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Akali Build Guide by adzzb

Season 8 | Akali - The UNSTOPPABLE Carry!

Season 8 | Akali - The UNSTOPPABLE Carry!

Updated on July 15, 2019
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Nemesis5451 (15) | February 12, 2018 11:08am
Hey man, interesting Akali guide. Great job including a number of variety builds and I can see a lot of effort put into this guide. There is still room for improvement in the visual side and that could help this guide greatly. Still a great guide. Keep it up!
Mastersword (1) | January 4, 2018 6:57am
Hey adzzb, great guide, looking forward to seeing the match-ups section expanded :). One question, what do you think of using the Precision tree as the secondary tree for Akali instead of Sorcery? I really like the Legend: Tenacity and Coup De Grace selections specifically. I'm mainly looking to use this set-up top lane. Depending on the match up, I can switch the Coup de Grace to Cut Down for tanky match ups. Curious to know your thoughts. Thanks.
adzzb | January 5, 2018 9:37pm
Hi Mastersword, thanks for the compliment! I'll be expanding the match up section shortly buuuuuuuuut I will wait until the new patch hits before doing so!

Personally, I do like the precision tree too especially when laning up against top lane bruisers or fighters. That being said, I would go with Legend: Alacrity as it will stack up with the build of Liandry's Anguish, Rylai's Crystal Scepter + Nashor's Tooth. Also allows for a quicker proc of Q and faster passive CD. Definitely switch between Coup de Grace or Cut Down depending on lane match up.

I should definitely add this to the guide actually (hopefully I have enough rune slots to do so). Thanks!
AmYasuo | May 18, 2017 8:35pm
I really enjoyed this guide so far and it is amazing, i really enjoy how you know what you're talking about, not just watching YouTubers to see how to play her, i really like how you didn't add lich bane into your guide because lich bane doesn't help very much ever since her rework, although it still does provide some burst there are definitely different items you can get that would help a lot more, so i like how you left lich bane out of this, amazing job dude.
adzzb | May 24, 2017 4:08am
Thanks dude!

I actually need to update the build again due to the recent buffs to Doran's Shield! So hopefully once I get some time to do so, the guide will be S+ again :)

But, again thank you so much for the compliments!
Astrikas (5) | May 6, 2017 6:50am
Hey adzzb,

first, I want to say, that I highly like your guide. It is very well structured and contains useful information. I only wanted to ask you what you think about Akali Jungle. I tried to play it and it was pretty funny, but I'd prefer to read some guides (I've only found one good guide).
(And further more, I had some nice experiences with Lich Bane as it grants you some extra burst.)
I'm looking forward to read your opinions about my thoughts, because I'm just a little noob Akali ^^

- Astrikas
adzzb | May 7, 2017 2:44am
Hi Astrikas,

Thanks for the kind words, the guide still isn't done yet so i'm glad you like it so far!

Akali is a very viable jungler (weirdly enough). Now with the buffs to Banshee's Veil she's even more potent post 6. However as you will know, pre 6 she will absolutely suck whilst in jungle.

My recommendations would be go to bot side relatively early and gank. If you end up with a kill that's bonus XP and gold for you plus you will stay on track in levels and can 2v1 bot once you get gunblade. On top of that, an early Rylai's Crystal Scepter will really help your sticking potential when ganking.

Also when you hit level 10 (if you have gunblade) you should be able to solo the new Rift Herald. So, rift buff + Lich Bane = massive tower pushing!

Optimal Build off the top of my head would be:
Skirmisher's Sabre - Runic Echoes, Hextech Gunblade, Rylai's Crystal Scepter, Banshee's Veil, Lich Bane, Mercury's Treads (and if you're really fed or the game goes late, then swap the boots for a Rabadon's Deathcap

Hope that helps.

- Adzzb
Astrikas (5) | May 7, 2017 2:57am
Thanks for your reply and the build idea! I'll definetly try this out as soon as possible :)

- Astrikas
monimakaroni (14) | April 20, 2017 1:32pm
Hello adzzb,

I saw your build and I noticed that you don't have Abyssal Mask neither in your full build nor in your situational items. I am not a main Akali player but I think that Abyssal Mask is a better pick than Zhonya when you are playing against mages on mid such as Ziggs Lux Syndra and such.
Also, I think that it would be better to take Luden's Tempest or Rabadon's Deathcap instead of Guardian Angel. Akali is an assassin and she needs to deal as quickly as possible with her enemies. When you have Abyssal Mask or Zhonya I think you will have enough magic resist or armor.
Just sharing thoughts
Overall, decent guide :)

- @ monimakaroni
adzzb | April 20, 2017 8:59pm
Hi monimakaroni,

Firstly thank you for checking out the guide! Much appreciated!

I actually left Abyssal Mask out on purpose from the guide. It's a great item however I've tried it in a few different games/match ups and it's not as effective in comparison to other items. In most cases, when laning against skill shot mages such as Ziggs, Lux or Syndra, I focus on dodging and an early Negatron Cloak that will give me enough resistance to last out until I get my Hextech Gunblade.

If we went with the build you're proposing, Hextech Gunblade, Abyssal Mask, Rabadon's Deathcap, Sorcerer's Shoes, Zhonya's Hourglass and Void Staff; then I still think it's viable however it won't be as good as for example a Spirit Visage which adds 25% more healing, MR, CDR and further health.

That being said, I completely understand where you're coming from! It's included on the Korean part of the guide :P

Anyway thank you so much for the comment. I will look to include a proper in depth item section that will weigh up why I have chosen the specific items in the build comparitively to others.

- adzzb
DreamingInRed (13) | April 19, 2017 7:16am

nice guide, hope you are going to expand it in the future! What are your thoughts about the Korean build? I think it really looks interesting and I am inclined to try it out, do you have any experience with this build? It looks really nice for splitpushing and just being as annoying as possible.
adzzb | April 19, 2017 4:27pm
Hey DreamingInRed,

Thanks! I am looking to expand it significantly in a few days with a whole bunch of content! The Korean build is Akali as a bruiser. So essentially you're able to stick on champions much easier and do so much damage with your autos and passive. Splitting wise, cause of the extra attack speed she does become a decent split pusher, however Lich Bane + AP + akali's passive is better towards mid-late game.
ScdoWn (3) | April 15, 2017 11:56pm
Hey adzzb,

This is so great guide. Its realy helps me and I can play Akali better. Thanks for this guide man its so helpful and useful. But I want to ask you is it better to change Void Staff with Luden's Tempest because I realy like to get more movement speed on Akali. Anyway have a nice day man.

adzzb | April 16, 2017 12:18am
Hey ScdoWn!

I'm glad you enjoyed the guide. In my experience, the enemy team will always build MR towards mid-late. So if you don't want your burst damage to fall off i'd say stick to void as you do always have your Shadow Dance + Twilight Shroud and Flash to gap close or to escape. However if they don't build MR, then you can definitely go for Luden's Tempest early and build a Void Staff later :) Hope that helps!

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