Lillia Build Guide by Doubtfull
[S11] Doubtfull's Challenger Lillia GuideBy Doubtfull | Updated on February 18, 2021
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Runes: Standard Runes
++8 ability haste
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
++8 ability haste
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
Threats & Synergies
Amumu can be a little annoying for Lillia because of his ability to lock you down with his Ult and Q. However, you do have better ganks and farm. Keep your Q stacks up and he should never be able to land a Q unless he ults you first. Definitely build merc treads earlier than later in this match up.
Fiddle can lock you down with his kit and it is difficult to 1v1 him until you get your Ult, as you have no way to cancel his W. Use your speed to run outside of his drain range, and try to punish his relatively weak early game. Buy a blue orb so you can reveal him when you're forced to fight.
If the Hecarim takes phase rush its very difficult to kite him, he also has the damage to one shot you, and can dodge your ultimate with his ult. Once you hit runic echoes, you can one shot him with your combo if he isn't already too far ahead.
Kha'zix can use his kit to slow you, close the gap and one shot you. It's important to play "like there is a kha'zix" in the game and be wary of factchecking into him. I used to think this match up was impossible, but once you get runic echoes you can actually 1 shot kha'zix because he usually builds very squishy. Be aware that he can use his E to position himself behind a wall if you ult him. Invading early game can go well if you are confident in your kiting ability.
Nunu & Willump
This match up can be tricky. Phase rush Nunu can stick on top of you and lock you down with his kit. After runic echoes though, you can apply a decent amount of pressure to the Nunu if you land an outer edge Q, and it can be difficult for him to escape you.
I don't have that much experience with this match up, but Lillia is weak to champions that can one shot her and lock her down. Vi does both of these things. Invading early game is probably a good bet. Beware she can dodge your ult with hers.
I don't get to play it too much in high elo. Rammus can gap close with his Q and lock you down with taunt. If you take chilling smite and keep your Q stacks up, you can probably keep the distance between you. Rylais is probably a pretty good purchase in this match up.
You farm faster than lee sin and outscale him. beware early invades and getting kicked into his q into a one shot. Redsmite might be the best option in this match up.
Nocturne can spellshield your abilities messing up your q stacks, and one shots you later in the game with his ult. Take double armor runes and play very safe.
Early merc treads make this match up fairly easy. You should be fast enough to kite sej and you will win skirmishes.
It is near impossible for nidalee to land a spear on you with your Q stacks, and you can 1 shot her with your ult later on in the game. Fairly easy match up (just don't get hit by spears).
Use your movespeed to avoid getting caught by Zac e's. Use your early game strength to invade the Zac if you have the lane priority for it. He is weak until level 6.
Graves historically struggles with AP jungle match ups. This one is a little tricky as you much be in his auto range in order to Q, but with the right micro you can dodge the back end of his Q and pop him. If you have a heavy AP team he can stack MR and make this match up pretty difficult.
I've found this match up fairly easy. Volibear can't get in range to stun you without his flash, and you should be able to dodge his e/R abilities. Don't use your W on him until his Q is down.
This match up is really easy until Jarvan hits 6. Once he has his ult he can trap you and all of the movespeed in the world can't save you. Be VERY aware of this ability in the mid-late game.
You're too fast for udyr to ever touch you. This match up is pretty free, just never use your W. Rylais can be funny to make the udyr struggle even more.
I haven't played this match up too much, but i imagine it is a bit difficult as warwick has a few ways to lock you down, and your q range is about his q range. You will be a lot more useful late game though, so I'll give it a 50/50.
Ekko can cancel your ult with his, and he has a lot of ways of sticking on you. Build mercs and try to use your movespeed to prevent him from being able to land his 3 stack passive. don't ult him unless he has no R.
I haven't played this match up too much. You can potentially tell which shaco is the real one with your passive stack. Try to watch out for his boxes as thats how he can lock you down.
Another match up I haven't played too many times. She can lock you down with cocoon so avoid facechecking bushes, your movespeed will be helpful for dodging this. Definitely a merc tread match up.
Take phaserush in the match up and kite Olaf. There isn't really much he can do. Post 6 he is kind of annoying, as he can cleanse your ult with his own. beware using W in this match up.
this match up I've found to be pretty annoying. No matter how fast you are, it turns out its pretty difficult to dodge shyvana fireballs in dragonform. Keep dragon warded and try to keep her from sneaking them. Consider building MR in this match up.
Blue kayn is scary, red not so much. Consider red smite to avoid one shots, you win fights pre 6 so look for these if you can. Might want to go deadmans 2nd in this match up. Remember he can dodge your ult with his own, and he can go through walls to safety as well. relatively hard match up in my experience.
Lillia wins this pretty hard pre 6 but afterwards yi is a problem. Try to bully him early game as if it gates to late youre going to be in trouble. Sorc shoes might be the way to go in this match up.
Lillia can bully evelynn early game, but mid to late she is an enormous threat. you'll want to build mercs+banshees/some other mr item for this one. She can dodge your ult with hers.
Don't let skarner get on top of your or land an E. This won't stop him from flash ulting you though so beware if that is up. I usually tend to build tankier in this match up so that even if I do get ulted I can survive.
This is a skill match up that leans towards Lillia favored, but you have to play very smart. Rek'sai will kill you if she ever gets on top of you, but you have a lot of tools to prevent this. Don't facecheck blindly, keep your q stacks up. Her ult will cancel your ults. Consider taking phaserush in this match up. Lategame if you have a zhonya's she can't threaten you.
With HoB xin presents a huge threat to lillia. His E+Q can gap close, lock you down, and burst you. I've only played this match up once and i was fortunate to get ahead early. Might be a deadmans angle.
DANGER. This champ can one shot you, and cleanse your ult, and gap close with bushes, and his ult. Avoid at all costs.
Who doesn't love yuumi? She makes you really fast. Lillia likes going fast.
If you land any Lillia ability and ult, Lux can follow up from long range and 1 shot just about any squishy targets.
If you land any Lillia ability and ult, Ziggs can follow up from long range and 1 shot just about any squishy targets.
Champion Build Guide
Hey everyone! I'm Doubtfull, a Challenger NA Jungler since Season 6. I have been playing Lillia since her release and have over 300 games with her as high as Challenger elo in NA.
I love playing Lillia because she feels like she is so incredibly unique and has a lot of carry potential in all stages of the game.
Welcome to my guide! If you have any more questions the easiest way to contact me is to join my Discord community and ask there! https://discord.gg/PtajvCC
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The go-to rune choice for Lillia is going to be Dark Harvest. The DoT on Lillia's passive makes DH extremely easy to proc, and adds a lot of damage to her kit. With her movespeed and long range on her E, she can easily proc Dark Harvest multiple times in a fight.
In certain match ups its more important that you are safe ( Olaf), and in these you want to run Phase Rush. You lose a lot of damage, but you are incredibly fast. You might also consider taking this when you are against a team with a lot of slows.
|Lillia utilizes incredibly well. This is a great rune for Lillia and allows her to get to her power spikes a little sooner than normal.||Flash Q combo is very strong.|
This mythic gives Lillia the highest damage output that she is capable of having, and I build it most games (especially when into HP stacking teams.) It also helps you clear camps and neutral objectives more than any other item.
This is more or less the only competition that Liandry's Anguish. Riftmaker has the advantage of being 200g cheaper, and offering a 15% omnivamp which drastically increases your sustain. It also gives you 150HP which can make you tankier into dive heavy comps. The real strong thing about this item is, if you land any ability and wait a few seconds, you can cast ult, and as the target is falling asleep you will be fully powered up by Riftmaker's passive and will deal 10% increased damage.
This is Lillia's most popular 2nd item choice for a reason. It gives great base stats, and once completed the two passives are actually strong on her. The DoT on your passive keeps proccing Demonic Embrace, and the MR + Armor that you gain helps you go in and out of fights to land your Q. I build this 2nd in most of my games.
This item sounds good in theory on Lillia, but never build it. You end up having no damage.
This item is quickly becoming one of my favorites on Lillia. It gives you HP, ability power, and 30 Ability Haste, which is more than any other item. On top of that, whenever you land an ability it gives you a large chunk of movement speed, which is perfect for you. I build this if I want some extra speed in a game.
The best armor item for Lillia. I build this 3rd in almost all of my games. A cool trick you can do with this item in the late game is flash into the enemy team, Q, cast your R, and then use the Zhonya's Hourglass active. When you come out of stasis, the enemy team will be asleep. This is actually harder to pull off than you would think, so beware.
Rylai's Crystal Scepter
This item is a great niche pick up this season. It gives a lot of AP + HP, and when combined with Liandry's or Demonic, it perma slows opponents by 30%. I love to build this into melee comps that I want help kiting, or slowing for my carries.
This item has grown on me as a 3rd or 4th item when ahead. The Lillia's AP scaling is actually incredible when you consider that the move speed bonus from her Q Blooming Blows scales with AP. With Rabadon's Deathcap you are insanely fast and hit like a truck. 10/10 item. The only downside is build path/cost.
If the enemy team is heavy stacking MR than Void Staff is a must. It doesn't feel too great to buy, but it is incredibly powerful for how much it costs.
This is my preferred MR item of choice on Lillia if I still want damage. An extremely strong MR item that I will build 3rd into heavy AP comps. The shield passive is also nice and for Lillia and allows her to potentially dodge some cc.
Building really tanky on Lillia is sometimes the way to go depending on team comps. Spirit visage can be a good option if your team has a lot of healing. Alternatively you can choose Adaptive Helm or even Abyssal Mask. Note the the range for the magic amplifier on Abyssal Mask is smaller than your Q range, so you usually are only empowering your W and your teammates' damage.
This item is everything Lillia wants and more. The potential to give you huge AP numbers and at 10 stacks, it even grants you 10% bonus movement speed. This makes it near impossible to lock you down. Beware, when you build this you need to play safer than you normally would as building this item paints a target on your back. Build when ahead, and when the enemy team doesn't have a reliable way of locking you down.
I rarely if ever buy this item, but if no one else on your team is purchasing grievous wounds you may need to opt into this item. Lillia spreads this fairly easily, but pen isn't that useful on her and by 3rd item you usually want to be itemizing some type of defensive stats.
Lillia's standard clear is pretty much always going to be Red > Krugs > Raptors > Wolves > Blue > Scuttle . If you get a good leash its possible to fit Gromp into the rotation and get to scuttle around 3:18, but that is a bit advanced. Here is a good video to see how the clear more or less is done.
These days I usually Smite red and Gromp (if I don't think that I will need smite for scuttle . Lillia struggles with the single target/large HP camps, but it is very easy to kite blue , and its also weak to AP damage so I rarely smite that camp.
You can do some fun level 2 gank/invade plays with Lillia as well. If your midlaner has CC, something I like to do is is Red > Raptors > level 2 gank with the move speed from raptors . Whether the gank works or not, I usually follow it up with an enemy raptor invade from there. Most junglers will not have done those raptors yet, and with the XP you
When a fight eventually breaks out, you want to try to be poking with your Q Blooming Blows on CD to keep your stacks up. Try to keep track of the enemy CDs and when you see the angle, go for the Flash Q into R Lilting Lullaby. This is easier to do safely if you purchased a Zhonya's Hourglass.
Your W Watch Out! Eep! slows you down a bit late game and requires you to be right on top of someone. use this ability cautiously. I can't tell you how many times I've died because I used a W aggressively when it wasn't necessary.
Below is a great example of how to win a team fight using the Flash R combo:
Farming Playstyle - I've found a lot of success playing Lillia similar to a Karthus early game. Essentially just hard farming and looking for ganks when available. You scale fairly well and your clear is really good. Top tier once you get Liandry's Anguish. I usually have an average of 7/min CS.
Gank With Camps - Lillia wants to gank with her Q Blooming Blows fully stacked. This means that I usually only gank lanes if there are camps or a scuttle near them. For example, after doing a standard full clear rotation I might base and head to my Krugs . If the opposing lane is pushed into my turret on that side of the map, I'll look to gank after I stack my q.
Blooming Blows is Life - Your Q is everything on Lillia. It is incredibly important that you keep your stacks up while skirmishing/clearing/ganking. Sometimes it is better to be patient with your Q and not necessarily cast it on CD. If you miss, it can leave you dead in the water, or keep you from being able to follow up and finish a kill. A master Lillia player never drops her stacks. Remember you can also keep your stacks up by Q'ing minions!
Patience in the Key - Your E Swirlseed is a very easy ability to dodge. A mistake I frequently made early on was leading some of my ganks with E when it wasn't necessary (I had Q Blooming Blows move speed to gap close and didn't need the slow.) Sometimes its better to wait until you are closer to the target and have slowed them with Chilling Smite before you go for the E.
Hold the R - Your passive Dream-Laden Bough lasts for 3 seconds. Often times its better to not cast your R Lilting Lullaby the moment your ability lands. This gives your other abilities time for their CDs to reset, and can give your team mates a chance to follow up (I usually spam ping "on-the-way" when I am about to cast my ultimate)
Your W is Really Hard to Land - Your W Watch Out! Eep! is a very difficult ability to land onto moving targets. This is why we max this ability last. Do not just cast your W because its off CD, save it for when the target is slowed or CC'd, or as an escape tool (cast as you are about to get cc'd to reposition yourself).
Beware Insomniac's - Some champions just won't fall asleep no matter how hard you try. Lillia's ult Lilting Lullaby is one of her key defensive tools, and there are many champions in the game that have ways of avoiding falling asleep. Beware these champions. To name a few... Vladimir (pool), Rek'Sai (ult), Yone (E spirit thing), Kayn ult. Keep in mind these champions (and many, many more) have easy ways to get around your R, when you are thinking about fighting them.
You land E Swirlseed and cast your ult Lilting Lullaby. Auto attack the target if possible as they are falling asleep. Where they land, cast your W Watch Out! Eep! and smite as soon as the damage lands. Then take cast your Q Blooming Blows before they can react.
The FULL damage combo is slightly different, and that is when you proc your R Lilting Lullaby with your Q Blooming Blows. This means the rest of your abilities are off of CD. When the target falls asleep, you lob your E Swirlseed and dunk it on them with your W Watch Out! Eep!. Smite at the same time the damage lands and do the fade away Q for maximum damage output.