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[S 9.9] In-Depth Diamond Leblanc Mid Guide
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+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+10 Adaptive (6 AD or 10 AP)
+15-90 HP (lvls 1-18)
Threats & Synergies
Easiest Matchup for Leblanc. Always pick Leblanc into Vel'koz. You easily Oneshot (OS) him and dodge his abilities!
Same as Vel'koz. Play smart till lvl 3. Karthus OTP tend to force you back in that Phase if you dont care enough.
Skill Matchup. Akali currently wins it because she's broken. Akali W is like Illaoi R, never fight her when she uses it.
Get your Jungler to abuse this Matchup. Prepare freeze in front of your Tower and stand in front of your Minions. He knows hes easy to gank so he won t risk much.
Used to be a Hard Counter, because he was able to build up Shield and not get OS, but new Leblanc bursts too fast for him now. Just a bit annoying if he goes Merc and Abyssal. Push in Lane and roam then. Abuse his Lack of AP/Waveclear.
Same as Twisted Fate
Stay cool in early. Don't run into his Soldiers. Prevent him from pushing as good as you can and after 2 Items hes as easy to kill as a Vel'koz
Take the Merc / Banshees Item Build if you didnt Snowball or he will do too much dmg. Prepare Freeze in front of your tower and wait for a gank / prevent him from farming
If you play this Matchup right Ekko gets almost no Farm till LvL 6. Don't push. freeze and punish for farming
The Sustain is annoying but hes easy gankable. Also his Waveclear isnt that great early so its easy to setup a freeze
Hard Matchup if not experienced with it. Use Many pings. His Potion + Dark Seal Wave clear is insane. Only Counter is to kill him with your Jungler when hes hard pushing
He wins the long Run, so break his Legs. Take short fights in early and when hes low enough full engage with ignite before he q's.
Skill Matchup. Force him away from the Wave. If you get 6 first. you won the lane
Skill Matchup. Punish him for last Hitting.
Merc/ Banshees Item Build and shes useless.
Easy Matchup. Just care for his Passiv. Never get by the W when its comming back and you ll win. The lvl 3 burst with ignite is insane!Care
Her only thread is the Charm. Play it Smart. stay cool. i like to use the w e e q Combo against her so i can dodge the Charm.
Don't let her Farm and take Exhaust and shes useless.
Skill Matchup. Not as easy as it seems. I like to buy sweeper then pretend im roaming against her. Wait in a Brush like Garen Mains and OS her.
Leblanc Wave Clear is pretty bad. Your best Chance is to stay healthy and kill him at 6
Use your w to get a bit closer to her, but not too close so she cant w you. then q q e her over and over again till shes low enough for a all in.
Don't underestimate her Poke Early. Her Q has a 3 Seconds CD in early. Play around that. After 6 always use double W so you can easy dodge her Abilities.
Good Galios instant Taunt you when you W on them and also lower your DMG with that, but they have to quit the Taunt early so its easy for you to dodge the Galio E. Work with your Team and Double Chain to kill that big Stone.
Fight him either in a big enough Wave so he gets a lot dmg by Minions or in no Wave so he can't e. If the wave isnt big enough he is too hard to hit and builds up his Shield too fast.
Her W is really annoying and the Fact that Leblanc always automatically looks at her while W'ing, but apart from that the Matchup is fine.
Well... We saw how this Matchup goes in the Finals of 2017 Worlds Crown vs. Faker. Try to avoid it, but I most of the times win it anyway, because most Malzahar players are Autofill or bad, but a Malz OTP will win it.
Play with Cleanse. The Matchup is really annoying to play but actually favors the Leblanc. Don't use Flash while fighting her.
Easy Matchup. Easy Oneshot. Care for your clone when he R
Skill Matchup but favored by the Leblanc, because shes range. Poke her down, bait her W so she cant reduce your burst dmg and then kill her.
First i want to tell you that if you have any further questions, you can come into my Stream and ask me everytime. I know it is hard to understand things like Wave Management and Electrocute abusing just by reading it, so come into my Stream and i will explain it to you in a custom game or ingame. I've been a Coach for a few months and I am 100% sure that i can help you and i want to help you.
I main Leblanc since i started to pick her up in Season 5 and I was able to always have a ~60% Winrate on multiple Accounts. I have multiple Diamond Accounts. My peak this Season was Promotion for D2 when i spammed Leblanc every game.
Leblanc is my confident Pick.
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+High Burst / One Shotting
+can solo carry in every part of the game
Leblanc is one of the best Solo Queue Mid Laner since she was released, due to her very unique Duel/Assassination Kit. She has the ability to win lane against every Mid Laner in early game and her snowballing power is insane. You won't get bored, because Leblanc is one of the Champs who are hard to master!
-High skill cap
-hard to master
-can easily fall behind
Leblanc is very hard to play from behind. Being behind in Items feels really bad, but being behind in LVL feels even worse. It's hard to come back if you dont have at least one other Team member who is strong. Leblanc also relies on her jungler to start fights in River or so. Otherwise it's hard to get ahead in some Matchups.
I will mark the most important things for you (instead of shortening it) .
Starting with her passive:
INNATE: When LeBlanc falls below 40% maximum health, she creates a controllable clone of herself with the same items, statistics and the same percentage of health and mana, after which they both instantly become Twilight Shroud old2 invisible for 1 second. The clone can basic attack but deals no damage, lasts for 8 seconds or until killed, and starts running 1900 units towards a random place in front of LeBlanc decided the moment it spawns.
Mirror Image can occur once every few seconds.
Notice that Leblanc Passive has no DMG. You want to use the passive as a Bait for the enemy so you can survive. The passive is also moveable (check your controls to know which button it is, its alt on my keyboard). get a feeling for the 40% HP, because the moment your passive starts you are invisible for a short time. That's the moment you want to turn or press s to stand so the enemies attack your clone. The clone is nice to get some time in fights to wait for your cooldowns. Care for Ignite/ Red smite/ Malzahar e etc. They will know which Leblanc is the real one.
Sigil of Malice TARGET RANGE: 700 SPEED: 2000 COST: 50 / 60 / 70 / 80 / 90 MANA COOLDOWN: 6
Sigil of Malice
ACTIVE: LeBlanc projects an orb towards the target enemy, dealing magic damage and marking them for 3.5 seconds.
55 / 80 / 105 / 130 / 155 (+ 40% AP)
The mark will be consumed once LeBlanc damages the marked target with an ability, dealing the same magic damage again.
110 / 160 / 210 / 260 / 310 (+ 80% AP)
Your Q basically deals a bit DMG the moment it hits an enemy but the real DMG comes when you hit with another ability after applying your Q to someone. Don't poke in early with your Q when you can t do it without getting hit by the enemie. It's never going to be worth since your Q deals almost no DMG without W'ing or E'ing after
Distortion TARGET RANGE: 600 EFFECT RADIUS: 260 SPEED: 1450 COST: 60 / 75 / 90 / 105 / 120 MANA COOLDOWN: 14 / 13 / 12 / 11 / 10
FIRST CAST: LeBlanc Dash dashes to the target location, damaging all nearby enemies upon arrival and leaving a return pad at the cast location for 4 seconds. After 0.2 seconds she can recast Distortion 2 Distortion at no additional cost.
85 / 125 / 165 / 205 / 245 (+ 60% AP)
SECOND CAST: LeBlanc Flash blinks to Distortion's return pad.
This is your most important Ability! It's your Waveclear, your main DMG, your gap closer, your escape ability,...The W is what seperates good Leblanc's from bad ones on micro basis. Don't waste it when your Lane is pushed, because you become vulnerable for ganks then. Combine W with Flash when your jungler ganks, because you really want that big DMG on your enemie, otherwise its going to be hard to kill someone
Ethereal Chains TARGET RANGE: 865 COLLISION RADIUS: 27.5 TETHER RADIUS: 925 SPEED: 1750 COST: 70 MANA COOLDOWN: 14 / 13.25 / 12.5 / 11.75 / 11
ACTIVE: LeBlanc flings an illusory chain in the target direction, dealing magic damage to the first enemy it hits and tethering herself to them for 1.5 seconds.
40 / 60 / 80 / 100 / 120 (+ 30% AP)
The target is True Sight icon revealed while the tether is attached, and if it is not broken the target will be Root icon rooted for 1.5 seconds and dealt additional magic damage.
60 / 90 / 120 / 150 / 180 (+ 70% AP)
Because of this ability i always pick Leblanc when enemies pick a Champ that needs to be kited like Tryndamere, Garen, Udyr,etc. Because it's so easy to lock them down with double Chains. You most of the times want to use this ability in the w q q e Combo or if your Team stuns someone and you can chain CC, since the chain isn't easy to hit but easy to dodge!
Mimic COOLDOWN: 60 / 45 / 30
ACTIVE: LeBlanc casts a mimicked version of her most recently used basic ability, applying the same effects and dealing modified magic damage.
Mimic Sigil of Malice MIMIC SIGIL OF MALICE: Deals modified damage and double damage upon triggering the mark.
70 / 140 / 210 (+ 40% AP)
Mimic Distortion MIMIC DISTORTION: Deals modified damage.
150 / 300 / 450 (+ 75% AP)
Mimic Ethereal Chains MIMIC ETHEREAL CHAINS: Deals modified damage and double damage upon rooting.
70 / 140 / 210 (+ 40% AP)
Q MIMIC: I use double Q either when i do the combo W Q Q E for poke or if i want to oneshot an enemie that is further away. Or i use it when im hiding in a bush to oneshot a enemie that walks into me with Q Q E W
W MIMIC: Use double W to escape from fights or to get into fights, but dont just use W W Q E, thats the wrong combo unless you couldnt prepare. Optimal Combo is to use the Mimic W then Q then W E. Thats the most important Combo and also really nice to get your enemie low in lane.
E MIMIC: Use Double Chains to perma CC Enemies
Sadly there is currently not much variation in Leblanc Runes.
Use the runes i showed at the beginning of the Guide and now I will explain why:
Electrocute is the best Keystone for Leblanc, because its so easy to apply in every stage of the game. Q W AA (Autoattack) and you got it.
Basically you want to chill whenever you not have Electrocute ready and be aggressive as soon as it is. This is really important to master so please watch this Video where it is perfectly explained how to abuse electrocute!
Your W activates Sudden Impact and it increases your Burst!
Zombie Ward / Ghost Poro / Eyeball Collection
It's basically whatever what you take here. Personal preference. I like to take Zombie Ward when i know I'm going to go sweeper, because i will roam a lot.
Ghost Poro is also nice for roams if you want to make the river a safer Place
Eyeball Collection is for people who just want DMG :D
Ravenous Hunter gives you sustain for the laning phase and the whole game. You are basically forced into it, since there are so many sustain things in the game like Corruption Potion + Dark Seal / Cookies / Time Warp Tonic /...
Absolute Focus gives you up to 40 AP while being above 70% HP. Basically it helps you a lot to burst people easier while being high health.
Since the nerf of Inspiration you want to use Doran's Ring again, but the mana regen feels really bad on pretty much every assassin mid laner with mana. Without Manaflow Band you re oom way too fast.
Flash just has to be in your Kit! It's good to escape ganks / dodge abilities / chase enemies
As Leblanc you want to use Ignite in 90% of the time. It gives you the DMG you need to kill an opponent in Lane or later in the game.
Take Cleanse vs CC heavy Teams or pretty much only against Lissandra / Twisted Fate / Veigar
I like to take Exhaust vs Katarina. It lowers her dmg and makes it easier to hit your chain, which is pretty much a dead Katarina if you do so.
Try Ignite and Exhaust vs her and see what you prefer more.
Laning vs a Melee
Please watch this Video, since the topic is perfectly explained (God bless Youtube right? :D)
I will summarize the important things for you below the Video :
-Build a big wave by last hitting and zoning the enemie at the same time (use Electrocute for this one)
-Don t give them a chance to fight back
-Track enemie Jungle by watching when Enemie Bot lane comes into Lane and wards
-Hover the opposite Side of the enemie Jungle so you re not easy to gank
-Poke when Big wave crashes
-Kill the enemie when hes low enough
-Push the wave in before backing so it pushes back to you
-Now freeze the Wave so your Jungler can easily gank you, since the enemie Mid laner has to come far into lane to farm!
Laning vs Control Mages
This strategy helped me A LOOOOT! against Control Mages. You just have to get a feeling for the freeze and how to thin a wave properly, but do it a few times and you will master it! Again I will summarize the most important things below the Video for you:
Now im sure you are wondering why that Leblanc looks so weird, that's because it is a Ryze :D, BUT this totally works for Leblanc aswell. What you want to do is first wave hits and you show them who's the boss. Usually it should be you when you do Autoattack W Autoattack, which will procc Electrocute! Now they know ok this guy deals a lot dmg i have to be careful. So you start zoning, by standing in front of your wave( if they dont want to get zoned you poke them and punish) meanwhile you re pushing your wave and it will eventually crash. Don't forget to ward tho.
The wave will start to push into your Direction. You have 2 options now:
1. spend some Mana and thin the Wave so you can freeze in front of your Tower or
2. let it Crash if you see that your Jungler will gank soon, so you don't lose too many minions while he's ganking.
The Freeze will force your opponent to spend a lot Mana to break the freeze while being out of positiong doing that. If your Jungler ganks here its a free kill, if not , your Enemie will lose a lot Farm or a lot of Mana. So it's pretty much a win win situation for you.
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Most builded Items
You generally want these Boots if you are not forced into any of the other
Get these against Team setups with a lot of cc like Lissandra, Annie,... and especially if they have a jungler like Elise aswell
You pretty much only want these if you are against a full AD combo and you re ahead.
This is a must buy Item. It provides you additional burst, Mana, and CDR. Pretty much a perfect Item for LB
I buy this Item as 2nd Item in 70% of my games. The Oblivion Orb Item just feels so good on Leblanc with the penetration and Morellonomicom is a better version of it. Also it prevents noob champs like Soraka to prevent you from killing enemies.
Buy this item when you are afraid that enemies will hard CC you if you W in. For example Lissandra, Malzahar, Annie, Ryze,...
The best starting Item currently, since it gives you DMG, MANA, and most importantly sustain so you can keep trading in lane
Synergizes extremely well with Corrupting Potion, because of the 25% increased healing from potions. Also you want to play aggressive as Leblanc anyway so getting stacks is most of the times guarenteed.
Take this Item if you have the feeling you don't need defensive Items and when enemies are really squishy so you can just do w q q e combo or w q w ethe whole time to oneshot people.
This item is not just good vs Zed and Talon. I love Zhonya's so much, because it gives you the possibility to engage fights. you double W in, do a lot dmg, maybe even oneshot someone, then Zhonya. People won't know if they should wait for you to come out or focus something else so they are confused. Meanwhile your Team is engaging aswell and you win the fight :)
Really good Item against Tanks with MR or people who bought items like Hextrinker or Abyssal Mask. Some people, especially Pro player in LCS games even like to buy it as 2nd Item with Sorcerer Boots.
These Skins are the best gameplay whise, because their AA animation doesn't feel weird, same with the Abilities. My personal favourite is the Mistletoe Leblanc, since she's rare seen and just feels the best for me.
I love these three for their looking, but the AA animations just don't feel the same as the rest sadly. Especially Elderwood!
W - Distortion
BASE DAMAGE 85/125/165/205/245 ⇒ 75/115/155/195/235
This patch doesn't affect us that much, but I hope it makes people play less Leblanc. Im sick of people picking my Leblanc away or banning her haha
W - Distortion
COOLDOWN 14/13/12/11/10 ⇒ 18/16/14/12/10
be happy :) Leblanc is now balanced. So people won't ban her anymore or pick her that much.
Just be a little bit smarter with your W. Don't forget to wait for your electrocute in early game before jumping on the enemie!