but this section will cover what are good items and WHEN you can buy them and why.


Sorcerer's Shoes: Let us start off with boots. These boots are the boots you will be buying in most of your games due to how strong 18 magic penetration can be. Buying this and Oblivion Orb or even Morellonomicon means you will be doing almost 'true' damage to anyone who doesn't buy magic resist!!

Mercury's Treads: The main goal of these boots are just replacing Sorcerer's Shoes if they have a lot of CC and you need the tenacity. These are very situational however, so make sure to take them only when necessary.

Ninja Tabi: The main goal of these boots are just replacing Sorcerer's Shoes ONLY if they are a full physical damage team and you think you will need it. These are very situational however, so make sure to take them only when necessary.

Luden's Echo: I don't recommend Seraph's anymore on Lux, making Luden's the buy every game. Luden's gives Lux good burst potential, and the wave clear also REALLY helps Lux out a lot, aka why it's your first item to buy!

Rabadon's Deathcap: This is Lux's bread and butter item due to the fact that she has high AP ratios! I try to rush this ASAP, which we used to not do, but now that it's cheaper and gives 40% more AP, it can be a really good item to snowball off of!! You don't need much AP for this to be super effective, so I try to rush it after Ludens unless I have to get Morellos first for healing.

Morellonomicon: Lux works really well with Magic Pen, making this a really important item. Lux also struggles against people who can heal up (Vlad, Swain) or when you burst someone down but then the Nami or Soraka heal saves them and they have barely any health left! This is both really important vs champs that can heal themselves or teammates and I would rush this ASAP vs those Vlad or Swain matchups. However, if not, get this later on for the magic penetration and I actually would always recommend this in your build if possible because people have heals, ADC's and top laners can lifesteal, junglers can smite for health- there's a lot of healing in the game that you can cut down on with your spells and giving this item 15 magic pen makes Lux want it even more! If you would like, you can get Oblivion Orb for the magic pen and then sit on it until later!

Spellbinder: This is a very hit or miss kind of item for Lux. The stats work well with Lux since Lux needs a lot of AP and movement speed is always great on her due to her being so immobile and easy prey. However, the active isn't maximized by Lux like it can with other champions, aka why I don't have it in my regular builds. Lux takes too long by herself to stack the active up and she actually relies on other allies and enemies to use their spells. Another downfall to this active is that Lux should be one shotting squishies and others anyways, so the extra burst you want from this may just go to waste because you would have killed them anyways, even without this active. I also am unsure about it because you would want to sit in a teamfight in order to get your stacks before using the active so it gets it stacks up, but Lux is a champion that should be trying to look for picks BEFORE a teamfight so you can hopefully make it a 4v5 or be throwing her burst in once the fight starts, not waiting until the end to use it. Lastly, let's look at where it could possibly fit into our build. Boots, Ludens, Rabadons, Void, and Morellos are all very standard and should be items you get basically EVERY game. This leaves room for only one more item. I love Zhonyas because it gives us some defense just in case a fight goes bad or you need to say zhonyas that Syndra ult that is going to kill you, plus the CDR is nice (if you have blue buff, its 20 extra AP from transcendence)!! HOWEVER, this does give a ton of AP and the MS is insanely good on an immobile mage like Lux so feel free to grab this if you like.

Zhonya's Hourglass: This item is essential vs champions like Zed because you can negate his ultimate with the active. It's also a really good item because if the Camille or other AD with a gap closer tries to jump on you, you can Zhonya's and you team will back you up. This item ALSO is good if you need the statis for an ultimate, like Karthus. This item is also really good if you're against a full AD team and need armor. This isn't in my CORE build and is more of a last item kinda thing since Lux is best when she has all damage items and stays back and throws her spells, BUT this item is CRUCIAL if you need the survivability! ALWAYS buy it early on vs a Zed or if you need it. You can't do damage with the damage you're buying if you're dead!!

Banshee's Veil: This item can be important for either ult/CC purposes (Ashe arrow, Sej ult, Blitz's flash/hook)- but I usually take cleanse for those), OR if they have a heavy magic damage team and you need the MR. This item isn't bought frequently but can be important if you need that survivability.

Mejai's Soulstealer: Lux is one of the few people that can buy this item and get away with it. It is a very high risk high reward item, so don't buy it every game- if they have a lot of gap closers, your team is not doing well, or you aren't playing your best. You don't want to waste 1400G that can be geared toward other items. However, this item gives you the opportunity to snowball off of 1400 gold! You also only need 10 stacks to get the MS now, making this a really good item on Lux. SELL THIS ITEM FOR YOUR LAST ITEM!!!!

Ardent Censer: As I explained above in "Supportive Lux" in the Sample Builds section, Lux is a very good Ardent user and she can be a supportive mid laner! I personally only do this if I know I can rely on my team for damage, but it's fun and strong!

Athene's Unholy Grail: As with Ardent, Athene's also brings supportive tendencies to the table because you gain stacks so when you use your shield on allies, it HEALS them, which is amazing! This item is strong in the supportive role in general. Again, only buy this if you can rely on your team for damage and are going very supportive.

Detailed Matchups

A B C Matchups



D E F G H I Matchups




K L Matchups




M N O P Q R S T Matchups




V X Y Z Matchups





Laning Phase

During the laning phase, there are 4 key steps to successfully working your lane:



1. Farming
I can not emphasize how IMPORTANT farming is. The early farming stage is the most important part for how well you will do later on in the game. Killing minions grants gold and XP. Gold grants items to further your damage, and XP gives you an advantage to your spells having better base stats/lower cooldowns. Please do not try to just attack the enemy champion, focus on last hitting while poking when given the chance.



How to last hit?
The basic idea is to wait until you are able to kill the minion with an auto attack. However, this is harder than it seems. For me, farming is one of my biggest downfalls. I get so caught up in the wave pressure and health of the enemy champion that I don't last hit and miss the necessary gold needed.



Should I farm with my spells? (Pros/Cons)
Pro: You will be able to use your spells to kill minions more easy, rather than waiting for the right moment to auto and possibly missing it.
Con: You will push the lane and it can be dangerous. You are more susceptible to either be ganked by the jungler or harassed by the mid laner.
Pro: Your opponent will lose farm due to the fact that he/she has to now auto and use their spells in order to hit the minions under the tower.
Con: Using your spells chunks out a lot of mana for Lux, especially early game when she doesn't have very many items. With no mana, you can't 'farm' more, nor can you poke the enemy champion and trade.
Pro: You could gain a huge advantage by keeping both the zoning of your lane and the ability to roam, meanwhile, your opponent is stuck at their turret trying to farm.
Con: You could actually end up missing on tons of CS yourself. With relying on spells to kill minions, you will be casting your spells instead of autoing. With spell casting, it will also create an unbalance in the wave, causing less CS for you- which then puts you behind.



Conclusion?
There is nothing wrong with using your spells to farm- especially under your OWN tower or to secure that $$$ cannon minion. However, try to keep the minion wave as balanced as possible by either only autoing when necessary, or using spells when you are getting pushed. Remember that your main farming tool besides autoing is your Lucent Singularity, which is also used for poking. Also remember that this spell has a high mana cost and a long cooldown, hence why spamming it is not a good idea. However, using it every once in a while to farm or poke is ideal. Farm as much as possible in order to have a better mid/late game.
If you are like me and have a hard time farming, make a custom game and practice last hitting with no items. This will really help for when you get into a game that actually matters.




2. Zoning/Harassing/Trading
This is another very important aspect during the laning phase. With zoning and harassing, you are causing your enemy to be both miss CS and be scared to go in for CS. Depending on who you are against will determine how this can be done.



When you are against melee opponents
This can be a favorable matchup due to the fact that the opponent has to get in melee range to auto you/the minion for CS. In the beginning of the game, try to auto them as much as you can in order for CS to be denied. The key concept here is to try to freeze the lane to deny CS and put them behind. However, with autoing comes some challenges.
1. Some melee champions have abilities they can use on you. Watch out for those. Their ability will do much more damage than your one auto.
2. When you auto the champion, it can cause the enemy's minions to target you. The minions do little damage, but it adds up so be careful.
3. Remember to auto when given the chance only. One auto is not worth missing CS



When to use your abilities in lane
The first and easiest answer to this is when you see your minion wave being pushed. The downside to Lux is that when she is pushed to the turret, most of the time she will have to use her spells to kill the creeps. With this then results in mana issues, loss of XP/gold, and not to mention- her cooldowns are pretty long. TRY NOT to get pushed to your tower. If your opponent is pushing, the best way to handle this is by aiming your Lucent Singularity at both the wave of creeps AND the enemy champion. This will not only keep the wave more balanced, but your opponent will take damage and will be more fearful to either push the lane or auto the creeps. It's even better when you are able to use your Lucent Singularity and then auto the champion, however, DO NOT CHASE THE CHAMPION JUST TO GET THE AUTO OFF. It is not worth it and you will end up taking more damage in the long run from both whatever the champion throws out at you, and the minions. Not to mention, it puts you in the perfect position for the enemy jungler to gank.



3. Jungle Camps
Jungle camps are always a good idea because killing them grants gold and XP. However, there are appropriate times to take the camps. Lux is slower than other champions in taking these camps, but it is always a good idea to try to take these when possible



What camps should I take?
Most of the time, I take the crimson raptor, along with the other raptors. These are very close to lane and you wont lose out on anything. The idea is to E all the raptors but don't pop your E until it pops on it's own, auto the big raptor, and then shield yourself. When your E is up again, it will kill all the small raptors, and hopefully the big raptor as well. You may need to auto the big raptor a couple more times or use your Q if you don't have enough damage to kill it with this rotation of spells. I just like to only use E, W, E because it uses a little less mana (unless you have blue, then spam your spells :P). However, you also could get to a point in the game where your first E kills all the little raptors, so in that case, E>auto the big raptor>Q>auto a couple times and the big raptor should die. Taking the wolves is also acceptable. I do the same rotation, but might add a Q in there because the big wolf is pretty tanky. If you have the opportunity, even taking the the enemy's jungle camps works in favor for you.



When should I take these camps?
1. When your lane is pushed far and you are able to take these raptors and return to lane in time.
2. I normally try to take a camp before I go back to base if I have enough mana/health. It gives me a little more gold before buying items.
3. WHEN THE JUNGLER SAYS ITS OKAY TO DO SO. PLEASE NEVER TAKE THE CAMPS IF YOUR JUNGLER DOES NOT GIVE YOU PERMISSION/(S)HE IS CLOSE TO THE CAMPS. If he is helping bot lane, you may take them because their respawn time is short, but remember that the camps are the junglers farm. You wouldn't want someone coming into your lane and taking all your farm.



4. Roaming
Because you are in the middle of the map, roaming is always an option. I normally wait until I have my Final Spark to start roaming, but if your teammates need help, roaming early has its benefits. The point in roaming is to help other lanes score kills and help your team get ahead. Remember that because you are a solo lane, you will hit level 6 faster than the bottom lane. You can use this to your teams advantage. Also watch how much you are roaming. I have seen too many people roam consistently and get nothing out of it, so they miss out on a ton of XP and gold from their own lane.



When do I roam?
1. The best time to roam is if you look at these things: There are no jungle camps to take, the enemy bottom lane is pushing, and you have your own lane pushed. If your lane is being pushed, never wander.
2. When the enemy mid laner is missing. Unless they are low on health or out of mana, they are normally taking a jungle camp or roaming. Remember to ALWAYS call MIA when your opponent isn't in lane.
3. Your bot lane is about to start a fight and you want to be there to help win it.


Note: Sometimes it is better to push your lane when the enemy opponent roams. Lux is a very immobile champion, so by the time Lux gets to the lane, the fight will be over. You will be wasting your time and will lose out on that XP/gold. Instead, push your lane and hit the enemy turret as much as you can- and maybe you can get the first turret gold. The other advantage to this is that you will be getting all of the gold and XP from staying in lane, meanwhile, your opponent will lose a wave or two of minions due to your strong push while they are away. Either they lose all of that, or they gain way smaller experience bot or top lane due to more allies being there. PLUS, if they farm, they're stealing their own ADC's farm! Win/win situation!


Teamfights

Teamfights are my favorite part when it comes to playing Lux because this is when her power really shines. She not only can peel for both your ADC and the rest of your team pretty well, but she has burst/damage + utility with her shield. This is why I love Lux so much, as she is very versatile in all areas. During teamfights, keep these things in mind:



1. Use your Lucent Singularity to poke enemy champions.
Before a teamfight actually occurs, Lux is able to poke some of the squishier champions down. This is very important before engaging a teamfight because Lux has the range and AOE from her Lucent Singularity. The less health the enemy champions have when you engage, the better the teamfight.



2. Stay back and throw your spells at your enemies.
This is the most important concept. As Lux, you are squishy and very vulnerable. Your positioning is key to surviving and dealing the most damage you can in a teamfight. You should be able to catch at least one, if not two, champions with your Light Binding. Your team can then engage and kill the enemy champions. You should ALWAYS throw out your Prismatic Barrier when the enemy team is poking/anyone engages, in order to soak up some damage for your teammates. Remember that this spell comes back to you, so if you miss a couple champions on the throw out, try to position yourself so your wand hits your allies on its way back to you.



3. Always remember to use your ultimate whenever you get the best possible chance
For example, say there is a Malphite on your team. Once he uses his Unstoppable Force and knocks them all up, that is your queue to ult. REMEMBER THAT THE ULTIMATE DOES NOT HAVE TO ONLY BE USED TO FINISH OFF AN ENEMY!! Dealing massive amounts of damage to a group of enemy champions will be way more effective in a teamfight than using your ultimate to finish off a single enemy. I know with the new cooldown reduction from a kill, it's tempting, but doing 1000 damage to 4-5 people is way more effective then doing 1000 damage to one person, and then 1000 damage to another person 20 seconds later.



4. Bursting down the ADC/Mage
If the enemy team isn't staying close together and there is no way to use your ultimate to hit more than one champion, this is another concept. Say the opponent's teams ADC is an Ashe. Ashe is very squishy! If you use your combo on her, she should die INSTANTLY (depending on her item build). This concept is to take the ADC out of the teamfight and make the teamfight a 4v5. You won't have your ultimate up for a fight if one breaks out right after, but as you made it a 4v5, your team has the advantage and you should use your other spells to help peel for your team!


5. Helping your ADC survive
This is another concept that I don't think a lot of people realize. The ADC's role is to do the most damage and carry the team! The downfall is that they are usually very squishy and need some type of peeling. Lux is perfect for this. Especially if the support on your team is that tanky Leona who is jumping into the enemy team, Lux stays back and casts her spells next to the ADC anyways. Here's the perfect example of how you can help your ADC survive:
Say there is an enemy Rengar who keeps trying to jump onto your ally, Lucian. Use your Prismatic Barrier to shield the damage Rengar might inflict on your teammate. Right when he uses his ultimate to jump, you should immediately use your Light Binding and root Rengar in place. This will not only save your Lucian, but will take one more enemy out of the teamfight.


When is Lux a good choice?

There are 3 things to look out for before choosing Lux:



1. Look who you are up against
In Draft Pick, look at what your enemy team chooses for their different roles. If they chose a Vi jungle or a Xin Zhao, you might want to reconsider choosing Lux. Lux is a very immobile champion and both Vi and Xin Zhao have amazing gap closers, to where their team can follow up on.
This is even better if you already know who the mid laner is. Look above at the chart on who counters Lux. You NEVER want to pick Lux into a Fizz, unless you feel confident in the matchup. However, if the mid laner is Twisted Fate or Ziggs, you should have no problem picking Lux.



2. Look what what your teammates are choosing
If your teammates are choosing champions like Caitlyn, Sona, Malphite, or Amumu, Lux is a perfect pick! With Caitlyn and Sona's poke or Malphite and Amumu's heavy lockdown, you will be able to poke along with them or use that Final Spark right when one of those strong AOE ultimates come into play!



3. Your own capabilities
As you play Lux more and more, you will really get a feel for her. Once you start learning to master her, some of these counters won't be actual 'counters' to you anymore. For example, in the beginning of playing Lux, I always got destroyed by an Ahri due to her mobility. Now, I know how to play against an Ahri and how to position myself- I even win lane most of the time! If you feel completely comfortable with the situation, you have free reign to pick Lux!


Lux Synergy

There are 3 things to consider when looking at synergy with Lux:



1. Poke
Poking is one of the best ways to create an advantage before teamfights. If your team pokes the enemy champions health down, someone may be forced to recall. This will either make it a 4v5, or they will have to stay in the fight with half or low health. Here are some champions who work very well with Lux in poke:

Top: Cho'Gath, Gangplank, Jayce
Jungle: Nidalee
ADC: Caitlyn, Corki, Ezreal, Varus
Support: Brand, Karma, Sona, Vel'Koz, Zyra



2. Teamfight
Teamfighting is one of the most important parts of the mid/late game. If your team wins teamfights, you are able to freely take objectives like baron, dragon, or turrets/inhibitors. There are some champions who work very well with a teamfight composition (keep in mind that some of these champions are able to go in more than one certain position, I just put them in the position they are normally in; EX: Wukong can go top or jungle but he is normally top so I put him in the top category). Most of these champions have some type of ultimate or other ability that provides utility, such as CC or damage, to the enemy team:

Top: Cassiopeia, Galio, Gnar, Kennen, Malphite, Rumble, Wukong, Yasuo
Jungle: Amumu Fiddlesticks, Hecarim, Jarvan IV, Sejuani, Zac
ADC: Jinx, Twitch, Sivir, Vayne
Support: Alistar, Annie, Bard, Leona, Lulu, Sona



3. Engage
The third thing to look for is champions who engage. Engaging can be more tricky, as each individual champion needs a different set of utility from Lux in order to succeed. For example, you may follow up a Morgana bind with your own bind. From there, your team will be able to jump on that specific enemy champion, kill them, and then make the fight a 4v5. Whereas, with Jhin, you can use your bind from your Light Binding and slow from your Lucent Singularity to help ensure that his four shots hit. Here are champions that are good engagers:

Top: Irelia, Jax, Lissandra, Maokai, Sion
Jungle: Diana, Elise, Gragas, Nocturne, Vi, Volibear, Warwick, Zac
ADC: Ashe, Jhin, Kalista
Support: Blitzcrank, Morgana, Nami, Nautilus, Pyke



Conclusion

My conclusion is to just have fun!! Lux is such a fun champion in both the mid lane or as a support (I have a separate support guide for her, go check it out!), and can be used in various ways! She has amazing range and poke, along with a really damaging and fun ultimate! Thank you SO SO much for reading my guide! Feel free to like or comment or message me directly for any questions/concerns/things I can do to improve my guide. I just want this guide to be a way for people to learn and master Lux, so let me know if there is anything else I can do to help! Thank you all for your votes, comments, and likes as well! Being the number 1 guide for Lux and having so many of you view my guide and comment and add me and us becoming friends is just absolutely amazing. Anyways, GL HF summoners and see you on the rift!!
~Happy Lasering



Credits

  • I would first like to thank my trusty friend I Like Doggos for all of the reading and helping out he has done. It has really saved me time and given me opinions for how I can make this guide the best for you guys.
  • I would also love love to thank the amazing jhoijhoi for her amazing guide on how to actually create a build. Without the help of her coding, I wouldn't have nearly had as great of a guide!
  • Next, I would like to thank my good friend Cynthia, or Mozume, for the Lux art and the inspiration to make this guide as coded and pretty as I can make it, you rock Cyn and the light 'em up picture is to die for <3
  • Finally, I would love to thank all of the viewers and people who upvoted this guide. I've spent well over 600+ hours by now working on this guide to make sure that every little content is well written and is the most accurate information to the best of my knowledge. It really shows what hard work can do. <3

    -Luxeøn


    Changelog



    I am going to start doing a changelog with all the major switches. Obviously, I've edited a lot and haven't wrote it down, but I am as of now!

  • 4/19/2017: Changed stuff about Lux's ult and how it gets the reset
  • 5/5/2017: Added a changelog :-)
  • 5/5/2017: Minor fixes on Lux support
  • 5/5/2017: Changed all Abyssal Scepter's to Banshee's Veil and took out Abyssal/GA completely
  • 5/11/2017: Updated runes and build for Lux support, as well as the alternative items/matchups part. :)
  • 5/12/2017: Added a whole section upon who synergies in bot lane w/ Lux for Lux Support!!
  • 5/15/2017: Cleaned up some minor spellings/BBC fixes for the supp section. Should be good to go!
  • 5/31/2017: Added a Luden's vs Liandry's section!! I also added minor things to make how to build seem clearer and added my own personal build to both the rune pages and the top page.
  • 7/13/2017: Added a whole POE section and deleted the full "Appropriate Times to Get Items" section. Also updated the guide a little bit.
  • 8/16/2017: Updated the Lux support section to the current meta, with coin being in favor. Added a full Lux support and an AP Lux support build into it.
  • 11/11/2017: Updated the guide with the new runes, as well as the support section!! Still a WIP since so many things have changed/are changing, but happy with the progress!!
  • 11/21/2017: Updated guide *almost* fully for preaseason! All set to go, minus going through matchups later on down the road :)
  • 11/25/2017: Updated the matchups section, erasing those who don't really mid a lot, and adding in Zoe, plus other tips!!
  • 11/28/2017: Added PoE build into the guide!!
  • 12/29/2017: Read through the guide and added/deleted things that may have been expired or changed. Guide should be up to date now!!
  • 1/1/2018: New guide, who dis? Updating A LOT OF VISUAL UPDATES!!! Also, got rid of, Standard Build for Lux vs AD Mid/Team, Standard Build for Lux vs AP Mid/Team, Other Viable Items, and Items NOT to get- made all of it into 'itemization'. Added tons of viable builds including Luden's echo route, liandry's torment, or defensive items. Will soon be working on the lux support section in terms of visual updates like I did with the rest of this guide!!
  • 1/3/2018: Updated the Lux support section- it looks SO pretty now and like the rest of the guide!! Added support to the table of contents.
  • 1/11/2018: Added a WHOLE section for Lux support on vs AD matchups and support matchups!!!
  • 1/26/2018: Added new support stuff and minor changes <3
  • 2/23/2018: Added the whole new mage itemization to this guide on both mid- sorcery/domination/poe, as well as support,and adjusted/added new runes for Lux!
  • 2/24/2018: Updated the whole detailed matchups section and added more info for some champions and how to counter them!!
  • 3/27/2018: Updated to 8.6 and added Kai'sa into the mix for Lux support.
  • 4/4/2018: Updated to 8.7 with Lux buffs on ultimate and Pom/Manaflow band changes.
  • 4/19/2018: Updated to 8.8, updating the matchups for Ahri and LeBlanc (yay my other mages are coming back!!).
  • 5/2/2018: Updated to 8.9 with Lux buffs, as well as changing some items and item prices like Lost Chapter and Tear. CURRENTLY working on another guide for strictly Lux support, so hopefully in the next week or two, I will delete all the stuff on here about Lux support and refer everyone to that guide!
  • 5/4/2018: DELETED ALLLLLL OF LUX SUPPORT STUFF SINCE I MADE A WHOLE NEW GUIDE FOR HER IN THE SUPPORT ROLE!!! SO STOKED!!
  • 5/8/2018: Added GIFS of Lux's abilities FINALLYYYYY and also centered the combo videos :)
  • 7/6/2018: Edited runes and fixed other small properties, as well as adding Pyke and Zoe into the mix and updating it to the current patch.
  • 9/4/2018: Added the time warp tonic/corrupting potion meta into the mix!
  • 9/10/2018: Added twitch link!!
  • 11/16/2018: Rip twitch link :( but i updated A LOTTT especially the details on all of the runes (rip corrupting/time warp meta). I also love MobaFire's new thing where you can add more than one set of runes/summoner spells/etc so I added all of the options mentioned in my guide into the cheat code with small descriptions for each one to help those who don't want to read my full on lengthy guide :)
  • 11/25/2018: Added Irelia matchup finally :)
  • 01/09/2019: Updated to 9.1 patch and added Neeko in the matchup section, as well as reread the matchup section to make sure the info was updated and added more counterplay!
  • 02/25/2019: Updated to 9.4 patch :)
  • 03/07/2019: Updated to 9.5 patch w/ Morgana, inspiration tree, etc
  • 6/10/2019: Updated to current patch :)
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