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Talon Build Guide by Mpegial

The: How to be a Talon main

By Mpegial | Updated on January 29, 2019
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Runes:

Domination
Electrocute
Sudden Impact
Eyeball Collection
Relentless Hunter

Sorcery
Manaflow Band
Absolute Focus
Bonus:

+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+8 Magic Resist

Spells:

LoL Summoner Spell: Flash

Flash

LoL Summoner Spell: Ignite

Ignite

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Champion Build Guide

The: How to be a Talon main

By Mpegial
Introduction
So if you wish to main Talon you HAVE to know his lore, you simply must! (Not really but here we go anyways!). Talon is an assassin , he used to be a hoodrat that lived by stealing and killing at times for money. At some point Katarina's father send assassins to recruit Talon or they would kill him , but as an answer Talon had killed the assassins , so Katarina's father decided to visit Talon hims self so they fought and he proved to be superior. He gave Talon a choice to either join him or die and so Talon became part of the Noxian strength. Since Talon joined, the General made him train his daughter Katarina, and since the General's disappearance Talon was the best blade master there was with Katarina being second, he also is working for the Noxus hoping that he will find the General since he is the only person he respects due to losing to him. As for gameplay Talon stays quite true to his lore he is an assassin that is meant to kill you swiftly.
Abilities In Detail Back to Top

1. Blade's End is applying a mark whenever an enemy is hit by an ability that deals damage. After getting 3 marks on an enemy once you auto attack that enemy they will bleed for a few seconds taking bleeding damage.

2. Noxian Diplomacy can act as a gap closer since it makes Talon leap to the target dealing damage and applying a mark , if in melee range Talon will perform a critical strike with his Noxian Diplomacy

3. Rake throws 3 blades applying 2 marks once when they come out and once on the way back , it also slows the enemy hit on the way back for 40% at level 1 and 60% at max rank.

4. Shadow Assault throws 12 blades outward from Talon's location dealing damage making him invisible for a short time and reactivating will pull the blades towards Talon dealing damage and applying a mark , if the enemy is auto attacked or hit by Noxian Diplomacy during the Shadow Assault the blades will converge upon the target hit applying a mark. (Note: if Rake is used during this ultimate the ultimate will not converge on the target and will cancel the invisibility.

5.At last Assassin's Path allows Talon to jump over any wall setting that one wall in a cooldown during that cooldown Talon can not jump over the same wall , it also allows Talon to jump over champion made walls.
Pros / Cons Back to Top
Pros
Huge burst of damage.
High mobility due to Assassin's Path.
Strong early game.

Cons
Weak against tanks.
Does not scale in late game.
Barrier counters his early strength.
He is squishy.
Spells Back to Top
On Talon Flash and Ignite are the best spells but if you don't feel confident against your enemy midlaner you could pick Barrier , or if you think you can roam really well against that team you could pick Ghost. Now Flash can not be changed from Talon because it is essential anything else would be less useful combined with Ignite ect.. , but ignite is not always the best so it can be switched for other spells, also i forgot to mention if the enemy is using barrier it is usually better to take Exhaust of course depending on the enemy, on someone like Orianna it works really well, on Ahri for example even if she takes Barrier Exhaust isn't really useful because of her mobility.
Farming Back to Top
Farming with Talon: Farming is not that important to Talon since he is meant to snowball the enemy team and roam other lanes when he is stronger farming is kind of a side thing for him , but the way you usually farm is by using Rake while you are trying to attack the enemy laner. Lastly at level 9 Talon should be able to kill the caster minnions with one Rake , Noxian Diplomacy can also be used for sustain in lane and to get cannon minnions , when you kill an enemy (minnion,monster,champion) with Noxian Diplomacy Talon will refund partially the cooldown and restore a bit of HP.
Runes Back to Top
So for the runes you take the Electrocute as the main one obviously that is the best option for Talon, after that Sudden Impact is good because of your Q and R plus with your Q even if you do not manage to get a critical which happens often this rune helps, now Ghost Poro in all honesty it's useless unlike Zombie Ward which is able to keep your ward for longer and take over other ones, as for Eyeball Collection it's also not good it only gives 6 AD and that's if you get the kills and finally Relentless Hunter is quite useful originally i thought Ravenous Hunter to be better but than i saw that AOE damage has reduced healing. Now on to the secondary runes Precision is fantastic but i prefer sustain in lane so i pick Sorcery and use Manaflow Band to sustain my mana and Absolute Focus for the extra damage. However do feel free to change it according to your play style "agressive" "defensive" "sustain" "utility" or whatever else you feel comfortable with.
Core Items Back to Top
Youmuu's Ghostblade Gives lethality some cooldown reduction and has an activatable that helps catching up to enemies or escaping from them.

Duskblade of Draktharr This item gives lethality and has 2 unique passives one of them gives extra damage on the next basic attack scaling on level and the other allows you to see invisible wards with a cooldown of 90 seconds.

Black Cleaver This item gives some HP 20% cooldown reduction and 2 unique passives one of them is reducing their armor by 4% for 6 seconds by being dealt damage stacking up to 24% and the other gives 20 movement speed for 2 seconds to the user when he deals physical damage and when he kills or takes an assist on an enemy kill the user gets 60 movement speed for 2 seconds.
Talon Combos/Gameplay Back to Top
-Combos
1. R,W,Q,AA,AA Medium(DMG) Slow Combo Quick 1v1
2. Q,W,AA,R,AA Heavy(DMG) Fast Combo Chase Kill
3. R,Q,AA Medium(DMG) Medium Combo Speed Fast run away kill
4. W,Q,AA,AA,R Heavy(DMG) Slow Combo Long 1v1
5.R,Q,W,AA Burst(DMG) Quick Combo One Shot

!!!NOTE:These videos are meant to give you a rough idea on how the average-good plays should be after mastering the champion.


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Team Work Back to Top
With Talon you must keep your eye out for chances to assist allies on other lanes , map awarness helps Talon roam safer and allows him to snowball more. Talon is mostly alone he does not need to cooperate with his team too much because if you manage to snowball you should be able to help push in other lanes or kill other enemy laners aside from the midlaner. Talon in team fights is useful because he can ignore the frontline and go straight to the backline by either using Shadow Assault or using Assassin's Path that way you help your team get in on the enemies way safer.
Is Talon Good For Ranked? Back to Top
Well he certainly is but that depends honestly, i like being aggressive and being able to move freely while being the highest damage on the team, but he does involve a lot of risk he doesn't have any heavy CC and if he gets CC on him he is dead all though he does make up for that with his really good damage, his escape is also quite good and hard to catch up to. Now if you want to have a champion that is "useful" in more ways than damage, Talon is probably not for you but if you like the champion and want to learn him than by all means do, there are people playing him in high ranks such as Challenger, and while they may play him rarely they do still play him.
A little outro Back to Top
Talon is by far my favorite champion i have been playing him from season 5 and i managed to reach gold in 2017 within the summer , i think more people should try him out and test him many will not like him but who knows he may end up as your main , i just feel that he needs more attention because he is certainly very Ezio like (Assassins Creed), to be honest the reason i started playing with Talon is because i got in to League of Legends after i had finished playing Assassins Creed 2 and from than on he became my main :). I hope you liked my guide and i would like it if you were to post a comment tell me your opinion and if it helped you at all. Have Fun!