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AP Ekko Mid Lane
+12 Attack Damage or +20 Ability Power, Adaptive
Threats to Ekko with this build
|Aurelion Sol||Aurelion sol is one of the easiest match-ups you will ever have. He doesn't have any defenses in melee range fights pre-6, so trading is super easy. Your passive also gives him close to no window of time to trade back, so you can dash on him at any time you want. When he knocks you back with his ultimate, you can rewind back after a few seconds.|
Hello there i am Ekko Rush B!
I wanted to create this Guide to show you how I play Ekko, the boy who shattered time and help the people who'd like to quickly learn him.
I finished Season 7 in Platinum 4, with 240 Ekko Games, 60% Winrate usually runnning this Build.
What does this Guide feature?
> The modern Gunblade Build
> Basic Mechanics
> Frequent Updates on every Patch
THIS GUIDE IS NOT FINISHED YET
Also I'd like to mention that English is not my native language so please excuse me for mistakes.
Pros/Cons of AP Ekko
|Ekko is one of the best allround champions there is and is a really good pick for solo queue. He is a very mobile and safe assasin through Phase Dive and Chronobreak and his passive. Ekko's massive damage output shines the brightest when combining all of his abilities and allows him to assasinate targets and survive teamfights.|
-Hard late game
-Extremly hard against shields
-Vulnerable to Crowd-Control
-Easy to mess up
-Very short burst range
|Ekko has great damage, but he is still squishy, which really does not come in handy with his short burst range. You are also forced to dive in the enemy team to kill priority targets, which makes him really susceptible to cc, as your only way out with Chronobreak can be interrupted easily with stuns, roots etc. His late game is the hardest point of the game, as this is where ADCs deal the most damage and where supports shield for a huge amount.|
Flash is basically the standard Summoner Spell on nearly every champion in League of Legends. What's especially good on it is that you are able to use Flash in two different ways on Ekko. The first of it being your super safe escape, combining Phase Dive and Flash. This simple combination will get you out of nearly every tricky situation.
The second one is your Engage. Mixing Parallel Convergence+ Phase Dive+ Flash let's you initiate a teamfight from a safe distance very quickly.
Probably the best Summoner Spell on Ekko. Teleport is a very useful summoner spell for melee champions, because ranged matchups or playing against poke-heavy champions (such as Xerath) will make laning hard for you. Teleport also applys global pressure on the map because you can teleport anywhere on the map to help, or teleport back to lane after roaming, without loosing any Experience.
Ignite: Not bad when you want kill pressure in Lane. It's also a good summoner spell to deal with big healing in the mid- to late game. But if you don't win lane with this, it will be harder for you to catch up.
Cleanse: Underrated, but a really good choice sometimes. It not only allows you to use your ultimate (excluding scenarios where you are suppressed or airborne) when being stunned, rooted etc. but it also grants you the big burst of tenacity for a short amount of time to deal with follow up crowd crontrol.
Electrocute is practically the new Thunderlords, but with more damage!
This rune allows you to burst for more damage and to have better trades in lane.
|Sudden Impact offers you more magic Penetration after you use your Phase Dive on a enemy champion. Very good rune on squishy targets.|
|Zombie Ward gives you more vision in lane. When you kill an enemie ward, a Zombie Ward will appear and lasts for another minute. Your next attack will also deal extra damage.|
|I choose Ravenous Hunter, because this runes give you super much sustain when combined with gunblade and you will be able to regain a good amount of health in a fight.|
|Absolute Focus gives you more ability power when you are above 70% health. It is good because you will most likely dive the enemy backline with full health and this rune will increase your kill potential.|
|The second Rune you should use is Gathering Storm, it gives you more AP based on how long the match goes. This rune is really good as it basically gives you free AP and is very useful to help Ekko in his late game.|
Transcendence: If you want an extra 10% CDR (This build only gives you 20%), pick this up. You will lose a little bit of AP when switching one of the other two main runes, but the extra CDR makes you a little bit more versatile and slippery with more Dashes, Chronobreaks and Timewinders.
Dark Harvest: This rune needs its time to be noticable, but once you have enough stacks, it adds a lot of instant burst to your kit. Weaker laning phase, stronger assasination.
Eyeball Collection: You will simply trade the extra vision for more ability power.
Normal Starters on Ekko are Doran's Ring and two Health Potions.
The extra healths gives you more survivability for all-in's and the mana-regen helps for early mana problems for the huge Timewinder mana costs.
Alternative Starters are Corrupting Potion and The Dark Seal.
Corrupting Potion is the way to go when you lane against range poke champions (like Ziggs). Not only you have 3 charges, each restoring 125 health and 75 mana, but you also have the passive that's dealing a little bit of magic damage when damaging your laner. The only downside is that you won't have much AP for the first few levels.
Your second alternative is the The Dark Seal+ Refillable Potion start. You should choose this when you have a good matchup, like Aurelion Sol, because when fully stacked this item will give you 45 AP in total. This has two downsides, first of it being that you will run out of mana really fast, because this item will not give mana back in any way. And the second one is that you can lose these stacks, but that is mostly fine because The Dark Seal is always worth its gold.
On your First Back you'd like to pick up an early Hextech Revolver. This item gives you a nice amount of AP + the passive which makes your trades even better and it's also the first part for Hextech Gunblade.
If you want and have enough Gold you can pick up a Sapphire Crystal, to enlarge your mana pool and/or Boots of Speed to move a little faster.
If you started with Corrupting Potion you can also buy The Dark Seal for extra healing on it and early ability power.
The two Core Items we want to get are Hextech Gunblade and Lich Bane. These Items give you an insane powerspike and allow you to deal a crazy amount of damage early on.
Followed by that you want to pick up a Void Staff, so you deal nearly true damage on squishy targets and to handle enemies who already start building magic resist.
With this Build you have a great damage output with your Core Items, magic penetration with Void Staff, defensive stats through the Abyssal Mask and a high amount of AP with Deathcap.
If you want you can switch the Abyssal Mask with Spirit Visage, for extra healing on your ultimate, but note that you'll lose the 15% damage increase Aura from the Mask.
You can also swap out the Sorcerer's Shoes either with Ninja Tabi or Mercury's Treads, depending wether the enemy team has more auto attack based champs or much CC.
Protobelt vs. Gunblade
|Hextech Gunblade gives you more damage compared to Hextech Protobelt-01 (+20 AP, +40 AD and better Base Damage and Scaling on the active). A big plus point is the heal on its passive, which gives you super much sustain when combined with Ravenous Hunter, by procing your passive on minions, and can restore a good amount of health in teamfights. In addition, the long range active slow is also useful to catch up on people far away.||
Hextech Protobelt-01 offers more Utility, it gives Health, CDR and the active for more mobility. The active of Protobelt is AOE, so it can hit multiple targets, which is also useful for waveclear.|
The big plus point is that it's a very cheap item (2500G | 900G less than Gunblade), which makes it a good buy when being behind.
*I always suggest going for Gunblade, but keep in mind that in the end it all comes down to personal preference. Also there will always be situations where building Protobelt might be a better choice.
Laning as Ekko
When playing Ekko in the lane, you have to adapt your playstyle a little depending who you are facing and what kind of champion they are. These are the usual matchups:
Ekko is an Assasin himself, so most matchups are pretty skill-based. The only problem is that you need to be careful not messing up. Yes, Ekko has his ultimate ability which can be able to basically "revert" what just happened, but that isn't really useful if you get blown away in a second. I suggest building Seeker's Armguard against AD Assasins, or when facing AP Assasing like Fizz a simple Negatron Cloak does fine too.
If you really need to play safe, focus more on other lanes and roam or ask for a gank, otherwise you are free to trade and fight them.
Matchups against these kind of champions are probably by far the hardest for Ekko. You shouldn't trade with most of these post-6 and proceed roaming. These Champions beat you either with massive Crowd-Control (e.g. Nether Grasp), Mobility (e.g. Riftwalk), or their natural tankyness (e.g. Shield of Durand).
Don't try trading and farm up. Roam to one of the side lanes to get fed.
One important thing you have to learn is the the very fast E+Q Combo. The trick for this is to Phase Dive and while you're in the E Animation, you use Timewinder to cancel the Q Animation. With this neat trick it is harder for your enemy to dodge your Timewinder and it increases your chances to proc your passive in a trade.
With Animation Cancel:
Without Animation Cancel:
Unseen Parralel Convergence
Another trick, not only for laning but also extremely useful for teamfighting.
When you cast your Parallel Convergence, a sound effect plays and a clone will appear, throwing out the sphere. This alone is enough for the enemy to know that you've just placed a W on their head.
But if you cast it somewhere where they don't have vision, there will be no cast sound and the clone is not visible for them.
After you pushed in the minion wave, hide in a bush or behind a wall and cast your Parallel Convergence. The enemy will simply walk towards you to farm, but then suddenly you Phase Dive on him, while the
Parallel Convergence is right on top of them to stun them.
This lets you get a free passive proc plus a full Spell rotation on your enemy, leaving them with roughly 2/5 HP on their Lane. This is an easy way to get rid of the enemies lane pressure and if they back you can just push the wave in and look for a roam!
Teamfighting as Ekko
In a teamfight as Ekko, you should always look for the right time to go in.
Mainly, you would like to wait until the enemies wasted their CC spells, or shields/heals on their carry
Look for opportunities to land a great W (Example "Initiator" Playstyle) and to catch the Carrys off guard.
Depending on the situation, there are about 3 ways to play a teamfight.
As I said, you should always wait a bit and look for the perfect opportunity to dive in.
to get on the enemy ADC, either try and predict the movement with your W, or you flank them (Coming from behind, Phase Dive over a Wall).
Once your Setup is complete, jump on the Carry with your E and follow up with your Q (Ideally E+Q Cancel), use Hextech Gunblade and AA for the passive proc.
Now you simply run away or use your ultimate back to safety.
Here is a video made by me to demonstrate:
Your Parallel Convergence is the perfect tool to initiate a fight.
This ability is everything you want: An AoE 1.75 Second Stun.
If you succesfully land a 3,4 or even 5 Man W, the fight is definitely on your Side.
Your W can be a really good Ability when used at the right location at the right TIME and can single-handedly carry a fight.
If you don't have someone on your team that could engage like Amumu or Maokai, don't be scared to start a fight all by yourself.
One of the main questions you should ask yourself before going in:
╔Where is the ADC most of the time?
╠Is their Support in the Backline/Frontline?
╚Do they have a big disengage?
With your abilities you are able to peel your carry pretty good all by yourself. You have a 60% Slow on your Timewinder and a 40% Slow or 1.75 Sec. stun on your Parallel Convergence. So sticking to your ADC will give him an easier time killing and out-kiting tanks like Cho'Gath or Darius who don't have any gap-closer at all.
Your Parallel Convergence also helps taking down tanks, as your auto attacks deal more damage to enemies below 30% HP, scaling with their missing life.
You can also switch around these Playstyles. For example, once you succesfully killed the enemy ADC, maybe you should look and try to help your Teammates instead of jumping on another target.
Also keep in mind that Ekko is a skirmisher, you can theoratically deal with anyone if played smart.
Early Game: 4/10 Ekko is quite weak in the early game, definitely not a beast such as Lee Sin
Mid Game: 10/10 This is Ekko's best time to shine. Great damage, while the enemies are still quite squishy, perfect!
Late Game: 7/10 He falls off, but he is still in an "OK" Spot. You just have to play super careful not to die instantly.
Laning Phase: 6/10 Well... Ekko is melee, but his trade are quite good and farming is made easier with your passive.
Items: 8/10 The Items currently synergise well with Ekko. The only problem is that many Items such as Lich Bane, Gunblade or Rabadons cost super much, so being ahead is needed.
Runes: 7/10 Some runes Ekko uses were nerfed in 8.16, which makes it a little bit harder for him to burst someone, especially when behind.
August 8th 2017:
Creation of this Guide
October 25th 2017:
Changes on Item Build.
November 8th 2017:
Changes on Runes. (New Runes System)
Added Chapter "Masterys"
Added Chapter "Ekko Currently"
November 11th 2017:
Updated Lane Phase Videos to Season 8
March 14th 2018:
Changes on "Ekko Currently"
Changed Chapter "Teamfighting with Ekko"
Changes on "Runes"
Small Changes on "Pros/Cons"
March 26th 2018:
Rewrote "Laning Phase"
Rewrote "Summoner Spells"
April 4th 2018:
Recoded "Summoner Spells"
April 5th 2018:
June 28th 2018:
Added "Other Options" under "Summoner Spells"
Added "Other Options" under "Runes"
July 6th 2018:
Added video "Teamfight - Assasination"
July 9th 2018:
Added champions in "Vs. Champion"
August 5th 2018:
Added Chapter "Protobelt VS. Gunblade"
August 15th 2018:
Changes in "Ekko Currently"
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