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Illaoi Build Guide by Nagakabouros
Preseason 8: The Kraken God
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Threats & Synergies
I feel like i should add Kayle for a few simple reasons. Does she counter you? Yes. Can you outplay her? Yes. So with that out of the way why do you think she's not much of a threat? Well it's simple. Yes, She can and will move quicker than you and deal a bunch of Mixed damage (AP-AD), But if you simply keep your distance until lvl 6 you'll be set. Just land your Q's and E's and try to flush out her R. Once her R is down and she's out of mana Give it all you got and i guarantee you will win.
Teemo... The Most Hated Champ in my opinion. I can destroy pretty close to any champ but him, He is my staple ban for both Draft and Ranked. For good reason. His E doesn't use mana and applies poison to you. His Q blinds you and can stop you from using W on him. With Illaoi There is no counter play to him unless you manage to land Every E you throw at him.
Now for susaN... You can Destroy em really easily his R Ooo More health well guess what E Q W now i have more health. His E (unless Full AP) does little to no damage. and his W Great now im slower than before but i can focus you harder. But his Q. Oh boy. susaN is not an issue at all unless you have a player that knows the ins and outs of all the champs. His Q can and will stack off of your tentacles just like minions. So keep your tentacles at a distance and you don't have to babysit them constant but do not let him stack to much or else you will be his chew toy.
I feel as if this one is self explanatory but, I'll go ahead and say this He HARD COUNTERS you, No matter how skilled you are, You will hurt a lot. I personally play him if the enemy team takes Illaoi. He camps with turrets and the turrets will stop your E from hitting him for a side note. Your best bet is to stay close to tower and plead for ganks constant Unless you manage to get a upper hand by baiting his jungler to your lane and destroying him.
Heh There is one reason why I'm putting Malphite in this collection. I have gone against Multiple Malphites with Illaoi and all of them were toxic because Illaoi destroys him heavily No matter how tanky he gets he gets demolished. More health basically means more healing for you.
I am currently Silver 4, with only 4 games won. I used to be a jungle main playing a lot of warwick and it wasn't getting me very far. I saved up a fair bit of IP (now BE) and bought Illaoi and didn't play her much. When preseason hit I got good at her. Now I am Mastery 7 on her in the live servers and soon to be 7 on her on PBE. She is really the only champ I play anymore and I figured why not share what i know about her and see if anyone can benefit from a guide.
So enough about me and lets break down Illaoi and better understand how she works.
Kleptomancy- Great early game. Provides great spikes in gold generation and gives elixirs.
but by late game when your full build, you really don't need all that excess gold.
Biscut delivery- I cant stress it enough, these are amazing! Instant mana and a small health boost. These has saved me multiple time from top laners who take ignite.
Magical footwear- Free boots and less money to build Tier 2 Boots (also plays a BIG role in the celerity from sorcery.)
Cosmic Insight- This is straight forward. +5% CDR is great.
Ultimate Hat- Further Reduces CD on your Ult Every time you use it. So use it as much as you want early-mid so late game you can do team fight after team fight with your Ult waiting for you to "Press R to Destroy"
Celerity- Remember earlier I said that Magical Footwear was going to play a big part in this. Well listen to this carefully, "Gain 4% Extra MS. Gain extra AP or AD Adaptive based on your bonus MS. Without this you tend to have roughly 68 ad at the start. With this you have roughly 89 ad starting out of the gate items or not. get your boots at 10mins in and a third of deaths dance guess what 202 ad. And Cloud drakes won't be used to run away from fights but to start them.
Coin is great, miss a minion, fine here's a gold coin or blue coin. Gold Coins give 25 gold out right. Blue coins give you enough mana that it comes really close to refunding your Q and sometimes your E.
Deaths Dance gives you more sustain in lane. (extra healing from Q, Tent Slams, and AA)
Black Cleaver is great for that little extra damage with some health.
Steraks Gage gives even more damage and sustain to deal the damage.
Spirit visage gives a lot of health regen and MR.
The rest depends on who your against and whether or not your wining lane.
I will say this if you go. Deaths dance, warmogs, triforce, bloodthirster, black cleaver, and spirit visage, You can Solo Baron Nashor. But I do NOT recommend it since BT does NOT work with the healing from Q and Tentacle slams. so in team fights its useless since you rely greatly on your abilities to maximize all your damage.