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League of Legends Build Guide Author Alahric

Ryze - The Glass Cannon

Alahric Last updated on December 9, 2010
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Ability Sequence

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

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Brute Force
Improved Rally

Offense: 9

Strength of Spirit
Veteran's Scars

Defense: 9

Expanded Mind
Blink of an Eye
Mystical Vision
Presence of the Master

Utility: 12

Ryze - The Rogue Mage
"This is my recommended guide on Ryze, easy to learn"

He is one of the few mage carries in League of Legends, all he needs is a lot of AP and mana to dish out some damage. For you to be a successive carry early, mid and late game you will need to read a few guides. Thanks to the first request in months I decided to play Ryze for real, and updated it. Now I hope you enjoy it and feel free to ask questions and add suggestions.

1. Best Nuker in the game 1v1.
2. Overload - Scales good with AP & mana.
3. Rune Prison -Able to Snare target.
4. Spell Flux - Provides massive damage.
5. Desperate Power - Good AP & AoE Nukes.

1. Easily killed.
2. First Targeted in Ganks.
3. Useless if Disoriented.
4. Useless if Silenced.
5. Useless if Stunned.

Core-Item Build:

Doran's Ring is one of the best starting items in the game, now you could also go for a Sapphire Crystal and rush Tear of the Goddess, but a good early-game important. An early Tear of the Goddess will allow you to spam up to increase your mana pool which ultimately gives you more AP and damage on Overload. Mejai's Soulstealer and Sorcerer's Shoes are pretty standard mage gear, while Rylai's Crystal Scepter is just there to keep you alive while boosting your AP and giving you a nice slow to contribute with. Then it's the question; Lich Bane or Zhonya's Ring, personally I like to sell Doran's Ring for Zhonya's Ring but if you still like Lich Bane there's nothing stopping you.

Early Game:
I usually go for Doran's Ring but it's all up to you. If you want to rush things like Tear of the Goddess you can consider buying a Sapphire Crystal and two health potions, however this will make it harder to farm up early game. When you pick a lane you will generally want to harass with Spell Flux by either making it hit your target 3 times or by making it go in-between the two champions you're laning against. When you master this you will be feared like you were holding a gold card over your head, thus giving you lane control. Now Auto-attack is tricky so timing is crucial when you have that item for more DPS, you can practice on the Golem but never panic when you are executing such a stunt. My usual approach against *****-champions (Squishy, Ranged, Casters) that often tower hug and harass with superior range, is to rudh in and hadoken them. This technique depends heavily on how much health your target had left, but i still recommend doing this to severely damage them. This will either give you the opportunity to kill them later, or force them to recall. This is fine as long as you can keep up your mana pool, if not I would get a golem to be able to spam up for this trick... I mean that literally.

The Spell Combo:
1. Rune Prison - Run up and target them
2. Desperate Power - Before you cast Rune Prison
3. Spell Flux - Make sure it hits 3 times
4. Overload - not affected by your current mana.
5. Retreat - Repeat if they didn't die.

Mid Game:
Now that you have ultimate you will know that quantity > quality, but of course use it whenever you are spell combing your target. Desperate Power is generally meant to be used to amplify your spells with AoE damage and more AP which makes it easier for you to farm up. When it comes to getting Mejai's Soulstealer, or Deathfire Grasp I would look at the teams. If you think your team can support you and you can stay alive then I suggest Mejai's Soulstealer. If not then I don't blame you, I recommend an early Kage's Lucky Pick and then Deathfire Grasp whenever you feel like it. After Mejai's Soulstealer or Kage's lucky pick try to finish off Archangel's Staff to benefit from your mana pool in terms of damage. Now with the teamfights popping up you'll need a Golem Buff, it's too good to miss. You need to be careful in teamfights, as I mentioned that you will be targeted once you show your face at the front lines so you should keep your distance and wait for your initiators. Your job here is to AoE and focus down the focused target, you just take what you get but don't be afraid to take a chance trapping a DPS'er with Rune Prison. If things go wrong I would use Heal and just Flash out of it, if you die then you were too reckless and underestimated your opponents.

The Advanced-Spell Combo:
1. Rune Prison - Run up and target them
2. Desperate Power - Before you cast Rune Prison
3. Lich Bane - Auto-attack
4. Spell Flux - Make sure it hits 3 times
5. Lich Bane - Auto-attack
6. Overload - not affected by your current mana.
7. Lich Bane - Auto-attack
8. Retreat - Repeat if they didn't die.

Late Game:
When your Archangel's Staff caps I think it's about time getting Rylai's Crystal Scepter, just keep an eye on that red bar now. The reason for this was simply to maximize the damage on Overload and AP gotten from Archangel's Staff Unique passive, though it's not much of a deal. Since you will gain a lot of mana here I think it's reasonable to max your Overload here instead of early on, but don't forget to add a few levels into Rune Prison for your team. Lich Bane is an Item I rarely see among Ryze players but it's one of the best I can assure you. You may think Ryze casts 1 spell and then 1 auto-attack? Well that's wrong as you'll be in over your head, it's safer to burst and then maybe 1 or 2 auto-attack. Primarily you'll use it to push and for those "OMFG COOLDOWNS!?!?!" moments. Don't forget that move-speed is important to reach your target when you're casting Rune Prison, if you are within range then start with Desperate Power and quickly cast Rune Prison. Otherwise they will run away, which is not good. If you are getting focused then you should be careful but you have to decide whether you want Lich Bane or Zhonya's Ring! If you do get fed enough you may be able to purchase both so no need to worry, I mean personally I think Doran's Ring a bit outdated at this point, so I suggest replacing it with a better ring... you get the picture. Now Ryze is what I'd call a hard carry, what does this mean? It generally means that if you have to right Items you will be unstoppable: E.g. if you have AP enough to down anyone that comes close to you, but don't get all cocky. Personally I've killed an entire team after getting my teammates kept them busy after getting 10x Stacks on Mejai's Soulstealer, but you'll die just as fast as they will if you get focused so by all means; don't get cocky.

Mejai's Soulstealer or Deathfire Grasp?
- If you know what you're doing, and generally do well get Mejai's Soulstealer
- If you're not doing well aim for Kage's Luck Pick -> Deathfire Grasp instead

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